The Horrors of War and the Hypocrisy of the Older Generation
“Give a damn and figure it out”
You are placed in the middle of nowhere. Not exactly in the middle of nowhere but on the battlefield in WW1. You are in the small, muddy and trashed trenches lined for what looks like forever. The clouds erupt and rain pours into your face. You hear the call to attack and you rush to the other side. You see friends, enemies and people you never met get brutally killed in front of you. You wonder if your life is being thrown away. You see the older leaders cowering in shell holes scared which is the opposite of what they were teaching you and forcing you to do in training camp. Now no one reading this has ever experienced these things, but this was the reality for a 19 year old German boy named Paul Baumer. Paul experiences his generation as well as himself being lost in the war along with the hypocrisy of the older generation which are prominent themes through the book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.
In this video JP and I will go and make the greatest trick shots known to humanity. Watch and learn. You may never see anything as amazing as these shots again. The first took about 20 minutes and the second about 10. The first is JP kicking a ball off the wall and into a half court shot. The second is a blind football throw.
Diversity In Sports
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
Diversity wasn’t known in sports for a while. In the early days of leagues such as the NBA and MLB and just about every sport there was no diversity in the leagues because it was in the midst of the Jim Crow laws/ civil rights movement.
In the 1960s the Boston Celtics held the 2nd pick in the NBA draft. The hawks had the first. In St. Louis racism was a very big theme because it was in the civil rights movement and tensions were high. They selected Bill Russell, a 6 foot 11 inches center. The Celtics needed a center so when they took someone in the second pick they traded two white players who ended up being hall of famers for Bill. The hawks took that trade because they thought having black players on their team would be bad for what was going on. That trade changed the league and the history of the NBA forever. The Celtics and Bill went on to win 11 NBA championships in 13 years making themselves the best 60s and 70s team. They became the classic team and helped them win all the championships they have today and have Boston be a city of champions.
This is another story with the Boston Celtics and having the first all black starting lineup. This was unheard of at the time because of the tensions in the world. The lineup consisted of Bill Russell, Sam Jones, KC Jones ( who isn’t related to Sam Jones), Willie Nauls and Satch Sanders. They played against the St. Louis Hawks for the first game of this lineup. The Celtics won the game 97-84 and won the next 11 games with this starting lineup. Red Auerbach the head coach had no idea of what he was doing was making history but what he did changed the course of the NBA forever paving the was for more black players.
Next up is a story I would assume almost everyone knows. The story of Jackie Robinson. The MLB was not diverse at all in the earlier days. The MLB was not f in black players for awhile until they made the Negro Leagues. It was a racist act during the civil rights movement to segregate players but it gave an opportunity for many black players to play and learn and eventually pave the way for the league it is today. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15th, 1941 for the Brooklyn Dodgers who are now the Los Angeles Dodgers playing first base. This was the start of the new era for the MLB and the league it is today. Him breaking the color barrier was an inspiration for many of the players who played or are playing today. His number 42 is retired at every MLB ballpark.
As we have learned through these stories it’s good to have diversity in not just sports but just about anything. These are just a few of many stories about diversity in sports but these are some of the most impactful. There is a lot I don’t know about diversity so it’s good to learn about it.
My new top 5 and why I didn’t put 5 other teams.
In this post I will be going over my top 5 NBA teams right now.
Don’t take anything for granted
“Teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one” – Mike Krzyzewski.
All good things must come to an end. This is something I’ve learned while playing basketball for my town, Acton. We have 2 more games left and the past 5 years have flown by fast.
(NFL Big Hits)
“It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.” -Vince Lombardi
NFL players get hit hard. In this video you can see the times NFL players got hit very hard and could've had their season or career ended. As you will see in some clips players get cheap shotted which can have their season or career ended. The video has players from many different teams during any season to make the video more interesting and not just one person.
In this post I will be going over my top 10 NBA players of all time. I will give reasons backing up the rankings.
The Celtics are on a three game win streak. Kemba walker is averaging about 25 in those three games. Everyone was doubting him but now he is a key cause for their success. 4th place in the east isn’t good enough and I think when we have smart, walker, brown and Tatum we will the one of if not the best in the east. Those guys have only played 28 minutes this season and that is not enough. Smart will hopefully be back after the all star break to help this team with their playoff desire.