Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. + Sports and Social Change

This information has been re-posted in its entirety again this year. I believe that the contents will (or should) always be relevant, as you will now see:


Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for the inclusion of people who he believed were left out of society.

As a Christian minister he chose to follow the path of non-violent social protest to accomplish his goals. He surrendered his life for his beliefs and in return helped to create better lives for an infinitely untold number of people.

He worked in the arena of social change.

Another method to change society is called politics, which is an attempt to legislate life. That approach is needed sometimes when wrongs need to be righted, but is laden with understandable constraints.


Sports has developed into one of the greatest vehicles for achieving social change in modern society, because progress is 'pushed' through a different dynamic.

Fans root for everyone on their 'team' to succeed. That inclusive mentality creates an ever-evolving awareness that all people have unique talents and abilities.

There is no doubt in my mind that sports has leveled the social playing field for many young athletes. It has and will continue to bring people together to root for common causes.

Like any part of life, sports isn't perfect. But, in the end it will continue to promote the equality of all people.

Some GREAT WEBSITES from some fine digital friends that I know you will enjoy:

The Sports Critic by Raymond Bureau

Positive Calm by Solvita Bennet

Meltzer's Musings via Bill Meltzer at 

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Quick Reads and Other Stuff on 

These stories were specifically written for people who like to read, but don't have much time to do actually do so. Humor, horror, mystery, adventure, travel, sports and a few selected stories are all wrapped inside this mini-tome. 

Some readers like to write reviews of the book on the Amazon site as well. All comments are welcomed. Well, the good ones are, lol, but you know what I mean. 
Thank you for reading any of my Yahoo interview features that might interest you:

The Always Fashionable Biana DeMarco

Broadcast Journalist Erin Como Reveals Her Model for Success
Recent headline: Inside Access with the Philadelphia Flyers

It was another positive visit to training camp yesterday. The Flyers' organization has always treated me with respect and decency. It is rightfully recognized as one of the best in the city and in all of sports.

The assembled roster for this 2013 half-year is good. Time will tell if this team can have in-season player development among the "youngsters", withstand injuries and also beat better competition during the first 48 and expected subsequent spring session.

Game day, today against the Pittsburgh Penguins, looks to be a nice iced treat.

The members of the Philadelphia media are only seen through their words and media appearances. Behind the scenes, they are a solid collective group of hard-working, talented people. Much as in any profession, their efforts generally go unnoticed (or are not fully appreciated) by the general public.

Working in the media - be it on a FT, PT, or freelance basis, is not an easy endeavor. Travel, long hours, pressured deadlines, etc. are all accomplished by those people who can meet the challenge.
This article consistently ranks among the most popular of the 1,400+ features that I've been fortunate to have published since February, 2011...

Classic headline: Those great hockey cards

Nothing topped the meaning that these hockey cards still hold. Here is the special feature that still ranks among the most-read articles that I've written since 2011:
Topps Hockey Card Mystery is Revealed.
Baseball cards

Bygone days spent with elementary school days and family members opening packs of Topps cardboard gold never truly fade away.

Here is my special feature that highlights many of our childhood memories: 
When Baseball Cards were King.
Classic Headline: Three Flyers' Legends

Each of these Flyers' legends (Brian Propp, Dave Poulin and Tim Kerr) deserved their own feature article:

Here is a link to the story about Propp: 
Classic Headline Topic: Bernie Parent interview

Based upon strong response, I'm re-posting the links to my series about interviewing Bernie Parent. 

Here is a link to Part 1 in my series about that interview: 
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Meeting a Legend  

Here is a link to Part 2 in my series about that interview: 
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Pregame Preparations

Here is a link to Part 3 in my series about that interview:
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Postgame Reflections

Classic Headline Topic: MMA Phenomena

I encourage fans of any sport to attend one of these events when you can. The excitement of the crowd and the efforts of the fighters will likely win you over to this superb athletic adventure.

Here is my most recent feature article about a live XFE Cage Wars event that I attended.

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