And finally, an update to the case of former high school coach Lauren K. Redfern of Basalt High School in Colorado. Redfern admitted to having sex with an underage boy from the school, and while out on bond was involved in a booze, magic mushrooms, and gunfire incident at a state park. In the end, the judge gave Redfern 180 days in jail, with 150 of those days suspended, provided she meet certain other requirements. It’s good to see she’s getting at least some jail time, but this continues an obvious double standard where male coaches, convicted of similar acts, get set to jail for YEARS, while female coaches and teachers get days or simply probation.
Little League World Series qualifying finished up over the weekend, and you know what that means: some groups of kids forming joyous mobs, and other groups of devastated kids in tears whom you feel bad for finding compelling but can’t turn away from! Well, one of the joyous mobs was made up of kid from Petaluma, California, who beat a squad from Nanakuli, Hawaii to win the right to represent the West region in Williamsport. The kids from Nanakuli, though, will probably be especially heartbroken… because not only did they lose, they lost in about the weirdest, controversial fashion possible.
Specifically, they lost on an appeal – an appeal of a play that had just scored them two runs, which brought them within one of Petaluma when Nanakuli was down to its final out. Petaluma third baseman Porter Slate, though, thought one of Nanakuli’s runners missed third on his way to scoring. Petaluma’s coach told the pitcher to appeal. He did. The runner was called out. Game over. The question: was the call correct? We dare you to watch the clip below and be sure of that: