Washington Redskins lose trademark protection for their offensive nickname

This is great news. In a major blow to the Washington Redskins, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six federal trademarks of the team name because it was found to be “disparaging” to Native Americans.

“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they [...]

VIDEO: Hands down the best political ad of 2014

It’s likely this is the best political ad any of us will see this year.

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My thoughts on the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks

My thoughts on the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks to two New York-based hedge fund billionaires, as best summed up by Randy Bryce.

Common Ground to oppose public funds for new Bucks stadium unless funds also allocated to improve parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the citizens, churches, small businesses, nonprofits and neighborhood groups who comprise the Common Ground organization are contemplating action to oppose public tax dollars being spent to build a new stadium for the Milwaukee Bucks unless $150 million to $250 million of any such allocation of tax [...]

Texas sportscaster Dale Hansen speaks out on Michael Sam (VIDEO)

Though I haven’t written about the story of college football (and soon-to-be NFL) player Michael Sam, who recently announced he is gay, I absolutely had to share this.

Watch as Texas sportscaster thoroughly debunks the notion that a gay player wouldn’t be welcome in NFL locker rooms simply by virtue of his sexual orientation.

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Chris Kluwe: I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot

Over at Deadspin, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe posted an excellent entry offering his opinion that he wasn’t released by the Minnesota Vikings because of salary or performance issues, but because of his activism for same-sex marriage rights. So there you have it. It’s my belief, based on everything that happened over the course [...]

Larry Sanders & Monta Ellis square off in locker room during playoffs

And now for something completely unrelated to politics… After the Bucks lost 104-91 to the Heat in Milwaukee on April 25, Sanders vented in the locker room and said in a fiery speech, “We need to start playing together as a team and stop worrying about next year,” according to one of the people briefed [...]

Brendon Ayanbadejo: Players have to say they’re straight to keep draft stock (VIDEO)

This is worth watching.

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While I certainly applaud Brendon Ayanbadejo for his support for equality and tolerance, it certainly seems like the NFL has a long way [...]

[UPDATED] Chris Abele supports extending .1% Miller Park sales tax to pay for new Bucks arena

UPDATE: I’ve updated the original entry to include the actual audio of County Executive Abele’s interview with John Mercure. Having had a chance to listen to the audio in its entirety, I think it’s fair to say County Executive Abele was pretty clear that he’d support a 1% sales tax increase to fund a new [...]

Nyjer Morgan’s career as a Brewer over

T-Plush, we hardly knew ya… The “Tony Plush” era came to an abrupt end Thursday when the Milwaukee Brewers announced they sent outfielder Nyjer Morgan outright to Class AAA Nashville.

Morgan cleared waivers before that move, and as a player with four-plus years in the majors must wait 24 hours before declaring free agency. He [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14”

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