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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

If Only the Hokies' Football Ability Was as Finely Tuned as Their Generosity

A few months ago I told you about the 19-year-old Clemson football player, Ray Ray McElrathbey, who has custody of his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr. Ray Ray is getting a lot of help from people at and around the university, including guys like teammate Gaines Adams who wakes at 7:15 some mornings to take Fahmarr to school. That's to be expected, as Clemson is the greatest school ever. (It's science.)

What has surprised me is the outpouring that's coming from other universities for Ray Ray and Fahmarr. Temple University players donated their travel per diems for the week they were playing Clemson to the trust fund established for Fahmarr's care. The Owls' head coach penned a letter to Ray Ray calling him an inspiration to his own players. Now Virginia Tech, in advance of this week's game, is publicizing the trust fund in a prominent spot on their athletics site. This is very generous, considering the risk of even remotely promoting part of the opposing team's mojo on your own site.

I just hope that if Fahmarr travels to Blacksburg for Thursday night's game, that all of the VaTech fans have watched this so nobody yells at the dear boy. Although I do find the idea of a university having to dispatch its own Constable Cluckenstuff to deal with obnoxious fans hilarious and I hope to see the system in action on an adult.


Blogger Phil said...

Damn you, Brunch Bird and your dirty Tigers. Your team made me utter many profanities in front of my children last Sat. night.

Although I must say it is hard to pull against the young man you write about.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Brunch Bird said...

Indeed. In light of Young Master McElrathbey's touching story, anyone rooting against the Tigers ever is essentially saying:
1. There is no Santa Claus.
2. God is dead.
3. I hate freedom.
Glad to have you on board. You'll be receiving your oversized orange puffy finger in the mail.

2:13 AM  
Blogger WiB said...

The irony is that really, our fans aren't the problem. It's the players that need to beware the Constable. I'm just waiting for when we go two weeks in a row without suspending one of our starters. Kinda makes winning games a teensy bit more difficult, as if we need it to be harder than it is this season...

That said: Hokies Rule.

Cognitive dissonance? I have no idea what you're talking about.

2:17 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

I feel like Fahmarr got a lot to live up to now. So many people are doing so much for him, that's a lot a pressure. If he doesn't do something great with his life people are going to be pissed.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Brunch Bird said...

No less daunting than starting life with a name like "Fahmarr" I suppose. But yes, I see your point. Take Baby Jessica. She better come up with a cure for cancer or something.

8:10 PM  

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