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Amid the grieving, a rare act of sportsmanship

Associated Press

The coach never considered any other option.

It didn't matter that his DeKalb, Ill., High School basketball team had ridden a bus two and a half hours to get to Milwaukee, then waited another hour past game time to play. Didn't matter that the game was close, or that this was a chance to beat a big city team.

Johntel Franklin scored 10 points in the game following the loss of his mother.
Something else was on Dave Rohlman's mind when he asked for a volunteer to shoot two free throws awarded his team on a technical foul in the second quarter. His senior captain raised his hand, ready to go to the line as he had many times before.

Only this time it was different.

"You realize you're going to miss them, don't you?" Rohlman said.

Darius McNeal nodded his head. He understood what had to be done.

It was a Saturday night in February, and the Barbs were playing a non-conference game on the road against Milwaukee Madison. It was the third meeting between the two schools, who were developing a friendly rivalry that spanned two states.

The teams planned to get together after the game and share some pizzas and soda. But the game itself almost never took place.

Hours earlier, the mother of Milwaukee Madison senior captain Johntel Franklin died at a local hospital. Carlitha Franklin had been in remission after a five-year fight with cervical cancer, but she began to hemorrhage that morning while Johntel was taking his college ACT exam.

Her son and several of his teammates were at the hospital late that afternoon when the decision was made to turn off the life-support system. Carlitha Franklin was just 39.

"She was young and they were real close," said Milwaukee coach Aaron Womack Jr., who was at the hospital. "He was very distraught and it happened so suddenly he didn't have time to grieve."

Womack was going to cancel the game, but Franklin told him he wanted the team to play. And play they did, even though the game started late and Milwaukee Madison dressed only eight players.

Early in the second quarter, Womack saw someone out of the corner of his eye. It was Franklin, who came there directly from the hospital to root his teammates on.

The Knights had possession, so Womack called a time out. His players went over and hugged their grieving teammate. Fans came out of the stands to do the same.

"We got back to playing the game and I asked if he wanted to come and sit on the bench," Womack said during a telephone interview.

"No," Franklin replied. "I want to play."

There was just one problem. Since Franklin wasn't on the pre-game roster, putting him in meant drawing a technical foul that would give DeKalb two free throws.

Though it was a tight game, Womack was willing to give up the two points. It was more important to help his senior guard and co-captain deal with his grief by playing.

Over on the other bench, though, Rohlman wasn't so willing to take them. He told the referees to forget the technical and just let Franklin play.

"I could hear them arguing for five to seven minutes, saying, `We're not taking it, we're not taking it," Womack said. "The refs told them, no, that's the rule. You have to take them."

That's when Rohlman asked for volunteers, and McNeal's hand went up.

He went alone to the free throw line, dribbled the ball a couple of times, and looked at the rim.

His first attempt went about two feet, bouncing a couple of times as it rolled toward the end line. The second barely left his hand.

It didn't take long for the Milwaukee players to figure out what was going on.

They stood and turned toward the DeKalb bench and started applauding the gesture of sportsmanship. Soon, so did everybody in the stands.

"I did it for the guy who lost his mom," McNeal told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It was the right thing to do."

Franklin would go on to score 10 points, and Milwaukee Madison broke open the game in the second half to win 62-47. Afterward, the teams went out for pizza, two players from each team sharing each pie.

Franklin stopped by briefly, thankful that his team was there for him.

"I got kind of emotional but it helped a lot just to play," he said. "I felt like I had a lot of support out there."

Carlitha Franklin's funeral was last Friday, and the school turned out for her and her son. Cheerleaders came in uniform, and everyone from the principal and teachers to Johntel's classmates were there.

"Even the cooks from school showed up," Womack said. "It lets you know what kind of kid he is."

Basketball is a second sport for the 18-year-old Franklin, who says he has had some scholarship nibbles and plans to play football in college. He just has a few games left for the Knights, who are 6-11 and got beat 71-36 Tuesday night by Milwaukee Hamilton.

It hasn't been the greatest season for the team, but they have stuck together through a lot of adversity.

