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Nov 3-7, 2012 Headlines: Obama chills playing hoops ‘n’ is re-elected, No Redskin Rule but MLB AL theory in tact

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Barrack Obama Re-elected


LeBron excited for President Obama’s reported re-election   Wed, Nov 7, 2012

The news had barely hit the wire before LeBron James expressed his excitement. “2 terms!!!!” James tweeted Tuesday night. #ObamaStillPrez.”

Obama sticks to election day tradition, plays hoops

Los Angeles Times   Tue, Nov 6, 2012

CHICAGO — Now is not the time to mess with good luck rituals. So President Obama played basketball with aides and friends — including former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen — on Tuesday, sticking to his election day tradition. Four years ago, Obama played ball before watching returns throughout his hunt for the Democratic nomination. The notable exception was a painful one for Obama’s team — the New Hampshire primary, which he lost.

Obama, Romney talk football on MNF

ESPN   Tue, Nov 6, 2012

On the eve of the election, the two men vying for the presidency took time to share their thoughts on football in particular, sports in general and their race for the White House in separate satellite interviews with ESPN’s Chris Berman, shown at halftime of Monday night’s Philadelphia Eagles-New Orleans Saints game. 

Bears’ Cutler backing Romney in election

Chicago Tribune   Mon, Nov 5, 2012

Jay Cutler, the veteran quarterback says he has arrived at a decision on how to cast his vote in Tuesday’s presidential election. Appearing on his weekly segment of the “Jay Cutler Show”, Cutler said initially, “Yeah, I have been following the debates and everything. I do live in Tennessee. I’m voting for Mitt (Romney) this election season.”

 Packer legend Bart Starr backs Romney, rallies Green Bay voters   Sun, Nov 4, 2012

Wisconsin has been a safely Democratic state for years, until the inclusion of Senator Paul Ryan to the Mitt Romney ticket made the Badger State a swing state. Now, Romney has another Wisconsin hero in his corner: Green Bay Packer legend and Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. According to a report by, Starr endorsed Romney Friday in a statement, saying the former Massachusetts governor has the qualifications to turn the country around. “During the course of my football and business careers, I have had the great honor of meeting and associating with many outstanding leaders,” 

Richard Petty proud to be politically conservative

USA TODAY   Sun, Nov 4, 2012

Richard Petty stumped Saturday with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, and the seven-time champion said NASCAR’s rural roots and emphasis on self-determination help inform why he is a lifelong conservative. “We always look at conservative people being more individual people (who) want to be left alone and be able to make their own decisions and do stuff with their family and start a business or whatever,” Petty told USA TODAY Sports before Sunday’s AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. “You go to the racetrack, and the majority of the people I associate with are conservative because they make their own decisions on what to do on the race car, when to make pit stops. They’re very individual people.

US Presidential election: Cristiano Ronaldo gives Obama star billing

CNN International   Tue, Nov 6, 2012

…the U.S. president has secured the backing of an unlikely supporter — Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid star is widely seen as one of the two greatest footballers on the planet at present, along with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, and knows what it takes to win, with a trophy cabinet boasting medals for the Champions League, the English Premier League as well as the Spanish League and Cup. Never afraid to seek the limelight, the Portuguese joins former Manchester United colleague Wayne Rooney in outlining how he would exercise his vote in the U.S. elections should he have one — with both men identifying with the White House’s current resident. “I like the way he speaks with people, his communication — I think it’s always firm what he says — and I would like to meet him because he’s an honest person,” Ronaldo exclusively told CNN.

The short career of Tagg Romney, Dodgers executive

Los Angeles Times   Mon, Nov 5, 2012

…back at the end of 2005, the McCourts had an opening in their front office. And to fill the position of chief marketing officer, they tabbed … Tagg Romney. Yep, Mitt Romney’s oldest kid. Mitt Romney at the time was governor of Massachusetts and already eyeing the White House. There apparently being no Red Sox executive available at the time, the McCourts did one better, going back to their home state to hire a man whose father just might one day become president of the United States.

Obama ranks 10 in list of top athletic US presidents

Al-Arabiya   Sun, Nov 4, 2012

Yahoo’s Post Game sports blog created a list of top 10 athletic presidents, with criteria ranging from physical strength, toughness and endurance, and other yardsticks. 

Coming in at 10th place is current President Barack Obama. Aside basketball, Obama also plays golf and fits in cardio training sessions as part of his sports routine.

9.  the United States 28th president, Woodrow Wilson was an avid baseball player throughout high school and college. He also cycled and played golf, too.

8. George W. Bush, a running enthusiast installed a treadmill on board the Air Force One.

7. Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. president and former actor, was a lifeguard during his teen years, and captain of his college swim team. He also played football and basketball during high school.

6. Assassinated president John F. Kennedy was part of the Harvard swim team and football team. He also played golf, tennis, and basketball.

5. A founding father of the America, George Washington was considered the best horse rider during his time. Aside his equestrian skills, Washington also played javelin and rock-throwing.

4. Teddy Roosevelt, who took a punch or ten throughout his life. He participated in boxing, martial arts and wrestling. If that wasn’t enough to knock the wind out of his sails, this presidential athlete also hunted, rowed, played tennis and football.

3. George Bush Sr. was captain of the Yale baseball team and was the starting basemen. He led the team to the first two College World Series games. Aside baseball, Bush Sr. was a combat Navy pilot, a tennis and golf player. He also enjoys fishing.

2. 34th president Dwight Eisenhower dabbled in boxing and played fullback and line back in the army football team. He also played golf and baseball.

1. And in first place – Gerald Ford. He played on various football teams and won two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles while playing for Michigan College’s team. In the 1930s, Ford received contracts from Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers of Wisconsin.

An MLB Player Quit Twitter Last Night After President Obama Was Re-elected

Complex Sports   Wed, Nov 7, 2012

Do you follow MLB pitcher Todd Coffey on Twitter? Yes? (we know you really don’t, but just go along with it…) Well, then we’ve got some bad news for you: He quit the social networking site last night in protest over the fact that President Obama was reelected to serve another four years in the White House. However, we’ve also got some good news for you, too. According to his final tweet, he hasn’t left Twitter forever. Assuming we’re all here in 2016, he’s planning on signing up for Twitter again. @ToddCoffey60: I’m out I’ll be back on twitter in 4 years if we can make it 4 more years“

Paulina Gretzky posted this image hours after Barack Obama was re-elected as U.S. president on Tuesday night. (Paulina Gretzky:Instagram)

Oct 24-Nov 2, 2012 Headlines: MLB’s AL winning WS vs. Redskin Rule, MNF Presidential Interview, ‘n’ Obama ‘not that good’…at basketball

Panther vs Redskins

Carolina Panthers beat Washington Redskins 21-13

Rooting for an intersection of football and politics? Keep the ‘Redskins Rule’ to Mitt Romney

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Sun, Nov 4 2012

The Carolina Panthers beat the Washington Redskins, 21-13, on Sunday afternoon at Washington D.C.’s FedEx Field…and if a “Redskins Rule”…holds true, it’s very good news for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

NFL Halftime Interviews with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

TV Film News  Thurs, Nov 1 2012

ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Saints Host Eagles; Chris Berman Expected to Conduct Halftime Interviews with Presidential Candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney…On the eve of the U.S. Presidential Election, the MNF halftime is expected to include conversations with both candidates. Chris Berman is scheduled to conduct one-on-one interviews with President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in one of the final national television appearances for both before the nation casts its vote the next day.


Play Ball: What Your Favorite Sports Say About Your Politics

National Journal Fri, Oct 26 2012

Every four years, the seasons of big-time sports and major league politics overlap, beginning with the Summer Olympics and ending with a U.S. presidential election. As we show, the allegiances of American sports fans say a lot about their political leanings and likelihood of voting.


Presidential Election Predictions/Endorsements

Obama will win White House if Giants win World Series: Analysis

Newstrack India    Wed, Oct 24 2012

ANI: If President Barack Obama wants to stay at the White House, he will be rooting for the San Francisco Giants to beat the Detroit Tigers in the upcoming World Series. According to analysis of World Series victories and presidential election history by Major League Baseball (MLB), an American League win signifies that the Republican nominee will win, while a National League win correlates with a Democratic win. A Republican candidate has won 59 percent of the time when an AL team has won, Politico reports.

Wayne Rooney the Prezmaker happy to put his political clout behind Barack Obama   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

When the present England captain finally gave his long-awaited US presidential endorsement this week, he chose studiedly unpoetic language to reflect the drably prosaic nature of the campaign itself. “Watched all the presidential debates,” tweeted Rooney on Tuesday, just a few hours after the last of the trio ended in Florida. “If I had to vote would vote for Obama.”

Star-powered political rallies get party started

Seattle Post Intelligencer   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball great Hank Aaron is a Barack Obama guy. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is in Mitt Romney‘s camp. From athletes and astronauts to singers and Hollywood stars, a growing line of celebrities is turning up at fancy dinners and rallies to build support and get out the vote for Obama or Romney, the president’s Republican challenger.

NFL legends rally for Obama

Jim Brown & Franco Harris. Photo by Brenda J. Linert


Warren Tribune Chronicle   Sun, Oct 28 2012

WARREN – Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown quipped that he was a bit perplexed Saturday morning as he stood inside the United Steelworkers Local 1375 Hall…”I am here in Cleveland Browns territory, right?” he said as he stood before hundreds, with many clad in black and gold “Steel Blitz for Barack” T-shirts. Beside Brown were several former players from rival Pittsburgh Steelers, including hall of fame running back Franco Harris, and even Jim Rooney, son of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney.

Pro wrestler tattoos Mitt Romney’s logo on face for $15000

Eric Hartsburg shows off his new tattoo,

Los Angeles Times   Mon, Oct 29 2012

It’s things like this that make it difficult to be a fan of professional wrestling. Independent pro wrestler Eric Hartsburg, who I’m assume wrestles under the name The Ultimate Idiot, auctioned off tattoo advertising space on his face for $15,000 on EBay. The winner, who has yet to be named, chose the logo of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Hartsburg had the tattoo placed on his right temple.


World Series

Pelosi, SF Mayor Lee Place World Series Bets With Detroit Counterparts

CBS Local   Wed, Oct 24 2012

Pelosi made the wager with four of her Democratic colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives over whether the San Francisco Giants or Detroit Tigers will win the World Series, starting Wednesday evening at AT&T Park. If the Giants win, Congressmen John Dingell, John Conyers, Sandy Levin and Hansen Clarke—all of whom represent the Detroit area—will have to send Pelosi delicacies from their home city, including chocolate and other foods. But if the Tigers take the title, Pelosi will have to send the Detroit congressmen some chocolate from Ghirardelli, TCHO and See’s Candies.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing debates San Francisco mayor on World Series, stops short of putting mustache on the line   Wed, Oct 24 2012

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (L) and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee (R)

DETROIT, MI – Mayor Dave Bing stopped short of putting his mustache on the line, but didn’t pull any punches in a debate on the World Series with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee this morning…The two instead agreed to put in a day of service in the winning mayor’s city.

Giants’ Pablo Sandoval gets 300 texts, salute from Hugo Chavez

Los Angeles Times   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval

SAN FRANCISCO – …On Wednesday, when Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants became the fourth player ever to hit three home runs in a World Series game, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tweeted his congratulations…Of the 50 players on both teams, 20 are foreign-born, breaking the previous record of 16. The countries represented, in addition to the United States and Venezuela: the Dominican Republic (nine players) and Puerto Rico (two).

Chavez jokes about Venezuelans in World Series

Yahoo! Canada Sports    Fri, Oct 26 2012

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez joked that so many Venezuelan players are in the World Series that next year it should be played in the South American country. This year a record nine Venezuelans are on the rosters for the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers. Chavez remarked during a televised Cabinet meeting Friday night that if the team’s starting lineups are taken together, Venezuelans account for a third of the players. He referred to President Barack Obama as he joked: ”I think the next World Series, Obama, you’re going to have to play it here in Venezuela, because it’s Venezuelans all over the place.”

Jerry Brown, other elected pols had seats for Giants’ wins in SF

Los Angeles Times   Mon, Oct 29 2012

The Giants’ World Series games against the Detroit Tigers last week in San Francisco were the hottest tickets in town, but while most Californians couldn’t get seats unless they were willing to pay brokers highly inflated prices,  the state’s elected officials were given special access to buy premium tickets from the ballclub. That explained why Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was sitting in the premium field club seats for Game 1 on Wednesday, where he got to see Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs. The special arrangement for elected officials allowed him to buy two tickets for $535 each, which an aide said was face value. Gov. Jerry Brown and state Attorney Gen. Kamala Harris attended Game 2 on Thursday night, with Brown tweeting a picture from his seat with the message “Great Night in San Francisco.”



