Sorry, man. The sports world is changing and there’s nothing you can do about it

Karl Buscheck
July 21, 2020 - 8:26 pm
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Last week, when The Washington Post produced an important and all-too-rare piece of actual journalism in the age of Twitter — a report that 15 women were accusing former Washington football club employees of sexual harassment — it was, perhaps, possible to miss the fact that this was not a Daniel Snyder-centric conversation.

It was much larger than that.

This was the latest salvo in a dialogue, a dialogue burgeoning across the sports landscape, a landscape that is shifting, tectonically. 

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Sports, as Dan LeBatard has been known to say, is the funhouse mirror of society. Nowhere is that distortion more clear than in the different way men and women are treated in this particular realm.

When I was a kid, Renel Brooks-Moon was not a woman or a black woman, but rather a disembodied voice of god. 

The soundtrack of the Giants. 

I didn’t realize that she was a trailblazer, a would-be legend. I didn’t realize she was the exception to the rule, an outlier in the world of public address announcers. I just knew she was a powerful, a memorable, an unforgettable voice.

And now we fast forward to the present. 

Brooks-Moon is still the voice of the Giants. But oh how different, suddenly, the landscape looks. 

Baseball, the ultimate old boys’ club, finally, has its first on-field female coach. Alyssa Nakken.

Alyssa Nakken coaching first for the Giants -- pic.twitter.com/yl8qtT6ct4

— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 21, 2020

Brooks-Moon, appearing on 95.7 The Game, is the ideal voice to speak on Nakken.

“She’s so deserving to break this barrier,” Brooks-Moon said. “She’s so gifted and so talented and so smart. And just a student of the game.”
Hours before Nakken took the field, Gabe Kapler and a crew of his Giants had knelt for the national anthem, a display that would prompt a tweet from the president.

pic.twitter.com/BuZ3dcNEPn

— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) July 21, 2020

And yep, that's Steve Kerr responding, impeccably, with a GIF.

Nothing to see here. Just the latest round of Kerr v. Trump, an eight-time NBA champion, who is beyond reproach, trolling the president.

It was a tough night for the Trumps, the Aubrey Huffs of 2020.

Alyssa Nakken has more balls than some @SFGiants players. #Merica pic.twitter.com/VDUzN5mCUz

— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) July 21, 2020

Sorry, man. The world, and, more specifically, the sports world, is changing and there’s nothing you can do about it.