I like the Braves and think their move to the suburbs is probably for the best, but no professional sports team should get a new facility built for it with tax money. None. Ever. If that means they extort some other city and then move there to burden their tax-payers, so be it. I like sports, as anyone who follows this blog knows, but principles should come before rooting interests. If a sports team can’t afford to build its own venue, then it needs to do something different. This is no less the corporatism that we decry than are farm subsidies or the Export-Import Bank.
The Atlanta Tea Party is doing the right thing.
The Atlanta Tea Party is gearing up to oppose the new Atlanta Braves stadium being planned in Cobb County, arguing the $672 million project is a bad deal for taxpayers.
The statewide group will be reaching out to county voters through emails and automated calls detailing its opposition and urging them to contact the county commission ahead of a key vote Nov. 26, said Debbie Dooley, co-chair of the Atlanta Tea Party. The group is also organizing an event for early next week, looking to call attention to the financing details of the project that calls for public funds to be used to cover 45 percent of costs.
“This is another example of the good ol’ boys getting rich and the taxpayers getting the shaft,” Dooley said in an interview. “They are going to have to raise property taxes.”…
Johnny Hendricks was robbed! He won at least three rounds clearly and probably four. I had it four rounds to one. The only round St-Pierre clearly won was the third. I’m not naive. I assume every ultimate fighter is using steroids until proven otherwise, for example, but I haven’t been one to yell fix at every bad decision. But this is becoming a pattern. Someone needs to start asking the question, “Are gambling interests influencing decisions?” I’m not suggesting that the outcome is per-determined. If Hendricks or St-Pierre knocks out or submits the other guy then nothing can be done. But are judges told if at all possible to give rounds to a favored combatant? Dana White was not happy with the decision and insinuated corruption.
The Braves recently announced that they are leaving Turner Field in downtown Atlanta and moving to a new stadium in suburban Cobb County Georgia. I have mixed feelings about this move. Mostly I oppose the use of public funds to pay for private sports facilities. In this case, Cobb County won a tax payers’ bidding war with Atlanta. But one reason cited for the move is fear of crime in downtown Atlanta. Cobb County, on the other hand, is virtually crime free. And you know why Cobb County is virtually crime free? Because the spirit of The Big Boss Man still roams Cobb County, that’s why!
If you ever take a trip down to Cobb County, Georgia.
You better read the signs
Respect the law and order.
You’ll serve hard times.
You’ll be serving hard times.
You know the Big Boss Man will make you walk the line.
You better watch out boy or you’ll be serving hard time.
He carries a big stick, a ball and chain too.
If you’re looking for trouble he’ll be coming after you.
You’ll serve hard times.
You’ll be serving hard times.
You know the Big Boss Man will make you walk the line.
You better watch out boy or you’ll be serving hard time.
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This morning, the local (Macon, GA) am sports talk hosts said that whenever they think of Cobb County, the first thing that comes to mind is The Big Boss Man. You’re darn right! And those self-absorbed people up there think the rest of us peons in outer suburbia and beyond think everyone thinks of the Big Chicken.
I sure do miss The Big Boss Man.
Rooting for Montague. Predicting Dobson.
Rooting for Jordan. Predicting Gonzaga.
Rooting for Sanchez. Don’t know enough about Melendez to make a prediction. (The line is huge for Melendez.)
Rooting hard for Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Predicting Cormier.
Rooting hard for Junior Dos Santos. Unfortunately predicting Valasquez.
I like Big Country, but he doesn’t do well if he doesn’t knock his opponent out in the first round. He is coming off a pretty bad loss. I’m surprised they made his next fight against such a difficult opponent. They should have given him a few tomato cans to pad his record and get him back on a winning streak. Nelson is a potential marketing bonanza if the UFC utilized him right and got him into a heavyweight title fight.
I’m rooting hard for JDS, but I don’t see him winning this. I see it going the same way their last fight did with Velasquez taking him down repeatedly and grounding and pounding him. But I think the UFC put this rubber match together too soon. Cain only had one fight in between against Silva who he had destroyed once before. Is the heavyweight division really that shallow?
I’m a Falcon’s fan, but when I lived near DC courtesy of the USAF, it was all Redskins talk all the time, so I started following them somewhat and still root for them in general when they aren’t playing the Falcons.
Now the PC Brigade is out in force trying to get the Redskins to change their name. Even Barack Obama has chimed in. So far, the Redskins’ owner, Daniel Snyder, has bravely resisted the baying forces of Political Correctness citing, appropriately, tradition. But there may be some cracks forming in the dike. The very PR sensitive NFL is said to support a change.
