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Thursday, November 23, 2017

In Powerful Essay, Pistons Coach Van Gundy Backs Kneeling Athletes

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

While scores of players have registered their disgust with Donald Trump, professional coaches across three of the four major sports leagues have remained largely silent. The NBA has proven a welcome exception. Both the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr and the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich have made headlines for their righteous screeds, the latter calling the president a “soulless coward.”

Stan Van Gundy has previously called Trump “brazenly racist,” but this week he did himself and his fellow coaches one better by coming to the defense of one of the commander-in-chief’s favorite targets: athletes who protest the National Anthem.…

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Harvard And Yale Should Stop Playing Football

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Harvard and Yale are among the premier educational institutions in the world. They have spent centuries at the task of strengthening and elevating young minds. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, they will join together in a ritual guaranteed to damage young brains: the Harvard-Yale football game.

The two universities have been meeting on the gridiron since 1875, in one of the oldest rivalries in college sports. The tradition even inspired an acclaimed documentary film about the 1968 game, “Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.”

Ivy League football is no longer a big deal on the intercollegiate sports scene, which is dominated by large public universities such as Ohio State and Alabama.…

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