The UCF Kicker That Had The NCAA Reprimand Him For His YouTube Channel Took A Jab At The NCAA On His YouTube Channel
FTW- Earlier this week, Central Florida kicker Donald De La Haye said he was presented with an ultimatum from UCF’s compliance office: Either he could get rid of his popular YouTube channel that makes him some money, or quit football entirely.
It looks like he hasn’t quit just yet, and he’s using the channel to make a statement about the NCAA in the process...
So that's it, right? We just got our decision from Donald De La Haye? He officially values his YouTube channel and it's 59,000+ subscribers over repeatedly kicking a football for a University that is one year removed from a winless, defeated season? I know that technically he's still allowed to make videos as long as he's not doing something awful and egregious like putting a little petty cash in his pocket during the process, but if there's one bull you don't mess with without getting the horns then it's the NCAA. I love that the kid used a successful public medium to shed light on the injustices of an organization that looks out for the "best interests" of student athletes by making sure they stay broke while exploiting them for every penny they are worth. However, the higher-ups that offered a sternly worded ultimatum in response to a couple advertising dollars probably aren't going to be as receptive.
In fact, I think I am at liberty to say that the NCAA most definitely won't feel inspired to change by watching a video that blatantly mocks their head-scratchingly hypocritical ways. That's not an indictment of how well UCF's (potentially former) field goal kicker made his point, but rather an indictment of the soulless robots that are wired to marginalize their manual labor. Will Smith might have you thinking differently, but 'iRobot' was just a movie and machines most certainly do not have feelings or opinions that can be swayed by humor or circumstance. I wish Donald De La Haye the best, but I don't think that changing the one track minds of rich white dudes that have ridden the backs of student athletes in an effort to reach the highest branches of the money tree is as simple as internet shaming them.
The LGBT Community Is Not Happy That Noted Idiot Lance Berkman Is Speaking At The Cardinals 'Christian Day'
TheComeback- The St. Louis Cardinals are hosting “Christian Day” once again this year, but one of their speaker choices has some in the LGBQT+ community questioning the decision.
Former Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman will speak during the celebration. The same Lance Berkman who’s condemned equal rights for LGBT people in Houston and called out a law that allowed transgendered people to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity. Naturally, the St. Louis Pride Center doesn’t think Berkman is the model spokesman.
“Pride St. Louis is disappointed by the decision of the St. Louis Cardinals to provide a public platform for Berkman, an individual whose words and actions towards the LGBTQ+ are divisive and demeaning,” the St. Louis Pride Center said in a statement to Outsports. “We know that the Cardinals can do better, and we want to extend an offer to help them by co-organizing their official LGBT Pride Night at Busch Stadium. Let’s work together to promote love, diversity, and inclusion.”
In response, the Cardinals unveiled they’ll host a pride night this season.
Ah yes, 'Christian Day'. Some might actually call it the holiest of the days glorifying a distinct demographic in hopes of tricking the general public into thinking that professional sports teams give an ounce of a shit about your race, religion, or sexuality as long as your money is green. An entire day devoted Catholicism, what could possibly go wrong when you choose to celebrate the set of beliefs that is antiquated at best and completely hypocritical at worst?! Pushing the selectively and conveniently neglected moral code of the vast majority in a public forum? This was sure to go over well, whether a noted homophobe of an ex-player was selected as the honorary spokesperson of salvation or not.
Lance Berkman's obsolete beliefs may currently be less relevant than his long-forgotten career, but Jesus Christ trails only 'heterosexual pride' and 'white privilege' in terms of needing some well deserved recognition. So instead of focusing on the fact that the floor is being given to a former athlete who historically has no problem offering up his divisive thoughts on sexualities that he'll never understand, let's focus on the worthiness of his cause. Thall shall not lieth with another man, or feel it necessary to study the legitimacy of his penis while urinating next to "him". As someone that avoids awkward interactions with strangers like the plague, I can get on board with at least 50% of that sentiment. Of course there will be blasphemists that argue everyday in the United States is 'Christian Day', but if everyday is 'Christian Day' then is any day really, truly, and spiritually 'Christian Day'?!? Lance Berkman and the St. Louis Cardinals think not.
Old White Baseball Commentator Thinks It Should Be Illegal For Foreign, Non-White Baseball Players To Use A Translator
I know that Jerry Remy sounds like an out-of-touch idiot for wanting to legislate the ways in which foreign players get more accustomed to playing on the professional level in a completely different country. I know that the Red Sox color commentator's opinion sounds like a manifestation of the antiquated, unaccepting attitudes of the elderly people in charge of a sport that essentially considers "the right way" and "the white way" to be synonymous. Still - while I am inclined to shame his subliminally prejudice line of thinking - I would rather take it one step further. Fuck eliminating translators who aide in the communication between teammates that ultimately benefits the actual game play. That type of institutional bias is too small time. Why not just go all the way with it and re-segregate the league?
