Write Flight: When White Hoops Writers Run Away from White Players

Most journalists have gotten over using the archaic terms of past generations. Every once in a while that coded language will flare up again (as it did during Jeremy Lin’s emergence a couple of years ago, and when Richard Sherman went off a couple of months ago) but for the most part we know better. We don’t connect ability to chromosomal sequences anymore. Well, except for white basketball players.

Not looking for pity for the white man here, but it’s something I’ve noticed, too. Thoughtful writing on race, sports journalism, and lazy thinking.

Write Flight: When White Hoops Writers Run Away from White Players

Rivalries are born from teams that play each other a lot. When you’re not in the rivalry and you look back at it, you’re thinking, Well, I hated that guy because he would have made a great teammate.

Scot Pollard. Cf. Carolyn Hax: “Competitive people are most annoying to other competitive people.”

Doubt is what drives me, the nervousness that I don’t have it anymore. There’s nothing a coach or anyone can say to me that’s more powerful than my own fear that I can’t do it anymore.

NBA Rebuilding the Highlight Factory – ESPN

Atlanta is a sports town, just not one that resembles other major league cities. To understand Atlanta’s relationship with the Hawks, it’s necessary to understand that the common cultural heritage of the metropolitan area tends toward living in the suburbs and the tribalism of college football. To believe Atlanta is not a good sports town, it’s necessary to believe college football is not a sport.

NBA Rebuilding the Highlight Factory – ESPN

Kyle Korver’s Big Night, and the Day on the Ocean That Made It Possible

The point is, as we’re paddleboarding [25 miles] … there wasn’t a tree, there wasn’t a corner, there weren’t mile markers. You had to break it down even smaller. Into the stroke. So I sat there and tried to perfect my stroke each time I pull. The angles of how I’m pulling the paddle back and going forward. How long I’m going. How I’m using my wrist. All these things. You try to make the stroke perfect.

Filed under: practice.

Kyle Korver’s Big Night, and the Day on the Ocean That Made It Possible

Saying Good-bye As the Braves Leave Atlanta for ‘Atlanta’ – Grantland.

Nothing in this message is a lie, or even exaggerated, once you realize who the audience is. This message isn’t directed toward the Atlanta city-dweller. The “you, our fans” is not targeted at a person who lives in the city of Atlanta. It’s targeted at everyone in that dark-red blot that lives in the city’s northern suburbs. If you’re a fan who lives in these suburban areas, today is a great day. It has long been a hassle to get to Turner Field — because it involves going all the way to Atlanta to see the Atlanta Braves.


LOOK AWAY: Steph Curry had a 3-on-1 break against the Clippers, so naturally he pulled up and shot a 3-pointer (and got fouled = 4-point play).  That’s not why I posted this GIF though.

Just look at the faces of the crushed Clippers fans in the stands who can do nothing but look away.

My Power Rankings:

  1. Brunette lady in blue Clippers jersey
  2. Guy who exhales, grabs Dodgers cap
  3. Older white guy shaking his head



THE BESTNothing is more Larry Bird than this play

This is, by far, my favorite Larry Bird moment, and a Top 10 NBA Moment Ever in my opinion.  The first time I saw this highlight, I gasped.

It’s one thing to know your shot is short.  It’s another to know where the rebound’s headed.  It’s a third to instinctually and immediately go for the ball, and just patently absurd to switch hands to get the shot off, and make it.

There are a lot of great plays in the NBA, but you will not find ten better than this.  It really is breathtaking.


Donald Trump Licked My Flesh, Part 3

Donald Trump Licked My Flesh, Part 3