It is inarguable that the last 10 years of professional basketball has been plagued with an all around softening that has made the game - quite frankly - hard to watch. We are now in the age of AAU driven, fundamentally unsound, buddy buddy basketball where acting jobs are rewarded, defense is frowned upon, and the greatest stars in the league refuse to compete against each other. However, the mindset that Kobe has, the competitive nature that he displayed... that will never be matched again. I can honestly say that the game of basketball will never be the same now that Kobe Bean Bryant has walked away.
Peyton Manning's retirement is a product of his masterful timing and calculation that made him the all-time great that he was known for being. Instead of being faced with ridicule, today's announcement will be met with cheer and celebration. He will go on to assume some high-level office job within the league while his Papa John's restaurants make him money hand-over-fist. His aw-shucks smile and likability will be his parting shots. Today, the sheriff chose to ride off into the sunset, and his legacy will be better off for it.
Now... we have the Johnny Manziel we know today. The Johnny Manziel that has to face the ramifications of a life full of entitlement. The alcoholic, the drug abuser, the woman abuser. We now know just how bad it is.Hopefully, life away from privilege will serve more as a motivation for change and not a spark for tragedy. It seems as if he was doomed from the start.
How can you not be considered racist while, at the same time, dislike someone because of race? It boils down to your comfortability with a specific type of blackness. If you have found yourself saying something to the nature of: "I don't know what it is about him", "I can't put my finger on it", or "something about him rubs me the wrong way", you likely fall into this group.
I wish there was a more tactful way to express this displeasure with you, actually, no I don't. We've tried on several occasions, but for some odd reason, despite the memes, the hashtags, the articles, all of that, the message has proven to be somewhat evasive. I suppose the only option we have left is bluntness. You can leave now. We wont miss you. "Why", you ask? Allow me the opportunity to expand.