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(ESPN)   For one night, the Providence College Friars gave up their black and white uniforms for green and white Sandy Hook ones. All the uniforms will be sent to the victim's families. In related news, the Dunk closed for dust inspection   (espn.go.com) divider line 41
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2012-12-19 08:44:25 AM  
 
2012-12-19 08:47:04 AM  
(The fark happened there??)
 
2012-12-19 08:49:42 AM  
i199.photobucket.com
\these new buttons? SUCK.
 
2012-12-19 09:05:11 AM  
In God's name, why would victims' families want those uniforms?What use would they be? Grandstanding and dumping stuff on mourning people isn't noble.
 
2012-12-19 09:20:44 AM  

lethological_lassie: In God's name, why would victims' families want those uniforms?What use would they be? Grandstanding and dumping stuff on mourning people isn't noble.


Glad you think so.  Because if there's one thing Fark doesn't have, it's people who enter threads on topics they dislike just to tell people they dislike them.
 
2012-12-19 10:15:40 AM  

lethological_lassie: In God's name, why would victims' families want those uniforms?What use would they be? Grandstanding and dumping stuff on mourning people isn't noble.



Its called paying respect.  You probably haven't heard of it.
 
2012-12-19 12:17:59 PM  
Do they wash them first?
 
2012-12-19 12:41:40 PM  

Generation_D: lethological_lassie: In God's name, why would victims' families want those uniforms?What use would they be? Grandstanding and dumping stuff on mourning people isn't noble.


Its called paying respect.  You probably haven't heard of it.


wearing the uniforms is cool. Sending a photo or newspaper article about the tribute would be lovely. Sending uniforms to family members bis strange -- its not like they wil be able to use them.
 
2012-12-19 12:53:31 PM  
I don't understand what this has to do with the Jets.
 
2012-12-19 01:01:43 PM  

lethological_lassie: Generation_D: lethological_lassie: In God's name, why would victims' families want those uniforms?What use would they be? Grandstanding and dumping stuff on mourning people isn't noble.


Its called paying respect.  You probably haven't heard of it.

wearing the uniforms is cool. Sending a photo or newspaper article about the tribute would be lovely. Sending uniforms to family members bis strange -- its not like they wil be able to use them.


I'm actually kinda with you on this. It seems like it'd be more practical to auction off the uniforms and send the affected people the proceeds of that auction. Getting a commemorative item of the event itself if you're a victim just seems a bit strange.

Or maybe they can send the jerseys to the school itself as a way of remembrance.
 
2012-12-19 01:02:01 PM  

lethological_lassie: wearing the uniforms is cool. Sending a photo or newspaper article about the tribute would be lovely. Sending uniforms to family members bis strange -- its not like they wil be able to use them.


Glad I'm not the only one that feels this way. Who knows how those people feel right now except them, but I don't know that I'd want a basketball jersey hanging on my wall as a constant reminder of that day.

Also, re: the actual jerseys, why not do them up like actual kids basketball jerseys, with no names on the back and the name of the school above the number on the front? As they would be if the actual school had a team? No?

i830.photobucket.com

They generally don't personalize b/c they want to use them year to year since most 6th grade basketball programs aren't flush with cash.

/gis'd "6th grade basketball team"
//that's still elementary school isn't it?
///used that pic b/c the team name is Hempfield. I want one of those jerseys now.
 
2012-12-19 01:12:41 PM  

Treygreen13: I don't understand what this has to do with the Jets.



They're green & white, didn't you notice? :P
 
2012-12-19 01:19:48 PM  
More proof that grieving is America's favorite competitive sport.
 
2012-12-19 01:21:15 PM  
No good deed will go un-ridiculed.
 
2012-12-19 01:21:56 PM  
"'Hey, so sorry about your kid. Here's a basketball jersey!"

"Are you kidding me?"
 
2012-12-19 01:31:09 PM  
I begrudgingly tip my cap to the Friars. Understand it or not, it is a good deed and hurts no one.

/Go Rams
 
2012-12-19 01:35:20 PM  

coolio mack: lethological_lassie: Generation_D: lethological_lassie: In God's name, why would victims' families want those uniforms?What use would they be? Grandstanding and dumping stuff on mourning people isn't noble.


Its called paying respect.  You probably haven't heard of it.

wearing the uniforms is cool. Sending a photo or newspaper article about the tribute would be lovely. Sending uniforms to family members bis strange -- its not like they wil be able to use them.

I'm actually kinda with you on this. It seems like it'd be more practical to auction off the uniforms and send the affected people the proceeds of that auction. Getting a commemorative item of the event itself if you're a victim just seems a bit strange.

Or maybe they can send the jerseys to the school itself as a way of remembrance.


Thirded. I'm sure the team means well but there's a bit of a "We Care a Lot" vibe to it. Are these families even college basketball fans?
 
2012-12-19 01:37:33 PM  

Super Chronic: Thirded. I'm sure the team means well but there's a bit of a "We Care a Lot" vibe to it. Are these families even college basketball fans?


PC's current coach is the former Fairfield coach and has ties in the area.

/Angel Dust is my all time favorite album
 
2012-12-19 01:41:35 PM  

Gunny Highway: Super Chronic: Thirded. I'm sure the team means well but there's a bit of a "We Care a Lot" vibe to it. Are these families even college basketball fans?

PC's current coach is the former Fairfield coach and has ties in the area.

/Angel Dust is my all time favorite album


I understand that (TFA says so), but he's not there anymore -- and even if the families are college basketball fans, there's a greater chance that they follow, say, UConn, a conference rival of Providence (for now).
 
