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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

Barrack Obama Re-elected

 

LeBron excited for President Obama’s reported re-election

Examiner.com   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 EaglesNew 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

Examiner.com   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 Politico.com, 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)

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.

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 Pogo.com 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

TMZ.com   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 (http://tinyurl.com/8sxkmh6) 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 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

Insidethegames.biz   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

Bizjournals.com (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!”

July 12, 2012 Headlines: Pres Candidates in NASCAR suits, Saudi women 2 compete in London, ‘n’ WH fitness

Who’s Driving the Presidential Race?

US News & World Report Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:07 AM PDT

Imagining what President Obama and Mitt Romney would look like if the presidential race was on the NASCAR circuit…Political races, in other words, are not much different from NASCAR races, which require money for cars, pit crews, gasoline—and therefore sponsors…imagining what Obama and Romney would look like if they were NASCAR drivers advertising their race sponsors.

Saudis to send 2 women to London Games

The Uniontown Herald Standard Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:17 AM PDT

Saudi Arabia will send two female athletes to the London Olympics, ending the ultraconservative Muslim country’s record of fielding only all-male teams at the games. The decision, announced Thursday by the IOC, means every country competing in London will include women athletes for the first time in Olympic history. The two female Saudi competitors are judo athlete Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar.

The secrets of the Obama White House … are pretty boring

Houston Chronicle Thu, 12 Jul 2012 06:27 AM PDT

White House chef Sam Kass and personal trainer Cornell McClellan answered questions about working for the Obamas as they read to more than 100 children Wednesday at the Department of Education…He said the family still has fun with a pizza or burger, but “we have some very balanced meals.” McClellan said the family does jumping jacks, push-ups, jump rope, boxing, running, soccer and basketball to keep fit…After reading to the children, the two joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan in cheering on the youngsters in relay races, shooting hoops, using hula hoops and other physical activities.

June 27, 2012 Headlines: known and unknowns of the BCS, Golf goes to Washington, ‘n’ Campaign media buy of Olympic proportions

Plenty of unknowns remain after college football playoff deal

The BCS system for determining a collegiate national champion has been famous for producing unexpected results, not the least of which was last season’s LSU-Alabama rematch in the title game. Michael DeMocker/The Times Picayune

New Orleans Times-Picayune Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:13 AM PDT

Since the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee chose Washington, D.C., in which to give its official seal of approval for college football to advance into the playoff age on Tuesday, it’s altogether fitting to remember the words of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during the Iraq War: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. “But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” That’s the way it is moving forward with the BCS.

Get ready for January Madness

New York Post Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:53 PM PDT

A college football playoff has been a no-brainer for too long a time, and now, finally, the powers-that-be that rule the game do not have to hear cries that they have no brains. Never mind that President Obama wanted the death of the BCS, that Congress threatened to get involved. You wanted it.

How Congressional: Golf Industry Lobbys Lawmakers At AT&T National

WAMU 88.5 Wed, 28 Jun 2012

Tiger Woods on the 16th green during a pro-am round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club June 27. AP Photo:Patrick Semansky

Play gets underway this morning at the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. But befitting of a tournament near Washington, D.C., top golf officials spent the practice rounds yesterday lobbying members of Congress right on the course. Congress does have a “golf caucus.”…Their actual focus is on golf as a business — a business that contributes 2 million jobs to the U.S. economy, according to the World Golf Foundation…”That helps promote not only the golf course but the business and the people that work there,” Rep Joe Baca said. “The people who work at the restaurant, the people that work behind the desk, the landscapers, the marshals. It presents an opportunity for people to be exposed to the game.” Baca and the golf caucus members who toured the course Wednesday got their picture taken with tournament host Tiger Woods. But they also heard from people like World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona. He wants lawmakers to okay a bill that would allow golf courses to receive federal aid after natural disasters like flooding.

Media Decoder Blog: As Obama Buys Up Time, NBC Executive Says Positive Ads Do Better at Olympics

New York Times Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:23 PM PDT

With the news that the Obama campaign has purchased $5.5 million in commercial time during the coverage of the London Olympics, an NBC executive had advice for both presidential candidates: Don’t go negative during the three weeks’ worth of thrills of victory and agonies of defeat…Seth Winter, the head of advertising sales for NBC’s Olympics coverage…and said that during the Games it should be all about accentuating the positive…“What we’ve seen in all of our research is the creative has got to be upbeat…It’s got to be empowering. It’s got to be positive.”

