Who Would Have Thought That A Random, Offseason Article About Michael Bennett's "Immaturity" Would Backfire This Badly?
SeattleTimes- I was 10 feet away from Bennett after that playoff loss to the Falcons when he ripped into a reporter for asking a fair question about the pass rush. He called him a “non-playing (expletive)” and asked what kind of adversity he’d been through, implying that there was no way it could be on par with an NFL player.
Well, that reporter survived cancer, which Bennett obviously didn’t know. But the fact that he never publicly apologized or even acknowledged it reeks of immaturity.
I don't think I am alone in claiming ignorance here. Seriously, who would have thought that an article targeting one of the most outspoken members of a notoriously media unfriendly locker room would be taken so poorly? I was simply stunned that Michael Bennett had a less than positive reaction to a that (in full) reads as follows: "Here's a bunch of good things about Seattle's defensive end just so it doesn't look like this is a blatant hit piece that I conjured up for clicks in the dead of the offseason when I take the turn and label him immature for something he did 4 months ago". Just an absolutely shocking response...until you see the most column crippling 'Editor's Note' in the history of typed word....
"(Editor’s note: This column has been clarified to reflect that Michael Bennett privately contacted a reporter to express regret about his response to a question following the Seahawks’ playoff loss to the Falcons.)"
Whoooooops. That whole "Michael Bennett is an unforgiving criticizer of cancer survivors" angle really gets it's legs chop blocked out from underneath it when you find out that it's subject actually apologized for his emotional/unintentional gaff in the most genuine, mature way possible. Saying "sorry" by way of a medium that's not entirely public and thus completely incredulous? Who even knew that was a thing that existed in 2017?
Man, if only there were a way that author Matt Calkins could have avoided being made to look like an informed jackass that potentially cost his publication access to certain areas of the Seahawks locker room. I'd have to do my research, but - off the top of my head - I can't think of anyway to make sure you have your facts straight when taking a retroactive stand on behalf of a colleague (and a retroactive stab at a professional athlete) other than by talking to that colleague even once between the months of January and May. Honestly? It's a good thing the journalist didn't go the investigative route or the integrity of his moot message would have been shot to shit before he even had a chance to share it with the world.
CFT- In a statement released via Twitter on Friday, Jay Paterno confirmed that he had been elected to serve on Penn State’s board of trustees. The Centre Daily Times reports he was the top vote-getter in elections and was one of three people elected to the nine seats on the board reserved for alumni.
Paterno is a former quarterback for the Nittany Lions and later coached under his father Joe Paterno, the school’s legendary but tarnished coach. Both were shown the door by the school’s board back in 2012 following revelations in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
The election of Jay Paterno is bound to open up more wounds at the school as he’s been an outspoken critic about how the school has handled his father’s legacy and what he did or did not know about Sandusky over the years. It’s even more interesting because the younger Paterno has been involved in several lawsuits against the school over the years as fallout from the matter as well.
At this point there is almost nothing - short of opening an under-15 nudist colony next to their practice field - that Penn State could do to honor the memory of a long time enabler of child molestation that would surprise me. The fact that his son was elected to the Board of Trustees for a university whose predatory grounds his father used to protect was about as shocking as the fact that he was certain enough of his daddy's "innocence" to take excessive legal action against that very same university. The seemingly unanimous decision to ignore the obvious conflict of interest (never mind marginalize the mental and physical harm his legacy indirectly did to dozens upon dozens of kids) is as tone deaf as it gets, but - in fairness - Penn State has never given any inclination that they keep their ear to the streets. Need proof of that?
Look no further than Jay Paterno posting his acceptance letter on social media as though it were something that was going to be met with anything other than outrage. This fucking guy acted like he was addressing his proud constituents when all he was doing was throwing himself on the mercy of the most ruthless of courts - the court of online opinion. I suppose you could make the argument that he trying to get out ahead of the backlash by announcing it before it eventually came out anyway, but I hesitate to give anyone from that campus-wide cult any sort of benefit of the doubt. That "thank you" note reads like the person who wrote it thought he was going to step away from the metaphorical mic to a chorus of applause. I know that Penn State and the Paterno family will never quite "get" the magnitude of their negligence, but - for Christ's sake - is it too much to ask them not to be negligent to the moral code of literally everyone else in the world?
I know this is a dangerous thing to request given their history, but lie to me Penn State. Just fucking lie to me. Add the face of everything that is wrong with your university to your Board of Trustees internally. FaceTime him in when there's a decision that needs botching. It's not like you haven't been able to keep far more incriminating secrets in the past. I've honestly become so desensitized to the school-wide stupidity that the thing that bothered me the most about this news was that Jay Paterno - himself - delivered it like it was a goddamn State Of The Union.
