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Russian Athletes Can't Stop Doping

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Why would you cheat at curling?

A Russian curler has failed a doping test at the Winter Olympics just days after winning a bronze medal, putting the IOC’s decision not to ban all Russian athletes under the spotlight.

The Daily Mail report that Alexander Krushelnitsky, who came third in the mixed doubles curling alongside partner Anastasia Bryzgalova, tested positive for banned substance meldonium. The International Olympic Committee have yet to comment, and are likely waiting on the results of his B sample which could yet clear him of any wrongdoing.

It's important to note that you can be exonerated if you test positive for meldonium, but this does not help Russia's reputation at all. It does not appear that they have abandoned their cheating ways. Olympic victory means more to Russia than it does in many other countries. It must be a status thing.

What I don't understand is--why would you cheat when the sport is curling? Do you have to be in tip-top shape or something? I don't get it.

The Houston Astros Lost Their Chance to Avoid Meeting Donald Trump

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The Houston Astros won their first World Series title, but they lost something tonight.

Instead of being able to celebrate their victory, they now have to plan for a future meeting with Donald Trump.

Instead of being proud of their city and their team, they now have to plan for the moment where Trump confuses them with the Yankees and offers to show them his slider.

Instead of being pleased with their victory, they now have to submit paperwork to prove that no one was born in Chad.

Instead of being able to plan for a terrific off-season where they can relax with their families, they now have to undergo the traumatic process of answering millions of questions about whether they will actually go to the White House and what they will say to Trump.

Instead of the team's foreign-born players being able to feel good about winning a World Championship, they now have to contend with the fact that Trump is America's best-known white supremacist president and that he may get confused and deport them and their families.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to sleep easy tonight. For the Houston Astros, the Trump dreams have just begun.

Don't Feel Sorry For Papa John's

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The man running Papa John's is a complete and utter douchebag:

Papa John's is blaming the NFL for hitting its bottom line.

The pizza company, which has been a league sponsor since 2010, sliced its sales and profit forecasts on Tuesday. And Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter wasn't shy about who he thinks is to blame for the "debacle": Commissioner Roger Goodell. 

"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership," Schnatter said on a conference call with investors Wednesday. "The NFL has hurt Papa John's shareholders." 

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart declined to comment on Schnatter's comments. 

NFL ratings, like the rest of network television, are in a slump. Through Week 7, NFL viewership is down 5% overall from the same point last year. 

Though the ratings slump has many causes, some NFL fans may have tuned out because of the controversy over players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police violence. 

President Trump has called on fans to boycott the NFL if the league doesn't crack down on protests. Last month, Vice President Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game after San Francisco 49ers' players took a knee during the anthem.

I would feel bad for the people who work for him if the company went under, but that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about the shareholders being upset that they're not making as much profit as they would like. The owner of Papa John's does not care about his workers--he cares about being rich.

His business model is no different than that of the NFL's. Exploit labor, avoid consequences, make as much money as humanly possible with no regard for anyone else.

Tell me again why I have to feel sorry for people who don't care about anything but themselves...

You Call This a Scandal?

Is this inappropriate? Sure. You don't use your school-issued cellphone to call an Escort service. That's a given. Is it worth losing your job?

Hugh Freeze resigned from his position as head coach at Ole Miss suddenly on Thursday evening, just a week after SEC Media Days. The resignation is effective immediately, and the school has announced co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Luke will take over the head coaching responsibilities for the upcoming season as the interim head coach. It should be expected Ole Miss will conduct a search for a new full-time head coach as soon as possible, but an official hire being made before the start of the season remains in question.

It would seem that there was a lot of investigating going on over this:

Ole Miss reviewed phone records tied to Freeze as far back as 2012. Earlier in the day, USA Today reporter Dan Wolken reported Freeze had made a phone call to the number associated with a female escort service. The phone call in the report occurred in January of 2016. How many phone calls were discovered by Ole Miss is at this time unknown. Once confronted with the phone numbers by Bjork, Freeze is said to have offered his resignation. Whether he voluntarily offered to resign or if he was pushed to resign by the school may never be known for sure, but given the heat on Freeze already following recent headlines it may be pretty easy to see how this all played out behind closed doors.

It just seems like a minor offense to me. It's a morals thing, I suppose, and if your morals get crossways with a school like Ole Miss, well, you're gone. But tell me there aren't schools in other parts of the country who will ignore this and hire Freeze before the summer is out.

