Sportsball

Buh-Bye Awful Old Sportsball Racist Marge Schott!

You about to lose your job (of being the name on U of Cincinnati's stadium).

The University of Cincinnati's board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the name of former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott from the university's baseball stadium, because she was a horrible old racist and anti-Semite. As of yet, we haven't seen any wingnuts crying too hard about the move, perhaps because so many people are still alive who remember exactly what a repulsive piece of work she'd been. Hell, even Dead Breitbart's Home For Tetchy White People just ran the AP's story on the decision, and the closest to a defense of Schott we saw in the comments — indeed, virtually the only comment, repeated endlessly — were accusations that U of Cincinnati should return the $2 million donation the Schott family foundation gave it in 2006, otherwise those university people are just hypocrites. Except the foundation says it's fine with recipients of its money dropping the name, because ew, she said some nasty stuff.

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Sportsball

SEC Doesn't Want To Look At Mississippi's Ugly Traitor Flag Anymore

The NCAA's Southeastern Conference, not the Securities and Exchange Commission, that wouldn't make sense!

Once upon a time, the state of Mississippi had a very cute flag, with a nice, cheerful little magnolia tree on it. Look at how nice it was!

However, in 1865, the year the Civil War ended, Mississippi changed its flag from the cute little magnolia tree one to one that incorporated the Confederate flag. Not that they were bitter about anything.

This was a thing many Southern states did after what they called "The War of Northern Aggression," but since 2003, when Georgia decided to go with a new flag that didn't give off that "Man it sure would be great if we could still keep Black people as slaves" vibe, they are the only state that still has one. There was a chance to get rid of it back in 2001, when it was discovered that the law making this ugly ass flag the official flag of Mississippi had accidentally been repealed in 1906, when the state decided to repeal all of their laws and start fresh. The then-governor of the state, Democrat Ronnie Musgrove, created an independent commission to design a new flag and then held a statewide vote to let residents decide between the old Confederate flag and this new one.

Not as cute as the magnolia one, but at least it's not racist?


Alas, being that this was Mississippi, 62 percent of voters elected to keep the treason flag and the referendum was defeated. Mississippians have long been very fond of this flag, to the point of having their very own, very creepy-sounding Pledge of Allegiance to that flag that students must recite along with the regular Pledge of Allegiance.

I salute the flag of Mississippi and the sovereign state for which it stands with pride in her history and achievements and with confidence in her future under the guidance of Almighty God.

Requiring students to look at a Confederate flag and talk about "pride in her history" is not exactly subtle!

But this may all change soon, as the SEC — the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Southeastern Conference, not the Securities and Exchange Commission as I initially thought — says they can't bring their gross slavery flag around anymore if they want their college sports teams to compete, and that they will have to come up with a new flag if they want to keep being able to hold championship events in their state. Why? Because no one needs to be looking at that shit.

Via NBC:

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement, "It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi."

"Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all," he said. "In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi."

Both Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi issued statements saying that they, too, would really appreciate it if the state would get a new flag.

"Mississippi needs a flag that represents the qualities about our state that unite us, not those that still divide us," said University of Mississippi Chancellor Glenn Boyce and athletics Vice Chancellor Keith Carter in a joint statement.

Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum said he wrote to the state's top leaders on Friday urging them to change the flag.

"Since 2015, our Student Association, Robert Holland Faculty Senate and university administration have been firmly on record in support of changing the state flag," he said in a statement. "I have reiterated that view to our state's leaders on multiple occasions, including during face-to-face discussions in recent days and hours."

And who can blame them? Really. It's their job to attract students not just from Mississippi but from all over, and how many of them are gonna want to live in a state that is still hanging onto the Confederacy that hard?

They're not exactly alone. This week, the city of Gulfport voted to take down the treason flag and replace it with the nice, not-racist magnolia flag pictured above.

Admittedly, I do not know a ton about sports or the NCAA, but apparently college sports are a very big deal in the South and not being able to have NCAA championships in their state would be a pretty harsh blow to Mississippi. So this may be the thing that gets them to change their stupid flag, and if so, that's great. Hooray for the NCAA!

[NBC]

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Nice Time

Some Good News For Week 176 Of Hell

NASCAR shitcans traitor flag, José Andrés to make elections delicious, and LeBron James drives to the basket polls.

It's been another crappy week in the Trump Era (week 176 since he took office, don't you feel old? WE DO). So you could probably use some nice news for a change! And even now, while the "president" is pledging fealty to the Confederacy, there's good news out there! Take heart, or Zoloft, and be of good cheer!

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Culture Wars

Ben Shapiro Says His 'Space Of Comfort' Has Been Destroyed By Politics In Sports

Is there another term for that?

Ben Shapiro is not happy.

He likes to watch sports. He considers watching sports to be his "place of comfort." Unfortunately, people in sports and those who write about sports keep having opinions he doesn't like or approve of, and how is that fair?

The only way to solve this problem, Ben Shapiro thinks, is to create two separate leagues for every sport — one where the players can have opinions and protest and do whatever they want, and one in that is regulated so that the players understand they are just dancing ponies who exist for Ben Shapiro's entertainment and don't say anything that might upset him or challenge his worldview.

"It's getting to the point where I don't want to watch sports," Shapiro explained during his show on Monday. "My place of comfort has been removed from me and it may not be restored until there are actual sports leagues that remove politics from the sports."

Place of comfort. Place of comfort, he says. Is there another term for that? I feel like it's on the tip of my tongue.

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