Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated.
A raised fist never said so much quite like Tommie Smith’s. Could be because you’ve triumphed at the highest peak of your profession or because you are tired of how things are around you presently. Smith’s most iconic photo is the one most of you remember him for, as the 200-meter champion and bronze medal winner John Carlos defiantly raised their fists in a black power salute to say to the world that things weren’t good at home in the USA.
Smith and Carlos would’ve never been able to make such a statement if they didn’t perform on the track 44 years ago, and this photo is pretty damn important too. Enjoy your pertinent reading material for Thursday and make your statement loud and proud.
The Basketball Jones: NBA players on who’d be best at various Olympic sports
Player’s Perspective: Honesty Hour & Hurt Feelings w/Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Carter & Carmelo Anthony
Pro Basketball Talk: Andray Blatche: “I apologize for the effort I gave out there”
Ego Trip Land: WATCH: “The Wire” (Lego Version).
The Classical: What We Talk About When We Talk About Clint Dempsey
Los That Sports Blog: Video: Angelo Sharpless pulls off the dunk of the year
The Well Versed: The NBA And The Super Team Myth
Yahoo! Sports: Time for colleges to regain control of athletics
Eddie Maisonet is the founder and editor emeritus of The Sports Fan Journal. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for ESPN.com. He is an unabashed Russell Westbrook and Barry Switzer apologist, owns over 100 fitteds and snapbacks, and lives by Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “I am the straw that stirs the drink.”