The sports desk is located below the decks on RedState’s Good Pirate Ship RedState. We do our best not to get distracted by the absurdities of reporting on woke sports. Frankly, it’s too easy a target, and liberals saying stupid stuff is so omnipresent it rapidly grows tiresome to so much as acknowledge, let alone mock. Sometimes, however, you will come across something so stupid, outlandish, or detached from reality it is almost impossible to ignore. This is what happened to Carron J. Phillips of Deadspin. His philippic is titled White fans were entertained by Black athletes a day after a racist killed Black people in Buffalo — this is what white supremacy looks like has graced us with pure comedic gold.
Let’s start with the obvious. It is not funny what occurred at Buffalo’s May 14th. It was a horrible sin, straight out of hell. It was a brutal testimony to untreated mental illness’ possible results. It was an abomination to shoot innocents, who were being targeted because of their skin colour. Period. Yet even with this, Phillips’ reaction manages to reach new heights, or depths if you prefer, in unintentional and unaware self-parody.
Sports only serve as an escape from society if you’re white … And if you don’t believe me, both of Sunday’s Game 7s were proof that the awakening was only a brief moment of pseudo-accountability that’s passed.
On Sunday, there were five Game Sevens. Apparently, the NHL doesn’t count. But I digress.
According to my last check, all race members can attend professional sporting events. I’ve been to many, many games of the four major sports. I’ve seen every color available in attendance. One thing to be aware of is the team for which you are rooting. This is how sports are so beautiful. Too bad Phillips’ miserable self-pitying existence precludes him from enjoying this beauty.
Players aren’t getting asked how they feel about things outside of 94 feet after games as much. It’s as if basketball, or whatever sport they play, is all that should matter to them. Sideline reporters aren’t asking them about Roe v. Wade or if their loved ones are scared to go to the grocery store like they used to.
Dude. You should read or watch ESPN. It’s easier to get any given athlete’s societal hot take than the current scoreboard.
Four teams participated in Game 7s on Sunday. After the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, the Phoenix Suns followed closely by the Dallas Mavericks. Three of the four head coaches are Black, along with the overwhelming majority of those teams’ rosters. However, in Boston — where one of the games was played — over 52 percent of the population is white, according to the latest census. Over 68 percent are white in Phoenix, the city where Suns hosted the game.
What is this?
Well, off the top of my head I’m thinking it means … pretty much nothing. For the record, the 2020 Census shows Milwaukee’s population is 38.8 percent black and 34.0 percent white. It also doesn’t mean anything. Dallas has 28.8% of its population being white; 24.39% black and 41.5% Latino. Meaning? You guessed it. Absolutely nothing.Nothing to an sane individual, so that leaves us with Mr. Phillips.
And regardless of how Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, and Spencer Dinwiddie played in Boston Sunday, and how Jalen Brunson, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Spencer Dinwiddie performed on the road to Phoenix on Saturday, you can be sure that they succeeded despite all that was happening to those who looked like them. Because when you’re a Black athlete in America, competing at the highest level as a form of entertainment to the rest of the world, all the while knowing that the majority of the people that cheer for you don’t think your life matters, may be the hardest part of the game that you work at that a reporter will never ask about.
Let’s break this down a bit.
Shohei Ohtani scored the 101st run of his career on Sunday, despite all that happened to those who looked like him in Laguna Woods. Yes, he’s Japanese, and the shooting victims were Taiwanese. You get the point. No one asked him about Laguna Woods, correct? Why? Because it was nothing to do the him. Neither did the events in Buffalo affect any black player on the Celtics, Bucks Mavericks, Suns or Suns.
As to the “white people in the stands don’t think black athletes’ lives matter” feldergarb … dude, get serious. Have you ever been to a Warriors match? Want to experience the passion? You can be there for Klay Thompson’s three-pointer or Steph Curry’s steal. Just because your clenched little world is incapable of acknowledging admiration and passionate support on and off the court crosses all racial divides doesn’t mean it isn’t alive and well.
Tucker Carlson brilliantly demonstrates that any race political action by anyone to anybody is bad. Phillips is a babbling fool trying to score points in the Jemele Hill Wannabe Society by decrying how black athletes’ every question and response isn’t a racial and societal screed. These men are adults. The sports media will lavish praise on them when they are brave enough to voice their opinions. If this isn’t enough for whiny woke jokes like Phillips, nothing will suffice.