Sep 18

Double standards are wrong, regardless of race, creed or color

NY Knicks President and Coach Isiah Thomas advanced the ongoing devolution of American society Isiah
yesterday by testifying that the use of the ‘B’ word is less offensive when uttered by a Black, rather than White, male.

Thomas, who by all ‘insider’ accounts, is a truly bad guy, is accused of sexual and workplace harassment by former MSG senior marketing executive, Anucha Browne Sanders. In her testimony, Ms. Browne said Thomas repeatedly referred to her as a *itch.

Thomas shrugged it off, saying the derogatory term is less offensive when used by a Black man towards a Black woman. Oh, puh-leese. That same warped logic has been used to defend Gangsta rap lyrics and other horrific examples of deportment.

Wrong is wrong. Isiah Thomas is wrong. The Gangsta rappers are wrong. And, our society’s leaders are wrong to let these double standards pass unchecked.

The real losers are the kids who, having fewer and fewer role models, will choose their own definition of right and wrong. And, that too, is wrong.

Sep 11

The 12th man should be cut

NFL teams like to think the home field crowd makes a big difference in determining a game’s outcome. InJets_3
fact, some teams refer to the value-add a raucous crowd provides as being the equivalent of a ’12th man’ on the squad.

The Jets are no exception. Except that their stadium fans are god-awful, and quick to pounce on mistakes by ‘Gang Green.’ Case in point: on Sunday the entire stadium booed as injured Jets Quarterback Chad Pennington hobbled off the field (this despite a 16-21 performance with two touchdown passes). They also mercilessly heckled a halftime entertainment show that included fellow fans randomly selected to attempt field goal kicks. After one particularly gruesome attempt, thousands of fans began chanting, ‘You suck.’

The Jets are a weak team with lots of needs. One thing they don’t need, however, is a disloyal stadium crowd. It’s time to ‘boot’ the long-term season ticket holders and bring in actual supporters. The Jets need to cut their 12th man.

Thanks to Repman, Jr. for the idea.

Aug 28

Christ should charge a commission

Jesus Christ should receive a commission from all the celebs and sports figures who have invoked HisChrist
name, asked His forgiveness and/or turned their lives over to Him.

Michael Vick is just the latest fallen superstar to have miraculously ‘found’ Christ amidst the rubble of rack and ruin.

Sadly, Christ has become part of a formulaic crisis response plan being implemented by the PR firms and publicists of Messrs. Vick, Gibson and others.

Rather than placing himself in the hands of the Lord, though, Vick would be better served by donating a significant sum of money to animal rights.

Hiding behind the Good Shepherd’s robe may be smart image counseling, but it’s been tried one too many times in recent years to ring true.

As the bible says, ‘The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.’ In Vick’s case, the lord, in the person of NFL Commissioner Goodell, has clearly taketh away and, all the contrition in the world won’t get it back anytime soon for Brother Vick."

Vick also told courthouse gatherers that his dog-fighting dilettantism was "immature," and he has some growing up to do. Indeed. Part of growing up is learning to say "sorry," but that’s a word you won’t often find in defense lawyers’ vocab list. On the other hand, as the Christlike Vick must surely know, the bible mentions contrition in a few thousand places.

Aug 27

Vick case has ‘Sharpton opportunity’ written all over it

About 100 people turned out at Michael Vick’s Richmond, Va., hearing this morning to support the NFLVick_2
superstar and self-admitted dogfighting thug, Michael Vick.

It’s sad to see a hard-core following continue to support a bad, bad guy who confessed to animal abuse, torture and murder. Not to mention illegal gambling and, possibly, drug trafficking.

And, what’s with the race card angle? Is the Vick saga merely an updated OJ Simpson deal where a predominantly black jury decided to ‘stick it to the man?’ Are there really societal elements who believe in Mike Vick, regardless of his transgressions? And, if there is, might the Rev. Al Sharpton be waiting in the wings to capitalize on the opportunity?

It seems to me the lines between what used to be ‘right’ and what used to be ‘wrong’ are blurring rapidly.

Michael Vick pled guilty today and will be sentenced on December 10th. In the interim, watch his supporters launch one subterfuge after another to muddy the facts and to, some how, some way, position Vick as the victim of a racist society. One can only hope the judge doesn’t cave to the pressure.

If those poor dogs could testify, Vick’s fans just might change their minds (and, perhaps, see Vick for the criminal he is).

Aug 07

Contrarian points of view can be cool. Except when they’re wrong

I received an unsolicited e-mail the other day from TSE Sports and Entertainment proclaiming that not807_image_3
only will animosity towards Barry Bonds dissipate over time but, get this, he will actually
be ‘celebrated’ by future marketers.

The TSE folks who ‘….work to lock (yes, lock) athlete and celebrity talent for endorsement and appearances,’ must be injecting and applying some banned substances themselves if they actually believe Bonds’ image can be resuscitated.

TSE President Robert Tuchman predicts: ‘As we move further away from his playing career and the issues at hand he (Bonds) will find himself with a wealth of opportunities to change his image.’ Yeah, right.

There is no way any sane marketer would touch ‘Barroid’ now or in the future. The guy is pure poison and has become the poster child for everything that’s gone wrong in professional sports: drug use, selfish play and boorish behavior, to name just a few.

Bonds is a bad man. Why would any future marketer want his or her brand associated with such a destructive personality?

If Tuchman believes that time heals all wounds and American consumers will one day want to purchase an item because Barry Bonds is shilling for the manufacturer, he’s borderline delusional.

Nor does he know his sports marketing history. Before he proclaims Barroid’s future marketability, Mr. Tuchman might want to check with Pete Rose and OJ Simpson. Unless I’ve missed something, quite a few years have passed since their transgressions and both remain totally untouchable from a marketing standpoint.

Jul 19

NFL needs to tackle the perps

The National Football League is guilty of multiple penalties for ignoring the long-term damage of concussions and overlooking the egregious behavior of star player Michael Vick.

The concussion saga is a sad one. It’s a story of denial as more and more allegations by former players Nm_vick_070717_ms_2 are added to autopsy findings and fresh research showing the cumulative damage caused by multiple concussions.

What is also coming to light is a longstanding tradition within the NFL in which players are expected to ‘shake-off’ the effects of a ‘dinger’ and return to the playing field ASAP. Many players say they have total memory losses of those games (and worse). In fact, more and more ex-players are reporting severe depression, a potpourri of physical disabilities and, in some, cases, are actually committing suicide. Yet, the NFL seems as slow to react as William ‘the refrigerator’ Perry once was to run across the goal line.

At the same time, NFL superstar Vick has finally been indicted for training pit bulls to fight in illegal gambling exhibitions at his palatial estate.

This sort of cruelty defies description. Yet, until a grand jury acted, Vick was footloose and fancy free to go about his pre-season duties as the star quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons.

There’s something rotten in virtually every segment of society: sports, business, government, entertainment and religion. What it all comes down to is a profound lack of accountability and the rise of a class of individuals who, like Michael Vick, believe the laws of society simply don’t apply to them. It’s time for the NFL and others to start making the perps pay.

Thanks to Repman Jr. for the idea.