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Jun 04 2021

Profiles in Cowardice: Bob Brenly

Before the disgusting spectacle of athletes kneeling in obeisance to black supremacist terrorists who were engaged in widespread political violence forced me to swear off baseball, I was a fan of Bob Brenly. He is a likable guy who managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to a World Series championship in 2001 and more recently has done a great job as color man for the team’s TV broadcasts. Unfortunately, he turns out to suffer from the same deficiency that has killed the MLB in the eyes of former fans: a gelatinous spine.

On Tuesday, Brenly made a tepid joke about the du-rag worn by Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman. Via Breitbart:

“Pretty sure that’s the same du-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets,” Brenly joked.

Uh oh. Stroman is a sacred Person of Color, and therefore must not be poked fun at in even the mildest way, according to the official religion of professional sports, wokism. Stroman denounced Brenly on Twitter for his “racist undertones.”

Now comes the horrifying part. Instead of showing some courage and serving as an inspiration to others, Brenly dropped to his knees and whimpered the following:

“During last night’s game, I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong … I apologize to Marcus Stroman and have reached out directly to share those thoughts. I have had several conversations with the D-backs, and we agree that seeking sensitivity training is an important step so I can continue to learn from my mistakes in order to be better in the future.”

At age 67, Brenly has had a long and distinguished career. The worst that could have happened if he had stood up to the bullies is that this career would be over. His self-respect, and the respect of fans, would still be intact. It does take extra guts to be the first guy to show courage on a sinking ship of cowards, but people have done braver things than say, “It was just a harmless joke and I’m not going to grovel over it, much less subject myself to humiliating indoctrination.”

He could have been the Tanner Cross of baseball. Instead, he is just another simpering, hand-wringing coward of the kind that has made America’s precipitous decline from greatness possible.

Prior to his managing days, Brenly played for the San Francisco Giants, who have now incorporated rainbow colors into their uniform to promote homosexuality. That’s how bad it gets when no one pushes back.

Imagine trying to make Murderers’ Row wear LGBT hats.

On tips from Wiggins and Mr. Freemarket.

Jun 04 2021

Open Thread

If I don't finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something's seriously wrong. - Dennis Rodman
Jun 02 2021

Boo Any Moonbat Who Takes a Knee

If you can find sports events that it does not disgust you to attend after watching athletes grovel before Marxist black supremacist sociopaths over the past year, you owe it to yourself to boo loudly when these overpaid idiots flip the finger to civilization by kneeling to Black Lives Matter. Paul Joseph Watson makes the case:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

May 27 2021

Equity Versus Simone Biles

If an athlete’s goal is to get maximum performance out of the human body, Simone Biles may be the greatest athlete on earth. She doesn’t compete against other gymnasts, because there are none in her league. She doesn’t compete for points either, because they have put a ceiling on how many she can earn. They say this is for the sake of safety, but Biles suspects equity is to blame:

The four-time Olympic gold medalist made history at the US Classic this weekend when she landed a Yurchenko double pike vault. And even though the feat is so challenging – and dangerous – that no woman had ever dared to try it in competition before her, the authorities of elite gymnastics awarded Biles a score on par with many of her other, less difficult vaults.

Here’s how scoring works in gymnastics:

Rather than athletes earning points throughout a performance, the decision-makers at the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) pre-assign scores to routines based on the difficulty of the skills involved. Then, judges evaluate execution in real-time, docking points from the potential total every time a gymnast makes a mistake during their program. …

[A]s she’s pulled off increasingly complex – and hazardous – skills, Biles expected her point values to increase accordingly. They haven’t.

To the extent this is to prevent girls from trying maneuvers that would leave them with broken necks, it is regrettable but understandable. However,

Biles suggested that the FIG has serially undervalued her skills because “they don’t want the field to be too far apart,” she told The Times. If the FIG keeps her provisional scores low, Biles’ thinking goes, [then] other gymnasts may have a fighting chance.

If she’s right, it’s like having a 100% marginal tax rate on athletic achievement.

Greatness has to be encouraged, not restricted. Without giants, we have no one to look up to for inspiration. That is what makes equity a crime against all of us, not just those who excel.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

May 11 2021

Welfare for the Rich

Big Government only seems to be flinging our money randomly to the four winds. Actually, the money tends to go to those with a seat at the table. These are often the people who need it the least, as John Stossel reports:

No wonder pro sports have gone so far overboard with left-wing politics that many fans have sworn them off. Pleasing the audience may be less important than pleasing the leftist bureaucrats who pass out the free money. We pay for their extravagant stadiums regardless of how little interest we may have in the games played inside.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

May 07 2021

Olympics, Utah Supreme Court Succumb to LGBT Lunacy

To the list of institutions that have been infiltrated, subverted, and reduced to a sick joke by moonbattery, we can add the Olympics. Women’s weightlifting competitions are officially meaningless. All other women’s sports will quickly to follow.

