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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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To: xzins
Besides that, I'm tired of any so-called sport that gets officiated by a "judge."

Just imagine if you applied the scoring to other sporting events - NASCAR for instance - "I really liked the way Richard Petty was getting through the corners so I'm going to give him a two point bonus, but coming off of one of his pit stops he got a little sloppy, and that's an automatic one point deduction". That puts it in perspective.

I will admit though, that there are some that I would be hard-pressed to get rid of - women's figure skating. Dorothy Hamill did it for me.

I would like to combine some sports, such as :

1)Luge + Snowboarding - I really want to see somebody strap a piece of wood to their feet and try to go down the luge/bobsleigh run. Make it a points system - you get one point for every 10 feet you are still upright.

2)Curling and shooting elements of the Biathlon - I'm still not sure how to account for spectator safety in this one.

3)Speedskating and Lacrosse. Again, not sure on spectator safety on this one.

Finally, I would like them to bring back Speed Skiing - if ever there was a sport that was started by somebody uttering the phrase "here, hold my beer and watch this", it would be this sport. 100+mph straight down the side of a mountain.
201 posted on 02/16/2006 11:00:49 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: discostu

"Sport" simply means a diversion' That which diverts, and makes mirth;pastime." It doesn't even have to be a competition. You insist on a defintion that is not commonly accepted, and I certainly don't.


202 posted on 02/16/2006 11:03:02 AM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: pookie18
Every time I see that movie, I don't know why, but I cry like an idiot.

My son will ask, "Ma, you've seen that movie 10 times, why are you crying?" I don't know. I guess persistence in the face of difficulty just kinda gets to me. (plus, I miss John Candy)

203 posted on 02/16/2006 11:08:54 AM PST by radiohead (Hey Kerry, I'm still here; still hating your lying, stinking guts, you coward.)
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To: Airborne1986

An O.J. who can read!

First thing they say as soon as they get some $$$

'Way day does be keepin dem wat womens et??'


204 posted on 02/16/2006 11:12:31 AM PST by Shooter1001
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To: psjones

Rumours about Brian and this blonde woman were circulating before he even dumped his wife. I heard something the two of them I believe, seen at a hotel. The press was on him and now to build street cred with blacks for his blonde wife, he's going to knock the GOP. What an idiot. Even Katie Couric couldn't stand him.


205 posted on 02/16/2006 11:14:00 AM PST by outofhere2
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To: TChris

Hey Gumbel: Maybe you should MAKE A CONTRIBUTION to help YOUR folks develop their skills so the Olympics won't look like 'a GOP convention'.

Of course since it is apparent that Gumbel hates the fact that he is black (and it is Bush's fault that he is), he won't spend a dime to help lift up any of 'his people'.

What a complete blowhard.


206 posted on 02/16/2006 11:46:19 AM PST by SusaninOhio
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To: Airborne1986
May I suggest, that, in the interest of making nice with Mr. Grumble, we embrace the spirit of affirmative action
in the Olympics and allow Mr. Grumble a slot on the ski jumping team. Just as with his career, what goes up must come down.
207 posted on 02/16/2006 11:47:56 AM PST by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: Airborne1986

Uh, Bryant, there are black athletes who, instead of getting paid to whine, are out competing in winter sports.


208 posted on 02/16/2006 11:52:56 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Airborne1986


Bryant Grumble has a rebellious spirit, and a rebellious spirit refuses to be sublimated.


209 posted on 02/16/2006 11:53:12 AM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: bill1952
How many blacks in your wonderful Clinton administration?

Well there was Ron Brown, but he didn't survive the administration.

210 posted on 02/16/2006 11:55:58 AM PST by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: Airborne1986

Rice, Powell, Steeele, Blackwell, Swann, etc....vs.....Obama


211 posted on 02/16/2006 11:59:13 AM PST by MattinNJ (Allen/Pawlenty in 08-play the map.)
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To: Airborne1986

The Olympics are retarded.


