Common sense, fairness not applied in Lia Thomas’ case

You’re doubtless aware of the scene. A rube sits down on the poker desk and asks W.C. Fields, “Is this a game of chance?” He solutions, “Not the way I play it, no.”

That brings us to the continuing Lia Thomas debate. Maybe essentially the most ludicrous aspect is that there’s any debate.

Would we debate the veracity of a crooked card recreation, a hard and fast ballgame, a rigged horse race, the cleanliness of any “sports” occasion during which the winner is set as a matter of a conspicuous, simple and insurmountably unfair, thus unsporting, benefit?

But to supply such a standard sense-driven opinion is to danger being condemned as a backward-minded, far right-wing political miscreant — transphobic, homophobic, woefully illiberal and even a hate-monger, as if denying the fitting of Thomas to her pursuit of happiness.

However name-calling has change into the simple response and dismissal versus participating in considerate exchanges.

And if Thomas destroys the fair-play rights of these younger girls she competes towards — their pursuit of happiness by way of reliable aggressive achievement — so what? That’s not her downside, that’s theirs. So far as Thomas is anxious, they will go to hell.

It’s not simply the response of new-wave social engineers and even lunatics with no relevant sense of proper from fallacious, however even by the Biden White Home, which has declared its unconditional assist for transexuals to do and be as they want.

Lia Thomas
Lia Thomas
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In principle, I’m all in on that. I’d present my assist. However not unconditionally. And that makes me what, a bigot? Do as you would like? Certain. However to anybody you would like? No manner.

In apply, no less than within the case of Ms. Thomas, the previous non-achiever on the College of Pennsylvania males’s swimming crew, it’s preposterous — particularly as she has “earned” an NCAA championship and set a Ivy League time document.

As a male, Bruce Jenner was among the many greatest athletes on the earth. On the 1976 Olympics he received the 10-event decathlon, if that counts for something.

University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Women's Swimming &Diving Championships.
College of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas received the 500-yard freestyle on the NCAA championships.
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But Wednesday, as Caitlyn Jenner, she tweeted that Thomas’s swimming triumphs towards girls are bogus:

“It’s not transphobic or anti-trans, it’s COMMON SENSE!”

Nonetheless, Thomas swims on and wins on, leaving vanquished younger girls actually in her wake. Previous to her nationwide consideration, no less than three women and girls’s highschool and faculty monitor championships have been received — and simply — by males transitioned to females.

But the controversy as as to whether widespread sense ought to be utilized or deserted, whether or not honest play ought to be misplaced to incontrovertibly unfair play, continues. That’s debatable?

Oh, properly, now let’s get again to common sense issues, equivalent to throwing tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} at largely bizarre NFL TV voices, although not one has the flexibility to make a single soul watch.

Widespread sense. Going, going, gone.

Bryant Gumbel
Bryant Gumbel

Gumbel will get ‘Real’ by getting hypocritical

Oddly sufficient, the most recent version of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” features a piece on the snowboarding Cochran household — world class and Olympic skiers that function a ski faculty in Vermont, a faculty that offers particular consideration to deprived and bodily impaired children.

How did this go muster with the present’s grasp, Bryant Gumbel?

Previous to the beginning of the 2006 Winter Olympics, Gumbel used his “Real Sports” platform to talk one of the blindly bigoted, ignorant racial screeds, but walked away untouched, his incendiary, small-minded phrases totally indulged, then forgotten. Or, within the phrases of the winter sports activities season, he skated.

Right here goes:

“Lastly, tonight, the Winter Video games. Depend me amongst those that don’t care about them and received’t watch them. In truth, I determine that when Thomas Paine stated that these are the occasions that strive males’s souls, he should’ve been speaking concerning the begin of one other Winter Olympics.

“As a result of they’re so attempting, perhaps over the following three weeks we should always all strive, too. Like, strive to not be incredulous when somebody makes an attempt to hyperlink these video games to these of the traditional Greeks who by no means heard of skating or snowboarding.

“So strive to not chuckle when somebody says these are the world’s best athletes, regardless of a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Video games appear to be a GOP conference. Strive to not level out that one thing’s not likely a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what’s known as a kiss-and-cry space, whereas some panel of subjective judges decides who received.

“And try to blot out all logic when announcers and sportswriters pretend to care about the luge, the skeleton, the biathlon and all those other events they don’t understand and totally ignore for all but three weeks every four years.”

In different phrases, the Winter Video games weren’t worthy of his consideration as a result of they have been predominantly contested by white athletes. Their devotion and coaching to change into the perfect of their chosen sport meant nothing to Gumbel as a result of they have been largely white and he was unfamiliar with the occasions.

How a lot did he know concerning the Summer time Video games’ hammer throw or Greco-Roman wrestling? Would he have stated the identical had he nonetheless been employed by NBC, the Olympics community?

Not that Gumbel would have dared stooped so low as to observe these Olympics, however Shani Davis, a velocity skater from Chicago — the town during which Gumbel was raised — turned the primary black to win a person Winter Video games gold medal.

And now “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” has additional betrayed Gumbel’s dimwitted racism and ignorance to current a chunk on a white household from Vermont that has devoted itself to, ugh, snowboarding.

TV steals TOs from coaches

Reader Michael Parente is the primary of a number of who’ve written to marvel how Bobby Knight would reply to conducting a stay, on-court interview throughout an NCAA Event recreation as a substitute of teaching his crew throughout a day trip. Regardless, that is the most recent in feckless “look what we can do!” (what we pay the NCAA for) TV.

“Coach, what would you be telling your team if you weren’t forced to stand here talking to me?”

The NIT semis and finals reportedly are leaving the Backyard after this yr. The NIT within the Backyard is the place the Knicks totally found a participant who led Southern Illinois to the 1967 title with a win over Marquette, a participant by the title of Walt Frazier.

World gone nuts, continued: The NFL’s Panthers, after investing $170 million in a brand new challenge, need the town of Charlotte to kick within the stability, $630 million. That’s $800 million to construct the crew a brand new apply facility. The Panthers have been among the many first NFL groups to demand PSLs.

Bob Knight
Bob Knight argues with a referee throughout an Indiana recreation in 1999.

But once more, the NCAA Event last shall be one other fight-sleep, TV money-first problem to greater than half the nation’s inhabitants. Tip-off time, Monday, April 4 on CBS, shall be someday after 9 p.m. Solely TV cash — prime-time ad income on each coasts — prevents it from being an all-in, greatest-good watch on, say, a late Sunday afternoon.

There are sports activities playing apps that invite “lightning bets” or “action bets” during which those that cowl the unfold are paid extra for each level scored past the quilt and lose extra for each level by which they fail to cowl. Such motion targets these bothered by a playing illness, those that lose extra — typically much more — than meant, as the chances, by definition, favor the home.

Grant Hill looks like a stunning fellow, however Monday evening I’d commerce him for Jim Spanarkel, Dan Bonner, Avery Johnson or Steve Lappas. I’d do it for the constant enlightenment of the viewers, as loopy as that appears.

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