The Last Word | December 03, 2012
>>> herman cain is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore. but instead of throwing something at the tv he, of course, tweeted, you tune in for a football game and end up listening to bob costas spewing sanctimoniuos because bob costas who is host of football night actually mentioned the biggest thing that happened in football this weekend. it happened saturday morning when jovan belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend in front of their 3-month-old daughter and belcher's own mother. he then drove to work where he met with his head coach and general manager and thanked them for all they had done for him, then he went out in their parking lot, saw police approaching, and shot himself in the head. football being football and by that, of course, i mean football being big business , the game, and by that i mean the big business must go on and so, of course, the kansas city chiefs played their money making game the next day. the football business was hoping that tv football commentators would ignore the biggest thing that happened in football this weekend. but bob costas could not.
>> in the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in kansas city , the mindless sports cliches was heard yet again. something like this really puts it all in perspective. well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective that we regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. please, those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate there's sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of achieving perspective. you want some actual perspective on this, well, a bit of it comes from the kansas city -based writer jason whitlock with whom i don't always agree who said, we may as well paraphrase from the end of his article. our current gun culture , whitlock wrote, ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy and that more convenience store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more evteenage boys dead. they he is as ser bait our flaws and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. in the coming days, jovan jovan belcher's action will be analyzed. who knows, but here is what i believe, if jovan belcher didn't possess a gun, he and kasndra perkins would both be alive today. mike huckabee rewrote what he said but attributed tos could stas. he went on several minutes trying to make the case for gun control saying that if we had only had handgun control , then this crime never would have happened. of course, bob costas never mentioned the phrase gun control , you heard him, or add voe indicated any change in law on his nbc football show. that is not what he just heard. and every word that mike huckabee and herman cain didn't like was actually written by, as bob costas notes, fox sports columnist jason whitlock . when you read the environmental tire tea of jason's piece, which is the first article that i've read about football this year, you can be see that bob costas chose to quote it carefully, specifically leaving out the part on his show the part where jason whitlock does get political and eloquently so here's part of what he did not read in that article. we've come to accept our insanity. we'd prefer to avoid seriously reflecting upon the absurdity of the prevailing notion that the second amendment somehow enhances our liberty rather than threatens it. how many young people have to die senselessly, how many lives have to be ruined before we realize that the right to bear arms doesn't protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers , predator drones, tank, and nuclear weapons? i, for one, played enough football in high school and watched enough football for years after that to be done with football a long time ago but i'm glad that bob costas and jason whitlock aren't done with football . i'm glad they were there this weekend to speak to the football world about the biggest thing that happened in football this weekend. and for mike huckabee , herman cain and the don't blame the gun crowd, mike had this question today in his column. how many home runs would babe ruth hit without a bat?