This is where my procrastination kills me. I was going to write this week’s review yesterday but I didn’t really have a great idea for an intro, so I decided to wait a day and see if inspiration struck.
And it did.
Unfortunately, that inspiration comes in the form of Jason Collins, who came out of the closet in a piece that’s set to run in the NEXT issue of Sports Illustrated. If I write about it now, what will I write about next week? I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, because I LOVE that this is happening today.
I love when sports can transcend culture and become the biggest news of the day. I love when intelligent people can discuss the cultural significance of the games I’ve spent my life following. I love being able to watch the stereotype of the close minded dumb jock evaporate as player after player voices their support for Collins, while those who say something ignorant are vilified.
I’m also glad that the player who ultimately decided to speak publicly about his homosexuality is a respected, well educated veteran. When all the Manti Te’o nonsense was happening during the winter, I was concerned that he would end up being the first gay pro athlete. And that would have been terrible because Manti Te’o is a dope. The first gay player is going to have to express himself eloquently, consistently and intelligently for a long time. Collins seems to be the type of guy who can do that.
I guess next week, I’ll write about the actual article Collins wrote and the way the news is presented in Sports Illustrated. For now, though, I’ll just say this is a very exciting day to be a sports fan. And a news fan. And a human being.
Rarely does SI’s “They Said It,” quote of the week make me laugh anymore. But this week is an excellent exception:
“We feel like his back in behind him.”
-Joe Girardi, Yankees manager, on lefthander Andy Pettitte’s getting the start against the Blue Jays last Friday after recovering from lumbar spasms earlier in the week.
I just wish I knew if Girardi realized what he was saying when he said it. Was this tongue in cheek? Did he hear what came out of his mouth and then smirk? I wish SI had provided a little more context.
How ‘Bout Them Apples by Lee Jenkins
This quote is obviously the highlight of Jenkins article about Kevin Durant:
“I’ve been second my whole life. I was the second-best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the Finals. I’m tired of being second. I’m not going to settle for that. I’m done with it.”
But, my favorite part was actually a photograph of Durant featured in the piece. It shows the OKC forward shooting a jump shot over Tyson Chandler and three other Knicks. The way the shot is lit, with a black background, makes it look like it’s happening on a stage somewhere. Its just a really cool picture. I wish I could share it here, but SI doesn’t make these things available online. It’s on page 39 of the magazine. Check it out.
Mannyball by Albert Chen
Chen writes what I initially thought would be a straight profile of Orioles 3rd baseman Manny Machado. Instead, it morphs into a study of how teams are handling young players. I would have preferred the profile. There’s also a mention of how Machado works out with ARod in the offseason. That can’t make the O’s or his management team happy. Even having a conversation with ARod these days could open you up to steroid questions. ARod is the MLB equivalent of Typhoid Mary.
Is This Your Franchise QB by Paul Pabst with Andrew Perloff
This idiotic study of movie QB’s was written by the executive producer and the show blogger for the Dan Patrick radio show. It’s a waste of your time.
Boston Stands As One by S.L Price
Here’s how I know things are getting back to normal. I saw someone in a Red Sox hat late last week and I wanted to body check him into a wall. When I’m watching the Knicks and Celtics, my first thought is that Kevin Garnett is a terrible person who I want to see unhappy. Boston, I love you. But you fucking suck.
Pop Art by Jack McCallum
This is pretty much the most extensive profile of Gregg Popovich I’ve ever read. But it doesn’t answer the biggest question I’ve always had about the Spurs coach: What’s with his face? It’s all pockmarked like Seal. What happened?
Point After by Michael Rosenberg