In the Midst of Madness:

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Days from the NCAA Tournament, and the Madness is spreading. But not all of it’s good. Out with the bad and in with the good, in this week’s Sports Dump.

Culture Crash: The Drummed Up Sensationalism of Stephen A. Smith

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50 years after the March on Selma, ESPN’s First Take belittles the Civil Rights Movement by turning a football decision into something much bigger.

So . . . This Happened: Three Things in Sports (Jan. 5, 2015 Edition)

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Our first Monday sports round-up of 2015 features a pause to reflect on the passing of Stuart Scott, college football Bowl game madness, and Wild Card Weekend in the NFL starring Chris Christie.

RIP ESPN Anchor, Stuart Scott

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Good Men Project Sports remembers Stuart Scott.

Are Extreme Sports Becoming Too Extreme for Sponsors?

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Tor Constantino looks at the risks and rewards of extreme sports for both the participants and advertisers who sponsor them.

Video Fun: Our Top Twelve Funniest Sports Commercials EVER

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Michael Kasdan brings you the funniest sports-themed commercials of all time! From Peyton Manning’s “Cut that meat!” to Glavine and Maddux’s “Chicks dig the long ball.”

Roger S. Goodell, Will You Please Go Now?

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Mike Stilley’s open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: It’s time to step down.

Who’s the Biggest Idiot? On Stephen Smith and ESPN

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Stephen Smith excused the abuser and blamed the victim. His attitude is not helpful.

Bigger Than the Superbowl: The World Cup Breaks Viewing Records

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It’s official: more people in the US are streaming the World Cup than this year’s Superbowl.

Hungry: A Year in the Life of Competitive Eating

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As men and women converge on Coney Island, NY in two days for the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a newly available documentary shares the ins (not outs, never outs … that’ll get you disqualified) of competitive eating.

If You’re Happy and You Know It, Make Sure TV Doesn’t Show It?

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Michael Sam’s draft onto the St. Louis Rams and subsequent aired kiss with his partner has been discussed ad infinitum, but Anderson Cooper’s analysis is too good not to share.

Michael Sam Coming Up and Out

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When Sports Illustrated’s cover asked, “Is the NFL Ready for Michael Sam?” they didn’t mean on the football field.

This Pint-Sized Fighter Would Destroy You

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One thing’s certain: This kid is not one to mess with.

How Greed Stopped the USFL’s Forward Progress

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30 years ago an upstart football league tried to take on the NFL. All it got was $3.76. Just ask Donald Trump about it.

The NFL’s PR Problem. . . And How To Fix It

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Bullying, concussions, player arrests, declining youth participation. The NFL has a serious PR problem. Neil Cohen offers the league some advice about how to fix it.

But Honey, It’s The Super Bowl!

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The author writes an open letter to any woman in America who doesn’t care about watching the 2014 Super Bowl. And why their men will be glued to the television anyway.