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will reportedly become the first transgender Olympian after qualifying for this summer’s Tokyo Games, according to various reports.

Hubbard is a man, and used to compete as one. But now he identifies as a woman. He will lift in the women’s super-heavyweight category. In the unlikely event that he encounters any real women who can lift as much as he can, his next step toward Olympic gold may be to identify as featherweight.

By pretending to be a woman, Hubbard got himself named the winner at the Pacific Games in Samoa in 2019. Tough luck for whichever actual woman deserved the medal.

Circling the drain along with the Olympics is the Utah Supreme Court, which has followed other courts in decreeing that because LGBT ideology ranks above biology, the sexually disoriented can have their birth certificates changed so as to give the incorrect sex.

If you identify as someone who was born in a different city, presumably you can have that changed too. You might try having your parents changed, to put yourself in line for a big inheritance.

LGBT militants celebrate yet another victory over sanity:

For transgender people, having a driver’s license or identification with “the wrong [i.e., the right] gender marker on it can force a transgender person to out themselves on a daily basis, putting them at risk for ridicule, discrimination and violence,” the group Transgender Education Advocates of Utah said in a statement.

An easier way to avoid ridicule would be not to go out and about in clothes appropriate for the opposite sex.

Transsexuals will be heartbroken when the postmodern War on Reality moves on to a new front, and they discover that they are not the center of the universe after all.

On tips from Bluto and ABC of the ANC.

May 03 2021

Caitlyn Jenner Denounced for Transphobia

Anyone who contradicts LGBT dogma will be denounced as a transphobe — even a guy who calls himself “Caitlyn” and goes out and about in women’s clothes.

As an Olympic decathlon champion who became transgender, the California gubernatorial candidate formerly known as Bruce Jenner is as qualified as anyone to speak on the transgender people in sports issue. However, only one opinion is allowed: the politically correct one. Anything deviating from it invites the wrath of the Twitter mob, as Jenner learned when he observed that allowing males to compete against females “just isn’t fair.”

Breitbart has examples, including this gem:

A transgender person is “anti-trans” because by saying that boys are not girls, he proves that he does not understand science.

We are dealing with a mob of lunatics. They will stop at nothing, having zero awareness of their own absurdity.

On tips from ABC of the ANC, Dragon’s Lair, and Kirklesworth.

Apr 14 2021

From Lou Gehrig to Aaron Hicks in Only 82 Years

Baseball has been considered the national pastime in part because its great players exhibited the national character. Lou Gehrig’s 1939 “Luckiest Man” speech is a case in point. Formerly known as the “Iron Horse” because of his durability, he was dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which had progressively ruined his career and was rendering him disabled. He didn’t snivel though. He had the character to be thankful for the great life he had the chance to lead.

It is easy to forget in the Age of Moonbattery, but here is how a man behaves:

Nowadays we have different standards. Left-wing Yahoo Sports tells the tale of a current Yankee:

On Monday, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks became the face of what so many other Black Americans were feeling.

Distraught at the news that yet another Black man, this time Daunte Wright, had been killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb, Hicks approached manager Aaron Boone and begged out of the night’s lineup…

As you would expect, Boone provided a shoulder to cry on, bleating, “my consideration is with Aaron and his well-being, and making sure that as best we can we support him and try to be there for him as best we can right now.”

A previously unknown criminal is accidently killed while resisting arrest and Hicks can’t deal with the anguish. Instead of trying to earn the over $10 million he will be paid this year, he instead sucked his thumb while contemplating his oppression.

It would be horrifying to think that baseball still showcases our national character. Do the cowards who knelt down in obeisance to Black Lives Matter thugs as they burned neighborhoods, looted stores, and destroyed statues of American heroes represent our generation? Is Aaron Hicks the Lou Gehrig of our time?

On a tip from Wiggins.

Apr 09 2021

MLB Bows to Lebron James, Stacey Abrams, Al Sharpton

It wasn’t just the Biden Regime. Others helped pressure Major League Baseball to move the All-Star Game on behalf of election fraud (or to use the disingenuous Democrat euphemism, “voting rights”):

Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner Robert Manfred decided to move the All-Star Game on his own after holding extensive discussions with voting rights groups associated with Lebron James, Stacey Abrams and Rev. Al Sharpton, sources familiar with the move tell Fox News.

Look who has a seat at the table. The best and brightest. Idiots, demagogues, professional racists, ChiCom apologists, hate hoaxers.

