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

The Roundtable

2 the Lion FOOTBALL
Penn State Clips
Happy Hour Valley
The Nittany Line
We Want the Lion
Zombie Nation
Nittany Whiteout
Nittany Lounge

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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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5 years ago today, MLB announced the Expos were moving to D.C.

Five years ago today, I rushed out of my office office in Tysons Corner, parked at my apartment building in Pentagon City and Metro’ed to Mt. Vernon Square, Senators pennant in hand for the announcement I had been waiting pretty much my whole life for — baseball was coming back to D.C.

That was a great day wasn’t it? Now, five years and a few games short of five full seasons, we have the team and a two-year old ballpark. That Nationals Park got built is still one of the most shocking things I have experienced as a Washingtonian. I did not think the city burecracy or MLB arrogance and fear of Peter Angelos would ever be overcome. Somehow, despite themselves, the ballpark got built and opened on-time.

Frankly, I expected a lot more wins since that day and if not playoffs, at least some .500 seasons. MLB’s delay in selling the team seemed calculated to kill any positive buzz off of the surprising 2005 season and their hiring as Jim Bowden as general manager was downright irresponsible. That the Lerner/Kasten ownership group retained Bowden after they finally got to take over the team in July 2006 is a strike against them. The franchise was clearly held back by their obliviousness. I am patient though, probably to a fault. I still say, a bad team is better than no team, but for how much longer? Let’s not find out. They better be respectable by the time my son is old enough to care.

The Nats arrival the second best news of the week, as I got engaged two days later.

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Nats beat Mets, Detwiler gets first win

Finally, Detwiler Picks Up the ‘W’The Post
Detwiler delivers in his final startThe Wash. Times
It took 13 starts, but Ross Detwiler finally earned his first curly W of his career. The lefty rookie was finally rewarded for a decent September after trouble in his early season call-up. He gave up only one run to the Mets.

3B Ryan Zimmerman knocked in the first run of the game with a 1st inning sacrifice. Mike Morse homered for the third game in a row. Final score WASHINGTON 2 New York 1.

For MacDougal, Solid Outing Follows ChatThe Post
Closer Mike MacDougal rebounded from a 3-run blown save on Sunday with a perfect inning last night. Manager Jim Riggleman had chatted with him earlier in the day.

Guzman not sure he will play second base – All Nats All The Time, nationals.com
Cristian Guzman tells Bill Ladson he isn’t sure he wants to play second base next year. Awww, poor Guzzie. Perhaps you can get over it sleeping on your mattress made of money that only Jim Bowden was stupid enough to pay you.

Tragic Number Update: Its over, we’re guaranteed #1 pick in 2010Nationals Farm Authority
The Nats have clinched the worst record in baseball with almost a week left to play. Will they draft and sign Bryce Harper, the Nevada teenage phenomenon?

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Updated Penn State football TV schedule 09.28.2009; Eastern Illinois game time/channel

Okay, I’m surprised to see that the highly anticipated Penn State vs. Eastern Illinois (I-AA, I’m not calling it FCS) game will not be on Big Ten Network. For whatever reason, ESPN Classic picked it up. Not surprisingly, it is a noon kickoff. I guess I’ll be upgrading my sports package.

Here is the rest of the remaining schedule:


10/03/2009 at Illinois 3:30 p.m. ABC or ESPN
10/10/2009 EASTERN ILLINOIS 12:00 p.m. ESPN Classic
10/17/2009 MINNESOTA** 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
10/24/2009 at Michigan
10/31/2009 at Northwestern 4:30 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2
11/07/2009 OHIO STATE
11/14/2009 INDIANA
11/21/2009 at Michigan State

So much for the Eastern Illinois game on Big Ten Network being a lock. By the way, isn’t it fun to use the “l word” around gamblers? It is so much fun watching them recoil in horror.

I would say at least two of the remaining games without kickoff times are going to be at 3:30 p.m. Indiana will probably be a noon kick, but the other three might be 3:30 starts.

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Nats notes for 09.28.2009

A few things I wanted to post as we head into the final week of the season:

Where to play Mike Morse?The Post

CF Nyjer Morgan is the Nats MVP, even though he only played 51 games? – The Wash. Times

SS Cristian Guzman and reliever Sean Burnett might not play again in 2009.

In 2010, 3,300 seats will cost season ticketholders less money. There will be fewer premium seats as well. The Post & The Wash. Times, respectively.

Finally, Thomas Boswell still has a man-crush on 1B Adam Dunn and 3B Ryan ZimmermanThe Post

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It is time for Penn Staters to give up the White Out myth

OMG, Iowa is gonna be so intimidated by teh Whiteout 11!!!11!

Saturday night saw another display of Penn State’s “legendary” white out WHITEHOUSE. The brainstorm of college football atmosphere savant Guido D’Elia, the Whitehouse is supposed to unify the fans and give the Nittany Lions a 12th, if not 13th man. It is only “officially” brought out for night games. The phenomenon really got going in 2005 for the Ohio State game that year. That game has correctly been seen as a turning point for Beaver Stadium as fans, especially students, tried making it a hard to place for the opposition to play in. On that evening, thanks in part to some genuine spontaneity, it probably helped beat the Buckeyes. However, let’s look at the record since:

2006 vs. Michigan L
2007 vs. Notre Dame W (first stadium wide Whitehouse)
2007 vs. Ohio State L
2008 vs. Illinois W
2009 vs. Iowa L

That’s not a great record, is it? Can you say that either of the teams Penn State beat was comparable to them? I can’t.

Going back farther, Beaver Stadium is not as tough at night as we like to think it is either:

2001 vs. Miami L
2002 vs. Nebraska W

So, Penn State’s record this decade in night home games is a whopping 4-4.

Sure, its nice that Kirk Herbstreit and ESPN like the Whitehosue and fans dig it too, but to think it was winning games for Penn State is to be drunk on D’Elia’s Kool-Aid. I have been saying since 2007 that the Whitehouse is not intimidating anymore. I am not happy to be right either, but the Nittany Lions nation needs to take its medicine.

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