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Where ignorance turns to stupidity July 12, 2010

Filed under: Social Commentary,Sports — Micah Griffin @ 20:15

In my younger days I use to think that most ignorances were just benign and mostly harmless. You don’t know what life is like for young cricket players in Bangladesh? Not because you’re stupid, because you’re ignorant. A simple lack of knowledge does not always equate to stupidity. Now, that fact still remains, but as I’m older I’m learning what turns that ignorance into stupidity.  It’s putting out opinions based on your lack of knowledge. Sort of like what I do all the time on this blog.

The past few  months I’ve been on a quest for knowledge. Not just my usual quest for knowledge, I love learning, it’s one of my favorite things in the world to do. I have been on a quest to figure out why. Just that. Not the easy ‘why’ either. That’s just a bunch of blatant bull poop.

Over the past few months I’ve been disgusted with what I’ve found. People actually don’t want to dig for the truth behind stories. They just look at the surface of everything and go from there. They make opinions based on a smidgen of information and create a tidal wave of misinformation spinning out of that. The real villains are lazy journalists. Not really journalists either, that’s a mistake I’ve been prone to making in the past. Lazy news broadcasters are usually to blame. Then it moves on to bad colomnists. Then just media personalities who want to drive ratings by saying dumb provocative stuff.

I know I’m not covering any new ground here, but just stick with me for a second. I’m working to a conclusion on some level. I was hearing about Jesse Jackson’s comments recently dealing with LaBron James and Dan Gilbert and wanted to look into what he said for myself. What did I find? Jack. Nada. The AP, TMZ, and every other source I looked at  neglected to  post the entire transcript of what was said by Jackson. They’ve only clipped out pieces. Now everyone goes to rush to judgement based on a small, out of context quote, that uses language that makes Americans all jumpy. (we’ll get to that later).

As a result of this I am unable to form a complete and solid opinion on the subject. It’s just  not possible without the context. This is  not the only time this has happened. This goes on all over the place. Someone will be talking with media, something provocative is said, everyone reports  on one provocative phrase, the entirety of the conversation prior and after that provocative phrase is lost to the ether because telling the whole story doesn’t sell enough.

Now that the reporters have thoroughly botched their jobs it’s up to people on radio and tv to actually do their jobs and raise a stink over it. Not once to any of them ask for the full context of the quote,  they just take the small piece they were given and go for broke. Then all you regular every day  morons hear what the people on TV and the radio have to say about it and form your opinions around that, sounding completely and thoroughly stupid to anyone who’s taken more than five seconds to think about it. There you have it.

Is it all your fault you’re ignorant and now stupid? No. You’re not a reporter. It would be nice if you did  think for five seconds before you say stuff. Chances are you don’t understand all of it. I don’t understand all of it, but I understand enough to know that some key questions aren’t being asked. I know enough not to just take what has been presented and then go spouting off really base opinions because of it. You don’t though. You see things that seem to make sense to you and just assume that what the report says is the whole story and that makes you stupid.

You didn’t know that certain owners of professional sports franchises donate huge sums to certain  political parties? No big. Didn’t know that those same owners have certain views on how certain members of the population should be treated? How would you? Then you didn’t k now that those same owners who view certain people a certain way also directly contradict themselves by contributing to the very problem they hate through their off field business practices? Nope. Then they release a statement.  Then something political goes down that could potentially effect the team they own. That owner says people shouldn’t really mix sports and politics after a player speaks up on a subject. You say “YEAH! That’s right!” Little do you know that politics (and probably even dirty politics at that) are already in your sports. Now you’ve been effectively made a fool by that owner. Tastes good, doesn’t it?

That’s where I’ll end this part of the discussion. The only real place to go from here is how to deal with the fact that life is hard and people don’t really want to think about extra stuff. How it’s just so much easier to say “that guy is stupid” without realizing the implications of that statement, because there are no real implications in your life. At least you think there aren’t. We’ll move into how we try to project our lives and sensibilities on the rest of the world and just people  that grew up different than we did. We’d chit chat and argue about how sometimes things come across that we don’t intend. How maybe people aren’t racists, but just say racist stuff or do racists things because they don’t think about it in those contexts. We’d get all heated and you’d get mad and I’d be right, but you wouldn’t see it. It’d just be a big mess, so yeah. We’re going to stop off here with just me pleading with you to be smart. Don’t let your ignorance turn you into a moron. Before you let stuff come out of your mouth, or out of your fingers take a step back and think about it.

