I guess this means I can shut down the blackdar. The explanation is your typical AFC West tribal warfare.
I guess this means I can shut down the blackdar. The explanation is your typical AFC West tribal warfare.
In a few weeks, the BCS college football teams will be announced. A few days later, the dork in Orlando with a fax machine will release a report about the race disparities in graduation rates at those schools and their sports programs.
But the dork in Orlando with a fax machine need not wait — Here’s an early gift for him:
Black NFL players arrested nearly 10 times as often as whites
A police officer in Cincinnati watched a large black man get into his car and turn on the engine after being told it was illegally parked.
The officer thought the man was trying to avoid a parking ticket and told him to stop. So the man — Matthias Askew, at the time an NFL player — stopped his Cadillac Escalade, got out and was arrested in a scuffle with several officers. Police used a stun gun on Askew four times, alleging he resisted arrest.
A judge rejected the police account and cleared Askew of all charges.
“They tased him simply because he was a big black man, not because he did anything to make them fear for their safety,” Askew’s former attorney, Ken Lawson, told USA TODAY Sports about the 2006 incident.
For many black players in the NFL, it’s a familiar scene. Of 687 NFL player arrests since January 2000, Askew’s was one of 294 that came in a traffic stop, according to a USA TODAY Sports investigation. In a league in which 66% of the players are black and 31% are white, black players were arrested nearly 10 times as often as white players (260 to 28), accounting for 88% of those NFL traffic-stop arrests.
That percentage is consistent with the overall NFL arrest numbers: Of the 687 total player arrests in the USA TODAY Sports database that spans 14 seasons, 607 involved black players — 88%, a disproportionate rate sociologists attribute to several social factors in the black population at large, including a disproportionate rate of poverty and single-parent backgrounds. Those factors also include profiling, civil rights experts and NFL players say.
So the poverty of black NFL players (minimum NFL salary for the 2013 season: $420,000 for rookies graduated up to $940,000 for 10+ year vets) is the cause of their being arrested way more often than their white colleagues.
However, the disproportion isn’t as severe as it seems, especially from the headline. First off, of the 687 total arrests, 607 are black, and 80 are non-black, which doesn’t necessarily mean white. But that leaves a raw disparity of 7.6 times, not 10 times. But don’t forget that while 88% of arrests are black, 66% of players are black, and on the flip side, 12% of arrests are non-black while 34% of players are non-black. If my methodology is correct, (607/80)/(66/34)=3.9, meaning that a black NFL player is “only” about four times more likely to be arrested than a non-black player. Again, most of the non-blacks are white, but it also includes a few Hispanics and Polynesians. I put “only” in quotes because in the universe of black-white and black-nonblack crime disparities of this statistical nature, that’s pretty low in terms of a multiple number in disfavor of blacks. That means that just on that alone, a black NFL player is better behaved than blacks in general, or whites in the NFL are somewhat more criminal than whites in general, or a little of both.
Then there’s another factor: Arrests for what crimes? You can be arrested for murder, or you can be arrested for having a little bit of weed. It is my estimation that black NFL players who are arrested are arrested for crimes that tend not to be as serious as the kind of crimes that blacks in general are arrested for.
For comparison, in the 2011 NFL season, the average player salary was $1.9 million, while the median was $770,000. So a few very high paid players blew the curve for the average, and it’s probably still that way.
Of the arrests made only as a result of traffic stops, 260 were black, 28 were white, in a league that’s 66% black and 31% white. (This is where the “nearly 10″ in this headline comes from, examining only arrests as a result of a traffic stop and only black and white players. Still, 260/28 = 9.3, closer to 9 than 10.) This means looking at traffic stop arrests alone and only black and white players alone, (260/28)/(66/31)=4.36. That’s a disparity not much higher than all arrests of NFL players in general, (keep in mind that that 3.9 figure is blacks more likely than all non-blacks, not just whites alone), and still way less than the typical black-white crime disparity.
I tweeted Brent Schrotenboer, the author of this article, to ask him of the 80 non-black arrests, how many were white, and he tweeted back to me that number is 64.
