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Fans Acting Fanatically Foolish is not Acceptable

30 Mar

Anyone who is a sports fan knows there is a part of the game that fans get fired up about: trash talking. It comes with being a fan of not only sports but if someone is a fan of anything that has a rivalry. Look at Apple vs Google/Microsoft, Ford vs Chevrolet, US vs anyone not the US, etc. It’s all part of the game and taken in fun, until it’s not.

As someone who was part of one of the most well-known college rivalries (Texas A&M vs. University of Texas) I’ve seen trash talking taken much too far. Sadly, I saw this again but on a grander scale and we have the Internet to thank for it.

A funny thing happens when people get behind the perceived safety of a keyboard, mouse and monitor, or a smartphone. Those people get some “e-courage” and start saying things they (hopefully) would never say in public to someone’s face. The comments made to Ashley Judd, in my opinion are indefensible.

It is not acceptable is to have people respond in a rude, vulgar and out right illegal manner. There is no excuse for a response of telling them they should die, should go to hell, get gang raped, you get the idea. It doesn’t matter if these unacceptable responses are directed at men, women, straight, gay, Christian, Jew, Muslim, etc… This type of action should not be tolerated.

To me this is not political issue; it’s a simple right or wrong issue. People will always have disagreements about subjects no matter if they are political, sports, technology, religion, etc. At times those disagreements and arguments can get heated, no doubt about it. However, we can still be civil and if anyone ever does cross the line into incivility they need to be held accountable.

Sometimes when they are confronted with their actions, the person will be mature enough to admit they were wrong. We should all be mature enough to do that. Unfortunately that is not the case all the time. Sadly there are those who would defend and try to justify their indefensible actions.

Please don’t misunderstand; I am not talking about government censorship. I believe people should have the right to speak their hearts and minds. I am not talking about chilling or stopping the conversation of an issue. Doing that would get us nowhere to coming to a resolution.

What I am talking about is taking the comments about saying someone needs to be killed, raped, etc. out of the conversation, as they are likely in violation of laws already in place. Those who make such comments should be held accountable for their actions.

What about continued derogatory insults which don’t violate any laws? I would say report the comments to the medium in which they were made. Many sites on-line have the means to do so. Also, find a way to ban, ignore, and/or block those people. Sometimes it is up to us to take the responsibility to limit the negative voices in our lives. Not that we should ignore a problem as on-line bullying and stalking are real issues which have to be addressed.

I’ve seen bullies go away when confronted and the light shinned on them. Take the vile remarks made to Kurt Shilling about a comment he made as a proud father to his daughter. Once the light was shown on those making vulgar (and possibly illegal) remarks, they fled.

It goes back to what I said previously, those who make such comments would never make them in person. They hide behind a keyboard and throw insults and bully from there. That doesn’t mean everyone not using their real name acts like that. Those who do are either mature enough to admit their mistakes or run and hide when they are exposed.

We are all guilty of going too far at times, I know I have and I was wrong. We’re all human and make mistakes. Not one of us is walking on water. So we should be able to be humble enough to admit when we made a mistake, apologize and learn from it. Most of us were brought up that way and need to put those lessons into action.

Being a fan is fun and the experience should be enjoyed. Talking some smack with a rival teams fan can be fun for both sides. It’s all part of the game. However next time the feeling of “unloading” on someone comes up just because they said something you don’t like, whether it is on-line or in-person; let’s ask ourselves if we would want someone saying those things to one of our family or friends. I doubt any of us would.

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Name Game: Washington Redskins in Court Again for Team Name Suit

7 Mar

In the United States we have the right to free speech, with some limits. This means people have the right to speak what is on their minds and hearts. It does not mean those who are offended do not have the right to be unoffended. It’s time people who get offended by what other people say grow up and get over themselves.

Washington Redskins LogoAccording to a CBS article, the Redskins organization will go before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to defend their brand. The suit against them has been brought forth by group of Native Americans. A quick side note, every group who came to the North American continent was migrant from somewhere. Calling any group “native” is a misnomer. Back to the ridiculous lawsuit, the organization has faced issues over its name for some time. This latest suit is just another round it has faced from thin skinned babies.

According to Suzan Shown Harjo, “It’s just like a drive-by shooting, They’re trying to make money, and not caring who is injured in the process — or if anyone is injured in the process. I don’t think they wake up or go to sleep dreaming of ways to hurt Native people. I think they wake up and go to sleep thinking of ways to make money — off hurting Native people.”