Anti-Obama ad to air on ESPN during Ohio State-Penn State game

Columbus Dispatch (blog)   Fri, Oct 26 2012

An anti-Obama political ad sponsored by Crossroads Generation, a Republican-backed  Super PAC, will hit ESPN during the Ohio State-Penn State football game from Happy Valley tomorrow. Game time is 5:30 p.m. The 60-second ad, called The Poster, is a fascinating visual depiction of what the GOP sees as younger voters’ disenchantment with President Barack Obama and his “Change” theme after nearly four years in office. While aimed at younger voters, the potential audience of football fans of all ages will be much greater  airing on ESPN and ESPN2 during the height of the college season.

David Stern: Obama ‘not that good’ at basketball

Washington Post (blog)   Fri, Oct 26 2012

NBA commissioner David Stern said President Obama is “not as good as he thinks he is” at basketball. Stern told Reuters that he is a “loyal” and “passionate” Democrat. But he didn’t let that stand in the way of honestly assessing the president’s on-the-court abilities.“He’s a lefty. He goes the same way every time,” Stern explained. Obama is an avid basketball fan who plays pickup games regularly and counts some of the NBA’s top players among his supporters. “The politics of it is the players appreciate him for who he is and what he has accomplished,” Stern said.

Obama on the NHL lockout: ‘Get this done’

Yahoo! Canada Sports   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

President Barack Obama was asked on the Tonight Show on Wednesday if he could “pull some strings” to end the NHL lockout, and he pulled no punches. The question was submitted by a viewer and was met with much laughter from the studio audience, but Obama insisted: “I do have a comment on this. “Every time these things happen I just want to remind the owners and players: You guys make money because you’ve got awhole bunch of fans out there who are working really hard — they buy tickets, they’re watching on TV. “Y’all should be able to figure this out. Get this done.”

Former President George W. Bush addresses SMU before Saturday’s game with Memphis: ‘He told us to kick (posterior)’

College Sports Blog   Sat, Oct 27 2012

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura served as honorary coin flippers before SMU’s game with Memphis, and President Bush addressed the Mustangs with a pre-game speech. “He told us to kick (posterior),” said quarterback Garrett Gilbert. “It was an incredible opportunity to get to meet a guy like that, and then to have him come back and give us kind of a pep talk before the game…that was pretty special.”

Steelers-Giants gets OK from New Jersey governor despite Sandy   Fri, Nov 2 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The game between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday will be played despite transportation and power issues and growing concerns for weary and heartbroken residents displaced and devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday and Christie assured him that game would not divert any major resources from relief efforts. Speaking at news conference in Brick at the opening of a FEMA office, Christie said only a few state troopers are assigned to the game and it was really a decision for the NFL to make.

NFL franchises in talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson over Olympic Stadium   Tues, Oct 30 2012

National Football League franchises are in talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson’s office over becoming the anchor tenant of the Olympic Stadium, Telegraph Sport can reveal. The discussions began during the NFL regular-season games at the weekend, which brought four gridiron teams to Wembley. Johnson is chairman of the company operating the stadium, the London Legacy Development Corporation. His negotiations could cast a significant shadow over the prospects of West Ham United or Leyton Orient taking over the venue. A spokesman for the mayor, who recently signed a deal doubling the number of regular-season match days the NFL spends in the city to two, said: “Given the ever-growing popularity of gridiron this side of the Atlantic the mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities for NFL in London.

Sean Penn given a long to-do list by Bolivian president   Wed, Oct 31 2012

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (R) and Sean Penn (L) in La Paz, Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia — It’s not clear whether Sean Penn knew ahead of his visit to Bolivia of the missions he’d be asked to assume by President Evo Morales. Cabinet chief Juan Ramon Quintana told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting that Morales asked the Oscar-winning actor to defend the chewing of coca leaf before the United Nations, lobby Chile to restore Bolivia’s long-lost access to the Pacific Ocean and help persuade the United States to extradite a former Bolivian president. Penn is already a goodwill ambassador for Haiti, where he has won respect for his post-earthquake charity work.

Nets-Knicks opener in Brooklyn postponed   Thurs, Nov 1 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – Barclays Center sits right above a major mass-transit hub, an ideal destination for fans throughout New York. Not right now, though. With those subways knocked out by Hurricane Sandy and no way of knowing how fans would get there, the city’s mayor decided this isn’t the time for a game. So Michael Bloomberg asked the NBA to postpone Thursday’s highly anticipated opener between the Knicks and Nets, and the league agreed Wednesday.

Mayor Bloomberg says NYC Marathon canceled   Fri, Nov 2 2012

NEW YORK — The New York City Marathon is off, and a marathon ride into the city prompted Dwyane Wade to help those still dealing with the horrendous aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the cancellation of the marathon on Friday, just hours after insisting that the race needed to be run Sunday as scheduled to help the city continue recovering from the massive storm. Instead, Bloomberg said the “controversy and division” about whether the race should be run caused the change of plans. “We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track,” Bloomberg said.

Ex-NFL player aims for US Rep. Labrador’s seat

Albany Times Union   Sat, Oct 27 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When Jimmy Farris first came back to Idaho to run for Congress, he was best known for his career as a professional football player…In the early days of his first political race, the 34-year-old Democrat from Lewiston says he imagined incorporating those feats into his campaign speeches or a television ad. The ad’s tagline, he says, would go something like this: “Jimmy Farris once ran against a horse and won. He ran against one of the world’s greatest athletes and won. Labrador you’re next.” (Republican incumbent Raul Labrador)

Selig supports Rays’ effort to land new stadium    Fri, Oct 26 2012

A day after Commissioner Bud Selig showed his support for the Rays’ attempt to get a new stadium, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster denied the team’s request on Friday to explore potential sites in Hillsborough County, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Selig told the media before Game 2 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants on Thursday that he planned to speak with Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg for an update on the stadium situation, and that he and Sternberg would make a judgment call soon on whether Major League Baseball will continue to be patient with the slow pace of progress in Tampa Bay’s search for a new stadium and site.

Tainted cyclist Lance Armstrong had Livestrong charity lobby on Capitol Hill on his Behalf

New York Daily News    Wed, Oct 24 2012

The relationship between Armstrong and his foundation has been under a microscope since Oct. 10, when USADA released its explosive report explaining why it stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life…Meanwhile, Livestrong’s lobbying efforts on behalf of its founder raised ethical red flags, according to Sandra Miniutti, a spokeswoman for Charity Navigator, a watchdog organization…A spokesman for Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) told the Wall Street Journal this year that Armstrong’s lobbyist, echoing talking points from the embattled cyclist’s lawyers, raised questions about the fairness of USADA’s investigation. Serrano was apparently targeted because he serves on the House Appropriations Committee. About two-thirds of USADA’s $14 million annual budget comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is funded by Congress.

Schilling calls lawsuit ‘political’   Fri, Nov 2 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling on Friday called a lawsuit brought against him by Rhode Island’s economic development agency ”political” and denied wrongdoing in connection with a $75 million loan guarantee the state gave his failed video game company, 38 Studios…Schilling said he had not yet seen the lawsuit, but believes he’s being sued in part because of critical comments he made about Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s handling of the situation. The deal with 38 Studios was struck in 2010, under the leadership of former Republican Gov. Don Carcieri. Chafee, an independent, was harshly critical of the deal as a candidate, but said he wanted to see the company succeed once he became governor. Schilling has accused Chafee of not doing enough to help 38 Studios stay afloat and publicly called him a ”buffoon” and a ”dunce of epic proportions.” Chafee opposed giving the company more financial support after it began having money troubles, saying it did not have a viable plan for survival.

Oct 19-23, 2012 Headlines: Guess who’s ready to lead in DC, Politics ‘n’ Sports in high gear, ‘n’ Yanks blame it on the Cuomos?

NFL on FOX: Campaigning for RG3 (Obama ‘n’ Romney Video)

NFL on FOX: Campaigning for RG3 (Obama ‘n’ Romney Video)

Obama, Romney unite…for RG3

CNN (blog)   Sun, Oct 21 2012

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who both advocate change in Washington, said they see one person doing just that: Robert Griffin III, best known as “RG3.” In a tribute that aired Sunday on Fox Sports, both presidential candidates, speaking in taped appearances, praised the new Washington Redskins star quarterback for having the unique ability of bringing the city together.

Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Will Be On Monday Night Football

SportsGrid   Mon, Oct 22 2012

According to a report from Sports Business Journal, both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have reached out to ESPN about appearing on the November 5th telecast of Monday Night Football, when the Philadelphia Eagles will visit the New Orleans Saints. Neither have made many waves on the sports front during this election, but it appears both want to capitalize on the massive television audience MNF (13.8 million per game) draws as a last-minute effort to sway voters. The presidential election is the following day, Tuesday, November 6th.

It’s Obama Versus Romney Among Team Owners as Patriots Face Jets

San Francisco Chronicle   Fri, Oct 19 2012

Bloomberg — Republican Mitt Romney’s favorite football team, headed by a donor to President Barack Obama’s re- election bid, faces a rival Oct. 21 owned by a top Romney fundraiser who’s said he would rather see his candidate than his team win…Patriots owner Robert Kraft has given $5,000 — the maximum allowed under federal election law — to Obama. Jets Woody Johnson not only has funneled the same amount to Romney, he serves as the New York finance chairman for the former Massachusetts governor who is a Patriots’ fan.

Supporters pack Daytona bandshell for Romney and Ryan

CF News 13   Sat, Oct 20 2012

DAYTONA BEACH – …Country music star John Rich from Big and Rich performed for the fired-up crowd. They already heard from State Attorney General Pam Bondi and State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Both begged the audience to spend the next two weeks going to everyone they know to get them to vote for Romney and Ryan. Then the main event took the stage around 9 p.m. Ryan attacked President Barack Obama and praised his running mate. Romney offered the more optimistic viewpoint. “This is a big country with big opportunities and great challenges, and they keep talking about smaller and small things,” Romney said. “We have big ideas. Bold ideas. A strong agenda. We’re going to get America working again! That’s why you’re going to help elect the two of us. We’re going to go to Washington and get this country on track.”

Politics kicks into high gear as Romney, Ryan visit Biketoberfest in Daytona

Orlando Sentinel   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

DAYTONA BEACH — Biketoberfest is back today with the return of thousands of roaring Harley-Davidson riders in their leather and jeans, gearing up for rock concerts and beer. But even the city’s fall motorcycle rally can’t escape the political season. The city is bracing for a unique double-header Friday night, with Biketoberfest at full blast and a political rally by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan…Tom Guest, chairman of the festival development committee, joked that the GOP ticket is coming here because of Biketoberfest. “They want to get the biker vote,” Guest said. “They know it’s a great event and they want to see it.”

A Wedge Between Romney and Ryan? Notre Dame-BYU Football Game

East Idaho News   Fri, Oct 19 2012

(CHICAGO) — Their families may agree on politics, but when it comes to football, the Romney and Ryan families’ college rivalry will be on display this weekend at the Notre Dame-BYU football game in South Bend, Ind.

Two of Romney’s five sons, Craig and Tagg, who are BYU alumni, and Tobin Ryan, a Notre Dame alum and the older brother of Rep. Paul Ryan, will attend Saturday’s football game together at the University of Notre Dame.

“This is probably maybe the only wedge issue between the Romneys and Ryans is tomorrow’s game,” Tobin Ryan told ABC News in a phone interview as he drove from Chicago to South Bend 

Trevor Bauer tweets he is ashamed Barack Obama is president

Los Angeles Times   Wed, Oct 23 2012

Former UCLA star Trevor Bauer, currently pitching in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, sent out a tweet Monday night during the presidential debate that has drawn criticism for its content. He said: “Obama looked childish and petty tonight. I’m ashamed that he is commander in chief of this great nation.” Some people took offense at that, saying that such a statement crosses the line. Bauer followed up his original tweet with a series of tweets defending himself to those who were unhappy with him. “it’s funny. All of them are able to give me their opinion about my opinion, but I’m not allowed to give my opinion lol.”

“Sportfolio” on Bloomberg TV Goes Inside the Political Game of Sports This Wednesday

PRLog   Wed, Oct 23 2012

Rep. Heath Shuler, Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman discuss sports issues on the eve of “The Economy Election”

Oct 23, 2012 – What do sports have to do with the upcoming elections? Like virtually every business in America, the support of the sports industry has played a part in supporting candidates and legislation, and has a stake in the outcome of races from the national to the local level. This week’s Sportfolio examines the complex interaction between the multi-billion dollar sports industry and issues confronting voters in November.

Rep. Pelosi cheers World Series-bound Giants

The Hill (blog)   Tue, Oct 22 2012

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), like most politicians, waited until after the presidential debate to cheer for baseball. Pelosi congratulated the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for winning a spot in the World Series as a result of Monday night’s game, which took place at the same time as the final presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama. TWEET: @NancyPelosi So proud of the @SFGiants. They have great teamwork, the will to win + best fans in all of baseball. Let’s go win the World Series again!

