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NFL football, the ‘Pussy Riot’ prison sentence & other travesties

By Chris DeBenedetti
Friday, August 17th, 2012 at 5:33 pm in Uncategorized.

Okay, you got me. I shamelessly threw the name of that anti-Putin all-female Russian punk band into the headline just to get your attention. The trio of Russian twentysomethings got a raw deal today from the Russian courts, drawing a two-year jail sentence for an anti-Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral. But if it’s any consolation, they surely will be enriched upon release by selling their story rights for the Hollywood movie that surely is already being cast.

Speaking of travesties, my beloved Oakland Raiders (sorry, we can’t all be fans of the Super Bowl Champion New York Football Giants) take the field tonight in the mother of all frauds — preseason NFL football. The players play half a quarter at half-speed but the fans pay full price for the game tickets.

Wake me on Sept. 10, when the Silver-and-Black kick off the season against San Diego. Until then, please be kind to me, Raider-Haters, especially if you have an in with the Football Gods.

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  • Marty

    … Post removed for content …
    Note: I like a good joke as much as the next guy, but please, no name-calling. Let’s please try to raise the level of discourse.

  • charlie C

    … Post removed for content …
    Note: I like a good joke as much as the next guy, but please, no name-calling. Let’s please try to raise the level of discourse.

  • Marty

    Is circle jerk an acceptable phrase, or are we trying to lower the level of fairness?

  • Chris DeBenedetti

    Fair question, Marty. Moving forward, that phrase in most cases is not acceptable. I let it slide at the time (and a few other similar comments, too) because I was/still am new to this moderating thing. I’ll do my best to be consistent and am glad to be called out, as you did correctly in the comment above. Please know that there are some serious time constraints. I’m covering a beat right now that had four reporters covering those same topics as recently as 2008. I’m not complaining, I’m thankful to be doing a job I enjoy. But I offer that info to let you know there are some time constraints that might not allow me to be the most consistent blog “referee.” As said, I’ll do my best. Thanks for asking a fair question respectfully.

  • Marty

    That is interesting, because you apparently had the time to respond box’s comment.

    See, that’s the thing about deleting posts that are not overtly over the line. Fairness is impossible and hypocrisy is almost invited. Regardless, the best forums on the net invite snark, even at the most infatesimal discomfort of others. Apparently you don’t want to contribute to one of those.

  • bbox231

    You’ve got it right, Chris – on all counts.
    Keep going . . . .

  • Chris DeBenedetti

    I hear you about wanting a free-flowing blog with as much fun and snark as possible. Believe it or not, that was the original goal. And to many degrees, I still want that. But we’ve got to have some rules. I don’t blame anyone for being annoyed that their comment got deleted. It’s admittedly an imperfect process. Sometimes I’ll have time to play referee, often I won’t. Sometimes that will lead to inconsistency (or the appearance of hypocrisy). Bottom line, is there’s a thin line between snark (including witty one-liners or even failed at attempts at witty one-liners that include female Russian bands with profane names) and just insulting people. That line isn’t always clear but we’ll keep trying. I invite everyone to stick around.

    And, this still being a newspaper’s blog, maybe we can eventually start debating some topical community issues. (See, that was passive-aggressive and even a little snarky, without calling anyone a name. Dammit, it CAN be done! :-)

  • Marty

    Fair enough. Good luck in keeping this worth your while.

  • Dan Ondrasek

    Marty!

    I missed you honey. How have you been?

    DanO

  • West

    Thanx Chris, This is a good forum to discuss local news and politics. It has turned into a playground type of insults.

    Did you know Marty has a blog?

  • Marty

    Hey Dan-O. Been good. I wish we could communicate more freely but Der Fuhrer prefers we communicate with “as much fun and snark as possible. Believe it or not…LOL, uh derrr..”

    Hope you come to enjoy Niles on Sunday. I’ll be hitting the bottles.

  • charlie C

    #10
    With all due respect it is *important* that Chris calls em both ways. Potty mouths should not be tolerated as well. Chis please go back and look at some of the comments posted when this blog was in transition. As I alway like to say…”let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”

  • bbox231

    With all due respect, Charlie – If the facts are on your side, pound the facts.

    But since you offer no facts, perhaps the law is on your side, and, if so, pound the law.

    But, since neither the facts nor the law appear to be on your side, pound the table.

    Keep on poundin’ Charlie!

  • charlie C

    Box…admit it ,your side won and Fremont lost
    .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx34IsaUrmc

  • bbox231