Check out this story, as written by Graham Watson on Yahoo! Sports, and let me know what you think….
A 5-year-old boy learned the hard way that Columbus, Ohio, isn’t the only place that hates Michigan — apparently Oklahoma does too.
Young Cooper Barton wore his favorite Michigan shirt to Wilson Elementary in Oklahoma City and was told it violated the Oklahoma City Public Schools dress code and was asked to turn the shirt inside out. According to the dress code, students are only allowed to wear Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or apparel from another Oklahoma state school. Everything else is a violation (especially Texas).
“They should really worry about academics. It wasn’t offensive. He’s 5,” Cooper’s mother Shannon Barton told News9.com.
The dress code also prohibits professional apparel.
This isn’t the first time a kindergartener has been asked to ignore their collegiate allegiance. In February, Emma Burton of Olathe, Kan., refused to color a University of Kansas Jayhawk because she and her parents were devout Kansas State fans.
According to the television station, the Oklahoma City Public Schools dress code was created in 2005 as part of a way to rid schools of gangs and gang apparel.
Obviously, it’s a little ridiculous to think 5-year-old Cooper was trying to rep his gang colors. His parents are just big Michigan fans and so is he. Consequently, the school district will revisit the dress code policy.
Perhaps it will be overturned so Cooper can rock his shirt for the big game against “Ohio” (as Brady Hoke would say).
Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll!
So, we’ve now established the winner in the NCAA basketball championship (don’t you love the way I say that like we all played a part in it). For those of you who do not follow sports, this tournament is the culmination of the Division I basketball season. It’s essentially the best of the best in college basketball.
Congratulations Kentucky! It’s been an odd tournament, to say the least. I’d like to also congratulate Kansas…what an awesome season for this college. I was really pulling for the underdog and with a final score of 67-59, Kansas got closer than some thought they could.
I don’t keep up with the regular season, but I do follow March Madness, and you should too. Why, you ask?? Because it’s exciting, devastating, unpredictable, and awesome. These kids are fighting to declare themselves NBA ready, working hard to carry their team to the finals, and since they haven’t been tainted by the fame and fortune of professional sports yet, they lack the unattractive “diva-ness” the NBA produces on a daily basis. There are dunks, three pointers, and Cinderella stories every year that define March Madness as a must watch series.
Last year around the middle of March, there were two people left who had picked perfect brackets. One was an elementary school kid whose teacher decided the entire class would complete brackets and learn a bit about statistics (read gambling) and the other was a man who never watched basketball. Ever. That is how March Madness goes…just unpredictable and the chances of you guessing the results correctly only increase if you aren’t a fan.
The fans put forth too much effort, if you ask me. They consider things like who’s on the disabled list, who won when this team matched up previously, who is on a hot streak, and who is not. QUIT CONTEMPLATING. None of that matters in March Madness people. Obviously. By the completion of the first round, I had eleven wrong. And that wasn’t bad compared to the rest of my family. This year when we were halfway through, there wasn’t a single correct bracket left in the ESPN database.
Within the first two days of the tournament, two teams ranked 2nd in their specific regions fell to teams that were ranked 15th in that same division. What??? Seriously, who could have guessed that on their bracket? Duke fell to Lehigh and Missouri fell to Norfolk State. I don’t know about you, but I’d never even heard of Lehigh and didn’t know Norfolk State had a basketball team, but good for them! For those two schools, who barely even made it to the tournament, they had a day that will go down in the history books and those seniors will be telling this story so often their grandchildren will say No Grandpa, not the basketball story AGAIN! And they deserve the spotlight for a few minutes (or a few years), because what they accomplished was not only unheard of, it was normally impossible. In the history of the tournament, two teams ranked 15th have never beaten two teams ranked 2nd. And I suspect it won’t happen again anytime soon.
