The Chicago Blackhawks are adding to the African American migration from Baseball.

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Man I haven’t been that nervous watching a sporting event since Sergio Martinez hit a forty foot put that would have dropped if Tiger Woods’ chicken leg didn’t stop the ball from going into the hole. Sergio isn’t racist! He has plenty of COLORED FRIENDS. (His quote not mine)

What? Too-soon? Please… Have a sense of humor.

The Chicago Blackhawks won last night. That was the great part. It took two plus overtimes, that was the high blood pressure part. Hockey puts you on the edge man. There are two things you need to know about my Blackhawk loyalty.

1. I have probably watched 8 hockey games my whole life.
2. 6 of them have been over the last 4 weeks.

I have even attended a Chicago Blackhawks game about 11 years ago. It was ok! Not as fun as they are now. In the past there were two things that prevented me from enjoying a hockey game.

1. Scoring. Usually the games were 1-0. That was boring. That was also the reason I didn’t watch Soccer.
2. Black People. In the past there was not enough brothers for me to watch. I am not racist! Some of my best friends are white! My wife is half white. My chocolate bar is white. My salt is white. My teeth are… Well that’s another story.

Today something has changed to me in Hockey that is making it more enjoyable for the African American Male. The players look faster, in better shape, cleaner hits, and quicker scoring opportunities.

Hockey also is in the process of statistically luring more African American players than Major League baseball.

WHAT THE HECK?

Right now there are around 28 African American players in the NHL and there are 61 African Americans in Major League baseball. WOW!

What happened baseball?

Baseball, you used to be the reason African American kids went outside to paint a square on an old building. You were the first clothing of Hip Hop as we rocked Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays jerseys to rap concerts. You were the reason we learned our history about the Negro Leagues. You gave us the first opportunity to integrate sports.

BASEBALL YOU HAD US AT HELLO!

And for me you allowed overweight players to be stars like Tony Gwynn, Cecil Fielder, Kevin Mitchell, Ray King and Mo Vaughn. You gave an out of shape brother like myself the opportunity to play in high school baseball and even get scholarship letters from a school like Laurus College interested in my second baseman skills. Furthermore there was nothing like doing well in the field on defense then eating a sandwich in the dugout while waiting for my turn at bat.

Baseball you put me in a happy place.

Every brother in my hood could throw fast or hit far. We all wanted our own candy bar named after us!

Now Major League Baseball wants to say that Basketball, Football, and other sports have taken the African American away. They also say that Baseball costs too much to play. Let me ask you a question, “What other sport is more expensive to play then Hockey?

The reason that Major League Baseball is losing numbers each year is because you are failing to reach out to African Americans in ways that will encourage families to enlist their sons to play.

This isn’t Field of Dreams. They will not come if you build it unless you put things that keep African Americans occupied and entertained.

I remember when Baseball frowned at players who had their hair braided in the 80’s. Allen Iverson could not have played Major League Baseball.

AND

That’s why the brothers left. PERIOD!

We saw more people who looked like us in the NBA and NFL. Those leagues were accepting the brothers.

And now I see more and more people who look like me playing Hockey. I never thought I would say that. I should have seen it coming because African Americans also used to rock the Hockey Jerseys back in the day. We all remember seeing Biggie with the Boston Hockey Jersey on.

You can get us back MLB! Call a brother. I can help you do it in 5 quick steps.

Peanuts and Crackerjack will no longer do it! Neither will 90-year-old announcers and a 7th inning stretch that has announcers referencing the shot heard around the world.

Sadly today that shot refers to guns.

Baseball needs to bring back, bring back, oh bring back my brothers to MLB EE…

Just my thoughts man!

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    While I do think baseball has snoozed in the African American communities, your analagy is false....Jamal Mayer & Ray Emery are African-Canadian players and even Johnny Oduya pictured above is Swedish. The NHL is more like baseball than you give it credit...instead of black players coming from Cuba, Dominican or Puerto Rico, they are coming from Ontario, Edmonton and Toronto.

