Tuesday, April 08, 2008
And now, let's show some appreciation for a truly remarkable accomplishment.
For all that we are still grieving over last night, it is time to step back and note that something wonderful and beautiful is scheduled to take place at the end of this coming summer.
Joey Dorsey, who comes from a neighborhood in Baltimore so stark and bleak that he says THE WIRE didn't really capture how bad it was, who is not only the first member of his family to attend college but the first to GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL (let that soak in for a moment), is on track to receive his Bachelor's degree.
Given his background, abandoned by his father, this is is a far greater accomplishment than all of his wonderful playing for the Tigers combined. Joey, if you finish and are willing to walk across that stage, I'm coming to your graduation, and I'd like the whole city to come with me.
Folks, we owe this to Joey for having the courage to escape the hellish nightmare of his neighborhood, for having the courage to graduate high school under such conditions, and becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college. He has given us thrills for lo these many years, and we need to honor him for something that will matter far more than his numerous accomplishments on the court.
I would like to see at least a thousand people, if not a lot more, pack the stands at graduation, and when Mr. Dorsey's name is called, we need to give him a standing ovation for this achievement.
I will get more details later, but let's plan this shindig!