Revenge of The Gladiators

Revenge of Gladiators
BobLee
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Revenge of The Gladiators

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It was 2012 – eight years ago – that your humble (?) Internet Paul Revere – first alerted you all to …

The Ever-Widening Socio-Racial Disparity in Big Time College Football & Basketball …

A Chasm of Racial Disparity twixt The Gladiators on the field / court … and The Spectators in the stands and luxury suites.

An irreversible “tinderbox” awaiting a spark to EXPLODE !  5 – 4 – 3 – 2 …

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That both Football and Men’s Basketball (and Women’s BB too maybe ??) in the Power 5 Conferences are now dominated by African American / “Black” athlete-faux-students is not “a bad thing”.  But it is “a thing”.

That Black teenagers are generally more talented in Football / Basketball skills – for whatever list of “whys” – than their White / Brown / Asian teenage peers – seems “a given” and has been the case for twenty plus years.   There may be other occupational aptitudes that favor other racial / ethnic groups for whatever reasons.

Are such aptitudes a matter of Nature or Nurture … or a combination of both.  I favor the “a combination of…” theory.

GladwellCultural Anthropologist Malcolm Gladwell in his highly-acclaimed treatise – Outliers – suggests that early indication of an individual’s aptitude in any endeavor – athletic or otherwise – results in him/her receiving more opportunities to hone that aptitude – more “reps”, better coaching, success breeds success, et al … thereby widening the skill disparity among his/her peers in that endeavor.

Today we are dealing with the development of skill superiority in Football and Basketball … dramatically favoring Black youth versus their peers of other racial/ethnic groups.

Whether you agree with the above theory or not – and there are always exceptions which either prove / disprove the rule  … Black teenagers dominate the rosters of Power 5 Football / Basketball rosters in ever-increasing majority %s … thereby bringing us to the current …

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Revenge of The Gladiators

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Unless you have been “Rip Van Winkling” for the past few decades … and the past few weeks in particular … America is suffering from a Pandemic of Socio-Racial Sensitivity Or Lack Of  the level of which this country has never faced.

Revenge of The Gladiators

The Socio-Racial InSensitivity in College Athletics is getting a great deal of media attention with new examples being highlighted daily.

The original Gladiator VS Spectators resulted in “Spartacus” leading a gladiator/slave rebellion that created havoc within the Roman Empire… the stage seems ripe for a modern day “Spartacus” to rally Black college athletes.

If not to “revolt” in the manner of Spartacus’ times at least to create Chaos and Havoc that could reshape the “playing fields” of both professional and college Football and Basketball.

It might be trite to anoint Colin Kaepernick as “Spartacus 2020”.   I think Kaepernick is simply an afro-haired puppet being played by more sinister forces but let’s go with it.

Roger Goodell realized The NFL has been forced into Unconditional Surrender.

His choice was either  to surrender and hope for humane treatment by his conquerors … OR – “Go Alamo” and die for a cause.   Since there is no noble cause to die for … Roger hoisted the white flag.   Turning over the keys to The NFL Kingdom to its Black players.

How humane their treatment will be to the vanquished NFL owners remains to be seen.

Watching intently is a 3rd party – NFL fans – who supply the working capital that fuels The NFL coffers for both owners and players alike.  There is a lot of sabre-rattling and harrumphing by unhappy fans.  How much of that Fan Discontent persists into The Fall playing season remains to be seen.

Meanwhile – on the college level – each new dawn brings a new example of Socio-Racial Insensitivity in assorted Big Time College Athletic programs.

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NOTE:  “Polls show” that 99% of Power-5 FB/BkB Head Coaches will spit on their mother’s grave  – AND –  chew off three of their own toes to keep their black players happy. … What would YOU do to keep a multi-million $$$ salary?

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The Univ of Iowa was the first program to be highlighted.  Florida State, Clemson and Oklahoma State have been next.  With many others to follow.

If you think “that’s it” then you likely think there is only ONE cockroach in your kitchen … or ONE termite in your foundation.

As with all controversies in college athletics … Your School need not worry because Your School is purer than the driven snow …  a beacon of How To Do It Right – Your coaches and administrators are all men and women of Ghandi-esque wisdom and temperament … blah blah blah …

Your Hated Rival is – of course – a rancid pit of creepy crawlies of the most repulsive sort.  It’s high time that criminal enterprise be TAKEN DOWN… By Golly.

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Iowa – supposedly – has/had a Strength coach who routinely disparaged their Black players over a period of years… including prohibiting them from “wearing Flip Flops” in the weight room!   Flip Flops are a “racial thing”?  Who Knew?