212 posted on 02/16/2006 12:13:20 PM PST by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: RobbyS

Accept or don't accept whatever you want. I will never accept any judged event as a sport.


213 posted on 02/16/2006 12:18:37 PM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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214 posted on 02/16/2006 12:23:39 PM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: Airborne1986

BTTT


215 posted on 02/16/2006 12:53:24 PM PST by hattend (Facts destroy Liberalism. It's an undeniable fact of life. - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Airborne1986
Dear Bryant:

I think you might be suffering from a bit of color blindness there Bryant. Snowblind from looking at the blond locks of your deep-ebony 2nd wife and all. Too bad, because you should have remembered this lady,

Debi Thomas won an Olympic bronze in 1988 at Calgary, and a World Championship in 1986 and, unlike you, actually went on to do something useful with her life - she's an orthopedic surgeon.

216 posted on 02/16/2006 12:56:37 PM PST by Heatseeker (Never underestimate the left's tendency to underestimate us.)
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To: i_dont_chat

your racism is showing


217 posted on 02/16/2006 12:58:49 PM PST by reflecting
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To: Airborne1986
Brian Gumbel has always been a racist and bigot. He is a person that the channel switch is automatic every time his ugly face hits my TV. He truly is a moron. Amen.
218 posted on 02/16/2006 1:00:42 PM PST by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: reflecting

Read my tag line.

You can choose to take offense. Or you can choose NOT to take offense.

Your right and your choice! And my right and my choice!


219 posted on 02/16/2006 1:03:09 PM PST by i_dont_chat (I defend the right to offend!)
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To: Airborne1986

If Gumbo wants more blacks in the Olympics, he should try recruiting them - and putting his money where his mouth is and financing them.

Blacks are much more evident in summer olympics.

Gumbo is a moron.


220 posted on 02/16/2006 1:06:56 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: i_dont_chat

I'm not offended that you are a racist...I was simply stating a fact.


221 posted on 02/16/2006 1:09:28 PM PST by reflecting
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To: psjones

Is Bryant Gumbel black?


222 posted on 02/16/2006 1:15:00 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: DBrow
He may be a moron, but someone is paying him big money to say these things publicly.

I doubt if his money is very big any more. He went from Today on NBC to some morning show on CBS that no one watched and now has only this show on HBO.

223 posted on 02/16/2006 1:17:01 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: reflecting

Funny. That's exactly what I was doing. Stating a fact.


224 posted on 02/16/2006 1:21:37 PM PST by i_dont_chat (I defend the right to offend!)
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To: dfwgator
I would agree that the Olympic Winter Games jumped the shark with the inclusion of all the X-Games crap.

Moguls, freestyle, half-pipe? What the heck is all that? Skiing should consist of the downhill, giant slalom, and slalom. Period. The rest is inflation for broadcast purposes.

225 posted on 02/16/2006 1:21:42 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: af_vet_rr

Regardless, he chose a moronic way of making his point. I wish people like Gumbel could say their points and be done with it. He doesn't like the Winter Games. Simple as that. Big deal. One either likes the Olympics, and doesn't care what he has to say about them, or dislikes the Olympics, in which case I don't see the point of all the ranting and railing, since it's easir to just not watch them.

He tries to get some wit out of that or make a statement, and he makes an idiot at best out of himself.


226 posted on 02/16/2006 1:24:12 PM PST by baseballfanjm
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To: Airborne1986
Skiing and figure skating are expensive sports requiring more equipment and/or individual coaching.

True generally but not one hundred percent. Bill Johnson, the first American to win the downhill gold, grew up poor and virtually on his own. Bode Miller also comes from a lower middle class background. However, the skaters, Kwan and Lipinski and the girl from 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi, got a lot of parental support for the training and competition.

227 posted on 02/16/2006 1:32:43 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Airborne1986
So far I've seen a grand total of about 15 seconds of Olympic coverage...bigots like Gumbel will inspire me to keep it that way.
228 posted on 02/16/2006 1:43:40 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: radiohead
(plus, I miss John Candy)

Me too. UNCLE BUCK was my favorite....

