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The Creation of a Chicago Sports Fan

I thought this was a great question posed on this thread at Ace of Spades HQ. Sent me down memory lane…

245 You raise an interesting psychological phenomenon: the reason why any given individual chooses the particular sports franchises/teams they favor. Some of it may indeed be territorial (the “home team” thing), but I’m always interested to know why people choose to support the teams they do. Locality? Coach? Players? History? Mascot? It can be quite complex.

Posted by: Curly Mustard at October 14, 2009 05:55 PM

You know, that would make a great thread. Why did you start rooting for X team (pro/college)?

I was just lucky that I was born and raised in Chicago. Grandma and mom were die-hard Cubs fans. Uncle was a HUGE White Sox and Blackhawks and Bears fan. So I had them get me started with sports.

I was born in 1976. Grew up a huge fan of Ryne Sandberg and ended up playing Little League from the age of 7. My position? 2nd Base, just like Ryno.

I remember the 1983 Winnin’ Ugly White Sox. The 1984 Cubs heartbreak to the Padres (still ‘hate’ Steve Garvey). Then the 1985 Bears. Then, of course, we had Michael Jordan on the Bulls starting in 1984. We had the 1989 Cubs losing to Will Clark and the SF Giants. 1990 Blackhawks and Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Belfour leading the ‘Hawks to the Stanley Cup (only to get swept by the damn Penguins). 1991-1993 Three-Peat Bulls, 1996-1998 Re-Peat Three-Peat Bulls.

So all throughout my formative years (1983-1998, I was 7-22 years old), I had my hometown sports teams, introduced to me by my sports fan family members, all doing well, in one sport or another. And I just became hooked. I was very lucky.

That said, in 1990, the KC Chiefs played my Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. They had Neil Smith and a young LB named Derrick Thomas wreaking havok on our offense. I SO enjoyed great defense and pass rushing, and I became an instant fan of Derrick Thomas and the KC Chiefs.

Side story… 7 years later in DEC 1997, my life was coming apart after a bad breakup and, as a result, I end up flunking half my engineering finals my Junior year at Purdue. I just happened across a classmate looking at the jobs board upon coming out of my last engineering class for the day and I asked if there was anything good. He said not much, but I perused the board and noticed a posting for an internship in Kansas City, Missouri with TWA at their engine overhaul base. I thought, COOL, I could be in the same city as the Chiefs football team! On that basis alone — nevermind what the job was all about and I had no interest at all in airplane engines or TWA — I applied for the internship, impressed my eventual boss in my interview, got the internship, moved out to KC for the 7 month internship and turned my entire life around. I still root for the Chiefs to do well to this day — and can’t stand the Broncos and John Elway and was crushed when Derrick Thomas got into the accident, was paralyzed and lost his life.

Posted by: Michael in MI at October 14, 2009 06:15 PM

October 14, 2009 , 6:32PM Posted by | Life, NFL, Sports | 1 Comment

Political “Rules of Engagement” in the U.S.A.

I left this comment at Ace of Spades HQ regarding the rumor that Rush was being forced out as a potential owner of the St Louis Rams:

316 290 This is where people like rush who play by the rules get creamed. Maybe rush should leak all the names and everyone involved.

Posted by: curious at October 14, 2009 06:36 PM

Reminds me of the scene in The Dark Knight where the Joker told Batman that he would have to break his one rule in order to defeat him.

Or, on a serious note, on a different level, it’s like the Rules of Engagement for our military against enemies who follow no rules of engagement and our military having to follow the Geneva Conventions, while the enemy refuses to follow them, yet still gets the same protections as those who do.

There are political rules of engagement that the Right forces itself to follow, while the Left — including and especially the mass media, including the sports media — follows no such rules.

Posted by: Michael in MI at October 14, 2009 06:53 PM

And yeah, that’s right, I just insinuated that the Left are like the terrorists. Prove me wrong, bitches. Since that is the new standards we are using now… you know, making shit up out of whole cloth to smear a political opponent. Don’t like your political opponents using your despicable dirty tactics against you, then don’t use them yourselves.

Speaking of which, gotta save this one for posterity. Another woman who gets my motor running with her righteous ‘right-wing’ outrage. heh

211 “Thou callest me a dog before thou hast cause. But since I am a dog, beware my fangs.”

That so eloquently sums up how I think the right should fight back. Since we’re so evil and whatever, let’s fight back like the Hounds of Hell. Bring it, bitches.

Posted by: wherestherum at October 14, 2009 06:01 PM

Hot damn. Her boyfriend is a lucky man.

October 14, 2009 , 6:25PM Posted by | Fascism, Liberalism, Media Bias, NFL, Racism, Rush Limbaugh | 1 Comment

Rush Limbaugh’s “NFL… Bloods and the Crips…” Quote in FULL Context

This quote has been completely taken out of context by the usual racists and race hustlers to smear Rush Limbaugh. Well, here’s the quote in FULL context. You can decide for yourself if it makes Rush “racist”:

The Classless NFL Culture
January 19, 2007


CALLER: I’ve listened to you since September 11th, and I find that I almost always agree with you. I’d say I only disagree with you about 1.5% of the time coincidentally enough. But the reason I’m calling today, sir, is I wanted to get your thoughts regarding what LaDainian Tomlinson had to say about Bill Belichick this past week.

