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04/10/2018 - 5:19pm So by your own admission,

So by your own admission, these administrators have been taking active steps for years to erase the problematic Confederate romanticization from Ole Miss athletics.

The evidence you cite means that Clarkie was not merely being a bigot by labelling administrators at southern universities as "racists" -- when race has no demonstrable role in Shea's transfer --  but he was actually defaming people who have in fact worked against the racist legacy of the Confederacy.  


"Virtue signalling" -- as opposed to actual virtue -- doesn't care about pesky issues like truth or fairness; it's all about hating out groups and/or lifting one's social standing (and Clarkie's behavior certainly as a welcoming contingent here).

04/10/2018 - 12:12pm A black man getting kissed on

A black man getting kissed on the cheek (apparently "groped" in your world) by two white women is the only example you can muster to justify a scattershot accusation of "racists"?

Treadwell appears to be not only appearing in the photo of his own volition, but thoroughly enjoying himself.

Your manufactured outrage infantilizes Treadwell as a moral agent and racially essentializes the two women. Bravo.

04/10/2018 - 11:58am OK.  Now connect that to my

OK.  Now actually reconcile those facts with my criticism: why do people making such changes deserve to still be casually smeared as "racists" because we don't like their petty and unethical actions on an issue (i.e. a white qb transfer) that appears to have no racial dimensions?

04/10/2018 - 12:04am Never miss a chance to virtue

Never miss a chance to virtue signal, Clarkie.

The irony is you and probably every person who upvoted you likely made a racist assumption that these contemptible actions came from white administrators, which is why you felt comfortable with a shamelessly bigoted remark.

In fact I’m curious, how do all the non-white students (including many a Rebel football player), faculty, and administrators at Ole Miss fit in your self-righteous denunciation? Or is it always 1962 among the virtuous?

03/28/2018 - 1:32pm Some perspective please...

It's just light verbal humor. And (because I sadly have to explicitly invoke my ethnicity to be heard by certain people with regard to points of analysis that should stand irrespective of my identity nowadays) I say that as a Korean American.

With the Asiana Airlines crash, the joke was grossly inappropriate in the context of news reportage surrounding the loss of human life (I still privately laughed despite myself when I heard the news, especially when I read that an Asian American journalist was consulted on pronunciation). This is a post on a sportsball issue of no societal import that isn't even about an Asian or Asian American athlete. Please observe the difference.

01/29/2018 - 11:34pm "The imagery and nomenclature
"The imagery and nomenclature associated with them was generated due in large part to racist and derogatory stereotypes."
This is ahistorical.  Native American team names were popular precisely because the perceived positive qualities of Native Americans were being widely appreciated for the first time in American culture in the early 20th century.
This romanticization is problematic, especially given the genocidal events preceeding it, but the notion it was meant to be "racist" or “derogatory” is a 21st Century self-righteousness being projected backwards in time.
01/29/2018 - 11:26pm It's a caricature of course,
It's a caricature of course, but in what way does it seek to implement a racial hierarchy in society, inspire prejudice, or otherwise promote biological determinism?
One of the odd realities lost in the self-righteous denunciation of Chief Wahoo and the Redskins, is that sports teams don’t take on names and symbols that they feel represent negative phenomenona or open them to ridicule based on normative standards.  The enduring popularity of Chief Wahoo among a multi-ethnic player and fan base shows that it is not ultimately intended in any way as an expression of bigotry. 
I’ve always thought Chief Wahoo was cute.  And to show I’m consistent with regard to my own race, I find some of the cartoonish depictions of Asians from that era to be cute as well.  Not all.  Many of these caricatures were unambiguously hateful, but I am able to maintain nuance and perspective. Sadly Internet ‘outrage culture’ has weakened our ability to take things in proportion, despite actually having more knowledge to inform our views. 
Ironically, the very people most passionately convinced this logo needs to go, are often the same ones who in other ways continue to embrace the 'Noble Savage' myth, whence the early 20th century romanticization of Native Americans arose. 
The polling done in response to the Redskins debate has further shown the disconnect between the views of critics, who listen to unrepresentative activists, or worse, simply wish to appear ‘right-thinking’ to lift tehir social stock, and ordinary Native Americans.
01/29/2018 - 10:58pm The fact we have gone backwards..
...under the influence of Critical Race Theory is exemplified in this mentality:
"I am a white dude, so my opinion on this is somewhat meaningless…”
"...only a member of the Saux tribe..."
That mentality is fundamentally at odds with holding views based on consistent application of reason and evidence.  It grounds truth and analysis in immutable biological characteristics rather than intellectual rigor. It's a betrayal of the Enlightenment.
12/10/2017 - 8:23pm Best OT ever.

