Thursday, February 24, 2005

My Fond Sports Memories and a Bullshit Sports Media


For as long I can remember I have been passionate about sports. From the first time my father signed me up for pee-wee soccer I had a competitive drive for winning and annihilating the competition. Even though I had to be the worst soccer player to ever breath is beside the point, I learned a great deal about teamwork. From there I played pee-wee basketball, baseball, and football eventually developing into a pretty decent athlete. Track and Field was my first love in High School, specializing in the long jump where I was one of the best long jumpers in the city. Now that Thursday afternoon track meets are a distant 14 year memory, I still have a love for sports that is only surpassed by my love for my mother, hip hop, and loose women.

Now, I play basketball on a regular basis, even practicing new moves as if I am preparing to try out for a team or something. It's pretty sad shit now that I think about it. From reading the sports section of the paper, watching Sportscenter religiously and browsing sports sites online I have become well versed in most sports. Hell, I can even have a halfway decent conversation about Hockey. But something has become apparent to me over the past 10 years; our sports media is incompetent and racist. Let me explain:

Full Disclosure: I am a Lakers Fan. First we have Kobe Bryant. The sports media has been on a two year campaign to drag this guy’s name through the mud. People say, "But he deserves it, he was accused of rape and he broke up the Lakers." I respect that, but lets break it down. Michael Jordan was not only a cheater, he was hit with palimony suits, and his gambling addiction probably had his father killed (my theory). Still, Michael is beloved. If your problem with Kobe is his legal problems, then I quickly point you to Ray Lewis who was accused of killing two guys. Still, Lewis is one of the NFL's poster-boys. If your problem with Kobe is that he is a "jerk", then I bring up an incident where Michael Jordan viciously beat up John Paxson during one of their practices. I seriously believe, in my heart of hearts, that Kobe is villanized simply because he had sex with a white woman. Right or wrong, I think that if Kobe's accuser was black he wouldn't be under the same scrutiny. It's 2005 but there are still many people who don't like to see a black man with a white woman and the media has gone out of their way to publicly castrate him. The problem, similar to the media myth that John Kerry was a "flip-flopper", is that the sports media proceeded in duping many black folks into hating Kobe in the process. Lastly on the subject of Kobe, I hate when I hear people say "Kobe had a squeaky clean image and he turned out to be something different." I ask, when in the world did this nation become a bunch of whining fucking 5 year olds? Newsflash fuckers: The Easter Bunny and Santa Claus don’t exist either. Lebron James seems to be a very well rounded young man…but if it came out that he had a weed addiction and starred in a porno it wouldn't surprise me. It wouldn’t surprise me because I am a adult who understands that someones "public image" just might be bullshit.

Randy Moss is another example. When he walked off the field during the last seconds of a game that was totally inexcusable. The media coverage that followed was belligerent and wildly idiotic. When he mock "mooned" the crowd you had announcers acting like he had just murdered somebody. There was this one ESPN anchor that was so "outraged" that he refused to say Randy Moss' name. He has had off field problems, but so have about 50% of the NFL. Moss will be traded to the Oakland Raiders, apparently because the Vikings had it with his "behavior". This might be good for Moss, to play for an owner that has a long history of having functioning testicles, something that the sports media and other NFL owners tend to lack.

Barry Bonds' coverage also annoys me to death. I am kind of torn on whether he actually took steroids. But one thing is true, as long as the league doesn't have a positive Steroid test from Bonds, all the speculations and "black clouds" surrounding Bonds'legacy is irrelevant. I don’t care if they produce a picture with Barry Bonds juggling steroids in front of the Balco Labratories; it doesn’t mean shit if you don’t have a positive test. My specific problem with the Sports Media concerning Bonds is when people suggest that an asterisk be put beside Bonds' name because of the steroids speculation. Not only is this ridiculous from the jump because of the speculation but may I suggest that they put an "asterisk" beside every championship and record before 1946 because there weren't any black players in the league? How can those accomplishments be legitimate if they didn't compete with black talent?

Terrel Owens and the Super Bowl come to mind, simply because I have noticed that sports announcers play the "adjective game" whenever they get the chance. When Owens rehabbed his ankle and expressed how he desperately wanted to come back and help his team in the Super Bowl announcers called him "selfish" and "arrogant". That infuriates me, because I remember when Bret Farve came back from an injury faster than he should have to help his team, announcers praised Farve and being "brave" and a "true warrior". What in the fuck did I miss here??

Lastly, let me take this time to bash black sports reporters. There are definitely qualified and exceptional black sports reporters out there so excuse me for the generalization. But for all you weak willed, hand trembling variety of black sports reporters that may read my blog, the next few sentences are directed at you. I feel that many of you are similar to black police officers that I have encountered in my lifetime. At first glance a person would think that you would at least be fair to someone that looks like you. But simply because you don't want to be thought of as giving preferential treatment to a black person you go out of your way to mistreat and disrespect. That is what the black sportscaster does. Concerning Kobe, Owens, Moss and Bonds the ones screaming the loudest tend to be the black sports reporter. I miss the days when sports was so simple and I didn't how how incompetent the media was. Ignorance sure is bliss.

15 comments:

peachy said...

I don't care about Barry Bonds and his steroid use. If it's not proven, no one knows.

