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We here at KSR have a pretty special relationship with the folks over at the New York Times. Between Pete Thamel and easily circumvented paywalls, there’s a lot to love at the biggest paper in the country. However, this article by William Rhoden has left me pretty confused. It’s titled ‘Begrudging the Kentucky Wildcats’ Success and Opportunities’. Cool. Been there done that, Bill. It starts just as the other five thousand stories like it written in the past week have started: won the championship, NBA exodus, demise of college basketball, etc. He then touches upon how other sports figures may spend only a short amount of time in school before turning pro and aren’t subjected to nearly the same microscope. I’m picking up what Bill is putting down, for the most part, until he drops this bomb:

So why has the prospect of five U.K. young players turning pro unsettled so many people?

If the core of the Kentucky team had been made up of white players with phenomenal athleticism and acumen at every position – operating in the context of a largely black sport – we would not be hearing the complaining. Their success would not be seen as a debasement. The team would be celebrated and feted – as Butler was, as Gonzaga used to be.

Uh oh.

This angle is one that has some merit because all the players are black, but Bill really kind of snuck this in. He goes on to interview Tom Izzo about the issue:

The perception is that these five black players are not serious students and don’t belong at the university. If they were white, there would be more acceptance that they belong at the university.

“It’s sad for me to say, but it’s probably the truth,” Izzo said. Perception or not, the reality is that the sports industry has done its part preparing young men and women for their careers as professional athletes. Only a small percentage will succeed, but only a fraction succeed at the highest level in any profession.

Bill asserts that the one-and-done loop hole allows poor, black people without the same educational opportunities as white people to achieve their dreams of wealth and success. I’m not going to say he’s incorrect but he’s really throwing a blanket generalization over both black and white people when he writes this article. My real issue with this piece is that he’s taking something great, like our national championship, and using it as a vehicle to hop up on the pulpit. Take a breath, Bill. Sometimes basketball isn’t just black and white.

Article written by Matthew Hays

78 Comments for You guys like curveballs?

  1. kdh2011
    11:48 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Well, people did seem less outraged by Kevin Love, Byron Mullens, and Kosta Koufos and they’re never outraged by baseball and hockey players. Some Canadian hockey players turn pro around 14 years old.

  2. Wu Tang Financial
    11:49 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    If a white guy wrote that article his career would be destroyed. Double standard. I’m so sick of race being brought up about everything. Black, white, purple, orange, who gives a crap!

  3. JBRO
    11:54 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Been watching Bill Rhoden on The Sports Reporters for years and this article is just another one in his long line of racists remarks.

  4. Jman3715
    11:58 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    There is some truth to it. Some writers just think there must be something wrong with a system that allows poor inner city kids. To become multi millionaires in such a short time.

  5. UHUH
    12:00 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    What does one and do have to do with helping poor blacks? If they were required to stay at school longer they still have a scholarship and if there was no rule they could just turn pro. I agree that if a white guy wrote this he would be called a racist. If UK only had white players this writer would be calling the University racist in his article. Funny how people twist things to their advantage.

  6. Tobias Funke
    12:01 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Dude is pretty much spot on. And if you read the USA Today article from a month or so ago about Cal and one-and-done he pretty much says the exact same thing. MANY of the folks who are crying about Cal and the NBA’s one and done rule (see Bob Knight) are doing so from a racial perspective, regardless of what they say. Now that seems like an unfair statement, on the surface, but look a little deeper. Are they saying the same thing about young tennis and golf stars that turn pro at 17? What about baseball players signing multi-million $$ deals at age 19-20? NO THEY AREN’T. Why? 95% of those youngsters are privliged and white and don’t come from low-income or in most cases even moderately income households. You can dance around the issue all you want if it makes you feel uncomfortable but the simple truth is this…as long as the majority of the kids making the jump to the NBA are black and not wealthy we will hear these same gripes and complaints from the media and NCAA elites.

    Now do you guys understand why Cal was asked to speak on the MLK panel 2 years ago?? This man has done more for the young, African American sports community than ANYONE in collegiate athletics maybe, ever. The black leaders have known it for awhile, and now all the privilged white guys are figuring it out (and he’s winning at an unprecedented rate) and its not making them happy.

