This is a Post to all of the “dales” out there…

So, as all of my followers and friends know, I love everything Cleveland, specifically Brown and Indians, and yes, at times..  The Cavs.   In my travels on the world-wide-web I have come upon a group of ladies that epitomize the spirit and fandom of what is Cleveland sports…  This is not a post to pander, nor is it a post to get on the good side of  the subjects of this post.  It is in fact a promotion of what is good about the love of Cleveland sports…  I don’t have a huge platform, but when I have the chance to use it for good and to use it for those that deserve it, I move on it. 

There is a stigma out there that what has been known as the “Dales” crowd that believe women have no business bringing their opinion to the sports world, or that they should stick to women’s sports and leave the “men’s sports” to the guys that ”know more than they do”.  I am here to tell the dales that they need to embrace the 21st century and drop their stereotypes and learn and accept that there are in fact women in this world that know as much or more than they do about the sports world, and not just one or two sports, but all sports, and the sooner they accept it, the better off we will all be. 

Let me start with those women that are in the national spotlight in sports journalism.  Amy Trask, Sarah Spain, Mina Kimes, Laura Rutledge, Elle Duncan, Dianna Russini, Jessica Kleinschmidt, Kristine Leahy, Erin Andrews, Katie Nolan, Kay Adams, Charissa Thompson, and many many other women that are in national sports journalism know as much IF NOT MORE about sports than any “dale” that considers them unworthy to talk about sports.  Their are millions of women in this country that are die hard sports fanatics and it is time that they get the respect that they deserve.  When I am searching and reading about sports, I don’t look at the name of the author or the GENDER of the author, I just look at the content that they bring, and no matter the author, I respect and am more informed than I was before I began reading or listening. 

In my 53+ years on this world, I have encountered many women that know as much or more than I about sports.  I have many women that I consider close personal friends of mine that know as much as I do and some that know more about sports, and that is not limited to just the NFL, but baseball, basketball, and hockey as well.  I have the utmost respect for them and would never question their knowledge.  My friends include Katie Marshall, Heather Lewis, Kathy Candia, Alisa Cafaro, Aimie Peterson, Janelle Pineau, Kat Thomas, Loretta McCracken-Skulls, Laurie Sloan, Debbie Wright, along with HUGE sports fans with knowledge we lost with their passing.  Janice Carter Conley (MamaRam) and Rhonda Merrill.  I have been blessed to know each and every one of them in my 20+ years on the internet and have found their knowledge to be on the same level as mine, some of which have better knowledge than I do, so to say women have no business talking about sports is bullshit…

All of this brings me to the most recent women that have earned my respect and fandom.  I am a subscriber and fan of three women that bring the sports knowledge on a daily basis.  I do not know them personally, and I have never met them, but I am one of their biggest fans, simply because they have had to put up with constant misogyny  on many different social media platforms, despite the fact they are as knowledgeable as anyone I have met or watched in my life.  I will only give their names as their Twitter handles, because they deserve a follow by anyone interested in Cleveland sports.  @BreezyCLE @BurdsIVue and @MKonSports are three talented and knowledgeable women that have the pulse of Cleveland sports, be it Browns, Indians, or Cavs…  They have a weekly podcast on Spotify “That’s what B said” I suggest you follow and listen if you are into Cleveland sports, you will not be disappointed. 

Thank you ladies, I love your show, I love you’re opinions, and I look forward to the show each and every week.  I urge you to ignore the Dales and keep on doing what you are doing.  I find you funny, knowledgeable, and most of all, I find that your show brings a common “man” look at the Cleveland sports scene.  What normal fans want to hear and free of the corporate BS that dictates what is broadcast to the masses.  I have a weekly show as well called The Sports Nerds that has been broadcasting off and on for nearly 10 years, and I only wish I can bring my show to the level you have reached in just a few short months.  Your show has inspired me to do better, and to try and reach a larger audience in the future.  I say again… THANK YOU…  and keep doing what you are doing… 

Scott…

Our show may not be on the level of “What B Said” but it is a labor of love for nearly 10 years.  Please join me Jon Olson (@jongolson) Eliot “Big E” Lomba (@SNNBigE) Ken Costlow (KenCostlow) and Bob “The Beer Man” Pizor each and every Sunday night at 7pm Eastern time for raw sports talk and adult hijinks as we discuss the important sports stories of the week broadcasting live each and every week on FaceBook:

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The Return of Sports as we remember it???

