Bigotry and Elitism in Professional Sports

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It is time to demand true and equal representation in all areas of life. With this in mind, it is time to boycott the NFL and the NBA. White, Asian, Native and Arab American Athletes are under represented in both of these institutions.

White Americans are a full 60% plus of the population of the United States of America. Yet, the White athletic population of the NBA and NFL fall far below this number and does not accurately reflect the citizenry of the US.

This is unacceptable.

The NFL and NBA should be forced to accept less talented athletes on their teams in order that the teams shall make up a truly representational reflection of the population of the United States of America.

We cannot stand for the racist, elitism of the NFL and NBA. That Black American Athletes are more talented than White, Asian, Native and Arab Americans is meaningless. White, Asian, Native and Arab Americans deserve the “opportunity” to play for pay in the professional sports field as much as their more talented Black American counterparts.

Furthermore, State Universities should be mandated to award scholarships based n proper representation of the population of the Unite States of America. Therefore, College Scholarships for all Sports at State Universities and any University or College which accepts State or Federal funding should be held to strict statistical standards of population representation based on the demographic make up of the United States of America.

Anything short of this is pure bigotry and intolerable in a truly civilized society.

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The NBA Draft — Pitiful Edition 2013 (Kentucky)

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Poythress and Goodwin have really done damage to their draft stocks the past few weeks. Both were considered by scouts to be Top 10 picks before the season began. Poythress still clinging to the end of the lottery. Goodwin now out of it. Cauley-Stein flubbed his first game starting in place of Nerlens Noel. Scouts love the upside, but he’s going to have to produce to stay in the lottery.

It is one helluva a weak draft when either of these three guys are close to the lottery.
I can almost understand Willie Cauley-Stein because of his size.

Poythress and Goodwin?  What do they have? What have they shown? Well..aside from an ability to lose against anything resembling a competitive team?

Goodwin and Poythress remind of me of the Team Turmoil days of Carruth, Chiles and Parker.  Goodwin’s signature move is a rush to the rim and a toss in the air.  Where it lands, Goodwin don’t care!  Poythress is rumored to have stated that he doesn’t give a damn where he goes in the draft, he is not staying.  Apparently, Poythress is not happy with the efforts of a Team of Coaches who have had a run of NCAA Success and NBA Lottery Picks unlike any other program in NCAA History.  Poythress “knows” that he can do as he pleases and take 4/5ths of each game off and still be good to go.  He’ll still play ball….SOMEWHERE!!!  Where?  Apparently, he doesn’t care.  I’ll go with Europe as my guess.   Maybe Turkey or Israel.

Neither Goodwin nor Poythress will ever make it to a second contract in the NBA. NEVER.  If Poythress is selected in the Draft this year.  I doubt that he’ll survive his first year without long stints in the NBDL.  I wonder how he’ll feel about his College Ball when he’s in North Dakota or Bumfcuk, Indiana playing ball with other NBA rejects.

But they are both too ignorant to see what they are doing.  Both are too foolish (full of themselves) to realize that it’s the second contract and not the first that matters.

I still can’t believe that an NBA team would waste money on either of these two.  But I guess the NBA has to have losing teams as well as winning teams.  For the Great Talent to rise and be enjoyed fully, there have to be duds and chumps to sink to the bottom and show us how talent can be wasted.

A UK Football Note: Bowl Eligibility

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I can tell you right here and now that this year Kentucky’s bowl game will once again be played in Tennessee.

Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Cats don’t need to be bowl-eligible to play there.

Yes, the Kentucky-Tennessee game on Nov. 27 in Neyland Stadium is the game the Big Blue Nation is truly anticipating.

To be sure, the Cats need to handle matters this Saturday and notch the season’s obligatory sixth triumph by flogging feeble Vanderbilt.

How feeble? The Commodores are last in the SEC in both total offense, total defense and scoring offense. On the bright side, they are 11th in scoring defense.

Last week, in a 55-14 drubbing by visiting Florida, the Commodores punted 12 times. Poor punter Richard Kent — get this man a leg massage — is on pace to break the team record for most punts in a season, a record set last season.

