Update: Key Bridge jumpers

Remember the other week when I blogged about two guys jumping off of Key Bridge? I figured it was just a fun little post about a rather remarkable video that would be up a day and pretty much go away — traffic analysis supported that theory by the way.

It turns out the story has not just gone away.

I received an email containing this:

Please remove your September 22nd regarding the YouTube video “Descending from Heights” from your blog ASAP!

These students are under threat of expulsion because of this post and the Casual Hoya blog post. I’m sure they appreciate the notoriety, but an administrator who follows Casual Hoya saw this and brought it to the attention of Student Conduct. The YouTube video is no longer accessible, and the Casual Hoya post and other blog posts have also been removed. It would greatly help if the post from your site was removed, as a Google search for the appropriate terms brings up your blog. Please remove this so these students don’t get expelled.

That was an interesting email and obviously, I disagree that my blog or any other could be responsible for any expulsions; those unnamed jumpers knew what they were doing and put a bit of planning and production into their jump and video. However, having taken media ethics in college, I figured I would go beyond my initial instinct and think it through. I also presented the question to several other bloggers, friends, journalists, lawyers etc. — people who have had formal ethics training. Most of them had similar sentiments to mine, though the other blogs did take their posts down.

After sending out that email, I did a little more research and discovered a fascinating fact. The sender of the email had the same name of someone who was famous in the 1800s for claiming to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. What an amazing coincidence!

I will advise others though that trying to cover up something tends to have unintended consequences. We Love DC blogged about this as well.

Ultimately, I have gone with my gut instinct and left that post up. I feel I would be compromising myself if I removed it. It certainly has been a fun little exercise for a media studies major though.

UPDATE 03.21.2012: The video went back up

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Blue White Roundtable: Penn State vs. Ilinois

Kevin from Penn State Clips has this week’s questions.

1) The BCS Championship Game dream is dead, but Penn State can still go to the Rose Bowl (at least in theory). What’s your best guess about our final record and bowl destination?

At the beginning of the season, I predicted 11-2 with a loss to Illinois, I figured Iowa was a win. However, Illinois is worse than I expected and the game is a 3:30 p.m. kickoff helps Penn State. Anyway, I guess I should stick with that prediction, but I will say Capital One Bowl.

2) Illinois beat I-AA Illinois state, but sandwiched it with losses to Mizzou (37-9 in St. Louis) and at Ohio State (30-0). They have, by far, the worst pass offense in the Big Ten and their pass defense stinks as well. They put little pressure on the quarterback (1.3 sacks per game) and they do a lousy job in protecting the passer (3.33 sacks per game). In short, the Illini stink. Who rights, the ship on Saturday, PSU or Illinois? Discuss.

If you lose two games by an average of 29 points, you are pretty bad. I expect Penn State to right the ship this weekend because the defense is strong and the offense probably just played their worst game. Illinois probably plays better against Penn State than they did against Ohio State and Missouri, but it won’t be enough.

3) The Nittany Lions are 2-8 this decade in Big Ten openers and 3-6 in Big Ten road openers. (Obviously there’s some overlap there.) The two wins in Big Ten openers were during the championship years of 2005 and 2008. What’s the problem?

Four of those years were the dark times, so that was half the problem. The other problem is the team has trouble playing early games on the road which a number of Big Ten openers tend to be, last week notwithstanding. Also, when the non-conference schedule winds up being pretty soft like this year, they don’t learn anything the first few weeks and probably get a little bored.

4) Last week’s blocked punt for an Iowa touchdown was the turning point in the game. Twice this decade a kickoff return touchdown has been critical in an Illinois victory over Penn State and the way things are going it could happen again Saturday. What’s the problem with Penn State’s “special” teams? Poor coaching? Lack of a dedicated special teams coach? Not getting our best athletes on the field?

I disagree that the punt block was the turning point of the game. I think the safety that put Iowa on the board was the critical play — it gave the Hawkeyes confidence and may have rattled the offense.

I think poor coaching is a big part of the special teams problems, though I don’t expect Joe Paterno to run any on-side kick drills anytime soon. Not many college teams have a special teams coach though, if I recall correctly.

Quick Hitters…

The line is Penn State -7. Cover or no?

They cover

Are you going to the game?

I don’t go to many games in Happy Valley, much less the middle of Illinois. It is not in the top tier of Big Ten schools to visit.

True or false: Chief Illiniwek was retired as the Illinois mascot after protests by members for the Illiniwek tribe

False, there is no such thing as the Illiniwek tribe. The NCAA wanted to get rid of Native American symbolism by its member institutions. I’m ambivalent about the subject.

Will Chicago be awarded the 2016 Olympics on Friday?

Sure

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Nats win 2009 penultimate home game

Nats Grab a Win to SavorThe Post
Nats hit the five-year mark with victoryThe Wash. Times
Going up 4-3 in the eighth on form National Anderson Hernandez’s throwing error, the Washington escaped with the win when Elijah Dukes robbed David Wright of an extra base hit to end the game. Dukes caught the ball on the run just before crashing into the right field scoreboard (video). Had Dukes come up short, the Mets may have tied it since they had a runner on first.

Both articles mention that yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the Expos relocation announcement, something I covered yesterday.

Only one more home game left, today at 4:35 p.m. I wish I could go to it, I enjoy the final home game of the year. Tim Redding is on the hill for the Mets, John Lannan is going for the Nats.

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