The hate for Caitlin Clark isn’t just about race, it’s geography

 

The argument has become far too simplistic because we have become the same. It’s all black and white, and that is so boring. Not that it isn’t true.

So many wretched individuals, men and women both, hate that Caitlin is the star of the WNBA… a league that struggled and lost millions from the outset. She filled the stands, brought ratings, and she gets record shoe deals. You’d think the eventual trickle-down effect would make the women thankful.

Nope, of course not. That makes too much sense.

Let’s go to the simplistic arguments first.

Women can be petty, indignant, jealous, and flat-out hateful. There is a reason there are always good ol’ boys’ clubs and not good ol girls’ clubs. Men are able to get it all out of them and have a beer afterward. You hear stories of men in locker rooms fighting constantly, yet they will team up to win on the court. John Wayne, the biggest pro-patriot, right-wing Republican, could be in the same room with flat-out socialists without bloodshed. Contrast that with the legend of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford that will last till the end of time.

Then there’s the ultimate elephant in the room. (One I hate to bring up.) She’s white and straight.

This became an insult because the WNBA is full of lesbians and 70-80 percent black. They cannot stand that, after all those years of struggling to gain any traction and being carried by the NBA, it took the straight, white, Iowa girl to get the job done by simply focusing on her game and getting better.

However, there are two words that are important in this equation.

“Iowa” and “girl.”

There is nothing the media,—and a lot of players—hate more than those two words. Being honest, I don’t like the simplistic approach of “she’s white, we hate her.” We already know that happens based on the wretched things the creatures like Jemele Hill keep saying. Monica McNutt is allowed to ask fans to root for “dark and queer” without losing her job because producers are fearful of rage mobs. In 2024, we shouldn’t have any of this, but we do, and it is bound to get worse.

But let’s be honest. Paige Bueckers is white and straight and not going to take this level of abuse. Cameron Brink isn’t taking this level of abuse this year. They both pandered and bowed down properly. They said the necessary things to give them great press. Cameron Brink got best rookie of the class the minute she pandered in a USA Today article. Those two are safe.

They are also coastal. Bueckers plays at UConn; Brink played at Stanford and is from New Jersey.

Clark is from Iowa and played at Iowa. Everything in her blood is Iowa. The media hates her for that. And for the same reason they hate Trump. Just the same as Trump bringing a voting bloc back that they desperately wanted gone, they hate Caitlin for filling stadiums with the same.

And hate her for what? She says nothing offensive. She talks nothing but basketball.

But between her background, and filling the stadiums with “the wrong kind,” CC is public enemy number one. That is too bad also. If they blow it with Caitlin, the WNBA is finished.

And it will be all their fault.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    What’s the WNBA?

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  2. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Great point

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  3. Jimmy Carter Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    What’s the WNBA?

    It’s something Caitlin Clark carries.

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  4. Percival Thatcher
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    No sexism, though. I ignore the NBA with equal fervor.

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  5. Django Member
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    I haven’t watched any pro sports for quite a while, but hearing about Clark and the stuff thrown her way reminds me of basketball in the 1970s. It became a black sport then, not just because of the race of the players but also in the different racial attitudes about the game. That was something I noticed about the attitudes toward the local college team. After a game, the black guys first question was, “How many dunks did Lee get?” The first question from the white guys was, “Did they win?”

    Fast forward to the documentary A Courtship of Rivals about the stories of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, how they got to the NBA and how their rivalry made the game popular again. At one point when the subject was whether the game was “too black”, how the finals were shown on tape delayed broadcasts, Michael Cooper said something like, “It wasn’t about winning for us. We wanted to make the flashy play, get the big dunk . . .” No wonder the game sucked the mop and the fans found other diversions; they wanted winners. In Bird and Magic, they found them. A lot of black players resented the attention Bird got, assuming it was only because he is white. To me that was BS because Magic and MJ got as much attention as Bird did. 

