My Top 5 (Anti)Heroes of the Week

Antihero Symbol

Since we’re knee deep in the January blahs, I wasn’t feeling the positive vibes necessary to pen a top 5 “Heroes”, so I just switched up the recipe for the sake of being contrary. It’s in keeping with the thirty one shades of gray that is the first month of the calendar, so there’s that. Sadly, it’s easier to find antiheroes in our day and age.

5-LeBron James- I could’ve nominated the entire Cleveland Cavaliers team, really. But since LBJ is supposed to be the leader, he gets the hit here. LBJ is playing his Hamlet act again in blaming everyone but himself for the fact his club can’t buy a win. He blames Kevin Love (his favorite punching bag), he blames Coach Lue, I think he even blames Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. And then he went and did this . . .

Wanna be one of the first to Congratulate you on this accomplishment/achievement tonight that you’ll reach! Only a handful has reach/seen it too and while I know it’s never been a goal of yours from the beginning try(please try) to take a moment for yourself on how you’ve done it! The House you’re about to be apart of has only 6 seats in it(as of now) but 1 more will be added and you should be very proud and honored to be invited inside. There’s so many people to thank who has help this even become possible(so thank them all) and when u finally get your moment(alone) to yourself smile, look up to the higher skies and say THANK YOU! So with that said, Congrats again Young King.

That there is the text of LBJ’s self congratulatory Instagram spill on reaching 30,000 career points. “The Disease of Me” always comes before the fall, and this biblical/basketball phrase perfectly encapsulates what is happening in Cleveland. Where have you gone, Michael Jordan?

4- Big Time News Outlets Behaving like Yahoo!(s)- This means you USA Today and Chicago Sun Times and Huffington Post! These national behemoths played the click bait game with readers as per CNN anchor Jake Tapper saying the Patriots were “a cheating team”. Tapper happens to be a huge Eagles fan who was simply stepping out of his suit and into a jersey and behaving like a fan. He was having fun, not breaking news. News outlets that should know better than to behave like Yahoo! . . didn’t.

Musical Intermezzo: I was reminded of this curiously delectable cover whilst watching The Assassination of Gianni Versace last night. I’m hooked on this season’s crime story anthology. Passionate, artful and heart-wrenching with good time tunes. What’s not to dig?

3- Democrats and Republicans “Trumping” each other- During the government shut down, both sides took to name calling as if they were bi-coastal rappers. They screamed ‘Anarchists’, they yelled ‘Overlords’ and they shouted ‘Arsonists’. And in perhaps my favorite dis of all, California Republican Devin Nunes took to calling his own peeps “lemmings in suicide vests,”. Listen, it’s bad enough we have a guy in the White House who takes great pride in trashing decorum. Where’s the adult supervision?

2- Hollywood and Its Mighty Minions- How comes it took bringing down a mogul like Harvey Weinstein for all these peeps to get loud? Call me cynical, but I can’t help wondering how many whispers and worse were floating around the halls of power and influence long before Weinstein was taken down. You mean to tell me nobody knew of anything happening to anyone anywhere until the biggest fish in the pond got fried? I can tell you from experience that sincere people don’t need to tell you they’re being sincere. That’s why sincerity is a posthumous curiosity. See, you can’t rail on about Trump’s lecherous behavior when making an awards show speech whilst playing look away for your friends and associates when nobody’s watching. You can’t damn one celebrities criminal behavior while ignoring another’s. Fairness is not simply a matter of propriety, it’s a matter of saving lives or ruining them. The celebrity world wants us to believe they are the ones fighting for humanity on the front lines. Excuse me if I’m dubious to those self indulgent claims.

1- Michigan State University, the USOC and USA Gymnastics- Where to fucking start? MSU is a public research institution, which means tax payers help to foot the bill. Asking for accountability doesn’t end with our elected representatives, it includes universities who ride on that dime as well. Olympic doctor Larry Nassar was able to perpetuate his evil over years and years, violating countless women while officials did nothing. When the now former President of the school, Lou Anna Simon, cites politics as being a part of the anger directed at this multi-tentacled scandal, it’s only further insult to injury. How dare she? How dare any of the people in authority, who knew, and did nothing to stop this monster.

As for the USOC and USA Gymnastics, this is what happens when we never mind corruption at the highest levels forever. The way we always did with the IOC when criminals such as Juan Antonio Samaranch prostituted the games in wink/wink deals worth billions. Corruption anywhere becomes corruption everywhere. 

Are we done pretending that Penn State was an outlier? That powerfully enabled tragedies such as this are reserved for bucolic campuses tucked into the mountains far away from the public eye? No, Penn State wasn’t the only big time school that was involved in a horrible scandal. And the worst part of all this?

