Performer comes with lots of his own baggage
An Indianapolis entertainment venue seems proud to announce that Mike Tyson will bring his one-man show to Indianapolis next February.
But in announcing the Spike Lee-directed show, the venue says nothing about Tyson returning to the scene of the crime.
His show offers a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown, the Old National Center announced in a news release.
Tyson was feared, all right, especially for his illegal conduct – he served three years in prison for rape and criminal deviate conduct and bit the ear of an opponent in the ring two years after his release. Perhaps the rare, personal look will give insight into why Tyson raped an 18-year-old two decades ago in an Indianapolis hotel room. Perhaps he will go beyond his original defense at his trial, which was, essentially, that she consented.
Or perhaps, in the city where he committed his brutal crime, he will not find enduring mass appeal due not only to his incomparable athleticism, but to his huge personality and unrivaled showmanship, as the news release said.
Perhaps Hoosiers will decide not to take advantage of the limited amount of meet & greet packages available while supplies last.
Good money follows bad right off campus
Coaching a major college football team can be a lucrative career – almost as good as getting fired.
Hoosiers probably aren’t happy to know that Purdue University is paying fired football coach Danny Hope $600,000 not to return to work.
Hope, it turns out, is getting substantially less than some of his fired peers.
As the New York Times reported, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is getting a cool $5 million for not working in Knoxville the next four years, while his staff will get $4 million if they are not retained.
North Carolina State’s Tom O’Brien gets $1.2 million; Colorado’s Jon Embree is due $1.5 million; Southern Mississippi is handing $2.1 million over to Ellis Johnson; and Auburn is paying a whopping $7.5 million to Gene Chizik not to show up for work.
Gives a new dimension to the phrase beats working.
As a reminder that this is not play money, Tennessee’s athletic department told the university it’s not going to pay the $18 million the football program is supposed to give to the university for academic scholarships and fellowships over the next three years, largely because it needs the money to pay off the fired coaches.
Oh, one more interesting tidbit for university presidents and athletic directors: A scientific analysis by Social Science Quarterly found that teams whose coaches have been fired don’t perform any better after the coach is gone.
More facts to heat up global warming debate
Young people are feeling the heat.
If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average, wrote Philip Bump in a online story for grist.org.
That conclusion comes from data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The recently released NOAA information also indicates 2012 has been a remarkably dry and warm year. Nowhere on earth has posted a record cold temperature so far this year. And with only Alaska and a small portion of Russia serving as exceptions, the entire world has experienced warmer-than-average temperatures.
The U.S., including the East Coast, experienced record warm temperatures, a contributing factor to Superstorm Sandy.
Some scientists, including Jeff Masters of Weather Underground, are suggesting Sandy may not even be deadliest or most expensive weather disaster of 2012. Sandy’s damages are estimated at $50 billion. But according to Deutsche Bank Securities, this year’s drought is expected to cut America’s GDP 0.5 to 1 percentage point.