Politics is Ruining Sports


Bob Costas is the most annoying fuckwit since Jar Jar Binks. Actually, he was annoying before Jar Jar too.


Football fans anticipate Bob Costas’ first lecture of the season

Sports is the place I go to escape politics. I spend most of my waking hours reading, writing and arguing about politics. Sometimes I need a break.

Last night was the first NFL game that counted since last February 2nd. I have been eagerly anticipating this season since the Raiders drafted Khalil Mack and Derek Carr last May.

Unfortunately, my enjoyment of the game was ruined even before the opening kick-off.

I don’t care if Michael Sam is gay. Seriously, I do not give a shit either way. But apparently no discussion of the NFL is complete without bringing Sam into the conversation. Forget that he was a seventh round pick. Forget that he is undersized and slow by NFL standards.


Well, actually Sam isn’t an NFL player. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, but like a lot of other late-round draftees he didn’t make the final cut. So now he is in Dallas working on their scout team. Thus far he has not played a single down in a regular season NFL game. Perhaps he never will.

He was not involved in last night’s game in any way, but we still had to hear about him. We also had to hear about the Washington Redskins, even though the vast majority of football fans want them to keep on being called the Washington Redskins, because “Redskins” has been deemed racially insensitive/offensive by the media.

If I go to a Oakland Raiders home game, nobody cares if I am a Republican or a Democrat. Nobody asks if I am a conservative or a liberal. My positions on abortion, gun control, and immigration are not issues. Nobody cares if I am white, black, brown, gay or straight. It doesn’t matter where or if I went to college.

All that matters is that I am wearing silver and black. When I walk around Oakland Coliseum with a Raiders hat and shirt on, every other Raiders fan in the place is my friend. The same thing happens if I go over to AT&T Park in San Francisco wearing black and orange. I immediately have tens of thousands of BFFs for several hours.

We constantly hear about how polarized our country has become in recent years. And it has become more and more divided, especially on racial lines. At the same time we have seen more and more aspects of life become politicized.

Coincidence? I think not.

Sports is an area of modern society where people of very diverse backgrounds can come together to find common ground. As much as possible we need to keep politics out of sports. Focus on the game and the players. Keep it as pure as possible.

We can start by telling Bob Costas to STFU.

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89 Responses to Politics is Ruining Sports

  1. The Klown says:

    The Packers got beat like ugly step-children last night. I’m glad Seattle is no longer in the Raiders division. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos is bad enough.

  2. Lulu says:

    When Costas got that ick eye infection at the Olympics I thought the sports gods were telling him to STFU. Or maybe it was the Russians on second thought.

  3. Lulu says:

    I want to know what the NFL paid or promised Jerry Jones to take what’s his name. It had to be something big cause old Jerry don’t do nothing for free.

    • The Klown says:

      From what Costas said last night the NFL was pressuring teams to pick Sam up.

      • The Klown says:

        I have nothing against Michael Sam. If he makes it onto a team and does well, that’s great. But as far as I am concerned he’s just another player.

        • Lulu says:

          Me either. But Jerry Jones is a douche bag and then he said that Sam is nowhere near ready to play. The Cowboys are not a training center for the gifted amateur. They do nothing out of the goodness of their “hearts” or to help a kid out. Jones’ crack means to me he is being sent there to stay out of the media and then be let go sometime after the hubbub dies down or Oprah looses interest.

        • 49erDweet says:

          And the scary corollary to that is if he “makes it” onto a team just bc he IS a special snowflake, it’s the beginning of the end of the NFL.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Even the most rabid (my husband) Cowboys fans HATE Jerry Jones for turning the team into a travelling circus over the years. Also, Dallas is pretty hardcore evangelical right-wing nut part of the country (“Sheldon Cooper’s mom” (Laurie Metcalfe)plays that part well).

      I’m just surprised the Big Blue teams (Niners, Eagles Jets?) didn’t bring him to their LGBT friendlier cities. Oh wait, those fans are even more rabid and they don’t care if you have one leg, can you win the game?

      I wish Sam well as a human tackling dummy. Thanks to Oprah, that’s what “his story” has been reduced to.

      • The Klown says:

        Sam should have kept his mouth shut until he made it on a team and proven that he could play.

        • Lulu says:

          His “advisers” did him a huge disservice. They used him shamelessly and that includes Oprah and her reality show stuff. A good sports agent/lawyer could have steered him away from a lot of this.