 

On Cedric Benson: Racism still super dead. June 30, 2010

You’re reading the story wrong. That’s just all there is to it. I appreciate that you live in a world where the cops are all honest guys doing an honest days work to keep you safe, and that may actually be true where you are.  But that isn’t true here. There’s something you have to think about. There’s a world out there that you just simply don’t understand, and you never will. It’s not your fault, it’s just a part of life.

Whenever you see stories about how these athletes deal with the police one HUGE elephant lives in the room. We’re talking about young black men and police. That history isn’t so good. I’m not going to talk a lot about Cincinatti, but that city is known for it’s police killing a lot of black men. So the Bengal’s crime troubles run a lot deeper than a bunch of stupid niggers getting in trouble. That’s too easy, and it’s lazy.

So on to Ceddy B. That arrest where he was on the boat.  That’s bullshit and if you read any of the facts  you’ll know that straight away. What we have is a guy on a boat. The cops come and talk to him.  At least four of them walk him off around a corner so he’s removed from the sight of the people who were with them. All of a sudden he decides to attack the cops? You can’t believe that and have a brain. Naw. That was a case of a good old fashioned nigger beating. So much so, in fact, that one of the people on the boat called her father (who was a big time lawyer) to figure out how to get Cedric out of that situation. How many articles did you read pointing that out? Lazy ass journalists just giving you the easy story.

Now this most recent incident. The Austin police (who are notoriously racist. check the youtubes sometime) are called in on a bar fight. They wait OVER A MONTH to call up Cedric and have him fly back to Austin? How many bar fights are there every night? How many times have you ever heard of someone getting arrested months after it happened when no one was injured or killed? Never. Because it doesn’t happen. What we had was a bunch of white kids pickin on poor Cedric (facts, look at ’em) and when bad shit goes down the Austin cops waste over a month of tax payer dollars to investigate this. What do they find? That they need to call in Cedric Benson so they can arrest him long after the fact. Because during that time no other bar fights had occurred in that Small Texas college town. Give me a break.

Now I know that the race card makes people bristle. That’s because they don’t want to believe they live int he real world.  They live in a fantasy world where people don’t have biases and prejudices against other people. Sorry to break it to you, people suck. If you stop taking the easy way out and look at some of the situations that go on in this country you’ll see how royally jacked up it all is.

Racism exists.  Just because the cross burning thing has died down doesn’t mean those feelings and sentiments are gone. You think in the space of 50 years everything people believed has just up and gone away? No sir, it has just changed forms. Now they institutionalize it. The people who never ever have to deal with it love saying how my people only use it as an excuse just so you can make yourselves feel better about whatever issues you have going on in your life. That’s just more willful ignorance.

 

Racism is Soooooo dead: World Cup Ref edition. June 29, 2010

Filed under: Sports — Micah Griffin @ 20:07
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People love to get at the notion that racism doesn’t exist anymore and that nothing we do is motivated at all by it. Anyone who believes that stuff is just trying to be ignorant. So, here’s the newest bit of evidence in my corner. Been watching any of the soccer going on? If you have you’ll have heard about the Refereeing being bad. There’s  no doubt about that, it’s bad.  But I want you to go look at articles about the officiating and tell me what you notice. How many pictures of refs do you see? Yup.

There’s been no shortage of bad calls, and there seems to be the most focus on one ref in particular. Now, one reason is because his decision came against the US. I’m not minimizing this. Nothing here is black and white. What I’m saying is that people like Peter King went on a tirade about how awful it is that a referee from “a small African country” was even reffing the match. Okay. Seriously.  That’s not racially motivated? Why aren’t we mad that someone from a large European country or South American country royally botched the crap out of a call?

