Wow, buck-I.8, I am sure after perusing thesaurus.com, and performing the most pleasurable mental masturbation (at least for someone of your ilk), you are very proud of yourself. Oh, and nice cheapshot at DJ.
I must say also, that you did well in segueing from one paragraph, to the other, considering your thought stream. And truly, I commend you for taking care of the kitten. (Absolutely no sarcasm, there) You are a compassionate man, among many meatheads.
However, like many here, you are illogical, in spots, and all to defend the pleasure of watching sports? Perhaps, you do so to defend its status as being more important than socioeconomic issues that effect extreme suffering on other humans. Nevermind the political climate that leads to an incident such as the bombing, and who cares about a bunch of sheep herders, getting blown to bits by drones, in Pakistan/Afghanistan/(who-cares-because-most-Americans-count-all-of-them-as "A-RABS", and- have-the-geographical/cultural-knowledge-of-a-carrot)? We live in a box, and if certain unpalatable facts sully our enjoyment of rooting for athletes, then we should ignore them, mock those who discuss them, and chant "USA! USA! USA! USA!", to drown it all out.
I mean, as you said, it is difficult to come to 11W and "have to read the close-minded.. ramblings of a formerly respected blogger". Yeah, because you "had to" read it, and then you "had to" go on a LONGER rant than the OPs to express your disdain, while shooting yourself in the foot by mocking the OP for making such a thread.
NOOOO HYPOCRISY HERE.. just MOVE ON.
Oh, and I completely agree with you interjecting your knee-replacement experience. That alone gives you moral high-ground, and the the inherent right to tell DJ (and his ilk) to shutup. Nevermind that it didn't add one iota to your (weakly constructed) argument. Personally, I think it gives you the ethical prowess of a god.
And if all of that fails? We just give you a pass, because you write your post at 4am, and you have finals. (Boo-hoo)