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.