This certainly doesn't help:

She didn’t know how quickly it would come, but she knew it would happen.

Her husband, Hugh Freeze, would reach the upper echelon of his profession.

How did she know? 
It was her faith.

“We just claimed the promise,” says Jill, the wife of newly-hired Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze and the mother of the couple’s three daughters, ages 13, 12 and nine. 

“God says if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. He has blessed us and given us the desires of our heart.”

Indeed.

Jill, now the “First Lady” of the Ole Miss football program, was the wife of a high school football coach just seven years ago. While a fine station in life, the Friday night lights are a far stretch from the thunderous roars and traditions of the Southeastern Conference.

Ah, but God had other plans for Jill, Hugh and girls Ragan, Madison and Jordan.

When Hugh was introduced as the Rebels new coach on a damp Monday in December, those in the audience of the Ford Center for the Performing Arts called the moment as genuine as they come. 

It certainly felt that way. Hugh said all the right things. He hit all the sore spots.

He preached about the future.

He simply preached to a congregation of fans hungry for soothing words.

But to Jill it all seemed surreal, as she and their daughters joined Hugh, chancellor Dan Jones and members of the search committee on stage.

“There is absolutely no way this should have happened the way it happened and as fast as it happened,” she insisted. “It’s just God’s hand.

San Francisco is How Many Games Out of First Place?

It's not even the All Star Break, and the San Francisco Giants are how many games back? 

Holy cow.

I can't remember when they have ever been this far out of contention, and I'm sure it has happened, but that's what struck me about today's look at the baseball standings. I'm not a fan nor am I a detractor, but, whatever they're doing isn't working. At all.

I get why Philly is so bad, but the Giants?

Anyway, that's my hot take on something I just did not expect to see.

What the Fuck is This Shit?

This is the least athletic photo ever taken of Trump. He's wearing some sort of cheap-assed throwback Yankee uniform. It has something to do with his ex-wife Marla Maples, Vanity Fair, and some event where he is supposed to represent a "baseball player."

Donald Trump and Marla Maples during Donald Trump’s NY vs Hollywood All-Star Game - June 6, 1992 at Yankee Stadium in New York

Trump? Play baseball? And is she wearing Spanx before Spanx became a thing? What in the name of all that is holy is going on here? Was someone beaten senseless after this event? Were the police called? Did something untoward happen to a burro behind the stadium? Everything about this screams fiasco to me.

Again, I say--what the fuck is this shit? Because that's all you can say when you see this picture. Good God, what have we done to this country?

Then, there's this picture:

Donald Trump and Daughter Ivanka during Grand Opening of The Harley Davidson Cafe at Harley Davidson Cafe in New York City, New York, United States

Donald Trump and Daughter Ivanka during Grand Opening of The Harley Davidson Cafe at Harley Davidson Cafe in New York City, New York, United States

I am done. This is more insanity than I can handle.

Did That Team That Nobody Likes Win?

I am not a March Madness kind of fellow. But if that team that plays for that school you went to won, great. If they lost, well, bummer, man.

There is a huge disconnect between the reality of college sports and the overall college experience. I read a side item earlier about Lamar Odom and how he went to a college on the east coast. He was not a good student, but he was great at basketball. He maybe lasted a year with that team, left no mark on that school, but they go crazy for him and love him anyway. What is there to admire? That's where he stopped on the way to going to the NBA. He didn't graduate, he didn't stick around and help the team win a lot of games. One and done, baby.

Bob Knight is Crazy

Thousands and thousands of words have been written about Bob Knight. What nobody seems to understand is that he's crazy:

With Knight, the ironies and contradictions always wreathed around each other. The same man who demanded discipline from his players, showing so little impulse control himself. The figure who demanded unwavering loyalty from those around him, quick to excommunicate friends from his inner circle and turn on allies (read: Mike Krzyzewski, among many others). The coach who sometimes spoke in the most profane terms imaginable, prudishly forbidding the Assembly Hall crowd from chanting BULL-SHIT. The teacher who stressed attention to detail, going about his own business with active disdain for nuance.

Really, if you reduce every anecdote, every public statement, everything Knight has ever done down to one thing, it all makes sense. He's a out-of-control lunatic. How is he even allowed to own a gun or drive a car? I've never understood this.

