Song: I Was a Fool
Artist: Sunflower Bean
Album: Twentytwo in Blue
Yesterday after months of speculation the Boston Red Sox finally signed free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez. Even though at times I was apprehensive to this signing due to Martinez' lack of durability, below average defense and consistency throughout his career I am glad the Red Sox signed him. The contract was not nearly as bad as I was expecting. 5 years 110 million with opt-outs after the 2nd and 3rd season. The move makes the Red Sox a lot better (on paper).
Martinez hit a whopping (not to be confused with the whooping cough) 45 outside the park home runs last season in only 119 games played. That is some serious pop, friendo. He had a 4 home run game in early September. Dude can rake.
The Red Sox sure could use the added power in their line-up as they struggled to hit baseballs over the fence last season. I said a Fun Fact about the Red Sox lack of power in a tweet to express my excitement over the signing.
It was clearly a joke, that's why I spelled Arizona wrong. Classic I'm joking tell to not capitalize proper nouns and include one too many I's. Totally not because I can't spell and rarely proofread.Although given the lack of production from the Red Sox I could see how for perhaps a millisecond you could think I was serious. Alas, I was not. Anybody with a brain would quickly realize that it's quite unlikely for one man in only half a season to hit 14 more home runs than all Red Sox infielders did combined in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. We're talking the Red Sox 1st basemen, 2nd basemen, 3rd basemen, and Shortstop over a four year period. 16 individual seasons. I felt it was important to list out the years instead of simply putting 2014-2017 to make it seem more real to show how stupid the people challenging this fun fact were.
Luckily some bright strangers were quick to jump down my internet throat and let me know that I had fudged the numbers. Thank Goodness, there's kids online reading this stuff.
I almost blew my cover and told him was a joke, but I decided to have a little fun with it and brought it upon myself to mess with this guy who gets off on correcting fake stats that strangers make up on line. I had to let Jamie know where I was getting my numbers. Baseball-reference.com is one of my favorite websites to look at baseball statistics. I made a mistake and called it pro baseball reference. Silly me. No wonder why he was so confused. ??
Sadly, Jamie didn't trust me and felt it was necessary to flex his internet muscles by reciting stats he had memorized (good job!) I also was taught that 51 was greater than 45 which I cannot thank Mr. Worthington enough for bringing to my attention. Over all these years I had never realized that.
I did what was only right. I flexed my internet muscles by reciting two thirds of Daniel Nava's slash line from 2013. Something I've got burned into my brain like my birthday or cell phone number. John Farrell nearly cost the Red Sox a World Series by benching Nava for Jonny Gomes who hit like a buck fifty in October. Never forget that Daniel Nava hit .303 in 2013.
Apparently those mind popping stats that were good enough for 8th and 5th in the American League in 2013 meant nothing to Jamie. To not even say wow is insulting.
At this point I had had enough and felt it was time to put Old Yeller to bed.
Credit to Jamie for not once realizing I was not serious during this ordeal.
Then there was Landy.
My favorite part about Landy (sweet name) is that he 100% looked up Pedroia's stats and did some quick math the refute my fun fact. I bet Pedey himself doesn't even know that stat off the top of his bald head.
You never know what you'll come accross on twitter dot com. After the news of Pablo Picasso's death re-broke yesterday I felt it was important to end the day with one more #funfact. RIP Pablo Picasso 1881-2001.
The NCAA Is Vacating Every Louisville Basketball Win from 2011-2015 Including Their 2013 National Championship
The University of Louisville will lose its 2013 national championship banner.
The NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee announced on Tuesday that it upheld the Committee on Infractions' ruling that Louisville must vacate 123 wins, including the 2013 title and the 2012 Final Four appearance, as punishment in the school's escort case.
It is the first time in modern Division I men's basketball history that a championship was vacated.
The decision, released via the NCAA's website, was the last step in an infractions process that lasted more than two years after Katina Powell's bombshell book prompted an NCAA investigation in October 2015.
Louisville self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2016 ACC and NCAA tournaments, and later added self-imposed recruiting sanctions after confirming Powell's allegations that former Cards basketball staffer Andre McGee paid women thousands of dollars and gave them game tickets in exchange for them dancing for and having sex with players and recruits.
