Now Dale Hansen Has To Pretend To Be a Dumb Old White Guy

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Here's an afterthought on the galactic response to WFAA sportscaster Dale Hansen's anti-homophobia commentary last week about football player Michael Sam. It puts him in a weird position, old-white-guy-wise.

My own comments on it at the time were typical -- making a big deal out the fact that Hansen is an old white guy and yet he's not an idiot throw-back from the dried-up end of the gene pool. Generally speaking and under the circumstances, we old white guys tend to brag about small accomplishments.

See also: The World Needs More Old White Guys like WFAA's Dale Hansen

But now Hansen is in the position of having to play the dumb old white guy almost as shtick, because what else can he do without looking like a joke egotistical TV guy? He can't say, "No, actually I'm really smart. I'm basically a good reporter. I happen also to be a great TV writer and performer. That commentary was a smart-bomb, and I put it together knowing exactly where and how it would hit. No, I didn't get that it would be this big, but, yes, I did know it would be big."

But I believe all of that is what's really true here. Why? Because I've been watching Hansen for decades. Consistently over those years what I have seen down deep beneath his act is a good reporter who happens to be a sportscaster. He is always looking through the show to find the sport. The most frequently recurring collision in which you see that Dale Hansen in action is in his coverage of another really smart local guy, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, one of the great voodoo showmen of sport.

I know my editors are shuddering to see me even trying talk about professional sports. I only watch Hansen for the beat-downs. I seldom have any idea otherwise what he's talking about, but I do know a good beat-down when I see one. I also have interviewed Jones (once), so I happen to know that he is not an easy beat-down.

Just after Christmas, Hansen did a commentary on rumors that Jones would fire Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. As soon as Hansen commenced his commentary, I felt immediate pangs of sympathy, because WFAA was making him use the huge "touch-screen" graphic, which some producer must think makes them look all iPaddy but instead it makes them look like they're at a plumbing parts convention.

Hansen's theme was that fickle, jumpy, ADHD managers who also happen to be owners produce lousy football teams, while many great coaches began their careers with worse records than Garrett's. (Note to editors: Garrett is the coach right? And it's football?) With huge assistance from the touchscreen behind him, Hansen ticked down through great coaches in history with frequent references to how many would have been fired early on by Jerry Jones.

Then he wound up: "All of the coaches I mentioned, the coaches who should have been fired because they were losers, didn't have to deal with a salary cap, didn't lose players to free agency. And the biggest advantage they had? Every one of them had a general manager who had a clue. And cared more about building a team than building a stadium."

See what I'm talking about? The Michael Sam speech was part and parcel of the kind of stuff Hansen does pretty much day in and day out. He's good at bringing the fun and escapism of sport to the audience as well as wonder and awe. The reporter in him claws through the bullshit. But mainly he just knows what he's doing.

He didn't write that Sam thing by accident. It's also a very good sign about Gannett, the new owners of WFAA, that they let it go up, because, believe me, that was no accident, either.

It also does count that he's an old white guy. It's a big cultural signal to people for someone in his position to say what he said, just as it was very important for Sam to come out in the first place. It helps strip homophobia of its jock right-guy camouflage and tells people there is wickedness in all bias.

But what can Hansen say now? He's on DeGeneres. He's gotta keep doing the fat old white guy shtick, or he looks like a thin-skinned dork -- another type for which I have huge empathy, by the way.

So, anyway, last words, will never talk about football again, promise. But I am curious. Where would I go to get a salary cap?

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hype2120
hype2120

Sorry but I fail to see how Mr. Hansen's comments did not put him on display as a 'dumb old white guy.' Is this man paid to cover sports? Seriously??


Dear Mr. Hansen:
Why is it so "shocking" that Michael Sam is projected as a 3rd-5th round pick? Why have you gone off on such a tangent? How much college football have you watched and how the heck did you decide he is the BEST defensive player? He is NOT the best defensive player available in the draft. No way. He is not even the best DE available. ESPN ranked him 13th at his position. He may not even be the best available DE out of Mizzou (are you forgetting Kony Ealy?) "Best defensive player" is way beyond "factually incorrect."

Have you even glanced at Scouts, Inc to see where Sam falls? Is he a better NFL prospect than Clowney or ND's Tuitt or (let's just go though some other names) Demarcus Lawrence, Bama's Pagan, Longhorn's Jeffcoat, James Gayle from VTech, Dee Ford, Kareem Martin, Ducks' Scott Chrichton and Marcus Smith? Michael Sam was projected as a 3rd-5th round pick before publicly stating his sexual orientation. Sam's 3rd-5th round projection is based on his size, his lack of skill against the run, and concerns about converting him to outside linebacker.