Charles Oakley Should Sue the Knicks

Apologies to anyone who doesn't care about New York sports, but this should be a bigger story:

The forced removal of retired New York Knicks star Charles Oakley from Wednesday’s Knicks-Los Angeles Clippers game at Madison Square Garden has sparked a legal controversy that keeps growing.
As previously detailed on The Crossover, Oakley was charged with three counts of assault and one count of trespass after he and several Madison Square Garden employees scuffled a few rows behind the court. In an incident that was recorded by multiple cameras, Oakley threw punches and shoved, though the resulting injuries were reportedly very minor and none of the injuries required any medical attention. Oakley’s outburst appears to have been directed mainly at Knicks owner James Dolan, who was sitting nearby and whom Oakley contends has treated him with disrespect and disdain
Dolan opens the door to be sued by Oakley for defamation
Dolan escalated the Oakley conflict in remarks made while on Friday’s The Michael Kay Show. During the interview, Dolan declared that Oakley suffers from a “problem with anger” and that Oakley is “both physically and verbally abusive,” which Dolan—who does not appear to have any formal training in medicine—classified as “personality problems.”

If the NBA didn't already have the precedent that was set with Donald Sterling and the Clippers, everything regarding James Dolan would scream of divestiture or the stripping of the franchise from his ownership.

This article really gets at the legal ramifications of Oakley suing the Knicks. What should happen is this--Oakley should sue them for the embarrassment of physically removing him in the manner in which they did and the NBA should separate the Knicks franchise from James Dolan. Those two things don't have to happen together, but if they did, that would be justice.

Does race come into play here? Absolutely. I think Oakley was treated the way he was because he is black. Plenty of very, very privileged and wealthy white people say horrible things at NBA games courtside and nothing happens to them.  Oakley was manhandled, defamed, and assaulted. Yes, he did strike at Madison Square Garden personnel. Was that reasonable, given what they were doing to him? I don't know how you could say he wasn't defending himself. 

Does the fact that Dolan has run the Knicks straight into the ground factor into this as well? Yes, and that's the NBA's problem because well-run franchises don't seem to have these problems. Much of the ire directed at Dolan stems from the fact that he's a terrible owner with a terrible executive in the personification of Phil Jackson. To say that the Knicks are mismanaged is an understatement. This should be a storied, honorable franchise. It's far from that.

Just as the Sterling story was whipped into a frenzy, so should this one be talked about and debated. You had a very ugly incident that overshadowed the game where it happened and no one has gone after the one man who could have handled things within the limits of decency. James Dolan is so far outside of those limits, there's really no recourse but a severe and permanent punishment.

Tom Brady and Donald Trump Are Really, Really Good Friends

It might not be a big deal right now, but it will be in the days and weeks ahead. 

The friendship of Tom Brady and Donald Trump is like proof hell is real if you're a New England fan who voted for Hillary. You have the golden boy quarterback--the best ever--and the most unpopular president in the modern era. 

How long do you think it will take for Brady to salvage his own image (endorsements are really important when you're a quarterback approaching the age of 40) and conveniently stop appearing with Trump? Or will Brady double down and proudly defend his friendship?

At some point, someone's going to be thrown under the bus. And what kind of new and exciting version of hell is it when Corey Lewandowski gives an interview to gush like a schoolgirl about a friendship between two men?

So Long, Raiders

Is this really going to make anyone happy?

The Raiders will file relocation papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Funding has already been approved for the Raiders' new $1.9 billion NFL stadium. The money approved by Nevada law makers includes private and public money. The initial plans showed the Raiders would contribute $500 million and casino owner Sheldon Adelson would contribute $650 million. Hotel tax funding may contribute another $750 million.

The move would have to be approved by 24 of the NFL owners at their upcoming meeting in March.

There used to be an understanding that, because of legalized gambling, no professional sports team would move to Las Vegas, Nevada. I think that, give we're about to see an NHL expansion team start up there, those days are gone. It's hard to come up with $2 billion for a stadium, but if the Raiders were, indeed, looking to move, why not another major city in the United States? It seems like a temporary fix to me. Why not go to St. Louis, San Antonio, or Louisville? Why not find a city that wants an NFL franchise? Oklahoma City wouldn't be a bad idea, either. Notice I did not say Des Moines.

 

 

Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless is proof that you can be awful on television and not know anything and make millions of dollars:

“Too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” says the outspoken host, who leaves the Disney-owned network after 12 years for a new show that will launch Sept. 6.

