Category: Sports

Finding A Place For Everyone

I work hard to keep my image (a curmudgeon who does not suffer fools easily, oh, and get off my lawn) intact. An orderly life, where right and wrong never share a latte, clearly defined parameters, no ambiguities, drawer for every item, and the rule of laws reigns supreme. Justice prevails, the good guy always finishes first, and we all call our moms once a week…..if only.

This is not another “zero tolerance” rant, although it is really stupid, but more often than not good old fashion common sense, applying the spirit of the law over the letter, allows for a more compassionate society ( I know, another word stolen co-opted by the left).

Meet Mack Beggs, Texas State champ, who happens to wrestle girls. Apologies for posting the entire WSJ article, but I found it the most fleshed out and you need a subscription to see the whole thing;

DALLAS—Mack Beggs, a star wrestler at Trinity High School near Fort Worth, has a new victory under his belt. On Saturday, he became the first transgender boy to win the girls state title in Texas.

Mack, who was born a female and is transitioning to a male through hormone therapy, is at the center of a controversy here over a Texas rule that requires high-school students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate.

The dispute comes as the 17-year-old capped off an undefeated season this year, in which he beat the 56 opponents he faced, each of them girls. And it has emerged just days after the Trump administration rescinded President Barack Obama’s guidelines that said schools should let transgender students use the bathrooms and facilities of their choice.

Texas has become a flashpoint for such issues. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public institutions, including public school districts, based on their biological sex. The proposal has spurred a firestorm of debate on both sides.

Mack’s mother, Angela Beggs, said, “Mack would like to compete against boys. He’s practiced very hard to get to this point.”

Despite Mack’s wishes though, the Texas rule, which went into effect in August, dictates he must compete as a girl.

It was passed by the University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing authority for public-school sports. According to the group, 95% of league-member school superintendents voted in favor of the birth-certificate rule.

The family reached out to the league asking that Mack be allowed to wrestle with boys and were told the rule prevented him from doing so, Mack’s parents said. As a result, Mack hasn’t wrestled against boys in any official matches.

“It is not a clean, easy thing to deal with by any means,” said Cody Moree, a superintendent in Apple Springs Independent School District in East Texas. Mr. Moree voted for the rule but said he understood both sides of the issue.

“I would understand if this student was wrestling in the boys division and there were objections there as well,” he said.

Mack’s parents said their son has been taking hormone therapy since October 2015 to help him transition and stressed that he would much prefer to wrestle against other boys.

The fact that he is mandated to compete against girls has caused frustration among some parents and other female wrestlers.

League spokeswoman Kate Hector said two girls forfeited in Mack’s 110-pound weight class last week during a regional tournament rather than wrestle against him.

Pratik Khandelwal, whose daughter has wrestled Mack, said he is concerned about future wrestling matches between the two. “It’s not a matter of being transgender, it’s more of a fact that he’s taking testosterone…that could have an influence on the girls that he’s wrestling,” he said.

Jim Baudhuin, a father and attorney, unsuccessfully sought an injunction before the district and regional meets to prevent Mack from wrestling, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Baudhuin blames the league and its year-ago vote that passed the birth-certificates rule. He said he plans to pursue a lawsuit after the season is over because he envisions the same scenario next season, the AP said.

The league wouldn’t comment on the suit. The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, where Trinity High School is located, said in a statement that the district would continue to follow league guidelines.

Chris Mosier, an advocate for transgender athletes who has competed on the U.S. Men’s Duathlon and Triathlon teams as a transgender man, said 40 states have some sort of policy on transgender high-school athletes. Some 16 allow high-school students to compete as the gender with which they identify, and 17 examine cases on an individual basis.

The remaining states, including Texas, require students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate or, in some instances, undergo hormone therapy or surgery.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of something like this happening. Mack is following the rules exactly as the rules are stated,” Mr. Mosier said. “Mack is a boy and should be competing against boys.”

In Texas’ case, the league noted in a statement that individuals can petition the court to amend their birth certificate, and the league would accept the change.

Mack’s stepfather Damon McNew said Mack was hurt by the fact that some girls didn’t want to wrestle against him. But he said his school, and the wrestling team, had been supportive of his situation.

At the Texas state championships this weekend, which took place in the Houston area, Mack won all four of his matches to take his weight class.

“He doesn’t want any competitive advantage,” Mr. McNew said. “All he wants to do is wrestle.”

A lot to unpack, here.

Totally separate from Obama’s transgender bathroom law (yeah, I know, “guidance’, still a massive overreach), it’s underpinnings can’t be ignored. Where ,”Men are men, and sheep are scared” Texas, men don’t go into women restrooms and they don’t compete against girls, and vice versa. The sex on the birth certificate dictates where you pee and who you wrestle.

Except that Mack is stuck in the middle, being forced to compete against girls, and no one is happy about it.

