"At this point we have to look critically at hip-hop. While there is a positive rap movement, if we want to be honest we have to say that the most popular elements of hip-hop have been hijacked by White corporate-backed, phony gangster rappers. "

“With that, Howard Eskin Beast Moded to the crux of the issue. He said what few media members are willing to admit: virtually every piece of sportswriting contains some amount of free advertising. Amounts may vary. We writers may try for good sentences, hardheadedness with the jock class, a solid foundation of stats like DVOA. But the commands embedded in our copy read the same: Watch the Super Bowl. Watch a whole week’s worth of press conferences. Drink in the drama.”

“What about Marshawn Lynch’s crotch grab, you ask? Or Bill Belichick’s hoodie? One site even gives you the option to wager whether Russell Wilson will throw for more yards than the total number of cents gas prices will cost on Monday.” Prop bets, kids!

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Finally, it’s Friday. It’s supposed to snow on Sunday, perhaps quite a bit. This might warm you up. It’s your humble Ed.Blogger’s favorite thing to heat the ol’ cockles.

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