Jeff and I are live Saturdays at 2 pm CT on 103.3 FM in Dallas and online at KESN1033.com. Follow along on twitter @craighoffman and @jeffplatt. We'll also be taking calls at 855-787-1033 and you can text the show at 64636. Type "ESPN" and then your message. Here's what we're doing on Feb. 15th:
2:00 - Mavs discussion
The Mavs get LeBron'd, survive a turnover plagued first half to beat Philly and get ready for Detroit
Dirk Nowtiski sits down with Bill Simmons - watch here.
2:15 - Cowboys - Keeping up with the Joneses
The initial installment of "Keeping up with the Joneses," trying to make sense of the senseless statements made by Stephen and Jerry Jones.
Just as senselessly, Jason Garrett tries to explain the Cowboys off-season thus far
2:30 - Richard Durrett live from Surprise
It was a bad, injury plagued week to open Spring Training. We get the latest from ESPN.com's Rangers insider.
2:45 - Best of the Six Pack
The top "other" stories from the week in sports and entertainment.
3:00 - Amin Elhassan/"Things that make you go hmm"
ESPN NBA Insider Amin Elhassan joins us as the "smart basketball guest of the week"
The opposite of smart is dumb. We look at some of the things that made us go "hmm" this week.
3:15 - Johnny Manziel/"Talk To Me"
We discuss Johnny Manziel's day in front of the microphone at the NFL Combine
The most fun we have all day, "Talk to Me" - you call, we answer and that's about it.
3:30 - Mavs at the deadline/"Hoffman’s Guide to college hoops"
The Mavs stand pat at the trade deadline. How close were they? Will they add players as contracts around the league are bought out?
Your weekly look at college hoops, "Hoffman's Guide to College Hoops" has its eyes on Syracuse/Duke, Kansas/Texas and Marcus Smart's return
3:45 - The NFL Combine - Platt Style/"One Last Thing"
If you can bet on something, Jeff knows about it. You can bet on the NFL combine. We'll look at some of the fun you can have.
My final take on a topic we saw this week. This week? How to properly use the NFL combine.
Jeff and I are live Saturdays at 2 pm CT on 103.3 FM in Dallas and online at KESN1033.com. Follow along on twitter @craighoffman and @jeffplatt. We'll also be taking calls at 855-787-1033. Here's what we're doing on Feb. 8th: 2:00 - Mavs: The Week that Was
Every Saturday at 4:50 pm, I share "One Last Thing" on Hoffman and Platt. It's an essay on a topic that caught my eye during the week. This week I chose to close a week of conversation on Richard Sherman. Listen to Hoffman and Platt Saturdays at 2 pm on 103.3 FM ESPN.
This week an older man named Jack called into Friedo and Fitzsimmons on the topic of Richard Sherman. "I didn't like what he did with his crazy hair and his crazy eyes" was the gist of his call. I cringed. The underlying racism eats at me. The crazy hair is Richard Sherman's dreads, a hairstyle worn predominantly by black folks and it has nothing to do with who he is.
However when discussing the call with someone later, I brought up the first thing I thought of when Jack described the crazy eyes. It was Marshall Henderson. The volatile shooting guard from Ole Miss whose eyes are crazy by the description of his own coaches. The response - "Yeah, but Henderson's one of the blackest white guys out there."
Which leads me to a simple question - what the hell does that even mean?
Race means the color of your skin. If we talk about Marshall Henderson or even if we go further down the "black white guy scale" to say, Eminem, we're still not talking about someone who would have had to pee in the "colored" restrooms in the 1940's. Not jarring enough? If this was the 1830's, there's no way Eminem could've been enslaved.
We'll never take the next step of having intelligent discussion on race in this country until we disassociate characteristics from skin color. Someone who speaks well is articulate, not white. Someone who listens to hip hop and maybe even can dance with some soul and rhythm isn't black, they just have some rhythm and soul.
When the Texas job was open, there were people who didn't want Charlie Strong to get it because he is black. Not because of any other reason. No personality trait. Not his skill as a football coach. Because he was black. That kind of racism I don't know what you do with because there's no advanced thinking there to be had. Quit being an ignorant tool. That's about all I got.
But for the other kind. Characteristic racism if you will, it's time to grow up. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.
If you say you didn't like what Richard Sherman did because barking in a camera about your own greatness isn't how you think someone should act - you prefer a winner with grace - then fine. Say that. Don't call him a thug. He's not a thug. He's loud. He's brash. And while some people will still see that through racial glasses, you've made your point without using race and hopefully meant it.
Which leads to the final problem. There's got to be a way for the majority, in this case white people, to say something about a minority, black or otherwise, that is critical without the minority playing the race card. I agree with Sherman that some people were being racist cause I saw the tweets that used the N-word and, like Sherman said, some people used thug in replacement of it. You'd have to be beyond naive to think race was an element for some here.
But there were also people who just didn't like what he did and it had nothing to do with race, which is typical in these kinds of things. The racists are always going to come out, but it's not everyone. If I think a black athlete does something wrong, I shouldn't have to fear being called a racist if I criticize him on nothing to do with race.
It's a group effort. People need to be smarter about what they say. A lot smarter. Quit insinuating racist things and instead say what what you really mean. Then it's up to the "attacked minority" to quit trying to tie them back together. It's a group effort and I'd love it if we could finally start.
Jeff and I are live today at 2 pm CST on 103.3 FM in Dallas and online here. Follow along on twitter @craighoffman and @jeffplatt. We'll also be taking a lot of calls today at 855-787-1033. Here's what we're doing:
2:00 - Mavs: recapping a disappointing roadtrip 2:15 - Josh Brent discussion 2:30 - Trey Wingo, ESPN's NFL Live 2:45 - Best of 6 Pack 3:00 - Let’s Fix The Mavs: Call us with your reasonable Mavericks solutions at 855-787-1033 3:15 - Do the Cowboys have a new playcaller? 3:30 - Josh Brent: your thoughts at 855-787-1033 3:45 - Does the NBA play too many games? Read Henry Abbot's article we'll discuss here. 4:00 - Cowboys: Recapping a week of perplexing comments at the Senior Bowl 4:15 - Talk To Me: You call. We answer. And that's about it. 855-787-1033 4:30 - More Mavs discussion and our NBA Power Rankings. 4:45 - One Last Thing - How to actually advance the racial discussion in America