I’m seeing from multiple sources this morning that ESPN is pulling an announcer named Robert Lee from a Virginia football game because his name is the same as the famous Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The Robert Lee of 2017, however, is Asian. Lee is a common Asian surname. Being given the first name “Robert” does not make the announcer a Confederate or a racist. But we can say with great clarity that whoever made this decision at ESPN is an absolute imbecile.
President Trump gave a resounding speech in front of 15,000 patriots in Phoenix last evening. I did not watch the speech, but after reading various headlines and excerpts, it appears that it was vintage Trump. He unloaded both barrels on the #fakenews media and his political opponents. Meanwhile, Soros-paid protesters got to melt in the heat outside. (It got up to 107 degrees in Phoenix yesterday.) Imagine wearing a black mask in that kind of heat. No thanks. And I love our president. I love winning. #maga
Tomorrow, we take the 19-year-old back to Memphis to begin his sophomore year of college. This time we’re sending him with a stash of Trump stickers for his car. They keep getting peeled off by Trump haters.
We’re only one week into the NFL’s preseason, and already players are taking a knee during the National Anthem. (And Colin Kaepernick still can’t find a job.) That’s fine. I’m extending my #boycottNFL into a second season. I didn’t miss it last year and can’t imagine I’ll miss it this year. Meanwhile, this will be my first season to #boycottNBA. I can’t imagine that I’ll miss that, either. The Memphis Grizzlies are in decline, and the eventual outcome is more or less a foregone conclusion. (Golden State will win the championship.) The NBA has turned itself into a bore-fest.
The thing I’ve always loved about Memphis sports is that it has been able to unite an otherwise divided city. Nothing unites the people of Memphis the way the Tigers and Grizzlies pull people together. Otherwise, Memphis — as much as I love the place — is and has long been divided racially, economically, and politically. I guess you can say this about most other large American cities. You can also say it about the nation as a whole. Unfortunately, Grizzlies’ Coach David Fizdale decided to wander away from the unity Memphis sports provides and embrace that which divides: politics. I’m not so naive to believe that his inflammatory comments about our beloved President Trump will have a serious negative impact on the fan base. There are a few like me who are completely turned off. But his comments will play well in Memphis, where the craziest people you can imagine win elections (Steve Cohen, Henri “Hank” Brooks, Willie Herenton, the entire Ford family, etc.). The politics of grievance is usually a winner in the Bluff City. And Memphis politicians know how to contrive and exploit grievances for maximum benefit. David Fizdale isn’t stupid in this regard, although he is grossly misinformed about President Trump and history in general. Most Democrats are.