Oregon’s Willie Taggart apparently ends his boycott of Oregonian. Lesson: Don’t give in to bullying by coaches

College coaches Oregon’s like Willie Taggart need to handle pressure.

They drill their players to be tough and resilient, but they act like children when a reporter uses words they do not like. In this instance, Taggart telling Oregonian reporter Andrew Greif: I won’t talk to you. Coaches like this are angry, I suppose, because they cannot control the media in the same manner as they do their own players.

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Sports features don’t need to be written so neutrally

RamonesI don’t know about you, but I get bored pretty damned easily, which is evident by the scant number of posts I’ve planted here during the past few years, by the constant changes to my classes, and by the way I constantly re-arrange my offices (and this blog). My wife loves to tell the story, while wiping a faux tear from her face, about the time I uttered this heart-melting romantic line to her: “You’re the only thing I’ve never been bored with.” Yes, ladies, grab some tissues. But it’s true. More than 27 years later, she’s still my sweetie.

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