A League of Boomers

It’s so not a surprise that the league devoted to the signature Boomer sport would set the most asinine policy possible on vaccinations.

National Championships Vaccination Statement, USA Pickleball

Not surprisingly, we have been receiving a great deal of feedback, both positive and negative, about the requirement that all participants in this year’s National Championships be vaccinated to enter the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (IWTG). While many people have applauded the decision, others are troubled by it because they are not and will not get vaccinated. Accordingly, I would like to give you some background on the situation and respond to the statements, questions and suggestions we have seen on social media and received via email over the past 3 days.

First, it needs to be reinforced that the decision to require vaccinations to enter the venue was made solely by IWTG ownership and management and it applies to all events. Second, we did not have any input in the conversation and were not informed of the decision until last week. Any claims being made on social media or elsewhere that we have known of this situation for a long time and withheld this information are totally false.

We realize that this decision will prevent some of our members from participating in this year’s Nationals, not only as players but perhaps as fans, volunteers, and referees. We understand that many of you have made plans to attend which will need to be changed. This is certainly troubling to us but we fully respect IWTG’s right to establish the rules and protocols for their venue. They have been a good partner to us, and we know this decision was difficult for them. Keep in mind that the vaccination requirement goes well beyond just our National Championships as it pertains to all events at the facility, including the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in October, an event much larger in every aspect than ours. We know that IWTG management, along with its health advisors, feels it is doing the right thing to protect the people at the venue, particularly given concerns about the Delta variant of COVID 19 that is starting to emerge in California. It is hard to argue against protecting public safety.

Provided below are responses to some of the questions and suggestions we have received.

We have received an inquiry about refunds on membership dues. Decisions regarding the IWTG vaccine policy are not associated with USA Pickleball membership, and as posted over the years, we do have a no refund policy. Please remember that membership supports the sport of Pickleball for everyone, be it recreational or tournament players, including all programs, governance, and related rules and standards.

The inevitable next statement, in which they lament the financial problems caused by all of the missing players, fans, volunteers, and referees, should be amusing.

Spacebunny and I were hit with a similarly stupid “no-refund” policy from our former gym. First they shut down for a few months, then they told us that we couldn’t work out there if we wouldn’t wear masks while we were working out. Then they sent us bills for our “overdue” membership payments.

I paid them for the last time and bought an Olympic bar, a bench, and got the exercise bike out of storage; I’m now in better shape than I’ve been in years. Based on what I’ve heard from the people who still work out there, we’re far from the only former members who have left, so it won’t be even a little bit surprising when the location is suddenly closed.


We all won

When the incredibly annoying collection of SJWs otherwise known as the US women’s soccer team lost again and was knocked out of contention for the gold despite being the heavy favorites.

Jessie Fleming scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute and Canada earned a 1-0 semifinal victory over the United States in the Olympic women’s soccer competition on Monday.

Canada goes on to face the winner of the late semifinal in Yokohama between Sweden and Australia. The gold medal match is set for Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

Canada had not won against the United States since 2001.

Congratulations to Canada. They won, but then, so did America.

Choosing the strong horse

This young athlete’s decision to compete for China rather than for the USA is yet another nail in the coffin of civnattery. She’s not an American by any standard, except the civnat’s nonsensical paper one.

The “courage” of the quitter

These bizarre defenses of chokers and quitters are beginning to border on parody:

“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. 

“Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”

Meanwhile, real competitors like Aaron Rodgers are criticized for months just because he chose to try passing the ball rather than attempting to run it into the end zone. (The criticism was incredibly stupid, by the way, because there was no way Rodgers was going to outrun Jason Pierre-Paul, who had already sacked him twice during the game, from the 10-yard-line.) Can you even imagine how the media would have come down on Patrick Mahomes if, instead of playing a Super Bowl behind an injured and ineffective offensive line, he had withdrawn from the game the day before?

