Resisting temptation

The servants of the lie don’t care what you say, so long as you don’t speak or stand by the truth:

Israel Folau has broken his silence about his tattered football career, saying he refused the ‘temptation’ to play rugby again and likened Rugby Australia’s offer to that of the devil. The 30-year-old took to the stand of his congregation’s service in Sydney’s Kenthurst on Sunday morning, saying his latest controversy has ‘been really challenging’. 

He told The Truth of Jesus Christ church service that there had been several opportunities to save his $4 million Wallabies contract, but he ultimately refused the ‘temptation’ to take down his homophobic social media post.

‘The way Satan works is he offers you stuff that could look good to the eye and makes you feel comfortable, and if you follow that path all the worries and troubles will go away. (But) it is always the will of God that comes first.’

Folau referenced his refusal to accept Rugby Australia’s recent compromise offer to save his career under the condition he deletes his homophobic Instagram post from April.

This is a true man of principle. May God reward his faith and steadfastness. We are all subject to these temptations to sell out and submit in return for worldly riches. May we all have the strength and the courage to resist them.


The end of women’s sports

It’s hard to feel bad for the feminists:

When two high school athletes who were born male but identify as female took first and second place at Connecticut’s girls indoor track championship this year, it wasn’t just a local news story.

To some, it was a story of triumph and courage. The winner, a junior from Bloomfield High School, set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds in the 55-meter dash, and went on to win the New England titles in both the 55-meter dash and the 300-meter dash.

To others, it was a story of shock and disappointment: Is this the end of women’s sports?

To Selina Soule, a 16-year-old runner from Glastonbury, it was personal.

A junior, Selina missed qualifying for the 55-meter in the New England regionals by two spots. Two spots, she said, that were taken by biological boys.

Had the boys who identify as girls not been allowed to compete, Selina would have placed sixth, qualifying to run the 55 in front of college coaches at the New England regionals.

Instead, she placed eighth, watching the 55 from the sidelines after qualifying in only the long jump, an event in which the transgender athletes didn’t compete.

It’s more than a bit amusing to see feminists getting shut down for daring to contradict the SJW narrative.


A foul is a foul

I don’t see why there is any controversy at all concerning the Kentucky Derby and Maximum Security being disqualified:

The announcement seemed to come from the heavens, and then all hell broke loose.

“Hold all tickets.”

Country House was declared the winner of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs after the second disqualification in the race’s 145-year history. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in 2:03.93 but was moved to 17th place after a lengthy review.

Many in the rain-soaked crowd of 150,729 booed the result. Connections of Maximum Security celebrated in the winner’s circle but were quickly escorted out, replaced by Country House’s connections.

As the race stewards reviewed the video, Country House trainer Bill Mott stood in the middle of the sloppy Churchill track, surrounded by reporters.

“They don’t take many horses down in the Kentucky Derby,” Mott said before the disqualification was announced. “If it was a maiden $10,000 on a Thursday, it would be a no-brainer. They don’t want the controversy, I’m sure, but you’re supposed to keep a straight line.”

I’m no horse racing expert, but we watch the Grand National and the Triple Crown every year, and that sudden lurch to the right by Maximum Security as he rounded the last bend was entirely obvious live. I didn’t realize it was actually illegal, but I even happened to comment on what a massive mistake it was by the jockey at the time, because it opened up an easy inside lane for Code of Honor, although the eventual second-place finisher was unable to take advantage of it.

Given that sort of cross-lane lurch is grounds for disqualification, there is absolutely no question that disqualifying the horse was the right decision. It was as obvious as the pass interference that wasn’t called in the NFC championship game between the Rams and the Saints.


The difference between Alpha and Delta

This is a very, very important concept. Women and Gammas tend to be unaware of the distinction:

“I’m gonna give you a great quote that Ozzie Newsome said to me at the Senior Bowl,” [Oakland General Manager Mike] Mayock said. “I’ve known Ozzie forever. He congratulated me on the job. I said, ‘Do you have any advice?’ He said, ‘Mike, having an opinion is a hell of a lot easier than having to make a decision.’ I thought that was so well said back then. And then I really felt the weight of it last night.”

One of the biggest challenges facing any Bravo or Delta promoted to a leadership position is understanding that it is no longer sufficient to have an opinion. Having an opinion is easy, since there are no negative consequences associated with it even when one is completely wrong. But leadership necessarily requires making decisions… and being responsible for the consequences of those decisions.

It’s always amusing to see how rapidly even the most-opinionated people retreat from their opinions when they are informed that their advice will be scrupulously followed, but they will be held responsible for the consequences.

UPDATE: a question is asked.

Who do Gammas promote? Do Gammas tend to promote other Gammas in an organization? Or is it a mix of Alphas, Betas, Deltas, etc., just as long as the Gammas get to boss them around? 

Gammas promote women. It’s always Gammas arguing for MOAR WOMEN in STEM, MOAR WOMEN in gaming, MOAR WOMEN in the chess club. That’s because they are always desperate for more exposure to women.



A rugby star stands strong

Can you say that you would be able to face the end of your career with similar equanimity or would you cuck and submit to the devils?

Australian rugby star Israel Folau is facing a ban from the national side after claiming that gay people would go to hell.  The 30-year-old full-back, who is Australia’s best-paid rugby player, posted on Instagram last week to say that ‘hell awaits’ for ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators’.

Rugby chiefs have said the homophobic comments ‘warrant termination of his employment contract’, which is believed to be worth around £1.1million a year.  But Folau has refused to back down, saying it was up to God whether he would carry on playing and insisting he would rather face the end of his career than retract his comments.

The row has also engulfed England’s Billy Vunipola, who ‘liked’ the post on Instagram and later defended the Australian player, remarking that ‘man was made for woman to procreate’.

