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“I wasn’t surprised by the huge number of responses on social media by fans – thousands of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing alike – who were disappointed in the decision to not show me signing during the TV broadcast. Interestingly, in the stadium, the video of me signing was visible 100 percent of the time – picture in picture on the stadium’s Jumbotron – but for whatever reason, it was not visible during the TV broadcast. With 35 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the U.S., their families and friends, and a focus on diversity that’s been a hot topic in the news, I was genuinely surprised that the broadcast didn’t feature me in a split screen or square. But ultimately, that decision was not mine to make. I’m just so sorry for the millions of people watching who would’ve benefited from seeing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” signed, just as it was visible in the stadium.”
Why does no one remember what a poor sport Peyton Manning was when he lost?

That’s a rhetorical question.  We already know.

In Super Bowl 44, Peyton Manning left the field with time still on the clock because he was so disgusted at his team’s loss.  General tone of the reactions from the press and public:

Yahoo Sports’ Chris Chase – “Peyton Manning didn’t shake hands with New Orleans Saints players after his Indianapolis Colts lost 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. Apparently some think this is a sign of poor sportsmanship from the NFL’s greatest player. It’s not.

Walking off the field without congratulating Drew Brees may go against our misguided notion of what sportsmanship should be, but it wasn’t at all disrespectful or bitter. It shows how much Peyton Manning wanted to win the game. And who can argue about that?”

In Super Bowl 50, Cam Newton congratulated Peyton Manning on the field after the game, but walked out of a press conference.  General tone of the reactions from the press and public:

Glen Beck – "Cam has obviously not learned how to lose with grace. I wish I could show my children how to behave after a loss but unfortunately I can’t.This is not the behavior of someone who lost the game. This is the behavior of a loser.”

And let’s not forget former Bronco Romanowski:

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On this day in history, February 9, 1971 – Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Portrait of pitcher Satchel Paige. Grandstand in background. Handwritten on back: “Satchel Paige at Briggs Stadium." 

  • Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library

(via Watch Alex Kennedy’s Vine, “Eli Manning is SO EXCITED for his brother, Peyton.”)

Eli Manning’s Blank Super Bowl Stare, Explained: He Was Trying to Do Math in His Head

Although not a native Detroiter, Eddie Tolan moved to the city as a teenager in time to attend Cass Tech in the mid-1920s.  Here Tolan found success on the school’s football and track and field teams.  After graduation, he attended the University of Michigan, where his focus turn toward sprinting.  Here, he shattered college records, and even tied the world record for the 100-yard dash.  The above c. 1930 photograph likely depicts Tolan during this era.

Shortly after graduation, he competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.  He emerged with two gold medals and two world records–for the 100-meter and 200-meter races–as well as the title “World’s Fastest Human.”

To read more about Eddie Tolan, including his later foray into vaudeville, and eventual career as a teacher in Detroit, why not revisit this 2012 post from our blog?