    As I said, I don’t know anything about the WNBA except that if the articles are accurate, it’s losing money, and the players are mostly black lesbians. Is there any parallel with the Bird/Magic storyline? 

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  6. Tex929rr Coolidge
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    It’s not really surprising that the same college programs that produced thug football players have now produced thug women hoopsters. 

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  7. Brian J Bergs Coolidge
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    This year I had the time to watch some of the Women’s NCAA tourney.  It was quite good and Caitlin Clark was a joy to watch.  She knows how to play the game and help make the matches very fun.  I had a  couple of nieces play at that level and went to a lot of their games.  Basically I like watching two well-matched teams play the game.

    It’s a shame the way Caitlin Clark is being treated.  She has solid talent.  Too bad she can’t just play the dang game without the drama.

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  8. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    Thanks. I think you are right about the reasons CC is being treated so poorly

     

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  9. thelonious Member
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    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    What’s the WNBA?

    It’s something Caitlin Clark carries.

    It’s what the NBA has carried for the last 27 years. They get great woke street cred and a nice tax write off for doing so.

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  10. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):

    No sexism, though. I ignore the NBA with equal fervor.

    I haven’t paid attention to the NBA since the departure of MJ, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson …

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  11. Buckpasser Member
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    I have never watched a WNBA game.  I might now, just to see how Caitlin Clark presents herself.  From what I hear she’s great with kids and fans.  I’d like to see it for myself.

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  12. kedavis Coolidge
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    Isn’t WNBA sorta like “Little League” compared to NBA?

    Who watches “Little League” games other than the kids’ parents?

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  13. Stad Coolidge
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    The best thing Caitlin Clark can do is help her team win.  Winning is the best response . . .

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  14. Steven Seward Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Isn’t WNBA sorta like “Little League” compared to NBA?

    Who watches “Little League” games other than the kids’ parents?

    You could  say the same thing about College Football.  Or why would anybody want to watch a high-school sports game?  It’s not the ultimate skill of the players that matters.  It is the sense of competition that drives the excitement.

    I saw a WNBA game in person about 15-20 years ago.  It was way more exciting than a typical  pro NBA game.  There was no slow-walking the ball down the court so everybody could rest until somebody tried a shot.  The women were scrambling madly the whole game, rushing back and forth down the court as fast as they could.

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  15. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Does anyone have any serious data on how lesbian the WNBA is. Is it really seventy percent lesbian as I have heard some people say?

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  16. Henry Castaigne Member
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    According to a lefty site about basketball. 41 out of 144 WNBA players identify as gay, lesbian or queer in 2022. So that is about 28% who are out in the open with likely a higher number who in private have homosexual relationships. 

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  17. Henry Castaigne Member
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    More importantly than being from Iowa, Caitlin Clark is a practicing Catholic. 

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  18. cdor Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    The best thing Caitlin Clark can do is help her team win. Winning is the best response . . .

    I agree with this, Stad. She just entered the league this year. I have looked for a game with her playing but have not been able to find one yet. Apparently the team that drafted her is relatively weak. I do not doubt that some other veteran players are giving her a hard time for several reasons, most of which are negative. She is said to be a strong person who will persevere. I also have read that she is not one of the top 10 players in the league. I think she is doing the right thing by keeping her head down, playing well, and continuing to learn and improve. She wouldn’t do herself any favors by taking the Olympic spot of someone who has been around longer, is currently better, and has earned the honor.

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  19. Percival Thatcher
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    No sexism, though. I ignore the NBA with equal fervor.

    I haven’t paid attention to the NBA since the departure of MJ, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson …

    The game was of higher quality then. Nowadays, they seem to mostly be interested in three-point shots.

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  20. Henry Castaigne Member
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    I wrote an essay about this. My brain is weird. I hope you enjoy it. 

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  21. DrewInNewMexico Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    No sexism, though. I ignore the NBA with equal fervor.