First of all, Redskins is only offensive if you want it to be. A team would chose the name Redskins and the image of an American Indian brave because the Indians are largely viewed as brave, rugged, and capable fighters. No one is naming their team the Washington French. (Sorry for the gratuitous swipe at the French, which is unwarranted, but it is the only example I could think of.) Not all American Indians take offense to the name and logo, but the ones that do should turn it around as a positive. “Darn right we’re a tough people!”
If the Redskins go, who’s next? The Florida State Seminoles, named after a particular tribe? The Atlanta Braves, named after the Indian warrior class? The Kansas City Chiefs? The Cleveland Indians? Or are only the Redskins unacceptable because it is a term that was once sometimes used as a term of derision.
But the main reason that the name change should be resisted is because PC should be default resisted as a matter of principle. (With some nuance depending on what is meant by PC. We should not support rudeness or crudeness.) This nonsense has got to stop somewhere. Each victory for the other side is one more victory for them and one more defeat for common sense. If Redskins was OK in 1932, why is it suddenly not OK now? Yes, sensibilities change, but there is no broad outcry to change the name. The name change is being pushed by grievance groups who sense they can take advantage of the new oppressively PC atmosphere, and the PC rightthinkers (I’m talking to you Bob Costas.) who automatically go along with them.
I’m rooting for Gustafsson. I really don’t like Jon Jones, and I have liked Gustafsson from the start.
On a humorous note, I accidentally ordered the Spanish language version of the pay per view. I was trying to order the non HD version because it is $10 cheaper, but ended up ordering the Spanish version instead. Oh well!
Update: I had Gustafsson winning rounds 1-3 and Jones winning rounds 4 and 5. But Jones came close to finishing the fight in the 4th, while Gustafsson never did.
First of all, is there room for another all sports network? It will clearly do better than the Speed Channel it is replacing, but is there enough live sports to support Fox Sports 1 and 3+ ESPN channels? Plus FUEL TV is converting to Fox Sports 2. Anyway, here are my predictions.
Rua vs. Sonnen: Rooting for Sonnen. Predicting Sonnen.
Overeem (Roidereem) vs. Brown: Rooting for Browne. Predicting Overeem.
Faber vs. Alcantara: Rooting for Faber. Predicting Faber.
Brown vs. Pyle: Rooting for Pyle. Predicting Pyle. (It looks like he cut it, but Pyle used to sport a sweet mullet. Anybody with a mullet has to be rooted for.)
Howard vs. Hall: I don’t know enough about either to make an informed prediction.
Lauzon vs. Johnson: Rooting for Lauzon. Predicting Lauzon.
That was one of the worst UFC decisions I’ve ever seen. Machida easily won every round. The only round that was even close was the first because of Davis’ late takedown. Rounds 2 and 3 easily went to Machida.
I haven”t made it a secret that I’m not a big fan of Anderson Silva. I think he is a showboater, and I think his in ring antics are disrespectful. But my bias aside, I think Weidman is going to take Silva down and pound him out, like Chael Sonnen did for 5.5 of the 7 rounds he fought with Silva. Silva is unarguably a great striker. but he can be had by a great wrestler.
All good paleos should be rooting for the Spurs. The Spur are organic and homegrown. The Heat are corporate and manufactured/artificial. The Spurs are all that is right about professional sports. They’re the Braves of the NBA. The Heat are all that is wrong with professional sports. They’re the Yankees of the NBA.
OK, I’m kidding. Well mostly kidding. I primarily needed an excuse to post about the Spurs.
Normally I root for the home team, as all paleos should. I root for the Georgia Bulldogs. I root for the Atlanta Falcons. I root for the Atlanta Braves. I root for the Atlanta Hawks. But I also root for the Spurs. I was stationed in San Antonio for a substantial part of my Air Force career, and during that time I became a fan of the Spurs, so I have a legitimate reason to root for them. So no one should accuse me of bandwagon jumping. (If the Spurs ever play the Hawks in a NBA Finals, I’ll have a delimma.)
People say the Spurs don’t get enough love nationally because they play in a small media market, and that’s true, but there is a flip-side of that. In San Antonio there are no other pro teams. The Spurs are the only pro game in town. For that reason they are embraced and dearly beloved by the city. It is hard to live in San Antonio for any period of time and not become a fan of the Spurs.
For the record, I don’t hate the Heat despite their artificialness. (I do hate the Yankees.) For one year as a child (1st grade) I lived in Homestead, Florida (It’s a long story.), so I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Miami teams as well, the Dolphins in particular. Last year I actually rooted for the Heat because I wanted LeBron to get the championship monkey off his back so people would stop talking about it.