The state of Iowa has a 3% AfAm population.  The Iowa Football roster is 60% AfAm … Huuumm.  One can assume the Hawkeye Fat Cat Club / Stadium attendance reflects the state’s diversity rather than the roster’s diversity.

For 25+ years no one saw a “ticking time bomb” with such a glaring disparity??

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Clemson also apparently has/had an Assistant FB coach who vocally disparaged black players.  “Dabo” – The Poster Boy of College FB Coaches – was photoed wearing a “Football Matters” t-shirt … Uh Oh!   “Dabo” also disparaged Black music being played in the team locker room.  Another Uh Oh!

An OMG rumor started by an overly-caffeinated Gamecock fan that “Dabo” was a KKK code word for “I hate Mud People” was proven untrue.

“Dabo” countered by burning all his “Football Matters” gear … and leading a BLM parade thru Clemson’s (deserted) campus.

Dabo is considering erecting a 40′ billboard atop his house flashing – I ♥ Black Kids … Especially 5-star ones!

… just kidding about that last one.

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Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy also wore an Insensitive t-shirt on a fishing trip that featured the logo of a TV network – OANN – that has not been supportive of the BLM Rioters / Looters. … Gundy did a “Drew Brees”… first dismissing the accusation as silly.   Then Mike realized if his black players all transferred he would NEVER defeat the Hated Sooners.

Mike Gundy burned HIS offensive OANN t-shirt and is – reportedly – in the process of painting I Think BLM Rioters /Looters Are A Cool Bunch of Swell Guys in giant letters on Boone Pickens Field.

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I forget what Florida State did … probably involving another insensitive Asst coach and/or another t-shirt.  Whatever it was… their new coach Mike “Something” is saying a 100 Hail Rosa Parks and considering tattooing a picture of “Calypso Louie” Farrakhan on his forehead.

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FWIWNo one has ever accused Football Assistant Coaches of being Renaissance Men.  99% of’em claim Patton as their favorite movie … and The Art of War as favorite book among those that even “have a favorite book”.

Their two basic skills are “blowing smoke up recruits’ butts” and “yelling a lot”.  That some lack socio-racial sensitivity will not surprise anyone who has ever talked with one for five minutes.

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As Dabo and Mike and Every Coach in Power 5 World realizes … without their Black players they will lose a whole lot of games… thereby really upsetting their 98%  All-White Boosters and 94% White Fan Base.

Over in Chapel Hill … a disgruntled former Off Coordinator in Butch’s Gang – John Shoop – wrote a scathing LTTE to the financially and morally bankrupt N&O blasting UNC AD Bubba Cunningham and pretty much everyone ever associated with UNC-CH for their long history of systemic racism.

Many of UNC-Hater John Shoop’s points were valid as recent Great Unpleasantries have revealed.  Alas, very few people other than THE Bob Kennel actually read N&O LTTEs so the impact of Shoop’s vicious screed will be statistically zero.

On a high % of Power 5 campuses (including UNCCH) … a Black male is likely either a Football or Basketball player … OR an employee of the maintenance department.  OUCH!

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The Gladiators Are Revolting.  These modern day gladiators chances of achieving whatever their goals are are A LOT better than Spartacus’ ever were.

The NCAA and Power 5 athletic programs are in the same untenable position as The NFL.  If College Sports do not capitulate to the demands of their black athlete-faux students they decimate their teams.  Their players will transfer to where their demands ARE met.

Many of their demands are legitimate circa 2020.  Many are not.  Those discussions will be “interesting”.

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Rob
Rob
1 month ago

The NBA detoured away from most working class white viewers a while ago, its current base is African Americans and Metro Millennials, with the occasional old guys that won their tickets for selling more insurance policies than anyone else at work that week.
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The NFL is heading the same direction, spot on Bob, its time to sell and let P-Diddy and Bob Johnson have the NFL.

Dr Wire
1 month ago

The demographics of traditional college revenue sports at P5 schools has not really changed much in the last decade or so. What has changed is the peer pressure on these athletes for social justice Support. . Bill Russell quietly went along; Jordan has stayed above the fray and made $$$$; Lebron is up to his ears in it to where I could see him running for office after he retires. It is a generational shift that is not reversible. Similarly, what was just sports where you could escape from the noise of culture is now clearly an entertainment business where… Read more »

Dr Wire
1 month ago
Reply to  BobLee

Yep, the UNX academic scam was a “emperor with no clothes” moment in the house of cards of college athletics. It and on its heels, no pun intended, the O’Bannon video likeness case changed the conversation.

Queen City
Queen City
1 month ago

The answer is simple. Defund colleges and universities.

