Before a regular-season game has been played, the Raptors have learned that their mascot — creatively named “The Raptor” — will miss the entire season after blowing out his Achilles. Coach Dwane Casey‘s daughter was devastated, and we’re sure little Raptors fans everywhere will be disappointed not to see the dunking, dancing dinosaur during timeouts and halftime this year. “There have been nights — oh God, so many nights — when the only reason to stick around past the third quarter was to see the Inflatable Raptor ‘eat’ security guards on the sideline,” Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star writes. “We’re not sure what he’s paid. We’re sure it’s not enough.” This is shocking news. As far as we know, The Raptor has gone almost two decades without missing significant time. And if trying to defend against rookie Allen Iverson‘s killer crossover in 1996 didn’t blow out his Achilles, we figured nothing could.
The water polo team? Really? I guess everyone wants to get in on this hazing craze.
We like how the superintendent repeated the phrase from the “Administrator’s Handbook on Denying Your School has a Hazing Problem” by talking about how these were “great kids” and that it was just something that “went too far.” Way to follow the guidelines!
Wyoming Valley West School District officials confirm that an investigation is underway into an alleged hazing incident at the high school. It involves the water polo team and allegedly took place about two and a half weeks ago in a locker room at the high school in Plymouth. The long time swim coach Frank Tribendus was suspended for two weeks as a result of the incident for allegedly not providing proper supervision inside the locker room. Superintendent of schools Chuck Supon told Eyewitness News, “I can confirm that it involved male members of the water polo team and involved horseplay that may have gone to far. It is a situation where maybe three or four kids think it was funny and one doesn’t think it was so funny and then we have an issue.” Supon added, “These are great kids and I think it may have been something that just went too far.”
October 4th, 2013 | Category: Hazings | Comments are closed