Showing posts with label Stupidity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stupidity. Show all posts

Thursday, March 30, 2017

No Guns at Arkansas Football Games

Somewhere, someone is sad but I'm now following Wally Hall because, well, why the hell not?

Arkansas fans, leave your guns at home. You're not allowed to take them to football games (seems like someone always forgets, right?)

Monday, March 6, 2017

There is No Russian Word for Sportsmanship

Maybe there is a word, but I doubt anyone in Russia understands what it means. I hate to generalize, what with all of the cheating, the doping, and the widespread corruption, but there's something wrong with Russia when it comes to presidential candidates from New York and with sports in general:

Perhaps you've heard of Russia, this small little country that's been in the news lately. The country, which hosts the World Cup in 2018, has had a small problem with its soccer fans getting into brawls before games. One lawmaker, however, has a solution: Legalizing the fighting and turn it into a sport. Igor Lebedev, a member of the Russian parliament, introduced the new "sport" in which 20 unarmed fighters on each side go at it inside an arena. “Russia would be a pioneer in a new sport,” Lebedev said. “English fans arrive, for example, and start picking fights. And they get the answer — challenge accepted. A meeting in a stadium at a set time.”

I wouldn't go around wishing for a brawl with British soccer fans. First of all, some Scotsmen might show up pissed and beat everyone up. Second, you go up against some bleary-eyed howling Arsenal fans on the wrong patch of ground and you'll waddle home on two bloody stumps. And, third, what the hell?

Legalizing unruly fan fighting? Really? Come and join the rest of humanity when you come to your senses.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tom Brady and Donald Trump Are Really, Really Good Friends

It might not be a big deal right now, but it will be in the days and weeks ahead. 

The friendship of Tom Brady and Donald Trump is like proof hell is real if you're a New England fan who voted for Hillary. You have the golden boy quarterback--the best ever--and the most unpopular president in the modern era. 

How long do you think it will take for Brady to salvage his own image (endorsements are really important when you're a quarterback approaching the age of 40) and conveniently stop appearing with Trump? Or will Brady double down and proudly defend his friendship?

At some point, someone's going to be thrown under the bus. And what kind of new and exciting version of hell is it when Corey Lewandowski gives an interview to gush like a schoolgirl about a friendship between two men?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Stupid as Hell

Bruce Chen is not offended, but fans of baseball should be somewhat offended:
(CBS News) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen was being interviewed during the Kansas City-Pittsburgh game on Saturday when teammate Humberto Quintero decided it would be a good time to sneak up behind Chen and make the gesture in the photo above.

Of course insensitive jokes are common in the clubhouse and Quintero certainly doesn't seem to have any malicious intent. But to see this kind of racially charged gesture on national TV caused a stir - and it wasn't long before Quintero began taking heat for his "friendly racism."

Chen, a native of Panama of Chinese descent, apparently wasn't fazed by Quintero's "joke" and quickly took to Twitter to say he took no offense.
It preserves clubhouse relationships for Chen to say that he was not offended, but the problem is, it is still an offensive thing to do to anyone, much less a ballplayer. If you take off the uniforms, and make this about Bruce Chen being interviewed, then this is still fairly offensive.

A face full of shaving cream? No problem. This? Let's just say this hurts the image of baseball, tarnished and crappy though it may be.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Euro 2012 and Racism

In the United States, where European soccer is relegated to the depths of the sports section, there is a unique opportunity to learn from the racism of other countries. Next week, they will begin playing the Euro 2012 tournament in countries where racism is commonplace when it intersects with sports. Americans should pay attention to what happens because this issue is going to be at the forefront of the 2012 presidential election. What the world sees next week in Poland and Ukraine is going to be very similar to the tribalism of American politics that is already well underway.

Do not doubt what Mario Balotelli is saying. This is not hyperbole on his part. And he is not the only player who is wondering how bad the tournament will be.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Calamity That Could Have Taken Down Our Republic

When I found myself weeping uncontrollably this morning, I knew it had to be because something had gone terribly wrong during a Bowl Game that I did not bother to watch:

University of Missouri administrators have apologized to the U.S. Naval Academy for what it says was a misunderstanding by its band during the Texas Bowl game last week.

