Can We All Agree God Does Not Belong on the Sports Field

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Last week I was surfing Twitter as I usually do when I have a couple of minutes, and I thought I must be hallucinating or at least dreaming, there seemed to be a number of people tweeting that the Broncos needed to bring back Tim Tebow. Now some of these tweets were in jest, but there was actually a large number of people who were very seriously pushing the idea.

Let’s be honest, there is only one reason so many people are desperately pushing the candidacy of a quarterback who last played in the NFL 3 seasons ago, GOD. These people want to believe that a quarterback can overcome the inability to throw a football anywhere near an NFL receiver, with Faith.

Please spare me the arguments that it is something other than Faith that drives the Tebow mania. There are plenty of other Heisman winners and college superstars that have not been able to cut it in the pros, and people have just moved on, and let them do autograph signings and open car dealerships for the rest of their lives. And don’t get me wrong I loved Tebow mania while it lasted. There was nothing better than Tebow/Chuck Norris jokes, but it is long past time to move on.

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This is not meant to be an attack on God or religion, it is just to point out that if there is a God somewhere out there, he probably has better things to worry about than making sure that Tim Tebow throws a couple TDs and wins on a Sunday. Whatever God you might believe in, don’t you hope that he is worried about more important things than the score of a game? If God wants to watch over and make sure no one gets seriously injured in a game, sure great, I am all for that, beyond that I truly hope, if he is out there, that he has better things to do.

Further don’t we want sports, to be settled on the field and not by destiny? I know we love to talk about teams of destiny, but at the end of the day why we play sports and love competition, is the pursuit of excellence in ourselves and the chance to best another man. Athletes train every day to make themselves the best the can be so they can go out there and try to beat the other guy, and I am pretty sure deep down that is what they want to do, beat the other guy, not have some high power beat the other guy for them.

Finally, sport also offers one the few places, in our world, that can act as a true melting pot, and bring people literally from every walk of life together. Your age, race, gender, socioeconomic status or religion do not matter when discussing sport, it is something we can all relate to in our own way. So could we please leave it that way and keep religion out of it?

As for the Tebow Crusaders please let it die, and perhaps move on to a crusade about something that actually matters, after all there is a brutal Islamic caliphate sweeping across the middle east right now.

 

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Michelle Fields and The Duck: Why It Should Scare the Shit Out of Us.

If you don’t know, you should know. You need to know.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 former BREITBART News reporter, Michelle Fields claimed she had been assaulted by Trump’s (aka. the Duck’s) campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski (@CLewandowski) after a press conference in Florida. Fields claimed she was grabbed and violently thrown aside by Lewandowski. Field’s wasn’t just making public announcements. In fact, she was so sure that it happened she filed a police report with the Jupiter Police Department. The Independent Journal cited the police report as stating:

The Jupiter Police Department is currently investigating an alleged battery that occured at 115 Eagle Tree Terrace (Trump National) on March 8, 2016. A police report was filed with Jupiter Police Department on March 11, 2016 at approximately 10:00 AM and the investigation is ongoing. As with any investigation, specific details concerning criminal investigative informatoin is not releasable while the investigation is considered active.

I used the term ‘so sure’ it happened to describe how Fields felt about the incident because of the way the Duck and Lewandoski responded. The Independent Journal posted a video of the Duck’s response to the incident on twitter. He’s quoted as saying:

They said absolutely nothing happened. He [Lewandowski] didn’t hear about it until the next day. So, I wasn’t invovled in it. But the Secret Service was surrounding everybody. They said nothing happened. Everybody said nothing happened. Perhaps she made the story up. I think that’s what happened.

Lewandowski tweeted out:@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I have never touched you. As a matter of fact i have never even met you.

