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St. Louis at Washington: Racism as the Game of the Week As five of the St. Louis Rams ran onto the field for the start of the game last Sunday, they paused for a moment to raise their hands in the air. A now-familiar sign of protest from Ferguson, Mo. “Hands up. Don’t shoot.” As […]

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The biggest threat: Richard Sherman or Chris Christie? A trio of fine local singer-songwriters – Steve Piper, Connie Deming and Scott Regan – were playing Sunday night, so I missed Sunday’s NFL playoff games. By my calculation, this is the 12th straight month that pro football has gone on without me, but I’ve been really […]

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Your 21st century NFL The most-important player in football today is an unemployed NFL punter. Even if you haven’t watched a single play this season – and I’m proud to say I haven’t – you may know Chris Kluwe. He’s the Minnesota Vikings punter who was an outspoken and effective spokesman for gay rights. He […]

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The misplaced story lines of the Super Bowl After the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, I left the neighbors’ house and went home. Again. I almost always leave the big game before it’s over. If I even watch it. Last year I was on a cruise ship in the Caribbean and happened to be passing […]

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Cain and Paterno: The powerful, and ignorant, circle the wagons The  week’s two biggest news makers, Herman Cain and Joe Paterno, share obvious elements. Both have been protected by tone-deaf defenders with an absolute unwillingness to accept the truth, to the point of lashing out against those with whom they disagree. Did Cain sexually harass two, three, […]

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Are you ready for an ignorant redneck? I was talking with the writer David Sedaris Tuesday evening – that’s right, I hang with all the cool kids – and the subject of Hank Williams Jr. came up. “I read the transcript of that interview,” Sedaris said. “Was he drunk?” If Williams wasn’t, he probably is […]

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The Abby Wambach bobblehead and the electric chair Our hometown U.S. women’s World Cup star, Abby Wambach, returned Wednesday night, and Kerry managed to secure tickets to the game. Nearly a dozen women who played in the World Cup were on the two teams, Wambach’s Florida-based majicJack (I guess that’s named for some kind of […]

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12,729 tacos! Even  the anguished death rattle in Nancy Grace’s voice after the Casey Anthony verdict, choking the planet like kudzu vines, cannot jar the zen-like calm that has descended upon me after finally seeing my first live baseball game of the year. True, it was the International League North Division’s last-place team, the Rochester Red […]

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I Don’t Pull Out But My Couch Does I arrived at the neighborhood Sunday Super Bowl party more than three hours before the kickoff. Special guests included members of a local barroom trivia team that calls itself “I Don’t Pull Out But My Couch Does.” We sat in front of the 47-inch TV like zombies until, […]

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A good week for civility and treason We wrapped up two of this country’s institutions this week, the World Series and an election. The series is the far-more American experience. The San Francisco Giants won with great pitching, which is what always carries the event. In particular, the long-haired, dope-smoking Tim Lincecum, whose propensity for […]

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