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Cantwell to NFL: Give up ‘Skins or tax break

The NFL would lose its not-for-profit status, and millions of dollars, if the Washington Redskins don't change their names under a bill being introduced soon by Sen. Maria Cantwell.

The Washington state Democrat joined the National Congress of American Indians in calling for the name change. But if it doesn't happen,  Cantwell said, she's prepared to hit the league where it would  hurt most — in the wallet.

The NFL currently is registered as a 501 c (6) not for profit organization. A bill she expects to introduce by the end of the month would deny that status to any professional sports league that has a team named “Redskins” . . . 

 

NFL star Adrian Peterson charged with injuring his son

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, widely considered to be the best at his position in the NFL, has been indicted in Montgomery County, Texas, on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.

The charges reportedly stem from an incident in which Peterson allegedly punished his 4-year-old son by beating him with a tree branch, leaving cuts and bruises on the boy’s legs, backs, buttocks and hand.

SportsRadio 610 in Houston, which obtained the police report in the case, says Peterson told police that he believed what had happened was only normal discipline, and that he didn’t realize that he was cutting the boy’s legs with the switch until after the fact, and felt bad when he discovered those injuries. “To be honest with you, I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent,” Peterson reportedly said. He is also said to have told police, “I know how being spanked has helped me in my life.” Full story. The Guardian

Another black eye for the NFL. Were you spanked as a child?

Today’s video: Native American ad against Redskins name

 

 

This commercial, which is pretty powerful, is running in some of the nation's biggest cities during the NBA Finals.

One wonders what the reaction would be if it ran nationwide during NFL preseason games…

Senate Dems to NFL: Change Redskins name

Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray and most other Democrats in the U.S. Senate sent the NFL a letter saying it's time to come up with a new name for the Washington Redskins.

Cantwell followed it up with a speech on the Senate floor, urging the rest of the Senate to get behind the push. “I'm convinced that if each member of this body speaks on this issue and is forceful in their resolve, that we can help initiate change.”

The letter drew a comparison between changing the D.C. team's name and the NBA banning L.A. Clippers' owner Donald Sterling from attending basketball games for his racist comments.

“So what is it going to take to get the name of this team changed?” Cantwell asked in her floor speech. “Even the patent office, a federal agency with determining whether a word can be protected in commerce says this term is a derogatory slang and is disparaging to Native Americans.”

To read the full letter, or to comment, click here to continue inside the blog.

The Saints went marching out

SEATTLE – Rain fell. Wind blew.

And the Saints came marching in, hoping for a little revenge and a spot in the NFC championship game.

When it finally ended, though, it was the Seahawks who were marching on to within a game of the Super Bowl, thanks to a 23-15 victory in front of a CenturyLink Field-record crowd of 68,388 on Saturday. Full Story.

And a good time was had by all— except the Saints and their fans. Any favorite game moments?

 

Not only in grade school

Bullying is not limited to grade school playgrounds or high school locker rooms. Apparently, bullies appear in all strata of life – even the NFL. (Seahawks? not tolerated)

When will torturing and teasing and intimidation be seen for what those behaviors may really be? Bullying.

No matter the $$$ in one’s wallet or age or social status; to oppress, hound, mistreat or harass another person is to bully that person.  It is what it is, no matter how you dress it up – even if you wear an NFL jersey.

Would it lower your opinion of ESPN?

If, as some contend, it's fair to say the NFL approached the network and told ESPN to distance itself from the PBS “Frontline” investigation of the league's handling of concussions and ESPN acquiesced, would you think less of ESPN?

Or did you never have any illusions about what the “Worldwide Leader” would do when it came to remembering who butters its bread?

Boys will be boys?

Aaron Hernandez, who was cut by the Patriots after being charged with murder, is one of 37 NFL players to be arrested this year.

It was a startling two days for the image-conscious NFL.

On Wednesday last week, in Massachusetts, tight end Aaron Hernandez of the Patriots was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. A day earlier, in New Jersey, rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott of the Cleveland Browns was charged with attempted murder.

Both players were immediately released by their teams, but under the national media spotlight, the NFL was painted as a lawless organization.

There have been 38 arrests of NFL players this year, ranging from disorderly conduct and DUI to domestic violence and assault, according to a database kept by the San Diego Union-Tribune. But having two players arrested on murder charges in two days raised the issue of violent behavior in the NFL to a new level.Full story.

“Generally, the egregious behavior of pro athletes is not much different than men across the landscape,” said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of Northeastern University’s Sport in Society program. “We’re sort of talking about an American culture that’s rife with men behaving badly.This is a social construct problem.”

Agree or disagree? Update: Cops find evidence in Hernadez secret apartment.

Butt slap sends NFL player to jail

Chad Johnson will serve a 30-day jail sentence after his probation hearing went awry Monday. The former NFL star reportedly annoyed the presiding judge by slapping his lawyer's rear end while a plea deal was being negotiated.

