Chelsea FC Promoting “Equiano Stories,” New Film About Famed Abolitionist

Chelsea football club has done and continues to do a lot when it comes to promoting the ideals of racial and social justice. It’s really great that they do so, because, well, some of their supporters sometimes do the polar opposite.

And while these episodes tend to receive a lot of media coverage, the good news often gets buried. With that in mind, this Black History Month, we would like to spotlight the fact that Chelsea are asking their fans to follow @Equiano.Stories to meet 11-year-old Equiano and watch the new film Equiano Stories.

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Super Bowl Peaked in 1991 with Giants-Bills and Whitney Houston

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As Super Bowl LIV arrives, it’s time to reflect on the best of all the big games. In the early 1990s, the Buffalo Bills went to four straight Super Bowls and lost all four, but man did they help to provide one of the best Super Bowls of all time. Like Tom Petty said, “even the losers- get lucky sometimes.”

Obviously, they never did, in the end, but sometimes history is better when it’s written from the point of view of the losers. It wasn’t just the Buffalo Bills who made that Super Bowl so special. You also had the New York Giants, the American cultural landscape at that time, the political climate of January 1991, the NFL still residing in its pre-degradation period, the Super Bowl being a less hyper-corporatized entity in a not quite as crassly over-marketed state.

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Buy the 13th Amendment, or an Abraham Lincoln “Rookie Card”

It’s not everyday that you get to hold a really important piece of history in your own hands. And if you have a few hundred thousand dollars that’s burning a hole in your pocket, you can buy that piece of history for keeps too. Heritage Auction, based in Dallas, has put 530 artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln era up for bidding, on February 11-12, running in conjunction with Honest Abe’s birthday.

This includes the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery. The bidding for this lot opens at $200,000. It was on February 1st, 1865 that Abraham Lincoln signed the Amendment, and his home state, Illinois, became the first in the union to ratify it.

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Revisiting “Ram It,” L.A. Rams Sexually Suggestive 1986 Music Video

With the Los Angeles Rams now back in the Super Bowl, for the second time in four seasons, it’s the perfect time to revisit their 1986 music video “Let’s Ram It,” which didn’t exactly specialize in the art of subtlety.(editor’s note: we had an exclusive with the best and most notable player on the L.A. Rams side of “Ram It,” Eric Dickerson, read that in series here)

Remember, when the L.A. Rams recorded this monstrosity of a song, it was a very different time and completely different political climate. When the Rams moved back to L.A. a few years ago, the internet’s virtual time capsule was dug up and “Let’s Ram it” was re-explored. [Read more…]

In Die Hard, What Christmas Eve Bowl Game has Notre Dame vs USC?

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(Editor’s note: re-publishing this holiday season article from a previous year because it’s Christmas time)

This weekend begins the bowl season, and with it the crappy bowl games that very few of us care about. Saturday brings us a cadre of bowl games that are just as awful as whatever bowl game hosted Notre Dame and USC in the classic Christmas film “Die Hard.”

The total number of bowl games has multiplied at an absurd rate these past few decades, but one truth still remains- real bowl games don’t start until after Christmas, and for the most part well after Christmas.

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Eric Dickerson Believes SMU Death Penalty Delayed CFBHOF Entrance (Exclusive Part 2/3)

It’s a massive time for college football right now. Yesterday saw the College Football Playoff and bowl pairings announced. Tomorrow brings the enshrinement of the next College Football Hall of Fame class, of which Eric Dickerson will be a part.

We had an extensive exclusive with Dickerson, where we covered a wide-range of topics, including his belief that his induction was severely delayed due to the scandal that rocked his alma mater, Southern Methodist University. Dickerson, never one to pull any punches, let it fly during our interview.

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VIDEO: Actual “Black Sox,” White Sox-Reds 1919 World Series Footage

Editor’s note: re-publishing this from May 2014 as the Field of Dreams game unveiled their special uniforms today.

The Black Sox are one of the most compelling stories in Chicago sports history. The eight members of the Chicago White Sox ex-communicated from baseball forever for throwing the Cincinnati Reds comprise as intriguing and multi-layered scandals as you’ll find anywhere in sports history.

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Time to Rethink Black Sox Legacy Amid Field of Dreams Game

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Editor’s note: re-publishing this from 2019 as the Field of Dreams game unveiled their special uniforms today.

Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the rest of his teammates banned from baseball due to the Black Sox scandal, are not in the Hall of Fame, but they do have a strong presence in Cooperstown.

On the main level of the baseball hall of fame, you’ll see prominent photos of Shoeless Joe, the 1919 Chicago White Sox, and various artifacts relating to the team and the scandal. The hall has ace pitcher Eddie Cicotte’s pocket watch, manager Kid Gleason’s jersey and the very first ball thrown in the World Series on display.

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Northwestern A.D. Derrick Gragg on Tulsa Legacy Game Origin, Meaning

Today saw Dr. Derrick Gragg formally unveiled as the 23rd Athletic Director at Northwestern University, succeeding the ultra short tenure of the scandal-plagued Mike Poliskey. But in the greater sense Gragg is following in the foot steps of Dr. Jim Philipps, who is now ACC Commissioner.

Gragg is a lot like Phillips in that he’s an innovator, bringing big and important events to life. One such example is the Tulsa Legacy Game, started with the intention of bringing greater awareness to the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921.

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New Northwestern A.D. Derrick Gragg Helped Create Tulsa Legacy Game

Northwestern announced their new Athletic Director yesterday, Dr. Derrick Gragg, the NCAA’s senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement. The former Eastern Michigan and Tulsa AD assumes his new position on July 1.

Gragg has a long list of achievements, and his hire is very timely for a multitude of reasons, but perhaps of particular relevance and poignance is the fact that he helped conceptualize the Tulsa Legacy Game, designed to pay tribute to the survivors and descendants of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, widely recognized as one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history. The first Tulsa Legacy Game took place last year, and as May turned to June, the centennial of the Tulsa massacre was observed.

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Most Memorable Merica and MAGA T-Shirts Seen at Indianapolis 500

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As has been well documented, especially so on this site, the patriotism gets ramped up to jingoism and then some at the Indianapolis 500 every year. Actually take that jingoism and square it, no wait- take it to the tenth power.  On one hand, we get it- this site’s colors are red, white and blue for a reason.

It is the nation’s biggest Memorial Day weekend gathering, as it draws over 300,000 people each year. On the other hand, come on- spare us the native advertising for the armed services; sponsored by Chevrolet. People showed up for an auto race, not a recruiting pitch, and certainly not for more Chevy ads.

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WORST (or BEST) of the Indianapolis 500 Infield People Watching

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The Indianapolis 500 is the world’s highest attended single day event. Its total capacity is approximately 400,000 with about 125,000 located in the cheapest and most “festive” seats of the infield.

All newbies marvel at the sheer size of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway upon entering it the first time. The modern day answer to Circus Maximus is large enough to hypothetically house the Vatican, Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium and the Rose Bowl all at the same time.

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