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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

May 29, 2007 — Duke Lacrosse Season Ends Short of Title

Updated — today's items:

Reade Seligmann will attend Brown UniversityEric Tucker, AP/News & Observer:
Cleared Duke lacrosse player will attend Brown -- Reade Seligmann, one of the three former Duke lacrosse players cleared of rape charges, will attend Brown University in the fall and play lacrosse for the Bears.

"I hope to make them proud of accepting me as a student," Seligmann said Tuesday in a statement provided to The Associated Press by his attorney, Jim Cooney. "I am looking forward to just being a student again."

Seligmann's announcement came a day after the Blue Devils lost to Johns Hopkins 12-11 in the NCAA championship game in Baltimore.

"I appreciate the support and loyalty of my teammates and coaches at Duke," Seligmann said. "I will miss them. I know that they will understand why I cannot return to Duke. I have been proud to be a part of their team and I am grateful for the support they have given to me over the past year." ...
LS forum: Reade picks new school
FreeRepublic: Duke lacrosse player headed to Brown
TalkLeft: Reade Seligman Headed to Brown

Friends of Duke Univ: Thank you!
KC Johnson: Seligmann to Brown
John in Carolina: Duke Loses to Brown
Evans(#33) and Schartzmann stop shot by Duke's Ned CrottyLorenzo Perez, News & Observer:
Duke denied at finish -- Jays edge Devils in NCAA lacrosse final for 2nd time in 3 seasons -- Matt Danowski walked off the field with his Duke lacrosse helmet still on his head, his fingers tightly gripping his mask as if the Blue Devils senior captain wanted to make sure no one could wrench the helmet off his head.

The quest to cap this comeback season with a championship fell one goal short against the same foe that held off Duke in its last trip to the NCAA final. Wanting no part of the redemptive storyline that was meant to end with Danowski and his teammates celebrating a title, third-seeded Johns Hopkins instead held on for a 12-11 victory Monday and its ninth NCAA lacrosse championship.

The Blue Jays (13-4) limited Duke's high-scoring duo of Danowski and junior attackman Zack Greer to a combined three points and led by six goals at the start of the second half before the Devils (17-3) mounted a furious rally that tied the score at 11 with 4:37 left. Only 1:12 after

Duke freshman Max Quinzani tied it with a deflection of a Nick O'Hara shot, however, the Devils failed to clear the ball out of their defensive zone, and Hopkins All-America midfielder Paul Rabil scooped it up and fed Kevin Huntley for the winning score.
LS forum: Duke vs. JHU - National Championship
TalkLeft: John Hopkins Beats Duke

News & Observer: Photo Gallery, May 28, 2006, Johns Hopkins 12, Duke 11
Peter Lamada (#5) and other Duke players salute fans after gameKevin Armstrong, Sports Illustrated:
Statement game -- Blue Devils hold heads high despite unhappy ending -- The 41 members of the Duke men's lacrosse team walked off the field in anonymous fashion Monday afternoon.

Fourteen months after "Wanted" posters carrying their headshots appeared on light posts and trees throughout their Durham, N.C., campus, the national championship runners up exited the national stage with their facemasks and shoulder pads still on. Identifiable only by the numbers on the front and backs of their jerseys, they walked into the stadium tunnel in two single-file lines, leaving their mark on the field with a comeback that fell three inches wide of the goal's left post...
Erik Boland, Newsday:
Duke comeback falls short -- Rebound from canceled season, 10-4 deficit falls just short against Hopkins -- From the time he took over the toughest job in college lacrosse last summer, John Danowski's eloquence and forthrightness helped in slowly healing the wounds from a lost season.

Yesterday, he found the precise words in summarizing what the majority of fans at M&T Bank Stadium had hoped to see.

"This isn't Hollywood. There's no storybook endings for these kids," the former Hofstra and current Duke coach said. "And for that, I'm sad." ...
Mike Wise, Washington Post:
Introducing the Program That Needs No Introduction -- This is where we are in our backward-logic, little world of sport: Johns Hopkins winning the national championship in men's lacrosse was thought of as a spoiler story, the one angle that could ruin the pixie-dust run at redemption by Duke.

