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I need to talk about Clippers Owner Donald Sterling.  To briefly summarize, Sterling was “bothered” that ex girlfriend Vivian Stiviano wanted to broadcast that she was associated with black people and told her so after seeing a photo of her and Magic Johnson on Instagram.  She is of mixed race, but Sterling believes she can pass for white and that she shouldn’t associate with black people, nor should she bring them to games.  He said these and other racially insensitive words in private, but they were recorded and released to the public.  This has resulted in NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banning Sterling from the NBA for life, fining him $2.5 million, and urging the other team owners to vote to force Sterling to sell the team.  All because of some silly and stupid remarks Sterling made in private.

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Donald Sterling is a royal idiot.  There’s no denying that.  He’s a racist, an ignorant man, and probably a pain in the ass to be around.  What he said was nothing short of moronic and I hope he feels like the complete jackass that he is.  As a person of mixed race, I have very little tolerance for this type of attitude and it sickens me that there are still millions of people out there who think less of others simply because of their skin tone or country or origin.  I’ve been face to face with the KKK and it scared the hell out of me.  I’ve been discriminated against countless times because I’m not light enough or dark enough for certain people.  It never stops hurting and I never stop hoping for change.  But one important lesson I’ve learned over the years is that ignorant minds will not be changed if our only counter attack is telling them they’re wrong, to shut up, and then yelling at and/or penalizing them when they refuse.

The lesson I’ve learned from Sterling’s story is not that racism is wrong, it’s that opinions should be kept to yourselves if they aren’t socially acceptable to share.  For him to be banned for life from the NBA for something he said in private is a very scary thing.  I don’t condone what he said in any way, nor do I support the man, but I’m afraid of this road we’ve begun traveling down.  Something you say in confidence and in private to another person who has nothing to do with your business should not be able to go on to destroy your business and effectively remove you from it.  If my boss heard some of the nonsense I talk about with my husband in our home, he’d probably think I was crazy.  But my private conversations with my husband have nothing to do with my job.  Me putting “Fuck Whitey” on my public Facebook page is very different from me saying it to my husband at home.  I should be free to say what I wish in personal and private settings.  (and no, I’ve never said Fuck Whitey)

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The idea that this type of punishment for having an opinion is not only possible, but praised, is not something we should be happy about.  If I want to dislike black people due to some internal struggle or personal experience, I get to do that.  I get to tell my husband about it, I get to discourage him from having black friends, and I get to complain to my heart’s content.  I commit no crime by having an opinion and voicing that opinion in private.  I understand the frustration felt by the people who must associate with Sterling, and they have a right to be angry about the ridiculous things he said.  What needs to be understood is that their right to be angry is just as important as his right to be a moron.

I feel as though Sterling’s punishment was made due to the strong emotional reaction that came after the recording was released.  It should have been made based on the offense; proper punishment that would fit the crime.  Instead, we get something that is more about appeasing the people who were hurt by the words of a tired old man.  There is no doubt that something should have happened to properly show support to the fans and players while condemning Sterling for what he believes, but this ban and fine seem crazy to me.  Had he said this at a game, I’d totally understand.  Had he said it to a player, I’d also get it.  But as it is, I’m simply unable to accept it as a proper punishment.

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I don’t think Sterling would have felt so much heat from his words if he had made a remark that insulted a smaller group, one that does not make up a large part of the players and fans.  Because he hit a nerve with so many people, this has blown up and gotten out of control.  Take your feelings out of this for a moment and think logically.  Keeping in mind the exact remarks made, should anyone be punished this severely for a private conversation of this nature held with someone they trust?  I’ve had family members say worse things to me about certain races and who I should date.  It’s never acceptable to say, it’s certainly a terribly old-fashioned and ignorant way to think, but the opinion and the words were not a crime.  Saying “don’t bring black people to my games” is equally as wrong on a moral standpoint as saying “keep n—–s away from my games, or else.”  But legally, only one of those statements is wrong due to it sounding like a threat, while the other statement is simply a rude suggestion.

