What’s up, everybody! Sorry I haven’t been blogging lately but I’ve been a bit preoccupied. Work. Family issues with Mom and Dad. But more importantly, my ESPN Radio Show scheduled for Feb. 27, to celebrate Black History Month in a way that, let’s say, only yours truly and a few others would dare.
Tomorrow, inside the ESPN Zone in Times Square in New York City, from 2-to-4 p.m. (EST) the “Stephen A. Smith Show” will air across the national airwaves on ESPN Radio.
The Theme: The Black Athlete. How far have they come? How far do they need to go?
I’ll have my man, Comedian Steve Harvey of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, in attendance. “Primetime” Deion Sanders is flying in to join the panel. NBA Commissioner David Stern says he may call in. James Brown, Host of CBS’ NFL Today and a contributor to HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, is scheduled to call in. My friends, Rob Parker (Detroit News) and Shaun Powell (New York Newsday), will be in attendance – and the subject matter is, virtually, no holds barred.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. The media and credibility of the coverage it provides. The criminalization of the black athlete, real or perceived. The image of NBA and NFL players in comparison to MLB players. The social responsibilities of the black athlete, and why so many seem to run from it any chance they get. The list goes on and on.
Jim Brown was supposed to be in attendance, but came down with the flu and could not hop on a flight from LA to NYC.
Steve Harvey is extremely astute on a plethora of issues facing the sports world, mainly because he’s an avid fan, not just a spectator. Primetime’s presence speaks for itself, particularly as a former NFL player – and future Hall of Famer, in my mind – as well as a former Major League Baseball player. Parker and Powell have both been outstanding journalists for nearly 20 years. James Brown is respected across this nation as one of the preeminent fixtures in all of sports broadcasting. So I’ll gladly label myself as the weak link of this show on this particular day.
When all is said and done, it’s my intent that one important message comes across more than anything else:
Black people come in all shapes and sizes. We think differently than one another more than most folks think, and we’re certainly not shy about expressing as much.
I sincerely believe people will learn that much upon listening to today’s show. At least that much.