Welcome back sports fans I took some time off from writing on this blog but the recent death of a journalism icon brought me back. I'm sure we have all seen or heard the many wonderful and will deserved tributes paid to our fallen brother Stuart Scott. I will not try to revisit those sentiments here today because well frankly I nor anyone could out do the many well produced and well said send offs our brother has received. But rather what I will do here today is add my little two cents to the billfold and hope the gesture is taken to heart by you the readers and received warmly. My basis for this article is simple - imitation is the greatest form of flattery. And although no one can recreate, mimic or be a facsimile of Stuart we can try to emulate him. We can only try to add to the journalistic world in much the same fashion he did with gleeful play on words, acceptance of urban vernacular and the cool swagger like the other side of the pillow that he encapsulated and shared with us on a nightly basis. I for one am proud to say that I will miss Stuart Scott because I grew up under his tutelage. I would often stay up to watch his broadcast no matter how late or how bad the Knicks played or whether the Jets butt fumbled again. I found myself feeling akin to his time on sportscenter because he spoke the same language I did. His manner of oratory resonated for me a true sense of acceptance for my culture and lifestyle. I didn't know of his constant battles with the establishment for the way he spoke on air because Stuart was too proud to let us know of these hardships and that he conquered all the nay sayers with style and grace. And from my vantage point I never had to engage the anglophiles who would spew the tired rhetoric about confronting other black people over the way to talk or did I have to have that age old debate that I'm trying to be white because I speak white since I don't use ebonics etc. You see Stuart killed all that noise because he like I are children of modern pop culture which is deeply rooted in urban lifestyle and low income societal trends. You know hip hop that other great american art form like jazz. So when he said booyah he did it with all the proper sentence structure and just enough swag to get the point across that I'm black and I'm proud. So to Stuart Scott I not only raise my glass but also my pen to a true fallen soldier who was enlisted in the hip hop infantry of the people's military wing of the human army and I pledge to do my best at this sports blogging stuff.
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Black fan question of the day: Does dan majerle have a point that his being skipped over as phoenix coach was poorly done or is this a touch of entitlement rearing its ugly head? Speak your thoughts
Monday, October 29, 2012
As the announcement was made and transmitted all across the globe that the NBA is losing a patriarch- no matter how you may have felt about David Stern he was the unquestioned face of the NBA right next to bird and magic - like the mount Rushmore of round-ball.
The NBA despite its best efforts could not stem the tide of change about to take place. The European experiments had failed, the over-regulation tactics hurt the game but not the perception of the players. The owners and ultimately David Stern had but one tactic left to them - to willie horton the players. The league had to shed the image of the imates running the asslum. This meant those who represented this style/image had to be reined in or banished entirely. The rest as they say was history. Iverson was labeled a malcontent in philly, sent to Denver to wallow in obscurity. The little man who could was beaten and never given the respect he deserved.
Next we look at Chris Jackson - yeah remember him the guy who changed his name as he became a devote muslim. Mr. Jackson or as he is known today Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. I make mention of him because in America we respect religion and no one is shunned because of their religion, except in the NBA. As per his right Abdul-Rauf practiced his faith with out harming or influencing other faiths. However, when he was noticed not standing for the flag his time in the nba was numbered. Mr. Stern in my opinion, and if I am wrong firmly apologize, failed him and set the tone of intolerance still felt in the league today. Out of all people you would think David Stern would be the voice of reason but within four years after the incident Abdul-Rauf was gone. Lastly, I feel that the issues of drugs and player CBA allocation of basket ball related income, the various lock outs & overall perception were dealt a heavy blow by the Stern administration. All in all the NBA is strong and the product is viable. I like watching the game, the n Nets moving to Brooklyn and even David Stern as a person, I'm sure he is a good man. I just think we would be remiss not to point out and hold him accountable when he misses the free throws.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
If you know these names - Trent Tucker, Rory Sparrow, Louis Orr, or Bernard King - your probably over 35 yrs old, like the Knicks and long for these days again. Now to be clear these guys didn't bring a championship to Madison Square Garden like Willis Reed but these guys defended the Knicks honor night in and night out. These guys were not superstars outside of B. King,
Saturday, June 30, 2012
This is a continuation to the previous post. Read this article recommended by the black fan
Bills great Kelly hopes Tebow will cause 'turmoil' on Jets - m.NYPOST.com