California Chrome's story is one of a small chestnut colt that could and his owners who believed that he and they could, as well.
When a young person can go to school confident and proud of who they are, without the stigma they may face from their peers or from within their own ideals of who they should be, then we can say, 'this is the year it all ends.'
Many believe that Donald Sterling does not have a leg to stand on. I don't share this view for two reasons.
In the NBA, a team needs at least two reliable shot-creators to win in the postseason -- players capable of manufacturing an open look for themselves or for a teammate at will. For LA, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are those primary playmakers.
Fifty years ago this summer, Congress adopted the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the first anti-discrimination law with any teeth since the end of Reconstruction. By many accounts, the Sterlings have repeatedly violated these American principles.
This is an opportunity for the NBA to do more than silence one racist owner. It's time to change the ownership paradigm.
Now that Shelly Sterling -- Donald's "estranged" wife -- is demanding that she retain ownership of the Clippers, she is certain to become the second most hated sports figure of recent past.
The appropriate course of action is for Sterling and the NBA to reach a settlement whereby Sterling agrees to put the team in the hands of a to-be-formed public trust. And, yes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar should be in charge.
There he was, slumped in his primetime hot seat, clinging to an ill-conceived game plan somebody must have given him. His so-called apology landed with all the finesse of a brick clanging off a backboard.
In one corner, the NBA, still reeling from the abhorrent, ugly comments from one of its owners -- a controversy of the highest order. In another corner, the National Football League, and the draft of its first openly gay player.
Is a year-long suspension a precedent that everyone should expect when an NCAA athlete is caught using marijuana? If that is the case, expect to see more college basketball players leave for the NBA draft as soon as possible.
If the Clippers win the championship, as the franchise is handed the Larry O'Brien trophy, it signifies that consumerism has triumphed over morality. It makes it clear that we all just want to celebrate, even if the host we are celebrating with despises us.
The name of Washington, D.C.'s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. But more importantly, Native American people feel it. How important is that to the rest of us? That is the moral question for all of us: Are we going to show respect for our nation's original citizens?
Well, who would'a thunk? No one anticipated that he'd enlist his wife Shelly to essentially take the role of Lurleen Wallace in order to keep the team in the family.
I feel fortunate to be able to relate to Kevin Durant's affection for his mom, and I'm sad that there are many people in the world for whom that type of relationship is a foreign concept.
The Bible tells us to "run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1)," and this is harder than it sounds. Just ask the Washington Wizards of the NBA.