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

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

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

June 26, 2012 Headlines: The BCS is Dead, From White Sox to Heats, ‘n’ DNC drops NASCAR

BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approves four-team college football playoff

St. Petersburg Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:35 PM PDT

On Tuesday, the Presidential Oversight Committee made up of university presidents – including Florida president Bernie Machen – who oversee the Bowl Championship Series, voted to create a new four-team, seeded post-season playoff to determine the national champion in college football. The new format will begin with the 2014-2015 season.

“We recognize that the BCS has been controversial in some years, but we also believe it has turned college football from a regional sport into a wonderfully popular national sport, much to the benefit of our alumni, student-athletes and fans,” the twelve members of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee said in a joint statement.  “We now seek to build an even better college football season by creating a four-team playoff to crown the national champion, while protecting the regular season and the bowl experience. We’re delighted to support this format and congratulate the group of conference commissioners who have done so much for college football and who worked so hard to make this happen.”

Obama Won’t Forsake Favorite Sports Teams to Woo Voters

New York Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:59 AM PDT

He may be in a tough race for re-election but there is one thing that President Barack Obama will not do to court voters – fake allegiance to a sports team for political gain. Obama was gently booed by some supporters at a campaign rally in Boston on Monday night after he dared to mention the that Kevin Youkilis, a popular Boston Red Sox baseball player, had been traded earlier in the day to the president’s beloved Chicago White Sox. The White House said Obama showed political courage in talking about the matter.

Other Obama Dissing Red Sox Fans Headlines

President Barack Obama (Haraz N. Ghanbari:AP)

Obama doesn’t like your favorite baseball team (unless it’s the White Sox)

White House vows no ‘Youk-turn’ over baseball boos

Much a-Youuu about nothing? Obama zinger gets buzz

Chicago White Sox fan Obama draws boos

Obama’s Baseball Taunt Gets Boos From Donors, Or Were They ‘Yoooooks’?

Washington Whimsy – Obama Baseball Joke Gets Youk’d?

Video: Obama booed in Boston 

Obama Hails The “Miami Heats”

ABC News Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:42 PM PDT

Unfazed by a partisan spat sparked by his comment on former Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis, President Obama tonight again opined on a professional sports team, publicly praising the NBA champion Miami Heat at a campaign fundraiser in the city. The only problem this time was that Obama mispronounced the name of the team – referring to it as the “Miami Heats” in an apparent slip of the tongue.

7 pols’ baseball errors

Politico Tue, 26 Jun 2012

Martha Coakley The Massachusetts Attorney General, while running against Scott Brown for a Senate seat in 2010, referred to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling as “another Yankee fan.” (Photo- AP Photo 

Former presidents who share Obama’s interest in sports

amNewYork Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:16 PM PDT

George W. Bush
 Obama’s predecessor is also a baseball fan, epitomized by his part-ownership of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998. The Rangers made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history during that time.

Richard Nixon
 Audio tapes reveal that Nixon attempted to negotiate with NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to relax the league’s blackout restrictions, and televise playoff games in the city in which they were played.

Bill Clinton
 thought about trying to qualify for the Senior PGA Tour after his presidency, and led the failed bid to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States.

Democratic National Convention organizers drop Charlotte speedway from itinerary

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Andrew Barry and his family give the command for, “Gentlemen, start your engines” at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. (Chris Graythen – GETTY IMAGES)


Washington Post Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:15 AM ET


Are Democrats giving up on the NASCAR vote? Organizers of the Democratic National Convention announced Tuesday they are moving the CarolinaFest 2012 kickoff event on Labor Day from the Charlotte Motor Speedway to Uptown Charlotte, in the center of the city.

Fernandez cautions athletes about provocations

The Associated Press via Yahoo! Canada Sports Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:37 PM PDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez cautioned Argentine athletes traveling to the London Olympics about doing anything provocative in Britain, which is engaged in a renewed dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. As Fernandez was giving some athletes a sendoff Tuesday, she also defended a TV ad that ran two months ago on state-run television linking the London Olympics to the Falklands dispute. The International Olympic Committee immediately denounced the ad and warned Argentina about using the games as a political platform.

Surprise us, Aquino urges Olympians

Philippine Daily Inquirer Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:03 AM PDT

PRESIDENT Aquino reminded the small Philippine contingent to the London Olympics of the Filipinos ability to surprise the sporting world as he exhorted them to end the country’s gold-medal drought in the quadrennial meet. “I know the world may not be expecting us to take home multiple gold medals. But I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to surprise,” said the President…“I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to be excellent in anything they do —to be world-class.”

May 31, 2012 Headlines: Soldier Field LEED Certified ‘n’ a Super Bowl? ‘n’ Odds on Rogers victory in GA

Emanuel makes pitch for Super Bowl

Mayor Rahm Emanuel & NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Chicago Tribune Thu, 31 May 2012 12:39 PM PDT

Mayor Rahm Emanuel put the arm on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today, making a case for a Super Bowl to be held at Soldier Field. Don’t start making plans to buy tickets yet, however. Chicago’s lakefront is often arctic in February, and the stadium might not be big enough to host a Super Bowl.

Soldier Field First LEED Certified Stadium in NFL

NBC ChicagoThu, 31 May 2012 08:56 AM PDT

Environmentally friendly Soldier Field (Photo by Jonathan Daniel:Getty Images)

Soldier Field, the oldest stadium in the NFL, is also the greenest. Along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that the home of the Bears is also the league’s first LEED-certified green building.

Dewhurst picks up Craig James endorsement Thu, 31 May 2012 14

Craig James will endorse former rival Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in his Senate bid. Dewhurst’s campaign said James would make the formal announcement later today, at the Dallas Republican Party headquarters. Dewhurst is facing a runoff against former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who placed second in Tuesday’s primary. Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert came in third, but has not said who, if anyone, he will endorse.

Democratic convention displaces Panthers practice prior to Week One

NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk Thu, 31 May 2012 15:46 PM PDT

The Democratic National Convention, culminating with an address from President Barack Obama on Thursday, September 6, already has nudged the first game of the 2012 season forward by a day.  The Cowboys and Giants will square off on Wednesday, September 5, in order to avoid the embarrassment that would result from everyone watching the football game and no one watching a political speech.

 Rogers calls reports of his time on sports show “gutter politics”

Marietta Daily Journal Wed, 30 May 2012 21:43 PM PDT

WOODSTOCK — State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) calls recent reports that he is a former sports handicapper “gutter politics at its worst.” “The fact that I was hired as talent on a sports show 14 years ago clearly has no impact on the life of any Georgian,” Rogers said. “I realize my opponents do not wish to debate my record of cutting taxes, reforming Georgia’s property tax system, shrinking the size of government or helping create jobs … It is unfortunate that they would be given a platform for dragging political debate to this level.”…Rogers appeared on cable television broadcasts as Will “The Winner” Rogers and other monikers to predict the outcomes of upcoming football games to help sports bettors before he became state Senate majority leader.