MYTH: Gender labels are ‘harmful’

first_imgGay teachers put forward case for gender-neutral toilets, uniformsNZ Herald 5 October 2017Family First Comment: No – gender labels are biological reality and toilets reflect that and the privacy and vulnerability of young students. What the teacher experienced was completely unacceptable. But the school should teach the students to respect ALL teachers at ALL times. But don’t use it to promote gender confusion.First-year teacher Ruby Grant has had homophobic graffiti written on her classroom wall. Students have told her she will go to hell.Now she is fighting back. She spoke out today at the Post Primary Teachers Association conference in support of a call for the Ministry of Education to issue new guidelines to make schools safe for “students, whānau and staff of minority genders and sexualities”.The association wants the guidelines to include gender-neutral toilets and gender-neutral uniform options in all schools.Grant, 29, trained as a statistician and gave up her job as a data analyst in Wellington to train as a maths teacher on the job at Onehunga High School this year under the Teach First scheme.She had never worn a school uniform, attended the uniform-free Wellington High School, which she described as “the most liberal school in the country”, and said she had never experienced serious homophobia before.“My whole life was this beautiful liberal bubble,” she said.“Then I moved to South Auckland. I have really been struggling.“My classroom has been graffitied with homophobia twice. I’ve had a few students come up to me and tell me I’m a sinner and I’ll go to hell.“But I’m a visitor to South Auckland. People say, ‘Just be yourself and eventually they will respect you,’ or, ‘Try to be less gay.’”READ MORE: read more

Liverpool table offer for Trabzonspor keeper Cakir

first_imgLiverpool have made an offer for Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. But the Reds have reportedly made an approach for another option in Cakir. “There are offers for Cakir, we continue to receive offers. It’s been said Liverpool have made an offer,” said Agaoglu. Read Also:FA Cup: City, Chelsea, Liverpool know fourth round foes “So a team that is undefeated in the Premier League wants my keeper. In other words Liverpool’s goalkeeper is in my goal.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Outrageous Ideas That Made People Ridiculously RichBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… The Reds have bid to sign Cakir, according Trabzonspor’s club president Ahmet Agaoglu. Liverpool are not short of options between the sticks with Adrian providing strong back-up to Alisson.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgIn Western Visayas, a total of 2, 286curfew violators have been held across region the imposition of theenhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on March 20. “Despite our call for the people to stayin their respective houses in order to contain COVID-19, still there’rehard-headed people who are staying along the road and roaming around withoutusing mask,” said PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong. Out of 505 curfew violators in IloiloCity, Molo district has the highest number of violators with 163 followed by Jarowith 116. Persons who are allowed to travel arethe medical health workers, doctors and crews of delivery trucks carryingfoods and water. MANILA – Violators of quarantinemeasures will still bearrested even without the presence of inquest officers, the Department ofInterior and Local Government (DILG) warned the public. The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission(PACC), for their part, also came up with a separate statement on Saturday thatviolators of quarantine measures may be subject to warrantless arrest evenwithout serious resistance. According to PACC, this was by virtue ofRepublic Act No. 11332 Section 9, which prohibits non-cooperation which ispunishable by one to six months of imprisonment and a fine of P20,000 toP50,000. “Tuloypa rin ‘yung panghuhuli ng ating mga pulis. Dadamputin pa rin po sila,”said DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, rebuffing the statement of PhilippineNational Police that curfew violators will no longer be subject to arrest. “I am urging the people of Iloilo Cityto stay in their house and do not go out during curfew hours,” Dampalreiterated./PN Malaya added they will coordinate withthe Department of Justice (DOJ) to have skeletal workforce of inquest officersas most of them are on home quarantine. The ECQ has started on March 20 untilApril 14, thus all passenger jeepney and taxi are not allowed to travel and allestablishments except for food chain and convenience stores. On the other hand, Iloilo City PoliceOffice (ICPO) director, Police Colonel Eric Dampal said that the 505 who havebeen arrested for curfew were those who sitting down along the road others werejust walking around that violate the executive order No. 55-2020 of City MayorJerry Treñas. Treñas signed an EO during hispronouncement that the entire Iloilo City will be under the ECQ or lockdown inbid to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Police authorities Tuesday night nabbed 16 persons for violating curfew hours in Iloilo City Proper. They were temporarily held at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN There were also 512 persons who weredenied to enter and exit there were 243 persons arrested for social distancingand Negros Occidental topped with 113 then Bacolod City 105. Based on the record of the PoliceRegional Office 6 (PRO-6), from March 20 to March 28, there were 2,286 werearrested in the region – of which Bacolod City has the highest number of arrestwith 1,004; Iloilo City has 505; Negros Occidental followed with 442. BY ADRIAN STEWART CO and RUBY SILUBRICO “Desperate times, call fordesperate measures. Uncooperative individuals cannot be allowed to have theirway, and pose a serious threat to the health of the public,” it added. “To enable the authorities toeffectively carry out the quarantine measures violators may be subject to awarrantless arrest, and charged under Art. 151 of the Revised Penal Code, evenif there is no serious resistance” the PACC said. Pictures of alleged curfew violatorsbeing rounded up in cages and reports of others being made to stay under thesun for long periods have been posted on social media, triggering anger fromsome people who said rights were being violated. Eleazar said these reports would beinvestigated, adding that the PNP has continuously reminded its people not tophysically harm offenders.last_img read more

