Politics is Sport/Sport is Politics

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm

A dear friend of mine likes to tell me that I’m argumentative, that I debate everything, particularly when it comes to politics. My retort is that politics is in everything we do–there is no place in our lives that we are not touched by a political decision. Yet, that same friend likes to tell me that I’m biased, which is true, because “Kesha, you love that stuff.” Dr. Marty Wiseman, Executive Director of the Stennis Institute says that politics is a bloody sport, one in which he does not like to be involved in, but would love to have front row tickets to any great debate or fight. Politics as sport and sport as politics.

If we just turn to any cable news outlet, we could see the game at work–the great debate regarding President Obama’s healthcare plan, the stimulus plan, etc.–we all relish in the game, but do not want to be involved; it’s just too messy.

So when I watched a news clip of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressing his great displeasure with Rush Limbaugh’s view, I could confirm to my dear friend that politics is everywhere, even in entertainment–the place where we try to bury our daily frustrations, the place where we try to remove ourselves from politics. Commissioner Goodell was responding to a question about Rush Limbaugh’s potential of buying an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams. Many current NFL players came out to vehemently oppose the controversial figure’s ownership of a team, and though we have protected rights, namely life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I don’t think that we should be in the business of saying who can and cannot purchase a franchise. I may not agree with Limbaugh and though I believe that Limbaugh cannot be excluded from purchasing a team because of his views; yet, the players (chief critics have been Mathias Kiwanuka of the New York Giants and Bart Scott of the New York Jets) have the power, and have so used it, to oppose the acquisition. Even on owner has come to reject the prospect of Limbaugh having majority ownership in a team, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay concluded that “I, myself, couldn’t even consider voting for him. When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive … our words do damage, and it’s something that we don’t need.” As a result, Limbaugh was dropped by the bidders as one of the potential buyers. Limbaugh stated that this “is not about the NFL, it’s not about the St. Louis Rams, it’s not about me. This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative.”

Though I don’t think this is about left versus right, because I would venture to say that many owners are conservative and/or Republican. One NFL owner, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, was on record of supporting then candidate Barack Obama. No matter where you stand, what window, what worldview, what industry; we cannot escape sports–the entertainment or the political version.

  1. Your blog is informative and has people divided and is there really a right and wrong. Is there a scare tactic involved that has everyone feeling this is a bad ideal.

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