Thursday, August 25, 2011

Where have all the grown-ups gone?

This video is up here because I needed to cleanse my mental palate.

You see, I just read the police report about the football riot at LSU. The one that fanboy enablers dismiss as just another "bar fight" and has Tiger quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three others in such legal hot water.

You may read the initial police report here. I don't intend to spend any more time -- at least in this missive -- on a mob of wannabe London rioters who were so stupid as to break team curfew, head to a bar, yank a guy out of his pickup, beat him senseless and do it all while "wearing official LSU Football shirts."

Who'll notice? What's the worst that could happen?

NO, FORGET that and forget them. One is hopeful Five-0 will remember well enough for the lot of us.

Remember the video above, the story of something good that descended upon Baton Rouge for more than half a century. Someone who came to WAFB television in 1960 and really built something over the next 30 years, and did it unpretentiously while, to my knowledge, not causing any mass mayhem at local barrooms while wearing Channel 9 swag.

Another grown-up has left the scene in my hometown, and in American journalism. Another grown-up from "the greatest generation" has departed America and moved to a better neighborhood, one where the streets really are paved with gold.

There will be no more Newsline 9, News-Scene or Channel 9 News for Carlton Cremeens to anchor or orchestrate. There will be no more talent for him to find, hire and develop. There will be no more insistence on stellar writing. (Turn on your local TV news tonight. I dare you.)

And there will be damned few mid-market TV anchors who can, for example, hold his own with someone like Walker Percy and then get the interview published in The Southern Review.

Another grown-up gone. Now we return you to our regularly scheduled bar brawl.

1 comment:

Dez Crawford said...

Ever read "Among the Thugs" by Bill Buford? Stunning study of mob violence.

Let's look at the fine example our LSU kids have (I refuse to call them "men," as manhood comes after developing a sense of responsibility and accountability).

Let's look to the world of the NFL for inspiration.

Felon quarterback Michael Vick served a slap-on-the-wrist sentence for dogfighting. This man ran an illegal dogfighting enterprise, electrocuted and drowned dogs who didn't perform well in the ring, and, after "serving his time" (not enough), he returns to the NFL. To what? To a coaching position, out of the limelight? NO. He returns to a superstar quarterback position. He gets to work out in the prison gym for awhile and comes back, not to an NFL that says, "we can't put you in the limelight again" but to an NFL that says, "Welcome back, Moneymaker!"

The message? You can get away with ANYTHING if you can throw or catch a ball.