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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Even In Baseball, No Escape From Censorious Busybodies

For somebody like me, the Major League Baseball playoffs serve as a splendid diversion from the squalor of partisan politics. For serious fans, the drama of an October Red Sox-Yankees series provides the kind of emotional release others derive from a night at the symphony or a hike through a national park.
Escapist? You bet.
But they won’t let you escape, the nation’s influential cadre of humorless scolds. So it was that the New York Daily News delivered the following sports headline: “Ron Darling uses slur in reference to Masahiro Tanaka on TBS broadcast of Yankees/Red Sox Game 2.”

Here’s what happened: Masahiro Tanaka, the brilliant Yankees pitcher, was making Red Sox hitters look futile.

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The High Cost Of Pence’s NFL Walkout Stunt

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Last October, Vice President Mike Pence very pointedly walked out of an Indianapolis Colts football game to register his disgust with NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Pence’s action was met with widespread mocking and condemnation by people who saw the whole thing as a stunt.

As it turns out, it was a very expensive stunt.

As the Huffington Post reported on Saturday, the taxpayer tab for Pence’s walkout was in six figures:

Newly released documents from the Department of Homeland Security show more clearly that Pence’s early departure was a stunt — and not a cheap one at that.

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Don’t Buy Serena’s Self-Pitying Melodrama

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

Unless you’re a serious tennis fan, you probably don’t know that exactly one player was expelled from the 2017 U.S. Open: Fabio Fognini, for calling a chair umpire a “whore” and worse in Italian during a losing match. He was also fined $96,000 and threatened with banishment from Grand Slam events if he didn’t quit acting like a punk on the court.

Chastened and apologetic, Fognini returned to Flushing Meadows in 2018 as a No. 14 seed, where he was upset in the third round with no histrionics. Evidently, he’s learned to accept defeat.

So it’s simply not true, as Serena Williams asserted through tears after losing to brilliant, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka — also a “woman of color,” for those of you keeping score at home — that men are never punished for bad behavior in professional tennis.…

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