Wisconsin: 16 players, 10 honkeys
UConn: 15 players, 4 honkeys
Florida: 15 players, 4 honkeys
Kentucky: 16 players, 5 honkeys
Sports is where it's barely still OK to toe the racially insensitive line with stereotypes about white guys with lines such as, "Surprisingly athletic," "Former walk-on" and "Coach on the floor."
(It's OK - I can write this because some of my best friends are white).
I asked Wisconsin sophomore forward Sam Dekker if his team is athletic. It's a loaded question - no team that reaches the Final Four is comprised of a bunch of unathletic stiffs. Of course they are athletic. But even in 2014 no one looks at a white dude and immediately commends their "raw athleticism."
"See, we don't look the part," Dekker said.
ME: Because you are white?
"Not because of that. We just don't always look cool. We don't have the best shoes on. We don't have the most coordinated looking guys," Dekker said. "It doesn't matter how you look or what you are wearing - if you can play, you can play. If you can ball, you can ball. We have been doing that pretty well this year."
Dekker said in his high school career when he participated in the dunk contests at AAU tournaments, people would comment, "This white boy can jump."
"We do look like a funny team," he said. "Our best player, Frank (Kaminsky) doesn't look like he belongs on a basketball court. We have guys that don't look the part. We have a confident group, and it doesn't really matter how we look."
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