Well Ms. Harjo, if the logic of the case is based upon making money hurting people, the courts are going to be over run with lawsuits very soon. Why? Well using her logic, every comedian who has ever told a joke and offended someone has made money hurting some person or group of people. Are we, as a country, going to allow case law be established outlawing comedy? One can only hope Ms. Harjo has never told any jokes in her lifetime which were recorded. She might be facing a lawsuit of her own then.

Interestingly enough, this specific case was tried before and Ms. Harjo and her group won back in 1999. Really? Fortunately it was overturned in 2003 on a technicality. Apparently Ms. Harjo and her group were now doubly offended and now a new group, playing by the rules set forth by the 2003 technicality ruling, filed another suit in 2006 to start this process (and waste tax money) again. Yes we the people are paying court costs for people being offended. Someone say sequester?

Why file another, costly, lawsuit? The answer is quite simple, according to the CBS article, “The motive is to force Redskins owner Dan Snyder into a change by weakening him financially.” That seems like a clear admission of abusing the legal system. The system was not setup so people could file lawsuit after lawsuit to bankrupt someone to get them to change. In fact, one might argue they just admitted to a form of extortion. Mr. Snyder has stated more than once a name change is not coming.

So far Ms. Harjo has been unsuccessful in her attempts to force a change in the Redskins organization. She has previously predicted a change would already have happened back in 1998, “I fully expect these names to be a thing of the past in 10 years. I think that will happen whether or not we win this suit.”. Much like the over hyped Mayan dooms day, that prediction fell flat. Hopefully this latest round will as well.

If Ms. Harjo and her thin skinned group does happen to win, what’s next? Are they going after the Atlanta Braves? Maybe some group can bring a suit against Cracker Barrel. The outlandish possibilities are endless for those so easily offended. The rest of us will look on, laugh and wonder why they don’t group up and sit with the rest of us at the adult table of life.

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Fight On: Battle Over Redskins Name Goes Before Federal Board – CBS

Wide Load: Reliant Stadium Getting Upgraded, Bigger Displays

20 Dec

In Texas everything is bigger or so they say. Currently the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones can boast about having the largest stadium display in the NFL (180 by 72 feet), and at one time held the record for largest HD display according to the Guiness Book of World Records [1]. Insert compensation joke here. However, that title will soon go to their state rivals the Houston Texans [2].

The Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation has approved an upgrade to the home of the Texans, Reliant Stadium. The upgrade will give the Texans a new, very large display (277.17 by 52.49 feet) [3].

“Our game experience is consistently rated as one of the finest in the world and these spectacular video boards will help us elevate to an even higher level of performance for our fans,” said Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes. “Starting next season, the energy, excitement and entertainment we deliver for each home game at Reliant Stadium will be matched with exclusive video content, real-time information and event enhancements to provide an even better experience for our large and loyal fan base.”

So is bigger always better? Not always but in this case it very well could be. The upgraded displays are hoped to increase Houston’s chance of hosting the 2017 Super Bowl. Let’s just hope everyone keeps their clothes over this exciting announcement.

“An integral component is the Super Bowl bid,” Rootes said. “Their question is, ‘What is the experience going to be like? The game experience for the fans when they’re there for the Super Bowl?’ When you show that picture and it is the largest stadium installation, 25 percent larger than what they’ve seen before, you can’t help but think that will be exciting for the fans.”

The improvements not only benefit the Texans but other events held at Reliant Stadium, like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The HLSR is helping with the new displays and CEO Leroy Shafer commented on the coming upgrades:

“It’s a big deal because it keeps Reliant state of the art,” he said. “When we built Reliant Stadium everybody looked at it and said, ‘Wow, there’s nothing like this in professional football.’ We came to the end of the life of this board and we looked at it and said ‘OK, we can just replace that up there but let’s see what we can do to make it the best, let’s see what we can do to make it the biggest out there in the NFL, for the Rodeo, or whatever we may bring into Reliant Stadium.’”

Construction for the new displays will begin after the current football season is completed at Reliant Stadium and is scheduled to be finished by August of 2013.

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  1. Cowboys Stadium: Video Board – Wikipedia
  2. Reliant Stadium to have widest video displays in pro sports – Houston Texans
  3. Reliant Stadium Video Boards

It’s a Racket: Caroline Wozniacki’s Impresson was NOT Racist.

