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Sometimes ESPN gets something right.
If this doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.
Middle schooler with Down Syndrome, Owen Groesser, makes SportsCenter's Top Plays after draining two 3-pointers.
There's a time and a place for everything and it's called college.
atta boy owen
Must be NBA rules.
Is this gonna be the new rudy was offsides? Owen travelled?
Good for them. if only they could stop hiring racist idiots I might watch again.
Now with a PhD in Applied Llama Physics...
You suck at life.
I love those crazy bastards.
I thought the title was referring to McGary.
I really do.
At least you know it.
I thought ESPN was replaying Paul Davis appearance on Millionaire Matchmaker
Wow I didnt know Matt Stafford could shoot like that
I'm probably going to get downvoted to hell and back for this, but why does everyone think it's so heartwarming whenever a kid with Down's syndrome does something in a school sporting event? Don't get me wrong, it's very kind of the coaches and players to let them play, and I'm sure it made this young man very very happy It's just that the local (and now national) news outlets just keep telling us how "inspirational" this is, and I fail to see how it's supposed to inspire me or anyone else to do anything. What's the message here? "If that mentally disabled kid can get put in the game and score a 3-pointer, I can do ______?"
I'm very happy for this young man, but if you take away all the "inspiring story" bullshit the media is really treating this kid just like they would a raccoon that some carnie taught how to juggle. It doesn't sit right with me.
This post was edited by fishrose 18 months ago
Maybe be inspired to do something good for a challenged individual ?
Shouldn't we all just do that anyway?
It really does feel like the media are using these situations as cheap publicity stunts.
We let a person with a learning disability take a snap at QB my Soph year on HS, it wasn't all over the news. This kind of stuff happens often, I feel like when it ends up on TV the kids are being exploited.
I'm sure some people get a positive message out of it while ESPN racks up ad revenue though so whatever.
No Wells, continue heartwarming thread.
As a father to a child with Down Syndrome, I always like hearing stories like these. I also always dread opening threads like these on this board. There are some ignorant asshats here that need to grow up.
Feel free to carry on with your hilarious Paul Davis and Matt Stafford jokes. You are funny!
I'm not inspired by it, just happy that the kid is treated with respect and got a chance to get into a game and score not 1, but 2 three pointers. He is never going to have a normal life and this was a special night for him. How could you not smile when you saw this story? Too often we see CRAP in the media like Kardashian drama, Manti Te'o's faux girlfriend, the Tebow saga, Lindsay Lohan being an idiot, Lance doping, etc and when I see something like this, it is a breath of fresh air. See it how you want to, but I see it as a kid getting his 15 minutes of fame and loving every minute of it.
Also, if his fellow teammates and classmates hadn't tweeted it to ESPN, they wouldn't have aired it.
Van Hoosen Vikings represent. Class of 93.
ESPN chose to air the story, I'm sure they get plenty of tweets and e-mails about high school games every day. I think Btothejizer said it best above when he called it a "cheap publicity stunt." It just seems exploitative to me.
The general public eats it up so they show stuff like this all the time now. I was moved the first 50 or so times I saw something similar.
I am gravely disappointed. Again you have made me unleash my dogs of war.
do you honestly think this kid or his family feel exploited?...
as someone stated above, i'd much rather watch this than hear about Kris Humphries and Kim's divorce or Manti's fake gf... it's a heart-warming story and for those few minutes he's on the court, he gets to be a normal kid. you clearly have never been around mentally handicapped people b/c unfortunately, their lives are far from normal. you don't have to be inspired by it, but i think we can all agree it's nice to watch/read about less privileged individuals getting a chance to succeed in activities they enjoy.
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