  7. JackB
    12:06 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    It wouldn’t be a NYT article without a call out of racism and categorizing people by group identity instead of as individuals.

  8. E-5-1
    12:08 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    The NYT is an irrelevant rag….. a dinosoar whose day has passed

  9. Mike
    12:08 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    My man, this is a simple answer as to why this article was written, to all liberals race is an issue, period……..

  10. J-Huh
    12:14 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think a white reporter would be vilified for writing this article. It would be more controversial/taboo, but the only double standard here is the one the author highlights. Matt’s talked about economic inequality before on the show and he’s lightly touched on the race issue. He’s not hated. I think he’s actually in a place where he can speak more openly on the subject than he already does.

    And also, a black author should be able to talk about these issues. Just because he’s black and whites don’t have the guts to look at things objectively/speak the truth, doesn’t mean they have to hold back their thoughts/opinions.

  11. BigBlueBrock
    12:17 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Rhoden is pretty much spot on with this article. If you notice, the people that seem to take the biggest issue with the one-and-done phenomena are privileged white guys. There’s a reason for that.

    Also, LOL @ you retards in the comments section. “DURRR STOOPID LIBRAL ALWAYS CALLIN WHITE PEEPLE RACIST! I AIN’T RACISM STOOPID LIBRAL.” Go eat more paint, please.

  12. Al's IndiCats
    12:17 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    This completely blows me outta the water. Why does some ying yang always play up thre race card? It’s going to happen now since Cal won the title with “WON” and dones. It’ll be the Calipari rule which states there can be no more than 3 Won and Dones on scholarship at any given school. All these reporters can say what they want about Old Roy Boy and Rat face at Duke, but if the truth was known they’d give their first born to have a Davis or Kidd Gilcrest on their teams. I’m sure when Crusty the Clown (Knight) was bullying he would’ve gave Pat Knight up for adoption to have one on his teams. If the NCAA don’y like the rule…..Change it! Plain and simple. Grow some balls NCAA, change the age limit to 20 or 21. If it’s 21 all that means is those kids will go over seas to play then the whole sport will change for college.

    They always seem to change rule when it’s dealt in UK’s favor, this one will be a no brainer for the NCAA.

  13. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
    12:18 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    The only reason people are bitching now is because of Cal. Coach K’s one and doners are awesome student atheletes. Ours are dumb because they are Cal’s. Even though we’ve had pretty good students here. The butthurt over Cal is legendary.

    12:20 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #8 speaks the truth. This is the New York Times people, this kind of trash literally gets published every single day. You just happened to notice it today because it involved Kentucky.

  15. Beatle Bum
    12:30 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    This country is obsessed with race. Everything has to be about racial bias. We could see racial bias in just about everything, so long as it concludes that we think negatively about minorities. I am surprised that Al Sharpton is not on a plane to Lexington as this posts. If UK’s players were all white, their draft status would be damaged.

  16. Beatle Bum
    12:34 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I love #6. It is about race, even if we do not realize it. Ha!

  17. Beatle Bum
    12:36 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    The current kerfluffle is about … CAL! If Coach K or any other “beloved” icon had UK’s team, this would be a non-issue.

  18. Raazoul
    12:38 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    This is so stupid. “Hey we have a black president, so EVERYTHING that happens MUST be boiled down to race!” Pathetic. Butler? Your going to compare that Butler team to this team? This guys always a moron, so I’m not surprised. How about someone point how how THE NBA DRAFT IS 95% BLACK PEOPLE. So how come white people aren’t complaining about the racism? If a kid is said to be a good player, and he’s white, that will automatically drop him at least 1 star. The only thing the “one and done” is proving is that players are getting better. The game is getting “easier”. It’s natural. Happens in every sport.

  19. k-olo
    12:39 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #11-Your meltdown was pretty epic.

  20. Raazoul
    12:39 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Let me boil it down, If Kyle Wiltjer was black he’d be a higher prospect than Teague and Lamb.

  21. uklaw95
    12:42 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I am as conservative as they comen but this article is spot on and you guys are missing the point. Does anyone think the Triumvirate woluld be knocking on doors in Alabama if Eric was white? As has been said time and time again, no one worries about white kids signing baseball contracts at 18 but God forbid a black kid do the same in basketball. The theory the are going with is obvious: white kids can make a better dexision for themselves than black kids.