I hate the NCAA, dude. Vacating wins is so stupid to me. You can't change the past but man the NCAA sure is gonna try. Reggie Bush won the '05 Heisman. The Fab 5 made two Final Fours. Every team cheats, if you really wanted to you could probably find a way to vacate every football and basketball championship since they were wearing leather helmets and using peach baskets for the hoop.
Like unless you're a Kentucky or Michigan fan you're gonna always think The Louisville Cardinals won the 2013 National Championship. This changes nothing to me. Yeah so they might have been using prostitutes to get recruits, who cares? Is that really so wrong? It's the worlds oldest profession. They were learning history. The University of North Carolina had athletes who straight up couldn't read in fake classes, but they haven't had any banners taken down. Like most things the NCAA does, this is hypocritical. If Louisville committed any crimes it's emotional neglect by allowing student athletes to play in these fugly ass sleeved uniforms throughout the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
To me that's what I'll remember about the 2013 Cardinals. Those uniforms and Kevin Ware's leg exploding. I originally included his injury in the blog, but the thumb nail was his exposed bone. Absolutely vile. I nearly threw up, and I'm a tough man, I can't imagine how it would've impacted you so I used my better judgment and left it out. Instead I'll include him with the championship net around his neck after his team won the 2013 NCAA title. Wow I am so kind. What a man.
What happens next? Do the Louisville players have to give up their rings? I don't get it. You can take down a banner from a school but if I was on that team and someone from the NCAA came knocking on my door requesting I hand over the National Championship ring that I earned on the court I think I'd pull a Mac from it's always Sunny and just eat it so they couldn't take it from me. Then you get a nice shiny poop and can learn a little about what some people did in the Holocaust to protect family heirlooms. Win-win for everybody.
Let's not forget what Rick Pitino did to celebrate his National Championship (other than last 3 seconds in restaurant booths with escorts).
You can't take that away!
Hero Teacher At Stoneman Douglass Once Told His Fiancée How To Remember Him Should He Die In A School Shooting
The Long Island native who died saving students in Florida last week gave his fiancée specific instructions about his funeral — should he ever die in a school shooting, the weeping woman said Sunday.
Hero teacher Scott Beigel once told fiancée Gwen as they watched coverage of a school shooting on TV, “Promise me if this ever happens to me, you will tell them the truth — tell them what a jerk I am, don’t talk about the hero stuff,” the grieving woman said through tears during Beigel’s funeral at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Fla.
“OK, Scott, I did what you asked,’’ the tearful woman continued. “Now I can tell the truth. You are an amazingly special person. You are my first love and my soulmate.’’
Beigel, a 35-year-old geography teacher who was born in Dix Hills, Long Island, had unlocked his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to let in some students during Wednesday’s deadly mayhem — then got nailed by a bullet while trying to lock the door again to keep out alleged killer Nikolas Cruz.
His maternal uncle, Mark, responded to reports that the FBI had received tips about Cruz that it failed to follow up on, calling out the “epic failure of law enforcement agencies — especially at the top — that are responsible for the loss of these 17 lives.’’
Beigel grew up in Dix Hills before attending the University of Miami, according to his obituary in the Florida Sun-Sentinel. He also coached the Stoneman Douglas cross-country team and was a counselor at Starlight Summer Camp in Pennsylvania.
He was inspired to become a teacher after he started attending the camp at age 7, the paper reported.
Almost a week has passed since the Stoneman Douglas shooting and I wanna say I still can't believe it, but that would be a lie. I can believe it happened. It sadly isn't shocking anymore. Gun violence in the country is something all too familiar, and sadly something that you expect to see happening with how little regulation our country has with guns. People in politics need to realize that this is both a mental health issue AND a gun issue. Not one or the other. Maybe it's time to do something??? If I hear another Republican say something along the lines of "these people would still cause harm without guns" I'm gonna lose it. How can someone seriously think the same amount of carnage could happen with a knife and AR-15?