WSOCTV- Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher is accused of assaulting an Uber driver in Nashville, Tennessee, according to Nashville police.
The Uber driver claims that on April 14 the two got into an argument during a ride to downtown Nashville. The driver said he put his hand on Oher's face, and then Oher knocked him to the ground.
The incident started when the driver picked up Oher and four others to go to the Southern Restaurant in downtown Nashville, according to the citation.
Oher told the driver to follow another vehicle. The Uber driver did not think the lead vehicle knew the correct route and suggested they take the lead. Oher thought the Uber driver was trying to collect more fare money, according to the citation.
An argument started, and Oher and his friends wanted to go to another location on Eighth Avenue South, but on the way they made a bathroom stop at Mapco on that avenue. Oher, who was in the front passenger seat, got out and confronted the driver.
“The victim then put his hands up towards the suspect’s face and the suspect pushed the victim down onto the ground,” according to the citation. The driver said Oher also kicked him in the leg while he was on the ground. Oher’s friends stopped Oher from “doing anything more to the victim,” according to the citation.
Jesus Christ Michael, did you need Sandra Bullock to hold your goddamn hand throughout your entire professional career?!? Do you even realize how much of a role model you are to that stereotypically outgoing nerdy kid that was cast as your younger (step) brother? You better get your act together or I would imagine you'll soon be banished to that immaculate guest room until further notice!
Seriously though, as far as public perception is concerned, we are talking about a guy that has it made. I'm absolutely positive that he's tired of hearing "...oh shit, Blindside!", but I can't imagine he's grown tired of people automatically assuming he's a great guy because of the way he was portrayed on the big screen. All he had to do was refrain from going around pancaking uppity chauffeurs and everyone would just treat it as fact that he's a big ole teddy bear that only turns violent on the gridiron. No one likes having a know-it-all behind the wheel, but sacrificing a few minutes out of your night for a wrong turn is better than sacrificing the praiseworthy acting performance of Quinton Aaron. Especially since I am pretty sure you have to agree to a fee prior to the use of all ride-sharing apps now-a-days. I can't fault Michael Oher for not wanting to get exploited financially, but at least this Uber-ballsy driver didn't all-but-coerce him into playing football for his alma mater by offering him room and board after picking him up on the street corner. Not saying he was right, but making people think of 'The Blind Side' as less than a heartwarming tale about a flawless family that successfully added a new member is just plain wrong.
Ahhh, the pitfalls of pregnancy. Ya know, people constantly refer to childbirth as a miracle, but they seem to forget that most miracles don't require you to clear your schedule for 9 months. A little time off seems like a small price to pay for starting a family....until that time off directly correlates with your company undergoing a massive house cleaning. Sara Walsh thought she was exercising her God-given right to motherhood, and in time it took for two fetuses to turn into identical human beings she went from peeing on a stick with job security to bloated and expendable. There's no doubt that having a baby is a blessing, but I think we can all agree that it would really be more convenient if they grew quicker than the contracts that inevitably changed a multi-national corporation's entire landscape.
And how about ESPN just waiting until the day she's set to return to work to deliver (no pun intended) the news that she's now a full-time mommy? I don't know who was responsible for laying people off, but their face must have turned white when they read that Sara Walsh was set to return from maternity leave. The transition from the "Congrats! How are the kids?" conversation to the "so, about your employment" conversation is about as smooth as the cut to the crowning scene in 'Knocked Up'. You remember when you were in school and you just completely forgot about project until 6 hours before it was due? I imagine that sinking feeling was the same one that hit the director of the firing squad like a ton of bricks when he realized he had to follow up the birth of twins with a much more unpleasant discharge. I guess I can't really fault ESPN because they laid off people with much more prestige than Sara Walsh, but something tells me that the avoidance of the most awkward interaction of all time should have expedited her to the top of the call sheet.
Congrats to the happy couple though! Those bundles might even become more joyous when they are joined by a severance package. ESPN: The Worldwide Leader In Stalling.
Of Course LeBron Now Has Beef With The Brewer Of The Beer He Grabbed For Tweeting A Picture Of Him Holding It
Uproxx- Turns out LeBron isn’t ready to endorse Great Lakes after what they did shortly after LeBron’s infamous Decision to hit free agency and play in Miami.
Back in 2010, Great Lakes released ‘Quitness,’ a dry-hopped IPA that was brewed to leave “a bitter aftertaste, perfectly describing the mood of Cleveland sports fans these days.”
The beer’s name was an obvious reference to LeBron’s “Witness” Nike campaign and, though they weren’t the only Cleveland-based brewery to take a shot at LeBron with a beer name, James remembered the slight when speaking with the media on Wednesday.
