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[The Definition] Bill Russell

Russell is The Man. This brother persevered as a champion in one of the most notoriously racist cities in sports. Described as truculent with the media, and scrutinized for not ‘smiling for the people’ Bill Russell lead the Celts to 11 championships in 13 seasons as a player, then 2 more as the first Black head coach in the league. He is an Gold Medal Olympian, and also played on two NCAA Champion teams with University of San Francisco.

Bill Russell is all that we could possibly want out of a Black Athlete; Someone who is Black FIRST, then an Athlete. That’s what’s up.

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Run Jamaica Run!

Let’s face it; we live in a competitive world with uneven playing fields. Most of us see the Olympic Games as an opportunity for the individuals to represent their country and themselves. Originally the Olympic Games was a test of speed, strength, and endurance; A test of human superiority. Track and Field is the embodiment of the Olympics. It provides the most equality. The richest king has no advantage over the poorest peasant when it comes to a foot-race.

Every night, we watch 8 athletes battle for supremacy. Runners from poor nameless countries go head-to-head with the superpowers of the world. For only a moment; class, ethnicity, income, and all other social measuring sticks mean nothing. We watch in awe as dreams are made and broken. We are inspired, entertained, and emotionally connected. A lifetime of dedication and discipline ultimately amounts to a photo finish. Each race is a new adventure. Will our fastest representatives validate our pride with a victory or teach us a lesson in humility with a hard fought loss?

Well…. Unless you’re Jamaican, it’s the later. Currently the titles of World’s Fastest Man and Woman are owned by residents of a small improvised island called Jamaica. Jamaica in its self is an oddity; A nation as small as the state of Connecticut has produced some of the world’s most influential people. The world has long admired the mind of Marcus Garvey, the soul of Bob Marley, and now let us marvel the bodies of the 2008 Jamaican Olympic Track Team.

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Today in Black History (July 5th)

July 5, 1975 Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles’ championship.
Ashe beat defending champion Jimmy Connors three sets to one on Centre Court.

Speaking after the game Ashe said: “I always thought I would win because I was playing so well and was so confident.”

Although Ashe won the US Open in 1968 his 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 victory – at the age of 31- surprised many at the All England Club.

Connors, 22, admitted: “I couldn’t find an opening. Whether I served wide balls, or kicks he was there. Everything he did was good: fine returns, short and long, and hard serves and volleys.”

The older man won his first service game 40 to love and quickly broke his opponent’s serve in the first set. The pressure on Connors began to show – causing derision in the crowd – as he angrily threw his towel under the umpire’s chair and released a chain of expletives. Ashe took the first set in just 19 minutes and secured a second 6-1 rout almost as quickly. Tension mounted in the third set as Connors found his rhythm to recover a 6-5 lead – after trailing 3-1 – before winning the set.

Ashe kept his cool and broke Connors’ serve in the ninth game of what was to be the final set.

The match ended swiftly as Ashe reached 40-15 with his service game and punched home a winning volley after a weak two-handed return by Connors.

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Tiger Woods’ Midseason Hiatus

AMERICA will elect a new president before Tiger Woods, the world’s most recognisable face and the best athlete, tees off again. On June 18, Tiger Woods announced on his website that he was “shutting it down” in midseason for the remainder of the year, to repair three injuries to his left leg.

Although Woods, 32, is now barely in mid-career for a golfer, many sports writers are already saying that he has surpassed boxing and basketball legends Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan respectively to become the greatest sportsman of all time.

They predict that fifty years from now fans will be citing the US Open Golf Championship of 2008, which Woods won on one good leg, as the proof.

Tolerance of pain is a prerequisite for success in sports. Ask any runner and he/she will tell you that pain floods through the body as they approach the finish line; the champion runs through it fastest.

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Celtics Win!

Celtics Win the NBA Championship defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in 6 games.

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Taking You Back: Converse Weapons

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Lakers vs. Celtics? They Played Each Other Before? In the Finals?

So the NBA Finals begin. Middle-aged men and other nostalgia-seekers around the country are excited for the revival of a “classic NBA rivalry”.

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Mo-Stradamus: Predictions of the 2008 NBA Finals

I called it the day before the playoffs started. I’m claiming it. My boys will corroborate it, and you heard it here first.

NBA Finals 2008: Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Hornets