Screwing Up is What Kids Do, So Spare TCU QB Casey Pachall Your Self-Righteous Hypocrisy

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Hey, by any chance did you catch Dale Hansen last night on Channel 8 talking about that poor kid at TCU who got kicked off the football team for misbehavior? Man, I'm telling you: sometimes Hansen is my mullah.

He was talking about somebody who had written him saying we should pass a law that any kid convicted of "moral turpitude" should be banned from college sports and lose all scholarship support for life. Hansen, the Channel 8 guru of sports for the last 29 years, basically told people who think like that to go to hell.

"I don't want to be judged by the choices I made when I was 21," Hansen said last night, "and I'm not real comfortable being judged by the choices I made at 61."

He is a sportscaster, of course. But then, look: when Hansen is on the money, he is on the damn money, and on nights like last night Dale Hansen is my main man, whether he wants to be or not.

The kid in question, TCU quarterback Casey Pachall, was arrested recently on suspicion of drunk driving. Last August a police investigative report emerged showing Pachall allegedly had confessed to cops that he had used marijuana and other drugs.

It was a report, not an indictment, not a formal charge of any kind, certainly not a conviction. But the emergence of the report meant that even before he got popped for drunk driving Pachall was already in the middle of a big public relations disaster for his school, Texas Christian University.

The larger drug scandal at TCU last February was areal deal, and it did involve the football team, some of whom have been tried and sentenced. It was good police work, and the Fort Worth Police Department deserves kudos.

But in the aftermath of the drug revelations and Pachall's more recent arrest, we have seen a virtual shit-storm of stupefying hypocrisy about Christians, booze and drugs. The Dallas Morning News recently ran a story under a headline, "Quarterback's arrest is latest blow to Christian TCU's image."

What image? Did somebody think being Christian kept people from drinking and doing drugs? I hung out at enough Irish bars as a young man to have come away with exactly the opposite impression. I always remember comedian David Steinberg's joke on the Carson show 100 years ago: he told Carson his father had taught him that Christians were normally well-meaning people who sometimes sold their children for whisky.

But I go too far, as usual. Hansen wasn't with me on any of that. He didn't say a word about Christians. He said, "It's incredibly frustrating to send a kid to school with a chance to play the games that we all dream about playing and then watch that kid waste the opportunity he has because he breaks the rules.

"But that's what kids do; they break the rules. They make some incredibly bad choices. I did, and I'm betting you did, too."

Oh, yeah. Let's not even go there. Earlier, talking about drunk driving, he used that phrase, "There but for the grace of God ..." That one always gives me the willies. Last night I wanted to whisper to my TV set, "Dale, would you mind lowering your voice?"

Grace, indeed. I'm still hoping he was on vacation.

The Dallas Morning News has a story this morning about a guy running for sheriff who wants to cut back the meals in the jail from three a day to two and not let the prisoners watch sports on TV. Being locked up in Lew Sterrett is already so miserable, such a living hell, why would somebody think he could get votes by promising to make it even meaner?

It's because he's one of the Real Haters - the people who think they can make themselves more virtuous (and probably richer) by hating and tormenting anybody who fails to live up to their own supposedly pristine moral code. They really are the American Taliban.

Last night Hansen talked about people who want to impose their own definition of moral turpitude on everybody else. He said, "I don't want to live in that country."

Yeah, me either, Dale. I'm with you. I do not want people to drink and drive. I do want to encourage kids not to engage in self-destructive behavior. But I know what world I live in.

The worst thing we can do is hand somebody a black robe and a whip and tell him to go use it on morally flawed human beings. I better not see that guy coming down my street. He's who I got this shotgun for.


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penitentiary_steel
penitentiary_steel

Yeah, Schultze and his liberal ilk save their vitriol and intolerance not for lawbreakers, but for those that disagree with their beliefs.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

All day long I been thinking, if  Christian could sell his kid for whiskey, how much whiskey could get?

SportsterSportaliss
SportsterSportaliss

All and all I think this is a good thing because now I get to hear the name Trevone Boykin during every TCU game recap. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Such ridiculous hypocrisy and cynicism on the part of these college officials!  They treat their players like pieces of meat ready for the slaughter, but when the media catches on to a story about their misbehavior, the officials are SHOCKED, shocked, I tell you...

