Thursday, October 27, 2005


Pop quiz for Stephen A. Smith and Deberry

posted by Rob at 8:00 AM

Nope, they're not from Air Force football coach Fisher Deberry. They're from ESPN's mighty Stephen A. Smith discussing DeBerry.

Last Saturday, DeBerry dared to say publically what any sane sports fan would admit - black men and women are, on average, faster and more athletic than white people. Specifically, he said "Afro-American kids can run very well. That doesn't mean that Caucasian kids and other descents can't run, but it's very obvious to me that they run extremely well."

This is gospel to many individuals in the sports community. I have had a coach at Appalachian State admit as much to me. The coach's program was not as strong as others such as Georgia Southern or Chattanooga because black people don't like cold weather, so they avoid ASU. This was reflected in the starters on the team - all white. And yes, they weren't very good compared to the lineups with more black athletes.

To me, DeBerry was speaking truth evident to anyone ... anyone but people like Stephen A. Smith and CNN's Paula Zahn. The two spoke briefly last night. Sample quote from Smith (emphasis mine):
A lot of times when you speak to a lot of athletes, or if you talk to a lot of black individuals involved in the world of sports, people who couldn't get into the positions of -- an executive position like a GM, like a president or what have you, some of the things that they allude to is everybody is always commenting on our physical prowess and not giving us enough credit for our cerebral prowess.

And that's a problem for them, because a lot of times you look at -- I know me personally, somebody questions my intellect, I'm going to have a problem with them. ...
Note that DeBerry made no comment with regard to the intellect of black athletes. He commented primarily on his team's lack of speed compared to another team with more black athletes. He discussed the need to recruit more black athletes. Case closed.

Still, I offer a quick quiz for Mr. Smith:

1. Name the top 10 players in the NBA. Now, name the top 10 white players in the NBA. Now, count how many of the latter are in the former. How many make the cut?

2. What is the on-field difference in abilities between quarterbacks like Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb, and other QBs such as Brett Farve, Ben Roethlisberger, Jake Delhomme and Peyton Manning?

3. The finish line of the Boston - and any other - Marathon is now officially owned by people from what country? What color are they?

4. Who is the best non-pitcher in baseball? The second best? The third? Fourth? Fifth? Sixth? Stop. Have we found a white person yet? Why not?

5. One of these people do not belong. Who is it and why? Lance Armstrong, Tom Brady, Steve Nash, Roger Clemons and LaDainian Tomlinson. (hint - it is not who gets less media coverage).

Thanks for playing!

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