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Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 01:42 PM PDT

DK Fantasy Football - Last chance!

by Danno11

So, we've filled six leagues with friends & community members & I thought that would do it but my kos mail got a few messages from folks who wanted in. Therefore, we've opened the DKFL VII. Yeah, seven.

We've been at this for twelve years now & we're happy to do our small part when it comes to community building at DK.

The details are below if you'd like to join. As usual, the leagues are free to play. All you need is a Yahoo ID!

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"Protect the Shield" is the number 1 job of the folks in the offices at the NFL.

Football season is nigh upon us. The unofficial start to the season, the annual release of the Madden football video game, occurred this week and the official kickoff game is next Thursday. In a brief break from politics, Wide World of Sports decided to take a look at what the season might have in store off the field.

The National Football League is close to a year-round national obsession. Fans can watch games, play fantasy football and even get news directly from the league's own tv channel. Simply put, professional football is big business and, like every other industry in the US, the NFL has a lot of skeletons it would prefer to keep in the closet.

The NFL earned "just north of" $9 billion last year. The league makes money in a myriad of ways, most notably from the $6 billion it earned from television rights.

But there are issues. There are drug issues, both performance enhancing and recreational. There is the concussion issue. There is homophobia and there is bullying.

And there are domestic violence issues. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to the league's 32 teams on August 28, 2014 to address them in particular.

Goodell didn't waste much time before addressing the 2 game suspension of Ray Rice after he was caught on tape dragging his unconscious fiance out of a hotel elevator.
My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families.

I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values.

I didn't get it right.

Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.

Is this letter part of an honest effort to address the issue of domestic violence? Or is it simply a PR whitewash? Only time will tell but, as I said, there are a lot of issues to address and we thought we would take a look at some of them here.
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Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM PDT

Football. Deadspin. It's back.

by EdMass

Reposted from EdMass by EdMass

Every year Deadspin runs a series on "Why Your Team Sucks"

Back and hilarious as ever.

Why your Team Sucks

Go to the bottom of the page to see who they have covered so far.

Why Your Team Sucks 2014: AFC South: Titans | Jaguars | Texans | Colts NFC South: Falcons |Buccaneers | Panthers | Saints
Enjoy.
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Reposted from Top Comments by Dave in Northridge

TopCommentsRedux

I have been running from this diary for years now. I mentioned it in a diary I wrote in April, about diaries I have to write, but the timestamps on some of the materials I have gathered for it date back to 2012, if not before, as do text documents where the writing began. However, the subject of the diary has just been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, and that means the time has come.

More below, but first, a word from our sponsor ...

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Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM PDT

DK Fantasy Football - Full for now!

by Danno11

As usual, demand for DK Fantasy Football is high. We have over forty-five players in the group and we still have room for a few more. We've been at this for twelve years now & we're happy to do our small part when it comes to community building at DK.

Simply put, we're just talking football and having a good time with fellow Kossacks. That's it.

Details on the leagues are below the jump! As always, the league is free to play. All you need is a Yahoo ID.

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Who is your #1 draft pick?

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Reposted from LeftOfYou by Dave in Northridge
Rainbow flag
Today, Major League Baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig, announced the appointment of former major leaguer, Billy Bean, as Baseball's Ambassador for Inclusion.
In his new role, Bean, who made public his homosexuality in 1999, will provide guidance and training related to efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout Major League Baseball. He will work with Major and Minor League clubs to encourage equal opportunity in accordance with the joint MLB-MLBPA Workplace Code of Conduct.
As an institution, Major League Baseball is marking the occasion of tonight's MLB All-Star Game, aka the Midsummer Classic, by highlighting an official policy of inclusion for the National Pastime. The MLB General Manager for Baseball Operations, Joe Torre, today signed the pledge advocated by the organization Athlete Ally, that states:
   "I pledge to lead my athletic community to respect and welcome all persons, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Finally, at tonight's game, baseball will honor Lutha Burke, the sister of the late former Major League outfielder Glenn Burke, to pay homage to the first openly gay man to play the major league game.

