On anniversary of Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ raised fists, we are still fighting the same racial battle

On this day in 1968, one of the greatest moments in sports history happened. It was also one of the greatest moments in world history.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two runners from San Jose State University (my alma mater), made a demonstration that forever changed history. After having won gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200-meter running event, both Smith and Carlos raised a black-gloved fist during the national anthem in a gesture towards human rights. This came at a time in America where racial equality was still a distant dream.

What transpired afterward was equally telling of the times in America. There were people who understood the importance of their message; there were many who disliked the act. Smith and Carlos were immediately sent back home, they (and their families) received death threats. It became discussion over and over about how a sporting event was no place for what they deemed a political protest. What these two did was completely unacceptable and disrespectful.

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Tape delay makes me not want to care about the Olympics again

It’s crazy that the Olympics is on tape delay by NBC again. Even though it’s in the same time zone, it’s still tape delayed. Money hungry NBC won’t give us the goods.

People on the East Coast have to wait an hour before they can watch it. West Coasters have to wait four hours. This is ridiculous but NBC wants their money. I just can’t stand watching sporting events on tape delay. There is no fun in that. Maybe that’s why my care for the Olympics has not been strong. It’s just hard to care about something when the results have already been revealed.

I might watch the opening ceremony still but it won’t be any surprise since I will have read all the tweets and screenshots of everything already.

Besides, the summer Olympics doesn’t fascinate me. Give me the winter Olympics and curling!

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What if Team USA did beat Canada in hockey?

Great play by Jamie Benn.

That was the only goal of the game. It was a great play. Canada is the better team.

The game was a blowout. Even though it was a 1-0 game, it was lopsided. The Canadian defense was suffocating and the Americans just had no rhythm and speed. They were not the better team.

And I am OK with that. The better team deserved to win it and they did. It was impressive all around for them.

But what if Team USA did win? What would that mean for the country? I would like to think that a gold medal win would make hockey more popular in the country. I would think that the attention would grow. But it won’t. Even a gold medal wouldn’t do that.

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Is it un-American of me if I don’t care if the Americans do well at the Olympics?

Sure, I would like to see the USA win the gold medal, but I am not going to make a big deal about it if they don’t.

I enjoy the Olympics because it’s a gathering of the best athletes in the world competing in sports. That alone is why I tune in to watch. Do I care who wins? Not really. Unless there is a great storyline that’s tied into a gold medal chase, I really am indifferent.

Sure, I do want the US to do well but it’s not the reason why I cheer. Sometimes there are better athletes in other countries and I want them to do well. Or maybe there is a better redemption story for a team that is not an American and I want them to do well. Does that make me un-American?

I actually enjoy watching games and competitions that don’t feature any Americans. If the matchup is that good, then I’ll watch it. And sometimes, I want them to win — even if it’s against an American player.

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The Jamaican bobsled team theme song

Apparently, the movie made it popular and even though you would never figure that a country like Jamaica would have anything to do with winter sports, here we are.

Just accept this catchy theme for what it is.

USA-Russia was a hockey fan’s dream and the gateway to a new audience

T.J. Oshie scores the winner and congratulates Jonathan Quick for his stellar performance.

I’ve always wondered what it would take to get a person that isn’t into hockey to really appreciate it. Sometimes all it takes is just a big name. Sometimes it takes an actual game in person to really appreciate it.

But if I was to point out one thing, it may have been the USA vs Russia game I just witnessed.

The game had great stops, great scores, top notch players and a thrilling shootout that was heart-racing. Plus whenever Doc Emrick calls a game, it’s always good.

Hockey is a simple game but it isn’t fun for everyone unless there’s some kind of interest. In a game like this, it had all of that. USA vs Russia was a great storyline. The world’s top players. And throughout the game, we were introduced to great shots, great goaltending, a controversial goal that was wiped away and non-stop action.

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NBC is doing you a favor by tape delaying the Olympics

NBC is doing you a favor by tape delaying the Olympics

This is probably one of the worst written things I’ve seen advocating for tape delay. Not only is NBC condensing out things from other countries and all the extras, but who actually enjoys watching sporting events later in the day when we already know what happens? Let me watching something live so I can see the result unfold instead of waiting five hours already knowing that USA won and for me to see how they won. Who wants tape delay like that?

For The Win

(USA TODAY Sports Images) (USA TODAY Sports Images)

To everyone who complains about NBC’s lack of live coverage for marquee Olympic events: Be careful what you wish for. The Winter Games can get pretty boring when you’re sitting through endless figure skating routines, alpine skiing runs and curling matches.

Those edited primetime highlight shows you deplore are a blessing. Instead of wading through hours of tedious action that has no bearing on medals, then running the risk of missing the pertinent action because you went channel surfing, the tape-delayed package gives you the important stuff you need. The existence of highlights tells you that there are plenty of lowlights out there too.

Why wouldn’t you love the primetime package? Everything you love on TV is edited. You have Netflix so you can enjoy House of Cards. Yet you’d cancel your subscription in an instant if the show consisted of Kevin Spacey going through six…

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