229 posted on 02/16/2006 1:45:28 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Airborne1986
Meanwhile here's a pic from Gumbel's glass house...BG and his second wife.


230 posted on 02/16/2006 1:47:58 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: Airborne1986

Bryant Gumbel: "The Bill Clinton of the Media"

http://www.aim.org/media_monitor/A3115_0_2_0_C/


231 posted on 02/16/2006 1:50:50 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: Heatseeker

I'm glad you brought up Debi Thomas. I was just thinking about her the other night and couldn't recall her name. I believe that when she was skating Revlon learned she wasn't sponsored and became her sponsor.


232 posted on 02/16/2006 1:59:54 PM PST by radiohead (Hey Kerry, I'm still here; still hating your lying, stinking guts, you coward.)
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To: Airborne1986
"GOP's Swann Song " IBD; Section: Issues & Insights

Date: 2/13/2006

With the withdrawal of Bill Scranton, former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Lynn Swann was expected over the weekend to receive the endorsement of GOP leaders to be the party's nominee for governor of Pennsylvania against incumbent Democrat Ed Rendell.

Swann, who played for the Steelers from 1974 to 1983 and helped lead them to their first four Super Bowl victories, joins Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, also running for governor, and Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, running for the U.S. Senate, as candidates who have Democrats worried that a key part of their base - a part taken for granted - is now in play.

"These are not throwaway candidates in states where the GOP has no chance of victory," says Dick Morris, political guru and former adviser to President Clinton. "These are real candidates, chosen where there were plenty of white alternatives, that are en route to their party's nomination, with real chances to win."

Steele hopes to be the first black GOP senator since Massachusetts' Ed Brooke in 1967 became the first African American to join the world's greatest deliberative body since Reconstruction.

There, Steele would steal some of the spotlight from Illinois Democrat and media darling Barack Obama.

Swann and Blackwell hope to become the first black governors of either party - ever.

The candidacies of these three men belie the stereotype of a GOP as a group of racist conservatives who most recently ignored poor blacks in New Orleans and who, as NAACP Chairman Julian Bond recently put it, "would have the American flag and swastika standing side by side."

Democrats know that Republican outreach increased President Bush's share of the black vote from 8% in 2000 to 12% in 2004, dooming John Kerry's candidacy and helping expand a Senate majority that gave us Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Sam Alito. Addressing an NAACP audience last fall, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said, "If you give us a chance, we'll give you a choice."

Blackwell, a former college football star who stands 6 foot 5 in his stocking feet, is a true fiscal and cultural conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan. He rejects the victimology espoused by many black leaders such as Bond. Instead, he champions things such as school choice and lower taxes as providing the growth and opportunity that blacks and all Americans need.

Steele, a Catholic who once trained for the priesthood, joined the Republican Party after being inspired by Reagan's failed 1976 presidential bid. At the GOP convention in 2004, Steele demonstrated that he has charisma, warmth and a keen grasp of public policy He has already won statewide in Maryland, as has Blackwell in Ohio.

Now Democrats face not only Steele and Blackwell, but Swann as well. Their possible victories and the prospect of a presidential run by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has Democrats afraid, very afraid, that playing the race card will no longer pay off.

If the black vote is genuinely in play come November, American politics and society will be changed forever - for the better.

233 posted on 02/16/2006 2:05:54 PM PST by alrea
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To: Airborne1986

Gumbel is an ass, but the Winter Olympics is idiotic.


234 posted on 02/16/2006 2:50:05 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: Finalapproach29er

Gumbel played hockey in college, believe it or not. That's the winter sport I watch.


235 posted on 02/16/2006 2:54:38 PM PST by TroutFishingInAmerica ("I remember, with particular amusement, men in three-cornered hats, fishing in the dawn")
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To: Airborne1986
a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.

A paucity of brains that makes Bryan Gumball look like a raisin in a bowl of oatmeal.

236 posted on 02/16/2006 3:28:42 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: baseballfanjm
He tries to get some wit out of that or make a statement, and he makes an idiot at best out of himself.