According to TMZ, Johnson, who violated probation earlier this year in a domestic violence case involving then-wife Evelyn Lozada, was booted out of a Broward County, Fla., courtroom Monday morning after he “playfully slapped” his male lawyer's buttocks in front of Judge Kathleen McHugh. More here.

Did the judge over react?

Ex-NFL Star Walker Signs Autographs

Former NFL player Herschel Walker signs Paul Kelly's shirt Saturday before the start of the 19th Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America starting at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. The 2100 mile ride to Tempe, Arizona will benefit Victory Junction, a North Carolina camp for children with chronic medical illnesses. Some 175 took to the road at 8:15 a.m. and headed to Lewiston. Scott Maben SR story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: Do you ride motorcycles?

Ex-Vandal Iupati Wows NFL Pros

On a 10-yard, fourth-quarter run by Kendall Hunter in last week’s win over Seattle, Mike Iupati pulled from his left-guard position, sprinted right into the second level and ran over Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner to pave the path for Hunter. On the NFL Network telecast, analyst Mike Mayock raved about Iupati, saying the 6-foot-5, 331-pounder was “a left guard that I think has a chance to become the best guard in football. He’s so big and strong. He’s gifted athletically.” Mayock’s opinion is shared by others/Eric Branch, San Francisco 49ers. More here.

Question: Isn't it nice that someone associated with Idaho Vandals football is successful?

NFL Reaches Settlement With Refs

The NFL’s regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn’t have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans. After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration across the league and among its fans — the NFL and the officials’ union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June. The deal follows Seattle’s chaotic last-second win over Green Bay on Monday night in which the replacement officials struggled. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was at the bargaining table Tuesday and Wednesday, said the regular officials would work the Browns-Ravens game at Baltimore on Thursday night. The seven-man crew working the game is led by referee Gene Steratore, a 10-year NFL veteran/Washington Post. More here. (AP file photo of replacement refs botching last-second call in Seattle-Green Bay game Monday)

Question: Can you think of anything — anything! — more important than the NFL reaching a settlement with its regular officiating crews?

Were you there?

For the NFL preseason game between the Patriots and Broncos played in Spokane on this date in 1974.

Ex-NFL player hopes for return of rings

Police recovered this 1985 Super Bowl ring belonging to to Stefan Humphries after it was stolen in a burglary in June. Other memorabilia still is missing. (SPDphoto)

A former pro football player whose championship rings were stolen when his home was ransacked in Spokane says he’s hopeful he’ll see the memorabilia again.

“But we’ll see,” said Stefan Humphries, former director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. “It’s like a nightmare.”

Humphries, who played on the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl championship team, said he’s devastated by the loss but won’t let it sour his outlook on Spokane, where he lived for seven years before accepting a job in Nevada last month.

Read the rest of my story here.

Rose Bowl ring stolen in Spokane found

A Rose Bowl championship ring belonging to former Spokane doctor and ex-pro football player Stefan Humphries was among items recovered during a recent police investigation into a series of burglaries in the Spokane area.

But police still are looking for a Denver Broncos AFC Championship ring and a gold and diamond 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl pendant belonging to Humphries, the former medical director at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute now working in Nevada. (Humphries was the drummer in the team's Super Bowl Shuffle video.)

Members of the Spokane Police Department's targeted crimes unit located the ring and other stolen property in a hotel room in Post Falls, Idaho, after arresting repeat offender Jonathan R. Andersen, 24, on June 21. Anderson was driving a vehicle stolen from Dishman Dodge on East Sprague Avenue that contained thousands of dollars worth of stolen gold, silver and diamond jewelry.

Then on July 3, Joseph Whipple, 24, (pictured) Solomon Monkiewicz, 20, and a juvenile were arrested for a burglary in the 2300 block of West Rainer Court. Police linked the three to a home in the 1800 block of East Decatur and found tens of thousands of dollars in stolen property there.

High-end watches and firearms remain missing, along with the NFL ring and pendant.

Whipple, Monkiewicz, Andersen, Milo Laulaulo, 25, and Kelsi Bendewald, 22, faces a slew of felony charges for the burglaries, including property and gun charges. Bendewald and Laulaulo were with Anderson when he was arrested last month.

Baseball and the Fourth: A perfect match

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It is the Fourth of July. One of my favorite memories of this holiday comes from 1974, the year I graduated from high school. My parents took a long vacation that summer, left me in charge of the family business and our home became party central for a while. But on the Fourth the three main guys in my posse (though we didn't call it that then) decided to take it easy. Instead of singing Beach Boys songs with a couple dozen other idiots inside the house, the four of us pulled out lawn chairs, climbed on to the roof and watched the fireworks explode over Arcadia. From our vantage point that evening, the world looked nearly perfect and the future as wide open as sky above the basin. Read on.

