Okay, so just because I have a sports blog and "claim" to be a sports aficionado...
AFTER ONE DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT, MY BRACKET IS DONE.
I'm not talking about I missed a game here or there, no. I'm talking about like half my picks are done. I think I'm being part dramatic, part trying to dumb down my hopes of winning the bracket pool, but damn! Duke almost put me in a flat-line. Xavier almost made me drive 15 miles south to their campus to do some "property renovation" to their campus. My upset picks have went down in flames. Baylor, Kent State, Temple, Winthrop. I hope your schools all see increases in drop-out rates...
So I was looking at the LeBron cover for Vogue magazine (don't worry, I don't have a subscription...) and ESPN.com Jemele Hill (she's a cutie by the way) made a very interesting point.
"She looks like she's on her way to something fashionable and exciting. He looks like he's on his way to a pickup game for serial killers.
A black athlete being reduced to a savage is, sadly, nothing new. But this cover gave you the double-bonus of having LeBron and Gisele strike poses that others in the blogosphere have noted draw a striking resemblance to the racially-charged image of King Kong enveloping his very fair-skinned lady love interest.
LeBron is just the third male ever to appear on Vogue's cover, but it's hard to believe Vogue would have made Brett Favre, Steve Nash or even David Beckham strike his best beast pose. And even if Vogue had, it wouldn't carry the same racial undertones as having a fear-inducing black man paired with a dainty damsel.
Too often, black athletes are presented as angry, overly aggressive and overly sexual. Or sometimes, they're just plain emasculated."
Lol, that boy look like King Kong with his lady in arm...good luck to your brackets in day two. Mine are done. Godspeed.