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Hollywood's 2004 movie on the 1980 Miracle On Ice Olympic hockey champs included President Jimmie Carter's downer "crisis of confidence" speech. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, associated the team with a much more uplifting spirit of American greatness in recognizing them Friday night in Las Vegas.
It's shocking that Tim Tebow and the owner of the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs did not get buried by the media for their recent appearance at the Kansans For Life Valentine's Day banquet. It's also amazing that Tebow didn't get slammed by media for saying he'd rather be known for saving babies from abortion than as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. And that Lamar Hunt Jr., owner of the Chiefs, served as master of ceremonies at the event without an onslaught from pro-aborts.
The Nation magazine posted an acidic attack on Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) for suing the organization overseeing Connecticut high school sports to stop the madness of allowing boys to compete in girls sports. Sports Editor Dave Zirin calls ADF a "shadowy" conservative think tank behind a right-wing campaign attacking transgender rights.
It never ceases to amaze one that network sports continue to employ loud-mouthed liberal loons like Bill Walton and Charles Barkley. Barkley has been embarrassing himself on TNT's Inside The NBA for years, and Walton does likewise calling college basketball on ESPN, openly advocating against the war on drugs and glorifying pot use.
Media coverage of Sunday's Daytona 500 NASCAR race accused President Donald Trump of politicizing this huge sporting spectacle and using it as a campaign appearance. Whether it was the Associated Press, The Guardian, or New York Times, the disdain for both the President and the fan base was out in full force from the left-wing media.
Unquestionably one of the hottest controversies raging in American sports and the culture war in general is the battle over transgender males unfairly invading female sports. Predictably, left-stream media are blind to the ethical fallacy of boys mopping up in girls' competition, and the issue is heating up in the nation's courts, too. SBNation Outsports blog describes a "shameful war" taking place against transgenders whose self-esteem and well-being are being attacked for cheap political gain.
Colin Kaepernick emerged from behind his caustic Twitter account Tuesday to use USA Today Sports as a platform for his unrepentant anti-Americanism. The NFL reject announced he's planning to release a memoir later this year through his own publishing company. It's sure to be a great stocking stuffer for social justice warriors everywhere.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday afternoon that three high school girls in Connecticut had filed a federal lawsuit to prevent transgender athletes -- read muscle-bound boys -- from competing in girls sports. The D.C.-based Metro Weekly reported the story in total LGBT-ese.
Radical ESPN Senior Writer Howard Bryant has released another book of political essays indicting American sports as overtly political, one where African Americans must navigate a sharp edge of whiteness. Released late last month, Full Dissidence: Notes From An Uneven Playing Field follows Bryant's 2019 book, The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism, by a year.
The new XFL just made its debut over the weekend, and one thing viewers did not have to stomach were social justice warrior players kneeling in protest during the Star Spangled Banner. Unlike the cowardly NFL, which in 2018 withdrew an overture to ban dishonoring protests in pregame ceremonies, the XFL brain-trust had the guts to make it very clear that kneeling will not be tolerated. Grievance mongers who entertained any ideas of doing the Kaepernick thing can take their gripes elsewhere.
A former prep football coach in Ohio, now the host of a Christian ministry podcast, is under fire for threatening to sue the NFL over last week's raunchy Super Bowl halftime show. Dave Daubenmire says the performance by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira was pornographic and children watching at home should not be subjected to such. The Complex Sports blog and Right Wing Watch ripped Daubenmire for watching the program and then saying his eternal salvation had been put at risk.
Nike, Amazon, the NFL's Tennessee Titans and the NHL's Nashville Predators are among 142 businesses warning Tennessee lawmakers that if they ban trans athletes from competing on the teams of their gender identity, the state could suffer economically. These organizations know precisely what they're talking about: they're the ones threatening the state's economy.
President Donald Trump and Democrat hopeful Michael Bloomberg both got smacked down by an African American sports blogger for allegedly using black women's pain for political gain in their respective Super Bowl commercials. Carron J. Phillips, who writes for The Shadow League, also writes that Trump is a "toddler" who hasn't done anything for African Americans in his time as president.
Prior to the start of Super Bowl 54, The Root website called for a boycott of the big event. First and foremost among five reasons given for a boycott on The Root's Twitter account was Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by the NFL merely for trashing his home country for alleged racial injustice.
Blame it on "Basketball Jones" sports junkie and former President Barack Obama for making sports analysis a presidential priority over world and domestic affairs. President Donald Trump passed on an opportunity to break down the Super Bowl match-up with the detail his predecessor did on NCAA Tournament brackets, and that makes the current occupant of the Oval Office ignorant about who's even playing in the NFL championship game.
To the power brokers who determine which ads are approved for the Super Bowl, drag queens, social justice warriors and gun control advocates are not at all controversial. Organizations seeking permission to run pro-life ads on Super Sunday are unacceptable, however.
First there was the rise to NBA stardom, followed by the fall, and a strong finish for Kobe Bryant before his tragic death last Sunday. Included in his legacy are career highlights that few NBA players ever will approach, a devotion to faith and family and more tributes than one can count.
On a tragic day Sunday when former NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter were among nine people killed in a California helicopter crash, MSNBC's Alison Morris appeared to have referred on-air to his team as the "Los Angeles N*ggers." She apologized and claimed she had actually said "Los Angeles Nakers," but Fox Sports 1's Jason Whitlock isn't buying her explanation.
If you are encouraging your children to watch football, you may be a "crappy" parent. Football exposes players to the risk of brain damage, and the pro game discriminates against Colin Kaepernick and African American coaches. As a parent who subjects children to football's flaws, you may be a co-conspirator to their hedonism, cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy, alleges Time magazine senior writer Sean Gregory. His story, "Is it Unethical to Watch Football With Your Kids?" will appear in Time's February issue.
The smoke and heat plaguing the ongoing Australian Open tennis tournament and threatening the health of contestants aren't just an unfortunate set of circumstances. Oh no, it's a matter of the sports world sticking its head in the stand and ignoring the world's ongoing climate catastrophe, writes The Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin.