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Come September, ESPN The Magazine will take its place in the ash heap of history. The Worldwide Leader in "Progressive Sports and Naked Athletes" is discontinuing the magazine this fall, after 21 years in operation, but will make sure it ends with one final edition featuring nude athletes. When its business was flagging, ESPN The Magazine merely resorted to glorifying athletes out of uniform, and the strategy still didn't prevent it from going under.
For the liberal media, President Donald Trump's congratulatory tweet to a white college football player drafted into the NFL was too good to be true. The African-American quarterback drafted No. 1 did not get a social media shout-out from the president, offering further "confirmation" of the ongoing Trump-as-racist media narrative.
Two staunch gun control advocates, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and Dick's Sporting Goods, got locked and loaded together for an assault on the Second Amendment last week. Real Sports reporter David Scott interviewed gun restrictions advocate Ed Stack, the CEO at Dick's Sporting Goods, to talk about why his business has discontinued sales of AR-15s.
It's official. The national champion Baylor University women's basketball team has accepted an invitation to visit the White House, and the media simply couldn't report the story without politicizing, politicizing, politicizing.
In what seems like a totally counter-intuitive turn of events, Major League Baseball recently fined an African-American player for calling a white rival a "n-----." Hyper-sensitive SB Nation staff writer Harry Lyles Jr. is irate about it and, acting more like a spokesman for the NAACP than an objective journalist, says professional sports leagues have no right to claim authority on a black person’s ownership of the N-word.
After character assassins at The New York Daily News portrayed the late singer Kate Smith as a racist this past week, MLB's New York Yankees and the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers announced that her version of "God Bless America" will no longer be heard in their respective venues. That prompted Fox Sports 1 commentator Jason Whitlock to defend Smith and expose the double standard of media giving black rappers a pass on racist language.
"Everywhere you look in American history, racism coexists with something noble." This is the conclusion of Michael A. Fletcher, senior writer at the race-baiting blog The Undefeated, a subsidiary of ESPN. What prompted his dismissal of America as the land of the free was the recent news that the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees have dispatched the traditional playing of Kate Smith's "God Bless America" based on the unearthing of two race-related songs she performed the better part of a century ago.
Week 2 of the "Jemele Hill is Unbothered" Spotify podcast today proved that she and her Atlanta guest, Michael "Killer Mike" Render, are greatly bothered by racist Republicans and the fact that Georgia's elections are overseen by the secretary of state's office. Sen. Bernie Saunders is their great white hope for president in 2020, and both socialists are all in on reparations for the descendants of slaves.
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox will be honored May 9 in a White House reception, and media bias is evident in stories preceding the event. In deriding President Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Yahoo Sports and People magazine have all sensationalized a small handful of Boston players who won't celebrate their championship at the White House.
African-American sports writer William C. Rhoden said at a recent conference in Phoenix that in order for the survival of his race it's time for younger blacks to get socially "woke" and carry on the legacy of older social justice warriors. The author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves made his remarks at the Global Sport Summit at Arizona State University. The older generations also need to educate young African-Americans on fighting for equality, he advises.
Tiger Woods, winner of the 2019 Master's golf tournament, is back – with a media-imposed asterisk. He's being advised that he must navigate his brand around his friendship with President Donald Trump. "Tiger Woods Can’t Be Apolitical in the Age of Trump and Kaepernick," writes Dave Zirin, the hard Left sports editor of The Nation.
Jemele Hill's new Spotify podcast, "Jemele Hill is Unbothered," debuted Monday, and it was 51 minutes of gutter language-laced criticism of Tiger Woods over his friendship with President Donald Trump, conservatives and critics of retired NBA guard Dwyane Wade's gay son.
Those female cyclists who ate biological male "Rachel" McKinnon's dust at the women' master’s world championships didn't mind the taste at all. That little girl in Australia Rules Football who got pulverized by 220-pound battering ram Hannah Mouncey, a boy named Callum at birth, surely enjoyed the pain. In Connecticut girls high school track meets, the real females were thrilled to compete for the honor of third place while boys Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood decided first and second places. So, as Outsports' writer Cyd Zeigler points out, there is no unfairness in the evolving and wacky world of transgender sports.
A week ago, Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw was the toast of the woke world for her "impassioned speech on women's equality." She ranted that men are running the world, the Equal Rights Amendment hasn't been passed in the U.S. and she vowed to never hire a male assistant coach. This week the Baylor coach, Kim Mulkey, whose team beat Notre Dame for the national championship, is getting denounced by the New York Daily News for straying from that "femi-nazi mold."
Former President Barack Obama's fake basketball legend continues to grow with each passing season. Thanks to suck-up, Left-stream media enthralled with his obsession about something, like his presidency, that he was never much good at. Newsweek features a story that's more about Obama than the tribute he made to the Miami Heat's retiring guard Dwyane Wade. The friend to NBA players everywhere fudges on his own basketball "career" and Newsweek writer Dan Cancian let it slide right by.
It could have passed for an episode of Focus on the Family. The discussion centered on family, faith and the tragic results of fatherlessness. To the contrary, this was a recent episode of Fox Sports 1's Speak For Yourself program and a discussion on, "What can we do to reduce violence in the black community?" A question like that usually draws the knee-jerk poverty-racism-police brutality-joblessness charges from progressives and Black Lives Matter supporters.
Progressive media and social justice warrior athletes are heaping praise on Utah Jazz veteran Kyle Korver for confessing to white privilege in this week's post on The Players Tribune, titled "Privileged." He is now the toast of ESPN talk shows, its blog, The Undefeated, and athletes for writing that present-day white Americans are responsible for the racist sins of their forefathers.
Kyle Korver, a 38-year-old NBA player, slammed one down for Team “White Guilt” in a column on The Players Tribune, declaring whites are responsible for the racism of our white forefathers. Newsweek sports writer Dan Cancian reported on the story as well, adding that the veteran member of the Utah Jazz says living white people are part of this systemic race problem.
For many Americans, social justice warriors in sports uniforms have disrespected our great nation and turned them away from sports. The Nation's Dave Zirin has made a slobbering career of apologizing for and glorifying these malcontents. He's written books on 1968 Olympic protester John Carlos and radical NFL player Michael Bennett. He staunchly defends Colin Kaepernick and others who politicize sports, too. Zirin is the "parallel universe," and this week he bitterly complains that Carlos and fellow '68 Olympic protester Tommie Smith are being disrespected by their alma mater, San Jose State University.
As the women's Final Four college basketball games were approaching this weekend, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw stirred up a hornet's nest by promising she will never hire a male assistant and griping about sexism in the hiring of college basketball coaching. She also complained that the U.S. has not passed the Equal Rights Amendment. An Oregon sports columnist strongly objected to McGraw's discriminatory remarks, prompting support for McGraw by panelists on ESPN's Around The Horn talk show.