December 2, 2012

NBC Sports hits a new low

On tonight’s half time show, Bob Costas took the entirety of his weekly bit of canned moralizing to quote approvingly from a Jason Whitlock article on the murder suicide of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (who shot his girlfriend, then drove to the Chiefs’ facility and shot himself, leaving behind a 3-month-old daughter), citing as the cause of the crimes the availability of handguns, essentially demonizing those who somehow manage — amazingly! — to own handguns, keep them in their homes or on their person to protect themselves and their families, and never ever shoot their girlfriends before shooting themselves and leaving behind an orphaned daughter.

Frankly, I was shocked  but not terribly surprised. What so disgusts me, however, is that NBC decided to use this tragedy to preach what is essentially a cheap and easy  political message to a football audience — and they decided to do so in a way that was completely one-sided, and based in nothing but strained emotionalism and topical expedience.

Worse still, I bet Costas and his producers think themselves brave for having engaged in what is nothing more than a bit of  hamfisted propaganda.

– As if the officious moral preening of some cosmopolitan coastal coward does anything other than exploit the female victim, forgive the murderer, and blame some aspect of the  “culture” for a tragedy that, among the overwhelming majority of gun owners, never happens.  Ever.

If I thought like Costas and Whitlock, right now I’d be calling for a ban on microphones and Word Processing software.

Absolutely repulsive.  Spit.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 8:26pm
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Comments (66)

  1. They’re trying everything they can to get people to cancel their cable subscriptions and torrent their content for free.

    I wish them luck in this endeavor.

  2. Right. Belcher never would have just snapped her neck or anything. It’s not like an NFL linebacker could beat a woman to death. But on the bright side, he couldn’t have snapped his own neck, so his gun did saved us a load of aggravation, money and media bullshit.

    Balance.

  3. SNF had been pretty bearable since they dumped Olbermann. I wonder is Costas is trying to resurrect that decidedly base ethic.

  4. I’m a little depressed because once upon a time I had a crush on Bob Costas. Now that I see how far back my horrible taste in men goes, I’m feeling a little suicidal myself. But I don’t want to waste any of my ammo.

    I’m going to go watch that video of Ice T defending gun ownership in that BBC interview or whatever it was – it always makes me feel better.

  5. I bet if someone had killed a woman with a pair of elevator shoes Bob Costas would have been strangely silent about the whole thing.

  6. Good thing he didn’t drown her in a toilet.

  7. officious moral preening

    Accurately describes everything Jason Whitlock has ever written.

  8. It’s a shame Grandma wasn’t armed. She could have held Belcher at gunpoint while daughter called the po-lice.

    Or pistol-whipped him if he tried to get fiesty.

  9. What about that guy this past week who stabbed his father’s girlfriend to death and then went to his father’s classroom and shot him with a bow and arrow in front of his class and then stabbed him to death with a knife before stabbing himself to death. Should I give up my Forchner 12″Chef’s Knife, the 10″ Henckel’s, the 8″ Sabatier , or all those cute little deadly 3″ paring knives? Hell, I could whack someone to death with my sharpening steel. Try confiscating those and you’ll outrage all the foodies in the US. I guarantee 90% of them voted for Obama.

  10. Guns are outlawed in the UK. Knives next? Fists? Steel-toed boots? Cross looks?

    Where will it end?

  11. I do find it a bit racist though that they keep persisting with this notion that black people shouldn’t be allowed to bear arms.

    I mean, c’mon, we live in the 21st century already.

  12. In reality, death is all about the mindset of the killer and only secondarily about the weapon. Even the spine of a paperback book will do (I’m especially proud of that one, I was immobile but the target was on the move — not sure how effective it would have been on a human though).

  13. They gave up on banning the weapons in Ol’ Blighty, so they just made it illegal to defend yourself.

  14. mr. belcher was a “peace and studies” guy at umaine. his heart was with you no doubt.

  15. went to his father’s classroom and shot him with a bow and arrow in front of his class

    I was just reading up on that one. The arrow apparently penetrated entirely through the father’s head, but he got up and fought back, giving his students time to escape.

    I will never laugh at that Steve Martin routine. (Not saying “again” because, seriously, I never did laugh at it.)

  16. Where will it end?

    baseball bats for the algore

  17. You’re behind the proggie curve, Dennis. Just give it time.

  18. My last comment was for leigh. I didn’t expect bh and McGehee to simultaneously check me off the puck.

  19. Bob Costas took the entirety of his weekly bit of canned moralizing to quote approvingly from a Jason Whitlock article on the murder suicide of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher

    ’cause black folk never do no harm no how to no one. KEEP THE NARRATIVE ALIVE!!!!