RUSH: Okay, I’m going to take your call, I’m going to use this to expand the answer to incorporate all of the National Football League if you don’t mind.

CALLER: Not at all.

RUSH: To set the table for people who do not know, after the Chargers and Patriots game, the Chargers sitting around moping, all depressed, because they had the game won, it was just all kinds of stupid mistakes, and let me tell you what happened. Some of the Patriots went to midfield where the Chargers logo is and started doing an imitation of a victory dance done by Chargers player Shawne Merriman after he sacks a quarterback. Now, here are the Chargers who have lost a game they should have won, who lost a game precisely because of the same kind of behavior they’re ripping the Patriots for, and LaDainian Tomlinson says that was classless, (paraphrasing) “We went in there, we beat them twice on their field and we didn’t disrespect them. This obviously comes from the head coach,” meaning Belichick. LaDainian Tomlinson was accusing Belichick of ordering his players and creating a culture that would make it okay for players to go on the field and taunt and so forth and so on.

Now, LaDainian Tomlinson to me is the classiest player in the National Football League. He doesn’t do a dance, he doesn’t spike the ball when he scores. He and Marvin Harrison are the two most classy individuals playing in the National Football League today, in skill positions. They just hand the ball back to the referee. They act like they’ve been there and done that, like scoring a touchdown is no big deal, they don’t taunt, they don’t act like they’ve been dissed or any of this. Let me tell you, the Chargers would not have lost that game were it not for a bunch of — I gotta be very careful here. It’s not just irresponsible, but there is a cultural problem in the NFL that has resulted in a total lack of class on the part of professional players.

There was a play where Brady was third and long, he was sacked, fumbled the ball, the Patriots recovered it, it will be fourth and long, forcing an interesting decision late in the game by the Patriots. After the play is over, a Chargers player gets in the face of a Patriots player, head butts him and starts jawing. This is the reason these guys are getting shot in bars, folks, late at night. Fifteen-yard penalty, automatic first down. So for the Chargers to complain about the lack of class by the Patriots, I found laughable. I think something ought to be done about it, because I love the game of football, and I don’t like the kind of culture that’s taking over, that “you can’t diss me, you can’t disrespect me.” After every sack, players are acting like they’ve won the Super Bowl, and they’re prancing around with these idiotic dances. The latest thing is to act like they’re making a jump shot in basketball. It’s all done to taunt; it’s all done to taunt the other team’s fans.

I don’t want boring football. I don’t want the no-fun league, but you can certainly have great football games without a lack of class. I don’t know how it’s been allowed to happen this way. I guess the coaches don’t feel confident to continue — this was very rare for the Patriots to act the way they did, and who knows what led to it. I don’t think of Belichick as that kind of coach, but Tomlinson’s words reverberated around the league. A lot of people said, “I’m glad he said something, because Belichick is getting away here with an image that he doesn’t deserve.” I’ve played golf with Belichick; he’s a mild-mannered, soft-spoken man. I even saw him at a cocktail party here in Palm Beach before dinner one night. That whole organization to me exudes class, as does Tom Brady, and you don’t see them doing this kind of stuff.

One of the reasons the Pittsburgh Steelers had trouble this year was a total lack of discipline, in addition to all their turnovers, total lack of discipline, 15-yard penalties, unnecessary roughness, taunting after plays are over, after successful defensive stands, they blow it. There’s something culturally wrong here that is leading to all this. It’s gotta be dealt with at the top, because it simply is classless. I can I understand LaDainian Tomlinson being upset because he doesn’t do this stuff. But in the current NFL climate the best way for the Chargers to prevent that from happening is win the game and keep this insidious, ridiculous, boorish, classless behavior to a minimum so that you don’t lose it on account of that. It’s just disappointing, and it’s a mystery to me why it’s being allowed to continue. Well, actually, I understand partially why it continues, and that’s because of ESPN.

ESPN lives off this. ESPN created Terrell Owens. Terrell Owens is who he is, but if Terrell Owens weren’t constantly on television with his antics after touchdowns — I remember, I called this. You remember the Monday night game on ABC and Seattle when after scoring a touchdown, T.O. playing for the Fort’iners, pulls a Sharpie out of his sock, autographs the ball and gives it to somebody. I said, “Folks, this is going to lead to nothing but trouble.” Everybody said, “Come on, Rush, lighten up, that was funny.” It was classless. Go back and look at the greats who played this game. They would not do anything of the sort, maybe hand the ball off, but not pull a Sharpie out. Everybody started to talk about how much fun that was, ooh, how cool, how creative. Then we get Joe Horn of the United States Saints after he scored a touchdown pulling a cell phone out of his socks and faked making a phone call. Well, guess what shows up on ESPN? So these guys get validated, everybody wants to stand out, they want to get endorsement deals and so forth. So television, making stars out of people who engage in classless behavior helps lead to it and contribute to it. No question in my mind about it. I’ll bet the guy that called from El Paso did not expect this as an answer.


RUSH: Look it, let me put it to you this way. The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.

October 14, 2009 , 5:46PM Posted by | Jason Whitlock, Media Bias, NFL, Rush Limbaugh | 13 Comments