Use Of Public Perception Goes Horribly Wrong!!

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People are stupid.

Oh no, this isn’t a revelation, for I know stupid has been around since the dawn of time, however, every so often, stupidity lands at the forefront of a conversation. The latest conversation, putting together a list of “The 50 Greatest Black Athletes Of All-Time”, caught my attention. This list was posted by The Undefeated, a platform within ESPN, designed to bring the intersection of sports and race under the spotlight.

This list was constructed with 4 main criteria in mind:

  • Overall ranking as an athlete
  • Dominance in their sport
  • Inspirational Story
  • Social Impact

The concept of this list is tremendous. If it had been voted on by sports writers, or people in the industry, it would have been a fascinating study of Black Athletes who excelled in sports while overcoming unprecedented adversity and/or becoming role models. Unfortunately, this list was derived from a public survey. While I understand the purpose of surveying random people in society, it resulted in a list that hardly resembles rational, coherent thought.

“At no point in your rambling, incoherent thought were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you NO points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

To see the list in its entirety, click here.

As you can see from the list, public perception in 2017 is misguided. Some athletes are ranked way too high, some way too low. Arthur Ashe being ranked just #38 on this list is a travesty. Arthur Ashe was the 1st African-American to win an NCAA Tennis Championship, the U.S. Open, and Wimbledon. Ashe was also an activist, who fought social injustice all over the world.

However, there is 1 MAJOR omission from this list that is unacceptable. Can you guess who I’m talking about??

Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods not being included in this list is like ripping out Wayne Gretzky’s page from the NHL record books.

Tiger Woods revolutionized a sport. He singlehandedly made golf popular. Hell, he even redefined a color. When Tiger Woods played golf, red wasn’t red. Red was Sunday, Tiger Red. The man should have his own crayon in Crayola’s box. Now, I’m sure the public Einstein’s who were surveyed, chose not to separate Tiger’s transgressions as a husband from his sports accomplishments. Again — unacceptable.

Like, love, or hate Tiger Woods, you can’t deny his dominance, as well as his impact on the game of golf. To take an old-fashioned, white, elitist game such as golf and transform it into a mainstream, multi-cultural sport was groundbreaking. He changed what a golfer should and could look like.

All those who omitted Tiger Woods from this list, may now hide their heads in shame.

 

Who do you think are The Greatest Black Athletes of All-time?? Post your thoughts in the comment section below.

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My 1st Ever Sports Talk Radio Show

By clicking below, you will be entering my YouTube Channel; DaveTalksSports. This audio is from my 1st ever Sports Talk Radio Show. This audition was recorded and submitted to the radio station at SUNY Old Westbury on Monday, June 26th, 2017. Assuming my professor approves my audition, I will be on OWWR, Old Westbury Web Radio, via the TuneIn Radio App. The date and time of my show is TBD (to be determined), so check back to find out when I will be on the air. Click below to listen and enjoy!! Feel free to comment or leave constructive criticism in the comment section. Thank you!!

Phenomenal Phil Claims Claret Jug

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While everyone else was moving backward, he charged forward. From the beginning of the day, he was staring down the barrel of a 5-shot deficit, but by the end of the day he found himself standing alone at the top of a hill. Only instead of a hill he was standing on a mountain (because a 3-shot victory in a tightly contested golf tournament is like winning a baseball game 9-1). Phil Mickelson played the round of his life on the grandest of stages on Sunday. It is a round that will go down in history as one of the finest of all-time, and there were some signature shots that will be remembered for decades to come. This phenomenal display of golf earned Mickelson his 5th career Major and his 1st Open Championship. With this victory he finds himself on a short list of men to have won 3 different Majors.

Mickelson, now 43, didn’t win his 1st Major until the age of 33. Over the past decade he and his game have matured nicely. In the past Mickelson was pegged as the best to never win, as he came up short time after time. It was always the high risk/high reward shots that seemed to draw him in like a magnet. Unfortunately for Phil, these shots always seemed to become his downfall in the most clutch moments. We all remember the horribly sliced tee shot on the 18th hole of the 2006 U.S Open (you know the one off of the tent). That shot was then followed by the inane decision to go for the green and subsequently was drilled right into a tree. It has been his transformation from then to now that has been the difference. He still has the best game in the world from 100 yards and in, and this past weekend his best friend was his putter. He controlled his emotions and made a late surge on the back nine on Sunday. This had to be the best stretch of golf he has ever played. To birdie 4 of the last 6 holes while seemingly everyone else on the course was faltering and misstepping and landing up against the walls of cross bunkers, was simply something to behold. The shot that will stick in my mind has to be Phil’s 2nd shot from the fairway on #17. The commentators had just finished saying that they doubted that Phil could get it home from 300 yards away, however Phil hit a perfect 3 wood and along with a fortuitous bounce and roll he found himself with a 40 foot eagle try. He proceeded to make a nice lag putt for a tap in birdie. With nerves of steel he stepped up to the tee at 18 and smacked the ball right down the middle of the fairway. From there he put the ball to about 10 feet on the 18th green. To ensure that this Major would not slip through his fingers, he put the final nail in the coffin and drilled the putt for a birdie. With a double fist pump above his head, he knew he had done it. He had just shot a 5 under 66, and was just a short wait away from winning at a venue that he never thought he could win. Even though all the doubters had started to write Lefty off, he is actually playing some of the best golf of his career (even with the heart wrenching runner-up finish at the U.S. Open this year).

All in all the round of golf that we all were privy to yesterday was a special one. It should go down as one of the best rounds of golf we will ever see. Phil has constantly been overshadowed by El Tigre his entire career, but people should appreciate the talent that is The Hefty Lefty. He is approaching top ten golfer of all-time status. Maybe Tiger and Phil can renew their old rivalry since clearly little Rory Mcilroy will be too busy visiting his shrink on Sundays. What do you think? Will Phil win the PGA Championship or will Tiger snap out of his major funk and add to his trophy case? Or is there someone else from the field you think will emerge?

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