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Op-Ed: Cam’s Comments Spark Discussion on Jokes, Gender and Jobs

Wednesday afternoon, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers made news when he made a comment that has been perceived by many as sexist, when asked about ‘routes’ by a female reporter for the Carolina Panthers.

After asking Newton about the way one of his receivers ran a route, he chuckled and said “Its funny to hear a female talk about routes… its funny”. After a few sarcastic gestures he finally answered the question in a dismissive manner.

It’s not funny, it’s not sarcastic and unfortunately, it’s all too common. With all the strides we’ve made in the Women’s Rights movement, it’s not uncommon to see men – and some women – dismiss a woman doing her job or following her dream.

I reached out to a few mentors, colleagues and fellow sports writers, all from different backgrounds, different walks of life and received what was for the most part a consensus answer of the statement being wrong.

“The only thing missing was him patting her on the head and saying ‘how cute.’” 

I asked El Paso Herald-Post’s Editor in Chief, Chris Babcock about his thoughts on the comments made by Newton.

“He’s not a rookie, he knows there are female reporters, color commentators and even play by play… at the most basic level, he probably thought he was making a joke, but it’s a different world. The only thing missing was him patting her on the head and saying ‘How cute.’” 

There are numerous women in sports media, so the mindset of “women don’t know sports” or “It’s weird to see women around the football field” is an antiquated remark. Women like Josina Anderson, Lisa Salters, Erin Andrews and Pam Oliver have paved the way for Jourdan Rodrique and any woman who wants to make a career in reporting not just the NFL but in any sports.

Is there really a surprise seeing women talk about sports, even football when major companies like ESPN have been giving a platform to women and introduced ESPNW as a way to empower women in sports and try to get passed this old line of thinking.

“It’s a topic because he’s Cam Newton… by him being Cam Newton, he has a bigger eye view on him.”

Perhaps I am biased; I have 10 sisters when you add my adopted and biological families, so maybe I’m not the one to break it down. I asked a two of my friends, both women of color both with two different points of view on the issue at hand.

Nu Erives, a UTEP grad and editor at ESPN gave this perspective.

“Sadly, I’m not surprised. It is something we experience on a daily basis in this industry. Behind or in front of the cameras, women will always be looked at as the ones who don’t know sports.” 

She went on to describe her experience at a different TV Station.

“I used to work at another station. When I got the job I was the ONLY woman in charge of two men. Their first reaction was ‘Do you even know how to grab a camera and edit? Or are you just here because you think you are pretty and that can take you in front of the cameras?’”

Ashton Washington, an up-and-coming and extremely talented writer gave this perspective of it.

“It’s surprising when guys hear females talk/understand football, very mind-blowing because it’s a man’s game. Jourdan just took it offensively because it was Cam Newton. If I was put into that situation I would’ve laughed it off.” 

I asked what about Cam Newton made this particular topic a story?

“It’s a topic because of all the racial division going on in the country now. She’s a Caucasian woman and he’s an African American NFL player. By him being Cam Newton means he has a bigger eye view on him. Her tweet has over 10,000 retweets as of right now.”

The subject of race does have to be brought up on this particular topic. Does it make the news if Tom Brady were to make the comments? Is it a joke? Was the reporter too sensitive about the issue? I shudder to think of the backlash if the current man in the most powerful office in the free world were to make the same comment, how that would fly, but this isn’t the world of “what if”, it is the world of actualities and Cam Newton said those words to that reporter, and dismissed her as if she were nothing to him.

“It was a (terrible) comment for him to make in general.  It is irrelevant as to who’s asking the question.  Then again, he could have been just messing with her, but still, it’s not a smart thing to say, especially in today’s world.” – Brandon Cohn

Perhaps Ms. Washington is right, maybe because of his past transgressions people put a bulls-eye on Cam Newton, watching him like a hawk and critiquing his every move. He has been the center of negative publicity a time or two, but the past shouldn’t be held against him.