Of all these bad calls the one made by the nigger was actually one of the least offensive. It is absolutely undeniable that there was a foul on someone during that play. Nothing should’ve been called, but it’s much more forgivable than say, kicking KaKá out of the game for not touching anyone or that English goal not counting. For serious. How many pictures have you seen of the other refs. Here’s a Y! article about the refs. The article itself isn’t terribly offensive, but guess who’s photo headlines it. I never once on Yahoo saw a picture of the other refs when they blew calls. Or anywhere. They showed the African refs picture everywhere, right on the front of the sports section. His video was all over ESPN. I missed the English thing when it happened, when I found out afterwards I was just waiting for the outrage. People were upset, but where were the letter writing campaigns? Where was this notion that someone from where he was from had no business being in the tourney? It wasn’t there. Why? Cause we look at black Africans like they’re not as good as the rest of the world and clearly don’t belong on the same stage.

 

Adios NFL June 25, 2010

Filed under: Sports,Uncategorized — Micah Griffin @ 23:05
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I acknowledge this is easy to write now in the beginning of summer where the streets aren’t filled with hooligans doing the football stuff everywhere, but it’s on my mind now, so now I write it.

I think I’m done with the NFL, and it really has nothing to do with the product on the field. That stuff I’m actually pretty cool with. It’s by no means my favorite sport to watch, easily trailing Basketball and slightly behind hockey, but I like it. The problem is everything surrounding the league. There are tonnes and tonnes of issues that really aren’t ever looked at in depth. I’d love to do it now, but that would require lots of research and well over two thousand words. Instead, I’ll just run some stuff off the top of my head. I’m using Albert Haynesworth’s situation now to exemplify all the problems I have with the NFL.

The very first and most important part is how it’s covered. The way the media treats the NFL is ridiculous. I don’t understand how people can be so into it. That’s neither here nor there. The thing is how they cover the players. It’s just unconscionable.

The current news is that Albert Haynesworth doesn’t want to play for the redskins because they changed the terms he’d be working under. I don’t know how anyone finds this to be unreasonable. He was hired under the pretense that he’d be used in a certain position, he did that and was paid for it. Now they want to change his position to a more dangerous one and he wants no part of it.  If you at all keep up with sports  news you know that this is not how it’s being reported. Instead everyone is saying how this fat guy is getting paid so much money and should just shut up and go to work.

I’m glad none of them have ever had issues with their bosses. On a seperate note for a second, only in sports, and really only in sports where you see black people making F-350 super duty truck loads of money do you hear about common folks taking up for the ownership against the workforce. How cool would you be if your boss came in and told you that you’d have to work a position that’s going to put you in a lot more physical risk when you specifically said that as a condition of your hire that you wouldn’t do that.

I get that Albert never got it in writing, but when did it become okay for folks to  lie to you and then get defended for it? So you have all these writers writing about how awful it is that Albert isn’t showing up to these crappy summer “Organized Team Activities.” The report is that this fat millionaire isn’t showing up to an off season activity he really has no need to show up to. Did I mention how much money he makes? No, I didn’t, because that is not relevant information in any way. Know who makes fifty times more than he does? Dan Snyder the guy who owns the team and is in no way being held to the standards that the media is holding Haynesworth to.

The biggest problem with the media that covers the NFL is that they are employees of the NFL. The sport is so big that they take the stories the league gives them. The league serves up certain players or stories to reporters so they get blowed up real good. You may not remember, but last year Jay Cutler did the same thing Haynesworth did, but to a slightly different effect. Yes, he was was criticized a bit, but not with the vigor or passion we see now. The only differences are that Albert makes more money and is a fat black guy as opposed to super smart Jay Cutler that went to Vanderbilt and is white.

There’s a casts system with NFL people as well. If you didn’t play or coach in the league don’t even try to talk to someone who did. They go hard on this “You don’t know you didn’t play, stuff.” So when you watch T.V. what you get are a bunch of people who’s lives were significantly changed by this system and are going to do what they can to  tote company line. “Protect The Shield” is an actual thing with these guys. Ownership can’t do anything wrong on a serious level.