I know that sounds harsh, but just take a second to think about it. If there is anything that will teach the old guard that the MLB should be doing anything and everything to cater to minorities it would be watching the type of bush league baseball that would be played without minorities. Take all the latino players off the Phillies for one week, and see if Mike Schmidt is still hesitant to build around one as the centerpiece of the lineup solely because his brand of English is maybe 10% as broken as the rules and regulations governing a dying sport. Imagine Jerry Remy missing out on the opportunity to call the career of the next 'Big Papi' because his Dominican successor wasn't as quick learning the intricacies of English? Let's see if he's so quick to summon his white privilege in hopes of shortening the occasional mound visit by a couple of seconds if he's not careful what he wishes for and it costs him the privilege to watch the most athletically superior of ball players.
Obviously I am being completely facetious. However, at this point I'm not sure there is anything - other than the death of every old, stubborn asshole that glorifies the days in which Babe Ruth was knocking some schmuck named Chad around the neighborhood - that could help to make baseball more progressive. I do know that the sport isn't exactly growing in the states, so maybe the actual move is to make Spanish the official dialect of the diamond. I suppose that doesn't exactly help Masahiro Tanaka. However, there probably wouldn't be too many announcers lightening the blow of saying "learn it or leave it" by using a transparent term like "baseball language" in an effort to disparage a guy for his inability to completely adapt to a new culture if those announcers were no longer old, white, and repressed.
I'm No Jeopardy Aficionado, But If You Make Yourself A Suspect While Playing Then You're Probably Doing It Wrong
Welp, that's one way to go from sweating out questions under the bright lights of one of the most prestigious gameshows to sweating out questions under the brighter, much hotter lights of an interrogation room. I know our boy Tom just accidentally induced verbal vomiting in the name of timeliness. Still, it's probably not wise to imply that you have absolutely no idea how statutory rape works when you have the look of someone who hasn't not shown up to a stranger's house with a 6-pack of wine coolers, a blindfold, and a coil of roping. Poor guy isn't the first person to sound stupid while answering in the form of a question, but he very well might be the person to sound guilty while answering in the form of a question. Christ, Chris Hanson probably thought he was tuning in to take a break from putting sexual predators behind bars, and instead a goddamn amber alert made his ears shoot up as it interrupted the show that he uses for mental exercise.
Credit to Alex Trebek for not letting that thoughtless retort sit on air like stale fart, but there is nothing he could have done to completely mask the lasting stench of perceptual pedophilia. That one is going to stick with Tom for awhile, and it probably should. If only so he doesn't go around assuming there's anything common about lawlessly bedding middle schoolers under the belief that they are old enough to definitively say "yes" or "no".
Well, well, well...if it's not everybody's favorite Uncle...Tom. And what palm-to-forehead question is he looking to force feed the family at the proverbial dinner table after 1-7 too many hypothetical drinks? Why, of course, it's whether or not baseless, surface level hate can be bought away! About damn time if you ask me. All his shameless baiting of clicks and it's only now that we are discussing whether racism is still racism when the victim is rich enough to have someone else clean it up? Real head scratcher we got on our hands. Does the egregiousness of defacing a house with racial slurs have an indirect correlation with the size and resale value of said house? Hmm, really makes you think.
I should have known that this country's biggest dilemma wasn't minimizing discrimination and prejudice, but finding a more gentle word like "inconvenience" to describe them when they are directed at people well above the poverty line. How did my white privilege manage to miss the real problem at hand here? I gave an endorsement to a professional athlete for taking time away from doing his job to shed light on an important societal issue that somehow still plagues all people of a certain skin color, and I totally forgot to dangerously marginalize the difficulties of minorities in higher tax brackets. How could I have been so stupid?!?
I mean, I thought it was "inconvenient" when I was the 5th person in line for my morning coffee, but that term is far better used to describe LeBron James having his property tagged with a word that reminds him of the days in which he would have been property. Now that I have been enlightened by what's "right", I feel like I should head to the far left and drag the best basketball player on the planet back to a side that knows racism isn't really racism unless it's endangering lives. You know, instead of just harmlessly undermining true equality, compromising peace of mind, and serving as a painful reminder that you can't completely pay your way away from bigotry...no matter what nice, suburban neighborhood you move to.
There Appears To Be Some Very Insecure Men Out There Who Are Outraged That 'Wonder Woman' Is Having An All-Female Screening
NYPost- A gender-based “injustice” involving the new “Wonder Woman” flick has some DC Comics fans crying foul.
Fanboys are livid they weren’t invited to a women-only screening of the superhero movie at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas.
Alamo Drafthouse announced its “No Guys Allowed” screening on Wednesday night, a week ahead of the highly anticipated film’s release. The theater added that everyone from venue staff to projectionists to culinary staff would be female — and outraged internet trolls immediately swarmed.
