Some of your favourite characters from the ever-popular Yuda Gameday Chat.
Still undefeated in marathons...
Professor Harry Edwards [professor of sociology at San Jose State university, and friend of Tommie Smith] set up the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) and appealed to all black American athletes to boycott the games to demonstrate to the world that the civil rights movement in the US had not gone far enough.
He told black Americans they should refuse "to be utilised as 'performing animals' in the games."
Although the [Edwards' proposed] boycott never materialised the OPHR gained much support from black athletes around the world.
On the podium with Smith and Carlos, silver medallist Peter Norman of Australia supported the two by wearing an ORHR badge.
Thirty-seven years on, Smith and Carlos's brave stance still has great poignancy.
If sport and politics don't mix, then sport exists in some fictional bubble.
Strike three, Joe Buck said.
Strike three, Tim McCarver said.
Strike three, Lou Piniella said.
Still in play, said Doug Eddings, the only man whose opinion counted. Who are you going to believe -- me or your lying eyes?
Only, seems he didn't. White Sox batter A.J. Pierzynski took off for first, Eddings thought "shit, catcher Josh Paul dropped it. Hey, I don't wanna be a schlump and blow the call. Now did I call him out? Er, heck A.J.'s made it to first. Mommy!"
Give that man a donut.
Better still, give the whole crew plus A.J. a donut.
I will allow that Escobar shouldn't hung an 0-2 pitch to Joe Crede. And, maybe Paul should've tagged Pierzynski just to be sure. Why not add Mike Scoscia, Buck, McCarver and Lou. Call it a Baker's Dozen.