Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Unless you have been in hibernation, you have read or at least heard about the story released by Shaun King. King went back in time to rekindle a story of alleged misbehavior of a 19 year old Peyton Manning. There are many things that bother me about this story. First of all, there is much about Shaun King that inspires me to question his motive. While I certainly believe a young Manning capable of doing something ridiculous like “tea-bagging” or “mooning” a female trainer…why release this long dead story now? Shaun King has gained much of his notoriety through social media. He is recognized as a leader of the “Black Lives” matter movement…and typically finds a reason to make race an issue. For what it is worth…I am still hoping for a group called “All Lives Matter”, but I digress. Noted as a great fund raiser, questions have been asked regarding the distribution of the funds raised. As in, where did the money go? Another question regarding King is his race. While he claims to be “bi-racial”…others are not so sure:
In going about breaking the 20 year old story about Peyton Manning, King did a very poor job of presenting all of the facts. In truth, he made no effort to use any journalistic objectivity at all. He presented one side of the story…the one most incriminating for Peyton Manning. The timing of this seems to be very convenient and allowed the attention on Cam Newton’s super meltdown to be shift. Of course, the Manning haters jumped on this story as if it happened last week. I continue to be amazed how some will use anything to paint the picture they want to believe. Perhaps before we fully commit, we should consider the source of the information:
Peyton Manning was a great QB and has always presented himself as a professional. Things have changed greatly in the past 20 years. Our society has become very sensitive to any perceived slight or insensitive comment or action. Without doubt, there was change that was needed…but I think that most of us agree that political correctness has taken a ridiculous turn. Years ago, I worked at a restaurant in the Austin area. One of my good friends tells a story about a stunt they pulled when they first moved to town. They were hanging after work, drinking a few beers. His high school buddy began to brag to the others how good my friend was at hypnotizing people. They had done this before, so they knew that someone would always take the challenge. Sure enough…one in the crowd boasted that he was one that would not be hypnotized. So it began…the boastful one was placed on the ground with a towel placed across their eyes. Everyone began to slowly walk around the prone guy while my friend began to chant nonsense and began to quietly say…you will be unable to move. As hard as you might attempt to rise up, you will find that you are frozen to the ground. Now, on the count of three, I will remove the towel and you will be paralyzed. What the guy did not know is that the other friend had stepped out of the circling group, dropped his pants and was now squatting above his head. Of course he was not paralyzed and when the towel was removed his face collided with squatting ass. Sputtering and pissed, he jumped to his feet, pulled out a knife and exclaimed, “Try that again, white ass”. The room resounded with laughter…and soon the knife was put away and he could not help but laugh as well.
What is the point? Adults don’t do things like this. Young men frequently do stupid things that they think are funny. I am making no excuse for what Manning may have done…just as I make no excuse for the stupid things that I did. I do know that I am really happy that all the things I did as a 19 or 20 year old are buried as history. By the way…if you did not laugh at that story, the PC police may have a job for you.
In conclusion, I will use the words that Clay Travis used in his Fox Sports article:
“Is it a collective flaw that we forgive and forget scandalous histories involving our favorite athletes? Perhaps. Or it could just be an acknowledgment that no one’s perfect and that determining exactly what did and did not happen in the dustbin of the past is tough to reconcile in the present day. That could be an interesting column — do sports stars receive more forgiveness than regular people? Are we too lenient when it comes to forgiving off the field incidents if athletes are talented enough on the field? But that wasn’t what Shaun King wrote about. He trumped up an old story and tried to make it into a new story and argue that one reason Manning’s flaws aren’t discussed is because he’s protected by the white establishment.” Sounds just about right to me Clay…
For my Patriot friends, in case you missed this…here is an update on the deflategate saga:
It only took ESPN 13 months to figure out what the rest of us knew all along. The NFL was out to punish New England and the amount of air in those footballs was simply a ruse. It was ridiculous then, just as it is now. What is most embarrassing is that it took ESPN a year to uncover the “truth”.
I happened to catch a story on the MLB channel Tuesday about Rod Carew. Did you know that Carew suffered a massive heart attack last September and was twice revived from death? The attack so damaged Carew’s heart that doctors had to implant a device called an LVAD. He is now on the waiting list for a replacement heart. After years of watching the great Carew at bat, it was pretty tough to see him so diminished. But, Carew is not through. He is determined to attend spring training and put on the uniform one more time. Typical of Carew, he is making the best of his situation. The Minnesota Twins have partnered with Carew to create a yearlong campaign to raise funds for the American Heart Foundation. The campaign is identified as The Heart of 29. If you have a chance, I encourage you to check out the program. Best of luck Rod!
That’s right…today is the day that Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Training 2016. Let the fun begin…
College baseball begins for us this weekend as Blake’s HBU team hosts Binghampton with double headers on Friday and Saturday. I will update the team each week on my blog. Go Huskies!
That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey.
In weightlifting, I don’t think that sudden, uncontrolled urination should automatically disqualify you.
When you are going up the stairs and you take a step, kick the other leg up high behind you to keep people from following too close.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…