        • DeniseVB says:

          He came out his last season of college football didn’t he ? Then the NFL draft drama was looming and Oprah assigned him a film crew to “follow the journey of a black gay man” to be the first NFL “AALBGT” player in the worrrrrrld. It made about as much sense if I aspired to be the FIRST GRANDMA DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADER ! (Now there’s a vision 😉 )

  4. votermom says:

  5. The Klown says:

    Bob Costas, could you be more annoying?

    Bob Costas is 62 but he still uses his 12 year old kid persona, which wore thin long ago. Worse, he keeps beating the same dead horse.

    The other day I cruised past a game on the Bud Selig MLB Network. Costas was doing play-by-play and Jim Kaat color commentary. Even with brief exposure I happened to hear Costas, probably out of the context of that game, say that Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs, the real record. Kaat remained silent.

    What the heck is that about? Barry Bonds broke Aaron’s record for career home runs by hitting 762. Get over it. Bonds is 50 years old and last played September 26, 2007 at age 43. He’s long gone. Why even bring that up again? And why then? What the heck did it have to do with the game Costas was announcing?

    Where are the professional standards? Does the game producer ever talk to Costas about stuff like that? Or is that network policy, to support the steroid zealot position of Selig, who is, in effect, Costas’s boss?

    Whatever your position on performance enhancing drugs (PED), aren’t you tired of this type of gratuitous comment, which is made with the implicit assumption that all right thinking baseball fans must agree? Can’t we simply watch a game without hearing editorial comment, especially about an old subject?

    • Lulu says:

      He was probably sent to the PC propaganda school for media back in the day and brainwashed or “trained in leadership” as they like to call it. It is not only wrong it is BULLSHIT and no subject is too old, stale, boring, off subject, out of context, etc for them not to throw a shot in. Old stupid PC hacks like Costas are more obvious everyday because they do not exist in reality.

      • DeniseVB says:

        It’s called filling air time in this new world of information being thrown at us 24/7. I swear, I think there are at least 100 sports channels now. ESPN may have just jumped the shark hiring Michelle Obama’s brother as a basketball commentator or something.

      • 49erDweet says:

        I think it’s beyond that, Lulu. “Color Analysis” attracts mega-egos. I did play by play on the radio for a high school and finally learned to mute the color guy’s mike frequently in order to describe actual plays that had taken place while he was going on and on about stuff. 🙂

    • 49erDweet says:

      Costa thinks his part of the telecast is vastly more important than the action on the field. Trust me on this. In his heart of hearts he KNOWS most fans watch the game just to see him.

      • DeniseVB says:

        How is only your “liking” my comments showing up in my email? Thank you SweetieDweetie, but I have my ( WP, FB, WHD) email notifications turned off, just wondering. The *likes* are coming from this TCH blog only. Again, thanks, but I only have Disqus turned on……but they originate from here?

        • 49erDweet says:

          Good questions. I’m out and about. Later, tater.:-)

        • 49erDweet says:

          Suddenly, out of a clear blue sky on Thursday (I think) on the mobile Android version of TCH in addition to the “reply” button on each post I was offered a “like” button, just like some other (unmentioned) sites. Ahem. Since the buttons are not offered on the PC version I’m assuming they are an interim thingy pending further rumblings from deep within the WP workhouse. I have no idea what the buttons actually “do” other than tell me when I look at a site later in the day that at one time I thought a comment was interesting or relevant.

  6. HELENK3 says:

    I can understand how you feel about sports being a just because. everyone has to take the time out to recharge and just enjoy the life we have. the politics and world affairs are very ugly right now. rooting for your favorite team and stepping away for a while is a very good thing.
    of course if it is not the Phila Eagles it does not count

    • Lulu says:

      This is exactly why dramas such as GOT and Downton Abby, reality shows like Wicked Tuna are so very popular and have millions watching. It is an escape from all the garbage going on. Sports is a huge cash cow and they better keep the politics out of it or there will be hell to pay.

    • DeniseVB says:

      My husband went to an Eagles game when they played the Cowboys. He and his friends didn’t dare cheer for their team. 😉

  7. The Klown says:
  8. The Klown says:

    Maybe they should make a special rule just for him.

