DETROIT (JSC) — Good Friday morning, Everyone! As you can see, I’m checking in with you from the world’s greatest city, and a place I’m proud to call HOME! The city where JSC (and JS2) was born. The Motor City. I’m back home for Memorial Day weekend.
It’s time, once again, for the JSC Words of Wisdom, a.k.a. #JSCWOW. Yep. Even on the holiday weekend. This will drop every Friday morning at 6:00 am Eastern Time – and, yes, Detroit is in the Eastern Time Zone. Feel free to share this on your favorite social media outlet with the hashtag — #JSCWOW.
For this week’s Edition, we talk about the intersection of fear and greatness and how the former can either fuel or stunt the latter. Some of the world’s most successful people are driven not just by the will to win, but the fear of the almighty L. Continue reading JSC Words of Wisdom #6: Fear fuels Success
♣ We are nothing as people if we aren’t ourselves. ♣
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
— Polonius, Hamlet
DETROIT (JSC) — Good evening people. I’d like to start this off by saying that I’m a 33-year-old journalist. I’m black. I’m from Detroit. And I’m heterosexual. I’m sure that will come as a shock to basically none of the 12-15 people who actually read my regular musings on this blog. I decided to follow the lead of my now world famous namesake, Jason Collins, and just put it out there. The “news” that dropped today hit like a sledgehammer to the heads of a lot of tried and true “real men” out there. To me, and a the vast majority of people, it was a watershed moment and long-awaited. It’s 2013. Let’s not be naive enough to think that there haven’t been gay players in the NBA or NFL or MLB or the NHL. But the funny thing about someone coming clean about their sexuality, it brings out the Dinder Mifflins and dodo birds who actually think that how they feel about who someone else loves actually carries weight. Welp, I’m here to square a few things away right now. Let’s Go.
Continue reading Man’s Game: The Courage of Jason Collins
♠ Justice isn’t just blind; It’s Confused. ♠
“Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom”
— Clarence Darrow
DETROIT (JSC) — I can tell you exactly where I was on the morning of October 3, 1995. I was sitting in an economics class at Renaissance High School. The entire room was packed and the TV was locked on Channel 4 (WDIV, the Detroit NBC affiliate) as we had gotten word that the jury, after just four hours of deliberation, had returned with a verdict in the murder trial of NFL Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson. The entire room (composed almost entirely of black students and faculty) let out a very loud cheer as it was announced that Simpson, accused of murdering his ex-wife and her boyfriend a year earlier, was not guilty on all charges. The incredulous disbelief on the faces of white people around the country was priceless. I admit it. It was funny. But those incredulous looks had nothing on the O_o!!?? look I had on my face at 2:19 p.m. Eastern Time today when I heard the words “Not Guilty” uttered three times in regards to Casey Anthony. And unlike that cool October morning 16 years ago, there was no color line in the stunned shock. Let’s Go. Continue reading Case Study: What We Learned From Casey Anthony…
♦ When What Happens in Vegas, Doesn’t Always Stay There…♦
“Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused.”
DETROIT— Now you would think that I would be sorta numb to this whole “Professional Athlete gets accused of (insert crime here) by (insert accuser here)” thing, and you would be right to a certain extent. I just couldn’t imagine being paid obscene amounts of the green to play a sport, stay in shape, and stay out of trouble, yet being unable to hold up to the latter: “You mean all I have to do is show up to practice and on game day, and not get arrested and I get paid HOW MUCH!? I don’t know about y’all, but I gotta get this money!” When you look at the cast of characters in the NFL alone that have found themselves on the wrong side of a mug shot in the last five years, you could conceivably have an NFL criminal to cover every position on a football field. Yes, even the Punter and Kicker!
Continue reading Incomplete Pass: The Curious Case of Ben Roethlisberger…