While I am glad that Sterling has been pushed out so that the players and fans can move forward, I worry immensely about what this decision means for the future.  If a player casually sends a text to a family member expressing his discomfort about having a gay teammate in the locker room, does he get fired as well?  If a coach makes an ill-timed joke to a friend about white players being awful at certain plays, should he get fired?  Do we fire refs for calling fouls on certain players because we discover they have no Instagram photos of them with a certain race?  Where do we draw the line now that it has been erased?  We just witnessed a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million dollar fine handed out to someone who privately told his ex to stop bringing black people to basketball games, and more punishment is likely on the way.  Am I the only one who is looking past the racist old man and looking at the fact that we just basically told the world that privacy and discretion don’t mean a damn thing if we don’t agree with what you say?

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Foul Shots

Referees exist to push the game forward in a fair and balanced manner.  They police the players and ensure that everyone is playing properly.  They call players out for cheating or other misconduct, sometimes having to go to the extreme and eject a player or coach from the game.  They need to keep a watchful eye on everything and they need to make calls that are going to make half of the fans watching very angry.  They have a tough job that I don’t envy in the slightest.  Last night the Indiana Pacers lost their battle against the Miami Heat in Game 7, ending their season and allowing the Heat to advance.  They put up a hell of a fight over the series, but it wasn’t enough.  In some instances, one team simply outplayed the other to secure their victory.  In other instances, the game was lost because of the referees.

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I’m no basketball expert; I started paying attention to games again when I moved to Indiana about 5 1/2 years ago and I still have to have my husband explain certain things to me.  Basketball is a business and to me, it sometimes feels like the refs have been instructed to favor one team over the other during the finals in order to ensure both teams make it to game 7 and therefore make the NBA more cash by selling more tickets.  Other times it feels as if I’m watching the WWE, where outcomes are determined and the ref is there just to play along and make it look good.

The biggest issue I have is with the NBA players flopping in order to draw the foul.  These are very large grown men who work out on a regular basis and seem to enjoy the tough guy image that comes with being an athlete.  I find it hard to believe that a slight nudge from the opposing team is enough to send one of these men sprawling, yet we see it in each and every game.  I can somewhat understand doing it if someone throws an elbow and it’s in an effort to get out of the way and not absorb the full hit, but I don’t see any reason for it during regular fair play.

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Lebron James stated “It’s kind of the same as when people said I was overrated, I have the same response.  I don’t need to flop. I play an aggressive game but I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys. I don’t need to flop. I don’t even know how to do it. So it doesn’t mean much to me.”  Yet in this video and this montage and in countless other instances, you can clearly see this 6’8″ man throwing himself to the ground like a toddler throwing a tantrum in order to draw the foul and go to the line.  Even when he is shoved, as in this video while playing the Bulls, he reacts with drama and throws himself into a slide.  Come on, I get that the shove was mostly unwarranted but there is no way there was enough force to drive him to the ground and halfway across the court.

Flopping makes a mockery of the sport and costs many good teams an honest win.  According to a 2012 article, “the amount of flopping has become so excessive the NBA Commissioner voiced his disgust stating that flopping was ruining the NBA brand and it had no place in the game of basketball. Flopping has not only decided the outcomes of games but also has impacted the NBA playoff picture and also determined which team hoisted NBA Finals Trophy at season’s end.”  Even so, too many players seem to think flopping is the way to go.  To quote Lebron again, “Guys have been accustomed to doing it for years, and it’s not even a bad thing. You’re just trying to get the advantage. Any way you can get the advantage over an opponent to help your team win, then so be it.”

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Players can and will be fined for flopping, but what is a few thousand dollars to these players?  If a player knows that a couple of flops will win a series, does anyone expect a ten grand fine to be enough to convince a player to stop flopping and lose the series?  If a team is down a few points and the opposition’s defense is simply too strong, a couple of well placed flops to earn foul shots can be the difference between a win and a loss.  The fines can be worth the cost for some players if it means advancing in a series and making it to the finals.  The team is appreciative of the win and the player, although fined and mocked a bit, is rewarded and praised for getting those foul shots and helping win the game.

