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Tell it like it is

Comedian Thierrion Kagan, laying the smack-down on Bob Costas. Oh, how the once mighty, even those of the 5-foot-nothin’ variety, have fallen in my eyes. Be sure to check out the rest of Thierrion’s column.

After Costas recapped the events in Kansas City, he haughtily scolded those who need tragedies like this to keep football in context. Perhaps someone should inform Costas that murder/suicides like this happen every day, everywhere in the world, and the only reason this one got the attention it did is because it involved an NFL player.

It was then that Costas advocated for gun control. He cited an article by national sportswriter Jason Whitlock. The article blamed guns for the murder/suicide of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend. Costas concurred.

I’m not quite sure what conclusion to reach. Either Costas and Whitlock had never heard of a “stabbing”, or there were no kitchen utensils in the Belcher household.

What did they cut their steaks with? Tablespoons?

Jason Whitlock did mention the “gun culture” in his article. But what, specifically, *is* the “gun culture”? Rural rednecks and their shotguns? Suburban housewives at the shooting range? Or gangbangers with Glocks tucked inside their saggy pants? Those are three separate subcultures, all of which contain guns as one of their elements. Perhaps Whitlock could have more accurately blamed the “hip-hop culture”–which would also include, among other things, the music–but that would be racist (see “Vick, Michael”). One would have to know that Mr. Belcher had indulged in that lifestyle to draw such a conclusion; all that most of us know about him is that he owned a gun.

18 comments to Tell it like it is

  • -fritz-

    It could’ve been murder by football if he’d thrown a hard pass at her temple from less than 20 feet! Outlaw footballs! Outlaw baseballs. Hell’s bells, outlaw microfiber, because you could suffocate someone with it!

    • Texacalirose

      Oh, no! Not microfiber! You’ve crossed the line, mister! You’re gonna get dusted, see? Watch your back and the top of the refrigerator, too …

  • Scott M.

    Tiresome little windbag.

  • Texacalirose

    I’m glad you posted this, EP, & I’m glad our sage comedians see and articulate the absurdity.

  • Whitlock used to be a sometimes-interesting contrarian with a different but occasionally supportable take on things, but in recent years he hasn’t done anything more than bleat his opinion without benefit of evidence or reason to back it up. I liked Costas’s “Fair Ball” but haven’t paid attention to him except when the Olympics are on.

  • Scott M.

    At least the Cowboys won,hard as that is to believe.

  • If we could outlaw microphones would idiot announcers quit saying stupid stuff?

  • Raoul Ortega

    Didn’t Costas once work with on OJ Simpson?

  • Raoul Ortega

    Hard to spell with these tiny phone keyboards– “once work with one OJ Simpson?”

  • JimmyC

    You know who I blame for those two deaths? Bill Maher. He said that every black man, even President Obama, should be expected to carry a pistol under his shirt, ready to pull it out whenever someone gives him trouble. Clearly Belcher heard Maher’s words and took them at face value, and that’s why he decided to use his gun on his girlfriend.

    And now that we’ve established that Bill Maher is to blame for this tragedy, I say we censor him from ever being able to speak in public again. Because according to Costas’ logic, we’re allowed to outlaw anything that we deem responsible for these murders, even if it means violating our constitutional rights, right?

  • Dr. Schplatt

    Darn that gun culture, all those people who have guns…going around shooting people…such a high percentage…er…nevermind.

  • -fritz-

    The “Boys from Brazil”…er um…Chicago, can’t figure out why their murder rate is up 21% over last year. With the tightest gun control in the country and Rahm at the helm, to me it seems so simple that the simple can’t find the answer…Make it a law that every household in Chicago have and keep a loaded gun in the house, and issue, at will, CCW permits to known, non felon types. The murder rate would drop 100% overnight. But then so would the incessant march toward government tyranny that seems to be the real issue!

  • Tink in Cali

    Unfortunately, Mr. Costas now joins the ranks of the uninformed who use their job to push only one side of the story. I read somewhere that Belcher shot his girlfriend nine times, if that is true, it sounds like he had rage issues and likely could have murdered her in a multitude of different ways. Too bad Costas focused on this aspect of the situation when he might have actually done some good talking about domestic violence issues. Might have ruined his lib street cred, though.

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