    Does the race card get overplayed? Absolutely. But this is one case where the racial bias of sportswriters is obvious.

  22. Gary
    12:42 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Check out the article by William C Rhoden (Press Box) in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Monday, April 9, 2012. Wow, what a strong and well written article that articulates Coach Cal and other coaches and faculty responsibilities towards preparing students for a successful future. No one prepares their students or athletes for the future better than Coach Cal.

  23. theWilkman
    12:42 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been saying this since Cal arrived. All the vitriol aimed at him/UK for “one and dones” has a racist bent. I couldn’t care less about race and usually don’t make these connections, but when I hear Bob Knight’s rants, or (since I live on the KY/IN border) old, white IU fans talk about how “pure” their team is, I can’t help but wonder how this doesn’t get more attention.

  24. NBA league pass
    12:44 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Just wait until we win it again next year with one and dones.

  25. uklaw95
    12:46 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    This guy is saying that people are up in arms about UK’s team being one and done because they are racially biased and you guys are saying “THAT’S NOT TRUE!!!”

    WTF? Do you think they hate our team because of BTI?

  26. Ross
    12:46 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #6 Sums it up. hit the nail on the head……Get your heads out of the sand if you do not understand it….The reason there is an issue with 1 and done rule in the 1st place is due to the majority of the kids being black…….That is why you do not see an issue with the golfers, tennis players, hockey, baseball etc…..Also, why there isn’t much grip about Duke’s players leaving….Due to the PERCEPTION of the “White School” or that those kids are different than the rest of the country’s teams kids’….The article isnt a hit piece against UK at all…..If you read it for what it is youl understand that it is backing Calipari and pointing its finger at the NCAA and its hypocrisy…..

  27. mike d
    12:47 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Leave it to the New York Times…They could make me eating a ham sandwich a race issue. Idon’tsee MKG as black or John Hood as white. They are all BLUE

  28. Head Bussa
    12:51 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #6 — You are right on my friend. People on this thread don’t even get it and are arguing points that don’t have relevance to what the writer is trying to get at. This writer is essentially protecting the image of Calipari and Kentucky’s program right now, and highlighting where the negativity about one-and-dones is coming from and why. Hell guys, Tom Izzo even supports the writer’s position and says he is right about the race issue playing a role in this. Okay, I’ve had my piece. Now most of you idiots can go back to your closed-minded lives.

  29. Raazoul
    12:52 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    You people are so conceited. What “People” hate us? No one gives a damn about us, they care about which team is on top. I wonder why no one “hated” us during the Billy Gillespie Era? Were we a “white only” team 4 years ago? I forgot.

  30. uklaw95
    12:52 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    He’s not saying UK fans are racist (probably for the 1st time)! He’s saying people who are anti-1 and done are racist! Did you guys read the article?

  31. Wildcat TJ
    12:55 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Get used to it in 2012. This is an election year. One of the sides is going to inject race into as much as they can to energize the black vote to turn out for Obama. If Joshua doesn’t win American Idol, expect that to be an issue, too.

  32. Participant
    12:55 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    You cannot tell me that Patrick Patterson would not have gotten an education without basketball. Have you seen his parents? Mr. Rhoden may want to make it a black/white issue but it comes down to the individual and his aspirations. Brandon Knight is another example…he has 90 hours now. Darius Miller is probably the same type of individual, because he is graduating. For whatever reason, they know there is life after basketball. Race may play into it, but that is not the only answer.

  33. Ross
    12:55 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #23 Makes a great point as well……Bob Knight and his following talking about the Purity of the game and what not…..what are they really saying? That they are pissed that Calipari can come in and expose and exploit the system that has made BILLIONS off of these kids backs over the years, and now there is someone that is beating the system at it’s own game, and making millionaires in the meantime, and speaking out against the very regime….It is why you can expect some form of retaliation from the NCAA like they always have done to Cal….Just at UK, we were smart and insulated him with a rock solid support system, (i.e. Sandy Bell) that makes it difficult for them to get to him….Calipari at UK has been empowered to where he can hit the NCAA HEAD ON without worry, he now has the platform for his crusades, and he is using it and loving it….

