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Don’t boycott the NFL, boycott ESPN

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In my childhood, Sport Center was on for a couple sessions on mornings when there was no school. Nowadays, ESPN has shifted away from its core focus to pursue other matters. What started out as a sports channel has now become a sports gossip channel. And with this deviation fictional celebrity LaVar Ball is a household name like the Kardashians and Colin Kaepernick is covered weekly, which is more airtime than a jobless backup quarterback should receive. Many people took their disagreement with Kaepernick out on the NFL. And I’m here to say that they shouldn’t.

First, I would like to point out the obvious fact that Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job in the NFL. The NFL franchises have heeded the fact that Kaepernick is poison for the brand. In the NFL, there is a direct correlation between talent and the amount of distraction that is tolerable for a team. Kaepernick failed this metric with flying colors. The NFL does believe in second chances (note: he walked out on his contract before being cut) and he blew that opportunity too. The Baltimore Ravens were the only team interested in offering a second chance. Ray Lewis was even trying to help him out but Kaepernick’s girlfriend tweeted a racist photo comparing owner Steve Biscotti to Candy from Django.

You don’t insult the people who are trying to get your boyfriend a job. It’s a direct reflection of his bad attitude.

Now I understand that Kaepernick’s stupidity has spread, however NFL teams are clamping down, such as the Cleveland Browns locking arms with each other and men and women in uniform for their opening game. The NFL has heeded your displeasure. Reward their behavior.

Second, we shouldn’t judge the whole brand by the actions of a few. We certainly reject calls for gun control when someone used a “AR-15” in a high-profile shooting. We reject that the few people who so happen to be white supremacists are representative of all white people. Why? Because we believe it’s wrong to judge a whole group of people for the actions of a few. It’s called reasoning and accountability, things we small government folks are fond of. If the NFL rampantly promoted liberal ideology, the situation would be different. Furthermore, it isn’t the NFL’s authority to make people stand. They don’t contract with players, but furthermore we would and should complain if they took to fine people for their political speech. As conservatives, it’s hypocritical for us to demand companies to punish unpopular speech, especially after Google. But the NFL let the free market outcome take place and teams decided against signing Kaepernick. The NFL didn’t force a team to keep him in the league. They aren’t shaming teams for not signing him despite the likes of Tom Savage. The NFL doesn’t have a toxic culture promoting liberal propaganda. ESPN does.

ESPN’s departure from sports coverage has directly corresponded with their entrance into being liberal propaganda outlet. Jemele Hill is just the latest ice cube in a toxic Kool-Aid. ESPN hardly batted an eye and gave a halfhearted apology for her insulting the president. However, Linda Cohn was suspended by ESPN for saying they were being too political. Curt Schilling was fired for opposing transgenderism. But even beyond which political opinions are deemed acceptable for their employees, ESPN uses its platform to promote its liberal agenda. It glorified Michael Sam for being gay. He never played a down in the NFL. They gave him an award for being gay. The following year, they gave Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner the courage award for being dressing up as a woman. He hasn’t been an athlete in decades, but that doesn’t matter for the sports gossip channel.

ESPN’s toxicity is comparable to that of CNN. The good news is, ESPN is not a monopoly. There’s FS1, NBCSN, NFL Network, MLB Network, NHL Network(not that ESPN covers hockey) and more! We want sports not liberal sports gossip. We should send ESPN that message. The NFL was a false victim for our displeasure mixing sports and politics. We shouldn’t take notice of one player’s protest. Furthermore, there are a lot of players out there who use their platform for good like Derek Carr. But the amount of publicity Kaepernick has received shouldn’t reflect on the NFL. It should reflect on ESPN. They glamorize it. Bottom line: If you want to watch football where players respect the flag, watch the NFL. If you care to know the few players who hate this country, watch ESPN.

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

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Man who identifies as transgender woman wins Cycling World Championships

Rachel McKinnon. a transgender woman who was born male and possesses all the physical advantages of a man, won the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. It’s the latest event that draws questions about the fairness of biological males competing in female events.