  20. Must have learned from the Bradys. They were the undisputed masters of dancing-in-the-blood-of-the-dead for p0litical points.

  21. I could kill ya with a moderately sturdy ballpoint pen, not to mention whatever belt I happen to be wearing. Then, there’s shoelaces…*

  22. I think if some yob is calling you a stupid wanker in front of your bird, you and your mates should exact a bit of the old ultra-violence.

    It’s only right and helps keep things civil.

  23. affirmative action nfl now. make the nfl look like amerikkka not detroit

  24. Have you seen the ink on the Niners’ QB? It’s too late.

  25. Pablo,

    Next comes pruning shears, and any scissors with pointed blades.

    ::facepalm::

    Imagine the horrific, jagged wound a pair of pinking shears can make to the human body…

  26. To hell with NBC. As of now, I’m removing any of their remaining shows from my DVR list. Actually, I think “Revolution” is the only one. No great loss, because it sucks anyway.

  27. So sad what has happened to the UK. I was there for most of this past summer, and not only has the population been disarmed, but you can be jailed and fined for posting “offensive” posts and tweets. A shame, because I truly like that country.

  28. I’m trying to remember whether I ever inflicted harm on another human being using a weapon. Other than what God gave me, that is.

    Oddly enough, my greatest successes at intimidating others didn’t come from inflicting harm on them, but by failing to be intimidated by whatever pain they inflicted on me. Jayne Cobb said pain is scary, but it always only ever made me mad.

  29. I got so angry I got up and bought my conceal carry piece, a Beretta PX4 Storm sub compact in .40 S&W. Got a $50 rebate, to boot.

  30. Guns are outlawed in the UK. Knives next?

    In recent years, laws criminalising knife possession in the United Kingdom have been strictly interpreted and applied by police and prosecutors to citizens and foreigners alike of all ages and backgrounds, even where the evidence supporting the crime is in doubt. This development, combined with increasingly frequent application of such laws to marginal or inadvertent offenders by the police and the public prosecutor can easily result in an arrest and a criminal charge in the event a person carrying a folding knife, scissors, plastic knife, multi-tool, or bladed object is detained and searched, and the defendant may have to wait weeks or months for a trial or other disposition of his case by the public prosecutor.
    [...]
    Paradoxically, the acknowledged failure of previously-enacted anti-knife legislation in reducing the number of violent crimes involving a knife has led to demands for even stricter measures

  31. Greetings:

    James Brown, I think it is, of CBS’s NFL Panel didn’t do much better. I don’t know that the linebacker’s suicide was so much of a loss as a taxpayer savings considering the current costs of trials and incarceration. While the focus on the NFL players and coaches may have made some since if the linebacker had been killed in a car accident, suicide following a murder is a bit of a sticky wicket to tap dance around. There should have been grief counselors for the players, coaches, managers, and commentators, you know, like they have for the grammar school kids.

  32. yeah i was in a bar eating on a white pizza with roast beef n onions and drinking wild turkey when this happened

    this guy i was talking to cause of he was one of those football talkers was completely flummoxed so i helped him out and said that didn’t sit right with me at all, what he said, and football talker guy agreed heartily

    I only ate a few slices and let the lady take the rest cause of i had a creamy shrimp bisque soup earlier

  33. Paradoxically, the acknowledged failure of previously-enacted anti-knife legislation in reducing the number of violent crimes involving a knife has led to demands for even stricter measures

    Socialism and circular logic: a deadly combination.

  34. Guns are outlawed in the UK. Knives next? Fists? Steel-toed boots? Cross looks?

    Where will it end?

    Testicles.

  35. Testicles.

    Already there.

    See Cameron, David.

  36. I could kill you with just my thumb.

  37. - Of course, its got a big nail in it.

  38. - The Left is really, really terrified of our guns. Personally I don’t blame them.

  39. It’s because of guys like Costas that guys like Belcher (before Belcher went family annihilator) will be wearing flags before long.

    That’ll do wonders for NBC/Universal’s bottom line, you bet.

  40. It’s resentment, not fear BBH.

    An armed man is a self-reliant man.

    A citizen, not a subject.

  41. Your right thumb or your left?

  42. I got so angry I got up and bought my conceal carry piece, a Beretta PX4 Storm sub compact in .40 S&W.

    I thought Jeff already owned a Sig, or something.

