Did you hear or read about the remark that sports commentator (formerly NBC Today Show co-host) Bryant Gumbel made, regarding the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy?
I quote, "Count me among those who don't care about them and won't watch them. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention," said Gumbel.
Of course he has the right to his own opinion. So do I.
This weekend my hometown Houston is hosting the NBA All-Star Game. There have been former and current pro basketball players here all week doing TV interviews and generally being seen around town. Along with them are many showbiz celebrities; actors and rappers. If you ask me, it looks more like a gansta convention than a gathering of professional athletes. I guess that's what should be expected from those who promote hatred and violence against anyone who isn't exactly like them. The NBA used to be entertaining. Now it's just a bunch of multi-millionaire whining, crybabies out to get the man. They don't seem to realize that the man is the one who pays them. I am sure Gumbel would much rather be here with his brothers rather than being paid (quite well, I'm sure) to report on a world-class, once-every-four-years event.
Ahhhhhh. I feel better. Got that off my chest.
Please allow me to expand on my thoughts. I agree with Gumbel that these are not the world's greatest athletes (in the Winter Olympics). Neither are the stars of the NBA the world's greatest athletes. For that consideration, look at the athletes that compete in decathlon and pentathlon activities. Those athletes must excel in multiple events that display their strength, speed, endurance and accuracy. They must able to run, throw, jump and aim. They must excel at swimming and cycling. Rarely will they be sighted at a GOP Convention nor an NBA 3-point shoot-out.