Category Archives: Sports

Golf Report: Old white guy calls 911 because black women aren’t playing fast enough

Coulda asked to play through. Just saying.

Did you see this bullshit?

Man who called police on black golfers: No weapons involved “other than her mouth”

YORK, Pa. — A man who called police on a group of black women golfers accused of playing too slowly at a Pennsylvania golf club denied to dispatchers that he was acting out of racism. Grandview Golf Club in York issued an apology following the April 21 incident. The women were club members and have described the experience, which began at the second hole, as demeaning and discriminatory.

In one of two recordings of 911 calls to police posted by the York Daily Record, the caller says the group was “holding everybody up” and one of the women accused the golf club of racism.

The caller told a dispatcher, “We have a tough situation here with a group of golfers that decides they don’t want to abide by the rules.”

Asked if the gofers had any weapons, Chronister said: “It’s even worse than that, but anyway I can’t …”

He then said no weapons were involved “other than her mouth.”

Steve Chronister

Steve Chronister

Let me begin with a few caveats. I don’t know how slowly the women were playing. I don’t know if the guy is racist. I don’t know what the woman said or if her tongue is weapons grade. Read more

NFL national anthem policy: institutionalized racism strikes back?

Lions during national anthem

I have smart, strongly progressive friends who don’t see the national anthem issue the way I do. Here’s an exchange between one of my closest friends and me on the subject, with some discussion about pragmatism and idealism…

Yesterday, in the wake of the newly announced NFL policy on the national anthem, I posted this to Facebook:

Okay, I need someone to convince me not to boycott the NFL at least until they decide that domestic abuse is worse than speaking out against injustice.


I got a number of replies. Read more

ESPN gargles Tiger Woods some more

Ladies and gentlemen, the deepest throat in the history of sports journalism.


Read yesterday’s rant. Then check this.

ESPN sucks Tiger Woods' dick

Tiger is tied for 40th, 18 shots back, but that’s okay. He’s still the story. The only story. We’re assured, further down the screen, that [f]or Tiger, par 72 in Round 3 ranks as progress. Even better, if Patrick Reed wins, it will be because he wants to be like Tiger so it will be almost the same as if Tiger won himself! Read more


As long as Tiger Woods is drawing breath, ESPN is going to have Patrick Reed in witness protection.

Patrick Reed can’t catch a break with the Morthership, no matter how good he is. Here’s a screenshot of this morning’s ESPN above-the-fold malpractice:

Tiger Woods Patrick Reed

Reed leads at 9-under, but the real story is Tiger Woods, who barely made the cut. Look – there is accomplishment in his struggles. Pimping ain’t easy for a hustler having to squeak by on $740M. Read more

Dolphins owner to players: on your feet, niggers [UPDATED]

UPDATE – 12:53 pm MST: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross now says he won’t make players stand for the anthem.

Ross’ comments Tuesday in a statement released by the Dolphins came after the New York Daily News reported that he said all of the team’s players will stand for the anthem in 2018. Ross was in New York on Monday to be honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation and receive its ROBIE Lifetime Achievement Award.

”I have no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem, and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued,” Ross said in his statement.

If you’re confused, join the club. In the audio, available on the Daily News site, Ross clearly says “all our players will be standing.”

It’s hard to know what to make of it all. It’s odd that “I won’t make players stand” would get “misconstrued” to “I will make players stand,” especially since it’s on tape. The way he shapes that sentence, though – he doesn’t regret that he said what he said. He regrets that what he said was misconstrued. By other people. To mean, well, what he said.

Regardless, the irony is thick enough to choke a moose. On a couple of accounts. First, as noted above, he was being presented an award by the Jackie Robinson Foundation. And second, a rich white guy being afforded the chance to “clarify” what he meant, in a story about how institutional racism deprives black people of the right to mean what they mean … you can’t make this stuff up.

Read on.

I don’t want to deprive people of their right to express themselves fairly, so hopefully we’ll have resolution at some point. If Ross is innocent, I’ll happily retract the vitriol I aim at him below.


Kaepernick vs very fine people respect-the-flag

Because massa said so, that’s why.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says all players on his team will stand for the national anthem starting next season.

“All of our players will be standing,” Ross told the New York Daily News on Monday.

“Initially, I totally supported the players in what they were doing,” Ross said. “It’s America, and people should be able to really speak about their choices.”

But Ross told the newspaper he came to the standing decision because he felt the message being sent by kneeling players was unpatriotic and anti-military, an interpretation that was taken by President Donald Trump.

Don't shootFuck Colin Kaepernick and all the rest of them uppity negroes. The protests were about DISRESPECTING THE MILITARY BECAUSE TRUMP SAID SO.

Here’s your free speech and expression in America, bitches: If you do something, you aren’t the one who gets to decide why you did it and what it means. It doesn’t matter what the darkies think they mean, what matters is how massa “interprets” it.

