Five at 8 – 2/16/10: Share your youth athletic horror stories

1) If I had to do it all over again, I’d bring a book to my kids’ athletic league games. I wasn’t exactly that parent, but I was close. I also umped a game in which the over-the-top coach of the other team in Woodbury spent 10 percent of his time berating his kids and 90% of his time berating me. Today, there’s the story of Jeff Shand, 50, a commissioner of the Burnsville youth basketball league who was punched by a parent following an in-house tournament game Saturday afternoon, the PiPress says. Apparently, he was unhappy with the timekeeping.

Well, then.

If you’ve got kids in athletic programs, you know those people. Or maybe, it’s you. C’mon. Share.

2) Tyler Shipman has died. Last fall, a group of car enthusiasts from across the country gathered in Frazee to help him restore his 1986 Fiero to mint condition before he lost his battle with cancer. They did. Now, he has. He was 18.

3) The building of Fallingwater. A new animated movie abut Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece has been released:

Fallingwater from Cristóbal Vila on Vimeo.

(h/t: Open Culture)

4) Since the housing market crash, two-thirds of registered mortgage brokers have lost their jobs. NPR profiles two of them, one who once made $400,000 a year. Now, he runs a fruit stand.“Now I wear four-year-old sneakers instead of four-day-old sneakers — and you know what? I know more about me now than I was ever willing to commit to looking at in those days,” he says.

Love that working world ! Related: Former WCCO anchor Jeanette Trompeter considers how long it takes to lose the “balance” we regain by taking a step back from the working world. “About 10 minutes,” she finds, which is about how long it takes to get it back.

5) When it comes to drinking, kids copy their parents, new research says. In the UK, half of kids who say they’ve had a drink, got it from their parents.

Bonus: I’ve always wondered whether anyone says “no” when they’re proposed to on sports stadiums’ scoreboards. Apparently so:

Update 10:57 a.m. – Mary from St. Paul writes:

Your “bonus” in your “five at eight” today (2/16) about the blueshirt bride at the hockey game … a quick google of “blueshirt bride” turned up several sites saying it was a publicity stunt. I’m not sure what to think since the sites saying “hoax” are local to the east coast and not familiar to me. Thought you might want to follow it up …


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