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ESPN is Lost and so are We

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on our sports website and has been republished here.

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, seemingly 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 Should Sign Colin Kaepernick #TitanUp

The Tennessee Titans were curb stomped Sunday in Houston in a Week 4 loss to a division rival, losing to the Texans 57-14. The score was bad but the news from the game was even worse. Quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a hamstring injury late in the second quarter and did not return. He is scheduled for an MRI today.

Enter backup quarterback Matt Cassel, a 13 year veteran who has been the Titans backup since 2016. The results were disastrous. He would finish four of 10 for 21 yards, two interceptions, including one pick six, and a sack fumble. The remainder were three and outs. Details below.

First drive 3 and Out

Second drive 3 and Out

Third Drive Interception

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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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March of the Resistance Podcast Wrap Up

Special Snowflake Sharona is back with another episode of Back Talk with an update on #TheResistance. Then, in our second segment, Sonja Greenfield of NFL Female and XN Sports joined us to discuss the Detroit Lions and General Manager Bob Quinn, whose remarks on Joe Mixon created quite the stir this past week.

First, we gave you an update on that whole Russia thing. We’ve been beating the drum for a while and what happened in our 2016 Presidential Election is the burning issue right now. That Russian interfere in our election occurred with the assistance of highly placed men in the Trump campaign no longer seems in doubt. How far does it extend and does it include women? That remains to be seen.

In our second segment, Sonja Greenfield joined us with an update on the Detroit Lions, statements by GM Bob Quinn and their needs in the upcoming draft. If you missed it, Quinn met with reporters last week prior to the 2017 NFL combine, and when asked about Joe Mixon, he said he was still on their draft board and he was disappointed Mixon was excluded from the combine because of the new NFL domestic violence policy.

As  you may know, Mixon, who played running back for the Oklahoma Sooners, was excluded from the combine after video was released of an incident where he punched a young woman also attending Oklahoma. The blow caused her to strike a table, knocking her out and fracturing her cheekbone and jaw.

The NFL hasn’t always been consistent in its handling of domestic violence and it’s fair to question what it hopes to accomplish with this policy. It is likewise fair to question how Quinn could be even remotely informed on this issue and speak so callously toward domestic violence victims with his indifference to it all. Truly, it speaks to the indifference that both league and teams exhibit that Quinn has neither apologized nor addressed the situation.

The NFL’s new combine policy is vague, having been released through a memo to media but never publicized. I took a look at the policy for Inside the Pylon, and compared his situation to others who were invited. It appears the video was the tipping point for the league though it never specifically said so. More clarification from the NFL on its intended goal would clarify matters for everyone, including teams and domestic violence advocates.

Finally, it’s fair to ponder exactly what the Lions, and Quinn, wish to know. Truthfully, they probably do not care. They want to be able to tell their fans they did their due diligence just like Seattle did with Frank Clark. If they draft him, they will trot out people who will vouch for Mixon so that appearances will be kept.

They will tout the suspension which kept him out of school for a year, and that he learned from his mistake. They will likely say it was a one time deal, but it was not since Mixon had another alternation just last year for which he was suspended one game.

It will cause a stir for a bit but that will die down and fans will buy his merchandise and forget it ever happened, if they ever even cared at all. Such is our attitude toward the violence women experience every single day.

Unfortunately, for women, it’s never just a one time thing that goes away after all the bruises fade.

You can listen to today’s podcast here.