Expressed: Black University of Florida Football Players Poke Fun at Whitey from Ohio State

PK Note: The whole concept of SBPDL was started as a joke. When I sat down to write The Crucifixion of Tim Tebow that appears at Takimag today, I reflected on how far this blog/site has come. People have come to rely on SBPDL, depending on what is written here. Finding value in it. One website went as far to call the writing here some of the most innovative since the start of the Internet.

Ridiculous praise, but knowing that people hold what you do to such esteem makes you want to work harder and harder. In the coming months, you’re going to see what is meant by that “work harder and harder” remark.I am to misbehave.

The war for truth on Red Tails. Detroit’s collapse. Obama’s War on White America. I HAD people. The continued violence from the Black Undertow. The Hunger Games. Black people’s reliance on the social construct of Black athletic domination to provide the only positive examples of their community. Black Fictional Heroes Month during Black History Month. 

For too long, our guilt has outweighed our anger. The day is coming when our anger outweighs our guilt. 

If SBPDL plays any part in helping this occur, then it was because of readers like you who helped spread the message.

University of Florida “special admit” athletes made fun of white Ohio State players

Out of a population of more than 50,000 students, the University of Florida is proud to have enrolled at the school roughly 5,000 Black students who help make the Gator Nation as the second best school in the nation for awarding Black people undergraduate degrees. What an accolade for a school that 40 years ago had maybe 500 Black students.

Part of the effort to accommodate Black students at every turn, the University of Florida football team has resorted to recruiting predominately Black students in the hopes of fielding a team that resembles the Historical Black College and University (HBCU) that sport embarrassing graduation rates of 50 percent or less. If HBCU’s can’t provide an education to Black students, a Predominately White Institution (PWI) can lower academic standards to help out a brother in need:

Football and men’s basketball players on the nation’s big-time college teams averaged hundreds of points lower on their SATs than their classmates, and some of the gaps are so large they call into question the lengths to which schools will go to win.

The biggest gap between football players and students as a whole occurred at the University of Florida, where players scored 346 points lower than the school’s overall student body. That’s larger than the difference in scores between typical students at the University of Georgia and Harvard University.

These numbers are from 2008; your average UF football player posted an SAT of 890. It’s a safe assumption that most of the Black athletes on the squad – did we tell you that in 2010, the entire football recruiting class was Black? – require ‘special admission‘ status, with many of these players qualifying as learning disabled because of their pitiful scholastic aptitude (fitting that Disingenuous White Liberals have stated that it is inhumane to execute a criminal with an IQ under 70; they have no problem admitting them to college if they can run, jump, or catch a football). Then again, isn’t that SAT ‘culturally biased’ or something:

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution study of athletes’ admissions qualifications partly confirmed Hewitt’s point. On average, black and white students arrive on campus with much different academic backgrounds and graduate at much different rates. Athletes’ experiences reflect those differences, and those differences affect the statistics for athletes as a whole.

Blacks are far better represented on the playing field than in the classroom. Only about 1.8 percent of white students were scholarship athletes, compared with 6.4 percent of black students. Some schools’ athlete-student demographic differences were huge. For example, about a third of the black students in Colorado’s 2002 freshman class were scholarship athletes.

The SAT has been criticized as racially biased, and black students as a whole enter college with lower scores than white students. The difference in the average scores for white and black students was 149 points at public universities in the six Bowl Championship Series conferences, an AJC study showed. That explains part of the average 124-point gap between an athlete’s SAT score and the score for a typical student on his or her campus.

ESPN’s Outside the Line program did a special investigation of UF’s main rival Florida State University (FSU), a university under head football coach Bobby Bowden that relied exclusively on “special admit” Black athletes to win games.

Turns out, more than a third of FSU’s football players were listed as “learning disabled”:

ESPN reports that Florida State University uses diagnoses of “learning disabilities” to provide extra help to athletes struggling with their schoolwork. The investigation, by ESPN’s Outside the Lines program, aired yesterday and was based on interviews with a former learning specialist at Florida State who is now suing the university. Athletes with learning disabilities are able to receive more-intense academic support and are eligible to apply for waivers from the NCAA that relax certain academic requirements. More than a third of Florida State’s football team, and three-quarters of its men’s basketball team, have received such diagnoses, ESPN reported.

They aren’t “learning disabled”; they’re just Black.Regardless of trillions of dollars spent over the years to help alleviate the racial gap in learning, Black kids still fail at astonishing. If they can play football, they fail upwards it seems.

