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Nerves up, Heart racing, sweat on brow and upper lip.  Ball hiked pass thrown, pass tipped, and intercepted.  In a surge of anger/rage/disappointment I toss my 49er hat and Kick it up the hallway, while yelling FUUUCCCKKK!!!!  I walk right into my room strip down and go straight to bed.  Why do sports drive us so insane?

As I lay dreaming, I’m hoping that in my fit that a penalty is called, and I missed it. That the 49ers lead by Kaepernick won the game and I missed it all (granted my DVR would have been viewing).  That I would wake up to the 49ers repeating as NFC Champions.  Sadly enough that was not to come true and would remain in my dreams.

I was MISERABLE for two days.  My wife knew not to talk to me, my team members at work didn’t mention the game.  Even an open Seattle Seahawk fan I work with didn’t mention the game.  Everyone knew I was in a bad mood and it showed on my face.  How can a game that I placed no money on, that the result wouldn’t effect my life, except for my mood which is a direct result of me, change so much.  The Answer:  Passion and Love!

Sports fans all over the world know the feeling.  Some how we have built up this emotional tie to a team or person that can dictate or lives based on the results.  Even in the defeat the feeling lets us know we are alive, and in victory the joy can put a pep in our step like no other.  I have met people that their life is God, Sports, Children, Spouse, and Family.  Yes in that order!  And you can make an argument that the God is really a sport’s god.

I always say to myself, “Self if you could have that same passion for your work, or Blog you would be the most successful person ever”  and it’s true the same Passion and Love that can change my life for two days (or a week when the 49ers lost the Super Bowl) can be harnessed into my other loves then life would be even better.  So basically I’m writing this to say this year, I’m on a mission to learn how to build Passion and Love in all my walks of life and challenge everyone to do the same.  But we can never deny the rush that Sports give us and I’m thankful for the good/bad reminder that I’m ALIVE!

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Jason “Big J” Allen
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By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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On July 4th, The Dodgers were a dismal 40-44, 3.5 games back, which is an okay record… if your the Kansas City Royals.  Not okay for a team with a payroll of nearly $223 million. The Cuban Yasiel Puig was changing the culture as much as he can but in a major media market hovering near .500 is not a good thing especially with that payroll.  Could it be that the Yankee approach led by Magic Johnson and Guggenheim Baseball Management to buy a championship be a disaster?

It appeared so, Don Mattingly was updating his resume, but something changed.  Since then the Dodgers are 38-11 and have turned a 3.5 game deficit to a 9.5 game lead in the West.  However, this was never about just winning the division, its all about winning the World Series.  I’m hear to say “Dodger fans IT WILL HAPPEN!”.

The law firm of Kershaw, Greinke, and Ryu will turn out to be to difficult for teams in the playoffs.  Especially the homer happy/strikeout prone Atlanta Braves.  Could you imagine the possibility of facing Kershaw 3 times in a series?  The Pirates could be difficult as it seems like a year of destiny for them, but they will fall as well (Do I have to give a reason?  Its the Pirates!), and between the Red Sox and Tigers they will beat themselves up enough.  The Dodgers will win The World Series in 5 games. Pretty woman, beautiful weather, and championships just how Magic remembers it.

