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An Odd Reason for Attrition (Yale)

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by GothamGator, May 14, 2014.

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    Don't think I've ever seen a team lose a player for a reason like this, but having spent 2 years in graduate school at Yale, I actually understand.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/yale-basketball-player-leaves-team-170921501--ncaab.html
    By the way, Sherrod did not play in the game against us 2 years ago in New Haven. The year before, e did get 6 minutes off the bench against us in Gainesville as a freshman, scoring 3 points and grabbing 1 rebound.
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    Considering he doesn't yet qualify for the graduate school exemption, will he be immediately eligible to suit up for the Whiffenpoofs? ;)
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    As a Yale graduate I can tell you that the Wiffenpoofs are more prestigious than basketball and have better travel opportunities. One of my good friends was a member.
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    Hope he doesn't whiff on his poof.
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    If I were a member, I think I would advocate for a name change.

    Why not the Hufflepuffs, or the Dingbatty Wombats, or something else with a little class.
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    Yes, unusual names appear to the uninformed as "classless." Not often said about long standing Yale traditions. Congratualtions.
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    Another Gleek victim.
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    I can't believe the level of ignorance around here regarding Yale traditions. :eek:

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    Okay, that was funny.
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    Actually regurg, (we can note how bad Yalies are at monikers from yours), anyway, yours is a very funny statement.

    If there is one thing that people who attend Elite and Wealthy Universities love to do, it is to choose really absurd sounding names/titles for things, and then create traditions around them in order to make it seem that they somehow have some value, or deserve respect. The Whiffenpoofs are an outstanding men's choir, no doubt about that, but, of course, all such single sex choirs pale in comparison with those having not merely first tenor to bass voices, but also from soprano to bass voices, even if not in the range of a coloratura soprano voice. Admittedly, sometimes you have castrati males who have been called "male sopranos," and also, sometimes men can use falsetto to roughly approximate the range that sopranos provide, but such voices almost always lack timbre.

    By the way, in my foolish youth, I strongly considered becoming a professional musician, and later, I used to sing from bass through tenor (depending on my choir's needs), and with good timbre, so I am quite familiar with the various aspects of music in almost any of its forms.
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    themistocles, your description fails to mention the name is from 1907 when vocabularies and references differed greatly from today's usages. Not unlike traditions everywhere, those who are close to them see them differently than outsiders. Outsiders who would deliver insult define themselves.
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    I'm not a Yalie. Just trying to lighten the mood :D
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    I remember those world travelers. ;)



    The real thing is classier, even if not much more musically appealing (for my tastes anyway).

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    Fun fact: Patric Young was actually offered a spot on one of UF's acapella groups, called No Southern Accent, but couldn't make the commitment because of basketball.
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    I thought the same thing when I first heard of the Whiffenpoofs...I had the distinct pleasure of attending two of their concerts during my four years a Yale (the first time dragged kicking and screaming to the concert by my classmates). I have also been able to host several members at my home during tours in Florida in the 1990s. Seriously...it is a distinct honor to be selected.

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