Mike Canales asked whether the company would host men-only screenings of “Man of Steel,” “The Terminator,” “Escape From New York,” or “Demolition Man.” Bradley Lucio claimed hypocrisy, asking: “Could you imagine the anger and outrage from the liberal staff of Alamo if Trump held an all male screening at the White House or even if another theatre did an all-male screening?!”
“Have you ever hosted a men’s only showing of any film?” wondered Bill Fairbrother on Facebook.
Sexist? SEXIST!?! Clearly this select group of socially awkward misfits has never been trivialized before, because you know what would really be sexist? If men were forced to watch a movie that starred a stinky, smelly girl and her super cootie powers as the lead. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a good fictitious tale of heroism, but making the superhero a woman? I am glad this is an all-female screening, because - as someone whose gender provides them the brawn and bravery necessary to battle intergalactic beings - I simply would rather not have my ability to suspend disbelief shattered by a member of the fairer sex somehow saving the day.
I'll never claim that my movie viewership has standards but I'll be damned if it doesn't have double standards, so let's just say there's a reason that I have never wondered why a woman wasn't cast in a cape. I honestly can't believe there are men out there making themselves look stupid by fighting against the inherent injustices faced by nerdy white males, because I'm perfectly content only viewing screenings that feature ladies in the supporting roles in which they belong. While a bunch of needle-dicked dorks are out picketing the plight of having a penis, I think I'll just stay in and watch Mrs. Cleaver serve up a family dinner in the only costume I'm interested in seeing even the most wonderful of woman wear...an apron.
In all seriousness, you really have to be some kind of tone deaf asshole to make your delayed viewing of a sci-fi film into some societal issue that's plaguing the privileged. Never mind the hypocrisy necessary to claim hypocrisy, because if merely having to wait a day to see a 'Marvel' movie has you ready to die on the hill that men are being marginalized then you're too little of a bitch to board the ride through the glass ceiling to the cinematic empowerment of women.
P.S. I love me some Turtle, but this response is nothing short of brilliant....
The company’s social media team replied: “We’ve never done showings where you had to be a man to get in, but we *did* show the ‘Entourage’ movie a few years ago.”
On The Eve Of The NBA Finals, LeBron James Reminded Us That's He's Human With His Response To Racism
I knew that the six basketball-less days prior to the series that we have all been not-so-patiently waiting for would contain some nauseatingly repetitive narratives, but I can't say I thought they would feature the storyline that has served as the unrelenting skeleton in this country's closet for hundreds of years. Seriously, I thought I would be pleasantly surprised if we were talking about anything other than Steph Curry's fictitious finals struggles or the differences between LeBron James and some former outfielder that had a cup of coffee with the Chicago White Sox come Wednesday. Turns out those mind numbing, time killing arguments/debates would have been welcomed with open arms given the cold, harsh spin to reality the NBA news cycle was forced into taking. Every sports fan has been sitting here obnoxiously tapping their foot and loudly sighing in anticipation of Battle III in the 'The War Of The Titans'. However, the cowardice of one person who beliefs aren't as rare as we would like to believe made us quit our bitching and realize that the subject of nearly every basketball article that has been written during June for the last 7 years is - indeed - a human being.
And you know what, as often as LeBron James' eyebrow-raising words and actions constantly remind us that he was basically 15-going-on-30 with how much of his life has been lived in front of the general public, he proved that he's a human being who is all-too-cognizant of at least one social issue.
A weird feeling came over me as I listened to the victim of the type of racist vandalism that we blissfully pretend was yielded by the feel good ending to 'Glory Road'. It was empathy for a professional athlete that is financially and genetically inclined to give his children the world...but somehow still can't possibly make them feel safe in it. For all the times he has defied gravity, he still can't out jump the cruel clutches of something as silly as his skin color. The seemingly superhuman specimen whose abilities are so rare that literally the worst thing you could say about him is "he might not be the best basketball player ever...yet" had to step away from the game's brightest lights because there are still people that view him as less than a person because his skin tone isn't sensitive to them.
LeBron James wasn't just absolutely right in everything that he said, he was painfully accurate. For all the progressive strides society has made, it still - either intentionally or institutionally - hasn't wholly embraced African Americans as equals. Many of us will never know the extent to which race plays a part in the day-to-day lives of minorities so before we tune into the showcase of a predominantly black sport we should remember that as good as the lives of a vast majority of the participants seem, they still strangely matter less to some. For all the conditional love that athletes get, those that tend to run faster and jump higher still can't completely escape unconditional hate.
As much fun as it is to dissect our inherent inability to relate to his lavish lifestyle, we should all hail 'King James' here. Not just because he's a multigenerational talent, but because he took off the veil and uncloaked himself to speak openly and honestly about a multigenerational problem that sadly doesn't appear to have a solution in it's near future.
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.