Whitehead stampedes to first IMCA Modified victory

first_imgJeff Taylor and R.C. Whitwell were next across the stripe. It took the Texarkana, Texas, driver just two starts to accomplish that goal. The runner-up on March 7 at Ardmore when Chris Bragg raced to career win number 101 in the division, Whitehead led the last 22 laps in winning the Southern Stampede main event, and $2,000, Thursday night at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. Whitehead moved to the Modified division after winning 10 Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod features the past two seasons. Also first on opening night at Ardmore, Butler made it two wins in two 2020 starts after a long run in third. He caught Brandon Watson for second before getting the best of Gregory Muirhead in a lengthy battle for the front spot. Bryan Schutte was third. Fain led all 20 laps from the pole, pulling away from the pack following each of three restarts. He ran one groove up from the bottom before switching to the lowest line six circuits in and outrunning hard-charger Andy Altenburg to the checkers. “I’m a big Jeff Taylor and R.C. Whitwell fan,” said Whitehead, well aware of who was chasing him as the race wound down. “I just concentrated on hitting my marks. That’s all I could do.”  Stock Cars – 1. Tommy Fain; 2. Andy Altenburg; 3. Bryan Schutte; 4. Troy Burkhart; 5. Bobby Miller; 6. Marcus Hahn; 7. Todd Decker; 8. Jordan Zillmer; 9. Michael Attebury II; 10. William Gould; 11. Brandon Hopper.  “That track has been a nemesis to me,” said Fain. “It was good to finally finish one.” “We try to make it to Ardmore as often as possible. It’s 210 miles one way from home so it’s not a hop and a skip,” the new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate stated. “I wanted to win once this year but never expected to win one like this, especially with those guys there.” The fourth-year Southern SportMod driver, sponsored by Knowles Performance Engines, Hoosier Southwest, TCC Carbs, Curtis at Western Flyer Race Cars ad Dark Horse Racing Shocks, earned career win number 12 in the division ahead of Muirhead and ninth starting Jared Baird.center_img Friday and Saturday Stampede events were lost to inclement weather. ARDMORE, Okla. (March 12) – Justin Whitehead started his rookie season hoping to get a single IMCA Modified feature win. Wheeling a car owned by Billy White at W & W Timber, Whitehead had dropped back to fourth after starting the 25-lapper from the pole. He went to the top side of the track to rally and outrun a field of heavy hitters from seven states.  Tyler Stevens and Jared Hoefelman rounded out the top five. IMCA Modified career win number one for Justin Whitehead came at Southern Oklahoma Speedway’s Stampede special. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Feature Results Tommy Fain and Tate Butler were $1,000 winners in IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Southern SportMod main events, respectively.  Modifieds – 1. Justin Whitehead; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. R.C. Whitwell; 4. Tyler Stevens; 5. Jared Hoefelman; 6. Fred Wojtek; 7. Matt Guillaume; 8. Chad Melton; 9. Kenny Kostenbader; 10. Chris Elliott; 11. Matt Bonine; 12. William Gould; 13. Mike Goodson; 14. Cory Sauerman; 15. Curtis Allen; 16. Jason Hilliard; 17. Travis Bragg; 18. Brint Hartwick; 19. Chris Bragg; 20. David McKay; 21. Christopher Luttmer; 22. Michael Ables; 23. Jerry Ensey. “The last caution came with four to go,” he added. “I don’t normally count laps but I was counting those.” Southern SportMods – 1. Tate Butler; 2. Gregory Muirhead; 3. Jared Baird; 4. Rodney White; 5. Brandon Watson; 6. Skylar McFarland; 7. Kyle Robinson; 8. Matthew Day; 9. Chance Whitworth; 10. Raymond Hoedebeck; 11. Michael McCullough; 12. Matt Beasley; 13. Dan Day; 14. Tommy Dove; 15. Chase Vineyard; 16. Travis Penrod; 17. Devin Chambers; 18. Tim Warner; 19. R.C. Gregg; 20. Jeremy Henry; 21. Dalton Hickman; 22. Roy Tibbs; 23. Ricky Wilkerson; 24. Brandon Gritz; 25. Kale Westover.last_img read more

Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa added to Kolkata Knight Riders squad

first_imgNew Delhi: Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday announced Sandeep Warrier and KC Cariappa as replacements for the injured pace duo of Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi in the upcoming edition of the league, starting March 23. Warrier, 27, plays for Kerala in Indian domestic cricket and has been a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past, while Cariappa has played for the Kings XI Punjab and the KKR in previous editions of the cash-rich league.Warrier has 41 wickets to his name from 40 Twenty20 games at an economy of 7.09. He picked eight wickets in six games at an economy of 5.81 for Kerala recently in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.On the other hand, Cariappa has scalped 25 wickets from 28 T20 games. While Nagarkoti was ruled out of this year’s competition following a back injury, Mavi is out of the season due to a back stress fracture. IANSAlso read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Ming continues Podium form -‘noses’ to Saturday win

first_imgIT was a fight to the finish for overseas-based Guyanese Calvin Ming, who carved out his inaugural win for team Pelfrey in the Formula 1600 series,round 17 in New Jersey.Ming stood proudly atop the podium on Saturday;having edged out teammate Phillippe Denes by 0.001 of a second and Neil K-Hill motor sports Verhagen in the first of the three-race weekend.Pelfrey’s Calvin Ming ‘noses’ past his teammate Phillippe Denes in the first race of the day Pelfrey’s Calvin Ming ‘noses’ past his teammate Phillippe Denes in the first race of the dayFollowing the race, Series officials went to the video, looking at multiple angles, as the finish was too close to call. Officials also inspected the transponder box locations in each Mygale chassis, according to the F1600 site.“It was a good race, at the start. Peter Portante and I managed to get away but in the end everyone came on strong,” said Ming, who drives the No. 82 machine for Team Pelfrey.In race two, a late charge from Verhagen saw him win the first of two races on Sunday morning ahead of teammate Peter Portante,who finished second while Saturday’s winner Calvin Ming was third for Team Pelfrey.Verhagen started the race in last place and moved up before joining teammate Portante. That lead did not last long, however, as Ming and Phillippe Denes, for Team Pelfrey, tracked down the K-Hill duo as the race wound down.But a spirted effort from the two K-Hill drivers pushed them to more than a second ahead when the flag droppedVerhagen completed his double in the final race of the day,with team mate Portante second; Denes finished in third and Ming fourth.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Twitter Reactions: Was Rohit Sharma Out or Not Out? – Fans have answered

