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Progressive sports media's anti-Christian "jihad" reached a new level of ridiculousness Sunday as an Outsports blogger attacked In-N-Out Burger because the Liberty University team ate a post-game meal there after its first-round victory in the NCAA basketball tournament Friday night.
Liberty University pulled off a huge upset Friday in the NCAA Tournament, enraging the school's anti-Christian critics at Deadspin blog all the more about the Flames' presence in the "Big Dance." Earlier in the week, Deadspin's podcast selected Liberty as the "most hatable" team in the tourney, and now writer Laura Wagner is praying for the retrograde ultra-right-wing bigots masquerading as Christians to lose their second-round game against Virginia Tech Sunday.
Two Christian universities with men's basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament this week have become punching bags for intolerant left-wing blogs. At the start of the week, the Outsports LGBT blog heaped hate on Liberty University and Abilene Christian University for standing on faith in opposition to a radical anti-Christian agenda. Then on Thursday, a Deadspin podcast turned the same two schools into piñatas during their "Hater's Guide to March Madness."
In an example of two-faced reporting, the sports blog SBNation on Monday declared Abilene Christian University's upcoming first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance "an amazing accomplishment." But its Outsports section (a strident mouthpiece for LGBT pressure groups) considers it "March Badness" when anti-LGBT bigots like Abilene Christian and Liberty University qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Both schools earned "Shame List" designation.
Jemele Hill just can't help her race-baiting self, as yet another episode of open mouth, insert foot unfolds. The world-class race-baiter added yet more notoriety to her one-track career Monday morning, again via Twitter. This time she outrageously claimed the purpose of the Electoral College is outdated and was intended to "preserve slavery." Oddly enough, this time the politico she was disagreeing with was none other than a Democrat.
Virtually every time a starting NFL quarterback gets injured or traded, the Kaepernick eruptions begin anew with his adoring media pack. You can set your clock to it. The Dolphins traded long-time starting QB Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee a few days ago, and ... sure enough, Kaepernick-loving media start chirping about how Miami is the ideal place for the America-hating social justice warrior to make his grand re-entrance into the National Football League.
Labeled a legendary Texas sportscaster, Dale Hansen of WFAA TV in Dallas has all the right progressive credentials to win this year's Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) Lifetime Achievement Award. Hansen is lauded as a sportscaster who never stuck to sports, and now he joins Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer and others as winners of the award. During his acceptance speech Wednesday, Hansen refuted President Donald Trump's assertion that the press is the enemy of the people.
What do the white, female mayor of a Hallmark program's fictional Town of Hope Valley and Duke basketball sensation Zion Williamson have to do with one another? Actress Lori Loughlin, who stars in the popular TV program "When Calls the Heart," has been implicated (with others) in a college admissions bribery scandal, and Williamson is not getting any of the Blue Devils' $34 million in basketball revenue. TIME magazine senior writer Sean Gregory says the scandal is connected to a bad odor polluting college sports.
Concluding an 11-part series on what it would change in sports, USA Today is calling for an end to the playing of the national anthem at sporting events. Columnist Nancy Armour called the pregame renditions of the Star Spangled Banner a "lazy excuse for patriotism" and a "faux display of national pride better suited for countries run by dictators or despots."
NFL social justice warrior (SJW) Michael Bennett's impending trade to the New England Patriots renewed the debate Tuesday over national anthem protests. The former Seahawk, soon-to-be former Eagle and outspoken SJW told the Patriots he will remain in the locker room during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. This prompted a debate between ESPN First Take's Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on whether or not this is a big deal.
An opinion piece by USA Today concludes that America does not need Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban entertaining any ideas about the presidency. Because he's too much like you know who: Donald John Trump. This is from the paper's editorial board or a political writer? No, it's the opinion of sports columnist Nancy Armour.
Progressive agendas used to be confined to the news and opinion pages of print and electronic media. Now they're spilling over onto the sports pages. Case in point: today's Washington Post sports section includes a lengthy feature story as part of a "Game Changer" series pushing the climate change agenda.
To help us sort out the tumult caused by a recent outbreak of "transphobia," The Nation's radical lefty sports editor Dave Zirin and a biology-challenged cast of woke "gender experts" are disparaging opponents of the growing transgender movement in sports. And it's quite a fine gender bending mess they've made. They claim that confused, angry cis-genders are spreading misinformation about what it means to be trans and how "sexed bodies" operate in the world.
Each year the Super Bowl features numerous side events, and last month's SB 53 in Atlanta included one designed to combat the so-called "problem" of sports providing a "homophobic space." "Don't-Stick-To-Sports-Illustrated" writer Jenny Vrentas tells us how this came down in her story, "NFL, the Queer Community and the Quiet Path to Acceptance".
In a Sunday post on her personal website, Martina Navritilova addressed the issue of male transgenders in women's sports for the second time this year. And for the second time, her comments drew outrage from LGBT mouthpieces — including a comparison to Nazis and Joseph Goebbels, by Outsports writer Dawn Ennis.
Jerry Thornton is a New England Patriots' beat writer for the Barstool Sports blog and claims to be a staunch defender of quarterback Tom Brady, Coach Bill Belichick and "all things Patriots." The blog has been accused of sexual harassment and misogyny, so it's not surprising that Thornton would excuse away the recent arrest of team owner Robert Kraft on the charge of soliciting sex. Thornton's fall guy is team chaplain Jack Easterby, who is reportedly leaving the team because of the owner's behavior.
On Wednesday, the transgenders in sports debate moved to the Fox Sports 1 television studio, where Jason Whitlock discussed the controversy with former NFL players Marcellus Wiley and Mark Schlereth and former NBA player Jim Jackson. Wiley called allowing males to compete against females a "sports integrity issue," and Schlereth said it's a matter of unfairness. Retired tennis legend Martina Navratilova said as much in a recent Times of London op-ed, and she is now public enemy No. 1 in the LGBT world.
As NBC's departed PC legend and opponent of Indian nicknames Bob Costas fades into the sunset, the network's baseball writer Craig Calcaterra promptly renews his attack on Indian nicknames and imagery in sports.
It's not just "toxic" masculinity that's under attack now. Masculinity in general is under assault from would-be social engineers like USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan. On Tuesday, she complained that young gentleman who refused to wrestle girls at the Colorado state high school wrestling tournament need to accept the intrusion of girls into male sports and join the 21st century.
It's indoor track and field season in America's cold-weather climates, and in Connecticut, it's another opportunity for boys identifying as girls to dominate the sprints in state competition. Just as they have in past outdoor seasons. With their bigger muscles, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood (appearing in file photo) finished 1-2 in the 55-meter sprint, dusting the real girls and reigniting the debate about the claims of unfairness that retired tennis star Martina Navratilova got pilloried for recently.