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By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Guess who’s back!
“EL Capitain” the Captain Derek Jeter leader of the Bronx Bombers here to make everything right in the Yankee World right, right,… wrong and unfair.  I know Jeter hit the first pitch he saw for a Home Run on Sunday and the Yanks eventually won the game.  Let’s be realistic Jeter’s 39 and he’s missed 103 games already this is not the Jeter of old, but just an old Jeter.  With Granderson out, Teixeria out, Arod out and with the Yanks 7.5 games out of 1st place there’s only one thing Jeter can do right, Holla at Ryan Braun (PEDs).  I’m not saying it can’t be done (who am I to judge a guy with 5Chainz!!!! I mean Rings). The fact is Jeter already has his monument coming, the clubhouse needs to receive Jeter’s leadership through his presence and how he handle’s himself in pinstripes it’s up to Cano to carry them to the division championship! Roc-A-fella yall.
Onto my thoughts…
1. The Sanchez-Geno competition seems like a Geno victory unless he falls on his face, judging by what the beat writers and what players are saying.
2. Maclin gone.  Pitta gone.  Soon training camp will be a glorified walk through.
3. Much respect to Donovan McNabb for having his #5 retired. I loved how he played in his early career (juke move on Mark Carrier #27 “Fast forward to 3:20”) and hated how his career ended (39yds passing vs SD w/Min), and Shout Out to Andy Reid knowing he was done.
4. As a NBA fan I like the Luis Sciola to Pacers trade it really helps them down in the paint.
5. As a Knicks fan I hate the Luis Sciola trade to the Pacers… just saying.
6. Aaron Rodgers hates being lied to, so does Greg Jennings apparently.
7. Dang, Kanye that photographer at the airport wasn’t there when you hit your head on that sign.  LoL that’s Cray!
8. Tino Martinez (Marlins hitting coach) snapped on the team after seeing Logan Morrison’s tweet on not being on PEDs for not scoring a run in 37 innings
9. Matty Ice $59mil guaranteed.  Is it SB or bust time?
10. AP may want HGH testing but we know the Seahawks don’t!

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By: Maurice ” Cool Reece” Thomas

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     I’m the first to admit when comes today’s contracts in sports I’m quick to say “is that player worth that much money?”, especially in the NFL.  You have players like Tony Romo who just recieve an extension worth 108 million dollars but only have one playoff win and alot people feel he doesn’t deserve it.  Yahoo Sports reports that Tony Romo makes $6,302.52per hour, while Peyton Manning only makes 400 dollars more than Romo.  What about other celebrities that makes enormous amount of money like actors or musicians?  How come we don’t judge them on their money and performance?  As Chris Rock would say “Now that ain’t right!”

     Jason “Big J” Allen my fellow UnSportsMenMic colleague asked me “how can i be so quick to hate on Megatron, but not say anything about other entertainers?” Like Ryan Reynald from the movie R.I.P.D. had two bombs in the same week, and yet he probably made millions for just being part of the film.  Hell, he scored 9 million for Green Lantern, and according to “Big J” it was terrible.  Bottom line is he’s right, a lot of people do judge athletes more than actors and musicians including myself. But why?  Until this article I never thought about how much an actor or musician made.  I never really cared, but a lot of that has to do with the fact we don’t hear about the money  they make.  Mostly people care to hear about the drama they go through or what they wore on the red-carpet. 

     So i decided to google overpaid actors and the first link I clicked on was forbes.com and the actor they had first was Eddie Murphy.  I can only think well damn Eddie’s movies have sucked in the recent years.  And what’s funny is there were other websites saying he’s the most overpaid as well. Now for a second let’s compare him in athlete terms, he would be an athlete that came out the gates hot in his rookie contract, then got his pay day for his second contract and then decided to stop striving t be the best.  We would “Kill” that guy in the media and would want him to return the money, or in the words of Eddie Murphy “HALF! Give me half Eddie”.  Furthermore I decided to search for over paid music artist came up with very little info, but I was hoping to see Jay-z name somewhere especially after the recent album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”.  I’m not saying he’s overpaid, but if he comes out with more average to terrible material like that again then somebody will have to make a list just to add him on (I’m prepared for the black lash, holla at me @CR_Unsportsmen).

     In my opinion actors or music artist always get a pass for the money they make in comparison to athletes, because almost everyone has played a sport, or at least been around sports.  With that you feel like if you had just worked harder, had a better break, or just had more of God- given talent “we” could have been a pro!  How many times have you watched a game and could point out what the player did wrong before an announcer?  How many times have you said “Man! he should have done this…” “Man! I would’ve done this/that instead”.  I’m sure most if not all of you have, and that is where our “skepticism” or our harsh judgement comes from.  On the other hand, we all don’t feel like we can/could make it as an actor, or musician, so we have a habit of giving them a pass. .  Though they all have pre maddona moments, but athletes are the ones I hear the most about, because of sports media with “breaking news” of new contracts, contract disputes, or contract extensions.

