I didn't say Shurik is Zealot. I find 99% of what Shurik writes to be witty, poignant, entertaining & (to say the very least) very well written. I probably would read S-E only 2-3 times a year if it wasn't for Shurik's contributions. However -- it is my opinion that Shurik is a talented enough journalist to recognize when something is a "mean spirited joke" (or, not so mean spirited), and when something is meant in earnest to be hurtful. Shurik -- last time I checked, Caple didn't refer to any one in his article as a "damned ch***aya zh**a", "*#*#*#*#*#*#ing zh*d," etc., etc. Big Difference! Yes, he referenced some very popular, and uneducated, stereotypes, and I did also think that the reference to the 900 Days was out of place -- but God blast it any way, don't tell me you've lost all sense of perception with regards to what is meant as tongue in cheek vs. what is meant as racism, in your never-ending quest to skewer a sport which you cannot stand. As you may or may not do, I read plenty of the Russian newspapers & periodicals online; Kommersant, Kom. Pravda, Izvestiya, Chas Pik,Ogonyok, etc. If I got offended everytime there was a negative American stereotype tossed about in any of those & others -- well, I guess I wouldn't be reading any of them very much longer. It is called being able to separate the wheat from the chaff, my friend.