BLACK PERSON: I think Plilando Castille’s killing was a crime.
WHITE RULING CLASS: How dare you disrespect the military!

It’s sort of unreconstructed Colonialism and runaway Postmodernism all at once, init? (Sorry, the book learnin’ got the best of me for a second there…) Read more

S&R Honors: Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Justice. Fairness. Sacrifice. Service. Humility. Aren’t these qualities on which we Americans pride ourselves?

Few people were more in the news in 2017 than former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the man who touched off a massive cultural battle over his decision to kneel for the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season. Oddly, he continued to dominate the headlines despite a conscious decision to stay out of the limelight, where he could better focus on his community and charitable activities.

Demonized, misrepresented and targeted with death threats … for what? Read more

Would Hope Solo make a good USSF president?


Former US Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo announced this week she will run for president of the United States Soccer Federation. The initial response has been … dismissive.

Solo is rightfully regarded as a #USWNT legend (with two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup championship over a 16-year career than included 202 caps), but she has also developed a somewhat spotted reputation in the eyes of many for a series of off-field incidents. It’s safe to say that her personal brand has suffered in recent years despite her status as a national sports icon. Read more

Messi and Ronaldo stay home? How to make sure all the best players go to the World Cup.

As qualifying wraps up this week, we’re staring at the very real possibility next year’s FIFA World Cup will be staged without Lionel Messi and/or Cristiano Ronaldo.

That the greatest competition in world sports, save possibly the Olympics, would fail to include the men most regard as the two greatest players alive (and certainly two of the greatest of all time), seems unthinkable. But it could absolutely happen.


The Situation

Messi and Argentina are in trouble.

Currently sitting in sixth place in South America’s CONMEBOL qualifying table, Argentina could yet finish fifth and secure a two-legged playoff against New Zealand with a draw in Quito if Peru lose to Colombia, but the 1978 and 1986 world champions are in no position to chance their luck by relying on the results of others, so they have to win to be sure.

Ecuador, eighth in the 10-team group, is a side Argentina should handle (not that “should” has mattered a whit in their campaign so far). Thing is, Quito is the highest capital in the world at 9,350 feet, an oxygen-free elevation that’s utterly hellish on visiting players not used to it. Which is to say, all of them. So this is a dicey test, to say the least.

If they get that fifth spot New Zealand should be a formality. Again, though, “should.” Football can be an odd game, and Argentina’s inability to play up to the level of its abilities (admittedly, against exceptional competition) has it in a predicament that’s uncomfortable, at best.

Ronaldo’s Portugal also find themselves in a bit of a spot. They play Switzerland in Group B tomorrow. If they prevail, they win the group and advance. Pretty straightforward, except that the Swiss are a perfect 9-0-0 in the group. Should Portugal draw or lose, they face a home-and-away playoff with one of the other runners-up, a group that might serve up Sweden, Italy, Denmark or Croatia. Not a cakewalk in the bunch.

The Implications

While the Messi/Ronaldo scenario is unprecedented due to their quality – between them they have won the last nine Ballon d’Or awards for best player in the world – the truth is world-class players miss out on the Copa all the time. In some cases their national sides get nudged out by fierce competition (especially in Europe). A quick look at the UEFA table as it stands today shows that, thanks to the fact Europe only gets 13 slots, several talented sides will be staying home. The list of at-risks includes nations like Sweden, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Serbia, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Iceland, Croatia and several more.

In other cases you have talented players who simply hail from smaller nations with weak programs. One of my favorites some years ago was Iceland’s Eiður Guðjohnsen. Iceland has emerged as a serious football enterprise in the last few years, but at the time Guðjohnsen acknowledged that he had to set his sights on club glory because he understood national success wasn’t in the cards. Guðjohnsen wasn’t an elite star like Messi or Ronaldo, but he was certainly quality enough to have deserved a shot at the Cup. If only he’d been born 1,000 miles to the southeast…

The Solution

FIFA’s move to expand the tournament to 48 teams beginning in 2026 will alleviate some of the problem. Under that system one imagines Portugal and Argentina are, at least, closer to safety than they are today. Still, since one the primary goals of the new process is to afford more slots to the less powerful regions, we can still still expect the Copa to leave any number of worthy players at home. I’m not just talking about Europe and South America, either. There are exceptional individual talents in most African nations, and MLS has provided a means for Central American and Caribbean players to hone their skills against much stronger competition than ever before.

So what if a slot were reserved for a team featuring players whose countries didn’t qualify? Team FIFA, Team World, Team UN. Make it charitable – Team UNICEF, Team Red Cross, Team Oxfam. 

To assure wide participation, you might institute a limit of two players per nation (or not – we can hack out the details later), but this idea would accomplish multiple goals.

