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CBS: White Basketball Player Is Basically Jesus
New York Magazine ^ | 3/20 | Jonathan Chait

Posted on 03/20/2014 1:34:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway

I wrote earlier today about how sports-media and announcers project certain virtues — smarts, toughness, hard work — onto white athletes, using coverage of my alma mater, Michigan, as a case study. But there's probably no better example than Aaron Craft, point guard for Ohio State.

Craft is a pretty good basketball player. He's strong and quick and plays fantastic defense. His jump shot is atrocious. Basketball announcers tend to treat him as the embodiment of all that is good and decent in sports. That habit was on display today, thankfully, for the last time ever, in Ohio State's last-second loss to Dayton. The commentary was a game-long rhapsody to the grit, determination, and human decency of Craft. At some point, somebody said, "There's a toughness in that shirt that belies the angelic countenance."

Then, near the end, play-by-play commentator Verne Lundquist declared he respected Craft more than any player he had ever seen:

But what makes Craft so admirable? Is his degree in nutrition so much more impressive than any other players' academic achievements? Does he display special poise and smarts on the court? Not really: He makes some pretty bad decisions, like a horrendous intentional foul with two-and-a-half minutes left. He's a solid player overall. So you have to ask what about Craft makes him the vessel for such unusual admiration. The answer is pretty clear.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: basketball; racism

1 posted on 03/20/2014 1:34:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’d like to have that 3 minutes of my life back... what a bunch of blathering inane bull crap.


2 posted on 03/20/2014 1:35:54 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: nickcarraway

To the simple minded its all about race.


3 posted on 03/20/2014 1:35:57 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: nickcarraway

“degree in nutritions”

You mean his freaking pre-med degree? /to the author of this drivel


4 posted on 03/20/2014 1:44:36 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: skeeter

Just be happy you look at life through a larger lens than a drinking straw.


5 posted on 03/20/2014 1:45:39 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nickcarraway

I think they guy’s beef is with sports writers.


6 posted on 03/20/2014 1:46:22 PM PDT by DManA
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To: MrB
This is the second story..I've read like this here today.

Must be something in the air.........

7 posted on 03/20/2014 1:47:40 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: nickcarraway

But wait, I thought Jesus was black?


8 posted on 03/20/2014 1:48:29 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: nickcarraway
I ahve seen the NCAA version of Jesus, and Craft is not him...


9 posted on 03/20/2014 1:52:18 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: nickcarraway

I’m an Indiana fan. Don’t get me started on Aaron Craft. I’ll just say I don’t see him as Jesus.

And it’s articles like this that caused me to give up my Sporting News subscription 20 years ago.


10 posted on 03/20/2014 1:53:58 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: nickcarraway
As I was listening to Lundberg's admittedly a little over the top praise of Craft, I was thinking I'll bet there's some lib racial agitator who will make something out of it. I was correct. Chait couldn't wait to smear Craft. Knowing that few of the black athletes you see on college teams actually academically qualify to play at top colleges, it's highly irritating to listen to a pig like Chait slam Craft for excelling at sports and academics. Nutrition is a bad major? Craft plans on attending medical school and becoming a doctor.

On another note, I remember watching an Ohio St. game last year where the announcers praised a black OS player William Buford for being the first one in his family to get a college degree. His major? Black studies. Now what degree would be more useful in the real world Chait: a degree in nutrition (which probably involved a lot of math and science courses), or one in Black studies the latter being virtually worthless in the real world?

11 posted on 03/20/2014 1:55:21 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: nickcarraway
This guy is absolutely obsessed with his pursuit of imaginary grievances! If anyone were to take him seriously, he would tend to poison the well of American Sport.

But, then, as pointed out in the earlier thread on the same writer, the pursuit of imaginary grievances has been the standard methodology of those who seek to lead others astray, since the beginning of the human experience (Variations On Demonic Theme.)

The Left-wing journalistic crack-pot is highly predictable.

William Flax

12 posted on 03/20/2014 2:01:21 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: nickcarraway; dfwgator; JoeProBono
Christ Returns to NBA

13 posted on 03/20/2014 2:26:32 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: nickcarraway

Is he the rosy cheeked lad who looks about 12 years old?


14 posted on 03/20/2014 2:28:40 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: nickcarraway

This drivel needed a `Vapid @Ø Alert’


15 posted on 03/20/2014 2:32:47 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: piytar
You mean his freaking pre-med degree? /to the author of this drivel

Now, now... he's just exercising his Drivel Rights...:)

16 posted on 03/20/2014 2:33:17 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: nickcarraway

What a crock of shit.
Unlike the pervert journeyman basketball player that came out as a pervert, Craft will not get a phone call from Barack Obama.............


17 posted on 03/20/2014 2:33:45 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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18 posted on 03/20/2014 2:34:13 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s time to have quotas for whites in professional sports. And straight ones in entertainment.

The sword should cut both ways.


19 posted on 03/20/2014 2:38:05 PM PDT by llevrok (F the government)
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To: nickcarraway

20 posted on 03/20/2014 2:49:29 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

As far as Role Models .. in Basket Ball I have been luck to have been in San Antonio for both David Robinson and Tim Duncan which are class acts that SHOULD be the standard for the rest of the league.


21 posted on 03/20/2014 2:55:35 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: JimRed

Yes, and his Irish coleen sister Caitlyn looks like him (rosy cheeks and cute) and she can lay you low on basketball court like he does. She is on OSU’s varsity.

Snarky article has to “find” fault where none exists. Color conscious people make me sick. (I’m talking about article writer, not you, of course).


22 posted on 03/20/2014 3:23:16 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: llevrok

I like this idea...


23 posted on 03/20/2014 3:24:31 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

“Like” - Indiana State Sycamores


24 posted on 03/20/2014 3:25:01 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Alex Murphy

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25 posted on 03/20/2014 4:10:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

Would Jesus have lost in the first round to the Dayton Flyers?


26 posted on 03/20/2014 5:16:44 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
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