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February 9, 2014
"I’m Michael Sam. I’m a football player and I’m gay." Sam, a Mizzou standout and SEC Defensive Player of the Year expected to be taken during the early rounds of this year’s NFL draft, is very likely to become the first openly-gay active player in NFL history. Wowza.

"I’m Michael Sam. I’m a football player and I’m gay." Sam, a Mizzou standout and SEC Defensive Player of the Year expected to be taken during the early rounds of this year’s NFL draft, is very likely to become the first openly-gay active player in NFL history. Wowza.

20:18 // 2 months ago
November 20, 2013

Shocking figures emerge after Algeria tops Burkina Faso in World Cup qualifier

  • 12 people died during the celebrations that followed Algeria’s 1-0 win over Burkina Faso on Tuesday, a win that guaranteed the country I spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Nine of the twelve died in automotive accidents.
  • 240 people have also been confirmed injured in the twenty-four hours since the win, as celebrations persisted throughout heavy rains on Tuesday night. source
18:19 // 5 months ago
October 27, 2013
usatodaysports:

Whoa. MARCHING BAND DINOSAUR GIF!

Insanely impressive. 

usatodaysports:

Whoa. MARCHING BAND DINOSAUR GIF!

Insanely impressive. 

14:25 // 5 months ago
September 23, 2013
Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code provides for the exemption of business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade and professional football leagues, which are not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
The NFL is considered a nonprofit by federal law (in fact, as the tax-code quote shows above, the league gets a specific call-out). How the heck did that happen? Long story, but Sen. Tom Coburn wants to change that.
15:57 // 7 months ago
September 8, 2013
An NFL spokesman would only jokingly say that Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus have been ruled out as performers.
The Los Angeles Times, reporting on a rumor that Bruno Mars was going to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
10:04 // 7 months ago
August 28, 2013
rollingstone:

Aaron Hernandez might have been one of the NFL’s all-time greats, but he could never escape drugs, guns and a life of violence. Click through for our full interactive feature on murder suspect Aaron Hernandez.

This is a great piece with interesting design and compelling subject matter, but some questionable content teases here:



Certainly it’s fair to tease content in these pieces, but there’s certainly a lot of killing and destroying going on here. In this context, it glorifies the subject matter in a bad way.

rollingstone:

Aaron Hernandez might have been one of the NFL’s all-time greats, but he could never escape drugs, guns and a life of violence. Click through for our full interactive feature on murder suspect Aaron Hernandez.

This is a great piece with interesting design and compelling subject matter, but some questionable content teases here:

Certainly it’s fair to tease content in these pieces, but there’s certainly a lot of killing and destroying going on here. In this context, it glorifies the subject matter in a bad way.

11:11 // 7 months ago
August 27, 2013
Generally, ESPN’s business interests will always be at odds with its journalism. It is not a journalism company. It’s an entertainment company. This is the age of journalism we live in, not just at ESPN but everywhere. Journalism is increasingly more corporate. When you get in bed with the devil, sooner or later you start growing your own horns.
A high-profile columnist for ESPN • Speaking off the record to The Nation about the media outlet’s decision to end a collaboration with PBS’ Frontline on the NFL’s concussion problems—this despite the fact that two journalists on ESPN’s payroll worked on the project, which includes a book and documentary, for more than a year. The lesson here? The NFL has a big contract with the network, and money talks.
19:52 // 7 months ago
May 28, 2013
Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw wide-spread disapproval among the NFL’s fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washington’s NFL football team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans.
A letter, signed by ten members of Congress, asking Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team’s name, saying it’s a derogatory term towards Native Americans. The team has repeatedly said that they do not consider the name offensive, and have no plans to change the name. Polling on the football team’s name favors keeping it in place. The effort was led by Rep. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, the congressman for the American Samoa.
17:43 // 11 months ago
May 26, 2013
NFL star and current Pittsburgh Steeler Plaxico Burress, who once shot himself in the leg with a 9mm pistol (and faced felony weapons charges, and eventually a prison term, as a result), is big on socks. So big that he started his own line of luxury socks. Complete with photos of models wearing striped socks. “An avid collector of luxury socks, Plaxico found himself always looking for the ‘perfect sock,’” the website claims. “Often, he would love the design, but not like the fit. Or he would like the fabric/material, and not like the length.” Plax loves his socks.

NFL star and current Pittsburgh Steeler Plaxico Burress, who once shot himself in the leg with a 9mm pistol (and faced felony weapons charges, and eventually a prison term, as a result), is big on socks. So big that he started his own line of luxury socks. Complete with photos of models wearing striped socks. “An avid collector of luxury socks, Plaxico found himself always looking for the ‘perfect sock,’” the website claims. “Often, he would love the design, but not like the fit. Or he would like the fabric/material, and not like the length.” Plax loves his socks.

10:46 // 11 months ago
May 23, 2013
10:10 // 11 months ago