first_imgNew Delhi : After Rohit Sharma’s controversial dismissal, the technology and umpires face the heat from cricket fans around the globe. Batting first, the Indian team was off to a decent start with both KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma applying themselves beautifully.In the initial overs, the duo was able to score five runs an over to set the pace well. However, in the sixth over, Rohit Sharma, who seem to be quiet till then, opened his arms and went after West Indies speedster Kemar Roach and smashed him for a six and four and it looked that momentum is with India. However, on the last ball of the over, Kemar bowled a good length delivery and there was a noise as it went past the bat and West Indies reviewed it.The soft signal from the on field umpire was ‘not-out’ and third umpire needed a conclusive evidence to change the decision. The ball was pitched on a hard length and jagged back sharply into the right hander. From a distance, it looked, there was a gap between bat and pad, and the ball must have snaked through that.However, the third umpire Michael Gough said it’s bat which left Indian fans bewildered.Eventually, the onfield umpire had to change his decision and Rohit Sharma, who looked good for his 18 runs had to take a long walk back to the pavilion. As he walked back, he had a little smile on his face and appeared that he doesn’t think there was an inside edge.Further, the ardent fans took to the Twitter and expressed their thoughts. With this, News Nation brings to you the best Tweets you will see over social media today: Hey you blind fellow how you gave that out blindly??? Michael gough #INDvWI #CWC19— Shetty (@Shetty4507) June 27, 2019Aaj ke match ka 3rd umpire Michael Gough— Ajay devgan* (@RaytaBaba_18) June 27, 2019 Michael Gough umpiring..😂😂Rohit Sharma Not Out❤️❤️— Sandesh Sapkota (@s0_nd) June 27, 2019Rohit Sharma Heading to the Third Umpire’s Cabin after the match #IndvsWI— Salman Abjani (@SalmanAbjani) June 27, 2019Indians Fans Searching for 3rd Umpire after Controversial Dismissal of Rohit Sharma#RohitSharma #INDvsWI— Anish S Singh (@stylishanish007) June 27, 2019#IndvsWI#RohitSharma given out by third umpire after using new technology— NaughtyBoy (@Godiswatching19) June 27, 20193rd umpire mood #RohitSharma— Mukesh Amrito (@imkamrito) June 27, 2019After this match #RohitSharma #INDvWI— Milind Prasad (@imMPRASAD) June 27, 2019 For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Brutal England break 27 years of pain, sail into final with Australia thrashing

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. England has reached the final for the first time since the 1992 World Cup.England has defeated Australia for the first time since 1992.England and New Zealand have never won the World Cup title. highlightscenter_img New Delhi: The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will see the crowning of a new champion. After New Zealand defeated India to enter the final for the second time, England booked their place in Lord’s on July 14 with a clinical and brutal eight-wicket thrashing of Australia in the second semi-final in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Edgbaston on Thursday. This was England’s first win against Australia since the 1992 World Cup and it will be the first time since that night in Melbourne 27 years ago that England has reached the final. This was Australia’s first-ever loss in the semi-final and the five-time world champions were given a taste of their own medicine by an England side on the cusp of creating history.England was always in the hunt when their bowlers had run through the Australian top order thanks to an early burst from Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer. Australia had no hesitation in batting but they were undone by the brilliance of England’s new-ball bowlers, who found swing and bounce on the Edgbaston deck to set the ball rolling. Jofra Archer sent back Aaron Finch for 0 while David Warner, who was the leading run-getter for Australia in this edition, fell to Woakes. When Peter Handscomb fell to Woakes with an in-cutter, Australia was in deep trouble.However, Steve Smith and Alex Carey demonstrated their mettle and stitched a solid partnership. Smith looked untroubled and regularly kept the scoreboard ticking. Carey suffered a blow to his jaw when an Archer bouncer took his helmet off and he had to be bandaged heavily. Carey carried on and he took the attack to the bowling and the partnership put England on course for a decent total. The partnership went past 100 but Adil Rashid’s double strike in the 28th over changed the course of the game. The legspinner removed Carey with a flighted ball and the batsman danced down the track but holed out to deep midwicket. In the same over, he removed Marcus Stoinis with a googly and Australia lost momentum.Smith looked in good touch and scored his fifty and Glenn Maxwell got going with a six and four off Rashid. However, Archer struck by removing Maxwell with a knuckleball for 22 and it was left to Mitchell Starc and Smith to ensure Australia batted out the full fifty overs. Starc and Smith pushed Australia past 200 but in a moment of brilliance from Jos Buttler, he affected a direct hit at the bowler’s end and Smith was run-out for 85. England cleaned up the tail and Australia was all out for 223. In response, Roy and Bairstow blazed away in a rapid century partnership. Both batsmen regularly found the boundary and Roy showed his class by smashing his 18th fifty. In one over bowled by Steve Smith, Roy blasted a hat-trick of sixes as 21 runs came off the over. With both batsmen tearing the Australian bowling apart, it looked like the hosts were on their way of inflicting a humiliating defeat on the five-time champions. Australia found some redemption when Mitchell Starc trapped Bairstow LBW for 34 and the decision could not be overturned even on review.The wicket by Starc took his tally of wickets to 27, the most by any bowler in one edition of the World Cup and it broke Glenn McGrath’s tally of 26 during the 2007 World Cup. Roy continued on his merry ways but there was a massive moment of controversy during the 20th over bowled by Pat Cummins. The bowler bowled a short ball down the leg side and Roy went for the pull, he missed and Alex Carey dived to his left and appealed for a catch. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena was initially hesitant to raise the finger but he did and that resulted in a shocking reaction from Roy.Roy was flabbergasted and he decided to hang on, furious and muttering to himself. He clearly said that why it is not wide. Umpire Marais Erasmus from square leg urged Roy to go as England had lost the review. The confusion was compounded when umpire Dharmasena gave an indication to the third umpire of a review when he had given him out. However, England had no reviews and it only increased his anger. Roy walked off for 85 and there were massive boos heard around the stadium.However, the dismissal did not affect England and Joe Root and Eoin Morgan ensured England crossed the line in a canter to set off rapturous celebrations in Edgbaston. The teams that defeated India in this tournament have qualified for the final. The teams that finished in the top two – India and Australia – are out of the tournament while the bottom two are in the final. In more ways than one, the final on July 14 will truly be historic.last_img read more

