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Sarah Palin sides with Mike Ditka in Redskins name debate

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Sarah Palin has weighed in on the Washington Redskins nickname debate, and unsurprisingly the former Alaska governor and vice president nominee sides with Mike Ditka in believing the nickname should stay.

Palin shared her thoughts on the nickname after being inspired by political commentator Rush Limbaugh, who predicted that Ditka could be fired by ESPN for voicing his support of the nickname. Palin expressed disappointment with the notion that Ditka could be fired and went on to defend the Redskins name.

[Previously: Mike Ditka bashes liberals, thinks Redskins name debate is stupid]

Here’s what she wrote on her Facebook page Friday:

Nothing should surprise us lately; but when the Politically Correct Police bust Ditka, they hope the silent majority will cower under leftist control. My goodness, Ditka merely spoke his mind. This accomplished and esteemed coach knows there are big issues to be addressed in America today; there’s no intent to offend by referring to a team by the name they’ve proudly worn since day one and chose with pride in our native ancestry and obviously had absolutely no intent to insult; and the liberal media’s made-up controversies divide our country. The government’s intent to force any owner of anything, in this case an NFL entity, to change a name is the antithesis of the American way of working through differences. Ditka said he actually likes the Washington Redskins, and he’s a man full of commonsense and admired patriotism. Still, I must disagree with Coach Ditka after reading his full statement:

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said. “It’s so much [expletive], it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Proudskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is. It’s been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”

He thinks the name should always be Washington Redskins, as a source of pride? Take the word “Washington” out and I’ll agree the team name is a great source of pride.

Yes, that’s Sarah Palin saying “Washington” is the most offensive part of the Washington Redskins name. Wait til the liberal media gets a hold of that one!

For what it’s worth, Ditka later said he could understand changing the name if American Indians found it offensive, but that they shouldn’t change it just because liberals declared it offensive. No word on Ditka’s opinion if he found out some were lobbying for the change on behalf of American Indians who told them the name was offensive.

Helmet smack to Shutdown Corner

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen has truck set on fire

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Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was the victim of what appears to be arson early Monday morning, as his truck was set ablaze. KFSM in Arkansas reports that Allen awoke just before 4 a.m. to find his Chevy Avalanche burning in his driveway.

Allen said the truck was given to him by his father and that his golf clubs were inside at the time it was destroyed. Fayetteville police are currently working with the fire marshall to investigate Allen’s car and two others being set on fire early Monday.

The photo you see above, which was passed along by The Arkansas Logo, supposedly shows the other two cars that were burned — not Allen’s. This is the spot where Allen’s truck was burning before it rolled back into a ditch and was later towed away:

Allen’s truck was also egged last year after he threw a game-ending interception in a loss to Mississippi State. People are idiots.

H/T Deadspin

LeBron James excited to bring chalk toss back to Cleveland

LeBron-James-chalk-tossLeBron James may be coming back to Cleveland as a more experienced and mature player and person, but he plans to act like he never left. In addition to keeping the same jersey number for his second stint with the Cavaliers, LeBron is also looking forward to bringing back the chalk toss.

LeBron posted a video game simulation of his chalk toss on Instagram over the weekend.

“I swear I can’t wait for this moment again!!” he wrote. “#TheLand #PowderFillsTheRoom #StriveForGreatness.”

[Related: Dwight Howard mocks LeBron's chalk toss in Cleveland]

LeBron did the chalk toss throughout his time with the Cavs and brought it with him to Miami, but he hasn’t done it much in recent years. While I haven’t watched every Heat game in the past two years, I can’t find any evidence of James doing his chalk routine since roughly 2012. Maybe he was saving it for the big return.

Jets starting CB Dimitri Patterson didn’t show up for game, has gone ‘AWOL’

Dimitri-PattersonNew York Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson was not present during Friday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants, and the team has no idea why.

