Join Jim and Greg as they react to Chinese state media open talking about flying jets over Taiwan, solidifying sovereignty, and warning other nations not to recognize Taiwan. They also groan as Secretary of State Antony Blinken keeps talking about his expectations that the Taliban will allow freedom of travel and right for women and girls – even though they aren’t doing those things and never will. And they react to Larry Elder’s website and a statement from President Trump alleging fraud in the results of today’s California recall.

Join Jim and Greg as they chronicle how the U.S. likely killed a U.S. ally instead of ISIS-K personnel in the drone strike following the terrorist attack at the Kabul airport.  And this news comes as the State Department stops processing special immigrant visa applications for our Afghan allies.  They also hammer the Democrats for proposing $3 trillion in higher taxes to pay for their bloated, reconciliation bill full of terrible policies.  And they sigh as more Democrats see Trump supporters and unvaccinated people as bigger threats than the Taliban or China.

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A look back at Week 1; Clemson dropped out of the top four, the first time since 2017 with a loss to Georgia. Georgia is ranked number 2 in this weeks AP Poll. The best game of the week was the Florida State versus Notre Dame game. An overtime game, but the highlight for me […]

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The week will end with an unusual Sunday game. Notre Dame will play Florida State tonight in Florida. ABC will televise the game. Game time is 7:30 PM EDT. I prefer college football to the NFL. I find it more exciting, and my preference for college football came long before the kneeling controversy. I will […]

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No one likes to see a stupid fan run onto the field at any sporting event.  What we do like to see is one of the players cold-cocking the idiot.  However, this moron got the ultimate humiliation: he was tackled by a ball girl!  It’s not an NFL caliber tackle, but it stopped him nonetheless: […]

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It’s Not Heroic to Choke and Quit

 

I don’t want to be overly critical of Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from the Olympic team’s competitions.  I haven’t followed gymnastics for years, but my impression is that Biles is widely considered to be the greatest female gymnast of all time.  Her ability and achievements are extraordinary.

During the first rotation in the team all-around competition, Biles had a disappointing vault.  She then pulled out of the competition, with varied explanations that seem unconvincing.  It looks, to me, like she briefly lost her mojo.  This would be, here’s that word again, disappointing, but understandable.  Nobody’s perfect.

Splainin’ Myself about Women’s Sports

 

On another post, relating to the Olympics, I commented: “But the women athletes are third-rate, if even.  They do well against women.  They are almost never competitive with the men.” Some of the ladies weren’t very happy with me about this.  I think that my claim is objectively true and I am going to illustrate with my own sport, swimming.  I was a pretty good high school swimmer back in the mid-1980s.  So here are the facts:

In swimming, the men and the women generally swim the same events, at the same distances, in the same pool, off the same blocks.  They are carefully timed, electronically, to the hundredth of a second.  Results are entirely objective.

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Swimming is my favorite Olympic event, probably because I was a competitive swimmer myself, back in the day.  The “day” being the Reagan administration.  The first Reagan administration. Anyway, here are the highlights of the US men’s swimming results, so far.  Team USA has taken 4 of the 11 gold medals awarded through today, leading all other […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the great story of an Iranian defector dedicating his silver medal to Israel. They also fume as the CDC and the Biden administration force vaccinated people to wear masks again. And they slam President Biden for nominating someone who doesn’t believe in prosecuting drug dealers and other crimes to be a federal prosecutor.

She Fenced Like a Champion

 

Lee Kiefer celebrates winning a gold medal in women's individual foil

As the sporting world navigates any number of contentious issues, there are athletes that labor in obscurity. They are not as well known as athletes in other sports, but they work just as hard to succeed.

Lee Kiefer became the first American woman to win a gold medal in the women’s individual foil event and earned Team USA’s first fencing medal of the Tokyo games. She defeated reigning Olympic champion Inna Deriglazova 15-13 to capture her first career Olympic medal after finishing fifth in London.

This week on JobMakers, Host Denzil Mohammed talks with Dr. Babak Movassaghi, founder of InfiniteMD (acquired last summer by ConsumerMedical), which connects patients with top U.S. medical professionals through second-opinion video consultations, guiding patients to better care. When the world shut down due to COVID-19, Dr. Movassaghi’s company was already prepared to serve patients via telehealth. In this episode, they discuss his fascinating pivot from physics and professional football in Germany, to healthcare and innovation here in the U.S., an extension of his ability to navigate multiple identities as an Iranian-German living the American Dream.

