The belief that Black men were not smart or good enough to play QB in the NFL was discredited long ago, but some still haven’t gotten the memo I’ve long dismissed the idiotic talk from the so-called Draft experts regarding their evaluations of Louisville’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. Their cocksure analysis amuses me, especially coming from the likes of Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN’s go-to talking head when it comes to evaluating college players. After all, Kiper is that dude who has said, among other things over the years, that Andre Wadsworth was the best overall talent, ahead of Peyton...Read More
Alejandro "Ali" Danois
Alejandro "Ali" Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League and a Producer with Shadow League Films. He is also a contributor with Bleacher Report's Special Projects Division. The former Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, he is also Freelance Sports and Entertainment Writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Sporting News, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, SLAMonline and Ebony Magazine, among many others.
His Shadow League feature story, "Humble Beginnings", was mentioned in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology as among the country's most notable stories of 2014. Follow him on twitter @alidanois He is currently at work on his first book, which is scheduled to be released in September of 2016. He is also serving as a Producer on an upcoming sports documentary for ESPN's 30 For 30 piece.
A product of New York City public schools, Ali earned a scholarship for talented inner city minority students to attend Milton Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts before attending the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
His first book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, drops in September of 2016
Sports is much more than the final score, they inform us as to who we are as a society from many distinct vantage points: from commerce, law, entertainment, crime, race, class, inclusiveness and competition. This page will celebrate the unique beauty of the games we love, but will also delve deeper into the greater meaning, telling stories that really matter, about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things through the prism of sport, and the various ancillary elements that reach into every inch of the American fabric.
Articles by Alejandro "Ali" Danois
The belief that Black men were not smart or good enough to play QB in the NFL was discredited long ago, but some still haven’t gotten the memo I’ve long dismissed the idiotic talk from the so-called Draft experts regarding their evaluations of Louisville’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. Their cocksure analysis amuses me, especially coming from the likes of Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN’s go-to talking head when it comes to evaluating college players. After all, Kiper is that dude who has said, among other things over the years, that Andre Wadsworth was the best overall talent, ahead of...Read More
R.J. Barrett, the nation’s top prospect who’s projected to be the No.1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and others also put in work in Springfield During the Martin Luther King weekend, I make an annual pilgrimage to Springfield, Massachusetts, basketball’s birthplace, for the Spalding Hoophall Classic, which is now in its 16th year. The event provides some one-stop shopping when it comes to checking out an incredible array of future college hoops and NBA stars while they’re still in high school. Over the past few years, guys like Mo Bamba, DeAndre Ayton, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Kevin...Read More
The athletes, as a financial reward for delivering a national title, get a reminder that they continue to get exploited while making others rich When Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23 in overtime in Monday’s College Football National Championship game, the Crimson Tide coaches weren’t just giddy because of their on-field victory. They also won at the bank, with the staff set to receive a collective $1.27 million in bonuses for winning the title. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt gets the largest bonus at $234,000, followed by offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who’ll get a nice $216,000 bump. Head coach Nick Saban gets the fifth...Read More
The Black male athlete won’t be portrayed as the pawns that they truly are in this explosive college hoops bribery scandal When the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York announced on Tuesday that it had cracked a college basketball bribery scandal, the sports world stood still. According to the complaints, assistant coaches at Auburn, the University of South Carolina, the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California accepted bribes to steer top prospects to certain agents and financial advisers. Louisville and the University of Miami have also been implicated in the form of Adidas,...Read More