Anyway, all that said, GO SPURS!
Update: 1 down, 3 to go!
Roy Nelson wrecked Cheick Kongo tonight. Nelson is a hero to fat white guys everywhere. I say he should get the winner of Velasquez vs. Silva, which will likely be Velasquez. Velasquez vs. Nelson would be huge.
I’ve just wrapped up the winter portion of the high school sports season where I live and work as a journalist so I’ll be able to enjoy some time off for much of this week. One of the sports I cover is wrestling and I was at a pair of state tournaments over the past few weeks. And needless to say the Olympics decision to remove wrestling from its line-up for the 2020 games is a not a popular one.
Someone once said being involved in wrestling isn’t really about having fun, it’s about fulfillment. You dream of something like a gold medal in the Olympics or the state or NCAA tournament, you work your tail off night and day to achieve it. See the goal – achieve the goal. Considering the amount of sweat equity and pain put into this sport having covered it for over 20 years, I get that. To have a bunch of elites take those dreams away just so they can have wushu in the Olympics is just sickening.
Although wrestling is one of the most popular participatory sports around the world, it doesn’t have the mass media appeal other sports have to the casual viewer. Thus, the wrestling community tends to be rather isolated from other athletic endeavors. And isolation often times leads to feelings resentment. Wrestlers often feel put upon by people who don’t understand them or who take their sport for granted and these feelings I do concur with out of sense of fairness. After all, it’s sport which really has no scandals in it (unlike say, cycling, one of the dirtiest sports man has ever created and it still has its Olympic slot). Nobody gets into wrestling for the money. Wrestlers live a hand-to-mouth existence, especially when training for the Olympics. Wrestling champions, at least in the U.S anyways, never receive the fame or the endorsement deals other Olympic gold medalists get like gymnasts, swimmers or track stars. For the most part, these largely middle class boys and girls are the kinds of people (most, not all, but most) you want representing your county and being a good example to children. So why, given all these positives, and given the fact wrestling has been around since Biblical times when Jacob wrestled an angel, would the Olympics simply say “Nahh, we don’t want you around here anymore. Get lost.”? Why is it wrestling, which is one of the cheapest sports in comparison to others, is the one to feel the budget ax at many colleges and universities?
I would hate to think wrestling would no longer be in the Olympics because wrestlers refuse to engage in politics or because they didn’t supply enough hookers and blow to those folks making the decisions at the IOC or because they did “sex up” their sport just for the sake of the cameras. It’s a sad commentary on what the world values most these days if true. Wrestling’s only hope is that broad numbers and the outrage this decision has caused would be enough to make the IOC change its mind. It’s a hope but not something I want to bet my life on knowing how one has to take a shower after dealing with that crowd of elites. It’s sad, it really is when a whole community which generally tries and usually does do things the right way, ends up being punished for it.
This editorial has a lot of intel on why wrestling lost out in the IOC vote. Apparently some people had concerns that wrestling might be in danger, but the international governing body refused to take heed. It is well worth a read.
For the record, I don’t want to give the false impression that I am a huge fan of amateur wrestling. I’m not. I’m a huge fan of MMA and a fan of professional wrestling. (I used to qualify as a huge fan of professional wrestling also, but probably don’t anymore.) Amateur wrestling serves an an important feeder for both. My love of MMA has made me gain an appreciation for all the amateur and professional fighting sports.
(BTW, why is amateur so hard to spell? I spelled it so wrong that spell check didn’t even suggest the correct word.)
This story might cause RonL to have a stroke.
The caretakers of the Olympics may have inadvertently accomplished what has eluded diplomats: Galvanizing Iran and the U.S. on a common goal.
Wrestling officials from the arch foes appeared to be in bonding mode Tuesday on the sidelines of a Tehran tournament less than a week after the stunning decision by the International Olympic Committee that will force the ancient sport — as old as the Olympics themselves — to lobby for a spot at the 2020 Games.
The Iron Sheik isn’t gonna take the IOC’s pansy decision to drop rasslin’ lyin’ down. And if the IOC knows what’s good for ‘em they won’t step to the Iron Sheik. Please pardon the language, but the Iron Sheik is ticked:
“After 1000 years they take away the best sport in the world? This is the first time the dumb motherf**kers have no balls for they make the walking an Olympic sport.”
He adds, “If I see anybody on the street that work from the IOC I swear to the Jesus I suplex them put them in camel clutch break their back make them humble.”