The ‘Dores are converting just 20.7 percent of their third-down opportunities. Next worst among SEC teams in that category is Tennessee. The Volunteers are converting at a 35.6 percent clip.

Need we go on?

How did Vanderbilt beat Ole Miss in Oxford all the way back on Sept. 18?

Houston Nutt, you have some explaining to do.

Joker Phillips will have some explaining to do, too, should the Cats slip Saturday. We shall excuse last Saturday’s near slip. It’s tough for any SEC school to get up for an FCS team, especially one that lost 66-7 to Hawaii. Playing a flat game against a bad FCS team is one thing, being unprepared for an SEC foe — even one by membership only — with something on the line, is another thing.

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I find this article to be the height of stupidity.  It’s a joke. My opinion is that THE JOKE already has some explaining to do. Like how “Operation Win” turned into Operation Failure with one of the easiest schedules that UK will face for a while.

This was supposed to be a year in which UK graduated to a bigger Bowl picture. Instead, Neyland and the possible defeat of a downtrodden Vols team is THE BOWL GAME of 2010.

WHAT A JOKE!

At least the name fits.

The “Bowl Game” to which UK Football is looking forward is the game at Knoxville?

It’s an admission that UK Football is so bad that they can’t win against a quality opponent.  UK must win this year while UT is down or miss it’s chance at breaking that streak.

UK Football is so terrible that they’re looking forward to going down to Neyland Stadium and defeating (or attempting to defeat) the Volunteers.  A Tennessee Vol Team in disarray.  A UT Football team on it’s 3rd coach in as many season.  A team depleted by scholarship reductions, defections and any number of scandals and problems.

That’s how awesome UK Football truly has become under Rich Brookes.

Now!  Dont get me wrong.  Rich Brooks did an incredible job of pulling UK Football out of the dregs.  He took UK Football from the bottom of the SEC to a respectable bottom of the SEC.  And that was a HUGE improvement.  That’s how terrible UK was.  Now, UK is a threat to actually beat the 2nd Tier Teams of the SEC and to occasionally defeat a #1 LSU team.  They’ve done it.  They defeated UGa two years in a row.  They picked off Auburn last year. They finally took out Spurrier and the Cocks this year.

The only problem is that UK has no depth.  They lose one or two key players and the year is over.  The year that they beat #1 LSU.  They went on to lose the next three games.  Why?  Injuries.

Why can’t UK recruit?  I don’t know.  They get decent kids.  They just never have enough get over the hump and to stay there.  Recruiting kills UK.

Now, we’ve got The Joke and Operation Win.  No more moral victories.  The Failed First Season.

I don’t see anything that’s changed.  Some of the UK fans whom I know rave about The Joke.  I don’t see it.  What UK needs is something to bring in the recruits.  Usually, that’s a head coach.  I see Joker Philips simply continuing to bring in the same kind of recruits that Brooks brought in.  An occasional gem but no depth.

That’s not going to build UK Football into a powerhouse nor is it going to bring UK Football out of the “respectable basement” of the SEC.  It’s simply going to maintain the status quo.

Now, don’t go repeating these things on Kentucky Forums if you agree with me. It’s a sure fire way to be suspended or banned or, at the very least, booed off the board.  lol

Bottom line.  I’m not excited about defeating a down in the dumps Tennessee Vol team.  Sure, it would be nice to kick the SOBs while their down.  It’s just that I’d like to see a Kentucky Football Team that can go into Neyland in a UT Vol Championship year and kick their butts.  I’d like to see a Kentucky Football program that is feared in the SEC.  Not just a team that the other SEC programs shouldn’t overlook.

Problem is.  The UKAA doesn’t want this and UK Football fans don’t know what they want.  And if UK Football fans did know what they wanted, they wouldn’t have the necessary courage and fortitude to do anything about it.  The sporting world is full of chumps.

If you need any evidence of that:  There are still UK Basketball fans who love Tubby TLT Smith.  (They’re usually the same stupid SOBs who don’t want to hear anything but positivity about UK Football.)