11 Dec

I’m honestly sick and tired of almost every little thing done in jest to someone having the “racist” label applied or insinuated. Ms. Wozniacki’s impression of Serena Williams is the latest incident incorrectly drawing the “racist” label. Not funny? Sure. Can’t say I even chuckled or cracked a smile. Racist? Hardly.

The race-baiters have already started by saying it was “racist” because of Serena’s body shape as a black woman. Wait, what? Serena could have any color of skin and have her same shape. And guess what, I’m willing to bet Ms. Wozniacki would have still done the same “impression” of her. But because Serena is black her non-racially specific features cannot be part of a joke? Really?

Calling this racism is a slap in the face to those who have been through real racism. Let’s see what’s racist getting doused with water from a firehouse because of a person’s skin color or being poked fun at because someone’s non-racial physical attribute? That’s a tough call for some people apparently.

Anyone who is foolish enough to call this “impression” racism needs to be called out for what they are: a real racist. See if all a person can see in this case is racism, I would argue those people are the real racists and more than likely their past actions would back up the theory. Maybe those same people are unaware there are women of every shape and size in every race on planet earth. Being big or small knows no racial boundary. Neither does being stupid or ignorant.

Save the derogatory labels of racism for when they really apply. Other wise it dilutes the accusation and crime to a point where people shrug it off as another chicken little incident. Real racism is nothing to be taken lightly and the vast majority of people with common sense would agree it should be stopped.

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Caroline Wozniacki spoofs Serena Williams — was it racist? – Digital Journal

Will Costas Get on His Soap Box Again for NFL DUI Fatality?

9 Dec

By now many people have heard of the car accident of involving Jerry Brown Jr. and Josh Brent, which ended Brown’s life. It has been reported Brent was arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter. His life will be over as a professional athlete if it is true he was drinking and driving.

However, after the last tragic event the NFL faced just over a week ago regarding Jovan Belcher and his muder and suicide using a fire arm, a question on many people’s mind is will Bob Costas lecture the public again? It wouldn’t seem too far of a stretch for Costas to come on again for another round of sportscaster parenting.

Look at all what he could wag his finger about:

  • Driving wrecklessly
  • Drinking alcohol or drinking alcohol in “excess”
  • Being out past midnight
  • And others I’m sure Costas could conjure up.

Maybe this time he would be smart and get more than a minute or two. Then he could get real in-depth and not have to give his audience too much credit. Yeah he said that was one of the reasons for the backlash last time.

Hopefully some real lessons can be learned from people with this. Don’t drink and drive, ever. If someone does they need to face some real punishment. Which brings up another lesson to be learned, the punishment for drinking and driving is too little. Especially when the innocent life of another person is taken.

So here’s some advice for Mr. Costas:

  • Don’t say a word
  • If you feel you must, don’t use a moron as a source to cite
  • Keep your remarks to ideas the vast majority could agree (like drinking and driving is bad)
  • But the best idea is to not say a word. See a pattern here Bob?

Dig Dug: Costas Digs Deeper Hole with “Apology”

5 Dec

Ever hear the saying, “Stop talking you’re just digging your hole deeper”? Maybe someone needs to relay it to Bob Costas. Apparently he is unaware of how bad the backlash is against his mini-rant against gun ownership rights. When a media personality makes a mistake as epic as Costas, causing many, many people calling for his resignation, it’s best to just keep quiet and wait for the next “big story” to come along. When it does, the mistake made will be bumped down the line and forgotten.

Instead Costas is trying, and failing, to do some kind of damage control and only digging his hole deeper. He was on the Dan Patrick show yesterday and made the following statement:

And for a long time, I’ve been wanting to get off my chest my disgust with this idea that every time something tragic happens, no matter what it may be, that in any way touches sports, there’s a chorus of people saying, ‘You know, this really puts it in perspective.’ Which is a bunch of nonsense, because if that was true, we wouldn’t have to have that perspective readjusted every time the next tragedy occurs. It’s a bunch of nonsense.

