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Gingersnap
06-15-2010, 01:54 PM
Why the Far Left Hates Baseball

Posted by Michael Walsh Jun 14th 2010 at 9:49 am in NPR, Sports | Comments (190)

Or something like that. That headline certainly makes as much sense as this deranged PC-rant from National Progressive Radio by way of the ancient leftist publication The Nation: “Why the Far Right Hates Soccer,” by Dave Zirin. Just when you think the lunatic fringe can’t get any nuttier, along comes this:


Every World Cup, it arrives like clockwork. As sure as the ultimate soccer spectacle brings guaranteed adrenaline and agony to fans across the United States, it also drives the right-wing noise machine utterly insane.

“It doesn’t matter how you try to sell it to us,” yipped the Prom King of new right, Glenn Beck. “It doesn’t matter how many celebrities you get, it doesn’t matter how many bars open early, it doesn’t matter how many beer commercials they run, we don’t want the World Cup, we don’t like the World Cup, we don’t like soccer, we want nothing to do with it.”


That darn right-wing noise machine, upset over a little thing like lethal soccer riots! But you know — you just know — it goes deeper than that, and we all have a sense of where this is heading, don’t we:


Dear Lord, where do we begin? First of all, I always find it amusing when folks like Beck say, “We don’t like soccer” when it is by far the most popular youth sport in the United States. It’s like saying, “You know what else American kids hate? Ice cream!” Young people love soccer not because of some kind of commie-nazi plot conjured by Saul Alinsky to sap us of our precious juices, but because it’s – heaven forefend – fun.

Among adults, the sport is also growing because people from Latin America, Africa, and the West Indies have brought their love of the beautiful game to an increasingly multicultural United States. As sports journalist Simon Kuper wrote very adroitly in his book Soccer Against the Enemy, “When we say Americans don’t play soccer we are thinking of the big white people who live in the suburbs. Tens of millions of Hispanic Americans [and other nationalities] do play, and watch and read about soccer.” In other words, Beck rejects soccer because his idealized “real America” – in all its monochromatic glory – rejects it as well. To be clear, I know a lot of folks who can’t stand soccer. It’s simply a matter of taste. But for Beck it’s a lot more than, “Gee. It’s kind of boring.” Instead it’s, “Look out whitey! Felipe Melo’s gonna get your mama!”

And there you have it: you hate soccer because you’re a racist.

Isn’t time to red-card the left for their constant yammering about imaginary racism? We’ve been hearing from the multi-culti left that soccer is the popular youth sport in America for more than three decades — big deal: it’s cheap and basically nobody gets hurt playing it — and yet that alleged popularity has never translated into meaningful audiences as the professional level. Even the vaunted World Cup — talk about a hotbed of nationalism and nativism! — draws mostly yawns on these shores.

Further, Zirin’s argument that American resistance to soccer is racist in origin is just plain stupid: international football is traditionally dominated by the European powerhouses — Germany, Italy, Holland, France, England — and the Brazilians and Argentines. When plucky little Cameroon does better than expected the world cheers. Mostly, though, the charming Third World teams are ground to powder under the mechanized onslaught of the Teutons or the agile ball-handling (so to speak — what kind of stupid game doesn’t let you use your hands?) of the South Americans.

More at the link. ;)

Big Journalism (http://bigjournalism.com/mwalsh/2010/06/14/why-the-far-left-hates-baseball/)

Speedy
06-15-2010, 01:57 PM
A woman getting killed by a line drive a couple of days ago at our local AAA field should give them another reason.

Rebel Yell
06-15-2010, 01:57 PM
The far left should hate baseball. One reason..... NO SALARY CAP!!!!!! Purely capitalistic in how owners spend their money.

linda22003
06-15-2010, 02:05 PM
I didn't know it was political. I just thought that I hate baseball because it's so incredibly boring.

Gingersnap
06-15-2010, 02:06 PM
Now sports are politicized. :rolleyes:

Americans aren't very interested in soccer because they see it as a kid's game (like softball, volleyball, etc.) and because we have football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Most soccer-playing cultures focus primarily on soccer. We don't have that kind of time what with the Super Bowl, filling out our brackets for March Madness, getting drunk at twilight baseball games, and making dip for the Stanley Cup.

m00
06-15-2010, 03:16 PM
My observation based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever is that conservatives love games that are about a "star individual" (even if that is a coach on the sidelines), and liberals love games where teamwork completely overshadows stardom.

Maybe it's a metaphor for capitalism/socialism.

lacarnut
06-15-2010, 03:18 PM
I didn't know it was political. I just thought that I hate baseball because it's so incredibly boring.

At least one team has to score more runs than the other in baseball. There are no tie games like in soccer. A zero to zero game is beyond incredibly boring.

The dumb shits blowing those horns at the World Cup would cause me to leave the stadium. Between the retards blowing horns and the soccer fans rioting, I think I will pick baseball as our national sport even when games at times do get boring. Shame we do not have anyone like Dizzy Dean colorful commentary to perk up the game.

Speedy
06-15-2010, 03:19 PM
My observation based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever is that conservatives love games that are about a "star individual" (even if that is a coach on the sidelines), and liberals love games where teamwork completely overshadows stardom.

