Bruce Jenner Couldn’t Wear Jim Valvano’s Jockstrap

“If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead…” —Bruce Jenner, the Espy Awards.

If you watched the ESPY Awards, between promos for ABC’s upcoming fall season, you could see plenty of examples of who should have won the Arthur Ashe “Courage” Award.

Bruce Jenner wasn’t one of those examples.

And if you really want to go down memory lane, you can find Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPY speech on YouTube. As Jimmy V was dying of cancer, he told the crowd about his new Jimmy V Foundation, which would raise money to fund cancer research long after he was gone. And so it has.

Bruce is also raising money. For him or herself. About a half a billion reality dollars from what the various news sources say. And he is actually still a he; he told Diane Sawyer: “I was not genetically born that way. As of now, I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff. So, in a lot of ways, we’re different, OK, but we still identify as female. And that’s very hard for Bruce Jenner to say. Because, why? I don’t want to disappoint people.”

Ahem. Let’s add it up. He’s got a very large reality show contract—reported at $500,000,000 but who knows—he’s made a large amount of Kardashian money, and he apparently hasn’t yet had a surgeon take a scalpel to his male genitals.

He certainly has not disappointed his business managers.

This is one highly skilled self-promoter.

But a poster girl for the transgender community?  A profile in courage?

You’ll forgive my skepticism.

The fact is this person could not wear Jimmy Valvano’s jockstrap with or without reassignment surgery. It’s not courage when you, personally, are getting paid for it. It’s self-promoting. Bruce is Martha Stewart on steroids.

Do not misunderstand me. I’m sure that there are people who feel they are trapped in the bodies of the opposite gender. So much so, they actually do something about it.

Most of those people don’t have a half a billion dollar reality show contract waiting for them on the other side. In fact, I’m willing to bet just about all of them except Jenner.

I can think of a lot of people in sports who have courage.

I can think of a lot of people who were at that evening’s ESPY awards show who have courage.

If Bruce had gone up on stage and said that he didn’t deserve any award nearly as much as the little girl who played in a college basketball game after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and died this year, I’d have some sympathy for him.

But the truth is, he couldn’t wear her jockstrap, either.

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UNEARTHED VIDEO: ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner Wins The 1976 Olympics!

Unless you live on the moon, you’re well aware of ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner winning an ESPY award. Here’s the crazy thing… Caitlyn Jenner has the exact same amount of olympic medals as you or I do. At least that’s what I thought. Until we un-earthed this video that seems to prove, beyond all shadow of a doubt, that yes…. Caitlyn Jenner, a woman, won the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. What a broad!

Caitlyn Jenner… an inspiration to women everywhere since 1976. Her daddy must be proud.

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Wow: This NFL Superstar Just Went To Chattanooga And Did Something Incredible

Untold numbers of people have gone to the site in Chattanooga, Tenn., where a suspected Muslim terrorist opened fire last week, leaving five Marines and one Navy petty officer dead. Many who have visited the Navy Operational Support Center that was targeted in the cold-blooded attack on Thursday have stopped to pay their respects and mourn the loss of life.

Among the visitors to the scene of the murders has been an NFL superstar who played college football not far from the city where the slaughter occurred. Peyton Manning — now the quarterback for the Denver Broncos — spent several memorable years in Knoxville where he led the University of Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season.

On Saturday night, Manning spent some time in Chattanooga and paid his respects to another group of volunteers — the service men who died in the massacre and the law enforcement officers who responded to the shooting and brought down the gunman before more people were killed.

TheBlaze reports that, according to a local TV station as well as the Twitter feed of the Chattanooga Police Department, “Manning showed up late Saturday night at the Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center.” He even posed for at least one picture with an appreciative police officer.

Image Credit: Twitter/Chattanooga Police

Image Credit: Twitter/Chattanooga Police

People responding to the Chattanooga PD’s tweet complimented the quarterback for his unexpected gesture of honor and respect — a move that many said showed Manning’s class in doing what quite a few elected officials have failed to do.

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The Caitlyn Crash – How ESPN’s Tribute To The Celebrated Transgender Just Backfired BIG Time

It was indeed a spectacle. But the fallout from Wednesday night’s ESPY Award presented to Caitlyn Jenner — the transgendered woman formerly known as Bruce — is certainly not what a cable net that relies on its fans for success wants to see. The homepage homage to Caitlyn’s “courage” has been blasted with sharply negative comments on the ESPN website.

Western Journalism published a pre-show piece on the Arthur Ashe Courage Award given to Jenner — that post was entitled “Receiving The ‘Courage’ Award From ESPN Could Be The Worst Thing To Happen To Caitlyn Jenner.” Ironically, putting the used-to-be-a-man cultural celebrity in the center-stage spotlight during the nationally televised ABC show last night may have been pretty bad for ESPN as well…if posted reaction is any indicator.