Which brings us to the story of the 2012 Capital One Bowl game between the Florida Gators and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Just like Black Tennessee Volunteers who made fun of Jacob Hester, the white running back from LSU, who said he should be “playing for Air Force”; and just like all the majority Black defenses in the NFL who made fun of Peyton Hillis, the white running back from Cleveland, in 2010, Ohio State’s Tyler Moeller said the almost all-Black Florida Gator team hurled bigotry at the white guys on his team:

Trash talking is as old as football itself. A player baiting another player with a taunt or threat is usually par for the course during any game, especially a game between rivals or with championship significance.

So, it was no surprise that Monday’s Gator Bowl between Florida and Ohio State — two teams that have loved Urban Meyer — had a little more vitriol than usual. What was surprising was the type of caustic comments being said.

Ohio State linebacker Tyler Moeller said Florida players hurled racial slurs at him throughout the game and that that sparked some of the chippiness during the 24-17 Florida win.

“They’re classless. That’s the way I’d put it,” Moeller said, according to Marcus Hartman from Buckeye Sports Bulletin. “I’ve never seen more people swing at our players and call us racial slurs. I’ve never been called a ‘cracker’ more in my life than I have today. So I don’t really have much respect for them in terms of that but they’re a good team. They came out and outplayed us today.”

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never heard a player complain about this in terms of reverse racism (which is still just racism) and really, you rarely hear about this type of thing at all on the collegiate level, though it probably exists. I’m sure there was a slew of unsavory things said on that football field, but who knew the “C-word” was still a racial slur that anyone used?

Breakdown from 2008 SAT scores in SEC. How low must the Black scores be?

I’m not trying to make light of the situation, but I thought it went out of style after comedian Chris Rock ran the slur into the ground during his HBO special in 1999. The word is probably as relevant now as some of the words used in the infamous 1975 Saturday Night Live skit “Racist Word Association Interview” with Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor.

I do wonder what other things he and other players were called and what they might have yelled back? I’m sure there was some profanity dropped that probably drew more anger — and some colorful rebuttal — than the “C-word.”

Ohio State defensive back Travis Howard, who is from Miami, told Hartman that that kind of trash talk is common in the state of Florida.

It’s interesting that in other leagues, especially soccer leagues where there are many different ethnicities on one field, this kind of stuff is severely punished. Unfortunately, this will probably go relatively unnoticed.

What’s new in Black-Run America (BRA)? This episode will never be made into a movie, but an inverted episode will be written into the script of a major Hollywood film that was released a few years back. The Express, telling the story of the first Black Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davies, utilized overzealous writers to fabricate examples of white racism (the only kind that exists) toward the integrated Syracuse football team, even though it didn’t happen in real-life:

A few intense scenes of racial bigotry in “The Express” — Hollywood’s portrayal of the former Syracuse University football star — have prompted some of Davis’ former teammates to say the filmmakers fumbled the ball.

“As a work of fiction, the movie is terrific,” said Ger Schwedes, captain of the 1959 SU national championship team. “But that’s not the way it was.”

In a letter to this newspaper, published today, Schwedes lists 11 factual shortcomings in the movie, which is based on Davis’ heroic and tragic life.

“Because so many of the ’59 members have called, e-mailed and written to me with their objections, I’m compelled to set the record straight,” he writes. 

Schwedes said the letter reflects the consensus of 39 ex-teammates who returned to Syracuse for the movie’s world premiere Sept. 12. About 12 later reviewed the letter before it was submitted.

“You won’t find any dissent over what I’ve written,” he said.

Schwedes said the former teammates bristled over what they view as unfair portrayals of racism at West Virginia and SU.

At one point, during the film’s gala opening last month in Syracuse, some players grew so upset at the emerging story — including its depiction of coach Ben Schwartzwalder — that they nearly left the theater before the closing credits, according to two players.

“The Express” opened nationally last weekend and ranked sixth at the box office. It generated $4.5 million, about a quarter of the revenue of the nation’s top-grossing film, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”

But “The Express” — showing powerful images of a racially divided America in 1959 — was always destined to generate far more debate than the usual popcorn movie.

During one seven-minute sequence in the film, SU’s racially mixed team faces an angry white crowd at West Virginia, where fans shout slurs and throw garbage, and even the referees are corrupt. Schwartzwalder, played by actor Dennis Quaid, warns his team to stay helmeted, fearing they will be hit by beer bottles.