“I won’t be playing in the Super Bowl today. I don’t know, I’m just feeling a little blue. But hey, to the rest of the Chiefs, you guys just go out there and kick some ass. I’ll be cheering for you!”

It’s strange, because it’s not as if black athletes were previously immune from criticism. Perhaps this is a consequence of Black Lives Matter or something, or perhaps it’s just a coincidence combined with the philosophy that everyone is a winner no matter what happens.

Either way, it’s ridiculous. Champions don’t choke and they definitely don’t quit.

Miles Mathis has an entirely different take:

In February of 2018, I called foul on the USA Gymnastics story of Larry Nassar, who was allegedly sentenced to 175 years in jail for molesting young women.  There I showed all the discontinuities, contradictions, flaws, and red flags on that story.  Well, that story has continued to spin out this week, since two days ago we saw the story dredged up for the Olympics, with Simone Biles being forced in an interview to say she too had been molested by Nassar.  I have watched all of 30 minutes of Olympics coverage, but happened to see the first part of that interview, since I was with friends at the time.  I walked out in disgust, knowing she was lying, and missed the second half where she was with her mother.  Anyway, the interview apparently backfired on the controllers, since many normies saw it and realized Biles was lying. One of my friends talked to his mother later that night, and she volunteered the information that she thought Biles was lying.  Pretty extraordinary, since his mother is not a conspiracy theorist and otherwise doesn’t think too much of my papers.  Apparently word got back to Biles through the grapevine that viewers all over the world were not believing her, since yesterday she had a meltdown, quitting the all-round competition despite not being injured, and giving the gold to Russia.  Just so you know, Biles is considered the best gymnast in the world, and the US was favored to win the all-round because of that.  Many are calling her the best gymnast ever, due to the difficulty of her routines and the height of her tumbling.  So this is a huge deal.

In the mainstream, no one is mentioning the obvious, so as usual it is up to me.  I absolutely guarantee you the reason she quit wasn’t because she was “sad” or “stressed” or mentally weak.  Clearly, she quit because she was sick of being forced to lie by these bastards in Intelligence who now control everything.

So, maybe she is a hero after all?

The possible connection

There are two big stories around the NFL right now. I find it curious that no one – literally no one – in the sports media has suggested a possible connection between them:

NFL teams can’t force players to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but they can make life difficult for unvaccinated players. And they will.

The latest example comes from Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, who told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that he will fine any unvaccinated player $14,000 on the spot any time he is not wearing a mask where he is supposed to be, or is otherwise breaking any of the NFL’s protocols for unvaccinated players. Arians said there will be no warnings, just fines every time.

Arians also noted that unvaccinated players are tested every day and vaccinated players are tested only once every other week, and that will make life a lot less convenient for the unvaccinated.

“A vaccinated player will get tested 14 times this year,” Arians said. “An unvaccinated player will get tested 140.”

Arians also said he believes the Buccaneers’ vaccination rate will more than 85 percent by final cutdowns — which could be viewed as a thinly veiled threat to the players on the roster bubble that they’ll be gone before the 53-man roster is set if they aren’t vaccinated.

So while it’s true that teams can’t force players to get vaccinated, teams can make life so difficult that it probably won’t be feasible to remain unvaccinated for anyone but the stars who are good enough not to get cut, and have enough guaranteed money in their contracts that they don’t care about $14,000 fines. That’s a pretty small minority of players in the NFL.

The other big story, from the very same site:

Sports books reportedly brace for an Aaron Rodgers retirement

Las Vegas usually knows what’s going on. On Aaron Rodgers, Las Vegas reportedly thinks it knows what he’ll be doing next week.

Via Bill Huber of SI.com, multiple sports books believe Rodgers will announce his retirement before Wednesday’s initial practice of training camp. Per Huber, Westgate Superbook has “closed all its NFC North markets, including projected wins, playoff odds, divisional odds and weekly lines for the four division teams.”

