Liberal Magazine: If You Want The Patriots To Win The Super Bowl, You’re RacistPosted: January 31, 2015
The Nation Wants Seattle Seahawks To Win Super Bowl
The most recent salvo of Pats-hate comes from noted liberal-weekly, The Nation, which decided to abandon any and all shreds of journalistic bias in favor of declaring the Seattle Seahawks as America’s chosen team. The Deflate-Gate scandal has been revealed as a smoke and mirrors effort to undermine the house that Belichick built, and at this point in the game, these last futile proclamations from the self-proclaimed “flagship of the left” are not only easy to see through, but just flat-out repetitive.
For starters, the article’s main argument is basically as follows: “The NFL is part of a changing, more socially-conscious America, and if you aren’t pulling for the Seahawks, it’s probably because you’re a racist.”
Seriously. It’s all in there.
When I started writing about the intersection of sports and politics in 2003, a countless number of sentences started with two words: “if only”. “If only” star athletes used their hyper-exalted-brought-to-you-by Nike platform to actually say something about the world instead of just trying to sell us more crap. If only they stood up to tired sports media that for decades had treated outspoken athletes with a sneering and, in the case of black players, transparently racist contempt…
This is a team that has had players speak out for the Black Lives Matter movement and a team that has felt no compunction against calling out a commissioner in Roger Goodell who cares more about public relations than the players and the families of players that the league employs…
To have Marshawn Lynch consciously try to control his own labor and by doing so, dredge up the worst impulses in the sports media aristocracy was, intentionally or not, a national service. Thanks to Lynch, we have seen a layer of sports writers regurgitate all of their suppressed bile against young black athletes—tweeting things like their desire for an “English to Marshawn dictionary”—and exposing the long-standing resentments older and mostly whiter sportswriters have towards the people they cover…(read more)
How many times are these guys going to use the same, tired argument? I guess it’s worked in the last two elections, so hell, might as well try it in the Super Bowl.
To be honest, The Nation probably would have gotten away with using the oldest trick in the liberal-book if not for one major mistake. There isn’t a single mention of Seattle’s opponent in the entire article. There’s not a single comment on the on-going smear-campaign being waged against the Pats. There’s no mention of Brady’s quest for another title. There’s isn’t even a single attempt at convincing the readers that the Hawks are playing another team on Sunday. It’s almost as if the author thinks that if he doesn’t utter the words “New,” “England” or “Patriots,” then the readers will just forget about the media filleting the Pats over the past two weeks…. (read more)