My first column on KC Confidential (and maybe my last) and I’m about ready to break four rules…
- Rule One. Don’t talk about the former person in the position. Folks don’t want to be reminded he’s gone. Unlike me the new writer, the old writer has a body of work to show his talents. I got zip. So I should just pretend he never existed.
- Rule Two. Don’t say anything negative about a a well-liked and now deceased public figure. I think the reasons for this rule are self explanatory. The person was well liked. The person is now dead. Nothing to be gained by saying anything negative.
- Rule Three. Don’t talk about fringe sports. That makes sense. When it comes to professional sports we’re pretty much a two team town. As a writer you want people to read what you write. So why write about a sport that has low interest?
- Rule Four. NEVER say anything negative about a female’s physical appearance. Especially if that female is a well liked local athlete. Actually this is a pretty good rule of thumb for life in general and not just for writing on a website. But it doesn’t make sense that we can write about how hot Anna Kornikova is but how unattractive other athletes are. Weren’t Dennis Rodman and Scotty Pippen two of the ugliest men ever to be on the same team?
But as previously stated, I’m going to break some rules.
Me and former KCC writer Greg Hall differ in many areas; one being that he dislikes women and sports.
Now Greg is a heterosexual – at least I think he is – so he’s ok with cheerleaders. But women in sports? Not in Greg’s world. Women reporting on sports? He might have liked thinking about Erin Andrews without clothes on. But I don’t think he’s about her on the sidelines.
One of my early exchanges with Greg was his disdain for the Fabulous Sports Babe. Anyone remember when she graced our local radio waves? I sent Greg her autobiography. He claimed to have read it and still wasn’t impressed. Me? I’m good with female athletes and have had a long history of enjoying their talents.
At one time I was a huge proponent of Kansas City getting a major league pro women’s basketball team.
The American Basketball League was interested in putting a franchise in Kansas City. But recently deceased sports commission point man Kevin Gray blocked the move. He felt it was a league that wasn’t going to last so why bother. In retrospect Kevin was right. But I’ve always resented someone with that much power deciding who gets in the club and who doesn’t.
I figure we should let the consumer decide what works and what won’t, not some fat cat in a fancy office.
This last weekend the Women’s National Basketball Association had its All Star game. My guess is most of you didn’t watch it. Me neither. But I saw some highlights. It was a close game. The WNBA is one of those fringe sports we aren’t suppose to write about.
The WNBA All Star game featured a local athlete from Lee’s Summit, Danielle Adams. She’s obviously good enough that she made the All Star team in her rookie year. Some are talking about her being the WNBA rookie of the year. I watched her dribbling down the court.
And….well…the basketball wasn’t the only thing bouncing.
Settle down Glazer, I’m not talking about her breasts.
You see….Danielle is…the only nice way to put it is, she’s overweight. And as I’m watching her play I’m thinking "How can you be one of the top people in your sport and not be in shape?"
Many have said we’re giving the US Womens soccer team a break for choking because they’re females. But by the same token are we tougher on women that don’t have the ideal weight in sports than what we would be on males?
Their are plenty of male basketball players like Boston Celtic Glen "Baby" Davis that are overweight. And isn’t the NFL full of fat guys?
However more focus is put on Serena Williams cellulite then any male athlete’s beer gut.
So I’m not sure if I’m being fair or not. Danielle I wish you success. And if you lose a few pounds and have even greater success then more power to you. And if not. Well I guess that’s ok too. Who am I to say.
I’m just a guy that breaks the rules, including taking more than the one allotted sample at Sam’s Club.