Jim Rome talks to a Soccer Writer?

This morning as I perused my daily haunts and came across an interesting article in the soccer section of Sports Illustrated. The piece was written by Greg Lalas:

U.S. team, an improved MLS fuel growing buzz for sport in America

You might have heard of Greg’s Brother, Alexi, Lalas

This is what many Mexicans think Jesus looked like

Lalas’ thesis is that maybe, just maybe interest in the beautiful game might just be picking up here in these United States. He lays out reasons which by all accounts seem legit.

However, there is one indicator which might trump any of the good ones Mr. Lalas lays out. Jim Rome is actually going to legitimately talk soccer on his show today. He’s talking to Grant Wahl who wrote the controversial book, The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America.

I know that Rome has flip-flopped on other sports (i.e. NASCAR and horse racing), but he’s on record as vowing never to capitulate to soccer. In fact, his recalcitrancy drew the ire of former Team USA player Eric Wynalda who had some unkind words for Rome back in 2007.

We’ll see how this goes, I’m assuming Wahl is familiar with Rome’s loathing for soccer.

Here’s one of Rome’s rants against fake injuries in soccer, which as a fan of fútbol, I strongly object to as well:

Update: This is how the interview ended

Wahl: Nice talking soccer with you Jim

Rome: Thanks Grant, let’s not make it a habit

Hahahaha

New York Mets: Boom… Outta Here

I know Phillies hurler Brett Myers (right) has become somewhat of a punching bag on Rome’s show (or an all-out legend depending on who you ask) on the strength of his tirade against a local beat writer. I’d say he’s a bit of both.

The piece de resistance of the outburst is the line, “Boom… Outta here”. Instant classic! In fact, it’s become part of my vernacular.

Leaving work? Boom… Outta here

Done with the lawn? Boom…Outta here

You get the picture. Well Mr. Myers has gotten his groove back. Earlier this season he was struggling and was sent to the minors but according to this recap, Myers is

6-1 in nine outings since coming back from the minors July 20. He is 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA in his past four starts spanning 31 innings – holding the opponent scoreless three times.

Tonight, Myers shut down the division-leading New York Mets and by all accounts, he is, in the words of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, “born again hard”.

By the way, former Astros closer Brad Lidge recorded his 34th save (in 34 opportunities) in the victory.  Yeah, that smarts…

In Defense of Homosexuality on the Jim Rome Show

Homosexuality is fast becoming (at least in America, Europe is far “ahead” of us in this) one of the most well-protected blights on humanity. One cannot say anything even remotely critical of this vice without facing criticism and the shrill cries of “intolerance”.

Speak out against other evils (child abuse, exploitation, racism and sex trafficking) and a rousing “Amen” will be heard from almost every direction.

However, show any concern for the widespread normalization (acceptance) of homosexuality by the mainstream and you’ll catch serious heat. Ironically enough, one will be judged by those who deem themselves most “tolerant” and “non-judgmental”. This phenomenon has spilled over into the strangest places.

Take sports radio for example. Yesterday, a woman called Eileen called the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Show. Rome is funny, has pretty solid takes and interviews the biggest names in the sports world (except for Tiger Woods and apparently Manny Ramírez).

Eileen shared that she takes her daughter to WNBA games. But Eileen is concerned that the WNBA is solely marketing to lesbians. I don’t know how accurate this is, probably not very. After all they’re trying to make money (and keep a struggling league afloat) and they’ll target whatever demographic helps them do this(this was pretty much part of Rome’s take).

However, the implication of Eileen’s statement was clear: she didn’t want her daughter exposed to that “lifestyle” being presented in a manner which makes it seem harmless (at best) or even moral (at worst).

After the call, Rome, predictably busted out with an emphatic “Come on Eileen” (from the classic by Dexys Midnight Runners, right) then proceeded to break out in hives. He even used the word “offensive” in response to Eileen’s take. Why? Because the caller took a stand and is concerned for the endemic acceptance of this particular vice.

I found Rome’s indignation interesting especially since:

  • He denigrates the WNBA on a regular basis and has indirectly referred to the players as “horses” (let it be said that the fact that it is unwatchable is no reason to do this)
  • His takes often involve calling out athletes who disrespect something as worthless as “the game”
  • His takes often involve judging athletes/celebs who engage in activities as grievous and sinful as homosexuality [for example rape, disregard for one’s own children, fornication, drunkedness because thankfully these sins are still recognized as such and haven’t been normalized]
  • He repeatedly pokes fun at Michael Jackson’s alleged pedophilia yet balks when a caller dares to show a modicum of indignation towards homosexuality

The Brut Sun Bowl? Beelieve it!

Needless to say, found myself drawn to college football on this sunny New Year’s Eve. With the absence of cable in our household, the only game available for this college football fan’s viewing pleasure is the Brut Sun Bowl which pits the Oregon Ducks against the South Florida Bulls.

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Don’t laugh at the matchup, mid-season this was beginning to look like a possible national title game then a) the Oregon O-line had to open their mouths on the Jim Rome Show and b) South Florida remembered that they are, well South Florida.

I post this with the game in-progress since the outcome means precious little to this Longhorn fan, but some observations:

1) When did South Florida fans start rooting for the ‘Horns? Sorry Bulls fans only one school can have that handsign and it’s not yours.

2) Interesting how the game’s sponsor doesn’t get mentioned by the team calling the game or sideline reporter Sam Ryan (watch any other bowl game and listen for how often the sponsor gets mentioned).

3) A mohawk only looks cool if your team is winning

4) How in the world does this game get picked up by CBS while the Holiday Bowl is relegated to ESPN?

5) Wonder if part of the swag was a bottle or 2 of Brut 33 (Oh the memories…)