Indian Country Today
Another wild week across the sports landscape!
How ‘bout that dominating victor by the Americans in the Ryder Cup?! Bring that trophy back to where it belongs and show Europe that a new wave of American golf is here to stay! So pumped to see what the future holds for that competition.
Now, we gotta do what we haven’t done in a long, long time and that’s winning on foreign soil. Due to the pandemic, like many major tournaments, the next Ryder Cup will be in 2023 in Rome. For the time being, we’ll enjoy this victory.
Elsewhere, did you know the NBA preseason starts on Sunday?
Very juicy matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, even if it doesn’t count. If you’ve read this column before, you know I’m a diehard Lakers fan. It may be the #SeniorCenterSquad but you know we love our elders in Indian Country and I’m expecting big things from LeBron and co. this year.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the NBA without some drama.
All reports say Ben Simmons is willing to sit out the entire year if he isn’t traded out of Philadelphia. I agree with what the team’s other superstar, Joel Embiid, had to say about the whole situation when he called it disrespectful to the team.
Philly has long built around Simmons and his defects as a player, mainly that he can’t shoot outside of the paint. To take such a stance now and try to force his way out when the organization has done almost everything it can to help him succeed reflects poorly on him.
That’s the nature of the business, though. Players in the NBA, unlike other leagues, have much more power. Look no further than the James Harden situation last year when he forced his way out of Houston.
It happens almost every year.
While that’s working itself out, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has another problem on his hands with some prominent players voicing their concerns and opposition to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Honestly, it’s getting tiresome to talk about. Seems that we are no closer to the end of the pandemic than we were months ago. People are digging their heels in more and more, finding reasons not to get the vaccine.
I tend to agree with the boisterous Stephen A. Smith’s sentiment when he posed the question, “When did these professional athletes stop listening to doctors?”
When they are injured or have an ailment, they listen to their trainers recommendations on how to best treat it. Logic doesn’t seem to add up when it comes to not getting the jab.
In other news, Manny Pacquiao retired from boxing. He is easily one of my favorite fighters of all-time and a definite first ballot hall of famer in the sport.
I will always firmly believe that Floyd Mayweather ducked him for years and that Pacquiao would have beat them if they fought during their primes.
There’s a great story from Dan Ninham on our website about an Indigenous Division-I volleyball player at the University of Maryland that is worth the read.
If you know of any Native athletes doing great things, on or off the court, send me a direct message on Twitter, we would love to shine the light on sports in Indian Country here at ICT.
The NFL is coming to its first checkpoint of the young season with week 4 this week. I’ve missed posting my picks recently but that doesn’t mean I’m not making them.
I’m 7-8 against the spread, so there’s a lot of room for improvement. Good news is, as I just said, the season is still young. A “sharp bettor” hits 60 percent for the year and that’s what we’re aiming for. Here’s what I’m rocking for week 4 (lines from FanDuel as of Friday, Oct. 1):
- Detroit Lions (+3) vs. Chicago Bears
- Seattle Seahawks (+3) vs San Francisco 49ers
- Baltimore Ravens (-1) vs Denver Broncos
- Carolina Panthers (+4.5) vs Dallas Cowboys
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7) vs New England Patriots
See ya next time!