To CBS Sports blogger R.J. Anderson, Colin Kaepernick will do just fine if he never plays football again. On the other hand, when Tim Tebow resumes life as a professional athlete he will do so as a "divider."
Colin Kaepernick is a free agent and the chirping of crickets is deafening amid the silence among NFL general managers. One anonymous GM, quoted by The Mercury News, suspects the lack of interest shown in the controversial quarterback stems from the fear of fan backlash or hate for the former 49er who refused to stand for the national anthem last season.
Stripped of NCAA Tournament basketball games because of its new public bathroom law, the State of North Carolina bore the brunt of heavy criticism Thursday from well-known sports figures. The law requires people to use the public bathroom of their birth gender. Conservatives say the law is needed to protect women and girls from predators, but LGBT activists want people to be able to choose their restroom based on “gender identity.”
Women’s college swimming teams are competing in the NCAA national championships this week. But in this crazy era of gender bending, leave it to ESPN to find the odd-angle story of the one swimmer who identifies as neither male nor female.
Who needs left-wing advocacy groups when ESPN will do the job for them at no cost? Jeremy Schaap, host of ESPN Radio's The Sporting Life, was once again a reliable ally for the LGBT agenda when he promoted the transgender movement in a recent broadcast about a high school wrestling champion.
Let the seller beware. Buyers aren’t buying what they’re offering. I’m speaking of sports reporting. Sports writers jumping into the realm of the political are admitting that much of the public disagrees with their hard-left editorializing. But they are stubbornly turning up the volume and focusing on Trump-bashing and supporting illegal immigration, the transgender movement, Black Lives Matter and other left-wing causes.
Lateral movement in one direction or the other routinely comes into play in sports. That’s not the case in sports media, which almost always go to the left. “Today, sportswriting is basically a liberal profession,” declared Bryan Curtis in a Thursday piece for The Ringer. Curtis noted that “Donald Trump’s election was merely an accelerant for a change that was already sweeping across sportswriting” and added, “Forget the viability of being a Trump-friendly sportswriter today. Could someone even be a Paul Ryan–friendly sportswriter…? ”
Queue up the sappy violin music that usually accompanies left-stream media sob stories. As the Albany Times-Union tells us, it was three years ago today that former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam “came out to the world.” Hauling himself and a huge chip on his shoulder up to speak before a few hundred students at the University of Albany Tuesday as part of “Sexuality Month” activities (take that, NY taxpayers!), he blamed others for his failure to make it in pro football.
Pundits often analogize Donald Trump to figures such as Richard Nixon and Silvio Berlusconi. Less commonly put forward are parallels between Trump, onetime owner of a pro football team, and O.J. Simpson, Hall of Fame running back and unconvicted murderer. Rolling Stone’s Taibbi drew the comparison in a Wednesday piece: “Apart from the monumental scale of the error -- we put O.J. in the White House this time, instead of just letting him loose on golf courses for a few more years -- [the election] was exactly the same story of myopic intellectuals clinging to facts and rules, while scoundrels steamrolled their way to victory riding narrative and celebrity.”
If you just crawled out from under a rock and turned on Fox last night, you might have thought you were witnessing a presentation sponsored by the United Nations, instead of the Super Bowl. We weren’t treated to “We are the World,” but there was no shortage of advertisements pressing Americans to go the way of the world.
Well, Lady Gaga didn’t pull the political nuclear option like many people thought she would in her Super Bowl halftime extravaganza. But Fox Sports did go there in the pre-game show, propping up San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as if he were a modern-day Patrick Henry.
Barack Obama no longer resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and that means it’s a dark, dreary day in the parallel universe of left-wing sports figures and their admiring media. San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich renewed the attacks on Trump he began after the election in November. Associated Press sports-writer Tom Withers reported Popovich “would bench President Donald Trump.” He also ripped the president, whom he previously derided as “misogynistic and xenophobic and racist.”