On the occasion of the US Open, Nike honors Serena with the help of athletes and others she has inspired and just plain wowed. Serena won her second round match Thursday evening.
Why is the national anthem a staple of U.S. sporting events? https://t.co/QZIURl79Pz— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 31, 2016
This is an excellent question. There is no more reason to begin every sports game with the national anthem than to do so before theater performances. The constant need to display our patriotism is a poor substitute for facing our nation's challenges.
Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa cannot safely return to Ethiopia because of his brave protest against his government's brutal oppression of the Oromo people. I have an Oromo friend who has been sending me firsthand reports of the government violence. It is sickening. If Lilesa wants to come to America, we should welcome him.
Nico Hines and the Daily Beast put gay Olympians from oppressive countries at risk, and took a full day before taking the exploitive article down. I agree with Cyd Ziegler and Amina Fonua.
Kris Jenkins wins the national title!!!! https://t.co/JTD82fS89c— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) April 5, 2016
Congrats to my alma mater, Villanova, for its victory last night in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Kris Jenkins made the winning 3-pointer a fraction of a second before the buzzer signaling the end of the game. As a friend who is a UNC alum said, the Wildcats played with a lot of heart.
Speaking of North Carolina, many people are celebrating UNC's loss because of the vile anti-LGBT law that was just passed by the state legislature in a special session and signed by Gov. McCrory. I am not inclined to take out my wrath on college kids.
Derrick Gordon of the Seton Hall Pirates is the first openly gay NCAA Division 1 basketball player. The Pirates won the Big East tournament on Saturday, and I confess I was cheering for them despite the fact that they were playing Villanova, my alma mater. Now they head into March Madness, as do the Wildcats. ThinkProgress reports.
Derrick has shone since coming out at UMass Amherst. His transfer to Seton Hall gave him a chance to play for a top team. The embrace of him by both schools' teams is a reminder that collegiate athletes are a lot more advanced in accepting gay players than the guys in the offices at professional sports teams. The new generation gets it. Their elders have some learning to do.
The latest entry in an annual ritual.