Los Angeles, CA – Whether Donald Sterling is racist or not does not matter. Whether his comments, and things he has said and done in the past, is a result of his dislike of races that are not white is almost, at this stage, irrelevant.
New York, NY – Professional sport at one time didn’t really have anything to deal with at all. The NFL, really through the 1980’, was a free-for-all league that allowed all manner of player and person to play, sometimes even outright criminals, and worrying was not a thing they really did much of, the league that is.
Sochi, Russia – Ahead of the Olympics in Sochi there was a lot of talk, most of it very negative. There was a lot of talk about the cost of the Games and the corruption possibly, likely, involved in building Olympic venues. There was talk about human rights especially when it comes to gay people. Most of all, though, the talk was about the possibility of terrorism.
New York, NY – Football, professional football at least, is a rough game, something everyone knows. It is punishing, brutal sport that requires men of great strength and stamina, all of whom play for some sense of glory and steady, if not great, paycheques.
Sochi, Russia – In almost every single city where the Olympics are held there is some kind of controversy. Corruption is common and almost universal and always there are concerns about the readiness of the facilities, in the winter concerns about weather conditions, and of course security, that’s a big thing too.
Sochi, Russia – After billions and billions spent, after years of worry, and after all the controversy that has greeted the Games over the last few months, the Sochi Winter Olympics have gotten underway. Last night the Games were launched with and glittering opening ceremony full of history and dancing and fireworks, the same kind of thing that opens every Olympic Games.