The next thing is stupid fans. With the sport being as popular as it is the number of casual fans that think they know anything about the sport is huge. The smaller the sport (in general) the more knowledgeable the fans are about it. Football fans actually don’t understand much of the sport, how it works, or how hard any of it is. They think they do, but they really don’t have a clue at all. What’s crazy is that the fans have also drunk the flavor-aid on the notion that if you didn’t coach in the league you can’t possibly tell them anything. Fans don’t have a clue what Jaws and Gruden are saying to each other during Monday Night Football games, but it sounds footbally so they’ll go for it. I can point out as well as they can that Jake DelHomme loves tossing balls way up in the sky and hoping his receivers catch it. What I don’t have is the years of football experience to say it in footbally terms.

What that does effectively is remove outside sources from the equation. If you come in to try and make a point about the league that just doesn’t make sense in reality they’ll be quick to get all over that “former general manager X said ‘this is just the way it goes’ so you can’t possibly be right.” The fans are also ridiculously arrogant, but the way I have to imagine baseball fans were back in the 60s and 70s. Easy to walk with that strut when your favorite sport is the most popular in the country and no one (seriously NO ONE) is even close to being in second.

One of the biggest reasons for that success is that the NFL has done just about everything in their power to CRUSH the personality of these players. No dancing, no celebrating, can’t say anything about anything (unless it helps the league that is). What?  Yeah, all the players making less than Haynseworth sippin on Jellycycles can hate like crazy, but let one of them criticize how the NFL runs game and watch that player get ostracized.

This is a sport where you can’t see the players while they’re on the field. They’re all covered head to toe. Shoes, socks (that have to be a certain height or you get fined), pads all over the shirt and pants, and that helmet that covers the face. As long as you look on the field you can forget that it’s a bunch of young black kids out there dancing for your entertainment. The second they do anything to remind you of that the league fines them, and if it’s enough the commissioner calls them into the principles office. I’ve said it before, but one of the reasons I LOVE basketball is because of how human that sport it. No sport more human, soccer is like a more boring European cousin. They can’t hid anything. Their tattoos, their facial expressions (except my boy perk who just doesn’t have the ability to smile), nothing. The body language is all out there for everyone to see. In football they all look exactly the same from the nosebleeds. Just a bunch of nameless faceless logos out there running around.

I have totally lost my train of thought, so I’ll come correct with part two tomorrow when I get back on track. I hope. Maybe not though. This could be it. So if it is, in conclusion. I’m just not going to be watching a lot of football next season (college or pro) and I needed something write about. I’m going to try this whole write every day thing out and see how that works.

 

GAMBLIN TIME! September 26, 2009

Nope. I still don’t gamble. I’m broke, and am not spending my last dimes on the chance some dude breaks his leg or the head coach has a Brad Childress/Herm Edwards moment at the end of game. Even more, I don’t want some 19 year old kid to determine whether or not I get to keep my  house. Screw that.

So here we go.

Take Florida state minus the 14.  Why? I can’t name a single player on South Florida. Granted it’s because I don’t care, but hey. Science is science.

Take North Carolina +2.5. I don’t trust GA Tech. Maybe they aren’t as good as we think this year. I think the Wreck are settin up for next season.

Michigan State +3 over Wisconsin. They can’t be terrible, right? They ALMOST beat a crappy ND team.

NC State in a Pick ‘Em over Pittsburgh. Why? Cause Wannstedt can’t win anymore. Total trap.

Take Florida +22.5. Kentucky sucks.

Georgia -13 over Arizona state. Sun Devils are already drunk.

ND -8.5 over Purdue. Purdue sucks. ND isn’t good, but Purdue is AWFUL.

Washington St. +44.5 over USC. W St. isn’t good. But I just think that if they score 9 points the spread is screwed. Winning by six touchdowns just isn’t easy at all. Well, maybe a little.

That’s it for this week. Let’s see how it turns out. Follow these picks to your own peril.

 

NFL Week 2: A list in list form September 23, 2009

1. Jets – I love trash talkers. I don’t think they’re the best team in the league, but I love it when NFL guys are obnoxious. No Fun League indeed. Keep me interested and entertained is all I ask.

