Dumb Jocks by Tom Reynolds
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters, "I don't plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country." Later, Kapler wrote about his disillusionment with what he called "the lack of delivery of the promise of what our national anthem represents."
Joe Biden’s attempt to create a “Ministry of Truth” to persecute his political enemies was rejected as unamerican and unconstitutional. Sounds like a, “delivery of the promise of what our national anthem represents” when American citizens can peacefully stop their government from infringing upon citizens’ rights. When people try that in most other countries, they get crushed.
If Kapler looked around, he would see a multitude of major league players making more than a million dollars a year who are from Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. Sounds like the USA is a land of opportunity. And not just for baseball players; our southern border is overflowing with people trying to get in – not out.
Kapler’s description of the National Anthem called it a: “…thoughtless display of celebration for a country that refuses to take up the concept of controlling the sale of weapons used nearly exclusively for the mass slaughter of humans”. According to Kapler, the Modern Sporting Rifle, (Assault Rifle to him) is used “nearly exclusively for the mass slaughter of humans.” It’s estimated there are 15 to 20 million of those rifles in civilian hands. His comment is both uninformed and a lie. 15 million guns being used nearly exclusively in mass slaughters would be called a civil war!
Did Kapler miss that the Chinese government disarmed its citizens and that some of those citizens, the Uyghurs, are now the victims of crimes against humanity by…the Chinese government. Now there is a mass slaughter of humans! I’ll bet the Uyghurs wished they had a few AR15’s.
When the 2nd Amendment was passed, the signers hadn’t just returned from hunting deer, they had just freed a country and they meant to keep it free. But Kapler probably missed that history class.
The next time you watch a ballgame, check out the security police. I’ll bet they are armed. It’s the same old story for the celebrity elite: “security for me but not for thee”. In a liberal’s world, self-defense is a no-no, except for themselves.
SCOPE recently wrote about the need to change the culture back to traditional values. Baseball is traditionally called “Our National Pastime”. That need for cultural change also applies to baseball.
Not too many years ago, Chicago White Sox Shortstop Tim Anderson would have been called a “hotdog”. In today’s society, we prefer psychological adjectives such as “self-absorbed” and “narcissistic”. He doesn’t hesitate to call attention to himself and if that causes the pitcher some embarrassment, that’s just collateral damage to the monument Anderson is building to himself. (Oh for the days when Bob Gibson would have taught Anderson that there is a cost to his antics.)
In a Sports Illustrated interview, Anderson defended his antics: “I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson…That’s huge to say. But it’s cool, man, because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m getting to a point to where I need to change the game.” Robinson, you may remember, was a serious barrier breaker and comparing Anderson’s antics to what Robinson accomplished not only is nonsense but it demeans Robinson’s accomplishments. But then again, Anderson specializes in nonsense while demeaning others.
Comparing himself to Jackie Robinson would seem to open Anderson up to some ridicule and derision; especially what used to be called “bench jockeying”. But not in today’s “politically correct” world of microaggressions. When Yankee third baseman Josh Donaldson facetiously called him “Jackie”, the calls of racism echoed though the land.
Racism? You gotta be kidding. But in today’s leftist culture, there’s no penalty for screaming racism without a basis.
If Anderson had said he was the greatest fan attraction since Babe Ruth, what would have been the reaction if Donaldson had called him Babe?
Tim Anderson is just a self-absorbed lightweight but the media doesn’t don’t you dare call him that since that will brand them a racist.
Remember in the old cultural days when sportsmanship was lauded and people were proud to salute the national anthem?
And we can always count on the National Felon League to chime in when nonsense is being discussed. Remember, this is the league that condemned Tim Tebow for kneeling to God but endorsed Colin Kaepernick for kneeling to disparage the USA.
Jack Del Rio recently tweeted that there was a comparison between the nationwide riots of 2020 and the January 6th assault on the Capitol. The reaction could not have been more defensive, by the Left, than if he tweeted that there was fraud in the 2020 election. Del Rio was fined $100,000 and his boss, Washington head coach Ron Rivera, issued a statement filled with left wing propaganda. Rivera said that Del Rio now “…understands the distinction between that dark day (January 6th) and peaceful protests.” Peaceful protests? I wonder if Rivera thinks the fighting in Ukraine is another example of “peaceful protests”?
Rivera continued to prove he is an intellectual lightweight by saying, “I want to make it clear that our organization will not tolerate any equivalency between those who demanded justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the actions of those on January 6th who sought to topple our government.” So much for the 1st Amendment.
In some ways, there is no comparison between the events since the “peaceful protesters” carried and used guns while those that sought to “topple our government” were doing so unarmed. The first coup in history where the rebels came unarmed.
Maybe the jocks aren’t the dumbest. Since we’re writing about NFL nonsense: at the same news conference that she pushed for more gun control, Governor Hochul forked over $600 million and Erie County added $250 million (all $850 million is taxpayers’ dollars) to build a new stadium for the benefit of the Buffalo Bills’ billionaire owners and the billionaires running the NFL and the millionaires playing in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Washington franchise is holding up governments in the DC area for sweetheart deals to buy them a new stadium. Any guesses as to the amount of fraud and collusion in those two deals?
Few have the courage to speak up and call it nonsense, even when it is nonsense. We still have the 1st Amendment, why not use it to call out nonsense.