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NFL Owner’s Meetings Notes: Herm Edwards, Carl Peterson and Short Hair; Byron Leftwich Being Blackballed?; Darren McFadden and the NFL’s All-Seeing Eyes

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willismaria.jpgHerm takes one for the league
This morning on ESPN’s First Take, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Steve Wyche reporting from the NFL Owners Meetings said that it was Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards who suggested the proposal for the NFL’s “no more long hair” mandate.

Of course it’s about race; not in the traditional, overt sense, but the late 20th early 21st century, subtle, psychological sense of: dreadlocks and braids present an inappropriate image, (whatever that image is) which is completely separate from and unrelated to, reality.  Because all but one player whose hair covers his jersey is black, race is involved. Additionally, the NFL let us know race is involved in this proposed mandate because of the race of the head coach they chose to be the front man for their cause. There are a number of prominent coaches and GMs with military ties, be they brother, father, or grandfather and father.

Of course Edwards is the front man for Carl Peterson. The former NFL cornerback has long played good soldier for the league and speaks of the league as the greatest thing since red beans and rice. Yet the reality of this situation is if Herm truly led the way for this proposed mandate it would have been reported from the beginning and certainly when debate concerning the issue ensued.

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The Final Four – UCLA-Memphis, Kansas-North Carolina: What’s In a Name?

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joeydorsey.jpgNext Saturday in San Antonio will mark the first time four number one seeds will do an on-court two-step in the Final Four. UCLA-Memphis, Kansas-North Carolina will be the matchups.

Saturday, UCLA Boa Constrictor-ed Xavier, 76-57. The Bruins choked off most forays to the basket and in the process made 5’7″ Musketeer point guard Drew Lavender look like a 4’7″ Mouseketeer. Each time Lavender drove through the lane he would vanish like a UFO abductee. He would disappear; the ball would be spit out to the wing minus the point guard, and the next time Lavender would be seen was a time leap later chasing down UCLA’s Darren Collison on the defensive end of the floor.

Kevin Love was simply dominant on both ends of the floor while Russell Westbrook shot 7-11 from the floor. Throw in Luc Mbah a Moute’s 13-point 13 rebound performance and Collison’s 19 points and the defensive job he did on Xavier’s catalyst, Lavender, and UCLA barely missed Josh Shipp’s dismal 1-7 from the floor disaster of a game.

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Lebron James: Beyond Kong

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Ahhh, how far you can go when your job, self-appointed or otherwise, is to constantly scrutinize the media. Watching the Watchers‘ “Rogers Cadenhead” continued the search for posters and depictions analogous to the recent LeBron James-Gisele Bundchen American Vogue cover. What he found is astonishing and lends more credence to my assertion that Annie Leibovitz knew exactly what she was doing.

Again, there is no way Leibovitz, arguably the top portrait photographer of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, made a mistake and just “missed” with the depictions of James and Bundchen.

Judge for yourself.

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Wiping Barry Bonds from AT&T: Peter Magowan’s and MLB’s Master Plan

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bondsmagowan.jpgIn a move that is as crass as it is reprehensible, San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan removed any sign of Barry Bonds’ presence at SBC bought by Pac Bell, merged with AT&T Park.

Not even a “756” sign remains.

The move also illustrates the worth of an athlete, even one who filled the pockets of the 16 National League team owners with money beyond their wildest wants – including Magowan.


Even longtime San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Scott Ostler, who has never been confused with someone who has had a balanced perspective of the all-time home run leader, understands the significance of the profits generated by 14 years of service to Magowan and the Giants franchise:

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March 28, 2008 at 1:40 am

NPR: LeBron and Vogue; Bonds Blackballed?; C-Webb Retires

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Barry Bonds is looking for a new baseball team, Chris Weber calls it quits, and critics say LeBron James looks like King Kong on the latest issue of Vogue magazine. It’s all fuel for our sports bloggers’ roundtable.

NPR’s Tony Cox talks with sports bloggers Chad Brown of Alpha Blog Sports, Jemele Hill of, and D-Wil of Sports On My Mind.

Click here for the link to the show.

