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HBO's Gumbel: Lack of Blacks Makes Olympics 'Look Like a GOP Convention'
Newsbusters.org ^ | 2/16/05 | David Pierre

Posted on 02/16/2006 7:25:32 AM PST by Airborne1986

There were some eye-opening remarks from Bryant Gumbel on the most recent episode of HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. According to a transcript posted by a television columnist named Seth Frelich, Gumbel said the following in his closing monologue last week (emphasis mine):

"Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don’t care about them and won’t watch them ... Because they’re so trying ... Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something’s not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what’s called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won ... So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they’re done, when we can move on to March Madness — for God’s sake, let the games begin."


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Gumbel is a moron. I have a vague recollection of Gumbel hosting the Olympic coverage during the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He had a Korean tailor brought on camera during the show so Gumbel could hassle him over some suits Gumble ordered but that were not yet delivered. Gumble even pulled out a wad of cash like the stereotypical ugly American. The media did not pick up on that either.
1 posted on 02/16/2006 7:25:32 AM PST by Airborne1986
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To: Airborne1986

So what do the Summer Games look like? An NAACP Convention?


2 posted on 02/16/2006 7:26:27 AM PST by montag813
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To: Airborne1986

Hey Gumbel: Perhaps more black people should have trained and qualified for the olympics then. Whadda ya think?


3 posted on 02/16/2006 7:26:27 AM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: Airborne1986

..And Gumbel looks like an imbecile..


4 posted on 02/16/2006 7:27:10 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Airborne1986

This from the guy who dumped his black wife for a white blonde woman.


5 posted on 02/16/2006 7:27:47 AM PST by psjones
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To: Airborne1986

Just another reason to NOT watch the Olympics or NBC. Can you imagine some white guy saying something about the NBA. Gumbo is a racist ass.


6 posted on 02/16/2006 7:27:56 AM PST by right right
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To: Airborne1986

What about the Jamaican Bobsled Team.


7 posted on 02/16/2006 7:28:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Airborne1986

Hey Bryant...what about the Jamaican bobsled team? ;-)


8 posted on 02/16/2006 7:28:13 AM PST by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: Airborne1986

Imagine if a white guy said watching an NBA game was like watching a rap concert.


9 posted on 02/16/2006 7:29:14 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Airborne1986

Gumbel is pure racist with those comments.

He is the epitome of a MSM prima donna. Imagine what kind of a rectum he is in real life if even a TV network dropped him.


10 posted on 02/16/2006 7:29:25 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Airborne1986

What a class act. Not only does he trash the Olympics, he drags politics into sports with a racial comment.

He may be a moron, bot someone is paying him big money to say these things publicly.

Any small advance of the agenda is worth the cost, I guess.


12 posted on 02/16/2006 7:30:14 AM PST by DBrow
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To: Airborne1986

Then the irrational, obese and sour Bryant Gumbel, who apparently feels that he should see people just like him where ever he goes in the world, should go out and recruit black athletes for winter sports, if their absence bothers him so. No one is forcing anyone to stay out, or forcing anyone to participate for that matter ... at least among the western Democracies at least.


13 posted on 02/16/2006 7:30:39 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: montag813
"So what do the Summer Games look like? An NAACP Convention?"

LOL

14 posted on 02/16/2006 7:30:58 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: Airborne1986

Gumbel strapped down to a luge and tossed over the side would be an olympic event I'd pay to see!


16 posted on 02/16/2006 7:31:32 AM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Airborne1986

I can sort of agree with him on the slam on figure skating, but of course it applies equally to the gymnastics that rule the summer games. And the rest is just stupid.


17 posted on 02/16/2006 7:31:49 AM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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To: Airborne1986

He's kinda niggardly with his praise of the Republicans.


18 posted on 02/16/2006 7:31:52 AM PST by Living Free in NH
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To: Airborne1986

Coming from a guy married to white woman, this is rich.


19 posted on 02/16/2006 7:32:11 AM PST by John Lenin (Rehab is for quitters)
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To: Airborne1986

Bet I could sprint/run better than Bryant could skate.

I'd pay to see that pompous bastard on ice skates. I'd teach him some manners.


20 posted on 02/16/2006 7:32:15 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (Americans need to remember Osama's "strong horse" -"weak horse" analogy. Let's stop acting weak.)
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To: Airborne1986

Your momma still eating dogfood,Bryant?


21 posted on 02/16/2006 7:32:33 AM PST by skaterboy (My candy cane is so yummy and delicious)
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To: Airborne1986
Since Rush Limbaugh had to resign for tame comments wishing good will toward black quarterbacks, I imagine Gumbel will be facing a firing squad for this hate-filled rage.

Oh, duh! That's right. Different rules...

22 posted on 02/16/2006 7:32:43 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: montag813
I should have tried this sport. German Szolkowy with his partner Aliona Savchenko.
23 posted on 02/16/2006 7:32:46 AM PST by Airborne1986 (Well, you can do what you want to us. But we're not going to sit here while you badmouth the U.S.A.)
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To: Airborne1986
Yes Bryant.....yes. How many high ranking officials did your buddy Bill Clinton have in his cabinet in 8 years? How many did he appoint to the supreme court. How much money did the DNC give to Carl McCall in his 2002 bid for NY governor.

there is a party of the 'Plantation' Bryant, and it is the Democrats whose sole purpose is to keep the poor, poor, have children out of wedlock and give them a pittance every month and then expect them to vote for you, by buying their votes with that same welfare check.

Despicable..both the Dims and you Bryant.
24 posted on 02/16/2006 7:32:48 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: montag813
So what do the Summer Games look like? An NAACP Convention?

