It may have been a long time coming but ESPN has launched their African-American sports and culture blog, The Undefeated. It has been in the works for three years.
Chance the Rapper is proud of his Southside Chicago roots. His lyrics are riddled with references to his hometown and he can be seen wearing a Chicago White Sox fitted baseball cap most of his appearances over the past few years. So his recent team up with his local baseball team is a no-brainer.
The Chicago rapper recently released a new set of baseball hats for the White Sox –which sold out its limited run of 2,000 within hours– and is the narrator for the in-stadium video for this season. He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the recent home opener. Now, ESPN reports that Chance is close to signing a deal to become the official club ambassador the for team.
The use of Native American imagery in sports has been debated for quite a while. The Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, Fighting Illini and the Washington Redskins, especially, have been at the center of a discussion about what should be allowed in sports for the sake of legacy and tradition.
ESPN’s Bomani Jones just added fuel to the flames with his recent appearance on Mike & Mike. Jones is known for both his intelligence and becoming a lightning rod for sports fans that disagree with his views. So it’s not all that surprising that he got a similar response when he wore a Cleveland “Caucasians” shirt on live television.
Sports network ESPN gave a very bizarre update on Michael Sam. Earlier this year, Sam made history when he became the first openly gay NFL football player.
During an update as to how Sam is fairing on the team (he was drafted to the St. Louis Rams) on SportsCenter, reporter Josina Anderson talked about Sam’s chances of making the Rams final 53-man roster this season.
But instead of talking about how he’s doing on the field, Anderson spent most of the time talking about how Sam is fitting in with teammates.
ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for remarks the television host made about domestic violence on Friday.
Smith appears on the network’s show “First Take.” In addition to being suspended from the television show, Smith is also banned from making appearances on ESPN Radio for one week.
I swear I’ll stop writing about Jalen Rose and The Fab Five after this week. I promise. I did, however, want to beat this dead horse one more good time take a moment to make a request of my (s)kinfolk.
What follows is a clip of ESPN’s Chris Broussard discussing the Jalen Rose/Grant Hill issue on First Take. What I’m mostly concerned with begins around minute 1:55.
Last night I caught ESPN’s 30 for 30 installment, The Fab Five. The documentary chronicles the two years the University of Michigan men’s basketball team captured the imagination–and ire–of the sports watching public. I was a young kid when Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, and Chris Webber revolutionized college basketball and rocked my basketball-loving world, even more so than the Larry Johnson-led UNLV Runnin’ Rebels who came a few years before them. Growing up in basketball obessed Indiana, loyalities were given to either the Purdue Boilermakers or the Indiana Hoosiers. I had always been rather uninspired by the rivalry, couldn’t care less about Gene Keady or Bob Knight. But the Fab Five? I wanted to be their little tomboyish sister or something. I wanted the baggy shorts, the black socks, the black sneakers–that I had to convince my dad to buy me, because according to him, “girls don’t wear black gym shoes.”–and maybe even the bald head. The Fab Five documentary took me back to those inevitably heartbreaking two years when Jalen Rose was my favorite Fab Fiver and the Duke Blue Devils were exactly that–devils. Although the film primarily spoke to the part of me that never got over the Wolverines losing in the NCAA tournament, what also coalesced in the film was perhaps a incredibly pivotal moment in black cultural when desire for respect and the pursuit for respectability were abandoned, inevitably resulting into a hyper-commodified and commericialized black culture that has now reached an extremely nihilistic moment.