Craig Overton’s ugly episode provokes reflection over who we support

What does it mean to support a team? How should we feel about the eleven players lining up to represent us? Should it matter what kind of people they are, or were? How conditional should our support be, and when should we withdraw it? These are some of the questions I’ve been grappling with over …

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‘Racism & the big change’ by Usman Khawaja – PlayersVoice

I didn’t give it much thought at first.   ‘I could have played for Australia, but I didn’t get selected because I was black/Indian/Pakistani, so I stopped playing.’   I’ve heard that story all my life, whether it was from a family friend or just a random bloke.   When I was younger I used …

Claire Smith, a Baseball and Sports Writing Pioneer, Gets Her Due – Vogue

“I think there is this false idea floating around that to be ‘allowed’ to write about sports you need to be distanced or severed from your feelings, but the truth is there are so many different, equally valid approaches to this conversation.” Source: Claire Smith, a Baseball and Sports Writing Pioneer, Gets Her Due - …

Showalter shares thoughts on Baltimore unrest

BALTIMORE -- While center fielder Adam Jones opined before the game about the situation in Baltimore, it wasn't until after his team's 8-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon that manager Buck Showalter was asked directly what his advice would be right now to young African-Americans in Baltimore.Source: m.orioles.mlb.comSee on Scoop.it - The …