SPORTS & AMERICAN HISTORY
Some objectives/things we will be studying/discussing:
- What is Sport?
- How have sports helped shape culture?
- What are the major differences between sports then and sports now?
- Students will be introduced to key concepts in sports including the distinctions between play, games, and sports.
- What events have coincided with the rise of women in sports? Who were some of the most influential women in sport throughout history?
- Students will understand women and the gender barrier in sports.
- Have sports acted as a conduit for change in society? What is the link between sports and race? How has society changed because of sport?
- Students will understand race and race relations in sports, including the history of African Americans in sports.
- What is the role of youth sports in American culture? Why is cheating so rampant in sports today? (use of performance enhancing drugs) Are we making athletes safer? What has caused the sport popularity ban?
- Students will understand sports as a cultural driver – youth sports, steroids, legal issues, concussion
- What impact do athletes have on society and in the life of everyday citizens? Should athletes be looked upon as role models? Why have extreme sports become so popular?
- Students will understand how enduring icons of sport have an impact on society
- Monday, Feb 25th
- Tuesday, Feb 26th
- Wednesday, Feb 27th
- Thursday, Feb 28th
- Friday, March 1st
- Saturday, March 2nd
- Sunday, March 3rd
- Monday, March 4th
- Tuesday, March 5th
- Wednesday, March 6th
- Thursday, March 7th
- New Panel
What were the social, economic, and political circumstances that set the scene for the 1980 Olympic Hockey tournament to be such a prime moment for America? Why was the outcome so important, and what effect did it have on the personal, National, and international level?
"The social, economic, and political circumstances weren’t the best for America. Because of the Cold War and how the U.S.S.R was keeping America grounded. Another problem was gas. There were lines on lines waiting hours just to fill up their car. A third problem in the movie was the entrance of the U.S.S.R in hockey. They have beat the last USA team blowing them out in the process. Some of the social circumstances occurred between the players at the beginning of the movie. There were fights during the practices, the controversy between players and coach Herb Brooks, and the Conflict they had with the U.S.S.R. This conflict ignited pride for the USA hockey team. It showed how they needed to respect each other and to be a team and a family on and off the ice. It showed how as a team they knew that they would be the 1980’s USA Olympic hockey team and one of the best to be remembered by. The outcome of the Olympics came as follows. Herb Brooks gave a speech pre-game, and USA beats the U.S.S.R in a 4-3 victory to go to the gold medal round. Then later beating Sweden winning the gold medal. This outcome is so important because after the Olympics they started using pro players on teams and the USA was on top."
"In the 1980’s as president Jimmy Carter states, America is in a “confidence crisis.” America was in the middle of the cold war between the USSR. The U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R were as bitter rivals as the Yankees and the Red Sox. In the cold war there was no fighting on the battlefield, therefore the way this battle would be won was with a stronger economy and better stance in terms of patriotism. America as Carter described was in a confidence crisis which made this tournament even more imperative that the U.S. beat the USSR so it could boost the self-esteem of the American people. The outcome was so important become it showed the world that miracles can happen and Coach Brooks was able to teach the boys that hard work does payoff. "
"The social and political circumstances were the USA and the ussr were in a Cold War and this was going on during the 1980 hockey Olympics and the USA needed to beat them in something such as hockey. And economically they were both two different types of governments and they made money different ways which also was contributing to the Cold War. The effect on a personal level did not really mean anything to me because I am not old enough to have watched that and i don’t really care about hockey. Nationally it made people think that the USA were good at sports as well which was a big thing during the Cold War. And on an international level it affected everyone because people would never had thought the USA team with no nhl players would beat the ussr who have won like 3 times In a row. And it really helped the USA during the Cold War. I never really liked hockey all that much but I do watch it sometimes and this movie just made hockey so much more interesting than it ever was before I watched this movie that is why the 1980 Olympics in hockey was so important."
We studied how basketball helped shape culture in the late 60s when Dan Haskins started the most black players which was unprecedented at that time.
Student journal/blog responses to the movie Glory Road and race, etc in the 60s.
"The circumstances that lead coach Haskins to defy the norms and start the black players he recruited was that he saw the talent in them and wanted to let it flourish. Knowing the risk of having them play in Texas which is one of the most racist states in America, he showed them that Basketball is not defined by their skin color but by their skill and heart for the game. They went through racial boundaries and pushed it back in the faces to anyone who defined us. They dealt with racists on and off the court along with racist fans and citizens of the state following them. What came of this was Two white citizens beating up one player in the bathroom, having the fans of other teams call them the N-word spitting on them, and throwing drinks and popcorn at them. Even to go as far as writing “N-word Die on their motel wall in blood to not only intimidate but to let them know that they didn’t like them here. What came of this, was a Run in the NCAA and then later the championship. Shutting up and shutting out all the haters that defied them."
"Coach Haskins recruited black players because he want everyone to know that colored people are no different than white people and he was trying to show how similar we are by having them start and win the ncaa championships because that shows that colored people can pay basketball just as well and white people and all people are the same no matter the color. Some consequences of this were that everyone was against him and his team making things more difficult than they have to be. Somethings that happened were that they would be booed at games, and they would be mistreated and best up in bathrooms. Also people would break into hotels and write slures on the wall and trash the room. This lowered the teams confidence because it made it seem like no one thought they would win and in the end they won the championships because they worked hard and never gave up throughout the entire movie. During this time in history Black people were considered to be less and no white person wanted to associate with them making it difficult for colored people to get jobs and support their family and since no one thought they were good at anything the coach wanted to show that they were good at basketball and hopefully this changed peoples minds about colored people because they are no different than everyone else."
"What led coach haskins to start black players and recruit them was that he worked for a very small school and the school had very little money and were not giving him very many scholarships. He tried to get white players but the white players did not want to play for him because the school he worked for was very small and unknown. When he was at the recruiting game he saw a black player who was not being treated well by the other coaches and saw that he was not getting attention from any colleges. He saw the opportunity to talk to him and ask if he wanted to play for his team. He realized that if he started to recruit The players that all the other coaches overlooked he could really do something special with his team. From putting all of these black players on his team his school did not like him very much at first and the whole country did not agree with what he was doing but he believed in his players abilities. Also when they would go to games they would be verbally abused and sometimes physically abused by opposing fans. This was very tough for the team but as the started to win more and more the country started to accept them more and more."
"What led coach Haskins is that he saw great black basketball players not being recruit because of their skin color. The norms were that blacks were less and could never be better than a lineup of white all americans. Haskins faced hate from his own school, from other schools, and fans. They would vandalize their hotel rooms, beat them in bathrooms on one instance and throw food at them coming out the tunnel. He wanted to prove everyone wrong when it came to the national championship with the whole country watching he started all black players and beat the 5x national champs Kentucky. Haskins continued to tell his time to ignore the hate and play with that anger on the court. Haskins always loved being an underdog and had a player all along. He allowed his players to play their streetball style that no one had ever seen which is another reason why Haskins decided to start 5 black players. Another repercussion is that Haskins is the respect of others, coaches, fans and spectators. Haskins had always been a guy who wanted to prove people wrong and saw past skin colors and saw the talent that this young men had. This was seen as the most important game in basketball because it knocked the door down for other black players and opened the eyes of people who saw a problem with it. In the end Coach Haskins is a legend who left his mark on the game of basketball."