PerryMoore
PerryMoore

The American Taliban? Good job, Mr. Schutze. Now you've got me hating the haters.  Kind of a Catch 22 we have here.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

While I agree with the general point, Jim loses the argument by operation of the Taliban Corollary to Godwin's Law.

 

Let's get something straight right now--notwithstanding the Left's love of the term, there is no such thing as an "American Taliban."  Nobody in America favors stoning women to death for having sex out of wedlock.  Nobody in America favors dynamiting statues of Buddha.  Nobody in America favors giving sanctuary to the terrorist organization that killed 3,000 Americans on September 11.

 

If you want me to think your arguments are anything more than the ravings of a hyperpartisan lunatic, then you should avoid the use of that hateful term.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

Jim,

I always laugh when they talk about cutting back on prisoners' TV privileges. What people don't realize is that the TVs in prison actually save money. When the prisoners' eyes are glued to the boob tube, they aren't up to mischief. This means you need fewer guards, and it is safer for the guards on duty.

 

As to the little idiot getting pulled over for drunk driving and arrested for drugs. I do not care what happens to him. If he had not been a football player, I doubt that we would have heard about it. Hopefully, the treatment he is going into will help him get his life straightened out. But, otherwise it is a non-story in my opinion.

Edward
Edward

Obviously anyone who relates "Christian" with "TCU" isn't that familiar with TCU. Similar to SMU, TCU is Christian in name only. I don't mean the students aren't Christians or anything like that, just that the religious influence at TCU and SMU are nothing like Baylor or Oral Roberts.

 

People don't go to those school because they are Christians or because the schools are affiliated with any churches. I WENT to TCU and am always trying to remember what church it's affiliated with, while everyone knows exactly what church runs Baylor.

roo_ster
roo_ster

How old is he?  21YO? He is no "kid."

 

He is old enough to be responsible for his actions.  If a newly-minted 18YO soldier a few months out of high school can be held to account via the UCMJ for his actions, a football player at a private university ought to be expected to be responsible and live up to the agreement he made with TCU.

 

I am more than tired of infantilizing grown men and women who ought to know better.

 

OTOH, I am not a fan of the War on Some Drugs and the too-tight 0.08BAC standard.  I have seen no data at to whether he was blowing hot, was driving recklessly, or whatnot.  When drunk driving is defined down so far as 0.08BAC, I not ready to condemn someone who got snagged by the DD laws until I know more data.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

So he was spotless before this recent arrest?

 

Oh, wait...

 

Spare us the whining about the whining. The dude had more chances than most anyone in life or in that school would get to not fuck up. They're even going to let him re-enroll after rehab--let's not act as if he's being thrown under the bus.

 

Oh, the poor kid's just trying to be a QB of a Top 25 team and just so happens to be around drugs and alcohol quite a bit and is being unfairly judged for it...

 

Spare me indeed. Pachall deserves actual consequences for once, beyond not playing football. 

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Hyperlink to DMN story about the hypocrite that wants to be sheriff isn't working, for me anyway. Guess I'll have to go over there and look for it.

Guys like that need to be followed around 24/7 and have there lives turned inside out to showcase all their foibles and felonies.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

They are essentially proposing a zero-tolerance law, and where you have "zero tolerance" you have zero thought.  I'm not for the War on (Some) Drugs to start with, but even most people who are for it agree that the laws are supposed to be there to keep people FROM ruining their lives, not to CAUSE it.  (That they inevitably cause that anyways is another comment.)

 

There's one more angle.  Say you pass this draconian "What we celebrate about the 60s is now verboten" law.  The end result is not going to result in reforming delinquent ball players.  It's going to cause offenses by ball players to never be reported or policed in the first place.  We already have a problem with schools like SMU letting rapists go with a slap on the wrist.  How will schools react when millions of football revenue are on the table? 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Schutze, I'm with you and I'm agin ya on this one.  You're right, of course, we all make stupid decisions and do stupid things in our youth.  Those of us with a y-chromosome seem to make even dumber decisions well into middle age.  For an offense such as this, a lifetime ban on organized sports seems pretty harsh

 

If he was on scholarship, however, I'd say the school has every right, and indeed a duty, to ban this kid from returning (to their school, not to college or sports in general)  That scholarship slot could have been used by someone who took it for what it is: A school paying the kid via an education in return for the kid playing excellent football and staying eligible. Just like any employer, the school needs to be pretty harsh on employees who will suck up the benefits and not remain fit to do the job.  Of course, if the kid isn't on scholarship, this paragraph is a moot point anyway.