A lot going on, not just in the real world but in the sports world as well.  July 2020 is going to be a busy month with seven major sports getting back in action:

Key July Dates

So here we are…  on the cusp of getting back to normal, in some form or another, the downside of course will be that there will not be any fans in the stands, understandable considering the current climate, but since I advertise myself as “The Sports Nerd”, I am happy to see that efforts are being made to get us back to some semblance of normalcy.  Beginning on July 8, 2020, sports are officially back, and most may see this as a good thing, the pessimist in me can’t help but wonder how long this will last.  Reports from around the country reflect a populous that refuses to take COVID-19 seriously, people refusing to wear masks, people going about their day as if there wasn’t this deadly pandemic going on in the country. 

The RBC Championship was held on Hilton Head island this past weekend and as a result, Nick Watney was the first PGA Tour player to be diagnosed with COVID-19 due to lax precautions, and in an environment in which Justin Thomas called a ZOO, Watney was forced to withdraw from the tournament because of the diagnosis.  As the article linked mentions, Beaufort County, the county in which Hilton Head Island is located, had 760 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 15 of those have resulted in death as of Saturday afternoon.  The numbers continue to rise in the entire state of South Carolina, as it has in several states like my home state of Florida, as well as Oklahoma (Remember the Rally in Tulsa), Texas and Arizona.  All four of these states saw a more than 150% change in cases in just the last two weeks.  As for how we are doing compared to the rest of the world?  well I think the below chart shows exactly how we are doing:

USvsWorld

This isn’t spin, this isn’t “Democratic Talking Points”, this is facts, this is real, and those that choose to believce it is a hoax or a conspiracy, well I challenge you to go to your local hospital, or go to a hospital in a large metropolitan area and speak with the doctors and nurses that have had to treat this disease, what it does to the human body, and how much those that eventually die suffer through the symptoms.  I have seen several posts on both Facebook and Twitter where people aren’t taking this seriously, or those that deny the science like the dingbat that spoke before the Palm Beach County Commission.  The more the wingnuts or idiots deny the true nature and ramifications of this disease the longer it will take for this country to get through it and get back to normal. 

As I mentioned in my open, seven major sports leagues are preparing to open up for business in July and the leaders of these leagues, to include commissioners, owners, coaches, players, trainers, and administration members need to take every and all precautions to ensure that the leagues open up safely, follow all CDC guidelines and make sure that no precaution is too frivolous to follow.  Only then can we get through this pandemic and get back to normal.  I look forward to watching the Indians and Browns this fall, and hope that we can get through the season without too much trouble, while providing some sort of an escape from all of the bad ugliness currently going on in the country.

Speaking of ugliness…  there was this over the weekend:

Talladega Noose

This became the topic of the week, and a lot of people are criticizing NASCAR’s knee-jerk reaction to the discovery of this noose in Bubba Wallace’s stall at Talladega Motor Speedway this past weekend.  After an FBI investigation it was discovered that this “garage door pull” was in place as late as October 2019, and was not specifically directed at Bubba Wallace due to how stalls are assigned for race weekend.  Let me tell you, if I had seen this myself in the garage, especially in the current racial unrest going on in the country, I would have raised a red flag and assumed it was directed at Wallace, ESPECIALLY because it is Alabama.  Let me say, I am sure there are a lot of fine folks in Alabama that aren’t racist, but the history of the state and it’s role in race relations in this country over the last 150 years allows for a bit of levity in that there would be concerns it was placed there deliberately.  My apologies Alabama, but your reputation precedes you.   I now believe it was not placed there specifically for Bubba Wallace, but despite all that, NASCAR needs to investigate fully and find out who actually was responsible for tying that knot and their reason for doing so.  This was not a hate crime, and of that I am sure, but still, this is not normal.  Under the circumstances, NASCAR’s reaction was warranted and further investigation is needed to root out the source of the knot.  After investigating all of the other stalls at the racetrack, this was the only stall that had the garage pull tied in this manner. 

There is a lot going on in the sports world despite no games, but these are the discussions we will have on “The Sports Nerd” show this Sunday night at 7pm eastern time on the Sports Nerd Nation Facebook page:

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Join me and my “Rant Pack”  of merry men as we discuss the world of sports and the ramifications of ramping up of the return to live games in July… 

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NASCAR becomes relevant again… Kind of

So NASCAR shocked the world today, jumping on the Bubba Wallace media storm and made a decision that will reverberate through the entire NASCAR fan base.  Around 4:30 this afternoon they released the following statement:

NASCAR Statement

To put this into perspective, The roots of NASCAR run deep into the fiber of southern culture.  Stock car racing had its start during prohibition in the 1920’s and 30’s, most of which is in the deep south, where southern pride and history has its own culture, its own traditions, and yes unfortunately, a history of racism.  The Flag in question here is the symbol of the Confederacy, and despite alternate facts to the contrary, represents slavery and oppression. 

