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Sklar bros on sports: Debating gay marriage on the gridiron

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Chris Kluwe #5 of the Minnesota Vikings during opening day against Jacksonville Jaguars at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Andy King/Getty Images

Randy and Jason Sklar, hosts of comedy and sports podcast "Sklarbro Country," and History Channel's, "United Stats of America," join the show to talk about the latest in the sports world.

The labor dispute between the NFL and referees continues. NFL referees have been locked out by the league over $16 million in benefits over five years, and have been replaced by officials from other football organizations. The reviews from players on the replacement officials haven't been great, though. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated, "there were just some bizarre calls on both sides ... It has to hopefully get better."

Meanwhile, a controversy over gay marriage involving a couple of NFL players and a Maryland state legislator has erupted. After Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo publicly supported marriage equality, Maryland delegate Emmett C. Burns wrote, "I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football Franchise Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions." That spurred Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to write a profanity-laced letter to Burns over the issue.

The Dodgers and the Angels both continue their slide from the playoff race. Both baseball teams made huge moves at the trade deadline, with the Angels adding pitcher Zack Greinke and the Dodgers adding first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but will the investments pay off?


Randy and Jason Sklar, twin brothers and hosts of podcast "Sklarbro Country," and History Channel's new show, "United Stats of America."

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