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March 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm

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SOMM March Madness Bracket Contest

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It’s Sweet 16 time and it’s time to look at the standings in the SOMM March Madness Bracket Contest.

In the first round S2N (Signal to Noise ) led the way with 25 correctly-picked games and Ryan McNeill, owner of Hoops Addict with 24 posted the top scores after round one of the SOMM Big Dance Pick ‘Em on Yahoo! Sports. J Spraitz, MODI, and yours truly are three games behind S2N with 22 picks.

The rest of the competitors brackets looked like this: oj mustard (JB) – 21 with Clemson making a run to the Elite 8, brian – 20 who, in addition to being another Clemson casualty has Baylor becoming a feel-good story and advancing to the Elite 8, “look out for snakes” and MCB are tied with 19, and “Ink’s Hersey Hawkin’s Revenge” bringing up the rear with 18.

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March 27, 2008 at 11:42 am

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Pacman Jones and “Limited Hangout”

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pacmanjones.jpgAdam “Pacman” Jones says he can’t say he’s never, ever going to strip clubs but he says he is staying away from the poled palaces for the next “three or four years.”

Jones is a fantastic athlete with that rare combination – for a human being – of absolute fearlessness plus the ability to see the field and get his body to do exactly what his mind is telling it do to that most men like to think they have but really do not. This makes for incredible football players but has no bearing actions and decisions made in the real world.

That Jones has encountered no problems since his suspension helps his cause in seeking reinstatement to the NFL by Commissioner Roger Goodell. That Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has stated that he is interested in trading with the Tennessee Titans for the cornerback and punt-kickoff returner also bolsters the argument for Jones’ reinstatement.

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Invalidating Jemele Hill: When You Cause a Stir… Face Slaps Follow

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kongpiss.jpgBecause articles from its computers are more often than not the first to be read by the public, the Associate Press news service monolith often acts as a tone-setter for discourse of news events. In the case of the stir caused by the LeBron James-Gisele Bundchen American Vogue cover, though, someone at the organization feels that the growing controversy is important enough to attempt to act as the final word when it comes to discussions of race and racism.

And, of course, act to invalidate the concerns of many black people and people in general who feel the depiction of James is closer to King Kong then King James.

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An Intro to What Was Written Before: Isiah Cannot Be Larry (Donnie Walsh Goes to the Knicks?); Cut Your Hair; Hibbert, Neither Athletic nor Smart

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hibbert.jpgI just posted over 3,000 words about this (see below).

I just awakened, turned on the television and I’m watching ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning television-radio simulcast and Larry Bird, already the president of the Indiana Pacers is now the CEO” of the franchise and has “full” control over the Indiana Pacers after Donnie Walsh took over Isiah Thomas’ job as GM – CEO – of the New York Knicks.

And the NFL wants to regulate hair length.

Isiah Thomas has been just crushed in the press for his basketball decisions and presiding over a floundering franchise. The year Larry Bird arrived in Indiana, they were 61-21. Since they have won 44, 41, 35, and have won only 29 games so far this season. Yet in yesterday’s press conference in Indianapolis Bird said now that Walsh is gone he can remake the franchise. And according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Bird overruled Walsh on many key team and player decisions, leaving Walsh as a figurehead general manager. Bird is generally attributed – acclaimed – for the firing of Thomas as head coach, according to longtime Indianapolis Star columnist, Bob Kravitz:

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Race and Sports: Maybe If the Cards Are Laid Out on the Table…?

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negroleague.jpgRacism, the 21st century version, is as insidious as it has been at any point in U.S. history. Gone are the days of knowing which side of the tracks to live to distinguish white and black. Gone are the days of knowing that for a black person, to cross those tracks is to cross at one’s own peril. Though those tracks do still exist, we are at a time when, at every turn, the tracks are purposely blurred and a black person is just as likely to be the defender of the white, male, Western power structure as is the white person for whom he works.

And, as it has been throughout the 20th century, racism is most clearly seen through the lens of sports.

Today, there are no segregation-mandated Negro Baseball League, no blacks-only American Tennis Association in reaction to all-white tennis. And the presence of Tiger Woods was to bring a glut of black golfers to the pro ranks.

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