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(Stamford Times)   Andy Rooney on why sports bore him: "Today's baseball stars are all guys named Rodriguez to me." Cue "¡Ése es racismo" kid   ( divider line
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2007-08-23 08:27:53 AM  
Rooney is so old he once wrote an article about how baseball on radio will never take off.
2007-08-23 08:33:57 AM  
Andy Rooney - America's weird old crank for more than 30 years.
2007-08-23 08:34:27 AM  
"In my day, ballplayers were for shiat"
2007-08-23 08:39:47 AM  
submitter: "Today's baseball stars are all guys named Rodriguez to me."

I'm not saying he should be fired - shoot, I don't think Imus should have been fired - but don't his editors cringe when they see/hear this stuff and squash him?
2007-08-23 08:47:13 AM  
He's still alive?

I thought they buried him with Roger Ebert.
2007-08-23 09:21:00 AM  
Before y'all get too excited I will point out that Latino, like German, is not a race.
2007-08-23 09:28:35 AM  
As we get older
And stop making sense
Stop making sense
Making sense
2007-08-23 09:30:15 AM  
He has a point. It's like watching the Olympics, but where your countries athletes have all been disqualified for steroid use.
2007-08-23 09:31:40 AM  
BearToy: Before y'all get too excited I will point out that Latino, like German, is not a race.

German's are too a race. Don't you remember that massive party they held back in the 40's. Cake was served. Check with Poland!
2007-08-23 09:51:50 AM  
Christ, that was a stupid column. The "Rodriguez" line wasn't even the most ignorant thing written.
2007-08-23 10:18:03 AM  
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You ever wonder why the Whitesox don't have many white people on the team?

You ever wonder if the Redskins will accidentally flip out and take an opponent's scalp?

You ever wonder why the best quartebacks are white, but the best recievers are black? Does that go back to the days when white men would hunt down escaped slaves by throwing rocks at them?

Andy Rooney was an idiot, and is still an idiot.
2007-08-23 10:29:59 AM  
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I went to the mall the other day and I saw these kids with shoes that had wheels on them... I think they're called Heelies...
2007-08-23 10:31:00 AM
2007-08-23 10:34:30 AM  
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2007-08-23 10:37:47 AM  
perdu: As we get older
And stop making sense
Stop making sense
Making sense

Indeed. TFA:

The greatest sports loss of my life was a high school football game. We were undefeated and the game was the last of the season. It ended in a scoreless tie and we were crushed by what seemed like the worst defeat of our lives.

/and just because, the Ali G/Andy Rooney (pops) meeting of the minds.
2007-08-23 10:41:33 AM  
So if the stars were equally talented but had names like Billy Bob Smith, then he would be OK with baseball?
2007-08-23 10:49:15 AM  
Goddamn. I mean, I knew he was an old crotchety idiot, but I didn't realize how dumb of a douchebag he was until this article.

I don't even understand the sentence about the guys' names. He says he knows all about Babe Ruth and DiMaggio but today's stars are all guys named Rodriguez? What the fark does that have to do with anything?

And I guess he doesn't realize that teams from the cities of St. Louis, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Anaheim, and Phoenix have all won a World Series since the last time the Yankees won.

It seems like a major mystery that baseball has never caught on in other countries the way it has here.

Really? So all those guys named Rodriguez that you just mentioned sprang forth from nothingness? Have you seen the Japanese at a baseball game?
2007-08-23 10:51:37 AM  
someone ought to make him sit down and watch a hockey or soccer game from end to end - between the time between goals, his misunderstanding of the rules and the huge variety of ethnic names, his head would finally explode

/and all that would be left would be a pile of ashes and two bushy white eyebrows
2007-08-23 10:53:16 AM  
(First, thanks to Fire Joe Morgan for finding this article.)

TFA: "It seems like a major mystery that baseball has never caught on in other countries the way it has here."

Baseball hasn't caught on in other countries? The Caribbean, Central America, and South America don't have countries in them? Japan? Does only Europe have countries now?

I wonder who he thinks were in the finals of the last major international baseball tournament.
2007-08-23 10:53:54 AM  
Control_this: He's still alive?

I actually think the answer is "No" judging by the pictures in this thread.

I think he's just a racist, cranky zombie now that sustains himself through pissing and moaning, rather than eating brains.
2007-08-23 10:56:21 AM  
The only reason Andy Rooney is still around is because he represents the token crotchety old man. Larry King will be his replacement when he dies.
2007-08-23 10:57:42 AM  
It's really really bad karma to root for someone's death.

So I won't.

But I can certainly root for someone to farking retire already!
2007-08-23 10:58:28 AM  
my father took me to a Yankee game when I was about 10 years old and Joe DiMaggio struck out three times.

Is this the Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes? Because DiMaggio's major league debut took place when that Rooney was 17-years-old. Further more, while DiMaggio may have struck out three times in a single game, few people would have seen it. DiMaggio stuck out 369 times in his entire career, (6821 AB, 1736 games) and never more than 39 times in a single season. So if he did see Mr. Coffee score a hat trick, he was at least 17 and very "lucky."
2007-08-23 11:02:08 AM  
Get off his lawn.
2007-08-23 11:05:58 AM  
You know what other sport I don't care for.... Basketball. I know all about Bill Bradley and Larry Bird, but today it's all Negroes named Mohammed.
2007-08-23 11:09:51 AM  
Sweet friggin Christ that was retarded.

