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Get your politics off my sports page!

Posted on: September 2, 2008 11:28 am

   I am not a Democrat, I am not a Republican, I am not Independent. I am what you call the "Lesser of two evil partys". I'm sure there are a lot of people who feel the same way. But do I need to know what you are. What your views are?

   So the big new is that Vice Presedential candidate Palin's 17 year old daughter is pregnant. Do I really care. The only way this should show up on Sportline is if it was an unknown member of the Dallas Cowboys who did the deed! The only time we should hear the word Conservative on this site is when you are talking about the play calling of Tennessee's Phillip Fullmer because he has a quarterback who can't complete a pass to anyone wearing an orange jersey. The only time we should hear the word Liberal on this site is when you are describing the liberal amount of passing yards that the Cincinnati Bengals defense is going to give up this year. The only time Barack Obama's name should be mentioned on this site is when  Harvard has just handed Columbia a butt whuppin' in football. The only time we should hear John McCain on this site is when he was the asked to do the coin toss at the Army-Navy game, and was then seen in the skybox sipping 18 year old scotch and rooting on Army.

   I don't care about your political views. Political views and opinions go hand in hand. Everybody has one, and everyone thinks everbody elses stinks. Is your views on the candidates going to sway me one way or the other, I should hope not. That would just make me a follower. To vote for someone based on someone elses views is ridiculous. I am tired of this political race. I am tired of the negativity that comes with a presedential campaign. All I ask is, take it somewhere else. I come here to read about sports. I don't care about your politics, world news, and all the other pointless, mindless dribble that some people come up with. What song are you listening too? Who's your babys daddy? etc.... Take it over to Fox or MSNBC, I'm sure they have plenty of server space to accomodate you!

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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2008 7:29 am

Get your politics off my sports page!

Point taken Solomon. I have no qualms with the jab about the Bengals. After being a Bengals fan for so long I have become quite accustom to verbal bashings. I don't read the political views on Sportsline. I don't even follow politics. Being in my forties, I can't remember an election year that has posed anything different from year to year. The only difference this year is a woman. Other than that, they jump on the same issues time after time: taxes, education, energy, anti-terrorism. It plays out like a broken record to me. The candidates jab at each other trying to find that one little tidbit that will help them deliver the knockout punch. It seems this election started in 2005, and it just keeps going and going. 

As I said in my earlier post. It's a personal choice whether I indulge in someone else's political opinions. I also stated as to why people would post post on here like "Count to a million" or "What song are you listening to". I just don't get it. I'll just stick to reading my sports. I like Joe's caption contest, and I am looking forward to this NFL Mayhem. I enjoy reading your post on Joe's daily blog. I guess I just don't care about politics. I'll do my part and vote this November, but thats about it. I'll let everyone else discuss politics. I'll be the one standing on the sideline with the clipboard.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2008 5:17 pm

Get your politics off my sports page!

However, it is my opinion that I come to this site to enjoy conversations about sports.

To me it's like going to Home Depot to buy your wife an anniversary present, you'll enjoy it while your there, but your ceratinly not going to get much in return later!

I understand your viewpoint, but I think your analogy is just a bit off. (BTW, it was just a little friendly rivalry, the Bengals dig, you have every right to be proud of your offense, the non-felons that is) You see, nobody forces you to read the political threads. A better analogy to me about your outrage is : Jzinger goes to the bookstore to find a book on failed football defenses, and then he becomes enraged when he views a book about how Obama is the AntiChrist. See? It doesn't make sense, unless someone is forcing you to read against your will.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2008 1:17 pm

Get your politics off my sports page!

Great thing about America Solomon, the Freedom of the Press, and the Freedom of Speech. I can understand your willingness to indulge in meaningful political conversation. Thats your perogative. However, it is my opinion that I come to this site to enjoy conversations about sports. I doubt that most in here could offer a meaningful conversation in politics, because they have no interest in it.. Not to say that some couldn't, it's just not the proper forum. To me it's like going to Home Depot to buy your wife an anniversary present, you'll enjoy it while your there, but your ceratinly not going to get much in return later!