“This is about the last thing I’m trying to worry about right now, my agent and my legal team will take care of it, but yeah I know (Great Lakes) is trying to benefit off of me,” James told cleveland.com.
“And I heard they were the same company that made all those ‘Quitness’ beers, and now they’re trying to benefit off me this way? Yeah, it’s pretty funny.”
Sources close to James said that kind of advertising featuring James’ likeness would cost a company at least $2 million, maybe more.
Because what's more "LeBron" than intentionally making himself go viral by grabbing a beer bottle (as a self proclaimed non-beer guy) for no reason whatsoever...only to summon his legal team when the brewers of said beer try to use his product placement to get themselves that same online attention? There's not a chance in hell he sees the irony in that. Probably believes that filing a law suit for a harmless tweet is simply a good business decision, while completely blind, deaf, and dumb to the fact that a Cleveland-based company trademarking the term "Quitness" in the year 2010 was a great business decision.
I swear he just can't help himself. It's as if he doesn't realize the people cheering on his Game 1 antics were the same ones drowning their sorrows in dry-humored IPA's while burning anything and everything that was mass produced in his likeness seven years prior. I don't want to be the one to tell him, but if he really wanted to take umbrage with every single person whose opinion of him drastically changed then he wouldn't have allowed a single person to show up the Cavaliers championship parade.
Oh well, no one said you had to be self aware to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Guess it's time to move on then. After all, it is the playoffs and that means LeBron James is too darn focused to be discussing his dismay for a local brewery...but strangely not focused enough to restrain himself from using their product as a mid-game prop.
Call me crazy, but I don't think this is the greatest of looks for Beantown. By no means am I labeling Boston a racist city or implying that the overwhelming minority are the voice of the vast majority when they prejudicially heckle professional athletes. Just saying, we don't need audio or visual evidence for this previously unsubstantiated Adam Jones story to seem pretty goddamn substantiated now, so maybe their population has a couple more handfuls of shamelessly outspoken bigots mixed in?
I suppose one could make the argument that he was lying (although that's an insanely dangerous/borderline discriminatory assumption to make) in order to pander towards a citywide, negative stereotype. However - even on the off-chance that he did - there's a reason why he was successful in doing so. I would imagine it's similar to the reason that a relatively unbiased third party weighed in sounding like he is responsible for forming a 62 person group chat with the sole purpose of reminding black ball players to block out the racial slurs of Red Sox fans.
Now, I don't think that African American Major Leaguers are giving new meaning to the term "AA Meeting" by therapeutically discussing their traumatizing experiences in Massachusetts with each other on a regular basis. It's pretty telling that the Yankees pitcher felt strongly enough about the subject to paint that picture, but if this were as common of an issue as C.C. Sabathia is making it sound then he almost assuredly would have spoken up during the near-decade he's spent as part of rival organization.
Still, soft spoken veterans don't often powerfully insert themselves right into the center of racial controversies unless they are absolutely certain there is something to them. So maybe - just maybe - it's time for the proud Fenway faithful to open their ears and try to keep their bad eggs in check so they can start to rid themselves of a rotten reputation that's largely undeserved.
UPDATE: This was all a premature overreaction. You hear those cheers? Racism is dead and it will be remembered as fondly in Boston as Aaron Hernandez...
LBS- Werder was one of many ESPN reporters who learned last week that he was losing his job. The longtime reporter joined “The Doomsday Podcast” for an interview and said that ESPN added insult to injury by asking him to cover the draft by reporting from New Orleans the next day.
“When they finished telling me I was laid off, they said this was effective immediately,” Werder said on the podcast, via Business Insider. “And the next thing they told me to do as a former employee of ESPN was stay and cover the Saints’ draft, which seemed like an odd way to begin your unemployment.
“But it seemed like it was my option, and I chose not to. I just didn’t feel like it was the right place for me to be, alone in a hotel room and then out in public as a former employee, representing ESPN with the New Orleans Saints.”
There are people that don't understand why ESPN was forced to lay off over a hundred talented and well respected journalists. Maybe the business side of things is foreign to them and they don't realize that the 'Worldwide Leader' was handing out multi-million dollar contracts like they were free off-brand condoms on a college campus while their subscribers were cutting cords quicker than birth doctors. I don't know. It seems like a pretty simple concept to grasp, but it still has some questioning the ethics of a multi-billion dollar operation that is the predominant source for sports news (but mostly nonsense).
