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COME FOR THE PHOTOS, STAY FOR THE JOKES
THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE GREAT BASEBALL PROMOTIONS EVER THOUGHT OF BY A SIX-YEAR-OLD
The Kansas City T-Bones and the Schaumburg Flyers of minor-league baseball's independent Northern League have agreed to dispense with the integrity of the game on July 16 and allow the first tw0 innings of their scheduled contest to be played via XBox by competing fans. The scores from the two innings of the fans' MVP Baseball 2005 game will stand and the players will finish up the game when they take the field for the third inning:
The idea for the promotion came from the 6-year-old niece of Bryan Williams, director of community relations for the T-Bones. “It was a fun way to get my niece involved in things I do every day,” Williams said ... “Everybody in the world is going to want to do this after us."
In other news, the six-year-old niece of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner thought it would be neat if the team's Oct. 2 season finale with the Red Sox was played with water balloons instead of the traditional baseballs -- so they're going to give that a try.
MAN, ARE WE GLAD WE DIDN'T GO TO A HIGH SCHOOL THAT HAD THIS POLICY
A number of Jewish day schools are barring students from bringing non-Jewish dates to their proms, according to the New York Jewish Week:
“The core argument on one side is that Jewish day schools should foster the value of Jews marrying other Jews and building Jewish families, and that value should [permeate] the culture of the school, including the prom,” [said Marc Kramer, the executive director of an umbrella group representing more than 90 Jewish community day schools in North America]. “The other argument — equally valid, but wildly different — is that … a policy saying students can only bring Jewish dates to the prom oversteps the boundaries of what a school should dictate.”
"Equally valid, but wildly different"? Funny, that's exactly what we thought of our Gentile prom date ...
WE HOPED AT LEAST "DO HONOR THY MOTHER AND FATHER" WOULD MAKE THE TOP 100
The cover of this month's Glamour magazine promotes the feature, "Top 100 Dos & Don'ts of all time," so we immediately turned to page 157, expecting to find a list including "DON'T kill," "DO look both ways before crossing the street," and more of history's greatest rules. Imagine our disappointment, then, when we discovered the article was all about "dental-floss bikinis, too-teeny shorts, see-through pants," and the like.
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The prom date policy seems dangerously close to the kind of race or faith-based exclusion that most Jews and non-Jews find unacceptable in most areas of society today. A school policy encouraging prom dates to have the same religion is one thing; mandating it is another.
Posted by: Freelance Fan | Jun 23, 2005 12:36:54 PM
I just found your site. I certainly found the idea of not allowing shiksas to be invited to a Jewish day school's prom interesting to say the least. I found similar prejudices at Moses's Hebrew school--I think I told you that story.
Anyway, it's looking great, and your kids are adorable!
Posted by: Alexandra | Jun 23, 2005 12:47:44 PM
Freelance Fan -- You're right, of course. As you read the linked article, you'll note that, one, the real news here is that this policy is being explored not just at Orthodox schools, but on other kinds of Jewish campuses as well.
Also, as someone in the article points out, anyone can say to the guy watching the door at the prom, "Sure, I'm Jewish." There's not a great way to prove otherwise on the spot -- unless the guest isn't white, thus making this arguably a race-sensitive policy as well. Of course, there are many non-white Jews, but it's still logical that non-white prom guests could receive the most serious scrutiny.
Posted by: Freelance Dad | Jun 23, 2005 4:22:32 PM
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