“That’s the way they do things down here,” the coach says.

The movie sets the date of the game as Oct. 24, 1959.

Trouble is, it never happened.

The record book shows Davis, a sophomore, had a breakout game in 1959 against the Mountaineers, rushing for 141 yards. But the game took place in Syracuse.

The teams did play in Morgantown, W.Va., on Oct. 22, 1960. Behind Davis, SU won 45-0, delivering the worst home defeat in West Virginia history. Newspaper accounts mention no racial incidents, though such issues rarely made newsprint in that era.

Though racial conflict at the 1960 Cotton Bowl game, in Texas, has been well-documented, West Virginia critics say the filmmakers seem to have picked their school arbitrarily to serve as the film’s composite face of racism.

“The dialogue itself is deplorable, stereotype propagating works of slanderous fiction that both never happened and are nothing but attacks on the state,” the West Virginia campus newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, recently argued.

Several former SU players from that era — including Schwedes, offensive tackle Bob Yates, tackle John Brown and quarterback Dick Easterly — have stated publicly that they recall no such racial incidents in Morgantown.

Brown, an African-American, said he never experienced a regular season crowd or game like that during his time at SU.

Nor is there mention of any West Virginia ruckus in Robert C. Gallagher’s 1999 book, “The Express: The Ernie Davis Story,” on which the movie is based.

The book does note one anecdote from the 1960 game: On Davis’ first three runs, a Mountaineer linemen twisted his ankle in the pile-up. Davis smiled at the guy and asked what he was trying to do.

Writes Gallagher: “The tackle, expecting a violent response, became embarrassed and said, ‘Ernie, I’m sorry.’ That was the last time Ernie’s ankle was twisted that day.”

The complaints bear a striking resemblance to those filed by Central New Yorkers in 1990, after filmmaker Oliver Stone’s film, “Born on the Fourth of July.”

That movie, based on the story of Vietnam vet-turned-war-critic Ron Kovic, showed Syracuse police beating peaceful protesters at a rally. In fact, the record showed that no attacks occurred — at least, in Syracuse.

After receiving protests, Stone issued a public apology to the Syracuse police.

Film director Gary Fleder has not commented publicly on the West Virginia criticisms.

In a pre-premiere promotional video, Fleder described how he believed an early script for the movie lacked focus. He spent an hour with Jim Brown, the great running back who preceded Davis at SU, to discuss the movie.

“He (Brown) talked me through the real stuff … the times, what he went through as a player, what Ernie went through as a player,” Fleder said. “I thought, ‘That’s the story.'”

The 1959 team also quarrels with the portrayal of Schwartzwalder by Quaid, the movie’s star. Quaid plays the coach as a good-hearted, slightly bigoted football genius who by the movie’s end has been redeemed through his genuine concern for Davis.

Yates, who lives in Texas, said Quaid took too many artistic liberties with the former coach, to whom the team remains loyal. Yates said Schwartzwalder would never swear at a player, never drink alcohol in front of his team, never tolerate inequalities — as Quaid’s character does. The coach kept a strict honor code, and nobody ever overruled his edicts — as Davis does several times in the movie.

“We as a team are truly appalled at the complete falsity of the portrayal of our coach,” Yates wrote, in a letter to NBC sports host Bob Costas. “It was very hard for those members of the ’59 team in attendance at the premiere not to leave en masse, as we had done before, after the 1960 Cotton Bowl, because of the injustice to Ernie.”

Overall, the movie treats the coach kindly — not mentioning later controversies, such as the 1970 walk-out by African-American athletes, which decimated the program.

That walk-out by Black players is a story for another day. The Express also tried to show racism toward Syracuse and the school Black players at the 1960 Cotton Bowl against an all-white Texas University team. Problem: there was none.

White guys on the football field should just be the kicker, place-holder, punter, and long-snapper. Maybe the quarterback. In a world where Black people are such great athletes, why should we believe white players can even compete with them?

That’s what has happened at places like Florida, Florida State, and Alabama, where alumni and students have been conditioned to believe that only ebony athletes can help provide the spark for a solid football foundation. This helps them overlook the fact that that same ebony spark makes cities like Birmingham, Mobile, Tallahassee, Miami, Montgomery, Orlando, and Tampa incredibly unsafe to live in.  

Well, it takes “special admission” status to even get these “great” Black athletes enrolled in school.

There’s your Gator Bait, Gator Nation. College football is the Opiate of America.



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