You can tell me that your favorite team is the Steelers, but I don't care which political party you represent. I would offer a retort to your "Go Steelers" comment, but why bother. I know my choice in teams is probably not the best of the bunch. At least I can honestly say I have never jumped on a bandwagon! Just as I won't jump to anyones political affiliation.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2008 10:57 am

Get your politics off my sports page!

As in choices of which football team to espouse jzinger, I have to say you are wrong here as well. I understand the perspective of this being a sports forum primarily, but it is also a community of sports fans. My interest in the political threads stems from my desire to have the political opinion OF sports fans and not the feeble rantings of the population at large. My respect for NFL fans in general is much higher than the general population, so I am interested in their opinions on all topics, not just sports. In consideration of justice and fairness and the absolute certainty of adoration of deserved accolades, the only correct answer has to be: Go Steelers.

Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2008 12:15 am

Get your politics off my sports page!

We agree on many things Zinger, this being one of them. I don't know why people find it necessary to talk about politics in the same forum as sports. Last time I checked, these two things have nothing in common except the whole steroids problem. Even that is a bit of a farce in my opinion; shouldn't the leagues get together amongst themselves and figure out how to deal with substance abuse? I would think that those who know sports best (the leagues) would be best suited to deal with it... Apparently we need to bring politics into it because they obviously know what is best for sports... Bleh.

Back to the point though, sports and politics don't mix. I think it's like a group of people who get a few drinks in them and they all decide that they are experts on every topic, including politics. It's at that point that people start to get annoyed with each other because everyone is a chief and no one is a brave. Everyone here in the forums is a self proclaimed expert so talking to them is like talking to a wall. They aren't going to change their opinions, so why even bother? This is what people need to learn; there is no point in posting your political beliefs because you aren't going to change anyones opinion. At the same time, if you feel the need to talk about it, go to or something. I'm sure there is someone there more likely to listen to you...

I guess there isn't much we can do about it except yell at someone if they try to talk politics on our favorite boards... Thanks Zinger.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 3:06 pm

Get your politics off my sports page!

Great blog jzinger, I agree that the vast amount of politcal rants take up a lot of space, and cause a lot of tension between people who could probably hold very intelligent conversations about sports if it were not for the fact that one likes Obama while the other likes McCain. American politics is still very amusing to me all these years later, maybe one day I will become a citizen and join in the fray, but I don't see that anytime soon. I have always had a very strict no-politics rule in the social arena for fear of offending or being offended by someone and harming what could otherwise be a great relationship. You and your buddy could both love the Bengals, but call it quits because you voted differently - so what. We each have our opinions and no amount of politician bashing is going to change mine or yours - a reasonably well debated and layed out argument might - but in the end we are each entitled to make our own opinions, vote the way we want, and live life as we see fit.

This year being an election year, there is even more garbage to deal with on a daily basis, and while somewhere on the internets wide open space, millions of politcal rantings about the president and the election are going on, necessitating this on a sports site is quite amusing. Surely carrying these rants over to Fox or MSNBC would be much more productive, though maybe there is an inherent fear of finding someone that might make an intelligent argument back. (don't take me wrong - there are lots of intelligent people on this site and I enjoy reading what everyone has to say - it challenges me to think about my own ethos) Maybe the thing to do is hold these discussions in reasonable forum instead of in anger and pontification.

Last thing - politicians, celebrities, athletes, they are all human like us. Why is it when our neighbors daughter gets pregnant at 16 or 17 we could care less, but if it is someone famous than they have committed an immortal sin? Are we that much better than the people in the limelight? I know that I have made many a mistake in my somewhat brief, yet continually aging time, here on this earth and I know that if you say you have never messed up that you are lying. I cannot condemn someone for committing an act that I may have committed, or that might happen to my daughter in the future. Granted when it relates to athletes we as a sports community should discuss, intellegently, the effect it has on the team, the community, etc. But maybe if we took that same outlook with what goes on outside of sports and in our hometown communites - problems might be assesed and change might be made.

just my two cents.

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