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Sports Quotes

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“Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.”
-Shaquille O’Neal

“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority are the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
-Vince Lombardi

“I can’t play being mad. I go out there and have fun. It’s a game, and that’s how I am going to treat it.”
-Ken Griffey, Jr.

“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”
-Ara Parashegian

“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”
-Jesse Owens

“Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself.”
-African-American proverb

“The impossible is often untried.”
-Unknown

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.”
-Unknown

“Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face.”
-Unknown
“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
-Michael Jordan
“I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.”
-Wilma Rudolph
“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
-Paul “Bear” Bryant
“It’s not how hard you’ve pushed along the way. It’s having something in you to finish.”
-Michael Jordan
“The purpose of any athletic endeavor is to challenge human limits both on and off the playing field.”
-Unknown
“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”
-Steve Prefontaine
“You win some, you lose some, but you always try again.”
-Unknown
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
-Mike Singletary
“The man who can drive himself farther once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”
-Sir Roger Bannister
“The higher the goal, the harder the climb, but taken each day, one step at a time. The goal is accomplished, the dream is attained, and the prizes? The wisdom and strength that are gained.”
-American Greeting Cards
“I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.”
-Mia Hamm
“Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains.”
-Marvin Ashton
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
-Mark Twain
“The only way you can truly control how you are seen is being honest all the time.”
-Tom Hanks
“We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s idea of life.”
-James Van Praagh
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau

“The most important decision I ever made in my career was to live my life in sports as honestly and ethically as possible. Never having compromised my values allows me to look back on my life with no regrets and feel satisfaction in what I was able to accomplish.”
-Greg LeMond

“1 goal, 10 assists.”
-Adidas commercial on USA Women’s World Cup Soccer Team

“The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made.”
-Tim Duncan

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”
-Michael Jordan

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
-Wayne Gretzky

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
-Matt Biondi

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
-Muhammad Ali

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
-Gail Devers

“The Spirit of Sports: The spirit of sports gives each of us who participate an opportunity to be creative. Sports knows no sex, age, race or religion. Sports gives us all the ability to test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in a way no other aspect of life can. For many of us who struggle with ‘fitting in’ or our identity – sports gives us our first face of confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things!”
-Dan O’Brien

“The most important lesson I’ve learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship. I mean, it’s really tough to shake the hand of someone who just beat you, and it’s even harder to do it with a smile. If you can learn to do this and push through that pain, you will remember what that moment is like the next time you win and have a better sense of how those competitors around you feel. This experience will teach you a lot on and off the field!”
-Amy Van Dyken

“Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude.”
-Bart Starr

“Doing your best is more important than being the best.”
-Shannon Miller

“I always tell kids, you have two eyes and one mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you’re the one talking.”
-Gordie Howe

“Sports creates a bond between contemporaries that lasts a lifetime. It also gives your life structure, discipline and a genuine, sincere, pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide.”
-Bob Cousy

“The answers to these questions will determine your success or failure. 1) Can people trust me to do what’s right? 2) Am I committed to doing my best? 3) Do I care about other people and show it? If the answers to these questions are yes, there is no way you can fail.”
-Lou Holtz

“Confidence is a very fragile things.”
-Joe Montana

“Ask yourself is it right or wrong and act accordingly.”
-Otto Graham, Jr.

“Follow your dreams as long as you live! Never be afraid to go out on the limb to live up to your expectations. Always do things your way and Have Fun!”
-Picabo Street

“Never look to the ground for your next step. Greatness belongs to those who look to the horizon.”
-Bud Greenspan

“To play is in the mind. To win is in the heart.”
-Jennifer McCombs

“Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.”
-Bobby Jones

“Winners must have two things, definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.”
-Brad Burden

“Victory is in the quality of competition, not the final score.”
-Mike Marshall

“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.”
-Robert Collier

“I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else.”
-Arthur Ashe

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”
-Unknown

“An open mind opens doors.”
-Unknown

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
-Robert F. Kennedy

“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”
-Jimmy Johnson

“Each of us is affected by what happens to the other. Just as our movement interact on the field, so our lives interact to a certain degree. This is what is so great about being a member of a team.”
-Eric Lund

