Which is to say that Chris Britt has here attempted to make fun of it, but reality is outstripping mockery at a pace that is hard to match.
In case you missed it, five of the St. Louis Rams football team expressed solidarity with the people of Ferguson Sunday by coming out of the tunnel with their hands in the air.
In case you were wondering which five African-Americans were concerned about this. Those are the five.
So the St. Louis Chief of Police got offended and what the young people call "butt-hurt" and demanded that the NFL punish them and the NFL didn't but apparently the Rams VP talked to the guy and then the Chief announced that the Rams had apologized and then the Rams said, "No we didn't," and I guess that's where it stands now, but check your Google News feed because I'm sure it's right at the top.
The Rams apparently did say they were sorry if any police officers were offended. Normally, I consider that to be a weaselly non-apology-apology but it seems perfectly appropriate in this case.
I've had a few run-ins with cops, long ago because of my long hair, more recently because I was a reporter.
But I've also seen good cops genuinely dismayed by the actions of jackasses in uniform, and I would be sorry if they took this as an indictment of all police. So, yeah, I'd be sorry if they were offended.
But, y'know, how about signing up more of them and fewer of the other kind, okay?
Anyway, it could have been worse. What if five Rams players had run out of the tunnel waving Adidas shoes over their heads instead of Nikes?
The NFL would have to fine them for that.
Last week, Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman, who happens to be the team's union rep, did a quick press conference in which he and wide receiver Doug Baldwin riffed on the NFL's media policy.
The league had fined Seahawk Marshawn Lynch $100,000 for refusing to talk to the media, and Sherman's skit ridiculed them not so much for that as for demanding players talk but then restricting what they can say, specifically about products they endorse but the league does not, and about NFL policies and player safety.
The two-and-a-half minute piece was replayed over and over and over. Here it is:
Amusing enough as a quick bit of guerrilla theater by a pair of bright (Stanford grads) non-actors non-comedians perhaps riffing on the Big Kahuna Burger.
I listened to Dan Patrick on the radio the next morning as he ranted for a full segment or more about how it wasn't funny and it wasn't professional and if Sherman has issues he should simply have a regular press conference and state his positions.
At which point Sherman goes from having his entire statement on replay after replay and from being the subject of an extended rant to being summed up in 20 words during the score updates.
About five minutes into that clip of his show, one of Patrick's assistants suggests just that and Patrick says, "Do you think we're that lazy?"
Um, no, boss. Of course not.
Regarding the Rams' gesture, Coach Jeff Fisher said, "I was still in the tunnel."
You weren't the only one, pal.
I sense a disturbance in the Force
Second day of the topic at Zits. Good lord, might there be a wardrobe change in Jeremy's future?
Past performance may, indeed, guarantee future actions
I've mentioned the current arc in Alex before, in which they are arranging financial support for a Russian mobster's chain of lap-dancing establishments.
You don't have to have an MBA to get this one.
Does it still stand up? Um ... can it?
Bug Martini on how things have changed in ... brace yourself ... 28 years.
I see pathetically obese little kids waddling down the street and wonder if, now that we have the Affordable Care Act, some physician will be telling their parents to get control before it's too late.
And then I realize that affordability isn't the issue here, that, unless the kid has the great good luck to break a leg, there probably won't be any contact with a doctor anyway.
Worried about retirement?
Skip the mutual funds. Invest in some of these.