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Tuned Out Until Spring

Nice piece by John Calvin in this a.m.’s TAS cataloguing many of the ways in which sports entities in America have become left-wing pressure groups. Every stout-hearted Americano should read this one before tuning in the NFL, the NBA, or any college sport.

I’ve tuned out every sport except baseball. The infection doesn’t seem to have spread to the Grand Old Game, though the baseball commish seems to want to annoy the Cleveland Indians about Chief Wahoo (a more inoffensive little guy than whom you could hardly find). A minor irritation compared to the gross political offenses in the other sports. I hope the problem doesn’t metastasize into baseball, as that sport is in my DNA.

I find football and basketball entertaining, though not essential as baseball is. I’m happy to report that I’ve developed no withdrawal symptoms in skipping them. (And I’ve gained a lot of reading time.) I know many TAS readers love these sports and it would be difficult to do without them. Especially for those who have an emotional connection to a college team. But not tuning in is the only way to strike back at these villains. If enough people tune the games out it will hit the offenders in the pocketbook. Advertisers won’t pay for smaller viewing audiences. And it’s advertisers who pay those preposterous salaries for players, coaches, and sports executives. At a certain point perhaps they would realize that trying to be America’s political hall monitor has costs and they would go back to just putting on ball games, which is their legitimate mission. (If Adam Silver were faced with the prospect of having to get a real job, he might just go into the ladies’ room for a good cry.)

But perhaps not. Lefties continue to demonstrate almost daily how butt-headed they can be about getting their way. They remind me of nothing more than the four year-old holding his breath until grownups do what he wants. It’s past time that grownups start controlling events.

I know I’m asking a lot. But American patriots have always answered the call when their country needed them.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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