Vitali Klitschko, who knocked out 41 of his 47 opponents, plays an unfamiliar role as Ukrainian political leader: underdog. Whether facing off with Ukraine’s Russian invaders, ejecting the president he once supported, or relinquishing his heavyweight championship to champion his people in government, Klitschko’s odds often longer in the political arena than they did in the sports arena. Read my piece @ Breitbart Sports on the puncher who would be president.
Lent came early. On December 7--a day that shall live in infamy--I took an alcohol hiatus. Vices operate much like Whac-a-Mole. When you knock one down, another pops up. I stopped drinking beer. I started smoking lots of cigars. Read my column @ the American Spectator on moderation in all things--including moderation.
Jason Collins says he wears number 98 to honor Matthew Shepard, the victim of what the Brooklyn Nets center calls "one of the most notorious antigay hate crimes" But Matthew Shepard's killers didn't murder him because they hated gays. They murdered him because they loved meth. Read my article @ Breitbart Sports that wonders how a murder committed by one of Shepard's sex partners could be labeled an "antigay hate crime."
Nick Saban says he's not necessarily for the "Saban" rule. LeBron looks like the Lone Ranger. The NBA donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to an organization that funds seminars touting "fisting" to teens. The weird world of sports just got weirder. Let me help you figure it out in my weekly "Sports Hangover" column @ Breitbart.com.
Harold Ramis died last week. His kind of movie unfortunately died long before that. Ramis had his fingerprints on Animal House, Caddyshack, Vacation, Stripes, etc.--some of the most hilarious movies in Hollywood history. But those movies are history. Increasing social restrictions on who can and can't be made fun of make America a less fun place. Read my article @ the American Spectator on how our progressive society has adopted more taboos than the most primitive culture.
NFL great Darren Sharper helped write a book about how being a father to a little girl makes him mindful of abuses against women. He now stands accused of multiple rapes in five states. Aaron Hernandez won Pop Warner's Inspiration to Youth Award in May. Then he allegedly murdered his friend in June. Richie Incognito tormented younger teammates by ridiculing them as gays. Now he praises the courage of Michael Sam for coming out. Read my article @ Breitbart Sports on Ray Rice, Darren Sharper, and the NFL Hypocrite Hall of Fame.
I appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources earlier this week debating media coverage of NFL prospect Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay. Watch the segment here.
An Ivy League professor has withdrawn his tenure application after tweeting 30,000 times in a two-year span derailed an academic book project. His success in the Twitterverse has opened up a new career: online aphorist. The twentieth century's greatest aphorist could have fit his thoughts into 140 characters or less. But Eric Hoffer would have never tried to fit in by opening a Twitter account. Read my piece @ the American Spectator on how Twitter gets the brevity of aphorisms right but doesn't much do the wisdom.
More than two centuries ago, Catherine the Great sought to revive the Olympic games by conquering Athens. Her armies failed to get to Greece, but they did conquer areas around the same Black Sea that Sochi overlooks. There, her advisor, enforcer, and lover Grigory Potemkin set up facades and scrubbed up villagers to present a fake picture of "New Russia" to his queen. Read my article @ Breitbart Sports on how Vladimir Putin's winter games borrow from Potemkin's template.
I wrote this week @ Breitbart Sports on the disconnect between the celebratory public commendations of Michael Sam revealing his homosexuality and the anonymously sourced team executives and assistants who discussed the drawbacks of drafting the player and the media circus that goes with him. I also checked in with NFL superscout Chris Landry on where Michael Sam might go in the draft (hint: NFL teams aren't as high on him as GLAAD is). So, CNN contacted me to come on Reliable Sources to discuss Michael Sam. We taped this afternoon. I said what I wanted to say: people asking us to judge Michael Sam by his onfield play refuse to do just that, obsessing over a late-round draft pick because of the guys he dates rather than the quarterbacks he sacks. Watch me on CNN at 11 a.m. Eastern on Sunday.
Beware Cap'n Crunch, Hamburglar, and Aunt Jemima. Atticus Finch and Perry Mason, or at least their less scrupulous peers, come for their cut. A group of lawyers has lobbied state attorneys general to sue the food industry because of obesity-related health-care costs. Read my article @ the American Spectator on how the suit stems less from the enormous appetites of big bellies than from the enormous appetite of big government.
A study by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association shows dramatic declines in baseball, basketball, and football participation among youths from 2008 to now. I caught up to coaches in each of those three sports to get a bead on the causes of the exodus from athletic fields. Read my piece @ Breitbart Sports on why kids who sit in the stands instead of compete on the gridiron, court, or diamond don't know what they're missing.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, an enormously gifted actor, overdosed last weekend. Strangers descended upon his Manhattan neighborhood with flowers and candles. Neighbors confessed that they didn't know that he lived on their block. The scene illustrates the upside-down moral universe in which we live. We extend sympathy and charity to those beyond our reach while we neglect those in front of us. Read my article @ the American Spectator on that paradoxical being, the stranger celebrity, and the pixels and projectors that make us believe he is our friend.
The opening ceremonies for the winter games occur today. How did the Miami Beach of Russia with many palm trees but little in the way of snow land the Winter Olympics? The same way a $36 million ski slope construction project became a $2.3 billion boondoggle, corruption. Read my piece @ Breitbart Sports that asks: if the Olympics go to the highest briber, what's to stop the sale of gold medals?
"I'll break you in half," Congressman Michael Grimm informed a startled reporter after the State of the Union. "Like a boy." Kids hate bullies because they make them feel inferior; adults subconsciously love them because they make them feel superior. So, Michael Grimm, Richie Incognito, and any teenage girl who ever made a disparaging remark about a classmate who later killed herself become subjects of ever lengthening "two-minutes" hate. Read my piece @ the American Spectator on how the anti-bullies have become what they despise.