  • In reply to Deuce Mitchell:

    Seth Jones makes history as highest drafted African American player in the NHL draft ever...
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/predators/2013/06/30/seth-jones-nashville-2013-nhl-draft/2478133/

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    Deuce, I was thinking the same thing as I read the article... none of players mentioned are actually Americans. This sort of reinforces the problem with referring to a race in a Nation-Continent construct. So apparently these individuals are "Africans"? No. ( Although Johnny Oduya is Swedish-African.) Referring to people who have a good percentage of their heritage from sub-Saharan Africa as "Black" was just so much more straight forward and even inclusive...

  • In reply to Tim Browne:

    To many people of African descent (myself included), "black" is offensive for a number of reasons, mainly because it describes many things in a negative manner, and because "black" has a number of not-so-nice definitions, like: dirty, soiled, implied disgrace or condemnation, wicked, sinister, gloomy, depressed, etc. Many who use the word "black" to describe people of African descent do so in a snide, underhanded way to insult us. In fact, the term "black" was created by Caucasians (whites as they refer to themselves, which is the positive opposite of black, interestingly enough), many believe for the sake of being able to express what they think about people of African descent without it being detected.

  • In reply to Tim Browne:

    Seth Jones makes history as highest drafted African American player in the NHL draft ever...
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/predators/2013/06/30/seth-jones-nashville-2013-nhl-draft/2478133/

  • I'm sitting in Dallas for a business trip and damn if the Hawks aren't as hot as this 100 degree weather! It's bad Bros. I'm deep in the heart of Texas rockin' Black Hawks gear! I'm actually thinkin' bout goin' to Six Flags wearin' the Full Red Indian Head! (btw 'The' best uniform (sweater) of all Pro teams of all time). Ok, I left it home, but you know I got one; I did bring a couple of t-shirts that have been ice breakers.

    I go waaaay back; Bob and Dennis Hull, Stan Makita, Eric Nesterenko, Pat Stapleton, Cliff Koroll, Tony O, Magnuson. Gone are the days when as kid we even collected Hockey cards. Remember the days when the Park District or schools would flood and allow the water to freeze over the cement playgrounds and we used to go out on figure skates and play hockey? Them was the days...

  • In reply to trisync:

    Seth Jones makes history as highest drafted African American player in the NHL draft ever...
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/predators/2013/06/30/seth-jones-nashville-2013-nhl-draft/2478133/

  • " In the past there were two things that prevented me from enjoying a hockey game........... Black People. In the past there was not enough brothers for me to watch. I am not racist! Some of my best friends are white! "

    That is the most blatent racist comment one can make. And to cover it up by saying, HEY Im not racist, my friends are white.

    How would you feel if I reworded your comment this way:

    1. I have probably watched 8 basketball games my whole life.
    2. 6 of them have been over the last 4 weeks.

    I have even attended a Chicago Bulls game about 11 years ago. It was ok! Not as fun as they are now. In the past there were two things that prevented me from enjoying a hockey game.

    1. Scoring. Usually the games were 100-99. That was too much.
    2. White People. In the past there was not enough whities for me to watch. I am not racist! Some of my best friends are black! My chocolate bar is dark. My pepper is black. My teeth are… Well that’s another story.

    Why don't you just enjoy a game, instead of injecting race into it. And dont try to cover it up by saying hey I have white friends, so its ok if I sound a little racist.

    Grow up please!!

  • I wonder if you could provide a list of the 28 black players. That's twice as high as anything I'm aware of. Also, it's absurd to watch sporting events based on racial backgrounds. Should Hispanics ignore the NFL because they're more Samoans in the league than Latinos?

  • In reply to sabreman:

    Forwards

    George Laraque

    Jarome Iginla

    Mike Grier

    Donald Brashear

    Dustin Byfuglien

    Nigel Dawes

    Robbie Earl

    Jamal Mayers

    Greg Mauldin

    Kenndal McArdel

    Kyle Okposo

    Wayne Simmonds

    Anthony Stewart

    Chris Stewart

    Joel Ward

    Defencemen

    Shawn Belle

    Francis Bouillon

    Trevor Daley

    Mark Fraser

    Derek Joslin

    Johnny Oduya

    Theo Peckham

    Bryce Salvador

    Goaltenders

    Chris Beckford-Tesu

    Ray Emery

    Kevin Weekes

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