Calvert County Times October 05, 2017 - Page 19

Thursday, October 5, 2017 Sports The Calvert County Times 19 Idiot Writer, Wise Coach A series of events can be an accurate predictor of future events or some larger societal shift; they can also be mis- leading samples that disguise an undercurrent of surfac- ing truth. In this case, the latter is true. Over the summer, a piece appeared in this column ti- tled, “The Declining Consequence of Sports.” In it, the confused writer/psychic – me – mulled the post-election environment and expressed displeasure in the sports world’s lack of organized resistance against a wave of top- down behavior that seemed committed to eviscerating all vestiges of human decency. That was August. It’s not August anymore. This idiot got it wrong, thankfully - totally and unde- niably wrong. Since President Trump’s inflammatory “SOB” comment at a recent rally, sporting events are teeming with thought-provoking acts and athletes’ social media accounts are firing off political protests. Whatever you think of the recent response, the con- sequence of sports in our society has been dramatically reasserted. Sports, as frequently has in the last century, is again serving as a catalyst f "FRF67W76( 2GFW rV6f'F&RbƖ&W'FW2V6FFǒWFVFV@FW&62'WBBWVǒVVB'*W&62vRFV&FrFw2ƖRFV&FW7G2&VV&W F2f7CFR7F2'FR7'G2v&B&R&FVBFP&66FB7FW7G2WfW'FW&6VB&BW VR2&V7FF6W&W2bF7GW&&rWfVG2F26VG'BFRw&vr7BVV7F7&F@2&VVFVBB&WGFVB'6FFFRBr&W6ЦFVBG'V( 2&VBFf6fVW72vVR&R662ЧFVFǒF7&W7V7FVB'V&WVFBVFW"B'&Vǐ&VfW'&VBF24"f"W&W76rW"FVvG2W &fW76Ff&fF&fVB'&V6pg&2&fW76Ff&FR&W6FV7BvV@&RFV6FVFǒVW&6F6vW"76fR6V6RƗF72&FW7BBGvVWG26FR7BbW2&RVWFǐ'&fVB'FRG&V7F'bFR&6#F26R6( B&PFVBVFfV&W"##vFFR6f&vG0fVVBBfWFv"CFSW2V'2&V@W2F22ƖVǒFR7BFfFVBVFVB7FFW27@W&62fRWW&V6VBB2G&V&ƖrGFW ^( 2ƗF6W'7V626rvCvW&RFvRvg&W&S7G'VvvƖrvFF6RVW7F2BrFF7FFVF6W&VB7F&RBFW7BW'6WfV’FVvB6VvB&R6V6FW'fWrvFrЧFR6F7W'266w&Vvrf6Bv2FB6RFfB7vW'2F7V66WVW7F2'W@FW6R&R7G&vRFW2f66&Rf66FrЧFW'fWrvV&W&ǒ7FVB6vV&W'FW"v&V@FR&&r&6WF&67&BB6VBf"2W'7V7FfPF2FRvW&RƗF72B7'G2&RFW'GvVB@&FVBVwFFR7BwVR'W'7FrvFv6Ff66vVFvVBFW6RFff7VBFW2FR&2Ц6FR6W6FRfV"vW&rB&6R&FrPFVBFR6W&6RbFRFf6BVFVBrf"FP&"bFV6V72&VVvW&VBBFVf6ffW&VBF2&rW'7V7FfR6F7F( vR66FVRF&V6RW"VG2fbFPv( f"vR6FV6FRFR7FGWF2bW"6VG'&R&R'FBFBVR&R&R'FBF@FRFV6VBW&6FBvRFVvBvRBBv@2&R'FBBvWBFvF'W6W72BFRw&70&G2WfVBFvBvRfRF*F( ФB2v'FvF6G2VF&WGGG3WGR&RbУGd46ctҒf6"f&6RfWFW&ffRFP$6BF&VRFR$66bFRV"0rƖfRv7W&W"R6GW&VBW7FǒvW&RvR&PBFR6VvRvRf6R2fVrW&62BV&Vw2FB2F&6R&fRFR6F6FVfV6fR&WFЧ&2B6֗BF67G'V7FfRFwVRVFW'7FFrƗ7FVrBFW&7FrvF66rFV6V7F20rFRFV&FvVG2BFR&V'VB&Vv2F20rvRfBW"fFrrvR&VF66fW"W"6&V@W&6fVW2BrvR&VvF&R7FF6F2&V6ЦW76ǒBFVFǒg&VBW72V&V6VFVFV@vVFvR2&VrG&fV&WGvVVW2g&FRFFvN( 0FRF7F'BW6r&6V6g&FR&GFWF2f"FR6&G666VB6VG2F&DwW$v6