I saw this story and it really stood out to me as someone with a teaching background. One of the victims, a 35 year old geography teacher named Scott Beigel in a way predicted his own death. He told his fiancée that should he die in a school shooting that he doesn't want to be remembered as a hero, instead talk about the jerk he was. Ironically, he did die a hero by saving students lives. I can't imagine how he must've felt in the moments leading up to his death. Every teacher's biggest fear come to life, and here all he's doing is trying to keep people alive, and he's dead because some monster had an AR-15.
How fucked up is that he said "if I die in a shooting?" during coverage a previous school shooting and that actually happened? That thought should never have to cross a teachers mind. Teaching shouldn't be like being a cop or fucking soldier. You shouldn't have to worry about the possibility of dying on the job. You're in a SCHOOL. It's supposed to be one of the safest places on earth, an environment to learn, not be a fucking shooting range.
Unfortunately it's something you have to worry about now. I think about it. I want to give teaching another shot, but then I think to myself about the possibility of being a school shooting and it scares the shit out of me. We can't just assume it's going to happen in a "bad-area" because it usually doesn't. No place is immune. Historically it seems to be in the more affluent "it could never happen here" places, yet it does. I just don't understand how we just keep letting this happen. You'd think after Columbine that we'd be like oh shit 13 kids just died because a couple of psychos had assess to killing machines we should probably change. Instead hundreds of students have died while we just twiddle our thumbs and let it keep happening.
The very handsome, Uncle Chaps made a great point about hypocrisy of all of this.
Stupid people trying to go viral over eating Tide Pods caused change, but another school shooting and nothing happens. Oh.
If there can be one positive from this school shooting it's that the survivors are fighting back and want changes made. Who knows if they'll succeed or not but at least they're trying to do something to stop it from happening again, unlike the FBI and United States government. R.I.P. Scott Beigel and all the other victims of this heinous crime, hopefully this time can be the one to finally spark some change.
PHOENIX -- Christian Yelich leaves Miami with no hard feelings and one big regret.
Yelich, whose five-year tenure with the Marlins ended last month when he was traded to the Brewers, said his biggest disappointment is that Miami failed to make the playoffs or post a .500 record during his time with the franchise. He cites the September 2016 death of pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boating accident as the unfortunate turning point for the franchise.
"From talking to the guys there -- the guys who got traded and some of the guys who are still there -- the consensus from our clubhouse is that everything changed after the tragedy with Jose," Yelich told ESPN. "I think everybody figured our window to win was with him. You have a bona fide ace, a No. 1 starter, and you kind of have something there with that. It's nobody's fault what happened. It's a tragedy in every sense of the word. Nobody could have seen that coming.
"We went through that rebuild, and we were so close. We had all the pieces. If a few things break differently, you never know how things turn out. I think a lot of the guys feel that way. We were really close and had a chance to do something special with that group. We just weren't able to get it done. And when you don't get it done in this business, teams have to move on. That's what happened with us."
The Marlins went on a selling binge this offseason in conjunction with Jeffrey Loria's decision to sell the franchise. The new Derek Jeter-Bruce Sherman ownership group, intent on dumping salary in an effort to reduce the payroll from $115 million to $90 million, traded away Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Yelich in the span of two months during the offseason.
Yelich, 26, committed to the Marlins organization long-term in March 2015 when he agreed to a seven-year, $49.5 million contract extension, four months after Stanton signed a record-setting $325 million deal with the team. Yelich won a Gold Glove Award in 2014 and a Silver Slugger Award two years later, and logged an .800 OPS in five seasons as a Marlin.
Yelich's frustration with Miami's roster teardown became evident in mid-January when his agent, Joe Longo, described his relationship with the Marlins as "irretrievably broken." A week later, the Marlins traded him to Milwaukee for outfielder Lewis Brinson and three minor leaguers.
Jeter, the longtime face of the Yankees and a future Hall of Famer, has come under criticism for numerous decisions since taking over in Miami. But Yelich said he bears no ill will toward Jeter or the Marlins over the way his situation was handled.
"I think it's something that probably had to happen," Yelich said. "The name of the game is to win, and we just didn't get it done as a group there. Derek was my favorite player growing up. I had a lot of respect for him, and I still have a lot of respect for him.
