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ESPN Writer: Post-9/11 Patriotism in Sports 'Forced,' 'Uncomfortably Nationalistic'

ESPN Senior Writer Howard Bryant used a recent column to question and express concern over what he perceives as the now permanent and inextricable relationship between American sports and patriotism. In Bryant’s view, the “sports-military-patriotism alliance” post 9/11 has co-opted sports from a “neutral oasis” and perverted it into a nationalistic, pro-American political pep rally where fans on game day are “forced” either through intimidation or gullibility, to participate in patriotic rituals.   Jul 13, 2013 6:00 AM PT

WSJ Columnist Labels Obama 'President Asterisk'

Comparing the unfair advantage of the IRS's targeting conservative groups to professional athletes taking illegal steroids, James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal believes Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign deserves the mark frequently associated with sports's most dubious record breakers: the asterisk. (Roger Maris not included) May 20, 2013 7:25 PM PT

Exclusive: George W. Bush Gives Veteran 'Ultimate Halftime Speech'

As thousands of out-of-town guests arrived by car and plane in Dallas, Texas for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, one Marine Corps veteran, Brendan O’Toole, arrived by a less conventional route. So unconventional, as it happened, that several people wanted to learn more. And among those interested in hearing about the circumstances leading up to O’Toole’s arrival was none other than President George W. Bush.  May 14, 2013 11:04 AM PT

D.C. Council Member Wants Name Change: 'Hail to the Redtails'

D.C. City Council may soon take its turn to “officially” run with a familiar beltway political football: the Washington Redskins “name change” issue. While “Hail to the Redtails” is likely to become the most requested tune on the politically correct jukebox, a “non-scientific user poll” included in The Washington Post article, would appear to indicate a strong aversion to the remix. May 2, 2013 10:41 AM PT

Top Winter Athletes 'Urge' Climate Action from Obama: 'Reject' Keystone Pipeline

Alarmed by “human-caused” warming, 75 Winter Olympic and X-Game athletes sent President Barack Obama a letter last week “asking” for executive action. Specifically, they requested the president to: 1) “Issue standards under the Clean Air Act that cut carbon pollution from America’s aging power plant – at least 25 percent by 2020,” and 2) “Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.” Apr 20, 2013 6:59 AM PT

PETA to Police 'Slob' Hunters with Drones

Recreational hunters be warned because according to the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA), the far-left group “is planning to acquire a drone...to spy on hunters and catch them in the act as they terrorize animals and break game laws.” Apr 9, 2013 12:36 PM PT

Release the Drones: PETA Plans to Spy from the Sky on 'Slob' Hunters

Recreational hunters be warned. According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the far-left group “is planning to acquire a drone...to spy on hunters and catch them in the act as they terrorize animals and break game laws.” In a statement released Monday, the group said: “PETA aims to collect video footage of any illegal activity, including drinking while in the possession of a firearm...maiming animals and failing to pursue them so that they die slowly and painfully...” Apr 9, 2013 7:37 AM PT

Sandy Hook Referenced as reason to Ban Dodge Ball

Stephanie Wimmer, a Windham, New Hampshire School Board member who voted recently to implement a district-wide ban on “human target games” (dodgeball), could have used innumerable examples to rationalize her decision, but instead chose to evoke a national tragedy: Sandy Hook. Apr 2, 2013 1:34 PM PT

Rep. Files Bill to 'Pressure' Redskins Name Change

A House Democrat on Wednesday offered a “solution” to the Redskins name change controversy: The Non-Disparagement of American Indians in Trademark Registrations Act of 2013. According to The Hill, the legislation “would prevent the term ‘Redskins’ from being trademarked” and is “a move intended to put pressure on the Washington football club to change its name.” Mar 22, 2013 1:18 PM PT

Liberty Flames Fight, but Fall to NC A&T

Our analysis ranked the Liberty Flames as the worst team in the NCAA tournament this year with a rating of 5 out of 50, but the school founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell was relentless in taking North Carolina A&T to the wire. After ten NCAA Tournament appearances, this one being their first since 1995, North Carolina A&T won its first ever tournament game and will now face overall number one tournament favorite Louisville. Coming off the bench, junior guard Jeremy Underwood had a perfect 6-for-6 shooting night from the field and scored 19 points to lead the Aggies (20-16). Mar 19, 2013 8:04 PM PT

Figure Four Diplomacy: Ric Flair and Muhammad Ali Tag Team N. Korea in 1995

In 1995, wrestling legend and GOP supporter Ric Flair, contemplating a trip to North Korea, called good friends Senators Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms and both offered the same advice: "Don't Go." The allure, however, to headline "a spectacular one time global event" with Muhammad Ali helped to ease any apprehension. Mar 18, 2013 1:22 PM PT

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