Who’s got an appetite for some opinionated takes on a variety of topics? I hope you are if you’re reading this.
I know that this is a couple weeks old now, but I still wanted to weigh in on it. I’m annoyed on multiple levels of this story, but the one that annoys me the most is that girls are allowed to compete in male sports to begin with. You can tell me all that Title 9 nonsense that she wouldn’t have an opportunity to compete in a female equivalent sport if she weren’t allowed to wrestle, and my response is: tough. Play a girls sport. You’re a girl. Just so we’re clear, I think girls do deserve opportunities to compete in athletics, but Title 9 only protects girls and women; it doesn’t protect equality for all. Boys are still not allowed to play girl sports if there isn’t a male equivalent (such as volleyball in my home state of Minnesota). If you come back with, “well that would be unfair, because boys are stronger and more athletic”, then isn’t that the reasoning for why girls shouldn’t be competing physically with boys in the first place? As the boy in Iowa stated, wrestling is a “combat sport” and can get “violent” at times. As boys we’re taught from an early age that the last thing on earth you should ever do is be violent towards a girl. I’m glad that the boy stayed true to his convictions and refused to hurt her, but it’s disappointing that he cost himself a chance at a state title, and that the Iowa high school league would put him in that awkward predicament. I also wonder what the kid meant when he cited his faith for the reasoning of not competing against the girl. The general assumption has been that he’s some sort of Christian, and yet, I can’t think of any amount of scripture that singles out violence towards women as wrong, over violence as a whole as wrong. If the sport is so very violent that it’s a safety risk, then perhaps from a Biblical point of view it shouldn’t be a sport at all. Just so you know, I don’t believe that, I’m just challenging the kid’s statement. Anyhow, shame on all you girl wrestlers, football players, and even you Amanda Bynes, along with all the organizations that allow this injustice to continue.
I was absolutely dumbfounded when I saw the story on ESPN.com. Apparently, Iran thinks that a logo (pictured below) for the 2012 Olympic games being held in London is “racist”, because it resembles the word “ZION”, which is a Biblical reference to the city of Jerusalem. Let’s take a look at this logo, for starters.
I don’t know if they read bottom to top and right to left in Farsi, but even if they do, the numbers don’t really resemble ZION to me. Wouldn’t 2012 resemble ZOIZ? But if you want to say 2012 resembles something racist, how is that the logo’s fault? The games fell on 2012, what are we supposed to do? Second of all, how is the word “Zion” racist? So it refers to Jerusalem in the Bible. So what? How is that hating on or glorifying any race? It’s referring to a place. A place where many Muslims (I’m sure not that many Iranians) live. The lines of race and religion get all blurred in that part of the world, so that’s why I brought that up, but the word “Zion” itself is not discriminatory. Finally, this is the world’s message to Iran: Huh? Do you guys even compete in the Olympic games? Okay, have fun by yourselves. We don’t care! Fun fact: Michael Phelps won 4 times as many medals in Beijing than the entire country of Iran did.
3. Wisconsin labor protests
I’m not aware enough to know all of what’s going on there, but I still have an opinion (wow, I just opened the doors for people to call my take ignorant, didn’t I?). I’m skeptical of the Republicans’ side saying that these moves are just to balance the budget, since the unions have expressed interest in making cuts, as long as they can save their collective bargaining. I’m accusing the Republicans of playing politics. My reaction is: cool. Countless other occupations all survive with fair wages and benefits without collective bargaining in place for the employees, so these ones will too. The only reason they have these great benefits and wages that are more than the state can sustain is due to collective bargaining. Sounds to me like they’re fixing the source of the problem, and it works out for them politically, because the unions are a bunch of Democrats. The Democrats are fighting just as hard to save the unions because it works out for them politically. It makes sense. What doesn’t make sense, is legislators running and hiding because they’re afraid of losing. What a bunch of bed wetters. I wish Teddy Roosevelt was here to whip them into shape.
4. NFL Lockout Looming
I think I’m the only guy in the world who’s rooting for the NFL to not have a season next year. This is motivated by two things: My team is abysmal right now, and so I don’t feel like I’d miss another 6-10 season, and also I’m annoyed by the NFL trying to dominate my life. Goodell has pissed me off from the moment he took the commissioner’s office, and I want the NFL to be humbled by a lockout under his regime. I want my draft Saturday back with rounds 1-3! I don’t care about players’ “conduct detrimental to the league”! I want decent Super Bowl half time and National Anthem performers. I don’t want 18 games, and I don’t need the owners making more money. I am in favor of a rookie pay scale similar to the NBA’s. So, I side with players in this dispute. They’re the ones who’s livelihood is on the line out on the field, and their careers last far shorter than the average owner owns a team.
5. NBA: Best shape its been in since Jordan
I don’t like the dumb argument that having these super teams hurts the league. It’s going to make the playoffs unbelievably entertaining, and already this regular season has been fantastic, as long as you’re not watching a Pacers versus Bobcats matchup. Part of my motivation for cheering for the NFL lockout is that so the NBA can get their labor dispute fixed quickly, have a season next year and steal a bunch of the NFL’s popularity while it’s up for grabs. This may be a pipe dream, but if you just watch the games, you’d know how good it is and what you’re missing out on when you’re watching the Pro Bowl pregame instead of Laker-Celtics. I do think the best thing for the league would be to contract and improve the quality of play altogether, but I’ll cover that in a later post.