Month: May 2014

The First Gay NFL Draftee

sam_michaelsMichael Sam was almost the last athlete chosen in the NFL draft. Sam was an all Southeastern Conference player from the University of Missouri, and an All American football player. Michael Sam is black, a great athlete and is out of the closet after the college season becoming the first gay player chosen in any NFL draft.

Sam will play for the St Louis Rams, a very good NFL team. The comments are flooding in including some not very flattering. There are people like Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones who tweeted “OMG”, and “horrible”. Jones is in trouble, and may have to endure some sensitivity training. Most the other players are wisely keeping quiet.

This opens up a whole new problem for the NFL. It seems they are adamant to accept gay players, and we all “know” there are some gay men on some of those teams. Else, why would they go around patting each other on the ass?  This may result in more violence on and off the field.

How does the NFL control the violence on the field of play where men are paid to do violence to others? Will players go out of their way to rough up Sam? That’s what happens in high school, and probably in many colleges. People just don’t automatically give up their prejudices.

Will the locker rooms be partitioned into private showers? Will those three hundred pound tackles and guards think a gay player is sizing up their privates?

What happens in the bottom of a pile-up. Does the gay guy get it, or does the gay guy do the pinching and punching? There may be a whole new spectrum of on-the-field behavior developing.

It will be interesting to see how Michael Sam develops in the league. He is a terrific athlete, and he is certainly gay. I for one hope he makes the grade and all this publicity fades away.

 

photo from Wikipedia

Measurables; True Freshman

This is the weekend of the NFL draft. I have spent several hours in front of my big screen television watching talking sports heads modify the English language. The college guys are just as bad.

How about “freshman” instead of “true freshman”?

This whole “true freshman” thing comes from the fact that the NCAA expects that a college athlete should have no more than four eligible years to play a sport. Sometimes, a football player out of high school will not be ready to play at the college level, so the athletic staff has the choice of developing the kid, while not allowing the player to actually play in a real game. The athlete does not lose any of the four years of sports eligibility, and advances to the sophomore academic year.This process is called, redshirting.

Thus, an academic freshman can be a football redshirt. Because of this, when the kid is finally allowed to play, he may be an academic sophomore, but in his first year of sports eligibility, or a freshman athlete. When an academic freshman is allowed to play in a varsity game in first year of sports eligibility, he is called a “true freshman”.

Do you see how long it took me to explain this? It would be so much easier to understand that if a player is on the field, and is in his first year’s eligibility, just call him a freshman regardless of his redshirt situation.

Freshman is all you have to know. If used in the context of sports eligibility, the athlete is in the first of four years of eligibility, a freshman. If used in the context of academics, the student is a freshman in the first year in college.

How about “metrics: instead of “measurables”?

During the NFL draft, you hear tons and tons of statistics on college players. How many passes completed, tackles made, speed in the forty-yard dash, etc., etc, are the lingua franca of the talking sports head. They also talk about the physical attributes like height, weight, arm strength, hand spread, and any other physical attrite that can be measured.

So, the dummies call them, “measurables”. OK. We all get it. However, the word, measurable, is an adjective. So, here we have another word morphing into something else because sports jocks don’t have measurable vocabularies.

Try the word, metrics. Yes. A metric is a measurable attribute. It is a characteristic describable with numbers.

Oh, there’s so much wrong in this world, and there’s so little time to correct things.

Obama Scandals: Benghazi, IRS, Climate Change

Scandals are a dime a dozen in the Obama Administration. Whenever something new comes up, he always says that he will get to the bottom of the matter, or those guilty will be caught and punished. When after a meaningful amount of time has passed with absolutely no results in either explanations, criminals caught, or in the increasingly acrimonious Congressional investigations, Obama will always come back and say there was nothing to it, anyway.

That’s the nature of our chief executive. Right now we have continuing Congressional investigations on Fast And Furious (Federals encourage sale of guns to drug cartels); IRS targeting of conservative organizations to disallow tax exempt status; and the Benghazi Cover-up scandal. Barack Obama is calling all of these very real events, “false scandals”. What a guy! At least five people are dead because of Federal Government policies, and Obama doesn’t care if anybody takes responsibility. Now we have cover-ups.

We wonder why all this is going on in Obama’s Administration. The answer is always Democrat Party politics.

1. Fast And Furious: If the truth could ever come out about who proposed, approved, and managed a program to get guns to Mexican drug cartels, the Obama Administration will no only look bad, but quite possibly the Attorney General might have to resign. Attorney Gernral Eric Holder has been refusing information to the investigative committee for years, and is the most un-American government official I have ever seen.

2. IRS Scandal: During the 2010 mid-term elections, the Tea Parties were formed and were responsible for many Democrat incumbents being booted from office. This is why the Democrats started calling the Tea Parties racist, and other unsupported names. Enter Lois Lerner, IRS executive who made sure that the Tea Parties, when applying for tax exempt status, would be stone-walled, delayed, or denied. Without the ability to collect funds, the Tea Parties were severely hampered in the 2012 elections where they had very little influence. Lois Lerner refused to talk to the Congressional Committee, and the Congress has voted to hold her in contempt for not testifying. The IRS scandal has been under discussion for a year.

3. The Bengazi Cover-Up:  We all know there was a Government cover-up with the Benghazi terrorist attack and the subsequent murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans fighting to protect the Ambassador. Three top officials have lied as to the cause of the attack  including Susan Rice, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. As of today, the Congress voted to appoint a select committee to continue to investigate exactly what was covered up besides the attack being a planned, terrorist attack on the tenth anniversary of the Twin Towers attack. The cover-up was to make sure Obama was re-elected because his claimed policy of Al Queda being decimated was falsified by this one attack on the tenth anniversary of the Twin Towers attack. Many questions need to be answered about Benghazi, and the administration is stone-walling.

4. Climate Change Scam: We all know the climate is changing, and has been for millions of years. We all know that fossil fuel emissions are responsible for some of the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere, and mankind has probably contributed  to global warming. The scam comes in when the administration claims that tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, floods, and forest fires will all get worse because of climate change. WRONG! There are no empirical studies showing this. That is Zombie Science.   The Dems goal is to raise a new tax on carbon emissions to finance liberal programs. Any money spent on mitigating climate change will make no difference, whatsoever. Economists and scientists around the world agree on this fact.

So, you see that anything the Obama Administration does is either a lie or a scam. Everything from economic forecasts to climate forecasts are simply grabbed out of convenient orifices.