When asked if the fallout has made him reconsider his comments, Folau, a devout Christian, replied: ‘Absolutely not. I’ll stand on what the Bible says. I share it with love. I can see the other side of the coin where people’s reactions are the total opposite to how I’m sharing it. First and foremost, I live for God now. Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that’s not to continue on playing, so be it. In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.’

This is why Christians should never have permitted the godless to push the dishonest concept of “freedom of speech”. The whole point of creating that nonexistent freedom was to eradicate the Christian blasphemy laws in force throughout the West in order to replace them with the Satanic equivalent.


The return of the Tiger

I have to admit, I really did not see this astonishing comeback coming:

Tiger Woods has won the 83rd Masters tournament in an astonishing comeback after 14 years since he last secured a green jacket.

Woods, 43, was tied for second going into the final round on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, but pulled into the lead on the back nine and won as his family looked on.

It is the first time Woods has won a major when he did not have a lead or co-lead after 54 holes, his first win at The Masters since 2005, and his first majors title in 11 years.

On the 18th green, the patrons went wild and began chanting ‘Tiger, Tiger’ as Woods sunk his final putt to win the tournament, completing a dizzying final round and one of the biggest fairytale comebacks in sports history.

I genuinely thought he was done. But if he was going to do it anywhere, he was inevitably going to do it at Augusta.


No sympathy

If you want LGBTQWTF equality, then you deserve it, good and hard:

Andraya Yearwood hears the comments, usually from adults and usually not to her face.

She shouldn’t be running, they say, not against girls.

Yearwood, a 17-year-old junior at Cromwell High School, is one of two transgender high school sprinters in Connecticut, transitioning to female.

She recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. The winner, Terry Miller of Bloomfield High, is also transgender and set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds. Yearwood finished in 7.01 seconds and the third-place competitor, who is not transgender, finished in 7.23 seconds.

Miller and Yearwood also topped the 100-meter state championships last year, and Miller won the 300 this season.

Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage, expressing a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes as they break barriers across sports around the world from high school to the pros.

“I have learned a lot about myself and about other people through this transition. I always try to focus most on all of the positive encouragement that I have received from family, friends and supporters,” Yearwood said. “I use the negativity to fuel myself to run faster.”

Connecticut is one of 17 states that allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete.com, which tracks state policies in high school sports across the country. Seven states have restrictions that make it difficult for transgender athletes to compete while in school, like requiring athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate, or allowing them to participate only after going through sex-reassignment procedures or hormone therapies.

The other states either have no policy or handle the issue on a case-by-case basis.

Yearwood acknowledges she is stronger than many of her cisgender competitors, but says girls who are not transgender may have other advantages.

“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” she said. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”

Miller, who declined to be interviewed for this story, has said that if she felt a competitor had an unfair advantage, it would simply push her to try to improve.

One of their competitors, Selina Soule, says the issue is about fairness on the track with wider implications. The Glastonbury High School junior finished eighth in the 55, missing out on qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots.

Soule believes that had Miller and Yearwood not run, she would be on her way to race in Boston in front of more college coaches.

“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” she said. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”

If you fully support these athletes, then stop crying about losing to them. Frankly, I don’t see how separate boys and girls competitions can be permitted any more than separate black and white competitions are.

In fact, isn’t it totally unequalitarian to deny people who don’t have the good fortune to attend high school, or be of high school age, the right to compete in high school track meets?

If equality is the standard, then impose complete equality across every single social construct. And if you won’t do that, then you obviously don’t believe in equality and we’re just arguing over where to draw the lines between various differences.


There goes the dynasty

A surprising arrest of a rich and influential man, especially in light of the connection to sex trafficking and all the conspiracy theories that surround it these days.

Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots, has been arrested in Florida for soliciting a prostitute, the Jupiter, Fla., police department said Friday. The arrest was part of a bigger operation to uncover human sex trafficking that included the facility used by Kraft, the police said, but the NFL owner was not, as of Friday, linked to that trafficking operation. Police said Kraft was involved in two incidents in the last month at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter and there is video evidence showing the Patriots owner in the act, the CBS affiliate in Boston reported.

And to think that Patriots fans thought they were sick of hearing about TapeGate and DeflateGate…. I note that former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was forced out of ownership for less.

But wait, there’s more:

Adam Schefter said on ESPN that Kraft isn’t the most famous person — there’s someone else whose name hasn’t surfaced yet who’s better known than Kraft. “I’m also told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved down there in South Florida,” Schefter said.


The barbarization of sport

This is just… sad. The latest addition to the Olympics is a grand metaphor for the descent of the West:

Breakdancing is one of four additional sports expected to be included at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris along with surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding, sources indicated Wednesday.

The list of additions is due to be revealed by the local organising committee (OCOG) on Thursday and must be signed off on by the International Olympic Committee. Their inclusion would come on top of the 28 sports already on the programme, although the Paris 2024 committee did not confirm the reports to AFP.

Breakdancing, an acrobatic style of street dance typically set to hip-hop or funk music, would be making its first appearance in the Olympics, while the three other sports will all be introduced at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Karate and baseball/softball, all part of the Tokyo programme, are also candidates, as well as squash, which has been repeatedly rebuffed, and petanque.

At least 20 disciplines from federations recognised by the IOC have applied for inclusion.

From the sporting arts of the gentleman to primitive posturing and thrashing about. Petanque, in case you don’t know, is essentially horseshoes with metal balls, or to put it another way, curling on sand. There are few things more pathetic than an old institution attempting to create appeal for “the youth”. And if that’s the goal, they’d do better to simply throw up their hands and embrace esports.