Class Notes, Classless Coaches and Classic Heroes

Justin March 12, 2011 1

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I am a proud graduate of Boston University. (America East Champs. GO BU!)

That degree has provided me with a lot over the years. First and foremost, it grants me the right to have this conversation, over and over again:

“So, you went to BC?”

“No, I went to BU.”

Then I get to watch as the person’s face gets all contorted as they try to figure out if they’ve ever heard of BU before and if that’s the place from the Doug Flutie game.

But, as a BU graduate, I am also a proud recipient of Bostonia Magazine, the school’s quarterly alumni publication. Every three months, a periodical arrives in my mailbox, chock full of articles that no one in their right mind would ever be interested in reading. Quickly, I learned to skip right to the back and check the only sections that matter, “Class Notes” and “In Memoriam.”

You might think it’s creepy that I immediately check to see who has died, but it’s really the only quantifiable way to determine who I’m doing better than in life.  The class  notes sure aren’t doing the trick.  Here’s an example from the current issue:

Kathy Ehrich Dowd (COM’00) and Mark Dowd (COM’00) of Maplewood, N.J., announce the birth of their first child, Jack William Dowd, on April 1, 2010. “Jack is a master communicator already, as he is quite skilled at making sure his parents do exactly what he wants,” Kathy writes. Kathy is a pop culture and human interest freelance writer for several national publications, and Mark is a marketing and communications manager for Instinet, a brokerage firm in New York City. Kathy and Mark were married in 2004 at BU’s Marsh Chapel.

I’m always struck by two things when I read these things. First, how is it possible that I’ve never read a single note about someone I know? BU is a huge school, but it’s broken up into several smaller colleges. My graduating class in the college of communications was probably a few hundred people. I knew a lot of them and was friends with quite a few. Yet, somehow in the past 10 years, I have yet to read a familiar name in any of these notes.  My friends have accomplished quite a bit in that time. Why have none of them  been featured?

You may notice I just said “My friends have accomplished a lot.”  That segues nicely into the other thing I’ve noticed about these class notes.  I’m not getting in anytime soon. I’m not getting married. I’m not having kids. I’m not publishing a book about my work with orphans in the Ozark mountains.  And that’s not fair. Luckily, I have a website of my own and I can publish class notes too.

Justin (COM ’00) announces the reception of a number of compliments. On March 9th, he paired a green tie with a matching hooded sweatshirt. A number of the ladies at work commented on the outfit, which Justin believes toes the line perfectly between business and casual.

Justin (COM’00) admits he likes the Madonna song, “Borderline.” It came on during a recent visit to one of the those stores in New York that’s like a pharmacy, except it doesn’t have a pharmacy desk. You know the places I’m talking about. They usually have the word “discount” in their names and have a huge supply of hairdriers for sale. Anyway, Justin was in there buying toothpaste and the song came on. He heard the opening few bars and realized they make him happy.

Justin (COM ’00) finished 2nd in a recent Trivia Night at some random bar in Harvard Square. He got tripped up by the final question, whose answer was NOT Jefferson Davis. He celebrated by ordering a cheeseburger then taking a massive dump in the bar’s men’s room before the food came.  He was joined by John from 200 Miles From The Citi (COM ’00,) Dave From Brighton (COM ’00,) The commentor known as Scott Salley (COM ’00) and Mrs. Dave From Brighton (CAS ’02) also took part. (In the trivia and the cheeseburgers. Not the dumping. That was all Justin.)

There. I feel better.

Sports Illustrated: March 14th, 2011

Joe Dimaggio, Baseball, New York Yankees

PREGAME:

Here’s a riddle.

Q: What’s the quickest way to take a charitable and altruistic act and make it look like a naked attempt to garner cheap PR?

A: Be Ken Chavous of Washington DC

Here’s the letter he had published in Sports Illustrated this week:

On behalf of my law firm, SNR Denton US LLP, I am writing in regard to an article on Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL, Feb. 7). In it the author states that the University of Kansas hired SNR Denton to establish a scholarship fund for Robinson’s seven-year-old sister, Jayla, after the untimely death of their mother, Lisa. That statement is incorrect. The university did not hire our law firm, nor has it paid us any fees. Rather, we are representing Robinson and his family pro bono.

LOVE US. WE ARE GOOD!!

THE ARTICLES

Too Slick, Too Loud, Too Successful;  Why John Calipari Can’t Catch A Break by S.L. Price

There’s a common complaint which says the current media landscape is so fractured that a person can spend all day watching and reading “news” without hearing a single thing they disagree with. I go home and watch MSNBC because the coverage reinforces my liberal beliefs and the hosts are angry about the same things I am. Conservatives have the same feelings when they watch Fox.

That argument came to mind while I read this profile of John Calipari. To me, the guy has always seemed slimy as hell, though I could never explain why. And that’s exactly the point that S.L. Price’s profile makes. At least I’m not alone in feeling that way.

One other thing before we move on. Hemorrhoids are a real concern if you sit on a toilet for too long. This is a very dense article. Please don’t try to read the whole thing in one sitting.

Defiant In Denver by Lee Jenkins

George Karl comes off like a whiner and a crybaby.  It sounds like he resented Carmelo Anthony for being good because it meant Karl would not be recognized as the great coach that he thinks he is. The second part of this article, about Josh Kroenke and Masai Ujiri, was far better.

The Public Enemy by Michael Farber

I leave this article with no impression of Matt Cooke either way. Is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? I don’t know and I don’t really care.

Rebuilt To Last by Grant Wahl

I did not read this article.

The Streak by Kostya Kennedy

It seems like SI is publishing a lot more book excerpts lately. Is that indicative of it’s writers getting more book deals? Or is it a sign of the economic times? Its cheaper to publish part of a book that’s already been written than it is to pay a writer to do an original story.  Also, I was shocked to find out that Kostya Kennedy is a man.  This is what he looks like:

I always imagined Kostya to be a woman’s name.
Finally, we move onto the body of the piece.  In my entire life, I have never read anything that makes Joe DiMaggio sound like a nice man.  I have no problem deifying him as a symbol (I’m actually wearing a San Francisco Seals T-shirt as I write this) but it’s strange to continually read how short he came up as a person.  To me, the end of this article, which mentioned Mario Cuomo, Gay Talese and Maury Allen as 9 year olds following the hitting streak, is a far more appealing reason to read the whole book.
Point After by Phil Taylor
If you would like to read a far more interesting and timely take on what it’s like to be a Mets fan, check out 200 Miles From The Citi. John’s writing is far more interesting and far less choked with cutesy gimmicks.

One Comment »

  1. John March 12, 2011 at 11:18 am -

    Great job. Except it’s John (COM ’99). America East Champs!!

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