Sore Winners: When Blowouts Are Morally Wrong

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Imagine a High School basketball team playing another team and winning 100-0. Imagine the beaten team was from a school that helps special needs kids. Imagine the coach of the winners doesn’t put the bench into the game until the 4th quarter. From MSNBC:

A Dallas school whose girl’s basketball team beat another team 100-0 has apologized, calling its win “shameful” and “a victory without honor.”

The Covenant School of Dallas also asked to forfeit the game against The Dallas Academy, a school that specializes in teaching children with learning problems.

What is the right thing to do?

Here’s the deal: A team of special needs kids shouldn’t even be playing in a league with regular kids. I mean why would their coach and school do that to them? By their coach’s own accord, the team hasn’t won a game in four years.

The team that achieved the blowout may have used the game for practice purposes. That is, the coach tried new plays and used the obviously lackluster defense as an opportunity for his team. There is a chance, after all, that putting the scrubs in earlier wouldn’t have mattered. It’s not like the losing team made any points in the fourth quarter, either.

Should the winning team just have given up and stopped?

I put the responsibility for this situation not on the blowout winners, but on the coach and school of the losing team. If your school is going to play in a certain league, then the players should be suitable for that league. And if that league is the only choice, well, the team has to face the fact that they’ll be losing a lot and that they are playing for the joy of playing and not necessarily winning.

Cross-posted at Right Wing News

“Can The Dallas Cowboys Get Any More Gay?”

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

“Can The Dallas Cowboys Get Any More Gay?”
All the cute ones are gay. Sigh.

DailyMile A Social Networking Site for Athletes

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

DailyMile A Social Networking Site for Athletes
I signed up and immediately felt self-loathing.

Plexico Burress

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Plexico Burress
What was he thinking? He’s going to have 3 long years to figure it out. Seems excessive, to me. H/T BrianCarter

Go Lions!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Some good news today.

Thanks to reader Matt (no, not that Matt).

Because A Man In A Leotard Is Always Funny

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Frosted Flakes: Breakfast of a Capitalist

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Forget the breakfast of Champions, Michael Phelps, by choosing to hawk Frosted Flakes, promotes the triumph of capitalism. Endorsements….they’re GRRRRRREAT! Not that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, I’m happy for Phelps and hope he makes a gazillion dollars. But some people are clucking about Phelps’ choice:

You better eat your . . . Frosted Flakes?
Olympic legend Michael Phelps will appear on boxes of the Kellogg’s brand sugar cereal, drawing sharp criticism from health experts worried about the message he’ll be sending to children across America.
“I would not consider Frosted Flakes the food of an Olympian,” said nutritionist Rebecca Solomon of Mount Sinai Medical Center.
“I would rather see him promoting Fiber One. I would rather see him promoting oatmeal. I would even rather see him promoting Cheerios.”
The announcement yesterday that Phelps, 23, winner of a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, would grace Frosted Flakes and Corn Flakes boxes instead of the traditional athlete’s choice of Wheaties left many perplexed.
Frosted Flakes has three times the amount of sugar as Wheaties and 1/3rd the fiber.

Oh brother…had Wheaties or Fiber One offered Phelps an endorsement deal and if any human under the age of 50 ate those cereals and therefore were big sellers, I’m sure he would have chosen them. He got a Frosted Flakes deal because Frosted Flakes is a huge seller and so can have a huge marketing budget and pay guys like Michael Phelps the big bucks.

As for the empty calories that are Frosted Flakes. If the 50 million kids who eat the cereal get off their collective butts and get into a swimming pool to burn those empty calories, it will be worth it. Had Phelps endorsed Fiber 1, he’d be inspiring like two kids. His mug will be in every house in America and kids who heretofore thought about playing Nintendo might actually want to join the swim team. One can hope, anyway.

The endorsement is a win-win. Phelps makes lots of money. Lots of kids consider swimming. Sounds like a sweet deal.

Cross-posted at

Olympic Stupid: NBC Anchors Are Un-American And I’m Sick Of Them

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

So like everyone else, I’m watching Chris Collinsworth interview Kobe Bryant. (A side note for people who don’t read regularly: Kobe Bryant is, without qualification, my least-favorite NBA basketball player. He is a preening narcissist and just plain an annoying ball hog. I never bought his humility schtick around winning the Most Valuable Player. Every time he opens his mouth I feel like he’s lying.) Ok, with THAT being said, I saw the interview and I managed to hate Chris Collinsworth more than Kobe Bryant. That’s quite the feat.

Here’s the video at Ms. Underestimated. Here’s the gist:

Collinsworth: Where does the patriotism come from inside of you? Historically, what is it?

Kobe: Well, you know it’s just our country, it’s… we believe is the greatest country in the world. It has given us so many great opportunities, and it’s just a sense of pride that you have; that you say “You know what? Our country is the best!”

Collinsworth: Is that a ‘cool’ thing to say, in this day and age? That you love your country, and that you’re fighting for the red, white and blue? It seems sort of like a day gone by(?)

Kobe: No, it’s a cool thing for me to say. I feel great about it, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I mean, this is a tremendous honor.

But this idiotic conversation comes on the heels of Bob Costas looking like he’s receiving an enema every time Bela Karolyi screeches in delight over the American gymnasts succeeding. Costas babbled like a buffoon about “journalistic integrity.” Oh shut your pie hole, Bob! You’re an American for pete’s sake. It isn’t wrong to want an American to win. It IS wrong, just for your moral clarification, to pretend that the Chinese aren’t cheating commie scum. To NOT report that demonstrates a definite lack of journalistic integrity, since you’re so worried about that.