Those people should let this Ed Werder anecdote serve as a lesson, because asking a recently fired employee of damn near two decades to do offsite reporting immediately after giving him the boot is an example of that lack of self awareness that got them into this mess. Long story short, ESPN got too big for their britches. They are the multi-national equivalent of the husband who walks into a messy house, plops down on the couch, undoes his belt, unbuttons his jeans, patiently waits for his wife to get home from her full-time job to fetch him a beer, and sees absolutely nothing wrong with that series of events. Asking an unemployed Ed Werder to head down to New Orleans to report on the least newsworthy sporting event of the year out of fictitious good faith is like an ex-girlfriend breaking up with her saint of a boyfriend only to ask him for a lift to her former sidepiece's apartment. It's a preposterously disrespectful move that's completely ignorant towards all social cues.
In essence, it's something that shouldn't be all that surprising coming from a brand that went all in on cable with the demise of cable staring them in the face. ESPN is going to be just fine, but maybe the events of the last few weeks can serve as a painful reminder that they should put some thought into their actions since we are all supposedly living in the same mutually beneficial society.
My biggest issue with this interaction wasn't that this reporter thought the bland interrogation scribbled in his notepad was far more important than it actually was. My biggest problem with this confrontation was that it was perceived to be prolonged by persistence and journalistic integrity, when - in reality - it was prolonged by greed.
Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth! This incredibly whiney dweeb had some stupid ass question lined up for a role player about why a mediocre team sucks when it's high-usage MVP candidate is off the floor. He got blessed with an inspirational - albeit totally unprovoked and unnecessary - rant led by one of the most polarizing athletes still alive in the NBA Playoffs. Russell Westbrook literally spoon fed this dude an endless amount of clicks, and he was still pushing for another course.
Christ man, go write your piece about how there's no 'I' in Thunder during this trying time, and save the "holy crap, OKC is pure, unadulterated trash when their best player is anxiously hydrating" article for after the series is over. How many emboldened quotes does one man need for his column before he passes the damn mic in the postgame presser? This uppity interviewer wouldn't have interjected when David Fizdale was preaching about data like a Jehovah's Witness, and he owes that same respect to a man/personality that makes his job exponentially easier.
Bomani Jones Took A Lighthearted Jab At Darren Rovell For "Wonderlic Shaming", And He Kinda Has A Point
I'm damn near certain this was tongue-in-cheek. Bomani Jones doesn't strike me as some sort of snowflake that's going to throw the word "shaming" around unless it's in an effort to casually poke fun of those that are way too quick to throw the word "shaming" around. I saw a headline on this exact subject that started off 'ESPN On ESPN Crime...' and not only is that a colossal overstatement of what took place in this interaction, but it's a misreading of the situation that's characteristic of someone whose Wonderlic is deserving of shame.
That said, if - and only if - "Wonderlic shaming" were actually a thing, then this would definitely be an example of it. It's one thing to make scores public. That's relevant news considering it could have an impact on draft position. Comparing those scores to that of truck drivers and train conductors? Well - for lack of a more accurate term - that's just mean. If I'm analyzing NFL prospects I should probably know that Leonard Fournette's ability to think critically is subpar compared to that of his peers. That said, I definitely don't need to know that Dalvin Cook is intellectually incapable of cleaning my toilet.
Telling a fat person their weight when they step off the scale at the doctor's office isn't "fat shaming". Having a list of farm animals with which their body fat % closely corresponds posted next to the scale absolutely is. Calling a polygamous woman promiscuous isn't "slut shaming". Comparing the looseness of her vagina to the waist on your oldest pair of jeans that haven't been washed since the Bush administration just might be though. I appreciate Darren Rovell posting an occupational comparison chart because I personally think it's interesting. However, I'm not a physical freak that's going to be drafted in the top ten that just had some sports business dork remind him that this football thing better work out because he doesn't even have the brain power for the mail room. It's not necessarily wrong, but it is a little unnecessary.
It's a storybook ending! I mean, it's probably the type of storybook you'd keep locked in your nightstand away from your children, but doesn't everyone just want to end their career with a huge, wildly unexpected win? Aaron Hernandez' career was in killing people, and getting acquitted of a double murder that he absolutely, no-doubt-about-it committed was his "riding off into the sunset" moment. He didn't want to retire from life, but he did so because it wasn't going to get any better from here on out. Not since the swan songs of Ray Bourque and John Elway have we seen someone so skilled in their field leave it forever after reaching the pinnacle of their profession. Let's face it, winning a championship with the Patriots wouldn't have been the culmination of Aaron Hernandez' life's work. As the least inconspicuous cold-blooded murderer ever, getting a jury of his peers to exonerate him was. Aaron Hernandez defied all logic and his own inability to be unassuming by getting cleared of homicidal charges in a way that makes Peyton Manning winning a Super Bowl with a noodle arm appear ho-hum. Simply put, Aaron Hernandez went out on top...and by that I don't mean he was elevated from the floor when he took his last breathe.
