5th Down and Long

Nobody is going to shut up, and only a select few can dribble (well)

LeBron James has been at the forefront of some pretty touchy social movements this year, and it doesn’t look like he has any plans of slowing down. Just last week, LeBron James was filming an episode of ESPN’s Uninterrupted when he was asked about the political division in the United States and the climate that athletes face when they try and speak out. Nobody in their right mind thought that question wasn’t going south. The 14-time all star starter replied with a answer that took absolutely no one by surprise:

Well the Climate is hot. The number-one job in America, the appointed person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a (expletive) about the people

Dang it. Just when the political rants began to simmer down “the king” decided to stir the pot once more. You may not need to know anymore of the story to know how this unfolded, but I will tell you anyway. In response, Fox News’s Laura Ingram, in all of her infinite wisdom, said one of the dumbest things you could possibly say on national television,

shut up and dribble.

I don’t even know where to start. I feel like I am back in elementary school arguing over the last tootsie roll or something.

 

Elementary Tristan: Hey, the last tootsie roll! I want it.

Tristan’s Elementary classmate: No, its mine you don’t understand your classmates, and really don’t give a (expletive) about the class.

Tristan: shut up and starve.

 

Ok maybe that was a bad example, but you get my point. Are we tired of everything getting politicized? Yes. Are we tried of stupid divisive comments? Yes (maybe no to both if you are miserable), but at the end of the day can we all just have thicker skin? The only reason I am blogging about this is because Laura Ingram, in all of her infinite wisdom, decided to respond like elementary Tristan’s elementary classmate. We all have a platform to influence others, and we just have to accept that. Thank God for freedom of speech, or a lot of us would be in jail this very moment for something stupid we have all said. Just accept it, be the bigger person, try to see from someone else’s point of view, and don’t tell anyone to shut up. I mean they taught you that in elementary school didn’t they Laura?

 

TRISTAN’S THEORY: 

Now That LeBron has finally came to the realization that he will one day stop playing basketball (maybe), he is now positioning himself to become a powerful agent/agency in the realm of sports. By aligning with the majority of athlete’s views, and by elevating the value of the already valued athlete’s opinion he will have the power on his side. With influence and money LeBron James will begin his dominance off the court by representing some of the world’s best athletes.

You see now? LeBron has been a people pleaser all this year (towards his fellow athletes) and you think its all just because? Not at all, maybe LeBron doesn’t line up with your political stance, but he doesn’t care because he is in the “legacy” stage of his career. This man, as well as his marketing team, has put old LeBron in a position for success beyond the basketball court. Yeah LeBron’s comments were unnecessary, and honestly uninformed, but I really do believe there is a strategy to it.

Just like his hair line, his political rants just keep reappearing out of nowhere. Business strategy or no? You be the judge.

 

5th Down and Long

Sports: The Great Equalizer

Sports is one of those things that can bring people together like a herd of cattle. A bunch of people crowded around one flat-screen television, screaming for their /athlete to pull out the victory. Now that’s hats the stuff you can take with you for ever. 30 years down the road you will be asking Frank at work if he remember when the Tom Brady came back beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl (too soon Falcons fans?). My life has been like waves of uncertainty and confusion, but God and sports have always been a comforting constant.
I remember being 8 years old and my parents literally having to restrict me from “T.V. time” because I was watching too much ESPN. The rule in the house was that I could not watch ESPN before 8 am, because my parents knew I had a problem. I would still find myself waking up at 5 am, just to hear what Stewart Scott and Scott Van Pelt had to say about the day in sports.
I was addicted.  I couldn’t get enough of the sports world. I wanted to know everything  that happened amongst every team and player. I quickly found out in 2nd grade that my friends wanted my insight.
My ego swelled as I became the sports “know it all”. I would give people lectures on why certain players were leaving their beloved franchise……. on the PLAYGROUND!  Now don’t get me wrong, I would tear kids up in some four square, but I was the sports wise guy at the same time. Any sports news that happened at my elementary school came from/through me.
My ego quickly deflated when I realized I was not that special, but my takes on sports kinda were! HAHA that may be a contradicting statement, but to me it was just the truth. “Average on the court, but special in opinions” quickly became my motto.
I don’t want to go through my whole life story, but no matter the circumstances sports was there for me. I could be going through the worst week of my life, but when I turn on a football/basketball game my perspective changed. I am sure you have something in your life that has got you though the darkest nights. Without the Lord first of all, and sports; I would be one lost puppy.
I have always been an average to above average athlete my whole life, but my IQ for sports is pretty high (unlike my IQ for school). Can they make a sporting section on the A.C.T. by the way? Anyways, I am willing to risk it all on the thing that has kept me sane for 22 years. Go ask any of my family members! They can only confirm what I am trying to tell you right now!
Sports has been my passion since I was a young boy, and I do not see that changing. Some of my most vivid memories as a boy were watching LeBron James, the Tennessee Tians, and the Tennessee Volunteers play. That may be an odd trio, but at least it will help you know where I am at with my sports takes.
Oh, and also I want you to know as you read this you should do so with a country twang. I am from the holler’s of Tennessee and I am not ashamed to admit it. My southern roots are something that I get ragged on now that I am in “Yankee Land”, but I still embrace it.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this. I love every single one of you. God Bless, and may 5th Down and Long prosper till the end of days!