"I don't know how long it's going to take, but I think people need to let things play out down there and give it a chance. People are going to say, 'How come you didn't give it a chance?' That stuff takes time, and I didn't know if it was going to get done in the amount of time I had left there. But I think it's going to get better there. The fan base has been through a lot the past few years, but I truly believe this ownership group will do things different."
When Jose Fernandez died it totally shocked the baseball world. I remember waking up that Sunday and seeing the push notification on my phone. I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought it was a mistake, there was no way Jose Fernandez could've died so suddenly. Sadly, that was reality and at just 24 years old Jose Fernandez was dead.
Obviously a human life is more important than baseball, but what Yelich said is 100% right. I'm glad he said something,because even though it's a touchy subject it doesn't change the fact that it's true. In the time that's passed since Jose's death I think we can all admit that when Jose died so did the Marlins chances of competing in the National League. He was a young, cost controlled stud pitcher on a team with a legit offense. He was a legit ace in the making. Someone who could win multiple games in a playoff series. Who knows what could've happened this past season had Jose been there? The 2017 Marlins had the offense to contend. They were 5th in the NL in runs scored, 2nd in batting average, 7th in OPS. With a core of Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna the Marlins could swing it with anybody. (all have since been traded)
What the team didn't have is pitching.
As a team the Marlins had the 3rd worst ERA in the National League, and they were tied for last in quality starts.
With an offense like Miami's if you add a full season of Jose Fernandez in his age 25 season I think you could make a serious argument that this team at the very least contends for a wild-card spot. With a below average pitching staff this offense carried the Marlins to 77 wins. You add Jose and you're looking closer to 87-90 wins IMO. Maybe if they are in the race all season more people show up to the ballpark and at the very least they keep the core together another season? It's sad to think what could've been for this team.
Instead the new Marlins ownership decided to blow the whole thing up in efforts to cut costs. Jeter has stripped this team of its entire identity. Every player with even an ounce of recognition around the league is gone. Plus he fired Billy the Marlin. Where does it end with this guy? Now the Marlins don't even resemble a major league team. I could be wrong but if the Marlins win 88 games in 2017 and go to the playoffs I find it hard to believe that Jeter would blow up this team. That didn't happen and instead he traded away all their assets, and didn't really get too much in return. That's the biggest takeaway from this, if you're gonna blow it up at least get some elite prospect. Jeter basically traded Stanton, the MVP of the National League to the Yankees for a bag of balls. Interesting how the YANKEES got Stanton for fucking Starlin Castro and eating his contract. You couldn't even get Clint Frazier? The Yankees don't even have a spot for him.
People joke about the Marlins and how they have no following, but how can you blame the people of Miami? Why would you support a team who seemingly blows up their team every 5 or so years? It's sad because the Marlins weren't that far away from competing, instead of trading away all their offense firepower, maybe if they went out and spent some money on their pitching staff they'd start winning games and maybe they could sell more than 3,500 tickets per game.
It's sad to say, but the death of Jose Fernandez was the beginning of the end for the Marlins. What's even worse is that you could make the argument that the Kansas City Royals suffered the same fate with the death of their young ace Yordano Ventura. Two teams futures forever changed by the mistakes of two young men. Shows how quickly it all can end, and that no matter your status you are not immune to tragedy. Ventura died in a car accident in January of 2017. His death, much like Fernandez' with the Marlins changed the fate of the Royals. The Royals who hovered around .500 in 2017 were in the hunt in the 2nd half. If Ventura doesn't die it's probably the Royals instead of the Twins in the 2nd Wild Card spot. Now the Royals, just like the Marlins are stripping it down and starting over as they've lost Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer this off season, and likely will see Mike Moustakas sign elsewhere as well. Baseball was forever changed by their deaths and it's just really sad to see the domino effect from Jose's death on the entire Marlins franchise.
I love couples, I'd love to part of one someday.
Today is February 14th, better known by many as Valentine's Day. For the I've lost track year in a row I am not celebrating today. That's quite alright because I have a great career and home to worry about. It's all about a balance, folks. I'm not some bitter because they're single person, au contraire. I'm 26 years old living in an apartment with my mother, working part time, getting fatter by the day. Things are swell. I'm quite happy with where I am in life, why just two weeks ago I met with a young lady from the dating application tinder and it went quite well, and by quite well I mean we had 3 minutes of beautiful, passionate, wine-induced sex (still accepting congratulations) and haven't spoken since. So I've filled my love quota for the next 2-4 years. This isn't about me.
