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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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Warriors' Fans May Need To Be Concerned About Stephen Curry

The six-time All-Star point guard's PPG has dipped over the past few games.

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The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?

Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).

However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.

Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.

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