The topic of race is complex and it did make me raise an eyebrow, but every other person asked, Latinos, white, male, female, Christian and Jewish had the same answer,  “Even if he were (Insert white QB), this would still be an issue, you don’t say that, not now, not ever.”

“Women don’t know sh*t (about football)! Numbers… how many women play football or truly follow it if they don’t have to report on it”

Women of all colors, religious background, and socio-economic status have always had to “prove” themselves in the work place. Excusing Cam Newton on this particular subject would be wrong because it highlights that even someone as woke as Cam, and as much of a pillar in his community can make a sexist comment.

Perhaps more devastating about it is the hurry to shrug it off or dismiss it. That mindset is disturbing because it allows for the injustice of the divide in pay between women and men to be solidified.

Seeing the type of backlash a reporter got for doing her job by not only men but women is disturbing, some going as far as to say “Women don’t know sh*t (about football)! Numbers… how many women play football or truly follow it if they don’t have to report on it” – a friend who I wish to remain anonymous. 

We have to get past this simple mindset that women cannot do what men can do, especially in the sports world. How can we truly hope and fight for equality when we degrade one another and constantly dismiss each other’s opinion the second we see that it is different or from our own or from someone we wouldn’t think would be interested in our job.

I too have been guilty, I will never pretend that I am a perfect human, but I strive each day to get better. Cam Newton, I’m sure does the same. Wednesday was a bad day and perhaps he just made an ill-timed joke, but there is no place for that, not in yours or my work place, not in the streets, not in the NFL.

We can say “lets take the politics out of sports!” but that’s hard to do when sports are the platform for equality and the beacon of hope for so many, even young girls.

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Author – Mike Tipton (shootoutpodcast@google.com ) is a graduate of Socorro High School and current UTEP student. He spent 3 years in the US Air Force and love to travel. Mike currently works at ESPN as a production assistant for ESPN Radio. He hopes to one day have his own local radio show in El Paso. 

Op-Ed: When Sports, Politics, Race and Protest Collide

The last few days have been some of the most interesting, polarizing, and controversial the country, let alone the sports world has seen in a long time.

President Donald Trump stole the limelight when he was involved in a Twitter war vs. seemingly everyone, even some of his former supporters.

Friday, at their media day, members of the Golden State Warriors made mention of their decision to not visit the White House in what has become a tradition of champions in the United States for decades.

When asked, Steph Curry reiterated his stance on not wanting to visit the White House if invited because of his disagreements with the President over a multitude of issues, most stemming from Trump’s lack of distancing himself from known white supremacist groups that many believe helped his rise to the highest position in the free world.

The fire only grew, as various members of the NBA community were as equally appalled by the incendiary tweets that Trump spewed following Curry’s opinion on the matter. The feelings of anger and angst turned into an inferno as the President even called the NFL players “Sons of Bitches” if they protested along with Colin Keapernick, in an effort to bring an end to police brutality and shine a light on inequality faced throughout the country by people of color.

Sunday NFL Players voiced their opinions by standing arm in arm, kneeling, embracing one another or standing in the tunnel out of view of everyone while the National Anthem played. Alejandro Villanueva, Army Veteran and West Point Graduate, was the lone Pittsburgh Steeler to be seen during the National Anthem.

This show of unity throughout the NFL led former Trump Supporter Rex Ryan to explain why he is no longer and has not been for a while, a Trump supporter.

The NFL player protests, the Warriors decision to skip the White House and the current state of Colin Keapernick’s NFL career all made me to ask some of my most respected friends, former co-workers and members of the media their opinions on the matter.

 “It’s ironic that so many players are kneeling, and the man who started it all is still being blackballed.” One source close to me said. 

The sad truth is that Colin Keapernick is still without a job while a player like Brock Osweiler, who is being paid $15 Million to not play for the Cleveland Browns, but is a backup in Denver, can somehow have a career, is befuddling to some… myself included. Keapernick’s numbers on the football field are not staggering by any means, but they are more than respectable, and better than 10-15 of the current starters in the NFL today.

