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“Today, sports writing is basically a liberal profession, practiced by liberals who enforce an unapologetically liberal code." -- Bryan Curtis, The Ringer. That’s the first honest thing a liberal sports writer has said this year. The writer busting on Curtis and his fellowship of left-wing media comrades is Michael Brendan Dougherty, a self-described “conservative” writing for The Week.
Sports media and pro athletes just gained valuable rationale for not sticking to sports anymore. For one thing, the point is already moot, and secondly, it’s impossible, writes Jay Caspian Kang, Tuesday in The New York Times Magazine.
With the Super Bowl done and gone, it’s going to be a long offseason for pro football fans. For a growing, vocal and unhappy band of leftist brothers, the offseason can’t last long enough.
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.
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.
Who was it that demanded to know Russell Wilson’s take on current events? C’mon, fess up! Somebody asked – probably a 49ers fan wanting somebody else’s QB to look like an idiot for a change.
Who’s more threatening? A professional athlete who disrespects our flag and our troops and supports the radical activism of Black Lives Matter and the ruthless dictatorship of the late Fidel Castro? Or an athlete who wears a Trump hat?
Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones is not going to win the NFL’s Bart Starr Award for “outstanding character, integrity and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community.” He’s not even in the conversation for any awards based on good citizenship. Jones was arrested January 3 at a Cincinnati hotel and charged with harassment with a bodily substance, assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing police.
What do we do if we are increasingly willing to ignore “facts?” According to Jeff Rivers, “we’ll end up in real trouble.” Writing for ESPN’s The Undefeated blog, Rivers writes that when it comes to public policy “we too often allow ideology and political maneuvering to render facts moot, especially when those facts support inconvenient truths such as global climate change.”
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.”
NBA star-activists may be hip, but they’re also depressed about the change of leadership in Washington. As they pout over Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, a writer for the left-leaning Bleacher Report is encouraging them to lead reprisals against President Trump and white, far-right Americans who voted him into the Oval Office.
Cheating and scandal have proven unable to shake New England Patriots’ fans from their attachment to the controversial National Football League team. However, the personal off-the-field decisions of three key leaders of the team are proving too much to overlook.
As we close out a year in which the news media worked overtime to earn the public’s contempt, spare a thought for their little siblings at the Sports Desk. Sports hacks are just as liberal, insular and arrogant as their “hard news” colleagues, and their desire to be taken seriously means they inject politics and ideology into issues where they just don’t belong.
No one yet knows who broke into the home of New York Giants’ fullback Nikita Whitlock, drew swastikas and wrote “Trump” and racist remarks on his walls, but multiple sports media exploited the crime to characterize President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters as racists.
It’s open season on President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees and potential nominees. Left-stream media are pouring it on, hoping to derail any and all of them. New York Daily News one-time/sometimes sports writer Mike Lupica is one, blitzing Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a potential Trump pick for secretary of state. Giuliani is one of the Left's – and Lupica's – favorite targets right now.