SteigerWorld Podcast | Ep. 11

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld.” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” – Starts at 0:00
– Penguins/Rangers series
– Pens GM Jim Rutherford vs. Rob Rossi
– Crosby’s poor production vs. poor play
– Steelers 2015 Schedule
– WR Antonio Brown holding out
– Pirates not hitting – Top 6 batters under .250
– That lady should’ve been in her seat…
– Cubs improvement will affect Pirates
– ESPN’s Britt McHenry revealed who she is

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” – Starts at 26:34
– Dems might need a Plan B to Mrs. Clinton
– “Clinton Cash” book reveals history of quid pro quo
– Mrs. Clinton won’t meet with media

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” – Starts at 32:15
– College apologizes for serving Mexican food at Sci-Fi event
– Sapiosexuals

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” – Starts at 45:40
– True Story

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SteigerWorld Podcast | Ep. 10

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld.” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” – Starts at 0:00
– Orange is the New NFL: Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty
– Pens vs. Rangers
– St. Troy of Assisi
– I like IKE
– Pirates games have meaning
– AJ Burnett a good get…so far.

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” – Starts at 22:52
– Mrs. Clinton in the Running.
– Rubio Rules
– Coin doesn’t matter to Chelsea
– Clinton Foundation
– Obama’s Cuban Salad.

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” – Starts at 34:41
– 7 other things have been declared unsafe colleges
– Cops pick up kids
– Kids have never been safer

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” – Starts at 46:03
– Danny Collins
– Woman in Gold

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IS BASEBALL TOO WHITE?

Baseball is not cool.

How do I know this?

Comedian Chris Rock says so in a seven-minute rant on this month’s edition of HBO’s Real Sports – maybe the best sports show on television.

And why is baseball not cool? According to Rock, it’s too white.

Rock says that, as a black baseball fan, he is an endangered species. He talks about loving the Mets when he was a kid, but, “When I ask another black guy if he saw the Mets game last night, the answer I gets is, ‘What’s a Met.”

He has stats to back up his contention that baseball is dying- Little League participation is down 20% since 1995 and TV ratings for the World Series are down 50% and five out of six people who watch baseball are white and the average age is 53.

(In America, 4.62 people out of six are white.)

Rock laments the fact that only eight percent of Major League Baseball players are African-American and the team that won the World Series last year- the San Francisco Giants – had none.

“It’s the game. It’s old-fashioned and stuck in the past. You got white-haired white guy announcers. Baseball likes to look back.”

He says the antique stadiums that popped up around the country don’t exactly remind black people of the good ol’ days.

So what’s Rock’s solution?

“Baseball needs us. Fact is black America decides what is hot and what young people get excited about.”

Rock doesn’t like baseball’s boring code of no undue celebrating. He uses video to show that bat flipping after a home run is an “art form” in Korean baseball and says that in American baseball, “Don’t look too happy about it.”

He compares baseball’s unwillingness to celebrate to the NFL and shows a few players making idiots of themselves after touchdowns. All of the dancing football players are black, of course.
Maybe the code is a white thing more than it’s a baseball thing.

Choreographed celebrations in hockey tend to be frowned upon, too.

There aren’t a lot of white NFL players who play the fool for entertainment purposes.

Or as Jim Brown, possibly the NFL’s greatest player ever and a founding father of the black pride movement in the ’60s, says, “That’s embarrassing to me. To think in this day and age, these young men would be out there shaking their butts and not knowing much of anything else. Not knowing the dignity of a man and how to play a game and play it hard and let that speak for yourself.”

Chris Rock thinks baseball needs to stop being so white in order to save itself from extinction.

Imagine the response if a white man, comedian or otherwise, said he was losing interest in the NFL because it’s not white enough. Sixty-eight percent of the players in the NFL are black.

Rock probably doesn’t know it but he’s promoting one of the most insidious causes of racial discrimination – the soft bigotry of low expectations.

White players are expected to act like they’ve been in the end zone before, but black players are expected to show, as Brown says, “The buffoonery. The things we fought to get away: the stereotypical gestures. The rolling of the eyes, the dancing, and all the Walt Disney stereotypical disgraces,” when they get there.

Remember when Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who is biracial, was reported to be considered “not black enough” by his teammates?

There may not be a more respectful, humble, intelligent superstar athlete in America than Wilson, who, by the way, has the NFL’s number one selling jersey.

Chris Rock apparently agrees with Wilson’s teammates and believes he’s better suited for baseball.

Wilson played in the minor leagues while he was in college.

On ESPN radio Wednesday, Wilson said, “There’s a great correlation between baseball and football, especially in terms of playing quarterback. The mental focus you have to have with one play at a time and being in the moment. It really prepares you mentally.”

Chris Rock might need to adjust his focus.

I’m On TV and You’re Not

Talk about waking up on third base and thinking you hit a triple, how about that Britt McHenry?

