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A Humble Apology

December 27, 2010 - Al Stephenson
At least I know now that people actually read my blog. If only I knew what I was talking about when I blogged.

When I blogged about my disappointment with Ohio State football players, including Terrelle Pryor, for violating NCAA rules, I took exception to the fact that Pryor said he sold championship rings etc. to help out his poor mother. I suggested that he should have left OSU early if he wanted to help her out financially.

A reader gave me twenty lashes for being so ignorant that I didn't know he could not go to the NFL until after his junior year. The reader was right of course, and here I sit with egg on my face and apology in hand. The fact that the Buckeyes have had several "one and done" hoopsters in recent years, such as Oden, Cook, Conley, Koustas and Mullens - must have addled my brain.

I hereby submit a very humble apology to Terrelle Pryor and my readers. Though I am still disappointed with the actions of the Buckeye players, I can add my own name to the list of people I am disappointed in. There is nothing good about my gaffe, unless of course the whipping I'm enduring prevents me from screwing up again. One of the complaints I had with the football players was that if they weren't sure whether their behavior was against NCAA rules, they should have asked. After all ignorance of the law is no excuse. That is true of athletes as well as slightly more mature bloggers.

While I am atoning for my sins, let me point out that Elvin Hayes and the University of Houston Cougars broke a 47 game UCLA winning streak in the Astrodome in 1968. It was Notre Dame that snapped the Bruins 88 game streak in 1974. While it would seem that there is no end to my mistakes, I will endeavor to right the wrongs whenever they arise.

The view from my seat suggests that I deserved to be taken out behind the woodshed. I will not be deterred from future ramblings, but I will be more careful about what I say.

Crow is not that tasty.


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