The little people who shell out several days’ pay to take their family to a ballgame do not have a seat at the table. They don’t deserve one, because they are racist oppressors.

After these conversations, Manfred believed the All Star game would be turned into a political event and players would boycott the game, these people say.

So to prevent this, Manfred publicly reduced MLB to an organ of the Democrat Party, ensuring that patriotic Americans who want honest elections will boycott not just the All-Star game, but every game.

Characteristically shameless and dishonest, Abrams now says she is against boycotting Georgia, due to blowback from voters.

This isn’t about the Georgia law, which is no more restrictive than the laws in many blue states. It is about laying the groundwork to ram through HR1, which would establish single party Democrat rule by institutionalizing election fraud nationwide. Here’s confirmation:

People close to Manfred believe Abrams’ group and Sharpton also wanted the league to support other issues, including voter drives and H.R. 1, the For the People Act — sweeping election reform that recently passed the House.

Until recently, the main appeal of baseball was its status as America’s pastime. Just watching it was vaguely patriotic.

Then last year they presented Black Lives Matter worship services prior to games, at a time when American cities were burning. Jumbotrons filled with the faces of pampered, grotesquely overpaid players who whimpered that the USA oppresses them with its systemic racism. Instead of standing for Old Glory, the players knelt along the foul lines in obeisance to the black supremacist terrorists who had been tearing down statues of George Washington and setting fire to police stations.

Incredibly, the moonbattery got worse from there. Now MLB is actively attacking the American system of government by undermining the integrity of our elections. Baseball has gone from patriotic to treasonous.

“They wanted us to do more than just a pre-game ceremony…Baseball would have to be in the market for doing stuff involving voting rights,” a senior MLB executive with direct knowledge of the matter tells Fox News.

No matter how much you give in to radical leftists, it is never enough.

On a tip from Varla.

Apr 05 2021

Charles Barkley Explains Democrat Race and Class Policy

Now that sports have been politicized top to bottom, we can turn to figures like retired NBA player Charles Barkley for political analysis. He has more insight into our political system than you will get from the liberal news media:

To quote Barkley:

“I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power. They divide and conquer. I truly believe in my heart most white people and black people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we all got money, let’s make the whites and blacks not like each other, let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class.'”

Good thing he softened his insights by pretending that Republicans are also obsessed with sowing racial discord. Otherwise, a hook would have appeared from off-screen to yank him off the set.

Barkley is on the mark not only on Democrats’ cultural Marxist race-baiting, but also on their war of extermination against the middle class. Not even moonbat Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm denies that the coming tax hikes intended to partially pay for yet another frivolous spending blowout will hit the middle class hard. In California, where Democrats have already established single party rule, the middle class is going extinct.

On a tip from Troy H.

Apr 05 2021

MLB Hypocrisy Barrage

MLB punishing Georgia for a new law inhibiting the election fraud that the Democrat Party is banking on is, as Joe Biden might put it, hypocrisy on steroids.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says the All-Star Game was pulled from Georgia (at Biden’s explicit request) because MLB “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.” Election security equals voter suppression, according to the leftist talking point.

Meanwhile, MLB just renewed a licensing contract with the ChiCom conglomerate Tencent, which does not air Houston Rockets or Philadelphia 76ers games because Daryl Morey expressed support for democracy in Hong Kong. Morey was GM for the Rockets and is now with the 76ers.

We already knew that Manfred doesn’t give a flying damn about democracy. Otherwise, he would be in favor of election integrity in Georgia.

More MLB hypocrisy:

According to Biden and toadies like Manfred, asking for ID is racist. That’s why Georgia must be punished. MLB did not respond to multiple requests from Fox News to explain its policy, which qualifies as “Jim Crow on steroids” by Biden’s criteria.

In case that isn’t enough hypocrisy to cure readers of watching hyperpoliticized professional baseball, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp notes that MLB is headquartered in New York:

“When you look at New York’s voting laws, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee by-mail in New York. You do not in Georgia,” Kemp said. …

Kemp said Georgia has 17 days of in-person early voting, while New York has 10.

“I guess we should be boycotting [MLB] for having their headquarters in New York because that law is more strict than ours,” he said. “I mean, this is all ridiculous.”

Not only is the Georgia boycott ridiculous, it is based on brazen lies.

The Georgia safeguards are less restrictive than those in Biden’s home state Delaware. But this isn’t about Georgia. It is about making sure everyone knows that no opposition to HR1 will be tolerated. If it passes, Democrats need never worry about the wrath of voters again. That’s why they have been pushing their radical agenda to the furthest extreme and shamelessly looting the treasury with blowout spending bills, as if the final election had already taken place.

