Category Archives: Sports Media

Andre Drummond Hearts Jennette McCurdy

Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy (the one on Sam & Cat that doesn’t have the improbably-high speaking voice) wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal (of all places) about her much-reported flirtation with Detroit Piston Andre Drummond.

A month and a half ago, I logged onto Twitter and saw my timeline clogged with people asking me to follow some account called “@DRE_DRUMMOND_.” Five tweets are easy to ignore; hundreds are not. Impressed by the amount of energy centered on this account, I of course had to click on it. I first read the bio attached: Official Twitter of Andre Drummond. Former UCONN HUSKY F, Now a Detroit Piston. Live by GOD, #T.A.G.O.D. Curious and admittedly ignorant in the sports arena, I took to Google for some research. I read the guy’s Wikipedia page… confronted by statistics and a bunch of basketball jargon, I gathered that he was gifted at basketball… and super, super tall. Not yet satisfied with my knowledge of this guy’s deal, I backtracked on his Twitter page a few months and checked out his Instagram… he appeared personable, youthful, and fun. And judging by the amount of me-related posts he had shared, it seemed he had been expressing his crush on me for quite some time. I found it sweet, gutsy, and flattering. It’s hard not to be impressed by a boy who will express his feelings for you in front of hundreds of thousands of people. I followed him back on Twitter and sent him a public message. We had a brief banter and then he sent me a private message with his phone number. Inevitably, I utilized it.

via Jennette McCurdy on Internet Romance–and Andre Drummond – Speakeasy – WSJ.

I guess this week’s “crap, I’m old” moment will be the realization that an NBA player has been crushing on an actress from a show my kids watch.

Jason Collins vs. Tim Tebow? Why?

Really nice breakdown of Tebow, Collins and, most of all, ESPN’s “debate” programming…

That’s why Broussard was asked by a ham-handed replacement anchor how he felt about Collins saying he’s Christian and why Broussard took the opportunity to say of Collins’ homosexuality: “I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I do not think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.

”Oh, good. And why should anyone care what some sportswriter thinks about what constitutes a Christian? For that matter, why should anyone care about what some disparaging TV windbag thinks about Tebow’s open embracing of his religion?

Did both guys set themselves up a little bit by seeking recognition? I suppose. But does that warrant either receiving the venom they have from a nation increasingly factionalized? Such behavior isn’t just happening; it’s being cultivated.

via Jason Collins vs. Tim Tebow? Why? This is why | PennLive.com.

You’re Not Entitled to Your Opinion

Yesterday, Jason Collins told the world that he’s gay – becoming the first active player in one of the four big American team sports to do so… and generating more press than any replacement-level third-string center in history.

(Tim Tebow’s release actually made yesterday the biggest press event for third-stringers ever… but I digress.)

For the most part, the reaction to Collins’ announcement showed how much attitudes towards homosexuality and the gay community have progressed. Unfortunately, some also showed how far we still have to go. ESPN’s Chris Broussard became the unofficial spokesman for the unenlightened when he took to the airwaves to say, “I don’t believe in homosexuality,” and calling the gay lifestyle “an open rebellion to God.”

While basketball Twitter was quick to condemn Broussard’s statements, ESPN’s preacher-in-residence also had a fair number of supporters. Some even went so far as to chastise Broussard’s critics as “intolerant,” and that Broussard is entitled to his opinion.

Because we’re supposed to tolerate intolerance?

Here’s the thing: you’re not entitled to your opinion. Some opinions are simply wrong; based on incorrect information or a faulty understanding of the world. Faulty opinions about other races and creeds has caused centuries of tragedy… and just because Broussard’s opinion is based on traditional Christian thinking doesn’t make it right.

What’s wrong with his it? Let’s get this out of the way, just for starters:

No one chooses to be gay.

Got that? No one chooses to be gay, just like no one chooses to be Italian, or have green eyes, or have brown skin. Condemning an entire class of people because of who the are is never acceptable. And make no mistake, Broussard – and quite a few others – did exactly that, saying homosexuality itself is a sin.

Now, I don’t know what flavor of Christianity Chris Broussard subscribes to… I was raised Catholic and have a degree from the fine Jesuit institution in the Bronx that was once home to John Skelton and the immortal Smush Parker, so I do come into this discussion with a more-than-basic understanding of Church teaching. And the version I was taught said homosexuality itself is not a sin… but that homosexual sex is, because it occurs outside the bounds of marriage. (That always struck me as one of the more vicious catch-22s in Catholic teaching… it’s OK to be homosexual and Catholic so long as you’re celibate.)

It’s possible that Broussard was trying to express that same thought; he did mention premarital and extra-marital sex as roughly equivalent sins. If that’s the case, though, one has to wonder why he didn’t feel the need to sit in judgement when Mark Jackson’s long-running affair with a stripper became public, or when Carmelo Anthony had a child out of wedlock.

And while we’re on the subject of equivalent sins, let’s review some of the other abominations expressly forbidden by the Bible… but I’ll leave that to Jed Bartlett:

And while we’re getting Biblical… here’s another passage that Chris Broussard – and everyone else – might want to consider before condemning Jason Collins or anyone else:

Let the one among you who is guiltless be the first to throw a stone

John 8:7