Transgender “woman” suing Crossfit for $2.5M b/c she wants to compete against women

Link to article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/07/us/transgender-lawsuit-crossfit/index.html

This is a joke right.  The article reads like this: some dude wants $2.5 million dollars because he chopped off his wiener?  He/she/it claims “discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and unfair competition” in a lawsuit filed this past Thursday.

I’ll touch on all 3 claims.

  1. Discrimination – I don’t know what went on to make this guy think he was discriminated against but I have to assume the only discrimination is that he feels like he should be allowed to compete against women because he believes himself to be a woman.  That’s not discrimination bro, that’s common sense.  People born with penises compete against each other and people born with vaginas compete against each other.  This for a reason.. and no that reason is not to offend or discriminate against you.  Get over yourself.  I’ll add that it is possible that actual discrimination took place but theres no humor in that so I won’t go into it.
  2. Intentional infliction of emotional distress – This has to mean intentional infliction of emotional distress on himself right?  No one did this to him.. he did it to himself.  I think people that get the ol’ hotdog-swap procedure are hilarious and don’t try n tell me it’s wrong to make fun of people for that sort of thing.  If you dress like a woman people will stare at you and talk about you.  Anytime you do anything to attract attention to yourself people are going to stare and talk about it.  I really, really hope this dude didn’t try to work in anything about being gay because this has zero anything to do with that.  This has to do with some deranged, psychopath chopping off his clam hammer and pretending to be a woman.  I’m totally for people having the right to do this to themselves but don’t try n tell me you’re a woman.  You’re a dude and you know it.  I’m even okay with you “identifying” as a woman, but in no way should you be able to compete as a female athlete.
  3. Unfair competition – Okay bro, at this point you’re just not understanding.  The unfair part is that you are a man (which means superior strength/athleticism) so it’s not fair that you compete against women.  Go ahead and act like you’re a woman and do all woman things, but no way do you get to win medals for beating women.

My solution:  CrossFit says “sorry, but you have to compete against men because that’s what you are”.  Or shit, let the dude compete with the women but don’t let him get a medal.  And then prescribe this guy some heavy psychotherapy to bring him back to reality.

Final thought:  I sort of hope this guy wins and gets to compete with women, but then he just gets slammed and annihilated by the competition.  Also.. take a look at the “chick” on the left and tell me that’s not a man.  

the one on the left used to have a penis

the one on the left used to have a penis

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Another great day in sports…

We’ve got Aaron Hernandez attacking a dude in prison and Felton getting hit with Felony gun charges.  Not really surprising stories, although hearing that Jordan Gross is gonna hang em up did take me by surprise.  I have to say I wasn’t fully aware of his contract situation and I’m sure that played into it a little, but sucks to see him go.  He’ll go down as one of the best Panthers to have played the game and the guy did it all the right way.  Said the right things, kicked ass on the field, and really engaged the fans.  This should make things a little more interesting for Gettlemen and the guys in the front office.  I’m sure they knew it was coming, but that’s just one more “need” added to the list.  I’m thinking we don’t go WR 1st round unless we’re absolutely in love so basically I’m just hoping we don’t go WR 1st rnd because I don’t think any worthy candidates will make it to our pick.  My Panthers Panic Level = soft 3.  Oh yea, Famous Jameis played in an exhibition game against the Yankees today.  Also, the ESPN headlines are more retarded and absurd than ever today.

One more thing.. watching ESPN’s NFL combine crew of Bill “I picked Payton Manning” Polian and Sal Palantonio is just way more boring than I can handle.

Everything in sports that matters: An update blog

So the Olympics just wrapped up, and besides hanging on every minute of updates as to the status of Bob Costas’ pink eye and Johnny Weir’s atrocious attire, I would say that I wasn’t all that entertained.  It’s definitely nice to see countries come together on the same stage to compete, regardless of diplomatic relations, but there is still something left to be desired.  Speed skating, ice dancing, and a hundred different varieties of snow sliding are only entertaining to an extent.  Solution:  more hockey and add an amateur basketball competition (afterall, it is a winter sport).  I would say give us some football but I know the world isn’t ready.  Consider moving a couple sports to the winter that would otherwise be overshadowed during the summer olympics.  Maybe boxing?  Maybe we could invent a sport just for the games.. sounds like a good idea to me.  Anyway, glad to see people backed off the “Russia sucks” and definitely happy there weren’t any terrorist attacks.

