Korger: Collins’ decision should be applauded

first_imgFree agent center Jason Collins became a groundbreaker for the LGBTQ community Monday announcing that he is gay. Collins is the first active gay athlete playing a major American sport.[/media-credit]Fear of the unknown. It’s something I’d like to believe that most human beings share. It’s why some of us were afraid of the dark at an early age. That primal fear that comes with being unable to understand or control your surroundings is very basic, and it’s at the heart and soul of resistance to change.Perhaps that’s the reason, among others, why it’s taken until now for someone like NBA center Jason Collins, an active athlete in a major American sport, to publicly come out as gay. Both the player and the public aren’t sure what happens next. Former NBA player John Amaechi came out in 2007, but it was three years after his playing career had ended. He did not have to enter a locker room with teammates the next day. Amaechi did not have to see how it would affect his career.Whether Collins will get a chance to see how his announcement changes his experience in the NBA remains to be seen, since the veteran journeyman is now a free agent. Still, he may get that chance, as an anonymous survey of 14 NBA teams conducted by ESPN’s Marc Stein revealed that six expect Collins in the league next year. The other eight cited overwhelmingly that his age, not sexual orientation, would be the primary reason they believed he wouldn’t play a 13th season.But seriously, for years players and others have said they’ve known of gay teammates. Why is it now, in 2013, that the glass finally shattered?Every action has an equal and opposite reaction and it’s the opposite reaction that men like Amaechi and Collins fear, the part that can’t be anticipated. Being LGBTQ labels you a minority in a time and age where the question of sexuality is more polarizing than ever. The concern becomes how the majority, the people themselves who don’t identify as a member of your community, treat and handle you once you reveal you’re different. How do you come out when you know it will forever change your life and the way that others perceive you?Those are the questions that need to be answered and that’s the reason why we need to embrace Collins’ decision. Perhaps if Collins is widely accepted by his teammates and has a positive experience, it will help other athletes feel comfortable with coming out as well. It can also serve as an inspiration for others. Like Collins said in his article in Sports Illustrated, nobody wants to be the kid in class who raises his hand and says he’s different. But when someone sees a figure publicly embrace that difference, others may find the same strength to do so as well.I’m only 22. But already, throughout my life, certain values and beliefs I hold have changed so many times I’m starting to lose count. Don’t get me wrong; I still hold viewpoints that have remained unaffected during my lifetime. But I believe that challenging beliefs by immersing myself and actively examining different ones from my own help me either modify or solidify previously held notions. And that’s why I believe an active and open discussion about a topic like Collins’ announcement, no matter what people believe, needs to occur.I believe that we shouldn’t define a person by something like sexual orientation, just like we don’t want to be defined by our race or gender. Am I a straight, white male? Yes. Does that drastically shape my identity? You bet it does. But it doesn’t define entirely who I am. I’d rather think my personality, morals, work and ethics make me who I am rather than the categories I was born with.Collins doesn’t want his life to be defined just as a gay man. He’s had a long career playing professional basketball and would rather be known as a caring teammate and hard worker than the first openly gay athlete. It will be a hard association for Collins to shake, but he also shouldn’t run from it. He should take pride in having the strength to do something no one else has before in his situation. He should find joy in knowing that his announcement will have a larger impact than he can even fathom.So kudos to you, Jason Collins. Kudos for being the first active major American sport athlete to come out as gay. Kudos for doing what so many before you were afraid to do while they were still actively pursuing their athletic career. And finally, kudos for bringing the long-standing issue of being LGBTQ in the United States back to the spotlight for discussion in both the public and private spheres.Some people will embrace the news, others will hate it and some will stand indifferent. But one thing is for certain: This represents a significant moment in the history of both sports and the LGBTQ community.Nick is the Badger Herald sports editor and a senior majoring in English and history. What impact do you think Collins’ announcement will have? Email at nkorger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Official times and placing of the Great Race 2015.

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The following are the official times and placings for the 25th running of the Great Race held Saturday. The full story can be found here. TIMES AND PLACING - THE GREAT RACE 2015:First – Anders Spinalators, 44:30Second – SSB Big Bucks, 46:40Third – The Dore Enchies, 48:40Fourth – Black Oak Striders, 50:52Fifth – Cooper’s Comets, 56:56Sixth – Galaxie Squad, 57:04Seventh – Axis of Awesome, 58:40Eighth – Doo-Dah Flying Circus, 58:57Ninth – Wheatland Warriors, 59:2410th – Greeno Flamouts, 59:3011th – Village Idiots. 71:32••••••Course Record: Commodore Enchies, 42:03, (2012) Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Clippers beat slumping Lakers

