|Matt Miller, one of Boise State's all-white starting receivers, scores against coal-Black UGA's defense|
I missed a number of important stories by concentrating on college football and didn't get the Auburn, University of Alabama, or Boise State previews done because of traveling and business commitments. One of those stories was in Portland - that town that actually laments and bemoans its whiteness - where a shooting at high school football game (yes, it was Black people shooting at Black people) sparked police to be out "in full strength" because of a fear of Black people retaliating against Black people:
Mayor Sam Adams decried the gun violence that broke out again in Portland Friday night after the Jefferson High School football game and said Portland police are "out in full strength" to prevent any tit-for-tat shootings.
"We are already out in full strength ... civilian outreach workers, all of our police resources are out at full strength and very vigilant," he said. "Our first line of efforts is to prevent these gun crimes, our second when a gun crime like this does happen, our priority then is to prevent retaliation. This is horrible, this is tragic. We've had too many African American teenage Portlanders murdered in this city, and we are going everything we can to stop it.
"We need people's help, though," he said. "We need more witnesses. We still have cases where we have no witnesses, where people have been injured and killed."
Six teenagers were wounded in the area of North Albina Avenue and Jessup Street around 11:20 p.m. The mother of one of the wounded youths said her son had been released from the hospital today, but the other five teens were still being treated.
"To be very blunt, illegal guns have swamped the city," Adams said Saturday morning after being updated by police on the latest incident. He said it was too early to say whether Friday night's shooting was part of the violent grudge matches between rival sets of African American gangs which have claimed at least seven lives this year.
To be even more blunt, Portland has been swamped by delusional Disingenuous White Liberal (DWL) rule, and a peaceful, bucolic city has elected officials afraid of stating that Black people are dangerous and cause a disproportionate amount of the crime - violent and property - in the city.
A family obligation caused me to miss the historic Boise State/ University of Georgia match-up at the Georgia Dome last night, as I had planned on attending the game in person.
The University of Georgia football team - representing a school that is more than 90 percent white, with less than 1.5 percent of the enrollment being Black male - looked like a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) program, with 20 out of the 22 starters being Black athletes. A majority of this athletes are "special admits" to the university, lacking the mental aptitude to get into UGA on their own academic merit.
Earlier in the day, Brigham Young University (BYU) defeated the University of Mississippi 14-13. A majority white team from Provo - full of "white boys" in the words of BYU safety Daniel Sorensen - came to Oxford and outplayed the university "formerly known as the Rebels."
The score isn't indicative of the humiliation Ole Miss Black Bears faced yesterday; the school has castrated its former traditions and history in an all-out bid to erase the 'legacy of racism and all-white teams' and embrace a form of Blackness that Eddie Robinson from Grambling would shy away from.
Before Southeastern Conference (SEC) decided to lower academics standards and recruit primarily Black athletes to fill their rosters, HBCU's like Grambling and Southern would recruit Black athletes and the Black coaches there wouldn't be afraid of disciplining them. At SEC schools, discipline equals discrimination and a whole new set of rules and standards were erected to protect white coaches from being called racist.
Basically, that means no rule and no standards.
Watching Mark Richt's UGA program is like watching a prequel to a future episode of COPS. The amount of Black athletes who have gotten into trouble at the school, during their recruitment or upon leaving the institution is staggering. The same can be said of the University of Tennessee, the University of Florida, Auburn, Alabama and other SEC programs.
It's sad and tragic indictment of the type of players these programs feel are necessary to winning football games.
Boise State brought a much different football program to Atlanta yesterday and reminded UGA alumni of the types of teams that once suited up in the red and black uniforms. 1971 was the last year UGA fielded an all-white team (in the 1970s, Vince Dooley would have a hard time with integration as a Black player would pull a gun on a white player in 1976) and Boise State brought a team of predominately white starters to play a game against the Bulldogs HBCU squad.
Boise State last played UGA in 2005 and was blown out by one of the Bulldogs best teams in the past three decades. This Bulldog had all of the athleticism and natural talent you here ascribed to Black athletes, and Boise State would bring three starting white receivers (the Stormtroopers) to Atlanta and an immobile quarterback in Heisman Trophy candidate Kellen Moore.
The announcers actually compared him to a character in Leave it to Beaver, the 1950s show, obviously making fun of boring white appearance and lack of tattoos or dread-locks. Moore, acting more as a surgeon then a fictional television character, cut the all-Black UGA defense to shreds, threading pass after pass to his all-white receivers and tight ends.