That's right, the most successful program in the history of the college game was cast as the Evil Empire on Monday -- the Yankees with sticks and masks. Dave Pietramala, Hopkins's slightly gruff taskmaster of a coach, wore a Darth Vader-black polo pullover to prove it...

KC Johnson:
Wiser still -- “Duke,” [Mike] Wise complained, “received more attention for what was wrong with lacrosse in the past year than all the things that have been right with the sport at a place like Hopkins since 1883.”

Mike Wise is a sportswriter at the Washington Post, just down the road from Johns Hopkins’ campus in Baltimore. According to a Lexis/Nexis search, Wise wrote zero articles about Johns Hopkins lacrosse in 2004. ... zero articles about Johns Hopkins lacrosse in 2005.

zero articles about Johns Hopkins lacrosse in 2006.

Until last Friday, he had written zero articles about Johns Hopkins lacrosse in 2007...
Duke goalie Dan Loftus, top, stands as Johns Hopkins’ George Castle celebratesDavid Ginsburg, AP/FortWayne.com:
Embattled Duke falls in lacrosse final -- There were hugs, handshakes and plenty of tears. The Duke lacrosse team had run through a myriad of emotions over the past 14 months, and now it was over.

The Blue Devils had an almost unfathomable comeback fall short in a 12-11 loss to Johns Hopkins in the NCAA championship game Monday, and afterward the locker room was eerily silent...

At game’s end, Pressler hung his head. But he visited with his former players after it was over.

John Danowski expressed pride in being able to coach this team, which accomplished everything it set out to do until coming up a goal short in its final test.

“As you can imagine, it was emotional afterward,” John Danowski said...

Sports Illustrated entitled this AP article Duke's fairy tale over

Larry Brown Sports blog:
She’s a Hooker and a Stripper, Not a Dancer -- This is really something I’ve stewed over for the past year or so, dating back to the time when the Duke lacrosse story was being reported on a regular basis. And to this day, when reference is made to the Duke lacrosse team, most notably on Monday when they lost in the national championship game to Johns Hopkins, their rape case is synonymously noted. But one thing about every mention bothers me. Sports anchors and sports writers insist on referring to the woman in question, who clearly made up most of her allegations, as an “exotic dancer.” Bullshit...Let’s just call her what she really is — a hooker...

Katie, The Ramblings of a Female Sports Fan blog:
Bandwagons, JHU, Lacrosse, and Why I Hate most Networks -- The past week has really strengthened why I generally cannot stand most sports networks. I am sure we are all well-versed in the 2006 Duke Lacrosse Scandal. Did those guys pull some shady business? Sure. Is Crystal Gail Mangum a lying sack of you-know-what and deserves punishment? Of course. Are we all really that surprised that she won't ever get it? I know that I'm not. With all this being said, I find it completely ridiculous that networks made out this Duke team to be some kind of bunch of heros...

I am very happy that the Duke team was able to place so well, but not because of what happened to them, because they played a great season, regardless of anything else.

titivil blog:
duke sucks -- Funny, when I think of the Duke lacrosse team, I think of a bunch of rich kids playing under the inspirational slogan "WE DIDN'T ACTUALLY RAPE THE STRIPPER"...

comment: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it” — Adolf Hitler

Paul McMullen, Baltimore Sun:
Zerrlaut, Evans reduce Duke's Big 2 to 3 points -- Johns Hopkins pair limits Greer, Danowski to one goal, two assists -- Zack Greer had six goals and Matt Danowski collected four assists April 7, when Duke beat Johns Hopkins, 11-9, at Homewood Field.

They were half of the All-America attack, and both made the NCAA all-tournament team, but not because of anything they did in Round 2 against the Blue Jays yesterday.