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The college football playoffs have come up in conversation once again. A twelve team playoff has been floated in the media, and I would be all for it. However, I would propose something even more drastic. In April, the several European soccer teams announced, to much chagrin, the formation of a “super league”. This league […]

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Bad Guy Loses: NBA edition

 

king james scotland crownI have never been a big NBA fan. I remember the cocaine era. I cheered the wildly inconsistent Seattle Supersonics in that era. I appreciated the magic of the Chicago Bulls with star-whisperer Phil Jackson, Michael Jordon, Scotty Pippen, and “The Worm” Dennis Rodman. I admired “the admiral” David Robinson‘s career as a leader with the San Antonio Spurs, along with Tim Duncan, back when they were a distinctly locker-room-disciplined team. And yet, I remember the cocaine era, the referee point-shaving era, the radical leftist ChiCom kowtowing, America-trashing ongoing era, most notoriously embodied in LeBron James.

So, the enemy of my enemy gets my provisional, limited, and temporary rooting interest. The Phoenix [“The Valley?”] Suns apparently managed the second-best record in a self-created asterisk-laden 2020-2021 season. They proceeded to eject the megalomaniacally self-titled “King” LeBron James, and his current star vehicle, the Los Angeles Lakers (a formerly great team), from the playoffs for the first time in Pawn James’ career.

After embarrassing the Lakers in Phoenix with a lopsided 115-85 win on 1 June 2021, the Suns went to L.A. and defended MJ’s legacy. Stuffing LeBron’s playoff run in the first round for the first time ever, the Suns denied a poorly aging LeBron the chance to even get a sniff at Air Jordon’s stratospheric record of six NBA championship rings. LeBron James’s pursuit of MJ’s record led him to Los Angeles because it was supposed to be a team with deep-pocketed owners who would buy a couple of championships in the hottest, coolest global media spotlight. He has only four championship rings, leaving him stuck on the third tier.

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for taking action on the border crisis while the Biden administration dithers. They also react to the explosive Vanity Fair story exposing how State Department officials and scientists furiously tried to stop investigations into whether COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan lab. And they sympathize with residents in eastern Oregon who want to secede to Idaho. While they think the likelihood of that happening is low, they also devise an incentive system for state governments to improve.

May Day: Indianapolis 500

 

The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 was glorious. It was the fastest qualifying field ever and the fastest ever race on the track. And, a wonderfully positive, emotional driving star won his fourth Indy 500 checkered flag in a race that was a battle to the very last lap. The race was largely unmarred by accidents and was run entirely under bright blue skies. The very best part: the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 was before a full stadium of unmuzzled fans.

This great American tradition, signaling the start of summer, was a loud rejection of the entire leftist agenda, with the sweet smell of racing fuel and hot tires savored by Americans shoulder to shoulder in the sunshine without any sign of leftist plandemic fear and virtue signaling face coverings in the sea of normal humanity. The cherry on top was the winner; Helio Castroneves won at age 46.

True, there was a scattering of masks, frequently pulled down, in the press and event officiating crew. Yet, there was no solidarity in that stance. The masks have dropped. The official story was that track management limited fans to 40 percent, in submission to so-called public health officials or “experts.” On camera, it looked like the stands were full.

Old Guys Rule on a Late May Day

 

crossed golf clubsPhil Mickelson, at the age of 50, beat a crowd of younger players on a ocean-side wind-swept PGA Championship course this Sunday. Mickelson’s last major championship was the 2013 British Open. That was his fifth major championship. Now, Phil Mickelson has joined the elite 13 golfers with six major championships in the entire history of the PGA. And. Phil Mickelson has won one for the old guys, blowing away the next oldest winner by two years. The three oldest major PGA championship winners were:

Julius Boros 1968 PGA Championship 48 years, 4 months, 18 days
Tom Morris Sr. 1867 The Open Championship 46 years, 3 months, 10 days
Jack Nicklaus 1986 Masters Tournament 46 years, 2 months, 23 days

Mickelson has consistently played professional tour-level golf for the past quarter-century. Yet, his time as a champion seemed long past. Now, Phil has done what a 53-year-old Greg Norman, leading the 2008 British Open field on Sunday morning, could not do. Phil Mickelson won with the roar of the crowd in his ears, protected by tournament staff from being mobbed by golf fans on the last two holes. No, the crowd in South Carolina was not muzzled with face diapers, and this group of Americans was not showing any sign of signifying obedience to the evil Dr. Fraudci.

At age 50, Phil Mickelson became the oldest player to win a major, holding on for a two-shot victory in the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island on Sunday.

Happy Birthday Wishes for the ‘Say Hey Kid’

 

Willie Mays cropped.jpgWillie Mays celebrated his 90th birthday. One of the legendary baseball players is still with us. Willie Howard Mays, born on May 6, 1931, is one of the greatest players in baseball history.

His 22-year career, with the exception of one year with the Mets, was spent with the New York/San Francisco Giants.

Mays finished his career batting .302 with 660 home runs, the sixth-most of all time, and 1,903 RBI. He holds MLB records for most putouts (7,095) and most extra-inning home runs (22). He also had 338 stolen bases.