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The NFL’s Legacy Of Institutional Racism Is Still Quite Evident

The NFL's Legacy Of Institutional Racism Is Still Quite Evident

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In 1963, the year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, 0 of 22 head coaches and 2 of 22 starting quarterbacks in the NFL and AFL were people of color. (Raiders QB Tom Flores, who is Hispanic, would go on to be the first minority head coach to win a Super Bowl, also with Oakland. Former Rams QB Roman Gabriel is half-Filipino.) Pro football as a whole was still showing the effects of longtime segregation — this journal article estimates that less than 30% of the league’s players in 1968 were African-American. In the present day, the portion of black players in the NFL is closer to 70%. But only 19% of the individuals currently in the most prominent leadership positions — head coach and quarterback — are people of color.

On that front, there are some reasons for optimism. The league’s top-to-bottom hiring practices have been praised as progressive by independent observers. Several recent Super Bowl winners have been run by African-American coaches or general managers; Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome in particular is often given credit for putting together one of the league’s best organizations. And many of the game’s most successful young QBs are black — most prominently Robert Griffin III. Even a decade ago, an athlete with his world-class speed and leaping ability might have been moved to wide receiver upon turning pro. But Griffin stayed at quarterback, where he has been wildly successful — not just as athletic running threat, but as a pocket passer and team leader.

The NFL is often described derisively as a “copycat league” because of the way losing franchises scramble after every season to imitate whichever team has come out on the top of the Super Bowl heap. In the case of Griffin, Newsome, and their African-American peers in leadership spotlights, maybe a few copycats wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

CORRECTION: Roman Gabriel is half-Filipino. An earlier version of this story did not identify him as a person of color.(8/29/13)

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Rob Lowe keeps it pithy; Describes why his career could be over [pic]

Rob Lowe keeps it pithy; Describes why his career could be over [pic]

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Rob Lowe is starring as John F. Kennedy in the made-for-TV adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book “Killing Kennedy.”

Lowe joked to reporters that this photo with the Fox News personality at the movie’s premiere could be a career-ender for somebody who makes a living in Hollywood:

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Happy Dog Turns Guilty after Poop Questions (Video)

Happy Dog Turns Guilty after Poop Questions (Video)

Fido the Dog seems happy until the owner asks him some unpleasant questions about his diet and the guilt kicks in…

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Kevin Durant Just Donated $1 Million For The Victims Of The Tornado

Kevin Durant Just Donated $1 Million For The Victims Of The Tornado

How can you not love this guy? The 24-year-old leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder is giving $1 million to help the relief efforts in Moore, OK following yesterday’s devastating tornado, according to the Red Cross.

4. Yesterday, Durant tweeted this as the tornado was ripping through Moore, Okla.

6. An Oklahoma City reporter took this photo of a Durant jersey hanging amidst the rubble. Wow.

7. UPDATE: The Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA are following Kevin Durant’s lead with 1 million dollar donations

Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett today:

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the devastation that has occurred within our community this week. We are focusing Thunder resources to help where we can in the relief efforts and to support the organizations that are on the ground assisting those affected by this week’s storms. Even with so much loss, the strength and resiliency of this community have once again been on display, and we will continue to work together as our community and state recover from this disaster.”

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10 Reasons Why Snoop Dogg Should Be A College Football Coach

10 Reasons Why Snoop Dogg Should Be A College Football Coach

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If there’s one thing that West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg knows, besides creating timeless music or building his brand, it’s the game of football.

While many entertainers have tried to cross the bridge into sports countless times before, none have been more active or successful than Coach Snoop himself.

Inspiring younger generations is something that he’s been able to do naturally.

Considering he can connect with kids who come from rough areas and went through the same things he did, he’d be the perfect mentor and coach to bring in at a collegiate level.

What you might not know is that his passion for the game is something he takes seriously. His understanding of the game has developed over the years, but above all else, he does it for the kids.

Here are 10 reasons why Snoop should try his hand at being a college football coach.

He’s already a certified football coach and has coached at both the youth and high school levels.

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He’s a diehard USC fan and got to see the inner workings of the Trojans during the Pete Carroll era.

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He also has connections at LSU and could steal some recruits from the Southeast.

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He has his own youth football league in California that turns out many successful athletes.

Every year, the SYFL (Snoop Youth Football League) assembles the best youth football talent in the Los Angeles area into eight teams to compete and receive specialized coaching and mentoring.