Argentina says won’t bring Falklands row to Olympics

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

AFP via Yahoo! Sports Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:13 AM PDT

President Cristina Kirchner said Argentina would keep politics out of sports during the London Olympics despite its decades-long dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands. “They are expecting some sort of foolishness from us, but we do not mix such things,” Kirchner said

NRCU: Yanukovych, Kissinger discuss Ukraine’s development and EURO 2012

KYIV PostWed, 27 Jun 2012 01:40 AM PDT

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych during his televised address to the nation late Thursday, Kiev, Ukraine, June 7, 2012. Yanukovych is hailing his country’s success in preparing for the European football championship and urging his countrymen to give a warm welcome to fans and guests. Yanukovych is seeking to put a brave face on the harsh criticism he is facing from the West over the politically tainted jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. (AP Photo/Mykhailo Markiv, Pool)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Kyiv on Monday, the presidential press service has reported. During the meeting, the sides discussed reforms in Ukraine and preparations for the EURO 2012 European Football Championship…Henry Kissinger praised Ukraine’s preparations for the finals of the European Football Championship”

Outcast Belarus leader to attend Euro 2012 finals

Reuters Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:10 AM PDT

KIEV (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, a pariah in many European countries, will attend the final of the Euro 2012 soccer championship in Ukraine, a Belarussian diplomat said on Wednesday…Lukashenko will meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on July 1 before watching the game later in the day…The European Union has introduced sanctions such as travel bans and asset freezes against Lukashenko and some of his officials, accusing his government of human rights abuses and political repression.

Former Miss America Nicole Johnson and NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins to Join Novo Nordisk Employees from Across U.S. for Diabetes Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:00 AM PDT

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Novo Nordisk (NVO) employees from across the United States are converging on Capitol Hill on June 27, 2012 to urge their Members in the House and Senate to support the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), two vital programs that support diabetes prevention efforts in local communities, research for a cure and improved diabetes care. Diabetes advocates Nicole Johnson, MPH, MA, Miss America 1999 and NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks, will accompany more than 200 Novo Nordisk employees on Capitol Hill for a full day of congressional office visits to discuss the company’s unique approach to changing diabetes.

 

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

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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.”

June 23, 2012 Headlines: Obama on Title IX, Hillary making moves, ‘n’ Miami’s Mayor’s re-elect ad

Obama reflects on being a dad in Title IX tribute

CNN Political Ticker Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:21 AM PDT

(CNN) – President Barack Obama used his daughter Sasha as an example of the success of Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination of women in sports and education, in a Newsweek op-ed that honors its 40th anniversary. Obama, who helps coach his daughter’s basketball team, wrote that while there are “few things more fulfilling than watching your child discover a passion for something,” prior to Title IX, “something like pursuing varsity sports was an unlikely dream for young women in America.”

President Obama to Visit Jackie Robinson Film Set

New York MagazineSat, 23 Jun 2012 15:09 PM PDT

Jackie Robinson

A few weeks after praising African-American baseball players Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson for “lay[ing] the groundwork for a more inclusive America” (and making his presidency possible), Deadline has learned that President Obama is headed to the set of 42, the Robinson biopic currently filming in Atlanta. The White House asked the studio if he could swing by on Tuesday, when he’ll be in town for a series of fund-raisers. The studio’s response: sure, no biggie.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s reelection ad airs during Heat game

Miami Herald Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:53 PM PDT

How can a political candidate guarantee getting eyeballs on his campaign advertising? By airing it during the NBA Finals, of course. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s reelection campaign aired its first TV spot last week during Game 4 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat. The ad recaps Gimenez’s year in office by highlighting, among other things, that he lowered his salary and submitted a budget to commissioners with a lower property-tax rate. No word on whether it’s merely a stylistic coincidence that the ad features a white background and red lettering — the Heat’s colors.

