Remember: after you “boo that thing,” be sure to tell him you love him. But first help her up.
How could a smart, well-mannered sports fan not have re-evaluated himself from skeptic to cynic? How will it be possible to bring fans and customers back to a place they’ve never been?
Last week in this space, I wrote that as the legitimate representative of the NBA Grizzlies fan base, ESPN proudly presented a live chat with Memphis-based rapper Juicy J.
He didn’t appear to be a knowledgeable fan, so it was hard not to conclude that his invitation was based on his hate-filled, boastful self-esteem and violent defiance, vulgar lyrics, including the N-word referring to the black men and the unprintable, profane sexual degradation of young women. In other words, the usual garbage.
Juicy J was just the latest ESPN-blessed celebration of a rapper who promotes and supports the most corrosive criminal stereotypes of urban black America.
Another rapper, who has found favor on ESPN is the aptly named Young Thug, not much different from Juicy J, according to genre. Read for yourself. I suggest “Get the F–k Out of My Face” as the first stop.
Last week, ESPN-favoured Atlanta-based Mr. Thug was arrested, this time charged with a slew of crimes ranging from possession of a small arsenal of assault weapons to distributing drugs , commission of armed offenses and participation in sponsored gangs. street crimes.
Back in Memphis, where the Grizzlies PA system and on-court cheerleaders, male and female, now lead a cheering chant, “Whoop That Trick!” from a rap “song” uttered by a guy who delightfully calls himself Al Kapone.
“Whoop that ride,” according to the Urban Dictionary, is street slang for: “What you do when your girlfriend goes off the beaten path.” Basically give her a pimp slap when she acts. Charming. His girlfriend is nothing more than a “thing” who needs a pimp’s smack.
Thus, another painful and retrograde stereotype that should be eradicated is celebrated. At a professional basketball game! Why? And why would black America choose to quietly indulge in this anywhere? Why do the Al Sharptons continue to ignore everything, including the regular shootings and stabbings of rappers by rivals?
Last week, Warriors stars Steph Curry and Draymond Green, along with local fans on Friday, joined in on “Whoop That Trick.” They have been heard and seen to like it. So where are the NBA and Players Association commitments to social and racial activism in pursuit of positive change?
With the NBA last season financially, politically and visibly sucked into the (dis)organizational con Black Lives Matter, what did commissioner Adam Silver do with this one? So far, nothing.
He should demand – order – his elimination from NBA games, in arenas and on national television.
And if fools complain, Silver should be proud! Or do Silver, the NBA and the NBPA advocate domestic violence?
And last week, The Post’s Josh Kosman and Brian Lewis reported that NBA ticket prices had risen as attendance fell.
Another NFL arrest on Thursday. Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, Alabama’s 2020 first-round pick, has been charged with tampering with evidence, under the Colorado legal title “domestic violence enforcer,” his alleged victim the mother of his child in young age – although the mother has asked for the charges to be dismissed.
All of our sports are overwhelmed by acts of incivility, whether between players or players against nearby “fans”, whether at Yankee Stadium or the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
It now seems a weekly occurrence for professional tennis players to throw a vulgar tantrum aimed at the crowd or a courtside official. Last week at the Italian Open, it was Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who is ranked 16th in the world.
The Rangers fans who populate The Garden then sing “a hole!” in the game the officials or visiting players are fueled by a mentality of uncivil crowd participation. Or would they dare to be the only ones among thousands shouting rude chants?
You no longer encourage your team, you mock and curse the visiting team. This amounts to swearing loyalty to the group, not that they chant “a hole!” at the table with the family or watching the game alone on television. Or would they?
Why did the disease get worse? Are those in leadership positions – starting with commissioners – afraid to lead? Do they avoid the risk of being condemned by fools? Or are they good with what happens – very low – under their watch?
Aligning bad teams comes with NFL planning benefits
The NFL schedule revealed Thursday confirmed what was to be expected: a totally unintended spin-off to Roger Goodell’s false claim that the Jets and Giants PSL purchases “are good investments.”
Despite the teams’ home in the country’s biggest TV market, the two are expected to play mostly 1 p.m. home games on Sundays – the once most convenient time for fans, weather and logic to start all matches. of the NFL.
Jets and Giants customers this season have been “blessed” with this “gift” for one reason only:
Their teams shouldn’t be better than mediocre, so the NFL TV networks, which buy their programming and start-time “bending” authority from the NFL, don’t want to be part of either on the other for their highest rating in late Sunday afternoon and prime time. television broadcasts.
Eight of the Giants’ nine home games have been scheduled for 1 p.m., while seven of the Jets’ eight home games are scheduled for 1 p.m.
Or as Alice Kramden put it when Ralph told her that if elected Mystical Exalted Grand High Master of the Raccoon Lodge, they would both be entitled to a free burial at the Raccoon Cemetery in Bismarck, ND, she replied, “I’m so excited, I don’t know if I should live or die.
The Norman liberal on “errors”
The quote of the week was uttered by Greg Norman acknowledging that the latest new golf tour he is running is being run with money from the Saudi government, a government accused of sanctioning a politically expedient murder:
“We’ve all made mistakes.”
Murder? Come on, have I ever committed murder? Try to think. Hmm. No, I can’t say I’ve ever killed anyone, at least not since breakfast. You?
Norman’s “We’ve all made mistakes” reads no differently than Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney’s tweet, “We’re young. Everyone makes mistakes…” – to defend Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III after he was charged with impaired driving homicide, crashing into his victim’s car at a speed of 156 mph reported by the police.
It’s a total jerk. A TV commercial last week for NYRA Bets told horse gamblers, “We specialize in… increasing your bankroll.” If that were the case – if the opposite were not true – there would be no NYRA betting.
Since the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL ostensibly collect millions of dollars a year in fines, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly how much, where the money goes and who, if any, pays the pulp taxes? Or, if he goes to charity, who gets the radiation?
I don’t know what’s going on inside, but I was sorry to see the Islanders fire Barry Trotz. I liked his stoic style. I can’t help but wonder if the Islanders’ delayed arena completion — their first 13 games were played on the road — and the COVID-stricken roster has bridged too far.
In ads now featuring Pete Alonso, the Mets slugger is identified as “Pete Alonso, Real CarShield Customer.” This means that the original warranty has expired on the old car or cars he is driving. Sure why not?
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