Jon Stewart takes on the NFL Redskins team name.
Below the fold in case it autoplays.
Corporal Colbert, below the fold in case it autoplays.
So much for “playing for the fun of the game.”
Back when I was in Little League (I wasn’t very good, but I still enjoy baseball), the worst aspect of the game was the parents. The parents of one team, sponsored by a local fraternal organization, became notorious as the “Moose Mothers.”
Girls (and boys) may just want to have fun, but the parents seemed determined to poison the game.
If you wonder why big-time football and other sports are hopelessly corrupt, just look at their “fans.”
Cranky Bear argues that it’s time that, because of its brutality and corruption, football follows boxing into obscurity.
Here’s a snippet that echoes some of what I’ve been saying in these electrons.
Speaking of Goodell and the NFL, football is run by the biggest pack of shysters and liars that you’ll ever see. The NFL denied the facts on concussion when they knew they were true, it held back on punishing Ray Rice for spousal abuse, and has fought to stiff players whose bodies were broken in the service of amassing wealth for the owners and their cronies in the league office. The case of Ray Rice demonstrates a disturbing tendency by the powers in college and professional football to protect the perpetrators of violence and sexual assault.
The NCAA, which manages college football, is even worse than the NFL. They still peddle the stinking lie that big-time football players are “student athletes” who shouldn’t be paid, all while rolling in the dough that they generate. Have you ever seen the type of colored blazer wearing philistine who regularly occupies positions on bowl committees, events that rake in dollars made by the unpaid workers on the field that the people are paying money to see? These well-fed respectable men about town act as if those young athletes owe them a living. College football is nothing more than a giant wage-theft racket dressed in the romantic garb of “tradition.”
Persons who follow sports are starting to predict that Roger Goodell’s remaining days as the Commissioner of the NFL are short.
The Booman turns thumbs done to a suggestion Condoleezza Rice should replace Roger Goodell as Commissioner of the NFL. I don’t think he has a case.
After all, what difference could it make?
Big-time football is already irredeemably corrupt.
Werner Herzog’s Bear posts another in his continuing and only slightly tongue-in-cheek series exploring white pathology. It’s his effort to debunk what he describes as “the false narrative that the pathologies of black people are what’s to blame for their economic and social inequality in American life, not systemic racism.”
A nugget (emphasis added):
Of course, Americans like to point to the embarrassing violence and hate they see among European soccer fans and feel smug, as if that kind of thing doesn’t happen in this country. It does, but in a much more random and less organized fashion. Just take a look at our college campuses. Michigan State University is infamous for its post-game rioting, where students have a tradition of lighting couches on fire in the street after big games. Earlier this year a student mob at the University of Arizona had to be dispersed by riot police after their team lost a basketball game. When Penn State fired Joe Paterno for having protected serial abuser and rapist Jerry Sandusky, students rioted, tearing down lamp posts and throwing rocks at police. (Guess what? The police did not bring in military vehicles, point rifles at the students, or use tear gas. Gee, I wonder why?) If it were young black men and not white men doing this you can bet that couch burning would be turned into an epidemic by Fox News along the lines of the bogus “knockout game.”
Please do read the rest.
Please just make big-time football go away.
Check out the new “Missionary” formation.
It’s all the rage(rs) all the time.
Bob Molinaro comments on recent developments in the politics of big-time college sports. A nugget:
Kansas State’s stadium recently was renovated for $90 million, with $65 million more in upgrades yet to come. But that’s chump change compared with the $370 million that has been approved for stadium improvements at Oklahoma.
As (Big 12 commissioner Bob–ed.) Bowlsby might say – with great pride, no doubt – this is the face of college football most fans recognize.
“Our professors – I have an office I could swim in,” (KSU football coach Bill–ed.) Snyder said. “They’re in a cubbyhole somewhere, yet they go out and teach and promote education every day, and I value that.”Football no longer has any bearing on the quality of the person, the quality of students.”