Clinton selects Kwan – Sat, 23 Jun 2012 PST

The Spokesman-Review Sat, 23 Jun 2012 00:16 AM PDT

Nine-time U.S. champion figure skater Michelle Kwan has been chosen for a women’s sports council by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports also includes U.S. soccer stars Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy, tennis pioneer Billie Jean King and perennial WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings. Former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt and Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer also are on the council. The State Department says the council is meant to help the United States use its success in women’s sports “to empower girls and foster greater understanding.”

Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ESPN’s President John Skipper announce a new collaboration between the State Department and espnW — the Global Sports Mentoring Program June 21, 2012. Photo- Michael Gross

 

DipNote, U.S. Department of State Blog Fri, 22 Jun 2012  

Harnessing the power of mentoring, the Department, in collaboration with espnW, will connect international and American women to build capacity and create sustainable sports opportunities for underserved women and girls worldwide. In the fall of 2012, approximately 20 women, ages 25-40, who have been identified as emerging leaders in sports, will travel to the United States where they will be paired with leading American women who work in a sports-related field. Participants may include women who administer or manage sports programs; manage and/or coach sports teams; work in mid-to-upper management roles for corporations with a sports-related focus; work at non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and specialize in sports journalism and mass communication, sports marketing, and sports medicine.

June 22, 2012 Headlines: Title IX’s 40th, From Russia with love, ‘n’ M.O. leads Olympic delegation

Happy 40th Anniversary to Title IX

President Nixon signing Title IX, June 23, 1972

 

Title IX at 40: Myths, stereotypes and unintended consequences

MinnPost Fri, 22 Jun 2012 03:20 AM PDT

Editor’s note: The landmark Title IX legislation was signed into law 40 years ago tomorrow by President Richard M. Nixon. The following Q&A with Mary Jo Kane, director of the University of Minnesota’s Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport…When Mary Jo Kane came to the University of Minnesota in 1989 she was one of a handful of people nationally conducting research on the social science of female athletes and the impact of Title IX.

Obama congratulates Miami Heat coach Spoelstra

Miami Herald Fri, 22 Jun 2012

President Obama calls Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra to offer congratulations after NBA championship Calling from Air Force One, on his way to Tampa, President Barack Obama called Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra to congratulate him on the team’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. President Obama said that the team seemed to get stronger in each game of the playoffs, and he complimented the performance of the players and coaches. He asked Spoelstra to tell the team that they are all invited to the White House, and he looks forward to celebrating their NBA championship.

Michelle Obama to lead U.S. delegation to Olympic Games opening ceremony

Yahoo! News Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:25 AM PDT

First lady Michelle Obama will lead the official American delegation to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the White House announced on Friday. The group includes women’s soccer Olympic great Brandi Chastain and basketball star Grant Hill, a member of the 1996 “Dream Team.” “This summer I’ll be cheering on Team U.S.A. at the Olympic Games in London with this distinguished group of champions who truly represent the best of our country,” the first lady said in a statement released by the White House.

Politics meets soccer in Germany vs. Greece

Associated Press Fri, 22 Jun 2012

GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Germany’s most prominent fan will be in the stands for the quarterfinal against Greece at the European Championship. Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, wins no popularity contests among the Greek contingent. So the political dimension of Friday’s game only heightens what is already an intriguing match in strictly soccer terms…German and Greek officials are trying to play down the politics. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has been a major contributor to international bailouts for Greece and was instrumental in demanding structural reforms and hugely unpopular spending cuts in return. Greek fans are unlikely to take kindly to Merkel’s presence at Gdansk Arena.

Germany beat Greece 4-2 

Rink Relations: Putin, Niinisto Face Off on the Ice

President Vladimir Putin took to the ice Friday with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto © RIA Novosti. Alexei Nikolskiy

 

Russian Information Agency NovostiFri, 22 Jun 2012 10:20 AM PDT

President Vladimir Putin took to the ice Friday with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto for a light-hearted hockey match intended to show there is nothing frosty about their bilateral relations.

