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Friday, March 07, 2008

Sox, Mets Fans Irked at Graduating in Yankee Stadium

Fist-Pomp and Circumstance

Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: March 07, 2008 at 05:10 PM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mayor Blomberg Posted: March 07, 2008 at 09:07 PM (#2708337)
"If that happens to me, I will cry," said CAS junior and lifelong Sox fan Rachel Chapman. "Graduation is such a community thing, and when you put it in a sports stadium, you're including another community."

I've watched my students graduate at Reliant Stadium and Minute Maid Park (as well as the AstroArena or whatever it was called and Reliant Arena. Toyota Center next? NYU might be big enough to make the Stadium a good venue but a smaller school is swallowed-up by the empty space.

They ought at least to give the kids the option of sliding into the plate to pick up their diplomas.
   2. kamatoa Posted: March 07, 2008 at 09:10 PM (#2708341)
Great intro! Thought it was Repoz there for a moment.
   3. villageidiom Posted: March 07, 2008 at 09:15 PM (#2708345)
As if graduation ceremonies weren't long enough, they might have to deal with Ronan Tynan.
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 07, 2008 at 09:25 PM (#2708356)
I want to see David's children graduate in the auditorium of the Social Security Administration.
   5. Flynn Posted: March 07, 2008 at 09:58 PM (#2708372)
I sympathize with the Mets fans on a certain level, but if you're a Red Sox fan, STFU you whining baby.

YOU WENT TO SCHOOL IN FREAKIN' NEW YORK. NEW YORK. WHERE THE YANKEES PLAY.

I hate the Yankees, but I love New York and if I went to school there and graduated at Yankee Stadium, I'd take it as part of the territory of living in a fantastic city.
   6. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 07, 2008 at 10:03 PM (#2708380)
I sympathize with the Mets fans on a certain level, but if you're a Red Sox fan, STFU you whining baby.

YOU WENT TO SCHOOL IN FREAKIN' NEW YORK. NEW YORK. WHERE THE YANKEES PLAY.

Not only that Flynn, but think how cool it would be to earn your diploma at the site where the greatest comeback in sports history was completed.

I think both groups of fans are being silly. I grew up a Sox fan in the NY suburbs, and I'd have loved graduating at the stadium. But I can't complain, our HS graduation was at a VA Hospital.
   7. Cowboy Popup Posted: March 07, 2008 at 10:07 PM (#2708385)
I would have loved to graduate at Fenway if I had gone to school in Boston.

NYU kids tend to suck, so that might be the problem.
   8. Flynn Posted: March 07, 2008 at 10:07 PM (#2708388)
Not only that Flynn, but think how cool it would be to earn your diploma at the site where the greatest comeback in sports history was completed.

Awesome spin there.
   9. I am going to be Frank Posted: March 07, 2008 at 11:54 PM (#2708449)
My brother will be graduating this spring he is not a Yankee fan but he is loving it.

Sports fans are inherently irrational so some whining is expected from Mets and Sox fans, however, how can anyone possibly complain about graduating in such a historic venue? I did want to slap the student who complained about it not being in Manhattan. It is NYU not MU. I went to University of Michigan and the main ceremony was at the football stadium (Kofi Annan is an excellent speaker), which was great while the engineering one was at the basketball arena (Jacques Nasser is very difficult to understand), which sucked. Ironically (I hope this is not a Michael Kay "ironically"), this year's Michigan graduating class had a legitimate reason to complain as they were supposed to graduate on Eastern Michigan's campus. Now that would have sucked.

They should really wonder who the speaker is supposed to be... it might be an Olsen twin.
   10. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: March 08, 2008 at 12:24 AM (#2708464)
NYU kids tend to suck, so that might be the problem.

I'll see your NYU students, and raise you BU students.
   11. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: March 08, 2008 at 12:28 AM (#2708465)
I'll see your NYU students, and raise you BU students.

I'll come over the top with the subway-pissing spikey-haired Manhattan College idiots.

My high school graduation was in the Paramount theater at Madison Square Garden. I didn't complain, even though I don't care for Celine Dion.
   12. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: March 08, 2008 at 12:36 AM (#2708469)
Fold.
   13. BeanoCook Posted: March 08, 2008 at 01:27 AM (#2708480)
My commencement speech in 2001 was delivered by an NFL MVP. I hate the NFL, but it didn't bother me.
   14. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: March 08, 2008 at 01:29 AM (#2708482)
My commencement speech in 2001 was delivered by an NFL MVP. I hate the NFL, but it didn't bother me.

My high school commencement speech was delivered by a Lite FM DJ. I've actually complained about that one for the last ten and a half years.
   15. scotto Posted: March 08, 2008 at 01:36 AM (#2708484)
My brother's high school graduation speech was delivered by Mike Barnicle, the plagiarist. His speech was essentially "You effete, suburban children of privilege will never know what it takes to succeed in the real world, like kids growing up in the slums will. Good luck in the Ivy Leagues, and #### you all."

