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Reality, loss, comeback: Sports' place in America's past awful year. New column; plus Why Heat should part ways with Meyers Leonard over slur, Greg Cote Show podcast with Ricky Williams, Beckham's resolve amid Inter Miami tumult & more

GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND

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Coteshow RickGREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: NEW EPISODE WITH RICKY WILLIAMS OUT NOW!: On the heel of last week's 1st Anniversary episode, our new 10th podcast of 2021 and 52nd overall is out now it features former NFL and Dolphins star Ricky Williams! A new pod drops every Monday morning on Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Megaphone, iHeart -- wherever you pod, and of course at MiamiHerald.com. You can find all 52 we've done so far HERE for free. In our new Ep10 of '21, we catch the enigmatic, mercurial Ricky in a good mood in a illuminating conversation that touches on football, astrology, cannabis, Le Batard and more. Also on the menu: Cap'n Crunch, LeBron vs. Zlatan, knees to the head in UFC, the new Mount Gregmore (Chris hates it as usual) and more. Ricky Williams was great so don't miss this new episode! Thanks as always, pod family, for the support. Please listen, subscribe, rate and review! (Also, our pod now simulcasts on Sirius XM, Mondays 5-6 p.m. ET on Channel 145).

Pan1 REALITY, LOSS, COMEBACK: HOW SPORTS HAS BEEN GUIDING LIGHT IN AMERICA'S AWFUL PAST YEAR: It got real for a lot of us when the basketballs stopped bouncing and the sneakers stopped squeaking. When arenas were full of cheering fans one night and empty and dark the next. It was one year ago. That is when everything changed, when that strange new word, “coronavirus,” entered our lives, the invisible deadly plague not knocking but kicking in our doors, and sports had little choice but to surrender. The role of sports in helping America get through this tragic past year is remarkable, and not spoken of enough, because it is our collective national pasttime — us, loving our teams and games — that led us by the hand. Sports first told us how serious this was. Then made us miss so dearly what was a very part of our fabric. Now sports is out front in the careful, gradual progress toward normalcy again. The past year has been devastating for our pro leagues and colleges in terms of revenue, but what our teams and games mean in our lives and hearts nourishes the future of sports. Being forced to miss them, to miss part of the taken-for-granted rhythm of our lives, has defined and steeled the depth of our love. For our full latest column, visit Reality, Loss, Comeback: How Sports Has Been Guiding Light In America's Awful Past Year.

MleonardIT ISN'T 'CANCEL CULTURE', IT'S RIGHT: HEAT SHOULD PART WAYS WITH LEONARD OVER ANTI-SEMITIC SLUR: Life had been so good lately for Miami Heat player Meyers Leonard. One month ago to the day he and wife Elle closed on a $7.8 million, near-7,000-square foot mansion in Miami’s tony eastside community of Bay Point. They were excited about the protein-bar business they’d started. They celebrated Valentine’s Day, and later in February, Meyers’ 29th birthday. Leonard has been sidelined all but three games with a season-ending shoulder injury, but, hey, if the worst thing in your life is that somebody is paying you very well to not work, well, life is good. It all ended for him this week in the dumbest of ways. The end of his time with the Heat, surely — and of his NBA career, perhaps? — was broadcast on a livestream on Twitch. Heard by many, now known by most thanks to the metastasizing power of social media. (I might suggest a basketball player out injured all season but livestreaming himself playing video games is a loser on optics alone. But Leonard had a far bigger problem at hand...) He was playing “Call of Duty: Warzone,” and when angered by his opponents’ actions, Leonard was heard saying: “F---ing cowards, don’t f---ing snipe me, you f---ing k--- b----.” That second-to-last K word that rhymes with bike is a well-known and strongly condemned slur against Jewish people, who hear it with the hurt and hate and anger a Black man might hear the N-word. It was Tuesday when Leonard’s world blew up. The Heat (with a substantial Jewish fan base, and owned by Micky Arison, born in Tel Aviv, Israel) immediately suspended Leonard indefinitely, saying it vehemently condemns the use of any form of hate speech, and adding, “To hear it from a Miami Heat player is especially disappointing and hurtful.” But have we seen an overreaction or an appropriate one? The answer is clear. For our full recent column, visit Heat Should Parts Ways With Meyers Leonard Over Anti-Semitic Slur.

DavidbDAVID BECKHAM'S RESOLVE TESTED BY TUMULT AS INTER MIAMI SOCCER TEAM NEARS 2ND MLS SEASON: If Inter Milan vs. Inter Miami sounds like a legal proceeding more than a game between two teams, it’s because it is. It’s no game when trademark lawyers are involved in a costly international dispute with potentially far-reaching implications. This competition is happening not on a field, but in a court; i.e., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Who owns “Inter” as a stand-alone description? It seems such a silly dispute over a rather strange word. When are those two syllables ever uttered in conversation except in reference to the established Italian club or the newer one in Major League Soccer. What does “inter” even mean? For fun, I googled the definition. Here is what comes up first: Verb. To place a corpse in a grave or tomb, typically with funeral rites. “He was interred with the military rites due to him.” Inter is more commonly seen as a prefix meaning between or among. As in interactive or intermediate. In any case, David Beckham’s Miami team having to fight for its very name is such a perfect example of the snakebit, nearly cursed manner in which this franchise taxied and took off. Inter Miami is in training camp now preparing for its second MLS season. Preseason games begin March 20 and the regular season April 17. Nothing has been easy getting to this point. Almost everything has gone wrong. For our full recent column, visit Beckham's Resolve Tested By Tumult As Inter Miami Nears 2nd MLS Season.
 

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