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1  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Alabama honors Albany State President Art Dunning, who helped break color barrie on: Today at 02:06:53 AM
University of Alabama honors Albany State President Art Dunning, who helped break color barrier on football team

Art Dunning and four other walk-ons became the first black players for the Crimson Tide in spring 1967

ALBANY — In the early spring of 1967, segregation at the University of Alabama was slowly dying, inch-by-inch. Black students were scattered throughout the university, yet the Crimson Tide football team remained completely white.

That was about to change.

Four years after then-Gov. George Wallace’s infamous stand in the schoolhouse door, five black football players made history by walking onto the team during Alabama’s spring practice.

The five — Art Dunning, Dock Rone, Melvin Leverette, Jerome Tucker and Andrew Pernell — were making a statement.

“Four of us made the decision collectively to walk on and one, Dock Rone, did it individually. He’d already had a conversation with Coach (Bear) Bryant,” said Dunning, now the interim president at Albany State University. “We thought if Dock was going out, let’s go out with him. It’s time for transition.”

Alabama had never had an African-American football player. Now it had five.

“1967 was a time of pulsating social change in Alabama,” the soft-spoken Dunning said. “The Cold War was raging and there was a hot war in Vietnam and that war divided the country. At the same time Alabama was undergoing the most extraordinary social change in its history. We were in the center of defining that social change and Alabama was the epicenter of southern football.

“Some of us wanted to play football, others wanted to make a statement, and I think we did both.”

None of the five made the roster, but they redefined Alabama football. Three years later, Wilbur Jackson became the first African-American to sign a football scholarship and, in 1971, junior college transfer John Mitchell became the first to don a Crimson jersey in a regular season game.

The experience of 1967 also defined Dunning, who went on to receive three degrees from the university.

“Two of the most physically challenging things I have ever done in my life were (Air Force) basic training and Alabama spring football,” Dunning said. “I was always aware of what I wanted to do academically and that’s what I am doing today — to spend my life in higher education. During that spring I realized that expectations of an Alabama football player took me away from my scholarly work. The time constraints were so demanding that they didn’t mesh with my academic side. I could not make a commitment to playing at that level and also make the commitment I needed to make it through the learning process.

“And after a few days on Thomas Field (Alabama’s practice facility), I was so physically drained I almost could not make it to some of my classes. Coach Bryant told us, ‘We don’t play for SEC championships here, we play for national championships.’ The expectations were so high that if you are going to reach them you are going to pay a price for it.”

Dunning left the team to concentrate on his academics, and time slipped by.

Forty-eight years later, Dunning said, he got a phone call from Alabama great Shaun Alexander, who told Dunning that he, Pernell and Roan were to be inducted into the university’s letterman’s club.

“He said, ‘Dr. Dunning, I wanted to be the one to call you and tell you that you guys paved the way and we are going to put your names in nomination’ for the A Club,” Dunning recalled.

In Alexander’s nomination letter, he wrote: “”Dr. Arthur Dunning’s bold and fearless act was a foundational piece to Alabama football being what it is today and gave goals to many black boys to one day wear the crimson and white. It was more than playing football, it was breaking a barrier that seemed unthinkable at the time, but was one of the greatest things to happen at our university ever. This letter is more than a nomination letter. It is a thank you letter.”

“The guys that walked on talked about it among ourselves, but no one thought about making a big deal of it,” Dunning said of 1967. “When I got the call, I was pleased from the standpoint that there was some recognition of when there is extraordinary change that strengthens all of us somebody has to step out and create a narrative of what this change can look like.

“It would be hard to make a case that Alabama football is worse off because of it; it would be hard to say with a straight face that we no longer play good football at Alabama.”

Two weeks ago, Dunning, along with Pernell and Roan, attended Alabama’s spring game and were given plaques commemorating their induction into the A Club.

When Dunning looks at that plaque, earned through a courageous move in 1967, what does he see?

