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Trash Talk: The Trashiest Trash Until Next Trash

It’s warm and sticky here. I don’t feel like doing much of anything except lounge in a chaise beneath a sprinkler. But it’s probably the last hot weekend of the summer; our local forecast shows temperatures dipping to 69 F degrees later this coming week. Football weather, even.

Speaking of which, we have these pro games today:

NFL

Pittsburgh Steelers v Atlanta Falcons — 4:00 PM ET

Los Angeles Chargers v New Orleans Saints — 8:00 PM ET

No Kaepernick? I’m still not watching any NFL.

MLB

As I write this there are 10 games underway — check the schedule.

Team in my backyard — Detroit Tigers — isn’t in the basement (yet), but it needs to cuff baseman Ian Kinsler along the backside of his thick head and tell him to stop mouthing off to the umps. So unprofessional. If he’s got a legitimate complaint about referee performance, take it up with management.

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In hindsight, I should probably have a ‘Fuck You’ sports column.

Fuck you, NFL, for your continued racist bullshit toward Colin Kaepernick. Just because you’re not waving the Stars and Bars doesn’t mean we can’t see what you’re doing.

And fuck you, Mitch Albom, because a journalist doesn’t get to decide which expression of free speech is more acceptable than another.

Speaking of Confederate flags, fuck you, NASCAR and your racist fan base because you just won’t move on after more than 150 years.

And finally, fuck you USA Gymnastics for marginalization and erasure of women gymnasts by failing more than 100 who have reported sexual abuse by a single team doctor. How many women does it take to speak out about criminal abuse before anybody takes effective action to prosecute the alleged abuser and fix the system which allowed and perpetuated the abuse?

Highlight of my week: All Blacks beat the Wallabies in the first game of the Rugby Championship. Full video here – haka starts at 06:34 into the video. Other championship news here.

And another end: Mo Farah won his last competitive race. He’s retiring to spend more time with his family in Oregon, which is a really nice way of saying Trump’s racist Muslim travel ban has forced a world class athlete to stay put for fear of future detention. I probably should have added this to the Fuck Yous; Fuck you, Trump, and your bigotry as policy.

That’s a wrap. Consider this an open thread — sports stuff preferred.

Blogger since 2002, political activist since 2003, geek since birth. Opinions informed by mixed-race, multi-ethnic, cis-female condition, further shaped by kind friends of all persuasions. Sci-tech frenemy, wannabe artist, decent cook, determined author, successful troublemaker. Mother of invention and two excessively smart-assed young adult kids. Attended School of Hard Knocks; Rather Unfortunate Smallish Private Business School in Midwest; Affordable Mid-State Community College w/evening classes. Self-employed at Tiny Consulting Business; previously at Large-ish Chemical Company with HQ in Midwest in multiple marginalizing corporate drone roles, and at Rather Big IT Service Provider as a project manager, preceded by a motley assortment of gigs before the gig economy was a thing. Blogging experience includes a personal blog at the original blogs.salon.com, managing editor for a state-based news site, and a stint at Firedoglake before landing here at emptywheel as technology’s less-virginal-but-still-accursed Cassandra.
13 replies
  1. Pete says:

    Morris?  Dick Morris?  Might be a good thing, but…OK – I ain’t gonna rip on you for being a race-ist because Old Dick Gregory will reach out from The Beyond and – as you put it – “cuff you along the backside”.

    I am so old I can remember when DG was a comedian – and a good one at that.

    Last weekend of heat.  Well…”FU” because in SE Florida we have about another 6 weeks of heat and hell.  And that doesn’t count the Dolphins who – Fuck Them – didn’t take Kaep either.  Rumor D Wade is welcome back on the Heat.  And Lebron and Cavs mgt are at each other’s throat.  Nah – Fuck the Heat. Now the new fish on the block – The Marlins – with new ownership…if they don’t go broke averaging under 10,00 fans per game next year.  A parting Fuck Loria.

    Pete

     

  2. scribe says:

    My Stillers win. This Stillers fan smiles.

    Anquan Boldin retires, saying there’s more to life than football.

    Watching the Pirates and Cards playing in the minor league stadium in Williamsport, remodeled by MLB so as to provide a major-league-ready stadium where the kids in the Little League World Series can all go to watch from the seats behind the plate, and we get to see on TV. If there’s a prettier place in late August than rural Pennsylvania, I’ve never heard of it. And it ain’t prettier by much.

  3. scribe says:

    In rugger news, Colin Meads, a “lock” for the All Blacks from 57-71, died aged 81.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/20/all-blacks-rugby-union-legend-colin-meads-dies-aged-81

    He was voted New Zealand’s athlete of the  century in 1999.

     

    ESPN reports Boldin intends to focus on humanitarian work.

    • Rayne says:

      “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.”

      Ian Fleming, Goldfinger

      Once: USS Fitzgerald (June 2017)

      Twice: USS John McCain (August 2017)

      Thrice: TBD —?

      That’s the tricky part, is this the second event (and coincidence, suggesting a discipline problem), or is it the third (suggesting malign outside forces at work)? Or is it even more?

      I don’t recall ever seeing a satisfactory public explanation for two US Navy riverine vessels’ navigation errors which caused them to drift into Iranian waters in January 2016.

      I also don’t recall ever seeing a reasonable public explanation for the navigation errors which compounded the “accidental” sustained attack on a MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan in October 2015.

      So is this twice, or thrice, or more?

  4. Peterr says:

    In Kaepernick news yesterday was this, courtesy of the boys at Deadspin:

    A group of about 75 current and former NYPD officers gathered today in Brooklyn to participate in a rally to support Colin Kaepernick’s quest for a job in the NFL, reports the Associated Press.

    The gathering included one familiar name: Frank Serpico, the famous NYPD whisteblower portrayed by Al Pacino in the 1973 film Serpico:

    He admitted not being a football fan, but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.

    “He’s trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers,” said the now 81-year-old Serpico.

    (internal link to Serpico bio omitted, so as to avoid the “too many links” filter)

    Lots more at the link, including some very good comments from the NYPD organizer.

    • Rayne says:

      I want to be impressed by that NYPD effort, but I’m trying to make sense of it in light of Eric Garner’s July 2014 chokehold murder-by-NYPD-cop over a loosie cigarette. Hope this was a sincere effort and not some attempt at image remediation.

    • greengiant says:

      Re Mark: stop digging.   Makes me wonder if broadcasting the original narrative was an exercise in baiting to show which spinners and what media were loyal and/or dumb enough to jump on board and then make them look bad.  A major objective on the media battlefield is to discredit your enemies’ media.  But the payback on getting caught doing that falsely is pretty expensive,  see James O’Keefe and the rest of team Trump.

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