Friday, July 05, 2013
Sports and patriotism
From ESPN's Howard Bryant. I'm not sure this is as new a phenomenon as he suggests or that sports used to be apolitical, but I agree that it has become more pervasive and, to some, obnoxious. I particularly like the closing paragraph, where he points out the inconsistency (if not outright hypocrisy) of leagues and the media immersing games in compulsory politics, then criticizing players who speak out for their own causes and ideals, demanding that they "shut up and play."
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Hate to disagree but can you say Jackie Robinson or Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics. Sports has and will be involved in the politics of our lives. Shut up and play will never be enforceable.
Posted by: STEVEN J. FROMM | Jul 7, 2013 10:40:38 AM