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Jay Mariotti Leaving Print Journalism for the Inter-web

Jay Mariotti of Chicago Sun Times and more recently Around the Horn, is leaving hist post at the Chicago paper where he works. He worked 17 years as a print writer and is now moving into the internet world. Wow, this guy is really hurting for a job. Essentially, Mariotti is embracing the new media space and may become dare I say, a blogger.

Mariotti used to rock a mullet back in the day. Now he’s an “Around the Horn” groupie, and comes to work every day to battle the journalistic stalwarts of Woody Paige and Stat Boy from PTI. What sort of reader is going to follow Mariotti to the digital space? Most of his demographic still reads the Sunday paper. Atleast he can whore himself on ESPN, we’re expecting he’ll broadcast from his living room on the next show.

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Argentine Women’s Soccer Jokes Around

Members of the Argentine women’s soccer team appeared in a newly surfaced photo participating in the whole “slant-eyed” trend that’s sweeping the Olympics. The U.S. media perceives this gesture as racist, but does it really matter what the media thinks? The Spanish men’s basketball team made the same joke, and now another Spanish speaking nation is making the same move.

Really, we are hyper-sensitive about racism in our country and we here at Baron could care less if you are offended by this gesture. The Chinese took the gestures in stride and aren’t creating a stink. It’s mostly the American public is crying in outrage, see CNN. Maybe we’re the ones who are taking this too seriously and acting hyper-sensitive to these jokes. (we’re getting off the soap box now, and will work on the next nude rock climbing post)

UK Telegraph


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Swedish Wrestler Blows off Medal Ceremony

The Olympics bring out the best and the worst in competition.  Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian accepted his bronze medal after his wrestling match, and then walked off the podium in disgust, leaving his medal on the wrestling mat.   Click here for the video from LiveLeak.  Ara and his coach are blaming “politics” for the reason that he lost his shot at gold.  His only comment to reporters was punching an aluminum barricade with his first as he exited the gymnasium.  

He received a silver medal the Athens Olympics in 2004 and has dedicated the last 8 years of his life to wrestling.  If he feels like he got robbed, throwing a temper tantrum is not the most mature way to display his emotions, but you can’t blame the guy.  By training his butt of for the Olympics, he’s earned the right to be frustrated.  We’re looking forward to see what the IOC is going to say about this.  Bueller, anyone, anyone?

London Telegraph

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Spanish Basketballers Have a Unique Sense of Humor

The Spanish basketball team has an interesting sense of humor. Maybe Spaniards do not cosider making “slant eyes” a offensive gesture, but the rest of the world does. These guys are clueless. The Spaniards had no clue they were being offensive, but the Chinese and the rest of the world are sure to blow a fuse over this “incident.” We’re not promoting drama but this is not using your common sense, Senores. I believe that the NBA advised Kobe Bryant and Lebron James to NOT make offensive gestures during the games.

From the U.K. Telegraph

“Spain’s Olympic basketball teams have risked upsetting their Chinese hosts by posing for a pre-Games advert making slit-eyed gestures. The advert for a courier company, which is an official sponsor of the Spanish Basketball Federation, occupied a full page in the sports daily Marca, the country’s best-selling newspaper.”

Huffington Post

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Wow, this is Awkward

Our Commander in Chief attended the opening ceremonies and fratenized with some America’s most talented and scantily clad athletes. This is really strange, but it’s great to see that 42 is is a fan of the U.S.’s best chance for a Women’s Beach Volley Ball gold.

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U.S. Cycling Team Wears Masks in Bejing

Aren’t they acting slightly dramatic? The United States Olympic Committee issued the masks and advised American athletes to don them while walking around Bejing. These germophobes are taking an extreme measure to preserve their lungs. Lance Armstrong wouldn’t wear a mask, because he’s tough.

This is especially bad P.R. for the city with this hypochondriac reaction to the pollution. One of the cyclists Mike Friedman said:

“Why we wore the masks is simple: pollution. When you train your whole life for something, dot all your I’s and cross all your T’s, why wouldn’t you be better safe than sorry?

“They have pollution in Los Angeles, and if the Olympics were in Los Angeles, we would probably wear these masks, too.”

NY Times

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Bejing Bars Told to Ban Black People at Olympics

What is this all about? We know that George Bush doesn’t care about black people, but the Chinese government has urged its local bar keeps to keep out undesirables with darker skin tones. In other words, black people need not enter. From the “South China Morning Post”:

Bar owners near the Workers’ Stadium in central Beijing say they have been forced by Public Security Bureau officials to sign pledges agreeing not to let black people enter their premises.

“Uniformed Public Security Bureau officers came into the bar recently and told me not to serve black people or Mongolians,” said the co-owner of a western-style bar, who asked not to be named.

The South China Morning Post is a legit paper according to Shanghaiist. These Olympics are being hosted by a country that still persecutes Tibetan monks, so this doesn’t surprise us.


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