Fedor Emelianenko: Vladimir Putin Thanks Him for Promoting MMA in Russia

Fedor Emelianenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Bleacher Report Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:46 AM PDT

Following Fedor Emelianenko’s 84-second demolition of Pedro Rizzo, none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped into the St. Petersburg ring and personally bestowed praise upon “The Last Emperor” for his contribution to and promotion of MMA in Russia. “I want to congratulate Fedor and thank him from all of us, martial arts fans. It is because of him this sport became so popular in our country,” the Russian premier said.

Senate okays bid to decriminalize mixed martial arts

The Globe and Mail Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:13 PM PDT

A Conservative senator’s bid to remove the criminal prohibitions against mixed martial arts and other combat sports has been approved by the Red Chamber and is off to the House of Commons, where it will be debated when MPs return in the fall. With the popularity of mixed martial arts growing and Ultimate Fighting Championship events drawing tens of thousands of people, some provinces, including British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, have have found ways to get around the section of the Criminal Code that outlaws all combative sports except boxing.

NASCAR tickets ‘ready and waiting’ for President Obama at N.H. Motor Speedway box office

New Hampshire Union Leader Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:20 PM PDT

LOUDON (Press Release) – Though White House staffers are officially calling it a “campaign visit,” New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens can’t help but wonder if President Barack Obama’s real motivation for visiting the Granite State on Monday is to pick up his tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15. The resourceful Gappens put some tickets in President Obama’s name at the “Will-Call” window in the NHMS ticket office today, just in case the “Commander and Chief” wanted to witness the largest sporting event in New England.


Obama declines NHMS offer

MANCHESTER- Today, Obama for America – New Hampshire State Director Pete Kavanaugh issued the following statement upon receipt of Jerry Gappens’ generous offer:

“Thank you Jerry for your generous offer. New Hampshire Motor Speedway has a proud history, and while the President will not be able to attend, we certainly appreciate the offer.

“The President is a supporter of NASCAR and an advocate for the American auto industry. Under his leadership he made the bold decision to rescue the auto industry, resulting in a resurgence of American manufacturing jobs that are restoring economic security. The auto rescue saved a million jobs up and down the supply chain. In New Hampshire alone 23,000 jobs depend on the vibrancy of the auto industry, and today, the America auto industry has never looked more vibrant. GM is once again the world’s top carmaker. The auto industry added more than 230,000 jobs since June 2009, and 2011 was the strongest year of industry job growth since 1994.

“This is a stark contrast with our opponent in this race who advocated that we ‘let Detroit go bankrupt’ when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse.

“Our campaign is focused on getting the middle class to victory lane. As you get ready to drop the green flag for another great race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, we thank you again for your offer, and I can assure you that supporters of the President will be there in force.”

Gov. Jindal appoints Baton Rouge businessman to Superdome Commission

New Orleans Times-Picayune Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:54 AM PDT

BATON ROUGE — Gregg Patterson of Baton Rouge has been named to a seat on the Louisiana Superdome Commission by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The board, formally known as the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, oversees the Mercedes-Benz Superdome; the nearby Arena, home of the New Orleans Hornets; the Alario Center near Westwego; the Saints training facility on Airline Drive; Zephyr Stadium, located next door to the Saints training facility; and the TPC-Louisiana golf course. Gregg Patterson is president of G.A.S. Investments and was former pitcher for LSU baseball team.

June 21, 2012 Headlines: Lebron wins 1 of many, Former NFL Players vs. NFLPA vs. AFL-CIO, ‘n’ Title IX and need for modification?

Congratulations to Lebron James and the Miami Heat in winning the 2012 NBA Championship

NBA Finals MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat holds the championship trophy after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. AFP:Getty Images

Obama, Jeremy Lin, Eli Manning, David Beckam star in PSA against dating violence

Yahoo! News Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:22 AM PDT

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, baseball’s Joe Torre, New York Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin, New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and soccer celebrity David Beckham along with others star in a new White House-produced public service announcement condemning violence against women.

Video: Biden jealous Phillies baseball star

Vice President Joe Biden, Jimmy Rollins (C) and David Price

CBS News Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:36 PM PDT

Vice President Joe Biden teamed up with MLB player Jimmy Rollins and other star athletes for a PSA against dating violence. At the launch on Thursday, Biden said his wife Jill was a huge Phillies fan, which causes some jealousy towards Rollins.