Idaho Joins Kramer HOF Effort

Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio are among the most elite, recognizable and honored athletes of their time. They have been rewarded for their skill and dedication to the game, but the roster of Hall of Fame legends remains incomplete — one great player from the glory days of the Green Bay Packers is missing. That oversight has football fans and an entire state rallying around the cause of Packer legend and Sandpoint and University of Idaho alumnus, number 64, Jerry Kramer. Kramer is the only member of the NFL’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team not in the Hall of Fame, but even more impressively those who played with and against him agree that Kramer belongs in Canton. The University of Idaho in conjunction with Gallatin Public Affairs, is asking all football fans to put the old rivalries aside and join together in support of Kramer’s nomination to the Pro-Football Hall of Fame/Associated Press. More here. (Charlie Litchfield Idaho Press Tribune photo)

Question: Do you think this crusade will succeed in getting former Sandpoint/UI Vandal star Jerry Kramer into the NFL Hall of Fame?

A draft blows through a slow day

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If we were going to take a day off, today seems as if it would have been the day. Heck yesterday was expected to be pretty dead. No M's. No spring football. Then all heck broke loose around here. Read on.

Bounty Scandal Leads To Suspensions

The NFL imposed some of the most severe penalties in pro football history Wednesday when Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended three New Orleans Saints coaches and the team’s general manager for operating and tolerating a bounty system that paid players for hits that injured opponents. But the Washington Redskins escaped punishment, at least for now, when the league also announced that it had found no evidence to corroborate allegations that a similar bounty program existed between 2004 and 2007, when Gregg Williams, the man at the center of the Saints’ bounty program, coached for Joe Gibbs. A person familiar with the case said the NFL’s active investigation of the Redskins was closed, but left open the possibility of reopening the probe should new information surface/Washington Post. More here. (AP file photo of head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for a year by the NFL)

Question: What do you make of the bounty system used by the New Orleans Saints to injure opposing players?

“Hey kid, whattaya think you’re doing?”

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In the mid-1960s, Coca-Cola bottlers around the country ran a promotion featuring the images of pro athletes inside bottle caps.

The idea was, you collected complete sets of NFL players or whatever. Then you could redeem them for various modest prizes.

I'm sure the marketing concept was to get little kids like me to badger their mothers into buying more Coke products. But there's only so much sugar water one family can drink. So, I devised a plan.

If I taped a magnet to the end of a long section of wire clothes hanger, I could reach into vending machines and withdraw the caps from the cap-catching chamber directly below the built-in bottle-opener.

That's what I did. And my haul was impressive, if gooey.

Oh, there were a few run-ins with store employees who initially suspected that I was helping myself to coins. But mostly I was unmolested as I went around town making my rounds.

I ended up exchanging my many completed bottle-cap sheets for footballs, NFL pennants, NFL book covers and what have you.

I can't remember if other kids caught on and copied my magnet gambit. Maybe every town had one of us.

If the Internet had been around back then, we could have formed some sort of association and traded tips.

“Hi, Bob in Evansville. I understand what you are saying about the merits of asking permission to harvest caps when you first go into a store. But I've found that just gives someone the opportunity to say No.”

The day after the Super Bowl

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 10:20 A.M.

Super Bowl Sunday is usually a day of fun for the American sports fan. Gather with friends or sit with family and watch the game (and commercials). Yesterday was no different for most of you, I'm sure. And it was a game worth watching, with the Giants scoring late, Tom Brady trying to drive the Patriots down the field as time expired and a Hail Mary to end it all. Throughout the day, the nation's eyes were transfixed on its television sets. And it was the day NBC picked to show the country Steve Gleason's fight with ALS, which you can watch below. Read on.

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This day is perfect

A GRIP ON SPORTS

When I awoke this morning, something felt different. No, the knees still hurt. And the waistline hadn't shrunk. But something was strange. Was the sun actually brighter? Were the birds really chirping louder? Did the air seem fresher? Yes. It is Super Bowl Sunday, when a Disney-like aura surrounds everyone in the world. I almost broke into song. Read on.

Looking back at a near-perfect Sunday

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is nothing better than spending a Sunday having breakfast, getting comfortable, watching football, having a nice dinner and then hitting the sack early with an engrossing book. Yes, everything was perfect yesterday except a stretch between 5 and 6 p.m. Read on.

Sunday morning in the Northwest

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Can't say I joined what was probably most of you in your main activity yesterday. Nope, I didn't get to watch the NFL playoffs, most notably the game of the century – as of now, anyway – in San Francisco. Missed that one and the rout in the nightcap. Had other obligations. Read on.

Farris Is Rawest Of Raw Candidates

Democrats are putting their faith in a 33-year-old candidate for 1st District Congress who has cast just one ballot in his lifetime — for Barack Obama. “Oh, that’ll help him inIdaho,” snickered Jim Weatherby, the emeritus professor at Boise State who graduated from Lewiston High in 1961, 35 years before Farris. Farris had a storied against-the-odds football career. But he couldn’t be more raw as candidate, admitting he didn’t vote until 2008, the year he started paying attention to politics. “I’ve always been just so unsettled that I never had an opportunity” to vote, Farris said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “There was a point early on when I was in college and shortly thereafter where I just didn’t think it mattered”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Does Farris's background in the NFL make him a more attractive candidate for the Dems than he otherwise might have been?