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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

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!”

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.

June 4, 2012 Headlines: A first Commencement speech at Marlins Park, an NFL victory on Bounties, ‘n’ politics in Tim Thomas’ future?

NFL wins arbitration ruling in bounty case

Washington Examiner Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:57 AM PDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator ruled Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system. The NFL Players Association challenged Goodell’s power to impose penalties for what the league says was a three-year bounty program that targeted specific players. Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, took only five days to determine that Goodell has the power to punish the players under the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout.

Baseball champ facing possible failure in business

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:18 PM PDT

Three-time World Series champion Curt Schilling was always more than a big-league pitcher.He blogged, called into talk radio to sound off on sports or politics, campaigned for Republican candidates, immersed himself in World War II history, raised millions for Lou Gehrig’s disease — and passionately played video games.

Why Is America Doing Absoutely Nothing on The Euro and Spain?

ForbesSun, 03 Jun 2012 22:54 PM PDT

Cameron celebrates as Obama and Merkel look on, White House

I think one photograph will come back to haunt Barack Obama. At least if I was Mitt Romney I would make plenty of it. I’d be saying things like: what was the leader of the free world doing as American investors were being burned by problems created by the Euro? The answer in this case is – he was watching soccer.

Only Tim Thomas Knows What Tim Thomas is Thinking With Year Off Announcement (Video)

New England Sports Network Sun, 03 Jun 2012 20:48 PM PDT

Tim Thomas is clearly a complicated, multifaceted guy. Earlier this year it was his outspoken snubbing of President Barack Obama’s invitation to the White House to celebrate the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship. Now it’s his retirement — with a year left on his contract — to focus on what he referred to as “the three F’s.” But will Thomas really just skip all of the 2012-2013 season? Before the Stanley Cup final is even finished, speculation is already rampant as to whether or not Thomas will get the desire to play again some time next year. Just one year removed from nearly singlehandedly willing the Bruins to the Cup, he still has the ability. But will he have the desire at some point? Right now that answer appears to be no.

Joe Biden to address Cypress Bay graduation at Marlins Park today

Sun Sentinel June 4, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden threw Cypress Bay High School a bit of a curveball when he announced he would deliver the keynote address at the school’s graduation ceremony. But as a result, the Weston public school will not only score a high profile commencement speaker today, it will make the record books as the first to hold its commencement in the new Marlins Park.

How Many Times Can You Turn 40?

The Georgetown DishJune 3, 2012

Tom McMillen, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Tydings, Photo by Neshan H. Naltchayan

Tom McMillen turns 40 a lot. McMillen is a retired NBA professional basketball player, Rhodes Scholar and Democratic U.S. Congressman who represented the 4th congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1987 to January 3, 1993.  He celebrated his  “40th”  birthday at the Georgetown home of lobbyist and Democratic strategist Tommy Quinn.

Factoids from Wikipedia: McMillen is thought to be the tallest-ever member of Congress. At 6 feet 11 inches, he is two feet taller than current Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski who is believed to be the shortest representative ever. McMillen was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team that lost a controversial game to the Soviet Union. Read more here.