Mets Do Something Great, Honor MCA

Mets Do Something Great, Honor MCA

I'm guessing that, like me, a lot of people reading this site grew up on the Beastie Boys. That "grew up on" phrase is tossed around a lot, but for the B-Boys, it really does fit. Listening to Licensed To Ill cassette we stole from my buddy's sister on a Walkman. Screaming along to the Fight For Your Right video. Jumping around in slow motion to the So Whatcha Want video. Finding out about Paul's Boutique well after the fact, but then getting crazy into it. Blown away by Q-Tip's verse and memorizing Get It Together, listening to all of Ill Communication so many times the title became reality for anyone within earshot. Trying to learn how to play the instrumental songs. Listening to a Buddhist musician plead for peace and respect while every teenaged hormone said "Destroy something." Getting tossed like a rag doll at the secret show at the Electric Factory June 10, 1998, maybe the best show I've ever seen, and I've seen my share. Blaring Hello Nasty our freshman year at Temple. Seeing the Beastie Boys look nothing like boys and acting decidedly less beastie. Being supportive of some of their causes, dismissive of or alienated by others.  
Learning MCA had cancer, and it was bad. 
Enjoying their most recent album, but worrying that it really would be their last, as MCA was unable to do pub for it, much less tour. 
And finally, while on business in New York, a city I can't walk through without hearing strings of lyrics about the place the Beastie Boys loved, finding out Adam Yauch had died. 
Seeing the recognition he received from prominent people in so many in the music industry, the main story on the New York Times, and my social media feeds, it was clear that Yauch and his crew were almost universally respected, and loved my many. 
We don't say a whole lot of nice things about the New York Mets around here. It's hard to find a team capable of giving more material to criticize, laugh at, and generally enjoy. But last night they did something any Beastie Boys fan would have to love. 
Each Met changed his walk-up music to a Beastie Boys song. Here's what they requested, via Anthony DiComo's Mets Cetera (Note: not a Peter Cetera-era Chicago/Mets fan mashup blog): 
Ruben Tejada: “Intergalactic”Daniel Murphy: “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”David Wright: “Brass Monkey”Lucas Duda: “The New Style”Scott Hairston: “Root Down”Ike Davis: “Fight For Your Right (To Party)”Andres Torres: “So What’cha Want”Josh Thole: “Make Some Noise”Dillon Gee: “Body Movin’”PH Vinny Rottino: “Paul Revere”
Obvious follow-up question—You only get one Beasties song to walk up to the plate with for the night… What do you go with?
Video of a few walkups here:Your browser does not support iframes.

Could write/talk for hours about the Beastie Boys, but we'll leave it at that for now. Here's what one of the walls inside my freshman dorm room (555 Hardwick Hall, Temple U) looked like circa Hello Nasty's release… 
Yep total fanboyism. 
While larger-than-life since their debut, they were always transparent and real. Despite their adopted names, they were just as prominently Adam Yauch, Adam Horowitz, and Michael Diamond. And yet, also until the present day, indiscernable from the personas they adopted over their careers. 
Feel free to chime in with any Beastie Boys or MCA-related thoughts, when you got into them, favorite song or album… 

Mike McQueary calls his ban from Penn State facilities 'wrong'

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Mike McQueary calls his ban from Penn State facilities 'wrong'

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The former Penn State assistant football coach suing Penn State told jurors Friday he was angered when told he could not return to team facilities after being put on leave the week Jerry Sandusky was charged with child molestation.

Mike McQueary testified in the fifth day of trial in his lawsuit, where he's seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other claims.

School officials have testified that safety concerns prompted them to put McQueary on paid administrative leave in November 2011, and he never returned to the football program.

"They tell me, the guy who turned in a pedophile," to stay away from team facilities, he testified. "And they let him go around there for years after they knew about it not once but twice. That gets me. That does not make sense to me. It's wrong."

McQueary says he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower in 2001 and reported it to then-head coach Joe Paterno and two administrators. Another complaint was investigated in 1998 but produced no charges until authorities took a new look at the case starting in 2009.

His testimony helped convict Sandusky of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012, but he has not been able to find a job.

McQueary told jurors he got a sense his status with the program was in trouble in the days after Sandusky was charged with molestation and two high-ranking school officials were charged with perjury and failing to properly report suspected child abuse.

