2Kevins with Grace & Steel Ep. 37 05/14/16

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TOPICS and LINKS

Our guest Michael Brendan Dougherty talks with Kevin Grace about:
1. Drugs in Baseball, Sports Ball
2. Will Michael ever get on the Trump Train? (24m 30s)
3. Will Catholic bishops ever put Pope Francis in a sack and toss him in the Tiber? (1h 23m 11s)

Here are some links to stories and items mentioned in the podcast;

DRUGS IN BASEBALL
The Slurve – Michael Brendan Dougherty’s baseball newsletter

Globe and Mail, Apr. 20, 2015: Broadcast deal hurting NHL as Canadian dollar declines

Globe and Mail, Apr. 12, 2016: Rogers feeling the sting of Canadian teams missing NHL playoffs

Seattle Times, Apr. 24, 2016: Baseball’s regional sports network gravy train could end

Ryan Landry in Weimerica Weekly, May 11, 2016: Episode 24 – A Weimerican Epic

Slate, Jun. 15, 2009: The Herbivore’s Dilemma–Japan panics about the rise of “grass-eating men,” who shun sex, don’t spend money, and like taking walks

Wikipedia: Sabermetrics

Deadspin, Sep. 3, 2016: Kill #killthewin–The Fight Over Stats In Baseball Has Gotten Stupid

WILL MICHAEL EVER JOIN THE TRUMP TRAIN?
Michael Brendan Dougherty in The Week, May 10, 2016: Why I won’t vote in November

Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2016: Ambition enough for two–Ted Cruz’s decision to move 1,500 miles from his wife for a political job helped make him a presidential contender. But it tested his marriage.

Entertainment Weekly, Jul. 11, 2002: Candice Bergen says Dan Quayle was right

Isabel Sawhill in the Washington Post, May 25, 2012: 20 years later, it turns out Dan Quayle was right about Murphy Brown and unmarried moms

ABC News, May 9, ?: Dan Quayle–Osbournes Show Family Values

Daily Mail, May 10, 2016: Journalist who profiled Melania Trump and revealed she had a secret half-brother files police report after receiving overwhelming number of death threats

TPM Livewire, May 5, 2016: Trump Won’t Condemn Anti-Semitic Threats On Journo Who Profiled His Wife

Washington Times, May 10, 2016: Harvard professor–Start treating Christian conservatives like Nazis

David Frum in The Daily Beast, Feb. 9, 2012: Coming Apart–The Review

THE BISHOPS AND THE POPE
America Magazine, Apr. 8, 2016: Top Ten Takeaways from “Amoris Laetitia”

Lifesite News, May 13, 2016: Cardinal Burke–We must ‘resist’ those in the Church presenting false teaching on marriage, sacraments

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Promo for this episode written by Kevin Michael Grace for vdare.com and posted there first May 17, 2016, 2:59 pm

2Kevins With Grace & Steel: A Talk With Michael Brendan Dougherty on Sportsball, the Trump Train & the Pope

Episode 37 of my podcast is now posted here (with copious links). The entire episode is devoted to a conversation with my friend Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior correspondent of TheWeek.com and editor-publisher of The Slurve, a subscription-only Internet baseball newsletter.

In Part 1, we begin with an examination of my contention that “sports science” had led to baseball’s continuing chemical crisis. Back in the good old days, demigods like Mickey Mantle thrived on a training diet of steak, scotch and cigarettes, while trainers were content with what they could accomplish with adhesive tape and “greenies.” Professional athletes are now like unto behemoths, but fandom is increasingly correlated with weak, atomized males desperate for virtual communities to replace the real ones that have been stolen from them. It’s no surprise that the Alt Right has taken a dim view of “sportsball” and its works, and the increasing popularity of this meme is a hopeful sign suggesting a society moving from the passive to the active.

In Part 2, I chide Michael for his Conservadad tendency, but he takes it in good humor. “I’m still the sort of conservative who thinks it wrong to knowingly elect people of low and base character to high offices,” he has written. I reply that that ship sailed some time ago, and that, in the immortal words of Hunter S. Thompson, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Michael is not ignorant of Donald Trump’s appeal. His attack on movement-conservative elitism and his recognition that Trump was the only GOP candidate reaching out to the benighted white working-class engendered typically snide responses from the unspeakable Kevin Williamson and Tom Nichols. He relates how his recent attendance at a wedding resulted in what we might call a reverse Bill Kristol experience. And he is fully cognizant of the pundit bubble in which he resides. Nevertheless, he cannot shake the belief that the Donald is taking us all for a ride. To which I respond that Trump may have been, at the beginning of his campaign, flirting with forces he didn’t understand, but his popularity has soared as his manifest commitment to a recrudescent American nation and people becomes ever stronger.

In Part 3, we commiserate with each other over the demolition of the Catholic Church at the hands of Pope Francis. I express (only half joking) my surprise that the Peronist Pontiff has not yet been bundled into a sack and tossed into the Tiber (the traditional final rest of Roman criminals). To my amazement, Michael responds that senior clerics have examined this radical action but rejected it as too ambitious. A half-century after the conclusion of Vatican II, a wholly new Church is coming into view. Its positive attributes remain obscure, but it is hardly likely to be one, holy, Catholic and apostolic.