Wednesday Gumbo: A-Rod, obscure sports rules, and stupid questions

Duck Dynasty  560The gumbo time is here!  It’s Wednesday, so I’ve put together a little bit of everything for you to enjoy.  Sprinkle on some file, cher!

Some o’dis and some o’dat!

1.     Alex Rodriguez is back.  The New York Yankee’s self-proclaimed superstar has been implicated in a Miami New Times report regarding the use of PED’s – performance enhancing drugs.  Jeff Passan, who writes for Yahoo Sports, condemns Rodriguez in his article Yankee Star Alex Rodriguez joins Lance Armstrong as a Titan of Sports Disgrace, saying

…A-Rod is reduced once again to this: a punch line, a waste, a face on the Mount Rushmore of PEDs alongside Bonds, Clemens and Manny Ramirez. Once upon a time, when Rodriguez was still trying to claim he used PEDs only from 2001-03, he blamed it on being “young and dumb.” Which would make him what now? Old and dumber?

Bleacher Report gives a detail of several MLB players implicated in the report, as well as some involved in the University of Miami baseball program.

2.     MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers held a “Design a YOUniform” contest where the fans had input on a new uniform for BrewersBarrelMan2013.  Apparently, old is new again, because the old Barrelman logo won out.  Definitely news to me.

3.     Looks like the Boy Scouts of America will be changing their policy to include gay participation and membership.  The BSA met with major evangelical groups to inform them of the policy shift, and Southern Baptists have gone on record to oppose the change.

4.     In No Plan B for Religious Freedom, John Kennedy, founder and CEO of Autocam and Autocam Medical, explains the issue he faces as an employer forced to pay for something that compromises his religious beliefs.  This is no political spin…it’s grass-roots reasoning the HHS mandate is flawed.

5.     Did you know that, in football, a team can attempt a non-defended field goal from the spot of a fair catch?  Or that only right-handers are allowed to play polo? In the NBA, a player can be slapped with a non-unsportsmanlike conduct technical foul (which probably should have been used at Riverdale this past Friday night!)  The obscure rules and 18 others are offered here.

superbowl56.     The media craze abounds during the Super Bowl.  And some reporters, in an effort to get some breaking bit of news, ventures, unthinkingly I hope, into the world of stupid questions.  For example:

“How long have you been a black quarterback?” was asked to Doug Williams, the Washington Redskins black QB.

Mental Floss offers the The Stupidest Questions in Super Bowl History.

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