It’s only a matter of time till the next one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33 thoughts on “My Top 5 (Anti)Heroes of the Week”

  1. Good indictees Marc. My money went to Baylor (Four-year degree for daughter) and look how that turned out. I blame every elected person in Washington for the childish behavior. I wish these people thought more about this country than about party lines or their own self-interest. I include everyone regardless of party, gender, race, and economic status, They are all responsible. We ought to get off the bicker program and find some people who care.

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  2. Well written. I don’t follow sports at all anymore, but you couldn’t have hit it closer to the mark with “the disease of me” if you’d used a laser sight. James and his ego can’t accept the possibility that he may bear some shred of responsibility because he’s too busy congratulating himself on a far-too-soon conclusion that he’s the GOAT. As for Washington, IMO the system is broken beyond repair and will likely only continue to devolve. Simply look at the state’s whose voters have spoken loudly at the polls to instill ranked-choice voting only to have the in-power legislature overturn the popular vote and squash it. Those in power are not going to surrender it, and that looming confrontation really only has possible result.
    I’m grateful that you mentioned Penn State. Not one news agency (that I’ve observed) has connected the two inextricably linked stories. The corruption endemic to big-money collegiate sports does, unfortunately, make this only a matter of time before the next one.
    Lastly, I’d like to add one potential dark-horase to your list: Health and Human Services has declared that it will defend doctors and nurses who withhold care for reason of religious objections.
    Thoughts?

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    1. Matthew,

      Welcome, and what a Hall of Fame first comment! And yes to all of the above, sir. And a double yes (and thank you very much) for mentioning Health and Human Services in this. It’s HEALTH care, and isn’t health care a thorny issue as it is these days without throwing this into the mix?

      Thank you again!

      Peace

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    1. King,

      That’s what Instagram is there for. It loves Him and He loves it, lol. Hey, you know I’ve always defended the dude. And I think the world of his talent, for sure. But his act is weak.

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      1. Sadly, the NBA has seemed to driven by outsized egos for a long time and in recent years it has only gotten much worse, with James leading the way. These guys need some humility, but hard to see where it will come from.

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      2. Completely agree about Durant and several other Warriors these days. What started out as joyous, fun, team basketball has devolved into whiny, egotistical, and in some cases mean-spirited basketball. Still a fan of the Warriors, but their act is growing thin also.

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      3. KD was always so humble and chill. This villain routine is just a sad turn of events. I do so enjoy watching the Warriors play, but it’s hard to root for them with that prevailing attitude.

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    1. Kevin Love has always been the punching bag, despite the fact he’s been everything they asked of him. Someone made the comparison of Love to Bosh and I like that, because both of these guys were legit all stars AND the stars of their teams before coming on board with James. They both changed their game to fit the scheme.

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  3. I will be back to reply better so much to chew on – logging off for the day – and two things I have to chomp are
    the stories themselves and then the extra tidbits of commentary layered in the writing.

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  4. Your anti-heros post made me laugh out loud. I pretty much gave up on basketball years ago because of the ‘it’s all about me’ and ‘I can’t catch a break’ whine. Puleez. If I want to see players playing with integrity and some modesty, I’ll watch hockey. Yeah, they fight but those guys are such pillars of their communities and just decent humans. And they do their stuff on ice in skates!!!! As for the political parties during the recent shutdown, it’s hard to decide who’s worse. The leveraging via social media is horrifying. Walter Cronkite, David Huntley, David Brinkley for starters (yeah I am THAT old 😆) are no doubt rolling in their graves with the race to the bottom, both politically as well as journalistically. Thanks Trump…way to be a role model. Yet one more thing to ‘enjoy’ about that fool.

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    1. Basketball was always a star driven league, and so this is what you get. I still will watch but I have to cancel out all the other nonsense. Like, I think they invented Twitter just for the NBA! And Trump. The nonsense they tweet about! Sadly as far as the political parties are concerned, this is further evidence of how we got Trump in the first place. Sad state of affairs indeed . . .

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  5. Love the way you switched this up!! hahaha just love your Piaget line and the whole “trumping” each other segment 😉 Yeah the whole Hollywood thing stinks from beginning to end- it was an open secret *forever* that Hollywood was dodgy and they made jokes about it openly- then it all gets outed and the general public is being called out and lectured to about how we need to behave… no dice. Ugh, just ugh when it comes to celebrities. And speaking of ugh… just the whole Nassar thing- just :/

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    1. Yeah, Hollywood tends to take the scenic route in its quest to save humanity from itself. And perhaps the biggest irony of all those many ironies is the fact that many of these peeps live in glass houses . . literally.
      The Nassar tragedy is quite like the Baylor tragedy in that an entire system was rotten. So incredibly sad.

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