Rosa Parks died last week. It is almost the fiftieth anniversary of her defiant act, not surrendering her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL. I have read a blog this morning, basically saying, "What's the big deal, it was only a seat." And I have heard others – some white conservatives – singing kumbaya, holding hands, and saying that everything is okay; there are no racial issues.
Then I hear about Coach Fisher DeBerry's comments concerning why his Air Force football team sucks. Side note: when ever I say that something sucks, I wonder about sucking the thing that sucks. Not even I would suck a whole football team – guess I will have to devote some time with my shrink on this subject. Crap.
Back to DeBerry. Lots of people thought this was much ado about nothing. Me, I was surprised that Air Force had a football team at all. I had heard about Army and Navy, but I think of those folks as he-men. Air Force reminds me of Larry Hagman on I Dream of Jeannie. He was a wuss. Then I think of what DeBerry said – subtle racism? Perhaps. Lots of people (former black football pros, and ddot) say, "no."
And then some Notre Dame football coach gets a 10-year-deal for getting off to a fast start – they are something like 5 and 2. I had to look up the coach's name – Charlie Weis. The last coach Notre Dame had was Tyrone Willingham – a black coach that was fired before his contract was up. Now I am paraphrasing from memory because I have already had to look up two names – Larry Hagman and Charlie Weiss, and I don't want this blog to be real work. So the rest of this is from what I had heard on the way to work the other day. Lots of people – well, some people – think it's racism because Tyrone Willingham started out 8 and 0 (8 wins, no losses) and he was not given an extension. Then a white coach starts out worse, and he is given an extension. I heard some black columnist on – forgive me, but I don’t know his name – it is sports, after all, and I don't follow sports. Anyway, this columnist admits that Weis is probably a better coach, but doesn't think he should have been given an extension so early.
Here is where I think a subtle form of racism may have crept in – Tyrone Willingham was let go early, and the previous football coach was allowed to finish out his contract. The Georgia Bulldogs are king around here, and I am not sure if people would be happy with 5 and 2. Heck, some would want the coach's head at 5 and 2. Doesn't bother me either way, as I am sort of an anti-Georgia fan. I like Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are not anywhere as good as the Bulldogs, but pulling for Georgia if you have no real ties to the school is akin to pulling for Antonio Banderas to get laid. What is the point.
Guess I am thinking that after all of this time, things have improved with race relations – but they are not there yet. In sports, they are a lot better, but they are not fully there. I would think that few teams would not draft a player because of their race – and, sadly, that was not always the case.
Rosa Parks, rest in peace. Thanks for doing more than your fair share!
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