The Spew Topics For August 31, 2018

1.     The  Browns and Lions played their final preseason game with Baker Mayfield  starting for the Browns and playing the entire first half (or at least a  significant amount of time). Despite the fact many starters did not  play for both teams, how do you evaluate his performance and does he  look like a franchise quarterback?


2.     John  McCain passed away Saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer.  Since then, he’s laid in state in the Arizona Capitol for two days with  tributes from everyone from Joe Biden to Larry Fitzgerald. He’ll lay in  state at the U.S. Capital starting today and he’ll be buried Saturday  with eulogies from former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.  News networks have aired specials on his life and his career has  dominated the news cycle for a week. Is all this warranted and is this  excessive for a man who never served as president?


3.     Labor  Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first  Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the  contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws,  and well-being of the country. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of  the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it  became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially  celebrated Labor Day. Have we forgotten the meaning of Labor Day through  the years and does it really matter?


4.     Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and an opportunity to use the grill. What’s your favorite recipe for Labor Day?


5.     In  the debut episode of his new HBO Show, “The Shop,” Los Angeles Lakers  forward LeBron James said white and black athletes are held to a  different standard in the United States.  On the show, prominent  athletes and entertainers like Odell Beckham Jr., Draymond Green, and  Snoop Dogg agreed  that athletes like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers,   Peyton Manning are excused when they shut down fans from approaching  them but black athletes are shamed in the media and on social platforms.  Do you think the country looks differently at white and black athletes?


6.     French  tennis star Alize Cornet had her shirt on backwards at the US Open and,  during a break in the match, she took it off – revealing a sports bra –  and then put it on correctly.. She received a “code violation” and  officials called the incident “inappropriate.” Since men can take off  their shirts during a match and she didn’t expose any body parts, some  have called the handling of the situation sexist. Is there a double  standard for female athletes, particularly regarding attire?


7.     Tag,  Dodgeball, Duck-Duck-Goose, and Red Rover might be removed from schools  in Alabama. A “guidance document” from the Alabama State Department of  Education is recommending those game be removed from schools because  they lack “physical stimulation” and have a “high chance of  embarrassment for students.” Is this another example of American getting  too soft?


8.     Facebook  is the most likely social platform to ruin your chances at a job. HR  Managers says Facebook is the most incriminating social media platform. A  poll by HR solutions firm Paychex found 85% of managers check Facebook  when vetting potential employees while only 66% check LinkedIn and 40%  for Twitter and Instagram. Should you be judge for a job by your social  media posts, particularly on Facebook?


9.     The  list of richest sports owners is out. Native Clevelander Charles Dolan  (and brother of Indians owner Larry Dolan) is number ten. He owns the  Knicks and New York Rangers.  Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is number seven.  Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks/Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen is  number two at $26-billion and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, who owns the  Clippers, is number one at more than $40-billion. Do you have any desire  to own a professional sports team?


10.  A  British city of Hackney has a nightclub for the elderly. The Posh Club  puts the “disjointed hip in hipster.” The Raves kick off at two in the  afternoon but the 120 partygoers still rock the house, throwing “granny  panties” at an Elvis impersonator. Shouldn’t these people just get old  gracefully and forget trying to stay young?

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