So (607/64)/(66/31)=4.45. Still not that bad from the black perspective.
Also, even though these are risky statistics for their insignificant 3% of all players, but blacks are 1.7 times more likely to be arrested than players who are neither black nor white, (in NFL parlance, mostly Hispanic or Polynesian), while they are in turn 2.6 times more likely than whites to be arrested.
Blacks < Others < Whites. Where have we seen that pattern before?
All the usual mehe: Ook stabs another ook to death, he’s facing a murder rap.
The fambly of the suspect runs to the media and says good boy ain’t no killa’. Fambly of the victim is devastated and says that everybody liked him.
Except there’s a catch. Neither victim nor suspect is an aspiring rapper.
The suspect is a captain on his high school football team, and is LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH, and the victim was his lover.
Football, gay and black. What an intersectionality. Thank goodness it’s November — This is right in the wheelhouse of the sweeps month 24/7 news cycle sensationalism machine.
College Park, Maryland
Because brother-in-law hopeychanger coaches Oregon State, (not for much longer), the Beavers have made it their business to travel to the D.C. area and play some D.C. area school in basketball every college basketball season while The Great Hopeychanger has been President.
And this year, it was the University of Maryland.
Which is about as deep blue territory as you can get.
And they’re just now investigating it?
“Tallahassee Police Department officials refused to answer any questions, although they did release a heavily redacted two-page incident report. The report does not mention Winston by name, but it says the incident took place between 1:30 and 2 a.m. last Dec. 7. It describes the suspect in the sexual assault case as being between 5-foot-9 and 5-11. Winston is listed by Florida State at 6-4.“
You don’t think people on the PD for the city that has Florida State University has an incentive to fib about a suspect description to make sure a prized recruit is able to play the next season, do you? What, do you think the cops have FSU football season tickets?
What are you, some sort of tinfoil hat conspiracy kook?
Or someone that pays attention and notices things?
The answer is yes.
“No, you can’t go, Detroit Lions. Sit back. Sit in your little city. Fix your financial problems and all of that, you know. You can’t come with us right now.”
As if Chicago is all peaches and cream. Sure, it’s not as bad off as Detroit, but it’s still got a lot of problems.
And also…ook…maybe there’s a reason Detroit is in the fix that it’s in. Find a mirror.
The Atlanta Braves want to leave Fonda Field, which was built in 1996 as Centennial Olympic Stadium for the 1996 Summer Olympics then remodeled into a baseball stadium the next year, for a new home near the I-75/I-285 junction in Cobb County.
Why do they want to abandon a stadium that will only be 20 years old in baseball terms when they hope to have their new suburban digs open?
The media are mystified that, in spite of the team’s propaganda that the new stadium would have better transportation options, that traffic in that part of Atlanta is even worse than what it is downtown, and that MARTA doesn’t have service to that area.
Well, duh, that’s the reason, stupid. MARTA = Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta.
Another problem is that the Braves have lethargic attendance figures in spite of being a consistent winner. Yes, part of the problem is Fonda Field’s current location is very close to a whole lot of the undertow. But Atlanta sports fans are rather fickle, mainly because a whole lot of white Atlanta is from somewhere else.
Uh oh, he said the n-word. He, being ex-Ram Richie Incognito, will get in more trouble for that than anything else relating to this narrative.
And also, the dork in Orlando with a fax machine is about to have an orgasm.
If you really wanted to honor the victims of the Boston Massacre, you would have done so by electing immigration patriots to your public offices.
But no, the first really big election of any consequence, a little more than three months later, your “choice” was between two people who both wanted to throw the borders wide open for even more Tsarnaevs to waltz on in.
The only good part about it is that Dapper O’Neil is smiling from Heaven.
He died not long after his beloved Red Sox won the WS in 2007.
………. thinks that the only reason people are aghast over ……….
………. is, well, you guessed it.
Remember, everything is either racist or causes cancer. I know because a secret squirrel told me.