Lewandowski, in some sort of effort to clear his name, tweeted out the following article during the media blitz surrounding him:

The Scrum: Video Emerges to Suggest WaPo Reporter Ben Terris Misidentifies Lewandowski in Fields Incident Bretbart [Link]

The Link is to a BREITBART news article titled, ‘VIDEO SHOWS LEWANDOWSKI REACHING IN MICHELLE FIELDS’S DIRECTION’. It was written by Joel Pollak. The article was originally posted on March 11, 2016. The site attempts to break down the incident with frame-by-frame analysis. It claims someone else, likely a security guard, grabs Fields. Not Lewandowski.  Let’s just take a minute.

Fields, an employee of BREITBART, reported she was assaulted by the Duck’s campaign manager on Tuesday, March 8th. On March 11, just three days later, her employer had published an article discrediting her. Enter Ben Terris.

Ben Terris (@bterris), is a reporter at the Washington Post. Terris recounted the incident in his article Inside Trump’s Inner circle, hist staff are willing to fight for him. Literally:

….Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, Pressed forward to ask the Republican front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.

Erik Wemple, who also works at the Washington Post, responded to the poorly written BREITBART article that claimed Lewandowski hadn’t grabbed Fields with certainty on behalf of Terris:

For his part, Terris isn’t budging. “I saw what I saw”, Said Terris in a brief chat with this blog. During the whole incident, says Terris, he had his “eyes trained on Corey Lewandowski,” because Terrris was there to profile the campaign team with a focus on Lewandowski. Terris took strong issue with Pollak’s assertion that mistaken identity is the “likeliest explanation” based in part on Lewandowski’s denials. “Because he denied it?” asked Terris. “This is Breitbart”.

BRETIBART has been criticized for being pro-Duck. Loyd Grove, of the Daily Beast characterized the website as “Trump Friendly”. Grove continued BREITBART “regularly savages the GOP establishment, the media elite, the Washington consultant class, and the Fox News Channel”. BREITBART itself has stated that BREITBART is a “private company and we [BREITBART] don’t comment on who our investors or backers are”.

I think it’s a safe bet BREITBART received some pretty strict marching orders from these private investors to shut down Field’s story ASAP. BREITBART complied. Welcome to America. Welcome to American Democracy. And welcome to journalism in 2015 where money buys the truth.

There’s also this moment. We can’t see Lewandowski grab Fields. But it sure looks like he’s reaching for something.fields.gif.CROP.original-original.gif

Fields also tweeted this picture of her arm:

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And there’s this. The audio file. It appears to be from Fields phone and is currently hosted (here). It’s worth a listen. The crucial part of the audio file starts at 0:30:

Fields: Mr. Trump you went after the late [Justice] Scalia for affirmative action, do you — are you still against affirmative action.

Unidentified Voice: Excuse me, thank you.

There’s silence for three seconds and then:

Fields: Jesus.

About 6 seconds later

Fields: Holy Shit.

Terris: Ya, he just like threw you over.

Fields: I can’t believe he just did that. That was so hard. Oh my – was that Corey?

Terris: Ya, like what threat were you?

Ferris: That was insane. You should have felt how hard he grabbed me. Oh my gosh, I’ve never had anyone do that to me from a campaign.

Terris: Can I put that in my story?

Fields: Yeah, go for it – that was really awful. That’s so unprofessional.

Terris: He really just almost threw you on the ground.

Fields: He literally went like this and was grabbing me down. I don’t even want to do what he just did to me. Oh my God, that really spooked me that someone would do that.

Terris: What threat were you?

Fields: Nothing. I was asking about affirmative action.

Terris: And he probably knows you, right?

The audio tape provides insight into Field’s state of mind immediately following the alleged incident. It’s clear she’s in shock and reacting spontaneously. In Canada, there is an exception which allows out of court statements being admitted as evidence if they are considered ‘spontaneous utterances’ made by the victim, or a bystander, if the risk of concoction or distortion can be excluded. If you don’t believe me you can read this case. You won’t. And that’s okay. I don’t blame you. The exception allows statements made in the ‘heat of the moment’ to be included because the court presumes the witness doesn’t have the time or faculties to lie. In the audio tape both Fields and Terris identify Lewandowski. Both Fields and Terris describe a violent altercation between Fields and Lewandowski.

