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Dale Hansen’s Greatness

I hope you’re sitting down for this one. Dale Hansen, the outspoken veteran Dallas sportscaster, opens up a can of whup-ass on the Dallas Cowboys for signing convicted woman-beating defensive end Greg Hardy [1]to a multimillion-dollar one-year deal. I have never seen a sportscaster say anything like this (mind the mild profanity at the two-minute mark).

This is greatness, just greatness. The man has Texas-sized cojones, for sure.

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31 Comments To "Dale Hansen’s Greatness"

#1 Comment By Darth Thulhu On March 20, 2015 @ 4:26 pm

Good for him.

The mercenary nature of the game can’t ever be eliminated, but it is heartening to see the worst examples be strongly fought.

#2 Comment By Matt On March 20, 2015 @ 4:27 pm


He wasn’t convicted.

Not that im defending him.

#3 Comment By Sam M On March 20, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

I have no idea what to make of this. Turns out that he was convicted, but he appealed and the lady never showed up so the case was dismissed. After the first conviction, he reached a settlement with her.


Did he pay her off to shut her up? Did she successfully extort him? The former seems far more likely, I guess, because he DID get convicted. Whole things seems a mess.

I do wonder about how the notion of kicking them out of football helps the women involved. Ray Rice’s wife obviously is married to a wife beater.

But now she is married to a poor wife beater instead of a rich one.

If she divorced him and they let him play, she could have all the money. Now there is none to have. I guess if it induces her to divorce him that would be progress.

#4 Comment By Doug W On March 20, 2015 @ 4:43 pm

He’s been on fire lately. Did you see him addressing a racist incident at a local high school basketball game.

#5 Comment By Tall Texan On March 20, 2015 @ 4:58 pm

When Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989, Dale was color commentator of the radio broadcast team broadcasting games on KRLD in Dallas and across the Cowboys network in Texas. Brad Sham was the play-by-play announcer. As soon as he was able, Jones renegotiated the broadcast rights for the team, dropping KRLD moving the game casts to an FM pop music station, and he ditched Hansen and Sham. My family and I moved from Dallas during that period and I believe Brad Sham returned later, but Hansen never returned, and I’ve always suspected it was because of his fearless outspokenness and willingness to call Jerry “Jethro” Jones on the carpet for his boneheaded decisions.

#6 Comment By Chris40 On March 20, 2015 @ 5:05 pm

Hardy was convicted, appealed, and has had the charges dismissed. So he is not a convict.

Even if he were found guilty, should he never be allowed to play again? I think a year (or two) punishment is sufficient. And I’m not a Cowboys fan, believe me.

#7 Comment By King Cranium On March 20, 2015 @ 6:03 pm

Ugh. I’m a big Cowboys fan and I can’t rationalize this one.

Being a fan of pro football (and pro sports in general) requires that you accept a lot. I’m not sure where my line for that is, and if I’m close to not being able to take it anymore.

#8 Comment By Philly guy On March 20, 2015 @ 6:08 pm

As an Eagles fan,this is almost as good as the Demarco Murray deal.Dallas stinks!

#9 Comment By MikeCA On March 20, 2015 @ 6:22 pm

Not being a Texan I wasn’t familiar with Mr. Hansen until I saw a news report on how he’s spoken up for gay rights & civil rights in general. He’s a good guy.

#10 Comment By JohnE_o On March 20, 2015 @ 6:29 pm

Despite turning my back on the Dallas Cowboys and all things pro football when Tom Landry was fired, I say “Good for Dale Hansen.”

#11 Comment By PaulPfaff On March 20, 2015 @ 6:49 pm

I’ve been gone from Dallas almost 20 years and really miss Dale Hansen. He is one-of-a-kind. On point here again. If you like this, check out his commentary on Michael Sam getting drafted, and on the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky ordeal.

#12 Comment By thomas tucker On March 20, 2015 @ 7:32 pm

Unless someone is arrested, tried, convicted, and sent to prison, I don’t think it’s any of the NFL’s business. THey put on a game- that’s their product. They don’t need to police what their players do. Leave that to the criminal justice system.

#13 Comment By affenkopf On March 20, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

Football, whether professional or collegiate, is the most popular form of Paganism in the United States.

#14 Comment By Winslow Martin On March 20, 2015 @ 10:09 pm

Rod, in regards to the Ross Douthat argument from yesterday, did you have a chance to read Matt Breunig’s devastating rebuttal, “Why Ending Relationships Is Good”? I don’t see what the possible conservative response would be . . . yes, abusive relationships should endure . . . for the sake of the traumatized children?

Here it is:


“The basic problem here, as I pointed out in the first point of my marriage argument, is that you can’t hold everything else equal because relationships end for specific reasons, often related to how miserable, abusive, unreliable, and neglectful they are.

Perhaps given the option between a two-parent family where the spouses pummel each other and a one-parent family where the parent violently harms themself, a child may take the two-parent abuse fest. But given an option between a violent two-parent family and a peaceful one-parent family, they’d prefer the latter. I use abuse here to make the point, but you can fill it in with other points of relationship strife as well. Additionally, people qua adults or future adults would surely weight highly the ability to quit toxic relationships.

It is true that you can set up your institutions to prevent this kind of thing. For instance, a wife who was severely beaten and raped 60 years ago was so abandoned by our intitutional regime (nowhere to go economically and marital rape was actually legal) that she probably stayed in the relationship. If our institutions towards women more closely matched those of Saudi Arabia, she’d probably stay in the relationship even now. But that’s a bad thing. The emerging ability of women to quit these relationships is a good thing. It will mean a lower equilibrium of coupling, but higher equilibria driven by the inability of people to quit bad relationships are abhorrent.

