NBA · Sports

The Golden State Warriors make the NBA fun

I have to confess something. I’m not a big basketball fan, never have but I’m starting to see the charm of it all. Last year was the first year I actually sat down and watch the NBA finals. The series between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers was full of drama, competition, and excitement. A sport I had barely paid attention to was now something I looked forward to each week.

This season, it’s the same matchup again. While I cheered for the Cavs last season, I’m leaning more towards the Warriors. They’re such a talented team and one who deserves to stop hearing the 3-1 lead jokes. With key players such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and now, Kevin Durant, the Warriors make the NBA and basketball fun again.

What excites me the most about the Warriors is their spirit. You can tell they’re playing to avenge last season. As the winningest team in NBA history, losing the finals had to be a crushing blow. Even though they weren’t as great during the regular season, they have taken control in the finals. They are looking for a chance at redemption and who are we to rob them of that?

You can criticize them for being a super team, but I don’t see it like that. They’re a great team, no doubt there but not super. The Tune Squad was a super team but the Warriors are a rare team. They’re rare in the sense that they’re such a special and unique blend of talent, personalities, and obsession.

The talent aspect is obvious. Former MVP Steph Curry broke his own 3-point record, Klay Thompson became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points in under 30 minutes and Kevin Durant was a key in winning the first two games of the series. That’s not even mentioning Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and JaVale McGee.

Personalities abound on the team, but none more than Draymond Green. Green is one of those players you either love or hate. The same can be said for the rest of the team too because all have such distinct personalities. Fans might love them for their talent, but truly appreciate them and their personalities, on and off the court. The great thing about the whole team though is their sense of humor. They know how to answer questions and at least get a smile out someone from it.

Last but not least is the obsession. When a team’s as good as Golden State, people start to become obsessed. Suddenly, they’re all under a microscope and we want to know everything about them. Before you know it, they’re being painted as the good guys and before you can even blink, the villains. Obsession doesn’t even begin to describe their fans or their haters but they aren’t the only ones.

The Warriors are obsessed with showing they’re more than a superteam. They want the NBA to be fun. They want to show us all their personalities and embrace the love and hate. They live for the boos and the cheers, giving us everything we want: a show. It’s hard to keep your eyes off the screen when there’s so much going on.

I might not have always been a basketball fan but with teams like the Warriors, it’s hard not to be.

 

NFL · Sports

Torrey Smith is NFL’s voice of reason for Colin Kaepernick

Being on an NFL team is always difficult especially because you never have job security. Colin Kaepernick knows this all too well. What originally began as a promising career has fizzled as fast as RGIII’s time with the Cleveland Browns.

When Kaepernick decided to protest the national anthem, a bigger spotlight went on him but not for the right reasons. We weren’t talking about his playing time but what he was doing before the game. Fans of the NFL and non-fans alike have shunned him, sent him death threats, assaulted and harassed him. Many players sided with him, either copying his gesture or making their own statement. Either way, it got the world talking about issues like Kaepernick hoped.

However, the move seemed to blackball him from the rest of the NFL. While some teams spoke about the player’s choice, others vehemently spoke about cutting them. Most recently, New York Giants’ co-owner, John Mara spoke about it. Reported by ESPN, Mara talked about receiving impassioned fanmail, “‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.” Interesting considering the Giants recent scandals involving domestic violence and off-the-field behavior.

People weren’t pleased with his statement but most of all, Torrey Smith. Smith who currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles is a former teammate of Kaepernick’s and he tweeted out his thoughts after.

https://twitter.com/TorreySmithWR/status/869209085207597057

https://twitter.com/TorreySmithWR/status/869220488861679616

Smith’s first tweet is something I’ve always thought about NFL fans. They are completely hypocritical with their morals and values. If they have a love for a player, he should get a second chance or if he didn’t commit a “heinous crime” in their opinion, he needs to be forgiven and everyone is being too harsh on him. Being from Pennsylvania, I see a lot of this when people refer to Ben Roethlisberger who settled with two women out of court but was accused of sexual assault. Even though we have nothing to prove his guilt or innocence, fans quickly defended him. Instead of seeing the women as victims, they saw him as a victim. That’s just an example but something fans have found excusable.

Then his second tweet is even better because it calls out the hypocrisy of fans, coaches, players and teams. People associate kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of disrespect and were quick to vilify Kap but didn’t want to address the idea. They don’t want to be called out on their racism or prejudice, they want to ignore that issue and focus on his “hatred” for America which wasn’t it at all.

Looking at it from the other side, they’re praising teams who have criminals on their roster. Players such as Junior Galette, Joe Mixon, Terrell Suggs and James Harrison have all been accused or committed domestic violence. Then there’s sexual assault which players like Ben Roethlisberger, Ahmad Brooks, Jameis Winston and Richie Incognito have been accused of doing in some capacity. All of the players listed above are currently on active NFL rosters while Kaepernick reminds a free agent.

Do we see the problem here? People care more about their country than a woman. It’s disgusting to say, but men are more worried about a man sitting during a song than a man touching or putting his hands on a woman without her consent. It’s sickening to think that the NFL will cut players for domestic violence or sexual assault only when there’s evidence people can throw in their face. If not, then good for you because you’ll likely be on an NFL roster.

Torrey Smith was right with what he said. If people put half their energy into hating Kap as they did about standing up for women, the NFL would look a lot different. Hopefully, Kap gets another chance and the NFL starts to take sexual assault and domestic violence seriously. I’m crossing my fingers.