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Apparently the Chicago White Sox have come under fire for jokingly trying to exorcise their hitting demons with an elaborate clubhouse display including female blowup dolls. Personally, I don’t see the big deal. If they had forced actual women to strip naked, then tied them down so they could be used as part of this, then yes, we would have a major issue. However, this did not happen. They used inanimate objects. Inanimate objects that maybe don’t appeal to our more refined sensibilities, yes, but…it’s a joke.

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This evening Bob Costas hosted a special “Live Town Hall Edition” 90-minute version of his HBO roundtable Costas NOW, where he and panelists discussed the changing nature of sports and media. One of the topics, inevitably, was sports blogging. Costas chose to speak with Will Leitch (editor of Deadspin), Buzz Bissinger (author of Friday Night Lights), and Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Anyone expecting a calm discussion was sadly mistaken — Bissinger came ready to engage in a shouting match, even if no one was shouting back.

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