Cuomo Says Don’t Blame Me or Dad for Yankees’ Playoff Failures

San Francisco Chronicle   Mon, Oct 22 2012

Bloomberg — Blame the New York Yankees themselves, not the Cuomo family, for the team’s failure to get to the World Series this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. A New York Daily News column yesterday suggested that having a Cuomo in the Executive Mansion hexes the Bronx-based baseball team, which has a record 27 World Series titles. The team has never made it to the World Series in any year that Cuomo, or his father, Mario, was in office. The elder Cuomo served as governor from 1983 through 1994. “I think not playing well in the playoffs is the Yankees curse,” Cuomo

Ohio Senator Introduced Bill To End Blackouts

Cincy Jungle   Fri, Oct 19 2012

Ohio State Representative Robert Hagan introduced House Bill No. 599 this week, which proposes to “ban local sports teams that play in stadiums partially or fully funded with public dollars from ‘blacking out’ televised broadcasts.” Sherry Coolidge with the Cincinnati Enquirer writes: The legislation would prohibit any pro-sports team that regularly plays in a stadium built with money from the state or other political subdivision from entering into a contract that allows for televised ‘black outs’ due to the lack of a certain number of tickets remaining unsold.

Governor Chafee and Red Sox Foundation to distribute first Rhode Island Red Sox Charity License Plate    Fri, Oct 19 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – Several hundred Rhode Islanders will be the first in the state to obtain the newly made Rhode Island Red Sox charity license plates…Funds raised from the special plates will help expand the Red Sox Foundation’s Rhode Island Scholarship Award program, which provides college scholarships to Rhode Island public high school seniors. Rhode Island drivers who were among the first 900 to order the plates have been invited to receive them at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, R.I.  Rhode Islanders expected to participate are Governor Lincoln Chafee, Speaker of the House of Representatives Gordon Fox, State Representative Brian Kennedy, State Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Counsel to the Red Sox Jim Skeffington, Red Sox Special Advisor Jeremy Kapstein, and Department of Motor Vehicles officials.

Olympic Exploratory Committee tells Gov. Herbert to go after 2026 Winter Games

Deseret News    Thurs, Oct 18 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — The state’s Olympic Exploratory Committee unanimously recommended Salt Lake City launch a bid to host a second Winter Games, this time in 2026. “Utah’s Olympic legacy is strong and vibrant and ready to provide the foundation for a future Olympic Winter Games,” the committee stated in a 36-page report to Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker released Thursday. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, who served as lead co-chairman of the committee, said he expects the governor and the mayor to give the bid the go-ahead. Their decision is expected sometime in November.

SF Super Bowl bid: How Mayor Lee and Jed York reconciled

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)   Sat, Oct 20 2012

Less than a year ago, Mayor Ed Lee was acting like a jilted lover just trying to move on when it came to the San Francisco 49ers packing up for a new stadium in Santa Clara…But this week, there was the announcement of a reunion…Lee, the 49ers and other civic leaders worked together to successfully earn the right to bid against Miami for the 2016 Super Bowl (and if, for some reason we don’t get it can duke it out with Houston for the 2017 game). Yes, it would be played in the team’s new $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium, but San Francisco would be named the official host city and the center of pregame activities leading up to the big game. Jed York, 49ers CEO, told The Chronicle, “San Francisco is our home. If and when we win a Super Bowl, the parade will be on Market Street.”

Would a win for Romney in Florida buoy Mack?

Connie Mack bus 

The Gainesville Sun    Sun, Oct 21 2012

DAVIE — Connie Mack IV rolled into his only debate with Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race in a large campaign bus that carried much of his political clout. On the side of the bus was his name in large bold letters with a baseball representing the “o” — a none-too-subtle reference to the fact that he has the same name as his great-grandfather, Connie Mack, the longtime manager and owner of the Philadelphia Athletics and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Oct 6-18, 2012 Headlines: Athlete endorsements, VP Candidate football visits, ‘n’ NY/NJ MMA & NCAA Battles

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush with St Louis Cardinals Andre Roberts, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Rich Bartel, and Sam Acho

The Cardinals and the Presidents

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush with St Louis Cardinals Andre Roberts, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Rich Bartel, and Sam Acho (blog)   Thurs, Oct 11 2012

Larry Fitzgerald has had a chance to be around former President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton before — because, you know, that’s how he rolls — but the Cardinals wide receiver and a handful of teammates got a few minutes in with both Wednesday night, an experience they weren’t going to forget. Kicker Jay Feely (who has played golf with Bush, actually), linebacker Sam Acho, wide receiver Andre Roberts and former Cards quarterback Rich Bartel all joined Fitz at the debate/speeches by the former Presidents at the Deutsche Bank Financial Summit. Before the event, for about 20 minutes, the quartet even got to sit and chat with the Presidents, talking “sports and policy,” Feely said. And also about Acho’s background. Fitzgerald went to Africa with Clinton in the offseason to help distribute hearing aids together. The subject came up and Fitzgerald pointed out to Clinton that Acho too had done charity work  in Nigeria…“It was great listening and learning from them,” said Feely, who has talked about his own desire about getting into politics when his football career is over.

Coach Dungy asks Obama, Romney to make fatherhood an issue

Washington Times (blog)   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

Super Bowl-winning football coach Tony Dungy has started an online petition urging President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to make fatherhood a top campaign issue. Mr. Dungy said he was urging both of the major candidates to “put the issue of fatherhood at the forefront of our nation’s attention as you discuss issues publicly in the final stretch of this campaign,” according to a statement on the petition’s website. “Now more than ever, American families need strong leadership. I trust and pray that you agree and will stand with us to make tackling the issue of fatherlessness a priority.”

Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars

CNN (blog)   Mon, Oct 8 2012

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s campaign is tapping into some athletic star power in three new web videos meant to encourage sports fans to register to vote for the president…”It means keeping your eye on the ball and never losing sight of what’s most important,” says seven-time NBA all-star Alonso Mourning. “I believe America is still the greatest country in the world, and I am voting for President Obama.” Current and former NBA and WNBA players Dahntay Jones, Harrison Barnes, Etan Thomas, Kym Hampton, Vince Carter, and Juwan Howard are all shown wearing Obama 2012 basketball jerseys while listing off reasons why they support the president.

NFL Players Join Obama’s Team To Get Out The Vote

Huffington Post   Fri, Oct 5 2012

Three NFL players touted their support for President Barack Obama in a web video released Friday and encouraged viewers to register to vote. Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears (Obama’s team), Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Antoine Bethea of the Indianapolis Colts star in the video. “And the other side is out there, ready to tear it all down,” Jones Drew says. “So are you are going to sit down and let that happen? Or stand up and speak out?” Forte says. “Go to right now,” Jones Drew says.

New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Makes Play for Obama to get Latinos to Polls

New York Giants Victor Cruz

Fox News   Mon, Oct 8 2012

Stepping away from the field, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has a message he wants to share with the Latino community that has nothing to do with football. Instead Cruz is making a play for President Obama, campaigning for his re-election in a new video targeted towards Latino voters.

Romney counters with his own NFL star, Bengals’ legend Anthony Munoz

Washington Times (blog)   Sat, Oct 13 2012

Mr. Romney has been campaigning throughout battleground Ohio with his own NFL star, Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, the former Cincinnati Bengal many consider the game’s all-time best offensive lineman…On Saturday afternoon at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, Mr. Romney drew raucous cheers after acknowledging Mr. Munoz during his stump speech. Mr. Munoz, the only member of the Bengals franchise to be selected to the NFL Hall of Fame, has long been a fixture in conservative politics in Ohio.

Palm Beach NFL Owners Gang up on Obama!

Gossip Extra   Tues, Oct 16 2012

No fewer than three — count ‘em — three owners of National Football League teams are among the organizers of one of the last Florida fundraisers for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before the November 6 election. Gossip Extra has learned that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Washington Redskins part-owner Dwight Schar and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson are among those involved in two big-money anti-Barack Obama events Saturday afternoon in Palm Beach…“It’s a business thing not a sports thing: Every businessman in the country is voting for Romney except those who get subsidies,”  said local Republican boss Sid Dinerstein. “Whether you’re in NASCAR or the owner of the Redskins, you’re not just a successful business guy. You have $1 billion or more.”

Olympic figure skater campaigns for Romney in NH

Auburn Citizen   Tues, Oct 16 2012

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Figure skating champion Scott Hamilton is heading to New Hampshire to campaign for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket. Hamilton, winner of the 1984 Olympic gold medal and a four-time world champion, will be part of a bus tour Tuesday, with stops planned in Nashua, Rindge, New London, Henniker and Manchester. The campaign says Hamilton will emphasize that the nation needs the kind of leadership Romney showed in saving the 2002 Winter Olympics from massive budget shortfalls.

NBA’s Spencer Hawes endorses Romney

The Hill   Tues, Oct 16 2012

Basketball’s Spencer Hawes (Sacramento Kings) plans to use his height to Mitt Romney’s advantage during the remaining three weeks before the election…this year that he is not a supporter of noted basketball fan President Obama, or of the president’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. When the Supreme Court handed down its ruling that the healthcare reform legislation is constitutional in June, Hawes tweeted: “Ronald Reagan is spinning in his grave. We might as well be in Russia in 1983.”..The Romney campaign earlier this week announced a coalition of “Sportsmen for Romney” that included baseball Hall of Fame’s Wade Boggs and Olympic medalist Kim Rhode, but Hawes was not among them. Members of the Romney campaign re-tweeted Hawes’s tweet on Tuesday.

Mitt Romney praises Detroit Tigers, then hears opposition in Metro Detroit roar   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

DETROIT, MI – Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Detroit native, appeared to make a kind gesture on Twitter Thursday night after the Tigers beat the Yankees and earned their second trip to the World Series since 2006. He praised the team for their accomplishment; then his political opposition in Metro Detroit appeared to go on attack.  At least 12 of the first 18 responses to Romney’s post left on his Twitter page appeared to share an anti-Romney sentiment. And it was pretty clear by 9:30 p.m. Thursday that negative posts in Metro Detroit to Romney’s message appeared to trump positive ones for his potential presidency. That being said, Romney’s Tigers message – at that time – was “favorited” by users 730 times and re-tweeted 2,615 times.

President Obama meets with Wisconsin basketball team during campaign stop   Sun, Oct 7 2012

President Obama likely won’t need much help winning the youth vote in November’s presidential election, but his decision to meet with the Wisconsin basketball team could very well have secured the votes of 16 young men in the Badger State. After a Twitter campaign by forward Zach Bohannon and some convenient connections to the Obama campaign, the Wisconsin team was able to score a few minutes with Obama before a campaign stop in Madison this week.

Poll: NASCAR fans prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by wide margin

SB Nation   Wed, Oct 10 2012

A new poll released Wednesday by the conservative Race Fans 4 Freedom organization indicates NASCAR fans are more unhappy with the direction of the country than other voters and prefer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama by a wide margin…Romney is preferred by 63 percent of NASCAR fans, while only 34 percent said they prefer Obama (58 percent of the voters surveyed said they are Republicans). Obama has a one-point lead over Romney (49-48) with the general population, the poll found.


VP candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, at Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green-Miami University football game, THE BLADE:DAVE ZAPOTOSKY

Crowd greets Ryan at BGSU football game

Toledo Blade   Sat, Oct 13 2012

A cheering crowd greeted GOP running mate Paul Ryan at Bowling Green State University, where he stopped for some tailgating time before today’s football game…where the Falcons were taking on his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio.

VP candidate fumbles QB’s names at Browns practice   Wed, Oct 17 2012

Paul Ryan & Browns Left Tackle Joe Thomas

BEREA, OHIO (AP)- On a visit to the Cleveland Browns, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan fumbled. Ryan stopped by the team’s complex with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – a lifelong Cleveland fan – as the Browns were beginning practice Wednesday. While addressing the huddled players, Ryan confused Browns backup quarterback Colt McCoy for starter Brandon Weeden. As Ryan spoke, it became obvious that while he was looking at McCoy, he was talking about Weeden, the rookie from Oklahoma State who got his first NFL win last Sunday on his 29th birthday. A few of the Browns players began laughing quietly while others looked away before the candidate realized his mistake. ”I think he saw the red (practice) jerseys and got us mixed up,” Weeden said. ”But he’s got more important things on his mind right now than me and Colt. It was a good laugh.”

Nats fever sweeps Congress, K Street

The Hill (blog)  Wed, Oct 10 2012

Politics in the District has competition from baseball on Wednesday as the city hosts a playoff game for the first time in nearly 80 years…D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay took the friendly sports rivalry to Twitter, sending each other Photoshopped images of government buildings with their respective city flags flying over them… “Gang of Eight talks will keep me from Nats Park today, but I’m rooting for the @Nationals in today’s playoff,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) tweeted along with the popular hashtag #natitude…Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a big baseball fan, couldn’t make Wednesday’s game either. His office said he is out of the country, but most likely will be getting updates on the game through his iPhone.

San Francisco Super Bowl campaign kicks off with South Bay in the back seat

San Jose Mercury News   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — The official campaign to bring the Super Bowl to the Bay Area kicked off Thursday, and it left no doubt which city will be on center stage. Sorry, Santa Clara. At a news conference in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and other city leaders unveiled official marketing materials led by a logo that shows Golden Gate Bridge-style football goal posts featuring the title “SF Super Bowl.” They boasted of the need to bring the “world-class event to a world-class city,” unveiled the website and had an opera singer belt out “I left My Heart in San Francisco.” “Go San Francisco Super Bowl!” Lee said as he kicked off

Maryland governor, Ravens linebacker team up for same-sex marriage fundraiser

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, left, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Steve Ruark—Associated Press


Washington Post (blog)   Tues, Oct 9 2012

The second floor of the Baltimore bar (Mothers Federal Hill Grille) was the scene of a fundraiser for the cause that had been billed as a Monday Night Football watch party. Many of the 30 or so attendees — some picked by lottery — turned their attention to the Orioles playoff game instead. The TV cameras in the bar were trained on Ayanbadejo, who came with his young family in tow. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is championing next month’s ballot measure to uphold the state’s new same-sex marriage law, was waiting to greet the linebacker. “Awesome of you to do this,” O’Malley, decked out casually in jeans and polo shirt, told Ayanbadejo.

UFC again urges Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ESDC to bring MMA to New York

MMATorch   Thurs, Oct 11 2012

The UFC is continuing their efforts to bring MMA to New York State this week, reaching out to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week amidst reports of a new sports division within the Empire State Development Corporation. According to the New York Post, the division would be put in place “to aggressively seek the expansion of professional and amateur sporting events around the state.”

Well, the UFC believes they are one such sporting endeavor that would help boost tourism and the local economies of the cities in which they could run. With that in mind, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta once again made the case for legalizing the sport in the state.

New Jersey Sports Betting Law Spurs Move by NCAA

New York Times    Tues, Oct 16 2012

The N.C.A.A. is planning to relocate six championships from New Jersey, blaming a new state law there allowing sports betting on collegiate and professional games. The association, which prohibits championships being held in states where gambling on single games is legal, said in a statement released late Monday that the competitions, all planned for next year, would be moved to other locations yet to be determined….The N.C.A.A.’s decision was met with consternation by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who signed the law in January and has called it common-sense public policy. A spokesman for the governor, Michael Drewniak, said in a statement that the law prohibited betting on college games being played in the state or any college game involving a New Jersey team, regardless of where it was played. “The N.C.A.A. wants to penalize New Jersey for responsibly legalizing what occurs illegally every day in every state and often with the participation of organized crime,” the spokesman said. “But the N.C.A.A. looks the other way for that? Ludicrous and hypocritical.”

N.J. Gives Giants Town a Week to Pass Budget, Produce Documents

San Francisco Chronicle   Wed, Oct 17 2012

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration has given East Rutherford, home to the National Football League’s New York Giants and Jets stadium, a week to approve a budget or it may impose one. East Rutherford is the last municipality without a budget out of more than 550 in the state that operate on a calendar year, said Thomas Neff, director of the state’s Local Government Services division. The borough has been locked in a legal battle with the Giants over whether its training center is exempt from a $1.5 million property-tax bill.

Gov. Rick Scott signs youth sports head injury bill at Ponte Vedra High

WJXT Jacksonville   Fri, Oct 12 2012

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited Ponte Vedra High School on Friday to sign a bill designed to help reduce youth sports head injuries. House Bill 291 requires coaches and others to immediately remove players from a game or practice following a head injury and prevents the student-athlete from returning to competition until the player has been cleared by a doctor. “It is important to remember that as much excitement as we get from our children’s sporting events, safety always comes first,” Scott said.

Quinn, Emanuel Spar Over Governor’s Appointee To Sports Board

CBS2 Chicago   Mon, Oct 8 2012

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Quinn are clashing over Quinn’s choice to head the agency that finances and runs some major sports facilities. Kelly Kraft, the governor’s pick to head the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, is a former spokeswoman and assistant agency director for his administration. Emanuel says he has nothing against Kraft personally, but says his own appointees to the sports agency have had business and financial backgrounds…Quinn countered that Kraft is a former assistant budget director. He says the mayor and his operatives should stop questioning her credentials.

Lt. Governor wants to see Albany Devils in Atlantic City permanently

Press of Atlantic City   Fri, Oct 12 2012

ATLANTIC CITY — The New Jersey Devils’ mascot and four former players sat in the front row of a news conference Thursday morning at Boardwalk Hall to promote their minor-league club’s four games this season at the historic building. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno hopes the minor-league team decides to make the Hall its home. “I look forward to … maybe some type of permanent association with the farm team,” Guadagno said of the Devils’ minor-league club in Albany, N.Y., which has the lowest attendance in the American Hockey League.

Mayor urges Capitals owner to end lockout

WTOP   Fri, Oct 12 2012

WASHINGTON – D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he’s asked Capitals owner, Ted Leonsis, to help end the NHL lockout now in its fourth week. “We’ve urged him, whatever he can do, whatever influence he can wield on this, let’s get this over with,” Gray says…But Gray says he’s concerned that any prolonged lockout that erodes further at the season would have a major negative impact on the local economy.

NHL reportedly hires GOP strategist to craft PR campaign

Welland Tribune   Mon, Oct 15 2012

While the NHL and NHLPA work out their differences in a boardroom, the league has hired outside help to find out how the labour dispute is affecting fans. The NHL has hired marketing research firm Luntz Global to perform the research. Luntz Global is run by Frank Luntz, a pollster who has advised the likes of George W. Bush and Stephen Harper. Luntz Global ran a focus group Friday of 30 NHL fans to gauge their reaction to images of hockey and statements related to the league’s labour dispute. According to a report from Deadspin, the focus group was also used to test pro-ownership messages.

St. Louis, San Francisco mayors talking trash, making wagers (blog)   Mon, Oct 15 2012

We see this type of thing quite frequently in the NFL, but it seems a bit more rare in baseball. That thing is mayors of two cities (San Francisco and St. Louis) with teams competing for a championship locking horns over their Cardinals and Giants on the Internet. It’s San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee vs. St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay. First, the bet, via  “The Mayor of the losing city will change his Twitter profile picture to the logo of the winning team for a day. Also, the losing Mayor will send food and beverages traditionally associated with the respective cities so the winning Mayor can invite the community into City Hall for a party to celebrate. Mayor Lee will send dim sum and Anchor Steam Beer. Mayor Slay will send St. Louis barbecue, toasted ravioli and a court of St. Louis brews, led by the King of Beers.”

LB wears Gerald Ford’s number

Michigan linebacker Desmond Morgan awarded the No. 48 jersey (the third jersey Michichigan jersey of former President Ford

ESPN   Sat, Oct 13 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan was awarded the No. 48 jersey (the third jersey Michigan put back into circulation this season) of former United States President Gerald R. Ford (38th president of the United States) prior to Saturday’s game against Illinois. Ford played at Michigan from 1932 to 1934 as a center and a linebacker. He won two national championships in 1932 and 1933 and was named Michigan’s most valuable player in 1934…Morgan is Michigan’s fourth-leading tackler with 28 and tied for the team lead with four tackles for loss. He has 91 tackles and eight tackles for loss in his career.

Condi Rice, college football mascot

Washington Examiner   Sun, Oct 14 2012

College football fans have produced a new, unexpected mascot: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. During ESPN’s pre-game coverage of the Notre Dame/Stanford match-up on Saturday, a large cardboard cutout of Rice bobbed in the crowd behind ESPN guest commentator Vince Vaughn. The mystery remains, however, which school was rallying around the secretary — Rice has a long history with Stanford and is currently a professor there, but she also holds a master’s degree from Notre Dame.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales plays soccer with Peruvian workers in Lima, October 1, 2012. President Morales is in Peru to attend a summit of leaders from South America and Arab states on October 1

Sept 20-Oct 5, 2012 Headlines: Teddy Wins, NFL Ref Headaches, & Presidential World Series Prediction

teddy wins Brad Mills:US Presswire

Teddy Finally Wins!

ESPN    Wed, Oct 3 2012

WASHINGTON — Teddy wins! Teddy wins! For the first time, the Teddy Roosevelt mascot won the Presidents Race in the middle of the fourth inning at Nationals Park — a pursuit that drew attention even from a White House spokesman and Sen. John McCain. Teddy — Mr. Rough Rider, himself — had lost 533 times since 2006…Teddy was helped when a green mascot wearing a Phillies jersey — a distant cousin of the Phillie Phanatic, perhaps? — knocked down the other three presidents.

Elway endorses Romney, Ryan   Tues, Oct 2 2012

Mitt Romney endorsed by Broncos President John Elway

No matter which team or party you support, it’s always interesting to see who endorses what party and why. This week, NFL legend John Elway announced his support of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, according to a press release on Romney’s Website. “Governor Romney is a proven leader with the experience and background to turn around our struggling economy,” said John Elway. “In these tough economic times, we need a president who understands how to get America working again

Barack Obama Offers World Series Prediction: White Sox vs. Nationals

US President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, April 5, 2010, on baseball’s opening day prior to the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Huffington Post   Fri, Sept 21 2012

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — President Barack Obama is offering his prediction for the upcoming World Series. Obama says during a campaign stop in Virginia that he is “looking forward to a White Sox-Nationals World Series.”

Fathead Elects President Obama and Candidate Romney as Real Big Heads

U.S. Politics Today   Wed, Oct 3 2012

DETROIT, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Fathead, the leading brand of officially licensed sports and entertainment wall graphics, best-known for its larger-than-life images, releases Real.Big. Fatheads of President Barack Obama and Nominee Mitt Romney.  Big Heads are what the well-equipped campaigner will be showing their pride with this fall.  Big Heads have officially made campaign signs and banners an obsolete thing of the past.  The Obama and Romney Fathead’s are Big, Bold and very Presidential.  They include additional images that can instantly change a room into campaign headquarters or double as a rally sign.

White House backs McCain’s call for a Teddy win

Washington Post (blog)   Thurs, Sept 20 2012

For years, Teddy Roosevelt backers have figured that only on a significant day in Nats history would their hero finally win a Racing Presidents race. So first, E:60 went in-depth on Teddy, with John McCain telling the program that he was “outraged” by Roosevelt’s long losing streak and was calling for Congressional hearings. Then White House Press Secretary Jay Carney got in on the act, opening his Thursday gaggle aboard Air Force One like this: “I just want to note that there was — Senator McCain gave an important interview the other day, and I think it’s an indication that there’s still a possibility of bipartisanship, bipartisan cooperation and agreement. Because Senator McCain pointedly complained about the fact that at Nationals Stadium, Teddy Roosevelt — the mascot for Teddy Roosevelt has yet to ever win the race among the presidents. This is an outrage…”

Congressmen Seek More Oversight of US Antidoping Agency

New York Times   Fri, Sept 21 2012

WASHINGTON — Two veteran members of Congress introduced bipartisan legislation Friday that would increase Congressional oversight of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, including forcing the agency to provide annual summaries of its enforcement activities. Representatives F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., a Republican from Wisconsin, and John Conyers Jr., a Democrat from Michigan, sponsored the bill. They said it would bolster athletes’ due process protections regarding the antidoping agency’s adjudication of doping cases.

Tom Golisano Gives $12 million to Expand Special Olympics Health Services …

The Herald |   Sun, Sept 23 2012

NEW YORK, SEPT. 23, 2012 — Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action Creates “Healthy Communities” for Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities  Press Conference is 3:45 PM Sunday, September 23 with President Clinton, Tom Golisano and Tim Shriver: Former President William J. Clinton announced today that businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano will provide $12 million to expand Special Olympics’ health-related services to people with intellectual disabilities – one of the largest and most medically underserved disability groups in the world – which will allow for the launch of a new Healthy Communities initiative.  The commitment was made at the opening of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.

Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel: NHL lockout won’t impact downtown arena talks with Katz group

Edmonton Sun   Mon, Sept 24 2012

The NHL lockout has no bearing on discussions surrounding Edmonton’s new downtown arena, says Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Not from our point of view, no,” said Mandel Sunday. “We’re building an arena for the long term and not the short term, and the lockout is an issue that the NHL faces,” he said. “We do hope that the players and the owners settle it, but it has nothing to do with us.”

Mitt Romney: Jack Nicklaus Is ‘Greatest Athlete Of The 20th Century’

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, accompanied by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, shakes hands along the rope line during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 ,in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Huffington Post   Wed, Sept 26 2012

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney swung through Westerville, Ohio on Wednesday, where he had golf legend Jack Nicklaus teed up to sing his praises. After Nicklaus lauded Romney as a leader who could spur “real recovery” and bring the nation back to “the America we were,” Romney returned the praise, calling Nicklaus the “greatest athlete of the 20th century.”

