Bike-heavy on clips this week, but what can I say? They’re the best. Check’em out below.1. When Deer AttackReminiscent of this video, but hitting much closer to home is a clip of an unexpected race-day mishap caught on camera. Nature’s revenge? You be the judge.2. Crazy Dude Does Crazy Downhill Crazy FastI will never tire of watching crazy-ass dudes bomb down crazy-ass downhill courses. Here is the latest from that expanding genre.3. Is It On?Not only a very cool ski video, but a great tutorial on how to make the most of your GoPro edit.Salomon Freeski TV S6E11 – Not another GoPro edit from Salomon Freeski on Vimeo.4. Going SoloBack in the saddle for our final entry. This is a beautifully shot self edit from out in the woods and another great example of maximizing your edit when you’re all alone out there.Aaron LaRocque – Prime Time on Pinkbike
Indianapolis, in. — Attorney General Curtis Hill has filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of an Indiana law involving abortion.Enacted in 2016, House Bill 1337 contains two provisions at issue in the current case. One provision requires health facilities disposing of fetal remains to treat them with the same dignity accorded other human remains by either burying or cremating them. (Unlike health facilities, parents who choose to take possession of fetal remains after an abortion or miscarriage have no such requirements imposed on them.) The other provision prohibits abortion performed solely because of the disability, race or sex of the unborn child.The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has held that both of these provisions violate the U.S. Constitution.In the case of the fetal-remains provision, the Seventh Circuit panel contradicted an earlier decision in the Eighth Circuit upholding as constitutional a virtually identical law enacted in Minnesota.“The result is that Minnesota can require burial or cremation of fetal remains while Indiana cannot,” Attorney General Hill writes in today’s filing. Only the U.S. Supreme Court, he notes, “can decide which of these positions is correct.”While the anti-discrimination provision involves no such conflict between circuits, it raises issues of national importance that the Court should address, Attorney General Hill said.“Other states are adopting laws similar to ours,” he said. “Internationally, there is attention focused on whether it’s ethical to abort babies because, for example, they have Down Syndrome, which is a very prevalent reason given for abortions. So we’re hoping that the significance of the issue will justify Supreme Court review.”
In response, the Raiders announced they would not attempt to renew their lease at the Coliseum for 2019. Feb. 3 update: The Raiders have reportedly decided to play in San Francisco in 2019.Feb. 6 update: San Francisco lawmakers have opposed the Raiders playing in the city.Here is everything you need to know about the legal battle between the Raiders and Oakland, and how it impacted the franchise’s 2019 plans.MORE: Raiders deserve criticism for mistreatment of Reggie McKenzieWhy did the Raiders want to leave Oakland?The nomadic organization, which became a cultural icon during its days in Los Angeles and has since kept a national cult following, seemingly did not have the same motivations to make things work in Oakland as many other franchises do within their home cities.Raiders owner Mark Davis, son of the late franchise principal owner Al Davis, has long expressed a desire to leave the aging confines of the Coliseum, and if Oakland was not willing to pay up for a new stadium, he had no issue taking the Raiders elsewhere.So, after years of fruitless negotiations with Oakland and threats to head to other cities, Davis finally got his wish with a move to Las Vegas.In April of 2017, the NFL released its official statement of reasons why the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. The statement of reasons clarifies the timeline of the application process that resulted in the Raiders’ move to Vegas being approved after they were denied a potential move to Los Angeles.Will the Raiders leave Oakland in 2019?After pledging not to sign a one-year lease at the Coliseum, the Raiders now seem destined to play elsewhere for a season, though they notably have not yet taken any options off the table.While Oakland hasn’t been officially eliminated as a possibility, Davis indicated he would not play in Oakland if the city sued his team and the league.Are the Raiders still going to Las Vegas?Yes, but the stadium will not be ready for the Raiders until the 2020 season.It will be a domed facility that will also house the UNLV college football team and likely other Las Vegas entertainment events.When will the Raiders’ stadium in Las Vegas open?Las Vegas Stadium is scheduled to open in 2020.The team’s new home will seat about 65,000 people, with an ability to add to that total in order to host a Super Bowl. It will have 10 levels, including two concourse levels, two mezzanine levels and two suite levels. The project is expected to cost an estimated $1.9 billion. Of that total, $750 million in public funding will go toward the construction and other associated costs.Why is Oakland suing the Raiders?The lawsuit comes after years of public bickering between a Raiders team eager to move to a new city and Oakland, which did not want to publicly fund a new stadium for the franchise given much-criticized renovations to the Coliseum in the 1990s that continue to cost taxpayers about $20 million per year.The Raiders first tried to move to Los Angeles, but when that proposal was shut down by the NFL in favor of the Rams and Chargers, they opted to relocate to Las Vegas.Oakland will lose the Golden State Warriors to San Francisco in 2019, and it has thus far been unable to lock down a long-term solution to keep the Oakland A’s, though plans for a new stadium were released this past month.Politicians have acknowledged a significant cultural loss from the departure of its long-held franchises, playing a role in the decision to sue the Raiders and the NFL. How have Raiders players reacted to the situation?Raiders quarterback Derek Carr recently spoke out about the prospect of not playing in the Coliseum next year, calling the dispute “crazy” from his perspective as a player. Carr was drafted by the Raiders in 2014 and has spent his entire career with the franchise.”Just, where you are going to play your home games?” Carr said, via ESPN. “That’s just weird, and it’s nothing anyone wants to go through.”There is no book on how to do this. I’ll figure it out the best way I can, day by day.” Despite ongoing animosity with the city of Oakland, the Raiders had planned to remain at the Oakland Coliseum next season before the franchise’s move to Las Vegas in 2020.But things changed when Oakland filed a federal lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL, alleging the league’s 32 teams have formed an illegal cartel colluding to force cities to pay for new facilities with public funds or face relocation. The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation from the NFL.