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Fear Not Football! Daniel Flynn Will Save You!

Daniel FlynnIf you thought sports was the one area in American public life relatively immune from politicization, think again. Breitbart.com announced yesterday that author Daniel Flynn is coming on as editor of Breitbart Sports. Flynn is most well known for his book, The War on Football: Saving America’s Game, which attempts to refute the slew of negative stories reported recently about the health effects the game has on players, and the NFL’s handling of the situation. To say that Flynn’s reporting style is combative is a bit of an understatement -but perhaps that’s appropriate for his new beat.

“Dan Flynn is a historian who has built his career by conducting deep-dive research to debunk myths fed to Americans by the media class, in the sports world and beyond,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow.  “His knowledge base, natural skepticism, and abundant energy make him an ideal person to lead our coverage of sports and enable Breitbart to penetrate the sports media echo chamber serving as gateway to introduce a new audience to the Breitbart News brand.”

We’re not sure how sports fans will take to the Breitbart News brand, but the NFL commissioners, at least, will probably be glad to have Flynn around.

Read the memo announcing the hire after the jump.

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FishbowlDC Has Nothing to Do With This Ridiculous New Show

Don’t like football? Sick of the Puppy Bowl? Don’t like kittens? Well no worries, there’s a new absurd four hour animal-focused television event to stare at on Superbowl Sunday. DC-based NatGeo WILD will be airing “The Fishbowl” on February 2nd from 6 – 10PM, which is a show comprised entirely of -you guessed it -a fishbowl.

We would just like to make it very clear that this not our doing.

Political Rivals Bond Over Pooch

lost_dogTucker Martin is the communications director for Bob McDonnell, the Governor of Virginia. Over the weekend, he set out to do a little hunting and, in the process, lost Blue, one of his hunting dogs.

So he did what any savvy person would do in that situation.

He tweeted about it. In a series of tweets, Martin wrote, “Need help. Lost Blue dog on trail run at Poor Farm Park in Hanover. Hr ago. Please RT. Worried as lots of woods beyond this park. Thanks folks. Anyway if you know folks in western Hanover, Ashland area please pass word on. 50 lbs. Short legs. UVa collar. Brown, black, white markings.”

Naturally, when we first saw that tweet, we were less than optimistic, but this story has a happy ending. Clark Mercer, political director of Democratic Party of Virginia, sent a tweet saying he was near that area and would head out to see if he could find the hound.

So, what happened to Blue? Read more

Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded. Read more

SPOTTED: The Mark Plotkin Edition

D.C. had a big college basketball weekend. While Georgetown destroyed Syracuse, George Washington University faced a big game, themselves with their final home game against the Dayton Flyers. After the game went into overtime, GW scored with a thunderous dunk, with less than 2 seconds remaining, that won the game.

As the happy crowd streamed out of the arena, our spy snapped a pic of former WTOP political commentator, Mark Plotkin. You may remember that Plotkin was canned from the station for his repeated angry outbursts.

Upon first viewing, we weren’t sure if it was actually Plotkin, since the subject in the photo seems to have less hair. Then again, the history of Plotkin’s rage issues may explain the balding.

 

HuffPost’s Ward Has Saditude

Sports fans around the country watched in disbelief as the Washington Nationals blew a 6-0 lead on Friday night to end their season with a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. It was a sickening collapse to watch if you were a fan of the baseball team, which had the best season in baseball this year.

As mourning fans filed from the ballpark, several people, including Yahoo’s Chris Moody and HuffPost’s Sam Stein caught a sad sight on TV as they watched the game. It was the sight of a pouting Jon Ward, senior political reporter for HuffPost, decked out in a Nationals jersey and hat. The pained look on his face sums up how all Nationals fans felt at that moment.

Tweets of sympathy came in from around the Twitterverse, but Moody captured the moment best by tweeting “Ich bin ein @jonward11.” Moody also changed his Twitter avi to a pic of the saddened Ward.

This lasted for about a day.  On Saturday, Moody tweeted,

And with that, the Nats season came to a crushing close, but Ward stays positive. After the loss, he tweeted, “We’ll get em next year. But wow, that was pretty brutal.”

Yeah Rigghht, Luke

A recent profile of sports super agent Drew Rosenhaus on 60 Minutes elicited the attention of NBC’s Luke Russert. To be sure, Rosenhaus is a divisive figure in sports. He is the real-life agent that inspired Tom Cruise’s character in Jerry Maguire. Some people point to him as the reason why professional athletes make as much money as they do. He is the very definition of a love-him-or-hate-him kind of guy.

Rosenhaus tells interviewer Scott Pelley that he really believes that “the NFL would fall apart without me.” Obviously, social media reacted and had several not-very-nice things to say about Rosenhaus. But in the middle of the fracas, Russert, who likes to sometimes play defense, jumped in. One thing about Russert: He likes to play up and down his famous surname depending on the circumstance. In this case, he’s just a regular, unknown kid from Buffalo. He tweeted:

 

Among the things they make clear in the profile is that Rosenhaus has a client on almost every NFL football team. That means he has a LOT of clients… Read more

Politico Talks Sports

Sure, politics and sports go hand in hand. It seems like every week (that they’re actually working), Congress is hauling some baseball player in front of a committee or a football player to talk about head injuries. So, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Politico will be hosting the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell for a conversation about “player health and safety, the fantasy-football explosion, and new technology to enhance the in-stadium experience, including the “Under the Hood” feature we saw debut Sunday on the new Diamond Vision screens at Lambeau Field.” Remember, this is POLITICO we are talking about here. They are the first ones to jump up and say that they stick to politics. Remember what executive editor JimVandeHei said in Michael Calderone‘s profile of Politico for Huffington magazine?

