Archive for November, 2012

Stefan Fatsis: ‘Why Do We Let Kids Play Tackle Football? We Shouldn’t.’

Published November 14th, 2012, Uncategorized

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Background Checks? Washington State Judge, Convicted of Assaulting Woman Who Had Appeared in His Court, Went on to Become USA Swimming Coach and Official in South Dakota

Published November 14th, 2012, Uncategorized

How did a former judge in Washington State, who stepped down from the bench and was criminally sentenced on allegations that he raped a woman who had appeared in his court, wind up as head coach of the Watertown (South Dakota) Area Swim Club, as well as a zone coach and an official of the […]

In Community Silence on Circumstances of Baltimore Swimmer’s Death, Look to Pending Autopsy

Published November 14th, 2012, Uncategorized

The North Baltimore Aquatic Club, cradle of Michael Phelps (who now co-owns it with Bob Bowman), has done a good job of either explicitly or subtly gagging the witnesses of 14-year-old Louis Lowenthal’s apparent drowning at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center during an October 28 practice. I wonder if this is what the grief counselors prescribed. […]

League of Fans: ‘Goodell’s New Safety Campaign Flawed’

Published November 13th, 2012, Uncategorized

Hats off to Ralph Nader’s League of Fans, which is showing real leadership in the debate over football’s future. See “Goodell’s New Safety Campaign Flawed,” Unlike the chorus of female bloggers who have fallen for National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell’s “heads-up tackling” line and the promise of space-age helmet technologies, this self-styled consumer-based […]

Colorado Club Coach Who Harbored Controversial Assistant Was Himself Dumped by Colorado Springs Parks & Rec for Hitting on Lifeguards

Published November 12th, 2012, Uncategorized

The unsuspecting worshippers of our Olympic swimming program are a tough crowd; they dismiss every rape, every death, as an isolated incident. In order to expose a culture that goes beyond the sophomoric to the sick, beyond the sick to the criminal, you have to document the abuses exhaustively, across regions and circumstances. And it’s […]