I don’t know how it happened, but it seems like every “sports journalist” out there is now a political activist. At some point in the last few years sports journalism has become the domain of people who hate sports. I don’t get it, but they’re doing all they can to destroy the games and it’ll probably work.
Colin Kaepernick should have been given a press pass when he took his knee, he couldn’t have been any worse at covering football than he was at playing it. Of course, Colin might not have been able to find an outlet to hire him. Not because they wouldn’t want to – a former jock who hates his sport while spewing every left-wing talking point is so much like everyone else in the industry that he’d be the ultimate diversity hire, but only because they don’t understand the meaning of the word “diversity” as it applies to thought.
And that’s the problem, thought isn’t allowed anymore. Obedience is the order of the day. It doesn’t really matter the side, if you go to a sports website you’re more likely to be lectured about politics than easily find the scores of the games you want to see. ESPN is the DNC on steroids, Outkick is Fox, both literally and figuratively. I don’t care about either focusing so much on things that aren’t sports, they just shouldn’t pretend to be about sports at all.
Pathetically, you’re more likely to find more mentions of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton on these sports websites than there should be, which is zero.
Even though I work in it for a living, politics is not everything. Unless you have no other life, in which case you should focus on getting one.
Sports used to be an escape, now it’s another avenue for more of the same. The fascist thought police now live in the sports world too. You can’t escape.
When Troy Aikman said something innocuous about a garbage “roughing the passer” call, the pearl-clutching class pounced.
What did he say? “My hope is the competition committee looks at this in the next set of meetings and, you know, we take the dresses off.” The horror! Troy Aikman implied that men and women are different, and the league has gone so soft that simply tackling a quarterback should not be a penalty.
Naturally, the left soiled themselves because it was an acknowledgement of the differences between the sexes and that is no longer allowed.
Upon hearing it, the outrage police snapped into action. Everyone picked last in gym class immediately took to their Twitter accounts to demand justice from Aikman. Someone named Jason Page, who apparently hosts a podcast about sports for a website he can’t even properly link to in his Twitter bio, screeched, “Did Troy Aikman really just say what I think he said? Did he really just say that it’s time for the league to ‘take the dresses off’? The 60s called, they want their chauvinist back. Seriously @ESPN… do better than that crap.” He then returned to feeling bad about that atomic wedgie he’d gotten in 9th grade from fellow students who’d actually kissed a girl.
Chuck Modi, a “justice journalist” for Deadspin (see what I mean when I say it’s populated with people who hate it?) whined, “Troy Aikman really needs to find a non-misogynistic way to critique the call besides “take the dresses off”. And I say this as someone who heard this misogyny normalized by coaches as a kid & even participated myself. Way past time to end such sports talk,” before heading out to buy some Monistat and cranberry juice.
I could go on, there were actual women who complained too, but what’s the point. We live in such a wussified society now that I didn’t even really need to give the reaction examples, knowing you could have filled in the blanks and accurately predicted the crying from simply knowing what Aikman said.
I suspect ESPN, under pressure from the mob, will try to get Aikman to apologize. I hope he does not. These TV contracts have “morals clauses” so people can be fired if they get caught with a hooker or say something truly beyond the pale, but Troy did nothing to violate his. That would mean ESPN can’t fire him for this, unless they’re willing to pay out his multi-year, multi-million-dollar contract in its entirety. They likely aren’t. That means Troy has to do nothing to win.
That loss for the left might, if followed up by more people refusing to cave to these goons, bring to an end the only sport at which whiny leftists excel – ruining people’s lives. Then they can return to getting swirlies, never kissing girls and being picked last, or at least maybe just covering sports like they’re supposed to.