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Monday, July 21, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Or, something like that…

Via Reuters: Court overturns CBS fine over Janet Jackson flash

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said the Federal Communications Commission had “arbitrarily and capriciously departed from its prior policy” that exempted fleeting broadcast material from actionable indecency violations.

Jackson’s right breast was exposed to almost 90 million TV viewers for a fraction of a second during the live 2004 Super Bowl football halftime show in what fellow pop singer Justin Timberlake later called a “wardrobe malfunction.”

Well. I am so relieved!

But, the real question now is whether said nekkedness will go to SCOTUS?

h/t: Jacob Sullum

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Monday, June 30, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Some lunchtime funnies: Click.

Via Chris Lawrence’s shared items.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Ok, the US Open this year was already a “wow” given Tiger’s eagles on Saturday and his limping his way through Sunday to force a playoff with an inhuman putt to a 19-hole playoff that wasn’t over until Rocco missed his final putt. Now, it gets even, well, wowier: (via the AP)1 Tiger won US Open with torn ligament, 2 fractures

Despite a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a double stress fracture, Woods managed to win a major that required five days of flinching, grimacing and a long list of spectacular shots that have defined his career.

He went 91 holes on a leg that got worse with each day, finally defeating Rocco Mediate on the 19th hole of a playoff.

That’s just amazing. There’s no other way to describe it. In my mind it goes up there with Emmitt Smith playing the final season game into OT against the New York Giants with a separated shoulder to win the NFC East and Michael Jordan’s “flu game” against the Utah Jazz in the Finals. Indeed, this year’s Open Championship goes on my list.

Here’s a summary of the Jordan game, but what I specifically remember is that three-pointer to break the 85-85 tie with less than a minute to go. It is at about 5:00 on the clip:

At any rate, as James Joyner noted earlier today, Tiger is set to have season-ending knee surgery.

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Friday, May 30, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

The reconquista (last seen in Texas) has moved all the way up to the Pacific northwest (via the Seattle Times): “Marineros” jerseys part of Mariners’ salute to Latin American players

The Mariners have celebrated Latinos in baseball annually in recent years. In 2008, they will do so as Los Marineros.

Players will don the same white home uniforms Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field, with one distinguishable difference — the front of their jerseys will say “Marineros,” the Spanish translation of the team name.

It will be the first time the team has done so, and is the most prominent gesture of all of the team’s previous yearly salutes to Latin American “beisbol.”

(Thanks all that is Good and Right that he wasn’t wearing a scarf!)

It gets worse!

Traditional Latin music and dance and small ceremonies have marked the occasion in years past. So have stadium public-address announcements in Spanish, which will take place again on Saturday. This year, however, there is the wearing of the Spanish-language jerseys, which has also been done by the Milwaukee Brewers (”Cerveceros”) and San Francisco Giants (”Gigantes”). Also, the first 25,000 fans at the game will get a commemorative souvenir: “Marineros” baseball caps.

We’re all doomed.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: NBA: Foul should have been called at end of Game 4

The NBA acknowledged Wednesday that a foul should have been called on the final possession of Game 4 in the Western Conference finals, which would have given the San Antonio Spurs a chance to even the series.

Ah well. The thing that has annoyed me about the non-call has more been the coverage than the non-call itself. A lot of commentators (including those covering the game, as well as Mike Wilbon) have stated that Barry have better “sold” the foul. However, these are the same guys who seem to always be griping that there is too much flopping in basketball to get calls. So which is it: should guys play up and “sell” the fouls or what? You can’t have it both ways.

At least my brother was happy with the outcome…

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Sunday, January 13, 2008
In Regards to the Dallas-NYG Game
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Well, that sucked.

C’est la vie.

UGH.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Deportes:

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Saturday, September 1, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Are we on the cusp of a big story about HGH and the NFL? First Tim Couch admitted to using the substance in the past and now these two stories today:

It makes one wonder what is coming next.

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Monday, July 30, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the Dallas Morning News: Former 49ers coach Walsh dies

Bill Walsh, the groundbreaking football coach who won three Super Bowls and perfected the ingenious schemes that became known as the West Coast offense during a Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco 49ers, has died. He was 75.

Walsh died early Monday following a long battle with leukemia, according to Stanford University, where he served as coach and athletic director.

I really would’ve guessed he was younger than that, but as I stop and think about it, it has been sometime since his heyday in coaching.

He 49ers teams drove me nuts, I must confess!

May he rest in peace.

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Monday, July 9, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

If you have surfed over from SI’s SI On Campus - Blog Index, please note that I have moved my sports content to PoliBlog: Deportes.

Thanks.

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