And just like that, February is over. So are the Winter Olympics. The NHL just had it’s trade deadline end, and the NBA is in that weird, post-All-Star but still too early for Postseason mode. Baseball is in early stages of Spring Training, and even though the Super Bowl was roughly yesterday, the Combine starts this weekend. That’s all to say, the coming month of March is a weird time in the sporting calendar, where relatively little happens in professional sports before the explosion of awesomeness that is April. What March does have going for it is this little thing called March Madness, but I’m not sure how hyped we’re allowed to get for that with all the turmoil surrounding the NCAA right now. This is a very long-winded way of saying, I’m a little devoid of Hot Takes this week, because not a lot has happened that requires them. In Sports at least.
Tragedies and Tributes
Maybe my favorite story of the week is Dwayne Wade putting on a vintage performance that included a game-winning bucket against the 76ers Tuesday night. It’s not just that we got some classic D-Wade action in a truly fire jersey, but it’s more that Wade dedicated his game to Joaquin Oliver, one of the 17 victims in the shooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Wade found out that Oliver was a huge fan of his and was being buried in his Wade jersey, so #3 put Oliver’s name on his shoes and played for him and his family.
Likewise, in MLB early exhibition games, every single team wore hats with the Stoneman Douglas logo on them.
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) February 21, 2018
I’ll be honest, these are the only sports stories I’ve really paid attention to this week. This tragedy has once again sparked a song and dance routine that we’ve heard too many times in the country. And as we look to sports for entertainment it’s refreshing to see current and former athletes wade into the conversation themselves, showing the world they will not and should not just “Shut up and dribble.”
That’s going to be it for this week. I wish it could be as light-hearted as usual here at #humptakes, I truly do. And hope to get back to that next week. In the meantime, I urge you to find your own way into this conversation. It’s a very difficult one, but it’s one that needs to happen. And it needs to happen with urgency, but more importantly, it needs to happen with civility. Thanks for reading.
Oh, and Wakanda Forever.