In all seriousness - while suicide is far too complicated to just be considered "the coward's way out" - Aaron Hernandez is a huge coward for committing suicide. He lasted five whole days without having another trial to look forward to before he ended it all? Couldn't even suffer the consequences of his criminal actions or accept his inevitable fate for a full work week before opting out on life? I feel horrible for his daughter, but - let's be honest - she's better off without the lessons taught to her from behind the glass by a psychopath that's exhausted literally every excuse in an effort to free himself of responsibility. Assuming there was no foul play here (and that's probably a pretty sizable assumption), going to court was basically Aaron Hernandez' version of a complete bender of a weekend. When he no longer had that to look forward to, the harsh reality of his meaningless, monotonous life set in and he couldn't handle it. He's legitimately better off dead, because he certainly wasn't prepared to be an adult.
That being said, I do appreciate his devotion to officially being declared an innocent man. He may have lost to a bed sheet, but he technically beat the judicial system. The phrase "I would go to my grave for (such-and-such)" gets tossed around a lot, but - Jesus Christ - Aaron Hernandez literally died to rid himself of his sins...
I think we can all agree that this was a cringeworthy title, but does Adidas at least get points for accuracy? I know it's probably not a good idea to imply that survival was in question during the one annual event in which innocent people tragically passed away, but - despite being completely inappropriate given the circumstances - the multinational brand wasn't technically wrong.
I suppose they could have done a better job than crafting a congratulatory cliche off an unoriginal novelty tee shirt in a way that didn't remind people of a terrorist attack immediately following their huge personal milestone. However, if there's a form of communication that is constantly plagued by poor wording then it's e-mails. Some will say this is a stupid, inexcusable mistake to make, but Louis C.K.'s recent standup special included a bit about needing an entire team of people to help him write his e-mails and he's a comedic genius. I genuinely think someone could finish a flawless thesis paper, and somehow spell their name wrong in the signature when sending it in. It's a weird phenomenon, but it's one that exists nonetheless.
In all seriousness, isn't it pretty easy to find out if this semantic disaster was on purpose for publicity? There are dozens of marathons throughout the continental United States, and I highly doubt Adidas only sponsors one of them. If this dumb ass header was only sent out to those that completed the Boston marathon then it was 100% intentional. If it was just something that went unchanged from a previous time that Adidas shamelessly tried to get people from another city to buy new shoes after wearing out their old ones by running 26.2 miles then it was an unintentional non-act of laziness. Seems pretty cut-and-dry to me. Someone needs to contact a person that travels to run for fun and see if their "you did it!" messages from Adidas match up.
You know, if I didn't hold Dean Blandino personally responsible for all the pain and suffering I have incurred from the NFL's vague and inconsistent rules then I might just feel bad for him here. That compassion wouldn't stem from the fact that the job he's leaving is about as thankless as it gets, but the idea that he thinks he'll ever be known as anything other than the clown that spent years juggling the age old concept of a catch.
It's ironic that he's going into television, because this is as close as a football "expert" will ever be to getting typecast. The name 'Dean Blandino' will forever be synonymous with some of the most iconically stupid officiating decisions in NFL history. I would imagine any and all introductions will feature strangers asking him to throw them something only for them to bobble it ever so slightly before looking back at someone they just met for a ruling. I'm sure David Schwimmer thinks Ross Geller had a less-than-friendly lasting impact on every interaction of his professional career, but that's nothing compared to the impact that the parodied version of himself will have on the future of Dean Blandino. Just because he'll no longer be tasked with explaining unexplainable whistles and doing damage control on shattered dreams doesn't mean I will ever think that he's any less of the dope that he has spent years shamelessly portraying himself as. Good luck in television Dean. You're going to need it since no one will ever forget that Dez caught that ball...regardless of the all-too-conveniently ambiguous wording that you used to say he didn't.
Michelle Beadle Mixed Up J.B. Smoove And Charlie Murphy In The Wake Of The Latter's Premature Passing
Classic character on an all-time show? Check.
Whew, now that I have laid it all out I am surprised there are people out there that didn't make this mistake!
In all seriousness, this is inexcusable. I - like most - am a Michelle Beadle fan, but you absolutely cannot mix up J.B. Smoove and Charlie Murphy. Especially - ESPECIALLY - when the former had atelevision show that was at least mildly related to the field you work in. Honestly, I expected better from her. I know this was an innocent fuck up, but one of the few likable people on the ESPN airwaves simply needs to be flamed for it. There aren't enough shows as funny as 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' or 'Chappelle's Show', so we need to make sure that we - as society - properly mourn the right deceased black guy that was responsible for so, so many of our laughs while watching them. I'm glad she owned it and it hasn't changed my opinion on her as a sports personality. I will, however, say that I am now a little worried that she'll end up embarrassing me in front of my friends by saying something stupid and unintentionally racialist when we eventually date.
