I don't have the time to meticulously pick out the on topic posts, so I'm moving the entire derailed thread to the shout box. If another admin has the time, feel free to move the few legit posts for this topic back to Pacers.
Thanks for preparing this ordeal JB. I find nothing more rewarding than being able to help out. Everyone working together to help each other out feels good. Thanks JB, Picayune ought to be very proud of you!!
I post this while thinking of the Friends episode where Chandler makes a New Year's resolution not to make fun of anyone. Let's see if anyone here can hold out longer than he did...........
KStat, I mentioned that I don't care if people crack Bender jokes, I do myself. But, in a thread that is discussing the severe problems that a player is trying to help alleviate, we should not insult that player. Rather, we should say, "Wow, what a great guy," not some smart-alek remark.
I apologize for preaching like I did, it's not my place to tell people what to do, I know that. I was merely expressing my opinion in the same way you did when to told me to get off my soapbox. I feel, however, that in a thread with such a serious topic, seriousness and respect should be shown. Not insults to the man doing what he can to help.
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There were Bender jokes early on in the thread.
But, back to the topic because I don't feel it's necessary to discuss the Bender jokes any longer. Sorry for the disruption, you may now return to the regularly scheduled thread.
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Follow-up article from Indystar.com
September 8, 2005
Pacers' Bender leads drive for relief
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By Mike Wells
Basketball can wait. Survivors of Hurricane Katrina can't.
That was Jonathan Bender's message Wednesday as the Indiana Pacers forward helped load trucks with supplies to take to his hometown of Picayune, Miss.
"This has basically been my life since it happened," said Bender, who thanked people as they dropped off supplies at Greenwood Park Mall, Lafayette Square Mall and Conseco Fieldhouse. "I was looking at my hometown and hearing people talk about how bad it is down there. I can't let people suffer down there. I dribbled the ball in those neighborhoods growing up. I had to do something and put responsibility on my back and take charge."
Members of the Pacers' organization, along with Bender's sister, Valerie McDowell, and his chef, Derrick Franklin, helped load trucks. Donors received free tickets to tonight's Indiana Fever playoff game. Supplies such as water and diapers can be dropped off at the three locations through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bender has rented six, two-bedroom apartments in Indianapolis for about 20 family members.
"Everybody is calling me and telling me they don't have a home," he said. "Everybody has nothing. When your money runs out at the hotel, you're stuck. What do you do? You call the friend you have. I have to help these people."
Bender plans to go to Mississippi and New Orleans to check on his offseason home before going to Houston to work with his personal trainer in preparation for training camp, which opens in early October.
"(This) made me have another outlook on life," he said. "I don't take a lot of things for granted, like ice and water."
Is this where the coats go?
The best exercise of the human heart is reaching down and picking someone else up.