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Nation Magazine: If You Want The Patriots To Win The Super Bowl, You’re Racist

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Nation  Magazine: If You Want The Patriots To Win The Super Bowl, You’re Racist

Even as the final days before the Super Bowl draw to a close, the liberal media refuses to quit its slanderous campaign against the 2015 AFC Champion New England Patriots.

The most recent salvo of Pats-hate comes from noted liberal-weekly, The Nation, which decided to abandon any and all shreds of journalistic bias in favor of declaring the Seattle Seahawks as America’s chosen team. The Deflate-Gate scandal has been revealed as a smoke and mirrors effort to undermine the house that Belichick built, and at this point in the game, these last futile proclamations from the self-proclaimed “flagship of the left” are not only easy to see through, but just flat-out repetitive.

For starters, the article’s main argument is basically as follows: “The NFL is part of a changing, more socially-conscious America, and if you aren’t pulling for the Seahawks, it’s probably because you’re a racist.”

Seriously. It’s all in there.

When I started writing about the intersection of sports and politics in 2003, a countless number of sentences started with two words: “if only”. “If only” star athletes used their hyper-exalted-brought-to-you-by Nike platform to actually say something about the world instead of just trying to sell us more crap. If only they stood up to tired sports media that for decades had treated outspoken athletes with a sneering and, in the case of black players, transparently racist contempt…

This is a team that has had players speak out for the Black Lives Matter movement and a team that has felt no compunction against calling out a commissioner in Roger Goodell who cares more about public relations than the players and the families of players that the league employs…

To have Marshawn Lynch consciously try to control his own labor and by doing so, dredge up the worst impulses in the sports media aristocracy was, intentionally or not, a national service. Thanks to Lynch, we have seen a layer of sports writers regurgitate all of their suppressed bile against young black athletes—tweeting things like their desire for an “English to Marshawn dictionary”—and exposing the long-standing resentments older and mostly whiter sportswriters have towards the people they cover…

The NFL—a brutal, damnable sports league—is now intimately connected to how we discuss issues ranging from violence against women, to workplace safety, to the movement against police brutality. But as long as that is the truth, we should want the people who hold that platform to be the most conscious possible participants in this discussion. This is reason enough, if you aren’t from the Maine-to-Connecticut-corridor, to pull for the Seattle Seahawks.

http://dailycaller.com/2015/01/31/liberal-magazine-if-you-want-the-patriots-to-win-the-super-bowl-youre-racist/

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Resale sites renege on tickets

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Resale sites renege on tickets
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

PHOENIX — Hundreds of fans won’t be going to Super Bowl XLIX after brokers and resale sites reneged on tickets that they already sold.

In most cases, those selling tickets never had them to begin with. The practice, called short selling, has become common for big games over the years. Brokers sell tickets and buy them cheaper closer to the event to make their profits. But the idea of selling before having anything in hand became more commonplace as the returns consistently came in for previous Super Bowls.

That was until this year, when too many brokers sold tickets they didn’t have and for lower prices than in previous years, making it impossible to get the real ticket for a price that was affordable when it came time to pull the trigger. By last Sunday, brokers were buying the worst seats for $5,000 just to save their company. Five days later, finding a ticket even for $10,000 was a challenge.

It’s unknown exactly how many were affected, but many stories have heartbreak.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2014/story/_/id/12255886/hundreds-super-bowl-tickets-fall-through

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Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

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Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

January 31, 2015    Last updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:20 AM
By TERRY TANG
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS |
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* Companies steer clear of NFL’s strident defense of the title of that event on Sunday

PHOENIX — It is the game that must not be named — at least not without permission.

For most people, the game Sunday between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is the Super Bowl. But for many business owners, it’s simply the “big game” or “game day.”

Radio hosts are tripping over their tongues and airport signs are carefully worded to keep from referring to it as the Super Bowl, a trademarked name the NFL strictly polices. Mom-and-pop shops and large companies hoping to cash in on the game — but also not wanting to run afoul of league lawyers — have found ways to color inside the lines.

Tyler Ellis, whose Coney Island Grill is located within the downtown Super Bowl Central village, is selling souvenir tie-dyed shirts. The garments say “Coney Island 2015” as well as “the big game.” The $15 shirts come in pink, red, blue and green.

Fortunately, the restaurant owner was fully aware of the league’s reputation for coming down on trademark infringers.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/a-big-game-by-any-name-1.1262152

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In Ridgewood, frenzied fans savor the Super Bowl

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In Ridgewood, frenzied fans savor the Super Bowl

January 30, 2015    Last updated: Friday, January 30, 2015, 3:03 PM
By Darius Amos
Staff Writer | The Ridgewood News

North Jersey doesn’t have much skin in this weekend’s big game, but Ridgewood is still finding plenty of reasons to focus its attention on Super Bowl Sunday.

And most of those reasons revolve around parties and celebrating with family and friends – though supporting either the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks might also have something to do with it.

“Football’s replaced baseball as America’s game so you naturally want to watch and enjoy the game with others,” said Midland Park resident Mark Livingston, 45, as he nestled onto his perch inside Mac Murphy’s bar in Ridgewood late Wednesday afternoon. “The Super Bowl is the last game of the year, and the biggest game of the year. Even if the local teams aren’t playing, fans will still watch. They’ll watch any football game.”

Indeed, the Jets and Giants failed to reach this year’s NFL playoffs, but Bergen County still has a slight connection to the game. The Patriots’ Devin McCourty played his high school football at nearby St. Joseph Regional, but that local angle isn’t enough to win the favor of some fans in this area.

Livingston, a Giants fan, will be pulling for a Seahawks’ victory since he always roots for the team representing the Big Blue’s conference. His brother, Eric, said he’ll be cheering for Seattle simply because of his disdain for the Patriots.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/in-ridgewood-frenzied-fans-savor-the-super-bowl-1.1261985

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Super Bowl Footballs To Be Taken Into Custody By NFL On Friday After Pats, Seahawks Prepare Them

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Super Bowl Footballs To Be Taken Into Custody By NFL On Friday After Pats, Seahawks Prepare Them

January 30, 2015 7:59 AM

PHOENIX (CBS Connecticut/AP) — NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly.

Blandino also said Thursday the process of checking the footballs and security surrounding the inspections will be enhanced for Sunday’s Super Bowl.

As the league’s investigation into the Patriots’ use of under-inflated footballs moves along, Blandino made it clear the officiating crew for New England’s win over Indianapolis did its job.

“My major concern is did we follow proper protocol?” Blandino said. “Everything was properly tested and marked before the game. Walt gauged the footballs himself; it is something he has done throughout his career.

“Officiating is not part of the investigation.”

http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2015/01/30/super-bowl-footballs-nfl-custody/