Will James Brown decline to use Washington nickname this year on NFL Today?

The Washington Post’s DC Sports Blog has a post on how D.C.-area native James Brown thinks it is time to get rid of Washington’s nickname.

It is interesting to note that CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus is giving his NFL announcers the choice of whether they want to refer to the nickname this year. Sounds like JB will be talking about the team from Washington.

From the post:

I firmly believe that this is a people issue. If, in fact — to me, this is my opinion only, not representing CBS Sports, or News — if the name is offensive to a group of people, then do the right thing and change the name. It’s as simple as that.

“I know people will engage in an argument and say, well it hasn’t been an issue all this time. Yeah,

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After last year’s dud, Peter Gammons, MLB Network looking forward to big Hall of Fame weekend

My latest Chicago Tribune column is on Peter Gammons anticipating a much different Hall of Fame weekend than what he encountered last year.

You also can access the column via my Twitter feed at @ShermanReport.

From the column:


Peter Gammons was on the road Thursday, making one of his favorite drives: His annual trek from his home in New England to Cooperstown, N.Y., for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend.

His anticipation level is considerably different than last year when the steroids-backlash produced an empty ceremony that featured no living player, manager or executive. It gave the long-time baseball writer and TV analyst new appreciation for what he was missing.

“It was so unusual,” Gammons said. “For all the years I’ve gone there, it’s the only time it seemed strange. There’s usually such a buzz with all … Continue Reading


No handicaps for these players: Steve Elkington show finds true winners in golf

Wanted to pass along information about a unique golf show.


For a very good reason, Edward “EQ” Sylvester may be the most passionate golfer who has ever taken a golf lesson. And as RFD-TV viewers will discover on the fourth episode of the hit show “The Rural Golfer”, Steve Elkington learned a lot more from Sylvester than the 1995 PGA Championship winner bestowed to his golf pupil.

The Rural Golfer airs on RFD-TV at 9:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, with encore shows airing at 12:30 p.m. Sunday (ET) and the following Friday at 6 a.m. (ET).

This week’s episode is one that will stay with all but the most hard-hearted person. It takes Elkington on the road to one of the most renowned public courses in the country – Cog Hill Golf & Country Club outside of Chicago. Known as … Continue Reading

Hey Sports Illustrated, what about the PGA Championship? It’s a major too

Rory McIlroy earned a Sports Illustrated cover for his victory in the British Open.

I imagine this headline on the cover caught the attention of the PGA of America: “Masters Preview 2015: Why wait?”

Michael Bamberger’s story already is pumping up the anticipation of McIlroy trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National next April. Still, I’m sure next month’s PGA Championship in Louisville will feel a bit overlooked. At last check, it still is considered a major.


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Honors for Roger Angell: Cooperstown ceremony and masterpiece profile by Tom Verducci

Roger Angell gets his big day Saturday in Cooperstown when he receives the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. The honor is long overdue for the Hemingway of baseball writers.

Tom Verducci wrote about Angell in this week’s Sports Illustrated. Stop what you’re doing and read it now.

It is a beautiful piece. If you didn’t know it, you’d think Angell was the author of the story. When Verducci receives his Spink Award one day, I’m sure they will point to this profile as an example of his work.

It gets to the essence of what makes Angell a true treasure.

Verducci writes:

Writing well is hard. It requires constant thinking. The gears, flywheels and levers of the mind click and clatter nonstop. Writing is flying an airplane without instruments, almost always through the dark storms of doubt. It is new every

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Golf World closes print publication after 67 years; will come out in digital format

The future is now for Golf World.

Golf broke the news on its site:


As part of the new strategic vision for Golf Digest and Golf World that began this spring with the introduction of the Golf Digest video channel, the relaunch of and the redesign of Golf Digest magazine, Golf Digest Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde and President Peter Hunsinger announce today a news division that combines the best of both Golf Digest and Golf World to expand our collective digital presence. With the sports news cycle demanding immediate access to quality content, we now will offer more of what our audience wants, when they want it and where they want to get it. To that end, beginning July 28, we’ll be making the following enhancements to both our golf brands.

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Can he play? Distractions won’t be the deciding issue for Michael Sam

My latest column for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana is on the uproar over Tony Dungy’s comments about Michael Sam.

From the column:


Excuse me, but will everyone just let Michael Sam play football for the St. Louis Rams?

The hoopla continues to be way too high for a seventh-round pick. This week, it was fueled by Tony Dungy.

The former coach made comments to the Tampa Tribune saying he would not have wanted Sam, who is gay, on his team.

“Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it,” Dungy said. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

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Random baseball card: Greg ‘The Bull’ Luzinski

While I was gone, I realize I haven’t posted any vintage baseball cards lately. As I have written previously, I love looking back at old cards in any sport. Makes me feel like I’m 12 again.

So here’s one of my all-time favorite players, Greg Luzinski as a young bull with the Phillies.

“The Bull” hit 307 career homers. A few of them were rooftop shots at old Comiskey Park when he played for the White Sox.

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Tony Dungy clarifies remarks about Michael Sam: Believes media attention will be a distraction

Feeling the heat, Tony Dungy issued a statement today about his comments on Michael Sam.



On Tuesday, via a statement released to multiple media outlets, Dungy defended Sam’s right to play in the NFL while saying he gave an “honest answer,” and that his comments were made several weeks ago when “the Oprah Winfrey reality show that was going to chronicle Michael’s first season had been announced.”

“I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. He absolutely does.

“I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. It should not.

“I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team. I would not.

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Really, Jason Whitlock said something stupid? Apparently hasn’t heard Canadians aren’t laid back in hockey

Been a long time since I’ve written about my old pal Jason Whitlock. How is that move to ESPN working out?

Whitlock showed up on everyone’s radar last night following his remarks about NBA players from Canada on Olbermann.

Whitlock’s initial remarks start at the 3:15 mark in this clip.

Even Olbermann realized how ridiculous Whitlock was in his generalization about Canadian NBA players. In a second segment, he brings up the issue again at the 1:24 mark.

In this clip, Whitlock talks about Canadians being laid back in general. Apparently, he never has watched a hockey game, a sport dominated by Canadians. Nobody would call them laid back.

Josh Gold-Smith at Awful Announcing, who is Canadian, writes:

How quickly he forgot about two-time MVP and eight-time All-Star Steve Nash. Since he included all “Canadian athletes”, how about

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