Saturday, May 02, 2009

Washington Capitals


No, I don't Rock the Red. I could give a damn about Ovechkin. But Donald Brashear, one the few black men playing in the NHL, is both allegory and metaphor for so many, many more compelling & interesting things. Mike Wise surveyed the troubled territory that is Brashear in the Washington Post. Read, and discuss. Ironic that this most complex player has been suspended for 6 games, for doing the thing he hates the most, fighting. He's no thug. He has the skills, the hands, the eye. There's never been debate on that trust. But ownership in all the teams of his career love him in this other role, and ironically-- there he draws upon a deep well of wrath.

I'm happy that fans in the Nation's Capital have found a hook, a rally point. There doesn't seem to be an argosy of such things for suburban white folks in this region as of late. But amid all the red and beer and soujourns on the Metro to the games, flooding the town with cheery pale faces other than the less rube-ish gentrifiers, I don't hear much talk about the deepth of this troubled yet celebrated man,. This black man with a stick, scouring the ice at his feet...


8 comments:

craig said...

Kudos to Wise for the piece, and you for highlighting it.

Robert M said...

I read this and had my son read it as well. It is a fascinating story.

Anonymous said...

This should be on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. The average white hockey fan (or in other words the average hockey fan) could not care less about these stories.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

This story broke my heart. So sad.

Anonymous said...

The "suburban" white fans and beer drinking white boys in red jerseys could care less. Just ask them.

J.D said...

I'm that you written this because I'm also an hockey fan depsite my favorite(Rangers) didn't make it.

also,When is Gangsterland coming out.

Ochyming said...

Beautiful!

When people dive inside themselves, miracle happens!

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