Ravens – What’s to say? Stop calling him Ray Ray. That’s what I have to say. Seriously? Grown men, professional journalist, radio hosts that claim to have some sort of integrity and dignity calling another man Ray Ray? The same man they called murderer and liar years back? Sport writers/talkers have always been ridiculous, but this just crosses a line.

Giants – Theys has defense. I hate Brandon Jacobs for all the years I owned him in fantasy (especially last years stunt where he didn’t even dress though he was stated as probable or questionable.) but you can’t argue with fact. Actually, that’s the premise of what I do here. Jacobs is lame.

Falcons- Matty Ice isn’t as good as people say he is, but that doesn’t mean he’s awful. Be on the lookout though, that Michael Turner guy is going to fall apart, and Norwood won’t be around to back him up they way they want.

Saints – WHO NEEDS DEFENSE? Not the saints, that’s who. Have you heard this a billion times before? Yup. Do I ever have fresh and interesting perspectives for you? nope. Guys, Drew Brees is four feet tall, but he’s a leader of men. He just gets those guys going.

Colts – This is another team set up for a big fall, but somehow they keep winning. I don’t trust ’em. Peyton looses one offensive lineman and the whole season blows up.

Vikings – This is going to be the best team in the league for about nine weeks until they blow the $#(* up. Yes, all the way the #(*&% up. Don’t worry, Tavaris Jackson is there to save you.

49ers – I WANT WINNERS! I WANT PEOPLE THAT WANNA WIN! (why write when it’s been written for you.

Broncos – Bring back the neckbeard. (Can you tell I’m already tired of writing these?)

Steelers – I wish Mike Tomlin was my uncle or something. He’s not as cool as my dad, but he’s a pretty cool guy. The way he chews that gum! Dreamy. Big problem though. That o-line is terrible. If Tom Brady was back there this team would go 8-8. Thankfully #7Ben R. (spellcheck doesn’t have a suggestion) is back there instead of that Brady guy.

Bengals- If this team had a good QB they’d be unstoppable. I’m not joking. They’re going to be good. Really really good. For the first time EVER Marvin Lewis has a defense to work with. Hard for a defensive coach to win when all the money is on a terrible offense, the owner brings in knuckleheads, and truth be told you’re really not as good a coach as you thought you were four years ago.

Patriots – Tom Brady sucks. Okay, that’s factually incorrect. Tom Brady is not the best QB ever. Better. But even if he was; his knee went the wrong way. All the way the wrong way. You don’t just hop back from that. This team still has no defense, and lost it’s best player for a spell. And you really trust “fragile freddy.” Once again. We’re grown men and call this guy out like we’re in middle school.

Bears- Greatest QB in bears  history? uh no. Not even close. He’s really not that good. He had a great head coach, great receivers, the best o-line system ever, the second best o-line in the league behind the Patriots. I mean, sheesh.

Texans- I drafted Matt Schaub. I’m not talking about this team anymore.

Packers- I’m surprised you’re still reading this. Like I actually watched all these games, let alone broke them all down. I’m not doing film study on Packers-Bengals. Boooooring. I’ll say this. . . about that. I’m all over the Bengals. I picked them to hit the playoffs this year. So this loss, it happens. It’s week two.

Bills- What a terrible fan base of thugs and hoolagins. Burning nunbers in lawns. Stealing more jewelry from a house than my estate is worth. Being in a cold city. That’s the worst crime. I’ve spent plenty of time in buffalo (about a total of four days). SCREW THAT! GET OUT! GET OUT! You can move somewhere warmer!

Chargers – L.T. is gawn and that sproles guy isn’ t big enough. He’s awesome, bu t not as a feature back. Who’s his backup. The longer L.T. is out the sooner we’ll find out what his name is.

Cowboys- If Tony Romo was {insert you know exactly what here} we’d me massacring him today. Seriously. Talk about overrated guy who hasn’t reached potential. Inaccuracy (not as bad as my boy JR) chokes in the big moment, looks like a goofball. He does stupid stuff.

Eagles – No donvan, I’m not excited. Let’s not forget before {DOG KILLER} comes back that he was IN JAIL for two years. He’s not good. He’s fat and out of shape. He needs to work himself back in. Look for him and K Kolb to light the @#$ out of the Cheifs.  That team sucks.

