1. Arch madness, SEC edition
MUTIGERS.COM: St. Louis Selected To Host 2018 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
Post-Dispatch: SEC tourney to be in St. Louis in 2018; MU-Arkansas football game set for day after Thanksgiving
The Trib (Courtside View): SEC Tournament coming to St. Louis in 2018
KC Star: SEC men’s basketball tournament will be played in St. Louis in 2018
Not totally sure I buy it, but I'm all for it
Mizzou ties could boost Anderson's recruiting efforts : Sports
2. Thanksgiving hog
MUTIGERS.COM: Arkansas Game Slated for Thanksgiving Friday on CBS
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Arkansas-Missouri moves to day after Thanksgiving, will air on CBS
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou-Arkansas moved to Black Friday
KC Star: Missouri-Arkansas football game moved to Friday after Thanksgiving, will be shown on CBS
Because it was my bedtime, of course, I turned this off after 20 minutes and DVR'd the rest. Did I miss anything in the middle 50 minutes, or should I just skip to the last 20?
5. This series has been sooooooo good
Here are two passages from this piece that I really enjoyed and that can, in one form another, be drawn into discussions about sports or any other piece of culture/art.
The famous black academic Charles S. Johnson, who was instrumental in the Harlem Renaissance, published a magazine for black Americans called Opportunity; its title sent a different message than W.E.B. DuBois's Crisis, but they were two sides of the same coin. Johnson thought (knew?) that the arts were important because black Americans were denied equal treatment in many other respects. The arts, he figured, could be a site of resistance.
Resistance here doesn't mean revolution. It doesn't mean storming the barricades. Resistance means using art for the things that it does best, which is to create human portraits and communicate ideas and forge a climate where people of different races or classes are known to you because they make themselves known. In the simplest terms, art humanizes. It opens the circuit of empathy. And once that process happens, it's that much harder to think of people as part of a policy or a statistic. Art reverses the alienation that can creep into society.
These may seem like uncontroversial ideas — that art should, at some level, be about humanity, and that culture should, in some way, be a tool for fighting adversity. But any support for those ideas have to have better practices attached to them than the ones that have taken over hip-hop. People pick up on the ideas that pop culture puts down, so if one of those ideas is that only so-called winners get a platform, which they then use to talk more about their winning, that will seep into the groundwater. Contemporary hip-hop worries too much about the bottom line, which is lower than it's ever been. If you dive for it, you may find yourself stuck down there. And being stuck down there means mean fewer options for future artists, more investment in stereotypical portraits of hip-hop acts (some encouraged by the acts themselves), and less empathy all around.
Loved this series.