Considering that today is a (fake) holiday day dedicated to love I felt I should post according. I love love. It's a beautiful thing. While I think some (fake) holiday created by the chocolate and flower companies to get a boost in sales in the winter months isn't necessary to show how much you love that special someone in your life I am certainly not a hater of today. When I am involved again sometime in the next 1-29 years you can bet your bottle dollar I will go all out in romance to show people on social media how much I love my (future) girlfriend because I know that's what today is truly about. Oh how special and wonderful this day can be.
In all seriousness, whether you like Valentine's Day or not, today is about love. So in honor of that I am going to show some love to the 10 greatest couples in the history of world. You're going to easily be able to guess who is next as this is a list we all know by heart, but since it's V-day I figured "what the heck?" let's countdown the love.
10. Darryl Hall and John Oates
With a laundry list of classic hits like "Man Eater", "She's Gone", "Private Eyes", "Making My Dreams Come True", "One on One" and countless others these Philly based musicians are considered by many to be the greatest duo in the history of music. In a career that has spanned five decades (including the 70's and 80's) I find it hard to believe that over all those nights together on the road these two didn't fool around at least once. I'm sure you can only snort lines and sleep with groupies so many times before saying, you know what I'm sick of all these ladies, I think it's time we shacked up and made love as passionate as our melodies. Which of course they did, many times as a matter of fact. They're two consenting adults, it's quite alright and more than likely inspired some of their biggest hits so you're welcome.
9. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier
In only 10 years of marriage before John's untimely assassination the Kennedy's were the face of love in America. They were the first wave in a new era of politics. They were young, and hip. Jackie updated the White House's boring interior which is undoubtedly her greatest achievement. They had it all: wealth, power, looks, status, charm, charisma, and style. All they were missing was longevity.
They were the perfect American family. Sure JFK was sleeping with many women who weren't Jackie, most notably Marilyn Monroe, but none of that matters. Publicly they were the face of what a couple should in America. Despite JFK's indiscretions she loved him so much that after he was fatally shot in Dallas, TX Jackie tried to put his head back together as if it were a puzzle with her blood-soaked, gloved hands. As Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes previously stated If that ain't love then I don't know what love is.
8. Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
I mean just look at these two, they're as cute as a kitten tea-party. They're the poster children for aging gracefully finding true love later in life. Plus they play fictionalized versions of themselves on Curb Your Enthusiasm, added points for being cool.
7. Pedro Martinez and Nelson de la Rosa
Even though Pedro Martinez had a down year by his standards in 2004 he still managed to win 16 games for the eventual World Series champions. His post-season numbers in 2004 weren't jaw-dropping, but was jaw-dropping was the fact that Pedro Martinez had a good-luck charm throughout the playoffs. It wasn't a lucky rabbit's foot or four-leaved clover, nope, it was a Dominican Midget named Nelson De La Rosa. You could argue that Nelson was as important in the breaking the Curse of The Bambino as David Ortiz and Curt Schilling. Without these two the Boston Red Sox may still be looking for their first World Series title since 1918.
6. Statler and Waldorf
We're talking greatest couples in HISTORY, folks and these two gentlemen were the grandfather's of trolling. Their lasting impact can be felt in countless comment sections throughout the entire world. They laid the foundation for future generations of hating. Sitting up in the balcony together since 1975 that's a lot of years to hate. Yet over all those years, they were able to love one thing..each other. They had fantastic style in their three-piece suits and were obviously cultured with all the time they spent in the theatre. Just look at how they're staring into each others inflamed eyes. You can just tell there's something special between these two. Forget Bert and Ernie, Staler and Waldorf are the face of man on man love in the Muppets.
5. Westley and Buttercup
Three simple words: "As you wish". While part of me wants to not include them because of Buttercup's inability to realize the man she was so deeply in love was there this whole time, hiding his identity with a simple bootleg Zarro mask, I cannot exclude these two. I'm a sucker. Plus Westley trained himself to drink poison, a skill that all men should have. While I'm still shocked neither had a single grass stain after that mighty tumble down a hill before their passionate embrace, I cannot help but be a sucker for true love.