     Maybe if I was able to watch Beyonce perform all her shows than I would probably have a different opinion on her.  The same if i saw how many retakes Denzel Washington had to have while filming a movie.  Then maybe I would have more of an opinion if they make too much money, but all we get is the finished product to judge them on.  So is it fair for athletes to be judged for how much money they make?  No, but there’s no editing in sports so I’ll be judging Romo every Sunday.  And just like unemployed Bart Scott “Cant Wait!”

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By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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The Summer of Mo

With the 2013 season being the last for Mariano Rivera, it dawned on me watching the All-Star game the other night; that Mo is the epitome of being a true Yankee. How great was it that “Enter the Sandman” plays and Mo comes out and no one else is on the field; both dugouts are standing there cheering for him.  The reason I say that is in a world where teammates (Arod and Petitte) usage of PED’s and HGH and idiotic tweets (Arod, we can actually go all day with Arod but I digress) run rampant Mo has been nothing but a class act.  Since taking over as closer from John Wetteland in ’97 Mo has 634 saves and had 30 saves at the All-Star break not bad for a 43yr old.  Rivera has dominated the game with one pitch a cutter that has broken the bats of many major leaguers ask the Twins (they gave Rivera a chair of broken bats).   Mariano lets his game do the talking for him, he never shows up his opponent with crazy emotional outburst like many closers do.  No Rivera handles himself like a true Yankee would.  Come on even Red Sox fans recently cheered for Mo now that’s respect.
Onto my thoughts…
1. A 66 in the final round!  Wow congrats Phil Mickelson.
2. Didn’t Ryan Braun do a Rafael Palmeiro and emphatically deny the use of PED’s or HGH right?
3. I thought Arod was coming back, but now not so much.  He’s next to go.
4. Tim Duncan to nice of a guy for his ex wife to lie about him right… Dang Timmmmy!!!!
5. And here I thought Bosh was the down low star…  Then again
6. Training camp around the NFL starts this week and we’ve all missed it.  As a Jet’s fan let the Sanchez vs Geno battle begin!
7. Looking at Von Miller’s wardrobe, glasses, and demeanor I’m not to surprised he was smoking weed.
8. Only Ryan Reynolds can have two movies come out the same weekend and neither one be #1 in the box office.  Turbo looked so bad my kids didn’t want to see it.  And what can be said about R.I.P.D. that is not in the title, cause this movie will Rest In Peace.
9. And I thought Channing Tatum was bad…  Damn Van Wilder.
10. My surprise National League World Series Representative is the LA Dodgers and for the American League the Red Sox.  Winner to be decided with later.

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By: Jason “Big J” Allen, Follow Me @UnsportsmenBigJ

“Charges don’t stick to dude, he’s Teflon” Jay-Z “The Ruler’s Back” This is the NFL, John “Teflon Don” Gotti, nothing seems to effect the NFL image, EVER!  I have felt this way for a while but recently reading Joseph Haas (great follow too @JerseyHaas) Dings & Dents: The NFL Image Problem it made me think “Why can’t the NFL go the way of the MLB, and NBA image wise?”  What makes the NFL so untouchable?  At one time or another both the NBA, and MLB was considered untouchable, but boy how the mighty have fallen.  So what sets the NFL apart?  Why does the bad image never hurt the NFL?  One huge reason is the NFL is marketed as the “Ultimate TEAM SPORT!”