Maybe you’ve seen the video that sent Britt on a quick and eternal trip to internet hell. She’s been working for ESPN as a reporter for a little over a year, but it wasn’t one of her typically vapid reports that got her in trouble.

It was a video that showed the world what an entitled, arrogant snob she really is.

Apparently a towing company had the nerve to respond to a call and tow her car from a parking lot in Arlington, Va. A security video caught her taking it out on the clerk.

Here are some of the money quotes: “I’m on television and you’re in a f-ing trailer, honey.”

I’ve worked in television for more than 30 years and was exposed to some gigantic egos, but I can honestly say I never heard anybody use the “I’m on TV and you’re not” line on someone.

Then she reminded the woman of the differences in their education: “That’s why I have a degree and you don’t.”

And, of course, she let the lowly clerk know what an awful job she had: “ I would never work in a scum bag place like this.”

McHenry is 28 years old and has a Masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Based on her comments, she apparently believes that her degree and her many years of experience were as much a factor as her looks in landing a job with ESPN.

She works for a network that has set the feminist cause back decades by hiring an army of women, who, while competent, would not have gotten a foot in the door for a job interview if not for their looks.

You’ll know ESPN is hiring women for their expertise when they start hiring women who look like Chris Berman and John Clayton. That’s not to say that there aren’t women who are good looking and competent. But only someone afraid of the PC police or protecting their job at ESPN would deny the value of good looks when it comes to hiring female sportscasters.

McHenry lamented the overemphasis on a woman’s appearance in a blog post a while back because of the use of an almost naked woman in a cheeseburger commercial: “When so many females fight for gender equality and in pay and opportunity- still to this day in 2015 – an advertisement like that only sets women back generations.”

“Women can be comfortable in their own skin…Be the woman with a voice, not the sexed up body without one.”

And this quote from the viral video: “Lose some weight, baby girl.”

After the video went viral on Thursday, McHenry became 10 times more famous than she was on Wednesday, but in none of the media reports about her did I see any reference to a brilliant observation she had made, commentary she had done or story she had broken that skyrocketed her to network stardom.

That’s because she’s not working at ESPN because of her masters degree, her unique reporting style or her special insight. She’s there because she’s, first and foremost, really good looking.

And that’s okay, looks always have and always will be a major factor in being paid to be on television and it is possible to be really good looking and really good on the air, which she may be, but, when you are a woman and walk off a college campus into a sports job working for a station in a Top 10 market, chances are pretty good that you weren’t hired because of your degree or for your mind.

I don’t have the numbers, but I’m pretty sure that the vast majority of young sports reporters whose first jobs are in large TV markets or at a network are good looking females.

There aren’t a lot of chubby 25-year old men covering major events for any of the sports networks.

Sounds harsh. Sounds sexist, I know, but you would have a hard time finding an honest person, who knows anything about sports television in 2015, to disagree.

If you have a list of 20-something, ordinary looking males working as sideline reporters, I’d love to see it.

Britt McHenry shouldn’t be fired. She has paid a huge personal price for her little tirade and social media has made it too easy for people who love to see a celebrity crash and burn for one violation.

Just remember, the next time you see Britt McHenry back at work on ESPN, she’s on TV and you’re not.

SteigerWorld Podcast | Ep. 9

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld.” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” – Starts at 0:00
– Pens
– NHL Ref Paul Devorski
– Pirates
– MLB Players grossly underpaid
– Steelers
– Hines Ward opening restaurants in PGH.

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” – Starts at 34:58
– What’s up with Obama
– Clintons called Secret Service “pigs”

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” – Starts at 44:53
– Squirt guns
– Disability for speaking Spanish

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” – Starts at 48:38
– Fast and Furious 7

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NFL NEEDS TO STOP THE REEFER MADNESS

Maybe the NFL is banning the wrong drug.

Le’Veon Bell of the Steelers and his former teammate, LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots received their punishment for their run-in with the law last August.

Bell was pulled over by a cop as he and Blount were on their way to the Pittsburgh airport to board the Steelers’ team plane to Philadelphia.

The cop said he smelled marijuana coming from Bell’s car. They were both charged with misdemeanor marijuana violations and Bell was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.

Blount got probation but was able to wipe his record clean with 50 hours of community service.

Bell also got 15 months probation and was entered into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time offenders.

Earlier this week, the NFL handed out its penalties. Blount was suspended for one game and Bell for three.

The NFL has a big problem with players who smoke marijuana. Alcohol is okay. Understandably, the league has a zero tolerance policy for DUI and DWI convictions.

Marijuana is still illegal in most states but that’s looking more and more temporary every election cycle.

The NFL needs to get with it and stop testing players for marijuana.

One of this year’s top prospects, pass rusher Randy Gregory, may have cost himself millions of dollars by flunking the marijuana portion of the drug test at the recently completed NFL Combine. He was considered a top five pick but has been falling down most mock draft boards.

