Sunday, March 1, 2015

Is Fourth Grade Too Early For Ultracompetitive Sports?

By Mike Kaszuba, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS)

The first time Edina’s fourth-grade traveling basketball team — a collection of 9- and 10-year-old boys featuring Caylor, Gage, Tyler, and Torin — was allowed to use a full-court press, they did it with a vengeance.

On a Saturday afternoon in Burnsville, Minn., Edina led 12-2 at halftime and dismantled Cottage Grove, winning 27-8. Quickly, Paul Schmidt gathered his team and looked ahead to the next game, which would soon start. “When we go in the ‘Diamond’ down low, it’s an inverted ‘Diamond’ that we’re running, which is not what we really want.…

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Late Night Roundup: ‘There’s No Place Like Homophobia’

The Daily Show reviewed the last-ditch efforts in Kansas and Alabama to stop the tide of gay equality — with Jon Stewart suggesting the creation of a new word to be named in honor of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).

Jimmy Kimmel hosted actor Randall Park, discussing what it was like to play Kim Jong-Un in The Interview.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared with David Letterman, to whom Belichick deadpanned perfectly through questions about the “Deflate-Gate” scandal from a few weeks ago.…

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Endorse This: Little League Blues

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It’s getting so you can’t trust anyone these days — not even Little League baseball. Chicago’s beloved Jackie Robinson West team has now been forced to vacate its U.S. championship from last year, in the wake of revelations that the the team’s management improperly extended the district boundaries in order to recruit players. (And just to be clear, the young players themselves didn’t even do anything wrong!)

Click above to watch the reactions of disappointed Chicagoans — then share this video.

Video via WGN-TV Chicago.

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