What if Rob Gronkowski was black

This was tweeted right now and I have every reason to agree with it. I would like to say that I wouldn’t be racist and I would view people all equally, but that’s now how we’ve been trained in this society.

The black athlete comes from a violent background and they have no structure of responsibility. That’s the mentality we’re expected to accept from all black athletes. It’s unfair but the above tweet made me realize that this is the way we’re wired to think.

Obviously what Gronkowski is doing is irresponsible no matter who the athlete is. But somehow, someway, we’re giving him way too much leeway based on the color of his skin.

Can we ever get past the skin color and treat every athlete equally? Unfortunately we won’t. There will always be a certain image the general public and the media will perceive black athletes and I don’t know if it will ever go away.

Does the new Warriors sleeve jerseys mean more advertising space?

So much advertising space.

The talk of having ads on NBA uniforms is getting closer and closer to a reality. And with the unveiling of the new Warriors sleeve jerseys, one has to wonder if these two will come together.

After all, look at all that advertising real estate on the jersey. There’s so much room on the sleeves to place an ad.

However, as Uni Watch points out, maybe the sleeves won’t be the place where the ads are placed. If you want prime exposure for cameras and photos, the best place to put the ad would be on the front of the jersey.

But what is a concern is that with the new Warriors jersey, other teams will likely join along in the process. As early as next season, more NBA teams could very well feature the same sleeve jerseys as the Warriors. The college teams outfitted by Adidas are set to wear them later this season — potentially during the NCAA Tournament.

Even if the ads aren’t placed on the sleeves, this is a sign of things to come in the NBA.

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Redskins post article on team website saying they’re ‘proud’ of nickname

Samuel:

Just because other people are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right. What a strange thing to post on the team site.

Originally posted on SI Wire:

The Redskins posted an article on their website saying they are "proud" of the team's name. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Redskins posted an article on their website saying they are “proud” of the team’s name. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins posted a strange article on the team’s website Monday with the headline, “We Are Very Proud To Be Called Redskins.”

The article highlights the quote in its first paragraph, which comes from a high school athletic director in Coshocton, Ohio. It also boasts that “almost as many” high school teams use the “Redskins” nickname as the “Cowboys,” while more use the name than the “Giants.”

Redskins.com found that there are almost as many schools using the name Redskins as Cowboys, as only 75 schools use the name Cowboys, and interestingly just 19 use the name Giants.

The high school’s athletic director and principal are the only two people cited in the story.

The article comes amid renewed scrutiny over the team’s name and calls to change it. The Redskins…

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Indians add Bourn in latest impressive move

Samuel:

Good job, Indians. After faltering so bad in August, you’ve made yourselves relevant this offseason. I like the addition and I think that with Terry Francona leading the way, the Indians won’t be cellar dwellers this year. Watch out!

Originally posted on The Strike Zone - SI.com:

Michael Bourn made only two errors in centerfield for the Braves last season. (John Bazemore/AP)

Michael Bourn made only two errors in centerfield for the Braves last season. (John Bazemore/AP)

By Ted Keith

The Indians knew they were losing a former All-Star outfielder this offseason. So they went out and have now gotten two for the price of one, and in the process opened a new era for a team that has made just one postseason appearance in the past 11 years.

On Monday night, in a move first reported by CBSSports.com, Cleveland added the best position player remaining on the free-agent market, agreeing to a four-year, $48 million contract with Michael Bourn. An All-Star with Atlanta last season, the 30-year-old Bourn gives the Indians the leadoff hitter (an average of 51 steals the past five seasons) and centerfielder (rated the best in the majors by Ultimate Zone Rating last year, according to FanGraphs) extraordinaire they’ve needed since injuries robbed the recently departed Grady Sizemore…

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