Not so weak after all
This I hadn’t heard:
OREGON, Ohio — For at least a half-century, “Little Sisters of the Poor” has been used as a euphemism in college sports to describe a weak opponent. Its roots trace back to an emphatic victory by Senator Robert Taft of Ohio in his 1950 re-election, which the mayor of Cleveland compared to the “Notre Dame football team beating the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
I didn’t know “the Little Sisters of the Poor” meant anything other than, well, the Little Sisters of the Poor (I wrote about my experiences with the order and their work in 2009, when their foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, was canonized). Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee had the opposite problem. When he used the term disparagingly and publicly while talking tough about OSU football, he found out fast who the real Little Sisters are. And the result has been a boon for the good the sisters do in areas other than college sports:
Gee will privately present a check to the Little Sisters on Saturday. Four sisters, three staff members and five residents, three of whom are in wheelchairs, will be attending the game [against Toledo this weekend] at Gee’s invitation.
More important to the Little Sisters is the awareness that Gee’s gaffe has caused, helping spread word of their work and mission.
Pete Thamel’s New York Times story is worth your time. I love the way the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is standing tall behind the Ohio State mascot in the main photo.
Also worth reading, from the NYT’s 9/11 coverage, is this story by David W. Dunlap about firefighters leaving their mark in the rafters of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Don’t miss the photos.