The atrocity in Newton’s statements doesn’t stem from comfortability or a lack thereof. Nor does it stem from a bruised ego or an embarrassing moment. It comes from a deeply embedded culture of patriarchy and sexism. Steven Drummond’s statements imply that the Panthers organization thinks this is about women reporters feeling comfortable. False. This is about women reporters, like countless other women in varying professions, doing their jobs. Comfort doesn’t have anything to do with respect. Cam Newton’s comments were disrespectful and without a doubt he would have never uttered those words when responding to a reporter who was a man.
While this piece isn’t about football or the Super Bowl, it is about women, sports, and the longest continually operating U.S. women’s professional sports league, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). I went to about 15 WNBA games last season (summer of 2016). It was the WNBA’s 20th anniversary and as a diehard sports and women’s basketball fan, I felt compelled to put my money where my mouth was. So, I purchased Washington Mystics season tickets and prepped myself for a summer of women’s basketball. For less than $500, I witnessed the greatest women’s basketball players in the world on a weekly basis. It’s the highest level of competition the sport offers, and I watched the best players in the world fiercely compete night in and night out. So, why has this league faced attendance lows for years? Especially when 51 million women viewers tune in annually for the Super Bowl.
A new episode of OT with SHE and HE right on time for the start of the NBA Finals. Sheila and Heem discuss the historic nature of the 2017 NBA Finals, with it being the 3rd time in a row the Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers. They also discuss Lebron vs. MJ and the NBA's bizarre relationship with history. Next, the duo tackles the NY Giants owner, John Mara's comments on Colin Kaepernick, and the state of the Black QB in the NFL. Finally, they conclude with a conversation regarding Tiger Woods and his recent arrest. You don't want to miss this. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Google Play.
Sheila and Heem are back with a 3rd episode of the podcast. This week they discuss Sheila's marathon, the Cavs and Warriors running through their conferences, Big Baller Brand, The Curious Case of John Wall, Drake's role as Global Ambassador of the Raptors, and Adam Jones and Boston racism.
On a random Thursday morning, as I left my doctor’s appointment I ran into a crowd outside of Ben’s Chili Bowl. While Ben’s is always a good late-night snack, I questioned the stomachs of the lively group. To my surprise, there was a camera crew and the Washington Wizards’ John Wall (and Bradley Beal) awaiting the reveal of their new mural. I thought to myself this encounter was not the least bit ironic, quite appropriate for the franchise player most people forget about. John Wall is an unassuming 6'4”, even when you’re an entire foot shorter than him like I am. His subtle stature matches the quiet way he meticulously picks apart defenses at lightning speed. You see it approaching, and if you take it for granted, like a lot of teams did this season, he'll be at the rim the instant you blink your eyes.
Sheila and Heem are back with their second episode. This week the duo discusses the Cavs and Warriors, John Wall, the politics of Steph Curry, Drake and Rihanna, Aaron Hernandez's suicide and controversy, and Queen Serena.
This first episode, Sheila and Raheem talk about the exciting sports weekend, discuss the MVP race in the NBA, the first round of the NBA playoffs, lament Tiger Woods' fall, and discuss the triumphant USA women's hockey team.
For 111 minutes I sat transfixed and motionless in a dark movie theater watching Moonlight. I was speechless, yet not without deep contemplation. The glowing cinematography mirrored with impeccable individual and collective performances left me captivated and pulled into an artistic trance of self-reflection.
Drake famously quipped on the title track of his debut album, Thank Me Later, “I swear sports and music are so synonymous / ‘Cause we wanna be them / And they wanna be us.” On face value, sports and music don’t have much in common except superstars and astronomical paychecks. But when one peers below the surface, it’s obvious that professional athletes and musicians are more alike than they are different.
The last time the Washington Mystics made an earth-shattering acquisition, the United States was consumed with a controversial President by the name of Bill Clinton. Ironically, the arrival of 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky also coincides with a controversial President by the name of Donald Trump.
I vividly remember August 3, 1996. I remember it like it was yesterday. Even though I was only nine, it was clear to me that this was an important day. It was the second to last day of the games of the XXVI Olympiad affectionately known as Atlanta 96.
If the National Football League and the New York Giants are to blame for the mishandling of the Josh Brown case, then America is culpable as well. Domestic violence incidents, within and outside of the NFL, continue to fall into the shadows of society as a widespread issue.
"Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity."