"Joe Namath is probably the only man on the field who wishes it was colder."
— JOE BUCK
“I’ve never gone to a strip club and thrown money, so I couldn’t tell you. I guess, uh, trying to understand that there are other avenues and other ways you can make money, that women can do anything they want in this world. You can go out there and be a CEO of a company, you can go out there and like I said, same can be said for kids in the inner city, that the ceiling is limitless and don’t limit yourself to those possibilities and those circumstances.”
Seattle Seahawk RICHARD SHERMAN, answering this question from a reporter during the NFL’s media day: "All of you football guys going into the strip clubs, and throwing… raining down on these strippers. I think that’s a bad example for our young ladies. How can we stop that?"
Though he also could’ve called out players and other fans who would patronize these places during Super Bowl week (or ever), Sherman’s answer was a good answer from a class act.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman during the NFL’s Media Day in Newark, NJ. (Photos: Chang W. Lee / The New York Times and Elsa / Getty Images, both via the Times)
“The only reason it bothers me is that it seems like (calling people ‘thug’ is) the accepted way of calling people the n-word nowadays. … What’s the definition of a thug, really? Can a guy on the football field, just talking to people — maybe I’m talking loudly, or doing something I’m not supposed to be. But there was a hockey game where they didn’t even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that and I thought, ‘Oh man, I’m a thug?’”
Seattle Seahawks cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN, calling out the racist idiocy spread like wildfire online following his postgame interview with Erin Andrews last Sunday.
This is the hockey game he’s referring to; on CNN’s The Lead earlier today, a sports columnist pointed out that in hockey, players who regularly get into skirmishes on the ice aren’t regularly referred to as “thugs,” but “enforcers.”
Hmmmm. And yep.
(via Business Insider)
BVT News Roundup 14 January 2014.
- SPYNET: Hey, remember when the fictional Bruce Wayne did that thing in The Dark Knight that tied together everyone’s cell phones, turning them into a sort of huge radio antenna that could track just about anyone? Well, the NSA has been doing just that since 2008, implanting “radio pathway” software in 100,000 computers around the world. (NY Times)
- GUNS, 1: Ex-cop gets into fight with another moviegoer who was texting, shoots him dead. Who says gun owners overreact? (CNN) GUNS, 2: A 12-year-old boy is arrested after bringing a sawed-off shotgun to a middle school in Roswell, NM and shooting two students. Everything in that sentence is what’s wrong with America. (Albuquerque Journal)
- NET NEUTRALIZED: A federal appeals court strike down the FCC’s “net neutrality” mandate, allows cable companies and other Internet service providers to charge higher fees for faster service. (WashPo)
- OK EQUALITY: Federal judge strikes down Oklahoma’s ban on marriage equality but stays his ruling pending appeal. (USA Today)
- $760 million deal reached between the NFL and former players is nixed after judge expresses concern about the “fairness of the money figure.” (Sports Illustrated)
- Israeli defense minister is quoted saying U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Middle East peace efforts are “naive and foolhardy” and calls Kerry “messianic”; we hope Kerry responds with a 10,000-word speech on why the Israeli defense minister is a dick. (Time)
- JP Morgan will replace two million credit cards for customers affected by the Target security breach. (NPR)
- And finally… AUSTRALIAN DOPE-N: Players criticize tourney organizers after some collapse during temps reaching 108 degrees Farenheit / 41 degrees Celsius. One player hallucinated and thought he saw a famous cartoon dog. ”Wow, Snoopy,” said Canadian Frank Dancevic, after he fainted. ”That’s weird.” (Guardian)
(Photo of tennis player Frank Dancevic being tended to after fainting at the Australian Open by Aijaz Rahi / AP via The Guardian)
This Colts / Chiefs game is fucking amazing.
The photos from this past weekend’s Eagles vs. Lions football game are somewhat mesmerizing. (Photo of Philly QB Nick Foles glancing skyward during a snow-laden football game in Philadelphia on Sunday by Matt Rourke / AP via the New York Daily News)
Evening News Wrap Wednesday 4 December 2013.
- ANGUISH AND FEAR: Recordings of 911 calls to the Newtown, Connecticut police department during the Sandy Hook school massacre are released after AP and other news outlets file freedom of information requests. NRA probably listens to recordings and shrugs. (NY Times)
- ASSASSINATION: Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Laqis is gunned down outside his Beirut home; Israel denies involvement. (USA Today)
- "STRUCTURES AND PASTURELAND": An Arizona state agency is blamed for putting those interests over the safety of firefighters, 19 of whom perished battling a massive wildfire earlier this year; the fine is all of $559,000. (NY Times / LA Times)
- FIVE BILLION: That’s the number of cell phone records the National Security Administration collects overseas each motherfucking day. (WashPo)
- A truck carrying radioactive cobalt-60 was found soon after it was stolen in Mexico, its cargo container opened but with the material intact; unfortunately for the idiot(s) who opened it, they could die soon. (CNN / AP)
- BANKS A LOT: The feds will announce new mortgage fraud cases against banks in early 2014. (Reuters)
- Weeks after House Republicans move to cut billions of dollars in SNAP benefits, an analysis shows that the GOP is more likely to represent districts with high levels of participation in the food stamp program than do House Democrats. Republicans shrug. (Time)
- Meanwhile, President Obama calls on Americans to confront income inequality, the “defining challenge of our time.” Republicans shrug again. (Al Jazeera)
- Three former Ukrainian presidents back protesters angry at their government’s decision not to align with the European Union. (BBC)
- A year after going online-only, Newsweek is back in print. (Guardian)
- Pittsburgh Steelers coach acts like a dickhead on the field during a game, gets fined $100,000 and could cost his team a first round draft pick. (NY Daily News)
- KICKER: Scientists announce the oldest human DNA ever recovered — 400,000 years old — and show an “unexpected link” between Neanderthals in what is now Spain and another ancient predecessor of modern humans, the Denisovans from faraway Siberia. Apparently also discovered: the first-ever long-distance relationship. (NBC News)
(Scientific rendering of the Sima de los Huesos people, who lived 400,000 years ago in what is now Spain, by Javier Trueba / Madrid Scientific Films via NBC News)
Take a little boy and a little girl. A little boy falls down and the first thing we say as parents is ‘Get up, shake it off. You’ll be OK. Don’t cry.’ When a little girl falls down, what do we say? ‘It’s going to be OK.’ We validate their feelings. So right there from that moment, we’re teaching our men to mask their feelings, don’t show their emotions. And it’s that times 100 with football players. You can’t show that you’re hurt, you can’t show any pain. So for a guy to come into the locker room and he shows a little vulnerability, that’s a problem. That’s what I mean by the culture of the NFL. And that’s what we have to change.
… What’s going on in Miami goes on in every locker room. But it’s time for us to start talking. Maybe have some group sessions where guys sit down and maybe talk about what’s going on off the field or what’s going on in the building and not mask everything. Because the longer it goes untreated, the worse it gets.”
Chicago Bears receiver BRANDON MARSHALL, offering the most thoughtful appraisal yet of the Jonathan Martin bullying case.
If only there were more people like Brandon in the macho NFL. And if only more members of the media covered the story from this point of view.
(Chicago Tribune via Deadspin)