We're feeling festive and generous in this Christmas season and want to "honor" those in sports media who went below and beyond the call of duty to distinguish themselves for dubious reasons in 2019. Sports media and current and former athletes embarrassed themselves by stumbling and bumbling into politics, social justice, race, biology and other areas.



The “gender pay gap” between men and women in professional sports has been in the news-cycle for months. This has taken the activist world by storm and has created countless conversations about how patriarchal systems are unfair because they should earn “equal pay for equal work.”



The Chicago Bears beat Dallas 31-24 last week. While there are plenty of Americans who’ll swear that the Cowboys are Satan’s team, outside of the “Super Fans” (Da Berss!) few would have characterized Chicago as God’s team. And yet … 



In their rematch against the Steelers on Sunday, Browns Head Coach, Freddie Kitchens, made waves by wearing a t-shirt that simply said, "Pittsburgh started it." This referred to the fight between the Steelers and Browns earlier this season, which resulted in 33 disciplinary actions, including an indefinite suspension to the Browns' Myles Garrett.



Outsports journalist, sports fan and transgender athlete Karleigh Webb has peeked into the so-called "playbook" used by trans-phobes and cracked their so-called "code." It's the code they use to make bigotry look reasonable. The so-called "playbook" can be characterized as five tactics used by groups and individuals who have always maintained an anti-LGBTQ position, Webb maintains.



Awful Announcing's Ben Koo posted a lengthy report on Fox Sports emerging as a major threat to ESPN's long monopoly on college football coverage. Declaring a key part of that rivalry as political, Koo likened ESPN to a "punching bag" and Fox Sports as the alternative of choice for "disgruntled conservatives."



Presidential candidate and socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is accusing Major League Baseball of something he's all too familiar with — job killing. He wrote a threatening letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred warning him not to eliminate 42 minor league teams, saying it will be a job-killing move.



The intrusion of protest onto sporting venues is becoming more frequent, and that was evident again Saturday when social justice protesters delayed the start of the second half of a football game between Yale and Harvard. This year alone, two college football games have been marred by protest. As Americans shamed their country at the Pan American Games, anthem kneeling continues in the NFL and major league soccer is a forum for rabid political protest. Saturday's debacle got thumbs up admiration from three members of Congress.



Normally the coaches of really bad professional sports teams take a beating from the press. Not so when one of those coaches deflects attention by taking shots at a Republican president. Take San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, an ardent Trump hater. His team is one of the worst in the NBA this season, having lost eight consecutive games ... and he's getting a pass from Yahoo! Sports contributor Ryan Young for turning the focus on President Donald Trump.



In a long and storied baseball career with the New York Yankees, former shortstop Derek Jeter never had much to say about anything. As soon as he retired five years ago, he founded a blog, The Players Tribune, that speaks volumes about social justice, among other topics. He's scoring an error on that strategy, though, because his site is struggling to generate revenue and just took on a new partner to stop the hemorrhaging. In typical Jeter fashion, he glosses over The Players Tribune’s woes while highlighting social justice warriors in Thursday's five-year anniversary post, “The Next Five.”



As the saying goes, birds of a feather … flip the bird to America together. Like U.S. women’s World Cup champion, feminist activist and angry lesbian Megan Rapinoe dedicating her Glamour “Women of the Year Award” to disgraced, race-baiting former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.



There's been a major thaw in the cold war between the NFL and former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The league has arranged a private workout and interview for the cop-hating NFL cast-off this Saturday, and all 32 teams are invited to attend.