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Wisconsin basketball proving racial stereotypes are thriving

Sports_mensbball3_AF-336x441ARLINGTON, Texas - In the crucial Final Four category of "Team with the Most White Dudes", Wisconsin is the runaway winner.

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: Why?

52ec71c33ff1a.preview-620"We have a lot of white guys. Aesthetically, we are not as pretty as other teams," he said. "We relish that. We like that. A lot of teams do doubt us." 

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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And even if we win, if we win, HAH! Even if we win! Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to ten just wouldn't matter because all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they've got all the money! It just doesn't matter, it just doesn't matter, etc...

Dub Kennedy

Attention Wisconsin basketball fans. Attention!

Come to Fort Worth after the game to celebrate or commiserate.

Just drive west from JerryWorld until you smell it and then north until you step in it. You're welcome!


Always remember as a kid that Archie Bunker was crucified for using the 'n' innuendo but it was ok for Sherman Hensley to say "honkey"




We have Larry Brown at SMU who wanted a college job so he didn't have to pay for his 19 and 16 year olds college education. He is Jewish coaching at a Methodist College. He has put two programs on probation. He will not recruit white players. He will have SMU under investigated and in trouble with the APR rate. Give me Bo Ryan and his program anytime.

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