Dr. King Lives On In Sports (Satire)
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Secondly, this is a satire. This is not, nor is it meant to be, disrespectful in any way of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech that he gave on August 28, 1963. Instead, it is a memoriam of his efforts in relation of the world around us and our efforts at the B/R.
Lastly, this is only a commentary on the world of sports. It is not to have a direct impact in changing it.
All changes and additions will be parenthesized in <..>.
I have a dream...that one day this nation will rise up and <realize the true meaning of equality: We take advantage of these truths and are self-righteous in thinking that all men and women are created equal.> <Regardless of your race, when you mention golf, you instantly think "Tiger", football could be "T.O.", "Anquan Boldin," "Jerry Rice", or "Donovan McNabb", basketball is obviously "M.J.", "Shaq", or "Kobe." These men are far from equal in their respective sports, yet at the time of this speech, they would not be today, if not for you...>
I have a dream...that one day on the red hills of Georgia <that the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets> will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood <after one kicks the crap out of the other.> (Seriously, can't we all just get along?)
I have a dream...that one day even the state of <Ole> Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of <inability to got to the National Championship Game>, sweltering with the heat of <SEC opposition>, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom <to smack around the Gators> and justice <of obtaining 2009 WRs Pat Patterson and Marlon Brown from them.>
I have a dream...that <the black coaches will one day work in a league> where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the <way they incorporate the spirit of the game, the absorption of camaraderie, and the amount of care they use on their players>. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its <thundering fans>, one day right down in Alabama, <The Herd> will be able to join hands with <Auburn fans> as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day <Death> <V>alley shall be <filled to capacity>, and every <team that enters> shall <not> be made <a reference of road kill>, the rough <smack talk of the players> will be made plain, and the crooked <wise-cracking commentators> will be made <to talk> straight <instead of going with the odds>, and the glory <plays> of the <coaches> shall be revealed and all <the fans> shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to <Florida State> with. With this faith we will be able to <stomp> out <the racists of the nation and avoid the haters>. With this faith we will be able to transform the <weaker opinions> of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to <play> together, to pray <at games> together, to struggle <through that dadgum it BCS> together, to <avoid go<ing> to jail together <Tyson...Vick...PacMan...>, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free <of the BCS and the racists> one day. And this will be the day, this will be the day when all of <the world's> children will be able to sing <at all American games>, "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!" And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. < I didn't have to change ANY of that, you see...>
And so let freedom ring -- from the prodigious <hockey rinks> of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring -- from the mighty <Knicks> of New York.
Let freedom ring -- from the heightening <playoff games> of Pennsylvania (NFL teams...Eagles and Steelers).
Let freedom ring -- from the <Buffalo and Rockies fans> of Colorado.
Let freedom ring -- from the curvaceous <cheerleaders> of <the University of Southern> California. <and every OTHER college…in the words of Johnny Bravo, “Whoa, MOMMA!!!>
But not only that.
Let freedom ring -- from the <point guards of Davidson.>
Let freedom ring -- from the <Longhorns of Texas.>
Let freedom ring -- from every <perfect season of the Utah Utes, stolen from> every <BCS winner>, let freedom ring!
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every <university> and every <professional sports organization>, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of <the worlds's athletes>, <all sexes, all races, all countries> will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the <pre-game selection>,
O! say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming.
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
<love that version from Jordin Sparks in the NFC Championship game...heck I love Jordin too...mmmhmm!!!
Finally, the last part of the speech, the mostly quoted, the crescendoed climactic finale...
"Free at last, free at last.
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last." - MLKjr
No, THANK YOU, Martin. Thank you for giving us the ability to love one another regardless, thank you for the faith we would overcome the race and sex card and not judge on the cover, but the words and ideas beneath, and thank you for the speech I changed to fit into the sports world, but the meaning remained the same to me...
Thank you, Dr. King, for allowing my sports figures I look up to be a different race than myself, and for my appreciation of your words to help me live in serenity without the constant negativity of some of my race's bigotry still today.
I thank you, my brother, for existing and for your overwatch every day. You are missed...
Original speech can be found at http://www.freemaninstitute.com/Dream.htm
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