When the Jacksonville Jaguars played their first game in 1995, I was only nine-years-old at the time. I had grown up a 49ers fan all my life but I was still new to the game of football. My dad and I would watch the 49ers and I was a huge Steve Young fan.
The Jaguars were a new team and I only really was drawn to them based on their logo and uniform. I thought that they had the best helmet logo in the league. It was fierce (which I assumed was intentional to draw in young fans like myself) and the colors were so unique.
So I decided to follow the Jaguars. I mean, who would cheer on an expansion team? I did.
I wasn’t committed to the Jaguars but every time I saw their highlights, I was really excited to see this new team turn heads. And that’s exactly what happened in their second season when they nearly made it all the way to the Super Bowl. That upset against Denver was what made them the team for me to follow.
The Jaguars became my new adopted team. My love for the 49ers remained my top priority. But following an AFC team with a new fanbase (can’t call me a bandwagon because of that) was exciting for me. It also helped double my excitement every Sunday with two teams playing.
I applaud all those who serve their communities. It is a great way to show the community that these athletes are not just football players, but they are people who have a platform to serve. That’s great.
But a jersey patch?
This just feels like a “Hey look at me and how good I am!” kind of feeling. The whole football uniform has always been about the football player or the team. Whether it’s a captain patch or an anniversary patch, it’s always been something about the team. Never have I seen a player wear a patch honoring their philanthropy off the field.
This is a fan-voted list so I can understand that it’s not perfect. For example, players like Scott Hatteberg shouldn’t be in it but because of one swing, he’s in.
As an A’s fan though, it’s nice to see some current players. Then also to be reminded of players that were traded away at their prime. It’s an interesting list that takes me down memory lane.
What a time to be an A’s fan!
Carlos Beltran started his career before the year 2000. He’s been around a while and today he announced his retirement.
We can all talk about his strikeout against the Cardinals in the NLCS but I want to celebrate one of the most impressive things I have ever seen in my lifetime.
Can we just appreciate Beltran’s postsesaon run in 2004 for the Astros?
In 12 games, he had 56 plate appearances. He had 20 hits, scored 21 runs, hit 8 homers and 14 RBI. He also walked 9 times. He was unstoppable. I remember watching that postseason and I remember telling myself that this was one of the greatest mid-season rentals I have ever seen. He nearly carried the Astros to the title. But it wasn’t meant to be. The Cards would win the series and move on to the Fall Classic.
I am happy Beltran finally got his ring. He wasn’t impressive at all this season but looking back at his entire career, he deserves it. He was just a great player to watch.
Thank you for entertaining me all these years. Enjoy retirement!
After the Yuli Gurriel drama, I was compelled to change my pick to the Dodgers. But I had chosen the Astros for three reasons.
- My American League loyalty
- My NorCal loyalty
- I like cheering for teams who need to end droughts
So based on that, I was sticking with the Astros. And even though Game 7 didn’t have a fantastic finish, this series as a whole was amazing. We had home runs and comebacks and epic finishes. It was exactly what we needed to see. It was the perfect series.
We witnessed an all-time great series and I am just relieved that I was able to be alive when it all happened.
I’m angry. I’m upset. I want to punch Yuli Gurriel in the face. Mocking someone for their physical appearance because of a stereotype is not going to fly in this country.
But I know that my anger and desire to hurt him will not solve anything.
Last night, when Gurriel made a slanted eye gesture and called Yu Darvish (who is Japanese) a Chinito (little Chinese boy), it was clear to many that it was not acceptable. But that was many people, not all people, who found something wrong with it.
There are the people that think America is getting too PC and that it’s an overreaction to something minor. Others are contending that Latin culture features these kinds of remarks and actions all the time and it’s normalized. Using these terms and actions is so common and it’s pretty apparent that Gurriel is just doing what he was so used to growing up.
The problem is that he isn’t back home in Cuba. He is in America. And after all the problems with what we had with disrespect this season (two suspension for homophobic slurs, racist slurs thrown at O’s OF Adam Jones), the league has been on high alert on the way people and fans are being treated.
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.