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Shields and Brooks on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Michael Vick, the Shotgun Offense

I might have finally figured out after nine or so months what makes this little segment of ours so unique: It is the only program I know of that tackles both what is at times the “sport of politics” and the “politics of sport.” It is a real pleasure working with these two gentlemen, Mark Shields and David Brooks, because as they have highlighted week after week, they are far more than political commentators, they are scholars of sports as well.

So this week, we began with the potential repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which is making waves once again as a defense spending bill comes up for a vote on Tuesday. At issue is whether amendment language including the repeal will be allowed. Pop star Lady Gaga has jumped headlong into the fray, trading in her eye-catching costumes and elaborate stages for what seems like a confessional booth from where she can make a plea to U.S. senators to sway their votes.

And on the sports front, Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend. Here our dynamic duo weigh in on that and so much more:

Also if you’d like to help name our segment, we’re looking for something in a nutshell that speaks to both politics and sports. Current contenders are at this online poll.

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