Both parties have an interest in laws like Georgia’s. For either party to govern effectively, the public needs to believe it was elected legitimately.

However, the radicalized Democrats are no longer interested in governing. They want to rule. They don’t care if we regard elections as legitimate, so long as we know that if we resist we will be punished.

A local propaganda organ of the Democrat Party thinks Detroit should get the All-Star Game:

Detroit Is Diverse, Inclusive and Ready to Welcome MLB All-Stars

Given that Detroit is overwhelmingly Democrat, Manfred might agree. Plus, it has the sort of “diversity” championed by Democrats — i.e., in addition to being ideologically virtually homogeneous, it is even more overwhelmingly devoid of Caucasians.

On tips from ABC of the ANC and Steve T.

Mar 16 2021

Apparent Hate Hoax in the NBA

At this point, politically correct ideologues control every institution, from schools to entertainment to the news media to major corporations to the federal government to the military to sports. To belong to one of their favored identity groups is to win life’s lottery. One means of implementing the privilege bestowed is to engage in hate hoaxes.

Here’s a likely one from what you might call the throne of black privilege, LeBron James’s NBA:

On Feb. 24, former [Utah] Jazz player Elijah Millsap tweeted that then-GM [now president of basketball operations Dennis] Lindsey had told him “if u say one more word, I’ll cut your Black a** and send you back to Louisiana” during an end-of-season exit interview in 2015. Millsap’s allegation then triggered a league investigation.

In a sane country, Millsap’s implausible allegation would have been dismissed with eyerolls. Under moonbat rule, Lindsey was subjected to the elaborate investigation, which unsurprisingly found nothing.

Whether he keeps his job depends on whether the “oppressed” want to force the issue. At the very least, he has been issued a warning to behave with maximum obsequiousness in the future.

According to a statement by the Jazz:

”For more than 25 years, Dennis Lindsey has been a respected basketball executive around the NBA and a leading voice on social justice within our organization and community.”

Let that be a lesson. Be a “leading voice on social justice” and you may survive an allegation. Show a lack of enthusiasm for cultural Marxism and you probably won’t.

Apparently, Millsap was angry about not getting a contract extension and felt the Jazz had spoken poorly of him after he left the team.

On a tip from Bluto.

Mar 09 2021

Kristi Noem Does Something Good for Women

While our titular POTUS celebrated International Women’s Day by appointing combat commanders based on gender and struggling to remember the name of the Secretary of Defense, South Dakota Kristi Noem acknowledged the date more meaningfully by working with the legislature to block Democrats’ attack on women’s sports:

The Hill reports:

The bill, if signed into law, would legally prevent any student at a state institution from joining a sports team that does not match their at-birth biological identity.

The ACLU is enraged, reaffirming that Noem is doing the right thing. Spewed a spokesmoonbat:

“It prevents transgender women and girls from having the opportunity to play sports and have their personal dignity respected.”

Only in a madhouse would anyone belligerently assert the “personal dignity” of guys putting on women’s cloths and demanding to be allowed to make a grotesque farce of women’s sports.

The ACLU sent an International Women’s Day tweet yesterday too:

A “trans woman” is by definition a man pretending to be a woman. These maniacs are literally at war with objective reality.

ACLU uses lawfare to impose its sick lunacy. Wherever it has the power, the Democratic Party uses the coercive force of the state.

Let’s hope Republicans in sane states are able to keep boys out of girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms, despite the depraved Equality Act and Biden’s tyrannical executive orders.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Mar 04 2021

Former Redskins Drop Cheerleaders

Once you start giving in to the moonbat mob, too much compliance is never enough. The Washington Redskins wimped out and changed their supposedly offensive name to the Washington Football Team, because inclusivity requires the exclusion of references to Indians. Not enough. Now they are getting rid of cheerleaders, no doubt because feminazis consider them sexist. Instead, they will offer an unappealing but politically correct “coed dance squad”:

Petra Pope, the club’s newly hired senior adviser, told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that the new dance squad looks to become more modern and diverse…

Pope says the dance squad will emphasize “inclusivity.” Presumably whites can still apply though.

The Redskins Football Team was recently in hot water after employees allegedly created videos of calendar shoot outtakes featuring cheerleaders who were not fully clothed. A settlement was paid.

Comments Not the Bee,

Pope also said that the future dance squad will not participate in calendar photo shoots. At least we have that to be grateful for.

If there is still any reason to sit through football games, the NFL will find and eliminate it in the name of woke politics.

Petra Pope promises a “different vibe.”

On tips from Mr. Freemarket and Varla.

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