“I see a symbolic reflection of an action taken by a person whose family and ancestors helped make the state of Alabama and the athletic program of its flagship institution a better place,” Dunning answered. “As I said earlier, there is no way to make a case that Alabama football has declined because of Wilbur Jackson, John Mitchell, Shaun Alexander or us.”
2  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Here's What Happened When a Florida Man Tried to Kiss a Cottonmouth Snake on: Today at 01:30:29 AM
Hopefully this guy won't be procreating any time soon.

According to FOX 13, an 18-year-old idiot from Wimauma named Austin Hatfield recently tried to kiss a water moccasin he had captured a few days earlier.

He shouldn't have: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/heres-what-happened-when-a-florida-man-tried-to-kiss-a-cottonmouth-snake/ar-AAbAqmv?ocid=iehp

Hatfield's friend Jason Belcher was on hand Saturday afternoon to witness the ordeal and said Hatfield's face began swelling immediately after the cottonmouth lunged at him and sunk his teeth into his face. By the time Hatfield made it to Tampa General Hospital's emergency room, he was already in critical condition.

Belcher said Hatfield had caught the snake a few days earlier in his girlfriend's backyard. When he pulled the snake out of the pillowcase, he put it on his chest before it "jumped up and got him."

"It was acting funny," Belcher said.

Yeah, probably because it had just spent a few days in a pillowcase.

Hatfield is expected to make a full recovery, but authorities said he could face charges for illegally capturing and keeping the cottonmouth without a permit.

The most shocking part of this story? You guessed it: This guy has a girlfriend.

Hey, at least he didn't try to have sex with it: Florida Man Had Sex With His Pit Bull in Front of His Neighbors

3  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Breastfeeding picture on social media causes stir, slightly NSFW on: Yesterday at 03:43:14 AM
Dude took that picture because he thought it was sexy. Probably got him some right after the photo. Look at the smile on her face... nod They gon do it. Got Milk!
4  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Jackson State Lowers 2015 General Admission Tickets.. on: April 23, 2015, 02:32:17 PM
Any reason why parking cost so much? Seems like it cost more to park than it does to purchase a ticket.
5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Jackson State Lowers 2015 General Admission Tickets.. on: April 23, 2015, 09:36:00 AM
One thing for sure, if it doesn't work you can't just raise the price back up.... tiptoe
6  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: GA Board of Regents Approve 10 Schools for In-State Tution Waiver.... on: April 23, 2015, 05:19:37 AM
I'm not understanding this.... shrug Fort Valley GA is only 44 miles from Americus(GA Southwestern) GA and 88 miles from Albany. What difference does a couple of miles make. If Fort Valley has enrollment declines who cares if an out of state student wants to travel extra miles to attend FVSU. This is some straight up Frakle Nackle Bull Shyt crazy
7  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Our Lovely HBCU Queens on: April 22, 2015, 08:37:47 AM
They seem to asking for too much personal information just to cast a vote.... shrug
8  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: New Clip Shows Warren Sapp Freaking Out After Cops Tell Him He's Going To Jail on: April 22, 2015, 08:03:35 AM
Paying for p**** is so 1988. tiptoe

That stuff is still going on now. Isn't it called " The Oldest Profession"? I don't think it will be going out of business any time soon. It is also camouflaged as "I need money to pay my rent" or other bills. Shyt, one time I was so broke I thought about selling myself. I don't think men have that luxury if you want to call it that.
9  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Free Agency Rumor: Atlanta Falcons "in the mix" for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson on: April 22, 2015, 07:49:10 AM
Atlanta hasn't been good at picking used running backs. Although I believe Adrian Peterson has a lot of gas left in his tank. I wouldn't give up a first round draft pick and perhaps more for him. Atlanta might be better of taking a chance with Gurley.
10  Discussion / Sports Forum / New Clip Shows Warren Sapp Freaking Out After Cops Tell Him He's Going To Jail on: April 21, 2015, 05:28:43 PM
Newly released police interrogation video captures Warren Sapp emotionally breaking down after he learns he'll be arrested for allegedly soliciting prostitutes in February.

The footage, which was obtained by TMZ and published Tuesday, shows the 42-year-old ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle burying his face in his hands and pulling his shirt over his head after Arizona police officers inform him that he's going to jail.

"I'm about to be booked for a John!" Sapp tells an officer at one point, near the end of the clip.


