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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.)

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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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Yahoo Sports Interview with Daniel Seanor

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Michael Arkush of Yahoo interviews Daniel Seanor, former Golfweek editor. Seanor was responsible for the image of the news on Golfweek’s most recent cover. The following are excerpts from that interview:

Yahoo! Sports: How was the cover decided upon?

Seanor: There wasn’t that much else, really. We put together two or three different images of either Kelly or a noose. We did rough mock-ups that sat taped to the outside of a cubicle for a couple of days. They had either different photos of nooses or Kelly’s picture.

Y!: Were there specific objections from anyone on the staff?

Seanor: Not so much that people were offended by the image because they knew where we wanted to go with it. But people raised flags that this could stir something up among a certain element of people who might read it one way or the other, and we tried to mitigate that, we thought, with the headline….

Y!: Was it your idea or did a few people come up with it at the same time?

Seanor: I can’t really say. It may well have been mine. It was almost simultaneous, a collective process.

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January 18, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Kelly Tilghman: In Plain View, My Response to Comments (through the first 16) – Tiger Woods is a Victim?

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tilghman1.jpg(Beneath this article are my responses to various comments posted to date…..)

Kelly Tilghman: In Plain View

By now we know the words – in reference to how young golfers should attempt to stop Tiger Woods – that came from Kelly Tilghman’s mouth.

“Lynch him in a back alley.”

Most of us also know that Tiger Woods called the incident a “non-issue.” His response, through his agent, Leigh Steinberg was this:

“It is a complete non-issue. Kelly and Tiger are friends. It might have been a poor choice of words, but there was absolutely no ill intent whatsoever.”

We cannot speculate as to whether or not that is his true feeling. What some people do not know is that on his first day of kindergarten Woods was grabbed and tied to a tree by a gaggle of sixth-graders who then spray painted “nigger” on him and then proceeded to throw rocks at the five-year old boy. We do not know if Tiger Woods recalls that moment each morning when he peers at his reflection in the mirror.

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The Black Quarterback: Running from the Devil

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dmcnabb.jpgThis is an article that has been on my mind for some time. The subject matter originally was Vince Young and race. You know, black quarterback who, in college is a star – make that super nova. But everyone can see that his mechanics are not those of the “prototypical” QB. In the pros he has a great year and appears to be on the verge of revolutionizing the NFL game. Then, when defensive coordinators begin to understand the weaknesses of this quarterback, the following season his stats drop. He can never quite do enough to satisfy his fan base. He walks around the practice field with a tee-shirt that reads, “I am a quarterback,” as if that will justify his existence; something you would never see his white peers do.

I read LZ Granderson’s article awhile back on VY and thought, okay, this is a great starting point. But there is more to this story than can be said in a column. And there’s more to the picture of Vince Young and the running quarterback than meets the eye.

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