Gimme Shelter (in the Rink)

Cup'pa JoeJust a hunch, but after what we saw Monday in court in Richmond, I suspect we won’t much hear the Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?” played over the NFL’s loudspeakers beginning the Sunday after next. (Like I knew who the Baha Men were; ah, Google.) Call this the Knee-jerks of an increasingly disaffected contemporary sports fan.

  • An ESPN Radio personality took to Fox News last night and reported that since the year 2000, more than 300 NFLers have been arrested. More than three hundred. This ESPN personality referred to this state of affairs as the league’s “climate of criminality.” Ya think?
  • Will we need an additional CourtTV channel merely to cover the criminal jurisprudence of the modern, non-hockey-playing pro athlete?
  • It would be interesting to go back in time, to ESPN’s founding year of 1979, and compare a week’s worth of SportsCenter stories then as they related to athlete criminality versus that of about 25 years later.
  • Mark Twain is alleged to have famously said that he wanted to be in Cincinnati on the day the world ended, figuring it would end there considerably later. But what if Twain could have been introduced to the contemporary Cincinnati Bengals, who own their fair share of the more than 300 perp walks? “I want to be in Newark on the day the world ends” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
  • In the current climate of sports criminality, we can really admit any further discussion of closing Gitmo?
  • On relativity: I’m going to be in the Midwest this Labor Day weekend, keeping an eye on my beloved Fighting Irish footballers. Years back, the then perceived ruffian Miami Hurricanes visited Notre Dame Stadium, and ND students t-shirt marketed the matchup as “Catholics vs. Convicts.” Steve Walsh I believe was the ‘Canes QB then. But beyond being a bit boorish for the times, did the ‘Canes of ’90 really have anything on the gridiron grossness of today?
  • I have it on reasonably good authority that the NFL’s Security Office employs no small number of successfully recruited, or retired-from-but-still-in-their-prime, FBI personnel. Apparently they are very, very busy in the leadup to the NFL draft. A pro league might do well to hire a Bureau vet to head up its security office, but a veritable army of them?
  • He’d never admit it, but if anyone in America is grateful (in muted fashion) for the current mess in Atlanta and Virginia, it’s David Stern. Doesn’t the Pacers-Pistons brawl of 2004, and all of the talking head tongue wringing it ocassioned, seem like a calamity of about 22 years ago?
  • A generation or so ago pro tennis was plagued by bad actors on its courts, and today it’s known for the comparatively quiet and respectful demeanor of its athletes. I get mildly optimistic thinking about this example. But then I think: there’s a world of difference between Ille Nastase screaming obscenities at a linesman and say a QB electrocuting or hanging canines.
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11 Responses to Gimme Shelter (in the Rink)

  1. Rage says:

    Dude, give it a rest. There are bad people in every profession. You don’t need to denigrate someone else to make yourself look better.

  2. norske says:

    “In the current climate of sports criminality, we can really admit any further discussion of closing Gitmo?”
    Wait. What?

  3. OrderedChaos says:

    I’m pretty sure it was a joke about so many criminals coming out of the sports world that closing any prisons, even Gitmo, would cause uncontrolled overcrowding.
    Man, explaining a joke pretty much takes all the humor out of it, eh? 😉

  4. NameChange says:

    Any chance we can get the Richmond Renegades to change their name and logo? I was thinking it would be fitting if they changed to the Richmond Pit Bulls.
    That shot wasn’t too close to home was it?

  5. Capsaholic says:

    MV will be fine once his “Open Pit Bull BBQ Sauce” hits the market.
    (rim shot)

  6. P-Mac says:

    You hear less about hockey infractions in the media because you hear less about hockey in general … a point this blog endlessly hammers like a five-year-old.
    The NFL suspended Vick for two reasons: lying and gambling. Not for the dogs themselves. Interestingly enough, the only time the NHL can make the papers beyond the back pages is when they a) decide to cancel an entire season or b) on the heels of that lost season, find themselves mired in gambling news of their own.
    Keep on trying to pretend that the largely white population — wait, I’m sorry, your term was two-parent families — that plays hockey is better than the largely black population that plays basketball and football.

  7. P-Mac, you’ve given us an unprecedented and engrossing line of investigative inquiry: that significant criminality exists in hockey but simply is covered up by the sport’s deficit media. Promise, I’ll get right on it; I have insiders contacts in the sport that can aid. In the meantime, as our blog strikes you as all too often merely the racist ramblings of pre-juveniles, we obviously will be losing you as a reader; surely you can’t continue your patronage — what would that say about your online reading habits?

  8. P-Mac says:

    The number 300 is nice and vague. Do you have this number broken down by charge — attempted murder, dogfighting, DUI, domestic abuse, assault? How about by player — does this number include Pacman Jones just once, or all five times he has been arrested since he left college? Does this include players who have simply appeared in the league at least once since 2000, and may have found handcuffs after leaving the league? Do you have the same numbers for the NHL, NBA, MLB, and MLS during that time period?
    Try not to forget that in that same time period — “since the year 2000” — hockey seems to be the only sport where criminal charges have been considered, twice, for actions performed during the game, as part of the game.

  9. pepper says:

    Both the NFL and the NBA couldn’t be less worthy of attention.

  10. sk84fun_dc says:

    pucksnbooks…have you branched out…did Door Number 3 hire you to write this ad campaign 🙂
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2999292
    Have to agree with Rage about your post…, plus there are a number of character people in the NHL, there are a number of players and ex-players that have gotten themselves in trouble with the law, etc.

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