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First of all, to fulfill this month’s journalistic requirement. Here it is:

Bronny James, Bronny James, Bronny James.

There. That should be enough.

The son of the Almighty, who despite his chosen omnipresence as a social and racist activist was enriched by Nike’s communist partners in China and by workers in the Fourth World, the son without a business line, who after one season of mediocre college baseball was nevertheless drafted in the second round and then held hostage by his father, who is always the best, enjoys the full attention of the media every day.

In other news, 22-year-old Illinois forward Coleman Hawkins has left the club to play basketball for Kansas State, having been purchased at a NIL auction for a reported $2 million.

You do realize by now that all cheating in major, high-profile college sports, with the exception of idiot-reliant sports betting, is now legal, right?

Consider that teenage recruits who once enrolled in college despite their inability to write or speak a coherent sentence are now not only pure athletes, but also have plenty of time and more money at their disposal.

What could possibly go wrong that hasn’t already happened?

Bronny James participates in the 2024 NBA Draft Combine at Wintrust Arena. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

There will be many more of these, especially between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., after and before training and games, on and near the campuses of major sports universities.

From speeding to drunk driving, assault, fights in and outside pubs with opening hours, drugs, firearms and battered women, there will be more – and all of this will be made possible by the widespread provision of zero tax payments in addition to full scholarships and Pell Grants.

Of course, most media outlets, fearful of waning legitimacy, will cave in. They don’t want to make waves and lose favor with colleges that have to fill large arenas and stadiums and maintain big TV contracts. They are in a taxpayer-funded “none of your business” business.

We in the media know that it is a farce, a fraud, a manipulation that is nothing more than spoilsport and point deduction. And yet we play along like those “useful idiots” that Joseph Stalin “disappeared” from group photos of political parties, the ones who would be next to disappear from the face of the earth.

While the scholarship winners are arrested and put on trial—scholarships, another scam!—television, which has invested billions in the fraud, will continue its Sergeant Schultz routine and even feel sorry for the multimillion-dollar head coaches who must endure the “off-the-field distractions” they could reasonably expect.

There are no more useful “useful idiots” than those who commentate on college games on television. They are privy to the fixation long before the games even begin and are increasingly driven by self-serving rudeness.

Or should we expect these NIL bribery auctions that take place every season to be condemned on television by the likes of Fox’s leading college duo Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt and ESPN’s day-and-night matchmakers?

Gus Johnson (left) and Joel Klatt prepare for the NCAA college football game between Penn State and Wisconsin on September 4, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. AP

ESPN’s team now includes longtime Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who retired and then declared that the “student” in “student athletics” was a hoax. He left out the part about how that hoax greatly increased his fame and fortune by recruiting people who were more comfortable carrying a gun than carrying a textbook.

And the presidents of Division I colleges, who can act according to their conscience and choose right over wrong, had better have generous severance packages.

Back to Bronny. Apparently there was a threat that King James would send him and his hidden talent to Australia if he didn’t make the Los Angeles LeBrons roster.

Bronny James (6) of Southern California brings the ball down the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, Wednesday, March 13, 2024, in Las Vegas. AP

Sing it: “My Bronny is over the ocean!” He could have put some shrimp on the grill for all of us.

But why should the boy be blamed for what his father does to him rather than for himself?

World leader in overpriced bus travel

ESPN, in partnership with a Disney travel company, is hosting a four-day, three-game Labor Day “experience” through “Experience Coaches.”

Although not included in the sale, it is a bus trip that includes tickets to Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies home games, meet-and-greets with ESPN and team commentators such as Karl Ravech and Michael Kay, and a visit to ESPN headquarters in Bristol.

ESPN is hosting a four-day “experience” for Labor Day. REUTERS

The price, as stated further down in the call, is $7,000 per person based on “double occupancy,” so the buy-in is $14,000—not including the cost of transportation to and from the starting point.

Do they come with fries?

If your neighborhood was suddenly hit by an epidemic of crippled pets, something would be done about it as quickly as possible, right?

But if it were an epidemic of suddenly crippled, millionaire MLB pitchers – young people – then run away!

In May, this column noted the impressive pitching of Brewers starter Robert Gasser, a smallish 24-year-old left-hander who threw six scoreless innings against the Cardinals before being cut from the roster.

Last week, Gasser, with a 2.57 ERA, was out for the rest of this season and well into next – if he returns at all – as he will join the Legions to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Robert Gasser had a strong start this year. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

Five Milwaukee starters were already on the injured list – two, former All-Stars Wade Miley and Brandon Woodruff, are out for the rest of the season due to arm surgeries.

Lack of commitment annoys Brett

George Brett, a 21-year veteran of the Royals and a .305 career batting average, was interviewed last week by Jon Paul Morosi on SiriusXM’s radio show “The Road to Cooperstown.”

After justifying his success with what was written on his Hall of Fame plaque – “Playing with intensity and passion” – he added:

Former Kansas City Royals player George Brett is seen before a game between the Cleveland Guardians and the Cleveland Guardians at Kauffman Stadium on June 28, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri. Getty Images

“I often go to Royals games and see guys just hit a single and jog to first base. To me, some of those singles are doubles. I saw one the other day, a guy from the White Sox, I won’t name names, just hit a little blooper over the third baseman’s head and jog to first base. I mean, the ball is a double!”

Brett typically averaged less than 40 strikeouts per season. Today, you can make millions if you get 140 strikeouts per season and turn doubles into singles. However, Brett managed 71 strikeouts, which landed him in the “get off my lawn!” bin.

Reader Max Ramos has heard his entire life as a baseball fan that a pitch of 2-0, 3-1 or 3-0 means the batter is “ahead in the count.” Simple. Clear. Now, writes Ramos, we talk about the batter having “pitch leverage.” So the simple and clear has been replaced by the pseudo-smooth and vague.

Fox studio analyst and former US national team player Alexi Lalas is the Jay Bilas of football. He talks down to us, knows everything and is occasionally right.

Rapper Young Thug is on trial in Atlanta on 56 counts of organized crime as a criminal gang leader. I first heard of Mr. Thug’s violent, vulgar, gun-worshipping, N-word-filled lyrics when he was featured on ESPN. His stage name probably gave no clue. Or maybe it did.

Is there no one at YES who can convince Ryan Ruocco, Kay’s Yankees commentator, that there’s no good reason to add a forced, annoying cool-dude phrase to every play? It’s as if he wants to be heard as the game’s DJ.

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