Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mason blogger deleting comments about GW

This is pretty lame. The blogger over at George Mason Basketball posted about the GW-GMU game. In the post, he included this:
The NCAA banned schools like GW from recruiting players from these high school "diploma mills" that had helped the school produce a winner. Left having to recruit locally against others GW hasn't adapted well and have recently been in the basement of the A-10 conference. Guys like Pops Mensah-Bonsu who starred for the Colonials would not be allowed to play in today's NCAA rules.
Now GW (and other local schools like Georgetown) did recruit players from schools that were called diploma mills. Those players were all ruled eligible by the NCAA, but it was kind of shady and I think it's fine to bring it up. However, Pops Mensah-Bonsu was not one of these guys -- he went to St. Augustine Prep in New Jersey, a legitimate school.

My fellow blogger Max responded on the blog a couple times in a very reasonable fashion denying that. One commenter had a reasoned back and forth with Max, but Ryan, the Mason blogger, responded saying "Info about Pops came from a few GW fans, so I don't know what to tell you." Max then responded with this:
Thanks variaban [the other commenter]

If you want to replace Pops with Omar Williams or Maureece Rice to rub salt in old wounds, that's your call.

I'm not sure how else to communicate the fact that Pops attended a legit high school. Maybe you should ask Rich Stone, senior on the George Mason soccer team, what he thinks about his alma mater St. Augustine being called a diploma mill.

http://gomason.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/stone_rich00.html
However, soon afterwards, Ryan deleted the comment. Max posted it again, and Ryan deleted it again. That's lame. It's a reasonable argument and worth discussing. You can see where variabian responded to Max's deleted comment also.

Max then posted something to the effect of "My last two comments have been deleted and I don't know why, so I'm not going to post any more. Good luck in the game." and Ryan, not surprisingly, deleted that also.

I've deleted comments here, but only if they are offensive -- for example I deleted a racist one recently. But legit discussion is legit discussion, and it's incredibly lame to flat out delete comments that disagree with you. I don't want to pick a fight here and I was hesitant to post, but I think it's unfair and I want to set the record straight on Pops.

Either way, I'm looking forward to the game.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for defending the honor of Pops, the University and the conference!

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