Roman Abramovich, Bob Kraft in Talks for Chelsea-Revolution Match Combating Antisemitism

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Say what you want about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, as they are two extremely rich, prodigiously powerful and extremely polarizing men, but they are on the right side of history with this initiative.

As part of Chelsea’s aggressive antisemitism initiative, the west London club is in talks with Major League Soccer club New England Revolution, another team owned by Robert Kraft, to stage a friendly where the proceeds raised will go towards fighting antisemitism.

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Xherdan Shaqiri Not Playing in UCL Match Due to Sociopolitical Concerns

Liverpool FC has decided not to travel attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri to their UEFA Champions League group stage clash tomorrow night at Red Star Belgrade. The decision was made due to off-the-pitch, not on-the-pitch concerns with reports circulating that the Swiss international, due to his Kosvan-Albanian heritage, would be the subject of political protests in Belgrade this week.

LFC posted the following statement on their website, attributed to manager Jurgen Klopp:

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Nemanja Matic Reveals Why He Won’t Wear a Poppy on his Shirt

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Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic took a lot of heat on social media over the weekend due to his controversial stance on the poppy emblem. Matic was the only United player not to wear the poppy emblem on his kit during Saturday’s 2-1 win at AFC Bournemouth, and this decision drew a lot of ire from football fans.

The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war, and represents a common or field poppy. Matic wore the symbol on his jersey last year, but has since reversed course on the practice. He took to Instagram to explain why.

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What Made the 1918 Red Sox-Cubs World Series Weird and Scary (Podcast)

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Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on September 18th, but we have now updated it to include the podcast we did on the book last night (October 23rd)

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Man United Tweet Photo of Kanye West in Club Jacket, Fans Get Confused

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As we speak, Kanye West is the top trending term of Twitter nationally due to his lunch at the Office and conversation about prison reform with President Donald Trump. While West has zero governmental policy making experiences or true sociopolitical credentials on which to stand, there he was drawing the attention of the nation’s media.

Attention that could be placed on the historic natural disaster tearing through the southeastern part of the United States today.

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Brazil Manager Tite Calls Out Donald Trump for Making Ignorant Joke

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“Low information voters” is one of the most egregious phrases of “spin” in the political arena. It’s euphemism to be sure, and it certainly applies to many, if not most of Donald J. Trump supporters. Trump is certainly a very low information President, and when it comes to football/soccer/futbol, he seems to be basically “almost no information.”

Trump conveyed this when he took aim at Brazil, the world’s most successful footballing nation in history, during a White House ceremony on August 28. Yesterday, Brazil National Team Tite returned fire on Trump.

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The Real Video Which Conveys what Colin Kaepernick is Truly About

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It’s NFL kickoff weekend, and thus a new chance for more of America to finally “get it” regarding Colin Kaepernick. Because, right now, a lot of this country just does not understand what this struggle is really about, and what the actual issues being brought to the market place of ideas truly are.

Nike’s selection of Kaepernick as the face of the 30th anniversary “Just do it” campaign is a step in the right direction, but it the advertisement falls well short of addressing the issues. At Lineups.com we penned a piece that highlights the facts surrounding Colin Kaepernick and eradicates the misnomers. 

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Michigan State’s Raequan Williams Wants to Solve Chicago Gun Violence Epidemic

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Michigan State Defensive Tackle Raequan Williams is a quiet guy who doesn’t get much media coverage, but he is a hero among his Spartans teammates. The players love to talk about Williams because he possesses tremendous leadership skills, and stands as an example of overcoming obstacles.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes to talk about Williams too. He smiled when the name of his 6’4″ 295 junior who won the MSU Iron Man Award (strength and conditioning) was brought up at Big Ten Media Days.

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Yankees Slam Papa John’s Founder, Suspend Partnership in Response to N-Word Scandal

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The massive fallout for pizza company Papa John’s and their founder John Schnatter continued Friday as the New York Yankees joined the list of businesses distancing themselves from the currently radioactive brand.

The Yankees suspended their current partnership with the pizza chain and blasted Schnatter’s remarks which recently came to light as “reprehensible.” Schnatter resigned as chairman of the Papa John’s board on Wednesday, after Forbes reported the pizza magnate’s having used the N-word during a media training exercise in May.

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Reports: Liverpool Star Mo Salah May Quit Egypt Over Political Reasons

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Liverpool and Egypt superstar Mo Salah may be done with his national side once this World Cup concludes.

CNN first reported that Salah is contemplating quitting the Egyptian National Team because he feels that he’s been treated like a political pawn in Chechnya; site of the Pharaohs World Cup training base.

Mo Salah feels he’s been drawn into a global geopolitical row, and it stems from when the leader of the Chechen Republic, the extremely controversial Ramzan Kadyrov, had the following to say via social media about the Premier League Player of the Year:

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Mexico National Team Fans Really Need to Cease the Offensive Chant

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FIFA continues their attempt to crack down on that certain homophobic and bigoted chant that you often hear from a very large contingent of Mexico National Team supporters. Today saw FIFA on Wednesday slap the Mexico Football Federation (FMF) with a $10,000 fine for “discriminatory and insulting chants” directed at Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

If you’re not familiar with this chant…I’ll let FOX Soccer tell it:

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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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