Oh, and this isn’t the first time there has been violence at one of the Duck’s rallies. Oh, and the Duck has been calling for violence at his rallies for quite some time (If you want to skip the politics and just listen to the Duck, let the video load and jump to 3:40). Violence coming from the Duck’s campaign itself should be no surprise. It should be something more akin to seeing  dark clouds on the horizon and then dressing for rain.

Some people are going to freak out and claim Fields planned the whole thing. Which just may be the case. But I doubt it. She was recording because she’s a reporter. That’s her job. I don’t think we can say she was recording for the sole purpose of catching this incident. Her initial reaction is silence and then “Jesus” and “Holy Shit”. That sounds like someone who is in shock. Is there a chance she played it up slightly after she regained her faculties because she knew she was recording? Possibly. Is Fields caught up in the media frenzy and likely pretty overwhelmed at this moment. Yes. Very likely.

But I don’t think we can say the Liberal party is operating at a level where they got a writer at a pro-Duck news corporation to expertly bate and entrap Lewandowski. If they are, they’re operating a whole new level.

So, what we’re left with is a Presidential Candidate, a Campaign Manager, a privately funded and well known pro-Trump Website who employed Fields, all denying that the Campaign Manager grabbed Fields. They want to point the finger at a security guard.

We have the reporter herself, and a third party in Terris, and some rather damning video and audio evidence saying the Campaign Manager grabbed Fields – to the point she was in shock and was bruised. My money is on these guys. In fact, I’d bet the house on it.

Yet, I’d also argue, ultimately it doesn’t matter who grabbed Fields, who was just doing her job by the way. Sure, if Lewandowski used force to stop Fields from asking questions it is more concerning. But if the unnamed security guard used force I’d say it’s still a cause for alarm. A precedent has been set by the Duck’s ducklings: if someone is creating an issue that we don’t want to deal with, physical force is an acceptable way to remove that problem. And that should scare the shit out of us.

Further, what Fields asked or said is irrelevant in this case. It doesn’t matter. The media’s role, the media’s purpose, in the realm of politics was originally intended to press the issue. The incident in question took place at a ‘presser’. The media is  there to rustle feathers. They are there to ask the questions Presidential Nominees don’t want to answer. We as the public rely on them. We need them. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Politicians generally dodge the pointed questions. It’s a dance that has been carried out on the dance-floor of politics for decades. And yet,  candidates and Presidents have always been willing to show up to this dance-floor. It’s implied. It’s part of the gig.

But not the Duck. The Duck, once again, has shown he doesn’t give a shit how the game is played. He does things his way, no matter the cost, and by whatever means necessary. He will reach his end. Even if the means require the physical abuse of a female news reporter.

When Fields was pressing the Duck and his team, traditional politics and journalism gave him three options:

  1. Answer honestly;
  2. Dodge the question; or
  3. Say nothing.

Trump has introduced a fourth option: physically remove the journalist. Physically remove the problem. Trump has decided he doesn’t want to dance. He’ll cause physical harm ensuring you don’t dance with him. This is scary. This is new. And it should cause serious alarm for journalists and the American public alike.

It’s just one facet of what Sheldon Wolin calls ‘Inverted Totalitarianism’. Chris Hedges, author of ‘Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism‘, describes Inverted Totalitarianism as being different:

…..from classical forms of totalitarianism. It does not find its expression in a demagogue or charismatic leader but in the faceless anonymity of the corporate state. Our inverted totalitarianism pays outward fealty to the facade of electoral politics, the Constitution, civil liberties, freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary, the iconography, traditions and language of American patriotism, but it has effectively seized all of the mechanisms of power to render the citizen impotent.

The Duck has harnessed both. He is a charismatic leader to some. And he has effectively robbed the press of it’s freedom as evidenced through BREITBART. He is a clown singing and dancing with such lunacy that people smart enough to see it can’t look away and people not educated enough, through no fault of their own, think he’s something real. Someone who will offer real solutions.