“As a bi-racial American citizen, I feel the need to join this protest to fight for my rights. If our president sees our athletes as ‘sons of bitches’, what more does this country have to offer?”“(We) both pledged to give our life for that flag, have had fallen brothers caskets with that flag draped on it. Those same brothers gave their lives and would do it again so those disgraceful punks can disrespect it? The flag is NOT the police force.”

The divide has grown wider as the current state of our nation, and the sports world, are put to the test with the President’s comments and those who are fighting for equality, while seemingly offending others. As was put to me in a private conversation. I myself am a veteran of the US Air Force. I love and respect everything that the Flag stands for and I, at time tear up when I hear the anthem played, remembering how grateful I am to be in this country.

I asked a friend, a successful African American man, who is also a veteran.

“…It is both courageous and inspiring. The fact that even in 2017 equality does not exist. What players want is simply, equality. To be able to live their life without being threatened because of the color of their skin… you use the only platform you have, SPORTS!”

Sports have been an outlet for many. We applauded Muhammad Ali when he protested the Vietnam War. We begged for Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to stand up and voice their opinions. Now we have someone standing up for the little guy, shining a light on the subject, and he is shunned. Plenty of people have questions when it comes to the protests.

“I would support the protests, but I don’t know what it is about. Is it about racial inequality? Is it about the President calling the NFL players “SOB’s”? Todays protests weren’t about racial inequality, that’s what needs to be remembered, they were about the words President Trump said about the NFL protesters being fired, regardless of skin color.”

It is in fact the reality. The NFL player protests were not fully about racial inequality and that is where the confusion is. Yes the protests initially started off that way and the underlying tone is there, but that original message was lost Sunday.

“They felt the need to rise up against a racist President that called white supremacists ‘fine people’ but called them ‘sons of bitches… it blew up today because of what he said”

The highest position in the world, the one with the most power, respect and eyes on it has long been that of President of the United States. The President has long been respected, but this time it seems like the man in office is more polarizing than John Cena or Tony Romo. The words of hate or truth, however you see it, have driven a divide in the country, but if you support the president are you a white supremacist? Is the President, in fact, a white supremacist?

“Trump’s daughter married an Orthodox Jew and converted to Orthodox herself. As much as he’s enabled White Supremacists and hasn’t really distanced himself, a true White Supremacist would NEVER allow their daughter to marry someone like that.”

There is some truth in that, but the President has in fact not distanced himself from the shadow of White Supremacy. We can say he is not a Nazi, but is he a racist? Does he truly speak for those who are too scared to speak for themselves when it comes to the issue of race? I think of this as a Smoke and Mirrors tactic of his to distract from the issue that is North Korea.

Is it the fact that he had a long-standing fight with the NFL?

“… He’s had it out for the NFL since the USFL days.”

Ah, the USFL, the ill-fated business venture of one Donald Trump that failed, a common theme of his. Something that made people respect him was his ability to bounce back, build himself back up after a failure, but now the steaks are larger than what they were for Trump back then, it’s the fate of an entire country.

I am like most people, I respect the NFL Players for their protest, but I for one don’t know where the end goal is. How can we stop it? Are we destined to protest forever? What is the goal in mind, every protest needs to have a goal or it falls flat. When I asked 20 different people the answers were eerily similar.

“I don’t think there will ever be a solution.” Said an up and coming Sports Journalist

“That’s the million dollar question.” Was the sentiment of a veteran.

“This will never end, as violence and injustice will always be a part of our society and nation. All we can do is fight for our beliefs and hope that our voices a heard loud and clear.” This was the answer from a well-known and respected sports radio host.

The answer is much more complex than an already volatile situation. What happens next? Where does this saga go from now? But most importantly where does this leave a nation divided?

