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Of Course There’s a Festivus Pole in the Florida Capitol

Source – Countering the first-ever nativity scene to be displayed at the Florida Capitol, a South Florida man has installed a Festivus pole in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday, right next to the Christmas manger scene a Christian group set up last week.

The pole, built using empty Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans, is in celebration of the parody holiday made popular by a holiday episode of “Seinfeld.”

Chaz Stevens received permission from the state of Florida to install the Festivus pole.

Both Stevens and the Florida Nativity Scene Committee, which put up the manger scene, think the other group’s display is laughable, and more than a few visitors have stopped to laugh about what they called “the nonsense of it all.”

Beneath the rival displays, however, lies a serious question about just where the line between church and state should be drawn. Stevens said he wanted to make a statement that government should not be endorsing any religion.

 

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You knew Florida wasn’t going to go quietly into the night this holiday season. Too many psychopaths in a confined area for there not to be a religious war of some kind. Chaz Stevens is leading that charge. Florida wants to set up a manger in the state capitol? Chaz Stevens will erect a Festivus pole made out of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans. Does it matter that Festivus is a fake holiday created by Frank Costanza in Seinfeld? Not if you’re Chaz Stevens, and not if you’re from Florida. If the government is going to recognize one religious holiday, you bet your ass someone from Florida is going to make them recognize every other one too.

– Ryan

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Have No Fear Celtics Fans: Walter McCarty Is Your New Assistant Coach

Walter McCarty, who spent nearly eight seasons with the Boston Celtics during a 10-year playing career, confirmed to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman on Tuesday that he will be an assistant coach on Brad Stevens’ staff. The 39-year-old McCarty landed in Boston in October 1997 after being traded by the Knicks before his sophomore season. He emerged a fan favorite here and “I love Walter!” became a familiar catchphrase for television broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn. McCarty helped Boston to three playoff appearances from 2002-04 before being traded to Phoenix for a second-round pick midway through the 2004-05 season.  James Posey, another beloved former Celtic, and McCarty were believed to be the two top candidates to round out Stevens’ staff as it appeared he was seeking a former player. Comcast SportsNet first reported McCarty’s hiring.  McCarty joins the staff of the 36-year-old Stevens, who had previously brought on Ron Adams, a longtime NBA assistant, and Micah Shrewsberry, one of Stevens’ former assistants at Butler. Assistants Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young were carried over from Doc Rivers’ staff.  Boston ties have served McCarty well as he immersed himself in coaching. He served as an assistant under former Celtics coach Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville in 2007. McCarty moved on to be an NBA assistant under former Celtics coach Jim O’Brien in Indiana during the 2010-11 season, but was let go a season later when the Pacers hired Frank Vogel.  McCarty has been a familiar presence in Boston, often sitting courtside during games the past two seasons.” – ESPN

Perfect. Rebuilding a historic franchise? Bring in mediocre fan favorite players from the past to get the fans behind you again. I’m completely judging a book by it’s cover here, but McCarty doesn’t look like he’d be a good coach. He seems like the kind of guy who would goof around at practice then try and out drink the whole team at bars on the weekends. Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe McCarty is the next John Wooden. All I know is the Celtics better have an oxygen tank at the announcers table for every home game because Tommy Heinsohn is going to lose his shit with Walter now on the coaching staff.

– Ryan

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