His receivers, executing each route with the precision of the Princeton offense in basketball, raced swiftly through the UGA all-Black secondary. No dropped passes. No drop off in productive or effectiveness from losing two Black receivers from last year's Boise State squad (both are now in the NFL). Boise State's all-white receiving corps was unstoppable, and UGA's HBCU defense - and the almost all-white UGA crowd at the Georgia Dome - looked on incredulously at what they were witnessing.
Haven't we long been told that white guys can't play receiver? Isn't this what recruiting guru Tom Lemming told Michael Lewis in The Blind Side? Tail back and receiver is the exclusive territory of Black athletes in the SEC and for many college programs, though Boise State seems indifferent to playing by those recruiting rules.
Dallas Burrough, Matt Miller, Kirby Moore and other Boise State receivers (the Stormtroopers) ran precise routes and blew by UGA's HBCU secondary and defensive players. You have to wonder how many UGA alumni and current students thought "what are these white boys doing beating our might Bulldogs?"
I'd have asked them, "What are all these academically unqualified Black athletes doing playing for and representing UGA, when hundreds of qualified white high school athletes get overlooked each in the recruiting process by a university seemingly dedicated to fielding an HBCU football team?"
It is teams like Boise State and BYU that give white guys the chance to compete and play. You can recruit all the four and five star Rivals.com and Scout.com Black athletes, but you can't quantify character and heart during that process. In Tom Barbour's Blue Collar Mentality: Boise State's Rise to Football Prominence,
he states as much. Writing about former Boise State walk-on running back Brock Forsey - a white running back who he called "The Sword in the Stone" - Barbour states his "never quit" mentality represents the Bronco's whole outlook.
Sadly, Forsey wouldn't quit football, but he would basically be told not to play anymore. After an amazing career at Boise State, the Chicago Bears drafted him. Here is what Sports Illustrated wrote in an article on Toby Gerhart - discussing how a white running back faces a backlash for being a white guy in a "Black" position:
For those who do reach the NFL, the path doesn't get any easier. In 2003 Brock Forsey was a Bears backup who started one game in place of injured starter Anthony Thomas and was spectacular, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. The next week Thomas returned to the lineup and Forsey went back to the bench, getting only three carries. He never started another NFL game. "It's hard to tell exactly what happened," says Forsey, who starred at Boise State and is now an executive at a title and escrow company in Nampa, Idaho. "No one ever said anything about race. But there may be some preconceived notions out there. A white guy from Idaho isn't what you have in mind when you envision an NFL running back."
Evaluating players shouldn't be about what we envision but what we see. That lesson should have been learned from the decades of discrimination against black quarterbacks at colleges and in the pros. Despite the obvious parallels, no one seems to be as concerned that white tailbacks are getting the same treatment. "I did dozens of interviews about the lack of opportunity for an African-American to be a QB back in the 1980s and early '90s," says Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida, "but this is only the second time I have been asked about the lack of opportunity for whites to be running backs." Maybe that's because racism isn't the culprit here; it's mostly white coaches and talent evaluators who are choosing black running backs over white ones. But it doesn't make the color line any less real.
How many countless, nameless athletes in the South and other regions of the country have similar stories to Forsey's, but at the high school level. Never getting a chance to play college ball because college scouts and evaluators have a bias against recruiting white athletes in a time period where the perceived superiority of the Black athlete is ingrained in the national conscious.
If that is not the case, why Sportsbore.com say this about Boise State:
Last night’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was a great match-up of second-tier, FBS programs. I haven’t seen that many white guys on a football field since 1964! I’m not being a hater, and I admit that Boise State and TCU both have great football programs.
Only teams like Louisiana State (LSU), Auburn, Oklahoma, UGA, Alabama and other programs that have nearly all-white student bodies but field football teams that look like HBCU programs are considered "legitimate" in the eyes of sports fans. They have been conditioned to believe this by ESPN and a conscious effort on the part of scouts and college coaches to only recruit a certain type of athlete: Black.
What Boise State did to UGA (they were winning 35-14 before UGA scored a late garbage touchdown to make the score 35-21) will not be compared to the 1970 University of Alabama vs. University of Southern California football game. An all-white BAMA squad - who had had uncharacteristically bad seasons the prior two years - was destroyed in Birmingham 42-21 by an integrated USC team (lost in history is the fact that BAMA, with only one Black starter, would beat USC 17-10 the next year in LA):
The game, a 42-21 Trojans rout, couldn't have left a stronger impression on the Alabama faithful. The Trojans gained 559 yards, nearly 300 more than the Tide. Mr. Cunningham rumbled for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and needed just 12 carries to do it. "They were good players," Mr. Cunningham says of the Tide. "By no means am I implying that they weren't. But we were bigger, stronger and faster."
