Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Message to the NFL

February 1, 2014

A message to the NFL from the National Congress of American Indians, oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native organization.

More:

“Over 200 Civil Rights Organizations Call For Washington, DC Football Team to Change Its Name,” NCAI.org

“The Epic Battle To Save The Most Offensive Team Name In Professional Sports,” Travis Waldron, Think Progress

“The Washington R*dskins’ Wily Mascot: Coach William ‘Lone Star” Dietz,'” Linda M. Waggoner, Montana: the Magazine of Western History

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Nationalize Pro Sports!

January 5, 2014

Nationalize Pro Sports!

Citizens arise! Pro sports league monopolies are exempt from anti-trust laws and pay no taxes. Sports team owners extort public funding for stadiums while charging outrageous prices for tickets, parking, and concessions.

“Owners are the worst thing about professional sports. Professional sports team owners, like most of the modern global mega-rich, tend to exhibit most or all of the following traits: General cluelessness about matters unrelated to the immediate field in which they made their fortune; unjustified faith, despite that cluelessness, in their own abilities and intelligence; the related belief that their expertise in money hoarding translates to expertise in all other fields of human endeavor; staggering greed and attendant unscrupulousness. There is no modern football owner who started a team himself and built it into a powerhouse, along the lines of the usual mythic entrepreneurial success story. These are men who made a lot of money and then bought a hobby. ….

And most of these men try their hardest to convince the average fan that it’s the players — you know, the people who actually make up the teams that play the sport — that are overpaid, in an industry in which various people ‘win’ Super Bowl rings merely for being lucky enough to have been born with the last names Mara or Rooney.

This is why we as a country must nationalize all sports.”

— Alex Pareene, “Hot sports take: Fire the owners and nationalize all sports!” Salon

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Dan Snyder Fires Mike Shanahan

December 30, 2013

Dan Snyder Fires Dan Shanahan
Another American joined the ranks of the unemployed today as Dan Snyder, owner of Washington DC’s NFL team (the one with a racial slur for a name), fired coach Mike Shanahan.

Mr.Shanahan was the 7th head coach under team owner Snyder since he bought the franchise in 1999. Sounds like the franchise needs a new owner much more than a new coach. A new name wouldn’t hurt, either.

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Rob Ford, Sports Junkie

December 5, 2013

Rob Ford, Sports Junkie

106.7 THE FAN Sports Radio in Washington has a new heavyweight sports commentator, The Honorable  Rob Ford, the controversial Toronto mayor. Mr. Ford will phone in to the station every Thursday. He’s got lots more free time since the Toronto City Council relieved him of most duties. Perhaps  he can find 6 more radio stations to call on each of other days of the week.

Anyway, the show is broadcast on 106.7 FM Thursday morning from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM Eastern Time. If you’re not in the Metro DC area you can tune in online here.

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DC’s NFL Team Lives Up to Its Name

November 19, 2013

DC's NFL Team Lives Up to Its Name

Washington DC’s professional football team lived up to its name in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The DC team, named after a variety of potato (USDA B 2368-4) with a red-pigmented skin, was buried in the turf like its namesake tuber for a 24 – 16 loss. Washington players will have plenty of time to plan their vegetable gardens since, with a 3-7 record, they’re probably gonna be out of the playoffs.

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Boston’s Turn to Howl!

October 31, 2013

Boston's Turn to Howl!

Boston won Game 6 on Wednesday and clinched the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park . The last time the Red Sox won the title at home was in 1918, when the Military Fly-Over was a flock of Army homing pigeons.

More:

“Red Sox cap season with World Series title,” Peter Abraham, Boston Globe

“2013 World Series: Red Sox take third title in 10 seasons,” Barry Svrluga, Washington Post

“An unforgettable season of redemption,” Matt Pepin, Boston.com 

“Red Sox Rout Cardinals to Win Series,” David Waldstein, New York Times

“Red Sox Players To Shave Beards,” Courtney Subramanian, Time Magazine blog

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NFL R-Word Rally in Green Bay On Sunday

September 14, 2013

NFL R-Word Rally in Green Bay on Sunday
There will be a protest this Sunday at Lambeau Field when the Packers host a team from the Nation’s Capital, the NFL team with a Native American slur for a name. That game will be played in an Oneida neighborhood, Green Bay Wisconsin. New York’s Oneida Nation will air local radio spots protesting that racist team name, so even the Menominee community 45 miles away will get the message. But will DC team owner Dan Snyder?

Mr. Snyder has thus far avoided hearing the voice of reason calling for a team name change, but the Washington Post editorial board heard it loud and clear. So have many sportswriters, most recently Christine Brennan of USA Today. Mark Murphy, CEO of the Green Bay Packers, a former DC player who wore that racist name on his jersey in two Superbowls, says Mr. Snyder should think about changing it. So does NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

As Keith Olbermann observes, the Washington team’s moniker has been “the last racist name you can say at the office without being fired” thanks to Dan Snyder and the NFL.

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Oneida Nation Takes on the DC R-Word

September 8, 2013

Oneida Nation Takes on the DC R-Word

The Oneida Indian Nation has kicked off a campaign to pressure Washington’s pro football team into changing its name. “Using a slur and making a mascot out of our indigenous culture has no place in such a society,” says Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter. “We believe that with the help of our fellow professional football fans, we can get the NFL to realize the error of its ways and make a very simple change.”

When DC’s NFL team opens its season against the Eagles at home this Monday, a “Change the Mascot” radio spot will run on  all-news WTOP and sports-talk WJFK. When the team goes on the road, so will the radio campaign to end use of this trademarked racial slur.

Billionaire team owner Dan Snyder claims Native Americans don’t see the name as derogatory, but the Oneidas see otherwise. Judging by coverage of this issue in Indian Country Today, they are not alone.

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Give me an H! Give me an A! Give me a Z–I–N–G!

September 1, 2013

Give me an H! Give me an A! Give me a Z--I--N--G!

The human pyramid of championship cheerleading came crashing down at Towson University last week. The entire Towson Tiger Cheerleading Team, every single girl, was suspended for hazing. “Hazing in any form will not be tolerated at Towson University,” said university VP Deb Moriarty, and the school’s hazing policy is clear. The cheerleaders are also banned from performing or practicing their quasi-sport, but perhaps they will have a role in Towson’s Hazing Prevention Week, conveniently scheduled for September 23-27, 2013.

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Contest With a Twist

July 30, 2013

Contest With a Twist

“After three days of competition in the 2013 Rubik’s Cube World Championships at the Riviera, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia was crowned the new champion on Sunday ….

There were 15 events and 575 competitors from 37 countries from Friday through Sunday, and Zemdegs, in an orange hoodie, was victorious, completing his 3×3 Rubik’s cube in 8.18 seconds.”

— “Aussie wins 2013 Rubik’s Cube World Championships at Riviera,”  Don Chareunsy, Las Vegas Sun

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