Up for Debate: 'The City Paper' sues TSSAA

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 1:19am

 What's your take on The City Paper 's decision to sue the TSSAA?

Filed under: City Voices

63 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 2/16/12 at 4:13

Dragged over from the main article:

By: Loner on 2/16/12 at 4:10

Always with the sweat-stained sports analogies in Jock City, TN:

Doing things in the open increases accountability, and that’s something that might actually help the TSSAA in its mission to provide a level field for athletes to play on.

Let's hope that the City paper doesn't "drop the ball", as they do an "end around" the TSSAA's "front four"....hopefully they won't "fumble" when they "hand off" the ball in their attempt to "score"....please, no "grandstanding" in the "end zone".

By: dargent7 on 2/16/12 at 5:46

L'ner: Up at 4:13am? Man, that's some dog of yours. Or, is that how you refer to your wife?
Anyway, what in the hell is the TSSAA?
Is that that transgender, tits and ass group I've been reading about?
If so, sue thier asses.

By: Loner on 2/16/12 at 5:59

My old hound dog doesn't have the bladder capacity he once had, Darge...he wakes me up damn early these days....as for TSSAA, I had to go to the main story to find out..TN Secondary School Athletic Association....the high school jock oversight board.

Looks like the NCP wants to sniff around and see what the board has been up to...investigative journalism or hidden agenda?...you make the call.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/12 at 6:15

Isn't Disney World just a people trap operated by a mouse?

Captain Nemo-

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/12 at 6:21

If there is smoke there is fire or a smoke screen. Go for it City Paper.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/12 at 6:23

Chuck Norris was to star in Mission:Impossible but they recasted because they would've had to change the name of the movie to Mission:Accomplished

By: Loner on 2/16/12 at 6:25

Mornin' Cap'n....you too are up pretty early, no?

By: dargent7 on 2/16/12 at 6:35

"If you can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter..." the Principal in "Grease".

By: Loner on 2/16/12 at 6:43

That is sooo true, Darge....I still suffer from an old football injury....yeah, I got hit by an old football....still aches.

By: dargent7 on 2/16/12 at 8:00

Boys & Girls, division: How about this...New Jersey's Governor, Chris Christie, who exceeds Jackie Gleason and Newt Gingrich combined in weight, is lowering the State's flags to half-staff for Whitney Houston's funeral. How insane is that? Elvis, maybe. Houston? No way.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 8:05

Darge, I read that. So, in New Jersey, the governor thinks that an '80's has-been crack addict is equal to a fallen soldier. Why not give her a military burial as well, after all, she once sang the national anthem.

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 8:17

That takes the NJ governor's picture out of the presidential possibility in my back pocket presidential book. He wouldn't even make a good dog catcher with that respect for our flag.

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 8:20

To add on to that; does he intend to show such regard to all "entertainers" that claim New Jersey as their home state? Why don't he just lower the flag to half staff every day to show respect for all?

By: BenDover on 2/16/12 at 8:22

Anything private must be evil. Common theme for the City Paper these days. If it's not public sector find some minor impropriety to exaggerate into public outrage until the public sector gets control of it.

Frankfurt School black-belts.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 8:27

If it's not private sector find some minor impropriety to exaggerate into public outrage until the private sector gets control of it. "

Fixed that for you, Ben.

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 8:53

It depends on whose eyes you're looking through, gdiafante.

By: govskeptic on 2/16/12 at 9:00

Since "Sports" is the top interest and expertise of TCP they should lead the way on
this most important of issues!

By: BigPapa on 2/16/12 at 9:05

The TSSAA does have a lot of power. They can act as king makers and destroyers if they so chose. Probably not a bad idea to have someone look at how they do business, do they really treat schools equally, etc..

Is it going to be Watergate?- no, but the daily lives of many Tennesseans are touched by the TSSAA. So keeping them in check aint a bad idea.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 9:14

Yes, yogi, that was my point. Nothing gets past you, huh?

By: Rasputin72 on 2/16/12 at 9:14

Whitney Houston had a beautiful voice and the IQ of a gerbel. Reverence for this woman and her demise show the world how decadent this country has become.

The TSSAA is an organization designed to provide jobs for people who enjoy a little power and sports.

The rules are made to be analyzed by people whose primary goal is to find a way to get around those rules. I believe the rules breakers are much smarter than the rules makers.

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 9:21

Nope, gdiafante, nothing. But what was your point in telling BedDover he was wrong? Should he have posted his comment as private/public..., or public/private?