“Right, you guys have about forty sub-channels, you’re in different countries, you’re covering sports, you have pictures and girls and all this stuff that generates a lot of traffic. We do politics. That’s what we do. We do policy. That’s what we do.”

What struck us as even more bizarre is that chief White House correspondent Mike Allen will be leading the conversation. Allen is great at what he does, but we don’t exactly equate him with possessing sheer athleticism or a knowledge of sports. Anyone who knows him will tell you that he eats, sleeps and breathes politics.

Details are listed on the invitation above. It’s worth noting that Goodell’s wife is Jane Skinner, formerly of Fox News.

 

Washingtonian: ‘Your Hands Are On His Genitals’

If you haven’t read the lengthy Washingtonian piece on Redskins tight end, Fred Davis, you’re missing quite the read. Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins walks us through the absurd legal defense of Davis as he represents himself in court against a woman who has filed charges against him after he “allegedly dumped juice on her head and busted her lip at a Washington, DC, nightclub.” The suit has gone on quietly for 18 months and no one in the national sports media noticed this until Mullins’ piece. ESPN picked it up, among other outlets. Now, it could majorly impact sports in the Washington area.

The details of this case are beyond crazy, but, they include pimp cups, pimpettes, and “flagellant accusations.” The accuser, Makini Chaka, a  self-described “celebrity broker”, is being accused by Davis of procuring prostitutes for NFL players and they even had an exchange over whether or not the woman had her hand on a man’s genitals in a photograph. That led to this insane testimony in court.

Davis: “As it shows, you also have your hand on his genitals. I mean why would you take a picture like that?”

Chaka: “I do not. Let’s look closely at the exhibit right here, Judge. Where is my hand placed in this exhibit?”

Judge: “I do not answer questions. . . . The witness does.”

Chaka: “Can you tell me where my hand is actually at in this photo?”

Davis: “It looks like it’s in the genitals to me. I mean your hands are on his genitals. Your hand is on his—”

Chaka: “Objection.”

It’s not entirely clear WHY Davis didn’t hire a lawyer to do this for him, but those of us that live for tacky celebs making public asses of themselves are all better off for it.

Mullins’ piece has set fire to the sports world and could change the face of the Washington Redskins football team. Davis was having a strong 2011 season before he was busted for substance abuse. Hint hint – It wasn’t steroids. He currently has a one year contract with the Skins, with the hope being that he gets a multi-year extension. That all looks to be in jeopardy, as CSN blogger Rich Tanden writes, “It is, however, extremely unlikely that Davis will be getting a new, multi-year contract. He is going to have to demonstrate that he can stay out of trouble before the Redskins are going to write him a big signing bonus check.”

Mullins reports that the trial is set for March of 2013 and we cannot wait.

Congress Plays Hardball

The annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game was held Thursday night in a tradition that pits Democratic members of Congress against their Republican colleagues. Everyone is committed to raising money for charity in a show of bipartisanship. The touchy-feely event was held at Nationals Park, where we usually see athletes in peak form showcasing years of conditioning so that we can see what greatness can be achieved with hard work and dedication. The Congressional game is filled with bloated, elderly men hobbling around the bases like turtles on quaaludes. So, it’s a little different.

Before the game got underway, we got to mingle with these “athletes.” They were all wearing detailed uniforms from their home state or district, which added a touch of surreality to the whole event. Sort of like “Field of Dreams” on acid. The member with the most fanfare was Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). He was being inducted into the game’s Hall of Fame that evening. Paul tells FBDC that he wished he could be out there playing, but guaranteed that the Republicans “will be a LOT better than they were last time.” Last year, Democrats demolished the GOP by a score of 8-2, so it couldn’t get much worse than that. Or could it?

This year was a bloodbath. After a slow first inning, the Dems unleashed a brutalizing second inning and scored 11 runs. IN A SINGLE INNING. One ballpark attendant remarked that they should implement a slaughter rule. Democratic fans added insult to injury by chanting “Ju-stice Ro-berts” at Republican batters. I’m guessing that the GOP’s wounds of Chief Justice John Roberts‘ vote that saved Health Care legislation hadn’t fully healed from earlier in the day.

Highlights included Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) nearly jacking a home run, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) doing a great Chris Sabo impression with his sport glasses, and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), the lone female, wearing her jersey with Roman numeral IX to commemorate Title IX. It was touching to see Ron Paul throw the first pitch to his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-TX).

Spectators donned blue foam fingers to cheer on the Democrats and red foam fingers to cheer for the Republicans and then sat behind their teams dugout, so it wasn’t entirely bipartisan. We noticed that the lines for food on the Republican side were much longer than the ones on the Dem side. We spotted more chili cheese fries from Ben’s Chili Bowl than any other food item in the ballpark. We watched as one Congressional staffer attempted to buy “8 Coors Lights” for his group of friends. He was denied the booze purchase.

While Republicans eventually scored a few runs, it would have been nearly impossible to overcome the dramatic 2nd inning and the Democrats cruised to an easy victory, 18-5.

Of course, this is Washington. So there was very little celebrating the win of the actual baseball game. The only joy we heard emanated from Democrats still basking in the SCOTUS ruling on healthcare hours earlier.

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