  9. Lulu says:

    They are having to go to non-politicos (media, pop culture figures and academia are not trusted anymore thus ignored and ridiculed) like Costas to continue the attitude adjustments towards the public to keep the PC going. Now he is being spotted and made fun of too. It may be too soon to tell but it appears the American culture or common zeitgeist is fighting back. Intimidation has run its course.Point and laugh is very effective in stopping this garbage.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I blame the Obamas. As myiq calls them *starf**kers* and they have been since 2008 with that hopeychangey schtick. It’s been all about the celebrity status, not our country. They’ve also ruined the entertainment industry for me by bringing out the truly stupid and cluelessness of celebrities I once admired. Clooney, Hanks ,etc. Both big enough stars to know better.

      • Lulu says:

        I think that the Hollywood connection to Obama is what is driving box office figures into the basement. The public may not even consciously know they are boycotting but know they want nothing to do with it all. That plus the Obama economy where the demographic who can afford to watch first run movies has significantly shrunk. Cascading stupidity and failure in all the One touches.

      • lyn says:

        Obama turned his Hollywood fans into losers. They may be rich, but their stupid was exposed.

        • Lulu says:

          I think a marketing opportunity sees another marketing opportunity and that was a lot of the attraction. Now it is dud meets dud.

      • Propertius says:

        As Charlton Heston once pointed out, you don’t have to smart to be a successful actor and most actors are really pretty stupid.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I hate to keep bringing this up, but Henry Bushkin’s Johnny Carson book pretty much ‘splained the underbelly of the Hollyweirds since the 60’s. Too bad Bushkin’s in tax trouble now. Coincidence?

      • 49erDweet says:

        If the powers that be in the NFL don’t have the courage and intelligence to handle the Sam situation equitably and honestly, and the evidence so far seems to suggest THEY DON’T, the NFL is dooooooooomed. Football fans will answer back in ways the NFL will regret for the next 200 years.

  10. The Klown says:


    The bad actors of this world have seen all Barack Obama’s cards, and they know on his best day he can’t bluff his way past an opponent holding a pair of twos. They know his soaring rhetoric is rarely backed up by action or force of arms unless it meets his specific political criteria. Since Benghazi, Barack Obama hasn’t had a good day on the foreign policy front. Egypt is mired in a post-coup economic and political quagmire. Libya has fallen to the Islamist horde, who are holding pool parties at what was our Embassy. Syria has devolved from mere oppression to a human-rights tragedy nearly unprecedented in a region where the unprecedented is expected. ISIS is spreading across the Middle East, traveling down a river of blood toward Baghdad, Amman, and Damascus. That our State Department still believes that ISIS is subject to moral pressure or diplomatic persuasion makes one wonder if they watch the news. ISIS isn’t a rational actor, but John Kerry and Hashtag Harf seem to think that strongly-worded tweets are a substitute for having an American foreign policy that recognizes evil when it sees it and takes action to protect American interests.

    Vladimir Putin rolls Obama on a near-daily basis, with the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Ukraine being greeted largely with toothless sanctions and rhetoric. Our NATO allies aren’t going to walk away from today’s Estonian events with a sense of clarity and resolve. They, like our enemies, know that Obama is great at promises and great at speeches, but far less reliable when it comes to commitments that might interfere with his legacy, or his golf game.

    Barack Obama deserves the scorn history will shovel on his shoddy, pathetic foreign policy.

    • Lulu says:

      The next two years is going to be brutal for Bronco. His “popularity” which has always been 100% marketing has collapsed. His Muslim outreach, Arab spring schtick is an abject failure in every sense. The open borders, immigration reform amnesty has completely collapsed. Even some ass in the State Dept said they are just handing it all off to the next president. Procrastinate, pretend nothing is happening, kick the can down the road is all they are going to do from now on with public appearances not rooted in reality. Even idiot Elizabeth Warren is asking about why isn’t he building a coalition against ISIS. His open border/diversity/cheap labor billionaires will abandon him soon. Will Dems tell him to leave to save the party?

      • foxyladi14 says:


      • The Klown says:

        Even if the GOP comes up short at re-taking the Senate they will still hold the House by a comfortable margin. That means gridlock. The best that Obama can hope for is to make 1-2 appointments to SCOTUS, and one of those would probably be RBG so it won’t change the balance of power.

        If the GOP retakes the Senate you can expect Obama to veto a lot of bills.