I love Alan Trammell. My dad was a huge baseball fan before my parents even immigrated. He immediately latched onto the Tigers and made it part of our family entertianment interests long before I really paid attention to the UofM. When MLB finally made women's jerseys, the first thing I did was get one for No. 3.

I'm surprised about Jack Morris. I'm not sure either he or Lou Whitaker are really HOF quality, but Tram is bordering on top 10 at his position. He really should have been elected by the writers.

12/08/2017 - 12:09am I like night games.

However, Rick Meier is one of my worst formative memories from when I was getting interested in football.

I'm still angry at Hoke for ruining our shutout streak.

Iowa and Penn State have left me a bit gun-shy with Harbaugh at night.

Facing them in the opener has also usually been bad for us.

Hopefully coaching in the off-season can give us a solid chance.

12/08/2017 - 12:02am Being Korean, I loved Crex's tale.

I was just a lurker then, as I have been since the Lloyd replacement search. I found a lot of humor that I could relate to in his tales of his in-laws-to-be and was happy he and his girlfriend got married.

12/03/2017 - 7:05pm Here's a perfect

Here's a perfect example:…

Political terms like "dogwhistle" and "fake media" speak for themselves.  As silly as WD's 'hot take' was show, you clearly attempted to frame it in terms of the contemporary poltiical divide that was not relevant.

I recall a nasty dust up between you and Stephen R Kass over religion in football. 

I'm not going to waste time hunting down the specifics of that or other examples that don't come immediately to mind, because there's no amount of evidence that I could muster that would ever end in you granting that I have a point.  


12/03/2017 - 6:32pm I think you underestimate how

I think you underestimate how much anonymous on-line interaction is just a continuance, even if amplified, of real world personality and conduct. The low stakes of forum status may seem absurd to you or I but may hold great value to others.

12/03/2017 - 6:12pm Virtue signalling isn't

Virtue signalling isn't "racist crap."  It's simply an observation about a person's motives. You inadvertently provide a perfect example of how "racist" is flung about in a cavalier manner to cover up for weak arguments and/or to intimidate people with social pressure.  

Your own behavior makes your 'fostering a community' virtue-signalling laugh-out-loud hypocritical.  Your conduct towards Wolverine Devotee has been sustained bullying over truly trivial matters.  

Further you and FauxMo are two people I associate with constantly injecting politics into discussions.  

11/16/2017 - 3:15pm This could change contact sports forever.

It all depends on what they find.

Perhaps the current data for CTE reflects cases where the analysis was done because people saw evidence of pathology in the players' behavior.

Some people who play contact sports may show no CTE susceptibility. We could see continued existence of sports but with inevitably diminished on-field talent due to otherwise talented people screened out by CTE (and general concussion) risk.

Then again, given our human propensity to flip out over outlier issues, even a 5% CTE risk among players might be enough for a moral panic shutdown of many contact sports.

Good thing I like baseball too. In fact this might increase the talent pool for other sports with minimal CTE risk.

10/18/2017 - 8:07pm Interesting, I can see myself

Interesting, I can see myself watching it with my boyfriend at the time and it feels like it was a night game in my memory.

But I also remember seeing the flash mob on Bollinger's lawn afterwards, although I did not particpate. That's the first time I remeber the "it's great to be a Michigan Wolverine" chant. Was that it's origin or did it exist prior to that and I just don't recollect it?

10/16/2017 - 7:17pm This sort of statistical

This sort of statistical analysis is standard fare, the kind of research that announcers employ every game. I'm glad WD posts stuff like this.

What's "sad" is the seemingly limitless need to denigrate WD from some of you. I guess being a petty bully on the Internet is a sign of a rich, variegated life.

10/12/2017 - 2:05pm ROK!

We will ROK you.

09/09/2017 - 11:20pm ND QB fumbles. Game over! Ha

ND QB fumbles. Game over! Ha ha!

