The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour – This Ain’t Nothing But Blue Chips

Chris & Jonathan discuss Week 4 in the NFL, Russell Westbrook signs extension with the Thunder, NBA implements new changes, LaVar Ball to home school and peronally train his son LaMelo, FBI finds corruption in college basketball and more.

Music: Oh No – Come Back

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The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour – All About Timing

In this episode Chris & Jonathan discuss listener feedback regarding players being overpaid, Ty Lawson traded to the Rockets, Josh Smith signs with the Clippers, Joel Embiid’s career may be over, possible change in NBA playoff seedings, Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen battle on Instagram, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas finally get signed, Adrian Peterson gets some guaranteed money, Brett Favre gets his jersey retired, Bills coach beating up some kids, EA Sports ordered to pay college players for their likeness, Mike Trout wins 2nd straight All Star MVP, Pete Rose gets honored during All Star weekend, the NBA to play its first game in Africa, Spurs winning Las Vegas Summer League play, Serena gets some hate at Wimbledon, overreacting to Summer League, more dumb NFL moments, Ghostface checks Action Bronson, BJ’s online ordering sucks and more!

Music: Halpe – Hell; Ghostface Killah feat. U-God – Cherchez LaGhost

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The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour

Jonathan is back in the Sports Happy Hour, and gets his chance to speak on the state of baseball, Johnny Manziel, and Riley Cooper using the N Word. The Brothers also discuss the NCAA decision to stop selling team swag on their website, F.O.Y.P., Tiger’s struggles in another major tournament, Jeanie Buss speaking about her Laker franchise, and our Joints of the Hour.

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Music: The Roots – Hot Shit (I’m Back!); Tall Black Guy – Speak Love; A Tribe Called Quest – Sucka Nigga; Ice Cube – No Vaseline

The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour

Chris is joined by Demetrius Harris (@DJH1906) in the Sports Happy Hour. They discuss the MLB’s issue with PED’s and if baseball shold let their players take them, what should be the punishment for getting caught, Jonny Manziel taking money, Riley Cooper & the “N word”, Greg Jennings misses Green Bay, Adrian Peterson setting lofty goals, fantasy football bragging, the upcoming NBA season, and idiots around the sports world.

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Music: Waajeed – The Doo Wops; TNGHT – Top Floor; Fugees – Cowboys

The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour


This week in the Happy Hour we speak on the Penn State sanctions, status of Dwight Howard, Boston Cetics’s great offseason, NFL season right around the corner, and another What The!!! segment highlighting the recent DWIs. Thanks for listening.

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Music: J Dilla – DFTF; Asher Roth – La Di Da; Jean Grae ft Talib Kweli – Uh Oh; The Pharcyde – Officer


The Black Codes and College Sports

After the passage of the 13th Amendment (1865,) which outlawed slavery, Southern states tried to define the meaning of black freedom by making things as close to slavery as possible. With the enactment of the Black Codes, blacks were freemen but not citizens.

While lawmakers recognized that blacks had some sort of basic rights like the the right to sue and be sued and buy property, the laws restricted black mobility and made them dependent on whites. Some states, for example, outlawed hunting as a way to limit blacks’ ability to procure food on their own, while a Louisiana law in St. Landry Parish ordered “No negro shall sell, barter, or exchange any articles of merchandise or traffic within said parish without the special written permission of his employer, specifying the article of sale, barter, or traffic.”  And every Southern state created a labor system for blacks that forced them to sign annual contracts that withheld wages until after the harvest, what is known as sharecropping.

On this note, St. Landry Parish ruled “Every negro is required to be in the regular service of some white person, or former owner, who shall be held responsible for the conduct of said negro.” True freedom should have meant that they had the right to work, or not work (in today’s language we call this a “right to work state,) and the ability to negotiate a wage. Unfortunately this ugly period in American history is much like today’s NCAA Division I rules. The athlete’s status reminds me of the second verse in Bob Marley’s “Concrete Jungle,” in which he powerfully sung “No chains around my feet, but I am not free. I know that I am bound here in captivity.”

While the NCAA is setup like the slave plantation system and reaps billions of dollars off the unpaid athlete’s backs, the rules regulating the athletes are more akin to the Black Codes, or freedom without citizenship, where athletes cannot earn wages during the season, cannot sell their personal property, and the coach is “responsible for the conduct” of the player. This injustice is highlighted by the recent events at Ohio State, in which players including the star quarterback Terrell Pryor made the school millions of dollars during their careers, but were suspended for violating the NCAA rules. What awful crime did they commit? Essentially they bartered their own property without the permission of the NCAA and forgot that “No negro shall sell, barter, or exchange any articles of merchandise… without the special written permission of his employer.”

In December their coach Jim Tressel, who has now been fired for lying and not immediately turning the offenders in, or violating section 11 of St. Landry Parish’s codes that said “it shall be the duty of every citizen to act as a police officer for the detection of offences and the apprehension of offenders, who shall be immediately handed over to the proper captain or chief of patrol,” suspended the players for the first 5 games of the 2011 season. However, he allowed them to play in the Sugar Bowl that earned each school (Arkansas being the other) $17 million dollars. In order to play in the big game, in which the players did not get paid but got free goodies from sponsors, Tressel forced the players to forfeit their basic fundamental right to seek employment and apply for the NFL draft.

So what should be done?  Nearly 150 years ago the Black Codes infuriated Congress and they passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, in which they clearly sought to define citizenship and give legal meaning to the freedmen’s lives. The act made citizens of every person born in the United States (except Native Americans) and for the first time federally defined the basic rights of freedom, which including the rights to make contracts, sue and be sued and also inherit, sell and lease property. Congress then made each Southern state reapply back into the union, draft a new state constitution, and ratify the 14th Amendment, which Congress created to strengthen the Civil Rights Act.

In 1866 Terrell Pryor could have sold his own memorabilia. Of course Pryor and other college athletes should legally be allowed to sell their memorabilia and make a contract that garners them a wage. Playing college sports should not forfeit one’s 14th Amendment right.  Congress needs to step in and deal with this injustice. Stop worrying about the BCS and whether these students should be forced to play more games for free in a playoff system, and deal with their rights as American citizens.

Source: Sickly Cat