Obama: Team Romney Plays "A Little Dirty", Time to "Put Them Away"

August 23, 2012 at 11:00 am (2012 Election, Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Donors, Ed Cox, Golf, Michael Jordan, Mitt Romney, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Patrick Ewing, President Obama, Romney Campaign, Sports)

It what may stand as the longest, rambling basketball analogy ever made by a politician, President Obama accused the Romney campaign of playing dirty yesterday.

You know, like that time they accused the President of allowing a man’s wife to get cancer and die?  Or the time they accused Democrats of wanting dirtier air and water?  Or how about that time they ran an ad showing the President throwing grandma and her wheelchair off the cliff?  Oh wait, what?

“I can’t resist a basketball analogy,” Obama told the crowd, according to a White House pool report.  “We are in the fourth quarter.  We’re up by a few points but the other side is coming on strong and they play a little dirty.

“We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble.  We’ve got a couple of injuries, and I believe that they’ve got one last run in them.”

“I’d say there’s about seven minutes to go in the game.  And [Michael Jordan’s] competitiveness is legendary, and nobody knows better than Michael that if you’ve got a little bit of a lead and there’s about seven minutes to go — that’s when you put them away.

GOP chairman Ed Cox had a basketball analogy of his own for the President.

“While President Obama spends his day shooting hoops with Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Carmelo Anthony, his administration continues to throw bricks when it comes to job creation and economic growth.

And in other heartbreaking sports-related news, despite the fact that the President’s sole success story during his reign is the fact that he has a laser-like focus on all things sports – i.e. 100+ rounds of golf, pickup basketball games and fundraiser, filling out college brackets – team owners in the four major sports have made a majority of their contributions to Republicans this cycle.

Overall, team owners for the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL have given $1,992,050 to 2012 national election efforts. Of the total, Republicans were the victors with nearly $1.25 million. Democrats received a little more than $750,000, the station said.

And that includes the NBA team from New York; Knicks owner James Dolan is a Romney donor.

Here’s another basketball analogy.  Let’s hope that when November comes, the President has been ejected from the game for a flagrant technical foul on the economy and the American dream.

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It’s Official – Chanting ‘USA!’ in the USA Now Considered Racist

March 7, 2012 at 11:38 am (Alamo Heights, Andrew Brewer, Basketball, Racist, SAISD, San Antonio, USA)

Also deemed racist – Mom, apple pie. 

What the hell kind of parallel universe are we living in when chanting ‘USA!’ becomes a racial epithet?

Via KSAT-San Antonio:

A local school district is apologizing after an apparent incident of racism at a boys high school basketball game this past weekend.

When the final whistle blew Saturday, Alamo Heights celebrated a convincing victory over San Antonio Edison.

Alamo Heights Head Coach Andrew Brewer said he was proud of his team.

“Tremendously proud,” Brewer said. “Tremendously. It’s the best group of kids.”

But it was just after the trophy presentation when the coach was not proud of the chant coming from Alamo Heights fans.

“USA, USA, USA,” they chanted.

San Antonio Independent School District officials took the chant as a racial insult to a school with all minority players from a school with mostly white ones.

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Weekend Recession: (Video) Announcer’s Stool Collapses During Basketball Broadcast

February 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm (Basketball, Breaks, CBS Sports, College, Dayton, James Bates, NCAA, Stool, Xavier)

Weekend college basketball?  Check.

Big time rivalry game?  Check.

Stool made out of toothpicks and duct tape?

Check.

From Yard Barker:

Last weekend, the CBS Sports Network was covering an Atlantic-10 men’s college basketball game between Xavier and Dayton. For the game, they sent the team of Steve Wolf and play-by-play announcer James Bates. As they started the telecast, Bates is seen notably shifting in his stool which gives way during the live broadcast.

CBS couldn’t afford a real chair for the man?

Have a great weekend all!

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UPDATE (Video): ESPN Uses Unbelievably Racist Lin Headline

February 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm (Basketball, Chink, ESPN, Jeremy Lin, Knicks, NBA, New York, New York Post, Racist)

On Friday, the Knicks lost their first game since ‘Linsanity’ started to engulf the city of New York.  Jeremy Lin, the Asian-American sensation, has spawned a winning streak and a craze that transcended basketball, leading to a plethora of ‘Lin’ themed headlines in the big city.  So when newspapers such as the New York Post ran a story after the Knicks first loss in eight games, it was no surprise to see phrases such as “Linning Streak Over” and “the clock struck midnight on Linderella”.

What was surprising however, was ESPN’s attempt to make a play on words after the loss:

Chink in the Armor


Who in the holy hell thought this was a good idea in the first place?

From the New York Post:

ESPN used a shockingly racist headline “Chink in the Armor” for the Knicks’ loss Friday night, along with a picture of Jeremy Lin, who is an Asian-American. The headline was eventually removed, and ESPN issued an apology late this morning.
“Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.”

UPDATE:

Even more unbelievable than the offensive headline?  One of ESPN’s announcers used the same phrase in analyzing Lin’s gameplay:

“He’s handled everything very well as you said, unflappable. But if there’s a chink in the armor where can Lin improve?”

I’m more prone to giving the commentator a pass, as the phrase ‘chink in the armor’ has been used countless times in sports analysis.  But the headline seems a bit more pre-meditated.

Your thoughts?

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