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
-Japanese Proverb

“A team with a star player is a good team, but a team without one is a great team.”
-Unknown

“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.”
-Doug Williams

“I play to win. Even when common sense should tell me I no longer have a chance. Even when I have been playing at my worst and all the breaks have been going against me. I approach each new day, and each new game as a glorious opportunity to get going again.”
-Unknown

“Winning isn’t always finishing first. Sometimes winning is just finishing.”
-Manuel Diotte

“Not all are blessed with great ability, but with teamwork and perseverance, all can accomplish great things.”
-M.D. Boyer

“You win the race only after you cross the finish line, regardless of what place.”
-Unknown

“Perseverance is a great element of success.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The will to prepare, the guts to risk, and the desire to be the best…these are the trademarks of a champion.”
-Unknown

“If you meet a team with desire, you better be able to match that desire or you will lose.”
-Unknown

“Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.”
-Ray Knight

The Lost Spirit of Good Sportsmanship

“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority are the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
-Vince Lombardi

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A friend on WildcatNation wrote a timely piece on the decaying spirit of sportsmanship across America today.  Really, it’s a global phenomenon.  From the Football Hooligan of Europe to the assassination of sports stars who fail on the world scene such as the Olympics and the World Cup.    In America, we have Soccer Moms fighting with each other.  Fathers berating their sons on the Football field and fighting with other Fathers and Coaches over playing time and Coaching Tactics.  Fans fighting in their seats in every Stadium across the Nation.  There was the big brawl during the Pacers~Detroit game.  The infamous Knicks~Miami brawls.  Football players and Basketball players carrying guns into the Stadiums and Arenas across America.  The list goes on and on.

Lighthouse touches on all of this and gives a few suggestions as to how to improve this dynamic for the future in the following article:

Sportsmanship, What Happened?

Who’s at Fault?

Webster describes sportsmanship as, “a fairness, courtesy, being a cheerful loser etc.” How far have we come from the time in our country when that was a meaningful description? I’m ashamed to say, too far. Who’s to blame? Again I’m ashamed to admit, me, you, parents, coaches, administrators, rules makers, officials, in other words, we are all guilty in one way or the other.

We in Kentucky are very fortunate to have many outstanding athletes at all levels who compete each year in a multitude of sports on the gridirons, fields and courts. These student athletes are coached by a dedicated group of professionals and are supported by thousands of parents and fans. However, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association reports that approximately 700 players and coaches are ejected from high school contests each year due to unsportsmanlike conduct. (The breakdown is 80% athletes, 20% coaches. No statistics are kept on fan ejections, which could easily surpass those of players and coaches). When you add in the NCAA in all sports and levels, it’s mind boggling.

During my nearly 30 years of officiating basketball, football, baseball, and softball, I have seen the decline in sportsmanship in all sports at all levels. I have had the privilege of officiating every level, especially basketball, from small children to the old ABA professional level. I felt blessed to officiate every game, but have personally experienced several upsetting situations. One was at a peewee football game; a dad ran out of the stands and yelled at his son that he would whip him if this much bigger kid knocked him down again. At a DII basketball game; police had to be called to control a coach who the next day was fired because of his behavior. I had to remove a scorekeeper and have fans escorted out. We had to stop a college basketball game because four teenagers were using thick rubber bands to shoot nails at the opposing players. Finally they were arrested. And I could go on and on. I feel very fortunate to have only ejected a few players or coaches.

As you can imagine, I’ve endured a lot of verbal abuse. I guess I’ve heard every vulgar name you can think of. I once had a school administrator threaten me on my way to the locker room at halftime. One of my friends received a very nasty letter, anonymously of course. One official was shot at with a BB gun, they missed. Some of this stuff you expect, but some of it, certainly not. One fact I’m particularly ashamed of, Christian schools are among the worst. I heard this comment from a High School official, “Those Christians, they pray before the game and then all hell breaks loose.” And I have to admit it’s true because I witnessed it myself.

