Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Renaming the Generic DC NFL Team

January 12, 2022

Renaming the Generic DC NFL Team

DC’s NFL team, having shed its long-held racist name and become the generic Washington Football Team, will announce its new name on February 2nd, which suggests the team will be know as the Washington Groundhogs.

Other name candidates include the Commanders, Admirals, Armada, Brigade, Sentinels, Defenders, Red Hogs, Presidents and “Washington Football Team.” If only they could replace Dan Snyder with a generic “Washington Football Team Owner.”

Related:

“Washington Football Team Awaits a New Name, But the Mediocrity Remains,” Matt Terl, Washington City Paper

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The Most Dangerous Jump in Figure Skating

December 14, 2021

The quadruple jump is the most dangerous move in figure skating. A Quartz video by Michael Tabb.

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Supreme Court May Dunk on NCAA

September 22, 2021

Supreme Court May Dunk on NCAA

The Supreme Court will begin hearing cases again on October 4th, the first Monday in October, while 2021 NCAA fall sports seasons are well under way. A spring SCOTUS opinion by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh suggests the court and the “amateur sports” monopoly may have a showdown before June.

“Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate,” Kavanaugh wrote. “And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law.”

More:

How US college sport became an $8bn inequity racket. And why it may fall,” Bryan Armen Graham, The Guardian

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Stealing Homes: Dodger Stadium’s Dark Legacy

July 28, 2021

Dodger Stadium opened in the Chavez Ravine area of Los Angeles in 1962. Before that, the area was home to the Mexican-American communities of La Loma, Palo Verde, and Bishop. People lived there. A Vox video by Ranjani Chakraborty and Melissa Hirsch.

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Professional Disc Golf

June 30, 2021

Paul McBeth, the world’s top-ranked disc golfer, has become the richest athlete in the sport’s history after signing a record $10m endorsement contract with Discraft to represent the manufacturer through 2031.”

— “Driving ambition: Pro disc golfer Paul McBeth signs unprecedented $10m deal,” The Guardian [links added]

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Cricket, explained for Americans.

June 24, 2021

Cricket: how the confusing sport became so popular, and its attempts to become more accessible, entertaining and profitable. A Vox/Netflix video.

Cricket glossary (Wikipedia)

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Baseball: Negro League Stars

June 14, 2021

Between 1920 and 1948, when baseball’s Major Leagues were segregated, some 3,400 players competed in the Negro Leagues. Neil Paine introduces some Negro League stars who should be household names.

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Skateboard Moves

February 10, 2021

Isamu Yamamoto (Yamamoto Isamu 山本 勇), world Freestyle skateboarding champion, skates like nobody else.

Isamu Yamamoto

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Sports: US national anthem protest, 1968

February 8, 2021

Colin Kaepernick was not the first sports figure to protest America’s failure to live up to its founding principles. Tommie Smith and John Carlos did so at the Olympics in 1968, and were expelled from the Games by U.S. officials. A Vox video.

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Move Over Babe, Here Comes Henry

January 23, 2021

“Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry),” written by Bill Slayback and Ernie Harwell, recorded by Bill Slayback, 1973. The song commemorates Atlanta baseball player Hank Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s 714 home run career record. With Hank Aaron’s death, the title sounds like a seating change in baseball heaven.

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“Babe Ruth’s record was a mythical monument of white superiority. Hank Aaron tore it down.” Kevin B. Blackistone, Washington Post

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