Credit: AP Photo Mark Stehle

And what about Collinsworth with Michael Phelp’s poor mother? He’s trying to be all distant, as if this isn’t a PERSONAL INTEREST story. This is personal for Michael’s mother. She is a complete wreck and who wouldn’t be? She is proud of her son and her country and yes, she laughs and cries and cheers. I know this is shocking, but Michael Phelp’s mom thinks it’s better when Michael and Americans win. One would think the dumbass news anchors would feel the same way.

Holy crap, people! This is a sports competition. There are winners. There are losers. I want America to win everything, every single time. It’s nothing personal against the other competitors. If they are better, smarter, faster, work harder, then may the best man win. I don’t want the game rigged, unlike the Commies, to achieve my dream of American Olympic world domination, I just want us to be that good that we’re in contention in every event. It won’t happen. But big deal. The Olympics are about dreams.

The Olympics is not a communist utopia where there are no winners and losers. The Olympics is about a safe, fair place where politics (yeah, right) are set aside for the love of excellence. It is perfectly natural to be an American and want Americans to win. Just as it is perfectly natural to be a Chinaman and want a Chinese competitor to win. As long as the competition is fair, let’s play.

As for the NBC anchors skin-crawling discomfort with any athlete demonstrating love of country, get the eff out of my face. I’m serious. If it weren’t for this country, you monkey-ass clowns wouldn’t be paid ungodly sums of money to put your taut-faced vapidness before a screen reporting greatness. So shut the hell up and show some freaking respect.

Oh! And another thing about Collinsworth. He enthused about how great the American young people were and how well they represented our country. WE KNOW A@@HOLE! It is not surprising to Americans that these kids who work their butts off and show discipline, dedication and devotion to their sport would be anything less than disciplined, dedicated and devoted while in China. What is surprising is that Collinsworth is surprised.

And here’s a note for Obama, since I’m thoroughly pissed by this whole thing and irked in the extreme. Kobe Bryant was doing interviews over in China with other countries. Why, Kobe knows Italian and Spanish, too. Here is an American athlete who knows more than one language, Barack. Wait, wait, there’s more! The winner of the women’s gymnastics gold medal knows at least English and Russian. Wait, wait, the Olympic team is made up of Americans who are LEGAL immigrants and they retain their heritage while becoming fully cultured Americans. Proud Americans.

The American Olympic team is the story of America. Far from being stupid white-bread, rubes, Americans are worldly because of their bloodlines–they come from everywhere–yet they are culturally American. It is called a melting pot for a reason. We do not discriminate based on race or gender. We discriminate though: BE THE BEST. (So we have a Chinese coach of diving and gymnastics. We import the best and brightest and most idealistic and hardest working. That is the American spirit.)

Argh! I hate stupid liberals. The fact that this is lost on them is absolutely frustrating. America is great because America has earned it. There are no short-cuts to greatness.

I Want To Ride My Bicycle How I Like

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Another dude, and his team, gets the boot from competing in the Tour because he tests positive for EPO. Says the manager:

The team manager, Claudio Corti, said: “We’re absolutely stunned by what’s happening and by the behaviour of one of our riders. He seems to have secretly used banned substances, hiding everything from everybody in the team.”

Oh, puhleeeze. Does anyone believe that?

It seems like the time of drug free competition ended some time back in the 70s when Eastern European “women” looked like Arnold Schwartzenager. In fact, I think Arnold is really a woman….a really buff woman.

Too much time and effort go into testing these yahoos. If people want to kill themselves to ride their bicycle faster, I say more power to them. What say you?

Professional athletes should:
NOT be allowed to use performance enhancing drugs.
use whatever they can to get a competitive advantage. free polls

Cross-posted at Right Wing News

Smoggy Air, Not Communists, Not Terrorists, Biggest Problem In Beijing

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Olympic athletes will be suffering with terrible air quality over in Beijing. This may make a difference in their performance. More than that, I’ve been wondering where the environmentalists are on this. Interestingly, the American government (EPA) has done air quality studies on the city. Now, wait just a minute. I thought that the United States was and evil, consumerist empire bent on destroying the planet while communists cared about everything–the proletariat, sharing, equity and all that. Wouldn’t the nice, sharing types also consider, diligently, the health of the workers?

Evidently not. Lefties are in an awkward position here, but they’re managing to straddle the fence. They hate China AND Bush:

Aside from whether China DESERVED to be given the hosting of the Olympics in 2008, at this point a moot question, the karmic stains from the Tibetan and Uighur genocides upon China remain as vivid and as nauseating to the very few who are conscious of such things, as the stains on our own nation vis-a-vis our atrocities in much of the Middle East, which will go on and on in their impacts for decades into the future in most of the Islamic World, which, don’t forget, includes at least 40% of Africa.

I wrote as early as 2002 to His Holiness the Dalai Lama recommending that Tibetans protest the Beijing Olympics to bring attention to the genocide of the Tibetan People, their perhaps last chance to address these matter, advice which some Tibetans have taken quite seriously.

I write this today hoping for a sense of reconciliation towards most of the world that we have alienated in the past 8 years with the Bushies and the Neocons, but I also am deeply concerned for the athletes’ health going to Beijing. I regretfully predict that several will die there, not from terrorists due to the massive security paranoia in the Chinese authorities, but from plain old air pollution, especially in runners and cyclists doing long distances in that infernal smog.

So, many will die, but not from terrorism which is based in paranoia not actual experiences. The smog will kill them. It’s a dangerous world we live in these days. Between Bush, made up terrorism stories and smog, it’s more than dangerous–it’s deadly.

Cross-posted at Right Wing News