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  2. Redskins players enter game with raised hands in solidarity with Ferguson protesters

    The gesture is a symbolic nod to Michael Brown, who witnesses says had his hands up when he was shot to death by a police officer

     

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  5. ESPN says it wasn’t making a ‘political statement,’ but the network’s video of Michael Sam receiving the phone call from Rams coach Jeff Fisher telling him he’d been chosen, making him the first openly gay player in football history, might just be your daily cry.

     

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  8. Today’s podcast traces the history of football broadcasts, just in time for the big game. 

    Watch the 1970 Monday Night football intro

    Subscribe and listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts on SoundCloud hereand on iTunes here.

     


  9. Predicting all the NFL playoff winners, using a single metric:

    Which team’s mascot could beat the others in a fight.

    (BTW, we’re already 4 for 4 after Sunday…)

    Listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.

     

  10. On the left is the Chargers’ mascot, Boltman. He is insanity incarnate. He is more or less what would happen if Zeus and The Mask had a kid who binged on HGH.

    The Bengals’ mascot, Who Dey, is a fiercer animal alternative to the Chiefs’ Fox and the Colts’ Blue. But he still looks too timid to do any real damage. And, again, Lightning Roidman is straight up nuts.

    Winner: Chargers

    NFL playoffs predictions, by ferocity of mascot

     

  11. Tip and Tap (West Germany, 1974):

    Pros: Two doofy, chipped-tooth, red-faced dudes.

    Cons: Midriff shirts.

    All the World Cup mascots, ranked

     


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  13. The Lizard Kings
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    The name of Jacksonfille’s East Coast Hockey League franchise from 1995-2000.  Do it, Dan Snyder. The jersey sales to stoned teenagers alone will cover most of your 2014 payroll.

    11 defunct franchise names Washington’s football team can use