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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)

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

Redsox.com    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.

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

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

FOXSports.com   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 | HeraldOnline.com   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 – NJ.com    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 House.gov   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

SI.com   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.

July 27, 2012 Headlines: Team Owners donations to…, Twitter’s Olympics & Pres Campaign, ‘n’ Michelle in London

Sports Team Owners Send Cash to Presidential Picks

Forbes   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

While the two major sports league PACs have so far taken a bipartisan approach to the 2012 elections, team owners and execs haven’t. The National Football League and the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office have split their giving pretty evenly between the two parties, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Romney donors:

Woody Johnson, New York Jets

Marc J. Leder, Philadelphia 76ers

J. Joe Ricketts’s family, Chicago Cubs

Peter Karmanos Jr., Carolina Hurricanes

Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys

James Dolan, New York Knicks

Dean A. Spanos, San Diego Chargers

Dan Snyder and Dwight Schar, Washington Redskins

Obama backers include:

Stephen Pagliuca, Celtics

Robert Epstein, Boston Celtics

Robert C. Pohlad, Minnesota Twins

Robert K. Kraft, New England Patriots

Jonathan M. Tisch, New York Giants

James Lassiter and Michael Rubin, Philadelphia 76ers

Dale Rosenbloom, St. Louis Rams

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards 

Twitter Competing in Two Sports: The Olympics and the US Election

brandchannel.com   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

As the Summer Olympics gets underway in London, Twitter — rebounding for a pre-Olympics wobble on Thursday — has launched its London 2012 Olympics hub, driving its user base to jump on the #Olympics hashtag…Twitter is embarking on a high-profile media partnership with Sirius XM Radio to launch a news show called “Politics Powered by Twitter.” The program will serve as a daily digest for SiriusXM’s 22 million subscribers that translates the “Twitter-verse” into a new talk radio format.

Obama campaign touts ‘middle class’ in Olympics-timed ad

The Hill   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

President Obama’s campaign released a television ad Friday touting…”We’re a nation of workers and doers and dreamers. We work hard for what we get and all we ask for is that our hard work pays off. I believe that the way you grow the economy is from the middle out. I believe in fighting for the middle class because if they’re prospering, all of us will prosper,” says Obama in the ad. The 30-second spot is set to air during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

NC ad to slam Obama on economy during Olympics

USA TODAY  Fri, 27 Jul 2012

The Republican National Committee is jabbing President Obama’s handling of the economy in a new TV ad that will run during the Olympics and in markets in key swing states. The ad spotlights Obama’s $800 billion economic stimulus program as the RNC tries to capitalize on a new report on the gross domestic product that shows the U.S. economy was weak in the second quarter. “President Obama may think his economic plan worked, but looking at today’s GDP numbers, it’s clear the president is out of touch,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Michelle Obama greets US athletes at London Olympics

Michelle Obama meets members of Team USA at the University of East London. Getty Images

New York Post   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

LONDON — Michelle Obama formally opened her stint as leader of the U.S. Olympics delegation on Friday, attending a breakfast with Olympians and saying she was “just in awe” of their company….”Try to have fun. Try to breathe a little bit,” Mrs. Obama said. “But also win, right?” The first lady had a busy itinerary Friday, including promoting healthy living with more than 1,000 children, a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and then the opening ceremony at Olympic Stadium.

Michelle Obama cheers on Olympians and kids at London events

New York Daily News  Fri, 27 Jul 2012

…Later, the First Lady promoted healthy living with more than 1,000 children – most of them from U.S. military families – as well as a suited-up Beckham, Olympic gold-medal sprinter Carl Lewis and ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo. The event – part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign aimed at tackling childhood obesity – was held on the lavish grounds of Winfield House, the official residence of the U.S. ambassador in London.

Washington’s Influence Olympics: The Opening Ceremony

Center for Responsive Politics   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

This year, there are 53 official corporate sponsors of the Olympics, most of which have a multinational reach. And just about any major company that’s doing business in the U.S. is likely to a have a stake in what’s going on in Washington. Of the 53 Olympic sponsors, 29 have lobbied the federal government since the last Summer Games, even those that are not based in the U.S. In order to break down the lobbying activity of these companies, OpenSecrets Blog has put together its own influence edition of the Opening Ceremony, sorting the sponsors by their home countries to see how they stack up.

THE DELEGATIONS

United States: General Electric, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Dow Chemical, Cisco Systems, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble.

