Once again we have officials making simple “mistakes” that cost a team the game. And again we have a league saying, in effect, “Sorry about that. Better luck next week.” I’m sure that that really makes Duke feel better. Both teams prepare for the game. The players have been preparing most of their lives. During the game every player and coach does things right and also make mistakes. Such is the nature of the game and the combination of all ultimately determines who wins. They have been trained to live with the results, good or bad. What should not happen, however, is to have those people, the officials who have been entrusted with monitoring the game accurately and fairly, be the ones who decide the result. They are the ones who are not supposed to make these kinds of mistakes. People will respond by saying that they are only human. Well, that’s why there are so many officials and why they instituted replay.
I’ve seen one official be suspended, but not an entire crew including the replay crew. The league must have raised some serious and disturbing questions while doing their review. Given the team involved and the location of the game, one can only imagine what those questions might be. The ACC and the other leagues need to change their rules to allow for not only the punishment of the officials, but to allow for the corrections of such egregious errors that cost a team a win that they should have had.
 November 1, 2015 at 9:11pm
Are you serious? Up until the final play the officials apparently could see when a player’s knee was down. Conveniently, on this play they missed it. The replay officials used the same technology that the league used to determine the mistakes. Your argument is therefore null and void.
Miami did not “pull of a miracle”. They got away with having a game given to them by the oh so convenient incompetence, or worse, of the officials. As for it being “just a game”, tell that to the Duke players. They put in the work necessary to win only to have it stolen from them. With the severity of the punishment, and the sweeping nature of it, it appears that the league might not be convinced that it was just mistakes that were made. Remember, this was Miami, the game was in Miami and Duke is not supposed to beat them.
November 1, 2015 at 9:01pm
So why are you reading the article and commenting? Trying to convince yourself that you’re better than everybody else?
The World Series and Sunday night football bored him.
[-2] August 28, 2015 at 8:09pm
So he’s not an actual member of the church. So what? He goes to church, hence he’s a believer. I don’t see the point of the article. Not all people who attend church regularly choose to officially join a church.
I’m an atheist and I could go to church if I wanted to, but that wouldn’t make me a believer, just bored. I think Trump is doing what he has to do and saying what he has to say to get the religious right’s support. I would bet if he actually came out and pronounced that he is a non-believer (eek..ATHEIST), his support would plummet. At most, I think Trump is acting on Pascal’s wager just in case. He is doing what almost all politicians do, pandering.
 June 15, 2015 at 11:24pm
Meanwhile she just burned a bible on stage to show how tolerant she is.
 May 30, 2015 at 1:07am
How do they have the right to strip her of her membership in the National Honor Society? That is a national, hence the name, organization. Yes, you get voted in by the school and yes, as I well know from experience, it is political. Once in and on record with the organization there must be a flagrant reason to be kicked out. I’m sure, or I would hope, that the national headquarters would have something to say about this.
 March 24, 2015 at 10:30pm
It’s amazing how truly ignorant you are. It’s people like you that gives Christianity a bad name. Catholics aren’t Christians? Excuse me, we came first. I suppose you refer to yourself as “born again”. If so, in your view any classic Christian denomination in invalid and if people don’t believe as you do, then they are condemned. It’s people like you that need to keep telling everyone how religiously committed they are who are the ones most in doubt.
 March 21, 2015 at 11:24pm
Lighten up people. Every article doesn’t have to be raging against something. There is always room to laugh. At least he appears to be a gentleman and didn’t hit on her, overtly any way.
My first wife and I were both virgins also when we married. I was 24 and she was 19. I had had a girlfriend in high school and college and we never had sex. Awfully close more than once, but I stopped before it happened. I think that one reason we broke up was that she didn’t want me to find out she was no longer a virgin. We went to different colleges. Back to my first wife. Unfortunately we only lasted two years. Us waiting for marriage had nothing to do with it. I think we married too quickly after meeting and she was too young. Even though I have been married now for almost 34 years and she’s been married three more times, it always bothered me thinking of her having sex with somebody else.
