Tim Brando, the sportscaster, tweeted this yesterday.
He got the most flak for arguing that Collins isn’t a hero.
Obviously, he feels disrespected and undervalued. But why?
Tim graduated with a degree from Northeastern Louisiana and yet he’s a broadcaster on a national network, CBS. That job typically pays seven figures (Jim Nance earns over $3 million per year) and, judging by the number of kids enrolled in sports marketing and sports communications courses, is the dream job of half the population. And he spends that money in Shreveport, Louisiana, which has a cost of living index below the national average. So he’s doing pretty well for a small town boy with a small time degree. He’s been married to the same woman for 32 years, has kids now in college, and at least from the outside, looks like he has it pretty good.
Let me rephrase that. His life may or may not be good, but if it’s not, it’s not because our culture has denied him job opportunities or the right to live where he chooses or disciminates against him because of his race, sex, age or sexual orientation.
Come on, we all know what’s going on here. Like many older white males, Tim doesn’t like getting old. Like all Boomers, he doesn’t like that the spotlight has shifted from him onto younger and more interesting people. He’s had his shot, done pretty well with it, but he wants more. Black people and gay people and women people are getting attention now, and that’s not fair! It should be him. He should be the one getting all the attention.
So he’s blaming it on our culture. Just like the Tsarnaev boy blamed our culture for the fact that he was a mediocre boxer. It can’t be his fault he didn’t make the Olympics, so it’s the fault of a decadent American culture.
Guys like this see everything as an affront. Gay people like Jason Collins come out. Tim doesn’t think of that as being none of his business, he thinks of it as taking attention from him. Why all that media attention that went to Jason Collins for being the first big time athlete to announce he’s gay should have gone to Tim, because he’s a white, Christian dad. He deserves a fucking medal for mowing the lawn and for going to Little League games. That he didn’t get one is because we as a culture are biased against Christian dads, and has nothing to do with the fact that he only did what I and fifty million other men do every day.
Hey putz, we chose to have families. With luck, our kids will recognize, love and respect us for what we did, but even if they don’t, it’s not the job of our culture to fill the gap. Talk about entitlement. Give me a break, you whiner.