See you soon Leon, and rest in peace Charlie Murphy.
North Carolina Legislators Are Threatening To Pull UNC And NC State From The ACC If Another Boycott Is Instituted On In-State Events
TheComeback- Of all the boycotts over North Carolina’s HB2 legislation—which eliminated anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and legislated who could use which bathroom—the ACC’s was among the most powerful.
The conference (along with the NCAA) decreed that until the state repealed the law, it would not hold any events in North Carolina. Eventually, the state replaced HB2 with another bill, which felt more palatable despite having similar outcomes, and the ACC relented on its boycott.
Now, North Carolina representatives Bert Jones, Chris Millis, Mark Brody and Jeff Collins (all Republicans) have proposed a bill that would make sure the conference never boycotts again.
The legislation states that if “a conference within an intercollegiate athletic association” enacts a boycott on the state, any public school in that conference will send notice that it “intends to withdraw from the conference no later than when the assignment of its media rights expire.”
Personally, I don't give a shit where anyone - regardless of their sexual orientation or level of gender fluidity - relieves themselves. I am never more goal oriented than when I am in a public restroom, and it results in me keeping my blinders up for the entirety of my stay. I don't even think being in favor of transgendered people pissing where they please makes me progressive. I think it makes me a normal human being that has no interest in scouring any and all in-use urinals for anatomic inconsistencies.
That being said, I have to give credit to North Carolina legislators. Their view on biologically accurate bathroom visits may (rightfully) seem antiquated to some and offensive to others, but I'll be damned if they haven't stuck with it. Threatening to pull a storied program that's coming off a National Championship from it's well decorated conference in a state that lives and breathes college basketball? Putting rivalries that have lasted multiple decades at risk in order to uphold the integrity of the 'Sex' label on birth certificates? It's not a hill that I would choose to die on, but you have got to respect the doggedness with which they are fighting the masses atop it in hopes of playing as many games as possible in LGBT unfriendly arenas. Potentially relinquishing two spots in the ACC? Pheeeew, can't tell me these radical, right wing wack-a-doos don't have their priorities in order. It's not often that the NCAA loses leverage, but when they do it's to politicians whose bill - if passed - couldn't legally be put into practice until the current media deal runs out.........in 2026.
Need Help Understanding The Syria Situation? Allow This CNN Analyst To Use Kentucky Basketball To Explain...
This comparison was a lot of things. Forced. Unnecessary. Random. I think we can all agree that a semantically convenient jab at the questionable way in which one particular university chooses to build their basketball program was not at all helpful in letting the loyal viewers of CNN know that the missile attack on Syria isn't going to be an isolated incident. In fact, if I know anything about the people that happened to be tuning in at the time then the reference was more confusing than it was explanatory.
That being said, I found it absolutely hilarious for all those ridiculous reasons. With Donald Trump having officially decided to start making proactive decisions that are as hypocritical (not wrong, per se) as the shit he spews on social media, can't we all benefit from a reason to laugh? I don't know if Major General James "Spider" Marks is a diehard Louisville fan or if John Calipari took a run at his wife in a past life, but if there was a team to make the butt of your poorly timed joke than it's Kentucky and if there's a poor time to do it then it's when the entire country could use some comic relief. Sure, he downplayed the severity of international warfare just as much as he underestimated the intelligence of his audience, but he brought some entertainment value to what could potentially be a scary situation and I - for one - appreciate his efforts in doing so.
A Reds Prospect Was Suspended 50 Games For A Failed Drug Test...After Doing Multiple Drugs On SnapChat
LBS- Cincinnati Reds prospect, Ian Kahaloa, was suspended 50 games by MLB on Tuesday after a second positive test for drugs of abuse. Given some of his postings to Snapchat, the positive drug tests should not come as a surprise.
A Twitter user posted videos last month that are recordings of videos Kahaloa posted to his Snapchat account. One video shows someone appears to snort a white powder substance through a rolled up bill. The video finishes with someone who appears to be Kahaloa drinking Coca Cola.
The pitcher’s agent did not confirm to the Cincinnati Enquirer whether or not it was Kahaloa in the video, but a Reds rep said he believes it is the pitcher.
“We’re obviously really concerned,” Reds player development director Jeff Graupe told the Enquirer. “We’re working to get Ian the help and assistance that we believe he needs to get his long-term future to a more stable place. We’re kind of putting the baseball on the backburner.”
The 19-year-old Hawaii native has gone 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA in 17 starts during his 2-year career, all spent in rookie ball.