You would think that cooler heads would prevail here, accept the fact that Mack, by virtue of his male hormone therapy, is now essentially a boy and should compete as such.

The whole steroid debacle, chemically enhanced advantage over an opponent, has similarities here. Clearly his female opponents want no part of him since he has the strength of a male, where is the equity in that?

Allowing those “not alike” to compete is not foreign to sports. Junior tennis players can always “play up”, play at a higher age bracket, but never down. Same with wrestlers and boxers, you can always play up, compete at a higher weight class. The same analogy can be used here, allowing girls who are transitioning to boys and who are taking hormone therapy should be allowed to wrestle boys, but not girls. I admit that the reverse can be tricky , allowing boys into girls to compete against girls, but this can be resolved by the simple physical, if she looks like Arnold in his prime, maybe another year of hormone therapy is in order.

I get that you can’t please everyone, and parents’s living vicariously through their kid’s sports endeavors are the worst, but Mack beating every girl in the state satisfies nobody. The article mentions a simple fix of amending the birth certificate. If this is a simple procedure and Mack’s parents are reluctant, this speak volumes as to a competitive edge he keeps telling us he doesn’t want.

Super Matchup

The Trump effect strikes again. The NCAA national championship game was one for the ages, will this Sunday’s Superbowl game live up to that? I think it will. The best offense in the league against the best defense, the 2 guys (QB’s) vying for this years MVP (my pick, Ryan, has to be) the deflategate backlash (will Brady pull Goodell’s noose during the trophy presentation?), the Golden Boy sans Gronk against the best receiver in football, Julio Jones, this game has it all. Some sideline diversions; Lady Gaga goes political during the halftime show and is resoundingly booed by the those in the stands, don’t do it.

Make your predictions here, mine, only a fool would go against Belichick when he has 2 weeks to prepare (takes a la crosse player and turns him into a super stud receiver, get outa here) but I can’t help myself, I’m going with Atlanta. If Ryan can keep his cool and tune out all the hype, they will win, call me crazy.

Oh, and record numbers for viewers, not Trump numbers (te he) but still pretty big.

I have a tennis tournament this weekend so I am praying for rain (here) on Sunday.

The NFL (No Fun League) Keeps Getting Sacked

America’s game has got a bad head cold.

Ratings Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers
So far this season, viewership on major networks is down about 10% from last season

The NFL usually blows the doors off of other sports ratings when it comes to ad dollars and viewership, a number factors this year brought them done a peg. Being an election year, and having perennial also rans (The Cavaliers in the NBA, and the Cubs in MLB) steal the NFL’s thunder.

But I think other factors have not helped;

1)The officiating is still bad. A push to “get it right”, the gold standard for all officiating in all sports, prompted the NFL to adopt it’s review rule. The problem is the process still takes too damn long (even with multiple camera angles) and inconsistencies on what it review-able and what isn’t. If you want to get it right, make everything review-able with the existing challenge penalties for guessing wrong, loss of a time out.

2) Too many games suck. Tonight’s game, The Bengals vs. The Giants, is a prime example. Yeah, it’s tough to predict a year ahead of time what teams will be competitive, Sunday night/Monday night games should be limited to division rivals; Bears/Packers, Giants/Redskins, Raiders/Broncos, 49ers/Seahawks, something like that.

3) Do away with the Thursday night game altogether, nobody watches it anyway and it is too hard on the players, not enough turn around time to heal.

Other thoughts, do away with the foreign venue games, don’t dwell on the SJW’s kneeling for the national anthem, and officials, your flags are very content remaining in your pocket for most of the game, excessive celebrations and mutual pushing/shoving for a thrown pass, let it alone and let the players play.

Stephen A Smith had a nice rant over that dope Kaepernick;

I think the league does better when the more storied franchise teams do well, 49ers, Green Bay,the Giants, the Panthers, they all suck this year.

Do we just phone it in now and give the MVP to Tom Brady?
When is Detroit going to get serious and even try to help their MVP level QB, Matthew Stafford?
It is nice to see Matt Ryan having an MVP year.
We knew the Vikings were all smoke and mirrors, it finally caught up to them.
Being an Eagles fan my whole like (born in Philly) I suffered from Wentzmania in the early season. If they can beat Seattle this week, that will be a good indicator of where they are.
I think we are seeing our last of Mike McCarthy, too bad, circumstances beyond his control have made the Packers less then average.
Lastly, how ’bout them Cowboys? The best team in the NFL? I think so. I usually root against the Cowboys but what a remarkable season so far. Looking at the rest of their schedule, I can easily see them running the table, their toughest game might just be the last at Philly.

So, how is your team doing?

The Anti-Election

I’m a fairly rabid baseball fan and this year is giving us a World Series out of our dreams. In the National League corner, we have the Chicago Cubs, in their first World Series since before the game was integrated, vying for their first title in 108 years. A young, great team lead by a great manager that plowed through two very good teams to get to the final.