PointsBet sports book, which not long ago put the Green Bay over-under win total back on the board at nine, has once again removed Green Bay from the list of 32 teams. DraftKings also has removed the Green Bay over-under win total, along with its Packers-related “Team Specials.” (The other 31 teams have them.)

As one source with knowledge of the dynamics of the Rodgers situation said in response to these developments, “Vegas oddsmakers tend to be pretty sharp.” The source added that a lot of scenarios are in play, and “many, many factors” will be relevant to the outcome.

Aaron Rodgers is one of the smartest players in the NFL. He’s very wealthy, he’s shown that he’s capable of finding great post-NFL success, and he’s engaged to a Hollywood actress. Is it really so implausible to suggest that one of the reasons he would rather retire than play is because he is unwilling to accept the elevated risk of heart attacks and strokes that the NFL is attempting to force on its players? We already know that one Vikings coach is willing to leave his job rather than get vaccinated.

Of course, this narrative would terrify the vaccine propagandists. Imagine if it becomes widely known that the reigning NFL MVP retired rather than get vaccinated…. About the only thing that would be worse for the vaxxers is Patrick Mahomes collapsing during a nationally televised game early in the season and dying of a heart attack.

Sports stars won’t submit

The NFL has doubled down on its vaccine facism:

The NFL just informed clubs that if a game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week season in 2021 due to a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will FORFEIT and be credited with a loss for playoff seeding, per sources. Today’s memo also says the team responsible for a canceled game because of an outbreak among unvaccinated players/staff will be responsible for financial losses and subject to potential discipline from the commissioner. 

This is totally absurd and wildly unfair, of course, because most Covid infections affect vaccinated people, and a games will almost certainly be cancelled due to outbreaks among vaccinated players. However, it’s more likely that the NFL will face a player revolt, as several players, including Deandre Hopkins, have indicated that they will retire before they will submit to vaccination.

Nor are they alone; a player for Ireland’s national ice hockey team has resigned from the team rather than agree to play before crowds that require vaccine passports.

Evil requires your submission and compliance, not your support or your full mental buy-in. Therefore, a refusal to submit and comply, whatever the cost, is the moral imperative.

Go woke and choke

Such a humiliating defeat at the Tokyo Olympics couldn’t happen to a more deserving gaggle of girls:

The reigning World Cup champs played like world-class chumps in a group-stage opening soccer match at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.

The U.S. Women’s national soccer team lost 3-0 to Sweden, ending a 44-game American unbeaten streak in international play. The string extends back to January 2019.

Sweden eliminated the U.S. in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics, the team’s earliest exit ever.

Two goals from Stina Blackstenius and one from Lina Hurtig led Sweden.

Perhaps they should worry a little less about politics and thought-policing and focus a little more on, you know, actually playing soccer. 

Mailvox: statistics are racist

An English reader reviews the penalties of past tournaments. It would be interesting to review the data of the French, Germand, and Dutch teams to see if a similar dichotomy is revealed or if it is a statistical outlier peculiar to the English team. 

Your posts about the Euro final and black players not being composed under pressure got me thinking about historical penalty results for England.  I went back to the 1996 Euro and compiled the data for their eight shootouts since that tournament.  

  • 1996 Euro vs Spain (W)- whites 4/4, blacks N/A
  • 1996 Euro vs Germany (L)- whites 5/6, blacks N/A
  • 1998 WC vs Argentina (L)- whites 3/4, blacks 0/1
  • 2004 Euro vs Portugal (L)- whites 4/5, blacks 1/2
  • 2006 WC vs Portugal (L)- whites 1/4, blacks N/A
  • 2012 Euro vs Italy (L)- whites 2/2, blacks 0/2
  • 2018 WC vs Colombia (W)- whites 3/4, blacks 1/1
  • 2021 Euro vs Italy (L)- whites 2/2, blacks 0/3

Total: whites 24/31 (77{cc08d85cfa54367952ab9c6bd910a003a6c2c0c101231e44cdffb103f39b73a6}) vs blacks 2/9 (22{cc08d85cfa54367952ab9c6bd910a003a6c2c0c101231e44cdffb103f39b73a6}).  

