I picked up my Triple Eagle friend (that's someone who attended Boston College High, BC undergrad, and BC Law) after work this evening, and drove him to Kappy's liquor store so he could pick up a bottle of port.
While I waited for him, I read this article
in the Globe sports section.
Of course, I was appalled by the allegations of age discrimination at Brandeis.
When my Triple Eagle friend returned to the car, I brought the issue up. Now, he's more given to the more noble arts of composing classical music or reciting poetry than sports, but he seemed to take an interest as I described the outrage outlined in the Globe.
"Does the Globe typically feature Division 3 sports programs on the cover of its sports section?" he asked, switching off the Jimi Hendrix CD I was playing.
"Good question," I replied. "The Bruins are usually lucky if they can get on there."
"I'm assuming this coach was a big winner there, and that's why it's age discrimination -- she was fired because she was old, despite winning a lot of games," he said.
"Well, no, she wasn't a big winner," I replied.
"Give me that," he said, grabbing the Globe, and reading bits of the article himself.
"The coach is surprised that her athletic director fired her, despite the team having been 'competitive all season' -- are we talking about college sports here, or Little League?" he asked.
"Brandeis is a college," I said.
"I was being rhetorical," he said.
"You know, I do feel a little bad for someone who is 54 and has had no other job, and has given their heart to working as a softball coach," he said. "And I feel bad that she can't imagine any one else hiring her, but if that's the case, is she being fired because she is 54, or because she's not a great coach?"
"I sense you are going somewhere with this," I said.
"Well," he answered, "is it possible that the Globe is stirred up about this because Brandeis is a Jewish school, and the coach's name is Mary Sullivan?"
With that he feel silent, and began humming and air-conducting a symphony.