When the Angels signed away Albert Who? about two years ago, as is the case almost every time another team signs away a free agent formerly of his former team, the new team gives the former team one of their picks from the next amateur draft.
The Cardinals used that pick in June 2012 to draft Michael Wacha out of Texas A&M.
Michael Wacha, the 2013 NLCS MVP.
How did Albert Who? and the Angles do this year? Oh yeah.
Five, six, seven, eight:
Editorial cartoon in the NYDN yesterday.
Conveniently, the printed edition has this above a big bold headline with “Tea Party” in it.
Durham, North Carolina
All the white libs that have ruined New York and are now swarming into Raleigh-Durham so they can ruin North Carolina can trot out all the excuses they want, but they just don’t like the imagery of young black men with fake real-looking rifles.
These same white libs are probably screaming at the top of their lungs about the “racism” of requiring photo ID to vote in North Carolina.
Incidentally, Mike Krzyzewski has links to West Point. He went there, played college ball there, and his first head coaching job was there.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
He’s a millionaire. So why did he allow his own young children to be under the immediate domestic guardianship of another man who was the kids’ mother’s new boyfriend?
But who are we to talk? He’s a wrestler, after all, it’s his nature to be on top of other men.
Small print: He hacked off his boss. Getting fired is something that often happens in that situation; I can personally attest.
Though we’re not supposed to pay attention to what someone injected into his backside.
Alex Rodriguez thanks supporters
More than a hundred Latinos have lined the sidewalk along Major League Baseball’s Park Avenue offices in support of Alex Rodriguez, as the New York Yankees third baseman appeals his 211-game suspension for violating the sport’s drug-testing policy.
Rodriguez gave a speech to the supporters in Spanish.
According to a translation from Hispanics Across America executive director Sergio Rodriguez, Rodriguez told the supporters: “First of all, my mom’s very sad that she’s not here right now with us. It’s been a very difficult week. Very difficult. But I have a lot of strength, the strength that you guys have given me, the community has given me, you guys have given me a lot of energy to fight this, to fight Major League Baseball. I don’t have words to thank you. This is incredible. My family, my kids, they’re very appreciative of the help you guys are giving us, and I feel very proud to be Dominican today.”
Hispanics Across America president Fernando Mateo has been leading the charge on Rodriguez’s behalf. Mateo got the word out to the community that the group would be supporting Rodriguez throughout his appeal.
The supporters often wear Rodriguez’s No. 13 jerseys or T-shirts and chant “Alex, querido, el pueblo esta contigo!” which means, “Alex, the people are behind you.” They waive flags from places like the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Columbia and Puerto Rico. They also hold signs, including one that reads “(Yankees president) Randy Levine is the Devil.” For many, English is their second language.
On Thursday, Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, began cross-examining Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, according to a source. It is unknown if Rodriguez will testify, the source said.
You know where this is headed. Bouncing him out of the game or suspending him long term is going to be…
…five, six, seven, eight…
I looked at the webpage for “Hispanics Across America,” and there’s not much there there. How much you wanna bet that Hispanics Across America is an A-Rod-funded astroturf organization?
Yeah, you know:
Meanwhile, that cousin of his that supposedly injected syringes full of that mystery substance into his body that just so happened to be steroids? He’s just as Hispanic.
Ripley indulges a popular obsession with international test score comparisons, which show wide and frightening gaps between the United States and other countries. She ignores, however, the fact that states vary at least as much in test scores as do developed countries. A 2011 report from Harvard University shows that Massachusetts produces math scores comparable to South Korea and Finland, while Mississippi scores are closer to Trinidad and Tobago. Ripley’s thesis about sports falls apart in light of this fact. Schools in Massachusetts provide sports programs while schools in Finland do not. Schools in Mississippi may love football while in Tobago interscholastic sports are nowhere near as prominent. Sports cannot explain these similarities in performance. They can’t explain international differences either.
I wonder if there’s some similarity between Mississippi and Trinidad & Tobago.
Now this is really interesting. Not a peep about this locally. And it happened four months ago.
Yesterday would have been Jesse Owens’s 100th birthday, and SI presents a photo gallery to observe.
