Feminists against women’s sports

Female athletes make it clear that they are more dedicated to radical ideology than to actual women’s sports:

Several amicus briefs were filed Monday in support of Hecox v. Little, a challenge to Idaho’s law banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports in school.

Tennis icon Billie Jean King, World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe and WNBA legend Candace Parker were among the more than 175 athletes who joined Athlete Ally and the Women’s Sports Foundation in signing a brief filed by Lambda Legal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The brief highlights the athletes’ beliefs in the importance of equal opportunity for girls and women to participate in sports at all levels. 

“There is no place in any sport for discrimination of any kind,” King said. “I’m proud to support all transgender athletes who simply want the access and opportunity to compete in the sport they love. The global athletic community grows stronger when we welcome and champion all athletes—including LGBTQI+ athletes.”

So be it. If equality is to be the standard, then logic dictates that all discrimination in sports be abandoned. Let men, women, and self-defined freakshows all compete directly against each other. That’s the fastest, most efficient way to get back to having all-men’s sports.


No doubt whose side the military is on

It’s not the perfumed princes, selected for ideological conformity and corrupted by their promised pensions and corporate advisory board positions, who matter. It’s the young men who actually fight:

The biggest cheer of the day at the 121st annual Army-Navy game Saturday was reserved for President Donald Trump.

“USA! USA!” roared the crowd moments after the president took the field for the pre-game coin toss. He also received a warm reception from members of players representing both academies.


Another soccer legend gone

Paolo Rossi, one of the true greats of Italian soccer, has died at 64.

È morto Paolo Rossi, l’eroe del Mundial 82

Addio a Pablito, l’uomo che fece piangere il Brasile e trascinò gli azzurri di Bearzot alla conquista della coppa del mondo. Aveva 64 anni. 

Paolo Rossi, “Pablito”, l’eroe del Mundial del 1982, è morto all’età di 64 anni per un male incurabile. Rossi è morto all’ospedale di Siena dove si trovava ricoverato da qualche tempo per l’aggravarsi della malattia. L’annuncio è stato dato dalla moglie, Federica Cappelletti, con un post su Instagram.

Rossi arguably played the greatest single game anyone has ever played at the 1982 World Cup in the epic game against Brazil. He scored all three of Italy’s three goals in the Azzurri’s 3-2 victory. He was an amazing champion and the winner of one of the best games in soccer history.


Women in Football

 Outkick exposes the ridiculous Women in STEM SEC Football stunt that Vanderbilt arranged last weekened:

When I saw this whole ‘Vanderbilt needs a kicker’ story start to emerge, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it. And then, like a lot of people, I watched on Saturday, because I was like, ‘Well, I want to see. Is she actually gonna attempt field goals? Is she gonna attempt extra points?’ It’s an intriguing story for this Vanderbilt-Missouri game. And as I’m watching, they keep trotting out the punter, who actually was probably Vanderbilt’s best player on the field on Saturday, and he punted seven times in a row for an average of 43 yards. And so, as I’m watching, I’m thinking, ‘Wait a minute, it’s a lot tougher to punt than it is to kick off in a game.’

“So, this story that Vanderbilt didn’t have a kicker doesn’t make sense to me, because the punter could have clearly run up and popped the ball up in the air and kicked the ball a lot further than she did. This is not rocket science.”

Read the whole thing. Vanderbilt actually had two options known to be far superior to the future namesake of the Sarah Fuller Courage Award, both of whom were male, and in whom Vanderbilt was equally uninterested.

Then again, it wasn’t as if the stunt was going to cost Vanderbilt. It’s not as if actually trying to win the game would have made any difference whatsoever, so they might as well go ahead and start 11 women while they’re at it.


I miss the Old Met

Back when men were real men, women were real women, and the Minnesota Vikings were as crazy as the real vikings.

1969, halftime show at a Vikings game: “More than 40,000 watched in disbelief as a hot air balloon carried an 11-year-old boy over the light towers, and eventually dumped him in the icy Minnesota river.”

Wait… WHAT? ?

It was, indeed, a tough act to follow. They say don’t mess with Texas, but I don’t know if anyone outside of sub-Saharan Africa or historical Sparta ever treated children with such blithe indifference for their survival as Minnesotans of a certain era did. I was awarded the Zero Hero patch as a 11-year-old Boy Scout, which involved being given a saw, a sleeping bag, a box of matches, a pound of hamburger, and a loaded .38 revolver and being abandoned in the wilds of Northern Minnesota for 24 hours in sub-zero weather. Sub-zero Fahrenheit, to be clear.

