Natty Boh, PBR now owned by Russian company

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NBC reports:

Attention, hipsters. Pabst Brewing Company — and its signature Pabst Blue Ribbon, the ironic, iconic favorite of the young and the cool — has sold to a Russian beverage firm after a century and a half of American ownership, an investing firm announced Thursday. Oasis Beverages, the largest independent brewer in Russia, bought Pabst, which also produces Colt .45, Old Milwaukee and Lone Star beers, according to a statement by the American investment firmTSG Consumer Partners, which will hold a minority stake.

Pabst, which is based in Milwaukee, also makes National Bohemian, a.k.a. Natty Boh. Colt .45 was original owned by National Bohemian as  well. National Premium, another brand that used to be owned by Natty Boh back in the day, is being made by an independent local brewer in Maryland now.

Natty Boh is not brewed in Baltimore or in Maryland anymore, yet local publications still put it in the best local beer category in their voting for best local beers and it often wins, largely because Baltimore denizens, like many people nationally, have low standards and expectations for their beer quality. There are much better local Baltimore and Maryland craft beers that people should give a try if they haven’t already.

Even Governor Martin O’Malley made a bet with the governor of California before the 2012 Super Bowl that included Natty Boh beer until the Maryland Brewers Association busted his chops on it and he deleted the tweet and changed the bet to some actual local beer.

I doubt this move will have an impact on most people who drink Natty Boh, honestly, and to be nice I won’t go much further into detail on that other than saying almost 90% of Natty Boh sales are in the Baltimore area.

No word if the slogan will be changed from “From the Land of Pleasant Living” to something more in line with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Adrian Peterson received award from anti-abuse group

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Roger Goodell’s woes continue. With all the NFL news lately involving Ray Rice, Johnathan Dwyer, Greg Hardy, and Adrian Peterson, I found an interesting fact that I have yet to see reported regarding Peterson.

In 2012, Peterson was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Every year, players of each team vote a teammate as the recipient of the award. All of the players who receive it and many of the alumni come here to Baltimore for a big banquet to receive the award.

Peterson, who played for the Vikings,  is indefinitely suspended now after criminal charges were filed that he injured his 4-year old son by hitting him with a switch (a small tree branch.)

About the Courage Award (emphasis added):

Each year, the Ed Block Courage Awards honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. This award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates. Every fall all thirty two teams conduct a vote which results in each team selecting their Ed Block Courage Award recipient for the year.

The Ed Block Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication.  He is also a community role model.  With this honor, he enters into an association which contrasts his fierce profession by becoming a major component of the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. He becomes an Ambassador of Courage for victims of abuse, violence and neglect.

The Ed Block Courage Award recipient will be identified as a team player in helping abused children and families in crisis.

The Courage Award has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, especially since the recipient is selected by his peers.

Recipients go to the Courage House when they are in Baltimore and work with abused children. There is a Courage House Network of houses in various NFL cities, with the goal of putting one in every city in the league. The Minnesota Vikings’ Courage House opened in 2004. The Courage House Network is a partnership of “the Ed Block Foundation, the NFL, NFL Charities, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), NFL Films, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL Alumni.”

It will be interesting to see if the Ed Block Foundation dissociates itself from Adrian Peterson or otherwise condemns him (with the caveat that he’s innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but the court of public opinion is a different matter.)

Did FSU’s Jameis Winston punch an opponent?

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Today, Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of this Saturday’s Florida State-Clemson game after obscene comments he made loudly in a university union building at FSU.

The last game for the Seminoles was the week before last against the Citadel. Winston has been accused of bad behavior in that game:

Late in the first half, with the Seminoles up by 21-0, Winston hands off to FSU running back Karlos Williams. A Citadel player — it’s hard to tell which one on the video — comes up and gives Winston a shove after the handoff.

Winston appears to retaliate with a swing at the 16:55 mark of the video seen here. Another version of the incident is here. No penalty was called on the play.

