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Invalidating Jemele Hill: When You Cause a Stir… Face Slaps Follow

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kongpiss.jpgBecause articles from its computers are more often than not the first to be read by the public, the Associate Press news service monolith often acts as a tone-setter for discourse of news events. In the case of the stir caused by the LeBron James-Gisele Bundchen American Vogue cover, though, someone at the organization feels that the growing controversy is important enough to attempt to act as the final word when it comes to discussions of race and racism.

And, of course, act to invalidate the concerns of many black people and people in general who feel the depiction of James is closer to King Kong then King James.

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An Intro to What Was Written Before: Isiah Cannot Be Larry (Donnie Walsh Goes to the Knicks?); Cut Your Hair; Hibbert, Neither Athletic nor Smart

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hibbert.jpgI just posted over 3,000 words about this (see below).

I just awakened, turned on the television and I’m watching ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning television-radio simulcast and Larry Bird, already the president of the Indiana Pacers is now the CEO” of the franchise and has “full” control over the Indiana Pacers after Donnie Walsh took over Isiah Thomas’ job as GM – CEO – of the New York Knicks.

And the NFL wants to regulate hair length.

Isiah Thomas has been just crushed in the press for his basketball decisions and presiding over a floundering franchise. The year Larry Bird arrived in Indiana, they were 61-21. Since they have won 44, 41, 35, and have won only 29 games so far this season. Yet in yesterday’s press conference in Indianapolis Bird said now that Walsh is gone he can remake the franchise. And according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Bird overruled Walsh on many key team and player decisions, leaving Walsh as a figurehead general manager. Bird is generally attributed – acclaimed – for the firing of Thomas as head coach, according to longtime Indianapolis Star columnist, Bob Kravitz:

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Time for a Station Break

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I was in the midst of writing something, but this is more important…. and it’s one of those “blogger” diary entry deals, so bear with me, please.

Another “out of the box” earnest Internet writer hit me up for a chat. We had a round-about concerning Brett Favre and racism for about an hour. Toward the end of our chat he turned the conversation to the paucity of good “bloggers” who say anything or real worth. And one of the observations that could be inferred from our conversation is that the higher you go in the “blogsphere,” generally the less quality content there is.

You can never convince me that 100-word blurbs that act as prefaces to link dumps and picture after picture after picture of half-naked women or “isn’t she hot” photos equals substance; it isn’t worth trying to argue with me about it, so don’t go there. And pap-filled snark day after day doesn’t mean diddly-pooh. In fact, I remember laughing aloud when I was told in an email by one of these types that, “My friends and I who own these blogs bust our asses all day long thinking of snarky jokes, so if that makes us members of the white, racist, frat-boy sports blogsphere crowd, I’m fucking proud of it.”

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Thank Goodness for Leap Year

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leeelder.jpgWell, another Black History Month has come and is one day from gone. And for sports television, the months get progressively less important; this one was the worst.I watched a fine show on ESPN on Thursday, February 28 titled, “Say It Loud,” an obvious nod to James Brown’s legendary, seminal, and all that chant of a song, the reason Public Enemy could be what it was song of a song of the early 1970s feeling among black people of self-determination and pride. Though many sports were dealt with to some degree, golf was the prime mover of this documentary. The show was so good an excerpt of it was aired during the 6 p.m. EST Sportscenter.

It was so good that my five-and-a-half year old daughter sat rapt, unable to take her eyes off its images and interested only in the words of people like Eddie Payton, brother of Walter Payton and Jackson State University golf coach and Lee Elder, the first black man to play in the Masters.

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Kelvin Sampson’s World Today

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ksampson.jpgFailed to comply with sanctions imposed …”

“Exceeded NCAA limits …”

“Acted contrary to the NCAA principles of ethical conduct …”

“Failed to deport himself in accordance with the generally recognized high standard of honesty …”

“Engaged in an impermissible recruiting contact …”

After a one week “internal investigation” of the above charges, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced that Kelvin Sampson and the school will agree to a $750,000 buyout of the coach’s contract and he will resign, and that Athletic Director Rick Greenspan cosigned on that decision.

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A Black History Month Conversation with a White Friend

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(This conversation was started late last year and was finished recently. It was recorded – and I finally finished editing and transcribing it…. So here we go.)


A white friend and I were talking sports – of course.

“Man, it’s the year of the white man,” he said proudly.

“What the hell are you talking about?” I asked, incredulously.

“Dude, I’m tellin’ you, no offense D.K., but it’s our year.” Boxing, Rickey Hatton. Football, Brett Favre, Sportsman of the Year. Tim Tebow has the Heisman on lockdown. Who led the resurgence of the Colorado Rockies – white guys! Steve Nash is still the man in the NBA. Fatherhood has Tiger not even playing. Watch what happens to him next season. He’ll be lucky if he wins one major. Hell, Andy Roddick is still better than James Blake.”

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February 9, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Houston, We Have a Problem: Kelly Tilghman, Golfweek and More

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Will Brown, lynched and burned in Omaha, Ne. 1919.Get’chya popcorn ready….

When did this begin, January 6? The day is about to turn to a new one, which makes, “soon,” January 23. And after 17 days nothing is remotely close to resolved, close to being understood, close to being divulged about the Kelly Tilghman incident.

Many people considered the image of a noose – on the cover of Golfweek magazine – far “worse” an offense than Tilghman’s horrific boiler room joke about how young PGA golfers can deal with Tiger Woods:

Lynch him in a back alley.”

Other people pooh-poohed the noose as a flaccid attempt at sensationalism and concentrated their attentions mainly on Tilghman’s words.

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