Well, Riley Cooper surely demonstrated a severe case of “podo-oral syndrome” – foot in mouth disease – last week. If you are enough of a sports fan to read these rants, then you must have heard about and read about the incident last week where Cooper was caught using the N-word at or near a concert that he attended. The reaction to all of that was predictable and plentiful; it was a lead story on lots of newscasts on networks other than ESPN.
Let me state briefly my reaction here:
The use of the N-word is inappropriate today in any circumstance other than when one is quoting a portion of Huckleberry Finn as written by Mark Twain in the 1880s. Twain’s use of that word is perfectly acceptable and appropriate because it was the language of the day; using that word today is unacceptable and inappropriate. Period.
Perhaps someone else has commented on this kerfuffle in the same dimension but if he/she has, I have missed it. The reaction to and the situation created by Riley Cooper’s words makes one think about the ongoing kerfuffle regarding the nickname of the Washington NFL Football Team.
When one uses the N-word, just about everyone in the US who is over the age of 10 with an IQ over the 85 level sits up and takes notice. Just about everyone knows that is a slur; just about everyone agrees that word should not be used; just about everyone furls their brow and looks at the person who would utter the word – or put it in print – and wonders what made them do that.
When one uses the word, Redskins, some folks react with the same abhorrence as they would to the N-word. At the same time, there are lots of folks – maybe even a majority of folks – in the US who hear the word and do not have a visceral reaction that “this is not something one should ever say”.
Please do not try to put any value system or value inference on the two paragraphs above. Take them at face value; the N-word triggers a reaction of revulsion in the vast majority of Americans; “Redskins” triggers a similar reaction in a minority of Americans. There you have the hill that the folks who want to force the Danny Boy Snyder to change the team name need to climb.
Many people have called for the NFL or the Eagles to suspend Cooper for his remarks. Whatever… Let us suppose for a moment that the NFL and the NFLPA agreed that there should be a suspension handed down here because the offense was egregious to a majority of the players in the NFL. If that is the case, then suspend him… HOW-EVAH…
Should there also be suspensions for players of every race who make racial or ethnic slurs in their speech?
When political correctness meets accountability, often things go off the track…
The mayor of Philadelphia – a Black man – said that if someone in the mayor’s office made such a comment, the mayor would indeed suspend him – and maybe suspend him permanently. I’ll bet the good citizens of Philly will be glad to see Hizzonner the Mayor come down like a ton of bricks on the first person from now in his Administration who does something that violates the law or the ethics of the office. After all, those kinds of behaviors are much worse than uttering the N-word, which is still not against the law…
Here is Greg Cote of the Miami Herald finding a pony in the giant pile of horsesh*t that has been created by Riley Cooper’s commentary:
“Parting thought: Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, who is white, is in trouble for being caught on video using the N-word. He might have ruined his NFL future. The good news? He can always find work in Paula Deen’s kitchen.”
While I am on the subject of Greg Cote commenting on matters related to the NFL, let me throw this one into the mix for your consideration:
“NFL is revamping its Pro Bowl, eliminating the AFC vs. NFC format and instead separating voted-in players between teams via a fantasy-league-type draft. This won’t change, though: End result will be a game players don’t want to play in and fans don’t want to watch.”
Amen, Brother Cote. Preach on…
Here is Greg Cote getting to the bottom of the critical issue of the team nickname for the Florida State sports teams:
“Parting thought: Retired Bobby Bowden has accepted a marketing/promotions role with Florida State. His first suggestion: Drop the school’s politically incorrect Seminoles nickname and henceforth refer to all FSU teams as the ‘Dadgumits’.”
You know, I think Cote and Bowden might be onto something here…
In case you had not heard, tickets for the Las Vegas Bowl game – to be played on 21 December this year – have gone on sale. That game will feature “a Pac-12 team” (no specification other than it has to have 6 wins for this season) against “the top selection from the Mountain West”. Note, that does not say the “Mountain West Champion” just “the top selection” which might be whatever is left over after another bowl or two has its draft pick from the conference. Isn’t that exciting/enticing? Are you going online to get those hot tix right now?
Finally, here is a note from Gregg Drinnan in the Kamloops Daily News last weekend:
” ‘Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly spent $750,000 on four gold-plated toilets,’ notes R.J. Currie of SportsDeke.com ‘I recall an ex-friend installed one of those for a party; I found out later it was his tuba.’ “
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………