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  • It's time for this week's parting shots.

  • Have a question for boosters at the University of Texas?

  • What are you in this for now, boosters are the biggest force keeping the eyes of Texas.

  • The school song retires to a minstrel show alive.

  • A university organized committee released a report saying that the song has no racist intent, but no one should be forced to sing it.

  • Though the president of the school hopes all will sing, many students, including football players and band members, deemed offensive and would like it to be replaced.

  • Booster's not only wanted the song to say, but also demanded players stand for the song and sing along after every game.

  • The ensuing controversy has made the school look as though it cares more about a song than winning much like Ole Miss look when it clung to the Confederate flag.

  • In spite of its obvious antagonism toward black people and how it affected recruiting, Texas football boosters would rather chase talented players away than be forced to care about the way they feel.

  • So what's the point of giving away all that money?

  • We generally assume boosters want their dollars to turn into winds but this crew was undercutting that.

  • Why do they want to fund to seven win football program?

  • Why do they want to fall farther behind Oklahoma?

  • Apparently because they don't love winning football As much as they hate acknowledging black humanity, they'd rather pay for a loser than treat winners with respect.

  • Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, was recently asked when we could expect to see fans at Dodger Stadium, he said.

  • Opening Day.

  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott reopened his state, and now the Texas Rangers have announced they have zero ticket restrictions when they start their season, Restaurants are opening slowly in New York.

  • They never closed in Florida, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons both missed the NBA All Star game due to potential coronavirus exposure.

  • And Duke basketball just canceled its season right ahead of March Madness.

  • But yet sports is taking the position that the pandemic is over.

  • They're doing this even though medical experts are saying we're not there yet.

  • We're close, but we're not there.

  • Sports has always taken the position of the healer, but during a pandemic, having 50,000 fans in one place as part of the problem.

  • So here we are so close to the finish line.

  • But after half a million deaths and 10% of the population vaccinated, sports is ready to say, Let's get on with it.

  • If this is what the leaders call leading, maybe now is not a good time to follow.

  • Tremendous strides have been made in understanding and supporting mental health, but more needs to be done and athletes.

  • Mental health is no exception to stage an NHL season during a pandemic.

  • It hasn't been easy on anyone.

  • Players and their families have been asked to limit all interactions away from home.

  • Road trips mean being at the rink or your own hotel room, and that's it.

  • Border restrictions have kept some players and their families apart.

  • Isolation has heightened anxiety and depression.

  • One player told me that he's experiencing sleeping issues for the first time in his life.

  • Another said that he is more than double to CBD.

  • Consumption on road trips because he's stressed sounds like what so many of us have been going through right.

  • But a lot of players still have trouble talking about these issues, as Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Pelino says he knows many fans believe that pro athletes are paid handsomely to play a sport and therefore should simply feel grateful.

  • That's something he hates.

  • And that's the problem with how society still views mental health as binary rather than a spectrum we shouldn't associate.

  • Getting help with having major problems are hitting rock bottom.

  • We should understand that no matter your class or profession, their struggles that everyone goes through, I hope the pandemic taught us that we all have more in common than we think.

  • Mental health isn't defined or constrained by income or privilege.

  • If it were, it would be much easier to address.

  • Who hasn't dreamt about hitting a buzzer beater in the NBA Finals or leaping for a touchdown in the Super Bowl or slamming the game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth of the seventh game of the World Series.

  • By the way, that's happened only once.

  • Who hasn't dreamt these things?

  • That's what kids do, Apparently not just kids here with the New York Mets.

  • A few days ago, a rabbit.

  • It was a drill, and the Mets were imagining themselves, recording the final out in Game seven of the World Series.

  • In the real world the Mets have won only two World Series in 1969 in 1986.

  • Some of the credit for their miracle in 69 is usually a portion to a feline, a black cat who boldly crossed in front of the dugout of the front running Cubs, clearly jinxing them.

  • So you might think that a franchise with that history would be at pains to avoid provoking the baseball gods with the World Series pantomime.

  • But no Mets fans are accustomed to disappointment.

  • That's true, but this kind of self inflicted wound might be too much to bear.

  • If Steve Cohen, their new owner, is really as rich as they say, he might want to invest in a time machine to take the team back to before this happened to perform a hard reset to erase this affront so that the dream of another Mets World Series victory isn't snuffed out even before Opening day.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/13
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