You already guessed that I am going to start out with something in sports and then actually talk teen/kid politics, right? Oh good. Then no one will be disappointed.
I watched the BCS Rose Bowl last week because UT played and I live in Longhorn Land. While the rest of my friends were yelling about quarterbacks and kickers and coaches, I focused in on something else entirely. The TV announcers kept focusing on Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram (who probably had a good game, right?), but instead of talking about his running or catching or something relating to football, they kept talking about his dad. Cool. His dad must have been some kind of hero? Maybe single dad who raised him? An astronaut? A war hero? No, another football player (OK, so maybe the announcers knew him), but a football player who is now in jail. And giving his son moral support. Wha?? Gimme a break! His dad is in jail. What else is he going to be doing with his time?
The news articles did the same thing. Here’s one from the Daily News:
Alabama running back Mark Ingram plays in Rose Bowl as father watches from prison
But more than that is on Ingram. His father, a wide receiver for theSuper Bowl XXV-winning Giants, will be watching from behind bars. He is in a federal jail in Queens awaiting sentencing on bank fraud, money laundering and failure to surrender on charges. The sentence reportedly will be meted out tomorrow.
The third charge stems from Ingram Sr.’s failure to report to a federal facility in Kentucky in December of 2008 to begin serving a 92-month sentence on the first two charges.
“It shows the type of relationship we have, the type of bond that we have as father and son,” Ingram said. “That he’d sacrifice that? Any son has to love that and appreciate that.”