Poly-Ticks: Another Sports Figure Dumps on Military, Country


This cartoon’s from an entertaining 2013 column at Philly.com — home of Michael Vick inter alia.

Some of the players of the National Football League, when they’re not getting paid vast sums for entertaining people with a ball game, have been letting their maturity show in a variety of protests against the United States, Police, etc. This is kind of unwise for a group of people of whom about a million hits come up for the search phrase, “NFL player arrested,” the latest of whom, on a gun charge, was busted yesterday on 2 or 3 October. (But hey, cut that Philadelphia Eagle some slack. This one wasn’t for a violent crime, like his last arrest three months ago).  Indeed, the NFL is such a hive of scum and villainy that there are at least, count ’em, one, twothree webpages that do nothing but track NFL busts for the public. The NFL even has a guy, a fixer, whose whole function is to spring arrested NFL thugs before they get into the news. (We recall the New York Times article, but can’t find it). Wait, they have two of ’em.


But, hey, some backup quarterback for some also-ran team wants to make his, and the league’s, loathing for the country and the police into a news story. Maybe he wants a job on ESPN after his team releases him. It’s a free country.

Meanwhile, the NBA, which takes a close second to the NFL for arrested thug players, wants its own protest.

Inmate rec time.Enter a rookie at the New York Knicks, a team which has conducted pre-season training at the facilities of the US Military Academy at West Point. This leads to a dinner invitation that usually becomes a mutual admiration society between the cadets and the ball-players. But that was far too militaristic for this round-ball greenhorn:

The Knicks, who are training at West Point in preparation for the upcoming season, were invited to a team dinner with a retired Colonel and with West Point Cadets. [Joakim] Noah’s rationale for not participating in the team event is best explained by Noah himself, “It’s hard for me a little bit — I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world. I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America. I don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”

Gee. A stupid basketball player. Like that never happened before.

On the publicity his skipping the team dinner generated he stated, “It’s not my way of saying anything — I was not comfortable.” To Noah’s discredit he either doesn’t understand or chooses not to accept basic facts about life on planet Earth.

That’s from a pretty devastating essay by John Calvin (hmmm. Not the John Calvin, obviously. A pseudonym?) at the American Spectator. Calvin calls Noah infantile, a word that probably applies to his protest role-model, second- or third-string San Francisco football quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as well. Calvin:

Noah’s mentality is …. If only we didn’t have a military the world would be nice to us and we wouldn’t need a military. If we banned guns bad guys wouldn’t have them. If we raise the minimum wage dramatically it won’t impact employment. If we redistribute wealth it won’t dampen creativity, innovation, or hard work. If we let in all the Syrian refugees, they will all be so grateful none of them will become terrorists or insist on Sharia law.

Someone else recently called it ,”Lennonism.” (He may have been inspired by this guy’s use of the term back in March). It fits. You can almost hear this ball-tossing tosser warbling “Imagine all the peo-ple… sharing all the world, yoo-hoo.”

Good luck with that, kid.

To be a modern liberal is to be perpetually immature, which in itself is an annoying enough personality trait, but liberals are usually not content to just be immature, often pairing this with a certain condescending smugness, totally oblivious that their deep thoughts and well held philosophies are sophomoric and stupid when considered rationally.

We’re not huge fans of Academy graduates, having found that they’re either very good or very not good — none of them, thank a merciful God, is mediocre. But the meanest of them — and yeah, we have a specific individual in mind, a moral and physical coward — the very least of them has made a commitment over and above anything likely to come from some jerk who is celebrated for his mastery of a ball. Calvin gets that:

Every year about 15,000 young men and women apply to West Point. These applicants have many options to choose from, but unlike Joakim Noah they have thought seriously about the world we live in and have decided to dedicate a portion of it, at least, to serving our country. Of these 15,000 applicants, only 1,000 or so will be accepted to join that long grey line. Upon getting commissioned as officers, the West Point graduates will take an oath in which they pledge to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. A far cry from dedicating themselves to running around the world killing kids, as Joakim Noah believes.

Now, Joakim Noah is not going to make us boycott the NBA. We were already not watching the second most boring game on television (behind tennis, and ahead of golf and soccer). That what passes for the intellectual side of the NBA is so thoroughly shallow and empty is hardly a surprise.

Who’s got Joakim Noah and the Knicks in the Fantasy NBA Arrest League for this season? In that sport, we could actually play NBA teams against NFL teams. And the scoring would be more interesting!


