Reposted from WatchKalibrun
Bob Reilly, the John McCain of the year 2010, has been a sworn enemy of the legalization of MMA in the state of New York. New York, home to the biggest market in the continental United States, is essentially the key to getting MMA legalized around the US. If we are able to get it legalized there, then the other few states trapped back in 1997 would soon follow suit. Reilly has waged a fervent campaign to keep MMA out of NY. He's appeared on Inside MMA to plead his case as well as conducted interviews with various MMA publications. He and his tag team partner Sheldon Silver (the Marlo to Reilly's Chris Partlow) have scoffed in the face of those that proclaim MMA would bring millions of dollars into the NY economy. So why am I happy he won?
Detractors might say "Oh, that's S.C., always with the contrarian position, trying to get those page views," and like every other time, they'd be incorrect. I have two main reasons that I'm happy Reilly is in office, one business and one personal.
"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."
- Proverbs 27:17, King James Version
Iron sharpens iron. It's a concept that spans centuries. It's tattooed on Randy Couture's arm. The general premise that going up against the best makes you a sharper and stronger person. That's why I'm glad Reilly was re-elected; he's the best opponent to MMA there is out there. Proponents of MMA need to know that our game has holes in it right now. Our approach to combating those who oppose MMA isn't the greatest. Frankly, it could use a lot of work. The typical response to an attack on MMA de-evolves into emotional outbursts and ad hominem attacks.
Reilly won't been the last opponent of MMA; just like he wasn't the first. Just because he's somehow out of the way doesn't mean some crazy politician with a little bit of power won't get a wild hair up his ass about MMA and use it to gain traction in the public eye. So we, as MMA fans, need to strength our arguments and our support for MMA and its viability. Emotional attacks are not the way to deal with criticism when the actual critic comes across as calm and (though wrong) rational. No, you fight fire with fire. Reilly comes at you with the unsafe argument, you hit him back with an independent party commissioned study on injuries in MMA and the NFL over a 10 year period. Of course, that's something we don't have. Let's be honest, eventually MMA will pass in New York, so use Reilly as a training dummy to get your skills up.
"I ain't a killer, but don't push me, revenge is like the sweetest joy next to getting pussy."
- Tupac Shakur, "Hail Mary"
Secondly my personal reason I'm happy Reilly was re-elected. Like I stated before, it's a matter of when and not if when it comes to MMA being legalized in MMA. Sooner or later, it will get passed. May not be 2011 or even 2012, but one day in the near future. And where do I want Bob Reilly? I don't want him at home watching on TV. I don't want him at a diner eating a bagel. I don't want him up in Washington Heights visiting his little senorita. I want him in Albany. I want him on the floor and I want him there as they say "Bill passed". I want there to be cameras. I want Dana White with a cheesy grin and I want someone to stick a mic in Reilly's face for comment as his biggest work for the past few years has been all for naught. That's what I want. I want him there when it happens.
So MMA fans, don't fret because Reilly was re-elected. When, not if, but WHEN MMA is legalized in New York State, it will make the victory all the sweeter.
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