Thursday, November 10, 2005

Thursday Primetime 3-7 PM

I will throw out a topic today, which
In light of the recent controversy surrounding the Sacramento Kings insulting the city of Detroit during pregame introductions a couple of nights ago, I think this is another classic case of overreaction and going overboard with political correctness.

Consider the following:

1) The video was a general stereotype of a CITY, not an idividual, not a race or ethnic group, not even the team itself.
2) The message that Detroit is a bad place is actually accurate. Detroit ranks #1 in a recent listing of the 32 most dangerous cities in the country, based on crime rates. Don't believe me?
3) Detroit also has a crime level that is higher than the national average in the eight major crime categories, with the only exception being Larceny/Thefts.

The biggest mistake here is that it was the team itself doing so---the actual organization. They should not have, and it was inappropriate. But it wasn't the BIG DEAL that everyone is making it out to be.

Here in Portland, we should know better than most cities, what it is like to be stereotyped. But when people refer to our city as the home of the "Jailblazers" we don't demand that whoever did so take out a full page ads in newspapers, even though the current roster isn't the same one that actually EARNED the nickname a few years ago.

But the quesiton is, what is crossing the line? My opinion is that line is far more blurred when you are talking about an individual as opposed to a city. If the Kings would have had a picture of a yellow Hummer getting pulled over by the police, would that have been crossing a line with a certain power forward on that team?

In my mind, the rules are different for professional athletes versus guys in college. I don't think a personal attack on a college kid is every appropriate. Criticism and opinion, without cheap shots is a fine line to be sure. If you accept the scholarship as a college athlete, you are in the public eye and there are some burdens you will carry.

But for a professional athlete, the rules are different. And for a city, I think all bets are off. Dirk Nowitzki took some major shots at "the city of Utah" a couple of years ago. I don't remember Mark Cuban making any apologies.

Detroit is a hell hole. Live with it. The crime rates tell the whole story. What Sacramento did wasn't really appropriate, but it certainly isn't deserving of the constant criticism that the Kings are receiving. And more important, consider the source! We are talking about Sacramento, a place where the Cow Bell is considered a musical instrument.


At 6:07 PM, Blogger Michael Namba said...


I could not agree more, the PC madness has got to stop! Aiming at minorities and indivduals is one thing, but at a city? It has gone too far.

At 7:35 PM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

I'm 32, and lived in Tacoma when it was second as the murder capital of America behind DC.

The two places I have been conditioned to stay away from:
South Central circa early 90's &
Detroit circa any time.

I hope through incidents like this and Michael Moore films that more light is shed on the tough situation these fellow Americans are going through.

Education is predicated on property tax, property tax is low in Detroit because large industries have left the city behind. The city continues to tumble over itself as a result of this cyclical situation.

It is certainly sad, but isn't sports rivalries where these things are supposed to be made fun of? You insult eachother in clever ways and shake hands at the end of the day. Corporate shill Maloof apologized for the incident instead of defending its innocent sports related good-natured ribbing.

Can I just say I am tired of the geek Maloofs and their attempt at cross marketing. Go party and the Palms biatch.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Michael Namba said...


You should start your own blog, I would be interested in reading your takes on sports and life in general. You seem to be a well spoken person, and seeing how you live in Vancouver like me I would be interested in reading your takes on local politics etc. Just a thought.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

Hit & Miss Show
Saturday Midnight Nov 12th
Channel 11

It's the fourth episode with a variety of content. More politics than sports. We are working on making it better.

I also write from time to time for the Vanguard. A local newspaper.

No web presence at this time.

Thanks for the encouragement.


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