February 13, 2014
Re "Michael Sam's brave stand," Editorial, Feb. 11 It seems most members of the millennial generation honestly don't care whether their friends are gay or straight; I know my own kids don't. I hope that All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam's courage is rewarded by other young NFL players saying "so what. " I also hope that, as when the military ended "don't ask, don't tell," America looks back in a year and wonders what all the fuss was about. The NFL's acceptance of Sam would put another nail in the coffin of discrimination against LGBT Americans.
January 20, 2014 |
For more than three hours Sunday, millions of Americans joyfully cheered a football game whose players are paid to be angry and callous. But then, moments afterward, America was offended when one of those players spewed anger and callousness? The national vilifying of the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman for his taunting televised postgame remarks Sunday after the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game cuts to the heart of sports hypocrisy.
January 13, 2014 |
Soccer referees in North America, Central America and the Caribbean have been instructed to follow the lead of European officials and stop matches if they hear racist chants or insults. CONCACAF, the regional governing body for the confederation that includes Mexico and the U.S., said Monday that its executive committee adopted the policy in an attempt to stamp out racism in the sport. "The procedure outlines a clear and precise approach of zero tolerance for racist or discriminatory incidents that may arise during matches," Jeffrey Webb, CONCACAF's president, told the Associated Press.
January 13, 2014 |
What do pediatricians call a coach who screams at his players, blames kids for prompting his outbursts and says his methods are justified because the team wins games? A bully. A more typical picture of a bully is a big kid intimidating a smaller one on a playground. But it's not age that defines a bully; it's power. “Nothing in the definition requires a peer-to-peer relationship, only one individual with perceived power over another,” experts write in an article published Monday in the journal Pediatrics . “The coach-athlete relationship involves an inherent imbalance of power.” Bullying is more than an annoyance.
January 11, 2014 |
HADDONFIELD, N.J. - A four-day traffic hell that trapped cars headed to one of the nation's busiest bridges, supposedly engineered by gleeful political operatives as payback: Deeply stupid, for sure. Unbelievably vindictive and petty. And, in its way, so quintessentially New Jersey. The George Washington Bridge scandal that has engulfed Gov. Chris Christie, bizarre as it is, also somehow stands as an example of the state's hardball political traditions. In the Garden State, political bosses have never gone out of style, corruption cases pile up more victims than the Sopranos, and elbow-to-the-face tactics are shrugged off by voters - as much a part of Jersey culture as boardwalk custard and stainless-steel diners.
January 10, 2014 |
It would be difficult to believe that China's leaders didn't expect a negative reaction from its neighbors and the United States when it announced the creation of an expansive air defense identification zone over the East China Sea in late November. But that raises the question of why those leaders are behaving the way they are when China has so many domestic problems that need urgent attention, and when China's continued growth and ability to deal with those problems depends on a stable international order.