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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.
Bob Molinaro, sports writer extraordinaire, catches the irony:
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.
Bob Molinaro. sportswriter extraordinaire, looks on the bright side:
Sportswriter extraordinaire Bob Molinaro:
A golf cart fights back.
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.
Sportswriter extraordinaire Bob Molinaro catches the irony: