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10/25/12 Sports and Politics DBD

Here is the long-awaited (since yesterday) gif-less sports and politics DBD! First, I present to you:

The Dastardly--and now dearly departed--Art Modell:

The year was 1995. Netscape Navigator was the most-used Internet browser. “Toy Story” was the top grossing movie. “Friends” had just started its 10-season run as a sitcom mainstay. Foo Fighters released their first of many epic albums.

In the National Football League, the Cleveland Browns entered the fall of ’95 as an AFC contender and exited it in the most nightmarish way possible … with the stunning announcement that the team would move to Baltimore. While Baltimore inherited a franchise that would eventually deliver a Lombardi Trophy, Cleveland fans are left to ponder “what if …” Coach Bill Belichick had amassed a talented staff, many of whom were no-names in the mid-90s, but became the backbone of many teams’ front offices and coaching staffs in the years to come.

And then, they were gone:

Modell owned the Browns from 1961 to 1995, a period that saw them win their last NFL Championship in 1964. But Modell is probably best remembered by Browns fans for his controversial decision to move the team to Baltimore in 1996 and rename them the Ravens. The period remains one of the darkest chapters in the city's sports history.

Now, for some politics, let's go to Chicago, home of the not-so-golden Bears.

In 1910, Chicago Tribune reported on bribery that eventually removed William Lorimer from Senate and led to 17th Amendment

In the late 19th Century, it was commonly said that wealthy men could buy a seat in the Senate by spreading money among the state legislators who were given the task under the Constitution of choosing U.S. senators. The idea had been that elected lawmakers, rather than ordinary people, could be trusted to make a wise selection.

The Chicago case of alleged corruption played a prominent role in the nation's decision to amend the Constitution and allow state voters to elect their senators. It was a solution that seems to have worked for 95 years, or until now.

Lorimer, an immigrant from England and a dapper, popular politician, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1895 when he was 33. In 1909, after a long deadlock in the Illinois legislature, Lorimer was chosen to represent the state in the U.S. Senate.

But a year later, the Chicago Tribune reported on allegations that bribes were paid to secure Lorimer's seat, including an admission of a state representative that he had received $1,000. Lorimer vehemently denied the charges and called for a Senate investigation. Lorimer at first was cleared, but a year later the Progressive Movement picked up the cause and the Senate reversed itself. Lorimer was ousted from the Senate on a 55-28 vote.

Alright, there you have your sports and politics.

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