Posted On: Tuesday - January 28th 2020 11:48AM MST
In Topics:   TV, aka Gov't Media  Curmudgeonry  Bread and Circuses
This is no joke here: I can honestly say that I did not know who Kobe Bryant was until he was killed with 8 other people in a helicopter crash 2 days back.
Don't believe this? Think about what happens when you stay off the Lyin' Press, especially the TV-branch and aren't into the spectator sportsball Bread & Circuses. Yes, I've heard or read the name dozens to hundreds of times, meaning overheard upon passing a TV, or on someone's car radio. I'm sure headlines involving his scandal of some sort were on the Yahoo main page that comes up upon my exiting from email and occasional other odd headlines on web pages that I've ended up viewing for a second or two. Guess what? I don't click on any of that infotainment shit.
I could not have told you until Sunday whether this guy was a basketball player, football player, or rapper. It's very easy to mistake the name for a Japanese cut of steak, for that matter.
Let me say as a quick aside to any sports fan readers here. I hope this doesn't offend you, really. We all have hobbies or areas that we like to get sidelined with for relaxation and/or entertainment. Peak Stupidity memorialized Rush drummer Neil Peart upon his death a few weeks back. Yeah, I think Rush music is more important than the NBA, but that's a matter of opinion. Either way, none of this is as important as the stupidity levels rising in America today.
Yeah, it's sad that 9 people died in that crash. People are very interested in aviation (and as usual, the media screwed up that part of the story in all kinds of ways). If the crash investigation is helpful for the safety of flight, good on the NTSB. However, just a month ago, there was a crash of a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop as it was on initial climb off of the Chamberlain, South Dakota airport, with also 9 killed (3 others on-board injured). (It was likely a pilot mistake too.)
Stuff like this happens quite often, really more than once monthly, on average.That PC-12 crash killed most of a large family. Is Kobe Bryant worth more to society than that productive family killed last month? I'd guess not.
Oh, Mr. Bryant encouraged the black kids to "be somebody" with his words and (not sure about this part) lifestyle, you think? That doesn't really work. What are there, maybe 500 NBA players making this great money at any one time. Take football too and other sports and let's make it generously 5,000 black people making a good living at this sportsball. This is out of 5 million others, perhaps, of the same age. One in one thousand odds, sure, why don't you just
I'm sorry if I won't be taking in the week-long 24-hour infotainment about this Kobe Bryant to come. There are better and more interesting things to think about.