If there is one thing I really hate about sports, it’s when the race card is used.
Don’t get me wrong, racism is sadly alive and well in this country, as we witnessed by reading the comments in a story that Evan wrote about Jack Johnson in July.
However, especially when dealing with modern athletes, it is quite silly to say race makes a difference in public perception. I think people are too quick to use the race card and throw out irrational statements as a result.
I remember in high school I had some history class that was talking about the rise of baseball thanks to Babe Ruth. This one black girl in our class made the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard.
“Everyone still remembers Babe Ruth, but no one will remember Michael Jordan in 20 years because he’s black.”
Really? Really? Really?
I totally ripped that girl in class, because I was appalled at her thinking.
I had to jump into an argument again this week on facebook, when a former co-worker, who is black, posted on her status comparing Michael Vick to Ben Rapelisberger.
By the way, this woman still works at The Daily News, so please, enjoy the grammar used…
Her post: “Congrats to Steelers and Tomlinson <EN: Actually, it’s Tomlin, but whatever>; however, “if” Vick would’ve made it to the Super Bowl, you better believe they would’ve talked about the dog incident and his prison sentence; so…why don’t they EVER talk about Big Ben and his indiscretions? And y’all KNOW what I’m trying to say…I mean, I’m jussayin…”
OK, this woman says a lot of crazy stuff about sports on her facebook and I normally ignore it. I couldn’t this time, though.
Me: “Really? Are you really going to pull the race card here? Come on. ESPN may not rip into Rapelisberger, but you better believe there will be a ton of media outlets that do. He is going to get raked across the coals on media day. Wait until something actually does or doesn’t happen before using the race card please.”
ESPN is a bunch of pansies. A great example is when they didn’t even report the first Rapelisberger rape accusations from Tahoe a few years back, even though it was filed in a public court.
However, there are some media outlets that have actual backbones. My former co-worker disagreed.
Her: “Um Josh, yes I’m bringing it up because it’s a fact! Every single time they mentioned Vick it was brought up so don’t get all sensitive on me about the race card when it’s so obvious! SMH”
She’s right that they do mention it every game about Vick. However, I have heard Ben on CBS and Fox broadcasts as well.
Me: “I have heard it mentioned on broadcasts this year. ESPN seems to be staying away from it because they are damn pussies. My point is Rapelisberger will have to face the music next week in a big way. And he deserves to because he’s a creep.”
She started to see my point a little bit, but I think her judgment was still a little clouded.
Her: “I know where you’re coming from Josh; and you’re right; <EN: WHY THE USE OF SEMICOLONS? THAT MAKES NO SENSE!> ESPN isn’t going to mention it that much, but that’s all I’m trying to say, and I really don’t think to many other media groups are gonna question him about it either…watch! They’re gonna be talking about him breaking his nose versus all that other mess, mark my words. Maybe one or two will say something but for the most part, watch…”
Well, it didn’t take long for me to prove her theory wrong. The Chronicle’s Jerome Solomon mentioned it pretty early in his column on Tuesday.
I don’t expect Solomon will be the last to bring this up over the next two weeks. If most media outlets choose to ignore it, then I am making the right choice to get out of the business I think.
Your thoughts? Is the media protecting Rapelisberger because he’s white? Does he deserve to get bombarded with questions about last summer during Super Bowl week? Am I wrong about racism in sports?
So ‘who’ thinks this is a good idea?
Herschel Walker is apparently contemplating a NFL comeback at age 49. Seriously.
Now, I applaud Walker for having the confidence to even consider this. However…does everyone not remember that he has dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities)?
This fascinating ABC report tells the story.
Now it appears Walker is dealing with it much better since he was diagnosed. But attempting an NFL comeback at his age — really?
Herschel, dude, you are already pushing your sanity with your MMA career. You should probably go ahead and lay off a football comeback. I’m not a doctor, but I doubt that is a good idea…
So Jay Cutler was indeed hurt and the coaches pulled him out of the game Sunday. I totally am fine with that. Well, OK, maybe not.
See, I remember my former high school classmate Philip Rivers playing in the AFC title game a few years back with a torn ACL. Rivers said on Monday: ‘I’d have to be taken off in a cart.’
However, then I watched this video on Tuesday night, which broke down when the injury occurred and how Cutler tried to play through it.
So, I’ve kind of been going back and forth on the whole matter. I do know one thing for sure — the fans would have had no issues with him if he had shown emotion on the sidelines. Standing there with the same sulky face he normally has is what set a lot of people off.
All that said, he’s Chicago’s quarterback for next season and hopefully many seasons after that. He did, after all, lead them to the NFC North title and the conference title game.
If the Bears were dumb enough to get rid of him, it would set the franchise back 3-5 years.
Bear Down and Keep the Faith!