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The NFL Gun Club

July 2, 2013

The NFL Gun Club

Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged’s Camaro convertible sped down Central Avenue like it was the Indianapolis Speedway until it was stopped by DC police. A loaded, unregistered .40-caliber H&K pistol was found under the driver’s seat.  The New England Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez favors the Glock .40, the same model New York Jet’s Plaxico Burress used to shoot himself in the thigh back in 2008.

Mr. Lefeged is being held on gun charges in DC jail; Mr. Hernandez is charged with murder. Plaxico Burress spent two years in prison for illegal possession of a handgun and poor marksmanship reckless endangerment.

As Chattanooga reporter Mark Wiedmer says, “Remember when the two biggest names in the National Football League were Brady and Manning rather than Smith and Wesson?”

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Tour de France Starts, Le Monde Interviews Lance Armstrong

July 1, 2013

Tour de France Starts, Le Monde Interviews Lance Armstrong

The 100th Tour de France began Saturday in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, the first time the famous bicycle race has started on the french island. It will also be the first time the Tour finishes in France. All the living winners will be there except for disgraced seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his titles for doping.

That didn’t keep Mr. Armstrong out of the french headlines. He granted interviews to the country’s leading newspaper. “The Tour cannot be won without doping,” he told Le Monde.

More:

“As Tour De France Begins, Interview With A Defiant Lance Armstrong,” Stéphane Mandard, Le Monde via Worldcrunch

“Tour De France: A Fresh Start For 100th Race?” Bill Chappell, NPR News blog

“Lance Armstrong: ‘Le Tour de France ? Impossible de gagner sans dopage,'” Stéphane Mandard, Le Monde

“Marcel Kittel wins a bizarre opening to the 100th Tour de France,” Velo News

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Mrs. Obama, The Ellipse, and Ultimate Frisbee

April 20, 2013

Mrs. Obama, The Ellipse, and Ultimate Frisbee

Let’s Move!” First Lady Michelle Obama tells young Americans, but the National Park Service is just saying “Move!” to Ultimate Frisbee players on The Ellipse. That open field in the southern part of President’s Park has been the site of active Ultimate games for years, but NPS wants to plant trees there, and nothing slows down a Frisbee game like smacking into a spruce.

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Foul Shooter?

April 3, 2013

Foul Shooter?

Former Washington Wizard Javaris Crittenton has been charged with a handgun murder in Atlanta.The highlight of his time with DC’s NBA team was his misdemeanor gun charge for brandishing illegal firearms in the Wizards locker room after a disputed card game.

More:

“Javaris Crittenton, Ex-Wizards Player formerly involved in Gilbert Arenas Gun Saga, Indicted on Murder, Gang Charges,” Simon Landau, WUSA-9 News

“Bourré-Playing Former Wizards Player Charged With Murder,” Will Sommer, Washington City Paper blog

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Football’s Shameful Name

February 20, 2013

Football's Shameful Name

“Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said Thursday that the team has no plans to change its name despite ongoing controversy and a recent spike in debate about whether it is offensive to Native Americans.

Speaking to reporters in Richmond after the groundbreaking ceremony for the team’s new training camp site, Allen said the Redskins do not see any reason to change the name.

‘We’re not a new franchise. We’re 81 years old. … There’s nothing that we feel is offensive, and we’re proud of our history,’ Allen said, according to 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen.”

– “Bruce Allen: No plans to change Redskins’ name,” Mike Jones, Washington Post blog

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“The Redskins were founded and owned for 37 years by George Preston Marshall, a virulent racist and anti-semite who initiated the NFL’s gentleman’s agreement to not hire black players, and made the Redskins the last team to integrate only after being threatened by the federal government.”

– “The Redskins Really, Really Want You To Know Their Team Name Is About Pride,” Barry Petchesky, Deadspin

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“Simply put, it’s not OK to rally behind a racial slur like ‘redskin.’ It’s not okay to depict an entire group of people (outside of the confines of humor or satire) as a literal cartoon, morphing them into your unfounded conceptions of a savage race prepared to take your scalp. ….

There are plenty of instances throughout the history of humanity where history has been left behind, rather than being saved, because it’s not consistent for what we should strive for as a society. Likewise, as a society, we should strive for something greater than needing to root for logos with generalizing, untrue, racist roots.”

 — “Native American Logos and Monikers Need to Finally Be Removed From Sports,” Zach Stoloff, NESN.com

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Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

Super Bowl stories you may have missed:

“What Happens to the Losing Team’s Championship Shirts?” Matt Soniak, Mental Floss

“This Year’s Super Bowl Will Be Gayer Than Last Year’s,” Rich Juzwiak, Gawker

“Astronauts Will Watch Super Bowl from Space,” Tariq Malik, space.com via Discovery News

“Remembering Up With People: The Gayish Quasi-Cult That Invented The Super Bowl Halftime Show,” Jonathan Mahler, Deadspin

“Ray Lewis Isn’t the Only One Bringing Religion to Super Bowl Sunday,” Joanna Brooks, Religion Dispatches

“This Year’s Illuminati-Super Bowl Connection is More Sinister Than Ever,” Mallory Ortberg, Gawker

“Keep These Food Safety Tips In Mind While Serving Snacks On Super Bowl Sunday,” Mary Beth Quirk, Consumerist

“The Brutal Physics of Football,” Ainissa Ramirez, Big Think

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Palin Kicked Off Fox News

January 26, 2013

Palin Kicked Off Fox News

Sarah Palin, former part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, has ended her relationship with Fox News. Mrs. Palin impersonated a political commentator on the cable news outlet with the same authority she brought to the 2008 GOP presidential campaign, and Fox was tired of looking like John McCain.

Sarah Palin was on Fox for three years, a year longer than she was Alaska’s governor, but may draw on her other past experience in future endeavors. The former Miss Wasilla would be a great spokesmodel for products like Naughty Monkey high-heeled shoes or Bushmaster assault rifles. And Mrs. P, who now has a home studio, was once was a sportscaster on an Anchorage TV station. Here’s an aircheck we’re submitting to ESPN:

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RG III and the R-Word

January 13, 2013

RG III and the R-Word

“Before he lay in a hospital bed, convalescing after reconstructive knee surgery, I thought that Robert Griffin III would be the perfect person to take on a problem that’s been plaguing Washington for decades: our football team’s ill-considered, objectionable, offensive, racist, totally unacceptable name.”

– “Only RGIII can make the Redskins change their name. Here’s why he won’t.” Mike Wise, Washington Post

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Foul Shots, Maestro, Please!

December 19, 2012

Foul Shots, Maestro, Please!

Playwright and film director John Grissmer has written a play about the invention of Basketball by James Naismith in 1891. It’s a musical.

Yago Colás teaches comparative literature,  philosophy, and the Cultures of Basketball at the University of Michigan. He’s reviewed the play:

“Basketball, The Musical,” Yago Colás, The Classical

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Hoopster-In-Chief

November 6, 2012

Hoopster-In-Chief

President Barack Obama played basketball with some pals in Chicago today, his Election Day custom. Thanks to his running dribbling mate, NBA great Scotty Pippen, his team won by 20 points. The election will be much, much closer.
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