To her credit Fields quit BREITBART. That takes guts. This woman should be commended for having a spine and sticking by her story. It’s rare today, especially in the media. Further, the editor-at-large at BREITBART,  Ben Shapiro, also quit. Shapiro’s statement regarding his departure stated:

Both Lewandowski and Trump maligned Michelle in the most repulsive fashion. Meanwhile, Breitbart News not only stood by and did nothing outside of tepidly asking for an apology, they then attempted to abandon Michelle by silencing staff from tweeting or talking about the issues. Finally, in the ultimate indignity, they undermined Michelle completely by running a poorly-evidenced conspiracy theory as their lead story in which Michelle and Terris had somehow misidentified Lewandowski.

Good for Shapiro. This is massive. This is what we need more of today.

We now know the Ducks’s crisis management strategy regarding journalists:

Step 1: Forcefully remove the problem, even if that problem is a journalist.

Step 2: Deny all involvement or knowledge of the incident.

Step 3: Use direct or in-direct connections with Media outlets to silence the story. Especially if they employ the problem.

It’s disgusting. It’s wrong. It reeks of an empty husk of a man with nothing but cowardice inside of him. Good luck America.

Let’s hope this precedent, the precedent that physical force is a solution to silence a journalist, is quickly overturned. Else journalists who know just a little too much may be treated like this one day:

-Salt (@hardnosalt).

Question of the Day: Why does anyone watch professional wrestling?

Why does anyone watch professional wrestling?

To clarify, by professional wrestling I mean the WWE.

So last night, as it sometimes happens, I decided to watch a couple of minutes of Monday Night RAW. Sometimes it’s Friday Night Smackdown. There was nothing better on and I felt like a good chuckle or two. In small doses, it’s hilarious to me how incredibly stupid pro wrestling is.

When I turned on RAW yesterday, the big match was between Roman Reign and Triple H (I think?). Roman Reign was going rogue. There were about 6 referees trying to stop him. Shockingly, they were unable to slow him down.

Essentially, the few minutes that I did watch followed exactly the same script that I see every time. Except this time, I think the one dude went more rogue than usual. The announcer seemed even more jacked up than usual about this fake fight.

WWE is like the Groundhog Day of wrestling. It’s the same thing every freaking time and I can never comprehend why anyone watches it. I get why people watch the Bachelor. I get why people watch Keeping up with the Kardashians. WWE, I do not get.

Heck, people even pay to watch the WWE. Stadiums are full of adults who cheer and boo fake characters. Adults pay to watch Wrestlemania on pay per view like it’s the second coming of the Rumble in the Jungle.

I know these people know it’s fake. These people will tell you it’s similar to watching any sort of scripted TV show or movie. Yeah, okay. Except WWE might possibly be the worst-acted, worst-scripted TV show in the world. Also, when I see Star Wars in the theatre, I’m not in the theatre booing Darth Vader when he comes on the screen.

Let me be clear, pro wrestlers are very good at their jobs. I am not discounting what they do on a week-to-week basis. Their stunts have a high degree of difficulty and they are always putting their bodies on the line. Although pro wrestling is not a real sport, these guys are real athletes.

However, whenever I find out someone above the age of 13 watches professional wrestling on a regular basis, I question everything about them. I’m a huge Bill Simmons fan yet there is always a little voice in my head that reminds me he is a bona fide, lifelong WWE fan. What is wrong with him?

Every time I watch pro wrestling, I always try to figure out why anyone watches this crap. Last night, it made me feel a little better that these are probably the same people who are voting for Donald Trump. Similarly to the way I feel about Donald Trump supporters, it scares me little inside that there are this many people in the world so passionate about something that is so stupid.

I’m asking for your help. Why does anyone watch professional wrestling?

@Gritty

Question of the day: Are Guarantees Worth It?

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Is a guarantee worth it in sports?

