The NFL’s new “no on-field protesting during the National Anthem” policy has been criticized by NBA coach Steve Kerr:
NBA coach Steve Kerr slams the NFL over its new policy, saying the league is "basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism… scaring people. It's idiotic, but that's how the NFL has handled their business." https://t.co/sJ2dKfHl2gpic.twitter.com/6B2Skfy5MR
But after all that, Rippon didn’t want that to be the media focus:
During a press conference Tuesday, Rippon — the first openly gay athlete selected to a U.S. Winter Olympic team — said he doesn’t want the attention on his comments on Pence to distract from his teammates.
“I don’t want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence,” he said, according to CNN.
Rippon added that he stands by the comments he has made about the vice president, whom he has criticized for his views on LGBTQ rights.
“I have no problem about what I’ve said because I stand by it, but I think right now the Olympics are about Olympic competition,” Rippon said.
That guy’s trying to land the triple-axel of mixed messages and win the gold in backpedaling.
Also, Rippon would appreciate it if everybody would quit talking about the aspect of his life he’s been talking about almost constantly:
During the Super Bowl on Sunday night, the abortion fanatics at NARAL really showed that they know how to party:
The pro-choice organization NARAL livetweeted their thoughts during the Super Bowl Sunday, at one point denouncing a Doritos ad for featuring a fetus.
The Doritos ad in question showed a father eating Doritos while his pregnant wife received an ultrasound. The baby reacts strongly to the Doritos whenever Dad gets close with a chip. At the end, the baby physically launches itself out of the womb to try to get Doritos.
If this quote in a forthcoming book about Nick Saban is accurate, the Alabama coach is a master motivator for getting his players’ minds off distracting thoughts and back on the field of play:
The Alabama football coach imparts life lessons in a new biography by Monte Burke, and though the book itself isn’t out yet, an excerpt was published on Twitter Monday where Saban is giving his players dating advice.
From the excerpt:
“‘Guys out there chasing pussy, having all of these kids. And then you come in here and try to play football. Ultimately it’s a distraction. Ultimately, you don’t want to be out there chasing after midnight. If you haven’t locked it up by midnight, it’s not worth it.’”
“At this point Saban paused and shuffled on his feet. The color had risen in his face. His players had no idea what to expect next.”
“‘Ultimately, you never want to sleep with anybody who has less to lose than you do,’ he said, ‘So, ultimately, if I’m ever going to sleep around on Miss Terry, it’s going to be with Hillary Fucking Rodham Clinton.’”
Saban’s players immediately ran from the locker room and became practitioners of Buddhist monasticism.
Bill Clinton then swooped in and hit on their confused girlfriends.
President Obama was of course interviewed during the opening ceremony of the Olympics (otherwise known as “the games that take place as a background for NBC’s Obama interviews”), and from the look of things he’d been hanging out with the snowboarding team in the Choom Wagon:
A question asked Obama at yesterday’s press conference revolved around Russia granting asylum to Edward Snowden and the cancellation of a summit meeting as a result of that and other rifts, and during Obama’s answer he veered into this:
President Obama today made clear that he rejects growing calls for the U.S. to boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi over Russia’s new anti-gay law.
“I want to just make very clear right now: I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics,” the president told reporters at a White House news conference.
“We’ve got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed,” he said. “Nobody’s more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and -lesbian legislation that you’ve been seeing in Russia.”
“One of the things I’m really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes that we’re seeing there,” Obama said. “And if Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, then that would probably make their team weaker.”
Putin and Medvedev must spend at least a couple hours a day laughing at this guy.
It’s gotten so bad that the Russian leadership sent George W. Bush a get-well card partly as a veiled slap to Obama, who oddly enough originally campaigned as the person who was going to bring the world together. International relations are much worse now than they were under Bush, and Obama would like nothing more than for everybody to believe that’s only because people are ticked at him for lecturing them about full rights for gays — something Obama himself didn’t even speak out in favor of until just over a year ago.
If reality avoidance were an Olympic sport, Obama would take home the gold.
Usually when people butcher the Anthem the cringe-worthy parts are the high notes. This flips it around and makes the listener wince on the low notes. I caught some Cher in this performance, with a bit of Michael McDonald and just a hint of Roseanne Barr:
She must be the daughter of a track official or something.
I’ll say this for her — she still did about ten times better than I would have. Which still isn’t necessarily a compliment.