Caught up in all of the hoopla over New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin was the race (heh heh. Get it?) to see which major news website would make some stupid headline based on Lin’s Asian background. If you had ESPN in your office pool, you won.
Late last night ESPN’s wisecracking writers needed to find a way to sum up Lin’s nine turnovers in the Knicks’ 89-85 loss to the awful New Orleans Hornets. Well sure enough they picked the worst possible racial slur to use.
I’m sorry, but this is intentional. The whole mystique of Jeremy Lin being good at basketball and Asian seems to be throwing these journalists off. Just the fact that this headline didn’t go through any checks and balances and was actually published should result in a firing. “Chink in the Armor” is a fairly common phrase, but the slur “Chink” is one of the worst racial slurs for people of Chinese descent. The headline couldn’t have possibly been a remark about a potential flaw in Lin’s game. It reeks of pure ignorance and insensitivity if you ask me.
ESPN apologized for this “gaffe” and removed the title earlier this morning, but it’s a fairly empty apology when you think about it.
If it’s not Jason Whitlock making “Asian men have tiny penises” joke, it’s ESPN trying to write a clever headline and turning it into a racist statement. This is the kind of thing that comes when a player of a certain race/ethnic background comes into a sport where their race/ethnicity does not traditionally perform well, and then proceeds to play impressively. Tiger Woods being a golfing star in a predominantly white sport to this day still brings out racist remarks from people like his ex-caddie Steve Williams. And golf is probably the most exclusionary sport on the planet. Black hockey player Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers had a banana thrown his way in a preseason hockey game in Ontario last October in the middle of a penalty shootout. Lin is an Asian-American playing guard –as opposed to many other Asian basketball players who have played center — in a sport now dominated by black players, and is performing beyond anyone’s expectations for an undrafted player out of Harvard. It seems to be stupefying to people because they have a preset stereotype that Asians aren’t good at basketball.
It’s not a shock that this kind of issue is now being discussed because chances are most Americans seem to skirt around talking about the racial issues we still have today. No, it didn’t go away just because we elected Barack Obama as President. This is still an ongoing problem and needs to be addressed as such. And it applies to every race from black to white to Asian to purple people eaters.
The media needs to lay off of Jeremy Lin for just one second. They act so childishly and that’s exactly why you can’t even blur the line from what bloggers write compared to credentialed, supposedly qualified journalists. Drop these dumbass “Linsanity” puns and actually write something interesting about him for once. Let his impressive play in a revived career speak for itself instead of trying to force-feed lame jokes and cheap puns and pass it off as reporting.
Between Tebowmania and Linsanity I think it’s evident to me that American mainstream media is just too incompetent to actually report. These last few months are exactly why the average person looks towards blogs and other outlets for their news and sports information. The media is not good at their job and they’ve shown zero signs of improvement.
The NFL released its Pro Bowl roster (EARL THOMAS, BABY!!!!) and it was loaded with Patriots, Bears, 49ers, Packers, Saints, and Broncos. There were some questionable snubs, including league-leading tackler London Fletcher once again not making it to Hawai’i. ESPN in its infinite wisdom put out a SportsNation poll asking which player was snubbed from the AFC Pro Bowl roster. There’s just something wrong with one of the options…
Yep, Matthew Stafford of the playoff-bound Detroit Lions was widely considered to be a Pro Bowl snub on the AFC roster. Well when you play in the NFC North, then it’s not really a big shock that he didn’t make it on the AFC’s list of eligible players. Awesome research, ESPN. And of course, Stafford is on the exact same poll for the NFC so maybe someone at ESPN was really pissed that he didn’t make it ahead of Eli Manning.
UPDATE: Well ESPN fixed the mistake and Stafford is not in the poll. It’s too bad those incompetent dumbasses cannot figure out which position Houston Texans LB Connor Barwin plays.
Yeah of course linebacker is the same as offensive lineman. Inexcusable mistakes.
You’ve probably already heard that Hank Williams Jr. isn’t going to be doing Monday Night Football songs anymore. He went on FOX News earlier in the week and the world was stunned to find out that this life-long Republican was not exactly too fond of Barack Obama. Between making some weird analogy about Obama playing golf with John Boehner being like “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu”, and the statement that the current administration was “the enemy”, ESPN pulled him for good. Williams says he pretty much quit.
I completely disagree with Hank’s remarks, but I don’t agree with ESPN’s decision to yank him forever. Jemele Hill has a laundry list of controversial comments in…..I guess you could say “articles”, yet she’s only received suspensions. Heck, she ALSO made a Hitler comparison a couple of years back and never got punished. I guess you can’t expect ESPN to think things through, that’s how they lost Bruce Feldman.
Enough. This video is from 1989 and it is Hank’s original theme song for ABC’s Monday Night Football. It’s three-minutes long and was so popular that it’s been a staple of American sports viewing for over two decades. I’ll certainly miss this because I fully expect ESPN to do some stupid crap to make Faith Hill’s Sunday Night Football theme song seem like a contender for a Grammy award.
We’ll miss ya, Hank. Monday Night Football continues to be stripped of its original form. Have you looked at their schedule? Who’s up for Chargers @ Jaguars or Rams @ Seahawks? Thrilling.
If there’s ever a copy-and-paste title, it’s this one. Tomorrow night is Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA coaching debut as the men’s side battles Mexico in a friendly at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. ESPN is providing English-language coverage and have decided this is akin to a World Cup qualifier. I know it’s a rivalry and all, but what they’ve done is a little too much.
North Texas choked away a 7 point lead against Arkansas Little-Rock in the final two minutes of the Sun Belt Conference Championship, but that has to take a back seat to ESPN’s Rob Stone. If you ever wondered what his high school sex life was like (and if you did, you’re loony), here’s your answer.
“There’s a phrase for Arkansas Little-Rock, that applies to my prom dates: Not pretty, but effective.”
I have no words for this.
Also from tonight’s bizarre broadcast, a disturbing photo of a North Texas player’s bodybuilder grandmother.
I should just go to bed right now (and it’s only 6:45). That entire production was haunting.
Alexi Lalas: “I’m going to say it, MLS could and should win.”
Final Score: Manchester United 5 MLS All-Stars XI 2
This is the same man who thought Spain/Holland would be an entertaining affair and end 3-2 to the Dutch. But going back to the original comment Lalas pretty much thought that the MLS All-Stars would beat Manchester United’s 2nd team today. By the 23rd….second of the game Federico Macheda stole a lazy pass and scored and Man Utd never looked back. Lalas takes way too much stock in MLS even in friendlies and needs to be fired.
Lalas is tame compared to John Harkes, who makes my ears bleed.
“[Sir Alex Said] I want to walk away with as many minimum injuries as possible”
He also made a comment about Fabio Da Silva cramping up because it was hot in Houston. Sure let’s ignore the fact that the game was played indoors with air conditioning in the late evening….
He’s getting dangerously close to the “Worse than Marcelo Balboa” level because he can’t string a proper sentence together and adds nothing as analyst. All he needs to do is contradict himself at least 3 times a game and he’ll officially be worse than Balboa.
I praised ESPN a lot during the World Cup, but when you look at their coverage for everything else soccer-related it’s still awful. Please find some new talent and get Harkes and Lalas out ASAP.
EDIT: It’s been confirmed by a few that Harkes on multiple occasions called Danny Welbeck “Wellman”. This is not nitpicking, people. He’s absolutely atrocious in the booth.