Let’s start with the NBA, during its heyday the talent was great and the technical part of the game was amazing.  Less athletes but you had more skill on the floor.  The first hurdle the NBA hit was a drug problem in the 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s.   Say what you want about the David Stern, but he spent a whole career as a Commish cleaning up that image.  Luckily with emerge of Magic/Bird, and later MJ he had the great thought to promote “SuperStars”.  Yes, come one come all and see these extraordinary men play basketball.  The NBA is the most “Star studded” league out of the majors three, and that was by design.  Stern basically said look at how my league just produces stars you can follow from college up to the big leagues.  Well eventually that backfired with straight from high school jumps, which lowered the skill on the court, and the adding of more franchises (less is sometimes more).  Also the drug image got replaced eventually over time with the “Thug persona”.  Who could forgot players coming to the arena looking like rappers?  So you marketed a league around individual SuperStars and when the SuperStars were not as talented, or represented a certain aspect of the society that the masses couldn’t relate to, the league, got a bad rap (no pun).  Now the NBA is making every player go Justin Timberlake “Suit and Tie” and we are starting to see the NBA fashion atmosphere come straight from the runway to the Press Conference.  I’m not to keen on the 1 year rule the league has mandated I think it should be closer to the NFL with 3 years so we can see these players grow overseas, or in college.  Also with the Stars actually being talented, and LBJ taking the spotlight to lead the league we are seeing a revamped image similar to the dare I say MJ years.

MLB is the perfect example of duality in image.  The MLB loved its status of “America’s Pasttime”, it had stars, excitement, and history.  The thing that hurt the MLB saved it all at the same time.  It’s history and reliance on numbers.  The MLB is probably the slowest evolving sport, look at its stance on replay.  Look how it refuses to put a better product on TV.  You have officially divided your fans MLB, the younger generation looks at you like a dinosaur because of your lack of technology and advancements, while the older generation looks at your PED issue as the destruction of the beloved stats.  When you have a drug problem that enhances performance, which enhances stats, it hurts the history of a sport that is so numbers and history orientated to a mockery.  Right now as I write your Home Run King was a PED user, and the league lacks the guts to do anything about it, because that would be change and we know the MLB is slow to do that.  So for the foreseeable future whenever we see a player jump in stats we will ask questions of how legit it is (Please let Puig be the real thing).  The MLB is directly responsible for its image of cheaters and old geezers, because it turned its head during the early reports of PED use.  The MLB turns its nose up at tech that can make the game better, or at least help get the call right (Angel Hernandez anyone).  Now because of the image you have made part of your culture you have a generation of kids growing up in the “Steroid era/PED era” and we are starting to see an apathy when it comes to cheaters.  Now the MLB is cleaning house and trying to slowly introduce technology, but it maybe a little to late to reclaim the #1 spot in America’s heart.

Now I know the NFL has had 30 arrest since the end of the Super Bowl, and right now one of the NFL’s stars is going through a trial that is revealing more horrendous acts every day.  Yet the Shield takes a bump, and like a good blacksmith the league continues to smooth it out.  Because the NFL is promoted as a team sport, and a next man up mentality its hard to associate the league with the acts of individuals.  Yes, the NFL promotes stars, you have your Peyton Manning who had a million commercials and SNL appearances, but did we forget that just 2 years ago we had a league with no Peyton Manning in it, and we still watched.  Imagine if the NBA lost LBJ for a year, would YOU watch?  Probably not.  In the NFL numbers don’t matter only wins Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning have some of the worse regular season stats of QB’s but yet they sit with 2 rings each.  We don’t call them a bum, because they win.  MLB you can have nasty numbers but turn up in the postseason and all everyone will point to is your average regular season’s when it’s HOF time (Curt Schilling is still not in HOF yet he helped revive and lead two snake bitten franchises to a World Series Championship).  Hell the NFL touted out Replacement players in 1987 and even Replacement Refs in two separate occasions (Fail Mary, the Nation will never forget) and we still watched.  This is all because the NFL never rests its head on one gimmick to be marketable.  The NFL never forgets its past, but always tries to push the envelope into the future, all while reminding America this is a team sport and one player will never destroy that image, even if its been 30 so far.  The NFL has Stars, the NFL has Stats, and the NFL has a image that everyone can get behind “Teamwork”.  So when it comes to an image to quote Lebron James and Lil’ Wayne the NFL “Ain’t got no worries!”

