Usually there is a common thread that runs through these Things I Think I Think Peter King Has Not Thought of, but there really isn't one this time. I would say these are all "bad ideas" but that's not entirely true. These are all articles I think that deserve some mention but don't merit an entire post written about them. These are the links I have been staring at for a few months/weeks/days/hours/minutes and want to comment on in some way. As written in many religious texts, let's start with Mitch Albom, as that's how it is always supposed to be.
1. Mitch Albom isn't writing a book called "The Five People You'll Meet in Heaven Who Used the N-Word," but he did write about the NFL looking to prohibit use of the N-word on the field. I think Mitch just likes writing "the N-word."
To me, the N-word is a hateful slur based on a person’s skin color.
Yet because my skin is also a certain color, I am told I cannot I
criticize its usage.
It’s not my word.
Every word is Mitch's word! Look for more clarification in his new book, "The Five Words You Will First Hear in Heaven," which will be available as soon as he writes this column for the "Detroit Free-Press" where he lies about being at a basketball game last week with John Wooden and Carmelo Anthony.
But sooner or later, everyone, black and white, will stop saying it in public. This is inevitable.
I severely doubt this. I had someone walk in my office and use the word twice just a few days ago. It wasn't a white person and was a college educated African-American female. She's not a stupid person and didn't use the word in an angry manner, but a joking manner. Just saying, it's a word that people probably won't stop using. Maybe someone will read what I just wrote in 100 years, laugh, and then drive off in their hovercraft. Who knows?
Instead, I’m referring to a very vocal minority — at least I believe
it’s a minority — of athletes, entertainers, commentators and advocates
who are mostly African American, and who claim the NFL’s possible
initiative is a move that, as one such critic for huffingtonpost.com
wrote, “emboldens whites who assert their privilege over use of the
Huh? Look. I don’t shake the rafters of this idea and find sociological ghosts of white supremacy.
Exactly. Mitch writes schmaltzy books about heaven and every once in a while writes a column containing a few easily detected lies. In what spare time he has, he berates those who work in the field of customer service and wonders why he's so perfect and the world around him is so flawed. He's got no time to think about white supremacy because this barista at Starbucks just dared to repeat his order back to him. It's ass-kicking time.
So critics who say the NFL has no right are wrong. The field is a
stage; NFL owners are the directors. If you feel compelled to scream the
N-word, you can do it, without a paycheck, in the parking lot.
A trickier debate is why black players want to cling to the word in the first place.
Yeah, stupid black people always clinging to racial slurs. Good point, Mitch.
Admittedly, I am not black,
ADMITTEDLY, Mitch is not black! He wants the truth to be out there now. Mitch Albom is not black nor is he Asian. He's white. He wants there to be no further misunderstandings about his race, so he finally admits he is indeed not black. All further confusion has now been avoided.
But that doesn’t make me — or other whites, Latinos, Asians, Native
Americans, etc. — stupid or insensitive. We recognize history.
Admittedly, Mitch does recognize history.
Jews were systematically executed, gassed and buried in mass graves —
all less than 70 years ago — and they don’t defiantly cling to the
K-word. Nor do Chinese Americans boast the C-word, Italians the W-word,
Germans the K-word, etc.
Mitch admits he's not capable of understanding how it feels to be called the N-word, so he would never put himself in the shoes of those who do understand this, but he feels free to question why those people wearing these shoes continue to use the word. He knows he can't understand, but he definitely can judge.
The N-word fight is unique. And while nobody should dictate private
conversations, if the NFL is going to suspend a white player for using
the N-word at an off-season concert or suspend an African-American
referee for allegedly saying it to an African-American player, then why
the shock at a yellow flag? It’s 15 yards, not a lifetime ban.
As I said at the time the NFL was considering this, it is nice to try and get rid of the N-word, but is very, very difficult to actually put this plan into action. It would have been nearly impossible for the NFL to properly enforce.
Eventually, I believe, people will get tired of defending this hateful
slur. In years to come, it may even seem silly. But this is how things
change, in fits and starts, coughs and sputters, some easy, some hard.
That's what she said.
It is not my word. In time, it won’t be anyone else’s.
The day can’t come quickly enough.
When that day comes, Mitch can write the book, "The Four People Who Used the N-Word and Didn't End up Heaven You Will Talk To When You Reach Heaven."
2. Hey, guess what? Terence Moore doesn't want anyone overreacting to the expanded use of instant replay.
Terence may be losing his mind because HE is the one who was overreacting to the use of expanded instant replay here, here, here, and here. But it's his readers who need to stop overreacting about the use of expanded replay, right?
I'm having less of a problem with these new guidelines regarding home-plate collisions.
Did I just type what I just typed? Yep, and upon further review, I
don't even need smelling salts. I'm changing my mind (well, sort of) on
the implementation of the replay thing and the home-plate thing for the
Major Leagues this season, because I'm looking at what's happening to
other sports these days by comparison when it comes to changing stuff.
Of course Terence's reasoning for not hating expanded replay has to suck. He doesn't like the idea because it's a good idea, but because other sports are messing up the way they use instant replay. Okay then.
About the replay thing: all baseball officials seek to do is make sure
they are using the best technology possible to determine the accuracy of
nearly everything that happens on the diamond.
This is literally the exact argument I was making in the four columns I linked above where Terence Moore argued strongly against expanding replay. I'm glad Terence has finally come to his senses and realized, "Hey, it may not work perfectly all the time, but if MLB has the technology to get the calls right they should do it."
Then Terence begins discussing how other sports mess up replay, which apparently means MLB's expanded replay is a good idea.
So the replay thing and the home-plate thing?
Oh sure, NOW Terence will survive after spending the better part of a year arguing about why expanded replay is such a terrible, no-good idea. It's almost like he should give ideas a chance to be implemented before stomping his foot down angrily that this idea will ruin the sport of baseball.
3. I don't know if this is a joke or not, but Woody Paige thought John Elway should have drafted all Stanford players in this year's NFL Draft.
See, it would show "school spirit" and why the hell school spirit is important in drafting players to an NFL team is beyond me.
Will John Elway and
the Broncos draft guard David Yankey in the first round, defensive end
Trent Murphy second, inside linebacker Shayne Skov third, free safety Ed
Reynolds fourth, running back Tyler Gaffney fifth, fullback Ryan Hewitt
sixth and center Khalil Wilkes seventh?