Where Did The Week Go…


One of the great things about cell phones today is that you can replace the boring and annoying old-fashioned telephone ring with a customized ringtone.  Whether it’s the latest Rihanna tune, ’80s television themes songs (You can never go wrong with one of them) or even nature sounds, there are many to choose from.

How Fresh?.

The thought process behind a particular selection can be as simple as the latest Top 40 Single you’re into or perhaps something with a little more meaning that hints at your personality.  One of the ringtones I have is The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song.  As someone who grew up watching ’90s sitcoms, Fresh Prince holds a special place in my nostalgic, pop-culture heart.  But for one high school student in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, that love of the Will Smith show proved to be dangerous.

Student Travis Clawson had a doctor’s appointment.  When a receptionist with the doctor’s office called to confirm Clawson’s appointment he didn’t pick up so the call went to voice mail.  What followed was a giant misunderstanding.

The outgoing message on Clawson’s phone quotes a lyric from the Fresh Prince theme song that says, “And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school.”  The rap is fast and can be hard to follow for someone hearing it for the first time.  All the receptionist heard was “shooting” and “school.”

This lead to the receptionist calling the police who promptly notified school officials and locked down every school in the county.  After locating Clawson in the high school’s guidance counselor’s office, police took him into custody and questioned him.

Clawson explained that the message was taken from the ’90s show and after police and the district attorney verified it, he was released.

There was a time when a reaction like this could be considered excessive.  Sadly, that’s not the case anymore.  Based on what’s happened over the past year, every precaution is taken seriously.  If there’s even a hint that something or someone may threaten people’s safety, particularly children’s, that hint is met with full force and it should.

One of the posts in the comments section of this story read, “Live in fear and you will see everything as a threat.”  These days unfortunately, we can’t afford not to.

Wizards announcers incorrectly call last-second shot good

And the award for best-worst sports call of the year goes to… the Washington Wizards’ broadcast team.

In the closing seconds of Wednesday’s Wizards, Pistons’ game, Washington forward Trevor Ariza threw up a corner three to win the game.  The ball fell short of the basket, but did hit the net on its way down.  This caused veteran Wizards play-by-play man Steve Buckhantz to think that the ball swished through the basket.

Buckhantz yelled out his trademark “Dagger” line and it appeared the game was over right?  Wrong.  After the optical illusion, Wizards players, particularly Ariza, weren’t exactly celebrating like they had just won a game at the buzzer.  After a period of awkward silence, Buckhantz uttered “they’re saying it did not go.”  Cue awkward laughter from the long-time announcers’ broadcast partner Phil Chenier and you have quite an embarrassing scene. 

This is undoubtedly a broadcaster’s worst nightmare.  But if you read a little more into this story, perhaps the Wizards announcers shouldn’t feel quite so bad.  Apparently the Pistons broadcasters were also fooled by the play and if you look at the replay, most of the fans behind the basket are celebrating as if the shot went in too.


Buckhantz explained the next day on a radio program that as of this year, he and Chenier no longer sit court-side to call the games.  The owner of the team sold the seats to fans and as a result, the veteran announcers were moved 20 rows up.  Their vantage point was seemingly the same as what we saw on television and if you watch it live, it looks like the basket went in.

So instead of blaming the broadcasters for this unfortunate and hilarious moment, blame the owner who was so desperate to sell more tickets, he pawned off employee seats.  What was the whole point of that lockout last season again?

Man breaks into prison

If you’ve ever seen The Shawshank Redemption….scratch that, everyone’s seen Shawshank, there’s an adorable and sad character named Brooks.  In the film Brooks is released from prison after serving a GAJILLION years and you think, good for him.  Only problem is Brooks has been “institutionalized” according to Morgan Freeman.  He doesn’t know how to function outside of the prison walls and he nearly kills a man as a last ditch effort to remain locked up.

Photo courtesy of N.Y. State Criminal Justice Services.

You have to imagine this happens in real life too.  If a man has served 30 years and is finally released, the world is going to look a lot different from when he went in.  As said by Red (Freeman) in Shawshank, “Inside he’s an intelligent man, an important man.  Outside he’s nothing.”

So if anyone ever attempted to break back into prison, you would expect it to be that 60-year-old, “institutionalized” guy right?  Maybe not.  Maybe prison gets a bad rap because according to New York City authorities, a former inmate tried to sneak back in.

Matthew Matagrano, a 36-year-old Yonkers resident was arraigned in Manhattan on Saturday on charges that he impersonated a Department of Correction investigator.

For at least a week, Matagrano used fake credentials to get into multiple city lockups where he apparently hung out with inmates for hours.  While inside he gave prisoners cigarettes and smoked with them for nearly eight hours.

The fact that he was able to do this at several facilities is a disturbing sign in regards to prison security.  But it sounds like he just wanted to hang out with some buddies and smoke heaters.  Now that he’s been caught, he’ll probably get to see them a lot more often.  That’s a win-win for the prosecution.

Passionate about movies, sports and writing, Ryan hails from Bend but lives in Springfield now. He earned his college degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and hopes to one day write a novel. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.

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