Tough look for SnapChat here. I mean, how can you push the slogan "life's more fun when you live by the moment" without letting "recreationally" active teenagers know that those moments can be captured and replayed for the world to see? I might not be the foremost authority on false advertisement, but I'm pretty sure that sitting out 50 games as someone that is trying to makes enough waves to get to the big leagues is the exact opposite of "fun".
Ian Kahaloa probably would have just broken up his morning reefer in peace if he wasn't tricked into thinking he couldn't truly be spontaneous without uploading his illegal acts of spontaneity 10 seconds at a time. Surely it was SnapChat's marketing campaign that convinced him that doing blow is pointless unless you record a "combustable" video of yourself taking the light rail to higher ground. It may seem pretty dumb to voluntarily include your face in clips of you breaking the most obvious clauses of your contract, but who knew that social media could spread socially? "SnapChat is for friends", my ass. SnapChat is apparently for narc ass bitches that don't know how to unwind after a long day on the mound. I suppose that's a far less enticing catchphrase, but at least it would give them plausible deniability when people like Ian Kahaloa get lured into inevitable suspensions with cutesy filters on their post-snort selfies.
I have to be honest with one. My first instinct was to begin giggling after I watched Kendall Jenner blur all racial, sexual, a religious boundaries with nothing more than 12 ounces of canned diabetes fuel. That probably has something to do with me being a heterosexual white male that has never had to fight or struggle for my inherent right to be myself, but it has a lot more to do with the fact that side splitting laughter wasn't Pepsi's intended reaction to a commercial that is too ridiculous for me to get through with a straight face.
Everyone that is freaking out and about ready to create an actual protest/boycott that doesn't resemble a city-wide holiday parade? They are acting much more in line with the type of attention - (largely) negative or otherwise - that a multinational corporation was hoping to draw with an ad that united all nations through the shared consumption of high fructose corn syrup.
What I am saying is that this commercial is literally too stupid and tone deaf to be legitimate. The marketing department for a billion dollar brand didn't green light this thinking that people would take kindly to trivializing the harsh reality of police brutality by curing it with a soft drink. They didn't believe that using the dumb Kardashian to make light of some of the most courageous moments in this country's history with some forced product placement and a kumbaya atmosphere was going to be embraced with open arms. If you think they did then you are the fool. Any publicity is good publicity and nothing is currently being more publicized than the carbonated beverage that apparently just solved centuries worth of overt and underlying discrimination. Want to effect Pepsi's bottomline? Silently avoid their products, because bitching about them online is playing right into their disingenuously greedy hands.
P.S. OPPRESSED BE THE ONES THAT DARE TO DRINK COCA COLA!!!
Should The Owner Of The Miami Dolphins Be Forced To Sell After Supporting His Players' Right To Kneel On 9/11?
TheComeback- On Monday night, Miami Dolphins defensive back Michael Thomas spoke at a town hall event. During the event, he discussed his decision to kneel during the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season. At that point, Thomas broke some news when he told the crowd a very important point about the kneeling.
Before the season opener in Seattle, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was in the locker room and gave players wishing to kneel during the anthem his blessing.
“I remember that like it was yesterday,” Thomas said after meeting with high school students at Nova Southeastern University. “With everything racing through our minds, trying to decide if that was something we would actually go through with, of taking a knee … September 11th — that’s a whole different aspect.
“I saw Mr. Ross come in the locker room. I’m going up to him, trying to explain to him in a way, letting him know, like, ‘Look, we’re thinking about doing this, thinking about taking a knee.’
“And for him to stop me and say, ‘Look, Mike, whatever y’all choose to do today, I’ve got y’all’s back 100 percent’ — that’s a testament to what type of person he is, how he truly feels about equality for all, and the efforts he’s made with the RISE program. It’s great to have the owner of the Dolphins have that perspective.
“It’d be great to see more owners take after him.”
Wait just a damn minute here. Do you mean to tell that an elderly caucasian man that profits greatly from the athletic performances of African Americans didn't even think about questioning their intentions when a select group of them decided to kneel in response to race driven police brutality? He just took them at their word when they said their gesture had nothing to do with the troops? He was compliant in the complete disrespect shown to the American flag and the National Anthem by acknowledging the possibility that they might stand for different very things to a 76 year old white guy and a handful of 20-something year old black men?
That's it. Round up the firing squad. I need a mutiny and I need it now. I don't care what it takes, but Stephen Ross can absolutely not be long for the job as the owner of the Miami Dolphins. I don't want to go as far as calling it a "blackballing", but a lasting message has to be sent to the person that voluntarily allowed his field to become a stage for blatant anti-Americanism that was thinly veiled as a positive, praiseworthy plea on behalf of a good cause.
