STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 20

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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.
 
GLUTEN FREE PODCAST TALKING POINTS:
 
SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Pirates 1 of 3 teams over 40 wins
– Polanco needs to hit better
– Bucs still 6 games behind Cardinals
– Jose Tabata & elbow pads
– Penguins first NHL Draft pick is 42nd overall
– Pens might trade Sutter, but for who?
– Toronto’s Phil Kessel – could take Malkin to get him
 
SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 12:45
– South Carolina Shooting 
– Trump #2 in NH poll
 
SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 20:40
– Portland, OR Schools: – “All White People Racist”
– Pope Francis, Climate Change & Catholic Schools
 
SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” Starts at 28:56
– Jurassic World – 2D vs. 3D

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FOR PETE’S SAKE GET OVER IT

Let Pete Rose up.

In case you missed the shocking news earlier this week, ESPN found out that Pete bet on baseball when he was a player back in 1986. There are the scribbling of a bookie to prove it.

That’s not all. Pete lied. Talk about shocking.

And now each and every American has to ask him/herself, “Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame?”

Prior to the latest revelations, Pete seemed to be getting closer to induction. He had served his 25-year sentence for admitting to gambling as a manager and was hoping new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred would reinstate him.

The consensus now is that he’ll never see his plaque in Cooperstown.

Why not?

What would be so difficult about maintaining the lifetime ban for gambling, putting Rose in the Hall and including the information about his lifetime ban on his plaque?

Wouldn’t reminding future players that a Hall of Famer, who had more hits than every player in history, was banned for life act as an eternal deterrent?

And, by the way, the lifetime ban from working in Major League Baseball shouldn’t be lifted. That doesn’t mean that Rose should be banned from appearing at the All Star Game in Cincinnati next month. The All Star Game is for the fans and they want Rose there.
As long as MLB threatens current players with a lifetime ban it can’t show Rose any leniency because of the message it would send.

But, does the gambling penalty fit the crime?

In 1963, Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers, who was NFL Most Valuable Player in 1961, and Alex Karras, an all-pro defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions, were caught betting on NFL games.

They were suspended for the 1964 season. Hornung was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Both players were predictably contrite after they were caught and that played a major role in their quick reinstatement, but, a couple of years ago, Hornung said this: “ You know what, looking back it just pisses you off. I knew 10 other guys who bet. They didn’t get them all in my day.”

Hornung and Karras were caught betting on NFL games that didn’t involve their teams.

Rose admitted to betting on the Reds when he was their manager. Really, why is that a big deal?

There’s a big leap from betting on your team to win and betting on your team to lose and doing your best to make it happen.

If a player, who’s making $25,000 to $50,000 a game, is feeling good about his team, why shouldn’t he be allowed to call his buddy in Las Vegas and tell him to bet a game check for him?

Why shouldn’t an NFL player making millions of dollars be allowed to go to Vegas before the season and bet on his team to win the Super Bowl?

I’ll bet it happens a lot.

The Supreme Court has been pretty busy lately, but maybe one of these days it can get around to making sports betting legal in every state.

With all the money being paid to the top professional athletes these days, would you be shocked to find out that they make side bets with each other every now and then?

Would you be shocked to find out that big money makers on the PGA tour, who find themselves out of contention on Sunday morning, are betting thousands of dollars among themselves to keep it interesting?

Why would anybody care?

Let players, coaches and owners bet as long as they’re not betting against their teams. How would you be sure that they aren’t?

You wouldn’t.

Just as you aren’t now.

STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 19

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.

GLUTEN FREE PODCAST TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Cardinals hack the Astros
– Pirates have 5 shut-outs in last 6 games
– Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup
– Man Games Lost
– LeBron James 2-4 in Finals – It’s a TEAM sport
– Michael Sam leaves CFL Montreal Alouettes

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 15:27
– Rachel Dolezal & Zelig’s Disease
– Donald Trump vs. Mrs. Clinton

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 30:28
– “You Guys” is considered “creeping sexism”
– Utah Valley University’s texting lanes on stairs
– Parents arrested after 11-year-old plays outside alone

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” Starts at 40:47
– Love and Mercy

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STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 18

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.

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TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Lemieux/Burkle Selling
– Pirates Struggles
– HR Hitters eating their Wheaties
– NHL, the Hawks and Crosby

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 12:27
– NY Times / Marco Rubio’s Speeding Tickets & Finances
– TSA FAIL!

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 24:27
– Foul Ball Hysteria

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” Starts at 34:01
– Entourage
– Spy

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HYSTERIA RIGHT OFF THE BAT

Tonya Carpenter is going to be okay.

But, that won’t stop the hysteria.

Carpenter is the 44 year-old woman who was rushed to the hospital after being seriously injured when Oakland A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie’s bat broke and flew into the stands at Fenway Park in Boston.

Initially, the injury was described as life threatening, but her condition was upgraded to fair within a day or two.

It took less time for the media to start calling for Major League Baseball to install nets at all its ballparks.

We’ve had several days of discussion about how dangerous it is for fans at MLB games.

But is it, really?

I admit to being amazed that more people sitting in the field level seats along both lines aren’t seriously injured more often.

The fact that fans have been willing to sit in those seats for the last 100 years or so is proof that it just doesn’t happen that often.

Since big crowds started showing up at baseball games, fans have weighed the risk billions of times and chosen to sit there.

Not only have they chosen to sit there, they have chosen to pay the highest prices to do so.

