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Killing the messenger

Gazette staff September 25th, 2013

We know the Sports Illustrated reports about the OSU football program elicited strong reactions from fans, but this is ridiculous.

 At the recent Cowboys’ home opener against Lamar University, an effigy of SI writer Thayer Evans — the primary reporter behind the five-part series — was hoisted outside the stadium.

At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Oh, that’s cute. What, did they put him in a dress or something? Maybe some sort of compromising position?” No. They stabbed it with knives — in the torso, in the leg, in the eye. It doesn’t matter where they were stabbing it, really. The fact is that they were gleefully puncturing a human effigy with knives.

The worst part? Maybe? Signs next to the doll advertised it like a carnival attraction: “Take a ‘stab’ at Sports Illustrated,” it read. “$1 per stab. Proceeds donated to OSU School of Journalism.”

Really? The OSU School of Journalism? How thoughtful. Do they teach you how to not pretend-murder somebody in the OSU School of Journalism?

To be fair, most OSU fans would condemn such actions, and what happened definitely isn’t representative of the fan base as a whole. But still — it’s only football.

Take a stab at decency.

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