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ESPN is Lost and so are We

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ESPN ignited a controversy this past week with it’s handling of a situation involving Jemele Hill, a black woman who co-anchors the SportsCenter desk (The Six for it’s 6 pm slot) for the company along with Michael Smith, a black man. Ordinarily these definers might seem strange but we live in strange times. They are important because racism still exists and is bolstered by our current political climate.

Hill drew the ire of many folks, seeminlgly including her employer ESPN, with a series of tweets about our current President, Donald J. Trump. Not only do I invite you to read these tweets I beg you to read the entire threads because within these threads lie our collective truth.

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Titans Tape Tapas Week 1 #Raiders

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The Tennessee Titans entered the season widely expected to take the next step and make a serious run at top tier teams in the NFL like the New England Patriots. Week 1 yielded a lot of wild results including a Patriots loss to the Kansas City Chiefs so perhaps it can be forgiven that the Titans lost their first game to the Oakland Raiders 26-16. So let’s take a look at the stats and some tape and see what we learned shall we?

EDITOR’S NOTE: (That’s me, Sharona) There may be typos in these tweets that cannot be fixed because twitter can’t get right.

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Of Mice and (Rich) Men, A Sports Story

Rich men play games like spiders while their prey, including ordinary folk, spin endlessly in a web, caught up in the gossamer fabrics of an ecosystem that demands its attention and participation. 

This is nowhere more evident than in the game of football where the game played out on the field goes hand and bushel with the games played everywhere else. The games benefit the rich men the most and their money buys and sells the commodities contained within.

Information and access is exchanged and bought then sold like crank to an addicted audience.  We are incapable of quitting. It is dosed like medication via a network of drug dispensers whose job is to feed the audience in a manner designed to enable and continue their addiction.

I suspect it has always been so with knowledge and information.

Real American Football kicks off this weekend as college football returns. Spencer Hall of SB Nation wrote a beautiful college football preview where he talked about The Mesh offense, how much he loved it and the beautiful efficiency it brought to the game. A well designed and executed offense is an exquisite pleasure to behold. It is the glitz that makes the game turn, and as such is very popular, and lucrative, when it fulfills these requirements.

Yet to make the game work, the foundation one might say, is that the offense be met with resistance and that it be glorious as well. The game would not be fun if there was simply only offense. The defense is as necessary to the game’s survival as the trajectory of a touchdown throw. Neither survive without the other.

Like all social constructs, the game depends on a set of rules, both written and unwritten. These rules boil down to nothing more than aesthetics. They range from uniform requirements, goal post placement, and ball inflation to the ever so popular drug and personal conduct policies. It is the latter that garners the most attention, particularly when major aspects of the game and its rules align, such as in #Deflategate.

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Don’t Bring Me Down Podcast Wrap Up

Back Talk returned with a final look at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philly with special guest David Malandra who also  provided a great look at all things Philly. We also took a look at the Tom Brady concussion story with some thoughts for Rich Eisen and the culture of football. Finally, because we believe in bringing you the stories you want and love we discussed bad sex and how women might just have it easier than men because we have electricity and batteries.

You can listen to today’s podcast here, or if you prefer via ITunes here and you can now find us on podbean as well.

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Rock Me Gently Podcast Wrap Up

Back Talk the pod returned today with special guest Robyn Mundy to discuss the chaos surrounding the Buffalo Bills and their decision to fire GM Doug Whaley and can their entire scouting department. We also take a spin around the AFC East with a wrap of each team’s draft and who ranked the best. Finally, we took a look at the changing landscape of sports media and what it means to be a women in this business.

You can follow Robyn on twitter at @RobynMundyWYO and catch her work at The Bills Wire and buffaloFAMbase.org.

You can listen to today’s podcast here.