Baseball is about to start.  Pitchers and catchers are already practicing and it’s just a matter of time before it all starts up again.  If you ever find yourself in the state of Florida or Arizona in the spring definitely make it a point to check out a game.  Cheap tickets, cheap concessions, and they are real major league games.  Good opportunity to see the big-name guys and up-and-comers alike.  Excited to get the season underway although I know I’ll burn out eventually.  My level of baseball intrigue usually goes something like this: Pumped for season to start, interested for a month.. sorta forget its all going on once NBA playoffs start and then just before All-Star break I’m back into it, watching games every night.. I’ll burn out once more before the playoff race heats up and continue to watch through the post season.

College basketball winding down, conference tourneys about to commence and then the greatest tournament in sports is under way.  Looking forward to stealing a cool billion from Mr. Buffet since I’m sure I’ll have a perfect bracket (1 to 2 losses at the most).  I haven’t watched too many games until recently but I’ll be glued to the TV like everyone else come time for March Madness.  It will be exciting to see which of these future top picks can carry their team through the postseason.  Once again it looks like the ACC is just shitting on everyone, but I’m not yet convinced that there is one team that is so much better than the others that they’re a lock to win it.  I love watching Jabari play and I gotta believe he’ll be the #1 selection.

Pro ball has been as fun to watch as it ever will be, and I mean that in a good way.  It really sucks that D-Rose is out again and that the league is still extremely top-heavy, but the games are good and the playoffs never fail to amaze me.  The avg margin of victory in the NBA playoffs is like .01 and theres a ton more overtime games than normal.  The All-star game was nothing to write home about and the dunk contest was laughable, with the most humorous part being that there was no single winner.  There was a winning team instead.. how dumb is that?  Either get Lebron in the contest or shut it down.  Since I know it won’t go away, I am looking forward to seeing Andrew Wiggins (the Kansas kid) dunk all over the place next year.  How Lebron-like was it to post a video of him doing all these awesome dunks not even a week before the contest but then not even be in the contest.  This guy doesn’t get it.  He’s an incredible, literally out of this world talent, but he does it to himself when people talk about him being hated.  Also worth noting.. I assume there is not one on Earth that hasn’t heard, but as of last night there is officially an openly gay player in the NBA (Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets).  Probably about time.

Golf is underway and The Masters is right around the corner.  I had the opportunity to attend last year and it’s an amazing experience.  I found the 1 weed on the course and took it home with me.  Such a different experience than going to the Quail Hollow tournament.  Everything is just perfect.  Those pimento cheese sandwiches that everyone raves about look absolutely disgusting and I gagged looking at one, but I had some of the best food of my life just outside the tournament grounds.  Was able to see the practice rounds (guys skipping the ball off the water on 16) and the par-3, which were both equally fascinating.  The only thing that would keep me from giving it a 10 out of 10 on the awesomeness scale would be the number of spectators.  It was crazy packed.  Anyway, if I get the opportunity to go back this year I’ll do it in a heartbeat.  One of the coolest things I’ve ever taken part it.

NFL Combine just ended.  Nothing to get too excited about here, just a lotta dudes running and jumping to audition for million dollar jobs.  If you wanna check out what I was able to take away from it all you can do that here: Day 4 of the combine.. Here’s what i’ve learned so far. It will be interesting to see how things shake out for the Panthers.  I think Greg Hardy is a big piece to the puzzle and his resigning/not resigning will be probably be more impactful than the whole sum of our draft picks this offseason (more on that here: Greg Hardy: Panthers Priority #1).  One more thing… if you haven’t heard about the new rule the league will be voting on you should look it up.  It involves the N word and a 15 yard penalty.  I touched on that this morning so not gonna get into detail here, just check out my blogs from earlier to day if you’re interested (not gonna post a 3rd link in one paragraph).

Hockey.  Uh.. the US lost so I’m back to not being a hockey fan, although I did attend an NHL game this season which was actually pretty sweet.  Cheap tickets, good fans, a little fighting action.. I could see why people like the sport I’ve just never gotten into it (and I still don’t know why icing is called sometimes).