"We maybe don't have the best basketball players in the world but they go to class and take care of business," Womack said. "We have a losing record but there's life lessons going on, good ones."

None so good, though, as the moment a team and a player decided there were more important things than winning and having good stats.

Yes, DeKalb would go home with a loss. But it was a trip they'll never forget.

"This is something our kids will hold for a lifetime," Rohlman said. "They may not remember our record 20 years from now, but they'll remember what happened in that gym that night."

My eyes were teary after reading this.

Buy/Sell/Trade / [WTS] Computers + Computer Stuff.
« on: February 12, 2009, 10:03:55 AM »
I accept paypal, wire transfer, checks (these require them to clear first though) for the notebooks.
For the ram and hard drives, cash only.


Clevo D900C / Sager 9262
17" WSXGA+ (1680x1050 Resolution Glossy Screen)
X3360 Intel Quad-Core Xeon 2.83 GHz Processor
4 gig DDR2 800mhz memory
9800 GT 512mb or 8800 GTX 512 Video Card
320 gig (x2) 7200 RPM RAID 0 Hard Drive Partition (600gigs of total storage)
200 gig (x1) 7200 RPM Backup-Storage Drive Partition
(Three hard drives total)
4965 Intel AGN Wireless Card
Blu-Ray Burner
Will install a clean Vista Ultimate x64
Comes with an Extra AC Adapter on top of the one included.
Very few small minor light scratching, can barely tell it's there. There's one small dead pixel but otherwise the laptop is in pristine condition.

Asking price is $2200 (Negotiable), Retail Price is well over 3000.

PC Microworks Impulse 14.1 (WXGA+ 1440x800 Matte Screen)
T9500 CPU Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz Processor ( mobile )    
4 gig DDR2 800 MHZ
320 gb 7200 RPM Hard Drive
8600 GT 512 MB Graphics Card
4965 Intel AGN Wireless Card
Extra 6 cell battery.
I think I have an extra AC adapter as well.
Some paint is worn, new keyboard though.
Will install a clean operating system (Vista Ultimate x64 bit)
Edited/Updated: Throwing in a Blu-Ray Burner on this system as well.

Asking price is 800 (Negotiable), normal retail price is well over 1800.

I have extra notebook hard drives for sale:
Seagate and Hitachi 320 gb 7200 RPM hard drives (opened) 40 bucks each
Segate 200gb 7200 RPM hard drive (Unopened) 25 bucks each
I think I may have some 160 gb 7200 RPM hard drives but I'll double check

I also have unopened 4 gigabyte ddr2 800 mhz OCZ notebook RAM (30 bucks each) I have several of these.

I also just got a BLU-Ray Reader for a notebook. It will read/play all blu-ray movies and burn all dvd/cd's. UJ-120. Go look it up =p

Edit: Added X9100 Intel Mobile CPU.
Edited: Added a blu-ray Reader
Edited: Added a Solid State Driver

Happy Things in the Happy Universe / If your happy and you know it,
« on: February 11, 2009, 11:15:28 AM »
clap your hands!


Many new forums around these days, enjoy =).

Things in the Universe / Finally: Someone said the truth!
« on: February 03, 2009, 07:11:15 PM »
Twilight sucks

Good game, thanks. Someone had the balls to say it.

Staff & Volunteers / General Staff Meeting. Sunday, Febuary 8th 2009
« on: January 11, 2009, 10:22:06 PM »
It will be at the Hilton.

3 p.m. Meeting Time

Usual meeting time length is usually 30 - 45 minutes, sometimes an hour or more.

300 Almaden Blvd San Jose, CA 95110

This meeting will be held in the Hilton's Santa Clara room

Rovers Meeting will be @ 5 p.m. Location to be announced via Rover Staff Email.
Febuary 28th will also be another Rover meeting.
Training Sessions have already begun on weapons policy, code of conduct, etc. Please attend if you are Rover staff.

Hotel and Facilities / Fanime Housing Web Portal is up!
« on: December 31, 2008, 10:51:47 AM »

For those of you who don't wish to do the browsing, hotel registration is up.

