Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today, The Moron-in-Chief Gets Popped

The NBA season opened this week as the beginning of pro basektball's long slog that ends in early summer. OF course, the beginning of the NBA season was eclipsed by the Moron-in-Chief's claim that he was the most compassionate occupant of the Oval Office — bar none, especially POTUS 44. The sole military academy graduate among NBA coaches, Greg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs took the measure of the most famous graduate of the New York Military Academy (NYMA) — an anemic facsimile of the United States Military Academy (USMA) further up the Hudson River. Like its illustrious alumnus, the NYMA has been through bankruptcy. The Moron-in-Chief likes to allude to his military background and like everything else in the miserable life of the Moron-in-Chief — it's all a lie. Today, read an assessment of the Moron-in-Chief by Greg Popovich, US Air Force Academy (Class of 1970) who also played basketball and was elected captain of the USAFA basketball team in his senior season. Pop, as he is known to his players and fans, virtually flogs the Moron-in-Chief, and this blogger wishes that Pop had been equipped with a cudgel. If this is (fair & balanced) hatred of the Moron-in-Chief, so be it.

[x The Nation]
"A Soulless Coward": Coach Gregg Popovich Responds To Trump
By Dave Zirin

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We’ve all seen the San Antonio Spurs’ future Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich in a state of exasperation on the sidelines, or in postgame news conferences. Many of us have also heard him speak with great vexation and clarity about the direction of this country and the actions of Donald Trump, particularly on Trump’s “disgusting tenor and tone and all the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic.” But I have never heard this man more frustrated, more fed up, and more tense with anger than he was today.

Coach Pop called me up after hearing the president’s remarks explaining why he hadn’t mentioned the four US soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger. Trump said, “President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

Maybe it was the bald-faced nature of this lie, maybe it was Pop’s own history in the military, but the coach clearly had to vent. He said, “I want to say something, and please just let me talk, and please make sure this is on the record.”

Here is what he said:

“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”

At this point, Coach Pop paused, and I thought for a moment that perhaps he didn’t have the words and the conversation would end. Then he took a breath and said:

“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

Then he said, “Bye, Dave.” And that was it. Should be one hell of an NBA season. # # #

[Dave Zirin is The Nation's sports editor. He is the author of Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports (2007), A People's History of Sports in the United States (2009), The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World (2011), and Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down (2013). Most recently, he has written Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy (Updated Olympics Edition, 2016). His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated (online) and The Progressive. He also was named one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World" by the Utne Reader. Zirin received a BA (media and cultural studies) from Macalester College (MN).]

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