Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I got caught cheating on a metaphysics exam

Note: this post is in no way intended as a commentary on any of our more recent posts, specifically Noixe's most recent piece, which was as fine a work as has ever graced this page, if I do say.
You know, just when you thought that there were some things we had all agreed on...A soccer coach in North Carolina plays an Adolf Hitler speech over the PA system at a game to get his team fired up.

"Paige Laurie, whose son Blake Laurie plays midfield for Charlotte Catholic, heard the pregame speech from the parking lot, where some of the team parents were tailgating.
"We basically heard Hitler over the intercom and couldn't believe it," she said. "You know when you hear something and aren't sure what you heard? It's like, `Is that what I really heard?'"

[This is the sound of your mind's gears grating to a halt]

The story requires a subscription to view (It's from the Charlotte Observer, which has that annoying Knight-Ridder subscription firewall), so I'll treat you to some of the highlights here:

When Charlotte Catholic's boys' soccer team got to Forestview High School in Gastonia on Saturday night for an N.C. 3A playoff game, the Cougars heard something over the public address system they never would've expected:
A 90-second portion of a speech from Adolf Hitler.
"We were warming up," said Catholic coach Gary Hoilett, "and all of us stopped and looked up at the booth. We were just real shocked. It was obviously a Hitler speech. The voice was coming across clearly. Everybody knew."
Forestview's players took the field after the speech ended.
But before the game, Hoilett said, some Forestview players were chanting something in German that means "On to victory," according to one of his players who speaks German. Hoilett, who is black, said that during the game some Forestview players directed racial epithets at his two black players.
"It was one of the worst things I've seen," Hoilett said of the speech and the racial epithets....

But it doesn't end there. Oh no. Here's the apology from the principal of Forestview High, Robert Carpenter:

"Sometime back Coach Shearer and the team started using "On to victory" as a slogan. We have a German exchange student on our team. He taught our students to say it in German. Some of our more zealous students sought to capture this slogan in German and to play it on the PA.
They copied it from a speech by Hitler but could not just copy the "on to victory" and got too much of the speech. Student intent was to only play the "on to victory" clip. Unfortunately at one time a good bit of the speech was played on the PA during the pre-game."

That's about at much of an admission of remorse as this guy gives throughout the whole letter. And people wonder why us Jews have our backs up all the time.

[Charlotte Observer: Shickelgruber a Faux Pas]
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