2012-12-19 01:47:20 PM  

Super Chronic: Gunny Highway: Super Chronic: Thirded. I'm sure the team means well but there's a bit of a "We Care a Lot" vibe to it. Are these families even college basketball fans?

PC's current coach is the former Fairfield coach and has ties in the area.

/Angel Dust is my all time favorite album

I understand that (TFA says so), but he's not there anymore -- and even if the families are college basketball fans, there's a greater chance that they follow, say, UConn, a conference rival of Providence (for now).


I guess I see it as a good deed and the worst that happens is the families are indifferent.
 
2012-12-19 01:51:37 PM  
I like the idea. The coach probably coached some kids that came through that school so those people saying he's attention whoring should just shut it.
 
2012-12-19 02:01:37 PM  
Nicely done, Friars. Nicely done. 
 

Gunny Highway: Angel Dust is my all time favorite album

 
Criminally underrated.

 
 
2012-12-19 02:22:50 PM  
"Dear Providence,

Our children were shot to death. Thanks so much for the thoughtful sweaty uniforms. They help.

Love,
Sandy Hook Parents"

Snark aside, this is dangerously close to sounding like a cynical PR move that is more beneficial to the image of Providence College than being of any value or comfort to the parents. It just seems painfully poorly thought out.
 
2012-12-19 02:25:15 PM  

Gunny Highway: Super Chronic: Gunny Highway: Super Chronic: Thirded. I'm sure the team means well but there's a bit of a "We Care a Lot" vibe to it. Are these families even college basketball fans?

PC's current coach is the former Fairfield coach and has ties in the area.

/Angel Dust is my all time favorite album

I understand that (TFA says so), but he's not there anymore -- and even if the families are college basketball fans, there's a greater chance that they follow, say, UConn, a conference rival of Providence (for now).

I guess I see it as a good deed and the worst that happens is the families are indifferent.


I see it as a painfully lazy and exploitative PR stunt that is intended to look like a good deed.
 
2012-12-19 02:27:40 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I see it as a painfully lazy and exploitative PR stunt that is intended to look like a good deed.


Could be. I am choosing to not to be so cynical in this case.
 
2012-12-19 02:36:11 PM  
Sorry about your kid. Here's a used basketball uniform.
 
2012-12-19 02:54:46 PM  
Why would they send the uniforms? Wouldn't a better tribute be to keep the uniforms and wear them once a year for the game they play that is the closest to the massacre date? How about getting the victims names placed on the back instead of the players?
 
2012-12-19 02:57:24 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: wear them once a year for the game they play that is the closest to the massacre date?


Read the farking article.
 
2012-12-19 03:26:12 PM  
How about setting up a college fund for surviving students? I mean, as a way of helping the community look forward?
 
2012-12-19 04:15:08 PM  
It's not just the uniforms. I heard they were also donating hundreds of tiny stuffed bears and mylar balloons.
 
2012-12-19 04:18:57 PM  

TheLopper: It's not just the uniforms. I heard they were also donating hundreds of tiny stuffed bears and mylar balloons.


Maybe there is more to this story than is being released now. I guess we will have to wait and see.
 
2012-12-19 04:35:56 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Snark aside, this is dangerously close to sounding like a cynical PR move that is more beneficial to the image of Providence College than being of any value or comfort to the parents. It just seems painfully poorly thought out.



Again, Coach Cooley is the former coach at Fairfield, one of the nearest colleges to Newtown.  Hence he has a connection to the area.  That and he is actually a good guy who thinks like this regularly.  
 
2012-12-19 04:37:39 PM  
Love the tribute, as long as jerseys #20 and 26 were removed from the pile.

// Too fresh in everyone's mind, those numbers, in association with that school.
 
2012-12-19 05:52:43 PM  
why the hell would any of those folks want the used uniforms of the "Providence College Friars," whoever they are

thanks for sending me this thing that I'd be throwing in the garbage anyway even if it didn't directly remind me of my child's death
 
2012-12-19 07:13:23 PM  

Schroedinger's Glory Hole: More proof that grieving is America's favorite competitive sport.

 
2012-12-19 07:25:20 PM  

reverend maynard: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: More proof that grieving is America's favorite competitive sport.


I though it was whining? Or was it complaining?
 
2012-12-19 09:16:14 PM  

Gunny Highway: reverend maynard: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: More proof that grieving is America's favorite competitive sport.

I though it was whining? Or was it complaining?


I think in light of the NHL lockout Canada currently takes top spot for both.
 
2012-12-20 12:03:52 AM  
At my grandfather's wake, all these tall skinny guys in sharp suits walked in and paid respects. I asked my mom who they were. I knew my grandfather was a huge Friar fan but I was surprised and touched that the team did what they did. I think this follows in their (and a lot of schools) traditions.

\not saying I'd like a bunch of sweaty jerseys
\\not saying I wouldn't
 
2012-12-20 08:45:38 AM  

craigzy: "'Hey, so sorry about your kid. Here's a basketball jersey!"

"Are you kidding me?"


Exactly.
 
2012-12-20 08:48:55 AM  

Debeo Summa Credo: craigzy: "'Hey, so sorry about your kid. Here's a basketball jersey!"

"Are you kidding me?"

Exactly.


That is exactly how they would present the uniforms, I am sure.
 
2012-12-20 09:54:19 AM  
Any gesture of support for these folks shouldn't be ridiculed...

It's not about "what will it do for me" or "what does it get me" it's more of a "Hey, in our small way, please know we're supporting you at this really awful time and you're in our thoughts". Sometimes, folks just want to do something - and since the Coach has ties to the area, he put his personal touch on it.

Good on the Coach, the team and the uniform supplier for making this happen.
 
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