And in the American League corner, we have the Cleveland Indians, who have not won a title since 1948. It’s another young, great team lead by a great manager that plowed through two very good teams to get here.

I wish there were a way that both teams could win. One great American city will soon see its long heartache ended. But one will see another chapter in their written. My heart is with Chicago — I was born there and used to watch them on cable. But Cleveland is a very good team and tonight’s opener went about as well as it could possibly have gone for them. Kluber pitched well and the offense was good enough that he could be pulled early for a possible Game Four start. As a Braves fan, I’ve sat next to fans of both teams in the post-season and both teams have great generous midwestern fanbases (Braves fans who went to the ’95 series in Cleveland told me Tribe fans bought them beers). No matter who wins, it will be good for baseball.

This is anti-matter to the election, which features two old corrupt liars who I wish could both lose.

It took almost ten months, but 2016 has finally given us something to be positive about. Go Cubs! Go Tribe! Go baseball!

Out Of The Mouth Of…………Dopes

This is how bad it has gotten;

Yep, a douchewagon like Kaepernick even gets it. We talk a lot about the low information voter, but we have a new bar, whinny crybabies who are too stupid to live. I get it, freedom of speech and all that, which is why I can call a turd, a turd. As if the presidential election was not depressing enough, now I get to root for my local football team to lose every game because their millionaire QB is ashamed of his country and can’t manage to stand for the national anthem. Whats next? The dog getting skunked (again) or the wife wanting more sex? I think I will just hole up in my den with a “do not disturb” sign on the door.

Some Final Lochte Thoughts

The basically whole lot of nothing scandal is over, so now NBC doesn’t have to waste anymore air time on those bad boy Americans and can now just loop Usain Bolt clips over and over and over again like they have been doing all week. Re: the robbery and the aftermath (I am still calling it a robbery because it had all the elements of a robbery) I think the way it was handled was just terrible. More on that in a moment but first I want to spend a few moments trashing NBC. I know that they spent a boatload of dough getting the rights to broadcast and I know ratings are way down (look at all the empty seats in the venues)but after the first few days I can’t watch it anymore as aired. I tape the broadcasts, then blow through all the commercials and fluff, leaving me about 40 minutes worth of actual watchable content out of the 4 hours aired each night. The typical pattern is thus; let Bob Costas bluster for a few minutes, show about 2 minutes of actual competition, go to about 5 minutes worth of commercials, then come back with the 6000th airing of Usian Bolt winning a medal. This pattern has not varied. I have read many complaints about NBC touching all these bases. I can’t really say their avarice has cost them my viewership since I never watch them in the first place.

Now that we have believable testimony on what actually transpired that night, I am outraged at how our guys were treated. I watched that Rio press conference and I did not believe very much of what was said, mainly because of the source. All those stories you read about corrupt Mexican cops, the same stories are told about the Rio police.The whole press conference revolved around what the officials said the swimmers supposedly (?) told them. There was no audio from any of the cameras and large gaps where we don’t know what happened at all. I wanted to hear what the swimmers said away from the threat of sitting in a stank filled jail cell. Now we know.

Let’s look at some of the inconsistencies;

The press conference said there was only one security guard (off duty Rio police officer), now we know there were 2. They said a bathroom mirror was trashed but Bentz said it was an outside metal wall frame. They said the guard was there to insure that the swimmers did not leave and waited for the police, yet as soon as the guards took their money, the swimmers were released. Factor in the language barrier (how did the swimmers know they worked for the gas station, did they work for the gas station or were they just off duty cops looking to take off some Americans, did they tell the swimmers to wait for the police, what happened during those camera laps?)

No doubt once released they just wanted to get back to their rooms and forget about the whole affair. And if not for Lochte’s big mouth the next day, talking to a reporter about the incident, that would have been the end of it. No police report was filed, the police only heard about it through social media. Yet, they got a judge to issue an arrest order to pull 2 of the swimmers off of their flight to go home, talk about judicial overreach (where was our State Dept. in all this and why didn’t they file a formal protest and demand an apology for this gross act of overreach?) The police had no right to either take them off the plane or detain them in any manner, all on the word of some drunken swimmer talking to a reporter?

Back to the robbery angle. We don’t know what was actually said (or implied since there was a language barrier) at the gas station. 2 guys approached them with badges and pointed guns demanding money (not a specific amount, mind you, to pay for any damages, no, they wanted whatever the swimmers had in their wallets), then when the money was paid the swimmers were allowed to leave. No reporter at the press conference pushed this issue, if the guns were drawn to make sure the swimmers did not leave until the cops arrived, why were they allowed to leave once money changed hands?

