OPEN THREAD: Mean High School Basketball Announcers BANNED!

Remember back in high school and middle school when you would attend your school basketball games? Remember how the home team announcer would give a rousing intro to the home team to get the crowd whipped up and into the action? Well that is now banned because it might make the opposing team feel bad.

I’m serious.

New rules for announcers have been released by the National Federation of Sate High School Associations that will ban exuberant announcing because it’s just too darn mean.
On its website, the NFHS even gave a nice, politically correct explanation of its new rules.

The announcer’s role does not include “cheering the home team on” or otherwise inciting the crowd. Doing so is common at other levels of athletic events. But high school athletics is different because sports are educationally based. In a very real sense, the public address announcer at a high school event is a “Champion of Character”. He/she can influence the atmosphere of the contest by what is said and how it is said. The announcer who performs professionally promotes good sportsmanship by what he/she says and how he/she acts upon saying it. – See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2014/10/high-school-basketball-announces-now-barred-from-rallying-team-because-its-too-mean/#sthash.qTxQkJjM.Tedc1hYp.dpuf

Because, see, we don’t want he/she to be so darn mean as to make he/she/it/they’s darned old PA announcements to make people feel bad or to give one side the idea that they just might lose a basketball game… right?

I mean, we sure don’t want to hurt the kiddos’ self-esteem.

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  • JWH

    Replace the high-school basketball announcers with professional wrestling announcers. Also, add folding steel chairs.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      …and make the teams play in a steel cage.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Academe chases its multi-culti tail, catches it: “Students: Transgender Woman Can’t Be Diversity Officer Because She’s a White Man Now”
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390425/students-transgender-woman-cant-be-diversity-officer-because-shes-white-man-now

    • Hank_M

      Yeah but, he/she can check off more boxes than most.
      What I’d really like to see is a muslim run for this “Office”.
      But “Diversity Officer”? So-called higher education really is in a death spiral.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Why would anyone purposely change themselves into a white man anyway?
      You dont get nothing for the trouble.

      She should have played the odds – Im thinking that black, transgendered, double amputee would get you all thebest benefits, plus decent parking.

  • JWH

    Has anybody followed this #gamergate thing? A lot of twists and turns to it … and a great reminder that, while I play video games, it’s a damn good thing I never joined “gamer culture.” When I play a video game, I want to sit down, turn by brain off and spend a couple hours flying a starship or slaying dragons. I don’t want to deal with this crap .

    http://time.com/3510381/gamergate-faq/
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/10/14/the-only-guide-to-gamergate-you-will-ever-need-to-read/

    • Hank_M

      I tried but quickly became bored, although I did consider giving friends and family copies of that great new game. “Depression Quest”. Thought it might cheer some of them up.

      I really like the Wapo link where they mention: “…“SJW,” for social justice warrior — a kind of shorthand insult for liberals and progressives

      • JWH

        I can’t get past the way that some of the #gamergate people — the ones who are sending out threats and harassing the women targeted in the whole affair — are acting like the real world is some kind of multiplayer video game.

        • Hank_M

          Yup, those pajama boys can be somewhat unhinged.

      • JWH

        PS. Depression Quest is also called “Being a St. Louis Rams fan.”

    • I read a bunch about it and considered writing about it. But, ultimately it seemed to have too much “personality” issues with some of the main participants and seemed too much like a soap opera that didn’t interest me. So, I skipped this one.

      • JWH

        Ye gods, yes. The whole thing started because a guy couldn’t handle breaking up with his girlfriend.

        • LOL. Yeah, I mean, I do understand the real implications to the story, but it is just so messy and silly in many ways that it just didn’t spark my interest.

          • JWH

            Turning differences with a critic into death threats bothers me. When somebody starts playing with that (IMO), that person ought to be hunted down and put in the stocks for a couple weeks.

          • JWH

            I can’t get past the fact that everybody’s obsessing about video games. VIDEO GAMES, for heaven’s sake. I mean, I get some of the feminists’ arguments.

            If I were a woman and played video games or if I had a daughter, I’d certainly want games that present female protagonists I enjoy playing and/or represent a positive image for my daughter. And if I were a woman aspiring to enter the game industry, and the boys’ club wouldn’t hire me despite my credentials, yeah, I’d be pretty ticked off about it, too.

            But it does all seem pretty damn disproportionate.

          • LiberalNightmare

            If I had to sum it all up, the girl developer is basically accused of trading sex for favorable game reviews by her ex-boyfriend.

            The people the girl is accused of sleeping with are also part of a journo-list like group of gaming journalists, using their clout to push gaming into a more socially acceptable direction (defined by whichever group can claim the highest score on the victim score card)

            Bonus points for leaked emails showing a certain lack of respect for the gamers themselves, jobs lost, careers ruined etc,

            Basically its about the sex. Gamers having sex is almost as unlikely as spotting a herd of unicorns grazing the salad bar at the local Applebys.

          • jim_m

            My understanding is that the woman is also part of the group pushing the social agenda. The idea was that her crappy game got a good review because she screwed the critic. This lead to the revelation that the game magazine journalists were collaborating to push a social agenda.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Most gamers don’t know anything about it.

