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Monday, July 09, 2018

OTP 2018 July 9: Why It’s Hard to ‘Stick to Sports’

A quote attributed to the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren reads: “I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”

But even in Warren’s lifetime, the sports page was full of things that moved outside the realm of sports accomplishments into the political world of page one: Jackie Robinson breaking the baseball color line, Muhammad Ali’s successful fight to overturn his criminal conviction for refusing military service in the Vietnam War, Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ black power salute from the victory stand of the 1968 Summer Olympics, the enactment of Title IX to expand opportunity for girls in sports, and Curt Flood’s lawsuit to break baseball’s reserve clause.

 

The mix of politics and sports wasn’t unique to Warren’s time. The two worlds have never been, never were, and never will be as separate as many imagine or would like them to be. Sports isn’t immune from capital-P political oversight and opinions, which grow out of the small-p politics about how we as people organize our lives and societies. In other words, angrily telling sports media figures and athletes themselves to “stick to sports”—a popular demand these days when sports and politics mix on social media—is an impossible ask.


(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: July 09, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 1010 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1001. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:36 AM (#5710481)
But Clapper? He stands alone as the one Trumpkin who has never, ever uttered even a tiny scintilla of criticism about Trump.


If pressed he will grudgingly admit that Trump is too nice to you hippies.
   1002. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:37 AM (#5710483)
795

I'll be surprised if Mueller finds what you folks think he will, but how can facts be "discredited"?


What was that Trump quote about saying nasty things about the press all the time so that the people will stop believing in it?

See also: science.
   1003. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:44 AM (#5710490)
Trump Tweeted this morning that US-Russia relations have NEVER been worse, and that it was America's fault:"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

Comrade Cockholster indeed.
   1004. DavidFoss Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:49 AM (#5710494)
What was that Trump quote about saying nasty things about the press all the time so that the people will stop believing in it?

That was from Lesley Stahl.

But Clapper? He stands alone as the one Trumpkin who has never, ever uttered even a tiny scintilla of criticism about Trump.

It seems to be a rhetorical game to Clapper. The less one concedes now, the more leverage one has later. Get the other side to concede more than you, take that ground, move onto the next point and use their concessions to push further.
   1005. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5710495)
814

Perhaps Mueller has something. If so he's playing hide the ball quite well.


Again, we've been saying that for 14 months (and counting).
   1006. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:57 AM (#5710500)
Even NRO is coming around to reality. One doubts Juan, Ray or the regulars in the swamps of denial will join them.
   1007. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:59 AM (#5710502)
826

Yes, I understand all co-conspirators communicate their criminal conspiracies with each other through the media.

Really, it's hard to understate the extent to which people have lost their minds here.


We live in the Age of the Unimaginable, Ray.

Very few things are that big a stretch anymore.
   1008. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:04 AM (#5710506)
Trump: Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!


NRO: This indictment makes it even more troubling that Trump mocks, denigrates, and undermines the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt.” We now know that there was real wrongdoing; we just don’t yet know its extent.


So who do you believe, Ray?
   1009. Zonk qualifies as an invasive species Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:06 AM (#5710512)
The new thread is up - so folks should take their Trump and Trumpkin bashing there.... not that there are any wrong or bad places to bash Dear Leader and his Trumpkins.
   1010. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:28 AM (#5710526)
863

(*) Hmmm, let's see. The right is in power and we're out of power. Seems like we have two options. One: Wait a couple years, mobilize, and vote them all out. Two: Spend the next two years saying a bunch of weird, deranged #### every single day and make it more weird and deranged as the two years progress.


Seems to me that DJT chose door #2 sometime in the middle of 2014.

OK, which of you lousy TDS-ers stole the playbook?
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