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politics and sports

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SheaSeals, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. SheaSeals

    SheaSeals Member

    Read this story a few minutes ago ...


    ... and was thinking how common it is in college sports that the coaches are conservative republicans and the athletes are often african-americans from low-income backgrounds. I'm admittedly a liberal, but it strikes me as odd. Wouldn't coaches, having experienced the recruiting of AA athletes, be more sympathetic and open to the plights of young black men and women in this country? Wouldn't they, in a sense, be more liberal?

    Just a thought.
  2. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    I'm not sure why "more liberal" = "more sensitive to the plights of young black men."

    but carry on ...
  4. SheaSeals

    SheaSeals Member

    Hmm ... I'd say because the last Republican president to pass any sort of legislation that helps minorities would be, oh, Abe Lincoln.
  5. ANNNNNNNNNNND, we're off!
  6. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I think I can avoid taking the bait.

    But, on what basis does any coach's political leanings typically manifest themselves anyway?

    Is Les Miles ridin' around with a McCain sticker on his car?
  7. JoPa's done ignoring Clinton.
    Now he can go back to his real job -- ignoring his quarterback.
  8. Sawker

    Sawker New Member

    Republican coaches should keep their political leanings to themselves. Look at what happened to Mike Price when everyone found out how much he liked Bush.
  9. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

  10. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    Just lock it now.
  11. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    On the other hand, why would Hillary want to associate herself with the principal enabler of Rene Portland?
  12. beardpuller

    beardpuller Active Member

    This is less true than 40 years ago, but I think the coaching personality, particularly in football, is a conservative, militaristic, discipline-oriented personality, a "traditional values" personality. It is interesting that in the NFL, the players aren't so much like that. I think the intersection tends to be evangelical Christianity. Coming over to covering the NFL from another pro sport several years ago, I was struck by how African-American my team's locker room was, and how much I heard about Jesus.
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