20 former players ask AFL-CIO to expel NFLPA

NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk Thu, 21 Jun 2012

With the NFL and NFLPA at odds on various fronts and thousands of former players suing the NFL, 20 retired players (including seven Hall of Famers) have now requested that the AFL-CIO expel the players’ union.  They are:  Joe DeLamielleure, Paul Krause, Lem Barney, Bruce Laird, John Hannah, Elvin Bethea, Ron Yary, Conrad Dobler, John Riggins, Al “Bubba” Baker, Reggie McKenzie, Billy Joe Dupree, Ken Stabler, Roman Gabriel, George Visger, Tommy Nobis, Fred Smerlas, Art Sill, Myron Pottios, and Lou Piccone. The request comes via letter from lawyer Michael Hausfeld (pictured) to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.  Citing remarks by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith that acknowledge a “moral obligation . . . to retired players” that must manifest itself in “both words and deeds,” the players claim that the NFLPA has failed on both counts.

AFL-CIO quickly rejects request to expel NFLPA

NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:18 PM PDT

The NFLPA didn’t officially respond to the effort by 20 former players to expel the union from the AFL-CIO, perhaps because it didn’t need to. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka has rejected the request, communicated in a letter written by lawyer Michael Hausfeld, to kick the football players’ union out of the organization.

Title IX at 40: Lilly a product of equal rights law

Kristine Lilly, United States’ against Canada during the Gold Cup women’s championship on Nov. 26, 2006 (AP Photo:Jae C. Jong,File)

Greenwich Time Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:36 PM PDT

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX into law, forever changing the face of women’s athletics. Former soccer star Kristine Lilly is one of the many who benefited from Title IX, which ensures equal rights for women. Here’s her story.

David Moulton: Eliminating football from equation would make Title IX even better

Naples Daily News Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:29 PM PDT

…Title IX changed America. Without it, colleges never would have funded women’s athletics because they largely lose money. Thankfully, they had no choice…the fact that football eats up 85 scholarships, many times more than any other women’s team (or men’s, for that matter) requires. So if a school plays football, they automatically have to add a disproportionate number of women’s sports to their athletic department just to be in compliance with Title IX. What has ended up happening in many cases is that a growing number of men’s teams have been cut from the athletic department so that the numbers balance out. That goes against the very core of Title IX. Equal participation, no matter what sex you are

Rutgers’ Stringer added to State Dept. council

New Jersey Herald Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:02 PM PDT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) – Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer has been invited to join a State Department council on women and sports. The announcement was made Thursday by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Stringer will join a group that includes current and retired athletes and coaches, executives, journalists and trailblazers in women’s sports. Among the council’s members are soccer star Mia Hamm, tennis great Billie Jean King, figure skater Michelle Kwan and golfer Annika Sorenstam. The council’s mission is to empower women and girls through sports.

The Olympics: History of the Fusion Between Politics and Sports

Bleacher Report Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:31 AM PDT

As long as there have been nations there has been political intervention in national and international athletics. Since the violent but prestigious wrestling, boxing and stick fighting days between dominant social classes of Mesopotamia, human history has produced many examples of cross political-athletic pollination. One of the first cases involved Ancient Greece. Greece is notorious for blending politics with sports. During Olympic Games, Greek leaders discussed important political issues, celebrated military victories and formed political and military alliances. In this slideshow I will highlight seven modern occurrences when Olympic sports fused with politics.  Begin Slideshow

 Mark Teixeira: Harlem RBI: Empowering Youth Through Sports

Huffington Post Wed, 20 Jun 2012

Harlem RBI uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams — just as baseball helped me to realize my dreams.

Lance Armstrong took the defeat of cancer and turned it into a victory for all those affected. Michael Phelps used the $1 million bonus he earned from Speedo to work with various charitable programs to promote water safety and encourage youth swimming. Alyssa Milano launched UNICEF‘s famous Trick or Treat campaign. And Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier is as famous for his work as an environmentalist as he is for his acting, and he most recently shattered the record for the most expensive bottle of whiskey ever sold at auction, bidding it off for $94,000 benefiting SHFT’s green initiatives.

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