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Henry VIII and the NFL

February 15, 2016

Henry VIII and the NFL
Henry Tudor, aka HRH Henry VIII, King of England, Wales, Ireland  & etc. and Supreme Head of the Church of England, was also a musician, composer, poet, firm believer in marriage, and a devoted sportsman. He liked archery, dressage, hawking and hunting, but most of all he loved jousting. HRH suffered jousting accidents in 1524 and 1525, while he was in his thirties. A later jousting accident in 1536 seriously damaged His Majesty’s leg, and Henry’s tyrannical behavior has often been attributed to that injury.

Not so fast, says Yale’s Dr. Arash Salardini; cumulative jousting blows to the helmeted royal head may have caused Traumatic Brain Injury or CTE, just like helmeted NFL players get.

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The Big Game

February 7, 2016

The Big Game

Sunday, February 7, 2016: Time for the Big Game. That’s right, Puppy Bowl XII is on Animal Planet starting at 3PM Eastern Time. The cute canine competitors are recruited from shelters, there’s a kitty halftime show, silkie chicken and hedgehog cheerleaders, and a new assistant referee, Stanley the Skunk. Before game time you can play the furry fantasy game, try the Virtual Reality feature, or adopt a “wide-retriever” puppy of your own.

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Animal Sacrifice at the Super Bowl

February 6, 2016

Animal Sacrifce at the Superbowl

The Super Bowl murders 22 cows, figures Meghan Walsh:

“Every cowhide makes about 10 balls, according to Kevin Murphy, the general manager of Wilson Football, official NFL ball-maker since 1941. Wilson wouldn’t say exactly how many balls it produces in a season, but the Chicago company did share that the Super Bowl alone requires 216 footballs — each team gets 54 for practice and 54 for game day (the Pats and Hawks had theirs within 24 hours of winning the AFC and NFC championships last year). Wilson, true to its roots, favors cattle from the Midwest — Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska — but all the leather eventually makes its way to a factory in Ada, Ohio.”

–“How Many Cows Does It Take to Make a Football?” Meghan Walsh, OZY

And then there are the 650 million chickens who died so the game’s TV viewers can eat their wings ….

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Football Team Sends University of Missouri President to the Showers

November 10, 2015

Football Team Sends University of Missouri President to the Showers

In 1839, 176 years ago, the slave state of Missouri founded a university at Columbia, the first public institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi. In 1950, 65 years ago, the University of Missouri at Columbia admitted its first black student. Columbia is about 100 miles from Ferguson, so it is unsurprising that recent racial incidents on campus were of concern to many students and faculty members, especial if they are African American. What was surprising: Inaction on the part of University President Tim Wolfe.

Campus protests, begun in September, were met with administration lip-service. Last week a UM grad student went on a hunger strike. Nothing. On Saturday the University’s football team announced it wouldn’t practice or play for the rest of the season unless University President Wolfe resigned. On Monday morning he did.

The Mizzou Tigers play the BYU Cougars on Saturday, November 14th , 6:30 PM CST at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

The University of Missouri motto: Salus populi suprema lex esto, “Let the Welfare of the People be the Supreme Law.” Seems like it takes a concerned Southeastern Conference team of enforcers, though.

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The Big Game

February 1, 2015

The Big Game

Sunday, February 1, 2015: Time for the Big Game. That’s right, Puppy Bowl XI is on Animal Planet. The cute canine competitors come from shelters, the cheerleaders are kitty cats and dwarf goats, and the halftime show features Kitty Furry. The puppies recently predicted another sporting event, the one out in Arizona today.

More:

“A complete guide to Puppy Bowl XI,” Marissa Payne, Washington Post

Note to cat people: Kitten Bowl II is on the Hallmark Channel at 12 Noon ET

More:

“Kitten Bowl 2015 lineup, start time, live stream and TV schedule,” Adam Stites, SB Nation

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The NFL: Bastion of American Socialism

November 18, 2014

The NFL: Bastion of America's Socialism

America’s National Football League has held a few games in the UK and is trying to form a franchise there. British writer Matthew Engel has let his compatriots in on the league’s radical secret:

“In the US, sport is the habitat of the nation’s secret socialism. Through revenue sharing, salary caps and the draft (which gives the worst teams first pick), the NFL pioneered the notions that the last must be allowed to finish first. To that end, the rich must subsidise the poor.

In part, this is a mechanism to make capitalism work better, though it is not a mechanism favoured in other aspects of American life ….”

“… I suspect the NFL is using London as it uses Los Angeles which, bizarrely, has been without a franchise for 20 years. If any city gets mean and refuses to subsidise a new stadium or whatever, there is a threat so obvious it hardly needs saying: ‘Pay up or LA will.’ In Britain, such geographical shifts are almost unknown and totally anathema. Another piece of secret socialism: American teams are subsidy junkies.”

— “‘Socialist’ NFL would fail in capitalist London,” Matthew Engel, Financial Times

Hipper Brits already knew this, because UK artist Fraser Davidson animated the passage of Bill Maher’s book that points it out:

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GOP Senate Candidate Plays Defense for DC’s NFL Team

November 2, 2014

GOP Senate Candidate Plays Defense for DC's NFL Team
In what has got to be history’s most desperate “Hail Mary” play, Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie has pledged he won’t back any legislation to change the racist name of Washington’s professional football team. His opponent, incumbent Senator John Warner, never voted for or supported any such bill. The term “political football” is no longer just a metaphor.

Here’s the kicker: Gillespie was an Eagles fan as late as December 2012.

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What’s In a Name? Plenty.

September 27, 2014

More:

“‘Daily Show’ airs segment pitting Redskins fans against Native Americans,” Ian Shapira, Washington Post

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Cartoon Lampoons Cartoonish DC NFL Team Owner

September 23, 2014

— “South Park runs anti ‘Redskins’ ad during live Washington game,” James Dator, SB Nation

— “‘South Park’ Takes on Washington’s NFL Team and Its Terrible Name,” Aisha Harris, Slate

— “‘South Park’ blasts Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder in new promo,” Ken Lombardi, CBS News

Related:

“A Super-Simple, Step-by-Step Guide to Determine if Your Team Mascot Is Offensive,” Neil Irwin, New York Times

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TV: Will the DC NFL Team Name Be Benched?

September 12, 2014

TV: Will the DC NFL Team Name Be Benched?

Sportscasters Tony Dungy, Phil Simms, Tom Jackson, and Lisa Salters won’t use the racist, derogatory name of DC’s NFL team. Neither will ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak, who comes from the DC area. But what if the FCC rules that name cannot be uttered over the public airwaves?

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he finds the name “offensive and derogatory” and believes it should be changed. He hopes DC team owner Dan Snyder will come to his senses and change the name voluntarily.

But former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and former Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Nicholas Johnson are urging the FCC to make an indecency case against broadcasters who use the name on the air.

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