Indiana governor Mike Pence – he’s the one with all the arrows sticking out of his carcass -- is defending the religious freedom through gay discrimination law he signed while claiming he can tweak the law to make it seem less potentially hateful.
But now that NASCAR has joined the NBA, WNBA, NFL AND NCAA in decrying said law, all the way down to the UConn coaching staff canceling its Final Four trip and USC athletic director Pat Haden refusing to attend the college football playoff committee meeting in Indianapolis this weekend in honor of his gay son, we now see how politically disastrous this has been for him (and yes, we are considering the ethical, moral and human decency violations in this law to be implied and therefore not worth expanding upon).
These forces are powerful enough to dent the wallets of many of the powerful in Indiana, but those forces would not aligned had it not been for those who fought for gay equality under the law in all the other states in the union. Sports tends to follow rather than lead, so while they should take their proper level of credit for jamming their fingers in Pence’s eye, they should always remember that they had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century too.
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And because politics is always a fun way to spend some time when you don’t have the energy to contemplate suicide, Gavin Newsom, whose time as mayor of San Francisco and now California lieutenant governor has been marked by proof that some hair has its own zip code, told Matt Steinmetz and Sal Castaneda in their Tuesday morning podcast that in his expert opinion, the Warriors’ arena 2.0 is more a coin flip than a dead cert for a 2018 launch.
That may well be, because you know how construction works, but then he fell into the old San Francisco-hates-everything stereotype to explain his logic, so we probably will have to hurt him on it a bit.
The question was, “If building on Piers 30/32 was a 10 in terms of difficulty, what number would you give the Mission Bay project?” And his response was, “I think a five, this is half. Nothing is easy because it takes a couple of people to scare the bejeezus out of folks and get a petition out there. There are folks who are professional naysayers. You know the names. They’re branded names in San Francisco, who have literally made a career out of being opposed to everybody else. That’s why there will be no statues built for these folks because at the end of the day, they’re asterisks. They hate other people. There’s a hatred. Now, there are also good people that are opposed to things that will have statues built. But there’s sort of a professional class in San Francisco that exists and whatever the mayor’s office is against or for, they tend to be the opposite.”
One, some of those naysayers provided perfectly good reasons why the 30/32 site wouldn’t be good for the city. Two, very few of them actually hate other people (though I can’t vouch for how they might feel about Newsom). And three, it is always good politics to re-antagonize people for no good reason, even if you don’t have to deal with them on a daily basis any more.
In other words, I hope that little bit of nostalgic venting felt good to Newsom, but I’ll bet Joe Lacob, who has seemingly learned his lesson about leading with his tongue, would like to remind him that he has to live with these people for the next 20 to 30 years while kicking him amidships with a steel-capped boot a few times.
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So based on his national televised pro day, Jameis Winston is fat now? Just think of it as one more reason to hate the National Football League.
Or maybe he’s just been stress-eating after this news from Yahoo’s Charles Robinson, who tweeted:
“Jameis Winston's QB guru, @georgewhitfield, said he was told that Jameis was secretly shadowed by an NFL team on one of his combine flights”
Apparently a rep from an NFL team told @georgewhitfield that Jameis Winston had been watched on the flight by another NFL team. Interesting.”
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Andre Deveaux, the former Toronto Maple Leafs who slashed an opponent in the Swedish League and was ejected from a game and then fired by his team, has now been arrested for the same nitwit-powered incident. In Sweden, you see, boys may be boys, but they don’t get to be boys from a riot.
Of course, not being fully conversant with the Swedish sporting mindset, we don’t know what the reaction would have been if Deveaux were a superb, highly-paid fan favorite, because every nation has its own talent-tolerance scale. But if there is a case to be made about felony stupid, I’m relatively sure this one won’t have to get to the jury.
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Quinn Buckner doesn’t get it . . . or maybe he does. As a member of the last men’s college basketball team to have a perfect record, he should be resenting the hell out of Kentucky, but noooooo.
“These are young people who have a terrific opportunity to do something great,” Buckner, a member of the 1976 unbeaten Indiana team and now a TV analyst with the Indiana Pacers, told Associated Press. “I think for me and my teammates, it's hard to pull against young people.”
Actually, I think he’ll find that for most people his age, it comes all too easily. If he needs guidance on this, he should call 1-800-BitterOld74Dolphins.
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Coming with the requisite April Fool’s Day warning, this, from the required writers from Who Ate All The Pies.
“AC Milan have announced a brand new partnership deal with Hello Kitty.”
“According to a statement on the official Milan site, Milan have buddied up with Sanrio, the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty, with the intention of creating an ‘exclusive co-branding project.’”
Oh God, oh God.
“Together, the two parties will create a new collection which will be launched mid-April at the San Siro.
“Hello Kitty will also be pitch-side for the occasion!”
Never mind. I no longer think there is a God.
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And finally, the Kane County Cougars, the Arizona Diamondbacks Single-A affiliate, is now the defendant/leader in the pending class action suit from the nation’s aortae with the “Heart Attack Burger.”
In this deathwagon catering stunt, a half-pound beef patty is topped with grilled onions, a fried egg, slice of melted cheddar cheese, chipotle bacon mayo, two strips of bacon with a pair of grilled cheese sandwiches serving as its bun.
Yeah, a vigilant and merciful God would never let this happen.