Woody Johnson Would Take Mitt Romney In The White House, Even If It Meant the Jets Never got to Visit

SportsGrid   Mon, Oct 1 2012

Jets owner Woody Johnson’s job is to assemble a team capable of winning a Super Bowl. Meh to that, says Johnson. The Jets owner, also a prominent fundraiser for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, would sooner see his pal in the oval office than have his football team win a Super Bowl….“Well I think you always have to put country first,” Johnson said. “So I think it’s very, very important that for – not only us – but in particular for our kids and grandkids that this election come off with Mitt Romney and (Paul) Ryan as president and vice president.”

Greg Anthony featured in new ad supporting Mitt Romney

The Grio   Fri, Oct 5 2012

Former NBA point guard Greg Anthony is no stranger to politics. The native Nevadan is featured in a new ad for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. “I really lost faith in [Barack Obama],” Anthony says in the 30-second ad, which was uploaded to You Tube Friday. “I’m supporting Mitt Romney. He’s a no-excuse kind of guy and over the last four years, I think we’ve heard enough excuses.”

Sports legends back Republican US Sen. Brown

KGET 17   Wed, Oct 3 2012

BOSTON (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is trying to shore up his support among Massachusetts sports fans. Brown’s campaign released a video Wednesday featuring Boston Celtics greats Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens and JoJo White, former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe and former NFL players Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas. Cowens called Brown a friend and “an independent voice in politics.” White said Brown is “perfect for what he is running for.” One sports legend not in the video is former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who endorsed Brown two years ago and campaigned with him during the 2010 special election.

Gov. Christie says he was told proposed Formula 1 race in N.J. is ‘absolutely happening’

The Star-Ledger –    Tues, Oct 2 2012

TRENTON — Drivers, start your engines. On second thought, turn them off. No, start them again. In the latest curve on the drive to bring Formula 1 racing the Hudson River waterfront in June, Gov. Chris Christie today said he had been assured by the organizer of the Grand Prix of America that the race was “absolutely happening.”…Doubts were raised last month, however, when F1’s famously mercurial chief, British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. told a racing journalist that Hindery’s group had failed to meet deadlines and so they no longer had a contract. Today, the governor was asked about the situation during an unrelated appearance in Dover, and he told reporters he had called Hindery to learn whether the race would happen as announced. “He told me that it’s absolutely happening,” Christie said. “I ain’t looking for problems, and so I heard there might be a problem. I called and reached out and he told me there’s not a problem. It’s on the schedule.”

Sen. Portman, Rodney Atkins take in baseball game

The Hill (blog)   Thurs, Sept 27 2012

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is hanging out with country singer Rodney Atkins on Thursday ahead of a concert to promote Mitt Romney. Atkins and NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz are both headlining the free “Road to Victory Concert” in Springfield, Ohio, on Thursday night. But ahead of that event, Portman tweeted that he and Atkins were taking in a Cincinnati Reds game.

Mayor Emanuel a golf lover — in a way

Chicago Tribune   Sat, Sept 29 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel loves golf. Not to play. Perhaps not even to watch. But while serving as Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton, Emanuel capitalized on the president’s golf jones. During Saturday’s visit to Medinah for the Ryder Cup, Emanuel said he would get “all the answers I needed” while Clinton practiced on the White House putting green. “Every Sunday he would play,” Emanuel recalled. “I’d get his schedule and would go out and literally get all my work done for the entire week — all the yeses. Always talk to your boss when he’s on the putting green. You can get a lot of your work done your way.”

Council approves arena deal to lure NBA and NHL to Seattle

USA TODAY   Mon, Sept 24 2012

SEATTLE (AP) — A wealthy hedge-fund manager won approval Monday for his plan to bring professional men’s basketball and hockey back to Seattle, with initially skeptical City Council members agreeing to put up $200 million for a new arena after he promised to personally guarantee the city’s debt. Council members voted 6-2 to approve Chris Hansen’s plan for a $490 million arena near the Seahawks and Mariners stadiums south of downtown.

Governor Quinn proclaims Kerry Wood Day in Illinois

Galesburg Register-Mail   Sun, Sept 23 2012

CHICAGO —Gov. Pat Quinn has proclaimed today, Sept. 23, Kerry Wood Day in Illinois. WHEREAS, Kerry Wood began his professional baseball career in 1995 when he was drafted fourth overall by the Chicago Cubs…WHEREAS, Kerry Wood, known by many as “Kid K” quickly became one of the most successful players in the history of the Chicago Cubs as well as the National League…THEREFORE, I Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim September 23, 2012 as KERRY WOOD DAY in Illinois, in honor of one of the City of Chicago’s truly great treasures.

Governors placing bet on FSU vs. Clemson game

WTXL ABC 27   Fri, Sept 21 2012

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott vs. S. Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Governor Rick Scott and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley are placing a bet on the outcome of Saturday night’s Florida State Seminole and Clemson Tiger football game in Tallahassee. The results are bound to be delicious — the winning leader receives Florida Key Lime pie and South Carolina BBQ.

 USOC looks to build consensus for Olympic bid

Albany Times Union   Fri, Sept 21 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — When it comes to amassing medals, money and friends around the world, leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee couldn’t be happier. Yet to bring the Olympics back to the United States, they know they’ll need to keep collecting allies in Washington, too. Speaking at the USOC‘s annual assembly Friday, CEO Scott Blackmun said Olympic leaders need to reach out to politicians in the nation’s capital to shore up support for a possible bid for the 2024 or 2026 Olympics. “We believe the next bid needs to be not only the bid of a city but a bid of a nation,” Blackmun said. “We want to have the White House and the Hill on board with us. We can’t wait two or four years to have them get on board with us.”

Photo Gallery: Olympic Visitors at the White House Through the Years

White   Fri, Sept 21 2012

President and Mrs. Obama welcomed the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams to the White House, we were all reminded of the incredible talents and amazing journeys that these athletes shared with us, and how our summers were even more thrilling as we watched them on the world stage. It has long been a tradition for the President and First Lady to invite the Olympic teams to the White House, and as President and Mrs. Obama exclaimed last week, they, too, were fans just like the rest of us. The holdings of the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives offer a special look at Olympic memories of years past.

Ex-FSU, Cavaliers player Davis pardoned in Fla.

San Francisco Chronicle   Thurs, Sept 20 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida State and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Harry Davis received a conditional pardon from Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet for a 1987 cocaine conviction. Davis, 56, told the officials he needed the pardon to pass background checks so he can do volunteer work coaching and counseling children and obtain a massage therapist license. The 6-foot-7 Davis currently works as part of the Cav Legends, former players who schmooze with luxury box fans during the basketball season. He also has a part-time job driving a hotel shuttle bus in Cleveland.

Tommy Thompson’s history with the Packers highlighted by this …

LomdardiAve   Thurs, Sept 20 2012

Tommy Thompson – yes that same four-times-elected governor of the great state of Wisconsin and candidate for the U.S. Senate seat – has long been a Green Bay Packers fan. There was no person more proud of his Packers as they went to back-to-back Super Bowls than was Mr. Thompson. In fact, Mr. Push-ups was so excited when he was asked to formally read the official state resolution recognizing the Packers as the greatest organization in the greatest state with the greatest fans … well, you get the idea.

Obama works to hold Wisconsin standing

Boston Globe   Sun, Sept 23 2012

…devoting considerable time to raising campaign cash to bankroll the deluge of ads already saturating hotly contested states. Baseball great Hank Aaron was supplying the star power at two Obama fundraisers in Milwaukee while Romney headed to San Diego and Los Angeles to tap into West Coast cash, if not votes.

Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks

September 24, 2012 Replacement Refs Blown Call 

Obama: NFL refs’ return is ‘great day for America’

Yahoo News   Thurs, Sept 27 2012

President Barack Obama warmly welcomed the breakthrough deal that will see the NFL’s regular refs return to work. Their temporary replacements angered and baffled football fans coast-to-coast with controversial calls. Obama thinks “it’s a great day for America,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One, as the president headed to Virginia to campaign.

Barack Obama voices replacement ref displeasure   Tues, Sept 25 2012

…a very important voice has weighed in. TWEET:  Barack Obama @BarackObama NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs’ lockout is settled soon. –bo 25 Sep 12

The “-bo” at the end of the tweet means the message was posted by President Barack Obama himself. This isn’t the first time Obama has weighed in on the performance of the replacement officials and the ongoing labor dispute between the NFL and its usual referees. In an interview with WTAM-AM in Cleveland last week, Obama asked his interviewer: “But one thing I got to say, though, is it just me or do we have to get our regular refs back?” However, despite his standing as the leader of the nation, Obama seems to be as powerless as the average fan, telling WTAM: “I can’t get involved in it, but I’m just expressing my point of view as a sports fan.”

Romney wants ‘to see some experiences referees’

The Hill (blog)   Tues, Sept 25 2012

Mitt Romney echoed running mate Paul Ryan on a controversial call by National Football League referees that decided the Green Bay Packers/Seattle Seahawks game on Monday. 

”I’d sure like to see some experienced referees, some with NFL experience, come back out to the NFL playing fields,” Romney said Tuesday evening in an interview with CNN.

Paul Ryan On NFL Ref Lockout: ‘Time To Get The Real Refs’

Hufington Post   Tues, Sept 25 2012

…virtually everyone else, including a surprising number of Republican lawmakers, he’s siding with the union on this one, albeit without formally endorsing its demands. In a campaign stop outside of Cincinnati on Tuesday, Ryan immediately voiced his displeasure over the football game the night before, in which his home-state Green Bay Packers lost the game on the last play via a botched call. “You guys watch that Packers game last night?” Ryan asked an audience inside the factory warehouse at Byer Steel. “I mean, give me a break! It is time to get the real refs. And you know what it reminds me of? President Obama and the economy. If you can’t get it right, it is time to get out.”

Union-busting Wis. governor calls for return of NFL’s union refs after call seals Packers Loss

Washington Post   Tues, Sept 25 2012

MADISON, Wis. — Nothing brings political enemies together in Wisconsin like the Green Bay Packers. Following a controversial game-ending call by replacement referees that cost Green Bay a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, Wisconsin officials from across the political divide united behind the Packers. Even Gov. Scott Walker and a Democratic state senator who were bitter opponents in the 2011 battle over Wisconsin public workers’ collective bargaining rights found themselves on the same side Tuesday. Walker, whose union-busting efforts have made him the darling of fiscal conservatives, posted a message on Twitter calling for the return of the NFL’s locked-out unionized officials. “After catching a few hours of sleep, the (hash)Packers game is still just as painful. (hash)Returntherealrefs,” Walker tweeted early Tuesday.

Roger Goodell Phone Number Tweeted By Wisconsin Senator Jon Erpenbach After Packers Loss

Huffington Post   Tues, Sept 25 2012

NEW YORK — One politician let his feelings be known after the wild ending of the Seattle Seahawks’ 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach tweeted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office phone number after the replacement officials mishandled the final play of the game. Seattle’s Golden Tate pushed one Green Bay defender out of the way then wrestled another for the ball and was awarded a disputed touchdown on the final play. Erpenbach said in a separate tweet that if Monday night’s ending did not spark an end to the lockout of the regular officials “this season will be a joke.”

Gingrich Compares Obama to NFL Replacement Refs

AllMediaNY   Wed, Sept 26 2012

In a series of charged comments towards the Commander-in-Chief yesterday, Former House Speaker and GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich called President Barack Obama a “part-time president,” and compared him to the NFL’s much-maligned replacement officials. “He really is like the substitute referees in the sense that he’s not a real president. He doesn’t do anything that presidents do, he doesn’t worry about any of the things the presidents do,” Gingrich said during an appearance on Fox News’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren

NJ’s US senators weigh in on NHL lockout

Wall Street Journal   Mon, Oct 1 2012

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey’s senators are urging both sides in the NHL lockout to consider the economic impact on their state if the dispute is not resolved. U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg sent a letter Monday to the commissioner of the National Hockey League and the director of the NHL Players’ Association urging them to reach a settlement. The Democrats write that Congress has jurisdiction over interstate commerce, which includes professional sports, and will be keeping a “close eye” on negotiations. The letter warns that the absence of New Jersey Devils’ games in Newark could mean millions of dollars in lost economic activity and jobs in especially tough economic times. The Devils advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, creating a financial boost to the city just five months ago.