In other words, blacks playing for England would have to make 22 straight penalties to have the same conversion percentage as English whites.  That’s one of the craziest sports stats I’ve ever seen.  Also, one could make the case that black underperformance directly cost England victories in at least two, and potentially four, big games. Diversity is a strength?

A substantial point against this observation is the famous penalty shootout that settled the 2012 Zambia vs Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations final, in which the first 14 shooters all hit their penalties. My conclusion is that the sample size is too small to be significant. We don’t have sufficient data to have an opinion. However, it is possible that the English managers are so eager to be not-racist that they are selecting inferior penalty-takers on the basis of their race.

It’s about time

 It never made sense to me that the NFL didn’t go back and compile sack statistics prior to the 1982 season. But now that they’ve been comprehensively compiled unofficially, it’s only a matter of time before the official statistics are updated. And given the way that the season has expanded from 14 to 16 to 17 games – I’m still a proponent of the 14-game season – it makes no sense to exclude them any longer.

The NFL has only officially counted player sacks since 1982, which means sack records and leaderboards present an incomplete history of pass rushing. In many cases we accept these holes in the official record and move on. After all, we don’t know how many rushing yards Jim Thorpe had, passing yards Paddy Driscoll had or even how many blocked shots Wilt Chamberlain had. Heck, we don’t even “officially” know how many tackles anyone had in 2020 (or any other season). However, thanks to Official Gamebooks, ‘unofficial’ tackle totals get published in many places (including here). In the case of sacks, thanks to decades of research by John Turney and Nick Webster, we have a very thorough accounting of the statistic all the way back to 1960. Given that accounting for these ‘unofficial’ statistics allows us to paint a richer picture of the history of the game, we think it is a no-brainer to present them on Pro Football Reference, allowing fans to gain a deeper appreciation of some of football’s biggest stars in the 1960s and 1970s. This isn’t terribly different from presenting RBI totals for baseball players from before 1920 (the first season the statistic was “official”). These additions allow us to print year-by-year and career sacks totals for not just legends such as Deacon Jones (173.5), Jack Youngblood (151.5), Alan Page (148.5), Carl Eller (133.5) and Joe Greene (77.5), but also for less recognized stars like Coy Bacon (130.5), Cedrick Hardman (122.5) and Jack Gregory (106.0) whose greatness and impact can now be more readily quantified.

The historic greatness of the Purple People Eaters becomes abundantly clear when one looks at the list of top 25 sackers. Three of the top 22 – Page, Eller, and Marshall – lined up together from 1967 to 1977.

NFL celebrates second gay player

Strangely, the revelation that Barkavius Mingo is a homosexual has not been greeted with the same rapturous chorus of delight as last month’s announcement concerning Carl Nassib’s similar preferences.

Mingo invited a teenage family member and the boy’s friend, also a teenager, to spend the day with him. Mingo took the boys to the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington and K1 Speed, a Dallas-area go-kart complex. They had dinner at BJ’s restaurant, a popular local steakhouse. Mingo paid for everything, including a season pass to K1 Speed.

Mingo also treated the boys to a shopping spree, paying for items they chose from Nike.com. The relative’s friend chose a variety of T-shirts, shoes and shorts. The gear was shipped to the boy at the address of his friend, Mingo’s family member.

On the night of July 4, 2019, the boys returned to the local hotel where Mingo was staying. According to the documents obtained by Sports Illustrated, the boy fell asleep, but at approximately 3 a.m. he woke up and noticed Mingo in bed with him. He “thought it was odd,” according to documents, because the plan was for the two boys to sleep in a room separate from Mingo. He thought little of it and went back to sleep.

According to the document, “The victim was then woken by [Mingo] pulling at his underwear.

Looks like it’s time to update the ol’ meme again.