Up to now 12 months, Kobe Bryant died in a helipcopter crash, social justice activism ruined sports activities for numerous followers, LSU gained the nationwide championship in faculty soccer, Dustin Johnson gained the Grasp’s and Patrick Mahomes inked an astronomical $500 million contract after profitable the Tremendous Bowl. Every of those main tales have one factor in widespread: Newsweek ranked these and different important tales behind a girl making cameo appearances in faculty soccer video games and an African American race automotive driver discovering a noose in a storage that wasn’t a noose.
This week Newsweek’s sports activities part is slowly counting city the highest 20 sports activities tales of the 12 months. What is important about this checklist?
Sarah Fuller got here in at No. 9. She’s the feminine from the Vanderbilt College ladies’s soccer crew who delivered one brief kickoff in a Southeastern Convention soccer sport and later kicked two further factors in one other sport. Tennessee defensive gamers conceded the additional level kicks and didn’t even rush Fuller on these performs. God forbid somebody show poisonous masculinity by blocking the kick or knocking her down. This has to price No. 1 within the class of most over-blown sports activities story of the 12 months – if not the last decade.
Checking in as Newsweek’s No. eight story was NASCAR banning the Accomplice flag and African American driver Bubba Wallace discovering that non-noose rope in his storage on the Talladega Speedway. This a lot is reported within the Newsweek sub-head over the so-called No. eight sports activities story of the 12 months.
Scott McDonald, the Newsweek author assigned to put in writing up these ridiculous scores, calls it this fashion:
“In a summer season crammed with social justice marches, sports activities started to really feel the urgency to make modifications. NASCAR was one of many first sports activities to implement modifications, and the primary transfer was to ban the Accomplice flag in any respect of its occasions and properties. This got here on the urging of Bubba Wallace, the one Black driver on NASCAR’s high circuit—the Cup Collection.”
NASCAR additionally revoked its requirement for all drivers and crew members to face for the taking part in of the Star Spangled Banner.
“Later in the summertime on the Talladega Speedway, a rope in Wallace’s storage appeared to appear like a hangman’s noose,” McDonald stories. Then his story unravels, and with it, justification of this as Newsweek’s No. eight sports activities story of the 12 months.
“The FBI was introduced in to analyze, and so they discovered no hurt or ailing will was supposed towards Wallace or his crew,” McDonald writes with egg on his face. Thanks for nothing on the false racist hate crime aimed toward Wallace.
And Newsweek readers are to consider that the Fuller and Wallace non-stories price forward of the Bryant tragedy?
Forward of the LSU story? The Tigers dream season merited solely “honorable point out” from the Newsweek geniuses.
Or anyone profitable the Grasp’s?
The Chiefs profitable the Tremendous Bowl (story No. 10) and Mahomes virtually cleansing out the nationwide treasury (No. 13)?
The Los Angeles groups profitable the World Collection (No. 14) and the NBA Championship?
The wacky Left-stream media strikes once more – on the coronary heart of credibility, on the coronary heart of believe-ability, whereas scoring factors for advantage signaling and identification politics.