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 9:22

Rasputin, the reverence is because she had huge talent that was wasted due to addictions. That's a tragedy. But is it a national tragedy? Only in the sense that prescription drug addiction is a serious problem.

What's worse? Crack or Vicodin? One's illegal, the other is advertised on television. Now that is a national tragedy.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 9:23

Apparently sarcasm does, yogi. lol

By: jsnap on 2/16/12 at 9:25

Some of these comments are apparently from people who must be out on a weekend pass. I applaud TCP for doing this. There are to many things done in the dark that no one dares question. Some things they have been involved in lately needs to be exposed and see where blame belongs. So go for it.

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 9:40


Unless it concerns a private factor, nothing governmental should be done "in the dark" unless it concerns the safety of the nation (and anything concerning the safety of a local government or state could also concern the safety of the nation).

If it's a private issue, it's no one's business but the ones involved.

By: bfra on 2/16/12 at 9:53

This is for yogi's reading pleasure:

President Barack Obama's job approval rating has hit the 50-percent mark--an important reelection barometer--and he would beat any of the major Republican contenders for the White House if the vote were held today, according to a new CBS/New York Times public opinion poll that illustrates the political benefits of a steady stream of positive economic news.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 9:59

Good economic news, no matter how anemic, is always bad for those trying to unseat the incumbent.

Of course, it helps that the GOP nomination process resembles a mock election at a mental institution.

By: brrrrk on 2/16/12 at 10:10


I'm beginning to believe that Greg Palast might be right in saying that we're headed to a brokered GOP convention. Oh Joy!!! Can you imagine the chaos that will ensue if the money men of the GOP step in at the last moment; telling the GOP who their candidate is going to be (like they don't now....)? One can only hope!!

By: dargent7 on 2/16/12 at 10:12

re: the GOP field for election.
Santorum released his tax returns from 2007 to 2010. Guy made about $1. million a year, paid 28% +- every year.
This Romney ass-ho**, made $21.5 million in 2010 alone and paid 13%. Capital Gains and dividends reduced the typical middle American's tax rate of 30-35%.
And all ask the question why is middle-America upset with us and the tax rate?
Obama is onto something that will resonate. And it's not like GW Bush's wars.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 10:15

I have a hard time believing the GOP can find a consensus pick. No matter who the nominee is, they are going to be holding their nose when they vote. Much like Dems did in 2004.

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 10:16


There seems to be three different categories in our society; Those for, those against and those that don't give a damn. That seemingly makes each category into a one-third sector of our society.

We currently seem to have about one-third of our population in favor of a man in the Oval Office whom they don't even know his name, and considering that the highest office in our nation and with the security of our nation being so involved.

Now, let's put one-third of the people who oppose that someone who refuses to identify himself to us by refusing to accept him as out leader.

Now, let's put that other one-third of our people into that "don't give a damn" slot. So which other third are gong to convince them to side with them this year? I sure hope it's my third.

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 10:20

A couple of bad strokes, gidifante, (meaning our leader instead of out leader and going instead of gong) but I think you know what I "said".

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 10:22

Everyone knows Obama's name, they say it right after the word President.

Those who don't are considered insignificant in the grand scheme of things. They're the fringe lunatic element, that while quite vocal, are completely ignorant, likely racist and backwards and, as Ben pondered, insane.

By: bfra on 2/16/12 at 10:25

yogi - Now, let's put one-third of the people who oppose that someone who refuses to identify himself to us by refusing to accept him as out leader.
Where is any report on this 1/3? Only in your rock filled head, pipe dreams or garbage site. Show some proof!

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 10:49


Did you read his book, "Dreams from My Father"? I did. When did he change his name from Barry Soetoro back to Barack Obama?

If he ever was a US citizen, when did he repatriate his citizenship [back] from Indonesian to American?

When he was made an Indonesian citizen and lost his American citizenship, how did he regain his natural born status when, by the law, once you give that status up, you cannot get it back?

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 10:53

Sorry yogi, your obsession with the President is just that...your obsession.

The more you write, the more you expose yourself as (1) an idiot, (2) bigoted (3) possibly inbred (4) older than dirt (5) completely oblivious to facts (6) unable to complete rational thoughts on a consistent basis and (7) completely obsessed with other peoples intellectual superiority.

By: bfra on 2/16/12 at 10:56

gdiafante - Amen to that! Plus a lot of other words that I don't care to show in pring.

