Friday, August 29, 2014

Sports Exception that Proves the Rules

Oh Lordy, the media is gushing about the wicked awesome pitcher at the Little League World Series you just have to watch. Of course you will remember her name forever! Mo'ne! I can't imagine why the sports media is going nuts about her. She was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Why?

Black, female and who knows maybe she already is a lesbian. That is progressive media BINGO right there. Kind of reminds me of the jokes comics and sportscasters made about the Danny Almonte kid and his city team scaring the little white or foreign kids on other teams. Almonte was a 14 year old who competed as a 12 year old. If you know male growth patterns, you know 14 vs. 12 is a large difference, so his team illegally beat good team after good team because every other game they had a 14 year old, only to lose in the finals to the foreign team because he couldn't pitch due to the "every other game" rule. It was "cool" though watching the city kids win per the media, whereas the Taiwanese teams that used 14 year olds in different years were dirty cheaters. Before the advent of widespread Little League softball programs, it was common to see one girl play in a Little League and occasionally one make it to an All-Star team. Hey, the media has to use the exception to prove nature's rules.


nikcrit said...

Black, female and who knows maybe she already is a lesbian. That is progressive media BINGO right there.

I think you're jumping the gun a bit and being too cynical. I mean, you're suspicions are right in that they routinely play out in popular press situations like these. And you're even right in that could manifest or even will manifest in this particular instance.
But there's also a universal pop-press element in play in the 'mon'ee' rage, which happens all the time.
It's sort of a 'ever-green' and 'feel-good' media story; in this case, bringing in audiences and demos usually unassociated with sports; however hoary, there's also the 'good role model' element in play.
Of course, it can be insipid. but why argue with it, cuz its intentions are sweet even if overblown, and it's not really so insidious a type of propaganda that could do real damage (as that more consequential meme too routinely exists.)

Also, her story serves as a social-uniter, mediawise...... everyone from ghetto street kids to white suburban grandmothers connect to particular elements of her story, which is basically a 'rise above yourself and your limited circumstances' tale.

I say leave Mo'nee alone; there are much bigger fish to fry.

Son of Brock Landers said...

It was annoying how they were gushing over her. Little leage softball started in the 80s and drained away those tomboys who were found in little league teams before then. At that age, some girls can compete.

Posting it to just finish up black week. Got some black hot babe cheesecake for tomorrow.

PA said...

O/T, though not entirely as this is Black Week and the band is black -- Caribbean, I think. I've liked this song since 1978, when I did not speak a word of English. I thought the melody is nice.

Today? fuck the eurotrash anti-Franco crap... but the melody is apex-disco, and the story is great.

peterike said...

Looks like a dude from a 70s black sitcom.

So is "Mo'ne" pronounced "Money"?

Otherwise, whatever on this story. I read one thing on it and they are already speculating, will she be THE ONE that makes it to MLB? Uh huh. Wake me up when that happens.

It's really laughable how people will believe something like that. Ooohhh, she throws 70 MPH! I mean that's pretty good, and I'm sure I can't throw that fast, but how much farther can she go with this?

I find hagiography of athletes distasteful to begin with. This just adds absurdity to the mix.

Mike said...

I had a similar reaction to this story as I have to the coverage of the whole 'ice bucket' thing that's gone viral.

It's clear people are using the occasion to feel good about themselves and claim moral superiority but you can't criticize it because it looks like you're critical of the person/cause. Which, of course, isn't the case at all.

Also, it's a bit unfair to the girl to basically anoint her as the next "barrier breaker". But I'm sure no reporter is losing sleep over that.

Looking forward to that cheesecake...

Anonymous said...

Who? I quit watching baseball back in 1994. I might watch some family little league and once a cousin made it to the little league world series as a pitcher back in the 1980s.
The team lost but they took it down to the wire.