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

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

LSU wins another Faux Championship

WARNING: Incoming rant

I don’t like LSU and I don’t even know why. I went to Texas so it has little to do with any rivalry issues (the ‘Horns thumped the Tigers last time they met back in the 2003 Cotton Bowl).

Maybe it has to do with a certain local sports radio personality who might be the biggest LSU homer this side of the folks who never attended LSU. At least he’s from Louisiana, and his wife went to LSU, I guess that counts for something.

Perhaps it’s due to their multiple of 5’s + “Rocky III” themed field (see below)

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I know, I know it’s because they share the same colors as McAllen High, yeah that must be it.

Whatever my demented and irrational reason(s), I do believe congratulations are in order to the LSU Tigers for winning another BCS Championship title game in which they (arguably) had no business participating in.

Ruminating on the previous post might do me well…

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…)

The Patriot Act

No, the title is not in reference to the much maligned piece of legislation, but rather to a decree which I think many NFL pundits and talk show hosts should attempt to push through Congress.

Obviously the 7-0 New England Patriots are beating opponents senseless. It’s pretty safe to say that when the Pats’ average margin of victory is more than 20 points.

Quarterback Tom Brady is having a dream season and is on pace to break all sorts of passing records, in large part due him finally having some quality receivers (Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth, and Wes Welker).

It will not surprise anyone if this team makes it all the way to the Super Bowl, but…

The Indianapolis Colts are also undefeated after shellacking the Jacksonville Jaguars last Monday night. Given this and the fact that the Colts are the defending champs, it’s difficult for me to see how they are not given as much run as the Pats. Until someone else is crowned champ, the Colts are still at the top.

All the Patriot love flooding the talk show airwaves needs to be focused into a bill, “The Patriot Act”. Let’s just have Congress, we could even get Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to sponsor it, decree that the New England Patriots are the best team in the NFL and crown them (thank you Dennis Green). No need for a new trophy presentation, they can just run up the following shot:

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Forget their upcoming game against the Colts (during which us folks in Houston, will be watching the Texans-Raiders barn burner, thanks CBS!), forget the playoffs and the Super Bowl, let’s just declare that the Pats are the Champs.

I suppose this rant is my fault for listening to sports radio all day at work.