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The stakes are much higher for black athletes than they were half a century ago. The revenues and salaries have amplified to an incredible degree, rendering them far more corporate than their predecessors. James and Bryant follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, who rarely if ever became involved in discussing social issues for fear it would damage his "brand." Might such a boycott galvanize the black community? Certainly -- but nearly every black athlete of consequence has been co-opted by corporate America. They can't afford to PO Nike, Coke/Pepsi, McDonald's, etc. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120522/lebron-kobe-wore-i-cant-breathe-shirts-now-boycott-game

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The American equivalent of this would substitute "Ivy League power structure" for "straight, white, middle-class man." And said power structure would deem this subversive; after all, we can't have presidens or Supreme Court justices whose educational resume doesn't include the suffix "X-educated" (with "X" representing the Ivies, Stanford or some other elite private college where the power structure is trained). And remember, this isn't a left-right, red-blue thing -- it's corporate thought, not ideology, that rules.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119799/straight-white-middle-class-default-man-needs-be-dethroned

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Before the "subway to the sea," the "light rail to the sea."

3 months ago on Exploring the Course of the Future Metro Expo Line: Phase 2

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Carole Lombard had been a feminist (and spoke out about women's role in society in fan magazines) before Lauren Bacall reached double digits.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119355/david-thomson-lauren-bacall

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With neither AL East evil empire (Yanks/Bosox) qualifying for the postseason for the first time in the wild-card era, this will be a fascinating October where ratings are concerned, Yes, the Dodgers (and to a lesser extent the Angels) will help, and it appears the Tigers and Cardinals, two Midwestern stalwarts, will make the playoffs, but can the Nationals and Orioles -- deep and talented teams with relatively little star power -- draw eyeballs beyond the B-W Parkway? The jury is out. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-announces-postseason-plans-various-notable-points.html

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D.C. and L.A. both are beautiful. I'm only sorry Philadelphia's 30th Street Station didn't make the list.

1 year, 2 months ago on LA, DC Among Most Beautiful Train Stations

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OK -- let's assume the Big Ten takes in Georgia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina. Who gets to be #18?

 

Delany and athletic directors would probably prefer Florida State.

 

But the presidents have final say, and they'd almost certainly prefer Duke.

1 year, 10 months ago on Court Won’t Dismiss The ACC’s Lawsuit Against Maryland

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 @farmerl21 Teams that park certain programs in other conferences -- Kentucky and South Carolina in C-USA for men's soccer, West Virginia in the MAC for men's soccer, Missouri in the MAC for wrestling -- are rarely national title contenders in said sports. Putting a team in a different, lower-level conference conveys lower status to potential recruits. North Carolina, Virginia and Duke are more often than not ranked in men's soccer and men's lacrosse, among other sports, and parking it away from its principal conference would probably weaken their programs. (Neither Virginia Tech nor N.C. State field men's lacrosse teams, and neither are ACC men's soccer powers. Put them in the SEC, and VT and NCSU would likely move men's soccer and wrestling to the MAC or C-USA with minimal harm.)

1 year, 10 months ago on Which Conference Will Win The Realignment War? It Depends On Your Definition Of “Win”

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 @local37220 The SEC's chief problem with UNC and Duke is that it lacks several sports for both those schools (and UVa as well) -- men's soccer, wrestling, men's and women's lacrosse. Kentucky and South Carolina can park their men's soccer programs in C-USA (just as WVU is playing men's soccer in the MAC). As UVa, UNC and Duke are regularly in the top 20 of the Directors' Cup, putting those sports in a lower-level conference would not be palatable. NCSU and Virginia Tech field soccer and wrestling, too, but they rank somewhat lower as overall programs. VT and N.C. State would be good, solid adds for the SEC, if they lack the allure of Chapel Hill and Durham.

1 year, 10 months ago on Big Ten To Add More Conference Games; Is This Another Lure For UVA, GT, UNC And Duke?

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Can't see the SEC expanding to 18 -- too difficult for football scheduling. 20 might be a possibility with four pods of 5, but could Slive get there without breaking the notorious "gentlemen's agreement"?

 

Delany could go to 18 by taking UVa, UNC, Duke and GT. I still maintain in an either-or, Duke definitely chooses the Big Ten over the SEC, regardless of what Chapel Hill does.

1 year, 10 months ago on How An SEC-Big XII Scheduling Alliance Could Doom The ACC

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 @KyleTaft 18 is far more difficult for the SEC than for the Big Ten, primarily for football scheduling reasons. If UNC, UVa and Duke wish to enter as a three-team unit, the SEC would have some gut-wrenching choices to make over who becomes #18 (VT or NCSU?), divisional setup, etc.

1 year, 11 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)

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 @edelswick  @SouthernBoiSB Syracuse recently lost AAU status for weak research. That probably rules it out as a Big Ten candidate.

 

This is essentially substituting SU for Georgia Tech (which the SEC has no interest in).

1 year, 11 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)

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