Court orders Bush to submit deposition

first_imgFormer USC running back Reggie Bush has been ordered to give a deposition April 23 in regard to a lawsuit filed against him in the ongoing investigation of whether or not he received inappropriate funds and gifts.Push · Former Trojan Reggie Bush was drafted in 2006, but controversy from his days at USC has followed him as a professional ever since. – Photo courtesy of Joel Zink San Diego-based sports marketer Lloyd Lake has filed suit in San Diego County Superior Court looking to recoup nearly $300,000 in gifts and cash that Lake and his marketing firm allegedly provided to Bush and his family during his time at USC.Bush was ordered by Judge Steven R. Denton to provide his out-of-court testimony for the case in order to determine if Bush needs to repay Lake’s company New Era Sports & Entertainment after he allegedly broke a marketing agreement Bush had with the firm.If Bush did indeed receive funds from the firm, he would be in violation of NCAA regulations on agreements amateur and collegiate athletes can have with agents and marketing firms prior to their declaration for the NFL draft.Michael Michaels, who along with Lake co-founded New Era Sports & Entertainment, was also ordered to give a deposition to the court. Michaels brought a similar suit against Bush three years ago and settled for a reported figure of $300,000.Until this time, lawyers for Bush had attempted to prevent Michaels from giving a deposition on the matter because of the terms of the settlement agreement, but could not convince the court of the matter.Michaels will be deposed     April 21.Bush and his attorneys had filed a bid for a confidential arbitration on the matter in order to keep records of testimony and depositions out of public record, but lost their appeal.Because the testimonies are now viewed as public record, the NCAA has requested the depositions of Michaels and Bush be submitted to the committee, which is currently investigating the USC as a whole.University officials, including athletic department members, met with the NCAA infractions committee at the end of February as part of the NCAA’s investigation of infractions revolving around Bush and former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo.USC and the NCAA had expected results of the investigation around mid-April, but the committee’s request for copies of the depositions signals that the investigation is ongoing.The NCAA was unable to get a sworn statement from Michaels until this point because of the confidentiality agreement in his settlement with Bush, but it will now have access to his side of the story.Bush’s deposition will be the first time he has answered questions under oath regarding Lake and Michaels’ accusations, which first came to light in 2006.Lake alleges that Bush’s stepfather, LaMarr Griffin, came to him in 2004 with a plan to create a sports marketing agency with Bush as their most visible client. Lake then alleges that between 2004 and 2005, he supplied Griffin, Bush and his mother, Denise Griffin, with cash and gifts upwards of $290,000. Bush’s family also stayed in a Spring Valley, Calif., home owned by Michaels after the family ran into financial trouble. Other alleged gifts included a $13,000 1996 Chevrolet Impala.After Bush won the Heisman trophy in 2005, his relationship with New Era allegedly fractured. An article in the OC Register stated that sources said, however, that Bush attempted to repair the relationship before he hired agent Joel Segal and Mike Ornstein as his marketing representative.last_img read more

