Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cause the times

They are a-changing.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good job, Andrea. You should expand on this issue with a poll or more interviews of all the African-Americans playing this sports nationally and internationally. This is good reading.
It reminds me of this Black kid in my barrio who was simply, a BADASS with a soccerball. We couldn't catch him and when we did he just out-dribbled us. He will always be a legend despite the fact that he disappeared into thin air after sixth grade.

just another one of you said...

Nice article, Andrea. I think it's also worth pointing out that Cobi has other non-athletic/racial traits that make him a good role model, such as being educated and well read for one.

A.C. said...

I guess I just figure Cobi's own words speak volumes about that without me having to point it out.

YankatOxford said...

Quite a quality article. Jones' stature in the American game is often underestimated, even among his peers. As African-American players continue to make a greater impact for the USMNT and USWNT, the number of Black coaches will hopefully increase.

Ultimately, it is particularly impressive that no few people mentioned this - "First Black MLS coach etc"

However, as you allude- success and not race has become the guiding principle of both hiring and longevity throughout American sports.

JT (Chicago) said...

I'm betting that in a few years, you'll be reporting that the first MLS coach of Puerto Rican ancestry will be hired - Chris Armas. He's a terrific leader and student of the game.