Coming on the heels of Cole Wiley’s interview and speaking with many journalists on the subject, one has to wonder if the Black voice is dead in the context of sports writing. I could write 10,000 words on the subject obviously, but a discussion here should have a similar impact.
Check this article out where Spike Lee chimes in on a subject near and dear to TSF hearts. Honestly, there really shouldn’t be a need for The Starting Five, but in this horrible writing climate (yeah I’m talking about the pack once again), there has to be some sort of check and balance (or just an objective voice) our size and popularity withstanding. I’m not apologizing for revisiting this over and over and over. Something has to be done. We must care about how our history is written or it will be forgotten like Garrett Morgan, Elijah McCoy and Granville T. Woods.
We don’t have job security in the field, so there is nothing to protect…just to achieve.
There are more great quarterbacks than Montana, Marino and Elway.
Tell ‘em Mos!
Bob Gibson arguably was the best pitcher of all time.
Randy Moss deserved more Offensive Player of the Year and MVP votes than Brett Favre last season.
Steve Nash did not deserve two consecutive MVP awards and Dirk shouldn’t have won one either.
Ricky Rubio does not deserve number one pick consideration.
Tavaris Jackson deserves more of a shot. Eli Manning was 0-2 to start the season last year.
Clarence “Big House” Gaines, Eddie Robinson, John Chaney and John Thompson’s names should be mentioned when speaking of the college coaching pantheon. I guarantee you those who are included would say so.
Mickey Mantle’s baseball card should not be worth more than Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron’s combined.
Should I not care about a kid who wanted to emulate Barry Bonds‘ timing mechanism sans steroid scrutiny?
If Barry Bonds played for the Yankees this season, they would be in the playoffs. Instead of writing this, Black sports writers wrote with the pack. That’s absurd.
Albert Belle deserved MVP in 1995.
Tim Duncan is not the best power forward of all time.
Ryan Howard is the 2008 National League MVP.
Michael Vick is in jail so the model of his athleticism and powerful arm are behind bars with him?
What are your thoughts here? I know some of you are going to give typically reasonable responses, and I would love to hear from Whites on the subject. Do you want Blacks shaping your view point of sports? Do you think we offer a biased perspective, rendering the Black voice immaterial in your eyes? Can Blacks write objectively without being apologists or disparate?
Here’s two questions I posed to LeBron. It is our responsibility to challenge athletes as well for history’s sake. As you can see, he doesn’t like the questions…
I’m at the 5:00 mark…