The beauty of the sport is lost when players flop and refs allow it.  Thanks to multiple camera angles and the ability to replay and slow down the action, the refs have no excuse for allowing flops to turn into fouls and to continue to reward the players who throw themselves to the ground dramatically.  Fines are not enough.  Players should be made to feel ridiculous for flopping and be penalized more strictly than simply giving up a tiny portion of their paycheck.  Flops should not be brushed over and ignored, they should be called out as bad sportsmanship and the flopper (and his team) should not be rewarded in any way for it.  If I was better versed in the game, I’m sure I could offer better solutions for the flopping problem, but I’m just a simple girl who recognizes that it’s the wrong way to go.  All I know is that unless the people who matter change their view and buckle down, we’re just going to see more and more great teams take a loss due to “great” players falling on their ass instead of being strong athletes and properly playing the game.

Love And Basketball

NBA player Jason Collins has decided to come out of the closet and announce that he is gay, something he describes as mind-boggling and something he hopes will encourage other closeted homosexuals to follow his lead and be open and honest with the world.  He is the first active professional athlete to do this, making his actions into a milestone for the LGBT community.  He says he did not set out to be a trailblazer but he is happy to have started a new conversation about homosexuality in our country.  He has received a lot of support from fellow athletes and definitely has people talking.

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It’s bizarre that in 2013, homosexuality still is not accepted in this country.  We are split right down the middle when it comes to gay marriage, we still have people insisting that being gay is a choice and not something one is born as, and we still see people become extremely uncomfortable and sometimes filled with rage at the sight of two men holding hands or two women having a romantic dinner.  We see people become angry when a woman dates another woman who has a more masculine appearance, asking why she doesn’t just date a guy if she’s going to date a woman we think looks like a guy herself.  We chastise men for being “sissies,” mocking behavior we think is flamboyant.  For some reason, society cannot come together and simply accept that being gay doesn’t mean a person is flawed.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a thing of the past for our military, something my favorite soldier at work is quite happy about, but it doesn’t mean that his struggle is over.  He still gets ribbed by colleagues who think if he just found the right woman, he would be “fixed.”  He’s even had a heart to heart with me where he considered trying to date women so his life would be easier.  Male soldiers are supposed to be macho and tough, something that most people don’t generally associate with being gay.  It’s the same for professional male athletes; they are tough alpha males who score the hottest models and who can have their way with whatever woman they wish.  These tough guys shouldn’t be gay because homosexuality doesn’t fit our view of what an athlete should be.

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I’ve heard a lot of people say that it’s not a big deal that Collins came out and that he should just shut up about it instead of being out there and trying to be some sort of hero.  I don’t see what he has done as an act of heroism though, I see it as no different from any public figure opening up about love or any other part of their personal life.  People like the Kardashians live their life like an open wound and it’s accepted, but a homosexual decides to be honest and that isn’t okay?  Collins isn’t dressing in rainbow-covered attire and dancing in the streets with men in speedos, he is simply making a personal statement and doing so in the hopes that his admission will move our society in a positive direction.  There is nothing to be upset about here.

Collins is right on the money by calling this mind-boggling.  As I write this, two of my coworkers are having a discussion about how this will negatively affect the team, the mood in the locker room, and the sport as a whole.  It’s mind-boggling that people still think that being a gay man means being sexually attracted to every single man they come across.  It’s mind-boggling that teammates could feel uncomfortable in a locker room with a gay man who has previously never done anything and probably will not do anything in the future to cause discomfort.  Sexual orientation is one piece among many that makes a person who they are.  It shouldn’t be the one defining piece and shouldn’t cause this much distress and outrage.

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I’ve been in a locker room with lesbians.  I’ve been in many restrooms in gay bars and clubs with lesbians.  I’ve been harassed and/or made to feel uncomfortable zero times.  The one time I’ve been harassed by a lesbian was while working at a shoe store.  There is no reason for alarm and no reason to think that a gay man can’t play a sport because his teammates won’t be able to handle the homosexual vibe in the locker room.  It’s not the gay person causing discomfort, it’s everyone else who won’t put aside their fears and who choose to focus on the fact that this man prefers the company of other men instead of women.  Yes, there are gay people out there who don’t know how to behave, but that can be said for straight folk as well.  The bad behavior of a few does not define everyone.