Sept 9-18, 2012 Headlines: Olympians honored & a rejection, EA ads, ‘n’ same-sex dust up

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (R). photo by Roberto Coquis

Mike Rizzo on Nats Political interests

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (R) and Super Sports Lawyer Richard Brand. Photo by Roberto Coquis

Sports ‘n’ Politics Fri, Sept 14 2012

At the Biznow event at Nationals Park, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo reiterated that Stephen Strasburg’s shut down has always been the plan. In an effort to execute this move properly, they brought in Gio Gonzalez and resigned John Lannan. In response to Roberto Coquis’s question about being in Washington, DC and in a Presidential Electio, Rizzo stated that  he has not seen any “political talk in the clubhouse, players are focused on the game…The most political it gets is Bears vs. Redskins.”

US Olympians honored in White House ceremony

Washington Post    Fri, Sept 14 2012

White House ceremony for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams. Nikki Kahn:The Washington Post

Declaring himself the “Fan-in Chief,” President Obama hailed the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes Friday as a portrait of what sets America apart: Men and women of all races, faiths and backgrounds who push themselves to extend the boundaries of achievement. “What you guys did was inspire us. You made us proud,” Obama told more than 450 athletes honored in ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House.

Arnold Palmer notes lack of bipartisanship at his Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

Washington Post (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Golf great Arnold Palmer

Not even pro golfer Arnold Palmer could let the lack of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill go unnoticed Wednesday. Palmer, in town to pick up his Congressional Gold Medal during a well-attended ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, said he was proud to accept the award, “because I’m particularly proud of anything that the House and the Senate agree on.”…Palmer turned 83 on Monday, and is just the sixth athlete to ever earn the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that lawmakers can bestow on individuals. The other award-winning sports stars are baseball great Roberto Clemente, Olympic track star Jesse Owens, baseball barrier-buster Jackie Robinson, boxer Joe Lewis and golfer Byron Nelson.

Obama Places Virtual Ads in Madden NFL 13

BET   Tues, Sept 18 2012

In an effort to reach the youth vote in swing states, the Obama campaign dives into the video game world. In key battleground states, the Obama campaign will begin running ads in several Electronic Arts (EA) video games today to try to garner the youth vote. The campaign also hopes it will spur early voting among the gaming demographic.

Beside console games, Obama is running “get out the vote” virtual ads in casual Web games on EA’s and in mobile games like Battleship, Scrabble and Tetris. Obama has tried this before. Back in 2008 his team tapped EA to run virtual signage ads looking to encourage early voting in states like Florida and North Carolina in 18 games, including Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed. According to Dave Madden, EA’s svp of global media solutions, the strategy paid off for team Obama. Based on surveys conducted by EA during the 2008 ad effort, gamers were 120 percent more likely to feel positively about the candidate and 50 percent more likely to consider voting for him after seeing the in-game ads.

Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal on Thursday

Bellingham Herald   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Muhammad Ali, receives the Liberty Medal from his daughter Laila Ali with his wife Lonnie Ali at the National Constitution Center, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. MATT ROURKE — AP Photo

PHILADELPHIA — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was honored Thursday with the Liberty Medal for his longtime role outside the ring as a fighter for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom. Hundreds of people gathered on the lawn of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to watch the three-time heavyweight title holder receive an honor that his wife, Lonnie Ali, called “overwhelming.” “It is especially humbling for Muhammad, who has said on many occasions, ‘All I did was to stand up for what I believe,’” Lonnie Ali said…”Ali embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal by embracing the ideals of the Constitution – freedom, self-governance, equality and empowerment – and helping to spread them across the globe,”

Even President Obama makes crack at Miami Dolphins

Sun-Sentinel   Wed, Sept 12 2012

The Dolphins have had an unsteady relationship with presidents starting with Richard Nixon suggesting a slant pass be run for Paul Warfield in Super Bowl VI. It was run. It fell incomplete. Then there was George Bush inviting Nick Saban for a visit one night he was in town. Saban declined because it was training camp. Didn’t the President know importance of rookie skits? Now President Obama has got a small but honest jab in on the Dolphins. He was a guest of DJ Laz of the Latin romance station 106.7-FM. Laz began the interview by saying he was wearing a Dolphins uniform. “You’ve got to start with that Dolphins thing?’’ said Obama, who is a Bears fan. “Did you see that HBO special Hard Knocks? That’s a pretty good show. As I recall, you guys didn’t win any… in the preseason.”

Olympic Champ Tyler Clary — Declines White House Invite … I’d Rather Race Cars   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary — the guy who smashed Ryan Lochte’s backstroke record — turned down an invite to chill with President Obama at the White House … all so he can race stock cars instead…. POTUS and the First Lady invited all the 2012 Olympic athletes to the White House for a special get together on September 14th…But sources tell TMZ … the swimmer has dreams of being a pro race car driver after his swimming career ends … he’s opting to be in Fontana, CA instead to test drive cars for a few days and then hit up the MAVTV 500 IndyCar event on September 15.

Congress to help NFL with doping standoff

The Hill (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

A prominent House committee will work to resolve the National Football League’s (NFL) stalemate with players over doping tests, top lawmakers said Wednesday. 

The news follows a visit by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Capitol Hill, where he met with lawmakers on doping, traumatic brain injuries and other issues facing professional football.  

Blood testing for human growth hormone has divided players and the NFL, which can’t agree on what constitutes a positive test or what experts should decide.

Proposal for downtown LA NFL stadium advances to City Council

Los Angeles Times   Fri, Sept 14 2012

A $1.2-billion plan for bringing an NFL stadium to Los Angeles passed a major test Thursday, even as anti-poverty activists pressed powerful developer Anschutz Entertainment Group to make millions of dollars in additional concessions. After 10 and a half hours of review, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s appointees on the Planning Commission signed off on a set of agreements for the 72,000-seat stadium, concluding the project’s economic benefits outweigh the “significant and unavoidable” impacts it will have on traffic, air quality, noise and light glare.

Shaq brings full court press to Hill

Politico   Fri, Sept 14 2012

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal launched a campaign Friday on Capitol Hill — though not for office, much to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s relief. “Thank you for coming out, and I accept your nomination for Congress,” O’Neil joked to a packed room of about 100 congressional staffers and politicians.“Uh, he’s not running in my district,” Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, replied to the 7’1” retired superstar. O’Neal and Cleaver have teamed up with the nonprofit Century Council to help curb binge drinking at historically black colleges and universities.

Md. governor to hold fundraiser with Ravens player

The News Journal   Wed, Sept 19 2012

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is teaming up with a Baltimore Ravens linebacker to raise money to support same-sex marriage. The governor announced in an email today that he will be attending a fundraiser next month with Brendon Ayanbadejo to support same-sex marriage in Maryland. O’Malley, a Democrat, and the linebacker are scheduled to attend a Monday Night Football party in Baltimore on Oct. 8 to raise money to support the November ballot question.

Md. Del. Burns Tackles Ravens’ Ayanbadejo on Gay Marriage

Afro American   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D) has once again caused a nationwide stir on the subject of same-sex marriage, this time after criticizing a National Football League (NFL) player for publicly advocating for gay marriage. The dustup was touched off when Burns, 72, sent a letter to Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti Aug. 29 urging him to muzzle linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a supporter of same-sex marriage who late last year made a video for Marylanders for Marriage Equality. Burns, who is the pastor of Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Baltimore, said that “many” of his constituents and football fans “are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens…would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other.”…In the video, Ayanbadejo said he believes that the legalization of same-sex marriage is “the right thing to do.” “I believe we should be doing everything we can to make Maryland families stronger, which is why I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other,” he said. In a statement, Ravens’ President Dick Cass said, “We support Brendon’s right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment.

Mayor Johnson, Ed Secretary Duncan meet in Sacramento

Sacramento Bee (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

But will they play hoops? Mayor Kevin Johnson is hosting a California Mayors Education Summit in town today, with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as the featured guest. Johnson and Duncan will be joined by more than 40 mayors and school district superintendents from around the state at the event in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Duncan – who played basketball at Harvard and later professionally in Australia – is kicking off his national “Education Drives America” bus tour with the stop here.

Edmonton city council rejects Oilers bid for more taxpayer dollars for arena

Globe and Mail   Wed, Sept 12 2012

A new downtown arena for the Edmonton Oilers hit the ditch Wednesday as city councillors rejected a bid by the NHL team for more money from taxpayers. Mayor Stephen Mandel would not say how much was asked for, or what is was for, but said the ball is now in the court of the team’s owner, pharmacy billionaire Daryl Katz.

Mayor Fischer, Lou. Business man hold meeting about NBA team in Louisville

WHAS 11   Fri, Sept 14 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The rumblings about a possible NBA team for Louisville is growing louder once again. 

On Friday, Mayor Greg Fischer took part in a meeting of community leaders to talk about that possibility. 

According to the mayor’s office the meeting was convened at the invitation of Louisville businessman Junior Bridgeman to talk about the level of interest and the conditions necessary to attract a team.

Mayor Dyer explores stadium options with Orlando City president

WFTV Orlando   Tues, Sept 11 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. — In an effort to further explore stadium options in the Central Florida area, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City President Phil Rawlins will be touring facilities around Kansas City, Kansas…including Livestrong Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City’s multi-purpose stadium. The trip will cultivate with Dyer and Rawlins attending a Major League Soccer match between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo on Friday night.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gets national audience with segment on ESPN

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, was on ESPN about when he was the Broncos’ mascot in 1986. (Manuel Martinez:Viva Colorado)


Denver Post (blog)    Tues, Sept 18 2012

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was center stage on national television…appearing on a humorous segment by ESPN correspondent and Colorado resident Rick Reilly about Hancock’s teen-aged stint as the Denver Broncos’ mascot. The three-minute piece features hilarious archival footage of Hancock as “Huddles,” the diminutive and now extinct mascot for the Denver Broncos in the mid-1980s. Reilly goes to the 16th Street Mall with a photograph of Hancock and a photograph of the mascot, asking people on the street if they recognized either one.

President Obama does the ‘Gator Chomp’ at a Florida sports bar

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Sun, Sept 9 2012

President Barack Obama has been catering to football fans, and the latest was during Sunday’s trip to Florida when he actually did the Gator Chomp with fans. Obama had attended a campaign rally in Osceola County and stopped by Gators Dockside Grill and Bar in the Dr. Phillips area of southwest Orange County to grab a beer. It was an impromptu stop.

President Barack Obama Does The Gator Chomp [Photo]

FanSided (blog)   Sun, Sept 9 2012

…Everyone in Gainesville, Florida knows the ‘Gator Chomp.’ The Chomp originated in 1981 and is performed by fans of the Florida Gators to show their support. While President Obama was out enjoying some food and taking in some sports, he cheesed for the camera and did a Gator Chomp of his own.

Michelle Obama tries to ‘Gator Chomp’ her way into the University of Florida’s into the University of Florida’s heart

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Tues, Sept 18 2012

The Obama family sure likes to fire up those Florida fans when they visit Gainesville and surrounding cities. And they know the best way to do it — the Gator Chomp…Monday, Michelle Obama did the Gator Chomp while speaking on the University of Florida campus. As you can imagine, it received quite the reception. The Obama’s are big sports fans, but they also know how important the state of Florida is to the upcoming election. Earning a little goodwill while doing the official, um, chomp of the state of Florida is a good way to drum up some support. Unfortunately, the rest of the SEC — and Florida State, Miami, USF, FIU and FAU fans — might not be so keen on the demonstration.

A year after winning WNBA championship, Lynx take trip to the White House

Star Tribune   Tues, Sept 18 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Lynx are finally making their anticipated trip to the White House. It’s been nearly a year since the Lynx won the WNBA championship, but with three players in the Summer Olympics and President Obama’s busy schedule, the trip couldn’t be scheduled until now. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says it will be an honor to represent the WNBA at the White House Tuesday. Reeve tells Minnesota Public Radio News ( that it’s a special day in honor of a special season.

Aug 29-Sept 8, 2012 Headlines: Romney vs. Obama: Political Conventions, NASCAR, ‘n’ Basketball

Romney autographs a racecar at the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond

Romney tries a retool with NASCAR race fans

Romney autographs a racecar at the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond

1070 WINA   Sat, Sept Aug 8 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Mitt Romney tried another lap around the track on Saturday to win over NASCAR stock-car racing fans, but rain put the brakes on his plan. Romney joined Republican Virginia Senate candidate George Allen in serving hotdogs to fans under a tent at the Richmond International Raceway, and hundreds passed through asking for autographs and offering Romney words of support.

Miracle fans favor Obama, according to bobblehead giveaway

The News-Press   Fri, Aug 31 2012

President Barack Obama won the Fort Myers Miracle’s BOBBLECTION on Thursday, but overall, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney seems to be favored nationwide among minor league baseball fans. Bobbleheads featuring the president ran out first at Thursday night’s Miracle game, but just barely. Obama took home 51 percent of the vote while Romney finished with 49 percent, according to the Miracle. Baseball fans lined up at the gates well before Hammond Stadium opened for a chance to have their voices heard at the voting booth. Once fans cast their vote, they received a bobblehead of the candidate they voted for and took their seats to watch the Miracle take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

President and First Lady invite US Olympic and Paralympic teams to White House Reception   Fri, Aug 31 2012

The United States President and First Lady will welcome the American Olympic and Paralympic athletes who competed at London 2012 to the White House for a special reception in their honour on September 14. It will be the second such reception that Barack Obama (pictured top) has hosted after he invited the US Olympic and Paralympic athletes who competed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games two years ago.

Olympic athletes support Romney in Tampa

USA TODAY   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

Mike Eruzione will be back in the spotlight Thursday night, doing something he never expected. The captain of the U.S. Olympic “Miracle on Ice” hockey team from the 1980 Lake Placid Games is among 11 Olympians expected to appear on the last night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., before Mitt Romney‘s speech to accept the party’s nomination for president. “I’ve never done anything like this before,” Eruzione said. Eruzione and Romney first met through the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics…”It’s the first time anybody’s ever asked me to be part of something so big,” said Eruzione, who scored the goal that put the U.S. ahead to stay in its fabled 4-3 upset of the Soviet Union in 1980. “I’m not going to get up there and talk about Medicare or job opportunities. I’m going to talk about my relationship with him and Salt Lake City and what I thought was an absolutely incredible job to pull those games together. It could have been a disaster.” The Olympians will certainly add some star power, and it’s become common for campaigns to look for a boost from the sports world. Earlier this month, a number of current and former NBA stars including Michael Jordan, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony attended a New York campaign fundraiser for President Barack Obama, one that raised an estimated $3 million.

Obama opts for ESPN over RNC

Los Angeles Times   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Twenty million people watched television coverage of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. Chances are, President Obama was not one of them.

The White House again said Thursday that the president is tuning out the rival party’s gathering in Tampa, using his time instead to focus on official duties like reading briefing books, or maybe catch some live sports…press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday. “When the TV is on and the president is in the room, it’s usually ESPN.”

If that’s the case, Obama was watching a Cardinals-Pirates baseball game Wednesday instead of Condoleezza Rice, Susana Martinez and Paul Ryan on stage in Florida.

President Obama asked about Stephen Strasburg shutdown

Washington Post (blog)   Sun, Sept 2 2012

Everyone, just about everyone, has been asked to opine about the soon approaching shutdown of Stephen Strasburg…In fact, President Obama may be the highest-ranking official to be asked and offer some thoughts, though incomplete, on the subject.

In his gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Boulder, Colo., to Toledo, Ohio on Sunday afternoon, the President’s press secretary, Jay Carney, was asked about baseball fan Obama’s thoughts on the Strasburg shutdown. The following is the exchange:

Reporter: “Mitch McConnell last week endorsed the Washington Nationals’ plan to shut down Stephen Strasburg despite them being in a pennant race.  Does the President share the Senate Minority Leader’s view that the team should shut down their best pitcher?”

Carney: “Well, I have had this discussion with him, although not this week.  As I think he’s mentioned, he’s following the Nationals closely.  He is, first and foremost, a diehard Chicago White Sox fan, and that hasn’t changed.  But I think he has, like all of us in Washington, been caught up in the remarkable success of the Washington Nationals this season.  And I don’t have a firm opinion to state for you about whether — from the President about whether or not Stephen Strasburg should be shut down, as you say.  But he –”

Reporter: “Shouldn’t he have an opinion?”

Thune: I could beat Obama at basketball

Washington Post (blog)   Wed, Aug 29 2012

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) kicked off his convention speech on a different note: By talking about basketball. He joins Ohio Gov. John Kasich in insulting the administration’s sports skills. Thune said he is still waiting for President Obama to invite him over for a game. But he expressed confidence he could take the president one-on-one. In doing so, he also let fly a partisan jab. “I can tell you this. President Obama would be easy to defend because you know he is always going to go to his left,” Thune said.

Ohio Governor Claims Biden Stinks at Golf But Says He’s Good

New York Magazine   Wed, Aug 29 2012

After bragging about Mitt Romney’s impact on the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City during his speech Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, Ohio Governor John Kasich took a turn for the awkward. “Folks, let me tell you this – Joe Biden disputes a lot of those facts, but Joe Biden told me that he was a good golfer. And I’ve played golf with Joe Biden, I can tell you that’s not true, as well as all of the other things that he says.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich praises Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z at the Republican National Convention

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

During a Wednesday panel discussion in Tampa, Fla., Ohio Gov. John Kasich praised Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z as a model of entrepreneurship whose success presents a compelling argument for increased emphasis on business development and ownership in America’s urban communities.

Sen. Kay Hagan sings Cam Newton’s praises at DNC event (blog)   Tue, Sept 4 2012

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is impressed with Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton. The Greensboro Democrat gave Newton a shout-out during a Democratic National Convention event Tuesday morning at Wake Forest University’s campus in uptown Charlotte. She recalled a recent meeting with Newton in her D.C. office in which Newton and some middle-schoolers he was mentoring paid her a visit. Concerning her impression of Newton and his mentoring initiative, Hagan added: “He is really transforming these kids lives.” But there was no Cam Newton sighting uptown Tuesday. With the Panthers traveling to Tampa, Washington Redskins star linebacker London Fletcher joined politicos and local students at the financial literacy promotion.

John Wall on his support for Barack Obama

Washington Post (blog)   Wed, Aug 29 2012

Thomas also chatted with Wall about his support of the reelection campaign and why he’s not afraid to be public about it. “I think it’s a great cause and for all of us basketball players to come out here and support the President…[it] means a lot. The middle class and lower class he’s trying to get better jobs for them. It doesn’t all happen in four years. It may take eight years to really get us where we need to go. I honestly don’t know why people think athletes are afraid of politics – we’re not afraid. It’s just that sometimes we want to be careful not to say the wrong thing, but we’re definitely not afraid. You see by all of us being involved here today that we aren’t afraid.”

Sacramento mayor urges Louisville to be prepared if it wants the NBA

The Business Journal   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson is fighting to keep his NBA team from leaving town, and there are some Louisvillians who would like to see it move here. Johnson, a former NBA star, jokingly told about 1,000 people at today’s 2012 Leadership Louisville Luncheon: “Don’t take my team.”…Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who recently floated the idea of revisiting the recruitment of an NBA franchise to the city, said there aren’t any current talks going on with any professional teams. But he echoed Johnson’s opinion that the city needs to be ready. “We have some issues, obviously,” Fischer said, speaking specifically about the University of Louisville’s restrictive lease agreement at the Yum Center. “We’ve got to be positioned to win.”

Richmond to narrow Redskins sites to 2 today

Inside NoVA   Thurs, Aug 30 2012

RICHMOND, Va. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones received recommendations today to build a summer training camp for the Washington Redskins on either state property behind the Science Museum of Virginia on West Leigh Street or City Stadium next to the Downtown Expressway near Byrd Park…The estimated cost to develop the site is $9 million to $10 million.

Bill Clinton defeats NFL in Wednesday viewership

Washington Post   Thur, Sept 6 2012

By the time the dust settled, the NFL’s season kickoff game Wednesday between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys had fumbled away about 3 million viewers compared with last year’s season starter. For about one hour of Wednesday’s game — in which the Cowboys beat the Giants, 24-17 — it competed for viewers against Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. The game averaged 23.123 million viewers from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. The former president’s address — which began about 10:30 p.m. and wrapped at 11:22 p.m. — averaged 22.769 million viewers across a collection of commercial networks, including ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel. That puts Clinton just 354,000 viewers behind the Giants and Cowboys.

Craig Robinson recruits at DNC

ESPN (blog)   Wed, Sept 5 2012

…Oregon State head men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. You may have heard about this once or twice in the past few years.  These two facts came together once more Tuesday night, when Michelle Obama gave a rousing and well-delivered speech* on behalf of her husband’s bid for re-election. Robinson was in the building, but his presence wasn’t limited to frequent crowd-reaction shots during his sister’s speech. As he did at the 2008 DNC, Robinson took the stage — this time with President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-ng — to lobby on behalf of his sister’s efforts to support military family initiatives and nutritional programs for American children. And he even snuck in a recruiting pitch: “I’m Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s big brother, father of four and head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team. Any seven-footers out there, gimme a call! [...] “[Michelle's] still the kind little sister she always was—now she’s just sticking up for those who stand up for us. And I’m proud of her work to give our children a healthier start in life. Let’s face it, Maya, I’m going to need the recruits!”

August 22-27, 2012 Headlines: Obama: NASCAR rejection, NBA Cash, ‘n’ loss of love

DNC Charlotte nascar

NASCAR speeds by Democratic Convention

Washington Examiner  Mon, Aug 27 2012

It’s the home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and racing’s spirit, but when the Democrats hit Charlotte, N.C. next week to nominate President Obama for a second term, there won’t be a NASCAR event to herald it. An organization official told Secrets that NASCAR had considered a convention shindig, but nothing is planned now. But that’s not stopping the Democrats from trying to look race friendly. Officials said that the NASCAR Hall of Fame has been rented out for up to 10 parties and receptions.

Obama fundraises with help of his NBA buddies   Wed, Aug 22 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – President Barack Obama sees the presidential contest as a clutch moment in his favorite sporting moment – the fourth quarter of a taut basketball game. Fundraising with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars, Obama told a small group of donors gathered Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the current campaign is like the final minutes of a basketball contest with his team up by a few points. Obama raised $3 million with the help of the players, who included former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan and former Knicks Walt Frazier and Bill Bradley. NBA Commissioner David Stern also was there. Invoking Jordan’s competitive nature, Obama concluded: “If you have seven minutes to go and you have a little bit of a lead, that’s when you put them away.”

Daley: Chicago should have two NFL teams   Wed, Aug 22 2012

If it were up to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Illinois would be working toward adding another football team to Chicago to join New York, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and California as the only states with more than one NFL franchise. “I really believe we can get a second football team. Why is it New York has two [teams], Florida has three,” Daley asked Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s David Kaplan during a taping of Inside Look scheduled to air this fall. “San Francisco has two. Chicago loves sports, we could get a second team in here.” “You could build a new stadium, you could have huge international soccer teams coming in, you could do the Final Four, and if you wanted with a brand new stadium, it would be privately funded, the government could help a little bit.”

Former NFL Great Burgess Owens Tells Blacks Not to Vote for Obama

The Right Scoop   Thurs, Aug 23 2012

Burgess Owens gets it. In the clip below he says that the one gift Obama has given us is that we get to see what true in-your-face liberalism looks like, and he hopes that will push more blacks to consider principle and policy over ‘blackness’ when voting. He doesn’t see a big turn around this election, but hopes it will happen over the next few years. He also talks about the the black elite in this country that protects liberals like Joe Biden so that they can say anything they want to, like “we gon’ put ya’ll back in chains!” He adds that they’ve been voting against policies that help black people for years.

George W. Bush visits with SMU football team

FS Southwest   Tues, Aug 28 2012

Courtesy of SMU Mustangs Facebook page

George W. Bush has a building with his name on it opening next year on the Southern Methodist University campus, so it makes sense that the 43rd president of the United States would take some time to visit the university.  According to The Dallas Morning News, the former president was accompanied by secret service agents and briefly met with the team. “I was a little awestruck at first,” Gilbert said. “It was great to meet him and be able to talk to him. He spoke to the team and told us how fortunate we are to be at this university and to be playing football at this university. Sometimes you take stuff like that for granted. It’s great to be reminded that we truly are blessed and fortunate to be here.”

Mayor Johnson gets a taste of IndyCar

Sacramento Bee   Mon, Aug 27 2012

SONOMA – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson served as the grand marshal of the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma over the weekend, and the former NBA star said he enjoyed his first prolonged exposure to motor sports. “There’s a lot of commonality – great athletes in both arenas,” he said. “This is a really cool sport.”

DC The Sports Junkies regular & former MD Gov Bob Ehrlich & Roberto Coquis discus #sportsnpolitics at the RNC Convention

August 17-21, 2012 Headlines: Sports Cash for Obama & Romney, Augusta admits Rice, ‘n’ RI’s Guv called dunce

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NBA political donations to Obama and Romney revealed

Sheridan Hoops   Sat, Aug 18 2012

NBA owners, players and coaches are taking sides in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, with players and coaches favoring incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and most owners supporting Republican challenger Mitt Romney…largest individual donation was $15,000 (to the Romney campaign) by Michael Gearon of the Atlanta Hawks’ ownership group.

Romney supporters: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey donated $8,500 to the Romney campaign (outspending his colleague in Boston, Danny Ainge, by $6,000), and $7,500 Romney donations were made by Pat Riley (Miami Heat president), Herb Simon (Indiana Pacers owner), and Thunder minority owner Aubrey McClendon, who donated $2,500 more than principle Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett.

Obama supporters: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich donated $5,000 apiece, as did players Baron Davis, Vince Carter and Grant Hill. NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silverdonated $2,000. Among owners, Ted Leonsis of the Washington Wizards donated $5,500, and Philadelphia 76ers CEO Adam Aron went into his wallet for $5,000 for the Obama campaign.