JustSaying
JustSaying

What ever happened to the days of the cop realizing that he had a star football player in the car and he called the coach instead of taking the player into custody and booking him? Isnt this still Texas? 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

He may have cost himself millions in the NFL, and lost his gig at TCU but those are his problems.  Sucks it happened, but what do you think the percentage is of people who are ripping him, that go out and have a few drinks and then drive home.  I bet its more than you think

RandyAynIsAPain
RandyAynIsAPain

 @penitentiary_steel

 Poor little woobie, all locked up behind the right wing constructs and restrictions of your own narrow mind. 'Penitentiary_steel' seems a perfectly appropriate synopsis of conservative philosophy.

 

Just to refresh, conservatives are the ones who despise dissension, free speech and anyone who doesn't wave Old Glory like an unprincipled, jingoistic boob. Conservatives are the ones trying to keep people from voting.

 

Liberals will give a platform to anyone, even to their own detriment. We'd even listen to someone like you rant and rave.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

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PerryMoore
PerryMoore

Actually, high school seniors (and their parents) are standing in line, hoping for the opportunity to be treated "like pieces of meat." The money is just too good if Bubba does happen to make it to the slaughterhouse. Lots of hypocrisy and cynicism going on here, but don't blame the college. Been there. Screwed up. Got slaughtered. Nobody's fault but mine.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @James_the_P3 Do you also get your knickers in a twist when somebody with a more conservative bent like, say, Limbaugh or Beck, calls liberals "commies" or "Marxists"?

 

If not, I'd invite you to STFU.

NoCrackersInBed
NoCrackersInBed

 @James_the_P3

I'm not so sure the 'Left' you delineate so cavalierly even exists, but if you think that members of the Christian Identity,  KKK, New Black Panthers and Aryan Brotherhood will abide by the morals embedded in your 'nobody favors...' assertions, then perhaps you are suffering from hyperpartisan hyperbole OR you are naive.

 

Nonetheless, I would love to believe that all Americans are too intelligent to be suckered into hating others based on religion, race, creed, political persuasion or complection and are willing to work together.

Edward
Edward

 @James_the_P3 Our good friends at the Family Research Council (which Gov. Romney and the Republicans all support - Perkins was the first call made after Romney recently stepped in it about abortion) have supported the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda, and also have stated that gays should be put in jail. 

 

Vice President candidate Paul Ryan and many others within the Republican party want to criminalize abortions. That's what happens when you outlaw abortions: women and doctors go to jail. Your daughter or wife could go to jail – even if the abortion is to save the woman's life, or is a result of incest or rape.

 

As Ryan so eloquently put it: "rape is just another method of conception".

 

I honestly believe if some in the religious right wing in America could get away with it, they would be more than happy to stone a lot of different people.

 

Can you call them the American Taliban? That might be a stretch, but their idea that ALL Americans should live under THEIR religious views appears to match up pretty well with what the Taliban has done in countries like Afghanistan.

gmit
gmit

 @James_the_P3 Replace stoning with "making abortion an illegal shameful back room act" and replace budda with Alla and Ill bet you can get some fans

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @Tim.Covington But somehow, for whatever reason, since he is a football player, we are supposed to provide some sort of leniency for his misdeeds.  And that leniency is not granted to others because they are not football players.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Edward Disciples of Christ, or the Church of Christ.  Though there are two of those.  The TCU/Disciples of Christ (symbol is a cross in a wine glass) are a liberal tradition and could be confused for Episcopals or moderate Methodists.  Baylor and Oral Roberts are a horse of a different color

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

and somebody oughtta steal his wheels and leave his truck on blocks in his driveway

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @ScottsMerkin As one of my friends said one night, "If there's one thing I've learned about drinking and driving its... uh... that I can do it."

