In 1995, the percentage of African-American players on the Cardinals was above the league average. In 2009 it was one-fourth the league average, and as the 2010 season begins there are no African-American players on the Cardinals roster or coaching staff.
Ryan Franklin’s concern for his gun rights just doesn’t measure up to Curt Flood’s personal sacrifice to remove the shackles of the rules of the game that bound a player to a single team for the entirety of his career.
Like many people, two of my primary interests are politics and sports. They both lend themselves to statistical analysis; they have “seasons” (in both cases too long); and winners are sometimes the wealthy front-runners (George W. Bush or the New York Yankees); other times they are among those with the least resources (Dennis Kucinich or the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays).
On March 4th, Senators McCain and Lieberman quietly introduced a bill that Salon Magazine’s Glen Greenwald calls “the single most extremist, tyrannical and dangerous