(Newser)–As America prepares to celebrate Black History Month, revelations both encouraging and discouraging from the Manhattan Institute: A report released yesterday finds that the segregation of blacks in America’s cities has hit its lowest point since 1910, thanks in part to the rise of black suburbanization, changes in the law, and improved access to credit. “All-white neighborhoods are effectively extinct,” wrote the think-tank fellows behind the report, which reviewed every census between 1890 and 2010. “A half-century ago, one-fifth of America’s urban neighborhoods had exactly zero black residents. Today, African-American residents can be found in 199 out of every 200 neighborhoods nationwide. The remaining neighborhoods are mostly in remote rural areas or in cities with very little black population.”But the report, which focuses on changes in housing over that period, reveals that integration hasn’t been a “magic bullet” capable of killing all racial inequality, reports the Los Angeles Times. “Far too many Americans still lack the opportunity to achieve meaningful success,” write the authors, who note that the annual median income of black households fell 3.2% in 2010, to $32,068; 27.4% of those households were below the poverty line. “Only a few decades ago, conventional wisdom held that segregation was the driving force behind socioeconomic inequality,” they write. “The persistence of inequality, even as segregation has receded, suggests that inequality is a far more complex phenomenon.”
I am calling bullshit on this study. 199 out of 200 neighborhoods nationwide have African-American residents…yeah no way. I can’t speak for any of the other cities in this study, but clearly these people from the Manhattan Institute didn’t visit Chicago. Chicago is like 100% unofficially segregated. Here is the breakdown.
I am not saying its good or bad, it’s just what it is. That study couldn’t be more wrong.
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Tough to go with just one pick here so I will give you three.
- The Favorite: Tom Brady, 7-5 odds. Tom Brady has promised Mr. Kraft that he will play better than he did in the AFC Championship and Tom Brady is a man of his word. I fully expect Tom to be Tom. He will be the best quarterback in the game and will be the best quarterback of all-time when it is all said and done. Won’t be a huge pay out, but Brady is the obvious choice. If the MVP of the game is somewhat vague, it almost always goes to the QB of the winning team.
- Mid-Range: BenJarvis Green-Ellis, 25-1 odds. I expect the Patriots to have a balanced attack in this game. The Patriots’ run game is very underrated. The Firm will be running behind the Light, Mankins, Waters, and Volmer(I expect him to play) plenty of times as the Pats will look to pound the Giants defensive line and make them respect the run. Look for the Pats to use many heavy sets bringing in Solder as the extra tackle and Gronk up on the line. If the Firm gets close to 100 yards and punches in a couple of scores, he could very well be the MVP.
- Long Shot: Vince Wilfork, 75-1 odds. Vince Wilfork was easily the best player on the field in the AFC Championship. He is a dominant defensive tackle who repeatedly comes up with big plays. Already this post-season Wilfork has 9 tackles and 2.5 sacks. If he single-handedly destroys the Giants offensive line like he did against the Ravens, Vince Wilfork may be the first interior lineman ever to win the Superbowl MVP. 75-1 odds are too good to ignore. He was MVP of the last game without a doubt.
The Coin Toss: Heads -105 Tails -105
Tails never fails.
What color will Madonna’s hair be at the start of the half-time show:
Any other color +250
I am not up on Madonna’s current hair color, but I think she throws us a curveball here. I am feeling anything but blonde.
How many times will Peyton Manning be shown on TV during game? Over/Under -3.5
I don’t remember them showing Peyton all that much the last time these two teams played, but I think the over is the obvious choice. It’s his stadium, it’s his little brother, it’s his biggest rival, and his future is the biggest story in the NFL outside of the game itself.
How many times will Gisele Bundchen be shown during the game?: Over/Under .5
Please god, let it be over.
Eli Manning Interceptions: Over/Under .5
Not a great pay-out, but the over is the play. Eli has always been interception prone, and say what you want about the Patriots defense but they make plays.
Total carries for BenJarvis Green-Ellis: Over/Under 12.5
Ridley is the team’s best running back, but the Firm is the most reliable. I think he gets 15 carries. To me this is the easiest prop bet on the board.
Total catches for Wes Welker: Over/Under 7
This has to be an over as well. With Gronk’s status and effectiveness up in the air due to his ankle injury, Wes will become an even more important weapon. Welker caught 122 passes this season including 9 against the Giants in week 9.
There it is. Your sure-fire Superbowl 46 prop bets. Reading those different lines gave me severe anxiety so excuse me while I go throw up. Pats need to get this one. Come on boys.
PS: I refuse to use roman numerals. Eff that noise. Its the dumbest thing about the Superbowl.
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(Yahoo Sports)–It’s one thing for professional athletes to have to make an ethical decision about using steroids, but college cheerleaders? Anna Watson has to be America’s strongest female cheerleader; the University of Georgia student loves spending time in the weight room, and it certainly shows. But she has more important things in her life: Watson passed up a big money fitness modeling contract because she refused to use a legal steroid. “It’s an elite position to be a cheerleader at UGA,” Watson told Red and Black, her school’s award-winning student newspaper. “They have hundreds of girls try out, and to be selected out of all of those people to be on the team, it’s kind of a big deal. So those girls were very humble and gracious and patient to help me just learn the basic stuff.”Watson has been cheering since age 5. She can bench press 155 pounds, squat 255 pounds and dead lift 230 pounds. According to the school newspaper, she added an impressive four inches of muscles on her arms in just 10 months.A deeply religious junior exercise and sports science major, Watson was on the brink of a $75,000 fitness-modeling contract that could have set her up for a lifetime career in modeling — but she turned it down.
Umm…GROSS!!! Look it honey, congrats on being the most jacked cheerleader ever I guess…but you look disgusting. Nobody wants a girl like that. Not even lesbians. Cheerleaders are supposed to be petite, hot, and flexible. They are supposed to be eye candy. They aren’t supposed to be more jacked than the players on the field. This girl is giving the whole state of Georgia a bad name.
PS: Next time try to look like this…
PPS: Kinda hate that when I google “hot Georgia cheerleader” over half of the images that come up are of Ms. Protein Shake up there. Clean it up google.
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Phil Emery was announced as the Bears new GM yesterday. I don’t know anything about this guy other than he came from the Chiefs which means that he has worked closely with former Patriots pro personnel genius Scott Pioli. Start of a new era of sorts. I think any change away from the Angelo-Ruskell era has to be an improvement, but I still think the Bears need a complete overhaul starting at the very top with the McCaskeys. Bottom 5 ownership in the NFL, which is sad because they are the original. It’s a start, but there’s a lot of work to be done and the ties to the old regime are going to have the franchise stuck in neutral for the time being.
Thanks to @KyleTrompeter for the video. Nailed it. Follow him.
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