Maybe it's a metaphor for capitalism/socialism.

While my father and I were huge Cowboy fans (Texas, Duh!) We were always fans of players not teams. I love to watch peyton manning play. Steve Smith. Randy Moss.

Gingersnap
06-15-2010, 03:20 PM
I didn't know it was political. I just thought that I hate baseball because it's so incredibly boring.

That's why they sell so much beer. :p

m00
06-15-2010, 03:28 PM
While my father and I were huge Cowboy fans (Texas, Duh!) We were always fans of players not teams. I love to watch peyton manning play. Steve Smith. Randy Moss.

If you're a conservative, then my theory holds. :p

Speedy
06-15-2010, 03:32 PM
If you're a conservative, then my theory holds. :p

I am as Conservative as they come. With a couple of exceptions I am pretty much on the right side of all social and fiscal issues.

My one big break with the right wing is on the Anchor Baby question. Born on American soil, you are an American. No matter what the imigration status of the parents.

AmPat
06-15-2010, 08:05 PM
I am as Conservative as they come. With a couple of exceptions I am pretty much on the right side of all social and fiscal issues.

My one big break with the right wing is on the Anchor Baby question. Born on American soil, you are an American. No matter what the imigration status of the parents.

Why? Because it is what you know? What about diplomat babies from say, the U.N.? What about Americans who have babies overseas? I believe babies should be citizens of the country of citizenship of the parents.:cool:

Wei Wu Wei
06-15-2010, 08:38 PM
The far left hates baseball?

I must not be getting my LEFTIST updates or something because I'm pretty indifferent towards baseball hell I'll watch a game or two if I'm bored.

NJCardFan
06-15-2010, 08:51 PM
The far left should hate baseball. One reason..... NO SALARY CAP!!!!!! Purely capitalistic in how owners spend their money.

Which is odd considering that the team that has the most liberals following it is the Yankees. A team that spends an incredible amount of money every season. This season the team salary is over $200 million. $40 million more than the next highest team.

As for soccer, boring doesn't begin to describe it. Watching 22 guys kicking a ball around for 90+ minutes and having the game end in a 0-0 tie is not my idea of excitement. And I don't think Americans hate soccer. We're more indifferent to it than anything else. And what this has to do with conservative vs liberal is anybody's clue but then again, leave it to the libtards to politicize everything.

Gingersnap
06-15-2010, 10:07 PM
The far left hates baseball?

I must not be getting my LEFTIST updates or something because I'm pretty indifferent towards baseball hell I'll watch a game or two if I'm bored.

Well, you didn't read the article which was written in response to an article on NPR about an imaginary "right-wing" hatred for the World Cup.

*shakes head*

ralph wiggum
06-16-2010, 09:20 AM
I've been on a baseball list-serv group for about a dozen years. I can unquestionably say that 90% of them are libs. That's probably not true for the entire fan base, but there are quite a few east-coast well-educated libs on that particular board.

NJCardFan
06-16-2010, 12:29 PM
Team sports in general are left wing based. The us vs. them attitude between owners and players has been going on forever with the fans generally siding with the players nearly unanimously. Look no further than the 1987 NFL strike when the owners used "scab" players and the reaction of the fans, especially in Philadelphia where the unions showed up en masse against the 1 scab game played in Philly. Although I do think that attitude is changing a bit since some players today make in a years salary what it cost to buy an NFL franchise in the 70's. The fans no longer identify themselves with the players anymore. Most fans see players as greedy crybabies and a means to an end. There is no more loyalty. A player no longer does what it takes to play in the same city for their career. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera may end up being the last players to spend their entire careers with one team. So the scope of sports is changing yet the fan ideology is still slanted to the left.

asdf2231
06-16-2010, 01:05 PM
"Why the far left hates baseball?"

Simple.

They hate ANYTHING with balls.

:D

ralph wiggum
06-16-2010, 01:10 PM
"Why the far left hates baseball?"

Simple.

They hate ANYTHING with balls.

:D

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CueSi
07-04-2010, 04:01 PM
My observation based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever is that conservatives love games that are about a "star individual" (even if that is a coach on the sidelines), and liberals love games where teamwork completely overshadows stardom.

Maybe it's a metaphor for capitalism/socialism.

Sometimes the "star" is the owners -past AND present - many people have serious love of the Rooneys, Curly Lambeau, George Halas , et al ed infantanum. I loved the Steelers because of Kevin Greene and Jerome Bettis. I liked Kurt Warner, no matter WHO he played for. And I'm sure there are people in Gainesville who bought Tim Tebow jerseys though they don't give a rats ass about Denver.

I'll buy what you're selling, m00.

~QC

Bubba Dawg
07-04-2010, 05:33 PM
Now sports are politicized. :rolleyes:

Americans aren't very interested in soccer because they see it as a kid's game (like softball, volleyball, etc.) and because we have football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Most soccer-playing cultures focus primarily on soccer. We don't have that kind of time what with the Super Bowl, filling out our brackets for March Madness, getting drunk at twilight baseball games, and making dip for the Stanley Cup.

I thought you had no views on sports? :p

I really don't think volleyball or softball are just kids games.

I especially like Beach Volleyball. :cool:

The girls be slender....and lithe.