      Like most things, the gamers that are actually “doing it” don’t really pay that much attention to the people that mostly talk about doing it.

  • Vagabond661

    Feminization of society strikes again.

  • GarandFan

    “But high school athletics is different because sports are educationally based.”

    Huh?

  • BluesHarper

    That’s not even funny! It’s real. I went to my grandkid’s baseball game. I was looked at because I cheered when our guy made it to first base. That cheer might make the other team feel bad – I was told. The whole story is much longer but you get the idea. Okay that’s it – we have flipped out as a society.

  • JWH

    I’m looking at this and thinking about rules I’ve seen in certain athletic situations. For certain sport leagues, certain things make sense. In college, I was in a flag football intramural league that (IIRC) mandated women had to get the ball on alternating downs. And there was a good reason for this. In an intramural league, you want to win, but you also want everybody to play and have fun. That’s not going to happen if the ball doesn’t occasionally get thrown to women.

    Similarly, I’ve seen young sports leagues (like 4-6 years old) that de-emphasize scoring. And I’ve seen youth soccer leagues that mandate that every player on the team (even the slow kid with asthma) get in at least one playing period. For the 4-6 year olds, they’re trying to emphasize teamwork and skill development over competition. Admittedly, the kids want to win, but that’s secondary. Similarly, a youth league (or any casual league, for that matter) exists so members can have fun and exercise. The slow kid with asthma doesn’t have fun and exercise if he never gets to play.

    Which brings me to the high-school announcers. I think the rules (no cheering or inciting the crowd, etc.) would be fine for a kids league or a recreational league. But a high-school league isn’t about having fun, learning good sportsmanship, or exercise (although I hope those are elements in the game). A high-school league is more about competition, and for many students it’s an audition for college or professional sports. So … no. Keep the “don’t hurt feelings and make sure everybody plays” rules away from high-school varsity sports.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Ebola Prediction
    Obama will continue to downplay and/or completely ignore the issue until 1 week after the mid term elections.

    At that point, Ebola will become a global crises, requiring drastic reduction of our carbon footprint, immigration reform, increased taxes, and it will be the republicans fault.

    • jim_m

      I think that he was hoping that ebola would rapidly spread across the nation creating a pretext for cancelling elections in the name of public safety.

      • Brucehenry

        Of course you do lol.

        • LiberalNightmare

          Over the last 6 years, the Obama administration has done most of the things that they accused Bush of during his terms in office …

          From illegal wars to executive action, why should they stop now?

          http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2004/07/elec-j13.html

          • Brucehenry

            Now THAT’S a “far left fringe” website!

            BTW who do you mean by “they”? Because that article is from July 2004, if I’m not mistaken before Obama made the convention keynote address that made him famous.

          • LiberalNightmare

            By they, I mean you.

          • Brucehenry

            Oh so you have a quote from me in which I express apprehension that Bush may cancel the 2004 election? Or the 2008 one?

            You’re a goober. You are unequal to the task of snarking on Wizbang, a low bar indeed.

          • LiberalNightmare

            If you can do it, anyone can.

          • Brucehenry

            Actually, I take it back. Most of the time you are pretty good at it. You just failed this one time.

        • jim_m

          Well, maybe if the immoral asshole in the WH hadn’t formed an administration around the slogan, “Never let a good crisis go to waste” we wouldn’t think that he reveled in the pain and suffering of others.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes your paranoid delusions, like everything else, are Obama’s fault lol.

          • jim_m

            It’s not paranoid to say that the left wishes such things. It is a judgement of their character. It would be paranoid to say that the left is deliberately trying to create an epidemic in the US. I merely think that the left is willing to be lazy about containment of the epidemic and is willing to capitalize on the misery of others. Once again, that is not paranoid, it is just an accurate assessment of their character based on past actions.

            And it’s funny that you complain about people blaming obama when you are still blaming Bush 6 years after he left office.

          • Brucehenry

            Not complaining, laughing.

            And you weren’t talking about “the left” this time. You said, and I quote, “I think he [Obama] was hoping ebola would spread across the nation creating a pretext for cancelling elections in the name of public safety.”

            That’s a paranoid delusion my friend.

          • jim_m

            Again, try to read. I said “hoping”. Not that they were “doing”. That is the difference between judging the lack of character that you and your lord and savior share and being paranoid.

          • Brucehenry

            Sure.

            “Hoping” for an epidemic so he could cancel elections.

            Not paranoid at all. Perfectly normal, nothing out of the ordinary.

  • LiberalNightmare

    If one more democrat candidate refuses to admit they voted for Obama, we should demand a recount.

    If they didn’t vote for him. who did?

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/390577/dems-west-virginia-senate-candidate-wont-mention-obama-name-when-asked-whom-she-voted

  • jim_m

    The country has finally found a way to get obama to focus on the Ebola problem: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0LQdIvCYAANw7h.jpg

  • AT

    Well then they’re really not going to like it when the mascots are kidnapped and the visiting school’s bus is egged on the way in.