We need to treat the admission by Collins properly, which is to treat is as no big deal.  He took a step out of the shadows in order to grow as a person and to be happy.  He started a conversation that should be ended with acceptance and love.  His actions will hopefully show others that being gay isn’t something to be ashamed of and isn’t something people should be fearful of.  We need to rid ourselves of the stereotypical image of what a gay man or woman should be and accept the fact that gay people come in as wide a variety as straight people do.  We are way overdue to drop this terrible attitude towards the LGBT community.  None of us have the right to stand in the way of anyone’s happiness.  If someone’s happiness comes from loving the same gender, who are we to oppose?

Play Fair

This morning, the news anchors on our local station were talking about a girls high school basketball game.  Normally I would have zero interest, but they stated that Bloomington South High School beat Arlington High School by scoring 107 points to their 2 points earned by free throws.  Larry Winters, the coach for Bloomington, stated that all nine girls on his team received playing time that night.  It would seem that they simply outplayed their opponents.  Chris Kaufman, a spokesperson for the Indiana High School Athletic Organization said that this score is not what they would have liked to see, but did admit that there is no “mercy” rule, so Bloomington had no reason to stop playing simply because they had a tremendous lead.

Jake Query, a host for 1260 WNDE, stated that “a 107 – 2 score makes Bloomington South look worse than it does Arlington.”  The RTV6 Facebook page is receiving many comments from viewers who were also unhappy with the game’s turnout.  Some questioned why there was no mercy shown, some felt that the players should have been pulled, and some thought the winning team should have taken the losing team’s feelings into consideration.  Others shared my opinion though, stating that there was nothing wrong here.  One Facebook comment stated that “there is no mercy in real life,” so there was no problem with the game being played as it was.

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A score of 107 to 2, with the two points not even coming from actual game play, isn’t exactly a common occurrence, but it’s an obvious possibility.  I don’t know much about either school so I can’t say if Arlington’s team is solid or not, but I imagine that this game was a result of either Arlington giving up or a result of them simply being outplayed.  109 total points scored seems to be a fair amount for a high school game, it just happened to be mainly on one side of the court.  It is definitely an extreme score and I’m sure the defeated team is feeling the after effects.  Likewise, I imagine the winning team feels a bit of guilt or remorse for basically wiping the floor with their opponents.  But was it wrong?

There is no rule stating that Bloomington should have pulled its players due to their high score, and even if there was, there’s no reason they should be forced to cut their game short while on a streak.  Arlington had the option of forfeiting the game once it became obvious that there was no coming back, but they also chose to finish out the game.  Even if the game was cut short, I imagine those who are outraged would still find reason to complain, crying out about how these students weren’t “allowed” to play, that they were taught to quit when things get tough, or citing some other imagined injustice.  Either way, both teams would lose.

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This game is just another shining example of the way we now coddle our children on their journey to adulthood.  It’s great to give participation ribbons to all players and to have games where everyone wins when you’re dealing with preschoolers who aren’t yet ready for competition.  It’s silly to expect a group of high school students, who are fast approaching adulthood and are entering the “real world” already by acquiring a driver’s license and getting a job, to stop playing a game because their success may make the opposing team sad.  These are not toddlers who will get cranky and give up on life because they aren’t getting their way, these are teenagers who must develop a thick skin in order to survive as an adult.

I do completely understand that it looks bad for a high school team to beat another so badly, and I understand that people are upset, but it is wrong to punish Bloomington for the amazing game they played and it is wrong to coddle Arlington because of their terrible loss.  What exactly are we teaching these teenagers by reacting to this game in this way?  Winning is great as long as you don’t win too much?  It’s better to quit than to lose badly?  If you lose big or win big, you should feel shame?  The proper reaction would be to congratulate the winning team and to push the losing team even harder in order to prevent a future loss of that magnitude.  We should expect these teenagers to be able to handle a dramatic win or loss without having to have their hands held and be told they’re a winner no matter what.

