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From Matt

Can you be happy for other fan bases? I am a Braves fan and I could not watch the World Series because I knew the Nats were going to win.

Matt

Depends on the sport I suppose, and it seems clear that baseball is your most passionate fan-connection.

I was happy for the folks I know who cheer for the Nationals, even though they bounced my favorite team — the Dodgers — in the NLDS.

But it's been a while since my Dodgers fandom has been that important to me that I would begrudge another fan base for enjoying the spoils of victory.

I understand it — why Braves fans are ticked that their team was better most of the year but gagged in October (welcome to the theory behind the 'er' months) — but it's a spirit borne from jealousy more than passion.

You want what they have. Plain and simple.

I have been guilty of it too. Heck I was rooting like crazy for Texas Tech in the NCAA title game after Virginia got that officiating gaffe/gift to beat Auburn in the Final Four.

But when it was over, I would have been happy for UVa fans I suppose, but I'm not sure I know many.

It's easier to be happy for a Nats fan or a UVa fan I would think than it would be for an Alabama football fan, a UK hoops fan or a Yankees fan because after all they have a slew of titles.

But yeah, we can be happy for other fan bases. (In every sport other than college football that is.)



From Paul

Why are you afraid to talk about Earl Campbell's comments and the reverse racism that runs rampant across out society? Why is Clay Travis the only journalist around that tells the truth?

Paul

Take some deep breaths Paul. Relax a bit OK.

Now, let's try to have a conversation.

We'll start here: Clay Travis has created a great following by sharing his opinions. He's not a reporter; he's a columnist, which means he gives you his interpretation of the facts as he see them.

I do the same 99 percent of the time. (I still write an occasional news story or cover and event for the TFP, but almost all of my work is generating opinions.)

So it's his version of the truth, and that's fine. He's doing it very well and making a lot of coin. (Kudos to Travis, for those that do not his story, he as much as anyone this side of Bill Simmons truly created a large revenue-generating niche for himself in today's media landscape. That — and the hard-work needed to make it happen — is truly impressive.)

As for the Earl Campbell 'controversy' well; let's try to discuss this as openly as we can.

Here's what Earl Campbell, the NFL Hall of Fame running back and former University of Texas Heisman winner, said this week to the Austin Statesman: "Until the University of Texas realizes you have to have a black quarterback, and nothing against (Sam) Ehlinger, you got to have a talented, black quarterback. All these schools that are winning, even in the pros, have black quarterbacks. When guys are not open, something can still happen."

Travis' point about if this had been, say a former USC player, saying the Trojans could not win without a white quarterback being a mainstream headline is accurate.

So yes, he's being truthful.

But how is that news? That generalizations saying whites are better at something is always going to be offensive than reversing the narrative. That's because of the racial history in our country above all else.

It's the same with generalizations along sexual divides too.

Take this hypothetical. If a women'a basketball is struggling and the fans want said coach to be replaced, if the coach was a man, there could be a conversation about needing a female because she relates better to female players.

But if said struggling coach is a woman, and someone says, "We need to get a man to do the job" the implication is that women can't coach.

Again, that's because of the long history and struggles for equality in my opinion.

But it also gets to a more interesting conversation about the long-standing racial slight of hands we have played in terminology for so, so long in sports descriptions.

Possession receiver. White guy. (This one may be the most puzzling because a) Jerry Rice, not Steve Largent or whomever is in the slot for the Patriots, is the greatest possession receiver of all time.)

Gym rat. White guy. (This one is pretty bad too, because I am pretty certain that Kevin Durant has shot a million jumpers, don't cha think?)

Plays QB like a linebacker. Tough white guy.

Athletic quarterback. Black guy.

Speed receiver. Black guy.

All the physical gifts. Black guy.

Earl Campbell kind of just shot it straight no? Yes, there was a huge deal when Rush Limbaugh resigned from ESPN because of the hubbub after he said that Donovan McNabb was overrated because McNabb was black. Rush said McNabb was "overrated what we have here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback can do well—black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well."

I'm not sure we were ready for that conversation then because there were not as many black QBs around and the sensitivity of saying "they (as a race) can't do it" rather than "he (as in McNabb) is not doing it very well right now" was blurred.

Now, in this age when under the age of 35, at least five of the top six or seven QBs in the league, and three of the top four Heisman front-runners, are not white, that conversation is easier.

Not unlike Rush back in the day, certainly Campbell's diction could have been better. (And as someone who certainly has misspoken or mis-Tweeted before, it can happened to anyone.)

But in the end, I am so tired of faux racial arguments — they detract from real racial issues from all sides, in my opinion — that's tough for me to get supremely worked up on a ham-handed quid pro quo racial tug of war.

 

From Lunch bunch

OK, I've written before and we read your 5@10 every day at work.

This week the argument you started was about John Candy.

Since you are the arbitrator of the Rushmores, who makes the Rushmore of fat comedians and what four quotes are your favorite John Candy movie lines?

Thanks and keep up the great work.

LB

Gang, thanks for playing along and reading and feel free to join the comments if the mood strikes.