I can't stand Randy Moss. It started whenhe was first mention in SI. He's a wifebeater and just very crude. I don't like anybody that is a showboater, but that's just me. I think that JB on Fox did say that if Randy Moss can't take the pressure of the fans, he needs to leave the sport. He also mentioned that Hank Aaron had it way worse than Randy Moss and Hank Aaron played with grace and class. I agree with JB. I don't know what other sportscasters you are referencing, but I'll pay attention from now on.

Anonymous said...

I agree fully, the sportsmedia is horrible. There are worse athletes out there than Randy Moss. The guy has the best numbers of any receiver during any 7 year period in NFL History. At least the guy wasn't accused of murder a la ray Lewis..

E to the dwige said...

ehh I can't really comment on this post because I don't watch sports nor do I listen to the coverage on the news..but have you been watching this Race-o-rama series on VH1? If not you should check it out.

Mariposa said...

Absofuckinlutely right, especially with about Kobe. Why didn't the media get all in a hissy when she sued him then backed out because she got mad that her life became an open book? Come on. If the accused is a person of color, the media demands his/her first-born. Like I said, I unfortunately know the way court cases go, as do many others including the media, but they were blinded by the whiteness of the accuser, who of course was no peach, a fact which they also pretty much ignored.

Jersey Girl said...

thanks for leaving a post on my comment, even though I am not really a sports fanatic unlike some people who keeps up with the scores and things of that nature. Up here in Jersey, there's a lot of hoopla about Steroid use in the MLB

summer m. said...

i do concur that the sports media are racist. however, if kobe bryant would've "had sex" with a black woman, the shit prolly wouldn't have been reported on anything more than the russ parr morning show. well, maybe, but the point is it would've been a completely different can of worms.

grayse said...

OMG... Im excited that you are allowing comments other than blogger!!!!!!!!

OK... yeah I dont agree with a lot of the "selective" coverage myself. Of course, another prime example would be Artest's recent brawl...

Lene said...

it's soo true about kobe. if he was jooking tamika jenkins, that shit wouldn't even make it to trial. the police would have drove her home, and "forget" to write a report.

Why is the damn NHL strike such a big deal too? It's on the news every single day up here in Toronto, even though we still have the Raptors to discuss. (not really, but...)

You should have heard how they vilified Vince. Sure, I don't like the fact that he averaged 15 pts for us, and 25 for the Nets, but the media up here acts like he took a shit on the Queen's lap.

Tha G Perspective said...

Critic you make some very good points. I'd like to say for the record that I've hated Kobe way long ago when the media loved him. I've actually softened up to Kobe a little since they tried to stick him with that bullshit rape charge. But I definitely agree with you on how they try to tear the images down unfairly. I used to be a Brett Favre fan til he became the media darling. Among other things he is courageous for admitting his drug addiction, having a dead father, and being the person you most want to have at QB at the end of the game (or at least second only to my least favorite player and co-media darling Tom Brady) Brett Favre hasn't won shit in ten years. He doesn't have as much talent as Donovan Mcnabb, or Michael Vick. But drug addictions are ok for him. While Donovan gets called a loser because TOdd Pinkston can't catch the ball. I'd be here all day getting pissed off, but let me just say I'm with you on the media.

Jdid said...

Kobe's still a punk in my books and I thought so long before his little trouble in colorado.

minnesota trading Randy Moss was a bit silly in my opinion but I wish him luck in Oakland.

On Barry Bonds and this asterik b.s all I have to say is clearly anyone could see that Mark McGuire was on some ish when he was america's golden boy and this is without Canseco's say so. Its just that Bonds has never sucked up to the media beetches so they are trying to take him down every second.

pimping aint easy said...

I feel you Critic, Kobe is definitely getting shafted.

Plus, why don't people see how much Shaq is a skirt wearing bitch?? He is always talking about Kobe, I'm waiting for his ass to be president of Kobe's fan club..lol

The sports media does suck, excellent blog..

Dee said...

great post....as a parent it's hard to explain to my 12 year old son who luvs the game of b-ball and luvs him some K.O.B.E why they(the sports media) are always talking about his personal life and not more about what he brings to the game....sad....

Anonymous said...

pimpin aint easy said:

"I feel you Critic, Kobe is definitely getting shafted."

Actually, it was his rape victim that got shafted, and I bet pretty hard at that!

The media may be unfair to Bonds, but he had the nerve to publicly state that he thought he was rubbing "cream" on his skin, and that was it. Having 10+ years experience with anabolic steroids, I can tell you that he knew what he was doing, and he physically felt the effects within the first 72 hours.

The real test will be to see how many home runs he and the other dummy Giambi get this season...if its less than 30, the truth will be out!

pimping aint easy said...

Anonymous said:

"Actually, it was his rape victim that got shafted, and I bet pretty hard at that!"

Victim? Then why after the "altercation" she was laughing and joking with the night auditor counting money? That's kind of strange. She claimed that she was yelling and screaming during the alleged incident, but people who were staying in surrounding rooms claimed they heard nothing. The various sperm samples in her underwear, her telling people at a party that she "fucked" Kobe Bryant. She may of got "shafted" but it was a consentual "shafting".

"Having 10+ years experience with anabolic steroids, I can tell you that he knew what he was doing, and he physically felt the effects within the first 72 hours."

But Bonds was under the same scrutiny last year so to think he continued using, if he was, is ridiculous. Ridiculous because he had a monster year last year, most likely steroid free.

alberthaanstra said...

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