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Another thing that should be looked at is how the reaction to this particular game will affect other games.  Will players assume they should give up when their opponents stretch their lead one point too far?  Will winning teams feel guilty about outscoring their opponents, dialing back their performance in order to be “fair?”  Will a “mercy rule” be put into place, cutting games short and denying players game time in an effort to appease both sides?  This game was an anomaly and should be treated as such; it won’t be often that a high school team beats another by so much and it can’t be allowed to dictate future behavior by coaches and teams.

This game also teaches valuable lessons to these players, on both sides.  The winners get to experience the rush of blowing their opponents out of the water as well as the negative feedback that always comes to those who do well.  They get to see the benefits of their hard work and learn the unfortunate way certain people react to the successes of others.  The losers get to experience the crushing blow of defeat, but can take pride in the fact that they saw that game to the end.  They will discover where they went wrong and learn from the event in order to keep it from happening again.  Both sides will hopefully also learn to either win or lose with grace and pride.

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Coach Winters stated that he did not tell his girls to stop shooting at any point that would have been even “more embarrassing” to Arlington.  Coach Ebony Jackson of the defeated team countered that she was disappointed with the game and that Winters will have to “live with” his decision to keep the game going.  She said “if that’s the way they want to carry themselves, that’s fine.”  I fear that Jackson’s incredibly negative attitude, combined with the outrage on social media, will teach the wrong lesson to the girls on the team and to people elsewhere.  Losing is a part of life, as is getting embarrassed, stomped on, and kicked when you’re down.  The best thing we can do for both teams and for all impressionable minds tuned in to this story is give a nod to the winners, a pat on the back to the losers, and quietly MOVE ON.

UPDATE 12/13/12, 8:21AM:

Comedian Mike Epps paid a visit to Arlington High School after hearing about their loss on the news.  He said “we just wanted to encourage the kids and make sure that they understand that somebody still cares for them out there.  We all take losses and it’s about getting up and coming back.”  Epps also threw in “I don’t think it made the other team look real good either.”  I would like to congratulate Mike Epps for making a bad situation even worse.  Congratulations for making the winning team feel even worse about their victory by drawing even more attention to it and going in front of a camera to say that a team of high school girls made themselves look bad by playing a sport to the best of your ability.  Congratulations on going out of your way to coddle the losing team who, by their coach’s own admission, are not experienced players anyway.  Congratulations on doing the exact opposite of what should have been done.  In my opinion, if Epps should have acted at all, he should have acted to get the two teams together in the same room and let them see how silly all the drama surrounding the game truly is.  Unite the two teams, have them shake hands and hug, and host a clinic where both teams can practice as one.  Use your power as a celebrity for something worthwhile, not to tell a bunch of teen girls that they don’t “look real good.”

Why I Loathe Lebron

I did not want the Heat to win in the finals because I think Lebron James is a poor excuse for a human being, a shitty team player, and not someone who has the right attitude for success.  I have never stated he lacks ability, simply that he lacks character.  Rather than explain why in MY words, I’m going to give you the why in Lebron’s own words:

“All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they have to get back to the real world at some point.”

“I’m a winner.  I’m a competitor.  That’s what I do.  It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.”

“Even my family gets spoiled at times watching me do things that I do, on and off the court.”

“Me and Nike came up with the concept.  We just ran with it, man.  It was awesome!  It took me about a week to do it.  I was putting on different costumes.  We hit everyone; the older generation, the younger generation, and the ME generation.”

“I’m only one guy.  If I could clone myself, we’d be all right.  But I can’t.”

(on why he didn’t tell the Cavaliers about his departure) “I didn’t talk to anyone personally because I got to a point the last day, I heard so much throughout the whole process.  The last day I wanted it to be about me.”

Lebron stays humble just by being Lebron.”

(on starting in the All-Star game) “It is very humbling for myself.  To continue to showcase my talent, and the same to respect that is humbling.  It is an opportunity for them, the fans, to have their wish list come true.”

