11 04, 2024

O.J. is dead, but his ‘Trial of the Century’ will live forever

By |2024-04-12T03:38:20+00:00April 11th, 2024|Commentary, News, Politics, Race, Gender and Class, Sports|

I won't dwell on what the man did during a Hall-of-Fame football career, because O.J. Simpson destroyed whatever that legacy was in my mind when he and his sidekick Al Cowlings drove a Ford Bronco at a turtle's pace down a California highway with a parade of police cars behind them. Do you remember the sight? I didn't know then

15 10, 2021

Gruden’s got the devil in him

By |2024-01-19T19:31:39+00:00October 15th, 2021|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Sports|

No one among us is a saint — well, few of us are, anyway. Yet we all must stand tall against people who are the devil in fancy trappings. Too many wear such clothing. One of them is Jon Gruden, the misogynistic, homophobic and racist former coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Gruden’s public persona didn’t match his private one,

23 07, 2021

Making right a wrong in Cleveland sports

By |2024-01-19T19:35:48+00:00July 23rd, 2021|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Sports|

Not a single option would have placated every person who called himself a fan of the Cleveland baseball franchise. For over a century, their team trudged across the U.S. with an image on its jerseys that demeaned a people. Trying to massage reality could never erase that its nickname — Indians — had outlived its racist yesteryear, so the organization

26 06, 2021

Let’s play ball at League Park

By |2024-01-19T19:36:39+00:00June 26th, 2021|Commentary, Politics, Sports|

They played baseball Saturday afternoon at League Park. Two sandlot teams from the suburbs put the diamond to use, a rarity. For League Park, a $6.3 million ballpark in the Hough-Fairfax neighborhood, often goes unused, a brick-and-mortar symbol of lousy governance; it reflects how people without vision lord over all-things Cleveland. Folks who live in the city have seen this

16 06, 2021

A white elephant in a Black neighborhood

By |2021-06-16T04:29:24+00:00June 16th, 2021|Commentary, Sports|

Few things are worse than a white elephant, particularly when the elephant comes with a $6.3 million price on its backside.That is the money that went into League Park, a historic ballpark in the heart of a Black neighborhood.League Park spent almost 40 years in decline, and it might have collapsed altogether were it not for the singlemindedness of Fannie

23 01, 2021

In death, Aaron might get his due

By |2024-01-19T19:38:24+00:00January 23rd, 2021|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Sports|

A friend called and asked me had I heard. “Heard what?” “Aaron died.” Amid all the tumult in the United States, Henry Aaron’s death Friday added to the nation’s misery index. While Aaron wasn’t the face of Major League Baseball, he could have been, which is America’s melancholy. For if any star deserved its reverence, Aaron was the star. His

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