It is tradition almost as old as sport itself, athletes guaranteeing wins and championships. From Joe Namath guaranteeing a victory in Superbowl III, to Mark Messier guaranteeing a win with the Rangers facing elimination.

These guarantees helped grow the legends of Messier and Namath. Much like Babe Ruth supposedly calling his home run many, many years before contributed to his legend and lore.

However, guaranteed wins are not always realized upon which brings us to the case of Graham DeLaet, who was one stroke off the lead heading into Sunday’s final round at Valspar Championship when he said “I’m going to go and win this golf tournament tomorrow.” Unfortunately, DeLaet did not go out and win the tournament, instead he went out and shot 4-over without recording a birdie, not the type of performance that is going to get it done on a Sunday in the PGA.

As a result of his failed promise, DeLaet was the butt of many jokes and subject to a lot of critical commentary.

You aren’t going to find a group of guys rooting harder for Delaet than the boys at HardNoSports. When it comes to a Sunday on the links there isn’t a whole lot Canada has to offer. Delaet is the exception. We all love Graham and wanted him to win.  Just as important, he has an amazing beard. However, I think he deserved the criticism. If you are going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk.

I think it’s a good sign DeLaet has the confidence to say something like this publically. It’s a step in the right direction. However, it might be best he keeps these thoughts to himself until he pulls of a win or two. The public backlash and questions he has to answer might not be worth it.

So my stance on this: I would prefer athletes just going out there and getting the job done. Leave the talking for after the game. However, on the flip side I could argue, people will quickly forget about Graham’s guarantee and in a few days. It will disappear into the Twitter abyss. After all, it was only the Valspar. But had he won it would have been remembered forever.

So, once again, I ask: Are guarantees worth it, in sports?

Random Stat: DeLaet has 19 top-10’s over the last 4 seasons without a win, second most among players without a win over that time, to Sergio (21), is anyone better at being really good, but not good enough than Sergio?

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Salt’s Mortal Lock – Week 1

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See what I did there? I used a title for my Mortal Lock that informed readers what the subject was AND whose pick it was. Blogging at its finest. Squire and Gritty could learn a thing or two.

On Thursday, March 17th the Hurricanes travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins. Pittsburgh is in the midst of clinging onto a wildcard spot in the East. Today, Carolina is only 6 points back of the Pens and 5 points back of the 8th seed Wings. If Carolina wants to play an 83rd game this season they need a win Thursday night. Carolina has looked better as of late. However, but I don’t think they’ll have the ability to keep a Penguins team, who finally  looks like they are playing desperation hockey, in check. That’s why I’m taking the Pens.

Also, it’s a Thursday and I don’t have class. So I can watch.

Despite losing Malkin, Pittsburgh wins Thursday I move to 1-1 in the HardNoSports betting arena. I can rest easy this week.

-Salt. (@hardnosalt)

 

Mortal Lock of the Week

imageWe have a problem in the @hardnosports family, apparently @hardnogritty thinks you can just pick winners when picking the mortal lock of the week. I thought it went without saying that we  were picking against the spread in these games, not picking winners. Men pick against the spread, boys pick winners. Gritty apparently is a boy.

To prove a point I am going to pick Gonzaga right now, without knowing who they will play in the first round, and will take the points if I can get them, or give them if necessary.

Why Gonzaga? Their backcourt took awhile to to come around this year, and they took some losses earlier in the year that they shouldn’t have, but now they are firing on all cylinders and still have the most dangerous front court in the tourney. Zags are criminally underrated, and will have a seed way too low because the stupid RPI.

The penalties for @hardnogritty will be severe

Surviving Survivor

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Until three years ago I had never watched an episode of CBS’s Survivor. My roommate was a fanatic and asked if I wanted to join a Survivor fantasy pool. I said yes for a couple reasons. First, it was a good excuse to turn my brain off in the middle of the week and have a beer or two and not stare at text books. Second, I figured I’d man up and see what all the fuss was about.

The pool is still a thing. However, after last week’s episode, I think I’m done.