This is what many of you have been waiting for =).


Sunday - January 11th, 2009 we will be having another general staff meeting @ 3 P.M. Please attend as we are slowly approaching convention!

The January 11th General staff meeting will be held in the Crown Plaza (Like the last meeting was).

Address if you wanna Google it:

Once you enter the front door of the Crown Plaza you will see a hallway to the left of you, at the end of this hallway will be the meeting room the Fanime meeting will be held at. If you entered the back way (This way faces the Convention Center), head down the hall to the main lobby, and turn right (You will see the concierge desk on your right).

Rovers Meeting will be January 11th at 5:30 p.m. Training will begin starting then.
Contact me at Steve AT Fanime.com if you have any questions.

Staff & Volunteers / Meeting Cancelled
« on: November 21, 2008, 11:16:23 PM »
Due to a lack of sufficient meeting space, I've decided to cancel the
general staff meeting scheduled for this Sunday. Apologies for the
late notice.


Sunday, 23nd of November.

Be there!

Oh and for your information, SOS will not be having a meeting that day because we already had one....last saturday. But if you want to talk to me about joining or anything, questions, info I'll be there.

Staff & Volunteers / Rovers/SOS Staff Meeting.
« on: November 14, 2008, 12:42:11 PM »
For those interested, it shall be tomorrow at 5 P.M. November 16th, 2008.

For location please Private Message me, thank you.


This Saturday we will be having our first official staff meeting at Meeting Room J, where Musicfest was 2 years ago, Hilton side.

See map.

Be there!

Afterwards for those interested in ROVER/SOS, we will be having our meeting @5, Location Announced @ staff meeting.

We'll be discussing some stuff like "Hey look, we have a new department head" "Oh hey, here's what's going to happen over the course of the next 7 months" "Pie vs Cake" and my favorite "What's for dinner?"

Serious Business / 700 Billion Dollar Bailout
« on: September 24, 2008, 08:44:03 AM »
According to the reports, the bailout for wall street will cost each American man, woman, AND child approximately 2300 dollars each.

Here's what I want to know, do you feel that this sort of cost is justified? Why?
Is it fair that every American has to pay for this bailout? Why? Do you believe everyone has a stake in it?
Should the government basically write a blank check for 700 billion dollars?

To give you a comparison, the war in Iraq has only cost us about 550 billion dollars give or take (about 100 billion annually), so this would be relatively MORE expensive than the war.

Do you believe some intervention is needed but this is NOT the solution? Then what would?

I personally believe that this is a huge waste of money. If businesses didn't have shady practices on how debt was issued/invested, we wouldn't be here. (Basically they gathered all the debt, cut it up, sold it off as investments, therefor complicating everything as they have no clue how much anything is actually worth)

Gaming / Warhammer Online
« on: September 20, 2008, 02:56:52 AM »
Server: Drifting Castle
Side: Order
Name: Anti
Guild: Legacy

Go go...

Serious Business / Upcoming Election - McCain or Obama?
« on: September 15, 2008, 04:51:12 PM »

1) Why you would vote for one over the other. McCain or Obama?
2) Who do you think is the stronger Vice-President Candidate?
3) Do you believe the current economic tensions in the financial and stock markets will affect the voters?
4) Is high gas prices/energy still a concern? Will it affect the election.

Overall, who do you believe is going to take the election?

Just throwing this out there, cause it has been a hot topic in the media these days.

Things in the Universe / College Majors - For all of you out there!
« on: June 23, 2008, 01:05:50 AM »

Read and be...completely amazed at how close he gets to some to being dead on, and how off he is on a few (I feel communications is a viable major =p).

General Convention Discussion / So Tony
« on: May 29, 2008, 11:46:27 AM »
Congrats on your new position o.O?  ;D

Staff & Volunteers / Looking for SOS/Rover staff for 2009!
« on: May 27, 2008, 08:14:01 PM »
A lot of people stopped to talk to me or come into our base and ask how to join SOS/Rover staff!

If you guys are interested, you should sign up =p. You can contact me for info!

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