The Hopkins heroes in the NCAA title game included Eric Zerrlaut, a fourth-year junior out of St. Mary's who limited Greer to an assist, and Michael Evans, a sophomore out of South River High who restricted Danowski to an assist and a goal, which came on a one-on-one in transition...
Kevin Van Valkenburg, Baltimore-Sun:
Jays thwart Duke dream -- Record 9th lacrosse title came down to Hopkins' play, not rival's troubles --Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala - a bear of a man with a consummate 5 o'clock shadow, a neck thicker than an oak tree and a stare that could freeze a mugger in his tracks - sat down in a plastic folding chair yesterday and grinned.

All around him, on the turf field of M&T Bank Stadium, his players were celebrating the Blue Jays' emotional, exhausting and unexpected victory in the NCAA championship, a 12-11 triumph over Duke University. They snapped pictures, they ran laps around the stadium and they flipped their gloves and sticks into the stands, into the arms of grateful grade-schoolers...
Duke Chronicle:
Johns Hopkins defeats Duke in title game -- Top-seeded Duke fell to third-seeded Johns Hopkins, 12-11, in the NCAA Championship Monday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

In front of a NCAA-record crowd of 48,443 fans, Johns Hopkins' Kevin Huntley scored the final goal with 3:25 remaining to seal the Blue Jays' record ninth NCAA lacrosse title. After Huntley's goal, the Blue Devils had several scoring chances, but misfired their shots in the game's final minutes, ending the team's hopes of earning its first national championship.

Duke ended its season with a 17-3 record and placed four Blue Devils -- Ned Crotty, Matt Danowski, Zack Greer and Nick O'Hara -- on the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
Aaron Beard, AP/News & Observer:
BEARD ON LACROSSE: Duke's season of redemption comes to end -- It ended in an absolutely eerie come-full-circle moment: For the second time in three seasons, Duke's lacrosse team had lost by a single goal to Johns Hopkins in the NCAA championship game.

It was a crushing loss for a team determined to make amends for their near-miss in 2005. But considering where the Blue Devils spent the year in-between, it's a loss that will start to look pretty good once the sting starts to subside....

Rick Maese, Baltimore Sun:
Despite final chapter, book isn't closed on Duke saga -- When it was all over, despite desperate pleas and collective exhaustion, you couldn't help but notice that it wasn't really all over.

The clock showed a string of zeros and the seats at the stadium emptied. While players in another locker room took turns holding their NCAA championship trophy, down the cement corridor beneath M&T Bank Stadium, in another room, members of the Duke lacrosse team sullenly packed their gym bags.

The game was over -- they had lost the championship, 12-11, to Johns Hopkins -- but the saga that has come to define the Blue Devils program isn't fortunate enough to get packed away with the sticks and pads, tossed in a truck and thrown into storage.

As midfielder Brad Ross says: "There's no closure to something that will be with you your whole life." ...
Gary Lambrecht, Baltimore Sun:
Save banks 9th title -- Jays turn back Blue Devils on Schwartzman's final stop at :07 -- With a national title on the line and time running out on a Duke team that was the undisputed darling of a huge crowd at M&T Bank Stadium, Johns Hopkins senior goalie Jesse Schwartzman admitted he didn't get a good look at the shot.

But Schwartzman was there again yesterday when the Blue Jays needed him most. And after his kick save stopped a 7-yard shot from the right side of the crease by Duke midfielder Brad Ross with seven seconds left, and a desperation 17-yarder by attackman Max Quinzani went wide right as time expired, Hopkins had topped off its grinding journey with another crown.
Mike Lopresti, Gannett News Service/USA Today:
Duke's against-the-odds run ends in 'emptiness' -- Their near-miss Monday was as agonizing as any team could dread, with a dream lost by the barest margin. And when they hurt in the locker room afterward, the men who play lacrosse for Duke did not look much like villains. They looked like college kids who just had their hearts ripped out.

"It was the last goal we had for ourselves, to win a national championship," Matt Danowski would say with red eyes. "It was almost like failure.

"It's just an extreme feeling of emptiness."

They are the team some put on wanted posters last spring. The athletes who had protestors outside their apartments, beating on pots and pans and carrying signs that called for their heads.

