Trash Talk on Sports

Clinton should warn kids not to bet on a pro career

I'm no fan of Bill Clinton's so-called initiative on race, which assumes that we would all get along better if we just threw ourselves into a White House-led conversation on the subject. If there's anything this overheated issue does not need, it's more touchy-feely rhetoric and posturing from Washington. There are no subjects that we debate more incessantly--and pointlessly--than race relations, unless it's sports and politics. Toss the three together on cable TV in an attempt to grab a big audience of sports-addicted males, and the result can be vacuity on an Olympian scale.

That's why the presidential town hall on...

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