Football Team Name Concerns Parents
Jared Heckman watches his two sons play league football as members of the Northampton Konkrete Kids. And he does so with a sense of pride.
“I’m a Konkrete kid. My kids are Konkrete Kids. My father and my family before them were all Konkrete Kids,” he says.
But it’s the spelling of the team name that’s generating controversy. The alliteration of concrete has two K’s, add the word “kids” and you have K.K.K.
By “parents,” they mean paranoid crackpot blacks.
Terrance Jackson disagrees.
“I don’t think that it was a mistake or that it’s coincidental,” he says. “Yes, I think it was placed there purposely.”
Cue ghetto lottery lawsuit by Terrance Jackson in three, two, one…
Joseph Kovalchik defends the name and its particular origin.
“The Konkrete Kids, the way it’s spelled, the way we spell it, is derived from the German heritage. That’s where it really kind of came from. And it has nothing to do with anything about things we don’t believe in,” he says.
Oh now you’ve jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Everybody knows that German = Nazi. “It’s not Klan, it’s German.” Oh, okay.
“There’s nothing hidden here. It’s not like we’re the Washington Redskins doing this Tomahawk Chop thing. That, to me, is heinous,” says another parent.
No good story involving racial paranoia would be complete without dragging the American Indians into it. The real evil is pretending to do a chop with your hands for a team with Indian names.
Terrance Jackson says he isn’t planning on a long, laborious fight and says that even if the district refuses a change, he’ll live with that.
That’s what he told the media on line one. On hold on line two is an NAACP lawyer.
H/T a reader on the East Side.
Bronx Bombers Root For Each Other
On the underdog side, the Bombers are an urban team made up mostly, but not exclusively, of Dominican-Americans. Some of the players travel 90 minutes by subway from Brooklyn to practice on a dusty, unkempt field in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. They love baseball, and they love each other, and while they fantasize about playing in the major leagues, they would be happy to settle for the more realistic dream of becoming the first one in their families to go to college.
On the threatening side, the talented Bombers did arrive at the tournament 37-5, and many of them are big for their age. They also come from the same neck of the streets as the Paulino All-Stars, which tried to pass off 14-year-old Danny Almonte as a 12-year-old in the 2001 Little League World Series. As long ago as that was — Almonte went on to become an assistant baseball coach at James Monroe High in the Bronx — the stigma remains.
But even Leiter is a little worried about the size of the Bombers, especially in comparison to his own son, who’s a second baseman on the small side. “I’m not questioning their ages,” Leiter said. “But I’m guessing they’re so big because they can attract all the best players in the area, kids drawn by all the trophies they win.”
Fool me once…
Actually, their ages might be legit but they’re still relatively big for their ages for a taboo reason: Racial differences in the onset age of puberty. If it’s a select team, of course they’re going to select some big 13-year olds.
Still, you always have to consider the fake documents.
Speaking of Mr. Almonte, he played for the Frontier League team in Marion for part of their 2007 season. That’s the same independent league that the River City Rascals and the Gateway Grizziles here locally belong to.
You can tell if a woman is low information by what she’s watching on TV. If she has Channel 2 on at 1 PM, then she’s low information.
What about men? It’s a little more hairy, (men are hairier than women, except in France), but there is still an easy answer:
If he obsesses over preseason NFL football, and takes it as credible, then he’s low information.
The season a few back the Detroit Lions went 0-16, they went 4-0 in the preseason. The denizens of Bankruptburg were able to take pride that their team’s second and third stringers were better than every other team’s second and third stringers.
That’s what I’d do if someone threw a banana at me. Must not let a perfectly good banana go to waste. Don’t you know that kids are starving in Guadeltombistan?
And in San Francisco of all places, the most progressive place in the universe.
Incredulous jaw dropping time.
Chip Kelly may have moved on to the NFL, but the Oregon football program felt his impact in a big way this week. When Phil Knight, Nike’s chairman and co-founder and the Ducks’ chief booster, used to ask his head football coach how to further grow Oregon’s emerging football program, Kelly would tell Knight to focus on facilities. Oregon might not be able to compete with the infrastructures of traditional powerhouses, Kelly would tell Knight, but the program could appeal to recruits in this way.
