No i did not ignore that part of the entry.
Joe didn't say "anyone who wants to play in the cold is a retard", or "whoever thought of that is retarded or is a retard".
The idea is retarded. I think it would RETARD peoples desire to go to the game since a lot of people wouldn't want to sit in the freezing cold and snow. My desire to go to the super bowl would be RETARDED if it were in a cold environment instead of a warm one.
In the event of a snow storm my ability to get to the game would be RETARDED by said snow.
I may not be the smartest poster on this board and i am far from being the most PC but the world has evolved into a bunch of slack jawed sissies. People used to be blind, now they are visually impaired. The deaf are now hearing impaired. Handicapped are now physically challenged or disabled which should be offensive in itself. When you disable something it is no longer viable.
Maybe i don't like being called white perhaps i should request all whites be referred to as Pigmentally challenged. I have a pigment imbalance, i am not white.
Joe didn't call you or anyone else retarded so get the fuck over it.
George Carlin has come to mind reading all this.
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Because of the freedom of speech... and you have the right to think that a person who uses word X is a Y.
We've talked a lot of good football in the past, and I consider you a reasonable poster, so please understand I'm not attacking you, but perhaps we're "violently agreeing"! When you say "Perhaps every time we're about to speak, we should take a step back, count to 10, form our words, then say them slowly so we do not offend anyone.", I agree, and thus my comment that Flacco might need a refresher on how NFL players are trained to speak to the media.
As far as the media ferreting out controversial statements, my interpretation of most of the links offered in this thread is that the media has their panties in a bunch (the "P" word? ;)) over the debate on where games should be played, and not that Flacco used the "R" word.
Regarding making a mountain out of a molehill, I tend to agree with those who believe that a little civility and consideration of other's feelings is not out of order. Sticks and stones and .40 caliber ammo will likely break my bones, so I try and avoid them. Words will never inflict the same damage, at least towards me, but I'm willing to recognize that some MAY be hurt or offended by certain terms, and I can honor that. I guess the question remains as to which words and with whom. This relates more to my comment about Flacco making an ill-timed and poor choice of words like "retarded", which by cultural use seems okay to some, but in a more educated and aware environment should have been avoided. Maybe this is analogous, maybe not, but I see a similarity in the historical use of the "N" word (no, not Niners). I find it offensive, and I'm a white guy. IMO, it doesn't have a lot of practical use in most situations other than to create problems. Using "retarded" to describe why a Super Bowl should not be played in foul weather seems to be a similar non-starter.
The problem with what Flacco said is that there are people in this country that get into hissy fits over the fact he said retarded.