Survivor is in its 32nd Season and is taking place in Koh Rong, Cambodia. The show generally puts out two seasons per calendar year. The 32nd season premiere saw 8.3 million viewers tune in. I was one of them.

In Survivor tribes enter a ‘remote’ island and square off with one another for a chance to win 1 million dollars. This season sees Survivor revert to a tried and tested formula of three tribes; brains, brawn, and beauty. A lovely lesson to teach viewers – you’re either a model, you’re strong, or you’re smart, but good luck being two of these defining features. Let alone three. I suppose it’s more innocent than their ‘Blood v Water’ concept which sees family members wrestle with the idea of betraying loved ones for a shot at money. But not by much.

Tribes compete in reward challenges and immunity challenges. If a tribe wins a reward challenge they are rewarded. Pretty simple.  Immunity challenges see teams compete in challenges that generally combine some form of physical challenge and puzzle challenge to win an immunity idol. Immunity idols prevent tribes from having to go to the dreaded tribal council. Each episode one tribe must to go to tribal council. It’s the source of the show’s drama. And at each tribal, one member of the tribe must be voted out. This continues until the tribes dissolve into one tribe and eventually 3 cast members are left.

The premise of Survivor is simple. Win. Above all else.

Have an alliance with someone from day one? Blindside them at tribal and live to see another day. It was only your word. You only shook hands with someone and told them you have their back. What’s that worth? Apparently a million dollars.

This season saw Aleica bust her ass off over the first 3 episodes to try and help the tribe. We’re told she spent hours trying to make a fire while everyone else in her tribe laid around and rested. When she knew she was on the outs, she found an immunity idol clue. She thought she was safe until a former professional athlete and a former member of the U.S. army used their speed and strength to wrestle it from her like a couple of 6 year olds on a playground. Fuckin eh man. The lesson we can derive from that? It’s not how hard you work it’s who you know. Who your friends are.

The examples are endless. Morals are compromised again and again in the name of the game. In the name of money.

Last weeks episode sealed the deal for me. The tribes headed into the reward challenge just 5 minutes into the episode. Huh? That’s pretty early. We usually get plotting and planning for a while. Not today.

The reward challenge consisted of going through a small obstacle course, digging under a log in the sand and crawling under it, and digging up three bags of balls in the sand which would be used in a Survivor bowling game.

Koh Rong gets hot. The highest average monthly temperature was 33 degrees Celsius (that’s 91.4 Fahrenheit for you yanks). That’s hot and it’s only the average. I’ve worked labour jobs before where the day is over if the temperature hits 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 degrees Fahrenheit). We weren’t told how hot it was on the day of the challenge, but it was hot.  According to the show the tribes spent well over 45 minutes in the sun that day digging for bags. Three of them collapsed due to heat stroke. Which three?

Caleb – 28 year old army vet. Guy is built like a truck. Absolutely shredded.

Debbie – 49 year old Chemist, who according to the episode, weighs about 98 pounds.

Cydney – 23 year old professional body builder.

What do these three have in common? They don’t have a lot of water kicking around inside them. Those three going down to heat stroke/heat exhaustion was completely foreseeable. And it wasn’t so much the fact the show let them go down that was most disturbing (though it certainly was) it’s how they handled it.

The second Debbie’s teammate called the host over for medical the tone of the show flips. The music cuts out. In comes the string section in their ominous beats. And the show begins to reveals itself wholly for what it is. But first, a commercial.

When we come back the host proudly proclaims, with a smile on his face, “We have three different stories happening”. One of those stories is 49 year old Debbie curled up like a ball getting medical attention. The host graciously returns to Debbie and stands over her and asks for the update from the doctor. It’s all sort of eerie and wrong. Debbie is still what she’s always been, a set piece. Like all survivor contestants she’s been manipulated and put through tests and trials designed by TV producers and Network execs hundreds of miles away from the start. But now, her physical state, the helpless skinny middle aged woman who can’t pick her head off the ground, represents it perfectly. She’s helpless. As a viewer you can’t NOT see it. They throw it in your face. And what does the perfectly groomed, well dressed, host do? He doesn’t help her himself, there’s no real concern going on his end. In fact, he’s borderline excited. What great television this will make.

