Friday, May 26, 2017

ESPN has lurched left politically and has injected victimology into its sports conversation-Jason Whitlock

May 26, 2017, "Former Observer sportswriter Jason Whitlock: Cord-cutting hurts ESPN, but so does its politics," Charlotte Observer, Langston Wertz, Jr.

"Former Charlotte Observer sportswriter Jason Whitlock says that, yes, cord-cutting is to blame for heavy losses in ESPN viewership. But Whitlock, a former ESPN employee now working at Fox Sports 1, also says the network’s politics are also part of the blame.

According to Nielsen data, ESPN has lost more than 11 million subscribers in the past five years. Whitlock -- who is co-host of FS1’s “Speak For Yourself” sports talk show with Colin Cowherd and Jason McIntyre -- appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on the Fox News Network Thursday. Carlson said ESPN was still the most powerful brand in sports, but he questioned whether ESPN was pushing politics too much.

“I think you’ve asked the right question,” Whitlock answered. “I think cord-cutting has a lot to do with their subscriber and the viewership loss. But the animosity and some of the viewership loss, I do think is a direct result of their lurch to the left (politically), and injecting progressive victimology into the sports conversation.

“If you really understand sports culture, and all the values taught in sports, from Little League, Pee Wee, on, you’re never a victim. There are never any excuses that are accepted. Every coach teaches every play from 5 years old on to 45 years old, we don’t tolerate excuses, we don’t tolerate victimology, and now so much of the conversation by the sports media, ESPN being the leader of this, is just filled with so-and-so is a victim, Colin Kaepernick’s a victim, everybody’s a victim. It’s turning traditional sports fans off.”

Whitlock said he has written and talked often about what he feels is a change in the sports landscape.

I think, again, so much of the media has moved left,” Whitlock said. “It applies to ESPN, but it also applies to all the media. Silicon Valley, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram is now in control of the mainstream media. Everyone is catering all of their content to Silicon Valley and San Francisco values.

“That’s far different than the old media which catered everything to New York traditional liberal values. The values in San Francisco, a bit more revolutionary, a bit more progressive, than a traditional New York-based media.”"

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Mystique and Aura take the field at Yankee Stadium as Derek Jeter's #2 is retired, likely last time Jeter, Bernie, Mariano, Posada and Pettitte are on the field together

"Mystique and Aura" fan sign from World Series game 5 at Yankee Stadium, Nov. 1, 2001, Yankees won 3-2 in 12 innings.

11/2/2001, "Mystique, Aura, and Timely Hits," Tim Sullivan


"During the 2001 World Series, then Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, Curt Schilling was asked if the Diamondbacks would have any trouble handling the Yankee “mystique.” Schilling responded saying Mystique and Aura sound like dancers at a night club.

The next night, Fox cameras spotted the greatest fan sign ever that read "Mystique and Aura Appearing Nightly.""...


Above, 5/14/17, "Yankees retire Derek Jeter's No. 2," Newsday

5/14/17, "Derek Jeter’s No. 2 officially retired by Yankees," Newsday, Laura Albanese

""Looking back, it was a special time, a special period in Yankee history.” 

And one that very officially came to a close Sunday. The current Yankees have plenty of promise, but there’s no denying this could have been the last time Jeter and Williams and Rivera and Posada and Martinez and Pettitte and Torre are on the field together.

Above, 5/14/17, First three to the left of Jeter plaque: Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte. First two to the right are Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams. New York Yankees twitter

(continuing): "“It’s the end of an era,” Posada said. “He’s it. He’s the last one.”"


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Friday, May 05, 2017

Actor Joe Mantegna throws first pitch in Chicago for Yankees-Cubs, 5/5/17

5/5/17, "Actor Joe Mantegna throws a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Cubs take on the New York Yankees at Wrigley Field on May 5, 2017 in Chicago." getty. Final, 3-2, Yankees over Cubs. "Yankees vs. Cubs," Newsday.com

"The Yankees opened a three-game set against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs with a come-from-behind 3-2 win on Friday at Wrigley Field."

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