Irate Pyrate
Irate Pyrate
1 month ago

Interesting that you cited Malcolm Gladwell. He is an author of several thought-provoking books and is one of the few people that my liberal son and I have common ground on. . Which leads me to The Tipping Point, another great Gladwell book, in relation to our current sorry and many times scary state of affairs. I wonder if America is already at or very soon will be at that point of no return where, no matter how much conservatives try to hold together, the tide has irrevocably turned against us. Even if the Don should have a solid win… Read more »

fayettewuf
fayettewuf
1 month ago

I think the gladiator’s revolt might not be happening at the best time for real upheaval. Some of us are finding out that that world still rotates whether major league baseball is played or not. We might have a similar epiphany in the fall. . The Gladwell hypothesis made me look. Some of his claims are pretty much common sense. Sure a kid that can jump out of the gym will get some opportunities that one that has a vertical leap like mine would not get. He also said that kids with advantages could accomplish more than more gifted ones… Read more »

fayettewuf
fayettewuf
1 month ago
Reply to  BobLee

Yes, I bet that did give the same sort of advantage Texas kids got in football when they were held back a a year in school.

MApackfan
MApackfan
1 month ago

Let’s just shut down college and pro sports for 2 or 3 years. Deny any of those scholar/athletes any benefits, scholarships, or games played on the college level. No exposure at all.
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Salaries gone at the pro level. Then let’s see where their loyalties lie. What will they be protesting then when the checks dry up?
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The working man at the base level has seen this happen in the last 3 months. Let’s see how athletes feel when their entire financial support structure is gone.

Robert Kennel
Robert Kennel
1 month ago

Police Chief retiring after 30 years in safest town in NC. All officers wearing Kevlar jocks.

RowdyBlueTarHeeler
RowdyBlueTarHeeler
1 month ago

Jimmy the Greek was right…

DHintz
DHintz
1 month ago

Chicken or the Egg scenario…Who needs who more?
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Does the AF/AM SuperJock need adoring 95% white fans/over-paid college coaches to coach them up, to have a shot at big-time pro $$$s. Or, college programs/pro franchises need AF/AM SuperJocks to put a product on the field that 95% adoring white fans will pay to see.
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Don’t protest too much, or you won’t have the other hand to wash.

geek49203
geek49203
1 month ago

I hate the term “racism”. Cause it’s like women who are in a series of bad relationships yelling “Sexism”. You just want to ask, “Gosh, do you think that maybe there is something you could be doing that you can change?” Cause it there isn’t then we might as well call it quits, cause it’s hopeless. It’s only in saying “Yes there are things I can change” that we have any power. For the record, I performed a funeral for a friend of mine who was beaten to death by the 6th abusive b/f, and she kept saying she just… Read more »

former96heel
former96heel
1 month ago

Your Animal House scene analogy from a while back was so spot on, it is scary. I wonder what athletic department goes ahead and shuts the doors first. Being that only about 2 dozen in the whole country are in the black in normal times, you take out NCAA money and college football money, and it becomes a serious burden for non-Power 5 schools to field football, let alone the Olympic sports. The boosters at a place like Arkansas St can only have but so deep a pocketbook. Tack on not only paying them, but also the financial and psychological… Read more »

Robert Kennel
Robert Kennel
1 month ago

BL, Good article I knew had to be coming. . Agree with general view of sports owners/fans contrasted with AFAM numbers and successes in football/basketball. Not too different from rich/poor split in America. . Started to send you Shoop (Mr and Mrs) article on UNC-CH and your buddy Bubba. . Good to see you understand the real nature of OANN. Between pandemic and cultural revolution, as well as military independence and self- induced mistakes (bigger Bible needed), even OANN sheltering just a bit. . Can’t wait for whatever form of State season to get started and some major league baseball.… Read more »

NCSU88
NCSU88
1 month ago

Looking forward to the name “Tar Heels” being discussed again. With everything remotely related to the Confederacy being vigorously challenged, this will surely come up. The original meaning and adapted meaning aren’t going to pass muster.

Doug
Doug
1 month ago

That’ll never happen at my school.

Joco Bob
Joco Bob
1 month ago

Yes most of these folk who sit in the stands and buy the merchandise associated with their beloved college or pro team will tell us how furiously mad they are at…insert team owner/coach/player ..and how they will never buy a ticket, go to a game, or even watch a game on television. By week two at the least they will be buying some team clothing, buying a ticket, and watching on television. . I have seen this movie before and know the ending. I would pay part of his compensation to see Tedder hire Kaepernick for QB for the Panthers… Read more »

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