 December 29, 2014 at 8:43pm
You sound like one who would be doing the bullying. As another poster said, I too am 65 and growing up in the 50′s and 60′s I was bullied for being the new kid in school and because I stuttered. In those days we could solve our own problems, which I did, by knocking a couple of the bullies on the backsides. Of course, that’s not allowed these days because we can’t condone violence. The verbal violence of the bullies must be understood, however, rather than punished. Thus we have these tragic suicides.
 December 8, 2014 at 11:53am
You’re right, Jackie actually sings the higher notes, she doesn’t scream them.
 December 3, 2014 at 8:30pm
I notice that they tried to make a big deal out of her bruises on her shoulder from recoil. Adults get them too. They’re commonly called railroad tracks. I used to own an ’03 A3 Springfield with a steel butt plate. All I can say is ouch, but it comes with the territory. If she was playing soccer she’d have bruises on her legs from getting kicked.
I have Mosin-Nagants and Mausers and after a day of shooting I usually have a pretty good bruise as well. I call it "mosinitis" or "mausernitis."
Please add, concussions and leukemia to the list of "possible" soccer injuries.
Not only that, but as she was trying to compare other sports to gun sports, she said, "You don't see/hear of kids dying from Soccer!" Um...I've seen and heard of kids dying in almost every sport. At least a small handful die each year from overexertion and unknown heart problems that cause them to die after practice or even in games. They have died in Baseball/Softball from hits to the head or chest in just that wrong place!
If you researched the Statistics of kids dying in sports (regular) vs in Gun Sports, I'd venture a guess that the number would be significantly less in Gun Sports! I'd be curious at the numbers, but I'll let someone else do the research! ;-)
November 28, 2014 at 11:16pm
Sorry, but I turned down the sound when he started wandering around the scale finding notes. There are no style points given for the National Anthem. Try singing it the way it was written. I can accept that high note towards the end, compliments of Whitney Houston, but sing the rest as it was meant to be sung. Look up one year ago at the same game the performance by Jackie Evancho. That’s how it was meant to be done.
November 22, 2014 at 11:38am
I like his version but listen to Il Divo”s version from their first album done live in an ancient amphitheater in Spain.
 November 18, 2014 at 4:01pm
Where is the Charles Bronson character from the Death Wish movies when you need him?
 November 13, 2014 at 11:43am
Totally agree with her too. Our grandson was picked on from the time he moved here until this year when he entered 7th grade. Since last year he grew 3 1/2 inches and put on 15 pounds so that may have had something to do with it.
Up til then then the school just talked a good game but did nothing. He’s wasn’t born here and like others in his same situation, they get bullied. His grandmother finally got fed up and told the school that from then on if he got bullied he was being told to retaliate. Needless to say, that didn’t set too well.
 November 11, 2014 at 11:25am
Try paying attention. She only improvised a couple of steps at the end which, with her apparent natural ability, she had no problem with. Most other celebrity dancers would have frozen at that point.
 October 28, 2014 at 10:19am
If they didn’t like the theme, or the theme got in the way why did they have a themed show? The dances were built around Halloween. What did they expect? I’ve said it before on other articles. The judges have no business punishing the star for the choreography. They don’t design the dance. If they want to get picky about that have two sets of scores, one for the pro’s choreography and the other for the star’s performance. Maybe Len should have stayed in England.
You've expressed our thoughts exactly! Neither the pros nor the celebrities CHOOSE the theme, but they have to design the choreography AROUND that theme! If the judges just want to judge the dances, they should stop having the themes! I thought Mark & Sadie's entire performance was amazing & perfect for Halloween spookiness & the audience did too! Len is a picky old British toad & I'm not gonna say what Carrie Ann is most of the time!
 October 28, 2014 at 10:15am
Then why did you spend time on the article and commenting? Is it to attempt to show your superiority to the rest of th rubes?
October 26, 2014 at 12:04pm
In that case don’t buy beer at a restaurant or sports bar either. The profit margin is high there too.