It seems to us: Rested and ready, not everyone’s a fan of soccer, and the heavy hand of Texas - The Buffalo News
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It seems to us: Rested and ready, not everyone’s a fan of soccer, and the heavy hand of Texas

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is back from rehab for drug and alcohol abuse and, we hope, ready to assume his executive office responsibilities.

The mayor has admitted to CBC News that he abused alcohol in his City Hall office. He apologized to the public and promised to make amends. Ford’s widely publicized drunken and drugged antics got the attention of comedians and news outlets alike, and earned him several mentions on this page. While his newfound humility is commendable and we wish him well, we’re not sure this space has seen the last of the mayor.

But hopefully not because of drug or alcohol abuse. He can earn a spot here the way most politicians do, through good old-fashioned malfeasance.

Ann Coulter may want to cool it when it comes to World Cup commentary.

The headline on the conservative writer’s column caught the attention and ire of many fans of the sport: “Any growing interest in soccer a sign of moral decay.” She followed up that attention-grabber with this little un-factoid, which seemed to ignore the huge crowds at viewing parties coast to coast: “If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law.”

She wasn’t done: “I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”

It’s one thing for Texas to try to dictate the textbooks that are used in schools across the country. And if Texas wants to have a law that allows people to openly carry loaded weapons just about anywhere, well … what can you do? But now Texas is picking on four Buffalo Bills boosters, and that’s going too far.

Texas A&M University has filed two complaints against four Bills fans for using a website with a common football phrase that A&M claims infringes on its trademark. One of the four is Charles “Chuckie” Sonntag, a double amputee and cancer survivor. To help the effort to keep the Bills in Buffalo, he co-founded the website

Texas A&M, however, owns the rights to the term “the 12th man” and is going after Sonntag and the other three, even threatening to sue. Sonntag has worked to comply but not fast enough for the martinets at A&M. At least they haven’t pulled a gun on him yet.

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