The 2014 TSL Season in Sports was another action-packed, multi-layered experience with athletics once again crossing over into national news and sparking social and political conversations on race, wealth privilege and homosexuality in pro sports. Conversations that are offspring of the emotionally-charged fabric of athletic competition and our country's dependence on it.
Records were broken on the field and revelations were made off of it, as the changing dynamics of a far-reaching sports landscape forced Americans to look into the mirror and evaluate their own morals, beliefs and character.
A volatile racial tea kettle brewing between America's citizens, urban jungles, police force, billion dollar industries and instigative media machines, has relied on the world of sports to be an expression of growing frustration and a tool of medication and mediation.
Here's another TSL piece I wrote that I consider a must-read as we reflect on the most important sports stories that we covered with our bold, culturally unique, eloquent and impassioned flavor.
Derek Jeter deservedly spent his 20th and final MLB season touring ballparks, receiving kudos and accolades for his five World Series c'hips, mind blowing 3,495 hits and the flawless way he represented the sport on and off the field. His presence will truly be missed by fans and foes alike. Jeter was the central figure of a Yankees Dynasty that carried baseball into the new millennium and contributed to the game's unprecedented financial growth. Known as the ultimate winner for the supreme baseball franchise, Jeter's final All-Star game was a carbon copy of his career. "The Captain" got two hits and a web gem in leading the AL to a 5-3 victory over the NL. It was his final gift of humble brilliance to MLB Nation.