No tent, no flashlight, no company. Should probably get your lean-to built before it gets dark, ya know. And if anything goes wrong, just fire three shots in a row. We should be able to hear you from the cabin. Good luck, kid!

I don’t think they have the Zero Hero in Florida. Frankly, if it weren’t for the patch – a polar bear on a light blue background – I’d wonder if I was remembering it all correctly.


RIP D10S

Diego Maradona has died.

One of the greatest soccer players of all time, a World Cup winner, Serie A icon, European champion, the Argentine international’s significance beyond the sport will likely be lost on many Americans, but Michael Jordan is probably the closest analogy.

I was once at a soccer game and talking to a Frenchman about the upcoming World Cup. When I asked him who he was supporting after the French national team – most World Cup viewers have distinct second favorites and little boys will usually provide you with a list of their favorites in each group – he looked rather knowing and told me “one guess” before pulling up his shirt.

The entire left side of his torso was covered with a tattooed bust of Maradona.

This goal against England, scored for Argentina in 1986, is generally considered to be his greatest, although I personally find #8 on this top 10 list to be the most mindboggling. And, of course, the Hand of God goal will never be forgotten.

As for the evergreen “who was the greatest?” question, I don’t think that either Pele or Maradona were ever as interested in it as everyone else is. Unlike Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, they were not rivals, they didn’t play the same position, and they appear to have had not only respect, but genuine affection for each other.

“Sad news to lose a friend like that. May God give enough strength to his family. For sure, one day we will kick a ball together in Heaven.” – Pele


To ask the question is to answer it

 And given that the WNBA can’t even get people to watch their games, the answer is no.

Can WNBA Players Take Down a U.S. Senator?

Sen. Kelly Loeffler poured gas on her feud with WNBA players by filing a bill targeting trans woman and girl athletes. But running against the WNBA could backfire on the Atlanta Dream co-owner.

On Sept. 22, Atlanta Dream co-owner and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) fired the latest salvo in her months-long battle with WNBA players. She introduced a bill that would effectively ban trans girls and women from playing publicly funded sports, potentially affecting thousands of youth, high school and collegiate athletes nationwide. Previously, Loeffler had clashed with WNBA players over their support for Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name, a campaign spotlighting Black women killed by police.

But with the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, Loeffler could not have picked an issue closer to the hearts of WNBA players, many of whom are LGBTQ.

If Loeffler doesn’t win reelection, it will because the Republican ex-governor was more popular, not because a few freaks from a minority of a minority of a minority are unhappy with her very popular view that boys in dresses should not be permitted to compete with girls in the latter’s sports.


Whatever could it be?

Speaking of sportswriters, Peter King is confused as to why people are watching less sports at a time when they’re spending more time at home with less to do.

I think this poll, from the Marist (N.Y.) Center for Sports Communications/Marist Poll, really surprised me: Of 1,560 random Americans at the end of September, 46 percent say they are watching fewer live sports events on TV. That goes against anything we’d normally think. In a pandemic, when people are forced indoors and forced in many instances to be isolated, wouldn’t you figure people would be watching more sports, not less? There wasn’t one dominant reason for the decline, said Jane McManus, longtime sportswriter and director of the Marist Center for Sports Communication—though 35 percent of those polled said concern about gathering with friends to watch sports was a prime reason; “athletes speaking out on political issue” was 32 percent, with the interest in the flood of news/election coverage making respondents 20 percent less likely to watch live sports. “We live in complicated times,” McManus told me. “Viewership traditions have been upended. Say you might have a tradition of watching the football game with your elderly father. Maybe now you’re staying away from your elderly father because you’re being careful about COVID-19.”

I think the one other striking point of comparison was the decline of those who consider themselves fans of football. A 2017 Marist poll found that 67 percent of respondents were football fans. The 2020 poll found that only 52 percent were. (Baseball was down, from 51 to 37 percent; basketball down from 44 to 37 percent—odd considering the poll was taken this time in the midst of exciting playoffs.) McManus said: “I don’t think you can isolate on any one thing right now, except that it seems people just have less bandwidth to deal with sports. For instance, I don’t think 67 to 52 for football is forever. Maybe you lost your job, you’re dealing with unemployment, your life is totally different than it was. I just think people’s focus is fractured, and the erosion is happening for every reason.”

