Category Archives: Sports

The NBA goes localist…

The NBA is generally the last sport, well, save soccer, where one finds a story relevant to dissident conservatives–and we have now had two in a matter of months.

LeBron James, the present day, best player in the game, has decided to sign with his hometown team, and he explains his reasoning in an essay carried by Sports Illustrated.

It is my opinion that he had a ghostwriter put it together for marketing reasons, but the key points have the smell of sincerity.  Cleveland hasn’t won anything since Frank Gifford played running back for the Browns.  LeBron writes:

My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.

In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.

Juxtaposed with Black Americans: The True Casualties of Amnesty.

 

Penn vs. Edgar

I’m conflicted about this one also. I like Edgar and Penn, but I’ve liked Penn for longer so I guess I’ll be rooting for him. But I’m predicting Edgar.

I’m curious to see how Penn does at 145. That’s where he should have been fighting all along. (How long has 145 been around?) He has so much natural talent that it let him get away with fighting at a higher weight than he should have been.

Machida vs. Weidman

I’m conflicted about this one. I really like both fighters. I rooted for Weidman during his two bouts against Silva, who I don’t like. But I have liked Machida for years. I like his Karate style. So I guess I’ll be rooting for and predicting The Dragon.

And as usual, I’ll be rooting against Rhonda Rousey. She’s good, but I don’t like her attitude. Plus. She hit Miesha Tate in the face. IMO, hitting Miesha Tate in the face should be punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole. Such animals need to be off the street.

Wrestling and MMA Phenom Ben Askren Knows What It’s all About

From BloodyElbow.com:

“When I’m thinking of sports, when I’m thinking of a boy growing up and being a man, I’m thinking of three things – honor, integrity, and toughness. And a grown man, faking an injury, rolling around on the field fails all three of those tests. Listen folks, if you want your son to grow up to be a man, don’t have him run around on a field kicking a ball, get him wrestling.”

Anne Coulter Gives as Good as She Gets

Anne Coulter has a follow-up to her much criticized soccer column. Dang! She sure knows how to give it back as good as she gets it. This is great stuff.

The massive and hysterical response to my jovial sports piece proves how right I was. Nothing explains the uniform, Borg-like caterwauling, but that soccer is a game for beret-wearers. Most of the articles attacking me are verbless strings of obscenities, their subject matter identified only in the title.

See more here…

“Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet”

Here is my Facebook post for today. So far it has 3 likes and 3 positive comments:

As I recall, the jingle went “baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevolet,” but you could replace each element with, for example, “football, hamburgers, pecan pie and Ford,” and it would still ring just as true. However, if you said “soccer, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet” you would sound like a fool. Ergo, soccer is un-American and should be shunned by all true patriots.

It Looks Like Anne Coulter has been Reading CHT

Because she doesn’t like soccer either.

I’ve held off on writing about soccer for a decade — or about the length of the average soccer game — so as not to offend anyone. But enough is enough. Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay.

Read more here http://www.humanevents.com/2014/06/25/americas-favorite-national-pastime-hating-soccer/

She even makes the soccer/metric connection.

Regarding Soccer … I Rest My Case

Today I was eating in the lounge and the World Cup was on. It was the Netherlands vs. Australia and the Netherlands were winning 3 to 2. One of my colleagues, who is of foreign birth, walks in and sees the score and exclaims “Five goals! Wow, this is a high scoring match!” I kid you not.

I rest my case.

On Sports Fandom

The following post is prompted by a couple of comments bellow, which were tongue-in-cheek, but I do think represent the feelings of some.

There seems to be some people who see everything through the lens of their racialism, hence a lot of them are hostile towards professional sports, and feel other whites should be as well. But doesn’t the differential performance of different races in different sports lend credence to HBD arguments?

Myself, I don’t see how a male can grow up in America, esp. the South with regard to college football, and not have at least some interest in sports. I know there are people who just aren’t wired that way, but I have always been a bit suspicious (tongue-in-cheek) of them. They generally fall into two types, “nerds” (Star Trek > football) or arty types (music, the arts, etc. > sports). There is something normative about sports fandom in America and something “odd” about not liking sports. The former groups just seems disinterested. The later group is often  pompous about their lack of interest in such ruffian pursuits.