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
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As a Fan we are all passionate about the sports, but there are those fans that are truly Fanatics and go too far.  I wrote this article especially for around Super Bowl time, because as a fan base I think we are sometimes off base and OUT of line.  This is not directed to the majority but at the minority of knuckleheads out there.  Soccer hooligans, NBA fans fighting with players during a game, riots when a team wins/loses a title, or has a parade.  NFL fans throwing batteries on the field or purposefully vomiting on other fans.  It’s in baseball, hockey, and golf at every level.  It is almost like a world wide epidemic.

As I researched this article I found far more then I planned.  It’s not just pro sports, its college, high school, and kids games.  The research showed me things like a Brazilian soccer goalie being murdered because his team lost the world cup, 70 plus people dying in Egypt at a soccer riot, and a stabbing after the  2012 NFC title game (yes it happens close to home too).  During research I even found sites listing the top 10 riots of all time, yes glamorizing idiotic decisions (you think we would get enough of that on the 5 or 6 o’clock news). You can even breakdown the riots by sport and if it’s pro or amateur.  The poor display of fandum (emphasis on DUM) is not just violence and riots, that’s just the headline grabbing worst part.

The pro sports are the worst at rowdy behavior.  We have extreme examples of poor sportsmanship and loyalty.  Booing the team and players you paid to see (Kansas City Chiefs), throwing debris on the field because you don’t like a call (Atlanta Braves), cheering career and life changing injuries of rivals #MichaelIrving (Philadelphia Eagles), the beating of a fan outside a stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers), or a shooting after a preseason game (San Francisco 49ers). There are just so many cases, but where did these people learn or become this?

Breaking it down, we just can’t say “some people are just too passionate, obnoxious and rowdy” most of the time they learn this from the Parents! Charles Barkley may not be a role model but as a parent, especially at a kid’s game, YOU ARE! You hear about parents being banned from little league games, yes Little league, because of arguing or fighting with a umpire, coach, or other parents. Some parents talk about keeping their kids out of sports because of how other parents act.  This aggressive mentality has made some organizations stop keeping score as to not incite bad parent behavior.  You may not like something that happened, but you don’t have to throw a temper tantrum.  Imagine how your child feels or what they are learning from your behavior.  These young people are the future of our country (we are in trouble) when they are finally away from their parents guess what they learned while watching you in little league.

Like Michael Irving said “take losing like a man”, most lessons are learned in sports by losing, and learning how to win or lose with Sportsmanship.  As a fan show the same level or higher standard of class and respect for the sport that the players and organizations show.  I think the common attitude prevails is “I paid for this ticket so I paid for the right to act a fool.  These sports have tried everything to curve this behavior there are more police at games, and alcohol sales end earlier but things haven’t changed.  It will take us policing ourselves, but since no one will listen or speak up in fear of violence, we are stuck in a cycle of stupidity.

So as you go out and watch the Super Bowl, by all means enjoy yourself go crazy and get loose, especially if you’re a 49er or Raven fan.  Just try to remember that your decisions and actions ripple and affect others and teach our future.  No matter who wins or loses just remember Sports are something to enjoy and be shared that’s why I played and why I am a fan.  Oh yea Beyonce is the halftime show if you want to riot because of how fine she is I’m down! Just Sayin’

James “JD” Davis

When I started my articles on race and sports, I deliberately timed it to sync in with the election.  As a country we try our best to claim our racial equality and that we don’t see color.  Well I’m sorry I see color, race, creed, and religion.  There are just some things, (thought process, actions, ideas, and beliefs) that you do because of your racial identity.