They lived a hot-button national soap opera — lest anyone has forgotten — that included a team party with exotic dancers, rape charges against three players, a rush to judgment, marches in the street, coast-to-coast scrutiny and seething criticism, a season cancelled and a coach fired.
LS forum: Duke's against-the-odds run ends in 'emptiness', USA Today's retard-in-chief sez
Dan WetzilDan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports:
A team of their own -- The resurrection of Duke lacrosse following 15 months of accusations and allegations, sins and sensationalism, indictments and ethics charges, a canceled season and finally a run to the final, furious seconds of the title game, never was about a school some players may attend but don't trust.

This always was about the 41 names on the backs of their 41 jerseys.

This was a team, in many ways, without a school because it was a school, in many ways, that didn't want a team. Some faculty members still don't want it, no matter the dropped charges, the exposed lies and the track record of model behavior since.

"We weren't winning for Duke itself. We weren't winning for the faculty. We weren't winning for the students," Danowski said. "We were winning for ourselves. It sounds cliché, but at one point all we had was 41 guys and our family. We didn't have student support. We didn't have faculty support. It was really just about us." ...

And some of the worst offenders were their own faculty and the administrators who caved to the tidal wave of groupthink that, to this day, continues to unapologetically condemn them all...
KC Johnson: Standing Out
Craig Henry, Lead & Gold blog:
Outstanding column on Duke lacrosse -- A couple of items he mentions add credibility to the idea that Duke needs to address the Gang of 88's excesses because they were "university-sanctioned" actions...
KC Johnson:
More Sports Reporters -- In a thrilling championship game yesterday, the Duke men’s lacrosse team fell just short of a national title, losing to Johns Hopkins, 12-11. The performance in the NCAA tournament brought the team back into the national spotlight, although this time for its athletic accomplishments, and so it tended to be covered exclusively by sports reporters.

Some of this coverage was first-rate... But the last few days featured embarrassingly poor pieces by sports columnists in major newspapers: the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Jose Mercury News....
Duke Coach John Danowski, center, praised his players’ hard work after the game.Pete Thamel, NY Times:
Duke’s Comeback Season Ends Short of the Title -- His eyes red from crying and the eye black on his cheeks smudged from sweat and tears, the Duke senior Matt Danowski did his best to maintain his composure.

He had just trudged off the field after the Blue Devils’ 12-11 loss to Johns Hopkins in the N.C.A.A. men’s lacrosse title game Monday, and Danowski’s emotions were a mixture of sorrow and pride.

“Right now there’s a sense of emptiness,” he said. “No one wants to walk away with a second-place trophy. But I’m extremely proud of these guys and the way we handled ourselves since last spring.”

Danowski’s mixed emotions underscored the prevailing feeling in the Duke locker room after the team endured 14 tumultuous months...
Jason Whitock, KansasCity.com:
Duke lacrosse inspiring -- A sloppy first-half performance in Monday’s national-title game denied the Duke lacrosse team the storybook finish many of us wanted. The Blue Devils rallied from six down before falling to Johns Hopkins, 12-11.

The loss does not diminish the lesson to be learned from the Blue Devils and their handling of the false rape allegations that made us take interest in them in the first place.

The Blue Devils are to be congratulated for surviving the past year and advancing all the way to the NCAA title game. The Duke lacrosse program and its players were demonized by overzealous media representatives, academics who hate jocks and racial opportunists. Typical, irresponsible college behavior (underage drinking) was used as an excuse to paint the Duke players as potential skinheads...
Bob Sikes, GettingPaidtoWatch blog:
Jason Whitlock touches all the bases -- …..with this morning column about the inspiration of the Duke Lacrosse Team. Whitlock’s message for Black American’s is phrased in a manner that everyone should read...
John in Carolina:
1st Lt. Lynch & Sgt. Regan Remembered -- In the Duke community all who knew them remember with affection and respect 1st Lt. Matthew D. (Matt) Lynch, ’01 and Sgt. James J. (Jimmy) Regan,’02. ...
KC Johnson:
Unsung Heroes -- This afternoon, at 1pm, Duke’s men’s lacrosse team will take the field to battle Johns Hopkins for the national championship. Today’s post looks at four of the unsung heroes of this year’s squad, not for what they’ve done on the field, but for how they’ve handled themselves over the past 15 months...

