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Monday, July 26, 2021

Destroy sports, destroy America

I touched a nerve with readers on Saturday by stating why I just don't care about the Olympics. Many readers don't. Not this year. Not after watching athletes kneel, disrespect the flag, the national anthem, and otherwise insult the nation itself.

The protests were staged not to get police action but to destroy sports, which have the power to bring communities together. The Kaepernickies wanted to shed conservative fans.

Watching on TV a million people parade through Cleveland after the Cavaliers won the city's first major league championship in any sport in 52 years was inspirational. In other cities, hooligans use such victories as an excuse to riot in celebration. Not Cleveland.

Since then, LeBron James left town again, the Browns kneeled, and the Indians are becoming the Guardians.

I remember staying up late at night following an Indians game by watching the scrolls on CNN. When the score showed that the Indians had won the game on a grand slam by Albert Belle. I flipped to ESPN and sure enough, he did.

Sports brought my family together. I have nice memories of taking my youngest son and my daughter and son-in-law to a couple of Browns games in the last year of my son's life. I thought I was making good memories for him for when I died. Man plans, and God laughs.

My son is with me when I watch the Browns.

But the plan is to break that bond. Bringing people together no longer is the aim of our sports celebrities. They want to divide so we can be conquered.

John Hinderaker wrote, "Time to Convert to Soccer?"

He began his column, "A lifelong baseball fan, I abandoned the game this year after MLB sided with the Democratic Party in its campaign against ballot integrity in Georgia. It wasn’t just that: my home town team has put a Black Lives Matter sign and a memorial to George Floyd in right field. If I can’t escape politics at a baseball game, I’d rather go somewhere else. For the first time in decades, I haven’t seen a major league baseball game this year. Not only that, I haven’t watched or listened to a single pitch on radio or television."

Hinderaker wanted to escape politics. They won't let him.

Escaping to soccer is like an inmate digging a tunnel to solitary confinement. No thank you. Soccer is long and boring. Plus it has that purple-haired lesbian's team. The women players are impolite, obnoxious, and the antithesis of the old sport ethic of humility and respect for others. I don't care what their politics are. You do not mock the British sipping tea at the London Olympics.

But woke is rude because woke is selfish.

Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Arthur Ashe? Margaret Court? The athlete who is as graceful off the field as he is on the field is gone. 

To be sure, no one ever accused Muhammad Ali of being humble. 

But he had a sense of humor.

I don't believe Ali took himself as seriously as his critics did.

Today's sports figures take themselves more serious than a heart attack. I include the whole sports media. 

Simone Biles may be the only Olympian to get the big endorsement bucks after this Olympics is over because she remains unspoiled by fame. Maybe she will do something foolish and spoil that.

Too many of the rest of the athlete celebrities already fouled their nests.

I wonder if they realize they are killing their industry. I wonder if they realize they are on the path to becoming thousandaires again. I wonder if they realize how little we need them.

The goal of those who promote this politicization of sports is to ruin yet another part of the American tapestry. Sports once unified us. In unity there is strength, which is why the left promotes what it calls diversity.

47 comments:

  1. sports still does unite Americans... just not in the Main Stream. People are going to minor league baseball games and flag football games played by 11 year old kids.

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    2. I get it: observation sports are unique and exciting (to some). They are bonding opps for families and friends. But they're certainly not the only. Instead of observing together, why not act together? Hike, golf, birdwatch, explore, sew, quilt, dance, bike, cook, collect, etc. together. So much more we can do together with everlasting memories of LIVING together!

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    3. They take the knee, I hit the OFF button. Zero interest ever again.

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  3. These people are in it for the money. When the contracts dry up, they'll leave.

    Then you get sports back. Like everything else, it goes back to the grass roots.

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  4. Three words: Australian Rules Football. Really fun game to watch!

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  5. Everyday Americans are saving money by not buying tickets to sports events, but I'm spending mine on patriot celebrities like Aaron Lewis.

    Language warning.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvI4YUaLrY8

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    1. Great Song!! Exactly what a lot of us are thinking !!!

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  6. Every person performing in the Olympics should have to sign a pledge to respect our flag/America. To not do so means you are kicked off the team immediately. We pay your way, we give you respect for your efforts and dedication to your sport and you will return the respect. Otherwise stay home.

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  7. Don, The approach the left takes to all things is done through the prism of hate and intolerance. When you view their actions with that in mind, it’s much easier to understand, whether it be sports, CRT, BLM, Antifa, Deep State traitors, etc

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  8. I have given up on baseball, football (college and pro/TV), and never interested in basket ball. Lost interest LO, those many years ago!

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  9. Ack - what was John H. thinking?? Soccer? (Better-known as "metric football.") Help! Back when I was a kidlet, the lefties were always hyperventilating that we Americans were such rubes for liking our own homegrown sports like baseball and football, and that we needed to be more like our more-peaceful and more-sophisticated betters and drop our sports in favor of that kickie-ball game.

    Keep in mind that these were always the same people who were also trying to get us to switch to the metric system - not because it might actually make sense to use the same system that much of the world uses (which of course has commercial implications). Oh, no - that wasn't their argument. It was like metric football - we were just being insular yokels who were unenlightened, unlike our enlightened betters elsewhere. (These people were never very good at marketing of anything.)

    Well, to heck with kickie-ball.

    CURLING!!!!

    (You knew that was coming. :-) )

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    1. curling eh?

      you just want to get your rocks off (the ice)

      was there for the victory party at 14 in Superior Wisconsin and Bud Somerville when he won the silver broom in’74

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    2. Curling will be going down the tubes soon. It's becoming the new, trendy, sport with the wokesters in Austin.

