Especially the sports media. If they can rile up the faithful by pissing them off or exaggerating to the tenth power, 9 times out of 10 they’ll rock with it.
Even normally clear thinking dudes like Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger.
Mellinger unleashed a pair of doozies the past week or so, starting by aligning himself with KCC scribe Craig Glazer in grousing that the NFL came down way too hard on the New England Patriots and Tom Brady for cheating.
“Somehow, despite the existence of common sense, there is enough hysteria or schadenfreude that many adult humans are taking this seriously and as just punishment,” Mellinger wrote.
“There was no proof that Brady did or knew about anything that violated the NFL’s rules,” he added.
The prisons in this country are teeming with people convicted of crimes on circumstantial evidence. Since when did the NFL or anybody else have to have photos of Brady himself letting the air out of the balls or emails from him instructing someone else to do so?
That’s not the only way justice is played out in this country.
Entertainment scribe Bob Lefsetz said it best:
“Take away their Super Bowl victory. That’s right, strip them of their success, show that rules matter…No one can take any responsibility. And when caught, they get on their high horse and deny it…If Brady and the Patriots skate on this no one will be dissuaded from cheating in the coming years.”
Like Craig, Mellinger doesn’t seem to get that.
You know, armchair quarterback it.
That may be how sports writing and blathering on sports talk radio is conducted, but it’s not how crime, punishment and justice are carried out.
In today’s column Mellinger suggests that were the powers that be at Kansas to agree to play Missouri in basketball and/or football it would be a fireable offense.
Give me a break.
I live here now and can tell you that there’s a ton of unrealistic KU fans who’s cult like devotion and snobbery are out of control.
It’s silly, not to mention petty.
They don’t want to play Wichita State – which KU should – because Wichita is a town full of hicks who have everything to gain and nothing to lose by playing Kansas in basketball.
It’s a total snob thing.
Because of course were Wichita State to win every time or three, KU would effectively be anointing the underclass with its cache and credibility. And nobody here wants to see their ex-wife or girlfriend being bedded by a heathen from lowly Wichita.
But seriously, carrying on for a war and peace length column about not wanting to play Missouri because one of KU’s fans doesn’t like that Missouri was a slave state 150-plus years ago?
Come on, Sam.
And like if KU basketball coach Bill Self agreed to play Missouri he’d be fired…according to numerous unnamed sources.
Look, it totally makes sense that KU doesn’t want to play Mizzou in football – duh – but the time will come, sooner rather than later that the school’s sports rivalry will be renewed.
Time heals all wounds and KU’s recuperated from the fear it might get left behind several years back in the world of major conference affiliations.
Everybody wanted Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Missouri, but nobody seemed to have the hots for poor KU with one of the worst major college football teams in America.
Missouri didn’t do anything that any of those other schools didn’t do – or try to – or that KU wouldn’t have done were it to have had the opportunity.
They were all rats deserting what appeared to be a sinking ship, and what rat in his or her right mind wouldn’t try and hop a life raft on the Titanic?
So anyway, we’re to believe that after talking further about all this to some of the KU faithful, Mellinger now gets it. He understands how heinous it would be for KU to renew the Border War.
And Tom Brady and the Pats should have gotten a wrist slap – I get it. Thank you, Judge Judy.