By: BenDover on 2/16/12 at 10:57

"that illustrates the political benefits of a steady stream of positive economic news"

When there's only one way to go it's not such an astonishing feat.

To whatever degree the long-term economy is recovering it is despite the policies of this president. We are looking at a somewhat short-term gain bought on the backs of our grandchildren long-term.

He's $3,500,000,000,000 in deficits over-trend. He could have just given 35 million people a $100,000 hand-out and saved all public theater about it. Instead it's tied up in government gain... adding to existing salaries and positions and programs that we will never be able to shrink back down to any realistic portion of GDP again.

By: bfra on 2/16/12 at 10:57

OOPS - that should be "print"

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 11:28


You don't "sound" like the Marines I was in service with back in the 40s and 50s. The fact that you so willingly accept someone as your CIC without even knowing who in the hell he is places you in an entirely different category than they. Would you so willingly agree to go into combat under the orders of a CIC whom you didn't even know if he was whom he said he was? You certainly aren't "one of the guys" like I used to know.

Think of me entirely as your little mind desires and "call" me whatever you wish; that is the least of my worries. And at my age, I really don't have a lot to worry about, but my grandchildren do. And at their obvious ages, your children do.

You can put this little note under file, gdiafante: You and your fellow posters on this site who agree with you will regret the hell out of your ignorance in a few months.

If I'm wrong, I'll buy you a beer.

By: bfra on 2/16/12 at 11:44

yogi - Quit changing to all your lies & rants and show your source about 1/3 against Obama, because they think he wasn't legally elected. You are an insult to everyone on this board except,(your stupid self}, the NCP & the human race.

By: brrrrk on 2/16/12 at 12:26


As Forrest Gump said, "Stupid is...." (I'd finish the rest of the quote, but seriously... do you need the rest?) :-)

By: bfra on 2/16/12 at 12:30

No! That 1 word (stupid) does it.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 12:33

At the height of the birther movement, it was about 22%. Now, its closer to 5%. I'm not sure what kind of math they taught back during the depression, but 5% is not a third of the population.

Obama's approval rating has been hovering in the 40's consistently...again, not a third.

Maybe he meant that a third of Republicans think that way. Who knows, I wouldn't be surprised. Even the GOP fringe think birthers are nuts.

By: dargent7 on 2/16/12 at 12:55

gD: you left out, #8 Probably gay.

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 1:13

bfra/brrrrk, and you, too, gdiafante,

Being stupid isn't the same as being ignorant, and I'm afraid y'all (and many others on this site) are just plain damned ignorant when it comes to our Constitution and the laws set to enforce it.

It's a shame none of you have enough common sense to read the Constitution and half-way understand it.

Being born in the USA to a foreign father can, in no way, make a new born child a natural born citizen. A child commonly (in every nation I've been to) gets their family name and citizenship from their father. Native born with possible dual citizenship, perhaps, but in no way natural born to two American parents.

Question: Why did the newspaper in Kenya refer to Barack Obama as a Kenyan born citizen running for office in the USA? Was they lying, trying to get a little cheap publicity being a major newspaper in Kenya?

By: yogiman on 2/16/12 at 1:18

Throw you name in that hat, dargent7. I'm afraid you're as ignorant as they are. And on your reference to #8; You wanna try me out? What hospital would you prefer being sent to?

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 1:20

In addition to historical and textual analysis, numerous holdings and references in federal (and state) cases for more than a century have clearly indicated that those born in the United States and subject to its jurisdiction (i.e., not born to foreign diplomats or occupying military forces), even to alien parents, are citizens at birth or by birth, and are natural born, as opposed to naturalized, U.S. citizens. There is no provision in the Constitution and no controlling American case law to support a contention that the citizenship of one's parents governs the eligibility of a native born U.S. citizen to be President.

Source: http://www.legistorm.com/score_crs/show/id/82388.html

What were you saying, yogi?

By: gdiafante on 2/16/12 at 1:24

Add homophobic to the list.

By: dargent7 on 2/16/12 at 1:24

Numb-Nuts: Ok, fine with me. Romney's father and grandfather, and great grand father were all born in Mexico. Last time I checked, Mexico is a foreign country.
Because they all are lilly white, you nutz will look the other way, according to your hypothesis. Where are you "birthers", clamoring about Romney's eligibility status to become POTUS? His whole geneology and family tree reeks of Hispanic.