At the end of the season, an All-Star team is assembled that travels out to Houston, Texas to compete in the “Super Bowl,” an awesome opportunity for kids living in the inner city.

Since 2005, he’s worked with over 1,300 kids, many of which go on to play at the next level in high school, and eventually in Division I colleges across the country.

According to the SYFL site:

The objective of the SYFL is to provide youth, regardless of race, color, creed or economic background the chance to learn the values of character, integrity, discipline and teamwork through football and cheer; to bring all other communities together through a common interest in sports; to promote fair play and fellowship; to teach the game elements promoting safety, enjoyment and healthy competition.

And just recently, Snoop launched a new crowdfunding campaign with Tilt for the Inner City Urban Development (ICUD) to help inner city kids in Iowa receive brand new equipment and compete at a higher level.

His impacting the lives of thousands of young children from all across the country is something that’s starting to resonate within the community.


In fact, three players who played in the SYFL were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft alone.

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Running back De’Anthony Thomas out of Oregon, cornerback Kam Jackson out of Cal and cornerback Greg Ducre from Washington State were all taken on by the Chiefs, Chargers and Colts respectively, during the 2014 NFL Draft.


His son, Cordell, is a four-star wide receiver recruit and is considering USC, UCLA and Oregon for college.

The son of Snoop has some amazing potential to be a star at the next level. At 6’3″, he’s growing into his tall frame and has the type of build college scouts are looking for.

He’s built to be a deep threat, but can take hits down the middle and is known as an effective blocker in the run game. Cordell has excellent hands and can make some nifty moves after the catch. Chances are high he ends up at USC and helps the Trojans return to glory.


He even made his team, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV), their own theme song.

Now, this will get the team going.


He had no problem calling out Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley for his terrible play selections.

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He’s no bandwagon fan, either.

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All the haters saying he jumped on to the Steelers bandwagon after their recent Super Bowl wins should know Snoop has been a diehard supporter since the 70s.

During an interview with Steelers.com, he said,

It was in the 70s watching them on television battle the Raiders. In California it was the Raiders or the Steelers and everyone was choosing the Raiders and I just couldn’t go with what everyone was going with.

I wanted to go with the Steelers. I loved their attitude and the way they played and went out and won. I became a fan in the 70s and have been riding with them ever since.


He has the ability to scout talent within inner cities and to get the best out of kids.

While Snoop isn’t entirely responsible for former Oregon running back and current Kansas City Chief De’Anthony Thomas’ success, his presence certainly played a role.

As a young man growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Thomas admitted his dream to play the game and become a professional athlete didn’t become a reality until things like Snoop’s football league came about.

The opportunity and chance to play for one of his heroes surely pushed him further, and to this day, Snoop supports De’Anthony and his journey to greatness.


Bonus: What’s his motherf*cking name?!

Name a kid in America who wouldn’t want to play for Snoop Dogg?!

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Read more: http://elitedaily.com/sports/snoop-dogg-college-football-coach-photos/785592/

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32 juguetes esenciales que todo niño preescolar de los ochentas tuvo

32 juguetes esenciales que todo niño preescolar de los ochentas tuvo

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1. El Gusiluz

El Gusiluz

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Su diseño con el cuerpo suave y su cabeza iluminada, hacía del Gusiluz el juguete perfecto para los niños preescolares. Quiero decir, ¿quién más iba a protegerte del monstruo que vivía bajo tu cama? ¡Definitivamente los “Little People” de Fisher-Price no lo harían!

2. La bomba de gasolina de Fisher-Price

La bomba de gasolina de Fisher-Price

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Fisher-Price hizo los juguetes perfectos para introducirnos al mundo real, y sí, eso aparentemente también incluía cómo llenar tu propio tanque de gasolina.

3. “El granjero dice”

"El granjero dice"

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En serio, ¡¿dónde estaría la sociedad sin este eterno juguete?

4. El tocadiscos de Fisher-Price

El tocadiscos de Fisher-Price

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Este fue, probablemente, el primer sistema de sonido que tuviste, el cual, por supuesto, usaste para reproducir tus grabaciones de los libros.

5. Los libros interactivos

Los libros interactivos

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No se sabe cómo es que estos juguetes eran divertidos, porque prácticamente solo eran etiquetas reutilizables. ¿Pero quizá fue su perfecto diseño caricaturesco o su sencillez la que nos hacía volver a jugar con ellos? En realidad, tacha eso, era el adictivo olor a plástico lo que nos había enganchado.

