Monday, April 08, 2013

Quote of the Day


"As I periodically tune in to the games -- and alternately cheer and lament the upsets, depending on the outcomes -- I can’t shake the feeling that I’m watching not some heartwarming parable, but a Hunger Games-like tale that microcosmically embodies darker trends. That’s because when you look beyond the the dunks, blocked shots and turnovers and behold the tournament as a business, you are looking at both a reminder of our troubling history and a reflection of the present moment."

-- David Sirota on March Madness and college sports in general

In case you were wondering what you're not allowed to be able to simply enjoy this week, because in reality it's a metaphor for American class inequity and our embrace of crypto-fascism, I give you college basketball -- and of course, David Sirota.

I can't even imagine how exhausting life must be for somebody like this. Everywhere you turn, there's an injustice to be fought, a danger to protect the unwashed from, and a lecture to be given to those who just don't see what's really going on.

Serially stupid. There's no better way to put it. Serially stupid.

7 comments:

jrm78 said...

Methinks David looks for hidden meanings in a tobacco pipe. Ceci ne pas une pipe.

pknaack1 said...

He's not wrong about sports being a big corporate business focused on profits; being a hockey fan has been difficult lately with the year here and half a year there of NHL lockouts fueled entirely by disagreements over money. And of course being a Leafs fan is the most difficult of all since Toronto is the biggest hockey market (in terms of both headcount and dollars) in the world and most embodies the unholy connection between the dollar and eyeballs on a game.

However, I agree with you completely. It's one thing to realize and acknowledge that money plays a big part in sports; it's quite another to ruin enjoyment of said sport because of fear that the money is going to lead to a dystopian future. Corporate support of sports is most definitely NOT the gateway drug to a Hunger Games future; the "heartwarming parable" still exists: the players are playing because they love the game and we're watching because we love it too. People like Sirota need to realize that the money is simply the framework which allows them to ply their craft.

rob said...

Indeed, no better way to put it. I think what has Sirota puckering his butthole so tightly is a thing we call: competition. Someone has to lose in that prospect, its a mad, mad world.

JohnF said...

Sirota's not really wrong about anything here (for once). That doesn't change the fact that he's an absolutely joyless fuck who sucks the life out of anything.

Victor the Crab said...

I just want to say that I love the tag Chez created called The Serially Stupid David Sirota.

ZIRGAR said...

That particular picture of Sirota (him pointing) is emblematic of his white privileged support of a sexist, racist, authoritarian rape culture, what with him, as a white male, forcing his phallus (finger) into the void (vagina, asshole) of everyone who isn't a white male, simply because he can.

JohnF said...

+5 points for ZIRGAR.