Nelson Rodriguez Praises Chicago Fire Fans for Not Doing Anti-Gay Chant

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Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez just completed the second of his three media roundtable Q&A sessions this year, and unfortunately, there wasn’t any real hard breaking news to emerge from it. Rodriguez was evasive on the topics of Head Coach Veljko Paunovic’s job security and the potential long term home for the team.

He didn’t offer much insight or news-worthy quotes when the topic turned to playing in Solider Field either. However, when asked about the infamous anti-gay chant that Mexican soccer fans make on goal kicks, he gave a strong, impassioned response.

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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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Animal Instagram Accounts: Better than All Other Social Media Combined

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Every time I say this to people I expect them to look at me like I’m a complete nut bar and totally disagree, but instead they verify my thesis: Animal Instagram accounts are by far the best types of social media accounts going these days. I would take it a step farther, and say that animal Instagram accounts are better than all types of social media profiles combined!

How did we get here? Well, you can read up the rest of our series on the ills of social media video post at the following links- Facebook, Twitter, smart phone addiction, social media’s adverse affects on Generation X at a disproportionate scale.

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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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Indy 500, Little 500, Broadripple: Bawdy Tales of Indianapolis Racing Weekend Hijinks

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A decade ago, I attended my first Indy 500, and it was in the infield.

My people watching that day became an essay which is among the site’s most popular posts of all time. A decade later, I returned to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, ready once again to regale you with tales of auto racing’s zaniest fans, on racing’s biggest weekend.

This time we added two more settings- the Little 500 in Anderson (about an hour from the speedway) and Broadripple, the neighborhood boasting the hippest nightlife in all of nap town.

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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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Martellus Bennett on How the NFL Discourages Individuality, Free-Thought (Exclusive)

During his NFL career, Martellus Bennett scored more than 30 touchdowns, accrued more than 4,500 receiving yards, won a Super Bowl with the 2016 New England Patriots and earned a Pro Bowl berth with the 2014 Chicago Bears.

Not bad for artist and writer. Bennett was in town last week to do a public reading of his new children’s book “Dear Black Boy,” at Open Books, a literacy non-profit in the west loop. A major point he emphatically made, over and over again, is that creating art and literature is more fun than sports. 

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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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