Politics Are And Always Will Be A Part Of Sports

Politics Are And Always Will Be A Part Of Sports

You can't have one without the other.
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There has been a lot of activity on and off the field this summer when concerning sports. From Kaepernick and taking a knee, to Jemele Hill, to Trump himself rescinding his White House invitation to Steph Curry. It has caused a lot of people to get very angry and yell "get politics out of my sports," or "I just watch sports to get away from politics," and everything in between. Well I hate to break it to you, but politics are and always will be a part of sports.

Let's start with Colin Kaepernick, the most talked about athlete that doesn't play. Let's be honest here, Kaepernick is not a top-10 or even top-20 quarterback at the moment. But I guarantee you he is better than at least 5 quarterbacks in the NFL. If Brian Hoyer, or Mike Glennon can keep getting paid millions to play shit football, surely Kaepernick can. The only thing that's keeping him off the field is his knee. No, it's not injured. You know what I'm talking about.

America collectively lost its shit over Kaepernick and taking a knee during the national anthem. Because for some reason a football player can only be that, a football player. He should just take his millions, throw the football, get off the field and keep his mouth shut.

But Kaepernick wasn't going to do that. He recognizes that change only occurs with action. And so while one knee might have unjustly ended his career, it has sparked a never-ending debate about race and patriotism.

So let's talk about taking a knee during the national anthem. One thing I cannot understand is why people get so angry about it. Kaepernick taking a knee does absolutely nothing to you. It does not affect your beliefs, it does not affect your "patriotism," and it doesn't do anything but deliver a message. A message that says "this country is not equal." Kaepernick is standing up for all black people in America that have been wronged.

And he's not alone, Michael Bennet, Marshawn Lynch, Eric Reid, eleven Cleveland Browns players, and many more across the league have joined in this season. They are peacefully protesting, kneeling in complete silence, but that's just too much apparently. Remember when white supremacists flooded a town for torches, drove into a crowd of people, and beat a black man because a racist statue was going to be removed?

No one's talking about that anymore. Instead, it's all about these black men protesting what is wrong in this country, but white people just can't let it go. If this is too much protest from black people, then what the hell are they supposed to do?

The truth that no one wants to point out is that white people think there are no race problems in America, which in turn is pretty ignorant and racist. To not acknowledge the disparity in treatment of African Americans in this country is just plain wrong. So stop telling them to stand back up, you're part of the problem.

Moving on, our lovely dumb-as-a-rock President has escalated this entire situation to another level. Not only did he say that owners should "tell those son's of bitches to get off the field" (referencing players taking a knee), he also got into a twitter tantrum about Rodger Goodell, uninvited Steph Curry to the White House which in turn led to the entire Golden State Warriors to un-invite themselves, and caused the god of sports, LeBron James, to call him "a bum."

Wow, that was a mouthful. So it's incredibly ironic how Trump has politicized all of this shit to another level, and nearly everyone who hates black people protesting in sports and wants it gone also voted for the man. I won't even bother going into how ignorant and idiotic everything Trump said was here, because it's too much.

Politics and sports are intrinsically connected forever, and it's not just about players protesting for equality. Here in Cincinnati, we are stuck in the middle of an incredibly frustrating feud over where to locate FC Cincinnati's new soccer stadium and the situation could not be any more political.

How about the Olympics? The Miracle on Ice? You can't tell me that wasn't political. How about when the freaking Nazi's hosted the Olympics? What about the whole Washington Redskins debacle (that seemingly no one cares about anymore)?

There are countless connections to sports and politics because you simply cannot expect the people who participate in them to not reflect the country they are living in. Next time you see a player taking a knee, instead of getting outraged, maybe take a second and think "hmmm, why would they be doing this" and you just might get 1% of a better perspective on the issue. If you still fail to understand, well put your MAGA hat back on and go back to the coal mine.

We cannot continue to ignore the social injustices of our time. And if it takes a Colin Kaepernick, a LeBron James, or even a Steph Curry standing up and speaking out to get something done about it, then by all means, take a knee.

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47 Things All Female Athletes Have Said

Yes, I know I am sweating a lot. No, I do not enjoy practices. Yes, I have said all 47 of these.
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Whether you're a collegiate athlete, or a high school one, you have probably found yourself saying most of these phrases. Us athletes know that the athlete life isn't for everyone, and we often find ourselves questioning if it's still for us. So, this is for all my fellow athletes.

All my fellow athletes who know the struggle is undoubtedly real, and who find themselves saying these 47 phrases almost as often as I do.

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1. Do you have an extra hair tie?