  43. Nope, Ernst. I own two .45 Tacs, one an FNH FNP, the other a Taurus 24/7 OSS. The Beretta sub compact has a 3″ barrel and is going to be my conceal carry piece. Bought a holster that activates the green laser and light I’m putting on it when you draw.

  44. That was a damn good movie Geoff.

    And the most memorable quote from that movie isn’t on IMDB’s list

    the bastards.

  45. The FN was the one I must have been thinking of. For some reason, I thought it was a .40.

  46. Nicole Brown Simpson was unavailable to offer counterpoint…..

  47. he couldn’t have snapped his own neck

    Tell that to every dead, neck-broken git what hanged themselves.

    I bet if someone had killed a woman with a pair of elevator shoes Bob Costas would have been strangely silent about the whole thing.

    Maybe it just hit me funny, but that one wins all threads.

  48. Heard on the radio about this one this morning,

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242041/Northridge-murders-4-executed-outside-illegal-boarding-house-quiet-neighborhood.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    It was quite clear the illegal boarding house was the prime suspect.

  49. I wouldn’t do what you’re doing there, Jeff (the auto-activated laser/light thing). It might be a situation where you need to draw your weapon, but not attract attention… lights/lasers tend to do the latter very effectively.

    Standing by your car in a dark parking lot and see a few rough characters coming? Got a bad feeling? Might be nice to discretely have that weapon in-hand (without a couple of guys who “weren’t doin’ nothin’” seeing your weapon, running to the police, and accusing you of brandishing).

    In your own house at night, hear somebody/something, and want to wait in ambush? That’s hard with a laser/light giving away your position.

    Sitting in your car at a stoplight at night, see a crowd of ‘yutes grab-assing down the sidewalk towards you, and want to have the weapon ready-to-go just in case? That light/laser will illuminate the interior of the vehicle, highlight you, AND give you a mirror-effect on the windows, further taking away your ability to see out (and spoiling your dark-adjusted vision).

    I’m a believer in weapon-lights, but the activation should be under your absolute control. Also consider that using that weapon-light for anything but illuminating a target/threat will result in you muzzling (eg. pointing a gun at) anything you illuminate… so using that light for recon, navigation, etc becomes more problematic.

    Weapon-mounted lights have their place, but it’s important to know their limitations… particularly an auto-activating setup like you’re considering.

  50. They gave up on banning the weapons in Ol’ Blighty, so they just made it illegal to defend yourself.

    Ain’t that the truth.

  51. Trigger-touch-activated light might be good. I don’t know that such a thing is available, though.

  52. Jeff should just get his eyes shined.

  53. As it turns out, he was battling head injuries.

    Better for the game to have the customers focus on the guns than the concussions.

    I thought the Chiefs did it perfectly: a moment of silence for domestic violence victims.

  54. By the way, my line 2 above is supposed to register as sarcastic.

  55. In the U.K. you don’t need a gun to kill people: you just need the Liverpool Care Path.

    AND IT’S LEGAL!

    #winning!

  56. Bones –

    The laser / light settings can be preset to go on or not go on, and they can be pre-set in various configurations, as well. I don’t have a light on my FNP Tac, but it does have a Trijicon RMR and night sights. On my Taurus I have a Streamlight light/laser combo that is thumb controlled. On the Beretta, I’ll vary the settings by context.

  57. Sounds like you have it wired. Carry on.

  58. I’m old school: flashlight and weapon.

  59. - I’m a bit puzzled by that lede Jeff. Other than the Joe Nameth panttyhose adds of many decades ago, I can’t recal a time when NBC was at a high.

  60. There’s plenty to fisk in the Whitlock/Costas drivel, but this response is damn good.

  61. I had muted the audio and then un-muted it just in time to hear a bit of that sanctimonious crap Costas was spewing. I cursed the television soundly, and muted out of it again. It made me very angry.

    Every living creature has a right to defend itself against predators, and no one begrudges that except the left, when it comes to humans.

  62. I’ve been lusting after a S&W M&P9 sub-compact, for some reason. Probably mostly because 9 mm is so cheap and I have no handguns in that caliber at the moment. The better half has decided that she’s in love with the Colt Defender/New Agent models, and she wants a laser on it.

    My guess? New guns for Christmas!

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  64. In The Godfather 3 an assassin killed one of the Gnomes of Zurich with the frame of his eyeglasses.

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