While nobody’s boycotting the NBA yet, are they boycotting the NFL? Not us. We were already not-watching! But the numbers suggest that 10-20% of last year’s NFL watchers are sitting this year out, and up to a third of NFL watchers told Rasmussen that the league’s anti-American and anti-police ethos is their reason. (Details here; follow the links if this interests you. He also blames Thursday games for fan — and player — discontent).


14 thoughts on “Poly-Ticks: Another Sports Figure Dumps on Military, Country

  1. loren

    I, unfortunately went to school in 68 in Boulder right at the start of all things stupid when it came to university students and their supporters. I was quite an experience for a small town guy.
    Your NBA friend is nothing new, and still unwelcome.

  2. Winston Smith

    I keep seeing sportswriters/commentators saying that the NFL tv #s are down but it ISNT because of the anti-American antics of the lowlifes in the NFL. And I keep hollering at my tv that _I_ and everyone I pretty much know have quit watching any NFL except our home state team.
    Keep it up folks; they’ll get a stronger clue as rating continue to sink.

  3. Jim Scrummy

    For me it’s tough to boycott the NBA, since I never watch it. In regards to the NFL, I’ve only watched about 3 quarters in total. I have better things to do on my Fall Sundays right now. I may or may not pick it up when the weather gets colder.

  4. Bert

    I have to admit that in my 5 decades +, I have NEVER watched a pro sports game of any type all the way theough on TV. I have seen exactly 1 pro baseball game in a stadium, as my (then) wife wished to do so. Never saw a good reason to waste that time on watching SOMEONE ELSE play on a screen, when the real world with real possibilities for me was right outside my door?

    My childhood friends and their parents would blow a perfectly beautiful evening or morning in front of the tube, jumping up and down and yelling about whatever was going on/had gone on the day before. Did not then, still do not understand… Sure, let’s go out in the yard and play ball, I liked playing sandlot baseball/hockey, we did that plenty. But watching someone else do it? AFTER YOU ALREADY KNEW THE OUTCOME FROM THE DAY BEFORE, FROM THE NEWS?! WTF.

    The whole marketing hype, TV games and celebrity player worship thing is so foreign to how I think and feel that it just slides by in the background of my mind, it’s like listening to strangers speaking a foreign language you don’t know. I just go do something real, with my own hands- Or read something of interest to me, while others stare at the screen and follow this weird media facilitated fetishism with pro sports.

    Hey, if you like it, I approve though. Please, do not follow my practices, keep watching sports on TV. Peak viewer hours during (allegedly crucial, millenia shapeing) games are my favorite times to enjoy an interesting public area with no crowd interference.

    1. John Distai

      I’m the same. Professional sports and sports watchers have always puzzled me.

      Football, in my opinion, is “false nationalism”. “I have to watch ‘my’ team!!” Your team? Do you own it? (No). Do you get a cut? (No). You pay taxes for it, sucker, so some rich dude can get loads of dough out of it at your expense. Threaten to veto the bond for HIS new stadium, and he’ll move HIS team somewhere else. So much for HIS loyalty to a city and ‘your’ team. See also, the “We won!” and “They lost.” phenomena.

      Sports talk radio is even more laughable. A host, unrelated to any team, bloviates about the coaches and players strategies and injuries. Armchair generals, unaffiliated with the industry, call and listen like their lives depend on the games. It’s incredibly ridiculous, in my opinion.

      If only people paid as much attention their freedom as they did sports…

      1. Hognose Post author

        Most sportscasters seem to be “jock sniffers.” They try to be cool by proxy and drop names of athletes, and they’re monstrously critical of everybody playing a sport that they can only “play” with thumbs on a Nintendo controller. Kind of like the Airsoft guys who occasionally come tiptoeing into one of the handful of real-deal SOF guys’ forums online, and are usually banned and binned in a week for pontificating to an audience of real-world widowmakers how it’s done in Walter Mitty’s Call of Violent Duty, PS3 version.

      2. usexpat

        The Packers are owned by the people of Green Bay, but I see your point.
        Mostly the NFL suffers from what Americans do best, take everything to the extremes. Extreme gear, player size and most of all commercials. It’s a game of commercials interrupted by some armored West Africans colliding with each other.
        Once I got used to it, Australian football is a hell of a lot more fun to watch. The best moments of my life were watching my son play Ozzy rules football in school.

  5. JoshO

    I never really watch sports so I decided to boycott Budweiser since it was the only one of their sponsors I ever really did any business with. Too bad I’m not still 24 or they might actually notice half the beer in the county still on the shelves….

