Nebraska vs. Rutgers Game Thread
Date: Saturday, February 10th
Time: 3:00pm CST
Location: Lincoln, NE
Odds: Nebraska (-9.5)
I have never been a fan of mixing politics in sports.
For almost a decade I worked in politics and government. I dealt with its intricacies on a daily basis. While I enjoyed my job and received a lot out of it, I also needed my time away. Sports were one of those outlets.
Times are changing.
The players that are involved are more in tune with what is going on in the nation. Not that they were not back in the day, but with the advent of the internet and now social media it is hard not to see what is going on and have feelings about it.
The Husker basketball program came out strong against something and someone that they felt threatened their existence. I can not imagine being in their shoes and going to school with someone that is violently against who they are. Especially considering how close this situation is to them.
You can agree or disagree with their stand. We live in a country that allows those freedoms to all of us. The government protects that. However, if you push your beliefs far enough to the point where you are threatening someone then don’t be surprised when they push back. These basketball players should not be exempt from this.
Tim Miles and his staff stand behind their decision. I do not personally know Tim but he seems like the type that genuinely believes in the stand his players are taking. He is not just doing this to appease his players and keep the peace.
I have quickly come to terms with where politics should and should not go in society. These players stood strong as a mature and cohesive unit. We should be proud of them. They stood up for not only what they believe in but also their dignity and safety. They are a collective unit and they will not be threatened and pushed around.
Also, beat Rutgers.