At times in the past I have tried to talk myself out of getting too emotionally invested in sports. Based on the fact that it causes your emotions to be dependent on a bunch of people you have absolutely no control over, and in the case of college football, a bunch of kids at that. I figured it would be more emotionally and physically healthy if I took up a sport myself, then that way the outcome would be in my hands. But I always go back. I’m actually less emotionally invested in college football than I used to be. I used to be a nervous wreck on the day of a big game and would pout for a couple of days if we lost. I’m not that bad now.

An Englishman Hates On American Soccer Fans

This is a thing of sheer beauty! And surprisingly it’s from the usually pro-cosmopolitanism Wall Street Journal. Regarding American Soccer fans the author writes:

My biggest gripe is that all of this feels like an elaborate affectation.

Instead of watching the game in the time-honored way of American sports fans—by thrusting a giant foam finger in the air, say, or devouring a large plate of Buffalo wings—your soccer fanatics have taken to aping the behavior of our fans from across the pond.

The scarves thing is an obvious example, but it’s far from the only one. There’s the self-conscious use of terms like “pitch,” “match” and “kit,” the songs lifted directly from English soccer stadiums, and even the appropriation of terrace couture.

On a recent weekend, I went to a bar to watch the UEFA Champions League final and found myself stationed next to a soccer fan wearing a replica Arsenal jersey, a team scarf around his neck and a pair of Dr. Martens lace-ups. He looked like he he’d been born and raised along the Holloway Road. In fact, he was from Virginia.

The whole thing seemed to be less an expression of genuine fandom and more like an elaborate piece of performance art. Didn’t we fight a war so you guys wouldn’t have to take cues on how to behave from London?

It should come as no surprise that the situation is particularly heinous in New York City. This is a town where artisanal toast is now a thing. So of course there’s a peculiar species of fan here whose passion for soccer seems to be less about 22 men chasing a ball up and down a field and more about its intellectual and cosmopolitan qualities.

Never mind that no other sport is so linked to the working class. For these fans, rooting for an English soccer team is a highbrow pursuit and a mark of sophistication, like going to a Wes Anderson movie or owning a New Yorker subscription.

Read more here…

The Spurs vs. the Heat, Round 2. GO SPURS! (Plus a word about the Donald Sterling lawsuit.)

So it’s going to be the Spurs vs. the Heat again this year. I guess we should have just skipped the regular season and went straight to a second finals. This outcome was fairly predictable. Here’s hoping that this year we’ll have a different outcome.

I like the Hawks because they are my home team, and I like the Spurs because I lived in San Antonio for a while coutesy of the USAF, but I hope Donald Sterling sues the NBA into bankrupcy. I would gladly do without the Hawks and the Spurs if that was the cost of crushing that little PC enforcing bug, Adam Silver. Sterling has filed a 1 billion dollar lawsuit, and according to this analysis of the NBA Constitution, it looks like Silver grossly over stepped his authority.

So go Spurs, and go Donald!

It’s All a Conspiracy Theory … Until it Isn’t (Re. Donald Sterling Set Up)

Well, well, well … Lookie what we have here.

Rush Limbaugh suggested Donald Sterling might have been set up.

Salon wagged their finger and made fun.

But now it turns out that the LAPD is investigating just that.

Hmmmm … Wonder if the PC Gestapo and their lackey Adam Silver will apologize to Donald Sterling if this proves true. I wonder if Salon will apologize to Rush.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office apparently thinks enough of the  accusations against Stiviano to do something about it.This comes after multiple  rumors surfaced that Magic Johnson conspired for Stiviano to record the conversation and leak  it so that Sterling would be forced to sell the team and Johnson could then buy  it.

This came after Johnson immediately said he’d like to buy the team  once the recording was made public.

Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2014/05/08/extortion-investigation-of-v-stiviano-could-turn-up-ugly-findings/?05LGXhs5WrrtMIk6.99

NFL Draft Talk

Unless Texas trades down, which might not be a bad move for them, they would be fools to pick anyone other than Jadeveon Clowney. I know there are work ethic questions, but the guy is an athletic freak and has been since high school. Georgia recruited this guy hard before he comitted to SC. He is the closet thing to a sure thing there is, and none of the quarterbacks are can’t miss types.

As far as quarterbacks go, I’m not impressed with any of the top prospects. Manziel could be another Russell Wilson type or her could flame out. Bridgewater and Bortles just seem average to me.

