JRW Is Still The Little League Champion Of The U.S.
This winter has been quite a ride for members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team; the first black team to win the U.S. Championship. The players were stripped of the title they won last summer.
Team officials were found to have violated a rule setting geographic boundaries limiting where teams can recruit their players. This should have never happened. Minor children should not have to suffer a crushing loss of their title because the adults made a bad decision.
We all know these young men did nothing wrong. On top of that, the team demonstrated tremendous character both on and off the field.
The JRW Little League team was the feel good story of the summer. There was no cheating among the players.They were all within the age limits. If you ask any of the opposing players, they'll probably tell you the same.
If society really cares about cheating and keeping sports as a real example to kids, the solution is right in front of us. Everyone from the Little League, NFL and the NCAA would crack down on all cheaters equally no matter who or what color.
Didn't we just see, a few weeks ago, Deflate Gate coverage where the New England Patriots were accused of breaking the rules again? Do you think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would dare take back that Lombardi trophy?
Chicago's Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has made plans to honor the team for its historic performance by presenting each member of the team a championship ring next month.
The memories they created will last a lifetime and so will the rings they have earned. To me what they did on the field, that makes them the champions.