4 Sports Leagues Whose New Scandals Explain Modern America
There is no way to "stick to sports." Because here's one way being alive is more interesting than people think it is: a sport like football intersects with everything from social justice to global empire-building to organized crime. Also not all American like sports, but did you know all Americans pay taxes that fund pro sports leagues? Did you know basketball caused an international incident this month? And ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBAAAAAAAALL INJUSTICE DRESSED UP AS A JOB OPPORTUNITYYYYYY?
On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Dan Hopper (Cracked, The New Yorker) and David Roth (Deadspin, The Best American Sportswriting) for a deep dive into the deeply ridiculous current scandals in each major American sport. They'll look at the ways the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL revealed major truths about our society by majorly shooting themselves in the foot. Also listen for a uniquely insane announcer who somehow isn't American, a baseball team so vile it makes the Yankees kind of likable, and the perfect approach to watching sports without being taken advantage of by them.
Alex stopped watching the NFL after the 2016-2017 season.
"After today's workout in Atlanta, an NFL executive at Colin Kaepernick's throwing session said his arm talent is "elite" and is the same as when he came out of college. He said that Kaepernick threw the ball well." -- Adam Schefter on Twitter
NFL Passer Rating Career Leaders (ProFootball-Reference.com) -- Colin Kaepernick was ranked 23rd in NFL history as of this taping
"Every day there's a headline like "TRUMP CORNERED: He's Never Been More Scared And Alone" then that night he's at some rally yelling "whatever happened to 'nobody beats The Wiz?' We're bringing back The Wiz, folks" to 7,000 hooting Dick's managers" -- Dan Hopper on Twitter
"Listen....@dmorey does NOT speak for the @HoustonRockets. Our presence in Tokyo is all about the promotion of the @NBA internationally and we are NOT a political organization. @espn" -- Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta on Twitter
"In siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly-owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime." -- Vice President Mike Pence (via ABC News)