6. El equipo médico de Fisher-Price

El equipo médico de Fisher-Price

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Seamos honestos, la única cosa con la que realmente jugaste de este equipo fue el estetoscopio. ¡Pero, y ese fue el plus, es que el equipo también funcionaba bien como un maletín de almacenamiento para llevar a todas partes otros juguetes!

7. Gumby

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En los ochentas Gumby tuvo un gran renacimiento y esta figura elástica/deformable era el juguete perfecto para niños pequeños, ya que era prácticamente indestructible. El único inconveniente era que, eventualmente, podías separarlo y dejar al descubierto los alambres que lo hacían tan deformable, y tal vez podías sacarte un ojo.

8. El mini piano

El mini piano

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Este juguete proporcionaba exactamente 20 minutos de diversión antes de que te aburrieras y fueses por otro, eso es si tus padres no se cansaban de escuchar los molestos pitidos y te lo quitaban antes de que tuvieses la oportunidad de terminar de jugar con él.

9. El teléfono parlante de Mickey Mouse

El teléfono parlante de Mickey Mouse

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¿Qué niño no quiso hablar con Mickey Mouse o el pato Donald? Claro, ellos no decían nada más que su nombre, pero aún así conseguiste tener a un personaje de Disney al teléfono y no les costó a tus padres dos dólares por minuto, te estoy viendo, He-Man…

10. “Sit’ n Spin”

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Este objeto era prácticamente una versión mejorada de una caja vacía, porque no hacía nada más que girar, pero, de alguna manera, aún proporcionaba horas de entretenimiento.

11. Los ositos cariñositos

Los ositos cariñositos

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Los ositos cariñositos gobernaron los ochentas, y ¿quieres saber por qué? Porque fueron creados por la empresa de tarjetas “American Greetings”, quien los empujo a los confiados padres y abuelos llevándolos a comprarlos como un regalo de “Te amo”. Además, sus cuerpos blandos y colores pastel los hicieron irresistibles para los niños pequeños.

12. La granja de Fisher-Price

La granja de Fisher-Price

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Además de los “Little People”, el mayor éxito de ventas de Fisher-Price eran los animales. ¡Todos los niños pequeños querían jugar con animales de granja!

13. La caja de música de Fisher-Price que enseñaba la hora

La caja de música de Fisher-Price que enseñaba la hora

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Este viejo favorito se suponía que era para enseñarte cómo decir la hora, pero en realidad solo fue divertido darle cuerda y verlo convertir el día en noche.

14. El muñeco de vinilo de E.T.

El muñeco de vinilo de E.T.

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¿Qué tan grande era E.T ? Era como “Frozen” x “El rey león” más un millón. En serio, era enorme y por supuesto tenía un atractivo natural para los niños pequeños, que lo hacía una necesidad tenerlo hecho de vinilo (lo cual se sentía tan espeluznante al tocarlo).

15. Poppin’ Pals

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Este juguete era probablemente más para bebés que para preescolares, pero su acción de saltar proborcionaba mucha diversión al jugar con ellos.

16. La cámara de juguete de los Pitufos

La cámara de juguete de los Pitufos

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Este juguete era 2×1, no solo fue un juego de cámara (permitiéndote sentirte un niño taaaan grande), sino que también era de los pitufos. ¡DE LOS PITUFOS!

17. Monchhichis

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Seamos honestos, estos eran más escalofriantes que bonitos, pero su pegajosa canción en el comercial hacía que verdaderamente quisieras uno.

18. El “View-Master”

El "View-Master"

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Otro juguete eterno que nos daba miles de horas de diversión.

19. La caja registradora de Fisher-Price

La caja registradora de Fisher-Price

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Yo no sé si se suponía que este juguete te enseñara cómo usar el dinero, pero sí sé que su mayor atractivo era abrir la caja registradora.

20. La casa del árbol de “Tree Tots”

La casa del árbol de "Tree Tots"

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Esta pequeña casita fue perfectamente diseñada para capturar tu imaginación. Era un árbol que con pulsar un botón (en la parte superior del árbol), revelaba una casa de tres habitaciones que se completaba con un elevador, una escalera, un columpio y un garaje.

21. El “Rub-A-Dub Dog”

El "Rub-A-Dub Dog"

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Este juguete también era 2×1. No solo era juguete para el baño, sino que también era una esponja (no muy buena, pero aun así lo era).