Junior Bo Carrington (#31) is an ACC Academic Honor Roll Selection..,

Yesterday, senior Tony McDevitt (#44) was named a third-team All-American defenseman; he also was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award, given to a senior lacrosse student-athlete “who excels both on and off the playing field.” ...

Sophomore Michael Catalino (#29) joined Carrington as an ACC Academic Honor Roll selection. ...

Junior Rob Wellington (#48) is, like Carrington and Catalino, an ACC Academic Honor Roll selection. ....
comment by LaxParent -- Thanks for your recent post. I know all 4 boys will be slightly embarrassed by your generous praise. They like so many did only what they could. The whole lacrosse community was presented at different times with different opportunities to help and all came through. It was a wonderful flower to watch bloom in the wasteland surrounding the case. There were so many who did what was right, and it is an interesting comment on society today that doing what is right stands out so profoundly...
KC Johnson:
Unfortunate ESPN Comment -- This evening on ESPN's Sports Center, anchor Neil Everett introduced a story by mentioning the scandal and then stating "the allegations were never proven."

Never proven? I believe the word that AG Cooper used was "innocent" --an all-but-unprecedented declaration--as part of a general statement that no evidence existed to substantiate the charges.

This is the network broadcasting tomorrow's final. Is it unreasonable to expect an accurate portrayal of the case?
Aaron Beard, AP/News & Observer:
Danowski showing right touch in leading Duke out of dark period -- - John Danowski knew he was inheriting a Duke lacrosse roster that had the talent and the hunger to win a national championship.

But it was also an angry team - bitter from the false allegations of rape that took three teammates away and a stole a season. It was a team that remained fiercely loyal to its previous coach, a man the players felt unfairly lost his job as a result of the since-discredited allegations.

Yet the easygoing Danowski has become nothing but a success - he's on the verge of leading Duke to its first national championship in his first year as coach - by spending as much time nurturing and counseling wounded players as planning game strategies.

"It's part of the job," Danowski said Sunday. "You would do that anyway if you thought it was necessary to help your team improve. That's one of the neat things about this profession. The Xs and Os or setting a pick, that's fun. And this is fun too, that you are part of their lives." ...
KC Johnson: Beard on Danowski

LS forum: Coach D - The Coach You Always Wish Your Kid Had
Lorenzo Perez, News & Observer:
Family ties help bind Duke -- John Danowski had a three-time prep All-America lacrosse player living under his own roof, and yet the longtime Hofstra coach did not spend much time recruiting his son Matt.

Matt Danowski left Long Island, N.Y. with his father's blessing for Duke four years ago; it was the son's turn to welcome his father in July when John Danowski arrived in Durham to guide a team in need of both a coach and a counselor. ...
Bryan Strickland, Herald-Sun:
Danowski's approach yields results for Devils -- When the Duke Blue Devils advanced to today's NCAA men's lacrosse championship game with a last-second victory Saturday, first-year Duke coach John Danowski stood back from the raucous celebration, letting the players enjoy the moment.

Danowski's perceived hands-off approach now has the Blue Devils one victory away from getting their hands on the NCAA championship trophy for the first time in school history.

"He just kind of steps back," junior midfielder Brad Ross said. "It really is our game. He doesn't tell us what we're going to run. He asks us, 'OK, what do you think is working?' He gives us a lot of leeway...
Pete Thamel, NY Times
Year After Scandal, a Sport Thrives -- Jim Jennings, the commissioner of the National Lacrosse League, remembers sitting in a meeting with a potential advertiser about a year ago.

Jennings, in his seventh year as the head of the professional indoor league, spent most of the 90-minute meeting discussing the Duke lacrosse case. He left without a deal.

“People didn’t want to associate their brand with lacrosse,” Jennings said.