Alabama's football program first established itself more than 80 years ago, becoming the South's flagship team when it went west and won the 1926 Rose Bowl. The Tide excelled in the Depression years and won three national titles in the 1960s under Mr. Bryant. But the slowness of the South to accept integration started to hurt the Tide, culminating in that 1970 season opener against USC.
The legend of that night, which has become known as the Cunningham game, has been exaggerated, misremembered, misunderstood and mythologized. Books overstate Mr. Cunningham's yards and touchdowns. Mr. Cunningham is famously said to have done more to integrate Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King Jr. did in 20 years. Aside from whether he did or not, the quote is alternately attributed to Mr. Bryant and two former assistants. "I've been here 20 years," says Taylor Watson, curator of the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, "and I've never been able to figure it out."
According to myth, Mr. Bryant took Mr. Cunningham to the Tide locker room after the game to show his team what a football player looks like. Mr. Cunningham says Mr. Bryant did make the unusual gesture of speaking with him after the game but just to congratulate him. "It wasn't anything earth-shattering," he says.
Hard to believe, but 40 years ago SEC football programs were almost all-white. And they were winning championships. In Charles H. Martin's book Benching Jim Crow: The Rise and Fall of the Color Line in Southern College Sports 1890-1980, he writes of integration (p. 301):
Looking at the state of major southern cities like Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham, Memphis, Jackson, Mobile, Augusta, Savannah, Charlotte, Nashville, Orlando, Tampa, and Columbia, it's obvious this has not occurred. White people will abandon every city that goes majority Black, erecting new suburbs far away from these new Black metropolises that are inevitably run into the ground as the myth of Black Buying Power is exposed when malls and shopping centers that were once successful close.Successful integrated teams also served as racially inclusive symbols around white and black southerners could unite in a common cause, thereby fostering racial reconciliation and inventing a new shared tradition.
It is only on fall Saturday's that white southerners come to cheer on their football programs that resemble HBCU squads. As stated, Ole Miss gave away its proud traditions and history in a Faustian Pact for football glory.
Their HBCU squad got beat by a team of "white boys" from BYU yesterday and you have to wonder how many white alumni and white students went back to the famous "Grove" (the best place to tailgate in America) and sipped cocktails waxing about the "good-ole days" of Ole Miss football when the school reflected the majority student population and actually won games.
Yesterday in the Georgia Dome, you have to wonder how many white alumni and current students from UGA - who laughed at the Boise State team when they came onto the field for being too white and looking like a team from pre-integration days - thought, as the white receiving corps and white defensive players thoroughly embarrassed their HBCU program, "man, these white boys can play. Why don't we have any?"
We tolerate Black crime and the abandonment of major cities because we believe that without Black football and basketball players are sports would not be legitimate.
That Boise State brought a team of majority white starters - including white players at the "forbidden to whitey position of receiver" dominating the HBCU UGA defense - to Atlanta and won convincingly over a coal-Black UGA squad (in 2007 - 2008, though Black males made up only 1.8 of the student body population, the UGA team was 72 percent Black) should cause a few people to take notice.
They won't though. Portland, Oregon will still require police to be out "in full force" to deal with the threat of Black people killing other Black people. Major cities will require curfews to deal with unruly Black teenagers, security measures primarily needed during times of natural disaster or war. And through it all, if the Black kids that cause the city to be locked down have athletic ability, SEC schools and other college programs will have no problem recruiting them.
This is why America is no longer a superpower. It all starts with sports. Boise State showed that white guys can play football, beating a UGA team that looked like a HBCU program.
If Bear Bryant were around, he'd probably have looked at a white receiver like Matt Miller - who UGA's Black athletes couldn't cover - and say, "that is what a football player looks like."
Sadly, most SEC coaches wouldn't have given him the time of day during the recruiting period. His speed and receiving ability could never overcome his lack of melanin.
White sports fans have been conditioned to believe this of all white athletes. What Boise State did to UGA on September 3, 2011 will one day replace the mythology of the 1970 USC-BAMA game, because Black-Run America (BRA) will fall.