I don't know what needs to be done, but steps must to be taken so that Stephen Ross can no longer go around promoting equality through damn near terroristic measures on - of all days - 9/11. As far as I am concerned the sick bastard basically provided the box cutters himself. Executives need to start nonsensically comparing his sinister second-hand efforts in sparking a long overdue conversation to the transgressions of far worse people that have had similar employment. Just a suggestion, but I would probably start with Donald Sterling. Any and all critiques of his performance - whether they be mildly fabricated narratives or completely contextual storylines - will be accepted. Doesn't matter if Stephen Ross is surrounded by completely incompetent co-workers, because it's about time we played a little game of "pin the flaws of an entire front office on it's most progressive and socially aware member". I would even encourage his peers to make mention of his suspiciously healthy eating habits. I don't know why that would be considered just cause in forcing him to sell the team, but it's worth a shot. Literally anything to do away with a man that's compromising the freedoms that this country allows us by supporting his players' right to enact those freedoms in a...well, let's call it distracting...manner.
There's Only One Difference Between Most Sports Fans And The Alabama Fans That Heckled Deshaun Watson Out Of A Tuscaloosa Sports Bar
AL- Former Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson didn't get the royal treatment after spotting up at a Tuscaloosa bar.
Watson, who guided Clemson to a national championship win over Alabama in January, was in Tuscaloosa for some reason Friday but bar patrons including two former Crimson Tide players weren't pleased with his presence.
Alabama fans told Watson to leave Innisfree Irish Pub, one of Tuscaloosa's most popular bars, according to Twitter user @doctor_59 who uploaded a video of the proceedings. He claimed on Twitter that former Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson approached Watson and told him to go. Anderson is seen in the background of the video behind Watson.
As Watson put his head and started walking out, one woman was overhead saying sorry to the former college star and that the situation was "sad." That same voice could be heard earlier in the video saying it was rude that a fan approached Watson and told him to leave.
I know, I know. As a fellow sports fan it pains me to admit this too. No rational, free thinking consumer of athletics wants to believe that they are merely one step away from acting as irrationally the Crimson Tide fans and former players that treated an opposing quarterback's presence in an Alabama sports bar like their forefathers would have in the 1950's. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that if Deshaun Watson had ripped my heart out only to be seated next to me in the middle of my favorite shitty wing spot before the wound had even healed then I too would have felt compelled to "motherfuck" him right back into the womb from which he came.
Luckily, that one difference is a rather big one. That one difference is shamelessness. There's a vast drop-off in self respect that one has to endure before they put a voice to the completely illogical thought of not wanting to be in the same restaurant as someone that caused them an inordinate amount of pain through sport. I may never drop a line that sounds like it came straight out of a Chappelle Show skit like "HAY! HAY! DE-SHAWN! YOU BETTER TAKE THAT TA-GO NOW! YOU HEAR!", but if my brain had a Southern speech impediment then I very well may think it. Going filterless in public is definitely not the proper way to treat college athletes and it shows a complete and utter lack of perspective. That being said, I don't blame these Tide Rollers for harboring extreme hatred for Deshaun Watson nearly as much as I blame them for letting that hatred interrupt his undoubtedly underwhelming meal. Grow up and learn to mutter your laughably empty threats to student-athletes under your breathe like adults, Alabama.
USA Hockey Tried To Recruit A New Women's Team Prior To The World Championships Instead Of Paying The One They Have
All things considered, this wasn't all that bad of a play by USA hockey. In fact, short of opening their fat wallets and actually paying their most consistently successful team wages that are more fitting of international competitors, this was the only move. Attempting to turn groups of females against each other so that they sabotage their own advancement is a strategy that's older than women's suffrage itself. If there was a way to put this obvious inequality on ice then it would be to start some proverbial hair-pulling between the current team and their younger peers who are being offered their spot.
Something tells me that practice is more likely to work in a high school cafeteria than it is to work in negotiations with proud female athletes that have embraced the spirit of 2017 by being woke as fuck to their marginalization. However, as a last gasp effort to not get completely embarrassed by lacking representation on their own soil, trying to use the innately catty characteristics of femininity to combat feminism wasn't an awful idea. If there are lessons to be learned from 'Mean Girls' they are that Lindsay Lohan is the face of wasted potential and women are their own worst enemy.
Make no mistake, using the allure of the red, white, and blue in an effort to recruit a brand new team instead of properly reimbursing the one that has brought your program so much pride is obviously a terrible look for USA Hockey as a whole. Treating well-decorated women as if they are replaceable as soon as they ask for a raise is not exaccccctly the type of behavior you'd hope for from an entity that is supposed to be representing a progressive, enlightened country. That said, when your initial response to a boycott is publicly fabricating finances and making an insulting counter-proposal can you really claim you still care about your reputation?