January 6: Who the Ringleader Could Be if it Happens Again

It’s January 6, and this will be the first time in our nation’s history that this calendar date has any real significant meaning. Unfortunately, this meaning is nothing but dark and disturbing, as it’s one of the most disgraceful days in American history. And The Simpsons actually simulated it a quarter-century ago.

On this the first anniversary of January 6, 2021, we’re realizing that this calendar date will now be like September 11 or December 7- days that live in infamy. These are three specific days in which America was attacked by vicious, desperate enemies clear in their intent for blood. But one year ago that call to take human life came from inside the house.

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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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Allison Williams Leaves ESPN Due to Vaccine Mandate, OK Bye!

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ESPN reporter Allison Williams posted on social media that she’s leaving ESPN, due to the company’s covid-19 vaccine mandate. This follows up on last month, in which she stated that this would be her first season not on the football sidelines, due to her refusal to get the covid-19 vaccine.

This Allison Williams is very often confused for the other Allison Williams, the famous actress of “Get Out” fame and daughter of NBC media figure Brian Williams. Sports Allison Williams has said that she’s avoiding the vaccine out of fear of potential complications which could result from pregnancy.

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Flashing Back to Jon Gruden Washington Team Name Debate Take

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In the wake of the news surrounding Jon Gruden this week, we felt it might be interesting to flashback to some of the rare past occurrences where he actually did give his take on social issues. It seems pretty crazy right now, doesn’t it- a man who seemed to love absolutely everyone and everything, was Mr. positivity as an announcer, is actually a deplorable person on the inside.

During an ESPN Monday Night Football media teleconference, several years ago, Gruden even said, with great self-awareness: “people think I’m too positive, I love everybody!” Turns out it was just a character he played on television.

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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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Meghan Markle Becomes Hero to Italy Fans in Euro 2020 Final

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Can’t say I saw this one coming, but it is true that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. As you’ll recall earlier this year Meghan Markle, who made a Brexit from the British Royal Family, pointed out just how epidemic racism is in the United Kingdom.

Markle opened up about the racism that is omni-present within the Palace itself, and as you might have guessed, the royals were in denial about it. As Italy took on England in the Euro 2020 they embraced Markle as one of their own, and if watched the match yesterday with Italy fans, it was not uncommon to hear one of them dedicate their victory to Meghan Markle.

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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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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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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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Members of Illini Baseball Squad Embracing Cryptocurrency Craze

Bitcoin. Dogecoin. Ethereum. The cryptocurrency craze is currently sweeping the nation, and it’s absolutely huge among college kids. This past weekend, Doge true believer and advocate Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live, and by doing so took general interest in crypto to new heights.

This comes on the heels of the NFL Draft, where the first overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, partnered with an app that paid his signing bonus entirely in crypto. Zoomers are really into it, and that includes family members of mine who are currently enrolled at the University of Illinois; as well as their friends.

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Yankees 3B Coach Phil Nevin Has Covid-19 ‘Breakthrough’ Positive

Fully vaccinated New York Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin has tested positive for Covid-19. This is what is known as a “breakthough positive” case. While the vaccines all have a very high efficacy rate, they’re not 100%, so these things do happen.

Nevin, who began his professional baseball career as the first overall pick in the 1992 MLB Draft, is currently in isolation while the team continues contact tracing. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the tracing doesn’t involve any players, and he expects the game tonight at the Tampa Bay Rays to go on as scheduled.

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Northwestern A.D. Hire Met with Strong Backlash, Planned Protests

When it comes to the Northwestern Athletic Director position, post Dr. Jim Phillips, indeed what a long, strange trip it’s been. After Philips left to become ACC Commissioner, the A.D. search received only a minimal amount of media coverage, and the school did a great job of keeping information from leaking out.

And despite the search dragging on for multiple months, NU decided to just go in house, and promote Mike Polisky, Northwestern’s deputy athletic director for external affairs since June 2010. Phillips, having been passed over for the Big Ten Commissioner job that he had strongly desired, took the ACC gig in December, and completed his term at NU in February.

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