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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bryant Gumble: Winter Olympic Hater!

I have always suspected that Bryant Gumble was an idiot but recently he confirmed my suspicions by opening his mouth and removing all doubt. Gumble has a show on HBO called “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble”. I have seen it a time or two and some friends of mine seem to enjoy it. Gumble recently flashed the wonder of his stupidity by taking a jab at the alleged racial bias in Winter Olympic sports and it seemed he has ruffled some feathers of my Scandinavian American friends with a nice plug for the poor black man.

Here is his quote:

Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don’t care about them and won’t watch them. In fact, I figure that when Thomas Paine said that “these are the times that try men’s souls,” he must’ve been talking about the start of another Winter Olympics. Because they’re so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the winter games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something’s not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what’s called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won. And try to blot out all logic when announcers and sportswriters pretend to care about the luge, the skeleton, the biathlon and all those other events they don’t understand and totally ignore for all but three weeks every four years. Face it — these Olympics are little more than a marketing plan to fill space and sell time during the dreary days of February. So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they’re done, when we can move on to March Madness — for God’s sake, let the games begin. (Source)

While I believe that Bry Bry has his first amendment right to blather on out his oversized pie hole and say what ever floats his boat but doesn’t this seem to be what civil rights activists are fighting against? I remember not long ago Rush Limbaugh was removed from his commentary position at ESPN for a similar remark. It just seems a little one sided. So let me get this straight: it is activism by speaking ones mind on race if it is against whites but if its whites speaking out against other races its hatred and racism? I guess I just don’t get it. In all honesty, I am not offended one bit by Gumble’s silly comment, but it sure made me feel anger for any black person who is a Republican.

More blogs about this:
HBO's Gumbel: Lack of Blacks Makes Olympics 'Look Like a GOP Convention' or
Bryant Gumbel: Liberal Activist Masquerading as Impartial Journalist or just heated debate/ranting for entertainment purposes only at HBO

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