The Duke case centered on a woman’s accusation that three Blue Devils players had raped her at a team party in March 2006, after she had been hired to perform as a stripper.

One year later, the charges against the players were dropped and the North Carolina attorney general called the district attorney, Michael B. Nifong, a “rogue prosecutor” in a “tragic rush to accuse.”

As the case swung over the course of a year, so did the perception of its impact on the sport, which many thought would be harmed.

“It’s not the way we wanted to grow the game, certainly,” said Duke Coach John Danowski, whose team plays Johns Hopkins for the N.C.A.A. title Monday at M&T Bank Stadium. “But listen, we weren’t the first to say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Someone said that long ago...
Kevin Armstrong, Sports Illustrated:
Band of brothers -- Jimmy Regan, the former Duke lacrosse player from Rockville Center, N.Y., will not be in attendance at M&T Bank Stadium on Memorial Day to see his alma mater challenge Johns Hopkins for the NCAA Division I lacrosse national title.

The alumnus from the class of 2003 will not be paying $20 to park in the lots surrounding the stadium for the pre-game tailgating. He won't join with fellow former Blue Devils in raising a Duke-blue Solo cup to the accomplishments of this year's team.

Regan, an Army sergeant from the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was killed Feb. 9 at age 26 when his vehicle was hit by an explosive in Northern Iraq. Having earned a Purple Heart, Bronze Medal and several other medals in his four tours of duty split between Iraq and Afghanistan, Regan was buried with full military honors on a wintry February day in Virginia.

"With what Memorial Day means for honoring the military, let alone that the lacrosse community has its championship on this day every year, [Jimmy's father] told me that Jimmy would be smiling down on us," said Duke assistant coach Kevin Cassese...

Duke's lacrosse success nothing to cheer about -- The idea that the Duke lacrosse team's success is a feel-good story makes me ill.

There is no allegory of redemption in having Duke play Johns Hopkins Monday for the NCAA men's title, and there is nothing to the notion that it is a just reward for an injustice perpetrated on the team last year...
LS forum: Phillip Hersch, Duke lacrosse makes him ill
Lake Ozark Expo
Editorial: Duke lacrosse destined for greatness today on ESPN -- The Duke Blue Devils face off against Johns Hopkins for the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship at noon today on ESPN2.

We wish the Blue Devils what they were wrongfully denied in 2006 - Victory.

Too often the public convicts the souls of the accused before the truth of the fact is uncovered. Last year, an accuser called three players rapists behind a North Carolina prosecutor bent on taking down a bunch of Ivy League jocks. The University, once the tower of knowledge and the banner under which these athletes battled, suspended the accused from school and was instrumental in shutting down a championship-calibur team.

Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans were innocent...
KC Johnson:
Trustees, Dartmouth, and the AP -- The Duke case has provided a good example of how Boards of Trustees, by taking an excessively passive approach to their oversight role, can cause significant harm to an institution...
John in Carolina:
N&O’s Neff Misspeaks at Press Club -- I purchased an audio tape of the panel session from the Press Club...I’ve listened to the tape. La Shawn had it right. Joe Neff said what she reported. In fact, Neff went into detail about what he said was the N&O’s refusal to use anonymous sources when reporting the “Duke lacrosse case.”

That from the man many people say is the one N&O reporter “you can trust.”

Neither Taylor nor Reider questioned Neff’s bogus claim when he made it, or at any time that’s recorded on the tape.

I'm sending Neff the email below inviting him to correct the record. I’m going to send Taylor and Reider links to this post, and invite their comments.

I’ll let you know what I hear back...
Joan Foster, LieStoppers:
"If You're Not Lyin', You're Not Tryin" --
So many lies and obfuscations
In Queen Crystal's "back up Band!"
Remember "blunt force trauma"?
Remember Meehan on the stand?

The "inaccuracies" in coverage
In the local Durham Press!
The NC-NAACP case Narrative!
Hometown fibbers sure impressed!