4. Charlie Kelly and Frank Reynolds
Between all the fun they have boiling denims, playing night crawlers, eating cat food, using toe knifes, sharing a pull-out couch and possibly being father and son Charlie and Frank are a modern day fairy tale. Together they make up the gruesome-twosome and are quite possibly the funniest characters on television today. They've spent the better part of a decade together and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Even if they already tried marriage and it didn't work out. Sure Charlie goes into the crevice at times, but that only makes them more real. As we all know, even the greatest couples have their spats. What makes Charlie and Frank great is their ability to work through them and stay together.
3. Tom Brady and Gisele
You mix the best quarterback of all time and one of the most accomplished models ever together and you get quite possibility the greatest couple in the history of man. They're both gorgeous, it's a coin flip at best to decide who has the leg up in looks. Together Tom and Gisele have two beautiful children, an absolute empire and enough love to cause world peace. When Tom retires in 7 years I'm sure they can focus on that.
2. Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez
I gotta give all the credit in the world to A-Rod for doing a complete 180 from a baseball player to public figure. Nobody has gone from hated to beloved quicker, it's astounding. I never want to be accused of being biased towards Boston sports again. We're talking greatest couples in history here folks and even I can realize that in their short time together A-Rod and J-Lo have eclipsed Tom and Gisele for the greatest power couple in pop culture. For one they have a classic first date story where A-Rod texted her "You look sexy af" from the bathoom, as their date had started a little awkward, and the rest as they say is history. (might have to steal that move) All things considered they're probably more talented than Tom and Gisele considering Alex is probably an all around better athlete and J-Lo can sing, dance and act. Gisele is just beautiful and had a minor role in the 2004 action-comedy "Taxi" starring Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah. You just look at A-Rod and J-Lo and can't help but be stunned, such a beautiful caramel couple. If they ever break up I'll probably kill myself.
1. Jim Halpert and Pam Beasley
A fairly obvious choice, but that's okay when it's the right one.
In nearly five years as a Tinder user I must've seen 34,862 profiles with some variation of "just looking for my Jim" and let me tell you, these ladies aren't talking about Jim Belushi. They mean Jim Halpert, the handsome, quirky, paper salesmen from Dunder Miflin turned President of New Acquisitions at Athleap in Austin, TX.
Jim and Pam started as a classic will "they or won't they?" story where the parts just couldn't match up for a while. Finally they kissed at the Casino night, but Pam said she couldn't be with him, Jim left for Stamford, only to return as the Stamford and Scranton branches merged due to Josh taking an senior executive role with Staples. Over the next few years, they'd fall in love (although Jim had been in love with her for years), buy a house (Jim's parent's house), get married, have two kids...they were the America Dream.
What gives Jim and Pam the top spot was their struggles in season 9. They are a real couple, with real issues just like everybody else. It wasn't all sunshine and lollipops in the Halpert household, no sir. Pam just wants her husband, but he's lost track of what's truly important chasing career instead of family. It seems like they won't make it until.
It's quite possible that re-watching that scene made me cry. Only one man knows for sure and that's the man up stairs. Happy Valentine's Day.
Song: I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Artist: The Darkness
Album: Permission To Land
This song is 15 years old.
MIAMI — A gay schoolteacher has been fired by a Miami Catholic school after marrying her same-sex partner in an apparent violation of church rules, church officials said.
Archdiocese of Miami officials confirmed to the Miami Herald that first-grade teacher Jocelyn Morffi lost her job at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School on Thursday, the day after she returned from her Florida Keys wedding.
“This weekend I married the love of my life and unfortunately I was terminated from my job as a result,” Morffi said in a post on social media. “In their eyes I’m not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner.”
Several parents say they were surprised and upset at Morffi’s firing, which they learned of in a letter from the school Thursday evening. About 20 parents went to the school Friday morning to demand an explanation.
We were extremely livid. They treated her like a criminal and they didn’t even let her get her things out of her classroom,” said Cintia Cini, the parent of one of the children in Morffi’s class.
