DG_Now

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29 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

Related to this discussion, I don't think Bob McNair thinks all black people are prisoners, and I believe that he was just using a handy cliche.

 

But, he has to do better. It's not just enough that rich old white dudes get to have power and money. That they're also expected to think just a little before they speak isn't asking too much.

Bob McNair isn't getting a Christmas card from the Houston chapters of the NAACP or La Raza this December.

 

You know a few owners, like the Jerrys (Jones and Richardson) and Martha Firestone Ford, are glad he took one for the cause. Someone likely told Jed York to stfu too.

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It is. Wonder what made him change that last word. It's a stumper!

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11 minutes ago, Still MIGHTY said:

 

 

 

No tweet better describes modern America, honestly.

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8 hours ago, the admiral said:

Isn't the phrase usually "inmates running the asylum"?

And Doug Gottlieb wanted folks to know that before his comments regarding DeAndre Hopkins. I won't cross post the same words, but I could for a post in the NFL thread.

 

http://thebiglead.com/2017/10/27/doug-gottlieb-deandre-hopkins-isnt-smart-enough-to-get-nuance-of-bob-mcnair-quote-audio/

 

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“DeAndre Hopkins obviously — I’m just gonna be blunt — he’s not smart enough to understand the nuance of what he’s saying.”

 

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Today's top story: women in sports tricked into DMing nudes to what was very obviously just three kids stacked on top of each other under a trenchcoat

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3 minutes ago, goalieboy82 said:

 

What do you expect from 'schlock jock' types?  This is what's come of local sports radio: There's a race to be the worst of the worst.

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19 hours ago, the admiral said:

Today's top story: women in sports tricked into DMing nudes to what was very obviously just three kids stacked on top of each other under a trenchcoat

 

I'm usually more up on my sports medias than anybody should be.... but...

 

...huh?

 

EDIT: Are you talking about this Ryan/Becca Shultz married man/teenage girl baseball blogger thing?

 

You take the strangest angles on things.

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Yes I am, particularly the part where people talked to her on the phone or had her on a podcast and could not recognize the voice of a teenage girl. Wild stuff.

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On 11/10/2017 at 11:05 AM, the admiral said:

Yes I am, particularly the part where people talked to her on the phone or had her on a podcast and could not recognize the voice of a teenage girl. Wild stuff.

I've got a coworker who still sounds like a woman, on the phone, in his 30's. Heck, my own voice didn't drop down into its current baritone register until I was 25. The article said they noticed the pitch.

 

Is all this seriously your takeaway from the story? This article tells a story that is a dark reflection of the rampant gender issues in sports media. This is the kind of case that winds up being discussed in academia. 

 

Either you get the gravity of this, and still played it for a cringe-worthy joke (in which case I'd be wasting my time), or it's not occured to you, and this is a discussion worth having.

 

As an aside, before a mod steps in, I'm not trying to start anything. @the admiral and I have gotten into it before, but this isn't intended as a continuation of that. There's a lot in this story that I think is worth discussing, if we can all behave like adults.

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Yeah, I played it for a joke because it's funny. It's also sad and fascinating, but on some level, adults getting embarrassed on the internet by a teenage girl -- and not just a teenage boy, the likes of whom have been creating internet mischief for decades, but a girl -- is funny. I don't think it's the sad indictment of sports blogging that some people want it to be; women have been writing well about baseball in print and online for years. Maybe it's been a tougher road to hoe, but creating an alter-ego with a failing marriage and an abusive/self-harming edge used to manipulate women into sending nude pictures has nothing to do with beating the odds to write about baseball. That's extra, that's just being a sociopath on the internet, which people have been doing long before the proliferation of low-paying sports blogs.

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I don't think it's haha funny, more strange or off.

 

I have a good friend who does some street level blogging for her local football team. She had relatively little success and found her opinions being criticized regularly by men. When she started doing hockey, she started going by a short version of her middle name (ala Max, Sam, Cal, etc.). She said it was amazing how little resistance she felt with the new name. She thinks a little bit of it might have to do with the sport, but there are some of the same people who were hard on her football writing, who are totally in agreement with a lot of her hockey writing (she has a common enough last name that she could pull this off).

 

She's not even trying to pass herself off as a man, she's just leaving that fact ambiguous.

 

This isn't the first case where simply presenting the same arguments as a man greases the road; far from it. Take, for example, the founders of Witchsy, an online art marketplace, or the numerous social experiments where male and female coworkers exchanged signature blocks for a week.

 

I get a 13 year old girl feeling the need to pose as a man to get her takes viewed seriously. Doing so in an age where people do it through twitter, where folks try to have actual interactions with people they follow, is where it went awry.

 

She should have just taken the stance that she preferred to not divulge too much information. She didn't, however, and got caught up in how she believed a typical college 'bro' would behave. The thing is that it worked. Maybe her fabrication wasn't quite the everyman she thought it would be, but people are so used to seeing this type of belligerent behavior from guys on social media that it isn't what tipped anyone off.

 

It was never the male persona that got her exposed, it was that it was so believable that fellow writers felt the need to try to reach out to the fake wife, for support.

 

Does it excuse her from the sociopathic way she treated people? Absolutely not, and I'm not even meaning to hint such. I do, however, see this as a social commentary on gender issues in sports.

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