He’s falling for the stupidity as much if not more than the weed, but the NFL caring whether Gregory has smoked marijuana in the last month is at least as stupid as his decision to smoke it.

Quick question: What was the NFL’s biggest problem last season?

If you didn’t answer domestic violence you weren’t paying attention.

Another question: Under the influence of which drug – marijuana or alcohol – would a big, strong man be more likely to physically abuse a woman?

It’s alcohol and it’s not even close. If your own life experiences haven’t told you that, there are plenty of studies that prove it.

In fact, if I were an NFL owner, general manager or coach, my first choice would be that my players stay away from both, but my second choice would be that they choose weed over booze.

If Bell and Blount had been drunk instead of stoned back in August, chances would have been much greater that they would have injured themselves or someone else in an accident or become involved in a violent confrontation with the cops.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that one fourth of all violent crimes and three fourths of all intimate partner violence incidents are committed by an offender who has been drinking,

Researches at Yale University did a nine year study of married couples and found that those who regularly smoked marijuana reduced their chances of partner violence.

Another study found that 20-year old drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent – the legal limit for driving – had an almost 20-fold increase in the risk of a fatal accident compared with sober drivers.

The lead author of the study, Eduardo Romano, a senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation said that, after adjusting for demographics and other factors, marijuana did not statistically increase the risk of a crash.

So, how much sense does it make for the NFL to have no penalty for a player who drinks a fifth of Jack Daniels every night, as long as he doesn’t beat someone up, run someone over or get himself arrested but a suspension for a player who shows signs of smoking a joint any time in the last 30 days?

The drug that is more likely to perpetuate the NFL’s biggest problem is okay. The drug that might eliminate it is banned.

Of course the one that is banned doesn’t bring in billions in advertising dollars or concession stand sales.

DISCRIMINATION IS WRONG. EXCEPT WHEN IT’S NOT.

Have you noticed that sports, politics and political correctness seem to be bumping into each other a lot lately?

NCAA President Mark Emmert, whose office is in Indianapolis, where a basketball tournament of some note will be played this weekend, was quick to jump on his high horse and head for high moral ground when the state of Indiana passed a law intended to protect religious freedom.

Emmert, as many others did, interpreted the law as an attempt to give private businesses the right to discriminate against people who are gay.

Charles Barkley, in town working as a CBS-TV analyst, said, “America’s always had a racial problem. Now we have a homophobic problem. Any form of discrimination you have to check it.”

Somebody needs to tell Barkley and Emmert about an NCAA school that has been guilty of discrimination for almost 200 years. And it’s happening now – almost right under their noses- an hour away, in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

That’s the home of the Wabash College Little Giants, a Division III school playing in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Wabash actually won the first national intercollegiate basketball tournament ever held in 1922.

So where’s the discrimination?
No women.

That’s right. Wabash discriminates against women right in front of everybody and has been since 1832. It’s one of only three remaining male-only liberal arts colleges in the United States.

Should Emmert insist that Wabash stop the discrimination and enroll women immediately or be banished from all NCAA competition?

Better yet, do Barkley and his many friends in the self-righteous, hysterical media believe that the federal government should force Wabash to go co-ed?

Or do they all only want to use the force of government against private property owners when they believe their oxen are being gored?

And this isn’t about comparing discrimination against gay people to discrimination against women. It’s about whether the NCAA or, more importantly, the government has the right to tell anybody with whom they can or must associate.

If you believe in freedom of association, then you have to tolerate associations that offend you.

Keith Olberman is a smart and ridiculously talented TV sportscaster but, boy, is he clueless on this subject.

Keith, of course, jerked his knee so hard he almost blew out his ACL and jumped on his ESPN high horse with a scathing attack on the NCAA about a minute and a half after the law was passed.

He wanted the NCAA ,NFL, NBA and the rest of the human race to stop doing business in Indiana because the law was just a sneaky attempt to make it okay to discriminate against gays. And he said that, in the future, this law could allow the Pacers, the Colts or the NCAA to refuse gays admissions to their games.

See, Keith, as smart as he is, is so much in love with government and the idea that it should control every aspect of his life that he no longer understands the difference between public and private property.

He equates a baker not wanting to use his privately owned oven on his private property to bake a cake with two grooms on it to a gay person being denied access to a taxpayer funded stadium.

Here in Western Pennsylvania, we have some high schools that have been practicing discrimination for decades. Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Erie Cathedral Prep blatantly discriminate against girls.

Boys only.

They also show up in the state playoffs in football and basketball just about every year.

What if say, Hillary Clinton, who expressed immediate outrage at the Indiana law, were to be elected president and decide that it’s unfair for schools like Wabash College, Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Erie Cathedral Prep to only admit boys, denying young girls access to those great athletic programs?

Should she have the power to force them to admit girls?

I think I’ll send her an email and ask her.

Because Hillary graduated from Wellesley College, which discriminates against men.

That’s right.
Women only since 1870.