Sports

Boycott the NCAA

Featured image The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina because it objects to the state’s law on use by transgender persons of public restrooms. Most of the championship events are not very important except to the participants and their families and friends. But the events include two rounds of the men’s basketball tournament (the round of 64 and the round of 32). That’s a big deal. I’m disgusted by »

What serious protest by an athlete looks like

Featured image As folks continue to debate Colin Kaepernick’s unwarranted show of contempt for his country, news comes from Prague of the death of Vera Caslavska, a truly heroic athlete-protester. Here is the obituary by Emily Langer in the Washington Post from which this post is drawn. Caslavska won four gold medals at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City just two months after the Soviet Union invaded her country. Fearing arrest by »

Colin Kaepernick’s timing

Featured image My view of the Colin Kaepernick caper is straightforward. If Kaepernick truly holds America in contempt for its alleged “oppress[ion] [of] black people and people of color,” then it makes sense for him to refuse to stand for the National Anthem, and obviously he has that right. (People who say they agree, to one extent or another, with Kaepernick’s critique of policing but that he should have found a different »

Read more, watch ESPN less [Updated]

Featured image John Skipper is the President of ESPN, Inc. The Washington Post adoringly paints him as one-time Southern hippie who studied literature, wanted to write the Great American novel, and enjoys late night “high level sophisticated conversations about American literature, Faulkner’s place in it, [and] the influence of alcohol and race. . . .” You probably know the type. In a commencement address at the University of Central Florida, Skipper bemoaned »

In Re: Kaepernick’s Caper

Featured image John has already noted the silliness of Colin Kaepernick’s stunt of refusing to stand for the national anthem, as though everyone who does somehow thinks the United States is perfect. Here’s a practical suggestion: the 49ers should include a small American flag on team helmets. Kaepernick clearly doesn’t need one anyway, since he has very little brain to protect. I’m also guessing there are a lot of NFL defensive linemen »

Back to the Bad Old Days

Featured image Sometimes it feels like we are re-living the worst of the 1960s. The latest headache-inducing news comes from Colin Kaepernick, a once-promising quarterback whose career now appears to be in decline. As explained by the National Football League, Kaepernick has decided not to stand for the National Anthem as a protest against America’s “oppression” of people of color: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy »

U.S. women’s soccer scores a Solo own goal [UPDATED]

Featured image Hope Solo has for years been the goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team and one of the team’s high profile stars. She’s also the bad girl of the sport and, arguably, all of American women’s sports. At the 2007 World Cup, the U.S. coach foolishly benched Solo for a semifinal game against Brazil, which the United States lost 4-0. Solo blasted the coach and disrespected veteran U.S. keeper Briana »

Russell Wilson avoids sack on alleged wedding move

Featured image Russell Wilson’s wedding planner says that the quarterback’s wedding to Ciara was originally going to take place in North Carolina but the couple opted for Paris, and when that didn’t work out, a castle in England. I wrote about this claim here. Wilson was asked today to confirm the wedding planner’s account. According to this report, Wilson responded: I’m just going to simply talk about, I just believe Jesus loves »

Title IX is not why U.S. women dominated at Rio

Featured image When American women achieve notable success in athletics it’s never long before precincts of the feminist left attribute the success to the federal government. Now, following the 2016 Olympics, Jennifer Rubin, the house conservative at the Washington Post, peddles this notion in a piece called “Why American women dominated in Rio.” Rubin does so in the usual way; she cites Title IX. The argument is specious at several levels. Title »

A Whole New Meaning of “Green” Olympics

Featured image I’m not getting in a lot of viewing of the Rio Olympics—actually, none at all—but I gather the Rio folks wanted to be “green” in the conventional environmental way. But it looks like maybe they’ve taken it a bit too far: the swimming pools are turning green from algae: As reported in the Daily Mail, the Olympic organizers “don’t know what happened,” but suspect that strong ultra-violet radiation of the »

Beach Volleyball Revisited

Featured image One of my favorite posts is one I wrote during the 2004 Olympics on beach volleyball. I noted that the Yahoo News slide show on Olympic beach volleyball included a remarkable 194 photos, three of which I reproduced. This was my comment on one of them: I’ve long been aware of volleyball, but I had no idea what a cerebral sport it is. The girl in this photo isn’t just »

The NCAA enters the bathroom wars

Featured image I wrote here about the NBA’s decision to participate in the bathroom wars by pulling its all-star game from Charlotte in response to North Carolina legislation on the matter. To no one’s surprise, the NCAA has elected to indulge in similar leftist grandstanding. Ed Whelan has the details. He reports that the NCAA will require cities seeking to host championship tournaments to answer a questionnaire pertaining to state and local »

Michael Jordan Speaks Out

Featured image Retired basketball player Michael Jordan has long been criticized by some on the Left for his refusal to be a political activist. He probably has had political opinions over the years, but as far as I know he has resolutely kept them to himself. Yesterday, however, Jordan broke his long silence on racial and political matters with an open letter: As a proud American, a father who lost his own »

ESPN: the worldwide leader in bulls**t

Featured image Each year, ESPN holds something called the ESPYs. Apparently, the event is a sort Academy Awards for sports. The idea seems ridiculous. Part of what makes sports wonderful is that it’s not show business. According to Larry O’Connor at HotAir, and confirmed by other reports I’ve seen, “the ESPY award broadcast was filled with about as much race-baiting, left-wing politics as the Democrats convention in Philly will have two weeks »

Ali, my take

Featured image I wasn’t going to write about Muhammad Ali so soon after his death because I don’t have much nice to say about him. But I changed my mind because of (1) the non-stop lionization of him in the media and (2) the posts on the subject by Steve and John. I agree with Steve that Ali was Donald Trump before there was Donald Trump. Beyond that, I’ll simply offer what »

Looking Back at Ali

I remember listening to the first Ali-Frazier fight in 1971 on the radio—they didn’t have easily accessed pay-per-view TV back then (there was some kind of closed-circuit broadcast, probably in Las Vegas casinos), and I don’t know why it wasn’t broadcast on one of the networks, but even so it was dramatic listening especially to the late rounds. And the famous photo of him glowering triumphantly over Sony Liston has »

Indians to Redskins name-change advocates: Get a life

Featured image Nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll. This is basically the same result produced by the last major survey on this matter, conducted by Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2004. Thus, the national movement to force the Redskins to change their name, though successful with many white liberals, has utterly failed to move the needle »