Oh yes. As I write this, the Summer Games of the 31st Olympiad has shut the doors. The Cauldron has been put out. And of course Rio De Janerio has it’s city back and yes, Tokyo Japan will have next in 2020 to host the games. For us Americans, I told you so that this was an “American Summer” in terms of racking up the medals from Gold, to Silver and Bronze. The Bronze medal in the past probably meant that it was a sign of why this, to it’s better than nothing. The sportsmanship between the countries still remain endless. For most, it was a way to break barriers, break stereotypes, break gender like stances of proving points, proving you still belong, and most of all: getting a chance to stamp your name into Olympic Greatness for a established pointers. And even to have witnessed a thing called Black Girl Magic, with Black Male Brilliance.
What were my moments of the games: Well let me count the ways!
Swimming: SWIMMMM SQUAAAAAAD! I kept saying that on Twitter and Facebook alot. One of my moments to take away was indeed Michael Phelps. I thought Michael was out of it years ago. But I was surprised he made his way back to win more medals Golds and Silvers to add to his trophy case. He did it his way in terms of proving to himself that even he had some concerns about this character, but still had a chance to compete in the games and doing the thing he does best: Willing medals. For the Women: Simone Manuel. She became the First African American Woman to do the thing in swimming by setting a new world record of 52.70 Seconds in the 100 meter race! Let me say that again: FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN to do the thing in swimming by setting a new world record of 52.70 Seconds in the 100 meter race. Later on, she also was the anchor of the women’s swim relay to win the gold for the U.S. Also she won two silver medals in the same event. For Simone also, it was a ground breaking victory for many reasons, not because she’s a woman, but also black. Many of us had to read about various times that black people weren’t allowed to use swimming pools. This is a true fact, white folks. And also, when Dorothy Dandridge was still alive, there was a time she dipped her toe in the pool, and when the white folks heard that, they drained the pool all because she was black! There were times that black folks had acid poured on them in the pools out of hatred just because they were black! For all you folks who think this is made up, or just fake, I urge you to go back into those history books again and read about why black folks had that against them and the reasons why it was. This wasn’t a joke. It was brutal and nasty. And I know when Simone Manuel won the Gold for the first time, it wasn’t just for her, it was for those whom were black and were brutalized by the Police. The area she’s from, probably had the scare about the Police stopping a pool party and also the teens were black. Not kidding here!
U.S. Rugby: Now for this, Rugby got my attention. And the one player caught my eye was Carlin Isles. This dude made a name when he was doing track and field, but when he became this Rugby player, I had to watch this. I’ve seen the clips of him and this dude was running fast like crazy! Dodging folks in all. I’ve began to think like, he could have been a football player in the NFL shaking up the Defense, or taking INT’s. But in rugby, he made a name for himself and with his training, it was just the beginning. Even though that the Rugby team didn’t get a medal, but international folks: The US Rugby Team is just the beginning and they will get their medals. Only a matter of time. Plus also, I think Rugby will make a new impact on America just as Football has been doing for a long time. It’s just my opinion.
Track and Field: Oh the TrackSquad! I am very impressed with the skills of Allyson Felix. She is now the most decorated female in US Olympic History via the Track. I’ve watched her 4 years ago in the London Games, and she carried her skills with the use of her speed for the track events. There was an article that she almost didn’t walk per se. But I’m glad of what she had to go through to get it done, it was done! In addition, her relay team had to bounce back from that baton mistake due to one of the Brazil runners getting in the way. They got their appeal and it was granted that they wanted to run again,and after that, let’s just say that the rest is history. For the Shot Put: Michelle Carter! If you don’t know who she is, you need to recognize. She is like the first black woman I’ve seen since Jackie Joyner-Kersee doing that event in a while. But the way that she did that event, I was like: WHOAAA! Never heard of her, but I’m glad part of the “Black Girl Magic” did infact worked for her as getting that gold medal.
In addition to the running: this is about the men folk. The first squad that ran in the preliminaries or the qualifying running, they should have NOT been disqualified. And this same group almost had the match won clean. But the baton passing on one second men’s track relay was indeed very clean and very coordinated and still dominated with the survival of getting another gold medal.
Beach Volleyball: Oh yes, Kerri Walsh-Jennings is a favorite of mine. No question she has been so dominate of the Beach VolleyBall game for quite sometime. The Beach Volleyball event has been around for about 20 years. And Kerri was good in most of the games. For this year, the Brazilians won the Gold Medal game in which broke the streak of Kerri’s wins of 26 games. However, she and her teammate were dominate in the Bronze Medal game and still walked off as one of best players in the game.
Gymnastics: I’m going to talk about Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas here. First, the Final Five were indeed one of the best gymnasts around and they brought the faith and fire to the Olympic Event. Of course everyone was betting on the Final Five to win along with Laurie, Madison and Aly. To me the strongest of the bunch was Simone. And this shorty of 4’8″ was no joke. She was just phenomenal and her first time in racking up her first five medal wins.