  6. Wysiwyg Mtwzzyzx

    For those of you who would like to be able to be a fan of a sport without all this sillyness, I offer Hockey. A few examples- When Kaepernick started his shenanigans, the World Cup of Hockey was about to start. The Coach of Team USA- John Tortorella- was asked about this. His response? “If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.” Clear and correct. Stand for the anthem or sit for the game- I mean, it’s team USA for crissakes. May have been influenced by the fact that Coach John Tortorella’s son, Dominick, is currently serving with the 75th Ranger Battalion.

    Take a look also at the mask Goalie Jonathan Quick wore to the World Cup as the Team USA #1 goaltender-
    Yeah, there it is- a big ol’ ‘De Oppresso Liber’ logo, and it promotes the Special Forces Charitable Trust.

    Unlike the NFL, the NHL allowed the Dallas Stars to wear decals on opening night honoring by name the five officers killed last July, and had family members of two of the fallen on hand for the ceremonial puck drop.

    The minor league clubs are often even more blatantly patriotic- The Bakersfield Condors in particular. They’ve had some of the coolest jerseys in recent years including perhaps the awesomest jersey in sports history- honoring the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
    If you google Bakersfield Condors Patriotic Jersey you’ll see some other pretty good ones, including one inspired by the Revolutionary War, a 9/11 Memorial, USMC 240th Bday, and so on.

    Also, instead of rolling around when injured, hockey players try to persuade the staff and coach they aren’t really hurt so they can keep playing, and they still allow fighting which keeps the jackasses in line for the most part.

    Just some examples of the kind of culture the hockey world has.

    1. Alan Ward

      How true, you don’t ever see NFL or NBA players get stitched up on the bench as NHL players often have been.

    2. Winston Smith

      Gods own truth re Hockey. I still get chills watching the 91 All Star Game anthem when the troops were 1st in Iraq. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvpxVE_kQXg (historic note: the anthem singer, Wayne Mesmer was shot in the throat in 94 by one of chicongo’s diversity crowd).

      And don’t forget Cup winning goalie Tim Thomas refusing to go to the white house because of the libtard that was president at the time. He’s my fav goalie forever.

    3. John Distai

      Professional cycling, while seemingly boring, can be pretty interesting to watch once you know what to look for. It’s chess on bikes. It doesn’t have the patriotism scandals, or the minstrel shows when a guy scores a point. It does have more than its share of doping scandals, and sometimes there’s some head butting and shoulder checking. Regardless, those guys still have some honor and etiquette, and are some of the toughest guys on the planet. What other sport exposes you to the unpredictable variables of a non-controlled environment, and requires each participant to finish each stage regardless of circumstances?

      I can’t imagine that any of the underarmored West Africans would be able to continue after getting hit by a car, and thrown head over heels into a barbed wire fence. (See Johnny Hoogerland, 2011 Tour de France). Instead, they’d lie there motionless, the action would stop, and all the cameras would all pan down on the field. The announcers, in their best ‘death in the family’ voice would comment “This is a truly tragic…a devastating loss for the team. Kenshequa got into this sport with dreams of buying his grandmother a house and a new Cadillac. Now this injury puts all those dreams, his future, and the team’s season in question. How will the Gladiator’s recover from this devastating loss?”

      Professional cyclists would all continue riding, working hard to beat the time cut for the stage.

  7. Alan Ward

    Unfortunately, to make things worse, Noah is not some 19 year old Knicks rookie, he is a 31 year old veteran in his first year with the team after playing for the Chicago Bulls ( yeah I know, too much professional sports watching). Noah, who is the son of French tennis star Yannick Noah and a former Miss Sweden, was much like Kapernick, raised in a well to do home with no excuses of limited schooling to form his immature world view.
    Sadly this is often the view point of the so called elite. Things would be utopic if only we all could be as enlightened as they.

    1. John Distai

      I don’t think this is a schooling issue. I think it has to do with multiple generations of people being raised in relative “comfort”. They’re too far removed from their primitive roots, and they’ve either forgotten, or never learned how the real world works.

      We are mere animals, with the same drives and instincts that other animals have. Without the constraints of civilized society we’d all be battling each other for meals, dens, and mates. Schools don’t lay it out this plainly, and I’d assume that the upper crust schools never come close to suggesting this distasteful topic. Hunt for your own food or fight for the right to mount your mate? How barbarous!

      “Civilization” is but a thin contact paper veneer over our natural animalistic particleboard interiors. These people believe it’s all with solid cherry or maple.

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