Tag: Sports

Don’t Cry for Me, Caitlyn Jenner: ESPN and Media Comeuppance

 

ESPN has announced a massive round of layoffs today – over 100 people, many of them on-air talent – as the most expensive channel on cable television struggles to balance the books amid exploding sports licensing fees and plummeting cable subscriber numbers. But Outkick the Coverage (via National Review) notes that ESPN’s pronounced Leftward political lean may have played a large part in its current problems, too:

Middle America wants to pop a beer and listen to sports talk, they don’t want to be lectured about why Caitlyn Jenner is a hero, Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson of sports, and Colin Kaepernick is the Rosa Parks of football. ESPN made the mistake of trying to make liberal social media losers happy and as a result lost millions of viewers.

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Queen for a Day

 

I am really glad you weren’t there, because I blew a gasket when the storied race director, 75-year-old Tennnesee “Tenn” K. Pace, asked me to pull down my pants.

With the encouragement of my college basketball coach, Al E. Oops, I had registered to compete in the women’s division of the Movement Marathon, a fund-raiser to promote O.I.C. awareness. I showed up for the race in a stunning hot pink singlet and fuschia shorts. Underneath, I wore my brand new JogBra and down below, an advanced prototype of the new Tuck-It-In® jockey strap developed by my director of transgender products research, R.N.D. Funding.

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The Secretariat Maneuver

 

SecretariatOn the sunset of a pretty grim year, let’s have a little lightness, if you please. My father, who passed away when I was 21 (that was quite a while ago) once told me this story. He had read about it, I believe, in Sports Illustrated.

The story concerns Secretariat – arguably the greatest thoroughbred racehorse of all time. In 1973 he won the Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont – along the way setting a Derby record of 1:59 2/5 (no other horse has bettered two minutes) and beating Twice a Prince by 31 lengths in the Belmont Stakes. He was, as one aficionado put it, instantly recognizable with his glistening chestnut coat, three white stockings and his regal bearing.

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