And what I was trying to say was, that if you want some perspective on this, there are a number of issues related to this that we could begin to talk about and think about. The problem was that I didn’t have enough time to get to many of them. And that, I think, was my mistake, to be quite honest, Dan. A friend of mine in broadcasting pointed this out to me yesterday, and I agree with him. He said, ‘You violated your own rule.’ Because we have had this discussion before. I’ve always said, if you’re going to get into touchy topics, nuanced topics, make sure that you have enough time to flesh them out, that you have enough time to make yourself fully understood, or save them for forums where you do. In this particular situation, the timeliness of it was, if you’re going to comment on it at all, it had to be this Sunday. Because this is when the Belcher situation had played itself out.

So, I’m thinking I can’t address all of the possible aspects of this. Domestic violence; the possibility of athletes, especially athletes who play a violent sport are more prone to domestic violence than people the same age elsewhere in society. The possible connection between football and this particular tragedy. We know that football is connected, and it’s effects are connected to other situations. We don’t know yet whether it’s connected to Belcher, but that’s certainly a question that could be asked. The easy availability of guns is another.

And so I saw what Jason Whitlock had written and a portion of what he wrote resonated with me and given the time that I had, I thought that was on aspect that I could put out there and maybe, maybe I gave the audience too much credit, but I said if you’re looking for perspective, a bit of it could be found. And my implication there — with every second counting, I had maybe 50 seconds total for this — my implication was a bit of perspective, here’s one aspect of it. I also put in parenthetically that in the days ahead, Belcher’s actions, and their possible connection to football, will be analyzed. That was meant to imply there are many aspects of this, I’m addressing one by quoting what Jason Whitlock said in his column.

So I think that my mistake there was that I left it open to too much interpretation.

Talk about missing the point. The point wasn’t addressing the issue or even having enough time. The issue is choice of venue. You want to talk about the issue of guns and gun violence? Go for it. But one better pick the right time and place to do it.

What I really love is the quick insult at all the people who didn’t agree with his point of view. He gave the audience too much credit? What exactly does that mean? Are they too stupid? Is his audience, which was mainly Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles fans, not educated on gun ownership or guns in general? Please Bob help your audience understand your incredibly high and in-depth level of analysis of the situation in your less than 60 second mini-rant.

Another tip for Mr. Costas, when trying to make a point, be sure the source cited doesn’t have a history of looking like a racist fool, like Jason Whitlock has done in the past. It only takes away from trying to strengthen your side of the argument. But since the in-depth research was done this was already done this was known when you went on air, right?

It’s time these left-leaning talking heads who want to pontificate about their personal opinions be held as accountable as those they criticize on the right for doing the same thing.

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Costas: “Mistake” To Give Anti-Gun Commentary During Football Game – Real Clear Politics

High Cotton: Texas A&M to Face University of Oklahoma in 2013 Cotton Bowl

3 Dec

Someone call Marty McFly and Doc Brown because Texas A&M is going back to the Cotton Bowl on January 4th, 2013, to face former Big 12 rival University of Oklahoma. The announcement came and the social media sites lit up with the news. While some wanted a more visible bowl for the Aggies after such an impressive year, the Cotton Bowl is nothing to hang their heads about.

This time around the Aggies have something they didn’t have the last time they were in the Cotton Bowl, a lot of momentum and a even more passionate fan base ready to root for them. While not the “power house” it has been in the recent past, OU is never a team to be taken lightly.  Both A&M and OU are sporting equal 10 – 2 records so it looks to be a good match-up.

“We hit a home run today,” Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic said. “When our Team Selection Committee met for the first time a few weeks ago, we circled this matchup as the one we most wanted, and the cards fell in our favor today.”[1]

Indeed they certainly did Mr. Bain. In fact, the only way this Cotton Bowl could be better is if Texas A&M was playing its century old rival University of Texas. The last time A&M was in the Cotton Bowl in 2011 it was facing an SEC team, the LSU Tigers, as a member of the Big 12. This time around things are reversed and it will represent the SEC against a Big 12 team. Definitely interesting turn of events for the Aggies.

First year Texas A&M Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin said:

“Our football team is excited to play another game against a storied program such as Oklahoma. We have been led all year by a great group of seniors and to be rewarded with a great experience like the Cotton Bowl is something they will cherish. Plenty of their family and friends will be able to watch them play as well and the hospitality is second to none.”

Tickets for the game are already sold out so unless one can come about them from family, friends or other means, it’s time to get ready for a Cotton Bowl game day party!

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  1. AT&T Cotton Bowl website