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February 11, 2014

Right call for Sam regardless of timing



So we’ve learned all kinds of things. But you want to know what we’ve really learned?

It’s a thunderclap.

For those wishing Sam would have kept his mouth shut and simply gone about his business because we’re already past it all as a culture, well, the NFL assistant and the GMs who believe his draft stock has dropped, and Herm Edwards, too, are proof of the need for just such an announcement.

Because you know how society rightfully and righteously gets beyond this and other issues, like breaking baseball’s color barrier and the African American domination of the NBA and the brashness of a then-young boxer named Cassius Clay or the end of Canadian domination of the National Hockey League in a post Cold War world or getting comfortable with the idea of baseball being Latin America’s, more than America’s, pastime?

You get past it by dealing with it. You get beyond it by having it served up to you day after day after day in a way you simply can’t avoid.

·  Jackie Robinson will start at first base for the Dodgers today. 

·  Gee, there’s something different about Nick Collison and every other member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

·  “He’s too ugly to be the world’s champ. The world’s champ should be pretty like me” — Clay, before he became Muhammad Ali, on Sonny Liston before their first fight.

·  With the first two picks in the 1992 NHL draft, Tampa Bay takes Roman Hamrlik of the Czech Republic and Ottawa has chosen Alexei Yashin of Russia.

·  Alex Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Yadier Molina, Felix Hernandez, Adrian Beltre, Robinson Cano and we’re barely getting started.

You get past it not by running from it, but by wading into the deep end until, all of a sudden, it doesn’t feel so deep any more or you just learn to swim in your new surroundings.

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