United Kingdom: BP, GlaxoSmithKline, Deloitte,

Germany: Adidas and BMW

Japan: Panasonic

South Korea: Samsung

Netherlands: Heineken, L’arche Green N.V.

Luxembourg: ArcelorMittal

Australia: Westfield Group

Former Navy SEAL’s Anti-Obama PAC Hits The Racetrack

Politicker   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Special Operations for America, the pro-Mitt Romney political action committee formed by former Navy SEAL Team Six Commander Ryan Zinke will be sponsoring a car at NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis International Raceway this Sunday. FAS Lane racing’s Sprint Cup Series #32 car, which is being driven by Ken Schrader, will sport the SOFA name and logo along with website information and the slogan “Join The Battle.”

Michael Vick Thinks President Obama Has A Point

Bleeding Green Nation   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Michael Vick tweeted his reaction to President Obama telling Nnamdi Asomugha that he wanted the Eagles QB to start sliding, but yesterday afternoon he had a chance to talk about it further. “I was stunned. I didn’t believe it. It was awesome. It was just one of those things that you hear that’s just hard to believe, but at the same time when you let it all soak in, you think to yourself, ‘Man, he’s got a point.’ If he’s saying it, then I’ve got to do it. So the first run of the year, I’m sliding and you’ll know it’s for him.” It has to be exciting enough that the President of the United States is talking about you, but when he also knows the nuances of your game? That’s pretty cool.

Rick Santorum Blasts NCAA & Freeh Report On Penn State-Jerry Sandusky Sex Scandal

Huffington Post  Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) and former 2012 GOP presidential hopeful doesn’t think the Freeh report tells the whole truth on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In a radio interview conducted by Dallas-Ft. Worth’s KSKY 660 AM Friday, Santorum did not go into specifics, but criticized the Freeh Report, which investigated the cover up of Sandusky’s crimes. “My concern with the Freeh report… a lot of the conclusions in the Freeh report aren’t matched by the evidence that they presented,” Santorum said.

Congress asks NFL, NFLPA to begin HGH testing in letter

NFL News   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on Friday calling on them to begin testing for human growth hormone (HGH). The letter requests “written assurances” that testing will be in place prior to the 2012 season, noting that it has been nearly one year since the new collective bargaining agreement was ratified.

May 17, 2012 Headlines: Got Woody? Olympics boycott Ahmadinejad, Pelosi blasts Cubs

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Your Hometown Lima Stations Thu, 17 May 2012 14:06 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) – The wealthy executive who considered and then dropped a proposal to revive controversy over the relationship between President Barack Obama and his former pastor is a rising conservative maverick with ties to the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He’s also linked to a “super” political action committee that bankrolled an upset in Nebraska’s recent Republican Senate primary.

J. Joseph Ricketts, 70, a politically conservative Nebraskan known as “Joe,” built the TD Ameritrade brokerage firm into a billion-dollar empire

Defense budget debate touches on Afghanistan, NASCAR

Reuters Thu, 17 May 2012 16:27 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – War-weary lawmakers nudged President Barack Obama to speed the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan…

The department spent about $96 million last year to sponsor sporting events, including $20 million on a single NASCAR race, as part of its marketing effort to recruit volunteers, one official said. “Twenty million for one NASCAR race? Have we lost our minds?” said Representative Jack Kingston, a leader in the effort to cut the funds.

Woody Johnson: Romney camp has ‘answer’ to Clooney fundraiser

Politico Thurs, May 17, 2012,10:20 AM EDT

Woody Johnson, the Jets owner who’s one of Mitt Romney’s major bundlers, dangled the idea that the Republican’s campaign is planning on countering President Obama’s massive $15 million George Clooney fundraiser with an event of their own, to be announced next week.

“We have an answer, we can’t give it today, but we have somebody that we think will be very successful doing similar fundraising activity,” Johnson said.

Sassy Nancy Pelosi One-liner of the Day

New York MagazineThu, 17 May 2012 09:59 AM PDT

Nancy Pelosi

“Well, I hope they’re as successful with this campaign as the Cubs are on the baseball field.” —Nancy Pelosi on TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’s plan (or not?) to spend $10 million on ads focused on President Obama’s ties to Reverend Jeremiah Wright. The Ricketts family owns the Cubs.

Tilley critical of Spence gifts to lawmakers

Jefferson City News Tribune Thu, 17 May 2012 08:04 AM PDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley has accused fellow Republican Dave Spence of hypocrisy for proposing a cash limit on lobbyist gifts then doling out sports tickets to lawmakers to win support for his gubernatorial bid.