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

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ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

 @Edward  @James_the_P3

 You're right. My opposition to killing the unborn is completely wrong-headed.

 

We should be able to terminate the life of anyone we deem unfit according to our own standards. Just think of all the problem school children that could be "re-assigned" because someone determined that their life was either not fulfilling or interfered with someone else's happiness.

 

Silly religious viewpoints.

 

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

 @gmit Yes, because outlawing abortion is completely the same thing as stoning a woman to death for extramarital sex.  No difference whatsoever.

 

And since there are no statues of Allah . . . .

gmit
gmit

 @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  @Tim.Covington I didnt see anyone asking for leniency, not only did he loose a job he loves, he is more than likely at least temporarily derailing a free education.

 

Ive know lots of folks that got DWIs and they didnt loose there jobs, they went on with their lives, now the kid lost privdliges he worked really hard to get, no one is arguing that he didnt do anything wrong   

roo_ster
roo_ster

 @scottindallas Well, that's a bit more sporty than 0.08BAC. I recall when the law was something like 0.20, which I can unambiguously get behind.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @scottindallas So now a DWI is no big deal? What about when you tack on his admitted prior drug use? A time-out to rehab is getting off easy. Getting expelled permanently and having to transfer would be fair in most people's books, and that's not including his legal ramifications.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @roo_ster  @James_the_P3  @gmit Actually, I'm firmly against abortion.  Moving to make abortion illegal, I think, would be an "overbearing central gov't making blanket rules for all.", would it not?

The mantra "If you don't like it here, you're free to leave." is the least thoughtful, most un-American argument one can imagine.  Our government is set up so that if one doesn't like it here, they can become involved in the process and work for change.  There are a lot of things wrong with the abortion laws we have now; the father has no input, it eliminates personal responsibility for sexual conduct, etc.  Morally, I have a ton of arguments against abortion.  However, that is my morality.  Others do not happen to share the same morals and values that I hold, and the government should not be able to legislate my morals, or that of the christian right, the liberal left, or any other group as the 'morals' of the nation.

I will grant you that the path taken to legalize abortion through Roe v. Wade was a usurpation of the government process.  We really need to stop legislating from the bench.

roo_ster
roo_ster

 @RTGolden1  @James_the_P3  @gmit "...and a christian fanatic assassinating an abortion doctor is different from a terrorist attack in what way?"

 

Rarity?

 

"...Even with abortion legal, there is a social stigma attached to it.  Stigmatization is a short step from ostracization which is but a little hop from dehumanization."

 

O, my dear and fluffy lord.  Social stigma, shunning, etc. is how a group of people manage some minimal sort of organization without requiring an overbearing central gov't making blanket rules for all.  IOW, absent such informal social controls, you have bigger, nastier central gov't.  You may like who is in control today, pushing your agenda, but tomorrow is another day and another policritter.  OTOH, if you find local social mores constricting/contrary, you can move to another locale and abort babies for use as appetizers for you and your very best buddies.

 

Your 2nd Amendment analogy is not analogous.

 

 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @AdultBabies  @RTGolden1  @James_the_P3  @gmit Islamic fundamentalist terrorism was also, at one time, a rare occurence.  It is still universally condemned except for a small number of like-minded fanatics.  Most current acts of terrorism are not state-sanctioned, they're the acts of bilious organizations that ebb and coalesce like the stuff inside lava lamps.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @James_the_P3  @gmit and a christian fanatic assassinating an abortion doctor is different from a terrorist attack in what way?

 

By the way, it's a question of degrees.  Even with abortion legal, there is a social stigma attached to it.  Stigmatization is a short step from ostracization which is but a little hop from dehumanization.

 

To put it on terms the radical right would understand (just in case you belong to that faction), it's very nearly the same thing as saying the assault gun ban is the first step in rescinding the 2nd amendment.  Anytime government becomes a servant without a conscience to the masses, there is an imminent danger of atrocity lurking in the shadows.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @roo_ster you sure about that?  I remember the law being .1, which is better, though accidents don't seem to occur until passing the .12 threshold.  .08 is ludicrous.

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