I realized after the first round of tournament that I should have completed my bracket in pencil. I’ll try to remember that for next year, but I didn’t give up on this current one after the eleven losses, and interestingly enough I almost got the final four correct anyway! Had UNC survived the elite eight, my final four would have been almost perfect. I already had Louisville and Kentucky, and was very close with UNC, but my mistake was not reading the news the day I filled out my bracket. I had Syracuse winning the whole thing…no one told me the center was down and out. Darn it. But Syracuse still made it very far into the tournament without their big man, kudos to them. Shows what an awesome program they’ve got up there in ol’ NY.
Next year will be very interesting since three of UNC’s starters are going pro, along with Doc’s kid, and along with some other key players, I’m sure. Better to get recruiting coaches!!
Bracket or no bracket, March Madness is something everyone should watch. To see these kids leave it all out on the floor is truly inspiring and better than any other TV program available in the month of March. This goes for both tournaments, men and women. Have you heard of the Baylor coach for the women? You should look up her story if you get a moment…truly inspiring and proof that some of the coaches out there are worthy of the tremendous salary amount!
Now….what I can’t wait for……..and will blog about often……….is the OLYMPICS! BRING IT ON AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!
Happin’ Bloggin’ peeps…
Take two of yesterday’s state laws that are…well, strange. There are some really good ones today and I couldn’t pick a winner. Let me know which one you believe should receive the crown, and after listing all states we’ll put the crowned against each other. Let’s figure out which state has the strangest laws! Have a terrific Tuesday…
You can’t shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile. I’m not GREAT with geography, but I’m thinking you’re going to have a hard time finding whale in TN anyway.
Hollow logs may not be sold. It’s almost Easter…wonder if they have this law with chocolate??
More than 8 women may not live in the same house because that would constitute a brothel. Wow, it’s 16 women in Pennsylvania…never thought I’d see TN more strict than another state on this topic!
It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish. Hey, that’s a true talent and if someone can do it, I say let them!!
It is illegal to dare a child to purchase a beer. So double dog dare ya is out?
Rabbits may not be shot from motorboats. Well at least there’s a chance rabbits are in Kansas.
Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear tail lights. My all time favorite law…are they battery operated? I can hear the commercial now…and if you call right now, we’ll throw in an extra pair of butt lights…all for $9.99
No one may catch fish with his bare hands. Like TN, this is also a talented individual.
No one may sing the alphabet on the streets at night. Twinkle, twinkle’s ok, but not that darn alphabet!!
Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses. NICE! What about gumdrops and candy kisses?
No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour. Somebody tell the Knight Rider!!
You may only throw a frisbee at the beach in Los Angeles County, CA with the lifeguard’s permission. Absolutely NO WHERE else darn it and here’s hoping your lifeguard’s nice!!
Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool. There go our chances for America’s Funniest Video!
City Council order reads: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.” The master should also have his very own muzzle…
You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person. That’s a fine line between being broke and going to jail.
Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire. But maybe I like my steak well done.
It is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck. I’m going to revert back to yesterday’s post…someone had to do this for it to become a law…poor giraffe.
It is legal to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen years of age and have legal permits. This is wrong on so many levels.
You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile. This law is just so they can claim the busiest 911 call center in the nation!
One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once. Green’s ok though.
Dogs may not molest cars. Haha…down boy!
A woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission. The good ol’ days…now we can buy whatever we want, work, vote, and talk back. No wonder the murder rate has increased every year!
Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business. Meaning it’s ok, as long as you don’t have to pay for it?? How convenient…
It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing “body hugging clothing”. Haha, so no prostitute tight clothes, but can go topless? You can tell this is when men were making laws and wives were prevented from having an opinion.
Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”. Headlines “Larry, Moe, and Curly have been forced to leave NY”.
It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun. Every single person with a sibling has broken this law.
The penalty for jumping off a building is death. Everyone’s gotta have a back up plan for a suicide attempt.
Just like yesterday, all of these are courtesy The Dumb Network. Happy Bloggin’ everyone!