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Join Up Before Obama Comes For Your Guns!

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Teams are still available. Show off your skill and manage your own team!

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

I know I am. One of the yearly rites of passage in our household is football- and lots of it. Part of that love for the game is my yearly fantasy football league: The Pure Prairie League. If you want to join in on the fun, sign up now! It’s free, and it’s a blast!

Here’s the link:

Join Here: http://fantasy.nfl.com/registration/privateleaguejoin…
League ID: 3507730
League Password: football

I hope to see you there!

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Are You Ready For Some Fantasy Football?

As the last remnants of Summer lazily drift by, and the crisp chill of Autumn appears on the horizon, I am reminded of an important task I must perform before Summer ends: Reboot my yearly fantasy football league. This year, I thought it might be fun to invite anyone and everyone from the WordPress blogging community family. If you’re interested in playing, please go here to sign up: http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/league/pureprairieleague It’s free, open to anyone, and a hell of a lot of fun to play!

Bob Kraft Accuses Vladimir Putin of Stealing His 2005 Super Bowl Ring.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the...

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the field prior to an away game against the Oakland Raiders. The Patriots won 49-26. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Vladimir Putin stole his 2005 Super Bowl ring.  During a meeting in 2005, Kraft allowed Putin to see and try on the ring. Supposedly, after slipping the ring on his finger, the Russian tough guy uttered “I can kill someone with this ring.” He then put the ring in his pocket, and walked out surrounded by KGB. Afterwards, Kraft received a phone call from George W. Bush urging him to issue a press release that it was a gift to Putin. He was then instructed by Bush to drop the issue.

As most of you may recall, the 2004-2005 season was in the midst of a run of seasons in which the Patriots were found to be taping other teams practices and stealing their signals.     In my opinion, Kraft is complaining about the theft of something that was already stolen. Karma really is a bitch Mr. Kraft. By the way, why were you meeting with Mr Putin? Was he giving you tips on how to steal information in a more discreet manner?

Korean BaseBrawl.

I really have no idea why brawls in Korean baseball occur like this, but it’s funny as hell. It’s too bad we can’t settle all of our conflicts this way. 🙂

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More Thoughts On Football And The Culture Of Rape.

Yesterday I talked about the misogynist atmosphere that exist in the sport of football. I focused on the sexist rant perpetrated by Brent Musberger as he drooled over Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. Today, when I got home from work, my partner shared with me this article posted on Upworthy: A Horrifying Thing Happened In Ohio. Not Being Creepy Could Prevent It From Happening Again.. The article discusses the controversy surrounding the rape of a 16 year old girl by two high school football players from Steubenville, Ohio. The girl was at a party, had too much to drink and passed out. After she was out cold, the two players in question raped the girl, while pictures and video were taken. Of course, the pictures and video became public. In the aftermath, the coach of the football team tried to dismiss the rape as a teen age girl trying to stay out of trouble with her parents. The article itself is brief, but more importantly it introduces a video that you simply must watch.

I agree 100% with the young man speaking in the video. Whether a man, young or old understands what rape is, it’s still rape. This is the problem with our patriarchal culture. Boys are simply not educated enough about what constitutes rape, and in the often times violent world of football, a culture of rape does indeed exists. As I mentioned yesterday in my blog post, when I played high school football, girls were viewed as objects to conquer and fuck. It is a world of  machismo, of prove your manhood at any cost, and coaches do very little on any level to educate or dissuade young men from this behavior. If we are going to change our culture of rape in sports, or in society in general, we must be proactive. We must educate our sons what is creepy, what is inappropriate, and what is rape. If we can’t or won’t do this, then the culture of rape will continue to permeate every level of society.

In somewhat related news, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey was charged with domestic violence for slapping his girlfriend during an argument over a cell phone. As a result, the Steelers announced today that they were cutting all ties with Rainey. I say kudos to the Steelers for showing zero tolerance for this misogynistic behavior. However, I would add that the same should have been done a few years ago to Ben Roethlisberger, after he was charged not once, but twice with rape and sexual assault. His alleged actions merely earned him a 4 game suspension from the NFL, but no action by the team was ever taken. What happened with Rainey was a positive action, but I’m still of the mind that punishments doled out in football, particularly when it comes to domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault, always fits the talent level of the player rather than the crime.

Sexism Rules as Brent Musberger Drools and Plays The Fool.

During the 15 minutes that I bothered to watch this train wreck of a game, it was my misfortune to witness the slobber fest that Brent Musberger committed over Katerine Webb. If you don’t know, Katherine Webb is the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. If you haven’t watched the clip by now, the gist of Brent’s sexist mooning is this: If you become a quarterback, women will have no choice but to want you because of your status. As a feminist, I have a serious problem with this.

I love football. So much so that I would subject myself to watch two teams that I despise duke it out in a national title game. So much so that I would even watch a high school game televised from say, Boise Idaho, and even choose sides to root for a team I’ve never heard of. I’ve played the game and coached the game. I get excited over the NFL draft every spring, and get absolutely giddy when football season is just around the corner. I live and breathe football. I am truly a football geek, as is my partner. I love pretty much everything about it. What I don’t love about football is the sexist, patriarchal, and often misogynistic view and treatment of women through out the sport.

From the scantily clad cheerleaders to the ogling of player’s wives and girlfriends, women around the sport are objectified. Female broadcasters are pigeon holed into little more than providing injury reports and human interest stories from the sideline, while being addressed as “dear” or “honey” or getting hit on by a drunken Joe Namath, as was the case of Suzy Kolber a few years ago. Worse yet are the stories of domestic violence in the sport, such as Chad Johnson head butting his wife, because she dared to confront him over his cheating on her, or the story of Javon Belcher, who killed his partner because she was talking to him harshly during an argument. Sexual abuse and rape scandals are routinely covered up by football programs on the college, and even high school level. The sport I love is a painful glaring example of just how much our still male dominated society treats women as unequal chattel. It saddens me deeply.

Our society is sports dominated. A lot of men and women grow up in an atmosphere of competition, because of their long time participation in sports. Morality and values are shaped in this atmosphere, and as often is the case when it comes to football, patriarchy and misogyny is encouraged in order for boys to be molded into macho, brutal, football machines. I know this first hand: I witnessed this behavior when I played. Girls were objects to be conquered and fucked, rather than equals to share friendships and intimacy with. It was disgusting.

If our society is going to become truly gender equal, than women in football should not be treated as merely eye candy who can’t help themselves but fall high profile athletes. Get rid of the cheerleaders, open up opportunities in the broadcast booth, as well as front office, scouting, and even coaching jobs to women. Hell, it would be amazing to see a woman play in a big time college program, or even the NFL in my life time, not just as a kicker, but in other positions as well.

Football is a brutal game. However, it’s treatment of women is even more brutal. It has to stop. A good start would be Brent and Herbie not macking on player’s wives and girlfriends on national TV. It was juvenile, sexist behavior, and has no place in the sport- or anywhere else for that matter.