The band has been criticized on blogs and online news forums for playing the Missouri fight song after the Naval Academy began playing its theme song after the game.

The two bands had agreed before the game that the losing team's band would play first, followed by the winner. Navy defeated Missouri 35-13 in last Thursday's game. Missouri spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken said Missouri's band didn't realize the Naval Academy had begun playing.

She says the school did not intend to to disrespect Navy tradition. The Naval Academy issued a statement saying it considered the issue a misunderstanding.

If I don't do any more blogging today, it's because I had to reach out and holla at my peeps, and let them know that I was okay.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Frat Boy Pot Luck Rampage

I'm surprised there aren't more stories like this:
According to a report by the Michigan State student newspaper, 15-20 males entered a campus dormitory and assaulted an injured male and female students.

Among the assailants, the State News reported, were unnamed football players according to witnesses.
Brent Mitchell, a communication junior who said he was sent to Lansing's Sparrow Hospital after being punched in the face, said some of the men wore ski masks, but others were recognized as football team members.

"I walked up and said, 'It isn't worth it.' A guy with dreadlocks hit me and in the scuffle slapped, hit females to get them out of the way," Mitchell said.


Mitchell said members of his fraternity, Iota Phi Theta, had just finished a potluck event and were folding chairs in the lounge when the men entered. The men said they were looking for a man who had been involved in a spat with one of them the night before during an Iota Phi Theta event at The Small Planet, 16800 Chandler Road, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he was struck after the men realized the person they sought wasn't there. He said the altercation lasted for about a minute before the men left.

Neither university officials nor campus police would comment on the specifics of the incident.

Of course not--no one's going to comment on a Frat Boy rampage. The problem here is not athletics, although the involvement of football players will probably lead the simple-minded BACK to that conclusion. The problem here is not even alcohol or fraternity life. The problem here rests with the dubious idea of having a potluck.

A potluck?

No one--and I mean, no one--in this H1N1, cootie-sharing, hepatitis B-saturated nation should be going to a potluck. No one.

Friday, November 20, 2009

This is the kind of thing that could get you fired

This is what got a couple of announcers suspended from calling NBA games for the Los Angeles Clippers:

Smith: “Look who’s in.”

Lawler: “Hamed Haddadi. Where’s he from?”

Smith: “He’s the first Iranian to play in the NBA.” (Smith pronounced Iranian as “Eye-ranian,” a pronunciation that offended the viewer who complained.)

Lawler: “There aren’t any Iranian players in the NBA,” repeating Smith’s mispronunciation.

Smith: “He’s the only one.”

Lawler: “He’s from Iran?”

Smith: “I guess so.”

Lawler: “That Iran?”

Smith: Yes.

Lawler: “The real Iran?”

Smith: “Yes.”

Lawler: “Wow. Haddadi – that’s H-A-D-D-A-D-I.”

Smith: “You’re sure it’s not Borat’s older brother?”

Smith: “If they ever make a movie about Haddadi, I’m going to get Sacha Baron Cohen to play the part.”

Lawler: “Here’s Haddadi. Nice little back-door pass. I guess those Iranians can pass the ball.”

Smith: “Especially the post players.

Lawler: “I don’t know about their guards.”

I think that suspending them for being boring and trite would be enough, but here are the real details:

Ralph Lawler and Mike Smith

Veteran play-by-play man Ralph Lawler and analyst Mike Smith were suspended for tonight's Clippers telecast on Fox Sports Prime Ticket for comments made during Wednesday's telecast, according to sources with knowledge of the decision but not authorized to speak publicly.

Fox issued this statement at 5:03 p.m. today: "We regret the remarks made by Clippers announcers Michael Smith and Ralph Lawler during Wednesday's telecast. While we believe that Michael and Ralph did not intend their exchange to be offensive, the comments were inappropriate. We extend our apologies to Hamed Haddadi of the Memphis Grizzlies and to anyone who was offended. We have addressed the situation with Michael and Ralph and have taken appropriate action."

Wednesday's comments came near the end of a dreary Clippers loss, 106-91, in Memphis as rookie Haddadi, a 7-foot-2 center and the first Iranian player in the NBA, came into the game.

In a 40-second exchange Lawler and Smith began talking about Haddadi. A Clippers fan who watched Wednesday’s telecast complained about the verbal exchange and said he received an apology today from Fox Sports.

Can you complain if they're boring and make no sense? Can you complain, for example, about how Tim McCarver, when he calls baseball games, is almost always wrong and never offers any insight as to what is going on? I mean, let's face it--McCarver trades on the fact that no one has the sound up anyway. Can you complain when Chris Collinsworth is unnecessarily critical of a position player who plays a position Collinsworth knows nothing about? Am I just being nitpicky when I say, thank God I can turn the sound down.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Always Delete Your Twitter Account BEFORE You Use Racial Epithets

It's not rocket science--Twitter is something a lot of people can see. What you put on there is something that all of the people who follow you can see, and, if they "re-tweet" your tweet, all of their followers can see it, and so on and so forth. You are not going to score brownie points by saying bad things in the public forum that is Twitter, nor are you fooling anyone when you panic and delete your Twitter account--they archive all of your tweets, you see:
A message sent from the Twitter account of a UCLA freshman football player to a top high school recruit complained about Bruins offensive coordinator Norm Chow and referred to him with a racial epithet.

The post from the account of OCiAM, dated Oct. 22, referred to the Bruins' last three games, all conference losses, and read, "man oregon, stanford and cal should have been easy wins ,, but [expletive] thys [racial slur] norm chow dnt be trustin us ,, so it is what it is."

The account belongs to Bruins receiver Randall Carroll, who was directing the tweet to the attention of La CaƱada St. Francis High running back Dietrich Riley. It also could be seen by the public.

The "OCiAM" address is believed to stand for "outta control," Carroll's nickname. The account was deactivated early Saturday afternoon.

Carroll is a first-year player from Los Angeles Cathedral High who was the focus of an intense recruiting battle between UCLA and USC. The former state sprint champion, who originally committed to USC before signing with UCLA, has been tweeting Riley, who is also the focus of a recruiting battle between the Bruins and Trojans, among other programs.

I'd say USC is now glad it didn't get this head case.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Redskins Player Throws the American Flag to the Ground

Someone needs to help the young man understand proper respect:
Redskins fullback Mike Sellers has apologized for throwing the American flag to the ground during the pregame lineup introductions before Washington's preseason game against the New England Patriots.

Sellers says he meant no disrespect to the flag on Friday night and that he did it in the "heat of the moment." Sellers says he's aware of the proper conduct when it comes to the flag and should have known better, having grown up in an Army family.

The Redskins last year began a routine in which the last person introduced before the game runs out of the tunnel hoisting the American flag. Sellers carried the flag to midfield, then flung it down near the 50-yard line before joining his teammates in a midfield huddle.

This was a pretty big screwup, and the cuteness of pre-game introductions is no excuse. You should have the basic common sense to realize that you cannot just throw the American flag to the ground, whether you're a football player or not.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bret Favre is a Washed-up Diva who will Ruin your Team

Football Players, Circa 1916

Would someone please inform ESPN that Brett Favre is finished?

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell became the first member of Brad Childress' coaching staff to personally evaluate Brett Favre after shoulder surgery when he traveled to Hattiesburg, Miss., last week to watch the retired quarterback perform in a rigorous throwing session that included an estimated 100 passes, sources said.

According to those same sources, at least one of whom has communicated directly with the quarterback, Favre thought his performance that day with the Oak Grove High School team was encouraging. But Favre also warned the Vikings representatives that he might be forced to delay a decision on whether to play until just before the team opens training camp on July 29 in Mankato, Minn.

