Posts in category "Politics"

"I Can't Breathe": The Personal is the Political - Part II

In my previous blog, “I Can’t Breathe”:…… – Part I, I addressed how society is more accepting of issues related to professional players’ expressions of their personal and political values today, than it was in my early childhood and adult years. The following examples need reminders to the young and old. #1:  1964 Muhammed Ali... Read more »

"I Can't Breathe": The Personal is the Political - Part I

It’s 2014:  coverage regarding professional athletes’ political stands and behaviors, have been addressed by all facets of media. Not only have sportswriters written extensively on these various issues, but all forms of social media, political / economic news stories, and fans alike, have weighed in on our society’s “once-silent” subjects. The state of race relations,... Read more »

Alcoholism, NFL Players, & Arrests

My paternal grandfather, Philip, was awakened in the middle of the night by a friend, circa early 1900’s, in Montreal.  The police were coming to arrest him for making bathtub gin.  He kissed his wife, Fannie, and their 2 sleeping toddlers, goodbye, and told his wife he would write as soon as he found a... Read more »
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NHL, NFL, NBA, & MLB Players Respond Regarding Gay Marriage

Should the U.S. Legalize Gay Marriage? 62 professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB, responded to this survey done by ESPN.  61 % of  NFL athletes and 92% of NHL athletes responded “yes”, while 46% of NBA players and 45% of MLB athletes agreed. This research was reported on October 14, 2012 by... Read more »

Susannah Collins, CSN Comcast Chicago: We Hardly Knew You

As the Chicago sports world now knows, Susannah Collins, Sportscaster for Chicago CSN Comcast, was fired last night, apparently, due to her “slip up” on a post-game broadcast of the Blackhawks’ win over the Wild Tuesday night. Susannah reported that the Blackhawks, with the most wins in this years’ hockey season, had a “tremendous amount... Read more »

Jason Collins, NBA Center, "Comes Out" as Being Gay

Jason Collins, a professional basketball athlete, has come out to the world as being gay.  I applaud his courage, sincerity, honesty, and narrative in the current issue of Sports Illustrated,  of what led up to this brave decision. http://tinyurl.com/cb8b6yu It was only 3 weeks ago, Rutgers basketball star, Brittney Griner, the #1 Women’s basketball player,... Read more »
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Mike Rice, Tim Pernetti & Rutgers' Basketball: Abuse as Normalized

Mike Rice, the head basketball coach at Rutgers University, in New Jersey, used  his power and position to physically, emotionally, and verbally abuse his college basketball players.  The video tape of a practice, shown on ESPN’s Outside the Lines two days ago, has gone viral.  Take a look at both video and the story which... Read more »

NFL Recruits Being Asked Questions About Their Sexuality: 2013?

Really?  Still? Yes, my friends.  Bigotry is alive and well in National Football League locker rooms, period.  General Managers and NFL team owners are currently violating the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, various state hiring mandates,  and hopefully future federal laws,  in asking questions of our rookie class, of their sexual orientation. This line of questioning... Read more »

And Here I Thought I’d be Bored Before the Super Bowl

Sports-wise, I’m disinterested for the 2 weeks leading up to the Super Bowl,  with only the usual tedious and repetitive sports media news.  Essentially:  boring.  At least I had the Presidential Inauguration and political hoopla to keep me on the couch, along with the surprising Bulls and return of our fast and furious Blackhawks on... Read more »
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"You Play to Win the Game!"

Phone ringing, Friday morning, Nov. 1, 2012,  2:00 am. Hizzoner:  (yawning, bleary-eyed, thinking to himself, “Oh God, the red phone. What the hell does Axelrod want now? And, why do we have these land lines anymore?”) “David, can’t this wait till the morning?” Axelrod:  That’s the problem with you Rahm, you’ve gotten too cushy being... Read more »