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  1. David Bohner

    Marcia,

    Thanks for your consise summary of the issues swirling around big time collegiate sports. I thought the N&O on Saturday did a remarkable job of ‘trying to look at the bigger picture’ and to point out some of the demons that may not have been apparent to those of us outside looking in. I’m just home from church and haven’t opened the paper. The successes on Saturday, notably at UNC and NC State, (I thought) were well reported with a sense of balance.

    God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

    Peace and Gratitude, David

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    1. Marcia

      Thank you for your comments, David. I appreciated the article about the UNC Seniors on Saturday, too. Unfortunately I haven’t seen that same kind of balanced reporting at work at the N & O these last several months. Between the print media and the internet, the demons of big time football too often get fed a steady diet that keeps them alive and well. I think there is a grey area when it comes to where straight reporting stops and editorializing starts in sports reporting. In the last 15 years with the explosion of the internet and social media I think these dynamics have even sharper edges for coaches. I hope you’ll keep reading and keep commenting. I appreciate your perspective.

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  2. Toni

    Good morning Marcia. The demons that are paraded before us in the guise of good, the guise of “everyone is doing it”, the guise of “name your demon” are legion. We all have the choice of what demons to pick, don’t we? Or, we can choose NOT to pick a demon. We hope that we have been brought up with morals. principles, values, that help us make good decisions, but in the long run, we are often consumed by the very demons that we hoped to avoid. Those we thought we could trust have become consumed and we find that we are beaten down and must join them to survive. But we don’t. We have a God that will help guide us and protect if we stand firm. Thanks for your insights. Prayers to you and John.

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    1. Marcia

      Thank, Toni. I think you are right–the demons that threaten us to the most are sometimes the most subtle and the very things to which we unknowingly grant control in our lives. Without Divine help and healing I am not sure any of us could escape their grip. Thank you for your prayers, too. Keep reading!

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  3. Mrs. Shoop,

    I just read your 9 blog posts and was quite moved. Good for you for standing up and exposing the hypocrisy of college football, the corrupting power of money, and the lack of integrity by those who pretend to uphold it. I was especially moved by your post about racism.

    My wife and I are involved with Mecklenburg Ministries, an interfaith organization in Charlotte that offers a program called “Souls of White Folks,” which exposes the role of white privilege in shaping our views of the world. It pains me to see football players of colors are viewed (and abused) in general and at UNC during the past two years in particular. Good for you for being an agent for change.

    Jeff C.

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    1. Marcia

      Dear Jeff,
      Thank you for reading and for your helpful comments. I know some about Mecklenburg Ministries and support the good work that you all do. I am actually the co-chair of the planning team for the 2012 National Multicultural Conference to be held in Charlotte in April 2012. Can you send me some more information about your program on white privilege through the contact email on my website? I’d love to see if there is a way to get this plugged in to our program.
      Thank you for all of the good work that you and your wife do. Sending prayers your way for strength, perseverance, and a bright vision to keep your efforts and energy up. Hope you’ll keep reading.

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  4. matt ott

    Your audibles are the most enlightening comments on the current issues in big time football. You have made me think about my own conduct which at times has demonized those who labor each Saturday. Only coaches are graded every Saturday by 60,000+ people in the coliseum up or down. Thanks for your insights…

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    1. Marcia

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Matt. I think it’s great that you are taking this opportunity to examine your own habits. We’re all the better for such a courageous move. Would that we could all be so bold! All the best to you, Matt. I hope you will keep reading.

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  5. David Schmidt

    Dear Marcia

    Thanks for the gift of your thoughts.

    Compassion, generosity of spirit and keeping the proper perspective are keys to a happier life, though they may make message boards a bit less interesting.

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    1. Marcia

      Thank you, David. I think you are right. And I would add that the “interesting” message boards don’t feed us in the long run. They are sort of like junk food–they might taste pretty good at the beginning, but the more you eat them the unhealthier you get. I generally try to avoid a lot of those message boards, but have taken a look at a few lately for my work on my book on sports and theology. The trajectory of many of the conversations in a hateful direction is disturbing and sad to say the least. And most of the conversations are done “in disguise” by people who don’t use real names. It is a virtual outlet for people’s worst tendencies. The most dangerous part is how it can feed mentalities beyond itself and actually create a more overarching mentality or opinion. We certainly see that dynamic in things other than sports–for good and for ill. I am glad you shared your comment here, David. And I hope you will keep reading and commenting.

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