Grinding Gears: Let’s just enjoy rest of football season

first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanWhen UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen found a wide open Jordan Lasley in the end zone for his third touchdown of the night on Saturday, I groaned.Not because it cut USC’s lead to just 5 points with plenty of time remaining in the fourth quarter, but because I realized that, in the likely scenario of USC hanging on to win, I would be writing the same column that I had written essentially all season long — how the football team has been good enough to win most of its games, but performs poorly enough to warrant criticism. This is why the Trojans are on the outside looking in on the playoff.On Saturday, the theme continued. USC, ranked No. 11, was victorious but never really pulled away from an unranked UCLA team fighting to just be bowl eligible. The Trojans didn’t really take advantage of the worst run defense in the Pac-12, racking up just 153 yards when UCLA’s opponents had been averaging 302 rushing yards per game. And USC’s secondary was porous, allowing Rosen to go off for 421 yards in the air, completing 32 of 52 passes. Lasley, who finished with 204 yards, had nearly more receiving yards than the entire USC receiving corps, which recorded just 264 as a unit.“I don’t think any game is perfect, but our kids did what was needed to be done to win a hard-fought ball game,” head coach Clay Helton said.Rinse, wash, repeat. The only thing missing in the postgame presser was a “control our own destiny” quote. So, in the spirit of not regurgitating another downtrodden Monday reaction column and reminding myself why I even have this column, it’s important to touch on the simple fact that we should appreciate what we are watching, that we sports pundits who critique and rip apart players and pretend to be smarter than the coaches need to not forget why we signed up for this life in the first place.We would be nothing without the atmosphere that sports creates — the storylines, the thrill of covering a big game or the drama leading up to a big moment late in a game. And USC’s season, for better or for worse, has had it all.Case in point: Saturday night. National television. Primetime. USC vs. UCLA. Sam Darnold vs. Josh Rosen. 82,407 people packing the Coliseum. Any sports fan would love to be in the stadium. And we were treated to a good game, with both Darnold and Rosen showing off why they are the two best quarterback talents in college football — Darnold with his scrambling ability and improvisational skills and Rosen with his laser, NFL-ready arm. Perhaps in 20 years, after both have had successful professional careers, we’ll look back at Saturday and think, “Remember the time we were fortunate enough to watch Darnold and Rosen play each other in college?”But we don’t think that way, at least not right now. After the game, Rosen was asked about UCLA’s red zone problems, about whether he agreed with his coach’s decision (RIP, Jim Mora) to kick a field goal instead of going for it on fourth down when a drive stalled in the USC red zone in the fourth quarter. Darnold was questioned about why he didn’t throw the ball away before halftime instead of running and being tackled inbounds as time expired, costing the Trojans at least 3 points.To be clear, these are legitimate questions to ask. But sometimes, when we get deep into the analysis, when we alleged sports experts decide to point out Darnold’s percentage completion in the red zone at home in the third quarter of a night game when his team is trailing, we lose track of the big picture, of why we watch sports in the first place.We don’t watch sports to break down stats — at least I don’t. I watch for the memorable moments. Moments like redshirt sophomore long-snapper Jake Olson getting to play. Moments like Darnold leading a frantic late-game comeback to beat Texas in front of a sellout crowd at the Coliseum. Moments like redshirt junior cornerback Ajene Harris tackling Utah quarterback Troy Williams short of the goal line to save the game. I’ll even enjoy watching players like Rosen or Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate work their magic against USC, because I appreciate greatness and don’t take it for granted.Unfortunately, I’ve strayed away from that this season, which is partially my own doing, but also because the Trojans have been objectively underwhelming almost every single Saturday. Still, that’s not an excuse to ignore why we show up to work every single week. We don’t show up to the press box to rip Sam Darnold. We show up because every game, we might witness something special, something exciting, something we have never seen before. USC will have two more games in its 2017 campaign. That’s two more games to — instead of sulk and complain about where USC’s season ended up — soak in, experience and realize just how lucky we are to be sports fans.Eric He is a junior majoring in journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” ran Mondays.last_img read more