Date Posted:Friday, March 06, 02:11:30pm Author: Tim Camp Subject: Re: The Faa In reply to:
's message, "Re: The Faa" on Friday, March 06, 12:24:34am
figgyprez, I'm not going to get into the pros and cons of the Faa as a journalist.
I was just responding to some claims in other posts that he has something in particular against SPC or that he lives off the reflected glory of someone like Mike O'Koren.
I know for a fact that he wants SPC to succeed. Like a lot of folks who came of age in Jersey City in the 50s and 60s, he recalls what SPC basketball meant for the city and for SPC.
I think he'd like to see SPC basketball return to the regular success it enjoyed in those days and during some later stretches. And I'd guess that's something he shares with a lot of the people who post on this message board.
As far as the term "man for others" goes, it's an ideal that is taught at SPC and other Jesuit schools and it's practiced in varying degrees.
While the Faa has no formal ties to SPC or the Jesuits, he practices that ideal in the way he gives his time and energy to young people.
His outlet happens to be coaching young athletes and in that area he is extremely generous.
For every Mike O'Koren there are hundreds, if not thousands, of kids over the years who have realized less glamorous goals. I'm sure you could find plenty of those kids who are now adults who would tell you that the Faa helped them get where they are, even if it was in a small way.
I don't think anyone would claim he's a saint, but he has some extremely positive qualities.
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Re: The Faa -- figgyprez, Friday, March 06, 10:35:46pm 
Tim Agreed. I was only talking about the failures of his column. I know he helped kids, but my point was that he never should have sat before a typewriter because he never understood the responsibilities that came with a regular column in a real newspaper. He would have been better off as a poster on boards like this one I guess. You're right to say he isn't a saint as are none of us, but what he wrote was just wrong too often and caused enough harm that I had to objest to the idea that he somehow fit the Jesuit ideal.