    I haven’t paid attention to the NBA since the departure of MJ, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson …

    The game was of higher quality then. Nowadays, they seem to mostly be interested in three-point shots.

    More bang for your buck. It’s a little over 20 minutes, but some math nerds crunched the numbers and on average, you receive the same average points per attempt up to seven feet beyond the 3-point line as you do inside the line, except being really close. You could probably jump to 14 minutes if you don’t want to watch all of it.

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  22. Django Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    No sexism, though. I ignore the NBA with equal fervor.

    I haven’t paid attention to the NBA since the departure of MJ, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson …

    The game was of higher quality then. Nowadays, they seem to mostly be interested in three-point shots.

     I heard that Jerry West died today. Couldn’t help myself; I checked youtube for a video of his career. That led to watching a Larry Bird mixtape. Fool that I occasionally am, I read the comments. Today’s fans, or maybe just young people in general, are remarkably stupid and/or ignorant. More than a few said that West and Bird would be riding the benches in today’s game. BS about how the game “has evolved” and how modern players are bigger, stronger, “more athletic”. Old players had “no handles” in their opinions. 

    Bird has said that he likes today’s game. Who am I to argue with The Legend? Still, my money spends the same as his and I won’t ever pay to see today’s game, either in person or on pay-per-view regardless of Larry’s comments. Not until the refs remember how to call palming, carrying, charging, and travelling. 

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  23. WillowSpring Member
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    I was lucky to live in Cincinnati whe Oscar Robertson was playing college ball there and to attend UNC during the Dean Smith years with Lewis and Miller.  I remember a much higher emphasis on passing and I think there was a penalty for touching the rim, so no dunking

    It was a much faster and graceful game – well maybe except for the “4 corner offense”

    Pro basketball now is much more of an individual show off game for the most part.  I stopped watching years ago

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  24. EJHill Staff
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    kedavis: Who watches “Little League” games other than the kids’ parents?

    In 2023 the 38-game preliminary slate of games across the ESPN platforms averaged over 1M per telecast. The finals on ABC drew almost 3M. So, more people are watching Little League than watch any primetime cable news show.

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  25. Barfly Member
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    Maybe Jeff Bozos will buy the WNBA and dump a hundred mil into it, so the entitled perverts and degenerates don’t have to fly commercial.

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  26. OldPhil Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):
    More than a few said that West and Bird would be riding the benches in today’s game.

    If the game today was played by the rules of 30-40 years ago (traveling, double-dribble, palming, etc.) they still would be stars.

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  27. Django Member
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    OldPhil (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):
    More than a few said that West and Bird would be riding the benches in today’s game.

    If the game today was played by the rules of 30-40 years ago (traveling, double-dribble, palming, etc.) they still would be stars.

    I think both could have adapted to today’s game. Bird might have had a little more trouble because with the floor spread more today his relative lack of lateral mobility might have caused him problems on defense. As the founder of the 50-40-90 Club, he’d dominate on offense, IMNSHO. 

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  28. Barfly Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    According to a lefty site about basketball. 41 out of 144 WNBA players identify as gay, lesbian or queer in 2022. So that is about 28% who are out in the open with likely a higher number who in private have homosexual relationships.

    I guess I’d watch it then if mud wrestling wasn’t on.

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  29. thelonious Member
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    OldPhil (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):
    More than a few said that West and Bird would be riding the benches in today’s game.

    If the game today was played by the rules of 30-40 years ago (traveling, double-dribble, palming, etc.) they still would be stars.

    They’ve never called travelling in the NBA. It’s been a common complaint since the 70’s.

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  30. Stad Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    No sexism, though. I ignore the NBA with equal fervor.

    I haven’t paid attention to the NBA since the departure of MJ, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson …

    The game was of higher quality then. Nowadays, they seem to mostly be interested in three-point shots.

    It’s either a 3-pointer or a dunk . . .

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