Despite outcry by biological females and men alike, it is being billed by some as a victory for the LGBTQ community and transgender men or women around the world. Critics point out that biological males have an unfair advantage over biological females when it comes to activities that require physical strength, speed, or endurance. That doesn’t seem to deter those competing in these events.

Biological Male Wins World Championship Event in Women’s Cycling

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/14/biological-male-wins-world-championship-event-in-womens-cycling/McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion … ever.” Later, the professor responded to criticism from “transphobic bigots” by tweeting:

Allowing biological males who identify as transgender women to compete in women’s athletic events has been a controversial subject, as critics argue that it puts female competitors at an inherent disadvantage.

My Take

Unlike some of my colleagues, I have no problem with transgenderism. What I have a problem with is the unfairness of women’s competitive sports being infiltrated by those who have clear and scientifically demonstrable biological advantages over their competitors.

If performance enhancing drugs are frowned upon in sports, what could be more performance-enhancing than growing up with the musculature and hormone advantage of a man, then competing in women’s sports?

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The moon landing was an American achievement despite movie’s depiction

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The moon landing was an American achievement despite movies depiction

Any achievement by a human is a human achievement. Common sense tells us this, but that didn’t stop actors and the director for First Man from using this as the excuse for not showing one of the most iconic moments in world history, the planting of the American flag on the moon.

I won’t be seeing this movie because of its clear political motivations (contrary to their denials) and attempt to downplay America’s solitary role in this wonderful achievement. Apparently, I’m not alone.

Weekend Box Office: ‘First Man’ Losing Badly to ‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8479810/weekend-box-office-first-man-star-is-born-venom-lady-gaga-bradley-cooperUnless Saturday (Oct. 13) brings a course change, Universal’s critically acclaimed astronaut drama First Man is headed for a muted domestic debut of $16.8 million after earning $5.9 million on Friday from 3,640 theaters. The hope is that the adult-skewing film will be buoyed by a long run throughout awards season.

It’s not clear so far whether a dust-up over Chazelle’s decision not to show the famous image of Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon is impacting the film, whose theater count includes Imax runs.

No matter how much Hollywood hates America and does everything it can to downplay our accomplishments while highlighting our mistakes, many Americans are unwilling to reward them for their hatred. This was a conscious decision to spite the United States. It’s plain and simple.

It isn’t just an insult to Americans. It wasn’t received very well by some who participated in the event.

Buzz Aldrin slams ‘First Man’ for not showing US flag during moon landing

https://nypost.com/2018/09/03/buzz-aldrin-slams-first-man-for-not-showing-us-flag-during-moon-landing/Legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took a swipe at the upcoming movie “First Man” late Sunday for its director’s decision not to show the planting of the American flag on the moon during the historic 1969 mission.

Aldrin, 88, who was the second man to step on the moon, behind crewmate Neil Armstrong, posted historical photos of the flag-planting and added the hashtag “Proud to be an American.”

“Patriotism” may be a dirty word in Hollywood, but there are still millions of Americans who take pride in our achievements. To those Americans, I ask this: Please do not reward anti-American political statements by going to see First Man.

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Don Lemon invokes Kanye West’s mother to insult him after Oval Office meeting

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Don Lemon invokes Kanye Wests mother to insult him after Oval Office meeting

It wasn’t just Don Lemon. There was a universal hatred from mainstream media and the entertainment world towards Kanye West’s appearance at Oval Office yesterday. They were acting embarrassed for him, ridiculing him, and saying nothing of the relevance of his visit.

West is much, much more than a rapper. If he were just an entertainer like Taylor Swift or Robert De Niro, I’d be a lot less interested in what he has to say. But he proved yesterday and with his actions before that he’s more than an entertainer. He’s a business leader, an activist for Chicago, and an icon for millions. I don’t agree with some, perhaps most of his perspectives and solutions, but his credentials make him a better choice for a White House visit than many who have sat in the Oval Office in the past.

They say when Republicans go low, they’ll go high. Well, Lemon went as low as he possibly could by declaring West’s deceased mother would be ashamed of her son for his visit. It doesn’t get much lower than that. Shame on you, Don.

Watch the video from The Five.

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