I was born in Ohio, but I have lived in Florida for 40 years, and I have seen more instances of racism than I would care to remember.  The Civil War ended 155 years ago, the Union prevailed, and the Confederacy Surrendered, so I guess the real flag of the Confederacy should be this:

White flag on clear blue sky

Get over it racists, “your sport” isn’t just for white racists that enjoy Busch beer and yelling every time the cars pass by you.  The sport should be there to be enjoyed by everyone that has an interest in the sport to allow it to grow.  I have followed NASCAR for over 30 years, Dale Earnhardt Sr. was my favorite driver, and the day he died was one of the worst days of my life.  But in the 30 years of fandom, not once have I ever felt the need to wave a confederate flag or embrace that culture. 

To understand or enjoy NASCAR, you don’t need to fly or promote a flag of traitors, racists, slave owners, oppressors, and on a personal observation, white trash.  Kudos to NASCAR and Bubba Wallace, they have shown that we can grow, we can change, and we can move on and be a better people…

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Sports and it’s role in today’s current environment

I have been watching all of the coverage of the past week, and something has come to my attention.  The unique role sports has played in bringing awareness to black lives matter and it’s mission.  Forget about political parties, forget about left vs right, none of that matters now, because the country, hell the entire world is hurting, and as a man that has seen rough times, as a man that has struggled to survive, I can see now that everything that I have gone through in my life pales in comparison to what black men and women have had to endure their entire lives. 

What I have noticed over the last week has been the role of sports figures and networks.  I love what players like Patrick Mahomes, Jarvis Landry, Miles Garrett, Odell Beckham Jr (sorry for the homerism here) Nate Burleson, as well as media like ESPN (yes I said it) who in the last 2 weeks has allowed their personalities to speak out against racial injustice and honestly interviewing everyone they can about how we can move forward.  H/T to Golic and Wingo… Dan Le Batard, Mike Greenberg,  and all of the print, TV, and Internet outlets that have approached this issue head-on.

Sports has a way of uniting all of us, no matter who our favorite teams are, who our loyalties are with, sports have a way of making us forget the realities of the world, it is an escape from our day-to day troubles and difficulties, no matter if you are Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, or whatever, sports has a way of making us all realize there is good in the world.  I urge you to look at sports figures to provide leadership in this environment, they have the largest platform, they have the ability to reach the most people…  The sports figures that we all look up to will provide you with the knowledge and the insight to the Black experience in America. 

That’s my advice…  It has helped me, and I have been enlightened and woke by the message they have tried to express…

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Just gonna wing it tonight…

Let me just say…  I apologize if I ruffled a few feathers with my last post…  I honestly did not intend to upset anyone… I needed to vent and this was the only place where I THOUGHT I was safe.  I did not take into consideration those that host this blog and for that I am sorry.  I would like to apologize to my kind hosts for having to put up with the BS that they had to endure over my rant…  I will try and be more careful and take them into consideration before sending…  For those that complained, I am sorry if you cant handle the truth…

Sooooooo…  Still no sports going on.  Oh sure we have NASCAR… UFC… PGA is coming back this weekend…  BUT… as my good friend Jon Olson always likes to remind me… we want REAL sports…  NFL, MLB, NHL. NBA…  Well I say, be patient, it will all be back soon.  NBA has announced a start date of Jul 31…  NHL is getting it’s act together…  NFL is progressing as if there wont be a delay in the start of the season… as for MLB.. well… *sigh*…  lets discuss that for a moment shall we?…

This whole thing has been a shit show from the beginning…  While the other major sports appear to be moving forward, Major League Baseball finds new ways to shoot themselves in the foot with each proposal.   MLB sends a proposal to the players, the players send a counter proposal, but they cant come to an agreement…  Both sides are acting like children… this is not good for a sport that has been losing fans left and right for years, and this latest labor dispute – airing dirty laundry and talking money in public is only making us fans get turned off even more about the 2020 season.. and the more they bicker, the less likely it seems that there will even be a 2020 season.  ESPN.com has a good discussion on the whole thing at the following link:

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29282383/are-closer-2020-mlb-season-answering-questions-new-76-game-proposal

My thoughts on the matter… the sooner they come to an agreement is better for MLB.  the longer this drags on, MLB runs the risk of losing millions of fans because we are tired of seeing both sides act like spoiled children.  get it done…  we want to see Baseball…

Ok…  short and sweet tonight…  that’s all I have to say for today… but…  if you want more than you will join me and “The Rant Pack” this Sunday night at 7pm Eastern time on FB live for “The Sports nerds” where we discuss the current state of sports in the US and Canada… (For @jongolson)

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Have a good night all…

Scott “The Sports Nerd”