SERENA WILLIAMS is the best to ever play women’s tennis. She’s also a diva who, when losing, tends to blame everything and everyone within a tennis ball’s throw. Remember when she threatened to stuff a ball down a linesman’s throat. I hate to break the news but great athletes can be great big jerks.
Williams’ epic melt down was unfortunate and she made it all the worse by claiming that her punishment was the result of sexism. She claimed men are not punished like she was punished. Facts got in the way. The New York Times researched and it turns out men are sanctioned at three times the rate women are. Why? Likely because men are generally bigger jerks than women.
Williams claimed that her coach wasn’t coaching. Her coach admitted he was coaching. She threw a fit while she was losing the match and losing her cool and broke her racquet. She called the Ump a liar and a thief. She then demanded that the umpire apologize to her. Her pique was self-generated, windy nonsense. She wasn’t the victim of sexism, she was the victim of her own self-induced jerkism.
Mark Knight apparently has no self-control and has no editor with self-control and he has no executive editor with a rudimentary ability to see the obvious. Justice Potter Stewart famously said about obscenity: “I’ll know it when I see it”. Justice Stewart would see the obscenity and racism in Knight’s cartoon. Knight’s explanation is, in “Australian” rubbish. There are a dozen ways he could have draw the concept of Williams being a big whinny baby. Like, draw her as… a big baby. He could have drawn Osaka in the foreground, her back to the camera , Osaka looking stunned glancing at Williams as a silhouetted figure slamming her racquet with the same talk bubble. All of the racist elements would have been eliminated and I assume he could have avoided drawing Osaka as a beach Barbie. But I suspect Knight’s intention wasn’t to comment about bad behavior; I think this cartoon was all about the international reaction he knew he’d get. And, apparently he has an editor who backs him up. Bottom line – a tabloid got what it wanted – millions of eyes on a garbage cartoon and it sullied my profession. I don’t need to repeat the vast condemnation I’ve seen – it’s well deserved. It includes a 2,000 word article in the New York Times ( with quoted “experts” on cartooning) and experts on race relations. Suffice to say I was shocked and saddened that Knight muddied what I consider an honorable and important art form – editorial sports cartoonist. I think I’m at the top of my craft and I am proud of the work I do and it hurts when I see exploitation for prurient reasons.
Justice Stewart would definitely declare Knight’s cartoon obscene. So does Justice Jimmytoons, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sports Cartoonist.
JOE WEST is a veteran heavyweight MLB Umpire and generally a guy who seems interested in the camera being on him – which is kinda odd considering that he doesn’t seem to care about what he looks like.
Joe West isn’t the worst ump in MLB. That distinction, I think goes to Angel Hernandez. But West’s body of work presents a high ejection rate, an expanded strike zone, and a body that seems better fitted for a lounge chair at Leisure World than calling a game in The Show.
Over the weekend West walked over to Austin Davis, a Phillies reliever and confiscated Davis pocket-sized scouting report. Mind you, Davis has been using a scouting report all year and there is no rule against it, but that didn’t stop Joe West. Nope West took the sheet and lated said that he “didn’t want to throw Davis out of the game” because he wasn’t sure the sheet was illegal. What the holy hell? West took it upon himself to, once again, interject himself into a game, make it about Joe West and interfere with athletes playing professionally. West didn’t know the rule but decided he would make one up.
I think West needs to be fitted for a Leisure World lounge chair.
AARON DONALD is the best player on the Rams roster, and that’s taking into account the Rams’ stellar offensive lineup and the addition of Ndamukong Suh. Donald and the Rams have been working on a deal for the better part of two seasons now, and it finally got done. 135 MILLION, with 87 Million guaranteed and 40 Million dollar signing bonus. Donald wasn’t happy last year because he thought he was being underpaid – but he still ripped up offensive linemen like they were paper dolls.
I see a big year for the Rams SACK LEADER.
LIKE SO MANY DODGERS FANS, I had high hopes for 2018. Yes after they stumbled early, it appeared to be a lost season but they recovered nicely and lead the division just two weeks ago. With the addition Machado and Dozier I thought they were well positioned to win it all. Alas it’s all unraveling, in slow motion. From a Baez imposition to an offense leaving so many men stranded, it looks like the British army at Dunkirk, with no rescue on the horizon.
Such a shame.
I played high school football. Like every HS team in America we had Hell Week. Hell was an apt descriptor. Our coaches were awful at football and awful at managing people. They had no concept of how to manage players’ health or maybe they just didn’t care. We ran Hell Week in LA smog so thick visibility was quite literally a mile. My coaches also didn’t allow players to take water breaks outside of “water break” times which were once every hour. The good news? We were allowed to eat as many salt tablets as we wanted.
I started all three years of HS football and earned all-league my junior year. That year I played both sides of the ball and played on every special team, but I quit the team the second day of hell week because we were being tortured. I told my mom to call the head coach and tell him I quit because I couldn’t breathe. The coaches relented (other parents had also called). They shortened practice and allowed us to drink more water, It’s a miracle no one died under their watch. They thought that they were toughening us, but they were torturing children, damaging our lungs and likely damaging internal organs. If any of these techniques were tried today, they would be arrested for child abuse.
What we know now about training and the limits that one can be put through are known quantities. A player dying of Heat Stroke is unconscionable and likely criminal.
At Maryland players were put through exhausting workouts in high heat that lead to the death of a linemen named Jordan McNair. His death was senseless. Heads should roll but some people shouldn’t just lose their jobs their should lose their liberty.
Woof, the last few games have been hard to watch. With Kenley Jansen down, the Dodgers’ BullPen seems to have have lost its heart. No one seems capable of holding a lead. From the Baez to Alexander to whomever, the relief pen is a case of dynamite. It’s not a matter of if, but when…
I [try to] stay clear of the online outrage mob – too depressing. But when the Insulter in Chief tweets out a midnight insult missive at a sports mega-star who just bankrolled a school for disadvantaged kids, the timing could not be more rotten.
I won’t punch my monitor or scream at the sky when he tweets garbage. I do wonder when this president will stop acting like a potty-mouthed 4th grader, and cease stepping on rakes at midnight and, maybe, maybe act like an adult?
REMEMBER WHEN JIM TRESSEL was fired over emails related to him hiding knowledge about…memorabilia?
Yeah, good times…
Urban Meyer has presented himself as super clean and above it all. Until his longtime assistant’s ex-wife alleged Meyer knew about domestic abuse it seemed to fit.
Maybe the halo has slipped a little. Maybe it was an urban myth…
You’re at a party and someone says something like: “Barry Bonds” wasn’t juiced – he said he wasn’t and I believe him”. You want to say “what?” and then stop yourself because you know the conversation won’t end with Barry Bonds, he likely thinks that the Pete Rose and the Patriots never cheated, and OJ is innocent. Just smile and walk away.
So what innocent but unpopular sports opinions do you own?
I’LL GET IT STARTED…
Connie Mack should have worn a uniform. There – I said…. wanna fight?