Even though most of what Lochte said could be true, the MSM back home has just crucified him, lying Lochte. You would think he sodomized a local alter boy, for everything that has been written about him. He certainly should shoulder much of the blame, acting like a douche at the gas station then yammering about it the next day, but as usual with these sort of events, there is enough blame to go around for both sides.

Not only were the other 3 swimmers illegally detained (who knows what went on in that interrogation room, and no doubt our State Dept. has contacted all of them with warnings to not say anything to the press detrimental to harmonious Brazil/American relations, e.g. if they threatened you or coerced you into saying something against your will, keep it to yourself), but one of them had to pay 11 grand just to leave the country. Yep, just like the Mexican cops.

Thank God no underage hookers were filmed spilling out of that taxi at the gas station. And Lochte will be hurt financially for this little bit of indiscretion re: endorsements but the Rio cops could have handled this much better. A simple statement of ,”We are not aware of any robbery that took place at that gas station that night. Until the American swimmers contact us to make a formal report, no action on our part is required. We do not act on social media reports, thank you”. That would have worked just fine.

My best guess is…

That when you look at this story, even if the grievance mongers manage to subvert this in court, happened. I have never met a bunch of people that is more prepared to see insult in anything and everything than the left’s grievance money making machine, except for those in government. I have personally witnessed these grievance mongers shout down people that dared to go against the edicts of the left.

From calling people that dared to walk off the slimy left’s plantation Uncle Toms to referring to any gay person that doesn’t agree with the left as gay traitors, I have seen SJW types go apeshit over those that didn’t agree with and push the narrative. One of my favorites is still the proggie that told a bunch of rednecks – his feelings about them – that they were and would remain trailer trash because they voted against their own interests (meaning not for proggies).

I am a Redskins fan. I have always been a Redskins fan. I saw my first football game in RFK Stadium in 1973 and been a fan since then. I have always been told that the name was in honor of the Native Americans and you can imagine my surprise when I saw my first grievance mongering industry proggie (and this was not a native American) imply that the name was offensive. Like with every single one of these stunts, it is about power and money, and it usually is some kind of a financial shakedown (pay me to shut up, or else). I find it poetic justice that someone on the other side is now shaking down one of the grievance mongering industry proggies.

Rio

For anyone watching the Olympics, you can put up your comments here

Having watched the Olympics since 1968 (probably the only one here that watched live the Tommy Smith/John Carlos black power salute during their medal ceremony),and attending several events live during the 1984 LA games, I was pretty apathetic about the Rio games. The blatant cheating by the Russian team (and those pussies at the IOC that did not ban the whole lot of them), the deplorable venue (what, Beirut or Aleppo was booked?) the out of control crime, the pollution, nonfunctional mass transit, housing not finished, I could smell a disaster in the making. I didn’t even watch the opening ceremonies. But it did not take long to get back into it.

Some things I wanted before the games started;

The Williams sisters to win big in tennis
The men’s and women’s basketball team to sweep, again
The women’s soccer team to repeat (is it pervy to fantacise about half the team in a shared hot tub?)
Michael Phelps to win one more gold
The USA swimming team clobbering the Aussies (their biggest rivals) just like London
Katie Lydecky breaking world records like they were nothing
Kerry Walsh winning another gold in beach volleyball
The Russians to fall flat on their face, in everything
The USA gymnastics team to not embarrass themselves
And for the USA to be the medal leader (what can I say, I’m a homer)

The security is massive, so hopefully (from my keyboard to God’s ears) no terrorists shenanigans.

Except for the men’s Brazilian soccer team getting shut out,twice, no big surprises so far. I always like the host nation to win some in the Olympics so anytime a Brazilian is competing against a non American, I will root for him.

Refreshing The Mrs.

Superbowl 50 comes to my backyard this Sunday, I predict it will be the highest rated/most watched Superbowl in history, it’s on the record. Lady Gaga is singing the National Anthem, ought to be epic.

It should surprise no one that for rabid football fans, it is not often (sometimes never, hey Santino? sorry) that your team, the object of your loyalty/obsession/passion, wins the championship. So when it does, nothing says ,”We’re Number One!!!” like given the wife (or whoever is handy) a flurry;

Cute commercial.

For anyone so inclined, you can use this post for any predictions or nuggets of wisdom.

I am torn over this one. I hate the Broncos (second only to the Cowboys) but this will be Peyton’s last game, win or lose. He deserves another ring just for his complete body of work. But Carolina has had a magical season, led by the ultimate prototype at QB. Netwon, the only real candidate for MVP, right now is the most potent most feared player in the NFL, and he knows it. I like Carolina, and am picking them to win by 14 on Sunday because they are flat out a better team. But we have seen strange things happen at Superbowls (like throwing a stupid pass instead of giving it to Marshawn Lynch);

So, who ya got this Sunday?

Oh, and bonus points if you can reference the title.