2. What if we just said no? What if we just didn't run when the whistle is blown?

3. I, like, really, am not feeling practice today.

4. Do these pants make my quads look big?

5. Are you going to eat before or after practice?

6. I'm so sore.

7. Want to get McDonald's after practice?

8. Did you see that she wore makeup to a preseason practice?

9. I actually looked like a girl today.

10. I wonder what college would be like if I wasn't an athlete.

11. We're up before the sun way too often.

12. Is it gross if I don't shower after weights?

13. How hard do you think practice will be today?

14. Coach is literally crazy.

15. I ate like 20 minutes ago, so there's a 50% chance I puke during this practice.

16. I'm not going to drink the protein shake they gave us because it's going to make me gain weight.

17. I think my legs are bigger than his, so I can't date him.

18. I think my arms are bigger than his, so I can't date him.

19. Today in class a non-athlete was talking about how busy her schedule is. It was so annoying.

20. Thinking about preseason makes me want to cry.

21. Is it even healthy for us to have this many practices in one day?

22. I'll be right back, I'm having PGD (pre-game dumps).

23. I think I'm going to throw up.

24. I should have worked out more on my own.

25. How do other girls have the energy to put makeup on for class every day?

26. My legs are dead.

27. Why did we think being a college athlete was a good idea?

28. Do you think coach will be mad if I have to go pee?

29. I think I peed my pants a little bit during conditioning.

30. Should I wear my hair in a pony-tail, or in a bun?

31. I should probably start eating healthy soon.

32. Only six more practices until the weekend, we can do this.

33. I'd rather be sore for a week straight than climb into this ice bath.

34. They might have beat us, but at least we're still pretty.

35. I can't wait to celebrate our win this weekend.

36. How many hours of sleep did you get? I got 6, it was crazy, I feel so refreshed.

37. I look like such a boy right now.

38. Will you braid my hair?

39. That referee totally rigged the game. We should have won.

40. I think I'd hate being a reg (regular student).

41. It's OK if I eat this since we had conditioning this morning, right?

42. If you're not doing homework, get off the bus Wi-Fi, everybody.

43. These pants fit my legs perfectly but are huge on my waist.

44. I smell so bad right now that I can smell myself.

45. I bet my grades would be so much better if I wasn't an athlete.

46. Coach only gave us, like, one water break during practice. It was horrible.

47. I am so happy that I'm an athlete.

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I Wouldn't Trade My DII Experience To Play DI Athletics Any Day

I'm thankful that I didn't go DI because I wouldn't have had the best four-year experience as a college athlete.

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As a high school athlete, the only goal is to play your varsity sport at the Division 1 level in college.

No one in high school talks about going to a Division 2 or 3 school, it's as if the only chance you have at playing college athletics is at the DI level. However, there are so many amazing opportunities to play a varsity sport at the DII and DIII level that are equally fun and competitive as playing for a division 1 team.

As a college athlete at the DII level, I hear so many DI athletes wishing they had played at the DII or DIII level. Because the fact of the matter is this: the division you play in really doesn't matter.

The problem is that DII and DIII sports aren't as celebrated as Division 1 athletics. You don't see the National Championships of Division 2 and 3 teams being broadcasted or followed by the entire country. It's sad because the highest levels of competition at the DII and DIII level are competing against some of the Division 1 teams widely celebrated across the country. Yet DII and DIII teams don't receive the recognition that DI athletics do.

Not everyone can be a DI athlete but that doesn't mean it's easy to be a DII or DIII athlete. The competition is just as tough as it is at the top for DII and DIII athletes. Maybe the stakes are higher for these athletes because they have to prove they are just as good as DI athletes. Division 2 and 3 athletes have just as much grit and determination as Division 1 athletes, without the glorified title of being "a division 1 athlete."

Also, playing at the DII or DIII level grants more opportunities to make your college experience your own, not your coach's.

I have heard countless horror stories in athletics over the course of my four-year journey however, the most heartbreaking come from athletes who lose their drive to compete because of the increased pressure from coaches or program. Division 1 athletics are historically tougher programs than Division 2 or 3 programs, making an athlete's college experience from one division to another significantly different.

The best part of not going to a division 1 school is knowing that even though my team doesn't have "DI" attached to it, we still have the opportunity to do something unique every time we arrive at an event. Just because we aren't "DI" athletes, we still have the drive and competitive spirit to go to an event and win. We are great players, and we have broken countless records as a team.

That's something we all have done together, and it's something we can take with us for the rest of our lives.

We each have our own mission when it comes to our college athletic careers, however together we prove to be resilient in the fight for the title. Giving it all when we practice and play is important, but the memories we have made behind the scenes as a team makes it all worth it, too.

The best part of being apart of college athletics is being able to be passionate about your sport with teammates that embody that same mindset. It's an added benefit to having teammates who become your best friends because it makes your victories even more victorious, and your defeats easier to bare.

No matter what level an athlete is playing at in college, it's important that all the hours spent at practice and on the road should be enjoyed with teammates that make the ride worthwhile. The experiences athletes have at any level are going to vary, but the teammates I have and the success we've had together is something I cherish and will take with me forever. I'm thankful that I didn't go DI because I wouldn't have had the best four-year experience as a college athlete.

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