How many black punters or kickers do you see in the NFL?  Not a lot or probably none, why?  Because no black wants to be a punter growing up, yet if you look at the position it yields great pay, it’s a specialized job that every team needs and you usually have a long career doing it.  Yet black culture refuses to promote that position.  The day we can talk about race without being called racist, race baiter, or lacking empathy for others situations is when we will break down the walls of America’s racial divide.  I just happen to think it starts and ends with sports.

In existence of man we have always competed to see who “the best was”, but through sports we have established bonds and relations that would have never been fostered.  Look at the Olympics; it helps with international relationships and understanding.  Imagine the kid who grew up in a rural majority white area that plays baseball.  When he goes to college or if he ever makes the Majors, he will have teammates that are Hispanic more than likely.  At that moment his dedication to the sport and the team attitude opens him up for conversations and understanding that he would have never experienced in other fields.

I can go on all day about examples of racial divides and prejudges that is eliminated because of team sports.  The more important issue though is how we are allowing our stereotypes, and prejudge seep into our sports life.  Why does RGIII have to defend himself about being compared to Cam Newton?  Why does Warren Moon have to come out and point out racial comparisons?  Why do we care that Minnesota Timberwolves have 33% black players on their team?

Those examples matter because we are afraid to speak about anything race related.  America has turned White Guilt into WHITE ANGER over THEIR country, but every sporting event we show unity over a pigskin, the round ball, and baseball (couldn’t find a nickname for a baseball).  I have friends that I have met over a sporting event (+ @bar + drinks + love/hate for a team= friendship) that I would have never attempted or wanted to talk to.  Why can’t we talk as easily about why the Yankees are better than the Braves when it comes to race and issues of the sort.

I wanted to do this series to expose or shed light on issues and stereotypes that people either don’t want to know about or don’t care to know about.  I hope this stuff gets people talking in a constructive manner and get a better insight that racial issues still shapes America.  In summary:

NFL- Everybody loves Football, but football hates white running backs, wide receivers, and cornerbacks, and they are still clueless about the black quarterback.

MLB- Is losing black players and viewers, also they pigeon hole Hispanic players

NBA- Is losing the white AMERICAN athlete and viewer, and is the best at international relations, and had to change the image of an inferior product because of the Hip-Hop area.

See even I’m good with stereotyping from a small amount of information.  Now go out there and discuss the issues and I hope at least one of the articles made a brief conversation that would have never existed.

Race in Sports Intro

Race In Sports: NFL

Race In Sports: MLB

Race In Sports: NBA

Jason

Early on when we started this blog, one of my good friends left a comment basically stating “Yall should do an article or segment on do white people root for white players and etc.”  So I started doing my home work on it and naturally its hard to prove if races root more or less for the same or different race.  Maybe people don’t see race at all, Yes we have finally evolved, well at least in the realm of sports.  Well as I dug deeper I realized that you can see a trend on races supporting some sports over others.  It kind of opened my eyes and I wanted to share all of this with everyone to open up conversations.

So I started writing and realized that there is no way I could do the article justice in the constraints that I established for our site (550 words or less).  So I started sweating because I already had over 1000 words and I still had so much still to say and so much that was left unsaid.  I even tried to edit down some of it but it destroyed the flow of the article.  So I decided to Peter Jackson you all (minus making you pay for each viewing), and break it up into three parts focusing on NFL, MLB, NBA.  Ok that Peter Jackson comment was harsh, lets say I’m movie studio’ing you guys and cutting it into three parts.

So every Tuesday for the next three weeks I will be posting an article dealing with these thoughts, findings, and issues.  I do want to put out there that I’m not race baiting or making harsh judgements.  I’m just looking at sports in a way that yes will make people uncomfortable and being a Black American, I had to get thoughts and feelings from other races (mainly White and Hispanic).  I hope everyone will enjoy and I did have a great time doing this.

Oct 16th- Race and the NFL

Oct 23rd- Race and the MLB

Oct 30th- Race and the NBA

Nov 6th- Summary/Conclusion

 

Jason

 

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