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Michael Sam and the Crushing Weight and Loneliness of Expectations

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When Michael Sam made the announcement, his intention of being the first openly gay athlete in the NFL, we expected speed bumps.

We expected Sam’s draft stock slip.  We expected athletes would use code words to hide discrimination and fears. We expected “distraction” talk from coaches and general management.

But most of all, we, and Michael Sam expected him to persevere and be an NFL player.

We didn’t expect where he would be today.

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On Donald Sterling, the NBA, Racist Symbols, Easy Victories, and A Wakeup Call That May Continue To Be Unheard

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Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA Tuesday, in an unprecedented move by new commissioner, Adam Silver.  The Los Angeles Clippers owner, a habitually public racist, had long been ready for the gallows and today was the long-past due execution. Continue reading

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Bill Simmons and the Crowdsourcing Crusade Against Racist Donald Sterling

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If you have not seen it, TMZ reported late Friday night that Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, was caught on audio tape making racist comments against black people and specifically, Magic Johnson.

Sterling was arguing with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who just happens to be black and Mexican, about a picture she put up on Instagram with her and Magic Johnson.

The following are select excerpts from the audio that TMZ pulled: Continue reading

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Michael Sam Coming Out As Gay Is Only A Distraction Because NFL Personnel Want It To Be

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Michael Vick killed dogs; the Eagles welcomed him in.  Riley Cooper publicly screamed the n-word; Eagles kept him.  Ray Lewis was guilty of obstruction of justice in a murder case that you do not have to look far to realize he had more to do with; Ravens were so put off by this, they built their team around him as their face and leader of the franchise.  Ben Roethlisberger was involved in a rape case that led to a civil suit which was “settled”; the Steelers, the NFL bastion of civility, kept him on after a 4-game suspension (even lowered by the NFL from 6).  Leonard Little committed a DWI manslaughter and the Rams overlooked it – just as they did when he committed yet another DWI later in his career.

But Michael Sam, committing no crimes, but daring to be himself, an openly gay man, is a distraction. Continue reading

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Carmelo Anthony Breaks The MSG and Knicks Record For Points in a Single Game in Win Over The Bobcats

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With the Knicks falling apart because of injury and turmoil, Carmelo Anthony decided to do some breaking of his own tonight.

Melo moved past Bernard King and Kobe Bryant in the Knicks and Madison Square Garden record books, setting a franchise, arena, and career record for points in a single game, blasting off for 62 tonight versus the Bobcats. Continue reading

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The Invisibility of The Knicks’ Iman Shumpert

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We started the season under the guise that perhaps Iman Shumpert could get traded at some point.  Fans pointed towards his defense and those few foreshadowing sparks of offense he has had over his career as signs that there was potential that we could not overlook.

Then came the Kenneth Faried rumors and we saw that the league does not quite value Shump like we do, as Denver laughed off that trade possibility.  Still, trade rumors loomed. Continue reading

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Iman Shumpert and Three Trades the Knicks Could Eventually Include Him In

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Ever since the “Iman Shumpert to Denver for the Nuggets Kenneth Faried” rumor hit a few weeks back, the NBA has been ripe with rumors for possible destinations for Shump.

Talk has been anything from a trade to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo, to one for disgruntled Rockets big man, Omer Asik.

But taking the cap into account and the December 15th deadline for recently signed players, here are some actual possibilities the Knicks have if they want to use Shumpert in a trade. Continue reading

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Tyson Chandler Out 4-6 Weeks With A Fibula Fracture: Is It Panic Mode For The Knicks?

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If the Knicks and their fans were not panicking after losing their 3rd game in a row (to the Al Jefferson-less Charlotte Bobcats), they certainly are now.

ESPN’s Ian Begley reports that New York center, Tyson Chandler, will miss 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula. Continue reading

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Madison Square Garden Bridges Debut, Patrick Ewing Videobombs Alan Hahn, JR Smith Hits a Half-Court Buzzer-Beater, and Carmelo Anthony Misses a Game-Tying Last Second Shot: Knicks and Bobcats Preseason Action

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From the silly to the incredible to the defeating, Friday’s preseason New York Knicks and Charlotte Bobcats matchup was a notable exhibition.

It first featured a fun return of a legend: Patrick Ewing. Continue reading

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Jason Collins Is Actually Not The First Openly Gay Active NBA Player Yet…Because No Team Will Sign Him

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On April 29, 2013, Jason Collins announced to the world through Sports Illustrated that he was gay.  The hope was that he would become the first active athlete in a major North American team sport to be open about it – a Jackie Robinson, of sorts, for the LGBT of America.

Today is October 9, 2013.  We are 20 days away from NBA Opening Night.  Jason Collins does not have a job. Continue reading

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