“The #TEAMSHEIKIE respect the Olympic now they can all go f**k themselves and make the Curling Olympic sport because they all the biggest piece of no good s**t and I never watch the Olympic again. Also buy my t shirt [on my website] or go f**k yourself.”
Maybe next the Iron Sheik could threaten to suplex all the neocons who want to bomb his homeland of Iran.
This is a non-political issue that should outrage paleos.
Wrestling has been a part of the modern Olympics since its inception in 1896 and was part of the ancient Olympics. The Olympics without wrestling is not the Olympics. The Summer Olympics includes synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics? Anybody who thinks synchronized swimming belongs in the Olympics but wrestling doesn’t is obviously some sort of Communist sympathizer.
Wrestling, particularly catch-as-cach-can, is America’s indigenous martial art, and judging by how well wrestlers did in the early days of MMA before everyone cross-trained (and still do), it’s a pretty effective one.
I say we send Kurt Angle to suplex all the members of the IOC onto their heads to hopefully knock some sense into them.
Tonight, Cain Velasquez will have a rematch with UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos. Dos Santos won their first match with a quick knock out. Velasquez was reportedly injured. Velasquez is the superior wrestler. He wrestled in college for Arizona State. Dos Santos is the superior striker. If Velasquez can get the fight to the ground and keep it there, he’ll likely win. If Dos Santos can keep it standing, he likely will. (Some odds have Velasquez the favorite. Some have Dos Santos.)
I will be rooting for Dos Santos. Velasquez sports a large “Brown Pride” tattoo across his chest. I really don’t care the Velasquez, who is Mexican American, has brown pride, although brown is a less precise designation than even white. Caucasoid Arabs and Indians are supposedly “brown,” as are Amerindian and Mediterranean (Spanish and Portuguese) admixture Central and South Americans such as Velasquez and Dos Santos. At least white usually means European. My beef is with the PC double standard that says a “brown pride” tattoo is just fine, but if some white guy had a similar “white pride’ tattoo there is no way he would ever see the inside of a UFC octagon and everyone know it.
I will be rooting against the PC double standard tonight more than I will Velasquez.
Addendum: There was a 1.5 hour wait at the local establishment where I usually watch UFC pay-per-views so I won’t be watching it live.
I generally root for other SEC teams when they are not playing Georgia, and I have relished the fact that SEC teams have dominated the national championship in recent years although I wish one of them was Georgia, but I have to admit there was a part of me that was thinking I wouldn’t really mind it if Notre Dame won the upcoming BCS Championship because I think a Notre Dame victory would be good for college football. It would signal the return of a once proud program that a lot of people have said would never play at the top level again.
Well that ever so slight inkling is now history, wiped from my mind by the smart alec shenanigans of one Jimmy Clausen. The former Notre Dame QB, who is riding the bench behind a SEC Heisman Trophy and National Championship winner I might add, Tweeted a picture of this shirt, Catholics vs. Cousins. Well that does it! I hope the Crimson Tide rolls over them fifty to nuthin’ now.
Cousins? Really? I can assure Mr. Clausen that moonshine sippin’ inbred Hillbillies and Rednecks are not the segment that his team needs to be concerned about. Perhaps Mr. Clausen should spend more time trying to win back his starting QB job and spend less time propagating hurtful stereotypes.
Tonight’s card is stacked. The UFC is to be commended.
I’m a big fan of the Diaz brothers. I’m not sure why. They’re both pains in the butt. But I still like them. I like their striking style. Anyway, I’m predicting a Diaz victory over Henderson.
I’m a big fan of both Gufstasson and Rua, but I’m a bigger fan of Gustafsson because I’ve been following him as his career has progressed. I’m predicting he’ll dominate the striking game. The winner will be the number one contender for the Light Heavyweight Championship. Gustafsson vs. Jones would be awesome.
I’m rooting for BJ Penn who was one of my first favorites, but I doubt he’ll win. MacDonald is a talented fighter.
Do we really need or want liberal pontificating when we’re trying to watch football? Apparently not judging by the reaction to Bob Costas’ half-time gun control apologia.
Gun control is, of course, a controversial issue, with such rabid belief on both sides that even politicians tend to steer clear of it. And politics are so laden with potential conflict that most sports commentators give anything remotely political a wide berth, as well. So when you’ve got gun control and politics jammed right in the middle of your football game, well, you can see how that might get a few people a touch upset. Social media and comment sections across the Internet boiled over on Sunday night with vitriol both against Costas for his views, and against NBC for permitting any kind of political commentary on its broadcast.
As The American Conservative recently observed, gun control is effectively off the table at the national level. (It’s still a problem at the state and local level in some areas.) And it’s a good thing it is.