Page 2’s LZ Granderson has an interesting today on African-American athletes on their interest, or lack thereof , in politics.
So, if you’re Tiki Barber, where’s your head at this week?
Just a season ago, Barber was the captain and leader of the Giants. He announced early on that the 2006-07 season, would be his last, so for the entire year it was an informal going away tour for him. Many felt he was just reaching his peak and had several years left in him. But, to Tiki’s credit, he had interests outside of the game and wanted to pursue them.
After being courted by ESPN, FOX and others, he landed with NBC as a correspondent on the Today Show, but most notably on NBC’s Sunday night Football in America show. Early on, he was criticized heavily by calling out some of his former teammates and airing their dirty laundry — something that’s against the code of NFL players.
But as the season progressed, he found his niche and along with Bob Costas, Jerome Bettis and Cris Collinsworth, formed a decent team.
But one has to wonder, with the Giants in the Super Bowl and the only way he’ll be involved is as a reporter, is Tiki a bit salty? Apparently not. He seems content with where he is and is proud and supportive of his former teammates.
Yeah right, you know it’s eating him up on the inside.
Not that even matters, because he still has his national ESPN Radio show, he’s a regular on ESPN’s NBA Shootaround and for some reason is a new expert of politics, but for the sake of news, the Philadelphia Inquirer fired Stephen A. Smith today, months after stripping him of his column and demoting him to a GA reporter.
Some people think this is big news, partly because of their distaste for the outspoken, brash Smith. But to me, this is a non-issue. Sure, that’s one less black reporter/columnist in the newsroom, but if you think he’s worried about losing his little newspaper gig, you’re fooling yourself.
He’ll be just fine.
I always get disappointed when PTI comes on and Wilbon is not there. But yesterday, with JA Adande pinch hitting, it appeared there was more to the story as co-host Tony Kornheiser said Wilbon has suffered some “chest pains” but was doing better.
Sure enough, courtesy of good friend, Roy S. Johnson, Wilbon indeed suffered a minor heart attack.
I’m a big Wilbon fan and, as a young black sports journalists, he stands tall in my eyes. He is one of the few in today’s age of print media jumping to television and online, to continue to write on a regular basis. I can only imagine the wear and tear his body takes with obligations to ESPN/ABC, the Post and family.
Here’s to a speedy recovery.
I hope to keep politics out of this blog, but when I come across something fun and sports related, I have to pass it along. I was doing some reading on Barack Obama’s win this past weekend in South Carolina and in the process, I stumbled upon a piece Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price did on the presidential hopeful back in December.
Any politicians who rocks Jordans has my support.
Not sure how I missed this, but on Friday, AOL’s Sean Jenson had an interesting commentary on the hiring of black coaches, or the lack thereof.
After the celebration of last year’s Super Bowl with Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith, along with the more recent hirings of Mike Tomlin and Romeo Crennel, it appeared the Rooney Rule was definitely having a positive impact on race in the NFL.
But with several openings this offseason in the college and pro game, the lack of black head coaches is starting to rear its ugly head again.
According to the Washington Post, a noose was found on the building site of Washingtons Nationals new stadium in Southeast D.C. An unnamed worker of Truland Systems has been fired, the paper reported.
Seriously, this is getting old.