Among the many news outlets gushing with morning-after praise about the high-profile award and Jenner’s long acceptance speech is The Washington Post. The paper noted that Jenner’s moment (actually many moments) in the spotlight was among the “Best of the 2015 ESPYs.”

Then, there are comments such as the following about Jenner’s tearful celebration of self and emotional plea for acceptance of other transgendered people:

“…to give an award like the Arthur Ashe award for Courage to a guy that just feels he’s a woman or whatever the case may be is an absolute travesty and a total misuse and black mark for that award.”

“If anything Jenner ran from being a man. Courage is facing adversity.”

“Awful speech.she started talking about vanity. ESPN is a joke.”

“I wish the athletes had some guts and walked out. I’m disappointed.”

“this is the biggest joke in espn history”

“Still trying to figure out how this is considered courage? Repressing your own feelings for decades and coming to grips with them? This is more courageous than fighting cancer or overcoming near fatal wounds to compete in sports again?”

“As much as I love ESPN and sports, I had to miss this year’s ESPY’S. Bruce Jenner became famous by being a MALE athlete who competed in male sports. Glorifying his sex change is not sport’s news, nor is it something I want my kids or family to think is normal. I am all for equal rights for the LGBT community, but let’s not portray this as heroic.”

“Arthur Ashe must have just rolled over in his grave. Being a freak does not make one a hero or couragous, it just makes you a freak. Leave it to the liberal media to glorify this garbage. Sorry Arthur, your name deserves better than this.”

While we didn’t review all the hundreds of comments on the ESPN webpage regarding the award to Caitlyn Jenner, the above represent a small sampling of the many negative views that seemed to far outweigh the positive response to the 2015 ESPYs. It will be interesting to see if ABC/ESPN scored a ratings victory with its broadcast that — thanks to the hugely controversial honor to Caitlyn Jenner — could very well have generated more pre-show publicity than any such program in the past.

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Receiving The ‘Courage’ Award From ESPN Could Be The Worst Thing To Happen To Caitlyn Jenner

It was with great fanfare and much self-congratulatory media hype that the first openly gay NFL player was given ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last year’s ESPY Awards ceremony. Michael Sam — at the center of an overheated skirmish in the ongoing culture wars — had his moment in the ESPN spotlight. It was a moment that quickly lost its luster as the spotlight grew so dim as to barely be noticed.

Where is Michael Sam now, the player celebrated for his “coming out” courage in the world of sports? The first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL, Sam was picked in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams, who cut him at the end of training camp. He then spent a little time on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad before being waived.

Finding no place in the pros stateside, Sam signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) before the 2015 season. However, after a strange and unexplained absence from that team, Michael Sam — who is the only openly gay player in the CFL — is still not considered to be “in football shape” and has yet to see any game action.

Which brings us to the 2015 ESPY Awards on tap Wednesday night in Los Angeles. And on the red carpet ready to receive this year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be the person formerly known as Bruce — the woman formerly known as a man — Caitlyn Jenner. As The Los Angeles Times notes in its coverage of the controversy surrounding the award to Jenner for his/her open embrace of his/her public transgender identity, “The celebrity-driven worlds of entertainment and sports are set to collide….”

The show, which will air on ABC, could almost give itself an award now for the cultural moment ahead — the first major public appearance by Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold medal winner and reality star of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

While many believe that the honors and accolades heaped upon Caitlyn Jenner by numerous media outlets and figures are a sign of a more inclusive, accepting society in America, others feel the obsession with Jenner is a sad commentary on the culture wars as freak show material — the promotion of “acceptance” as a way to try to normalize what was, not so long ago, considered abnormal behavior.

The article in the Times points out the claim of some critics of the ESPN honor to be bestowed on the woman who, not so long ago, was a man — that the award is a “payoff for the exclusive sit-down interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer that aired in April and drew huge ratings.”

ESPN denies that the Sawyer interview had anything to do with the Jenner award, despite the fact that ABC owns ESPN.

“But that denial has done little to quiet the debate, fueled by the argument that the honor seems to be more about ratings and the relentless Kardashian hype machine than merit,” notes The Los Angeles Times. “Several members of the Kardashian family, including Kim, are expected to attend — and may walk the red carpet.”

Considering that the ESPY Awards are only a few hours away, it seems an appropriate time to replay the recent Bob Costas interview in which the noted sportscaster and commentator called the honor for Jenner a “crass exploitation play” by the cable channel and its ratings-minded management.

You can watch the Costas segment by clicking on this link to the Western Journalism post from June of this year.

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