In Durham they appreciate
Lying as "creative art."
They expect everyone to do it.
It's savvy and it's smart.
KC Johnson:
Sunday Review -- Mike Nifong’s chief investigator Linwood Wilson was much in the news last week, after a court hearing in an unrelated case revealed that his penchant for intimidating witnesses extended beyond the lacrosse case.

Several weeks ago, Joe Neff broke the news that Wilson received a 66% raise and a promotion (from coordinator of the DA office’s worthless checks program to the office’s investigator) in the middle of the lacrosse case. It remains unclear what Wilson did to merit this promotion.

A reader also reminded me of the Herald-Sun article announcing Wilson’s hiring, dated January 2, 2006. The article opened with the distinctive prose of John Stevenson: When it comes to collecting worthless checks, the Durham District Attorney's Office has just been reinforced by a bass voice of CD quality, over 6 feet of height and more than 200 pounds of weight.” ...
Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News:
Purdy: Recent events throw jock culture under a light -- Most of the time, I will defend jocks. Sometimes, I will even defend the jock culture. I have met too many decent people who also happen to be athletes, the kind of young men and women who go the extra mile to help others.

And then there are the other jocks, the ones who make life miserable for the first group...

the exonerated Duke lacrosse players (supported by many of their fellow athletes at the school) said much the same thing - that they felt aggrieved and targeted when they hadn't done anything to deserve scorn...

Do either of those scenarios [De Anza - Duke] sound as if they were perpetrated by "victims" or "innocent" students? In both cases, I also tend to agree with my colleague, author John Feinstein, a Duke alum and one of our country's estimable journalists. After the charges were dropped against the Duke lacrosse players, someone asked Feinstein his opinion. He expressed his disgust that the players were portraying themselves as martyrs and said, "I think they're guilty of everything but rape." ...
John in Carolina:
N&O Lax Cover-up - 5/27/07 -- The Raleigh News & Observer continues to work hard to cover-up its role in launching and sustaining the public witch hunt and framing of the white Duke students on the school’s 2006 Men’s lacrosse team....
LS forum: The News & Observer's Role in Igniting the Hoax

Jon Ham, Right Angles blog:
Airbrushing Duke lacrosse coverage -- Blogger John in Carolina notices more efforts by The N&O to downplay its early irresponsible role in the Duke lacrosse hoax case, in this case a story by Ben Niolet in Sunday’s paper...

He points out that Durham DA Mike Nifong didn’t start spouting off to the media until March 27, after the race-class-gender template had been solidified by The N&O’s take on the story...

John’s view parallels mine.
Benjamin Niolet, News & Observer:
Lacrosse case leaving mark in courts -- The judicial system has a hangover. Call it the Mike Nifong effect.

In North Carolina and across the country, prosecutors with upright reputations are having to make assurances that they don't break the rules. Judges and lawyers have taken to using Nifong's name and the outcome of the sexual assault case against Duke University lacrosse case players as a shorthand for all manner of prosecutorial outrages. The case has made it harder for prosecutors nationwide to get funding or laws changed.

It has been just over a month since the state Attorney General exonerated the accused and called them the victims of a "rush to accuse." The specter of the case lingers.

"You get the feeling everybody's thinking about the unsaid elephant in the room," said Nick Saparilas, a Wake County criminal defense lawyer. "It's not fair to 99.9 percent of all the prosecutors that have to deal with that."

In some cases, the case is mentioned outright...
Nifong's rape hoax won election for himdiscussion:
North Carolina Republican Roundtable:
Doing a Nifong -- In today's News & Observer, an article highlights the use of the new Nifong term meaning 'all types of prosecutorial misconduct.' Some folks are annoyed with the invention of the phrase, saying it is not justified.

Unlike 'Pulling a Lewinsky', the new saying 'Doing a Nifong' is well deserved. Feel free to use it liberally...

Lacrosse case leaving mark in courts -- Poor baby. The presumption of innocence is now the "elephant in the room"?

Calculated Risk

MishTalk - Mike Shedlock

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

Safe Haven

Paper Economy

The Daily Reckoning - Australia