Volleyball, I could be pretty good.  After a few practices I could be that striker, or whatever they call it.”

(on Serge Ibaka’s comment that Lebron “can play defense for two or three minutes but not 48) “I don’t really care what he says, he’s stupid.”

(on why #23 should be retired) “There would be no Lebron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwayne Wade if there wasn’t Michael Jordan first.  I feel like no NBA player should wear number 23.  I’m starting a petition, and I’ve got to get everyone in the NBA to sign in.  Now, if I’m not going to wear number 23, then nobody else should be able to wear that number.”

“That’s just me.  Being around new teammates, you don’t want to wear out your welcome on Day 1.  But I just can’t hold it back because my leadership skills won’t allow me to do that.”

“Don’t think for one min that I haven’t been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer.  And I mean everyone!”

(on why his Nike shoe is better and costs $30 more than Kobe’s) “Because it’s Lebron’s shoe.  It’s got my name on it.  I take pride in having the best shoe.  So they’re going to cost a little more if you decide to wear them.”

(on his child’s mother) “A person like myself always needs a great sidekick.  And she’s that.”

D Rose

If you follow basketball, you know that Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) during the first game of the playoffs and will be out for 9 months, although I am hoping for a speedier recovery that gets him back on the court sooner.  Not one to abandon his team, Rose made an appearance at the second playoff game, bringing the game ball out onto the court while wearing a large leg brace and watching his team from a suite for the rest of the game.  While others would have skipped the game altogether, opting instead to stay at home and feel bad about themselves, Rose hobbled onto the court to make his presence known and support his team.

Today I wore my Rose jersey to work, both to show support for the Bulls during the playoffs and because it’s not in my nature to give up on a player or a team unless it’s truly warranted and deserved.  I’m sitting at my desk, eating lunch and minding my own business when a soldier yells at me as he leaves the office “Hey, Rose is a bum!  He’s lazy, sitting on the bench doing nothing!  What a bum!”  Really?  REALLY??!?

Whether you care for the Bulls or despise them, you can’t deny that Rose is the ultimate team player and is 100% serious about his sport.  While other players stress about stats, Rose stresses about getting that win, even if it means he earns nothing but assists all night.  He doesn’t brag, even though he has every reason to boast about his talent and accomplishments, and he is always respectful and sportsmanlike in his conduct.  While Lebron James, the so-called King, danced like a moron during the All Star game, Rose maintained his game face because unlike some people, the game is not a joke to him.  He plays to win and he does it better than anyone else out there right now.

When your career involves using and abusing your body as most sports do, any injury has the potential to be career ending.  To call Rose a bum and say he’s lazy because he tore his ACL and cannot physically play right now is low class, tacky, childish, and idiotic.  It is utterly disrespectful to Rose who has his whole heart and mind in the game and who left his crutches on the sideline to support his team in the game after his injury.  It is spiteful and cruel to mock someone who just suffered an injury.  It shows a serious lack of character to announce something like that and then laugh in my face about it.  It’s one thing to make fun of Chris Bosh for looking like an alien, but a whole other to make fun of an injured player or to be happy they suffered and are out of the game.  If Rose had been ejected from the game, for example, for his conduct or language, then make fun of his bad behavior all you want, but it’s petty to mock the injury.

It shouldn’t bother me as much as it is considering the source; this guy taunted me with “Bulls suck!” for the last two seasons, and since the Bulls had the best record both seasons, I doubt they suck.  I’m also not saying that sports fans need to start being polite and getting along with each other.  Rivalries are an important part of any sport and it’s fun to have the back and forth between fans of different teams.  What irks me about the “Rose is a bum” nonsense is that this guy is both happy that Rose is injured and arrogant enough to mock it.  I make fun of Lebron for going bald and hiding it with a headband because it’s funny, it’s true, and his male pattern baldness does not affect his ability to play and is not keeping him benched against his wishes.  There’s a huge difference between poking fun and being a prick.

