Remember: after you “shout that trick,” be sure to tell her that you love her. But first he helped her get back on her feet.
How can any smart and well-coordinated sports fan not re-evaluate themselves from skeptic to pessimist? How will it be possible to bring fans and customers back to a place they’ve never been before?
Last week on this spot, I wrote that as a legitimate representative of the NBA Grizzlies fan base, ESPN proudly offered a live chat with Memphis rapper Juicy J.
He didn’t seem like a knowledgeable fan, so it was hard not to conclude that his calling was based on his hateful, pride-filled, violent self-challenging, vulgar words, including an N-word reference to black men and the unprintable sexual inferiority of young women. In other words, the usual garbage.
Juicy J was just ESPN’s blessed celebration of the rapper promoting and perpetuating the most eroding criminal stereotypes of urban black America.
Another rapper, who has found acclaim on ESPN is the aptly named Young Thug, not much different from Juicy J, by genre. Read for yourself. I suggest “Get the F – k Out of My Face” as your first stop.
Last week, ESPN’s favorite, Atlanta-based Mr. Thugg was arrested again, this time on a heap of felonies from possession of a small arsenal of offensive weapons, to drug distribution, to armed crimes and co-sponsorship of gangs. Street crimes.
Back in Memphis, the public discourse system of the Grizzlies and fans in the stadium, male and female, chant enthusiastically, “Observe this hoax!” Taken from a rap “song” uttered by a fellow happily called Al Capone.
“Wop that trick,” according to Urban Dictionary, is street slang for: “What you do when your girlfriend gets off the line. Basically, a pimp slap her when she acts.” Wizard. One’s girlfriend is no better than a “trick” in need of a pimp slap.
So other sad and backward stereotypes are celebrated that must be eradicated. In a professional basketball game! why? And why would black America choose to indulge in this quietly anywhere? Why do the Sharptons continue to ignore everything, including the usual shootings and stabbings of rappers by competitors?
Last week, Warriors star Steve Curry and Draymond Green, along with home fans on Friday, joined “Whoop That Trick.” They were heard and seen loving him. So where are the NBA and Players’ Association commitments to social and racial activism in pursuit of positive change?
With the last season of the NBA financially, politically, and clearly due to a seemingly good (dis) regulatory Black Lives Matter game, what did Commissioner Adam Silver do with this? So far, nothing.
He must demand – order – his exclusion from NBA games, in the arenas and on national television.
And if fools complained, Silver should be proud! Or does Silver, the National Basketball Association, and the National Domestic Violence League advocate?
And last week, Josh Kosman and Brian Lewis of The Post reported that NBA ticket prices have gone up while attendance has fallen.
Thursday, another arrest from the NFL. A charge of tampering with evidence, under the Colorado legal title “Domestic Violence Aider,” has been charged with his alleged victim and the mother of his infant child – though the mother has asked for the charges to be expelled.
Rude acts pervade all of our sports, whether it’s between players or players versus nearby “fans,” whether it’s at Yankee Stadium or the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
It now appears to be a weekly occurrence that professional tennis players throw a cliched spell aimed at the spectator or court official. Last week at the Italian Open, Canadian Denis Shapovalov was ranked 16th in the world.
Rangers fans who populate the park then chant “Hole!” In game administrators or visiting players it is fueled by an uncivilized mob involvement mentality. Or do they dare to be alone among the thousands in loud chants?
You are no longer cheering for your team, you are mocking and cursing the visiting team. It’s tantamount to taking an oath of collective loyalty, not that they were chanting “hole!” At the family dinner table or while watching the game alone on TV. Or are they?
Why did the bad become worse? Do people in leadership positions – starting with commissioners – fear leadership? Do they avoid the danger of condemnation from fools? Or are they just so good at what’s going on – down on their guard?
Forming bad teams comes with NFL scheduling perks
Thursday’s NFL schedule confirmed what to expect: a completely unintended return on Roger Goodell’s bogus claim that the Jets and Giants’ PSL purchases are “good investments.”
Although both teams are at home in the nation’s largest television market, both are scheduled to play mostly at 1 p.m. on Sunday — the most fan-friendly and weather-friendly time for all of the NFL games to start.
This season’s sponsors of the Jets and Giants have been “blessed” with this “gift” for one reason only:
Their teams are expected to be no better than average, so the NFL TV networks, which buy scheduling authority and “browse” start time from the NFL, want no part of either to get a better rating in the Late Sunday afternoon and prime time broadcasts.
Thus, eight of the nine matches at the Giants Stadium were scheduled for 1 pm, while seven out of the eight matches at home were scheduled for 1 pm.
Or, as Alice Kramden said when Ralph told her that if he were elected mystic ruler high up high at Raccoon Lodge, they would both be entitled to burial free at Raccoon Cemetery in Bismarck, ND, she replied, “I am so excited I don’t know whether I shall live or die.”
Norman is a liberal on “mistakes”
Greg Norman spoke of the week’s quote in acknowledgment that his latest golf round is being run with money from the Saudi government, a government accused of imposing penalties for political murder:
“We have all made mistakes.”
killing? Let’s see, have you ever committed murder? I try to think. Hmmm. No, I can’t say I’ve killed anyone, at least not since breakfast. you?
Norman’s reading of “We’ve All Made Mistakes” is no different from Giants wide receiver Cadarius Tony’s tweet, “We’re guys. Everyone makes mistakes…”—in defense of wide Raiders receiver Henry Rogers III after he was charged with the murder of a DUI vehicle, where he crashed He drove his victim’s car at 156 mph, which was reported to the police.
Everything deceives. Last week, a television advert for the NYRA Bets told horse players, “We specialize in…boosting your balance.” If that were the case – if the other way around weren’t – there would be no NYRA Bets.
Given that the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL ostensibly collect millions of dollars a year in penalty payments, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly how much and where the money goes and who pays taxes on dough if any? Or, if you go to charity, who gets crossed out?
I don’t know what’s going on inside, but I was sorry to see the islanders kick out Barry Trotz. I loved his sober style. I can’t help but wonder if delaying the completion of the Islanders circuit – their first 13 games on the road were played – and the COVID-19 roster created for a bridge is too far.
In commercials now starring Pete Alonso, the Mets slugger is identified as “Pete Alonso, Real CarShield Customer.” This means that the original warranty has expired on the old vehicle or vehicles he drives. Of course, why not?