His daughter was in the graduating class. I'd have hated to be her, because it was about the least classy thing I've ever seen, and I'm a guy who has no idea about which fork or spoon I should be using during a given course.
   16. BeanoCook Posted: March 08, 2008 at 01:39 AM (#2708487)
Yea, Barnicle is utterly full of himself. Enough of the people that spew populism too.
   17. Famous Original Joe C Posted: March 08, 2008 at 01:51 AM (#2708495)
I hate the Yankees, but I love New York and if I went to school there and graduated at Yankee Stadium, I'd take it as part of the territory of living in a fantastic city.

I couldn't agree more. I'm a Red Sox fan, but I think it'd be cool to have the ceremony there. Of course, I still probably wouldn't go, but the idea of it is cool anyway.
   18. Howie Menckel Posted: March 08, 2008 at 02:01 AM (#2708501)
Commencement speech for graduating HIGH SCHOOL?

Wow, a lot of schools are awfully full of themselves.
This ain't 1920, when the diploma actually meant something.
   19. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: March 08, 2008 at 02:23 AM (#2708513)
Commencement speech for graduating HIGH SCHOOL?

Wow, a lot of schools are awfully full of themselves.
This ain't 1920, when the diploma actually meant something.


They have a notable alumnus come back and say some words. In other years, we had the second Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.
   20. scotto Posted: March 08, 2008 at 02:51 AM (#2708531)
Commencement speech for graduating HIGH SCHOOL?

Nothing unusual about it, from what I can tell. It'll often be one of the most popular faculty members or an alumnus. Mostly they seem to be about going for and doing good. I don't know why you find it surprising, Menckel. Some of these kids don't get on to college or succeed if they do. I don't know that begrudging them their moment in the spotlight is worth the animus. YMMV.
   21. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 08, 2008 at 03:05 AM (#2708538)
Some of these kids don't get on to college or succeed if they do.
I guess it depends on the venue. I mean, somewhere like where rLr or I went to HS--and I'm not name-dropping here, I just happen to know both of those--have the general expectation that the graduating class will not attend and succeed at college, but probably grad school as well. So I can see how it is a bit silly there.

Other schools, without that expectation, might be more worthy of a speaker.

Of course, I'm just bitter because I had the fourteen hour speech from my resigning principal. Jesus Christ, that thing went on forever.
   22. scotto Posted: March 08, 2008 at 03:08 AM (#2708539)
RB, you had Fidel Castro as your principal?
   23. Srul Itza Posted: March 08, 2008 at 03:58 AM (#2708559)
some whining is expected from Mets . . . fans

What choice do they have? Whining is the normal mode of communication for Mets fans.
   24. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: March 08, 2008 at 04:54 AM (#2708571)
Some of these kids don't get on to college or succeed if they do. I don't know that begrudging them their moment in the spotlight is worth the animus.

That was the reason stated by my middle school principal for a fairly elaborate "prom." He didn't think a lot of the kids would graduate high school. He was probably right, but it's terrible for him to say it.
   25. Xander Posted: March 08, 2008 at 05:05 AM (#2708573)
We had Gene Budig, since he lives in my town and his daughter went to my high school (though she graduated a couple years ahead of me).
   26. Skip Jutzes OPS Posted: March 08, 2008 at 05:27 PM (#2708706)
Aren't Red Sox fans used to celebrating in Yankee Stadium ? Seems like a good chance to relive some fond memories.
   27. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: March 08, 2008 at 05:51 PM (#2708718)
As an NYU student, I would have been fine with commencement in Yankee Stadium, even though I'm a Mets fan. (Of course, this was 1993, when they both sucked.) I wonder if they're still going to limit it to 2 tickets per person, given the extra seating. Probably.

I forget who the commencement speaker was. I do remember afterwards, walking up 5th Avenue a few blocks with my parents, finding a restaurant and having lunch at a table by the window. My dad talked about how much my grandmother (on my mom's side) would have liked that if she'd been there.
   28. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 08, 2008 at 05:53 PM (#2708720)
RB, you had Fidel Castro as your principal?
I wish. Even at Fidel's worst, he had more interesting thing to say than a Quaker Educator looking back on his career.
   29. TerpNats Posted: March 08, 2008 at 05:56 PM (#2708722)
Hey, aren't there fans of any other teams among NYU students? Heck, if there are Red Sox fans at NYU, shouldn't there be a significant number of Phillies fans as well, given the similar geographic distance from NYC? Or would rooting for teams besides the Yanks, Mets and Bosox be deemed culturally incorrect at such an elite college?

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