Oh, Happy Day

Lots of fun stuff to talk about today. First, per With Leather, there’s a few more Chris Berman videos out there on YouTube. A summary of the five videos that guy has:

Another one per Deadspin: Christian Group Protests ESPN.

The coalition is concerned there exists at ESPN a “lack of sensitivity to persons of faith and a culture of religious intolerance.” To support this position view the link listed below showing ESPN anchor Chris Berman using the term “Jesus” and “Goddamn” in the workplace.

The Christian Defense Coalition will be calling on ESPN to take three positive steps toward building a culture of religious tolerance in their workplace:

*Discipline or terminate any employee that uses religiously intolerant and hateful language such as “Goddamn” or the negative use of “Jesus Christ” in the workplace.

*Sponsor a workplace seminar and dialogue on religious tolerance and discrimination in the workplace. ESPN has held similar seminars on race and gender but never on religion.

*Host a discussion on one of their programs featuring the topic of the offensive use of “Goddamn” and “Jesus Christ” within the sports world.

It is the goal of the Christian Defense Coalition to help ESPN realize the negative use of “Jesus Christ” and “Goddamn” in the workplace is as offense and hateful as using the term “nigger” in the workplace.

I tell ya, those Christians are funny. We had this come up around January 23, and it provided many — especially me — with a good laugh. But they’re really earnest about this stuff. God damn it ESPN, why do you hate Jesus so much, and why do you hate America?

It’s ironic that it’s Christians whining about intolerance when the book the religion is based around promotes misogyny and slavery and genocide. In the U.S., could it have been anyone other than Christians who would have started the God Hates Fags website? Are you surprised a Christian, Jerry Falwell, said about 9/11:

I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.

As I mentioned in my previous entry on religious whining, these Christian nut-cases have no jurisdiction on Berman’s behavior (most of which is from 2000, as you can see in the videos), nor on Dana Jacobsen’s. And since they’re talking about tolerance, why don’t they heed Voltaire?

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Next: Canseco calls Brian McNamee a liar!

Retired slugger Jose Canseco says Roger Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee, lied in the Mitchell Report and is lying when he says Clemens used steroids and human growth hormone.

“Absolutely, he’s lying and he’s a dirty liar,” Canseco said in a phone interview Sunday.

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“McNamee is a point-blank liar because Roger never showed up at my house,” Canseco said. “It’s up to Roger’s people to find out why McNamee is saying these things. I think he was pressured by someone into saying them.”

“I’m 1,000% sure Roger never showed up at the party. We didn’t talk then.”

I think this is a super-interesting turn of events. It seems like everyone has jumped off Roger Clemens’ bus and hopped on Brian McNamee’s, and given some of the things that Canseco has said that have turned out to be true, a lot of people are labeling Canseco a credible source. Now you’ve got the two squaring off! How will the public reconcile this?

I suggest a dance-off.

Hey, here’s someone the Christians could complain about: Sam Zell!

Just so you know, the owner of the Cubs said “[Fuck] you” to a female company employee last week. Just so you know, he asked workers at a staff meeting to inform him if they find good porn sites on the Internet. And, just so you know, he defended running strip-joint ads in the respectable Los Angeles Times by saying some of his best friends go to such clubs, reportedly adding, “Everyone likes [pussy]. It’s un-American not to like [pussy].”

He’s right. That’s what the troops are fighting for, and that’s what the American flag represents.

Lastly, the Phillies are still interested in Kris Benson.

The Phillies are apparently a lot more serious about free-agent pitcher Kris Benson than they’ve let on.

Benson has thrown privately for Phillies scout Chuck LaMar twice in the last week, a baseball source said after Benson’s most recent audition yesterday in Atlanta. Benson’s agent, Gregg Clifton, confirmed the private workouts last night.

LaMar apparently has liked what he has seen.

“We have interest,” assistant general manager Ruben Amaro said last night. “We’re talking to his agent.”

I don’t see why the Phillies haven’t signed Benson already. He’ll take a relatively cheap one-year deal with the understanding he’ll have to show he still has his stuff and that he can stay healthy before he gets slotted in the starting rotation. If Benson can meet that criteria, he’d push Adam Eaton out of the starting rotation, and could possibly allow the Phillies to trade him before he causes any more damage.

If Benson still has his stuff, he’ll be slightly below league-average at worst (lowest ERA+ was 88 in 2003) and well above league-average at best (highest ERA+ was 121 in 2000). It’s more likely he’ll be between the two and be just around league-average, which is all you’d ask of a #5 pitcher. Eaton and his 73 ERA+ can take a hike.

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  1. Papa Ratzi

    February 11, 2008 05:17 PM

    why dont you like christians? did you have a bad experience as an alter boy or something?

  2. Bill B.

    February 11, 2008 05:52 PM

    No, I got out of religion pretty early by most standards: before I was 11. I regularly skipped my after-school Bible class anyway.

    Christians, for the most part, are close-minded bigots, and that’s because they’re part of a religion that preaches close-mindedness and bigotry.

  3. ShooterB

    February 13, 2008 12:49 PM

    You learn something new everyday. I had never heard of the ERA+ stat until today. But after looking up a couple of things, it seems to be everywhere.

    People should be tolerant, Christians…and everyone else, too. But there are close-minded extremists in every segment of society. Not all people who believe in God would be willing to take part in the protests you mentioned above. In fact, I think very few would.

    There are still registered voters out there who honestly believe Barack Obama is a Muslim terrorist who wants to destroy the country. And even worse, they know how to forward emails.

    The Christian Defense Coalition is similar to almost any other political group. They just use the hot topic of the day as their personal soapbox.

    I can be tolerant of many things. But I will not stand for new baseball statistics that make me think too hard!!!

    When you put the words “Kris” and “Benson” together, it makes me want to puke. I have this nightmare where my favorite team drafts a guy with the same name using the first overall pick in the draft. Then, they bank their future on him becoming an ace…after one decent year with a sub-4.00 ERA and close to 200 strikeouts. They wait through his injury and rehab…wait some more. And then when he returns as half the pitcher he once was…they wait some more.

    And at the end of the day, my team has gained nothing…except an abundance of wasted time.

    So there’s that recurring nightmare. Only sometimes the guy is named Jason Schmidt or Oliver Perez.

  4. Brian

    February 13, 2008 08:10 PM

    The race to 100 wins begins. We need to get out the gates fast this year.

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