At 6' 1.5"/260 lbs., he is shorter than every DE ranked ahead of him. Sam's body is NOT that of a prototypical NFL Defensive End. His body type dictates he will be a hybrid -- an end/outside linebacker. Not exactly a perfect fit for many NFL systems. Can he learn and fit into a 3-4 scheme…who knows? Can he play every down in a 4-3 scheme…again who knows? These are all fair questions that NFL scouts have to consider. Ergo, he is lower on the NFL projection list. But Sam's NFL draft round projection has NOTHING to do with his being gay. If he drops to the 8th or 9th round, then you can post these nonsensical musings.

I have no idea why "gay" has entered into your monologue along with a list of players with criminal backgrounds and a mention of Jackie Robinson? What is the point? Are you simply wanting hits and.or attention? I mean -- come on -- even Michael Sam has asked that he be looked at as a football player NOT a gay football player. So can we just (for now) judge him on his average-above average skills and size? The guy has not yet proven to be an exceptional NFL prospect. He may turn into a great. He may also be a bust. "Gay" has nothing to do with his NFL Draft projection. Once again, I say, if he drops considerably -- into the lower rounds -- then such pontification and your pejorative tone regarding the NFL would be interesting fodder for debate. Not yet though. Please.

Americano
Americano

Most old white guys feel the way Dale does Jim.  It only surprises racists on the left.

cwi4691
cwi4691

I think you're over-thinking it, Jim. That was classic Hansen and one of the things he is so loved for..cutting through the BS...skewering the sports establishment, and saying what no one else has the cojones to say. No, no one was attacking Sam in the media, but no one was supporting him either. 

The attack was much more subtle and Hansen addressed it beautifully...the Best Defensive Player in the SEC, arguably the best or 2nd best Conference in College Football, and NFL Owners, Coaches and Scouts are saying he is ONLY a mid 3rd to 5th round draft pick, and some others saying he's not even in the top 100 or top 300!!!! Why???? 

Hansen tells you why...pretty much because they are all old, homophobic, sports jocks with nary a non-football brain cell between them? Could be. Could be because Sam hasn't killed someone or any of the other heinous things that football players who are not gay are forgiven for. Hansen just bitch-slapped all those "NFL professionals"  and gave them no place to hide. That was what was so sweet about it. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

"... is an old white guy and yet he's not an idiot throw-back from the dried-up end of the gene pool."

Perhaps the gene pool is bigger than you perceive.  When you consistently look at the world through the filter of 'old white guys are slovenly, bigoted idiots with one foot in the grave and the other on a slave's back' then that is all you are going to see.  Maybe you need to look at your filters, Jim, not just through them.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

On McLaughlin, they danced aroundx but not even Buchanan took the low road and asked about tight ends.....

Jim, isn't a salary cap what you top off a Bloody Mary with?

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Does anyone have a link to anything, anywhere in which someone has attacked Sams for being gay?  I see a lot of folks like him saying the ball player was "courageous", as if there would be some wave of hatred for the guy - but I haven't been able to find one single instance anywhere of anyone attacking him in any way for coming out.



roo_ster
roo_ster

"...Hansen is an old white guy and yet he's not an idiot throw-back from the dried-up end of the gene pool."

JS, at first I thought you were referring to *yourself*, then I mashed the link.  

Of the three old coots appearing in that paragraph (Hansen, Robertson, and yourself as author), the most accomplished is the man you insulted.  Not only is he an entrepreneur who built a company from nothing to tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue, he very well may be the best educated of the three.

ruddski
ruddski

Is "old fat white guy" one of the fifty gender choices now available on Facebook profiles?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

“I’ve gotten calls from Christians, some who don’t like me now, from atheists, old people, young people, black, white, Jewish, Catholic, every spectrum of America,” Hansen told DeGeneres. “Almost every state of the union has called and the response has been so incredibly overwhelmingly positive that I think there is a pretty good future, if not for me, there’s a pretty good future for my children and my grandchildren.”


“I think a lot of people who saw it … painted me with that same stereotype,” Hansen said. “They just automatically assume that a Michael Sam can’t play in the NFL if he’s gay. They might automatically assume that an old, fat, white guy from Texas would be opposed to that. I think we’re slowly breaking down the barriers from both sides.”

PerryMoore
PerryMoore

The great thing about old white guys is that they are way too smart to run around naked in the locker room.

ruddski
ruddski

I think Jim's a little disappointed that old white guys haven't risen en masse calling for a white guy sportscaster's head for taking a bold, risky position which really isn't very bold, or risky.

It would have made better ink if there was a old-white-guy blowback, but if you look hardness long enough, you'll find one.

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

"I also have interviewed Jones (once), so I happen to know that he is not an easy beat-down." 


Ha... I don't know about that one.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Jim, isn't saying that old white guys are essentially knuckle dragging Neanderthals who are incapable of rational thought, incapable of assimilating new information; or, possessing only knee jerk responses to various items no more than a bigoted stereotype for these "old white guys"?


Just because I am old(ish), white and a guy does not make me an old white guy.


