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12 Sports II ii i Rutter on Sports By DAVE RU1WER As it invariably occurs when you stand before the public seeking to spread enlightenment and hoping that what you say is marginally welcomed, someone puts you in your. place. This is a great shock to those who pound typewriters for a living because, in truth, we all know each other to be wonderfull folks, and the last bunch you'd think worthy of serious criticism. We writers generally are kind to small animals, pay our taxes on time, avoid serious felonies and otherwise contribute to the general welfare of mankind. But not everyone sees it that way. When this happens, there are several alter- natives that will address, if not solve, the problem. From a historical perspective, one of my favorites is the solution offered by French actor Jean Marie Collot d'Herbois in the late 1700s. He was an actor but apparently not much of one because every one of his productions in Lyon were met with howling boos and vegtables of several varieties. Jean Marie never did get the hang of dodging the heads of lettuce, but the problem was taken care of when the French Revolution came along. He was named a judge by his co-revolutionist Robespierre, returned to Lyon and ordered the ex- ecution of 6000 citizens -- presumably several of whom had been known to hurl vegtables at him. The limit of this philosophy as a way to answer criticism is that one can't use it more than once a revolution. After that, the people catch on that you are not keen on being called a dunderhead, and they try to avoid hurting your feelings in the future. The other flaw to the method is that it really doesn't get to the heart of the matter -- The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i January 8, 1988 I i All my sins remembered and looking ahead to 1988 hilosophically speaking. You can shoot critics, t you can't force them to appreciate your point of view. This may seem a long route to the point {which it is) of getting into the swing of 1988. To figure out what we want to write about each year, this column is offered as a springboard. Based on recent letters, conversations and ver- bal assaults on public streets, I have come to this list of what I did wrong in 1987, and what I must do better this year in order to achieve fame, wealth and the undying admiration of my readership: A: Don't write so much about Mater Dei. "You write every week about them," said a Memorial booster. B: Don't write so much about Memorial. "You write every week about them," said a Mater Dei booster. C: Don't write so much about either Mater Dei or Memorial because you don't write enough about us," say boosters at Washington Catholic and Vincennes Rivet. D: Don't write so much about Catholic schools, because most of the Catholic students in the diocese attend public schools. {There is a strong strain of feeling to this regard in Dubois County which apparently views its turn to public education as a meaningless distinction in an area that is 96 percent Catholic. E: I don't care what you write because this is a religious newspaper and why they let you write this drivel about sports certainly is beyond my understanding. F: Write more about sports at the parish level. {Aha, we finally come to an idea worthy of im- plementation without even having to think hard about it.) i G: Don't write stories that insult people because this is a Christian publication and your at- titude sometimes seems closer to heathenism. {Some of my best friends are heathens. On the other count, it may be too late to change. My favorite Bible story always has been Jesus evicting moneychangers from the temple. He was sort of Ralph Nader's spiritual forebearer. I suppose I am too old and set in my ways to develop civility at this point.} H: Never again write a story about how terrible women's golf is in Evansville. {This is a memo I : simply decided to send to myself in case the urge to repeat the episode ever arises.} I: Write a column about how WFIE-Ch. 14 managed to completely mess up its coverage of Aces' basketball this season, and then how they told us we just didn't understand the complexities of broadcast finances. J' Never write another column about how much money pro athletes make because it just makes it seem you're too fascinated with money. {That's true,' because you tend to be fascinated with things you don't have.} K: Don't write any more columns about In- diana coach Bob Knight and how his conduct is leading the nation's youth to ruin. {I've sort of sworn off writing any more about Bob Knight as a general principle. Is there anything left to say?) So, there you have it -- a more or less com- plete guide to the sins of the past and hoped for redemption in 1988. If you have any additions to my list, feel perfectly free to drop me a line. Just remember -- I probably won't pay any attention to you at all. That was going to be letter "L" on the list. 1 Continued from page 2 died June 3. he had served as a priest for 51 years. Services were held at St. John Home, Evansville. Father Patrick Shaughnessy, 80, died Oct. 20. He had served in parishes throughout the Diocese of Evansville. IN OCTOBER, nearly 80 couples who had been married 50 years or more gathered at St. Joseph Church, Princeton, to celebrate and renew their mar- riage vows. The celebration was attended by about 350 people and coor- dinated by the Family Life Pro- gram through Catholic Charities. Seven new principals were hired at elementary schools in the diocese. They were -- Judy Blankenberger, Resurrection School, Evansville. -- Rose Marie Drake, St. Mat- thew School, Mount Vernon. -- Sister Jolinda Naas, Flaget School, Vincennes. -- AI Tieken, Holy Cross, Fort Branch. -- Jacqueline Maddox, Washington Catholic School, Washington. -- Kirk Kemp, St. James School, Gibson County. -- Scott Whitehouse, Corpus Christi School, Evansville. In 1987, Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education, as one of the top secondary schools in the country. Marian Heights faculty member Sister Paulette Seng, Jerome Walker, board presi- dent, Laurinda Walker and Sister Mary Dominic Frederick, principal, traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award. Diplomas were presented to 397 seniors at the five Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Evansville in 1987. Memorial High School stu- dent David Scheitlin was the recipient of the 1986-87 Don Ping $1000 scholarship. The Academic Decathlon team from Memorial High School, Evansville, won its regional meet. Members of the OAK TREE VILLAGE APARTMENTS 310 Rotherwood 477-5574 drm. from $190 2 Bdrm. from $270 3 Bdrm. from $350 Water and Hot Water furnished ASK ABOUT OUR CURRENT SPECIAL team were Anne Morgan, Rhon- da Happe, Michael Ruehmkorff, Angola Fenoglio, Steve Andres, Michael Potter, Joseph Honnigford and John Carrol. Coaches were Mace Brauchla and Sister Margaret Quinlan. Kurt Wells of Holy Redeemer School, Evansville, was named winner of the Serra Club essay contest. Erin Goedde of St. Wendel School, Posey County, was named runner-up. The Mater Dei Friends and Alumni Association held its first Teacher-Staff Appreciation Dinner in March. Board members presented plaques to all faculty and staff members who had worked at the high JASPER SER VICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE Buehlers I.G.A. "THE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS and MEATS Al=o Huntlnflburg and Oakland City KREMPP LUMBER CO. 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