Posts tagged sports
Posts tagged sports
If you haven’t heard, the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA signed veteran player Jason Collins to a 10-day contract in order to fill a hole in their roster. This is notable because in 2013, Collins publicly came out as gay. This makes him the first openly gay person to play in one of the United States’s four major professional sports leagues (baseball, football, basketball, and hockey).
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who took over the league from David Stern on February 1, had some strong words about this, as reported by Tim Bontemps for the New York Post:
"I have mixed feelings, because I’m enormously proud that the first openly gay player is playing in the NBA," Silver told The Post in a phone interview prior to Sunday’s game. "On the other hand, this is so long overdue that I don’t think this should necessarily be on the list of the greatest accomplishments of the NBA.
"This is an area where no one in sports should be too proud. Sports has led society in so many critical areas … this is one where we fell behind."
Colin: As he would agree, it’s sad that that that attitude is so surprising
Tom Farrey on an amazing story for ESPN:
For the first time in the history of college sports, athletes are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking formal steps on Tuesday to begin the process of being recognized as employees.
Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern University, submitting the form at the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board.
Backed by the United Steelworkers union, Huma also filed union cards signed by an undisclosed number of Northwestern players with the NLRB — the federal statutory body that recognizes groups that seek collective bargaining rights.
Farrey’s piece is long and worth reading. John Infante has a short legal analysis on the Bylaw Blog, and Lester Munson of ESPN is somewhat pessimistic that the students will be ruled employees based on past precedent.
I have an exceedingly hostile opinion of the NCAA and the economics of college sports (which I’ll spare you from because it’ll quickly devolve into a stream of curse words punctuated with phrases like “robber barons”), so when I first heard this story on TV, my immediate reaction was a boisterous cackling. And I haven’t really stopped.
I wish these kids the best. It sounds like they’re probably going to need it.
Anthony Richardson has a new Bad British Baseball Commentary video, this time commentating on the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
I would still pay several real dollars for a full game of commentary like this.
Associated Press report on the Las Vegas odds of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team winning the championship:
It gets even better for true believers. They can get odds of 9,999-1 if they want to wager at the LVH on the 76ers winning the title.
"It was the highest number our computers would let us put in," [oddsmaker Jeff] Sherman said.
And now on your Serious Music Tuesday, here’s Peter Jacoby conducting Houston’s Orchestra X in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
This performance is titled “New Horizons in Music Appreciation” and comes from the live concert P. D. Q. Bach in Houston.
Dave Zirin wrote a piece for Grantland arguing that the Washington Redskins football team should change its name, on account of the racial caricature of its mascot and slur of its team name. The argument isn’t anything new and this probably won’t change anyone’s mind, but I liked this for a couple of reasons orthogonal to the actual argument.
First, I had no idea that George Preston Marshall, the owner of the team when it changed to the Redskins, was scary, scary racist.
Second, the last two paragraphs are really mean in an over-the-top way, and I just had to laugh at how brutal Zirin was being.
Finally, I just like reading things on Grantland. Check out those footnotes.
I was a staff writer on The Onion’s “SportsDome” show on Comedy Central which aired in 2011. We had a story, pitched and scripted by David Iscoe (twitter.com/realhumanbeing), about an athlete overcoming rape that I was reminded of today when I read about CNN’s coverage of the Steubenville rape verdict. Our story sounds like it might have been produced by the folks at CNN responsible for the Steubenville coverage.
I haven’t seen the CNN segment in question, but I can imagine it being awful on account of CNN being awful.
Here’s a thing that totally happened a couple of days ago, photographed by Jason Mojica for VICE Media via the Associated Press and pasted by me from NBC News’s PhotoBlog:
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday. Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team to shoot an episode on North Korea for a new weekly HBO series.
Truly basketball is the great equalizer.
ESPN.com and AP reporting:
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee reviewed the 26 sports on its summer program in order to remove one of them so it could add one later this year. It decided to cut wrestling and keep modern pentathlon…
The article goes more into the factors the board weighed: ratings/popularity, how it’s managed, etc.
The replacement sport hasn’t been decided yet:
Wrestling will now join seven other sports in applying for 2020, but it is extremely unlikely that it would be voted back in so soon after being removed by the executive board.
The other sports vying for a single opening in 2020 are a combined bid from baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu, a martial art.
Donald McRae writing for The Guardian:
Sarah Taylor, the England wicketkeeper, has revealed that she is in talks to play men’s second XI county cricket this summer in what would be a groundbreaking move for women’s sport.
Taylor, widely regarded as one of the best female cricketers in history, has an informal agreement with the coaching staff at Sussex that if their second team needs a wicketkeeper at short notice this year, she will be selected to play.
So just an alternate; no guarantee that she’ll play. But it would be really neat if she does!