So much for the open mindedness of the left wing.

kingbrad2534
kingbrad2534

Its DeGeneres, not DeGeneris, you dumb white guy.


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Texas, for too long, has been defined, to the rest of the world, by intolerant bigots like Cruz, Abbott, Gohmert, and the rest of the right-wing hate machine.  It's encouraging to see someone from this area get enormous world-wide exposure for being compassionate and rational on the subject of gays in the NFL.  Well done!  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

It was an easy cheap shot on goal to make him look good..  A self righteous jump shot from mid-court and he's a pro at it.  At his core he is a preener.  There was no downside to it. No risk at all.  

He's no Howard Beale.

He merely tapped into the bias you carry and used it on you.  Jock world and the the NASCAR fans who are riveted to it you do not understand but you truly believe this - that is where the prejudice is.  All flavors.  And most self-described enlightened don't go there.  And what get's you there?  

Dale Hansen just did with a cheap shot.

Leaving everyone scratching their head, wondering if Hansen called them names, and the Enlightened rejoicing because of course he did.

The clods are bewildered and the clove smokers are satisfied, and Hansen gets tears in his eyes because he made a difference.

It really IS pretty funny.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

Richie Whitt never had to pretend. (that cheap shot goes out to the old 'Sportatorium crowd).

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@cwi4691

re:  "Saying what no one else has the cojones to say".
That's just silly.  He's saying what ALL the media personalities are saying - that his skills are top-tier and that he's "courageous" for making his sexual preference an issue.

Meanwhile, the ones who have an interest, not in media hype, but rather in the game itself (coaches, owners and scouts) are saying he's just slightly better than average.

re:  "Bitch-slapped all those NFL professionals... gave them no place to hide".
That one, also, is silly - because if there's anyone who ever attacked Sams for his sexuality, Dale didn't name them.  Nobody has.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@RTGolden1 On behalf of old white guys everywhere, thanks, Golden.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@bvckvs You could try reading comments on some of the blogs, including this one. If it doesn't tax you too much to read somebody else's opinion.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Do it yourself lazyass.

Try Limbaugh and Ssms's first.

hentai.jeff
hentai.jeff

@roo_ster  So he's immune to criticism? If education and success means that then we should all read Richard Dawkins books and accept them as gospel.

dfwheathen
dfwheathen

@ruddski  Possible. You should you all there is to know about Jim since you're his number one fan.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I'm actually surprised that no one in the media has asked the Texas political candidates for their thoughts on this.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul"Jim, isn't saying that old white guys are essentially knuckle dragging Neanderthals"

Yes, he is and has. Again and again. it's his favorite trope.

James080
James080 topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

"Wings" are never open minded or tolerant of those they differ with. That's why they occupy the fringes. It's also unfortunate that the wings are highly motivated and usually end up determine our political candidates.

Hansen assumes that everyone who looks like him has a problem with gay people living their lives openly. That's a reflection of his own disconnect I suppose. Hanson is merely revealing his own prejudices and demanding a pat on the back for stating the obvious. Gee Dale, really, you mean discriminating against gays is wrong....who knew? I actually liked Hansen better when he was stumbling around drunk at Mad Cap Molly's at 1:30 AM, and taking himself a whole lot less seriously. 

dingo
dingo

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

Unsupported assertion as a tactic, pejorative name-calling, and presuming to know others’ motives is about par for the course around here.



RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz You, Myrna, are not "the rest of the world".  Although that cat looks to be making a fair bid for the title.

ruddski
ruddski

Texas has been defined to the rest of the world by JR Ewing. The DO has limited circulation outside the Dallas metro area.

hwy77
hwy77

@holmantx Well said. But Hansen does get credit for making a career of "sportscasting" without really caring much about sports beyond high school football.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@bmarvel @bvckvs

That's not a link.  That's just a tantrum.

There's a reason why y'all can't find any instance of anyone anywhere ever attacking this man for being gay.  It's because it didn't happen.

You want it to have happened; and emotionally, you need it to have happened.  It just didn't happen - and that's very frustrating to you.  Thus the tantrums.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Sharon_Moreanus

I read the transcript and Rush didn't attack Sams at all.

He just attacked the media for politicizing the man's sexuality.

Got anything else?

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

@P1Gunter Very little actual "journalism" is done in regard to government or policy.  They'd rather interpret the polls, splatter lowest-common-denominator level memes...Not to mention that there has been a purge of serious journalists because of the death of print media and rise of info-tainment.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@hwy77 @holmantx  

In these times, people go to movies and sporting events to escape for a few hours the hardships of life.

People don't go see Brokeback Mountain, they go to ESCAPE Brokeback Mountain.

Same for sports.  

But Hansen opens his self-aggrandizing door and guess who rushes through with yet again another one of their teachable moments?

then they leave in a cloud of smirk..

Then somebody yells, "shut the damn door! and Play BALL."

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