This takedown of David Brooks, titled “The Worst Column Written About Sports Ever Published,” is a must read. A sample:
So his job is hard, or at least he makes it look really hard. Still, this happened, and even on the “I-am-an-alien-writing-about-HUMANN-behavior” scale, this is akin to crashing a broken tricycle into a vat of toxic waste going uphill past signs warning you about the very stupid thing you are about to do.
Jeremy Lin is anomalous in all sorts of ways. He’s a Harvard grad in the N.B.A., an Asian-American man in professional sports. But we shouldn’t neglect the biggest anomaly.
He has webbed toes, associates smells with colors, and also tucks shirts into his sweatpants. A veritable platypus flying an F-22 of a human being just walking among us, that Jeremy Lin.
This seems like a really loose definition of anomaly, but it’s not completely inaccurate or insane. This, however, is:
He’s a religious person in professional sports.
Conclusion: “David Brooks” has never been to a professional sporting event.
It’s like Brooks has decided to branch out and find new things to be wrong about, and since much of politics is like a sporting event to the bobbleheads, he thought he might give the NBA sports beat a shot.