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Author – Mike Tipton (shootoutpodcast@google.com ) is a graduate of Socorro High School and current UTEP student. He spent 3 years in the US Air Force and love to travel. Mike currently works at ESPN as a production assistant for ESPN Radio. He hopes to one day have his own local radio show in El Paso. 

Video: So This Happened: Sports! with Wil Herren – Episode 2

Host Wil Herren talks to Peter Carrillo – also known as PC –  to talk a little sports. Peter is a DJ and works for KLAQ 95.5 and KROD The Big 600 ESPN here in El Paso, Texas.

We sit down and chat all things sports here locally and nationally. Sit back, watch and enjoy Check out the ShoutOut Podcast for daily updates!

Former Miners Jones, Plinke invited to NFL Combine in Indianapolis

Former Miners Aaron Jones and Hayden Plinke were selected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine onFeb. 28-March 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The last Miner to get invited to the combine was Eric Tomlinson in 2015. The tight end currently is on the New York Jets roster.

The athletes will participate in medical examinations, interviews, test, NFLPA meetings, strength test and on-field workouts. Running backs will take part on on-field workout on March 3, while tight ends will be on the field on March 4.

Eleven athletes from Conference USA schools were selected to participate in the combine. LA Tech led with three invites, followed by UTEP and WKU with two. Jones is the only running back, while Plinke is one of two tight ends invited from the league (Jonnu Smith, FIU).

Jones set multiple school records during his prolific junior season including earning AP All-American third team and All-C-USA first team honors. The El Paso native rushed for a single-season school-record 1,773 yards, while climbing his way to the top of the program’s career-rushing list with 4,114 yards, breaking John Harvey’s 28-year old record.

Jones averaged 7.7 yards on 229 carries and scored 17 rushing touchdowns (third most in program history). Jones added three more receiving scores, while tallying 2,006 all-purpose yards (fourth best single-season performance in school history). Jones capped the 2016 campaign with a career-high 301 yards and a career-best four rushing touchdowns against North Texas. Jones’s 301-yard effort is the second most yards rushed in a single contest in UTEP history.

Jones is currently ranked third in the nation with his 147.8 rushing yards per contest.

Plinke started all 12 contests and earned All-Conference USA first team honors after producing a record-setting season. The senior stomped and raced past defenders on way to eight receiving touchdowns, the most ever by a UTEP tight end during a single season. The tight end led team in receptions (38) and touchdowns grabs and ranked second in receiving yards (456). He registered a career-long 72-yard touchdown during a season-finale victory against North Texas.

The Miners will begin spring training on March 6 at Glory Field.

Sun Bowl Association announces winners from Punt, Pass & Kick competition

The Sun Bowl Association has verified the results and winners for the Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl Punt, Pass & Kick presented by the City of El Paso Parks that was conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The winner in each age division has a chance to participate in the “team competition” that will be held at halftime of the New York Jets versus Dallas Cowboys game on December 19 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

NFL PP&K, the oldest grassroots initiative at the NFL, continues to reach children ages 6-15 and allows them to experience the fun of learning football fundamentals in an engaging and supportive non-contact environment.

The winners are listed below and separated by age group.

Boys

Ages 6/7 – Isaiah Valle (punt: 30-11; pass: 36’; kick: 41’2; Total: 107’6)

Ages 8/9 – Damien Rodriguez (punt: 56’7, pass: 71’2; kick: 66’6; Total: 194’3)

Ages 10/11 – Diego Aguilera (punt: 78’9; pass: 66’10; kick: 100’4; Total: 242’11)

Ages 12/13 – Michael Nowell (punt: 79’8; pass: 122’10; kick: 49’11; Total: 252’5)

Ages 14/15 – Shaun Jones (punt: 38’3; pass: 113’7; kick: 78’5; Total: 230’3)

 

Girls

Ages 6/7 – Victoria Jones (punt: 13’2; pass: 19’; kick: 10’4; Total: 42’6)

