By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Hidden Racism Surfaces In Gatorland & Tigerland
‘HIDDEN’ RACISM SURFACES IN GATORLAND & TIGERLAND
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How is it Possible
Two of the most Talented
in college football Today
are Fighting to keep
their Jobs against
Two incoming Freshmen
In a normal society what is taking place in Florida and Louisiana would be subject to widespread Ridicule. But this is Sports in 21st century America. Where Racism refuses to Die. Florida QB Chris Leak and LSU QB JaMarcus Russell were two of the finest college Quarterbacks in the nation last season.
Yet both are under Assault
By two incoming Freshman QBs
This story would be Absurd if it was not True. And it would NOT be true IF Leak and Russell were White. Under the circumstances for two talented incoming Freshman QBs there is no way on Earth either would have a Prayer of becoming Starting QB their first season.
Call it what it is
While African Americans have made what we must call “unbelievable” strides at Quarterback in recent years only because it has long been RESERVED as the ultimate WHITE position in Sports – the fact is that Bias has not gone away at best been mollified and become somewhat Dormant.
most teams & most fans
no matter what
Chris Leak is one of the best athletes who has ever Quarterbacked for the University of Florida. It is very likely this his senior year he will break the all time Gators career passing record held by Danny Wuerffel. So far Leak has a staggering 8,271 passing yards. IF he starts the entire season he should beat out Wuerffel as the Best QB ever at Florida.
But be may well not
Reports are that the pressure is intense on Florida coach Urban Meyers to find a reason to dump Leak in favor of Freshman Tim Tebow who ESPN in a documentary last December about him labeled The Chosen One. Listen to Florida sports radio the rant against Leak in favor of Tebow is Intense.
Under Chris Leak the Gators were 9-3 last season beating powerhouses Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State, ranked #12 in the nation and winning their Bowl Game against Iowa, while laboring under first year coach Meyers.
There is no doubt Leak will be forced to play under intense pressure to keep his starting job game after game and that Tebow will get playing time no matter what. And it may take just one bad game, one loss with Leak Quarterbacking for him to lose his QB job permanently. The ultimate insult to a Star Senior.
Face the Facts
like it or not
only one reason
’cause he’s Black
If anything a few Southern states over in Louisiana at LSU the QB situation may be even more open to Outrage and Ridicule. JaMarcus Russell only a Junior this season. Last year as a Sophomore he was the finest Sophomore Starting QB in the nation leading LSU to a regular season record of 10-1 before losing to Georgia in the SEC Championship …….
……. LSU finishing #6th in the AP Poll and #5 in the USAToday Poll. Were it not for the overtime loss to Tennessee early in the 2005 season LSU under Russell’s Leadership might have claimed a share of the National Title.
Still JaMarcus Russell
is in a Fight to keep
his Starting Job as
LSU coach Les Miles has so far offered no conclusive statement about his Starting Quarterback for 2006. How bad is the situation. Russell is being forced to compete to keep his job against a fellow Junior Matt Flynn who had virtually no play time his first 2 seasons, and against an incoming Freshman. Granted the Freshman is an African American Ryan Perrilloux but he is likely a Red Herring here. Russell is being forced to compete against Matt Flynn. Not Perrilloux. If JaMarcus Russell is dumped as QB it is Flynn who will replace him.
It isn’t even worth discussing had Matt Flynn been the Starting Sophomore QB last season leading LSU to 10-1 and #6 in the nation, with the same impressive stats and talents as Russell – it would be the height of folly to be writing that LSU was now in 2006 considering African American Russell as a possible replacement over Matt Flynn to become the new Starting Quarterback.
That would not Happen
Let’s also keep in mind that the possibility of Leak and Russell getting Dumped from their QB positions is even more insidious than the obvious. Both will be leading prospects in the 2007 NFL Draft but if either let alone both are unable to impress teams with their play in 2006 because they are benched, their stock in the Draft will drop dramatically. Their pro futures and their income potential will be severely degraded if they do not play all the 2006 season. Let alone either or both leading their teams to Glory this season.
So once again
Leak & Russell
take careful note
Racism in Sports
is Alive & Sick
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