I try to be a practical man. Sorry, make this person even though I identify as male.
But I feel like we have become so immersed in ideologies that useful common sense – practical sense – is no longer seen as useful, and should therefore be avoided being practiced in public.
The Supreme Court is set to rule on the case of a high school football assistant coach who was fired for refusing to stop holding voluntary midfield prayer sessions after games.
The public school, in Bremerton, Washington, tried to reach a compromise with coach Joe Kennedy, offering to accommodate his pre-game and/or post-game faith in a less visible setting, but Kennedy rejected it on the grounds that his freedom of speech and religion would be taken away.
Apparently it was important to him and many of his teenage players/adherents to be seen kneeling in prayer, which appears to be a case of spiritual display.
Despite the country’s ideal of separating the church from intentional anchoring, it was presented as a tough — and important — appeal to the Supreme Court.
Not as I see it. It’s easy. It is enough to apply a practical solution: allow the coach to pray on the field as long as his church, in the large hall where the prayers are recited, is used after services as a high school football field.
Solved! Why make it a federal matter?
I have always been impressed by the practical side. My buddy, Bob Corbo, a golf pro, says he wants to produce an instructional video called “Don’t Do That, No More”. Another pal, Cary Fields, soothes friends who lament losing a weekend golf match because they “choked up,” with “You’re not good enough to choke.” Practical men.
But practicality, like the future, is no longer what it used to be.
The inherent injustice – race-fixing – in the Lia Thomas University of Pennsylvania swim team case is dismissed as an enduring example of ideology – the triumph of wish over reality. Beating daylight out of practicality, as well as swimming against women who have trained for years to compete in a fair test of athletics, is applied idiocy presented as gender-fair ideology.
There should be no debate on this question, twisted by design, yet armed only with a single-doctrine ideology, beginning with the White House carrying its banner, Thomas swims, wins, to hell with good from evil.
But the practice’s greatest natural enemy is not a faulty or misapplied ideology. Blind, slobbering greed is the prohibitive favorite in any race against any foe.
On Friday in Kansas City, another Yankees game will be pulled from its widest scope – free live television – in favor of a microscopic audience to comply with overnight agreements to auction off the exclusivity of at least 24 Yankees games this season at big tech Amazon or Apple.
Although the former are free, MLB has struggled to make its cut bait for paid streaming. And as we saw recently in the folding of CNN+, you can’t pull the wool over the eyes of already shorn sheep.
The practical question therefore remains: who takes care of the complaints desk? Why, when baseball is losing fans as it remains stubbornly stuck in self-destruction, would MLB and its most famous team agree to further downplay their audience? And why, loudly, allow Friday night games to be the most sacrificed to this scheme?
What short-term and long-term MLB interests are being served by these horribly produced, hard-to-find new “TV shows”? Who signed them? Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees President Randy Levine? What was Rob Manfred’s contribution beyond “How Much?”
How does MLB combat deteriorating interest by intentionally minimizing total viewership? If practicality had been applied to these decisions, MLB and the Yankees (and the Mets, which sold fewer stream-only games) would have been eager to tell us by now.
But not a word, the same greed that has left the seats of the good to the best shamelessly empty of “guests” because Yankee broadcasters have to reference customers, since that Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 is the only practical answer left to those who try to apply the practice.
“It was the 15th Yankees game this season not seen on TV due to streaming. And if you upgrade to Geico, 15 minutes could save you 15% on car insurance.
Some questions are just harder to answer
Reader Peter Dowd, with a pun, asks what the odds were that the guy from Philadelphia who waited in the parking lot to approach plate umpire Angel Hernandez after the Mets beat the Phillies “had a bet on the match”, especially at the urgings of MLB. ?
Will the day come when the YES Yankees announcers stop treating us like we’re either blind or stupid or both?
On Tuesday, Anthony Rizzo homered which was nearly caught by the right fielder. Michael Kay and David Cone took turns noticing that he barely cleared the wall. “As close as you can get,” Cone said, “By one foot!”
I get it. I saw it. Impossible to miss. So does the fact that Rizzo came out of the batter’s box, watching instead of running, playing Aaron Boone-approved baseball. But Kay and Cone gave this to old Sgt. Schultz.
How come friends and readers in Florida knew that WR Kadarius Toney, named after rapper Yung Joka, was a bad character hazard when he was a student-athlete at Reprobate U. – the University of Florida – yet the Giants drafted him in the first round?
Then there was Toney’s Twitter defense of Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III last season, after Ruggs was charged with impaired driving homicide for crashing his car at 156 mph on a street of Vegas, killing a young woman and her dog:
“Us young people…..everyone makes mistakes….you all look at the situation like ‘this or that’, kuz it’s not all of you…you have so much to talk about….he knows that he messed up, don’t drag them for it.”
Carlos, Cameron talk too much
In Cameron Maybin and Carlos Beltran, YES has hired two more Ready! Fire! Goal! television presenters. Both clearly feel like they’re meant to talk, talk, and then talk some more, even when there’s nothing to say.
It remains to be seen whether this will persist or if YES, there is someone who knows the evil of the worst, helping them — not to mention the viewers. Both men seem eager – too eager – to please. So why wouldn’t they be just as eager to improve?
Yet Beltran actually offered a sweet thought when addressing pitcher Nestor Cortes’ tenacity to become a good pitcher after a dodgy start: “When you face adversity with the right attitude, the universe comes back to you.”
Instead of “Best Bat-Flips” reels, MLB Network is expected to include a weekly “The Best of Nick Ahmed.” The Diamondbacks’ superb shortstop defense, who played at UConn, should be generously shared before MLB bans the position to create more runs.
In Game 4 for the Nets, a 116-112 playoff loss to the Celtics, Brooklyn’s Nic Claxton was 1 for 11 on free throws. Yet free-throw stats have been nearly eliminated from NBA TV shows as important. As someone absent from co-management, Kyrie Irving had to ignore Claxton’s poor free throw all season.
If Pete Alonso can’t wait to prove he’s a rude braggart, he’s done it again!