September 21st, 2009


Good Thoughts for Ernie Harwell

I somehow missed this last week. Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, the radio voice of the Detroit Tigers for decades, has inoperable cancer.

I have so many memories of listening to Tiger games when I was a kid, and all of them involve Harwell's warm, mellow voice. A true Southern gentleman with an evocative turn of phrase, he made every game seem both important and yet still fun, blending statistics, play-by-play, and anecdotes with little things like, "And a youngster from Sanilac, Michigan caught that foul ball". I always wondered how he could possibly know.

Mitch Albom has an article about how Ernie's facing this, with information about a charity book launch later this month to help the homeless in the Detroit area.

What are some of your favorite sports radio moments, if you have them? I will never forget Ernie announcing that we'd just won the pennant in 1968, and he said, "Let's listen to the bedlam here at Tiger Stadium!" and then he and Ray Lane just sat back and let the crowd go wild.

Teh Stupid, It Burns #43,817,906

Michael Schwartz, chief of staff for Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), discussing pornography in a panel on "The New Masculinity":
But it is my observation that boys at that age have less tolerance for homosexuality than just about any other class of people. They speak badly about homosexuality. And that’s because they don’t want to be that way. They don’t want to fall into it. And that’s a good instinct. After all, homosexuality, we know, studies have been done by the National Institute of Health to try to prove that its genetic and all those studies have proved its not genetic. Homosexuality is inflicted on people....

And one of the things that [a "very good friend... who was in the homosexual lifestyle for a long time"] said to me, that I think is an astonishingly insightful remark. He said, “all pornography is homosexual pornography because all pornography turns your sexual drive inwards. Now think about that. And if you, if you tell an 11-year-old boy about that, do you think he’s going to want to go out and get a copy of Playboy? I’m pretty sure he’ll lose interest. That’s the last thing he wants.” You know, that’s a, that’s a good comment. It’s a good point and it’s a good thing to teach young people....

[I]f it doesn’t turn you homosexual, it at least renders you less capable of loving your wife. And it’s something you need to be healed of.
I don't have any idea what to say in response to this, apart from expressing incredible sympathy for him because of whatever screwed him up so badly.