  34. Ross
    12:58 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    But you folks that are complaiing about the article need to read the article…It isnt against UK or Calipari in the slightest…..It is voicing support for Calipari and the use of the 1 and done rule….And where all the hatred and issues with the rule really come from…..

  35. uklaw95
    12:59 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Wait, what? Now we have people insulting PPats parents??? His mom looked at coach k and said “where is the center on this roster?” And u don’t think she’s intelligent. They are both good people and great parents.

  36. Head Bussa
    1:02 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    People on this thread clearly have no idea what the writer’s main point of this article is. What are some of you talking about? Seriously. 5? 29? 32? and 31 — What are you talking about American Idol for? Sheesh.

  37. uklaw95
    1:02 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Now I know why people think kentuckians can’t read. The 1% who can’t read talk the most while the other 99% just shake their heads.

  38. J-huh
    1:03 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #35, I think it was a double-negative compliment actually.

  39. Jman3715
    1:03 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #34 agreed. Did you people even read the article???

  40. uklaw95
    1:05 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    The KSR writer isn’t much better.

  41. BigBlueBrock
    1:05 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #36 – Of course they have no idea. All they read were the blurbs Hays pulled out of the article and then Hays’ personal opinion which is WAY off the mark of the point the author was trying to make. Then they all put on their trucker hats, scooped out a dip of Scole, and proceeded to post a bunch of rants about “DEM DURN LIBRALS AND THAR EVERTHANG IS RACISM WHIZE ERTHANG GOTTA BE BOUT RACIST WITH LIBRALS!! OBAMA BLACK DURRR RACIST DURR LIBRALS! RUSH LIMBAUGH IS MUH DADDY!”

  42. uklaw95
    1:09 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think so #38. He said that ppat wldnt have got an education without bball and then intimated that if u look at his parents u would know why. It does take some deciphering though I will agree.

  43. snap
    1:09 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    A) shoulda used a pick of obama – that dude is the definition of ‘one and done.’ Plus, everyone knows if he had been a white dude from Illinois with the same credentials he woulda never beat Hillary or become prezident.

    B) roden is equal to jessie jackson and sharpton. Race baters. F ’em all.

  44. Dee
    1:10 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    if the entire team had been white….they would’ve had DUKE on their jersey’s…

  45. uklaw95
    1:14 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Thing is I am as conservative and anti race baiting as they come but I have been saying this for years. The white bread journalists, commentators, and other people involved in this debate may talk a good “progressive” game but deep down inside many of them have an incredible bias. That is what this article points out.

  46. J-Huh
    1:16 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #42, I could totally be wrong, but focus on the “cannot” and “another example is” when he says PPatt and Knight are similar.

    God this is an epic linguistic nerd fight and I can’t believe I’m already suffering from such bball withdrawal that I’mtaking time out of my day for it.

  47. Tobias Funke
    1:16 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Yikes. There are some freakin dolts posting in this comments section. Please read the NYT article and tell me if it comes off in the slightest way as anti-Cal or anti-KY. Dude makes a VERY valid point and I think he hits the nail on where the majority of the hate for the one-and-done system comes from.

  48. Ehh
    1:17 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Harrelson, White.
    Hood, White.
    Wiltjer, White.

    Old man bringing race into everything.
    Every D-1 athletics program has a higher % of minorities. It’s culture. UK is no different on that front.

    Cynics love to slip in their agendas when they see the opportunity.

  49. uklaw95
    1:19 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think so 46 but I will hope you are right and leave it at that!

    1:19 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    The in all honesty, Liberals think everything is racist and Conservatives rarely think anything is. The TRUTH is probably somewhere in between.

    I dont think anyone would argue against the fact Kentucky gets all the deformation as One and Done U eventhough Duke, Ohio State, UCLA all have players leave after a year. There is a diffeence in the way that John Wall is percived and the way Kevin Love is percieved. I dont think 100 percent of it has to do with race, but it would be hard to argue that it doesnt have anything to do with race.

    I also dont think people do these on purpose. We all have internal sterotypes. I percieve young blacks differently than I percieve young whites. Everyone has a natural bias towards their own groups.

  51. uklaw95
    1:23 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    You know how some of u feel when some buttwipe argues with u when u say cals two vacates seasons are BS? That’s how I feel right now. Reading is fundamental, folks. Read the article, THEN comment on it. Not the other way around.