Oregon’s 145,000-square-foot Football Performance Center, which opens this week, is intended to help keep the Ducks in national-championship contention for years to come. SI received an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the six-story, on-campus facility, which is situated next to Autzen Stadium and is sure to set a new standard in the arms race to recruit and develop football talent.
The locker room, coaches’ offices, student-athlete cafeteria, players’ lounge and meeting rooms are designed to flow together and are filled with high-tech gadgetry to enhance efficiency. The design team of ZGF Architects, Firm 151 and Hoffman Construction installed a number of unique features: The marble for the showers was imported from Italy, as was most of the building’s furniture; the lockers (which are fully ventilated to eliminate lingering odors) are from Germany and feature coded keypads and a top shelf mounted with shoulder pads and a helmet that spring-boards toward the player; the seamless white floors in the locker room and cafeteria are poured from terrazzo, a composite that resists infection; the specific color pantones of Oregon’s uniforms are threaded throughout the building (with green stitching in the chairs used by defensive players and coaches and yellow stitching in the chairs used by the offensive guys); the black-glass walls of the meeting rooms serve as writing boards; several other walls are lined in Nike football leather; the chairs of the auditoriums (yes, there are two) are done in Ferrari leather.
Altogether, the complex promises to be a major draw for recruits. The facade is black glass meant to cloak the building in mystery while also providing bright sunlit spaces within; the designers call it “sunglasses.” With this building, Oregon has declared without reservation that it is indeed “the University of Nike.” Knight and his wife Penny, who declined to reveal the cost behind the project, maintained control of its design and construction in order to meet their standards before deeding ownership to the school. Just last Friday, Knight’s right-hand man, Howard Slusher, the former agent, was unhappy with minor scuffs on the black slate floor (imported from Portugal) of the lobby. So, every piece was scheduled to be torn up and replaced.
Oregon’s football history doesn’t rival Alabama’s, but this building embraces the theme of newness. Some teams sell a legacy; Oregon is trying to sell the future.
I can really see how this will contribute to the advancement of research into protein folding and nuclear fusion. Actually, it won’t do any of that. Instead, it’s goal is to help the university accomplish what is the ultimate goal of any university these days, winning football games.
The terrazzo flooring to prevent infection is a nice touch, and probably useful in the long run for many other applications, but I’ve always found that it was much easier and cheaper to wear shower shoes.
Notice how much Germany and Italy went into this thing. We supposedly beat them in two wars during the last century. (Note to peanut gallery: I know, Italy was an allied power during WWI)
It’s hard to believe that this is the same school whose doors George Wallace symbolically stood in front of to protest court-ordered integratoin.
I didn’t know the UMKC Kangaroos was such a vaunted college sports program that the school’s administration felt the need to override the failing grades that professors gave to student-athletes and turn them into passing grades, then bounce out the profs when they throw a penalty flag on the whole affair.
I already had a version of the Tanner Scheppers story in my hopper, but Notsam sent me this version which is better because it contains these facts that weren’t in the version I had:
1. He didn’t want to file a police report.
Why not? Probably because the doers were black, and he’s a good jock and all that; Can’t be hatin’ on the Bruthaz when you need to win ball games. Except there are hardly any Bruthaz in major league baseball anymore.
2. He’s 6’4″ 200 pounds. His size didn’t deter this mahogany mob looking to pay a “game” of Knockout Martin Luther King.
3. The “wrong place at the wrong time” canard was hauled out, which is almost always a hint that race taboo is present. I didn’t know walking from a hotel to a restaurant at a time when the restaurant was open was a crime in Cleveland. Apparently, ganging up on someone and sucker punching them isn’t.
4. Rangers mangler Ron Washington (black), hauls out the “it could happen anywhere” line. Funny that, the kind of crimes that almost always seem to happen only in certain places “could happen anywhere.”