On Smith and Ohtani

Stephen A. Smith's first take is really his First Take

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has made millions on being a blowhard. It’s an easy way to become a millionaire. Controversy creates cash. It’s a guarantee. Connor McGregor anyone?  

Yesterday, Smith went on a tirade about California Angel Shohei Ohtani. His comments focused on why Ohtani cannot draw viewers to watch Major League Baseball.

“I don’t think it helps that the number one face is a dude that needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he’s saying IN THIS COUNTRY.”

The blowhard went on to say that Ohtani will have a hard time ingratiating himself with the American public. More on that later.

Not to be lost in all this nonsense, ESPN shill and Men’s Warehouse spokesman Max Kellerman agreed with Stephen A. Smith’s comments: “I think that’s a good point…If your point is he’s got to learn English, I agree with that.” Somehow, Kellerman avoided Smith’s shrapnel.  

It didn’t take long for the typical sorts to arm themselves with the pitchforks of political correctness and take to the cesspool of social media. Smith, being an employee of WOKE Disney/ESPN, realized his $12 mil a year might be in jeopardy. So, he did what anyone would do in that position. He put on his Chapstick, adjusted his tie, pretended to care, and took to the airwaves.

Smith, at first, said that his comments were misinterpreted. We’ve seen this movie before. It’s always a precursor to the apology.

Like clockwork, Smith started on his predictable apology tour hours later. Smith went on social media to claim that he, above all, understands racism and the struggles of all minority communities.

The second stop on his apology tour occurred today on his show First Take.

and again

Smith, once again, let you know that he understands racism and the plight of the minority communities. He’s very, very sorry…for potentially losing $12 mil a year. He’s also very sorry for causing distractions for Ohtani before his home run competition. The apology was all about Stephen A. Smith, and I guarantee you that Ohtani couldn’t give a damn about Smith’s comments. Competitors don’t swing down.

But people still want their scalp. Smith sat through First Take while taking it from all sides. It’s become a weekly occurrence. What is the purpose of all this showmanship besides higher ratings for First Take? There is none. It’s always about money. It always will be.

Maybe it’s time we take a collective pause in this country and realize how intellectually lazy we have become. Why do I say this? Lost behind Smith’s comments is the fact that Smith is an idiot. He’s not stupid. He makes these outlandish comments on purpose. Why? Because we, as Americans, love that garbage. There’s a reason why reality shows were and remain popular. There’s a reason why First Take typically draws the most viewers out of all ESPN studio shows. Controversy creates cash.

But Smith is still an idiot. Smith and what he represents is everything wrong with American society these days. We feed on drama rather than celebrate heroes for our kids.

Lost in all of this is the one man who we should be focusing on. That man is Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani pitches and DHs for the California Angels. He’s been dominating on the mound while possessing the major league lead for home runs. Because of this, Ohtani easily won the right to DH for AL All-Stars. He’s also the starting pitcher in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game that should have taken place in Atlanta. Ohtani is climbing a very big mountain. We should all be paying attention.

"I'm expecting to be pretty fatigued and exhausted after these two days…But there's a lot of people that want to watch it, and I want to make those guys happy. That's why I'm going to do it."

Ohtani is someone to be celebrated. His work ethic—a byproduct of his culture—is something all Americans should appreciate. Rather than read stories about athletes beating up girlfriends, being pulled over for DUI, committing adultery, doing drugs, etc., we finally have someone who our children should look up to. Someone who has handled setbacks with grace and humility.

Instead, we have shit-for-brains Smith soaking up all the attention because corporate media and our woke society can’t get enough of political correctness. That’s where we are wrong. We celebrate idiots like Smith rather than relegate them to the dumpsters of life. We inject the needles of drama into our veins to give ourselves a fix of excitement and drama. Sad that society is so fixated on conflict and turmoil rather than heroes.

We will pay in the end.