NFL Player Threatened With Fine After Wearing Unauthorized Wardrobe 

One of the fun names fans like to nickname the NFL is “No Fun League.”  After all, the league has banned most touchdown celebrations, customized face masks and non-sactioned NFL sportswear among other things.

Another item on their naughty list is non-issued apparel football players are wearing AFTER THE GAME!  Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was talking cordially with reporters after the team’s Sunday victory over the Oakland Raiders when he was interrupted by an NFL inspector who told him to remove his Lacoste logo shirt because he was being interviewed on camera where the shirt was visible.

DeAngelo Hall and Chip Kelly - Jonathan Newton:The Washington Post

DeAngelo Hall and Chip Kelly | (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Here’s how the exchange went according to reporters who recorded the conversation:

“Now, I don’t want to fine you.  But I could, ” the inspector said.

“For what?” Hall said.

“That,” the inspector said, pointing to the logo.

“For a T-shirt?”  Hall asked.  “I wore this to the game!  This isn’t the podium.  What am I supposed to do?”

“You don’t have to do the interview,” the inspector said.

“Okay, I’m not doing it,” Hall said.  “Hey, y’all write about this,” he said to the press.  “Write about him shutting down my interview.”

This exchange highlights yet another example of the league putting its foot down in completely unnecessary ways.

I can understand the NFL having rules while a player is on the field doing his job, but once that player is in the locker room after putting his life on the line (and for a non-guaranteed contract), he shouldn’t be hassled for wearing a polo shirt.

The NFL is a billion-dollar empire and the unquestioned number one sport in North America.  But do they really need to be squeezing every last dollar they can find?  What’s next?  Having players remove their tattoos unless they say “NFL” on them?

Quick side note:  How would you like to have the job of walking up to a very large African-American man and telling him what he can and cannot wear?  I don’t know how much you would have to pay me to have that job.

Netflix Instant Pick:  Room 237

Did you know The Shinning was really about The Holocaust?  How about the genocide of Native Americans or director Stanley Kubrick’s involvement in filming the fake Moon Landing in 1969?  All of that seems pretty outrageous for a simple horror movie.  But once you sit down and watch the documentary Room 237, you might just believe some of the theories, symbolism and layers behind the Kubrick classic.

A scene from 'The Shinning' - Collider

A scene from ‘The Shinning’ | (Collider)

Released last year, Room 237 is a fascinating look at five people’s viewpoint on what The Shinning is really about.  The five people are never seen on camera, but they do provide commentary throughout the film during specific scenes from the horror movie to make their case and this is a smart decision as it forces us to follow their words more closely.  The documentary also injects scenes from other Kubrick films, as well as other films to help illustrate their points.

Some of the theories, such as the fake Moon Landing and killing of Native Americans seems somewhat credible when you look at the scenes in the movie they interpret while others are a bit over-the-top like numerous numerical claims related to the Holocaust (the number of cars in the parking lot, 42, is related to the year 1942 for example) and a theory that you can see Kubrick’s face in the clouds at the beginning of the film.

Kubrick was known as a meticulous craftsman when it came to arranging everything in his movies and if you find some of the conspiracy theories a bit outlandish, at the very least Room 237 is a celebration of Kubrick’s obsessions.  The documentary features a number of scene breakdowns celebrating his use of composition, framing and photography.

After viewing the documentary, I wanted to watch The Shinning just to gain a better appreciation of everything I may have missed in previous viewings.  Some may find Room 237 to be a bland academic analysis of The Shinning.  I found it to be an enjoyable experience for any movie lover who longs for movies that have deeper meaning and numerous interpretations.  If you watch this documentary, you’ll never view The Shinning the same way again.  For better or worse.

Oregon Woman Gets $17,500 Tip

One of the benefits Aurora Kephart has at her job as a bartender for Conway’s Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield is the Keno tickets customers sometimes tip her with.  On Tuesday, a man asked Kephart to choose two of his tickets.

The first won her $5.  Pretty typical.  The second one however, turned out to be a $17,500 tip.

“The look on his face was incredible,” said Kephart.  “I automatically handed it back to him; it was his ticket.”

Instead of taking back the ticket, the man refused and made Kephart sign it so she would be the only one to claim the prize.  She went back to work, finished her shift and the next day travelled to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem and picked up her earnings.

But she couldn’t keep all of it.  She decided to give the generous man a percentage of her winnings.  “I just couldn’t not give him some of it,” said Kephart.

While not life-changing money, Kephart said she does plan on buying a new couch as her one splurge with the rest of the money going to savings.