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Inside Conditions…Skin Game

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEI have come to respect mostly every sport, even the ones that I don’t like and have little or no interest in.As I viewed the 2014 Winter Olympics in Socchi, Russia I felt a sense of pride seeing the smiles and competitive spirit of the “little ones” (many are still adolescents) displayed right before me.  The young athletes hailing from “these” United States of America, just like all of their colleagues from across the globe sacrifice time, money, blood, sweat and tears just for a chance to stand on the podium listening to their national anthems being played while watching with tear stained eyes as their flags are raised in triumph. However there is a monumental difference as to the social and economic treatment of most of the athletes once the competition has concluded and they have returned to their native lands.Once they return home, the athletes from Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Finland, Russia, or any other European nation more than likely don’t have to fear losing their lives, if they play their music a bit loud, or if they reach into their pocket or fret about being followed and murdered if they put on a “hoodie” before they embark on a journey to the store to buy a bag of Skittles and a soda.No the European “soldiers of sport” will return home worshipped as heroes with their exploits forever etched in the collective, history and memory of the country.Now folks get this.  There was once a rock group that was popular, very popular.  The name of the group was Twisted Sister. A few days ago I was going over a few “web based” sports news reports and stories in the wake of the thrashing that the Seattle Seahawks put on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.  I ran across an article that featured the rant of a real life twisted sister.The article featured a photo of Seattle cornerback Richard “Sherman tank” Sherman proudly posing with the Lombardi Trophy.  I instantly thought, “oh no Rich, no more boasting and telling the truth;  haven’t you learned anything yet?” However, as I read the article that accompanied the picture I realized that the photo was Sherman’s response to a nasty and insidious tweet that he had received.In this day and age tweets might as well be sheets because anonymous tweets are nothing more than electronic smoke screens and cross burnings for the cowardly carriers of racist communiqués.The tweet that I am referring to is a quote taken from an article written by Connor Hutyler from a supposedly yardbarker.com “humor” based article. Mr. Hutyler writes, “Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the most polarizing figures in professional sports. People either love him or hate him, and the people who fall into the latter category are probably pretty upset now that Sherman can add ‘World Champion’ to his résumé.”I’m sure many people are constantly tweeting awful things at Richard Sherman, but one hate tweet in particular caught Sherman’s eye.  Rather than stooping to the level of a user known as @SnBEternall on Twitter who tweeted, “Seattle beat Denver, but you contributed nothing and got carted off with an injury and even worst that I can’t print. Sherman simply replied with a nice picture of him holding the Lombardi Trophy. The ultimate “Scoreboard!” move from the Stanford grad. You’ve got to love it.People love him or hate him, wonder who the haters are? If someone had authored such a caustic and personal attack against Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Tom Brady or any other of the NFL’s marquee players it probably would have never been published. There was nothing even remotely funny about the tweet.Why do insecure, non talented, apple pie loving, Ford truck driving, tea party card carrying, red blooded American males think because of their genealogy that they have a right to use every available breath and platform to attack and devour Black men in life in general but particularly in sports.How many times has the “work ethic” of Black Athletes been questioned?Don’t get me wrong, boys and girls. I will almost certainly despise anyone who dispenses information wherever, regardless of color, gender or age that they may be based on the “race card” just to endear a particular segment of the population to them, their poisonous rhetoric and limited thinking.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more


Get the brooms out, Rebels within a win of KIJHL title

first_imgCastlegar can complete the sweep Saturday in Armstrong when the two Conference champions meet in Game four.The Rebels scored the only goal the team would need with 15 seconds remaining in the opening period.Vlanich and Travis Wellman set up Castlegar’s playoff leading scorer Stuart Walton on the power play to give the Rebels the 1-0 lead.Brendan Heinrich provided some insurance with a second period goal.Then it was Castlegar’s pressure defence, combined with Gluck in goal in the third, that took this game home.The Rebels out shot the Knights 32-24 before an announced crowd of 500 fans.It was the third straight game Castlegar has out shot the Knights. Castlegar is one win away from its first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title since 1996.Jordan Gluck made 24 saves and Jamie Vlanich had two assists to power the Rebels to a 2-0 victory over the North Okanagan Knights Friday in Armstrong.The Rebels now lead the best-of-seven KIJHL Championship series 3-0.last_img read more


South Okanagan halts Bomber winning streak

first_imgHowever, poor weather made the pitch unplayable forcing coaches to cancell the game.The teams will meet this week in West Kootenay High School Fieldhockey League play on Thursday in Castlegar, at 4:30 p.m. at Pass Creek.The West Kootenay zones are set for October 23 at Pass Creek.The winner advanced to the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Fieldhockey Championships in West Vancouver.Meanwhile the LVR Junior Bombers scored a pair of wins over Rossland and South Okanagan.Emma Borhi scored a hat-trick to pace LVR to a 5-1 win over Rossland.Emma Wheeldon added two goals for LVR.Jena Wheeldon and Andrea Stinson are the last Bombers to register three goals in a game.Saturday, the Bombers continued to rock on offence, shutting out South Okanagan 5-0.Borhi scored twice while Naomi Perkins, Chiara Chirico and Ava Strautman added singles. The L.V. Rogers Bombers suffered its first loss of the 2013 High School Fieldhockey season as South Okanagan Hornets of Oliver scored a 3-1 victory in the West Kootenay Tourney this past weekend at Pass Creek pitch in Castlegar.Naomi Perkins scored the lone goal for the Bombers in the five-team tourney.”This was a very good side,” said coach Val Gibson.The Bombers opened the tourney Friday by drawing 2-2 against host Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlgar.Sarah Wade scored twice to lead the Bomber offence while Allie Zondervan added a pair of assists.The contest marked the first time Bomber keeper Tara Yowek has allowed two goals in a game.Saturday the Bombers were scheduled to play the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks.last_img read more


Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Babe Ruth

first_imgNelson broke open a close game with six runs in the final innings.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the accomplishment with Team of the Week honours.The Nelson Babe Ruth squad includes coach Roger May, Jayden Maida, Marco Falcone, Jared Martin, Chase May, Jordan McLeod, assistant coach Dylan Jacobs, Andrew Felcone, Benoit Thibault, Vinnie Watson, Garnet Duplessie, Sebastian Bodine and Justin Lasichuk. Nelson Minor Baseball historians say the last time a Heritage City squad won the West Kootenay Babe Ruth Championships the current members of the team were not even born.A group of Nelson players put that streak to rest by stopping Trail Athletics 11-5 Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Park.last_img