Joined: 13 Mar 2006
Location: Washington D.C/Maryland
|Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:04 pm Post subject: ARE WE KICKING THE WRONG BALL
|ARE WE KICKING THE WRONG BALL......
Look like for more than a century Haitians have been kicking the wrong ball. After all those years that we Haitians spent playing soccer we only went to the World Cup once (1974) and in the big football arenas of Europe we don't have Haitians in the top teams as superstars or even on the bench in clubs like AC Milan -Barcelone - Real Madrid - Chelsea - Manchester United -Bayern Munich etc.... With all due respect to those who are playing in Europe for trying their best, we all know that they are at entry level salaries or playing in teams that are not considered the top ones or they are playing in lower categories with barely any media coverage. What are the chances of seeing them in an interview and a any special report after a game since the camera always look for the most popular players. What are the chances of having their jersey on sale at the stadium or at the sports shops. However in the American Football (NFL) we already have two Haitians who played in the SUPERBOWL in 2010 if we consider Jonathan Vilma of New Orleans Saints who has a ring and Pierre Garçon of the Indianapolis Colts.
This Sunday February the 5th, 2012 we will have one of the top superstars of the National Football League (NFL) the New York Giant Defensive End JASON PIERRE PAUL who will be playing in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Look and cheer for number 90...You may not like American Football, but at least take a look at the game, don't decline a super bowl party invitation you never know you too may become a fan or have someone close to you someday as a superstar player. In Haiti, they are constantly showing the European soccer games, and young Haitians can name most of the players. Sports shows in Haiti (radio and T.V) usually spend half of their broadcast talking about the games and players in Europe and don't give a second of their time to the NFL. Don't get me wrong, I follow the European football league as well, but it's not a reason not to focus on other games besides soccer like American Football especially if Haitians are founding success in it. So I think that it's time that the Haitian media start to show some support and come up with some programs to educate our people about this game that is making so many HAITIAN MILLIONAIRES... Below is a list of Haitians playing in the NFL today...we all know that those guys are making millions of dollars. That's about two dozens of Haitian families living much better financially just because their boys chose the OVAL BALL instead of the usual ROUND BALL....
My advice to all of you...if you have to give a ball as a birthday or Christmas gift to a boy, and if you are going to Haiti try to give the oval ball to a kid. He may not like it at first, but he might thank you someday for introducing him to it. Our previous generations spent the whole 20th century kicking the round ball, in this 21st century teach the kids how to throw and catch the oval ball. In case this is not one of your favorite sports or if you don't know much about the game ask someone else for help if your child is showing signs of interest in American Football. There is no good excuse for young parents not to register their kids to a football camp or encourage them to join their school teams. If your child is in Haiti and your intention is to bring him to the U.S, send him some video games about American football and some other related materials, he might get interested at an early age and the game will not be so foreign to him as it was and still is for so many of us.
List of Haitian NFL Players:
JASON PIERRE-PAUL, Giants defensive end
STANLEY ARNOUX, New Orleans Saints, linebacker
CLIFF AVRIL, Detroit Lions, defensive end
D'ANTHONY BATISTE, Denver Broncos, offensive tackle
JACQUES CESAIRE, San Diego Chargers, defensive end
JUNIOR GALETTE, New Orleans Saints, defensive end
GOSDER CHERILUS, Detroit Lions, offensive tackle
ANTONIO CROMARTIE, New York Jets, cornerback
DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE, Arizona Cardinals, cornerback
LOUIS DELMAS, Detroit Lions, safety
VLADIMIR DUCASSE, NFL player.
ELVIS DUMERVIL, Denver Broncos, outside linebacker
PIERRE GARCON, Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver
RICKY JEAN-FRANCOIS, San Francisco 49ers, defensive lineman
MAX JEAN-GILLES, Philadelphia Eagles, offensive guard
RASHAD JEANTY, Cincinnati Bengals, outside linebacker
CARLOS JOSEP, NFL player
DAVIN JOSEPH, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, offensive guard
WILLIAM JOSEPH, Oakland Raiders, defensive tackle
VERNAND MORENCY, NFL player
STEVE OCTAVIEN, Dallas Cowboys, linebacker
JONAL SAINT-DIC, NFL player
JONATHAN VILMA, New Orleans Saints linebacker
Did you read your "Konpa Encyclopedia" today...