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TV Timeout: In Defense Of Left Turns

NASCAR President Mike Helton, on what NASCAR fans should take away from last week's race-manipulation controversy and the unprecedented rule changes that followed: "To begin to allow us to explain and hopefully, understand that we get the fact that last weekend was a big topic. ... We ask the fans to be patient with us, to give us an opportunity in the industry to explain what all this means. I don't know that you can do it in one day or one week or one conversation, and then the sport play itself out and then we get on with business." ESPN analyst and former NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham: "I applaud NASCAR for saying, 'Look, we've got to change something. We don't like what happened'" ("NASCAR Countdown," ESPN, 9/15).

COWBOY UP: ESPN’s David Pollack, on the SI report on Oklahoma State paying players and offering sex to players: “You don’t want to know as a fan what goes on in college football behind closed doors. You don’t. You want to be naïve ... because it could come up at every school” (“College GameDay,” ESPN, 9/14).

BOXING'S BATTLE: ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser: “When everything goes to pay-per-view, everything has to be sort of hyped to be bigger and bigger and bigger then everything that came before. There may be a great young crop of young boxers somewhere that you don’t see, because they’re not on free TV like they used to be” (“PTI,” ESPN, 9/13).

NFL'S 'SKINS GAME: ESPN's Keith Olbermann said, "Redskins is the last racist name you can say out loud in your office without getting fired." He said Redskins Owner Dan Snyder will "change the name," and he will do it "for the reasons everybody in his position does, everybody in the middle of a decades-old controversy in which the forces of humanity and enlightenment clash with the discarded values of disrespect and prejudice. He'll do it for money" ("Olbermann," ESPN2). Former Washington Post Sports Editor George Solomon said the "public support for the name change is growing" and the "mood is changing" ("OTL," ESPN2, 9/15). 
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