December 03, 2012

Why I still won't watch Sunday Night Football

It was bad enough when they had uber-loon Keith Olbermann sit in with them on the pre-game and halftime, and when they engaged in doltish PC antics. Now, Bob Costas (who I already can't stand for his condescending delivery of practically everything) decides to lecture us all about gun control:

“Our current gun culture,” [sports writer Jason] Whitlock wrote, “ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead."

“Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions, and their possible connection to football, will be analyzed. Who knows?"

“But here,” wrote Jason Whitlock, “is what I believe: If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.

Because you're an idiot, Whitlock. And you too, Costas. Belcher was obviously suffering from some severe mental and emotional issues. Thinking that because he may not have had access to a gun he wouldn't have killed his girlfriend and himself is wishful thinking at best, and plain stupidity at worst. Not to mention that handguns enhance people's safety every freakin' day.

It's bad enough I tuned in to see how my second favorite football team (Eagles) was faring against "America's Team" (Cowboys) last evening. I certainly didn't need this sanctimonious garbage on a football game yet again. It's one thing for Costas to say "Looks like the gun control debate may resurface" or something to that effect, but don't f'in lecture me.

I'll never be tuning into Sunday Night Football henceforth. Who needs it. I'll just scope the constantly updating ESPN.com game schematics.

UPDATE: Idiot Whitlock ups the ante -- equates the NRA to the KKK:

You know, I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture — I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].

A couple things: 1) Whitlock is obviously quite ignorant of history. 2) He engages in the 'ol "progressive" bigotry of low expectations by blaming the NRA ("the work of people ...") for gun violence, not those who actually engage in it. Those "black youths" are somehow merely puppets of the gun rights organization. Or something. Sheesh.


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Costas was channeling his inner Keith Olbermann, going off on the gun control rant on a show that's supposed to be about sports. Up until then I didn't mind him so much.

Is it just me or does the gun control lobby (and Costas and Whitlock in this case) frequently engage in the kindred spirit fallacy, in that they assume everyone who has a gun is going to go nuts and kill people?

Posted by: Carl at December 3, 2012 04:48 PM

"Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it"

Funny, because I open carry here in Delaware regularly and the handgun on my hip doesn't do any of those things. It does, however, enhance my safety.

And if what he says is true then I expect to hear him call for the disarmament of every single law enforcment officer in the country.....

Posted by: mike w. at December 3, 2012 04:49 PM

I'm sure that all the black youths are purchasing their guns from gun shops and registering them, the way the NRA lobbies to have them purchased. Saying the NRA. Is responsible for black youths having guns is blaming the FDA for the drug problems in the inner cities.

Posted by: Arthur at December 3, 2012 06:14 PM

What doesn't help is what I heard on the radio today. Some guy, while waiting for a gun permit, killed his dad, his dad's girlfriend, and himself with a knife and I think a bow and arrow but I might not be remembering that part right. Couldn't even wait to get a gun.

Posted by: ShadowWing Tronix at December 3, 2012 10:19 PM

The best part of that video clip, is due to Costa's statement, the box at the bottom showing Philadelphia Eagles 17; Dallas Cowboys 10 will forever eclipse the final score which turned out differently...

The dominence of the Eagles over the Cowboys, will forever be etched in our memory... It will become the fact, over time, the score of the game that we actually remember...

Grateful for Costa for doing that....

Posted by: kavips at December 4, 2012 01:32 PM

Leave it Kavips to completely miss the point and focus on another point that is wildly incorrect. It's perfect. It just another example of showing how she cements fantasy into fact because reality is just too unpleasant.

Posted by: Duffy at December 4, 2012 03:54 PM

I do find it amusing that giving one's liberal opinion during a regularly scheduled opinion segment is national water cooler fodder, but one can hurl an insult at a Democratic Presidential candidate in game with impunity: (from a Patriots home game on MNF in September 2004):

MICHAELS: What a wacky series.

MADDEN: This is what you call a flip-flop.

MICHAELS: You're in the right state for that.

Posted by: dan at December 5, 2012 12:53 PM

And you're claiming there was NO criticism of Michaels for that by the Left, dan? Puh-lease. And it sure seems Costas has impunity, too, doesn't it?

Then again, there was Hank Williams Jr. who was fired from his Monday Night Football gig for giving his opinion about Obama ... on his own time.

Posted by: Hube at December 5, 2012 01:00 PM

And isn't said opinion segment on a sports program supposed to be about ... sports?

Posted by: Hube at December 5, 2012 01:02 PM

You can try to compare the two if you like, but there were like four articles about Michaels and 8,000 about Costas. You've got a much better point on Hank.

Both should have impunity. I like watching Michaels. Who cares if he's a bozo. Gotta just laugh it off.

Posted by: dan at December 5, 2012 01:23 PM

Of course, the # of blogs and Internet news sites has grown by magnitudes since 2004 too ...

I do just laugh it off. Costas isn't an ideologue anyway. I'm still boycotting SNF b/c they allowed Olberdouche on there. Costas' rant just exacerbates it. With so many other ways to watch games, who needs 'em?

Posted by: Hube at December 5, 2012 01:29 PM

Fair enough. You skip SNF, I skip Chick-Fil-A. I'm sure the CEO's of the world are weeping at the losses. ;)

Posted by: dan at December 5, 2012 01:46 PM

Dan, compare the viewer #'s from 2000 to present on the football games including Monday night football(does that still exist?). Then take a look at the Chic-Fil-A #'s since that fiasco! Which one is weeping! Professional sports have gone downhill (for many reasons) over the past decade. At one time i was a rabid fan... C'est La Vie! The owners, players, and TV personalities look you square in the face and Subliminally call you a moron every chance they have!

Posted by: jim at December 6, 2012 10:43 AM