  • First, as indicated above, it would assure that the world’s greatest tournament featured the world’s greatest players. All of them.
  • It would provide an opportunity for talented footballers from weak footballing nations a chance to compete on the biggest stage – something that may never happen for them with the present system.
  • It would widen the Cup’s appeal. Expanding to 48 teams means you’ll have 48 nations invested. Adding Team World means another 15-20 nations now have something to cheer for. Consider this year’s US qualifying. Unless disaster strikes, the Yanks will qualify for Russia, but our prospects were far from certain even a week ago. What if we had failed to qualify? Under a Team World system, American supporters would at least be able to cheer on Christian Pulisic, the kid who seems destined to be our greatest player ever. That would be a wonderful thing for everybody, having the world’s largest economy paying at least a little attention, don’t you think?
  • Finally, maybe there’s a global harmony angle. If Team World featured players from, say, the US, Iran, Syria, Slovenia, China, North Korea, Cuba, South Africa, Azerbaijan, Libya, Papua New Guinea… See where I’m going with this? For a few weeks nations that know little about each other, or maybe don’t like each other at all, would have cause to learn more, to interact, to bond, to pull together. You never know.

I’m sure there would be a variety of logistical hurdles, but I can’t see a downside, especially since FIFA clearly wants to be more inclusive.

And having your best players sitting at home? That’s not good for anyone.

Premier League TV income impasse: are we on the brink of an all-Euro Super League?

European-Football-Super-LeagueControversy over how to divvy up the revenues means uncertainty in England. The outcome of these deliberations could move us closer to a European SuperLiga including the big six Prem clubs (and maybe more than that)…

A couple years ago I wrote about the prospects for a European football SuperLigaThis is hardly a new idea (with Marca suggesting it’s a when-not-if, and perhaps sooner-rather-than-later situation) but at that point I was considering the massive infusion of cash into the English Premier League courtesy of its new TV deals and speculating that as a result the rest of the leagues in Europe would soon have no choice but to form a continental Super League. Read more

Nebraska fires AD; somewhere Frank Solich is laughing his ass off

Because 10 wins isn’t good enough.

As a committed Husker Hater, I can’t stop laughing over this:

Nebraska fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Thursday, calling for a higher level of competitiveness five days after the Cornhuskers football team lost to Northern Illinois.

University chancellor Ronnie Green, who did not hire Eichorst, said in a statement that while Eichorst made positive contributions to the school, his “efforts have not translated into on-field performance.”

I always enjoy it when Nebraska loses. I mean, this was one of my favorite sports moments ever:

Husker_Child Crying

I know, I know. I’m a terrible person.

To the point, though. What makes NU’s ongoing futility so entertaining is how they got here. Remember Frank Solich? He was their football coach from 1998-2003, and during that time his teams won 58 games (four of them over my Buffs). After that last season they ran him off, though. He’d only won nine and by jiminy that wasn’t good enough for a legendary program like Nebraska. (That team won its bowl game, giving them a final record of 10-3.)

I think a lot of us Colorado fans were just fine seeing the back side of Frank Solich.

Since that decision, the Huskers have played 13 seasons (not counting this one) under three different coaches. During that span they have managed 10 wins only four times.

To review, then:

  • With Solich: Four 10-win seasons out of six (66%)
  • Since Solich: Four 10-win seasons out of 13 – and this year ain’t looking good (30%)
  • With Solich: 9.6 wins per year
  • Since Solich: 8.3 wins per year

Any questions?

Here’s hoping the legacy of stupid continues. Until the end of time.

MLB can’t tolerate the Red Sox acting like the Patriots

Boston Red SoxI love my Sox, but they need to respect the integrity of the game.

The Boston Red Sox appear to have been busted for cheating.

The hated New York Yankees have what they believe is conclusive evidence that the Sox were violating the league’s no-technology rule by using video and electronic communications to steal the catcher’s signs and relay them to their players, allowing the hitter to know what pitch was coming in advance. Given the velocity with which today’s pitchers throw and how little time the batter has to assess the pitch once it’s released, this constitutes a major advantage for the guy in the batter’s box. Read more

Patriots give Trump Super Bowl ring

Sideshow Don not only got a jersey, he got bling.

Patriots give President Donald Trump his own Super Bowl LI ring

BOSTON — President Donald Trump has a Super Bowl championship ring — just like Vladimir Putin.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave Trump the diamond-encrusted ring. The sitting president usually receives gifts from sports teams during celebratory White House visits — a personalized jersey is standard — but Kraft gave Trump a ring as well, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Tuesday.

Kraft decided after the team’s April visit to have a ring made for Trump so he would have something special to display in his presidential library, the team said. The rings were distributed to Patriots players and staff in June; it was not clear when Trump got his.

Trinity College Library, Dublin

Trinity College Library, Dublin

Three things.

First: this tells us nothing about the Patriots we didn’t already know.

Second: wait – library? That’s going to have, what, 10,000 copies of Art of the Deal, that fake Time cover and a few hundred gold-framed portraits of the man himself?

This is gonna make the George Dubya Bush Liberry look like Trinity Freaking College.

Third: at an upcoming event Trump will talk about how he threw the winning touchdown pass.

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