When Caleb goes down it’s a whole new level of heat stroke. The entire crew has scrambled from the bushes now. They’ve come to the aid of their stranded and deserted subjects. The poor guy can’t keep his eyes open, it looks like he’s in and out of consciousness, and no matter what the medical team try they can’t cool him down. They ran a mainline of Saline solution but he had roasted himself completely. There was no coming back. The music is rising and falling like an epic war movie. And then Cydney goes down. It’s a full blown crisis now.

The host jumps back and forth asking for updates on his set pieces. Cydney recovers. Caleb, as I mentioned, isn’t so lucky. He needed some serious attention and was helicoptered off the island, back to civilization. The last thing the host says to Caleb is, “You’re a warrior dude, glad you were out here”. This might be the most real thing said in the history of reality television. Caleb offered a great episode of suspense and chatter. I’m even writing about this shit. Unfortunately for him, it came at his health.

Now, we cut to Caleb’s team reacting to finding out Caleb is out. The string section which spent most of its time on the lower end of the scales ascends to angelic heights. The music is soaring and so is the last contestant to leave Survivor.

It’s just T.V. Salt, why the fuck does it matter?

It matters because Survivor is just one facet of celebrity culture that we obsesses over today. It matters because people in America are willing to compromise themselves, family members, and any shred of morality for a shot at a million dollars. Survivor is a symptom. The sickness is systemic and it has infiltrated almost every facet of North American culture. Survivor plays itself out in the real world almost everyday.

Don’t believe me? Donald Trump is another symptom. He’s just playing Survivor: become president and profit no matter the cost. Sound familiar?  Just as many people seem to be tuning in to Trump’s version of Survivor as well.

Maybe the time will come when I get into Trump. For now, fuck Survivor. I’m out.

-Salt (@hardnosalt).

Mortal Lock – Week 1

So it begins. No punishment has been decided on yet but that won’t matter. This is a mortal lock for a reason. You get punished only when you’re wrong. And no one should ever be wrong with their mortal lock.

This week’s mortal lock  was an easy choice. In spite of being on their 2nd day of a back-to-back, the Golden State Warriors are literally unstoppable at home. They haven’t lost a game at  home all year and I’ll be damned if they lose at home to the lowly Phoenix Suns who have two interior 7-footers in their starting lineup these days. Two big dudes trying to chase Steph Curry and Klay Thompson around on pick and rolls. Sign me up.

The Suns are bad. The Warriors are historically good. Mortal lock it in.

– Gritty 

Question of the day: Is Trump in the Tyson zone, or a whole new zone?

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Is Trump in the Tyson zone of has he created his whole new zone?

The Tyson Zone is a term popularized by @BillSimmons, it is when a celebrity’s behavior becomes so insane that there is literally nothing they could do that would any longer shock or surprise you, or indeed any human being. It was obviously named after Mike Tyson, and yesterday’s question of the day star, Johnny Football, is someone who has obviously entered that Tyson zone, where you could tell me that Johnny Football did just about anything and I would believe you.

Which brings us to Trump, honestly he has to be there, look at this:

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Now, the difference between the past Tyson zone stars and Trump? Trump now has legitimate chance to be Leader of the Free Fucking World!  And let’s not get it wrong, above all else Trump is a celebrity. He isn’t a businessman or a politician, he is a
brand, a celebrity and now large group of people seem to be prepared to make that brand President. And as President what could The Donald do, that would shock you?

Sure, Mike Tyson or Johnny Manziel could have announced that they were running for president a la Kanye, and it would not have surprised in the least, but people would have laughed and moved on. Now Trump has decided to run and people aren’t laughing they are voting…for him.

I guess the real question should have been, has Trump moved into a whole new zone already, or is he is in the Tyson zone until elected as President?