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Black support essential to Detroit sports

“Few cities have as rich a cultural and sporting history as Detroit,” said the introduction to Grantland’s “Detroit Week” 14-article series published last month.  However, not a single Black person, neither a native Detroiter nor from anyplace else, was in the series. “They don’t care what we [Blacks] care about,” states Eric Pate, a former Detroit sportswriter and sports talk host of mainstream sports journalism sites. Nonetheless, Black Detroiters are proud. “My dad passed in ’99, and he never went to a Tigers game because they were second to last to integrate next to the Boston Red Sox,” recalls Pate. “Once the Pistons moved from the [Pontiac] Silverdome to the Palace, he said, ‘Never again. Continue Reading →

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Bad religion and Arizona

The sign read “No religion should be for discrimination.” That about sums up my feeling about the proposed Arizona law that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays because it’s against their religious beliefs. It was vetoed by Arizona’s governor last week, but the fact that it got so much support from so-called Christian groups is downright appalling. I mean isn’t that a bit oxymoronic, practitioners of religion practicing intolerance and then wanting to have a law that backs up that intolerance? My understanding of Christianity is that we are supposed to be tolerant of others. Jesus summed up the commandments to two: love of God and love your neighbor as yourself. Continue Reading →

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Seattle’s best dismantles Broncos 43-8







NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY — The Seattle Seahawks are the champions of football after dominating the highest scoring team in NFL history, the Denver Broncos, 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks, in the first-ever New York-New Jersey cold weather, open-air stadium Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium, put the heat on in the sixth-ever meeting in a Super Bowl of the league’s top offensive team vs. the No.1 defensive team, proving once again that defense wins championships. It only took 12 seconds in the first quarter to see that the record-setting Broncos were off their freewheeling game when center Manny Ramirez at the 14-yard line could not hear and snapped the football over quarterback Peyton Manning’s head for a rare safety. That, folks, was as close as the two-and-a-half-point favorite Broncos would get to Seattle. Continue Reading →

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In a chilly Super Bowl XLVIII, it’s Seahawks vs. Broncos

HONOLULU — The first-ever non-conference Pro Bowl number 34 in Hawaii was won by Team Rice 22-21 in the lowest scoring Pro Bowl since 2006 when defense took center stage. The game was played in a steady rain in 70-degree temperatures. Because of the rain, there were eight turnovers, six interceptions and nine sacks. Players had a tough time getting a grip on the ball. The game was a turnover fest, but it was one of the most competitive Pro Bowls in recent years. Continue Reading →

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Richard Sherman’s post-game comments overblown by information bubbles




The information bubble-blowers are ever on the job. In case you forgot, an information bubble is produced oftentimes by the media, sending out information that confirms any misbeliefs fans already have about a certain person — and usually that person is Black. I watched Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman’s post-game comments. If you are among those who don’t know what the young man said, here is the gist of it:

“I’m the best cornerback in the game,” said Sherman. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like [San Francisco’s Michael] Crabtree, that’s the result you are going to get.”

Sherman afterwards has been called everything but a child of God. Continue Reading →

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Tiger Woods is a 76er


The game of golf has been played for well over 100 years, and there are many who have been called great: Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Nick Faldo, just to name a few. Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear, stands out by consensus as the greatest to ever play the game of golf with 73 career wins and 18 Major Championships. Majors are to golf what the Super Bowl is to football, the World Series to baseball, the NBA Finals Championship to basketball and the Stanley Cup to hockey. By any measuring stick, Tiger Woods, in my view, is the greatest to ever play. The players I mentioned are all Hall of Fame players, but there’s just one problem: Tiger is 37 years old, in his prime, and still relevant. Continue Reading →

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Adrian Peterson powers Vikings 38-22 over Rams


For the third straight week, tragedy has again gripped our consciousness, this time away from the NFL — the horrific events in Connecticut on Friday. Sunday all across the NFL there were moments of silence and athletes and fans showing heartfelt expressions of sorrow for the senseless murders of the 26 victims.

The Vikings and Rams, before kickoff, gathered at midfield holding hands, with both head coaches and one player wearing the jersey number 26 representing the lives lost at the Sandy Hook school. President Barack Obama, speaking at a memorial service Sunday, said, “These tragedies must end, and to end them, we must change.”

The Vikings kept alive their Wild Card playoff hopes by dominating the St. Louis Rams 36-22. The Vikings improved to 8-6, and with two games left they have positioned themselves as the number-six seed in the rugged NFC. Continue Reading →

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