The stubborn obtuseness of the social justice media is downright amusing at times. Readers have been telling Peter King for years to keep the politics out of his columns, and he has resolutely told them to take a hike if they don’t like his regular, though admittedly minimalistic, tangents about Trump, the coronavirus, gay rights, and BLM, to name a few. And to be fair, the size of his audience has not been reduced by these occasional little excursions, which may be why King finds it hard to believe that people are actually turning off the NFL due to all the anti-American political propaganda and BLM histrionics.

The key difference here is that King, although he’s never seen a left-wing cause he doesn’t instinctively support, has pretty much kept the political nonsense to a minimum. His columns are not only very much devoted to football and full of inside football detail, they are also extraordinarily long. He usually confines his political meanderings to one, or sometimes two, points in his 10 Things I Think I Think section, which is usually less than a tenth of his weekly column, and is located at the bottom. For example, in this week’s column, the overtly political content is largely limited to this:

o. Fifteen days till election day. From the sounds and looks of things, voting early is the best plan. It’s my plan.

And you know, if a veteran sportswriter wants to devote 21 words out of nearly 12,000 to his personal politics, he’s earned the right to indulge himself. Even if he was promulgating rank heresy about the God-Emperor, that little aside is nothing that can’t be easily skipped. But what King does, however irritating one finds it to be, is both qualitatively and quantitatively different than what the professional sports leagues are presently inflicting on their long-suffering and increasingly-distant fans. The non-stop political propaganda, the relentless insults to the flag and the anthem, and the ignorant chatter of the commentators completely ruins the experience for the average spectator.

Which, of course, is why, like more than a few other lifelong NFL fans, I haven’t watched a single minute of an NFL game or NFL coverage this year. Then again, from what I’ve read, this appears to be an excellent year for Vikings fans to assiduously avoid watching them play.


Disney expected to cut ESPN

 Woke, broke, and soon to get smoked:

CNBC’s Jim Cramer told TheStreet.com that Disney’s reorganization plan announced this week is writing on the wall for ESPN. “I think it’s really about getting rid of ESPN,” Cramer said of the plan to accelerate a direct-to-consumer strategy. The main focus for Disney going forward will be streaming, streaming and more streaming….

“ESPN used to be this unbelievable thing and now it’s just a really expensive thing they are having trouble monetizing. ESPN is no longer the precious place that it once was.”

“ESPN went from slightly over 100 million cable subscribers in 2010 to slightly over 80 million earlier this year,” Outkick’s Ryan Glasspiegel wrote this week when the Disney news was announced. This affects every cable network. Cable news has been thriving in viewership for a number of reasons, but it is still facing the subscriber declines of the rest of the industry. The issue for ESPN in particular is that they have by far the biggest subscriber fees of anyone in the business.

“This is the rough math: Between ESPN and ESPN2, the subscriber fees total about $10 a month. They’ve lost about 20 million subscribers, which is $200 million a month, which is about $2.4 billion a year in lost revenue.”

No matter how rich and powerful a corporation is, events will eventually overtake its situation sooner or later. 


Still in Stage One

Whereas the NBA has already reached Stage Three, the Bargaining phase of the Kübler-Ross model, the NFL is evidently still in Denial:

Sports Business Journal recently reported that NFL media operations man, Brian Rolapp, sent a memo to all the teams to allay their fears over the consistently bad ratings. Rolapp reasoned that both presidential politics and coronavirus hysteria was naturally diverting the attention of fans and resulting in fewer viewers.

“The 2020 presidential election and other national news events are driving substantial consumption of cable news, taking meaningful share of audience from all other programming,” reporter John Ourand claimed that Rolapp told the teams. “Historically, NFL viewership has declined in each of the past six presidential elections.”

Rolapp also pointed to the coronavirus as another reason for the lower ratings.

“The pandemic has caused several major sports to postpone their schedules, resulting in an unprecedented fall calendar,” Rolapp said. “The result is a crowded content marketplace driving a bifurcation of sports viewers across multiple events.”

Rolapp noted that the NFL season’s portion during the 2016 presidential election that put Donald Trump in the White House also took a significant ratings hit. And this year, the NHL and NBA have encroached into traditional football time because COVID pushed their seasons later in the year. That, Rolapp added, also took viewers from the NFL.

Rolapp, predictably, did not mention the players social justice protests as a cause for the ratings drop,

The most recent ratings for the league showed that Week 3 lost more than one million viewers over Week 2. Thursday Night Football’s game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars, for instance, fell to 5.3 million viewers, a drop from the 6.67 million that last week’s Thursday Week 2 game.

It never ceases to amuse me how long SJWs are able to deny the obvious. Apparently a 50 percent decline is necessary before they’re able to begin contemplating reality.