Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When Marveling Over Athleticism, They Mean The Team Other Than Wisconsin Has More Black Players On Its Basketball Team

A double dose of athleticism.

Speaking in code.  After the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team defeated Oregon Saturday night in the third round of the NCAA tournament, a sports columnist for the Oregonian newspaper had some harsh words for his hometown team.

But in order to rip his local team, John Canzano belittled the athleticism of the Badgers players.

'Natural athletes' vs. 'hard workers'.  (The McGill Daily, 11/12/2012)

Double down on your stereotypes.  With this mind, it's probably not a good idea to use "athleticism" and "length" in the same sentence.  Hell, during the same interview.

Baylor (page 4)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was clued into this about 20 years ago when I was college. There was a class discussion in my Afro-American History Class and a basketball nut pointed out how Michael Jordan was always called naturally gifted and talented. The classmate pointed out how much Jordan worked, and worked, and worked, and worked. That ethic was rarely mentioned in the press.

Once a player gets to that level of competition natural athletic ability will not carry them forward.