Take Another Phrase Out Of Our Verbal Arsenal: Chink In The Armor

I won’t even dignify ESPN with a link. I saw this on the t.v. at the gym while I was running. Apparently, and ESPN writer used “A Chink In The Armour” to describe the horrible play of some guy named Jeremy Lin from the NBA, who I guess is also Asian. Here we go again with the hyper sensitivity at ESPN, and almost every where else (unless something is deemed to be targeting whites, then all is poops and giggles)

I have not read anything about this, and I don’t plan too. Let’s say for a moment the guy wrote this on purpose. Sports, and sports writing is nothing more than entertainment, period. No different from Larry The Cable Guy’s or Chris Rock’s stand up comedy routines. Through this lens, it is nothing more than either a good or bad play on words. The problem is, too many people place too much importance on sports and the role it plays in their lives, or lack there of.

So let’s say the guy used the phrase because this Lin guy actually has a weakness in his game. End of story, move along PC pimps, nothing to see or sell here. Ya know, ESPN dumped Hank jr. for something he did not even say.

As I have said, I no longer watch ESPN unless it is absolutely necessary. They still are the only ones who broadcast bowling. And bottom line, more sports fans need to realize that sports ain’t life, nor is it death: it is just for fun.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. moss
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 17:27:33

    Racism is still racism – even when folks don’t choose to recognize it. That’s a declaration of their own lack of vision.


  2. Carl D'Agostino
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 17:57:57

    I am definitely not a B-ball fan but they were mocking Lin from being cut over and over again but the Knicks picked him up last week and he has scored 200 points in 8 games! My favorite sport was men’s softball. And poker. Is that a sport? Well who cares.


  3. wayne2008sblogsite
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 18:01:38

    Chink in the armor? How does that fit into a basketball game…not sure. I don’t watch basketball. Sounds like a good player, seems those scouts that rejected him missed out.

    Could be PC out of control again.


    • mcnorman
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 18:50:06

      It’s PC gone wild imho. I recall my grandpa telling me that a chink was a chain link that was broken hence the chink in the armor. He was an old German guy, perhaps he didn’t know but everyone that worked in a shop thought it was just that and nothing more.


      • mcnorman
        Feb 20, 2012 @ 18:52:01

        Anyway, he was funny like that. Maybe the immigrant merging of words gave him that meaning?

      • mcnorman
        Feb 20, 2012 @ 18:57:52

        Sounds appropriate

        chink (1)
        (n.) “split, crack,” 1530s, from M.E. chine (with parasitic -k) from O.E. cinu “fissure,” related to cinan “to crack, split, gape,” from PIE base *geie- “to sprout, split open” (cf. O.H.G. kinan “to germinate,” Ger. Keim “germ”); the connection being in the notion of bursting open.

        This kid burst onto the scene like no has before. I think it is far more ridiculous to believe that just because he went to Harvard and studied economics, he would be unable to play basketball, right?

      • The Conservative Hill Billy
        Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:42:45

        mcN: Grandparents and parents, at least mine, would not do so well in this PC world we find ourselves. 🙂

  4. drewpan
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 18:17:16

    I have to disagree with you here… there’s been been quite a few racist comments about Jeremy Lin lately, from comments about the size of an Asian’s penis to this pun of a racial slur.

    If a Dutch magazine can’t use the N-word to describe Rihanna (and I agree that they shouldn’t), then why should ESPN be able to use the word chink to describe Jeremy Lin? There are several other phrases that could’ve doubled for that phrase, like “Achilles Heel” or “Weak spot”. You can’t argue that a writer could be that dumb to not realize the racial pun, because I respect those writers and I still do. They know their words, but just made a bad judgement call in this case.

    I actually think that in an ideal world, where there is true equality and racial harmony, we would be able to throw racial slurs around because everyone would know that it’s just a joke. But until that happens, we just gotta be wary of what we say and whom to, especially if it’s a remark about a race that we don’t belong to.


  5. cromwellshead
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 00:54:22

    Made me smile, and then sad. We had a local news item yesterday here. A 5 year old had said to another in school, “do you have dark skin cos you are from Africa”?

    The school logged it as a racist incident, ignoring both parents and common sense that says, hey, this is a kids curiosity.

    When you add all of this up, this PC liberal fascism, you get more intolerance and attitudes harden. Then of course thats what they want, they cannot win an argument, so they legislate and tell us all how to think and behave.

    How to stop it? Apart from a total overthrow and fresh start?


    • The Conservative Hill Billy
      Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:40:32

      Cromwell, I know your country is having huge issues with the PC police. I have friends of various races, and we all tease the heck out of each other, and nothing is off limits. People need to lighten up, not everything is meant to hurt and humliate others.

      Hi Mich, yes, the source being ESPN. Good point.


      • cromwellshead
        Feb 21, 2012 @ 09:29:47

        Hillbilly, they have shot themselves in both feet my friend. I say judge the man not the colour or race. These ways of forcing and directing human thought are the province of the marxist. And boy do I hate them 🙂

  6. michelina51
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 07:51:39

    Hi Hillbilly: this is UTTERLY ridiculous——–if they did say it, consider the source

    the rude crude MEDIA————–


  7. The Conservative Hill Billy
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:43:47

    michelina: What is the name of your puppy in the picture?


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