For Gabby, we know how good she is and very talented as she remains to be. But however, there are those who didn’t allow two things go: Her hair, and her hand over her heart. Now this is the point where I’m going to POP OFF! For you Gabby Hair Haters, you must be tired. Tired of her having her hair so pinned back. Tired, Tired, Tired. Your so-called jokes are just pathetic and stupid and I’ll guess that many of you are black women whom are just lazy and brainless just because one person’s hair hasn’t been so perfect all the time. What make you think that her hair ain’t perfect and yours is? Your hair ain’t all that! I’ve seen your fake weaves floating around on social media thinking it’s OK. Sorry so-called black queens, your hair: PLEASE! You go in on Gabby’s hair as if you somewhat care. You don’t! And you supposed to catch these future kings you impressing? For me, no thanks. And now, you think it’s a joke? Let me say this and hear me out clearly: YOU ARE THE JOKE! The eggs are on your face! And all of this with the mixed of social media with your tweets of Facebook posts is just utter nonsense. And many of you want to catch me for a husband? HA! Don’t think so. Your attitude does carry and it’s carrying a jealousy weight of self-hatred and a black people, it is a shame that the bitterness is being passed around constantly and 4 years later and I would remind those whom have kids: you kids are watching your every move! PATHETIC!
Speaking of that: for all you so-called Patriots in America, those who called out #CrabbyGabby: SHUT YOUR MOUTH! Let me take a while guess: it’s the Gold Medal Ceremony and the national anthem is played, four of the Final Five had their hands over their hearts, and Gabby didn’t. And oh, you so-called jackals who think you know it all, had to go in on Gabby Douglas as being unpatriotic or unappreciative of being not to have her hand over her heart while the National Anthem is played. All of you racist pukes who feel this way, you need to stuff it! And thing is, some of you probably don’t do it yourselves! I’ll bet many of you WILL NOT do this at the Football games this fall or the Basketball Games in the same season. Many of you will not do it, and someone will call your carcass out about you hating on Gabby Douglas. Gabby DID NOT do anything wrong in this matter. If many of you so-called Americans found that OFFENSIVE: Remember, many of you have seen this picture:
Well, Well, Well: Someone must scream out DOUBLE STANDARD! Look, I know that the shot putters on the left got their medals and did NOT put their hands over their hearts. Can anyone say hypocrites?
Or you think this was offensive? You so-called Americans need to grow up! Even this guy Donald Trump who, many of you think might make a good president on paper, is the same fool that many of you think he’s going to build a wall, or has the answers concerning African-Americans. Just wait I’ll pop off again in my next blog! When Football season starts, if I see ANYONE who is non black, with no hands over hearts, I’m going to take a picture and I might put it here!
So who are we fooling, Americans? We are fooling ourselves because many of us don’t even follow the protocol of what to do when to stand when the National Anthem is played. We don’t! I said many of us, not all don’t know this. Admit this, do we stand and put the hand over the hearts back in school? I’ll answer it: YES AND NO. More of the no. Why would I ask this? Seriously, I ask this because many of us so-called patriots FORGOTTEN the ettiqutte of the response and procedure on how this is supposed to be done. Usually there is a rule that yes when you put your hand over the heart, that is for the pledge of allegiance. Many of us know very well when every monday morning back in school, we had to get up from the desks and look to the flag and recite the pledge. Now this was back in school. Now when the national anthem is played, of course some will put the hands over the hearts. BUT SOME WON’T. Either they stand, or those in uniform will salute. Or some will bow their heads like prayer. Or some will put their hands over the hearts and have their heads bowed. Or some will rise and stand for the duration of the Anthem.
CALLOUT: Um…..is this making any sense here?
If it is, you should know. If those who make a scene that it will do more harm than good and to mix it in with the likes of Gabby Douglas, you don’t know SQUAT! I said this on Facebook and I’ll say it here, Gabby Douglas did not do anything wrong in this so-called matter! She did not! If those of the so-called patriot crowd hashtag of #CrabbyGabby on Facebook or Twitter because of the hand/heart problem, then maybe it’s YOU having the problem. Maybe it’s not Gabby’s fault that she didn’t disrespect anyone. The fault is on those who want her to fail. And those doing the hate, just remember: Gabby is 20 years old and did more in her 20 years of life than many of us wished we’ve done. Many of us WISHED we went to the Olympics and competed for the games and win medals and having the folks talking about us. Many of us WISHED we had to go to the training facilities and train up to stay sharp for our events and activities. Many of us WISHED we had the glamour! But did we do that? Let me say this, HELL NO!
Instead of jabbing at her about her hair, or the heart/hand issue, let’s just TRY to appreciate the fact that she did the job by her gifts and talents to get that shiny gold medal AGAIN for the United States of America’s Olympic Team. So what’s the fuss? Many of us are just self-centered of the hate along with racism, sexism, self-hatred, or many of us like I said wished to be like Gabby, but it’s too late now!
You may put in this hashtag: #LOVE4GABBYUSA. Should of had this 4 years ago.
Ahhhh: Let’s talk the sports that was so cool to get to see, Basketball.
