John Boruk is a conservative, but you already knew that.
The former NBC Sports Philadelphia anchor and Flyers reporter has previously tweeted about topics such as Colin Kaepernick, and why he wouldn’t let his son wear the color pink, the latter take resulting in a public apology.
I personally don’t care about the guy’s political views, but left wing Twitter does, and Boruk got “ratioed” for this tweet and Facebook post, which compared the United States Women’s National Team to President Donald Trump:
They were bold
They were brash.
At times, controversial and offensive, but they were also unapologetic throughout.
— John Boruk (@johnborukNBCS) July 7, 2019
It’s an interesting premise. The U.S. women pretty much loathe Donald Trump. Donald Trump loathes them. However, are they actually alike?
John in PA chimed in:
Oh, please. They don’t lie, associate with criminals, kiss dictators’ a$$es, declare bankruptcy or solicit foreign help. They won with skill, hard work and team effort. Those are not Trump qualities.
— Johninpa (@JWH100) July 8, 2019
Right then, let’s take a look at the Facebook post and decide for ourselves. Writes Boruk, after the jump:
THE US WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM WAS VERY TRiUMPhant IN WINNING THE WORLD CUP
They were brash.
They were emboldened.
And they brought a certain American bravado into this year’s tournament in their quest to become the first US team to win back-to-back World Cup titles.
The French air was filled with American arrogance, and whether they approve of the comparison or not, it was very Trumpian in nature. It was the same style and manner in which the 45th President of the United States has navigated his way through his affairs in the White House.
Ok, you have my attention. Let’s take a look at the next part:
The women didn’t tiptoe their way onto the World Cup stage, but rather trounced all over Thailand as if they had picked grapes off the Bordeaux vine and stomping out the seeds – turning the Thailand team into their own fine wine, a 13-0 demolition, where the sweet taste of the most lopsided loss in women’s World Cup history was met with criticism.
Why? Because there’s a certain feeling that we have to apologize for flexing our muscle when the rest of the world is watching.
“This was disgraceful for the United States,” said former Canadian national player Clare Rustad. To which one could reply, “Then how would you have described Canada’s 18-0 ice hockey win over Slovakia in the 2010 Winter Games?”
Yes, how quickly they forget.
Of course, the USWNT made no apologies, nor should they. They gave Thailand everything they had. It would have been a slap in the face if they had half-assed their way to victory.
It was reminiscent of when the 1992 Dream Team chased Angola into Olympic oblivion, winning by 68 points, a game in which Charles Barkley elbowed an opposing player and was unapologetic in doing so. �
Perhaps Barkley’s antics were unwarranted as the US team was labeled as ‘bullies’, but it was a reminder then as it is now that we expect athletes to act and behave in a certain way all the time. American supremacy is under attack even in America.
Still, the competitiveness and emotion have a tendency to dictate otherwise.
So Boruk is basically saying that the USWNT showed “American exceptionalism” in the way they beat the stuffing out of Thailand. He uses the word supremacy, but it’s the same thing. Variances of the phrase have been used ad nauseam in the corny political argument over whether America is the best country in the world or whatever.
I do agree when he says that the Dream Team and the U.S. women have nothing to apologize for. They talked some shit and backed it up on the field. They kept their foot on the pedal and didn’t let up, not for “sportsmanship” or any other contrived reasons. I was honestly most impressed with the way they talked a big game and then followed through in their performances – which they did under enormous amounts of pressure by the way – which ultimately solidified their uber-elite status on Sunday afternoon. It was the ultimate example of talking the talk and then walking the walk, which is very American, in my mind.
The thing that bugged me and others was not goals 11, 12, or 13 against Thailand, it was the way they celebrated those extra goals, as if it was even a challenge. That rang a bit hollow for me, since this was a team that had, indeed, been there before but was acting like they hadn’t been.
Anyway, I digress.
Here’s the rest of Boruk’s post:
Then there was outrage over Alex Morgan’s ‘tea cup’ celebration in a 2-1 victory over England in which she trolled the Brits with her celebration coming off the eventual game-winning goal.
Moments like these come once-in-a-lifetime, and will be talked about for years to come.
Morgan said, “I feel that there is some sort of double standard for females in sports.”
“Wah, wah, wah. It’s like, we’re at the World Cup. What do you want us to do?” Rapinoe said Wednesday in response to criticism, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Rachel Bachmann. “We work hard, we like to play hard.”
And perhaps they’re both right. Collectively, maybe we don’t expect women to bring a level of braggadocio to competition.
But it was refreshing.
This is the World Cup – like the Olympics – an event that comes around once every four years. The hours, days and weeks spent training and practicing for this moment are countless. If there was ever an occasion to “whip it out” so to speak and be less “lady like”, this was the moment in life to do so.
Thankfully, they left their political correctness and mlld-mannered (sic) behavior behind once they landed at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris last month.
They were the team the world was shooting for coming into the tournament, and they took everyone’s best shot. In fact, they’ve taken the media’s best shots for the past 20 years ever since Brandi Chastain whipped off her jersey to reveal her sports bra at the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
This was America’s team regardless of Megan Rapinoe’s ill-timed comments regarding a visit to the White House.
Collectively, they may be taking a stance against the POTUS, but everything about their performance in France seemed to come right out of Donald Trump’s playbook.
It’s an interesting column.
Of course Boruk got blasted into the high heavens by people who were appalled that he would ever consider comparing the U.S. women to a president that they revile. Then, on the other side, you have pro-Trump conservatives who hate the U.S. women because they think Megan Rapinoe is a loudmouth Kaepernick clone, because they won’t go to the White House, and because they have LGBT players and blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. So I get what Boruk was trying to say here, but I think he probably just pissed off everybody instead. If he had left Trump out of it and just said, “this World Cup win was very American” or whatever, it would have resonated.
Unfortunately he was inundated with comments like this, from “Bomark Padgett” –
I personally believe that’s a little harsh, to invite somebody to eat your feces. But you tell me – good column? Bad column? Good points? Bad points?
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