    • Constance says:

      I just wish we could prove the 2008 and especially the 2012 elections were tampered with because otherwise the American voters (and eligible non voters) deserve the scorn of history for electing Obama TWICE.

  11. Lulu says:

    Lurch said “”Contrary to what you sort of heard in the politics of our country, the President is totally committed; there is a strategy that is clear, becoming more clear by the day,” Kerry said.

    “And it really relies on a holistic approach to ISIL. That is to say that we need to do kinetic, we need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, that bolster the Iraqi security forces, others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own, obviously.” http://cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/kerry-obamas-anti-isil-strategy-becoming-more-clear-day HT to WZ.

    Is Lurch saying Bronco wants to give them a massage? Maybe some holistic “herb”. I think they got that already dude. But he has to decide what kind. It is clear but getting clearer like in a crystal ball. Huh? Like I said. What is the matter with Boston?

    • lyn says:

      :facepalm: What are Kerry and Obama afraid of? ISIS murders for pleasure and power. Why is that so hard for these jackasses to understand?

      • Lulu says:

        Ideology meeting reality is really painful. They would have to admit they had been full of shit all along. Watching them squirm is kind of fun for now. It has to end if even some Senate Dems are suggesting they are insane.

    • votermom says:

      Well, I’ve learned that in college admissions “holistic” basically means affirmative action and/or exceptions for large bribes, er , donations.

    • elliesmom says:

      The average Bostonian is from Southie, Dorchester, Roxbury – all blue collar neighborhoods of the city. They support the Democratic Party because they’re blue collar union workers, minorities, and single moms. The leftie loonies live in the cities that circle Boston like Cambridge and Brookline. It’s not cut and dried why Massachusetts is solidly blue because it isn’t. There have been more Republican governors in my lifetime than Democrats. There isn’t a strong enough Republican Party in the state to field many Republican candidates in the congressional districts in the western part of the state with all the money the Democrats spend to keep our delegation solidly Democrat. The RNC will spend money to win the governorship, but not to win seats in congress. I don’t think it would be too hard to pick up a seat west of Amherst if they had a serious candidate with some money behind him or her. While significantly outnumbered, there are Republicans in our state House of Representatives. I live about 20 miles outside of the city, and my rep is frequently a Republican.

      • Lulu says:

        I find Mass politics fascinating. Thanks for the info. I should have said What is the matter with Cambridge. It must be kind of like Austin is to Texas.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The Obama Adminstration is sure vindicating GWB …….

    • Propertius says:

      Nothing delivers a message like a B-52.

      • 49erDweet says:

        …unless it’s 50 B-52’s flying in a straight line at 30,000 feet, each spaced five minutes apart. We used to practice extremely low level “attacks” on Camp Pendleton with B-47’s spaced apart every few minutes. The marines we talked to said after about 60 minutes of that repetitive sudden roaring overhead they began to lose their concentration.

  12. votermom says:

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    • Propertius says:

      Yeah, but so is George Bush. If Saddam Hussein were still around, those guys would never have gotten a toehold. Sometimes the devil you know really is better.

      • The Klown says:

        It’s been my experience that when you get rid of one dictator another one takes his place. No matter how bad the first one was, the second one can always be worse.

        • DeniseVB says:

          It’s why Clinton didn’t take out OBL when he had the chance in the 90’s, so why isn’t HE blamed for 9-11 ? GWB coulda’ crapped on his head too, but didn’t.

  14. The Klown says:

    So who took the picture??

  15. votermom says:

    Oh this isn’t suspicious at all.
    I’m sure it was not part of some off-the-books deal between Iran & Washington vs ISIS.

    • 49erDweet says:

      It’s not a problem. Obama is not available and Kerry is at a party, so it probably didn’t even happen. Unless there’s a new anti-Muslim video out there somewhere…..

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  18. DeniseVB says:

    Well Politics is certainly ruining Obama’s stroll at Stonehenge…..you go girl !


  19. DandyTIger says:

    Fun battle going on between Glenn Greenwald and O Willis.

  20. HELENK3 says:


    Iran oks military cooperation with US in fight against islamic state

    wonder how this will end up

  21. DeniseVB says:

    Fun with Facebook. Just updated my cover photo, and am still LOL…

  22. HELENK3 says:

    is anyone watching the interview with the 3 men on the ground at Benghazi?
    I am in tears and have never been so angry at losers in office now. there has to be a special place in hell for the backtrack bunch

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