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Member Since 20 Oct 2006
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In Topic: Calder finalists

Yesterday, 10:39 PM

I don't think anyone is upset with that. I think some are upset with at least 2 of the 3 choices tho.

 

 

Are people really upset Larkin isn't a finalist? He's not one of the three best rookies. Period.


In Topic: Official - Little Caesars Arena

Yesterday, 10:35 PM

No, but that's a neat bit of history.

Okay. But he was probably the biggest sports star and a national hero at the time and African-American. Oh and this was 10 years before Jackie Robinson played MLB. 

 

In one of the most famous sporting events of the century, he fought and beat, Max Schmeling, a German fighter, who's previous dominance the Nazi's claimed as proof of ayran superiority. Schmeling's publicist said a black man could never beat him and that Schmeling's winnings would be used to build Nazi tanks. The fight was hyped as Fascism vs. Democracy, Hitler raised the natonal curfew so all could listen to it and Roosevelt brought Louis to the White House before the fight to encourage him. This was about a year before war broke out in Europe.

 

Did I win you over yet?


In Topic: Calder finalists

Yesterday, 02:58 PM

Yes, you do on some level. You took time to click reply, type your words, and click submit.

Sorry, I don't care.


In Topic: Official - Little Caesars Arena

02 May 2016 - 11:46 PM

A sincere thanks for the history lesson. Interesting story. 

 

Other news - still don't care.

Yes, Joe Louis was a boxer and he has the record for holding the heavyweight championship (almost 12 years), but his cultural importance is much greater than that. I'm not a boxing fan (I think it's barbaric), but I don't think you have to be to understand his importance.

 

He's not the first African-American Heavyweight campion, that's Jack Johnson, but Johnson received such racist backlash that no blacks were even given a shot at the championship by promoters in the 19 years after he was champ. Joe Louis overcame this and became the champ and a national hero and I don't think any African American had achieved that level of national icon up to that point in history. Add to that it was the depression and he was from a poor family (1 of 8 kids and his father was sent to an insane asylum permanently when he young) who fled the racism of the South to Detroit and I think you can appreciate why he was such a figure of hope for people and why he deserved to have a building named after him.

 

He also was the first African-American golfer to play a with the PGA (on the amateur circuit).


In Topic: Official - Little Caesars Arena

02 May 2016 - 12:20 AM

True story.

 

This is your way of telling me you agree with me about the logo on the roof  ;)