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August 31, 2014

Michael Sam was released by the Rams.

This is not the end of his career. He may be picked up off of waivers by another team or even end up back with the Rams. Now we will see about the NFL. He played well enough to help some team. He could also play in Canada to gain more experience.

The Rams were a good team for him in that they had a very supportive group in the hierarchy. There were also older players who accepted him and that probably calmed down any incipient noise from those who might have caused a problem.

The Rams were also a bad team for him to join in that they already had a lot of experienced players playing the same position. There was also another rookie who played well and he had more versatility than Sam. I do believe this was a football decision.

I do still believe he was drafted lower than he should have been. The 'distractions' were all the people talking about them.

I still have my fingers crossed for him.

August 29, 2014

Dan Snyder's 'secret' plan for the Redskin name.

Keith Olbermann had a segment about this last night. He had many interesting quotes from different people.

Apparently, Snyder will give up the name Redskins if he gets major concessions to build a new stadium in DC where RFK once was. That would mean money that would ultimately come from those who live in DC. Other goodies would have to be thrown in too. He is tired of FedEx field because it's 17 years old.

Owners of different pro teams have pulled the stadium scam for years in order to get major money to build new stadiums. They threaten to move teams and such.

Jeffrey Loria did this in Miami to get a new stadium for the Marlins. The Atlanta Braves are moving out of Turner Field which is only 17 years old. Cobb County offered them a lot of incentives to move there which has rightfully set people on the warpath. Never mind that the new stadium has little mass transit to reach it or a lot of space for parking. It is very inconvenient for many fans who have supported them for years.

Money, money, money.....

August 25, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, Michael Sam has not made an NFL team yet.

The Rams and other teams are beginning to cut down their numbers toward a team goal of 53. There are some who will be on the practice squad.

That said, many sports' reporters and NFL watchers believe he will make the team. He has done a good job in the time he has had to play in the pre-season.

Crossing my fingers.

August 25, 2014

BREAKING:Fort Lee in Virginia says active shooter on base

U.S. Army base Fort Lee in Virginia says active shooter reported at Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) headquarters on base

Looking for more reports.

August 25, 2014

Give Miley Cyrus some credit for her VMA appearance this year.

LOS ANGELES — For a second year in a row, Miley Cyrus hijacked MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night, and this time she did it without debauched dance moves or wild tongue gyrations. In fact, she did not even take the stage.

Instead, the rowdy pop star sent a 22-year-old homeless man in her place – a 180-degree turn toward a serious cause and away from the frothy, twerking performance she offered last year that ignited a global media firestorm.

Near the end of Sunday’s live show, at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., when Jimmy Fallon announced that Ms. Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” had won video of the year, a longhaired man who said he was from Oregon and had recently been living on the streets of Hollywood appeared at the microphone. “My name is Jesse,” the young man said, reading from notes without mentioning his surname. “I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving and lost and scared for their lives. I know, because I am one of those people.”

Miley Cyrus, right, and Jesse, the homeless man from Oregon who accepted her award for video of the year for "Wrecking Ball" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Credit Amanda Decadenet
“I have survived in shelters all over this city,” he continued, before attempting to shame the music industry with a speech. “The music industry will make over $7 billion this year, and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home.” (Los Angeles County estimates that it has a homeless population of roughly 54,000.)

And yes this could be just for good publicity. The proof will be whether she follows up with more efforts to help.
However, it will help some and bring attention to a crisis that needs addressing.

August 25, 2014

The Ferguson PD just received this:

The Pentagon needs to take some equipment back such as LRAD units. They have not been fully tested to find out all of the effects they have on humans. Their use in close quarters is especially troubling. The police seem to think these are toys to be used at will and in any circumstance.

All of the equipment given out should be vetted again to determine if it belongs in police departments. This equipment should also not be given out unless somebody is going to train others to use it. If they are going to have it on hand, they should know what to do that will be useful and not put everybody in danger including those who use it.
August 25, 2014

The University of Missouri should be very ashamed of this:


And they aren't the only ones.
Campus cops should NEVER handle sexual assault cases. Even in big cities with large PDs, there are usually trained personnel to gather evidence and to talk to both the accused and the accusers. Survivors don't need to be traumatized again if at all possible, and the evidence has to be gathered carefully.

Google Lawrence Phillips and The University of Nebraska for an older example. Vanderbilt, The University of Texas and more have recently had cases with football players.

I always keep my fingers crossed that this never happens at my alma mater. As much as I don't believe it would happen, I am not naive enough to believe that it can't. I'd give them more hell than they could handle if it did happen. I won't close ranks around anybody for problems like this.

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