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When New York Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that Tim Tebow could possibly make it to the major leagues, you knew the media haters would resort to throwing verbal bean balls at him and trashing his football career all over again. The New York Post's Ken Davidoff called him a joke who will turn into a farce.
Left-stream media are circling the wagons around LeBron "King" James, a "political commentator disguised as an NBA star," after Fox News' Laura Ingraham told him and basketball player Kevin Durant on Thursday to "shut up and dribble." Her comment came on the Ingraham Angle Fox News show the same day they criticized President Donald Trump. Since the two athletes in question are black, the media verdict on Ingraham is, to the surprise of no one, that she's a "racist." "Ignorant," too.
Laura Ingraham scored a memorable hit on anti-war liberals with her 2003 book "Shut up and Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the Media are Subverting America." After NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant criticized President Trump yesterday, Ingraham issued a verbal variation on that zinger, rejecting their political commentary by telling them to "shut up and dribble."
Prodded on by the approving ESPN SportsCenter host Cari Champion, LeBron James delivered his latest installment of attacks on President Trump today. The professional basketball star who tweeted the unprofessional message "u bum" to the president last year, uses his Uninterrupted internet forum to blast Trump as someone who "really don't give a f--- about the people." Zachary Ripple, online sports editor for The New York Daily News, gave James more mileage by posting the video on his site along with a short story.
Eat your hearts out all you bigots and start celebrating homosexual Olympians, writes The Washington Post columnist Jerry Brewer in a 1,300-word "PSA" for LGBT activists. Homosexual U.S. Olympic athletes Gus Kenworthy (right) and Adam Rippon (at left in photograph) are now free men and it's wonderful, not controversial, Brewer writes. If you disagree with him, you have a serious problem.
The Winter Olympics were a mess from the get-go, and the blame rests with Vice President Mike Pence. He politicized the Games by hijacking the NFL players' protests when he remained seated during the introduction of the Unified Korean team during the opening ceremonies. Pence's high visibility at the Winter Games in South Korea is making him the prime target of many in the media, including Carron J. Phillips, sports writer for the New York Daily News.
The liberal cocoon of Boston just can't win for losing as it tries to shed its racist image. Media types, 185,000 of them according to an internet search, did everything they could to keep that stigma alive yesterday. They reported that the Boston Police Department's decision to honor a white man during Black History Month is just part of the continuing saga of racism in Beantown.
In conjunction with its black-themed blogsite, The Undefeated, ESPN aired a one-hour program Sunday evening examining race in America and athlete activism. Hosted by SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion, the live broadcast took place at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, where Dr. Martin Luther King spoke in the aftermath of his 1963 "I have a dream" speech. The program and its accompanying blog. blog replayed the same themes behind this past season's NFL protests.
What to do with the mess that is ESPN SportsCenter, or "WokeCenter" as Clay Travis calls it? That became a $64,000 question today as several people weighed in on the program-in-crisis on the Worldwide Leader in (Liberal) Sports.
Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady wasn't the only one who fumbled at the Super Bowl Sunday night. NBC football analyst Tony Dungy also "fumbled" when he let his Christian faith seep into his remarks about Eagles' quarterback Nick Foles. That's the opinion of free speech "cop" Kyle Koster, senior writer for The Big Lead blog.
The Undefeated's senior NFL writer, Jason Reid, points out that the newly crowned world champion Philadelphia Eagles have an unofficial anthem that really gets them jacked up. Though Harold Jenkins and some of his Eagles' teammates protested the national anthem for much of the 2017 season (albeit in the arguably less disrespectful raised-fist manner), the league's most socially woke team ran out of the tunnel for Super Bowl 52 rilin' up to gangsta rapper/convict Meek Mill's "Dreams and Nightmares."
An NFL season marred by player protests disrespecting veterans and police officers, leading to a damaging loss of public approval for the league, ended Sunday with the Take a Knee and Black Lives Matter movements royally embarrassed themselves outside the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Protesters, encouraged by progressive media, blocked an entrance at US Bank Stadium and a rail line nearby. Seventeen people were arrested for impeding Super Bowl ticket holders from getting to the game by train.
Sunday's Super Bowl is far more than a battle of AFC and NFC champs. Evan Grossman, of The New York Daily News, calls it a matchup between two franchises from polar opposite ends of the political spectrum, a clash between one of the most socially conscious teams in the NFL — and President Trump’s favorite football franchise. Grossman's characterization of Team Woke and Team Trump is based on flimsy "evidence."
Social justice warrior and sports editor for The Nation, Dave Zirin is giving new meaning to "media day" at the Super Bowl. He disdains interviews of millionaire athletes and billionaire owners, preferring instead to highlight unions, fringe groups and others hoping to exploit the Super Bowl to gain attention for their pet social justice causes.
They're not coming to take ESPN's "Mad" Max Kellerman to the funny farm just yet, but they're thinking about it. The unhinged one, shouting at fellow First Take folks Stephen A. Smith and Will Cain, said today it's time to move on from yesterday's sacking of the Cleveland Indians' shoulder logo pal Chief Wahoo and rid the world of Notre Dame's highly offensive leprechaun.
It's only fitting that Jemele Hill is leaving ESPN and Bristol, Connecticut for its black culture blog, The Undefeated, located in the nerve center of American politics -- Washington, D.C. The Washington Post's Matt Bonesteel and Jake Russell reported today that the former Sports Center co-anchor will “write about the intersection of sports and politics when applicable.” We can expect her to park in that intersection often and loudly.
Colin Kaepernick is fast approaching super hero status because objectivity-challenged media will have you believe he can make a lot of problems go away. Bleacher Report claims the Oakland Raiders can stay out of hot water with the NFL by signing Kaepernick. USA Today claims Kaepernick is the man who can make the NFL's new awareness campaign succeed. And the NFL players' union would have you believe this "Super Saint" is a Community MVP.
So all the protests, all the disrespectful kneeling and the John Carlos wannabes making power salutes during the national anthem have led to the NFL's $89 million "Let's Listen Together" campaign. The grand solution to two seasons of bellyaching by rich, disgruntled social justice warriors in football uniforms is, as USA Today's Nancy Armour describes it, "a marketing campaign to highlight the work players have been doing on social justice reform and racial equality, and draw further attention to the problems that prompted the protests in the first place."
Abortion used to be a private matter between a woman and her doctor, but when the family of Tim Tebow is involved then it's everybody's business. That was the liberal narrative in 2010 when, in a Super Bowl commercial, Tim thanked his mother Pam for giving him the gift of life. Liberals cried "foul!" then and now USA Today has named it among the most controversial Super Bowl ads of all time.
Tennys Sandgren, the 97th-ranked men's tennis player in the world, just pulled off the greatest victory of his life in the Australian Open. He took out No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem in five sets Monday. The huge upset moved Sandgren into the quarterfinals with some of the great names of tennis, including Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. That alone should have been the big story, but instead liberal media checked out his social media, branded him "alt-right" and ganged up on him.