Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

I will never watch another football game again once more another time all over again.

Like Crabby Appleton, the game and everyone associated with it are rotten to the core.


I’m so old I can remember when the University of North Carolina was a respected institution of higher education.


The kids may be all right, but the parents are another story.

And, courtesy of my brother, here’s another story of Parental Football Impairment Syndrome.

Yet, some wonder why, by the time they get to big-time football, some players think they are exempt from law and morality . . . .

17 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

Daniel Ruth considers Florida State University’s hold over Tallahassee:

You have to wonder what it takes to get arrested in Tallahassee, especially if you are a member of the Florida State University football team. The players seem to enjoy greater immunity from prosecution than the diplomatic corps.

Read the rest, then do something useful with your Saturday, like not watch NCAA football.

13 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

Werner Herzog’s Bear posits that football is a reflection of corporate America. A nugget:

At a time when corporate profits are booming when living standards are stagnant, football is raking in the dough while shafting the men who sacrifice their bodies. The NCAA blocks the payment of money to the “student athletes” who make it billions of dollars. The NFL drug its feet when it came to helping former players with scrambled brains, and recently locked out its own players rather than do more to share its wealth from those who actually generate it. Roger Goodell is the kind of corporate technocrat ensconced at the top of America’s major companies, with a one singular mission: generate profit above all else, even if some people suffer.

Do read the rest, then ignore tonight’s game.

13 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

. . . are still the worst fans in pro sports.

12 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

If you haven’t read the New York Times’s story detailing how the Tallahassee police force overlooks, nay, covers up misconduct by Florida State football players, you should.

Then do something productive with your time, like not wasting it on big time football.

29 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

Bob Molinaro on milking it for all it’s worth:

The merchandising of Derek Jeter’s long farewell tour by the Yankees, Nike, Gatorade and others amounts to a tribute industry unmatched in sports history. And the selling isn’t about to stop. Not when there are still so many more emotions to be manipulated for corporate gain.

27 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

Jon Stewart takes on the NFL Redskins team name.

Below the fold in case it autoplays.

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23 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

Bob Molinaro.

21 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

Bob Molinaro isn’t buying the NFL’s dance on condoning violence off, as well as on, the field.

The excuses some NFL people have used to explain why it took so long to suspend players for domestic violence incidents generally fall under the heading of “the climate has changed.” I never realized there were so many meteorologists running NFL teams. But no one who respects the difference between right and wrong waits to see which way the wind is blowing before doing the decent thing.

The fuss about Roger Goodell–what did he know and when did he know it?–is a red herring. The problen isn’t Goodell; it’s not even the NFL. Covering up the misdeeds of star players reaches as far down as high school.

Big-time football is hopelessly corrupt.

19 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors, The Sporting Life

Corporal Colbert, below the fold in case it autoplays.

Warning: Commercial.

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18 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

16 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

Bob Molinaro, sports writer extraordinaire, explains discipline in big-time football:

It’s easier to distinguish the lines walked by NFL teams that cravenly attempt to discipline their players for off-field misconduct. Rarely does the punishment fit the crime; it’s adjusted according to the player’s value.

Follow the link for the rest.

15 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors, The Sporting Life

Bob Cesca seems to be almost as fed up with football as I am.

The upshot here is that America’s Sport (by which he means “football”–ed.) is polluted with lies, cheating and crime . . . . Yet it’s been, up to this point, immune from serious damage — damage that even Major League Baseball was unable to avoid, though it’s worth noting how the most juiced MLB players didn’t face Armstrong-level punishment. Even now, with the Rice scandal escalating all the way to Roger Goodell’s office, the activities that brought down Armstrong, not to mention the accusations against Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriguez seem quaint by comparison. But you’ll never again see Lance Armstrong competing in not just bike races or triathlons but any other professional sporting event of any kind because he’s been banned from all pro sports for life. When was the last time a football player was banned from all sports for life? Not even Pete Rose, whose punishment also far exceeded his infractions, was banned from all sports, just baseball. When a football player is banned from all sports for life due to PEDs or gambling — asshole, liar or whatever — hell will freeze over.

Follow the link for the rest.

15 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

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.”

12 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

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.”

09 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

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.

06 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Enforcers, The Sporting Life

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.

25 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: The Sporting Life

Please just make big-time football go away.