Curt Schilling says Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere”

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I hope you enjoyed the Super Tuesday results. And by “enjoyed” I mean “survived without succumbing to the urge to tear out your insides” and/or “spent four hours researching emigration laws in-depth.” I have no idea who is going to win this bad boy come November but I do know that, whoever it is, time travelers coming here from 20-30 years ago are gonna step out of their machine, take one good look around and then immediately go back to the time before they were born and make sure their parents never meet. And we will all envy them.

I guess what I’m saying is that, for a guy who knows a little bit about politics, I’m pretty darn confused by the 2016 election. Thank goodness, then, that we have astute political commentators offering their insights on the airwaves. Including the sports airwaves, like 610 AM in Kansas City, which hosted ESPN analyst and should-be Hall of Famer Curt Schilling yesterday. As usual, Schilling set us all straight on how the presidential race should turn out:

The host asked if Schilling thinks Hillary Clinton will go to prison. “I hope she does,” said Schilling. “If I’m gonna believe, and I don’t have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server after what happened to General Petraeus, she should buried under a jail somewhere.”

If one were less respectful of Schilling one might note that he and Hillary Clinton (a) have both done things for which many have called for their prosecution; (b) have both been investigated by the government in an extensive manner; and (c) have both been determined to not have broken any laws and/or have been worth prosecuting and thus should probably be free to go about their daily lives, but I would never point that out because, hey, Schilling was an amazing pitcher and I have too much respect for him.

Also, if you think Schilling was just being partisan, know that he went after candidates from both parties. Specifically, “Schilling criticized Trump for failing to elaborate on his proposals with depth.” Which suggests that, sure, he’s open to crazy, unworkable ideas fueled by rage, delusion and racial and ethnic resentment, he just needs to know how we’ll pay for them. That’s just sensible.

Anyway, glad to see that even now, so many years after his retirement, Curt Schilling still has his fastball.

Biden praises Braves’ ‘unstoppable, joyful run’ to 2021 win

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will be “forever known as the upset kings of October” for their improbable 2021 World Series win, as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.

Biden called the Braves’ drive an “unstoppable, joyful run.” The team got its White House visit in with just over a week left before the 2022 regular season wraps up and the Major League Baseball playoffs begin again. The Braves trail the New York Mets by 1.5 games in the National League East but have clinched a wildcard spot for the MLB playoffs that begin Oct. 7. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk said he hoped they’d be back to the White House again soon.

In August 2021, the Braves were a mess, playing barely at .500. But then they started winning. And they kept it up, taking the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.

Biden called their performance of “history’s greatest turnarounds.”

“This team has literally been part of American history for over 150 years,” said Biden. “But none of it came easy … people counting you out. Heck, I know something about being counted out.”

Players lined up on risers behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most discussed was one who hasn’t been on the team in nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

Hammerin’ Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a shot to left field on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players for Atlanta and in baseball history, a clear-eyed chronicler of the hardships thrown his way – from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced during his pursuit of one of America’s most hallowed records. He died in January at 86.

“This is team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.

McGuirk said Aaron, who held front office positions with the team and was one of Major League Baseball’s few Black executives, was watching over them.

“He’d have been there every step of the way with us if he was here,” McGuirk added.

The president often honors major league and some college sports champions with a White House ceremony, typically a nonpartisan affair in which the commander in chief pays tribute to the champs’ prowess, poses for photos and comes away with a team jersey.

Those visits were highly charged in the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric on policing, immigration and more. Trump, for his part, didn’t take kindly to criticism from athletes or their on-field expressions of political opinions.

Under Biden, the tradition appears to be back. He’s hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. On Monday he joked about first lady Jill Biden’s Philadelphia allegiances.

“Like every Philly fan, she’s convinced she knows more about everything in sports than anybody else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too nice to the Atlanta team because it had just beaten the Phillies the previous night in extra innings.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was later questioned about the team’s name, particularly as other professional sports teams have moved away from names – like the Cleveland Indians, now the Guardians, and the Washington Redskins, now the Commanders – following years of complaints from Native American groups over the images and symbols.

She said it was important for the country to have the conversation. “And Native American and Indigenous voices – they should be at the center of this conversation,” she said.

Biden supported MLB’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s sweeping new voting law, which critics contend is too restrictive.