Exactly - I've watched his show here and there, and he blew an incredibly huge opportunity.

Rather than play the race card, he could have had a whole show devoted to "should sports that are judged be considered a sport or be ranked besides sports that are measured with points or stopwatches or some other tangible method".

Hell, he could have filled a two hour show discussing just that one issue, and could have gotten plenty of big names involved.

He went into "open mouth, turn off brain" mode instead.
237 posted on 02/16/2006 4:57:46 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Airborne1986
Stupid is as Stupid Does


238 posted on 02/16/2006 5:11:13 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: dfwgator

Ok, I'm a white guy and I'll say it! The NBA is anti-white! The NFL is anti-white! Major league baseball is anti-white! They're all racists!


239 posted on 02/16/2006 5:20:23 PM PST by Doc Savage (Of all these things you can be sure, only love...will endure.......................)
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To: Airborne1986

I don't call him Bryant Dumbel for nothing.


240 posted on 02/16/2006 5:21:25 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: Airborne1986

I'm black, and my wife is Puerto Rican. The problem is we're afraid our son will grow up to lazy to steal!!!!!!


241 posted on 02/16/2006 5:24:16 PM PST by Doc Savage (Of all these things you can be sure, only love...will endure.......................)
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To: Finalapproach29er
I'd pay to see that pompous bastard on ice skates. I'd teach him some manners

You'd teach him nothing...you'd be so busy laughing at him that you'd not have time for any lessons in manners.

242 posted on 02/16/2006 6:00:34 PM PST by AlaninSA (It's one nation under God -- brought to you by the Knights of Columbus)
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To: Airborne1986
Bryant Gumble is a perenial ratings cellar dweller. Has never attracted any audience of any size in his entire career.

A racist, and a failure to boot.

243 posted on 02/16/2006 6:07:37 PM PST by lawnguy (Give me some of your tots!!!)
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To: radiohead
Thomas was a better skater than her Worlds and Olympic results show, IMO; she was attending Stanford most of that time, concentrating on studies and a degree.

There's another former black figure-skater ole Gummy might have forgotten about: Condoleezza Rice. ;)

244 posted on 02/16/2006 6:16:43 PM PST by Heatseeker (Never underestimate the left's tendency to underestimate us.)
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To: Milhous

bttt


245 posted on 02/16/2006 7:30:37 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Airborne1986

Frankly, I've gotten a huge kick out of seeing our "Team USA" basketball team, made up of NBA all stars getting their butts kicked by Eastern European teams consisting entirely of White players.

It's not that I don't have respect for Black basketball players. I just think the NBA has gotten away from fundamentals such as good shooting and team oriented play, in favor of guys who are 6 foot 8 inches who can fly down the court with blazing speed and jump really high, yet have absolutely no instinctive feel for the game.

Not too many White players who fall into that category.


246 posted on 02/16/2006 9:50:34 PM PST by The Fop (They attacked 2 of America's main arteries, so we invaded the heart of Arabia. It's that simple)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Besides, every other sport is dominated by blacks.

Not exactly. At elite levels of competition, athletes of West African ancestry utterly dominate the sprints, as well as positions in team sports that emphasize foot speed. But black athletes are not especially dominant in events emphasizing strength, endurance, or technique (with the interesting exception of the Kenyans and Ethopians in the marathon). Raw speed is important in a lot of games, but different sports favor different body types.

247 posted on 02/16/2006 10:08:58 PM PST by sphinx
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To: discostu

There was a black American female figure skater about 20 years ago, her first name was Debbie. I believe she even won American Nationals one year, the skating federation was really pushing her career.


248 posted on 02/16/2006 10:13:28 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Ciexyz
I remember her-she used to flip over.
249 posted on 02/16/2006 10:15:43 PM PST by fatima (Just say it if it is for love-have no regrets.)
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To: Airborne1986

Gumbel is a racist anti-white and envious.


250 posted on 02/16/2006 10:19:19 PM PST by TheBrotherhood (Tancredo for President.)
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