22. La casa de “Little People” de Fisher-Price

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En la década de los años ochentas, los “Little People” actualizaron su casa y quedó bastante elegante (¿culpa de los jóvenes ambiciosos?). Sí, era exactamente la misma casa, pero la mayoría de los niños escogían el el Equipo del Techo Amarillo o el Equipo de la Casa Tudor.

23. “My Buddy” y “Kid Sister”

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¿Sabes por qué querías uno de estas muñecos? Por la canción del comercial, que probablemente todavía perdura en lo más profundo de tu mente.

24. La grabadora de casetes de Fisher-Price

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La gran ventaja que tenía la grabadora de casetes de Fisher-Price: ¡PODÍAS GRABAR TU VOZ!

25. La máquina de granizados de Snoopy

La máquina de granizados de Snoopy

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Ningún día caluroso de verano podía estar completo sin este juguete clásico. Claro, te tomaba todo la fuerza de tu cuerpo de preescolar obtener tres astillas de hielo medio derretido, pero todo este duro trabajo las hacía saber extra delicioso.

26. La hornilla mágica de Fisher-Price

La hornilla mágica de Fisher-Price

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Está bien, probablemente esto te causa escalofríos porque se parece a la hornilla que tenias en la universidad, pero en los ochentas esta no solo aparentaba ser una estufa, ¡pretendía ser una estufa que además se iluminaba de rojo!

27. El bus de “Sweet Pickles”

El bus de "Sweet Pickles"

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Está bien, así que este no era un juguete, pero estaba desarrollado como un autobús y tenia un adhesivo que mostraba a todos los personajes sobre él, lo que para los fanáticos de la serie de libros lo convertía de inmediato en un juguete (ya que ninguna línea de juguetes se produjo para ella).

28. Los “Little Boppers”

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Estos realmente fueron como esas flores bailarinas que se movían con música: esperabas a que dieran un paso más y realmente se movieran alrededor y bailaran. ¡Sí, BAILABAN!

29. “Speak & Spell”

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Estos en realidad no fueron diseñados para preescolares, pero todos esos botones y el efecto de voz los convirtieron en un juguete irresistible para los niños pequeños.

30. Los “Popples”

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Los “Popples” eran uno de los pocos juguetes que eran perfectos para jugar así como para dormir con ellos.

31. El estacionamiento, rampa, estación de servicio y garaje de Fisher-Price

El estacionamiento, rampa, estación de servicio y garaje de Fisher-Price

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Este fue el último set de “Little People” (lo siento, aeropuerto), principalmente porque podías tirar los autos abajo en la rampa (con la gente pequeña conduciéndolos), pero el elevador de manivela también tenia su atractivo.

32. Los “Big Wheels”

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Sin duda, el mejor juguete que un niño de preescolar podía aspirar a tener y a jugar con él. Claro, probablemente te caíste de esta cosa más veces de lo que puedas recordar, pero en realidad fue la primera vez que probaste la libertad y jugaste como un niño grande.

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Occupy Wall Street: The Year’s Most Memorable Videos

Occupy Wall Street: The Year's Most Memorable Videos

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A year ago, Tim Pool traveled to New York to see the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations for himself. On a whim, he came from Virginia with only a smartphone and a battery pack. Pool, who worked as a community outreach director at a non-profit, then began live-streaming the protests and clashes with NYPD.

Pool quickly gained followers to his channels on Ustream and Twitter where he reported on what was happening at the time in Zuccatti Park. He became a source of information for the outside world by covering what was happening as it happened and soon received the title “citizen journalist” — though that’s not exactly what he’d call himself.

“I never even considered myself a journalist until people told me I was,” Pool told Mashable. “It was for myself. I wasn’t putting it on YouTube.”

Much of Pool’s coverage was syndicated by major media outlets and TIME named him “The Media Messenger of Zuccotti Park.” He told Mashable that he wasn’t looking for attention, but rather was trying to figure out the movement’s intentions for himself.

Pool has covered the movement since the original demonstrations last year. He was in New York earlier this week covering what was the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street’s beginning. In recognition of the event, Ustream has put together an Occupy Wall Street “most-memorable live-broadcast streams” which include some of Pool’s reporting:

Protesters take orange net from NYPD and Tim Pool yells: “Tonight belongs to occupy wall street.”

The Police Did What? NYPD Smashes Protesters Head Against Glass Door, shatters

Call For Medics…Unconscious Occupy Protester in DC

Most Viewed Occupy Wall Street Arrest At One-Year Occupy Anniversary

Occupy Wall Street 1-yr Celebration Needs Entertainment Too!

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/09/22/occupy-wall-street-ustream/