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Yeah, Steve Sailer reported on this:

Last fall, the Air Force Academy's distinguished football coach Fisher DeBerry was put through the wringer by white sportswriters for alleged racial insensitivity.

His crime: Mentioning that black players tend to be faster than white players.

But newscaster Gumbel's statement, quoted above, has been met with little outcry, so far.

Why the difference?

Well, unlike DeBerry, Gumbel is black. Everyone already knows he's less of a fan of white men than he is of white women, such as the blonde trophy wife for whom he traded in his black first wife of 26 years.

And everybody knows these periodic "two minute hates" directed by white sportswriters at white sportsmen too old fashioned to avoid blurting out the truth have very little to do with blacks, per se. This is just a white-on-white war over status. Blacks are free to say whatever they feel like because white journalists seldom consider them rivals.

Predictably, sportswriters are already playing up the 1000 meter speedskating gold medal won by the African-American Shani Davis as an epochal social breakthrough, one that will finally unleash the cleansing power of diversity on the white bread Winter Olympics.

It won't. The truth is that African-Americans' sporting interests have been getting less diverse, as they focus ever more on their strong suits, basketball and football.

For example, when Tiger Woods, who is one-quarter black, won the Masters nine years ago, it was widely predicted that blacks would soon flood the ranks of pro golf.

Instead, the opposite has happened. Between 1964 and 1986, five black pros (Pete Brown, Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Calvin Peete and Jim Thorpe) won a total of 23 PGA tournaments. But in the 20 years since, no black other than Woods has won.

Similarly, Arthur Ashe won the U.S. Open tennis tournament 38 years ago. But no African-American man has won a major championship since him.

And Wendell Scott, a black driver, won a NASCAR stock car race back in 1963. But African-American interest in motor sports is minimal today.

The African-American share of major league baseball rosters has fallen from 27 percent in 1974 to 9 percent last year. Last fall, home run king Hank Aaron criticized the Houston Astros for having no African-American players. (But that black lack didn't stop the team from winning the National League pennant.)

The unmentionable truth: human beings like to hang out with people like themselves.

And they will develop institutions to allow them to do so.

For instance, the middle of February was traditionally the deadest time of the year in sports. But today, Sunday, February 19, was full of events that have turned into de facto ethnic pride celebrations.

The NBA All-Star game is instantly forgettable as a basketball contest, with both teams going up and down and up and down the court scoring at will, with any attempt at playing defense being considered an intolerable faux pas. But as a weekend, the NBA All-Star game has turned into the most glamorous date on the calendar for well-heeled African-Americans, who fly in by the thousands to whichever city is hosting it.

The Daytona 500, NASCAR's biggest race, also often baffles the uninitiated who tune in and can't quite figure out the appeal of watching stock cars go around and around and around

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Nor boxing (sans knockouts), nor wrestling (sans pinning).

I think Mayor Ray Nagin's comments are much more inflammatory in terms of race than Gumbel's.

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It won't. The truth is that African-Americans' sporting interests have been getting less diverse, as they focus ever more on their strong suits, basketball and football.

WHAT? Maybe black atheletes are narrowing their focus (baseball should also be mentioned), but the average male is no pro quality athelete, whatever ethnic heritage he claims. All I know is that in this quintessential sports town, a town where black presence is rather large, black guys' sports interests are quite diverse. They are picking up a serious interest in hockey here. Guys of all backgrounds call in to sportstalk shows constantly to talk hockey. Black guys too. A lot of them. And they know the game. If the 'Wings were to trade for Jerome Iginla, fuggidaboudit. He'd OWN this town.

As to the subject of the thread, Gumble is and always has been a prick's prick. There's just no other way to say and not get warned or thrown off the board. Some family. His brother is class personified.

"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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Rich Kennedy wrote:

: WHAT? Maybe black atheletes are narrowing their focus (baseball should also be mentioned) . . .

Actually, Sailer does mention it -- to requote the pertinent paragraph:

The African-American share of major league baseball rosters has fallen from 27 percent in 1974 to 9 percent last year. Last fall, home run king Hank Aaron criticized the Houston Astros for having no African-American players. (But that black lack didn't stop the team from winning the National League pennant.)

: . . . but the average male is no pro quality athelete, whatever ethnic heritage he claims. All I know is that in

: this quintessential sports town, a town where black presence is rather large, black guys' sports interests are

: quite diverse. They are picking up a serious interest in hockey here. Guys of all backgrounds call in to

: sportstalk shows constantly to talk hockey. Black guys too. A lot of them. And they know the game. If the

: 'Wings were to trade for Jerome Iginla, fuggidaboudit. He'd OWN this town.

So Chris Rock's "It's too damn cold!" and "We don't feel the need to dominate another sport!" no longer apply? :)

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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