John Wall, Justus Pickett make All-Protest Team

Sat, Nov 5

If you're mad as Hades and hanging out in a tent city somewhere near the seat of apparent power, take a break from that exercise of First Amendment freedom and take in Page 2's All-Protest Team. We promise not to occupy too much of your time.

Lamarcus Brutus: History has no more famous example of dissent than the one that befell Julius Caesar in 49 BC. While there were apparently several perpetrators of the assassination, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger (Brutus for short) is best remembered because he was a member of the victim's inner political circle at the time. As for Lamarcus Brutus, he hasn't been a problem for the Florida State Seminoles, for whom he is a freshman defensive back. He is expected to red shirt this season, which means we may next hear from him in spring practice, on or about the Ides of March.

Luke French: You've got to admit that nobody does political protest quite like the French, who gathered en masse to overrun a prison in 1789 even though said institution only had seven inmates to be freed at the time. They then started a judicial process that led to the execution of the deposed king three-and-a-half years later. As for Luke French, he hasn't engendered such angst. He has a Major League ERA of 4.99 and spent 2011 with the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate. Hard to love or hate that sort of record.

Justus Pickett: The Maryland Terrapins' running back provides some real bang for the aggrieved buck with a name that, although not precisely spelled for either concept, it screams of equity and labor action. The pay-the-players crowd could do worse than this guy as their spokesman.

Gabby Street: Charles Evard Street apparently wanted to play both sides of the employee-management game. As the St. Louis Cardinals' manager in 1931, he couldn't resist the urge to put himself in the lineup once. The rest of the Cards apparently didn't mind. They went on to win the World Series.

John Wall: At some point, we presume Wall will occupy NBA arenas and the attention of opposing point guards. For now, the top pick of the 2010 draft is, like some protesters, unable to work in his chosen profession. The similarities pretty much end there, of course.