Spence is seeking the GOP nomination to run against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in November. Though a political novice, Spence is a successful businessman who sold his plastic container business for more than $200 million.

First Pinoy in NHL-Canada visits PNoy

 

Filipino-Canadian hockey player Josh Nicholls pays a courtesy call on President Aquino

ABS-CBNNEWS.com Thu, 17 May 2012 04:32 AM PDT

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Canadian hockey player Josh Nicholls paid a courtesy call on President Aquino on Thursday.

Nicholls, a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, gave the President an autographed hockey stick and taught him how to hold it.

It had a Philippine flag sticker on it and a line that says: “To my President P-Noy.” Nicholls is the first Filipino to have played in the National Hockey League in Canada.

 

Iran president tests Britain on request to attend Olympics

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, (AP Photo:Hasan Sarbakhshian, File)

 

Hamilton Spectator Thu, 17 May 2012 06:40 AM PDT

TEHRAN, Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that he is eager to attend the Olympic Games in London to support Iranian athletes but that Britain doesn’t want to host him.

Iranian president may visit London for 2012 Olympics: report

ANI via Yahoo! India NewsThu, 17 May 2012 02:47 AM PDT

Tehran, May 17 (Xinhua-ANI): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that he may visit London for 2012 Olympics.

Ahmadinejad said that he likes to be with Iranian athletes in London 2012 Olympic games to encourage them, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.

“I like to be by the side of young Iranian athletes in 2012 Olympics, but they (host country) have problems with this issue,” IRNA reported him as saying without elaboration.

The ‘Gus Bus’ stops in Little Rock

KTHV Little Rock Wed, 16 May 2012 21:24 PM PDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas State fans are pumped up about the upcoming football season. Hundreds of ASU fans, including the governor, met coach Gus Malzahn at War Memorial Stadium Wednesday evening.

Athletes celebrate with Special Olympics opening ceremony

KTVQ BillingsWed, 16 May 2012 22:01 PM PDT

Special Olympics athlete of the year Buzz Tolliver and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel light the torch

BILLINGS – An inspirational night Wednesday for Montana special olympic athletes, fans, and friends, at the Rimrock Auto Arena..
Special Olympics athlete of the year Buzz Tolliver and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel light the torch, officially kicking off the state summer games. 
Local law Enforcement help lead the torch portion of the ceremony and Governor Brian Schweitzer spoke to the athletes and families.
Our own Rob Griggs emceed tonight’s opening ceremonies.
Competition began this morning at Rocky Mountain College.
More than one-thousand Special Olympic athletes are participating in this week’s games. 
The games continue Thursday and wrap up Friday.

 

Mayor Bloomberg and Newark Mayor Cory Booker do some high-schticking on Twitter over Rangers and Devils

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (l.) and Mayor Bloomberg

NY Daily News Thursday, May 17, 2012, 1:01 AM

The mayors of New York and Newark traded sporting trash talk over Twitter Wednesday night as the Rangers squared off at Madison Square Garden against the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals.

“Not even @CoryBooker can save you tonight, @NHLDevils #LetsGoRangers,” Mayor Bloomberg tweeted at the start of the game to Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, where the New Jersey Devils play.

Three hours later, after the Devils evened the series by beating the Rangers 3-2, Booker took to Twitter with his reply.

“Hey Mike Devils don’t need me 4 the save, they have Brodeur!,” referring to the Martin Brodeur, the Devils’ goaltender, who had a stellar game.

Manny Pacquiao: “I’m not against gay people”

Washington PostThurs, May 17, 2012

Manny Pacquiao during a movie premier last week. (DANNY MOLOSHOK : Reuters

Manny Pacquiao clarified his recent comments about same-sex marriage, issuing a statement in which he said he has nothing against gay people but opposes same-sex marriage.

“I’m not against gay people,” Pacquiao, the champion boxer and Filipino legislator said in a statement, written by trainer and writer Keith Terceira, on his website. “I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”

CLEMEN’S TRIAL UPDATE

Roger Clemens trial: Cross-examination of chief accuser Brian McNamee continues with plenty of drama

Washington Post Thurs, May 17, 2012

Not 30 minutes into his cross-examination of Roger Clemens’s chief accuser in the baseball legend’s perjury trial, defense attorney Rusty Hardin cut to the chase:

“Would you agree that whether or not Roger Clemens used steroids depends upon whether you are telling the truth?”