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A Form of Release 0

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Prioritizationizing 0

From sportswriter extraordinaire Bob Molinaro:

At a time when some big earners are taking financial haircuts, ESPN notes that the highest-paid public employee in 40 states is a football or men’s basketball coach. Clearly then, the priorities of the other 10 states need adjustment.

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Flag Daze, Reprise 0

At AL.com, John Goodman remarks on NASCAR’s recent decision to ban the Confederate battle ensign from its events and properties (while wondering how said ban will be enforced), but notes that we should not forget that NASCAR waged a long and enthusiastic campaign over many decades to associate itself with said flag. Here’s a bit:

Try and understand, though — and this might be hard for many — but modern-day NASCAR fans who love that flag and say they associate it with a culture built around a sport are not completely to blame for that ignorance. The celebration of the Confederate flag by NASCAR helped normalize the symbol, and further alienate the South from the rest of the country.

When South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond and his Dixiecrats started waving the Confederate battle flag to associate it with their pro-segregation politics, Thurmond used NASCAR to advance his agenda. NASCAR was happy to help because it was a profitable partnership.

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From the “No Self-Awareness” Dept. 0

Bob Molinaro, sports writer extraordinaire, catches the irony:

The Redskins — the Redskins, mind you — joined other sports organizations this week in standing against racism. If the irony doesn’t register with you, give it another thought.

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Stray Thought, Long Time Out Dept. 0

You know the Sports Department at my local rag is getting desperate from the lack of sports news when they run the results of the Canadian Football League draft on the sports page where they would normally have box scores.

I can’t find it on their website, but I saw it with my own eyes.

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A Glimmer of Sunshine 0

Bob Molinaro. sportswriter extraordinaire, looks on the bright side:

(Major League Commissioner Rob–ed.) Manfred said this week that baseball is “probably not gonna be able to do” a 162-game schedule. So what he’s saying is, it’s less likely that the Orioles will lose 100 games again.

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Super Bowl Boor 0

Self-important culture warrior throws penalty flag for “backfield in motion.”

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Twits on Twitter 0

Sporting twits.

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Yet another schoolyard Trumpling.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Sportswriter extraordinaire Bob Molinaro:

On Monday, the Jets tweeted out birthday wishes to 28-year-old safety Bennett Jackson. Later that day, they cut him. And then deleted the tweet.

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

And now, the rest of the story.

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

A Trumpled high school football game.

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Mythical Creatures 0

Image One:  Nessie.  Image Two:  Bigfoot.  Image Three:  Flying saucer.  Image Four:  NCAA-certified student athlete.

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Mythical Creatures 0

Image One:  Nessie.  Image Two:  Bigfoot.  Image Three:  Flying saucer.  Image Four:  NCAA-certified student athlete.

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Learn more.

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If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

Frame One:  Man looks at television as male athlete celebrates and thinks,

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It’s Only a Game, Folks 0

Words fail me.

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Cart Blanked 0

A golf cart fights back.

Five people were injured Friday at the US Open when one of several boxes being loaded onto a golf cart fell onto the accelerator and sent the cart into spectators.

The California Highway Patrol says a vendor parked the cart near the 16th hole at Pebble Beach and was walking away when a box fell onto the gas pedal, moving it forward as it circled at full speed.

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Misty Water-Colored Memories 0

I thought these were a thing of the past.

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Damned If You, Damned If You Don’t 0

Sportswriter extraordinaire Bob Molinaro catches the irony:

Maybe hustling is overrated. The Mets’ Robinson Cano, a chronic loafer, was criticized last weekend for failing to run out a pair of ground balls. So Wednesday, he ran hard on a grounder to shortstop and pulled up lame with tightness in his left quadriceps. He’s on the injured list.

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Great Moments in Duh 2

According to the bright lights sportscasters who did the pregame show before last night’s Phillies-Nationals game, this is a (not-to-scale because I had one ear on the game) diagram of the “quadrants” of the strike zone.

Diagram of strike zone divided into six (sic) quadrants.

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