This week I am going to meander a bit, talking about events on the fringe of sports, to events having nothing to do with sports, to actual sports stuff. Part of the reason for this is that I am a bit wiped out on sports from having watched the Carolina Panthers absolutely destroy the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game. I will snap out of it soon (spring training starts on February 17-19), but for now I have some other stuff to talk about.
I am going to lead off with some theater of the absolutely bizarre. Most of you most probably have heard and seen the picture of the high school senior girls from Desert Vista High School here in the Phoenix area posing for a picture in t-shirts that spelled out the word N-I-*-*-E-R. Of course the use of this word caused an outrage, even though some consider it to be a tame word these days as some of our population use the word in today’s world in everyday language. Of course those who use the word are not white, as these six girls were. I personally thought that the photo was in very bad taste.
Now we proceed to “Paul Harvey-esque “reporting. A big rally went on a couple of days later where one of the girls apologized for the picture, saying that she was truly sorry and meant no harm. Of course the event was filmed by the local media as a newsworthy event. A female reporter even interviewed the President of the Maricopa County NAACP, who is a 77 year old WHITE guy (believe it or not) named Don Harris. Harris commented on the t-shirts and said that the picture was definitely a racial slur and that is why he attended to witness the girl’s apology. The female reporter thanked him for his comments and the cameraman turn off the camera. Then, as the female reporter was walking off, Don Harris (NAACP President) said to her “Nice tits”. Then he repeated it to a male reporter from The New Times Newspaper. Both comments were caught on tape by other cameras that were not turned off, so the event definitely happened. Now you know “the rest of the story”. My question is: why wasn’t this national news also?
For some more theater of the bizarre, we head over to Wells Fargo Arena where the Arizona State Sun Devils play their home basketball games. They have something called the “Curtain of Distraction” that they use to distract the other teams’ free throw shooters. Olympic Champion Michael Phelps made an appearance last night:
The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is going on in Scottsdale right now. It is a 6 day auction that is the largest car auction in the nation by far. It is so large that 37 hours of the auction are being covered live for the Velocity Channel so that you can watch it live on the television. What is even more amazing is that four other auto auctions are going on in Scottsdale concurrently to this auction. I am including pictures of a couple of cars that are being sold. Of course I wish that I could give the Mustang to our NASCAR expert Qwazier.
The MLB Network Channel is rating the Top 10 players at each position. An analytical device called “The Shredder” makes the final picks. All the positions have been released as yet, but the Arizona Diamondbacks have done very well in the ones that have been released:
First Base: Paul Goldschmidt ranked #1 overall
Centerfield: AJ Pollack ranked #2 overall
Left field: David Peralta ranked #6 overall
Starting Pitcher: Zack Geinke ranked #3 overall
Right field, second base, catcher, shortstop, and relief pitcher are yet to be ranked.
Also the Diamondbacks defense has been ranked #2 behind the Kansas City Royals for 2016. At this point in the off-season, the upcoming season is looking good for the Diamondbacks.