Bad behavior as detritus

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 19 14:17:36 UTC 2012

On Sep 19, 2012, at 9:27 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> In an article in the Boston Globe reporting the arrest of Atlanta
> Falcons running back Michael Turner for drunken driving and speeding
> "just hours after he scored a touchdown", coach Mike Smith is quoted as saying:
> "First and foremost, any time a player sheds negatively on our
> football team and on our organization, we are very disappointed."
> "Sheds negatively" seems odd in itself.  (Casting off
> electrons?)  More disturbing is the comparison of an alleged criminal
> act with the flaking of skin, and the belief that the worst sin is
> giving the team a negative images.
Aha!  A new idea for making our cats feel guilty about their shedding negatively around the house!  I have a feeling it's not going to work with me, or with Michael Turner.


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