PitBull, You're right on the money when you talk about where all the black football players are coming from. Here's another question I've always had; why are the vast majority of these black NFL players from troubled backgrounds (ala "the hood?") Doesn't it stand to reason that schools in "the hood" would tend to be underfunded and not have the top sports programs? There are plenty of blacks that play sports for schools in middle-class and upper-class areas- why don't more of them make it to the NFL and NBA? This is just another indicator that those who run professional sports teams actually prefer the thugs and troublemakers. This makes no sense from any kind of legitimate standpoint; obviously such characters would poison team chemistry, be unreliable and less likely to learn whatever system the coaching staff is trying to implement. But, if there is another, larger agenda there, then it makes perfect sense. I know from personal experience that not that many blacks from any backgrounds play organized sports when they're very young. They tend to wait until high school to play organized football and basketball. Shockingly, while many white youngsters are told they are "unqualified" for basketball and soccer teams, at least, unless they have played for travel or select teams beforehand, black youngsters are not held to this same standard. I guess the same mentality that prevails everywhere in Don King's America rules here; i.e., that these youngsters couldn't afford to play on the often very expensive travel and select teams. But then again, I'm full of questions about just who is playing for all these teams. Another thing I've wondered about is the wildly disproportionate number of half-black players in sports, especially in NCAA college basketball. I remember a few years back, before Coach K decided to start recruiting whites again, when Duke had a large number of these mulatto players. Surely, despite the best intentions of those who run the media, kids who are half- black and half-white represent only a tiny fraction of the population. So, how can it be that almost as many of them are on NCAA college basketball teams as white players? The youth leagues are 95% white almost everywhere, yet these kids often don't even get a fair shake in high school sports. In a world where tiny American Samoa somehow produces more defensive starters in the NFL than the huge white population that dominates youth football at all levels, and tiny Dominican Republic sends more players to Major League Baseball than all the well funded, far better coached college teams (almost all white) in our country, then I say that it is very important to question just what kind of black players are being chosen for these lucrative positions in professional sports.