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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Spooky Halloween stories

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:28 am


In the spirit of Halloween, I thought it might be appropriate to take a look at some spooky stories that should scare the daylights out of you.

I’m serious. This is the place for a disclaimer: reader beware.

josh petersonJust recently a formal complaint was filed against a Texas high school football team for bullying after the team won a game 91-0.

In the complaint, the dad of a player on the losing team claims the winning team’s coach, Tim Buchanan, encouraged his players to bully their opponents by running up the score.

Thankfully the powers that be in Texas found no wrongdoing after investigating the complaint. The fact that a complaint was even filed should scare you.

What is wrong with parents of athletes these days? It doesn’t matter if the winning team did actually try to run up the score (which it appears they did not) it is your job to try and stop them. I’m not a fan of rubbing another team’s face in the dirt when it is down, but if I put my second and third-team players in the game and they are still scoring, tough luck. Both teams had 11 players on the field and as far as I know, both teams had coaches, cheerleaders, footballs and helmets.

I suppose the parent who filed the complaint from the losing team was simply upset that his son didn’t get a trophy after the game for “trying hard.” It’s OK, blame someone else for your problems and give your son a trophy for effort and I’m sure he will be an upstanding citizen.

Next up I have a creepy story. I stumbled across a story on Huffington Post where a 57-year-old man met up with a 28-year-old for a blind “sex date.” Only when they met they discovered that the young woman, who we will call Lili, was the man’s daughter-in-law.

It gets better. Lili’s husband found the email on his wife’s computer and followed her to the hotel to intervene. I’m sure he was shocked to see his dad there, too. That could make for an awkward Christmas dinner. It definitely gives a new definition to the fun game Dirty Santa. How does this happen in China? There are 1.4 billion people living there. Scary.

In Russia, in what can only be described as a sad reality version of the 40-year-old virgin (except this guy is 24), a man auctioned off his virginity in the “virgins wanted” auction. This can only be a bad idea. Alex Stepanov is his name. He received a $3,000 bid from a man before settling at $2,600 from an Australian woman.

I don’t care if the bid came from a man, woman or a dog; who bids and participates in this? The societal problems we face scare me more than any horror flick. Well, maybe not as bad as “Exorcism of Emily Rose.” That movie made my skin crawl. Then again, so did that one story about the man who wanted to have blind sex with his daughter-in-law.

Happy Halloween.

-Josh Peterson is the editor of the Manchester Times. He is a Tennessee Press Association award-winning writer and photographer. His column, “From the editor’s desk” won TPA first-place honors for best personal humor column. He can be reached by email at or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29