Thursday, July 25, 2024
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA Center. I'm black. And I'm gay." Simple, poignant and daring words. Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran, became the first man to acknowledge being gay while still active in one of America's four major professional sports. But Collins' statement was much more than words, it was a small shift in American sports popular culture: the...
The landscape of the NBA has certainly changed since the first tip-off all the way back in October. Back then Metta World Peace boldly proclaimed that the newly equipped Lakers would rival the Bulls' record regular season mark of 72-10. Analysts pointed at a healthy Derrick Rose as the only deterrent to the Miami Heat's second go at a...
Buenos días Most tennis fans are familiar with the phrase "no challenges remaining." After a player has used their three allotted objections, the umpire mouths the words that silence any further discussion about a right or wrong call. Well today there are no challenges remaining for UCR tennis as the university announced the decision to remove the program after nearly...
"I'm better at life than you." Bold, huh? Those were the words Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman hurled at ESPN's "First Take" television host Skip Bayless on one of the show's episodes last week. Following Bayless' comments that the Stanford product wasn't in the "same class" as Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Bayless-Sherman on-air debate was circled on the calendar...
It's the dance that has been sweeping the nation and even our own university campus. Now add the Miami Heat to the Harlem Shake craze. The NBA's best team recently released a video of their own ode to the gyrating shimmy, but not without media criticism. Whispers of a lack of focus and intensity have surfaced this past week,...
Sometimes the entertaining spectacle of sports clashes with the harshness of reality. The trial of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius fits that bill. Winning the hearts of millions, the South African dubbed "Blade Runner" gained global fame at the London 2012 Olympics as he became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes. Sixth months ago we saw him...
With Michael Jordan's 50th birthday and Lebron James' historic performances fueling the sports headlines last week, the age-old debate of who is the greatest of all time has been reignited. As the sports contingent focused primarily on Lebron vs. MJ last week, thousands of miles away in Rotterdam, Netherlands, one of the greatest champions in professional sport quietly declared her...