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Apr. 14, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Brick City Bowl’s date

We’ve always been a bit stymied by the fact that the so-called “Super Bowl” of stock car racing, the Daytona 500, is always the first race of the season. “Bowl” games — from pro football’s championship game to our own “Brick City Bowl,” the annual football contest between Lee County High School and Southern Lee High School — are best served as a dessert, at the end of the season.

It saves the best for last.

This year, it’ll actually happen. Last year and the year before that, the Yellow Jackets and Cavaliers opened their respective campaigns against each other in the first game of the season. Scheduling vagaries, including the fact that they have been in different conferences, has put the Lee-Southern game at different points of the football season over the years. This upcoming season, with Lee County moving into the 3A ranks, both schools will be members of the revamped Cape Fear Valley Conference, so their rivalry will be not only in-county and at the end of the regular season, but in-conference as well. And with postseason aspirations hopefully still on the line for both teams, the Nov. 8 game could be a season-making game for both teams.

This doesn’t mean the game will always be at the end of the regular season. But in 2013, at least, the rivalry will be enhanced by perfect timing.

THUMBS DOWN: FCC’s possible drop on ban on the f-word, nudity

The Federal Communications Committee has the authority to enforce policies regarding expletives, obscenities and nudity on the public airwaves. But the agency announced recently that it’s considering making changes to its “broadcast decency standards” that currently ban profanity and what it calls “non-sexual” nudity.

Some observers are interpreting the wording of the FCC’s announcement to mean that it would allow network television and radio stations to air two of the more common “banned” words — the f-word and the s-word, as they’re termed for public description — and to allow television programs to show frontal female nudity, even possibly during the “prime time” hours.

While the offensive words are common in the lexicon of some, whether they’re fit for television will largely be determined by what kinds of public comments the FCC receives about it standards.

To weigh in, see the FCC’s announcement here: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db0401/DA-13-581A1.pdf