Ages 8/9 – Ava Labrado (punt: 42’3; pass: 37’6; kick: 42’; Total: 121’11)

Ages 10/11 – Jewel Vielma (punt: 57’9; pass: 61’10; kick: 42’; Total: 160’5)

Ages 12/13 – Karina Ortega (punt: 104’; pass: 66’2; kick: 82’6; Total: 252’8)

Ages 14/15 – Beth Bauntler (punt: 79’8; pass: 78’; kick: 126’; Total: 283’)

 

COMPLETE RESULTS

Boys 6/7 Punt Pass Kick Total
Emiliaro Murga 8′ 18’6 2′ 28’6
Javier Hernandez 6’8 28′ 11′ 45’8
Alan Rivera 27’8 21’6 7’7 57’1
Carlos Rojas III 0 44’2 27’2 71’4
Gael Soto 18′ 39’3 26’8 83’11
Isaiah Valle 30’11 36′ 41’2 107’6
Boys 8/9
Andres S. Rios 2’9 29’3 11’10 43’10
Nathan C. Barrientos 0 38’7 19’11 58’6
Alan Lara 8’7 23′ 28’2 59’9
Jedrick Alferez 14’7 49’7 0 64’2
Nathan A. Trevino 36’4 13’3 25’5 75’0
Caleb Lendley 39’7 30’8 10’2 80’5
Russel D. Pope 17’9 55’10 13’7 87’2
Adriel Cruz 38’5 35’1 15’5 88’11
Tenron McGrew 16’1 46′ 54’5 116’6
Pablo Chavez 31’5 31’6 55′ 117’11
Noah A. Vitela 15’10 40’9 63’3 119’`0
Nathaniel Delgado 30’4 32’6 61’6 124’4
Donte Reedy 60’10 32’5 41’8 134’11
Bradan Ferrar 61’5 54’8 25’4 141’5
Angelo Vega 42’4 49’11 51’2 143’5
Jayden Nunez 42’10 52’5 52’2 147’5
Daniel Morales 37’10 56’3 64’6 158’7
Aydan Rodriguez 63′ 45’2 55’3 163’5
Antonio Rentana 60′ 53’11 50’6 164’5
Victor Valle 65’8 60′ 65’11 191’7
Damien Rodriguez 56’7 71’2 66’6 194’3
Boys 10/11
DaShaun Ferguson 25′ 57’8 10′ 92’8
Jiovanni Arriola 43’9 49’10 2’9 95’9
Jayden Jimerson 46’10 48’4 21’10 117′
Matthew B. Pope 51′ 68’9 24’5 144’2
Isaiah Ochoa 56′ 43’3 48’1 147’4
Bryan Delgado 70′ 56’4 22’1 148’5
Dominic Ozaeta 48’8 58′ 45’8 152’4
Caleb G. Herrera 44’6 47’6 60’4 152’4
Damian Diaz 53’9 77’8 21’8 152’8
Hugo Rivera 48’10 54’8 51’5 154’11
Xavier Leon 37′ 70’5 52’6 159’11
Gabriel Carlos 55’2 74’2 52’11 182’3
Kevin Martinez 47’1 62’7 74’2 183’10
Isaac Ortega 74’3 66’0 50’4 190’7
Isaiah Coronado 69’8 66’10 56’10 193’4
Carlos Sanchez 78’5 57’4 58’7 194’4
Brayden Goeldner 87’3 47’8 59’7 194’6
Sam Lopez Jr. 63’1 72’9 65’5 201’3
Sebastian Ortega 56’10 79’7 96’9 233’2
Diego Aguilera 78’9 66’10 100’4 242’11
Boys 12/13
Christopher Villalobos 27’4 63’6 31′ 121’10
Marc Johnson 43’5 64′ 47’11 155’4
Luis Favela 42’6 68′ 49’3 159’9
Ruben Martinez 36’5 94’1 51’3 181’9
Rene Almager 64’7 66’6 64’4 195’5
Daniel George Munez 87’1 83’6 47’11 218’6
Adrian Sanchez 53’3 95’3 80’11 226’5
Michael Nowell 79’8 122’10 49’11 252’5
Boys 14/15
Shaun Jones 38’3 113’7 78’5 230’3
Girls 6/7
Aubrey Rodarte 0 12’7 5’3 17’10
Vianney Rodriguez 5′ 4’8 7’11 17’7
Leilani Cabral 10′ 12’6 5′ 27’6
Estrella Reta 0 11’8 17’6 29’2
Brianna Rodriguez 22’1 11’2 4’5 37’8
Victoria Jones 13’2 19′ 10’4 42’6
Girls 8/9
Madelin Ozaeta 7’5 16’3 3’6 27’2
Viviana Murga 0 18’6 16′ 34’6
Damara Guilford 0 41’5 2’8 44’1
Makayla Nonell 17’4 23’11 4’4 45’7
Hanna Delgado 0 22’8 25’6 48’2
Charlyene Mina Rojas 5’5 40’8 8’2 54’3
Kimberly Rodriguez 0 24’9 42’6 67’3
Anais Ferris 0 34′ 40’3 74’3
Alejandra Salazar 19′ 32’7 23’1 74’8
Jimena 19’2 30’1 27’2 76’5
Isabella Rosales 14′ 32’1 35’3 81’4
Kayden Anderson 31’4 26’9 36’2 94’3
Sophia Guitierrez 35’5 36’5 29’10 101’8
Ava Labrado 42’3 37’6 42′ 121’9
Girls 10/11
Ashley White 9’7 18’7 9′ 37’2
Andrea Murga 13’10 36’5 35’2 85’5
Alyssa McBain 30’4 41’6 15’11 86’9
Aries Mendez 0 53’6 35’7 89’1
Alyssa M. Pena 29’4 41’6 29’7 100’5
Victoria Perez 49’5 49’11 36’10 136’2
Aryanna Malfavan 59’4 42’2 57’8 159’2
Jewels Vielma 57’9 61’10 42′ 161’7
Girls 12/13
Madison Spencer 57′ 63′ 20’10 140’10
Kiana Melendrez 34’8 63′ 64’10 162’6
Karina Ortega 104′ 66’2 82’6 252’8
Girls 14/15
Beth Bauntler 79’8 78′ 126′ 283’0