Both the Men and Women played their hearts out and as we all know from the beginning that both teams maintained their undefeated stats per game and also grinned out to win the Gold Medals for the umpteeneth time. We know it was expected for Team USA’s Basketball squads to win and they did. But in between the game, there were some close shaves for the men’s squad against Serbia and Australia in the Pool Play that the Squad won by 5 points or less. Yes, the world squad is catching up and they get it by playing in the NBA. And yes, Basketball has gone global. It’s all over the place. Yes, there was a time in 2004 that us Americans were shocked by Argentina when the USA lost! Yes that was a bad taste in our mouths. It was nothing to with shoe endorsements. And I think also, that the team should have gotten better players then instead worrying about their shoe contracts. I respect what Carmelo Anthony stepped up to do. He was on that 2004 Team and had to get the bronze. But to come back in 2008, 2012, and 2016 to get the gold medal, that was growth! The Redeem Team of 2008 was like for them to redeem themselves to prove that we can win gold medals, and be dominate once again. In which they did. 2012 as we know, there was this debate about if the 2012 USA Basketball Team could be the originals from 1992. Let me school you young cats AGAIN. The 1992 Originals were like the fresh team of the nWo, it was something that it was never tried before of getting the NBA’s best to compete for the Gold. This team was on a mission at the time of what happened against Russia in 1972. That is when the Russians at the time got the Gold based on the controversial outcome play. At the end of the game, the Russians got the Gold, the other team got the Bronze and the US? Silver. In which they didn’t come out to accept. The Silver Medals weren’t award and they are in a lockbox safe somewhere that is untouched. The 1972 team felt they didn’t deserve to win the Silver. They wanted the Gold! The Originals’ mission to get the Gold in 1992 was done, and also it not only inspired more men to get the gold medals, but also paved way for the Women’s Team to get the Gold as well. Speaking of that, I didn’t watch much of the women squad in their gold run, but as collectively as they were, they was poised and dominate in their right to get the bar high as they can to win. For you young cats STILL think that the 2012 team can beat the Original 1992 team, stop playing! Go back to your rooms and play that Xbox because nobody don’t want to hear that mess. The 1992 team would slaughter and mame the 2012 team based on their experience and knowledge of the game. Would they do the same against the recent 2016 squad, most likely.
Also there was this criticism about the members selected to play for the USA Basketball Men’s Squad. Mainly from someone who knows what the squad is about. Charles Barkley needs to SIT DOWN! Look, yes he was on that Original Squad. If Sir Charles is really serious about the commentary of the current squad, why doesn’t he coach them? Why doesn’t he go from the Commentators Chair on TNT, and get on the COACHING SQUAD to assist the Big Guns to handle that business! Come on Charles! Try it sometime! That I think is what he supposed to do. Of course he wouldn’t.
Speaking the 2020 USA Basketball Squad: I would like to see: Jabari Parker, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Steve Novak, and maybe, just maybe a incoming rookie from the College Game that is on fire. That is my pick for 2020. I know the analysts, have their picks but this is my own option to view.
Other sports: I’m going to go with Fencing. And Ibithaj Muhammad impressed me. Even though that she got a bronze medal with a Hijab on, I’m glad she stood up and tested the waters. On Instagram, way back in Black History Month, I posted this:
Guess what? I called it!
Another was Dylan Farmer who got the silver in the Fencing event. Like Black Girl Magic, Black Male Brilliance was working. Over 30 years ago, an African-American, Peter Westbrook won the bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Games. Since then, he’s been teaching fencing in his native New Jersey, but where he first learned it? In the inner city!
Water Polo: for the females, I have to go with Ashleigh Johnson, who was the black woman out there with the Female Polo Squad winning the gold medal. And just to ask, would African-Americans take an interest in Water Polo Sports?
Boxing: Why wasn’t this name has been mentioned alot like the others? And I’m talking about Claressa Shields out of Flint Michigan. Yeah that one. The one that made history again this year, in the same sport of boxing! She’s not Laila Ali, but she sure did dominate. And won the Gold Medal.
Finally for the squad: US Shooting. Kim Rhode, Virginia Thrasher. Winning gold with Air Rifles and Clay Shootings. Now I need to ask this question: why aren’t many in the African-American community per se, are not in categories like this one? Whats up? I looked at the roster of the USA Shooting and not one person of African Descent is not on that squad. Got to think about that in 2020 when making that trip to Tokyo.
Now many are probably asking well you got the Americans. What’s up with the International folks? Usain Bolt of Jamaica, no surprise. Like 4 years ago he dominated the sprints then and closed out in 2016. Mo Farah of Great Britain: no surprise again. Still owned the gold like London. And to add, Oksana Chusovitina the only woman out of Uzbekistan to compete at age 41. She was competing and winning medals long before either Simone Biles or Gabby Douglas were even thought about. When I though about her, I thought about Dara Torres when she competed in the games at age 41!!!! Remember her?
Now since again the Olympics have been closed, yes there have been those moments. But check this, the Summer Games out of the United States has been an American Summer! I told you so. And the final medal count was followed with the Americans: 46 Gold, 37 Silver, and 38 Bronze. And plus more women competed from the US did in fact complete that notion!
And in addition with the Gold Medals: This year’s Team USA racked up 1,000 golds in it’s team history. Yep. It was an “AMERICAN SUMMER!”