Cini told the newspaper the parents didn’t know Morffi was gay, but they didn’t care about her sexual orientation.
“Our only concern was the way she was with our children, the way she taught our children and this woman by far was one of the best teachers out there,” Cini said.
She said the principal spoke to each of the parents but did not give a reason for the firing.
The school didn’t respond to a request for comment, but archdiocese spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta confirmed Morffi broke her contract under church rules of conduct.
“As a teacher in a Catholic school their responsibility is partly for the spiritual growth of the children,” Agosta said. “One has to understand that in any corporation, institution or organization there are policies and procedures and teachings and traditions that are adhered to. If something along the way does not continue to stay within that contract, then we have no other choice.”
Morffi worked for the school for almost seven years. She also coached basketball and ran a volunteer organization called #teachHope70x70 that takes students around downtown Miami on weekends to distribute meals to the homeless, said Morffi’s friend, Katerina Reyes-Gutierrez.
Samantha Mills, whose child was in Morffi’s class last year, told the Herald that many parents continue to be outraged. “This teacher in particular has made such a contribution to the school. She never imposes her personal beliefs on others. She just does everything in love. She has a way of teaching that is so amazing.”
Same-sex marriage was legalized in Florida by a 2015 judicial ruling. Florida doesn’t have a statewide law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. A Miami-Dade County ordinance that protects LGBT residents from discrimination exempts religious institutions from certain provisions.
Since they're not a persecuted group (anymore) I feel like I can get away with saying this. I don't fuck with the Catholic Church. Never have, never will. Even though I am a low key God guy, I think they're stupid af. Too much corruption, and kid rape for my liking. I can deal with some corruption, but the decades upon decades of diddling is where I draw a line in the sand. If there is a God (something I can be swayed on both ways) I really don't think he gives a shit about all the stupid rules the Catholics think are so important, there are much more important things than what you eat on Fridays. Just my two cents. Did you know that the reason Catholic priests and nuns can't get married because back in the olden days when they did, after they died their possessions would go to their spouse? Church didn't love that. Now this way their possessions go to the Church. It's all based on greed. Heard that like 15 years ago and am not about to fact check it right now.
However knowing the Catholic Church and all their rules I cannot say this story comes as a surprise. A Catholic School (which I'm assuming is private since public religious schools don't really exist) has the right to make rules like this. The article clearly states that she broke her contract which I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it had a "you can't be gay" clause which was clearly violated when she married a lady instead of a fellow. I don't know if you know this or not but the Catholics are not too big of fans of the gays.
If anything positive can be taken from this situation it's the outcries of support Jocelyn received.
"Several parents say they were surprised and upset at Morffi’s firing, which they learned of in a letter from the school Thursday evening. About 20 parents went to the school Friday morning to demand an explanation.
We were extremely livid. They treated her like a criminal and they didn’t even let her get her things out of her classroom,” said Cintia Cini, the parent of one of the children in Morffi’s class."
I'd have to imagine after this news broke that there will be a handful of schools offering her a job just to show how with today's times they are. Schools shoudn't dgaf about who a teacher sleeps with as long as it isn't the students and they are good at their job, which by all accounts seemed like Jocelyn Morffi was.
Part of me wishes this situation worked like sports, you'd love to see a rival religious school going after her, offering her jobs to spite the Catholics. Are there any Protestant schools in Miami looking for a first grade teacher? Cause a newly married, low key sexy (I know that doesn't matter for teaching but facts are facts) teacher just hit the free-agent market and is looking for work. I'm sure Jocelyn won't be unemployed for too long.
DEAR ABBY: I’m not attracted to my husband. I love him and don’t want to live without him, but I do not want to be physically intimate with him.
I know it is unfair to him, and I have tried everything from antidepressants to meditation to diet, but nothing works.
I used to have a high libido, but I haven’t wanted to have sex with him in years. We do it maybe two or three times a month because I force myself to, but it is unpleasant for me. He doesn’t want to guilt me into sex and hates that I force myself, but he has a very high libido.
We are in our mid-20s and I know this is killing him — and us.
I am attracted to some (but very few) others — just not to him. I have always been more emotionally attracted to women than men, but I don’t think that is it.
