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Okay! I have basically had it up to here with white people. Once again, they want to change the rules as to the way things work. O.J. Simpson got acquitted of murder and the predominately black jury was criticized as being stupid and uniformed. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney invaded Iraq, perhaps killing millions of innocent civilians. Yet, they walk around as free men. Idiots to most, heroes to some. They still need to be brought to justice for their crimes against humanity. Sarah Palin shoots wolves from helicopters and thinks that polar bears are the new niggers of Alaska but where is the outrage? I am mad as hell right now and white people and PETA can suck my meat eating dick!
I want to be perfectly clear here! What Michael Vick did was wrong and vile. But he paid his debt to society and thus, should be offered all of the rights and privileges of a free man. Yesterday, Vick signed a two year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and white folks and PETA have lost their fucking minds (not for the first time). Here is PETA’s statement concerning the signing of Michael Vick:
PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Philadelphia Eagles have chosen to sign a man who hanged dogs from trees, electrocuted them with jumper cables, held them underwater until they drowned in his swimming pool, and even threw his own family dogs into the fighting pit to be torn to shreds while he laughed. What sort of message does this send to young fans who care about animals and don’t want to see them be harmed?
PETA certainly hopes that Vick has learned his lesson and feels truly remorseful for his crimes—but since he’s given no public indication that that’s the case, only time will tell. At this point, all Eagles fans can do is cross their fingers and hope that they won’t ever have to explain to their sons and daughters what a “rape rack” is and why their favorite player was using one, as Falcons fans once had to.
Please pay particular attention to the language in the PETA statement! How in the hell can Peta speak for the millions of “decent” football fans across the country? Does that make those of us who want to see the American dream realized indecent? Keep in mind that a few weeks ago, PETA was calling for Michael Vick to undergo a brain scan to see if he was truly remorseful. That’s akin to giving George W. Bush a brain scan to search for intelligence. The very concept in and of itself is ridiculous. I have nothing against advocacy groups but PETA would rather you be eaten alive by mosquitoes than have a truck come by and spray their blood sucking asses back to the swamp.
My point is this! In America, we live by a systems of laws. If you break the law, you suffer the consequences! Michael Vick suffered the consequences by spending nearly two years in a federal penitentiary. Most convicted felons on average, will never command a six figure salary upon their release. Should Vick be penalized because he can run fast and throw a ball? I don’t think so! Two time Super Bowl champ Ben Roethlisberger is accused of raping a woman and I don’t hear anybody calling for him to be banned from playing football or being forced to undergo a brain scan! Could it be that because he is a white man and his victim was not a dog that nobody gives a damn?
Post Script: I normally do not approve of using the “N” word but thought that it was appropriate for emphasis for this comment.
Somebody please wake me me up! I must be dreaming. Some genius has combined two of my favorite things in the world; scantily clad women and football. The Lingerie Football League begins play in September with ten teams scattered across the country. There must be a God! Now I can watch half naked women tackling each other without mud or jello getting in the way.
I’ve never been a big fan of A-Rod. It is not because I dislike him personally but because he plays for the New York Yankees. I’ve always admired his talent and ability. He was the guy that was going to topple Barry Bond’s home run record and make baseball’s most cherished record clean and pure again. But not so fast my friend! Sports Illustrated reported this week that A-Rod failed a steroid drug test in 2003.
Say it ain’t so A-Roid!
I never would have guessed you were a juicer in a thousand years. You put up some prodigious numbers but I thought that you had a complete game. You weren’t a freak of nature like Jose Canseco or Mark McGuire who had arms bigger than most peoples legs. Your head didn’t morp into an astronaut’s helmet like Barry Bonds.
Say it ain’t so A-Roid!
Tell the truth. All you have to do is look at the fix Roger Clemens is in. Congress is going to bitch slap him when they get around to it. We American sports fans are forgiving in nature. Unless of course, you happen to be Barry Bonds, then you are going straight to hell with gasoline draws on. Your accomplishments on the field will stand and if you just happen to admit that you did take steroids, only one thing will change.
You’ll now be known as A-Fraud!
