How important is the NFL to the cultural fabric of America? Something like thirteen channels were covering Roger Goodell’s press conference which went on at the same time as President Obama. The guy is leading the country isn’t as important as the guy leading the country’s leading sports league. Maybe that’s an illustration of the start of their problems…
Anyway, it’s Sunday morning which means that we’re doing the links. Let’s start with Hannah Ferguson in cheerleading garb which is ever so appropriate.
There was some concern that Quebec separatists would be bolstered by the strength of the Yes campaign in Scotland. However, the strength of the separation movement in Quebec might be the weakest that it’s been in 40 years. (The Globe and Mail)
With the Scottish Referendum done, the work isn’t finished for those in the British Parliament supporting the no side. They still have to come through on their promises. Failing to do so could start another independence campaign some years down the road. (MacLean’s)
“The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone.” Oh, Justin Trudeau… When will you stop trying to court me? I’m already in your corner. (CBC News)
The Canadian government is cancelling the passports of Canadians who leave the country to join extremest groups. I guess that’s one way to keep them from getting back into the country. (National Post)
The CRTC is looking to regulate Netflix in Canada and hold them to the same standards as Canadian networks. That might nerf an already poor service compared to Netflix proper. (Canada.com)
For the most part, millions of people who ended up qualifying for Medicaid thanks to the Affordable Care Act are happy with their coverage. Of course they would be. Any coverage is better than none. (Washington Post)
Home Depot has just revealed a major data vulnerability that saw millions of credit cards stolen. If executives took electronic security seriously, maybe this wouldn’t have happened. (New York Times)
The NFL’s press conference about all the scandals that have recently hit it was supposed to be a little PR boost. Instead, Rachel Nichols of CNN showed up and turned it into a search for answers. That certainly wasn’t in Goodell’s plans. (For The Win)
And right after the press conference, ESPN’s Outside The Lines released its investigation into the Raven’s cover-up of the Ray Rice incident and the NFL’s willful ignorance in the search of any evidence. (ESPN)
ESPN has been on Roger Goodell’s case quite hard over all the NFL’s scandals over the last few weeks. This includes showing less than flattering NFL player tweets during Goodell’s Friday press conference. (The Big Lead)
For no real reason, here’s a Botchamania collection of Scott Steiner clips. He might come off as insane in these videos but he’s definitely entertaining.