Politics

How Much Influence Does Bobby Knight Have in Indiana Anymore?

I can't believe having Bobby Knight endorse you in the state of Indiana would really amount to much:

Donald Trump famously dislikes “chokers” — or “chockers,” as he’s been known to misspell the word in hurried tweets. But on Wednesday, he’ll be standing beside one of the most famous chokers in sports history as he tries to strengthen his support among Indiana Republican primary voters.

Trump’s disdain, of course, is reserved for people who fold under pressure, which is probably why he feels no compunction about accepting the support of former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight, whose preferred method of choking involves placing his hand around the throat of one of his players.

The announcement that Knight would appear with Trump in Indiana was a coup for the New York billionaire, who is facing strong competition for the 57 delegates the Hoosier state will send to the Republican nominating convention in July. It came just as Trump’s two main competitors, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, announced a limited alliance that would have Kasich stop campaigning in Indiana in order to allow Cruz a chance to challenge Trump one-on-one.

Bobby Knight is a nostalgia figure for the state of Indiana, and, really, only those parts that were a fan of his Hoosier basketball team. He was fired over fifteen years ago and went to coach elsewhere before retiring. He left behind a long trail of outrageous statements and physically violent confrontations with human beings. When they write his obituary, they'll lead with the fact that he got fired because he couldn't control himself anymore. This is what he actually said about it all:

On his time at Indiana and his departure from the school, Knight says: “My fucking heart was ripped out by this goddamn bullshit!”

Notice how there is a definite lack of introspection there.

Knight has a history of refusing any honors. He may have softened in recent years, but he has never really done anything to atone for his conduct in the state of Indiana. Why would anyone voting for a president listen to what he has to say now?

Who Else is Tired of Curt Schilling?

If you're Curt Schilling, and you're already on thin ice, why would you get yourself fired like this?

On Wednesday evening, ESPN announced it had terminated the MLB analystfollowing repeated political discourse on his feed, which some tabbed as hate speech. Said the company in a statement: “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

Schilling met with ESPN management on Wednesday in Bristol, Conn., as he was scheduled to work Baseball Tonight on Wednesday night. The company declined to say the executive that delivered the news, but no such decision would be made without the approval of ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Production John Wildhack.

For those unfamiliar with how we got here, Schilling apologized last September for his tweet comparing the number of Nazi sympathizers in Germany to the percentage of modern Muslim extremists. That tweet prompted ESPN to remove him from its Little League baseball coverage. He was then removed from ESPN’s postseason coverage following an exchange with editors of the sports blog Awful Announcing.

If your political activities and beliefs--which don't have anything to do with calling baseball games unless you've run out of ideas--have gotten you in this much trouble, the best thing to do is to decide whether or not you want to have a job.

Do you?

Then don't do stupid shit like this because, hello, it's 2016, nobody cares about your free speech bullshit, and when they fire you, you're not a victim. You're just dumb.

Really, these things are not hard to figure out.

You Can't Hate Chris Christie Because He's a Cowboys Fan


Joan Walsh is a of a mind to spank Chris Christie for being an avowed Cowboys fan, and there's something weird about this that brings to mind the current state of NFL fandom.

NFL fans don't care about these three things--politics, concussions, or winning. They want to see their team and that's the tribe they identify with. If their team is losing, and is staffed with losers, they will rail about the owner or the coach but they'll still buy the gear and they'll still come back to the games. If the old timers come on and complain about being hit in the head twenty-six times in one week, they'll nod sagely and flip over to the other game and do nothing.

Nobody cares about politics so if Chris Christie is seen putting a body on Jerry Jones, so what? It's a free country. You can like whatever team you want.