This post is dedicated to Chuck Hobbs who wrote an excellent blog on the lack of black football coaches in major college football. Read it here: http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=PluckPersona&U=372503919e3a42eb9b7e211b037888d5&plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&plckUserId=372503919e3a42eb9b7e211b037888d5&plckPostId=Blog%3a372503919e3a42eb9b7e211b037888d5Post%3af81d23dc-f2ee-492e-92de-6118d2df8cc7&plckController=PersonaBlog&plckScript=personaScript&plckElementId=personaDest
Alonzo “Jake” Gaither, Florida A&M University (FAMU) coaching legend, has been named the American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) recipient of the 2008 Trailblazer Award. The award will be presented posthumously to Gaither at the AFCA Kickoff Luncheon on Monday, January 12 at the 2009 AFCA convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
The AFCA Trailblazer Award was created to honor early leaders in the football coaching profession who coached at historically black colleges and universities. Past Trailblazer Award winners include Charles Williams of Hampton (2004), Cleve Abbott of Tuskegee (2005), Arnett Mumford of Southern (2006) and Billy Nicks of Prairie View A&M University (2007). The award is given each year to a person that coached in a particular decade ranging from 1920-1970. This year’s winner coached from 1960-1970.
“Since I’ve been here, I have really found out how much of a giant of a man he really was,” Florida A&M head coach Joe Taylor said. “There are parks, buildings and streets named after him. We send out a video that names him one of the great Floridians that ever lived in the state.”
Gaither coached at the high school and junior college levels in North Carolina and Virginia from 1927-1937. In 1937, Coach Gaither was named head basketball coach at FAMU and led the team to the 1942 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) basketball title. In addition to serving as head basketball coach, he also served as an assistant football coach from 1937-1942. After the 1942 basketball season, Gaither was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The resulting surgery and recovery kept him out of coaching until 1945.
In 1945, Gaither took over as head football coach at FAMU. He held that position for 25 seasons, compiling a record of 203-36-4. This constituted a winning percentage of .844, and ranks him eighth all-time amongst college football coaches. He won 22 SIAC Conference titles along with six Black College National Championships. Gaither retired from coaching in 1969 and served as Athletic Director and Chair of Health and Physical Education at FAMU until his retirement in 1973.
The number of honors and awards compiled by Gaither are numerous. In 1961, Coach Gaither was named the AFCA College Division Coach of the Year. In 1975, he won the Walter Camp Foundation Award. He is a member of the Florida Sports, FAMU Sports, National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and SIAC Halls of Fame. Gaither was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
The 2008 Trailblazer award is actually Gaither’s third honor from the AFCA. In addition to the 1961 AFCA College Division Coach of the Year Award, in 1975 he was awarded the AFCA’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. Gather was also as an honorary member of the AFCA Board of Trustees for 22 years, serving from 1972-1993.
“Jake was a true student of the game, he was well ahead of his time,” former Alcorn State University and Southern University head coach and athletic director Marino Casem said. “Whenever I was in Florida, anywhere near Tallahassee, whether I was recruiting, vacationing or on business, I made a point to go to Jake Gaither’s house, sit at his feet and absorb knowledge from the master. I was always humbled in the presence of Jake Gaither.”
I want to thank head coach Joe Taylor and the players on this year’s team as the Florida A&M University Rattlers finished with a 9-3 record. It could have been an 11-1 season had a couple of breaks went our way. While we didn’t make the playoffs this year, Coach Taylor has laid down an impressive foundation for the future and I can’t wait for next year. The seasons of 3-8 records are over.
I would like to point out that the Colonial Athletic Conference placed 5 teams in the 16 team playoff field so I think that the NCAA is slightly biased when it comes to Black college football. But once again, had we taken care of Delaware State and Morgan State I wouldn’t be making these remarks.
My personal MVP of the year is Leroy Vann followed closely by newcomer quarterback Curtis Pulley. Vann had six returns for touchdowns this year and nearly 1,500 return yards electrify the crowds every game with his hard nose running and his viciousness on the defensive side of the ball. Pulley, who won the starting quarterback job outright towards the end of the season, is a good reason why FAMU should be one of the favorites to win the MEAC next year.
My only hope is that the administration realizes the importance of having a fifth game at Bragg Stadium every year. There is no place like “The Pit” on a Saturday evening with the Marching 100 in the stands. If we want to become big time again, we must have that fifth or even a sixth game at home. So remember Rattlers:
When the dark clouds gather on the horizon,
When thunder and lightning pierce the skies,
When fate is but a glare in the eye of a fallen Rattler,
and hope….a lost friend,
When the sinew of the chest grows weary from those hard charging linebackers,
And the muscles in the legs grow tired from those hard charging running backs,
You must always remember….the Rattlers will
AND STRIKE AGAIN!!!
Click on Thumbnails for a larger view. Photos by Glen Beil/Tallahassee Democrat.
SOS Click to hear the Marching 100’s rendition of SOS.