I need help before our marriage starts to crumble. — AVOIDING IT IN SOUTH CAROLINA
DEAR AVOIDING IT: I can’t wave a magic wand and make you more physically attracted to your husband. I can suggest that the most sensitive sexual organ in a woman’s body resides between her ears.
However, I am not qualified to diagnose whether your problem may be of a physical nature. That’s why I’m advising you to ask your doctor to perform a thorough physical examination. If he or she finds nothing amiss, ask the doctor — or your health insurance company — to refer you to a licensed mental health professional who can help you figure out what’s going on.
I've seen Pres in the past reply to Boston.com Love Letters and this post is essentially me doing the same thing with a random story I found on yahoo while looking for blog-worthy topics. Trying to expand my writing horizon, nothing too noteworthy. Just growing as a human. Given that tomorrow is Valentine's Day I figured this would be a great place to start. It is well documented that I am a fantastic advise guy.
Dear Avoiding It: Before we get started I'm not 100% sure if this is a lovers' quarrel per-say, but now that I have your attention as you clicked my blog let's proceed.
As someone who can count their past sexual partners in one hand and still have enough room throw up a peace sign, I feel as if I am overqualified to discuss your intimacy issues. I too have been there before!
I could go after the obvious and say if you're in your mid-20's and already not attracted to your spouse that this marriage probably isn't the best idea, so I will. Just end it now before you make things much worse and end up getting pregnant during one of these loveless sex-sessions that you do not enjoy.
Attraction is paramount for a successful relationship and something that I find absolutely fascinating. What causes attraction? I've spent many years alone, and see complete douche bags doing very well with the opposite sex, I've seen men either uglier than me or even larger than me with woman that are excuse my language, hot. It blows my mind, what do they have that I don't? But sometimes attraction is something you can not explain, and many times is more complex than just physical appearance. For example when a chick has good taste in music or a fantastic ass I find it very attractive. I would suggest if you really want to make things work figure out something about your husband that you find attractive.
Attraction is the key differentiating factor between friendship and relationship. By the looks of it you've just married your best friend, given how much you care but are not physically invested.
However, even if you don't think your partner is the most conventionally physically attractive person alive, it doesn't mean things cannot work. Fat men like myself have been using senses of humor since the beginning of time to out kick their coverage. Other's use things like social status, and power maintain an attractive partner. Maybe you love how your partner smells, or the fact that they come from wealth. Regardless, sexual relations are sort of an important factor that differentiate friendship and something more. You don't have sex with your friends. As I'll explain in my next paragraph.
I love my friends, whenever we text I am sure to end every conversion with "I love you, _______" so they know for sure. It's my calling card and just what bros do. I could spend hours upon hours doing nothing with them and be content. Let's watch football all day, then gossip, and maybe even cuddle, you know classic guy stuff. I could even live with them and that would be swell! Let's go get some food, friend! Better yet I'll cook for you! I'm always down. However when it comes to sexual chemistry, with most of them there is next to none, so that thought doesn't even come into play. Do I ponder how much easier things would be if there was? Of course. Do I think about what they look naked? Obviously. I'm curious to see what they're working with. but this isn't about me or them, we're talking about you and your issues.
Avoiding it, I would say that you have a few options.
1. Get divorced. It's not 1955 anymore. I get it you live in South Carolina but you can get divorced and not be shunned by society. Call it quits and start over.
2. Deal with your lack of attraction and just stay. Millions of married couples worldwide don't fuck, you're not special. It is weird how it's happened so early, usually takes a few more years but I guess you're just ahead of schedule. Perhaps try doggie-style or reverse cowgirl to avoid eye contact?
3. Start eating box. You already said you're more emotional attracted to woman. Switch sides for a few months and see if that helps.
4. Kill yourself. I'm just saying the "end game now" button is always is play.
Of course there are countless more options, you could have your partner lose weight or get plastic surgery, but I don't know your financial situation. You could think about what he used to do to rev your engine, or like millions of other people just pretend he's somebody else. I think I've given you more than enough advice, now Avoiding It, it is up to you!
Sincerely your friend,
P.S. go with option 4.