The All-Star defensive tackle lost his job as an NFL Network commentator just hours after news of his arrest broke, Sports Illustrated reported at the time.

Sapp was charged with solicitation and assault after he allegedly tackled a pair of women working as prostitutes, then chased them down the hallway of a Phoenix hotel after the Super Bowl earlier this year. Phoenix police said the altercation was sparked by an argument over money.

In other footage from the interrogation, also obtained by TMZ, Sapp admits he paid to have the women perform oral sex on him. "I put $600 on the table, [then] everybody got naked," Sapp says in the video.

See Video... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/21/warren-sapp-arrest-video-freak-out_n_7110562.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592
11  Discussion / Sports Forum / Free Agency Rumor: Atlanta Falcons "in the mix" for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson on: April 21, 2015, 05:21:28 PM

Many have been wondering where the best running back in the last decade will play in 2015. Not many considered it to be Atlanta.

The Atlanta Falcons need to rebuild a team that has been, at their very best, watchable the last two seasons. They could potentially look to add another running back to pair with the young, electric Devonta Freeman.

According to a "source close to the situation," the Falcons could pair Freeman with the controversial Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Chris Tomasson of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press broke the news, which included the Vikings plan to keep Peterson if he is not traded prior to the draft.


The source named six teams in the mix for Peterson: Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, San Diego and Tampa Bay. The source does not believe Oakland, mentioned in media reports as a possible candidate, is in the mix.

Also of interest is the potential compensation for Peterson.

The source said they would be hard-pressed to get even a late first-round pick for Peterson because of his age -- he turned 30 last month -- and his huge contract.

If the Falcons are truly "in the mix," it may explain why the Falcons have left so much cap space available through free agency. It may also show the intention to push towards a run-heavy offense that Dan Quinn was able to rely upon in Seattle, helping to control the clock and give the defense plenty of help.

It also suggests the Falcons have zero interest in rebuilding, and believe they can get right back into the playoffs starting right now. And they are not concerned about the media coverage regarding Peterson's long pseudo-suspension.

According to the site Football Betting Center, the Falcons are tied for the fourth best odds of landing Adrian Peterson at 20/1.

The Falcons have plenty of cap space and a full slew of draft picks, so perhaps the odds of him donning red and black are better than previously thought.
12  Discussion / Sports Forum / Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has bypass surgery on: April 17, 2015, 06:53:06 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recovering after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery.

A hospital statement on Friday says Abdul-Jabbar had the surgery on Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the surgery, says the 68-year-old former NBA and UCLA star is expected to make a full recovery.

Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. The 7-foot-2 center was known for his trademark sky hook.

In the statement, Abdul-Jabbar says he's looking forward to getting back to his usual activities soon and he asks that people cherish and live life to the fullest.
13  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Judge in Walter Scott case announced on: April 16, 2015, 04:48:59 PM
This kind of remind me of Pontius Pilate(Let me wash my hands). Except in this case this Cop IS guilty. Guess the white Judges in SC don't want to be the one to prosecute one of their own. It would have been a great opportunity to send a good message towards race relations. I guess if he is found not guilty we can't scream bloody murder.
14  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: VIDEO: OKLAHOMA RESERVE DEPUTY ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS AND KILLS SUSPECT on: April 16, 2015, 08:32:07 AM
So why is it you never hear about black cops killing black subjects or even killing white subjects? What would be the outcome if they did? Are the black cops on the force useless? Are they so afraid they will lose their job that they don't say anything or do anything. Are there unseen or unknown repercussions if they did stood up for justice? Should they go on a white folk killing spree of anyone the arrest just to see what will happen in their case?(I already know)
15  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Open Letter from A Black Ex-Policeman: Dear Black People: STOP Running from the on: April 16, 2015, 08:23:24 AM
This dude is trying to get free press for his organization. I will bet you he wouldn't trade a contribution from me to his organization if he would write an "Open Letter from A Black Ex-Policeman: Dear White Cops: STOP KILLING BLACK MEN". Or How not to shoot or run over Black men or How to arrest a Black man without killing or harming him. HERE ARE SOME POINTERS:
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