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NFL has shown progression in more than one front w/ new rule

I’ve taken a couple days to really digest the 15-yard N word penalty and I like it.  My initial reaction was, well what the fuck, the league is mostly black and these dudes throw the N-word around like a west virginia offense.  It’s all over the place, and trust me, Richie Incognito is not the only white dude in town using it.  So basically, on the surface it would seem a bit of an excessive move, considering it’s all over the place and the NFL doesn’t necessarily have an issue with racism.

But, when you look at the social environment of the NFL.. most of it’s players were lower middle-class growing up and use the word to describe themselves and anyone they know.  Thats the truth.  If you want to disagree you’re welcome to do so but you would be wrong.  It’s everywhere in the league.  It’s everywhere period.  Black culture is so obsessed with the use of the N-word that you literally have black people speaking out about their right to use it… But.. at the same time, you have the educated world speaking out about the use of the word saying it’s wrong.  It was the educated world that made this decision (I shouldn’t have to say this but I know some halfwit reading this is going to infer that I meant white people when I say educated people.. I don’t, and if I just described you then you’re an idiot).  And I like it.  Find a different word.  You can’t say something to someone and then have someone else say the exact same thing and all the sudden one person, but not the other, is considered prejudiced.  That’s irrational.  I’m honestly surprised the league drew up this rule but it makes sense.  If they don’t approve the rule now it will reflect poorly on everyone involved.

When a white guy uses the N-word it makes headlines and gets weeks (months) of coverage on ESPN.. when a black person uses the N-word it’s hardly news.  It’s going to be tough to police the situation and it will definitely make news when someone is finally penalized.. Does this apply to the sideline conversations?  Will it have it’s own special signal for refs?  Maybe we could just take a 5 second timeout and have everyone in the stadium point and call the guy and idiot?  All in all, I respect the move.  It is worth pointing out that homophobic slurs and any other forms of prejudiced are still fair game, but at least it’s a start.

Also, it is a little ironic that one of the the league’s most adored franchises is facing claims of racism (only for it’s name).  

BB&T Ballpark Opens April 11th.. What does this mean for Charlotte?

When I moved to Charlotte in 1994 there were exactly zero professional sports teams in the downtown area.  Now there are 4: Panthers, Bobcats, Knights, and Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse.

With the season kicking off in less than two months, I wanted to take a look at what the newest addition, BB&T Ballpark, means for the Knights and for Charlotte as a whole.  For starters, it means more money all around. The new stadium brings the addition of at least 70 new events (reg season home games) to uptown, with the potential to draw 10,000 patrons to the park on a given night.  The dollar amount on the economic impact that draw will have on uptown is large to say the least.

The club has done little to promote the move outside of press coverage and a logo change, yet ticket sales and sponsorships are way up.  Club seats are sold out… for the entire season.  I know that’s hard to believe for anyone that visited Knight’s Stadium over the past few years.

Tickets are still dirt cheap, starting at $8, the same as a high school football game, and every seat offers a great view and a much more intimate experience than you get next door or down the road (Bank of America Stadium & Time Warner Cable Arena).

Believe me when I say restaurant owners, parking garages, vendors, and even home owners in the uptown area are smiling with anticipation.  And the city of Charlotte is ecstatic to be able to offer it’s young professionals something to do uptown outside of the bar scene.  Not to mention the bars are happy to have their best customers around more frequently.  If you are a sports fan, the move to uptown makes the games more accessible.  If you aren’t, you’re still more likely to attend a game with the stadium smack dab in the middle of the city.  Just to drive my point home: the estimated population density in the area surrounding the old Knight’s Stadium = 662/sq. mile (2012); BB&T Ballpark = 2,440/sq. mile (2010).  Housing values, specifically on the revitalized north end of uptown, will go up.  You will see new bars and restaurants (and hopefully some rebuilding of run down, established restaurants) in that area.  Your average weeknight at the Epicenter still won’t be crazy crowded, but you should see a little more action on game nights.  That’s right, the new stadium even benefits party-goers.

I’m not saying people are chomping at the bit to run inside the stadium every night, but I think we all can at least be excited to have something else to do downtown.

BBT ballpark