The only university official who offered him words of encouragement during that period was Paterno, he said. He recounted an exchange they had on the practice field shortly before the school's trustees fired Paterno.

He said the aging coach told McQueary he had not done anything wrong and warned him not to trust "Old Main" — the administration building.

"He specifically said, 'Make sure you have a lawyer. You're all right. You didn't do anything wrong.' He was very, the word I want to use is, unselfish, about all of it," McQueary said.

He also recounted seeing Sandusky with the boy in the shower in 2001, slamming his locker door shut and seeing that they had separated.

McQueary did not say anything, physically intervene or call police, but he did contact Paterno the next day.

"I think one of the concerns perhaps in the very first minute is, Who's going to believe me? Who is going to believe when I tell them that Jerry Sandusky was doing this?" McQueary testified. "I didn't know if my dad would believe me. I didn't know if anyone would believe me. And to his credit, Coach Paterno did believe me."

Coach mum on Giants' awareness of Josh Brown's abuse record

Coach mum on Giants' awareness of Josh Brown's abuse record

LONDON -- The New York Giants have yet to decide whether Josh Brown will stay on the team after admitting he abused his former wife, coach Ben McAdoo said Friday in a press conference that raised more questions about the franchise's knowledge of the kicker's off-field behavior.

McAdoo faced repeated questioning about Brown following the Giants' first practice in London for a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

Brown did not travel to London and the team has yet to say if he will be suspended or cut following the release of county police records in which the player said he physically abused his wife, Molly, over a protracted period. She told police in the documents released by the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington state that the abuse and other threatening behavior stretched from 2009, when she was pregnant with their daughter, to the Pro Bowl in January 2016.

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown's wife said she called NFL security to move her and her three children to another hotel to avoid harassment from her estranged husband. She said he had pounded on their hotel door seeking to get in. The allegation is included in the final report filed last month by the local investigating detective, Robin Ostrum.

Brown's former wife did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment from The Associated Press.

A law firm representing the kicker declined comment.

When asked whether the Giants knew about Brown's behavior at the Pro Bowl, McAdoo repeatedly said the Giants were still gathering information on the 9-month-old event. Finally, he said: "I'm not going to answer that."

When a reporter asked McAdoo about his comments in August suggesting he would show no tolerance for players abusive of their family members, McAdoo said his comments then were more nuanced.

"When did I say zero tolerance?" he said, adding: "I do not support domestic violence, if that's what you're asking. I do not condone it."

McAdoo described Brown as a "man of faith" who was trying to improve his behavior and the Giants organization was supporting him in this. But when asked to explain how the Giants provided this or monitored his off-field behavior, McAdoo said he couldn't detail any specific acts of support.

The NFL's official policy is to suspend players guilty of domestic abuse for six games on their first offense. Brown was suspended for one game, the Giants' season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys, in punishment for his May 2015 arrest at his family home in Woodinville, Washington, on suspicion of assaulting his wife by grabbing one of her wrists as she tried to reach for a phone, leaving an abrasion and bruising. No charges were filed but the detective, Ostrum, gathered detailed statements from Molly Brown who also provided her husband's written admissions of abuse in diary and email entries.

The NFL said its investigators asked to see these records but were denied.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested in a BBC interview Friday that Brown could face further punishment now that league officials can see the full King County evidence file detailing Molly Brown's allegations of more than 20 episodes of abuse fueled by alcohol and other threatening behavior to herself, her two sons from a previous relationship and the couple's daughter.

"We have asked repeatedly for those facts and the information that's been gathered by law enforcement both orally and in writing. And we weren't able to get access to it. So you have to make decisions on whatever information you have," Goodell said in a transcript of the London interview provided by the BBC.

"We take this issue incredibly seriously. ... When it happens we're not going to tolerate it. So we have some new information here, we'll evaluate that in the context of our policy and we'll take it from there," Goodell said.

The Giants in April re-signed Brown to a two-year contract valued at $4 million. When facing his one-game suspension, Brown in August said he was divorced from his wife, although police documents released Wednesday suggested that civil proceedings remain incomplete.

The Giants have signed kicker Robbie Gould, an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Bears who was cut in September for salary cap reasons. The 34-year-old is expected to practice with the team Saturday.

"I've seen him (Gould) make a lot of kicks against me in the past. He's been successful, and we're hoping that continues," McAdoo said.