Ask A Genius 589: Pandemic American Sports

In-Sight Publishing

January 18, 2021

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Why are the sports in a pandemic in America?

Rick Rosner: I want to agree that it’s fucking ridiculous to have sports in a pandemic. America’s behavior has been… we’re not alone in dumb behavior among the nations of the world during the coronavirus pandemic.

But we might be the biggest nation in the world to be behaving so fucking stupidly, though it’s hard to tell because India is much bigger. I assume there’s plenty of stupidity out of India because they’re a big, diverse country with four times the US’s population.

And that gives them lots of room for dumbness to happen. India’s just like just a fucking extravaganza of just different stuff. Including horrible, they have horrible parts of the country, maybe the whole country. They’ve got a bad rape problem.

They’ve got corruption in parts. I assume that there’s plenty of room in India for bad Covid behavior that we may not even know about, if they’re also bad at reportage. Because what we found in America out of the Trumpy states is that you can hide a lot of Covid carnage if the governor is a Trumpy asshole, like the governor of Florida, who not only fired the state’s statistician for publishing accurate Covid statistics, but has had her arrested twice.

She persisted.  He fired her and then she persisted now as a private citizen in releasing accurate numbers. So, he had the Florida Bureau of Investigation raid her house and take and pulled guns on her husband and kids.

I don’t know if they issued charges there. I think that dropped because they were ridiculous or they’re on hold. But now, she’s been arrested again because the governor of Florida is a fucking asshole. He’s one of the worst.

He’s killed a lot of his own people with his approach to Covid, which is, yes, just fucking no masks, no fucking anything, Disneyworld is open. Though Disneyworld does a pretty good job, they require masks. They’ve done OK. But the whole state run by this asshole, it’s overall not done greatly.

But anyway, the U.S., parts of the U.S. have just done really shitty and have a really cavalier attitude towards Covid precautions, which means that sports in the southern Trumpy states, the Republican states, there’s the PAC 12 football conference, a college football conference.

And most of the teams in the PAC 12 in normal season have like 12 games for a big college football team. Most of the teams in the PAC 12 played fewer than seven games because they kept getting canceled because of Covid.

But fucking all the teams in the shitty Trumpy states, they just went ahead and fucking played FSU, Florida, Georgia Tech, they all played their full ten or eleven or twelve game seasons. Fuck it if a bunch of people got Covid going to their games, some of their athletes got Covid.

So, some other sports, the NBA did really well. I don’t think they played. They shut down their season when Covid started. Then they came back like two months later in what they called the bubble, which is a plate of all the NBA teams moved to Orlando, Florida, to Disney World.

And they all played the rest of the season and the playoffs as one big group. Nobody traveled anywhere except to Disneyland. They just played every game in the bubble. You just played until you were eliminated in the playoffs, then you went home.

I think like halfway through the playoffs; they let the teams who’d been in quarantine now for two and a half months.  They lost family members once they’d been tested visit. But the whole thing was done really well and they didn’t have a major Covid outbreak in the bubble.

The Major League Baseball, they played a super short season, a normal season is 162 games. They played 60 games with empty stadiums and they got pretty lucky. They had very few Covid outbreaks. The NFL has been doing reasonably well, very few games were canceled or postponed.

Now, we’re almost a couple of weeks away from the Super Bowl. So, teams have managed to play sports reasonably safely. That may be because there are billions of dollars in sports revenue involved. All that money at stake, maybe, made the owners really committed to keeping shit safe as opposed to all these other yahoos in America who don’t have a billion dollars at stake keeping Covid at bay.

It’s ridiculous to put people at risk for just sports at the same time. This has been a miserable fucking year and people get a lot of pleasure and a lot of distraction out of sports. Many teams have managed to do it safely.

So, it’s really stupid. It’s extra stupid in those parts of America that are stupid about it. But at the same time, it’s nice to have fucking sports and they’ve done a good job for the most part.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


(Updated July 25, 2019)

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.*

According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America’s, North America’s, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main “Genius” listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the “World’s Smartest Man.” The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named “Best Bouncer” in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Founder, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal (ISSN 2369-6885). Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and the advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.


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