/Why's you bein' racialist towards me? Is it because I's black?
2007-08-23 11:10:51 AM  
Good gravy. That whole column was full of fail. The Rodriguez thing wasn't even the craziest thing in the article.
2007-08-23 11:12:48 AM  
It's easier to understand why our football game isn't played in other countries. Football is complicated. It takes a lot of practice and it's expensive. All players need for a soccer game is a ball and a pair of shorts and shoes.

Foreigners are stoopid and poor, so they play soccer [football as they call it].
2007-08-23 11:13:51 AM  
I don't know that it's racist. The guy is old and obviously ignorant about baseball. It could be that the only baseball player he knows is A-Rod.
2007-08-23 11:23:01 AM  
wpmulligan: Foreigners are stoopid and poor, so they play soccer [football as they call it].

Well, yeah.
2007-08-23 11:24:03 AM  
It's not really racist to say you don't enjoy a sport because most of the best players are people you can't relate with.

Heavyweight boxing sucks to me because there aren't any good US heavyweights. I'm teh racist
2007-08-23 11:28:36 AM  
The episode of the Ali g show with him on it was gold.
2007-08-23 11:30:18 AM  
I love a curmudgeon as well as anyone, but Andy's shtick has been as old as he is for two decades now.
2007-08-23 11:32:56 AM  
Hell, I don't care if they're all named Hitler, as long as they're playing good ball and not doing that whole genocide thing in their spare time.
2007-08-23 11:37:17 AM  
I admit disappointment that no one seems to have a "¡Ése es racismo!" animated image.
2007-08-23 11:43:57 AM  
Didn't RTFA and don't care to. This guy is such a douche bag. You can tell what an a-hole he is just watching the Ali G. interview.

I don't understand how players' names and enjoying the game have anything to do with each other. I think the NFL is full of guys with idiotic made-up names like "D'Brickashaw", "Plaxico", etc, but that doesn't affect my enjoyment of watching the games or cheering for my favorite team. Is this guy just pulling shiat out of his ass?

Yes, I can understand how some caucasian or African-American people may have trouble relating to or identifying with athletes in a sport where many players are named Rodriguez, Ortiz, Contreras, Hernandez, etc. People live vicariously through their favorite players/teams and might not be able to if there's no one they can feel familiar with. Not to mention that baseball players are getting nowhere near the exposure that NBA and NFL guys get these days. But Andy Rooney just seems like some batshiat old fart with no real logic or point to make.

Not to mention his eyebrows look like he has two white christmas trees on his forehead.
2007-08-23 11:47:08 AM  
"Why do they call it taking a dump instead of leaving a dump? After all, you're not taking it anywhere."
2007-08-23 11:51:22 AM  
I'd be happy if Rooney and Carter made a double suicide pact.

And go through with it...
2007-08-23 11:58:07 AM  
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2007-08-23 11:59:18 AM  
QU!RK1019: "Why do they call it taking a dump instead of leaving a dump? After all, you're not taking it anywhere."

OMFG I'm not the only one who remembers that line. I thought I was the only one.

/I guess nothing is obscure on Fark
2007-08-23 12:00:51 PM  
2007-08-23 12:02:54 PM  

It would take some time, but someone with a SABR membership would be able to find out if he ever struck out three times in the same game.
2007-08-23 12:07:48 PM  
A while back, Rooney's commentary was complaining about the number of products in grocery stores, including all the different kinds of milk on shelves and all the different kinds of crackers out there. The thing was that I'm 35, and a lot of that stuff has been in stores as long as I can remember, which means it's probably been in stores at least 30 years.

He's gone from an amusing old curmudgeon to totally senile. He should be delivering his "commentaries" from a table at the dining room of the old folks' home at this point.
2007-08-23 12:14:31 PM  
Yes, he's old. Yes, he has prejudices (don't we all). No, he's not funny. He is probably addled. But remember, before he was a hack, he landed on Utah Beach. Without a gun.
2007-08-23 12:29:02 PM  
Crewmannumber6: he landed on Utah Beach. Without a gun.

if the details of his Utah Beach story are on par with his Joe Dimaggio story then we might have to consult a third party.
2007-08-23 12:34:30 PM  
The guy's a million, why don't we all cut him a leetle slack and witness his talents from a retirement home lobby.
2007-08-23 12:43:34 PM  
"I ended up as the backstroker on the swimming team."

So that's what they are calling it these days...
2007-08-23 01:13:01 PM  
Meh, that's just how the old timers talked back in the day. Just ask Randal's grandmother.
2007-08-23 01:18:33 PM  
Christ, that was a stupid column. The "Rodriguez" line wasn't even the most ignorant thing written.

Amen to that. I knew Rooney was a cranky old fart, but I didn't realize he was also RETARDED. That article reads like senile dementia has finally started to set in. He doesn't even have his facts straight for most of the article. Baseball hasn't caught on in other countries? Apparently Andy isn't aware that Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Japan even exist.
2007-08-23 01:27:13 PM  
His opinions are considered straight-forward and enlightening... I think they are old-fashioned and discriminatory. When will this guy die? His views reflect an era which do not coincide with the current state of society.
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