All of which is to say: Behind the veil, you’d prefer an institutional regime that didn’t effectively imprison you in bad relationships, lest you find yourself in one as a child or adult.

As a final note, I want to make a somewhat related point that I haven’t a had a chance to yet. Douthat’s paragraph speaks of marriage and relationships in general terms, but in fact they are very specific things that contain within them very different people. Of late, conservatives have rallied behind the pithy line that people need to “preach what they practice” regarding marriage. But, in fact, people of Douthat’s ilk do not practice what they preach. They preach the importance of marrying poor and working class people, but they don’t actually marry any of these people.

They certainly could marry someone from those classes. Many a person would take up a spouse who makes six figures banging out a few blog posts each week. But they choose not to.

After rigging the institutions to capture the majority of the national income and basically all of the national wealth, segregating themselves residentially, intermarrying almost solely in their rich enclaves, and even sealing off their schools from being accessed by the unwashed masses, these rich social conservatives turn around and implore others to marry people that they wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, people they can’t even bring themselves to make even the most minimal of community with.

If this all was really that important to them (the most pressing issue in the entire country by their accounts), why don’t they marry any of these people? What is it about them that they find too unattractive to couple with? One really has to wonder.”

#15 Comment By Thehova On March 20, 2015 @ 10:13 pm

Hank Hill could not have said it any better.

#16 Comment By Charles Cosimano On March 20, 2015 @ 11:47 pm

It may make him an unpleasant person, but I fail to see what that has to do with the ability to play football.

#17 Comment By RomanCandle On March 21, 2015 @ 1:13 am

This is why people despise the media. They judge us rubes for following the NFL despite its domestic violence issues, but they have no problem with a woman-beater like David Carr writing for the newspaper of record.

Black jocks should be vilified for domestic violence, but New York media intellectuals get a pass.

#18 Comment By LemmysWart On March 21, 2015 @ 8:36 am

This is the Cowboys we’re talking about:


#19 Comment By Matt On March 21, 2015 @ 9:57 am

I’m speechless. And delighted.

#20 Comment By Hunk Hondo On March 21, 2015 @ 10:09 am

As a holder of a degree from Notre Dame, I sure wish the Irish had a Dale Hansen.

#21 Comment By Mark Moore On March 21, 2015 @ 10:36 am

raging at the corner of sex and violence?

#22 Comment By Franklin Evans On March 21, 2015 @ 10:59 am

Eagles fans will yawn doubly so over this, besides our rivalry, the drama that unfolded when the Eagles signed Michael Vick.

Every story is unique. Vick worked very hard — and very, very sincerely — to redeem himself. Should Hardy not have the chance to do the same?

#23 Comment By lurker On March 21, 2015 @ 11:46 am

Cheap moral posturing on the part of Hansen. Even assuming the conviction stood, Allen should never work again? But as it was he is innocent by the law, and Hansen is an ass.

#24 Comment By route66news On March 21, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

FYI, Dale grew up in Iowa. So Texans shouldn’t be too quick to claim him.

#25 Comment By hattio On March 21, 2015 @ 1:30 pm

I’m with Franklin Evans. How long should he have to stay away from football? The rest of his life? Not in my book. Yes, he should have, and I believe was, suspended for a time. But, everyone should have the ability to work once they’ve paid for their crime. Would you have a problem with a grocery store hiring this guy to sweep floors?

#26 Comment By Noah172 On March 21, 2015 @ 4:46 pm

Blah, blah, blah. Is this guy going to stop watching Cowboy games, or purchasing their paraphernalia, or otherwise enriching the team? Crickets….

He’s a sports reporter, you say — he has to follow the team whether he admires them or not. Fair enough. What about the people watching his sports reports? Will they boycott the team in protest? Crickets…

#27 Comment By thomas tucker On March 21, 2015 @ 11:14 pm

Seriously, I think it’s creepy that the NFL has its own investigation division that looks into things that players are accused of. First, aren’t we innocent until proven guilty? And second, let the criminal justice system handle it. That’s what they do.

#28 Comment By M_Young On March 22, 2015 @ 8:49 am

It’s kinda funny that Greg Hardy isn’t different.

#29 Comment By Shawn On March 22, 2015 @ 9:09 pm

I strongly agree that Dale Hansen is a great courageous man. Just read this article!


#30 Comment By Hector_St_Clare On March 22, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

As a final note, I want to make a somewhat related point that I haven’t a had a chance to yet. Douthat’s paragraph speaks of marriage and relationships in general terms, but in fact they are very specific things that contain within them very different people. Of late, conservatives have rallied behind the pithy line that people need to “preach what they practice” regarding marriage. But, in fact, people of Douthat’s ilk do not practice what they preach. They preach the importance of marrying poor and working class people, but they don’t actually marry any of these people.

I think this is an excellent point (your other point about how important it is to be able to excape physically abusive relationships is important too). There used to be a regular commenter on the old Rod Dreher spinoff blog “Alexandria”, which Geoff, Siarlys, Turmarion and I contributed to, by the name of Lynn Gazis-Sax. She made a good point to the effect that Jesus’ discussion of marriage and divorce was directed towards men, and perhaps if he was addressing women, he would have included abuse as a ground for divorce.

#31 Comment By RBH On March 23, 2015 @ 2:49 pm

I’m guessing football, college or professional, wouldn’t make it in the Benedict community. The profit imperative seems to have long outstripped the other purported values of big sports on campus and in the professional arena. From the acceptance of this type of behavior, big endorsement deals for universities, boosters’ shenanigans, to the fact that the highest paid state official everywhere (certainly in the Southeast) is the football coach. It’s become such a focus for students and alumni that I’ve reluctantly stopped watching even my own alma mater. It’s no longer a game.