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  • Bianchi: What if Daly was not white?

    America's latest sports hero is a corpulent hack
    Mike Bianchi

    February 21, 2004

    I'm convinced that if John Daly were a black basketball player instead of a white golfer, he would be reviled instead of revered.

    Imagine the image of a black NBA player whose past includes:

    Substance abuse.

    Domestic violence.

    Compulsive gambling.

    Quitting in the middle of athletic competition.

    Being so incredibly irresponsible that your sponsor fires you.

    The basketball player would be portrayed as a thug and habitual criminal who has received way too many second chances. But not Daly. He's perceived as this lovable lug who's adored by fans and fawned over by the media. Allen Iverson puts out a rap album, and he's a hoodlum.

    John Daly puts out a country album, and he's a hero.

    "If he were a black basketball player, he likely wouldn't be getting all these chances to win our hearts back," said Dr. Richard Lapchick, director of UCF's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. "The white culture has a certain set of stereotypes for black athletes. There is clearly a difference in racial attitudes and how we view troubled athletes."

    No kidding. After Daly won the Buick Invitational last weekend to end a nine-year drought, the PGA Tour Web site was flooded with thousands of gushing e-mails, including one that called Daly "an ambassador for the game." One TV commentator referred to Daly as "a hero of the common man." Another called Daly "the face of America."

    Question: Since when does an overweight, spousal-abusing, chain-smoking, booze-swilling gambler fit the definition of a blue-collar "hero"? And if Daly truly is the "face of America," then aren't terrorists the least of our worries?

    Short stuff: Good news for UMiami football fans: Word is Willie Williams is giving up crime for Lent. ... Auburn went before the NCAA Committee on Infractions a few days ago in an effort to convince members that the school didn't cheat in basketball. I'm not saying Auburn is becoming way too familiar with this process, but I believe the first words out of AD David Housel's mouth when the meeting began was: "Wow, I love what you guys have done with this room. The Berber carpet really brings out the terra cotta tones in the wallpaper." ... Kurt Warner says he thinks he was benched because he is a devout Christian. I don't know what gave him that idea -- unless it was when Mike Martz told the equipment manager to replace Warner's helmet with a crown of thorns. ...

    It wasn't lost on some scribes that Mark Martin's Viagra car was the first to break down at the Daytona 500 last week. Of course, the mechanical problems were complicated when the pit crew lifted the hood and couldn't get it back down again. ... Gary Barnett says the former female player who allegedly was raped at Colorado was an "awful player" and a "terrible kicker." What an insensitive moron. If Barnett had been there on the day JFK was assassinated, he would have said, "His Bay of Pigs idea was horrible." ...

    After UFlorida basketball player Christian Drejer quit on his team in the middle of the season this week, UF Coach Billy Donovan tried to rationalize it by saying that Drejer is "from a different culture." Hey, Billy, Drejer is Danish, not French. He's not expected to quit in the middle of the battle. ... Three questions most often asked by Colorado football recruits: 1. Do I have a chance to start right away? 2. Can I major in International Beer Consumption? 3. When are the girls from the Pink Pussycat getting here? ... I still find it amazing that the Yankees would sign the best shortstop in the game just to plug a gap at third base. This is like the Eagles hiring Joe Walsh to play tambourine.

    Last word: Jay Leno: "All the politicians have been speaking out on the greatest issue of our time. John Kerry says the economy is the most important issue. Bush says it's the homeland security issue. And Clinton says it's the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue."

    Mike Bianchi can be reached at [email protected].
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  • #2
    I don't see it as a black / white thing, and I don't see basketball as a fair comparison.
    I think the reason people rally around Daly is that he showed such great potential, and then had all the problems that we know about, OVERCOMING something is why Americans like him.
    Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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    • #3
      Question: Since when does an overweight, spousal-abusing, chain-smoking, booze-swilling gambler fit the definition of a blue-collar "hero"? And if Daly truly is the "face of America," then aren't terrorists the least of our worries?
      I was watching last week and thought that the remark was at least somewhat scarcastic. could be wrong.

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      • #4
        I don't understand the comparison, at all.

        Most Americans, myself included, love the idea of forgiveness and giving second and third chances.

        IMO, there are some who lose sight that these people are actual human beings, subjecte to human foilbles.

        Look folks, we've all made mistakes along the way. Some have worse consequences than others, but, keep in mind "there but by the grace of God am I"..
        Make America Great For Once.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tallahassee blues fan@Feb 21 2004, 03:11 PM
          Kurt Warner says he thinks he was benched because he is a devout Christian. I don't know what gave him that idea -- unless it was when Mike Martz told the equipment manager to replace Warner's helmet with a crown of thorns. ...

          Funny...
          I agree with Davhaf.....Kaiser March 9,2004

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