The sad thing is that even with Rose being last season’s MVP, even with all his accomplishments, and even if he comes back next season fully healed and blows everyone away, there are still going to be dumbasses like the balding dingbat in my office who are going to talk out of their ass about how much Rose sucks.  I don’t understand why he’s so unappreciated and why he gets the brunt of the verbal assaults against the Bulls, but it seems as though he could cure cancer and walk on water and people would still call him overrated and “not as good as (insert player here).”  Although, now that I think about it, maybe these people talk trash because there isn’t anything legitimate to complain about when it comes to Rose; he’s on top and they just can’t accept it.  Perhaps it’s easier to be a fan of Kobe, but I’m choosing skill and class over showboating and multiple TMZ appearances.  Get well soon, Derrick.

Greetings, Sports Fans!

*The following is based solely on personal experience, not on whatever the norm may be.  I’m not claiming to know how everyone acts, this is based on the people I’ve been exposed to.


Last night, my husband and I were watching game 2 of the Bulls vs Heat.  The first game was a pretty hard loss for the Heat, but they managed to beat the Bulls last night in what I thought was barely a victory.  The Bulls held the Heat to the same amount of points as game 1, but weren’t able to match that game in scoring which cost them the game.  They didn’t get blown out, they didn’t get embarrassed or outplayed, and they’re still a great team.  Hell, they wouldn’t have made it as far as they have, and have the best coach in the NBA as well as the MVP, if they weren’t a great team.

That being said, I got to read all sorts of colorful garbage on twitter last night and this morning.  The Bulls suck.  Rose sucks.  Noah plays like garbage.  They are a horrible team.  They suck dick.  They blow.  And so on and so forth.  Mostly from Heat fans who think Lebron James is God’s gift to basketball or bitter fans of other teams who are out for the season.  I get to work today and the first thing I hear is “Go Bulls, ha ha ha, they played awful” from a soldier with a potato shaped head who has been giving me shit ever since I went to see the Bulls vs Pacers back in March.  He did shut up though when I asked him how the Pacers have been playing.

This is what bothers me:  The Bulls do not suck.  Like them or not, if they sucked and played like garbage, they would not still be playing this season.  They would not have MVP and Coach of the Year.  They are currently 1-1 in the series against the Heat, so obviously they are not getting their asses handed to them like some people are saying, nor are they on the verge of losing it all.

I grew up in New York/Connecticut and I was big on the Yankees and the Rangers.  As a result, everyone who lived in Boston or who liked their teams didn’t like me so much.  As rowdy as fans can be up in that area (especially hockey fans) it was a rarity for me to hear “Yankees suck cock!” or anything else along those lines.  Of course there was shit talking, but it was always directed at specific plays or player performance; something legit that made sense and phrased in such a way that didn’t sound like a 7 year old with a deep voice was yelling at me.

I don’t care about trash talking, I truly don’t.  What bothers me is that these assholes that have been talking trash about the Bulls honestly have NOTHING to say about their performance and their accomplishments, so they have to resort to being children and saying that the team “ain’t shit” or are “faggots” or something equally as intelligent.  Bottom line, all you idiots that throw around retarded insults such as those are only doing so because you can’t actually talk trash about a team that has had a great season because there’s nothing to talk trash about.  The same thing happens when people argue and one person knows they are wrong, but won’t admit it, so they call the other guy an asshole and walk away.  You KNOW you’re beat, so the only thing you have left to do is talk trash that makes no sense.  Unless Boozer is actually off somewhere sucking dick and wearing a dress, the stuff you’re saying is ridiculous and pathetic.

I love New York fans and I love Colts fans because they act respectful and when it’s time to get rowdy and cut up, they do it right (with the exception of the occasional drunk who will spout off nonsense).  Talking trash back and forth is a part of any sporting event and it’s fun!  But come on, people, can we please grab a thesaurus and get a little creative?  Maybe pay attention to the game a bit?  Because if all you have to say about the Bulls is they suck/are gay, it’s obvious you can’t come up with a valid reason that they are a bad team and it might be time to shut your mouth and maybe repeat the 5th grade and expand your vocabulary.

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