Previously 12 months, Kobe Bryant died in a helipcopter crash, social justice activism ruined sports activities for numerous followers, LSU received the nationwide championship in school soccer, Dustin Johnson received the Grasp’s and Patrick Mahomes inked an astronomical $500 million contract after successful the Tremendous Bowl. Every of those main tales have one factor in widespread: Newsweek ranked these and different vital tales behind a lady making cameo appearances in school soccer video games and an African American race automotive driver discovering a noose in a storage that wasn’t a noose.
This week Newsweek’s sports section is slowly counting city the highest 20 sports activities tales of the 12 months. What is critical about this checklist?
Sarah Fuller got here in at No. 9. She’s the feminine from the Vanderbilt College girls’s soccer group who delivered one brief kickoff in a Southeastern Convention soccer sport and later kicked two additional factors in one other sport. Tennessee defensive gamers conceded the additional level kicks and didn’t even rush Fuller on these performs. God forbid somebody show poisonous masculinity by blocking the kick or knocking her down. This has to charge No. 1 within the class of most over-blown sports activities story of the 12 months – if not the last decade.
Checking in as Newsweek’s No. 8 story was NASCAR banning the Accomplice flag and African American driver Bubba Wallace discovering that non-noose rope in his storage on the Talladega Speedway. This a lot is reported within the Newsweek sub-head over the so-called No. 8 sports activities story of the 12 months.
Scott McDonald, the Newsweek author assigned to put in writing up these ridiculous scores, calls it this manner:
“In a summer time crammed with social justice marches, sports activities started to really feel the urgency to make modifications. NASCAR was one of many first sports activities to implement modifications, and the primary transfer was to ban the Accomplice flag in any respect of its occasions and properties. This got here on the urging of Bubba Wallace, the one Black driver on NASCAR’s high circuit—the Cup Sequence.”
NASCAR additionally revoked its requirement for all drivers and group members to face for the enjoying of the Star Spangled Banner.
“Later in the summertime on the Talladega Speedway, a rope in Wallace’s storage appeared to appear like a hangman’s noose,” McDonald experiences. Then his story unravels, and with it, justification of this as Newsweek’s No. 8 sports activities story of the 12 months.
“The FBI was brought in to investigate, and so they discovered no hurt or in poor health will was meant towards Wallace or his group,” McDonald writes with egg on his face. Thanks for nothing on the false racist hate crime geared toward Wallace.
And Newsweek readers are to consider that the Fuller and Wallace non-stories charge forward of the Bryant tragedy?
Forward of the LSU story? The Tigers dream season merited solely “honorable point out” from the Newsweek geniuses.
Or anyone successful the Grasp’s?
The Chiefs successful the Tremendous Bowl (story No. 10) and Mahomes virtually cleansing out the nationwide treasury (No. 13)?
The Los Angeles groups successful the World Sequence (No. 14) and the NBA Championship?
The wacky Left-stream media strikes once more – on the coronary heart of credibility, on the coronary heart of believe-ability, whereas scoring factors for advantage signaling and identification politics.