Bloomberg.com did a study last year and a story with the headline, “Baseball Caught Looking as Fouls Injure 1,750 Fans a Year.”

You had to go nine paragraphs in before reading, “While the typical injury is minor, like a bruised hand or a bloodied lip, a small number are more serious, and the those victims tend to be children.”

The piece goes on to describe serous injuries to a six year-old girl at a Braves game, a seven year-old at a White Sox game and an 18-month-old in Seattle.

So, the injuries are usually minor and the serious injuries are usually to children.

How can any parent, who has ever been to a baseball game, choose to sit in those seats with an 18-month-old baby?

For that matter, why would a parent bring an 18-month-old baby to a baseball game?

Of course, little kids with short attention spans, slow reflexes and poor hand-eye coordination don’t choose to sit in those seats.

Idiotic parents make the choice for them.

So, based on the fans’ willingness to pay top dollar to sit in the more dangerous seats since the world’s first baseball game, it would appear that the need for smarter parents is greater than the need for nets.

Let adults weigh the risk and make the choice.

And advise the clueless adults to sit anywhere else when they choose to bring a toddler to the game.

After the horrific injury to Tonya Carpenter and after seeing her leave on a stretcher, how many empty seats were there in her section?

Where was the panic, with fans trampling each other trying to get to safer ground?

There was none, of course, because the fans know that the odds of being seriously hurt by a ball or a bat have to be somewhere south of struck-by-lightning territory.

But there were plenty of calls from the media for MLB to provide nets for people who prove millions of times a year that they don’t need or want them.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote, “Now is the time to make it mandatory that safety netting extends past every dugout at every Major League park.”

My favorite came from Maury Brown of Forbes.com.

He said the most important comments at this week’s MLB Amateur draft wouldn’t be about prospects or about growing the game’s interest with youth:

“No, the most important comments at the Draft were about whether you, your family and your friends come home from a game in one piece.”

I have a prediction.
A million human beings will make the death defying decision to go to a Major League Baseball game this weekend.

Every single one of them will come home in one piece.

STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 17

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.

GLUTEN FREE PODCAST

TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Steelers unveil 50 Year Logo for St. Vincent Training Camp
– Pirates have 2 wins in San Francisco, still 6 behind St. Louis
– NFL new stadium shakedown more corrupt than FIFA scandal
– Johnny Manziel throws water bottle at a heckler

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 23:34
– Bruce Jenner is now Caitlin Jenner
– Monty Python’s take on transgenders

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 33:27
– Barry Sanders Autographed Urinal for sale
– NYC’s MTA outlaws “Manspreading” on subway

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” Starts at 43:54
– San Andreas

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WAS WHAT BRUCE JENNER DID COURAGEOUS?

Is Caitlyn Jenner good for America?

ESPN took a lot of heat for announcing that it would present the former Bruce Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage next month at the ESPYs.

The heat came from people who thought that there were many more deserving athletes, such as Lauren Hill, a Mount St. Joseph basketball player, who stayed on the team while battling brain cancer and helped to raise millions of dollars for cancer research, or double amputee Noah Galloway, who was injured in Iraq and still competes in extreme sports.

Did Jenner declaring his transition from man to woman and showing up as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine really require that much courage?

By all accounts, people close to him knew about his transgender tendencies for years. Who was the last celebrity to come out as gay or transgender who wasn’t exalted to near sainthood?

Look at the reaction to Jenner.

She will be given one of the loudest and longest standing ovations in television history when she receives her award at the ESPYs.

Do you think he/she didn’t know what the reaction would be?

Questioning the wonderfulness of it all, on the other hand, requires a certain amount of courage.

That’s why you don’t see too many in the media going against the grain on this one.

The conventional wisdom seems to be that Jenner’s story will help young people, who have been dealing with confusion about their gender, to come forward and make them more likely to make the gender transition.

Excuse Walt Heyer for bucking that conventional wisdom.

Walt was a man. Then he was a woman. Now he’s a man again.

He underwent a gender change when he was 42. He transitioned back to a man at 56 and has been married to a woman for the last 18 years.

Heyer isn’t buying the media narrative about Jenner. That Bruce is gone and Caitlyn has finally been set free.

He told CNN, “As long as the television lights are on and the cameras are rolling, being in the spotlight he enjoys, Jenner will be fine. But when the lights go dim and the cameras are no longer rolling, he will face the most difficult time of his life.”

“His celebrated change of gender could turn on him and become the cause of deep depression, which left untreated, according to those who study suicide, is the number one cause of suicide.”

And don’t tell Dr. Paul McCugh about what Jenner’s courage will do for gender-confused kids.

McCugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hosptial, wrote in the Wall Street Journal last year, “(Yet) policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusion as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

Studies at Johns Hopkins found that gender confused patients, who were surgically treated, did no better psychologically than those who weren’t.

That’s why Johns Hopkins Hospital, the first American medical center to do sex reassignment surgery, no longer offers it.

So, Caitlyn Jenner will receiver her award.

She’ll get her reality show on the E Network and, according to the people who booked Jenner as Bruce, the 1976 dectathalon winner, she’ll quadruple her speaking fees as Caitlyn.

ESPN will get a bump in the ratings for the ESPYs from curiosity seekers tuning in to see what Caitlyn will wear and the media will slobber over her for as long as slobbering over her sells.

Then Caitlyn Jenner will go back to being just another Kardashian.