Category Archives: Sports

The Real NCAA Basketball Scandal

real NCAA basketball scandal

LeBron James says the NCAA is corrupt.

I’ve always heard the narrative that they get a free education, but you guys are not bringing me on campus to get an education, you guys are bringing me on it to help you get to a Final Four or to a national championship…the NCAA is corrupt, we know that. Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.

Of course LeBron avoided corruption by ascending into the NBA straight out of high school.

Here’s The Real NCAA Basketball Scandal

The players are the only ones who don’t get paid. Legally.

Kentucky coach John Calipari thinks players should be able to get loans using their pro potential as collateral. Kind of like an advance to an author from a publisher. But what if you’re not a pro prospect? Too bad. You’re lucky to get a scholarship.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the Scandal according ESPN.

 

North Korean Cheerleaders

North Korean CheerleadersNorth Korea brought 229 famous but mysterious cheerleaders to the winter Olympics. But the biggest North Korean cheerleaders were to be found in the American media.

They fawned over Kim Yo Jong, a sibling Kim Jong Un did not have murdered. She works in North Korea’s propaganda department.

North Korean Cheerleaders

The media obsession was too much for BuzzFeed. It wants to know “what the hell is wrong with you people?”

Commissioner Bans Wahoo

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The Cleveland Indians 70 year old icon, Chief Wahoo, has gone the way of the image of The Prophet. Kind of. There was no rioting. There were no murders. Instead, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred offered Indians ownership a deal it couldn’t refuse. And Wahoo was sent to the showers.

In exchange, the Dolan family gets to keep discreet licensing rights to the chief on promotional paraphernalia. And Cleveland gets to keep the 2018 All Star game. Probably.

Wahoo Gear

Tribe gear worn by the players, however,  will no longer bear the graven image of the famed indigenous cartoon person. Instead players will sport the block “C” on their sleeves and hats when they take the field.

I think it stands for politically “Correct.”

 

The End of Football

end of football

Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to Jesse James. The pass put the Steelers ahead of the Patriots with half a minute to play.

Except the ball didn’t “survive the ground“. At least that’s how the replay official ruled it. And the Patriots went on to win.

Survive the Ground is a legalistic term NFL officials use to argue endlessly about how many football angels dance on pins.

End of Football

The end of football isn’t coming because of concussions and kneeling. It’s because they hardly play football.

Vox produced this chart in 2015 showing the game is mostly commercials and replays.

Reasons For Kneeling

reasons for kneeling

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press conference on Tuesday that he didn’t order players to stand for the national anthem.

Colin Kaepernick got the ball rolling by sitting for the anthem. He was protesting police brutality. Here’s what he had to say last year:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Reasons for Kneeling

He was angered by the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile among others. Research by Heather MacDonald shows that twice as many whites as blacks are killed by cops. But whites make up 62% of the population and blacks 13%. And then it gets complicated.

Now players give all kinds of reasons for kneeling.  Protesting Trump being high on the list along with expressions of unity, solidarity and equality.