  52. J-Huh
    1:25 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Our boy Eloy is Latino. Discuss…

  53. uklaw95
    1:25 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Make that “vacated” not “vacates”.

  54. BS
    1:42 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    When people assume and depict, I no longer give merit.

  55. BigBlueBrock
    1:51 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Also, Matthew Hays should be disallowed from contributing to this blog given his severe lack of understanding about the article’s point basically caused the idiocy in the comments section.

  56. uklaw95
    1:56 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Amen and amen.

  57. megan
    2:33 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Sports you can go pro right after high school include Tennis, Ice Hockey and golf. If that is correct I don’t see how people argue.

  58. 00BBN00
    2:57 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    The fact that so many in this comment section refuse to acknowledge the race problem in America is why Rupp and the rest of BBN are commonly labeled racist by most outsiders. Thanks a lot guys.

  59. Green River 46
    3:13 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    If you love the New York Times, Matt, you would love the North Korean Times.

    3:16 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Ummmm, Who cares what people think. Fact is we all know the kids Cal recruits are really smart as well as being gifted athletically. To play at that level, you have to be smart.

  61. Stretch
    3:28 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Lets try reading the article before commenting folks.

  62. CATS
    3:31 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #46, your right, he is complimenting PPats parents.

    Does anyone ever wonder why Harrelson got so much love, why people think Hood is really good (truth is he’s not), and why everyone thinks Wiltjer will be POY candidate next year. It is because they are white!!! I’m white, and I can see it plain as day.

    If you think this is race-baiting you are probably a racist. You probably talk bad about black people with your white buddies around the water-cooler everyday, but if anyone was to say you were a racist your following quote would include “I don’t see black, white, yellow, or purple I just want everyone to quit bringing up race. There isn’t a lot white guys who are rappers thats racist!!! There isn’t a lot of white guys winning the dunk contest, that’s racist!!!”

    I see this type of person everyday, bigots blind to their own hatred. I feel sorry for you. You probably cannot help that you were raised that way, and are having a hard time adapting to the new America. While making Kentuckians look stupid.

    Perfect example, If Obama was “George Bush white” everyone would be in love with him, but no one can stand to see a black man in power so, conservatives have fought him the whole way. Hell we let that idiot Bush serve 8 years, 8 years!!!!!!

  63. Wildcatsteeler
    3:42 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Sadly he’s right. Mark Zuckerburg dropping out of college and creating a billion dollar business is seen as a huge success story. Even made a movie about it. And how fitting to use a Dubya pic to start a story about racism.

  64. uklaw95
    3:45 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Oh crap now we’re getting the opposite end of the idiot spectrum.

  65. BnClay
    4:36 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    62 I dont’ know who you have been talking to…

    fans love Jort because he was a out of shape bench warmer, that turned it around and was a key to a final four run. White had nothing to do with it for 99% of BBN.

    I havn’t heard anyone thinking Hood is going to start or score 10-15 point a game next year. But have heard alot of fans rooting for him to contribute because of his Kentucky roots, because he is coming off a big injury, and because he had alot of hype coming out of HS. Again if hood was black I don’t think it would be any different for 99% of BBN

    Wiltjer POY??? I don’t think so. But 6th man, offensivly productive player absolutly. Not because he is white because he has shown alot of potential.

    Also 99% of BBN will also be rooting for Twany step up and contribute in 2012/13 aswell. I don’t think the racism is nearly as prevelant in BBN as you make is sound.

  66. macon_volfan
    5:49 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Funny, Matt Jones tweeted out this article this morning touting how it was ‘spot on.’ Now another Matthew criticizes it, and it’s a race bait article. It’s not bashing UK or Cal. It’s validating him and proving that people have a problem with black one and dones because they’re black. It’s not an anti-UK/Cal article!!!

  67. Mean Daddy
    6:49 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Uklaw95, did you read Matthew’s post or are you more interested in proving your intellectual superiority? He specifically declined to comment on whether the article was correct and let you and anyone else inclined to read make that call on their own. Instead, he made the point that sweeping generalizations about people based upon race should be scrutinized. Is that a particularly controversial notion? Racism is often fueled by just those types of generalizations. In the end, you have the right to any opinion you wish to express but protecting that right works both ways. As a lawyer, presumably, you should know that.

