Archive for July, 2007

30
Jul
07

Tough Week Ahead For Bonds?

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If Barry Bonds is going to tie and break Hank Aaron’s record in the near future it will be in unfriendly territory.  The slugger was unable to accomplish either during the San Francisco Giants last home series against the Florida Marlins, so now they must travel to Dodger Stadium for a series against the hated Dodgers who’s fans in the words of Bonds,  “Are the ones that chant “Barry Sucks!” the loudest.” From there it’s on to San Diego to face the Padres. Last season in San Diego a fan tossed a syringe st Bonds while he waited on the on deck circle.

Whether the record falls in Dodger Stadium or Petco Park (or whatever it’s called this week) or anywhere other than AT&T Park, I pray that there is better security for Bonds then there was for Aaron when he broke Babe Ruth’s record.  For all of the racist threats that Aaron receive during his pursuit, and to have two white guys out of the stands running along side of you once you break the record? And he Aaron broke the record at home.  Although they meant no ill will, had to be a very, very uncomfortable moment. For Bonds, I believe manager Bruce Bochy will do what he can to allow Bonds the chance to break the record on his own home turf.

Anything else is simply playing with fire.

27
Jul
07

Fiesta Bowl Hero’s Wedding Receives Racist Threats.

Ian Johnson, the Boise State running back who scored on a Statue of Liberty play in the Fiesta Bowl to pull off a major upset of Oklahoma and proposed to his cheerleader girlffriend in the end zone has received racist threats leading up to their wedding day. Johnson and his fiancee Chrissy Popadics are scheduled to be married Saturday in Boise.

Since his January 1st proposal, Johnson has received phone calls, letters and personal threats.

Johnson’s comment on the situation summed up my exact sentiments, “”It’s really sad because a lot of people that are probably doing it are the same people who were cheering me on.”

Kinda reminds me of the scene in “Do the Right Thing”, where Mookie asks Vito who his favorite athlete is, he says Magic Johnson, his favorite actor is Eddie Murphy. When he’s reminded that they’re Black he can’t grasp that thought. Like having an extraordinary talent washes away your identity.

I think a good bit of white society takes that approach until something as real as an interracial wedding comes up and then they fall back on ignorance.

Johnson was the biggest thing in Idaho since au gratin potatoes, until he decided to marry his white girlfriend in Boise.

It seems that the people behind this looked past the fact that Johnson brought some acclaim to an otherwise dull place, instead taking the liberty to let him know that other than toting the rock on Saturdays, he was no more important to them than the paper his scholarship was written on.

27
Jul
07

Where’s the Love for Venus?

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When Venus Williams won her fourth Wimbledon title on July 7th, it was her sixth Grand Slam title. To give you the full effect of this accomplishment – Pete Sampras and Billiie Jean-King are the only Americans that have won Wimbledon more than Willams in the Open Era (beginning at Wimbledon in 1968).

She has more Grand Slam wins (6) than Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova, and Jennifer Capriati. As far as the men go she has won Wimbledon more than Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and America’s hearthrob Andy Roddick combined. She has as many Grand Slam titles as Boris Becker and more than Jim Courier, Rafael Nadal, and Pat Rafter.

Besides the fact that women’s tennis has been the biggest draw since Venus and Serena stepped on the scene, this year Willaims singlehandedly had the women’s prize earnings equaled to that of the men for the French Open and Wimbledon.

Here’s a thought, if Willams just showed up and played for a quarterfinal check like Roddick, or not even crack the Top 50 for her career like Anna Kournikova – maybe then she would open some eyes.

26
Jul
07

Michael Vick Pleads Not Guilty

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As expected Michael Vick pleaded not guilty to charges of dog fighting. In a recent development there is news of a superceeding indictment, that may bring up new charges.

I hope as I did with the Ray Lewis trial that the jury will come to the conclusion that Vick is innocent of these charges. If not he will become the highest profile athlete to serve a prison term since Mike Tyson.

26
Jul
07

Bonds vs. Aaron.

Once again the media playing one brutha against another and loving it. If you’ve been paying any attention to Barry Bonds’ pursuit of Hank Aaron’s home run record, notice how the media has fallen in love with Aaron for the first time. Yes, the same Hank Aaron that many still don’t recognize as baseball’s home run king, that was evident when Bonds passed Babe Ruth many proclaimed that Ruth will ALWAYS be baseball’s home run king.

Many of these writers have seen the same clips of Ruth that you and I have. He is as much a fable to me as the tooth fairy or Paul Bunyan, and besides, playing during a colorless era in sports doesn’t provide much credibility to any record set back in those days.

Their sheer hatred of Bond’s has allowed them to now embrace Aaron who hasn’t seen this much publicity since hitting #715. These adulations come across as hollow, if it were Mark McGwire closing in on #755 Aaron would not be on the cover of Sports Illustrated or being asked if he would attend any of the potential record-breaking games.

Bonds more than likely at some point may have used steroids, and that is sad for baseball and for sports. What’s worse is placing Aaron into an uncomfortable seat that should be reserved for Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

Much to Aaron’s credit he has not spoken out in any negative way towards Bonds, and he hasn’t snuggled up too close to Selig either.

26
Jul
07

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