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The only politics that mdbirdlover wants to talk about are those that have to do with the game or locker room, thank you very much. However, I’d be remiss as a journalist and citizen if I did not recognize the significance of today, as we witness history in the inauguration of Barack Obama.
The great thing about sports is that it has often been ahead of the curve when it comes to opening doors in racial relations. For instance our beloved Baltimore Colt and NFL Hall-of-Famer, Lenny Moore noted in a conference call (prior to the Greatest Game Ever Played 50th celebration) that the team, our very own Baltimore Colts, were united and more accepting of him than the community.
We’ve come a long way. Ken Singleton, former Baltimore Oriole and New York Yankees broadcaster, told me Saturday night that this is truly a special time. He was lucky enough to have watched one of Obama’s speech with his Mom and had this to say:
It was very special, I can see what it meant to her. I know what it meant to me. I know she thought it was special…My dad had the television on to watch Jackie Robinson play baseball as the first black baseball player… We’ve evolved from sports now to running the country. Choosing Jackie Robinson- he was the right guy, choosing Obama- he’s the right guy too.
It is a special time indeed. And if Obama can push the powers-to-be in college football to come up with a real national championship (remember his interview on ESPN?) then that will just be icing on the cake for us sports fans.
Go Obama! But more importantly-Go America!