Acccording to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, Patterson’s absence on Friday was “unexcused” and neither Rex Ryan nor any other member of the Jets organization was informed that he would not be showing up. The 31-year-old veteran was reportedly frustrated with leg injuries recently, but Ryan said he is not seriously injured and gave no indication that he is unhappy.

Patterson’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said he was unsure of why Patterson missed the game but told Pro Football Talk that he will return to the Jets on Sunday.

The Jets are already extremely thin at cornerback and were expecting Patterson to be a starter. It’s incredibly rare that an NFL player would just not show up for a game without informing anyone. Hopefully everything is OK with Patterson.

Michael Vick calls report about him not trying to win starting job ‘fictitious’

Michael-Vick-JetsGeno Smith has played relatively well throughout training camp and the preseason, and as a result his starting job has never really been in jeopardy.

On Friday, a report from Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com cited anonymous New York Jets coaches who were “disappointed” that Vick didn’t make more of an effort to beat out Smith.

No one is intimating that Vick is washed up, which is why some Jets coaches have privately expressed disappointment that Vick didn’t show up more hell-bent on winning the starting job, or at least a little more vested in making Ryan lose sleep again as he agonized over a difficult decision.

As you might expect, the report irritated Vick.

“That’s not true; that’s not true at all,” Vick said Friday, per Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “Me and my coaches, we have great conversations, we have a different dialogue, and that was far from the case. So whoever wrote that story, it was on the side of being very fictitious. You’ve got to come up with better stories that that. There’s better things to talk about.”

According to Pro Football Talk, Vick was told before he signed with the Jets that the starting quarterback job belonged to Smith. The former West Virginia star led New York to an 8-8 record last year, which is impressive for a rookie no matter what his passing stats were. PFT’s source added that Vick has “worked his ass” thus far in New York.

The Jets want Smith to play well enough to keep Vick on the sidelines. That’s the reason they used a second-round draft pick on him. That said, Rex Ryan brought in a viable backup with starting experience for a reason. Like Vick recently said, the Jets probably won’t be overly patient with Smith. Ryan is coaching for his job, and Vick is more than just injury insurance.

Floyd Mayweather responds to 50 Cent in typical ‘Money’ fashion

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally fired back at 50 Cent on Saturday following several days of criticism.

The saga between them started when 50 told Floyd he would donate $750,000 to the charity of Mayweather’s choice if the champ could read a single page of a Harry Potter book without struggling. An old audio recording from a radio show later surfaced that featured Mayweather struggling to read some promos for the station.

What does Money Mayweather have to say about all this? He posted the photo you see above on Instagram, which shows two paychecks he received from recent fights. Most of us will never see that many zeros on a check in our lives.

“Read this $72,276,000.00,” Mayweather wrote. “God bless.”

Floyd may struggle with reading, but his math is pretty good. He may lack certain skills that we learn in grade school, but Mayweather certainly knows how to make money. No one can deny that.

Klay Thompson said to be ‘pissed’ Warriors considered trading him

Klay ThompsonThe Golden State Warriors were one of the teams most prominently mentioned in the Kevin Love trade conversations, and the talks largely centered around their willingness to include Klay Thompson in a potential deal.

The Warriors reportedly were reluctant to include Thompson in a package for Love, though some reports said they finally were willing to trade him. In the end, the Timberwolves agreed to trade Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.

Though he was not traded, Thompson supposedly is unhappy Golden State talked about dealing him.

Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher says the Warriors have to do some fence-mending with Thompson and David Lee, whose name also appeared in trade talks. A source told Bucher that Thompson was “pissed” the team seriously considered trading him.

You can say Thompson needs to toughen up and get used to the rumor mill since being mentioned in trade talks are part of the business, but these guys are still humans and being mentioned in trades can easily hurt someone’s feelings. I understand why he’d be upset. If there’s anyone he should commiserate with, it’s Pau Gasol, who was mentioned in trade talks every week his last few years with the Lakers.

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