Hi kids! Welcome back to Vocabulary Hour! I’m your hostess, SassySouth. What are we talking about in this lesson? Well today, we’re revisiting one of our favorite words: Schadenfreude. What does Schadenfreude mean? Well, the American Heritage Dictionary defines it as:
–noun satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.
1890–95; < G, equiv. to Schaden harm + Freude joy
And why are we revisiting a word we already defined previously? Well kiddos, there is nothing like a big ass German word to describe my enjoyment over the penalties the NCAA just leveled against the University of Alabama over textbooks. Yes, that is not a typo. Textbooks. (For my non sports loving readers – get the background here and here then come back to experience the Schaudenfraude with us!) And its not just about a single sports program (yes Tide sidewalk fans – your "school" that you never attended actually plays other sports!) but almost the ENTIRE athletic program. 16 sports were cited for the textbook scandal. SIXTEEN. The only sport without a penalty was rowing. ROWING?! You have got to be kidding me. More than 200 Alabama athletes were involved in this scam while they were already under NCAA probation. And that my friends is what the major issue is. This isn’t about textbooks. Its about shit going down while they were supposed to be cleaning up their act after the cluster F#@! a few years ago (remember why Phil Fulmer won’t cross the state line?). And they got…3 years of probation and may have to "forfeit" some wins from 2005 – 2007. Not a single loss of scholarship (which would have been overkill – I know, I know – I might get struck by a bolt of lightning as an Auburn fan for saying that but really, this didn’t lead to anyone winning games or anything like that – no boosters paid off players THIS TIME). Now mind you, Nicky Satan wasn’t at Bama yet, this was all :::points::: Mike Shula’s fault. (and whoever else was supposed to be keeping an eye on this – hello, Mr. Athletic Director Mal Moore). Is anyone surprised that he didn’t know this was going on with his athletes? But what about the other coaches? I mean good LORD. That many athletes were taking advantage of this "lack of monitoring" – what, did they have it posted on message boards and in the locker rooms? "Here’s how you scam the system! Free textbooks for everyone! Roll Tide!" Lets face it, we all love watching Alabama having the NCAA shake their finger at them because its Ala-frickin-arrogant-as-hell-Bama. NO one does entitlement better than a Bama fan. Well, maybe a sidewalk Bama fan, but thats most of them anyway… But that is the reason why this is so flipping annoying. They do this ALL the time. Its their way. And we all hate the story line on every teen melodrama where the rich kid gets away with breaking all the rules because his Daddy is a
Booster Senator. Just slap a houndstooth hat on that spoiled prick and you’ve got a Bama fan! Y’all wanna know about my favorite moment of irony from this whole thing? Reading that the former AD from the University of Miami is the head of the NCAA infractions committee. The same Universiity of Miami that had a SI cover that literally said, ‘Why the University of Miami Should Drop Football". Because they are such paragons of virtue? The lunatics are running the asylum.
A few of my favorite articles about this one today:
- ESPN talks about it being about the whole football program but somehow manages to basically bring it back to just football… Brilliant journalism, y’all. Emmy awards will be spilling in for this coverage.
- Ivan Maisel thinks Alabama has turned a corner… Uh yeah, if you consider that working the system and finding loopholes to cheat is a Bama tradition, sure. I love the video in this one. Hearing the word "integrity" coming out of Nicky’s mouth just makes me giggle a little.
- Wiping out three years of Alabama Football. Hey, while you’re at it, can you also make them "wipe out" those self declared national championships? My favorite line from this article: "The good news for Tide fans? Alabama won’t have to vacate any Iron Bowl victories. The Crimson Tide weren’t good enough to beat rival Auburn during the seasons in question." Oh, SNAP. (Yeah yeah, I know, its the past – but if Bama fans still quote the Bear I can still reminisce about beating the Tide again, and again, and again, and again…)
- Opponents who lost games vacated by Alabama won’t be allowed to change their records to reflect a victory. So Bama can’t declare victory, yet the loser can’t change their record either? Its like the Athletic programs had "performance issues" for a few years…
- Haters to the left!! :::twiddles fingers in glee::: "The question has become when aren’t there major violations in Tuscaloosa? The latest penalties mean that ‘Bama has been eligible to be an NCAA repeat offender since 1995. Alabama has been committing major violations while serving time for major violations." :::applause:::
- This guy makes me laugh. His entire take on the NCAA making them "give up" victories is spot on.
Part of me wants to disagree with his assessment but part of me thinks he’s right. Damnit.
- No one can figure out how to handle this whole forfeit situation. And if FSU gets penalized, apparently the 2007 FSU vs. Bama game never actually happened. It was just your imagination, folks! Please ignore the man behind the curtain!!!
- The AJC’s take on the Bama situation – Its like a really tasty bagel, "Tough on the surface, soft underneath"
- I loved the graphic on this one. Made me laugh a bit.
Auburn Stuff that I just felt like sharing (spreading the love, one Tiger stripe at a time):
- US News and World Report ranks Auburn, Alabama as one of the top 10 places to live in the US. Damnit, we were trying to keep that a secret!
- According to this blog, Tommy T. is pulling a Phil Fulmer and now starting to tell folks alllll about the recruiting violations at Alabama. Have I mentioned how much I dearly love this man??
***no Bama fans were harmed while writing this article. The self entitlement issues do not apply to any of my friends who ACTUALLY went to school there. There aren’t that many of them. I don’t think they let them out of the state very often?