I strongly believe the underlying problem is the lack of respect that individuals have for each other and for authority in our society. Many people feel they can say whatever they want to whomever they want. This particularly seems to apply to individuals in positions of authority. All you have to do is ask school teachers, policemen, even parents. And, the problem is widespread.

We recently witnessed trash talking used to get in the heads of opposing players, and it seemed to be supported by the coach. We hear vulgar chants from fans, and they are not all students, but it is never addressed by school administrators. Hence, a message of support. This language is allowed in the classroom, so why not in the gym. Our students learn in the gym just like they do in a science lab. This lack of respect detracts from the otherwise positive benefits derived from sports participation.

I challenge everyone associated with athletics to make good sportsmanship a priority. Set a positive example to reinforce these critically important values associated with interscholastic sports participation. I propose the following specific measures to improve sportsmanship and the student athlete experience.

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ATHLETES
Just play the game! Concentrate on your performance, not on putting down your opponent. Whether you’re a professional or in middle school, realize you are a role model, and you have someone looking up to you, so set a good example.

COACHES
Hold your players accountable for their conduct. Remember, you control your players’ most precious commodity-playing time. Don’t allow your players to engage in unsportsmanlike behavior. Set the proper example with your own conduct. Your players will take their lead from how you behave. Never allow your players to abuse opponents under any circumstances. Never berate the officials. If you disagree with a call, ask (in a gentlemanly manner) for an explanation of what the official saw. If you feel you can “bait” an official, simply scratch him, because the other coach probably feels the same way. If you’re both right, that official has no business on the court anyway.

ADMINISTRATORS
Create an atmosphere at your athletics where good sportsmanship is expected. Don’t allow your students to engage in vulgar chants or demean the other team. Have zero tolerance for any act that is not in the interest of good sportsmanship. Use athletic contests as an opportunity to teach positive values. Control your coaches, after all, they are teachers of young adults and you would never allow a science professor to act like some coaches do.

FANS
A spectator’s ticket for admission must be considered an opportunity to watch the performance of highly impressionable athletes from children thru college and even into adults. It’s not a license to abuse coaches, players, officials or other fans. Fans must understand that attending a game is a privilege and should be treated as such. Fans should focus on positively encourage their teams and not engage in demeaning conduct toward opponents. Fans need to understand they are subject to removal from the premises if they exhibit inappropriate behavior. Officials are going to make bad calls, players are going to make mistakes, and coaches are not always going to play the players fans think they should play.

OFFICIALS
We must shoulder some of the blame for the deterioration of sportsmanship. When we fail to address unsportsmanlike actions by coaches and players, we do a disservice to the game. We must have the courage and conviction to address those situations. When it comes to dealing with unsportsmanlike acts, we have broad discretion in our responses, from verbal warnings to ejections. Remember, enforcing rules related to poor sportsmanship, and all rules, is our job. The game is there for you, you are not there for the game. You know the rule for walking so, call it whether it happens in the paint or 30 feet out. It does have an effect on the game. If you allow a coach to “bait or work” you and you turn a deaf ear because you’re worried about your rating, please for the betterment of the game, turn in your stripes!

Everyone associated with athletics must take responsibility for improving sportsmanship. From player to coach to official, we are all equal partners in promoting the positive values inherent to interscholastic participation. No matter what your role is in the game, do YOUR part to support good sportsmanship.


I’ll admit that I’m guilty of some of these activities.  I’ve heckled the refs in my time.  Mostly in fun.  To get a laugh from the crowd.   However, I can see how it can be taken too far.  I’ve heckled fans as well.  Coming close to physical altercations a time or two in the past.

I reckon it’s time to modify my behavior so as not to countenance this behavior in the future.

It’s a great piece Mr. Lighthouse.  Thank you for taking the time to highlight this issue.

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One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it.
— Knute Rockne, football coach

I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right.
— Muhammad Ali, boxer

Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose.
— Anonymous

“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”
-Jesse Owens

When the Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game.
— Grantland Rice, sportswriter

It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling. Mark Twain