Here’s the video:

Winston was arrested for shoplifting crab legs at a Publix store in the off-season. He is still being investigated by FSU for a rape allegation against him, even though police finished their investigation with no criminal charges.

Watch this Obama-ISIS parody video set to tune of “Ice Ice Baby”

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Watch this recently released parody video (Warning: Graphic content) about ISIS and Barack Obama set to the tune of “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice:

Krispy Kreme to sell Ghostbusters doughnuts

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Variety

Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures have collaborated on something fans loved from their childhoods, creating two kinds of marshmallow-filled doughnuts to celebrate the Blu-Ray release of the 30th anniversary edition of “Ghostbusters.”

The Ghostbusters doughnut will feature white icing, a green splat inspired by the film’s Psychomagnotheric Slime, and a “Ghostbusters” logo sugar piece. The Stay Puft Marshmallow option will be decorated with white icing, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s face and a sugar hat.

They will be sold September 29-October 31 and you can pre-order 5 dozen or more starting today.

AP drops ISIL moniker – now refers to them as “Islamic State group”

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Associated Press blog:

Back in June we talked in this blog about AP’s preferred abbreviation for the fast-growing Islamic militant group in Iraq and Syria, known variously at the time as ISIL and ISIS. We explained why our preference was ISIL.

Things then changed with ISIL’s decision in July to rebrand itself as the “Islamic State.” In a recent story, we explained that AP now refers to the organization as “the Islamic State group” (not simply “the Islamic State”) and the reason for this approach.

More:

Prior to the group’s self-declared rebranding in July, The Associated Press opted to refer to it as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, believing it was the most accurate translation.

The AP now uses phrases like “the Islamic State group,” or “fighters from the Islamic State group,” to avoid phrasing that sounds like they could be fighting for an internationally recognized state.

So they changed the name to match what the group calls itself basically. When do they start using the term pro-life instead of anti-abortion now?

Breaking: Bomb explodes near Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul

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The BBC’s report went up just after midnight Eastern Time.

A powerful bomb explosion has rocked the Afghan capital Kabul, sending a plume of smoke over the city and shaking buildings, reports say.

Interior ministry sources said the bomb went off near the Supreme Court building on the airport road.

The United States Embassy is not far away from the site and reports are a siren was sounded there. No word on casualties yet.

Bedbugs give some MD state employees the day off

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AP/WTOP reports:

The Maryland Department of the Environment [MDE] is giving some employees the day off after bedbugs were discovered in a portion of the agency’s headquarters building in Baltimore.

Agency spokesman Jay Apperson says employees who work on one floor of the building were granted administrative leave for Monday. The agency is conducting a comprehensive inspection to ensure all areas infested with bedbugs have been identified.

Apperson says the agency will remain open for business Monday.

Bedbugs were discovered in August and an exerminator has been hired, according to the report.

MDE offices are located at 1800 Washington Boulevard in Baltimore, a.k.a. the Montgomery Park building. The Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency is also in that building.

Watch C.J. Spiller’s 102-yard touchdown return

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C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff for 102 yards and a touchdown today for the Buffalo Bills against the Miami Dolphins. SB Nation has this GIF:

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You can see a video on NFL.COM.

 

Goodell on thin ice? AP reports NFL had Rice video in April

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The AP reports:

A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn’t see the violent images until this week.

The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re right. It’s terrible.”

The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can’t confirm anyone watched the video. The person said they were unauthorized to release the video but shared it unsolicited, because they wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice’s punishment.

The NFL has repeatedly said it asked for but could not obtain the video of Rice hitting Janay Palmer — who is now his wife — at an Atlantic City casino in February.

The league says it has no record of the video, and no one in the league office had seen it until TMZ released it. When asked about the voicemail Wednesday, NFL officials repeated their assertion that no league official had seen the video before Monday.

It’s past time for heads to roll over how this situation was mishandled, at both the league and team level.