 

ADVANCEMENT

  • All participants must begin competition at the school level or officially sanctioned local community competition.
  • The top finisher in each of the boys’ and girls’ divisions from the five age brackets of each Local Competition will advance to the Sectional Round. The top finisher is the participant who has the highest final score for that round. Contestants who qualify for the Sectionals must compete at the location to which they are assigned. Each school or Local is notified of the location of the Sectional prior to the competition.
  • At the Sectionals, each competitor will begin anew with a score of zero. Only the top four first-place finishers in each age bracket from the boys’ and girls’ divisions from the pool of Sectional Competition champions will advance to the Team Championship. At all levels of competition, only first-place winners will be considered for advancement to the next level.
  • At the Team Championships, each of the 40 competitors begins a new with a score of zero. The top finisher within each age bracket at this level is declared that NFL team’s NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK Team Champion. The top finisher is the participant who has achieved the highest final score for that round.
  • Only the four first-place Team Champions from each of the boys’ and girls’ divisions of all NFL Team Champions are eligible for advancement to the National Finals. Their scores must be in the top four nationally in their respective age groups to qualify.
  • National Finalists are notified at the conclusion of all Team Championships at the end of December.
  • At the National Finals, each competitor begins anew with a score of zero. The top finisher within each age bracket at this level is named the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Champion. The top finisher is the participant who has achieved the highest final score.

 

For questions or concerns on results and advancement call the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department at 915-351-1320.

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