Anyhoo, heavyset/big-boned comedians? (Actually, Milton Berle would make the later category for sure but not the heavyset version. And if you have not heard the famous "Just enough to win" story about Ol' Uncle Milty, well, take a moment and Google away.)

Candy is there. Belushi is there (although). I love Farley, but if keeping Tommy Boy there means having to bump Dangerfield or Jackie Gleason, well, sorry Chris.

As for Candy quotes, well, my first thought was, "I can't believe how often I quote John Candy lines in real life." Seriously.

Heck from Uncle Buck alone, here are just a sampling of off-the-cuff quotes I use regularly:

> It's in the books;

> If the object of the game was to get the ball as close to the pins as possible with knocking any of the pins over, you'd be a world champ.

> What's your record for most consecutive questions asked?

> The entire scene, starting in the waiting room outside the principal's office, when Buck looks at the kid and says, "Let me warm her up for you" all the way to the "Here's a quarter, go downtown and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face." And let's never forget, "Buck Melanoma, Moley Russell's Wart."

> Who are your? I'm your Uncle Buck.  

> See you in the car.

> You got a game here, Pal.

> Hi honey, is the coffee ready and I have told you I loved you and it was not for tires. It was for shocks."

Know this, friends, if you get the chance to rewatch Uncle Buck, you'll be glad you did.

Now add in any other number of classics.

"Who wants an Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Three Orange Whips." — Blues Brothers
"I've got a slight weight problem. Yeah, yeah I do. Yeah, I do. I went to this doctor. Well, he told me I swallow a lot of aggression... along with a lot of pizzas! Ha Ha Ha! Pizzas!" — Stripes

"Six bucks and my right not says we're not landing in Chicago" — Planes, Trains and Automobiles  

"Larry Bird doesn't do as much ball-handling in one night as you do in an hour!" — P, T and A

"You're going the wrong way "How does he know where we're going He's drunk." — P, T and A

"Bear bear big bear big bear chase meeeeeeee" — Great Outdoors

"Sorry folks, park's closed. Moose out front should of told you." — Vacation

"Has your father ever killed anyone?" — Vacation

Which brings us to the Rushmores of the week. (And yes, I need to be more better about updating those each Friday. Side note: Man, by the time Friday gets here, my idea tank is about empty friends. Truly. So hang with me here.)

Rushmore of Nick: Saban, St. Nick, Nick of time, Nick Cage

Rushmore of Wells: Dawn Wells (Mary Ann), H.G. Wells (way better than Orson Wells), oil wells and Wishing Wells (both the song and the coin-collecting contraption). That's with all apologies to Press Row producer and all-around good dude Wells Guthrie, as well as (as well as has a beef too) David Wells, Mrs. Wells my high school freshman English teacher and "Well, well, well"

Rushmore of professional wrestling nicknames: Wow, this one was hard and we did not use pseudonyms. Like Hulk Hogan or Dusty Rhodes or Mr. Wrestling II or the JYD. Those were there names in the squared circle. The 8th Wonder of the World (Andre the Giant), The American Dream (Dusty Rhodes), George 'The Animal' Steele, and Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorf. With apologies to Tommy Wildfire Rich, Greg the Hammer Valentine and Ricky the Dragon Steamboat. Dang, where does Macho Man Randy Savage go and who does he bump? Sorry Animal, Macho Man needs a spot.

Rushmore of female leads in Rom-Coms: Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Katherine Heigl and Amy Adams.  



From Lennie

I have finally flipped on your picks and I cashed Baylor (Thursday).

You are right, picking losers — like you — is every bit as gold as picking winners.

Lennie

Congrats. I guess.



Here's a guest picker who has been clamoring for a chance. We'll call him Al.

Hi Jay, I'm here for my college football guest picker segment:

> App State minus 15 over Georgia Southern (Seems like too many points but I love a Thursday home team on TV. Big moment for ASU and they will shine, well except that the weather could be garbage.)

> Northwestern +11.5 over Indiana (I think IU has a let down after last week but still wins at home.)

> Florida +3.5 up to +6.5 over Georgia (Go Gators. Florida wins straight up in a defensive battle. UGA gets to Trask a few times and generates a turnover, but Florida wins the battle 28-16. Also we think Mullins>Smart.)

> North Carolina -2.5 over Virginia (Mack Brown wins at home in this one. Probably with a field goal at the end of regulation. The ACC minus Clemson is bad.)

> Auburn -19.5 over Ole Miss (Not surprised you left this game out of your picks. Jay, will you even watch this one? IMO Malzahn at home will pound the Rebels. He needs to fix this offense and I'm sure is tired of hearing how bad they are with that great defense.)

> bonus pick - Oregon -4 over USC (Are the Trojans tanking for Urban? I hate the though of Meyer back in football, but a lot of people think he will coach again.)

Good luck this weekend. And may there be MUCH entertainment.

If Al tops my Fab 4, he can return next week. We're each 0-1 after last night.

Which brings us to the NFL picks.

We're much, Much, MUCH better on those. (Yeah, flip on that Lennie.)

We''re 33-20-2 after a 3-2 week last week. That's entertaining friends.

So, since the Falcons are off (we have been riding the other side of that Titanic) let's review. In fact, we have to be done right now. Check back around noon.
Deal? Deal.
 

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