Skip Bayless says his move to Fox Sports 1 – with a new daily program that is set to bow Sept. 6 – will allow him to remove the “handcuffs” he’s been compelled to wear at ESPN, where he hosted the popular ESPN2 program First Take with Stephen A. Smith.

“Too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” Bayless tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview officially revealing his move. "It's a Disney network. There are just certain boundaries that you can’t even tiptoe along. Not that we won’t have boundaries at Fox, because we will. [But] they will trust me to go a little deeper. I can be completely honest on everything."

And people wonder why sports programming has taken such a hit in recent years. Thanks to the carte blanche option, people unplug themselves from sports as soon as they can. It's not entirely because of Skip Bayless, but it's damned close.

What's the over/under on Bayless running for President in 2020?

 

Megan Kalmoe is Pulling For You, America

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Oh, my word:

"My request to everyone who is fixated on s--t in the water: stop. Stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us," Kalmoe wrote in an essay for theGuardian.

The 2012 bronze medalist in quadruple sculls noted that it does no good to complain about the water quality and that there have been similar concerns about the host cities of each of the past few Olympic Games. While the pollution is an issue (not just for the Summer Games, but for everyday life in Brazil), she is just thankful Rio has put in a lot of time, effort and money to host the Olympics.

Now that the Opening Ceremonies on Aug. 5 are just days away, the 32-year-old Kalmoe doesn't want to talk about the water quality. She is ready to compete: "If you are that insecure about where we stand, America, let me be the one to say it. I'll say it, if it will allay your fears and put some of these issues to rest: I will row through s--t for you, America."

Do we really need to censor the word "shit" here? I don't think that we do. I think that these will be the Olympics where a lot of cowardly people stayed home. The bravest and the best of us are headed to Rio. Whiny ass titty baby bitches need not apply.

Another Story of Disaster at the Olympics

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At this point, I am hoping they'll hold the Olympic games in a site where there won't be a disaster:

The Olympic Games are 31 days away -- and Rio de Janeiro is in crisis.

Violence is on the rise, and police officers are at loggerheads with the Rio state government after claiming they've not been paid for months.

    The message from police to tourists is clear: We won't be able to protect you.

    The state's police officers vented their anger Monday with a sign saying, "Welcome to Hell," outside Rio's main airport. "Police and firefighters don't get paid, whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe," the sign said.

    And it's not just those coming from abroad who may be in danger -- locals are losing patience, too.

    That's the harsh reality in the favelas around Rio, according to one resident, as the city gears up to host the 2016 Olympics amid increasing concerns over police brutality and the officers' ability, and desire, to keep people safe.

    London was supposed to be a disaster. So was Beijing. I can remember when some jackass set off a bomb in Atlanta, making that a real clusterfuck as well. Nothing like domestic American issues to ruin your Olympic experience. 

    Someone will have something to gripe about this year, and someone else will have a great time, and the story of the Olympics will be someone who no one thought could do anything winning a medal they weren't supposed to win. Really, the media could write these stories again and again and no one would notice.

    Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

    Forget the fact that he was the greatest boxer of all time. Muhammad Ali spoke truth to power before anyone knew what to say:

    n 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, Ali was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army. 

    He'd said previously that the war did not comport with his faith, and that he had "no quarrel" with America's enemy, the Vietcong. He refused to serve. 

    "My conscience won't let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, some poor, hungry people in the mud, for big powerful America, and shoot them for what?" Ali said in an interview. "They never called me nigger. They never lynched me. They didn't put no dogs on me."

    He suffered mightily in this life, and he made every attempt not to pull up the ladder behind him but to raise and elevate everyone else. And now he's gone. The greatest.

    The Texas Rangers Need a New Stadium

    The shelf life for a baseball stadium is now about 25 years:

    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Texas Rangers and the city of Arlington Texas are set to announce that the Rangers will soon be getting a new, retractable-roof ballpark to replace their current home, Globe Life Park.

    Their current lease on Globe Life expires in 2024 and can be ended a year early by the club at its discretion, but Grant says the new ballpark will be up and operating before that. He says that construction of the park would be subject to an election by Arlington voters, likely to approve the dedication of sales taxes and other public revenues to the project. Ownership of the park would be split between Arlington and the ball club.