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This is a critical time to win games, and we’re locked in,” Williams said. “Tonight I felt particularly good about our focus.”James scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo had his 32nd career triple-double, but the Lakers took their ninth loss in 12 games since they beat the Clippers on Jan. 31.While the Clippers’ playoff run is a pleasant surprise for their fans, the Lakers (30-34) dearly want to reach the postseason after a five-year absence.Instead, the 16-time NBA champions have all but fallen apart in February and March. The Lakers are in 10th place in the West, sitting 5½ games behind San Antonio for the final playoff spot with 18 to play.“You keep playing to the end and see what happens,” James said. “I’ve been talking about it for a while now. Everyone has been talking about the postseason, (but) we should be worried about each and every game and how we can continue to get better with our process and get better with our team.”ADVERTISEMENT Two days after an embarrassing road loss to NBA-worst Phoenix put a huge dent in their playoff chances, the Lakers played without forward Brandon Ingram, who developed right shoulder soreness after the morning shootaround. Ingram had played in 50 straight games, averaging 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in a strong first season alongside James.Lonzo Ball was already out with his long-term ankle injury, leaving James without his two most important teammates. Kyle Kuzma then scored 13 points before he limped off the floor with an apparent ankle injury with 6:04 to play, and coach Luke Walton said he “would be surprised” if Kuzma’s injury doesn’t force him to miss the Lakers’ next game.TIP-INSClippers: Luc Mbah a Moute warmed up before the game, but wasn’t quite ready to return from the left knee injury that has kept him out for 61 games since Oct. 23. Wilson Chandler (strained right quadriceps) also sat out. … The 6-foot-1 Williams drove the paint and dunked in the first quarter.Lakers: Lance Stephenson (sprained toe) and Tyson Chandler (stiff neck) didn’t play. … Ball missed his 17th straight game with a sprained left ankle and bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated this week. … LA Galaxy greats Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robbie Keane watched the game at courtside.ZU BACKIvica Zubac started for the Clippers and finished with seven points against the Lakers, who drafted the Croatian 7-footer in the second round in 2016 and fostered his development until trading him last month for Mike Muscala, who had six points for the Lakers. “It was weird to go against guys I used to play with,” Zubac said.RONDO FOR 3Rondo had a season-high 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The veteran point guard broke his tie with John Havlicek to take sole possession of 11th place in NBA history with 32 triple-doubles. Rondo and Mark Jackson are the only players to record a triple-double with five different teams.SHIFTING TIDES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Spurs hold off Nuggets’ late rally Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks between Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) and Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward a playoff berth, even after a thorough upheaval over the past two years.LeBron James and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers weren’t much of an obstacle when two teams going in opposite directions passed each other in the Staples Center hallway they share.ADVERTISEMENT Although the Lakers still have an enormous overall lead in this rivalry, the Clippers have won the season series in each of the past six years. The Clippers have taken two of three heading into the final meeting this season on April 5.UP NEXTClippers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. 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Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Clippers dealt another blow to the Lakers’ fading playoff hopes with a 113-105 victory Monday night.“That doesn’t bother me or make me happy,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of beating their fellow Angelenos. “I just want us to do well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Clippers did splendidly, despite the odds against them. Although they have broken up their successful core and further stripped the roster with several recent trades, they’re still on target for a playoff return. Rivers dismissed the notion of tanking before the game: “I don’t know that word,” he said.Gallinari led six Clippers scoring in double figures while they comfortably maintained a lead over their co-tenants down the stretch of their latest rivalry meeting. James and his few healthy teammates never threatened late as the Clippers (37-29) took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference standings with their sixth win in eight games. View commentslast_img read more

Cutting Vancouvers safety net

first_imgVancouver’s budget crisis has reached the point that city officials and politicians are using words like “least worst,” or “a mess” to describe finances, and talk about finding solutions that are “the most palatable.”And no matter how they stack it, “most palatable” is a bitter pill to swallow.Here’s a look at what’s contributing to the problem:Revenueo It’s no coincidence that Initiative 747, which limits property tax increases to the lower number between 1 percent or the inflation rate, passed the same year that the city’s structural deficit began. That’s been a ding of about $3.1 million a year, the city’s budget office says.o In Vancouver, sales tax, the other mainstay of the government budgets, isn’t strong compared with other cities in Washington that aren’t within a 10-minute drive of a state with no sales tax. When the recession hit, the city lost about $5.1 million between 2007 and 2009, while the city estimates about $10 million is lost due to purchases in Oregon.o Vancouver also phased out its business and occupation tax starting in the early 1990s, ending with its complete disappearance in 2002. In 2011, that tax could bring as much as $9.9 million if it were brought back at its rate prior to being eliminated.o The state’s rollback of car licensing fees (prompted by Initiative 695) also gave a hit to the city, cutting what would have been about $4.8 million of income in 2011.last_img read more