Excellent response.

25 posted on 02/16/2006 7:32:59 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Airborne1986
Gad! I am so torn on this issue!
26 posted on 02/16/2006 7:33:01 AM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often!)
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To: Airborne1986
if this was the other way around, the newscaster would have been fired, shunned, sued, and ruined...

b/c gumble is a liberal, people will say "maybe he's right" this is all Bush's fault...

27 posted on 02/16/2006 7:33:05 AM PST by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: Airborne1986
So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.

This is too funny! Gumball already thinks he's white so make these comments under the "Guilty White Guy" column.

28 posted on 02/16/2006 7:33:28 AM PST by Niteranger68 ("Only 4 out of 3 Democrats actually vote.")
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To: Airborne1986

Oh, yeah, that's right GUMBEL: Whitey (the man) is keeping those talented Ghanian lugers and Rwandan figure skaters from competing!

Freaking ludicrous statement on his part. What about the NHL? Where are the black ice hockey players?

LMAO, he needs to be FIRED, but HBO is too libnut.


29 posted on 02/16/2006 7:33:34 AM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: right right

"Can you imagine some white guy saying something about the NBA."

Kind of like Rush when he made his Donovan McNabb comment.


30 posted on 02/16/2006 7:33:50 AM PST by Airborne1986 (Well, you can do what you want to us. But we're not going to sit here while you badmouth the U.S.A.)
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To: Airborne1986

Memo to TiVo users re HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel":

Three thumbs down.


31 posted on 02/16/2006 7:33:56 AM PST by hauerf
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To: Finalapproach29er

Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't the GOP have three African Americans running for statewide office??? How many do the Democrats have? I wonder if Gumbel knows this.


32 posted on 02/16/2006 7:34:30 AM PST by Mike10542
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To: sheik yerbouty; Airborne1986
...And Gumbel looks like an imbecile...

Yeah but that can't be considered news.

33 posted on 02/16/2006 7:34:49 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: Airborne1986
Gumble, you pathetic POS, there were more blacks on the platform at the GOP convention than there were at the Democrap's.
Oh, thats right. They aren't black. Like you aren't racist.

How many blacks in your wonderful Clinton administration?
34 posted on 02/16/2006 7:34:58 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Airborne1986

Why doesn't he get his fat butt on a sled and become a competitor? Besides, every other sport is dominated by blacks. His statements are nothing more than racism. A white person would be crucified for making a similar statement about whites.


35 posted on 02/16/2006 7:34:59 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

how about see Jimmy the Greek, Howard Cosel, Rocker the baseball player.

They were crucified by the MSM for silly comments, I wonder what they have in common...


37 posted on 02/16/2006 7:35:41 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Of course Gumbel would complain about the lack of black swimmers in the Summer Games.


38 posted on 02/16/2006 7:36:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Airborne1986

Most of what he said is idiotic, but he's right about some of the sports that really aren't sports...


39 posted on 02/16/2006 7:36:25 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Living Free in NH

good one.


40 posted on 02/16/2006 7:36:42 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Airborne1986

Haven't seen too many blacks on the Chinese or Japanese teams either - they must be racist countries. Also, Dumbell, er, Gumbel, should take a look at the NBA and NFL.


41 posted on 02/16/2006 7:37:17 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: sheik yerbouty

Gumball is an idiot.


42 posted on 02/16/2006 7:37:23 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: psjones
This from the guy who dumped his black wife for a white blonde woman.

Yeah well...uh...maybe he was making some kind of social statement there.


43 posted on 02/16/2006 7:37:47 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: af_vet_rr

I would agree that the Olympic Winter Games jumped the shark with the inclusion of all the X-Games crap.


44 posted on 02/16/2006 7:38:23 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: montag813

OOO...now that was an UN PC remark!!! LOL


45 posted on 02/16/2006 7:38:48 AM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Airborne1986

To paraphrase Gumbel: White people should not be allowed to participate in sports.

What a racist jackass.


46 posted on 02/16/2006 7:38:55 AM PST by Kirkwood ("When the s*** hits the fan, there is enough for everyone.")
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To: Airborne1986
I have a vague recollection of Gumbel hosting the Olympic coverage during the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

Yup. He was trying and failing to be funny during the opening ceremonies, when he should have just STFU. It's the day I decided to dislike him. Haven't regretted that decision since, nor had reason to revise it.

47 posted on 02/16/2006 7:39:12 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Airborne1986

I'm so glad someone posted this. I emailed that elitist bas%$&^& and HBO about this very thing after I watched Real Sports this past Saturday. Still waiting on my reply. Doubt I ever get it.

I told him he should read his correspondent's books (Bernard Goldberg) if he wanted to learn something.


48 posted on 02/16/2006 7:39:20 AM PST by cpanter
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To: Airborne1986

Perhaps Rush will pick this up and run it over and over and ove...


49 posted on 02/16/2006 7:39:25 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Airborne1986
Gumbel is a moron. I have a vague recollection of Gumbel hosting the Olympic coverage during the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He had a Korean tailor brought on camera during the show so Gumbel could hassle him over some suits Gumble ordered but that were not yet delivered. Gumble even pulled out a wad of cash like the stereotypical ugly American. The media did not pick up on that either

I was working at a sports bar during the 88 Seoul Olympics and we got the uneditied NBC satellite feed and watched Bob Costas primping himself before he went on.

It was hilarious watching him take out his big vanity mirror from his side drawer and make sure everything was just perfect during the commerical breaks.

50 posted on 02/16/2006 7:39:27 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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