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  1. Pats726

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    http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/sports/article.adp?id=20060223160809990007
    I know this is basketball..and high school BUT..what a story!!! The Greece Athena High school's basketball team's manager, a senior with autism is given a chance to play in the last game. The team was way ahead..and he scored 20 in the last 4 minutes..Is that what real heart is???? Just an incredible story!!
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    Man thanks for the post. Whatta a great effin' story.
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    ya, i saw that on the news the other day...what a great story. This kid is a stud now in school
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    I guarantee someone's already bought the movie rights to this story.
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    That is amazing. There is an Autism center near one of my business locations and I see young people afflicted with caretakers walking by all the time. Some of them are severely disabled. Obviously, there are all levels of this affliction. More power to that youngster.
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    That was great!!! Thanks for posting it!
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    It's an excellent story. I used to work as a social worker for adults with learning disabilities. It was frustrating work because of the ridiculous bureaucracy, lack of good, affordable care and places where people could go on to develop like this kid. It's made my day, I have to say.
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    great read and great story nice find.
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    What a great story.
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    Story is going to be re-aired on CBS Evening News. AT 630P EST.
    Mike Francesa has been talking about it all day on Mike and Dog
    show. I can't wait to see it. Sounds very inspirational.
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    Oh, yes, typical media over-glorification.

    I'm not saying he's unworthy, just that there's probably another 100 alike cases every day which go unnoticed.
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    Please post them then

    GREAT story

    FWIW Flutie's son is autistic
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    Pats1, you made me feel less of a party pooper over this story. It's NOT that big a deal and incredibly overblown. Yes, it's heartwarming that he was given a chance to taste some action, but it's hardly worthy of the hype it's getting. Consider:

    * The kid was described as "mildly" autistic and highly functional, with minor social issues. He's a mainstream student and is going to college next year, if that tells you anything.

    * The outcome of the game was decided before he was put in.

    * Obviously, the kid has spent a lot of time shooting baskets. And from the film clip I saw, he wasn't even guarded.

    Like I said, a nice little story not worth the attention it's generated.
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    Wow, that story gave me chills.

    It was like the movie Rudy, except better. The boy was autistic, and he scored 20 points and hit six 3-pointers in four minutes!!.

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    That's the whole point. They're not out there.

    The media is turning autism into some super-condition, where this kid doesn't have any legs, is blind, and by some miraculous way could play basketball.
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    Exactly! He's only mildly autistic. If he was full-blown autistic he wouldn't be able to function like he does. You are a true voice of reason, Pats1.
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    Right on.

    I felt the same way with the Dungy situation. Did I feel sympathy? Yes. But I wasn't grieving uncontrollably or really care to any considerable extent. Just because of his ties, his suicide was so well documented. But what about the other thousand-something a year, mainly among males?

    If this story gets national attention, why didn't 10-year old Kriss Hall's death on a Worcester intersection from an out-of-control car in an accident get some? His father was begging on the streets just for he could get a decent funeral. (Local banks did help out big time, however).

    To further vent, "Inside the NFL" isn't high up on my list either. America's fetish with Hollywood is disgusting. No friggin' self-esteem. I want to punch the TV every time I hear about this marriage, this break-up, or this whatever. I like disparage "fans" of certain sports just because the glamour of the athletes or the team. Such "fans" can't name the Pats' starting free safety (just as an example - sorry Geno!) but they somehow know every one of Tom Brady's girlfriend's favorite colors. (Nothing against Absolute Brady, trust me).

    I also have the near-unstoppable desire to buy and burn every and all entertainment magazine in Stop & Shop.
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    Let's here from you bozos if you have an autistic kid. Losers.
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    And such an achievement would be commendable. Doesn't mean it has to be on the top of the national news.
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    Its not on top of the national news. I only read it here. You're simply irked and obsessed with it.
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    he scored 20 in four minutes? he belongs in the nba
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    Oh, and what does that make you? Someone who hasn't been around a television the last two days? That's fine. But what is your point? No one here is dissing autism or people afflicted with it (even "mildly" so). We're simply decrying the misplaced hype.
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    Watch one of the AOL videos. It's the Early Show on CBS.
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    I thought it was a great story, Pats726. Thanks for posting it.

    As the dad of a 3yo with Down syndrome (the little guy in my avatar), I have a much different view of these type stories than I did before he was born.
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    It is a good story and the kids first shot was an airball, but he hung in there, saw him interviewed with his coach on cold pizza. It amazes me sometimes how people will find fault or criticize just about anything - those kind of folks must be real fun to be around - don't you think?
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    Great, great story. I watched it both times it aired on CBS. I've never, ever, seen a bench - and spectators - get so excited over what was happening.

    It was a wonderful and heart warming break from the cold bleakness of news these days. This world could use a few more of these type of stories.
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    You were right:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/baske...522129.story?coll=sns-ap-basketball-headlines

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    I do have an Autistic son--And yes, it's a good story

    I have a son who's now only mildly Autisic. He'll never be able to play sports, but he's as smart as a whip. I realize that the media has probably overplayed this, but the truth is that it means so much to me and parents like me. Having a child on the 'spectrum' often means giving up hope--hope that you child will have a typical life, hope that they'll have friends, hope that they'll be happy in general. After the kid makes all of these shots, he's now BMOC. I know he's going to college next year, but don't you realize that he's now "the kid that made all of the 3-pointers" and not "that Autistic kid."

    I know I'm only one parent so I won't pretend to speak for everyone. But remember, the majority (90%??) of Autistic kids don't have happy endings--they live at home and have no friends or social life. So yes, this is a big deal.
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    Thanks for the input, Chitown. As parents of kids with disabilities, stories like these effect us differently than those who haven't BTDT. I have a friend whose 6 yo son is on the severe end of the autistic spectrum. As tough as it has been for us and for our little guy with Ds, I can't even begin to relate with what he (or you for that matter) has gone through. What people who haven't personally dealt with these disabilities (and others) don't understand is that sometimes even just a flicker of hope for the future is all we need to give us a boost.
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    Days afterword and this story is still bringing joy to people...It was such a strong story that CBS News broadcast the story twice...back to back days. I can't imagine what it is like for parents with disabled children and how difficult it is for them. Working with them teaching?? Really...hats off to all that have the patience and warm hearts to be able to. My only experience was many many years ago voluntering at the now closing Fernald School. NOt easy at all. A story like that brings hope and joy; more of that is needed.

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