Watch the stands when Major League Baseball honors its gay Jackie Robinson in front of an international TV audience and a packed ballpark. Those flashes you see might be cameras, but then again, they might be right wing homophobe's heads exploding.

If you are not a baseball fan you can step out into the tall grass for some inside baseball info about Bud Selig, Billy Bean, Joe Torre and Glenn Burke.

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Reposted from Just a thought... by Dave in Northridge

Unfortunately, it's not the one you might think:

USA Today

The San Francisco Giants are considering a policy that could prohibit fans from wearing items such as fake headdresses in what American Indian activist Suzan Shown Harjo believes would be a first for a major-league sports franchise.

The proposed policy, which is still in the working stages, could potentially say that fans who wear culturally insensitive attire to games or use culturally insensitive language could be asked to stop by Giants security or potentially be asked to leave the stadium.

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Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 01:14 PM PDT

Colombia y Uruguay - whirled cup

by agnostic

Reposted from Church of Ineffable Stupidity by JamesGG

Lots of stories, including a few biting remarks, but those come later.

Uruguay started mean, lean, *iting machine, but Colombia is showing something.

I expect a yellow soon, just for arguing.

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Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 01:14 PM PDT

Brazil - Chile whirled cup blog

by agnostic

Reposted from Church of Ineffable Stupidity by JamesGG

It is on! And already tons of excitement. Two Chileans received yellows, making them not eligible should they win today. Brazil has been pressing hard, but Chile seems to squeak by.

Brazil scored earlier, and came close on a couple of shot in front of the net.
Chile tied it, and towards the end, came close to getting a lead

There're is no other way to put it: they are going full tilt. Some brutal collisions, some fantastic plays.

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Who?

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Reposted from El Bloguero by JamesGG

Your Bloguero loves futbol utterly and completely. In that he’s a lot like millions of people around the world. And like them, he knows that beginning on Thursday he will put everything on hold (read: Everything) for a month so that he can bask in the World Cup Finals, broadcast live from Brazil.  Ah. Your Bloguero suspects that most Kossacks don’t give a hoot about this. Yes, to be sure, there are others, probably a vocal minority, who are fanatics (like your Bloguero), but in general, those of you who don’t care, really don’t care.

I know, I know. It’s a democratic blog. WTF does the World Cup have to do with that? Eh?  There’s no reason to get an attitude about this. Really. Your Bloguero is thrilled to explain it a bit.  And he knows that the faithful from across site will join in.

The simplest explanation. The entire world is going to be glued to these games. Other things are important, but nothing is more important across the continents. Want to understand the world? Understand this event.

Join your Blogero on the otherside of the goal.

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Reposted from Steven Payne by Dave in Northridge

The Washington Redskins led a campaign today asking their fans to put Harry Reid in his place for his effort to shame the team and its owner into dropping its offensive name. Recently, Senator Reid and 49 other US Senators signed a letter to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to put pressure on owner Dan Snyder to finally do the right thing.

Clearly this didn't sit well with Snyder so his public relations team cooked up this boneheaded plan. What they didn't expect was the overwhelming response from people turning the campaign on its head and telling Snyder what they thought about his obdurate racism.

The one below is my favorite, wherein we learn that Harry Reid couldn't be happier that the public weighed in overwhelmingly in support of a name change.

I don't expect Snyder to have a change of heart and come to the realization that yes, the name is racist, but it certainly is good to see people standing up for what is decent and right.

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Reposted from Virally Suppressed by Dave in Northridge

Mr. Daugherty:

As a sports columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer, you are entitled to publish a wide array of opinions concerning St. Louis Rams and University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. For instance, it would be perfectly reasonable for you to express the belief that last year's SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year was drafted in the 7th round of this year's NFL Draft, just 7 spots from the bottom and the ignominious distinction of being labeled “Mr. Irrelevant”, because his game projects very poorly to the professional level. At 6' 2” and 261 lbs, Sam is caught in the no-mans-land of the NFL “tweener,” a designation reserved for those players who are too small to play defensive end, yet lack the quickness and maneuverability required of a linebacker. Considering his pedestrian scores at the NFL scouting combine and lackluster performance at the Senior Bowl, the argument can be made that Sam simply doesn't have the physical tools to excel in the NFL like he did at Mizzou. Those are all sound criticisms that are bolstered by empirical facts and the opinions of men and women who know far more about football than I do, and they would have made for an informative and interesting column.

Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) runs on the field before the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri beat Oklahoma State 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Sam, running onto the field before his last game at the University of Missouri

Your article concerning Michael Sam in this Monday's edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer, titled “Dolphins/Don Jones Exemplify Troubling Trend”, was interesting and informative as well, but perhaps not for the reasons you intended. It was interesting that The Enquirer would publish an article in which one of it's employees defends the right of multi-billion dollar enterprises and sports team owners to discriminate against American Indians (Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder), African Americans (LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling) and women (Augusta National Golf Club), and it was informative in the sense that you have made clear in a very public forum that you should stick to writing about what happens inside places like Paul Brown Stadium and not outside of them.

In your editorial, you take umbrage with the way in which the Miami Dolphins handled the extracurricular activities of their employee, defensive back Don Jones, who felt it incumbent upon himself to tweet out “omg” and “horrible” when ESPN broadcast Michael Sam's reaction to being drafted that included a kiss between Sam and his boyfriend. In response to these actions, the Dolphins—who are still trying to shed the ill-repute that came with the revelation that guard Richie Incognito and several other Dolphins had routinely subjected their teammate Jonathan Martin to homophobic slurs, “inappropriate physical touching,” lewd sexual remarks about his sister and a plethora of racist epithets—decided to fine Jones and mandate that he go to sensitivity training before he was allowed back onto the team. It was at this point in your article that you remarked, without even the slightest hint of irony, “Do you punish Jones for what he tweeted? To the extent the Dolphins have? I mean, sensitivity training?”

Yes, Paul Daugherty, sensitivity training. As in the place an employee is sent by his or her employer after he or she makes offensive or culturally insensitive remarks at the workplace or, in this case on Twitter. The last time I checked, broadcasting to the entire world your contempt and disgust for a display of affection between two gay men qualifies as being insensitive. Of course, the argument you put forth in your piece is that these remarks are not insensitive or, at the very least, are insensitive, but widespread enough to prohibit censure. “Jones isn't a radical,” you tell us. “Lots of people think the way Don Jones does. Do they all need to be re-educated too?” Yes, Paul Daugherty. Yes they do. Just because a large mass of people hold a common belief does not mean that that belief is societally acceptable. In the not so distant past, lots of people thought it was “horrible” for a black man to be in a loving relationship with a white woman. The soil underneath thousands of trees in our nation is still stained with the blood of the strange fruit that hanged from it because for centuries we as a nation tolerated and encouraged the belief that interracial marriage was unacceptable. Some Americans still cling to this hateful belief, but after more than a century of bloodshed, heartache and hard-won legislative victories, they are but a small minority. We have yet to reach this level of societal acceptance with the civil rights of LGBT Americans, but we are on our way.

In your article, you accuse those of us who are defending Micheal Sam of being selectively tolerant, charging that we hold true to the creed that says, “I will tolerate your point of view, as long as it's in line with mine.” By this reasoning it is in fact we, the supposed champions of acceptance, who are being closed-minded in not tolerating the views of our opposition. The only problem, Mr. Daugherty, is that your sentiment is little more than petulant sophistry from someone who is either unwilling or incapable of acknowledging the existence of prejudice against the LGBT community. You say that Jones didn't yell fire in a crowded theater, but he did. His ignorant and hateful views are but one part of the vast mosaic of gay, lesbian and transgender discrimination in this country that causes LGBT youth to attempt suicide 4 times as often as their straight peers. It is the Don Jones's of our nation who perpetuate a culture in which gay men are 3 times as likely to report hate violence to the police than their straight counterparts, and it is columnists like yourself who give that culture the air it needs to breathe.

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