Potential Progress Against Homophobic Chant at Mexico Soccer Games?

Today marked the first day that FIFA’s updated disciplinary code went into effect and along with it harsher punishments for discrimination on the pitch, whether it’s from supporters or players. The global federation is seeking to stamp out the ugliness of racism and homophobia that exists within the beautiful game, and one of the main targets is a certain chant that you’re bound to hear, at least a few times, if you attend a Mexico national team game or watch it on television.

When the opposing goalkeeper kicks the ball away on a goal kick, all at once in a massive chorus, Mexico fans scream at the top of their lungs: “Eeeeeehhhhhhhhhh Puuuutoooo!”

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Britt McHenry Received Sexually Harassing Texts from FOX Co-Host

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According to a report released today, FOX News talking head and far right (you could also say “Alt-right,” depending on your definition of the word) pundit Britt McHenry received lewd, disgusting, sexually harassing text messages from a former co-host.

That former co-host would be Tyrus, an ex-WWE wrestler, Fox News contributor and a host on the network’s subscription streaming service Fox Nation. In June, the Daily Beast reported that former WWE wrestler Tyrus had been removed from his position because he had sexually harassed co-host Britt McHenry. 

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Kellen Winslow Jr. Watched Porn in Meetings, Masturbated in Front of Teammates

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Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. will certainly no longer be remembered by football fans for what he did on the football field during his nine year professional career.

Instead the former member of the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (who also had brief stops with the Jets, Seahawks and Patriots) is more likely to be remembered as a “compulsive masturbator and pornography enthusiast.”

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Pat Fitzgerald on His Chicago Cubs Consulting Gig this Past Offseason

Although Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald would never actually use any of these following terms himself: gen-Xer, millenial, gen Z, the Chicago Cubs deemed him an expert in bridging the generation gap. 

The Cubs brought Fitzgerald in this offseason to talk to the coaching staff, due to his expertise in communicating with college and soon-to-be college players. “We all learned a little something from that talk,” Cubs GM Theo Epstein told the Chicago Tribune a week after the consultation.

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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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Indianapolis 500 Ramps Up Extreme Nationalism, Over the Top Jingoism

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Make no mistake about it, my favorite color is a three way tie between red, white and blue. Just look at the colors of this website. Take a look at the photo below to see how I dressed to attend the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. See the American flag emoji in my Twitter profile too.

However, there is patriotism, and then there is nationalism, and then there is patriotism and nationalism combined, on steroids and multiplied to the 10th power, which we usually call jingoism. This is a very hot topic right now, as the NFL decided last week to take the Star Spangled Banner issue and go full on #MAGA #AmericaFirst with it. The National Football League decided to completely pander to the lowest common denominator.

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Cubs Broadcast Makes Monstrous Gaffe While Promoting Women’s Empowerment Night

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If you’re not familiar with the Twitter account @_youhadonejob1, then you really need to check it out and see what you’re missing. The phrase “you only had one job” certainly applies to the producer and/or cameraman of the Chicago Cubs broadcast last night in Cincinnati.

During their win over the Reds Wednesday night, the Cubs telecast ran an in game promotion for their upcoming Women’s Empowerment Night at the ballpark. Now of the nine players on the field and the 24 on the roster, who would you NOT want to spotlight as you transition to the promo?  Well, take a look:

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Owner Roman Abramovich Takes in First Chelsea FC Match of the Season

Persona non grata in the United Kingdom, Chelsea FC Owner Roman Abramovich has not seen his team play live and in person- until tonight.

Yes, it was just a friendly, and every competitive match for Chelsea this season except one (London derby Europa League Final versus Arsenal on the 29th) has been played, but hey, the Russian oligarch is finally in the house. Abramovich was on hand at Gillette Stadium for Chelsea’s charity match against the New England Revolution.

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Sports Bank Founder to Give Talk at Fulbright Alumni Conference at Univ. of Arkansas

Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange” will be taking place next weekend, May 17 to 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and I will be on hand, hosting a round table on the state of journalism in the world today.

Hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, it’s a chance to discuss the Fulbright legacy and alma mater and reconnect with the Fulbright community. As a Fulbright alumni myself, I will be leading and moderating a World Café on Saturday, May 18, from 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm. The details are as follows.

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Cubs Activate Addison Russell: Some of the More Appropriate Reaction Tweets

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It’s been a rather strange and upsetting day here in the Chicago Cubs community. It began with the club trying to draw as much publicity as possible to the fact that they were aggressively investigating the fan who flashed the white power sign at a broadcaster.

They did find him and they indeed follow through on their promise to ban him from the park for life. Why did they come down so Draconian on one anonymous racist idiot? Why did they want to bring so much public attention to their hard line response against one random white supremacist piece of trash?

Two words- Addison Russell.

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Cubs Fan Faces Lifetime Ban for Flashing White Supremacy Sign On-Air

Last night’s thrilling 5-2 win by the Chicago Cubs over the Miami Marlins ended with a Kris Bryant walk home run. It was a powerful moment to be sure, but it’s another moment, memorable for all kinds of very different reasons that is being talked about today.

A Cubs fan, well aware that he was in the midst of broadcaster Doug Glanville’s live shot, flashed the upside “OK” sign. This gesture, here being flashed at a black man by a white guy, is a symbol for white supremacy. It’s also a part of the exceedingly stupid “circle game,” which consists of an individual flashing a hand sign at another person, and if that person looks, they get punch. Yes, DUMB.

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Tony Bennett, Virginia Cavaliers Reject Visit to Trump White House

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Just a pre-emptive warning to the 45th POTUS and his cultish acolytes- “leave Virginia alone” as Rod Stewart once sang. Virginia is for lovers, and this spring it’s also for NCAA Men’s Basketball national champions.

However, the spoils of victory won’t include a trip to the White House. UVA head coach Tony Bennett won’t be taking the team to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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