During their visit to his home last Wednesday, Favre informed Bevell and Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman that he wants to play in Minnesota during the upcoming season but remains unable to commit because he wants to be totally confident that he can provide the team with 16-plus healthy starts before doing so. Sugarman was making his second visit to Favre's Mississippi home, the first occurring a few weeks before in which the trainer demonstrated some shoulder exercises the quarterback could use to accelerate his recovery.

Favre, 39, is approximately six weeks removed from the arthroscopic surgery Dr. James Andrews performed to release the partially torn biceps tendon in the quarterback's right shoulder. Favre is proceeding cautiously because he remains somewhat concerned about the inconsistency of some throws and worries that he continues to have slight pain, according to sources. While Favre's recovery seems to be following the six- to eight-week rehab timetable that Andrews described, sources say that Favre had hoped the improvement would come sooner and that he had initially planned to make a decision about returning to the NFL before the end of June.

Favre is, essentially, using ESPN to prolong his diva-like exit from football. Not content with records, Favre now wants everyone at his beck and call, and for every hour of every broadcast day to include some mention of his moods, his likes, his dislikes, his preference for lunch, the extent of his love for poodles, whether or not he wants the grass cut, who he wants to win on American Idol should it ever come back on television, and so on and so forth.

One cannot build a team around Favre or simply bring him into an existing system. You have to be disorganized, pathetic, and without essential personnel to want him, and if that describes the Minnesota Vikings, then they are welcome to the soap opera that is Brett Favre.

I watched, live and as it happened, Dan Marino's last game as an NFL quarterback. You can read about it here--it was a debacle, to say the least.

The game that turned out to be the last for the future Hall of Famer was the
62-7 debacle against the Jaguars in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Alltel
Stadium on Jan. 15. It was the worst game of his career, and certainly not the
way Miami Dolphins fans want to remember [DAN] Marino, who for 17 seasons
quarterbacked Miami and forged his way into the NFL record books.
career numbers are staggering:

Four times he threw for 30 or more touchdowns in a season, including two
seasons of more than 40. He threw for five or more touchdowns in a game five
times and led the NFL in passing yards six times. He had 13 games of 400 or more
yards passing and led the Dolphins to 37 fourth-quarter comebacks.

He had 147 wins as a starting quarterback and 37 career postseason
touchdown passes.
But what happened that sunny Saturday at Alltel Stadium is
a big bruise to those gawking numbers, and for many it will be their last Marino

Marino threw for a career-low 95 yards. At one point in the game,
Marino's line read: 0 for 7, two interceptions, two sacks, lost fumble returned
for a touchdown.

His first pass was intercepted by Aaron Beasley. The next time Marino
took a snap, he was sacked by Tony Brackens, and Brackens picked up the fumble
and returned it for a touchdown.
Marino didn't complete his first pass until
10:43 remained in the second quarter. By that time, the Dolphins were behind
38-0 and Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell was already on the bench.

When Marino mercifully went to the bench, the Jaguars led 48-7.

The post-game comments were biting, consoling and compassionate:

Marino: "I never experienced a game like this in my life."

Jaguars safety Carnell Lake: "I don't know if it was his final game, but
if it was, I wanted to tell him he's had one heckuva career. I just wanted to
give him a hug and tell him that."

Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette: "This was as ugly as it gets for an
aging legend. Worse than a gimpy Willie Mays playing out the string for the N.Y.
Mets. Worse than Joe Namath going out on two bad knees with the Los Angeles
Rams. And as bad as watching a too-proud-to-quit Muhammad Ali take a savage
beating from Larry Holmes."

Dolphins guard Kevin Donnalley: "Everyone in this whole place feels
horrible for Dan. He's done so much for this league. If this was his last game,
it's very sickening it has to end like this."
Marvin Demoff, Marino's
attorney and friend: "You have to feel for him being a part of something like
this. It's hard to see, as a friend, somebody suffer when it means so much to
them. This is something he has put so much energy into. This is a game that will
have its place in Dolphin history, but not for the right reason."

If Minnesota wants a game like that, by all means, sign Favre and get ready for a blowout. I think he has it in him to top Marino's last gasp of indignity.