All the above sounds like me just repeating the conventional wisdom, and it is because in this case I happen to agree with the conventional wisdom, here is where I’m going to go against the grain. Picking which quarterbacks are going to succeed at the next level is a notoriously poor science, but you heard it here first. The best quarterback in this years draft in 5 years is going to be Aaron Murray from Georgia. He is a 4 year starter from the SEC. The concern has always been his size because the player guides always tend to add a couple of inches, but he was 6 ft 0.5 in at the combine. I was also going to say that Zach Mettenberger of LSU will be better than Bridgewater, Bortles, Carr, and Manziel also, but his + drug test at the combine is concerning. He has all the physical tools.

For the Credit Where Credit is Due File – Jon Jones is Really Good

This is hard for me to write. I haven’t made much of a secret of the fact that I’m not a fan of Jon Jones. He is so talented and moved up the ranks so fast, that he comes off to me as very cocky. Now some of that may be my own projection, but I think that many people would agree with me that he oozes smugness. I don’t have a problem if someone I have picked out as a favorite rockets up the ranks, but when it’s not one of my favorites it irks me. That said, Jon Jones is just good. I thought Teixeira had a decent chance of beating him. I wouldn’t have bet the farm on it, but I wouldn’t have been shocked. But he made Teixeira look ordinary. That long reach with the hand out thing just frustrates people. What we arguable didn’t know about Jones coming in was his chin. But he proved that Saturday night. Teixeira hit him pretty hard, but Jones weathered it without ever much being in trouble.

But what this fight did reveal is just how good Alexander Gustafsson really is. If Jones made the solid number two guy look ordinary, then what does that say about Gustafsson who took Jones to the brink and arguably won their fight? I personally had Gustafsson winning 3 of 5 rounds, but I didn’t have trouble with the decision because I thought Jones won the fight taken as a whole because he came the closest to putting the other guy out. At the least the fight was razor close. Jones Gustafsson II should be huge, probably the biggest UFC fight ever.

My Suggestion for a Name for the New Atlanta Soccer Team

It is being reported that Atlanta fans will be given a chance to make suggestions regarding the name of the new soccer team. Given my recent post comparing soccer to an invasive species, I have a suggestion: the Atlanta Cane Toads.

I briefly considered the Atlanta Kudzu, but I actually think us Southerners have grown kinda fond of Kudzu. It may be an invasive species, but it’s our invasive species.

Another name I considered was the Atlanta Snakehead Fish, but a soccer team does not deserve such a menacing mascot.

I also considered the Atlanta Burmese Pythons, but I think Pythons is too cool of a name for a soccer team, and besides, that should be saved for the new Miami team anyway.

Soccer to Atlanta?

Major League Soccer is coming to Atlanta. Say it ain’t so. If Atlanta has any self-respect left as a Southern city, then soccer should fail here as the foreign “sport” that it is. I consider soccer a foreign invasive species like the Asian carp. It threatens the native fauna like football, baseball, basketball, wrestling and NASCAR and must be eradicated.

Congratulations Bubba Watson!

Congratulations to Bubba Watson. I was rooting for Bubba for two reasons. First, because he’s a Bulldawg. Second, because there is just something right about a guy named Bubba winning a prestigious golf tournament. A guy named Bubba winning the Masters is like a guy named Preston winning the Daytona 500.

Bubba Watson, 2014 Masters champion, is an absolute mess of contradictions that somehow come together to form a world-beating whole.

Start right at the very top: This is a guy named “Bubba” who’s won the most prestigious golf tournament on Earth not once, but twice. “Bubba” is a name for the guys who spent the weekend at the NASCAR race over in Darlington, not for gentlemen of means who gather beneath the majestic oaks and towering pines of Augusta National.

Read more here…

Mercer is Goin’ Dancing Baby!!!

Mercer is goin’ to the Big Dance baby!!! By virtue of beating rival Florida Gulf Coast in the the final game of the Atlantic Sun tournament. If you recall, Florida Gulf Coast made it to the Sweet Sixteen last year, and was the tournament sensation earning the name “Dunk City.”

This team is full of seniors. Two years ago they won the College Insider post season tourney. Last year they won the regular season A Sun Championship, but lost in the finals of the conference tourney to FGCU, so they went to the NIT. This year I think they have a chance to bust a lot of brackets. Keep an eye on the Mercer Bears.