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

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.

Chris DeBenedetti