Joe Paterno has been a hero and icon to many in the world of college football. This past week all hell broke lose when the story surfaced about his alleged knowledge of an inappropriate sex act committed by his long time assistant, coach Jerry Sandusky.
What is a story about Joe Paterno and Penn State football doing in a political blog? Politics dominates college football; as well as money and power. College football is big business in the United States. Winning coaches like Joe Pa are considered Gods at the Universities they serve. Many of them have as much power as the president of the university or more!
McNabb vs Hopkins. It’s time to end the “house vs. field” debate among African Americans.
Here we go again. Just two months after ESPN’s The Fab Five documentary sparked a controversy involving Jalen Rose and Grant Hill, we’ve suffered another instance of black athletes sorting our dirty laundry in public. This time it’s boxer Bernard Hopkins, who claims in a recent Philadelphia Daily News article that Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb isn’t black enough.
“He’s got a suntan. That’s all,” said the boxer during press day at his gym. Hopkins further implied that McNabb’s privileged upbringing set him up for a rude awakening when the Philadelphia Eagles traded him to the Washington Redskins last year. “Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed? Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He’s the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. ‘You’re our boy,’ ” Hopkins said, patting a reporter on the back to illustrate his point. “He thought he was one of them.”
After much posturing and predictions, the NFL draft will occur on Thursday, April 28th. Of course, the main topic of discussion will be how high in the draft will the NFL take Cam Newton? Already many experts are questioning his commitment to greatness, and if he has what it takes to become one of the NFL’s premier quarterbacks.
Cam Newton and the draft will be the dominating story in sports this week. He has an advocate in the person of Warren Moon. Warren Moon is one of the first NFL quarterbacks, who made it to the Hall of Fame in the most unconventional way. After college ball at the University of Washington he was un-drafted because of his insistence of playing the position of quarterback. Football is very political. There is no position in the game of football more political than quarterback.
Whether you’re the manager of a fast food chain, an auto dealer, CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the president of the United States, you have to be twice as good to be equal. As we get into the throes of the current NFL season you can’t help but wonder are black quarterbacks held to a higher standard. Arguably, black quarterbacks in the NFL make games more fun to watch!