Raiders – This team sucks. Jamarcus would be better if he had a better team arond him or if he had a decent coach, but daaaaaamn. 35%. Even I can’t defend that. Maybe it was higher or lower, I hate looking up stats. Still, not good.

Seahawks  – SENECA WALLACE! OH YEAH BOI! Like you didn’t see this coming? Especially when Timmy said “I need my brother to get hurt cause I’m playing against him in fantasy this week.” Seriously, bra. You just don’t ever say that.

Cardinals – Kurt Warner can only last so long, right? Right?

Redskins – Worst 1-1 team easily. My boy Jason Campbell needs a receiver in a serious way. What happened to Clinton Portis? OH THAT’S RIGHT! He’s on my fantasy team.

Panthers – Jake Delhomme is better, but that Run defense. Oh man. I want to support this team. I live here, I’m a fan. But Hera help up. My goodness.

Dolphins- You just don’t loose if you run the ball this well.

Buccaneers – This team is terrible, the only reasn they aren’t lower is because I’m too lazy to highlight and drag it down. They are baaaaad. I hope morris can keep his job long enough to try and turn it around. Good luck though.

Lions – MEGATRON

Chiefs – MEGA. . wait no. This team is awful. Where is your savior now? His leg hurts? yeah, you’ll have that. Yeah, he did great for me in fantasy last year, but we all knew it was fluky.

Titans – This is one of the best tackling teams in the NFL. THE BEST. Problem is they can’t get to players to tackle them. Receivers run straight past ’em. Hard to tackle a guy you can’t touch.

Jaguars – Team is unholy. Bad bad bad bad bad. BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD. Bad bad. 2-14? Yeah.

Browns – It’s the %@(*&% Mangenius. Is that how it’s spelled? Mangenius? How smart do you have to be to get crushed all year long? Pretty durn smart.

32. Rams – See what I said about the jags? Yeah, just duplicate it here. Stephen Jackson is great, but for how long? Like he isn’t going to get hurt?

 

Greatest Ballhog of All Time May 31, 2009

Four or so years ago after the Lakers Dynasty ended and Shaq went off to the east coast the nation couldn’t wait to pile on Kobe Bryant. He would do all he could around an absolutely terrible team to get them to the playoffs. Any playoff game they won was pretty much all on his shoulders. He was the best player in the league, hands down.

Now here we go again with LeBron James. He’s been to the playoffs a few time and can’t get it done. Instead of ripping him for not being a good enough team player we give him all the praise in the world.

Huh?

So this guy goes out and scores forty plus points every game and is responsible in some form for every point scored by his team at the end of games and then his team looses, and somehow that’s not selfish? LeBron James, right now, is in the exact same place that Kobe Bryant was four years ago. He’s the best player in the league with a rag tag group of nobodies around him that won’t show up when he needs him too. The only difference is that instead of ripping LeBron to shreds for not getting it done we make excuses.

I say no! No excuses for “The King.” He’s the crowned ruler of the NBA. No one has seen a talent like him in all theird days. He can play and guard every position on the floor. He makes all his teammates better. He’s a good guy, and all around hero to Ohio. Good hometown boy. He just can’t take his team to the summit.

Let’s not get carried away here. His team does suck, but so does L.A. Pau Gasol is a baby. Lamar Odom only shows up on Missionary Sundays. Andrew Bynum can only play for four minutes at a time. A dude named Shanon should never be the second toughest player on your team. Derek Fisher couldn’t guard me right now. No really, I’d cross him up blindfolded in sandles a size too big. Dude’s a defensive corpse. I can only talk about Sasha Vujacic in derrogatories. Ariza tries hard bless his heart, sometimes, maybe. I think Luke Walton died.

I’m done, but that’s the thing. This lakers team is ALL Kobe. And it was last year, and has been since shaq left, and it’s not any better than Cleavland. If this team of pansies goes down it’ll all be on Kobe’s shoulders, but we’re already talking about how Cleavland HAS to get more help for LeBron, maybe Bron Bron just has to get better. Maybe he has to learn more.