09/09/2017 - 4:25pm “you mistakenly attribute
“you mistakenly attribute WD's disdain to the poster who called him out for making a dogwhistle argument”
I base my assessment on a long history of vitriol directed at WD.  I don’t even have to hunt down a past example of Bando’s conduct, because Bando specifically writes "as usual.” That directly indicates that his comments extend beyond the argument itself.  TIMMMAY actually goes further and writes “He has spouted the "fake news" line many, many times. He's... one of them.”  There’s no ‘mistaken attribution.’  
It’s not really a dog whistle argument either.  As you correctly note yourself, the argument “is ad hominem, is hyperbolic, makes false equivalencies”.  The entire point of an actual ideoligical “dog whistle” would be to signal an idea with subterfuge.  Clearly WD is not attempting that.  Both “fake news” and “dogwhistle” have become tribalistic metonyms, but that’s not the same as an actual “dog whistle” either.
"your argument that everyone who uses the term per se intends to dehumanize"
For some one claiming such “training and experience in looking at the structures of arguments” you straight up put words in my mouth.  I make no claims about internal motives, let alone some absurd, absolutist claim of “everyone.”  I merely examine the semantics and implications of the word itself. Frankly I would assume most people do not contemplate such aspects and use such terms out of lazy tribalism.
"beyond reasonable."
Your resort to flagrant misrepresentation speaks for itself.
“make an objective statement (subject to scrupulous debate no doubt) about the intent of the speaker”
I think the notion a person can make a “objective” assessment of a person’s internal motives regarding their ideological worldview is oxymoronic and deeply arrogant.  The game is over, I have mommy duties and can't develop the problems with this last point in full.
09/09/2017 - 2:21am Really sick that a post

Really sick that a post calling for physical violence against someone gets so many up votes.

Since I see the OP dragging in politics, a PSA: if it involves physically assaulting someone because of their opinion, however ugly, it's not liberalism, it's vigilantism (like the mentality that led to lynchings).

I'm Korean, not white, before people play that card.

09/08/2017 - 9:42pm With suitable equipment, I

With suitable equipment, I can objectively test a claim made using inductive reasoning as to whether an object does in fact emit a frequency outside of human hearing. There's rarely anything comparably objective in ideological debates except on certain discrete facts. I'm no Rortian relatvist/constructivist, but subjectvity pervades our worldviews.

The notion that you are not making a pejorative assessment of someone when you label their opinion an unsupported "fake news" claim is laughable. It's a direct personal assessment that person in question is ignorant, gullible, and/or dishonest.

Another problematic element of the "dog whistle" accusation specifically, is that it literally relies on a dehumanizing analogy. Likening humans in out groups to other animals has an ugly history and the hypocrisy of its use speaks for itself.

The entire political subtext some of you introduced here is completely inappropriate. WD did nothing more than liken this 'hot take' on the future of football to other failed media projections. Sure, WD says some silly or immature things from time to time, like the notion football is some last bastion of manliness, but the disproportionate venom directed at him never ceases to shock me.

09/08/2017 - 6:16pm "Dogwhistle" accusations are

"Dogwhistle" accusations are interesting. In order to truly recognize it, you have to tacitly admit to 'hearing it' yourself. That's then ripe for projecting personal failings or biases onto some out group. And if you claim to know it is a "dogwhistle," but deny any personal resonance, then again, you're basically assuming a person's worst possible motive is their only motive (to paraphrase Christopher Hitchens).

09/07/2017 - 10:46pm Well stated.
In a world of

Well stated.

In a world of humanities and social science fields, where some professors openly advocate for political activism over disinterested scholarship, the notion scientific research, which is what almost all FDA-funded agronomy research is, ipso facto, could be the area disqualified for AAU membership, is troubling to say the least.

03/21/2017 - 1:05pm Hedcut

Useless trivia: the Wall Street Journal-associated, stippled image-style is called "hedcut."

02/13/2017 - 3:26pm A reminder that Graham

A reminder that Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz still have not been tried, which seems surreal. I read a week ago or so, that they are just now getting to jury selection.

I want all three to be convicted to drive home the institutional culpability of Penn State.

01/05/2017 - 3:13pm I'd be more excited by a

I'd be more excited by a great offensive line add. It seems we waste a lot of running backs and are putting the cart before the horse. I mean could even a demigod like Tyrone Wheatley the Elder, do well behind our current blocking?

01/01/2017 - 2:45pm Even though I disagree, I

Even though I disagree, I thought Mr. Yost made a good faith argument for his viewpoint.

01/01/2017 - 2:37pm I simply disagree, based on

I simply disagree, based on knowing first hand how Oregon football is regarded in the state. I can see them making choices we never would as a school.

I think Chip Kelly is such an undeniably desirable hire for Oregon under the circumstances that for many people it would seem to justify weathering many of those factors both on an institutional and business level. Since the current coach has obviously had minimal impact and chance to build loyalty among the existing players, point number four is particularly negated in my view.

However, if you add in the sensitive racial climate of the past few years, and the possibility of this hoping from a sports page brouhaha to a national news story, focus of sustained protests, etc. then the cost-benefit to Oregon shifts dramatically. You can 'redeem' yourself by winning in football, even for violent crimes, but a taint of perceived racial injustice would linger on a wider level.

Thus if the new coach were white and Kelly becomes available, I think there is an appreciably greater chance of a ruthless fire-and-hire, even though that would generate backlash, than under the current dynamic. Thus Salvatore was not off-base in highlighting that, although I personally would have phrased it in a more politick manner.

