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The Shadow League

Sports and culture with the real... Insights, commentary and analysis.
Jan 6 '14
Jul 3 '13
Brilliant column from Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post on Aaron Hernandez, the reaction and the reality of NFL stereotypes. http://wapo.st/14QsHQr
But the NFL is not the only organization that unwittingly harbors criminals. The military had 26,000 cases of sexual assault last year. And for sheer volume of criminal activity, don’t look at the NFL; look at financial institutions, which in 2011 accounted for 1,719 FBI cases. The statistics suggest the men who play football are, on the whole, less criminally violent than soldiers and more ethically respectable than looters with Harvard MBAs who commit acts of grand larceny with “financial instruments.” Or the middle management creeps employed by Cleveland Browns owner Jim Haslam at Pilot Oil, who have pleaded guilty to bilking long-haul truckers.

Brilliant column from Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post on Aaron Hernandez, the reaction and the reality of NFL stereotypes. http://wapo.st/14QsHQr

But the NFL is not the only organization that unwittingly harbors criminals. The military had 26,000 cases of sexual assault last year. And for sheer volume of criminal activity, don’t look at the NFL; look at financial institutions, which in 2011 accounted for 1,719 FBI cases. The statistics suggest the men who play football are, on the whole, less criminally violent than soldiers and more ethically respectable than looters with Harvard MBAs who commit acts of grand larceny with “financial instruments.” Or the middle management creeps employed by Cleveland Browns owner Jim Haslam at Pilot Oil, who have pleaded guilty to bilking long-haul truckers.

Mar 26 '13

This is what happens when A$AP Rocky and Skrillex hit the Dominican for a video shoot.

Mar 25 '13

Kidd Kidd was booted from the video: http://bit.ly/16TvSJW

Mar 25 '13
It’s been almost two years since Tyler, the Creator dropped Goblin, but the Odd Future is all set to drop his second project Wolf. Due April 2nd, Tyler decided to release the track listing a few weeks early. Many OF members or former members can be found up and down the list as well as Dave Matthews and Pharrell. 
Tracklist: http://bit.ly/10F8mO1

It’s been almost two years since Tyler, the Creator dropped Goblin, but the Odd Future is all set to drop his second project Wolf. Due April 2nd, Tyler decided to release the track listing a few weeks early. Many OF members or former members can be found up and down the list as well as Dave Matthews and Pharrell. 

Tracklist: http://bit.ly/10F8mO1

Mar 25 '13
"Here’s the truly amazing thing about the season LeBron James is having: He’s turned the Most Valuable Player race into an afterthought despite the fact that Kevin Durant is having the best season of his career."
Mar 22 '13
Prince’s epic performance at South by Southwest, which didn’t shut down until 3 am and featured six encores, is now hitting the road. Prince will be performing two shows a night with 3rd Eye Girl along the West coach. 
Here are the dates and venues.
April 15 & 16: The Vogue. Vancouver, BC
April 18 & 19: Showbox. Seattle, WA
April 23 & 24: DNA Lounge. San Francisco, CA
April 26 & 27: The Joint. Las Vegas, NV
April 30 & May 1: Marquee Theatre. Tempe, AZ
May 3 & 4: Hard Rock Hotel. San Diego, CA
May 7 & 8: The Grove. Anaheim, CA

More: http://bit.ly/YgwnNy

Prince’s epic performance at South by Southwest, which didn’t shut down until 3 am and featured six encores, is now hitting the road. Prince will be performing two shows a night with 3rd Eye Girl along the West coach. 

Here are the dates and venues.

April 15 & 16: The Vogue. Vancouver, BC

April 18 & 19: Showbox. Seattle, WA

April 23 & 24: DNA Lounge. San Francisco, CA

April 26 & 27: The Joint. Las Vegas, NV

April 30 & May 1: Marquee Theatre. Tempe, AZ

May 3 & 4: Hard Rock Hotel. San Diego, CA

May 7 & 8: The Grove. Anaheim, CA

More: http://bit.ly/YgwnNy

Mar 6 '13

Mack Maine is out in LA clearing up any doubt.

Mar 6 '13
If music holds outsized importance in your life, like it does in mine, then one of the biggest disappointments over the last ten years or so is that D’Angelo has yet to record another album. This is different than Dre’s Detox shenanigans, because Dre still releases music. I mean, Kendrick Lamar’s joint was basically a Dre album. With D’Angelo though, we had a man that was destined to be the greatest artist of his generation – and a stalwart for black music – just drop off the music map. — http://bit.ly/WRzue4

If music holds outsized importance in your life, like it does in mine, then one of the biggest disappointments over the last ten years or so is that D’Angelo has yet to record another album. This is different than Dre’s Detox shenanigans, because Dre still releases music. I mean, Kendrick Lamar’s joint was basically a Dre album. With D’Angelo though, we had a man that was destined to be the greatest artist of his generation – and a stalwart for black music – just drop off the music map. — http://bit.ly/WRzue4

Feb 22 '13
Given the fact that 65 percent of NFL players are black, and team scouts and doctors are overwhelmingly white, the images produced at the Combine call forth the slavery comparison at its grizzliest: the sight of scantily-clad, muscle-bound black men being measured under the gaze of white men with dollar signs for eyes brings the auction block to mind whether or not you want to acknowledge it. And beyond the physical examination, there’s the sight of the black male body at work: running, jumping, exerting its energy to its limits for the ultimate satisfaction of the collective gaze of NFL stakeholders and fans. - Megan Livingston.
 
Read More: http://bit.ly/Yraioj

Given the fact that 65 percent of NFL players are black, and team scouts and doctors are overwhelmingly white, the images produced at the Combine call forth the slavery comparison at its grizzliest: the sight of scantily-clad, muscle-bound black men being measured under the gaze of white men with dollar signs for eyes brings the auction block to mind whether or not you want to acknowledge it. And beyond the physical examination, there’s the sight of the black male body at work: running, jumping, exerting its energy to its limits for the ultimate satisfaction of the collective gaze of NFL stakeholders and fans. - Megan Livingston.

 

Read More: http://bit.ly/Yraioj