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  10. Sadly, even college sports are tainted now. First by the “one and done” mentality that precludes building any kind of team spirit and now by allowing athletes to profit beyond a free ride to a prestigious school. Thank God for grandsons to watch. PS-soccer is a Commie sport. :-)

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  11. Cleveland Rocks! From the old Ian Hunter song would be better than Guardians.

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  12. Try watching Rodeo. Still patriotic, down to earth, and lots of fun for the whole family.

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  13. There are all kinds of shooting sports to get involved with.

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  14. Classic rock in the BEST sense of the word. Saw him at Rainbow Music Hall in Denver, 1979. Dude worked his ass off to give the people their money’s worth.

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  15. There were 500,000 people at Milwaukee bucks victory parade last Thursday. They are champions in every sense of the word. They don’t kneel.

    Ignore the NBA hierarchy, but there are still some good honest teams out there. In the box haven’t won a championship since I was 10 years old, and my 21-year-old is a big fan so it was fun to share this year with him.

    And Giannis Is a champion. He was setting his entire paycheck back to his family in Greece when he started, and then he realized one night he didn’t have money to get to the game on a bus or a cab. Some fans gave him a ride

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    1. And no fires, no riots and no Mayham one Milwaukee won game six. And the Phoenix Suns play the great series 2. It was very refreshing not having it be an East Coast West Coast deal

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  16. Simone Biles' deep Catholic faith has kept her grounded up to this moment. I suspect that'll continue.

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  17. Television ruined professional sports.

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  18. All the jerkola athletes are seeking with wokism is advantage.

    Once it is demonstrated conclusively that wokism brings their careers DISadvatage … that they are managing themselves from obscurity to oblivion … wokism in sport is immediately defeated.

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  19. Remember the goal of Marxism is to destroy the institutions that hold us together as a community. Sports was created to allow two people of differing political or religious beliefs to sit side by side and cheer the same team. The left doesn’t want to make sports woke. They want to get white blue collar worker to say fuck the MLB. What would be better is to vote in politicians who demand non partisan sports programs or they cancel the stadium deals.

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  20. The sports organizations have told us for years that sports builds character. I concluded a long time ago that it ain't necessarily so. Sports does not build character--it REVEALS character. If you had good character to begin with, it might reinforce it a little. But if you have little to none, it shows.

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  21. Glad to see that the U.S. Fencing and Shooting Teams are doing better than the U.S. Basketball and Women's Soccer Teams.

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  22. And look what's happening to DI "college" football. Turning into a mini-NFL right before our eyes. I started following and attending local DII & DIII games a few years ago. Much more enjoyable.

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  23. It unites people, so what? It unites them in stupidity. A fake society as a vain replacement for the real society they couldn't be bothered to defend. A million people in the street for a sports team whose mercenary members didn't come from there. A team who the locals have no logical reason to take credit for the qualities of that team. They don't even supply most of the money. In the meantime you couldn't get a million people to protest the open borders that will destroy any country that tolerates them. You couldn't get a million people on the street to protest the slow strangulation of freedom by the nasty combination of totalitarian leftists (the first viable totalitarian movement to appear on the North American continent) and Robber Barons that rule the country as a velvet dictatorship. Grow up. These are children's games with no real importance whatsoever.

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    1. milwaukee fans payed plenty in a specific sales tax for a new Brewers baseball stadium. they also voted funds to build the Bucks new arena when frankly they sucked just a few years ago.and hadn’t played in a championship in decades.

      we came up with the ICONIC Cheesehead

      It is about unity and bringing a community together. Some thing that unites everyone is anathema to the leftist Marxist agenda.

      nothing childish about honest sports values. very important. don’t let them take away our true love of sports by their wholeness.

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  26. What I love about soccer is that you don't need to be 6'5" plus or a freight train to play well or be taken seriously. It is a game of pure athleticism. It's not easy to put the ball in the net when you can't use your hands or arms. It's even harder when your trying to do it while running for 90 min straight with no subs on a pitch larger than a football field. Once you are subbed off you are off and your team only gets 4 subs. No commercials breaks.

    I am female and started playing soccer at the age of six. I got good at it and I still am. That being said I wouldn't watch what the current women's US team if you paid me too. Players like Rapino are a disgrace to the true progress that has happened with women's sports.

    One final observation. Every sport has its despicable players with despicable behavior. Football, basketball and baseball just get passes for their on field aggression and their off field DUI's, domestic violence, murder, rape, animal abuse and any thuggery in general.

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  27. I get it: observation sports are unique and exciting (to some). They are bonding opps for families and friends. But they're certainly not the only. Instead of observing together, why not act together? Hike, golf, birdwatch, explore, sew, quilt, dance, bike, cook, collect, etc. together. So much more we can do together with everlasting memories of LIVING together!

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  28. "In unity there is strength, which is why the left promotes what it calls diversity."

    Right on the money again, Don.

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  30. Bread and Circuses? The bread is moldy and Ringling Bros went out of business years ago.
    Heaven help the "dear leaders" if folks have time to think.

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  31. You are correct. This is part of an all-out assault on the culture whose goal is some sort of regime change on steroids, probably the end of the common-law based Nation State republics model. God knows what will replace it: some sort of corporatist UCC-based 'techno-feudalism.' It will use socialist language and end up with fascist governance. In order to get there, no doubt we will go through a crack-down phase with arrests, murders, property and money confiscations and so forth.
    Thankfully people are fighting back on the States levels, with School Boards and CRT etc., but it looks like generally all that is too little too late.
    The first huge test will be the 2022 mid-terms. If there is a clean election sweeping out RINO's and many Dems, there is a small chance the Republic can be put back into functioning existence. This is unlikely, of course, but not impossible. Time will tell.

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