Who Do Pro Sports Owners Back For President?

Yahoo Sports   Mon, Aug 20 2012

If you ever had any doubts on which way your local owners lean politically, WNYC has documented how they are spending their money so far this election cycle. Here are some interesting revelations from the station’s research into the political contributions of owners in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB: — Owners from these four leagues have given $1,992,050 to 2012 national election efforts. Republican committees and Mitt Romney received nearly $1.25 million of that.
– Braves owner Gregory Maffei was the largest single donor with $157,500 to Romney and various Republican groups.
– The Dodgers have given the most as a team, with four owners, including Magic Johnson, totaling nearly $180,000 in contributions to President Obama’s re-election.

Mitt Romney nearly bobbles Yankees fan’s vote

New York Daily News   Mon, Aug 20 2012

Mitt Romney may have nearly whiffed with one Yankees fan in New Hampshire Monday, but running mate Paul Ryan was there in the clutch to try to save the vote. Romney — the former governor of Massachusetts and a Red Sox fan — ragged on the Bronx Bombers while taking a question from a New York fan at a town hall meeting at St. Anselm College. He reportedly broke into a riff on a story he told at a South Carolina town hall about Johnny Damon being traded to New York by Boston, with the punchline being (drumroll, please): “We all hate Yankees.”
“But not you, Sir,” said Ryan for the save. “We love you.” The forgiving fan — who remained nameless in a crowd of thousands who showed up to hear the White House hopefuls — replied, “I back winners and that’s why I’m backing you.”

Schilling calls RI gov ‘dunce of epic proportions’

OneNewsNow   Tues, Aug 21 2012

Former major league baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, whose video gaming company recently collapsed, called the governor a “dunce of epic proportions.” Schilling, who won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and then two with the Boston Red Sox, criticized independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee in a Saturday exchange on Twitter about the collapse of 38 Studios, which got a $75 million loan guarantee from the state in 2010. Schilling tweeted that “if the state loses money it’s because the Governor is a dunce of epic proportions, nothing I can do about that.” In follow-up tweets on Monday, Schilling also called the governor a “buffoon” and called the prospect of him getting re-elected in 2014 “terrifying.” Chafee told WPRO-AM that Schilling’s comments were “regretful.”

Augusta, home of the Masters golf tournament, admits first women

Los Angeles Times   Mon, Aug 20 2012

A decade after former Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson swore that the home of the Masters golf tournament would not admit women “at the point of a bayonet,” the club has quietly invited two prominent women to join. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore have accepted membership invitations, the club announced Monday — 22 years after admitting its first black members.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to Speak at “Oakland Loves its Sports Teams Week Rally

The Raider Nation Times   Tues, Aug 21 2012

The city of Oakland will hold “Oakland Loves Its Sports Teams” Week in order to show its professional sports teams how much the city cares about them, according to the office of Mayor Jean Quan.

When it comes to sports, Congress has historically spent the most time on the national pastime.

Fox News Radio, Oustide the Lines

That may only be fitting. As far back as the 1890s, there were debates in Congress about whether the Sherman Antitrust Act applied to professional baseball. A landmark 1922 Supreme Court case ruled that baseball was exempt from antitrust rules as the sport was not “interstate commerce.” And since then, Congress periodically threatens to revoke baseball’s antitrust exemption when things go awry. Such was the case when Congress investigated steroid use in the game in 2005 and during the 1994 labor stoppage which cancelled the World Series.

DC mayor embraces his alter ego — first baseman

Washington Post   Mon, Aug 20 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray stood up from his desk at city hall at just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, took off his dress shirt and charcoal suit, and put on his other uniform, a red jersey with “Dragons” in white lettering across the chest, matching pin-striped pants and a red cap. His two bats and first baseman’s glove were in a duffel bag stowed in the back of the Lincoln Navigator waiting downstairs….Softball for the mayor, at 69, remains what it has been for decades, a joyous excursion from the pressures of work and a source of not-inconsiderable regret.

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller wins amateur MMA debut, retires from Politics   Mon, Aug 20 2012

For Ross Miller, the decision to take an amateur MMA fight was not something he took lightly. A longtime fan of the sport with several years of training under his belt, Miller wasn’t certain he had the skills necessary to be successful, but he wanted to test himself in actual competition.

Akron mayor honors NBA MVP LeBron James Sunday at Akron Aeros game   Sun, Aug 19 2012

AKRON, Ohio – LeBron James is back in his hometown of Akron where he’s being honored by the mayor at an Akron Aeros game. Mayor Don Plusquellic will pay tribute to James during the Akron Aeros minor league baseball game Sunday afternoon. James came home to Akron with a gold medal from the Olympics and his first NBA title that he won with the Miami Heat.

Steve McMichael: Mayor? Former Chicago Bear Throws Hat Into Ring For Romeoville Race

Huffington Post   Sat, Aug 18 2012 Steve McMichael #76 of the Chicago Bears (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Steve “Mongo” McMichael has worn a lot of hats: he’s won a Super Bowl game as a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears, served as an analyst for ESPN pregame shows, operates Mongo McMichael’s Restaurant and Sports Bar and is currently the head coach of the Chicago Slaughter indoor football team. On Thursday, McMichael threw his hat into another ring, announcing his candidacy for mayor of suburban Romeoville.

President Hu greets Chinese Olympians

Chinese top leaders and Olympians (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)(mcg)

Xinhua   Fri, Aug 17 2012 

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — President Hu Jintao on Friday greeted the Chinese mainland’s delegation to the London Olympic Games and called for more efforts in promoting scientific development of sport. Hu extended congratulations to the athletes, coaches and staff members of the delegation and thanked them for winning honor for the country and the Chinese people. Hu encouraged the members to draw experience from the games and contribute more in enhancing the country’s sport.

Time for 1972 Dolphins to visit White House

Sun-Sentinel   Sat, Aug 18 2012

…In recent days, President Barack Obama has congratulated Olympians, picked the Dream Team over this year’s U.S. Olympic basketball team, claimed he wasn’t a fan of Tim Tebow on the Jets, and generally shown how, as the Wall Street Journal said when 18 athletes or teams once visited the White House in a six-month span, he’s “the Sports President.” Except one sparkling invitation is missing…the 1972 Dolphins…trip to the White House? Wouldn’t that be a special moment on the 40th anniversary of their Perfect Season?

August 12-16, 2012 Headlines: Browns Rice, Romney’s NASCAR support, ‘n’ CA move to protect sports fans

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Condoleeza Rice claims the Browns as her team

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Wed, Aug 15 2012

The NFL is marketing some new fashion-forward gear for women under the slogan, “It’s My Team,” and one of the high-powered ladies modeling for it is former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

Gov. Jerry Brown weighs protections for California sports fans

Los Angeles Times  Wed, Aug 15 2012

Mariah Tauger/ Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown is weighing a proposal to better protect sports fans from violence at California’s professional football stadiums, hockey arenas and baseball parks. In the wake of violent incidents across the state, including the 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium, the Legislature this week sent Brown a bill that would require major-league sports venues to clearly post phone numbers that fans can call or text to quickly summon stadium security for help.

President Obama congratulates Team USA basketball: ‘You all make us so proud’   Sun, Aug 12 2012

After the final competition finished on Sunday, the President of the United States took a minute to congratulate all the winners of the United States basketball teams at the London Olympics. Winning 104 medals during the individual competitions, there were plenty of moments that America can be proud about and then there was a special moment coming at the end with the men’s basketball team winning gold. “Congrats to the U.S. women’s and men’s basketball teams for bringing home the gold. You all make us so proud. –bo” tweeted President Obama from his official Twitter account.

Commissioner Stern awarded Olympic Order

Jacques Rogge & David Stern    Sun, Aug 12 2012

LONDON — NBA Commissioner David Stern has been awarded the prestigious Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He was presented the honour during the half-time of Sunday’s men’s Olympic Basketball Final by IOC President Jacques Rogge, who attended the Final in the North Greenwich Arena. Together with the then FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stankovic — who was awarded the Olympic Order in 1985 — Stern was the key figure in working towards the participation of professional basketball players in the Olympics, including those of the NBA.

IOC President Jacques Rogge calls Olympic anti-doping program a ‘system that works’

Washington Post   Sun, Aug 12 2012

LONDON — Even before the flame was out, IOC President Jacques Rogge said efforts to fight doping at the Olympics were a success. Through Sunday morning, only one athlete tested positive for a banned substance on the day of competing at the London Games. Seven more were caught in doping controls conducted since the official testing period for the games began July 16.

Obama congratulates Cameron on successful Olympics

USA TODAY (blog)   Sun, Aug 12 2012

President Obama called Prime Minister Cameron today to congratulate him and the people of the United Kingdom and London on an extremely successful Olympic games, which speaks to the character and spirit of our close ally. Both leaders commended the

Michelle Obama teases Gabby Douglas over fast food

The Seattle Times   Mon, Aug 13 2012

Olympic champion Gabby Douglas basked in the “Tonight” spotlight and the admiration of fellow guest Michelle Obama, but the teenage gymnast already is thinking ahead to 2016.

Romney, GOP put NASCAR Tech on big stage

Mooresville Tribune   Wed, Aug 15 2012

Mooresville’s NASCAR Technical Institute has been front-and-center at two high-visibility Republican events in the past week. But a school executive says the Mooresville facility isn’t picking political sides in the presidential election.

First, a race car with NASCAR Tech decals was displayed prominently at the opening of the Mitt Romney/Iredell GOP headquarters in Morrison Plantation last week. Then Romney himself visited NTI on Sunday in a high-profile campaign stop with new vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Both events had all the making of an NTI endorsement of the Republicans, but that wasn’t the intention, insists John Dodson, NTI’s Community/NASCAR Team Relations Director.

Romney Gets Fundraising Lift From Nascar

Wall Street Journal (blog)   Wed, Aug 15 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Mitt Romney once mentioned he was friends with Nascar team owners — and on Wednesday he proved it.At a lunchtime fundraiser here Wednesday, Mr. Romney raked in $1.5 million at Duke Mansion, alongside a handful of Nascar owners and officials. Among the notable team owners were Richard Childress, a former Nascar driver who owns the team Richard Childress Racing and Rick Hendrick, who owns the Nascar team Hendrick Motorsports. Nascar Chief Executive Brian France introduced Mr. Romney. Nascar President Mike Helton and Bruton Smith, the owner of Speedway Motorsport Inc., were also in attendance.

One sign of Ryan’s impact on Romney campaign: Big crowds

ABC News  Sun, Aug 12 2012

…Several thousand people turned out to see the new GOP ticket at a NASCAR mechanics training facility here—including over 1,700 who crowded inside the event, which was held on a repair floor inside the complex. It was the second day in a row of record-breaking crowds for the Romney campaign, including more than 8,000 who attended a rally in Manassas, Va., on Saturday. In Mooresville, Romney was presented with his own customized NASCAR by legendary stock car driver Darrell Waltrip, prompting an emotional reaction from the GOP presidential candidate who rarely strays from his usual stump speech.

Biden: I dreamed of winning the Daytona 500

Politico (blog)   Tues, Aug 14 2012

At a campaign stop in Stuart, Va., Vice President Joe Biden was so excited to meet a NASCAR owner that he ordered the press corp to scatter. “Get out of the way man,” Biden said “good-naturedly” to a photographer upon entering The Coffee Break Cafe, according to a pool report filed by POLITICO’s Jonathan Martin. “Get out of the way.” Biden then approached restaurant patron Glen Wood, the owner of a car that won the Daytona 500 in 2011.”I heard somebody in here won the Daytona!” Biden said. “This guy did what I dreamed of, man,” Biden said.  “I’d trade being vice-president in a heartbeat for having won Daytona.”

Ann Romney to raise coin for Connie Mack at RNC baseball-themed event (blog)   Thur, Aug 16 2012

Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, is a special guest of Mack’s “Evening at the Ballpark” fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Tampa from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 28 during the Republican National Convention week. Host contribution: $10,000. Reception contribution: $1,000 per person. Mack is the great grandson of baseball great Connie Mack.

Steve McMichael plans to run for mayor   Thur, Aug 16 2012

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve McMichael says he wants to enter the political field after being a star on the football one. McMichael was a fan favorite as a member of the Super Bowl-winning Bears and he says he plans to run for mayor of Romeoville, Ill. McMichael is co-owner of Mongo McMichael’s sports bar in the Chicago suburb.

Mayor, Boston Pizza play road hockey for a cause

Orangeville Citizen   Thur, Aug 16 2012

Boston Pizza and Mayor Rob Adams are partnering to raise money by submitting a team to play in the annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event at Ontario Place next month. And on the evening of Monday, September 24, Boston Pizza will be playing host to their fundraising efforts by creating an evening of entertainment and live music for residents.

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