    Globe Life Park, previously The Ballpark at Arlington, opened in 1994. That was relatively early in the stadium building boom of the 1990s-2000s, making it tied for 11th oldest among current ballparks. Age, however, is not so much of an issue as the park is in fine shape. Nor is location, as Arlington has been and remains the sports stadium capital of the Metroplex and continues to have multiple projects in the works making it a sports and entertainment destination.

    Rather, the issue is heat and the depression of attendance and revenues the current open-air stadium experiences in the hot, hot summers of north Texas, even when the Rangers are winning. When the Ballpark at Arlington the cost of a retractable roof was seen as prohibitive and the technology of such beasts was nowhere near as advanced as it is today. As such, the choice to eschew a roof was understandable, even if has led to a couple of decades of Rangers fans sweltering in sometimes dangerous heat.

    They didn't know it was hot in Texas in 1994? They spent $191 million dollars to build it and it is still in good shape. Someone somewhere probably knows how to retrofit and cool a stadium for way less than the nearly a billion dollars it will take to replace a perfectly good ballpark. I realize that they're never going to accept the concept of global warming in Texas, but, honestly--what a waste of resources.

    There is No One Better Than Vin Scully

    Vin Scully is the voice of baseball. You can drop into a broadcast here and there this season--if the Dodgers are at home, and you can get the feed by subscribing to the MLB package on your cable provider, you can hear the man himself, still.

    I cannot envision what it will be like when this season is over and he retires. If you're looking for a listicle of things to amuse yourself, here you go.

    1971

    The first known case of Jerry Sandusky abusing children happened in 1971, just two years after he was hired as a coach by Joe Paterno:

    Penn State's legal settlements with Jerry Sandusky's accusers cover alleged abuse dating to 1971, which was 40 years before his arrest, the university said Sunday in providing the first confirmation of the time frame of abuse claims that have led to big payouts.

    The disclosure came as Penn State president Eric Barron decried newly revealed allegations that former football coach Joe Paterno was told in 1976 that Sandusky had sexually abused a child and that two assistant coaches witnessed either inappropriate or sexual contact in the late 1980s. Paterno, who died in 2012, said that the first time he received a complaint against Sandusky was in 2001.

    Barron said the accusations were unsubstantiated and suggested that the university is being subjected unfairly to what he called rumor and innuendo.

    Responding to questions about the president's statement and claims against the school, university spokesman Lawrence Lokman told The Associated Press and ESPN's Josh Moyer that he could confirm that the earliest year of alleged abuse covered in Penn State's settlements is 1971.

    ESPN goes to great lengths to push that date--1971. Good God, forty years of being able to abuse human beings and no remorse, nothing out of these people. Why is that important? That date changes the narrative. It makes things that went away come back with a vengeance.  It opens up the whole process again because it was widely believed that Sandusky did not abuse children until the 1990s. There's a whole other aspect to this that has to be addressed, and that is the institutional indifference to human suffering.

    In 1971, Paterno could and should have been fired if he had covered up Sandusky's crime. As a coach, Paterno was not a legend by any stretch of the imagination. He was definitely a winning coach--two Orange Bowls and two perfect seasons in the late 1960s will give you some power at a university, but he didn't win a National Championship until 1982. After that, he would have been untouchable. In 1971, he would have been a difficult man to fire, but it could have happened if the scandal had blown up that year and if he had played a role in covering it up.

    Is the NCAA going to do anything? I sure hope so. This is unfinished business that should have informed how the school was punished initially. This new revelation makes it seem like they got off light, doesn't it?

    What the University President and everyone else seems to miss is that you need to stop blaming the victims. You need to put that strategy to rest because there has been a conviction. There are no allegations anymore--they've been proven in a court of law. I think what they fear are millions more in settlements and more sanctions for the football program. I think that they have to purge college football of Paterno's records and they have to make damned sure they have institutional control over the athletic department.

    We're left with what might have happened if they had dealt with Sandusky when they knew about him. There is a remote possibility that he might have gone to jail--unlikely given the times. He might have been dealt with as a problem if he had been fired but that would have simply displaced the tragedy. Instead, he rode Paterno's coattails all the way to local prominence and his own victim grooming farm, also known as his Second Mile charity.

    Just when you thought the whole thing couldn't get any sicker, everything turns. Is there any way to hold Penn State University accountable? If not, then we're all part of the problem.

    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.