How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the USMNT

**Editor’s note: This post comes to us as a contribution from @BaelessSkip. We don’t talk much about the Beautiful Game here, but I know there are some fans. So take a little time to read this if you don’t watch a lot of soccer and enjoy his perspective on why Black Americans should root for the … Continue reading

What We Can Learn from Stephen A. Smith

This post comes to us via a generous contribution from @SeeSenyour, a good friend of mine and a knowledgeable voice about basketball and sports commentary.   On July 25th 2014, ESPN Anchor Stephen A. Smith went on national television and said this about domestic violence: “We know they’re wrong. We know they’re criminal. We know they … Continue reading

God Made a (Black) Farmer

  One of the most well-executed and highly-discussed commercials of Super Bowl Sunday was another turn in nostalgia-as-promotion as Dodge used a haunting speech by Paul Harvey over a series of moving images of farmers to advertise their Ram trucks. I thought it was pretty cool stuff, and coming from a family and part of … Continue reading

Steal Home

  Today we honor one of the legends of Black Excellence. Today is Jackie Robinson’s birthday, and on the eve of Black History Month, I’d just like to pay tribute to perhaps the most important Black athlete (hell, maybe the most important American athlete) of all time. This was the man who integrated the sport … Continue reading

Mortality

And so begins the (perhaps logical) ending to this blog’s “RG3 Cycle” that has been written this season (and my second Wagner reference in two posts). Over the past calendar year, I’ve dedicated a couple thousand words to chronicling the birth, ascent, and controversy surrounding a sports phenomenon here in DC the likes of which … Continue reading

“What Do His Braids Say to You?”

I promise this isn’t another Robert Griffin III post. I’m pretty sure that if I write about him one more time during the season, I have to carry his shoulder pads, so I’m chilling. But when RG3 was busy NOT being the subject of high-praising 40 Acres posts, First Take commentators decided to have a … Continue reading

RG3sus

**Note** This post is a follow-up to our pre-draft assessment of Robert Griffin III in “Intangibles,” which looked at the racial elements behind some of the characterizations of the QB and the QB he rivaled for the top spot, Andrew Luck** Count me among the surprised at the amazing season Sir Robert Griffin III has turned … Continue reading

Gabby Douglas: Golden Girl

Let the coronation of the 2012 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastic Team begin. After an absolutely dominant showing in the team gymnastics events, yesterday the American women soared to nab team gold, the first for our country since the Magnificent Seven in 1996. All that separates us from fielding perhaps one of the greatest women’s gymnastics … Continue reading

The Brooklyn Nets Feed the Post

If you didn’t know yet, the New Jersey Nets have become the Brooklyn Nets and are embarking upon a slight rebranding campaign based in hip-hop imagery and a sleek Black & White frills-free design template allegedly designed by the (minority) boss himself, Jay-Z. Personally, I think it’s pretty cool. You got the home of hip-hop … Continue reading

“Intangibles”

In the upcoming NFL draft, Andrew Luck is being hyped as the sure-fire first overall pick. He’s one of those guys pegged to one day be a Hall of Famer before he even takes a snap. Some say he’s even better looking than Peyton. Coming in slightly behind him in QB rankings in the draft … Continue reading