01/01/2017 - 3:59am I would have started out by

I would have started out by emphasizing, as you later did, that it would be one of several factors, but I don't see why your post is so 'controversial.' Being a non-white minority myself, I read it as just bluntly acknowledging the basic social dynamic we all live in.

Firing a black coach who hasn't even been given a chance, in a context of low numbers of minority coaches, as well as other social issues surrounding race, would be close to a PR non-starter, even if wishing to welcome back a popular and successful ex-coach, who suddenly became available, for entirely rational, non-racial reasons.

12/31/2016 - 10:39pm This was nice to see Urban

This was nice to see Urban humiliated, but I hope PSU, Wisconsin, and Iowa all win, thus redeeming the Big Ten. We need to be perceived as a quality conference.

12/15/2016 - 3:50am Post pictures of Ian Bunting

Post pictures of Ian Bunting on a regular basis please. : )

12/04/2016 - 3:33pm That game scarred me as a

That game scarred me as a child. I didn't know Michigan could be defeated that thoroughly until that game. Loss of innocence.

11/27/2016 - 11:07pm I asked myself the same

I asked myself the same question. I can't recall any game-changing errors off the top of my head, but didn't watch most of our games after graduating until streaming live became a thing.

11/27/2016 - 3:35pm I think the defense played

I think the defense played great, but even great defenses get tired, a factor exacerbated by the psychological and strategic impact of the near-red zone starting position in overtime. Speight was right to want to go for two.

11/20/2016 - 8:51pm I hope Strong does very well

I hope Strong does very well somewhere else as a slap in the face to these "boosters." Unless I've missed something, he seems like a class act and turned a nothing program, Louisville, into a national power.

11/14/2016 - 12:11am I can't wait for our

I can't wait for our first-round playoff loss! Go Lions!

11/12/2016 - 11:36pm Awful. But we were robbed on

Awful. But we were robbed on that review in the first quarter. His toe hit the ground.

11/05/2016 - 4:08pm I'm a lifelong Lions fan

It teaches one loyalty. : )

I watch at least part of most of their games thanks to 'streaming.'

I live in an area with obsessive fans of the local NFL team, so I wear a Lions jersey just to stand out. I love that there are women's jerseys these days.

11/05/2016 - 3:37pm If it weren't a real rivalry,

If it weren't a real rivalry, we wouldn't have these threads, I wouldn't always check their score hoping that they lose, etc.

I grew up surrounded by ND football fans. It was grotesque and I hate ND more than OSU.

10/08/2016 - 9:04pm And to think, the first few

And to think, the first few series had me worried, not of an upset, but a mediocre showing that wouldn't show us as peers of Ohio State.

Sling is acting funny, so I actually missed a few of the touchdowns. :(

10/08/2016 - 5:18pm Thank you, thank you.

I still think the hair is off, but I've been meaning to ask this question for a long time. I feel a weight is lifted.

10/08/2016 - 5:12pm Yes, but I haven't really

Yes, but I haven't really highlighted the fact in my public image. The blonde hair throws you. If you look closely though, 100% Korean.

10/08/2016 - 5:10pm Keeping that "Returning to

Keeping that "Returning to glory since 1993" t-shirt en vogue.

10/07/2016 - 10:15pm It's just some stock image

It's just some stock image white woman I found, which I suppose is odd, being Korean and all. I think she's supposed to be a dental hygienist or something. After all you need nice chompers to eat the steak and milk is your ally in that campaign, whole milk.

10/07/2016 - 8:46pm The good news is most people

The good news is most people put a similar amount of rational thought into voting for public office.

10/07/2016 - 8:33pm I see the resemblence, but

I see the resemblence, but the hair seems wrong for Don Draper. I suppose it could be Jon Hamm in real life, but would he in a suit and smoking? I think it's someone else.

10/07/2016 - 8:02pm If you don't mind me asking,

If you don't mind me asking, I've always been curious who your avatar is. I read the WSJ and love the hedcut style. Also, deep down I still think smoking is cool.

07/07/2016 - 2:14pm I'm just happy we're going to

I'm just happy we're going to play ND soon, which has always been my favorite rivalry for personal reasons.

My three month old daughter will now get to see her mommy acting crazy at an impressionable young age.

03/08/2016 - 4:04pm Pinning someone down and

Pinning someone down and shoving your genitals in front of someone 's face is not "mooning" them. That laughable and perverse excuse was just part of the coverup, one that continues to this day in certain circles as this feed cut shows.

The only reason people say "alleged assault" is to avoid libel liability. There's no obligation to say as such.