  68. Wild Turkey 101
    6:57 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t realize Wiltjer was black.

  69. Lou eaton
    7:09 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s the deal. The media is scared to death that UK in on the verge of now establishing a long run at many NCs (Which we are). THIS scares the he]] outta the media who are mostly ESPN PUKE, SYR, etc graduates. They need to get used to it because no matter how they change the rules…Cal is going to continue to get top recruits because the WANT to play for THE MAN!!

  70. tbd4567
    8:03 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t understand why people can’t keep their eye on the ball…LOL. The racist issue, for some, is people making the implication that black players are sub-par scholars and are escaping their inevitable fate of flunking out if they try to stay 4 years. Another issue, of greater resonance, is about using “ringers” in the form of pre-professional athletes to play sports, win, and help the school collect large t.v. dollars when they have no intention of being scholars for more than a year or two. There is also the smell that a collection of elite players does not usually come together anywhere without the call of money to encourage them. A third issue concerns the ethics of manipulating a kid that does not wish to be a student or never had the ability to work at the college level to spend a year or two winning games and large dollars for the school only to be dumped without remedial help, a plan to obtain education elsewhere, or a thank you when his grades are revealed. A final issue concerns kids that were qualified and wanted to go to school that did not receive a scholarship or did not receive a spot because it was being used by a sub-par athlete.

    Kentucky earns $85,000,000 every years off of these kids and the money they generate. Just keep your eye on the ball.

  71. macon_volfan
    8:15 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    #70–lots of GREAT points in there. Bravo.

  72. uklaw95
    8:54 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    67, not sure why you singled me out, but I guess I will play. 1) article title: “You guys like curveballs?” I don’t know how this is a curveball. We’ve been talking about this issue for years. People want the black kids to go to college for four years and the white kids to go straight to the minors. Gretzky a phenom, LeBron a derelict. People were even up in arms about Tiger leaving Stanford early. I believe Matt Jones has even asked “If Eric Bledsoe is white, is Pat Forde knocking on doors in Alabama?”

  73. uklaw95
    8:56 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    2) WTF is a pic of GWB doing on the post? Why not a pic of someone throwing a curveball. Say, a major league pitcher who didn’t go to college but instead went pro straight out of high school?

  74. uklaw95
    8:59 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    3) The Izzo quotes. Kinda like recent edited phone conversations, these quotes need to find some context.

  75. uklaw95
    9:07 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    4) the final paragraph. Its a hodgepodge of crap. Sweeping generalizations. Ruins the fun of the national championship. The generalization, if any, being made is that white people are uncomfortable with the thought of black kids being quickly successful and will lash out at anything that doesn’t fit their mold of how things should be. In terms of the championship, when else should the man bring this up? The story is at the forefront. When should he bring it up, August?

  76. uklaw95
    9:12 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Finally, in terms of the free speech issue, how does saying he shouldn’t be allowed to post on here because his article sucks and takes quotes out of context infringe on his free speech rights? No one is guaranteed a platform for free speech. If KSR takes him off, it doesn’t infringe his free speech rights.

  77. jugg
    10:32 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    i sure miss george bush!!!!!!!!

  78. He Has a Point
    11:27 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I must disagree. I think Mr. Holden has a point. I can’t think of another reason, except perhaps the relative popularity of the sports, for the young wunderkinds of baseball, golf, tennis and other fields of concentration — academic or athletic — to be celebrated for the incredible skillset that allows them success at a remarkably young age, while basketball and football players are routinely panned for the same opportunities.

    Could some of this be because the passionate fans of these sports selfishly hate to see their biggest stars leave when they hope for at least one more year? I always feel a little scorned when an athlete audaciously disagrees with my thinking he should stay another year. I accept that can be some of it, but it doesn’t explain enough of it.

    If Mr. Holden’s theory doesn’t hold(en) then he’s guilty of no more than contributing to a conversation that we need to feel more comfortable having in public. I suppose that’s what’s happening here, which temporarily elevates this blog that we love past the asshattery for which we first loved it. Peace to all of us except Bobby Knight, ’cause he’s a dick.