SAN FRANCISCO, CA---In 2002, the sports world was once again placed on its ear with several ups and downs, but magnificent hope for 2003. Progress is slow, but all good things were not built in a day...BlackAthlete being one of them. SAN FRANCISCO, CA---In 2002, the sports world was once again placed on its ear with several ups and downs, but magnificent hope for 2003. Progress is slow, but all good things were not built in a day...BlackAthlete being one of them.
BA is still a work in progress, and just imagine if the people at the network said, "Well, those sponsors didn't choose us for this or that" and turned their human disappointment into scorn, or flat out quit. What would remain through the dust is a chasm where this outlet used to be, and what a shame that would be.
Opportunity was the main cog to the 2002 machine. Some with the opportunity to compete, while some had the opportunity to live. All-in-all, 2002 was not a spectacular year in sports by any stretch, but a steady year to be able to pluck 10 moments, and make them pertinent in the fabric of the year gone by.
As usual, I welcome more moments into the fold, and would love to hear some moments the readers found fruitful. You'll probably find that I omitted the negative stuff sticking with my celebratory mode of being.
10) Senegal's defeat of France in the World Cup - France entered the tourney with their berets super-starched, talking up a big game about running through the World Cup like Napoleon did to Europe some years ago.
However, Bouba Diop scored 30 minutes into the game, and coupled with a speed advantage and a pesky defense, it was "Parlez Lose France" an hour and three minutes later.
9) Patrick Ewing's retirement - Two years too late, the former New York Knicks (because was that single year with the Sonics and Magic even real) center called his career done and accepted a post as an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards, sparing the rest of us of watching him lumber up and down the court with the speed of a turtle on sleeping pills. Though he did end his "goodbye" speech by saying if the Wizards needed him to play a little, his body was still up for the challenge. Not to worry, I've mailed Patrick a videotape of his last two seasons, and he's probably rescinded on that statement after watching that horror movie.
8) Ricky Williams' performance with the Miami Dolphins - Williams' career in New Orleans was a study in mental disintegration for whatever the reason was, then he was traded to the Miami Dolphins, and the mood has changed. It wasn't that Ricky didn't have talent, because that always peeked through a little in the Big Easy, but his attitude and mental state in N'awlins wasn't right, and affected his on-the-field performances. Moving to Miami, he got some professional help, anti-depressants, lost a little weight and gave the Dolphins their first true running threat since Larry Csonka.
7) The Bison Dele saga - Whenever a person of recognition comes face-to-face with tragedy, the situation is magnified on name recognition alone. However, as a college hoops enthusiast, I watched Brian Williams do his thing at the U. of Arizona as a 6-11 lefty that few could handle. As a human being, Williams had also danced to his own drummer while in Tucson, and later on in his adult life when he went to the name Bison Dele.Whatever happened on that boat with only his brother being the lone survivor of four before he ended his own life as well is a mystery. However, in wanting to help and give to the world, Dele left 30 million behind to build an irrigation structure for an underdeveloped land, and had given millions of his dollars away to those less fortunate, and to his own brother, who ended his life. Regardless of everything, we never knew what we had in Bison Dele, and we could sure use more people like him today.
6) Ozzie Smith going to the Hall of Fame - Ozzie Smith is one of the most deserving human beings of a lifetime achievement award of any kind. He was the best shortstop I'