Tag:Little Sisters of the Poor
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:53 pm

Ohio St.'s Gee to Bielema: 'Get a life'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

From calling mid-majors the "Little Sisters of the Poor" to asking Jim Tressel not to fire himOhio State president Gordon Gee has not exactly been one to keep his mouth out of the headlines over the past 12 months. And he may not be for the next 12 months, either, judging by this interview with OSU student newspaper The Lanternin which he tells Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema to "get a life."

Bielema infamously accused new Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer of using "illegal" recruiting "tactics" and asked Badger athletic director Barry Alvarez to voice his complaints to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany on his behalf. Gee emphatically stood up for Meyer in the Lantern interview, calling him the "finest in the country" and "the greatest affirmation of the quality of this institution."

When asked directly about Bielema's comments, Gee was every bit as emphatic.

"We hired the best coach and we went out and got the best kids so get a life," Gee said.

Ah, Signing Day: that magical time of the college football calendar that can lead the president of the third-largest university in the country to publicly call out a coach within his own conference using an insult from a 36-year-old Saturday Night Live sketch.

Gee also referred to the NCAA investigation into Tressel and the Buckeye football program that resulted in its 2012 bowl ban as a "yearlong colonoscopy."

We now fervently await Gee's next pledge to cease discussing matters related to football.

HT: MGoBlog. 

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 3:00 pm

Gee apologizes to Little Sisters of the Poor

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Remember the good old days when the only thing Ohio State had to worry about were comments that school president Gordon Gee made about TCU? Specifically, questioning TCU's claim to the BCS title game by saying that the school's schedule was weak and that Ohio State didn't waste time playing "the Little Sisters of the Poor."

Well, Gee caught a lot of flak for those comments already and has apologized, but what he didn't realize at the time is that there actually is a group of nuns called "The Little Sisters of the Poor."

It's a group based out of Toledo, Ohio, and as you can guess by the name, the nuns help out the poor and the elderly throughout the state of Ohio. I have no idea how their football team rates. Anyway, Gee was with the sisters Tuesday where he apologized for his remarks.

"I made the unfortunate comments about the fact that I compared some other football teams to the Little Sisters of the Poor," Gee said on Tuesday.

"He didn't know we were real," said Sister Cecilia Sartorius of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The Toledo-based group is on a mission to care for the poor elderly across Ohio.

"I am delighted about the fact that Sister Cecilia and I have now developed a wonderful relationship," Gee said.  "I understand her work and value it deeply."

Gee said that he will visit the Little Sisters of the Poor on Aug. 17.

"We've got some great new friends who are helping us," Sartorius said.  "We won't work him too hard when he comes to the home, maybe just cleaning here and there."

No, sister, work him harder than that. I want Gee on his hands and knees scrubbing those floors. I want to see my reflection! Then, when he's done, take the ruler to his knuckles.

Hat tip: Doc Saturday 

Posted on: January 6, 2011 7:13 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 7:56 pm

Columbus gets TCU "Little Sisters" billboards

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Earlier this year, Ohio State president Gordon Gee caused a stir when he compared non-automatic BCS qualifier schools to the "Little Sisters of the Poor," insinuating that the schedules faced by Boise State or TCU rendered those teams' records less legitimate than those of their AQ counterparts. And truth be told, yes, Ohio State's schedule was more challenging this season than that of TCU or Boise, but only marginally so, and anybody who's taken a look at SEC out-of-conference scheduling lately knows how little interest there is in challenging non-conference opponents.

Fast forward to last weekend, when TCU upended Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, 21-19, winning on a failed two-point conversion by the Badgers late in the fourth quarter. The coverage of the game focused largely on the fact that TCU was the first modern-era non-AQ to win the bowl ever, and how it felt to "win one for the little guys." Never mind that TCU was undefeated, favored, and ranked higher in the polls than Wisconsin coming into the game; it was just all "little guy," all the time.

TCU fans noticed, obviously, and someone acting on TCU's behalf exacted revenge on Gee and Ohio State today with messages on 20 different electronic billboards that went up in Columbus today. Giddyup:

And lest there be any doubt about whether this actually happened, here are pictures of the message going up on several different area billboards:

Atomic win, TCU.

Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:07 pm

Gordon Gee is done talking football

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ohio State president Gordon Gee drew a lot of attention to himself last week when he made some comments about the BCS and schools like Boise State and TCU.  Essentially, Gee said that he prefers the BCS to a playoff system, and then talked about how the Big Ten and SEC were better than schools like Boise and TCU because they don't play a "Little Sisters of the Poor" schedule.

Gee then lit his cigar with a hundred dollar bill and went for a swim in his pool full of gold coins.*

Well, after taking some heat for his comments -- and deservedly so -- it seems Gee has taken some time to reflect and decided that, in the future, he should just keep his mouth shut when it comes to talking about college football.

"I'm very blessed to have the best athletic director and best football coach in the country," Gee told The Columbus Dispatch. "They run the athletic program and I run the university, and I should have stayed out of there. What I should do is go over to the surgical suites and get my foot extricated from my mouth.

"What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher. I have no business talking about college football."

Which was pretty obvious from the start considering the school Gee oversees, and the one he claims doesn't play a "Little Sisters of the Poor" schedule played Marshall, Ohio and Eastern Michigan this season.  Not to mention that the Buckeyes don't have a single victory over any team ranked in the BCS -- that system he loves so much -- at the moment.

Still, the fact that he was big enough to admit his mistake is good enough for me to get off of his case.

*That may have been Scrooge McDuck
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