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June 20, 2012 Headlines: NFL Bounty agreement, Title IX, ‘n’ a “nation of wusses”

Senator sees Goodell, calls off bounty hearing

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell joined Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Capitol Hill, AP

The Washington Times Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:58 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) – A high-ranking senator is calling off a proposed hearing on bounties in professional sports because he is satisfied with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s response to the issue, including setting up an anonymous hotline. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, met with Goodell on Wednesday. The meeting came about three months after Durbin first said he wanted Congress to examine whether federal law should make it a crime to have a bounty system…

Among the steps that persuaded Durbin to abandon a hearing: Posters will be put in locker rooms about bounties and will include information for a hotline so players can report bounty-related activity, and there will be a new bounty section in the players’ handbook.

The NFL Players Association, in a written statement, called for a hearing. “We thank the Senator for his interest on these important issues. Given this keen interest, the players hope and expect that the Commissioner and the Senator will commit to a hearing on health and safety in the NFL in the near future,” the statement said.

QB Brees clarifies bounties, weapons analogy

ESPN Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:23 PM PDT

One day after tweeting an analogy comparing the NFL’s bounty investigation to former President George W. Bush’s administration using the media to shape public opinion on Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction, Drew Brees sought to clarify his point…”My comments about ‘weapons of mass destruction’ had nothing to do with politics or war,” Brees said in the text. “I have an extreme respect for our military and have not nor will I ever compare football to war. They are the soldiers, they risk their lives, they defend our freedom and make this world a safer place. “I was merely drawing an analogy to explain how a media campaign can strongly influence public perception. I apologize if i offended anyone. This bounty allegation is a serious matter that affects the lives and careers of a lot of people and the integrity of the game. We need to make sure the process is fair and correct and that the truth is revealed rather than predetermined conclusions.”

Title IX at 40: Lobo had equal-rights law behind her — and a strong-willed mother

Stamford AdvocateWed, 20 Jun 2012 16:44 PM PDT

Rebecca Lobo, University of Connecticut Huskies star center wins the NCAA Womens Basketball Championship on April 2,1995 Photo- Matthew Stockman, Getty Images : 1995 Getty Images

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX into law, forever changing the face of women’s athletics. Former UConn basketball player Rebecca Lobo is one of the many who benefited from Title IX. Here’s her story.

Leonsis: Flat screens on arena mean cash

The Washington Times Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:02 PM PDT

Ted Leonsis told a D.C. Council committee on Wednesday that his controversial plan to put high-definition flat screens outside the Verizon Center could help teams inside the downtown arena lift the Stanley Cup or don championship rings one day. Mr. Leonsis, president and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the arena and the city’s Capitals, Wizards and Mystics pro sports teams, testified that pending legislation to help him obtain up to nine HD panels would fill city coffers with tax revenue and provide his company with the kind of advertising revenue needed to sign big-name athletes.

On the Record with Ed Rendell

Pittsburgh City Paper Wed, 20 Jun 2012 03:02 AM PDT

“I was clearly not a wuss.” by Charlie Deitch During his eight years as Pennsylvania governor, Ed Rendell was never afraid to speak his mind. And in December 2010, after a blizzard in Philadelphia forced the cancellation of an Eagles football game, Rendell went on TV to complain we were becoming a “nation of wusses.”

German delegation visits World War II site

Greenwich Time Wed, 20 Jun 2012 06:06 AM PDT

President of the German SoccerFederation, DFB, Wolfgang Niersbach, fourth from right, and secretary General of DFB Helmut Sandrock, second right, hold flowers as they attend a wreath laying ceremony in Gdansk, Poland, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at the Westerplatte memorial for victims of the Polish resistance at the beginning of World War II.

President of the German Soccer Federation, DFB, Wolfgang Niersbach, fourth from right, and secretary General of DFB Helmut Sandrock, second right, attend wreath laying ceremony in Gdansk, Poland, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at the Westerplatte memorial for victims of the Polish resistance at the beginning of World War II. Photo- Dapd, Oliver Lang/AP.jpg

June 19, 2012 Headlines: DemoCrips and ReBloodlicans, NFL Commish & wanna-be replacement, ‘n’ defecting Cubans

NFL’s Goodell To Meet With Sen. Durbin

KATC 3 Lafayette Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:44 PM PDT

A high-ranking Senator will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to talk about bounties in professional football. The office of Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, says he and Goodell will meet for about 15 minutes Wednesday, then appear together at a news conference.

 Drew Brees compares evidence for bounties to evidence for WMDs

NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk Tue, 19 Jun 2012 04:03 AM PDT

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has offered up an interesting analogy for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s case that some of Brees’s coaches and teammates on the Saints were involved in a bounty program: Brees says it’s reminiscent of President George W. Bush’s case for the Iraq War…“If NFL fans were told there were ‘weapons of mass destruction’ enough times, they’d believe it,” Brees wrote. “But what happens when you don’t find any????”

The Death Of A Meme: Harry Reid Says ‘Clown Question, Bro’

Mediaite Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:57 PM PDT

I am not cool.* So uncool that, until a day or so ago, I didn’t know about the viral meme that had erupted around baseball superstar (and guy who doesn’t actually represent all conservative ideals ) Bryce Harper “That’s a clown question, bro” comment. However, as I am not a politician, I’m not nearly as uncool as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who quoted the comment today on Capitol Hill …Audio

Talking Politics | Fred Leonhardt Sports as a community builder

WMFE Orlando Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:34 AM PDT

Sports are always a common theme. From a construction worker to a CEO we can find common ground. The Mayors of Orlando and Orange County have come together to support the Citrus bowl and sports in this community.

Cuban players missing from Puerto Rican tournament

The Washington Times Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:39 PM PDT

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (AP) – The president of the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation says five Cuban players are missing from an international tournament. Carlos Beltran says the five men did not show at practice Tuesday just before a game against Nicaragua. Cuba lost to the Bahamas 81-66 on Monday. The teams are in Puerto Rico for the Centrobasket Championship 2012. Some Cuban athletes in the past have used international competitions as an opportunity to defect. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and Cubans who make it to the island generally are allowed to apply for legal residence.

Lt. governor talks with biz leaders

The Marion StarTue, 19 Jun 2012 04:08 AM PDT

Marion Blue Racers general manager Lamonte Coleman, left, presents a football to Lt. Governor Mary Taylor after a roundtable discussion with area business leaders Monday at the Can Do! building. : James Miller:The Marion Star

MARION — A smile on her face, Ohio’s lieutenant governor told her audience of an impromptu restaurant conversation with the Jacksonville Jaguars owner in which she disclosed she’d like to be the NFL commissioner.

Putin hopes to visit London Olympics to watch judo

The Associated Press via Yahoo! Canada Sports Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:56 AM PDT

MOSCOW (AP) Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says he plans to come to London Olympics in private capacity and watch the judo competition. Putin said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will lead the Russian official delegation at the games. Putin, a judo black belt holder…

Ex Ukrainian PM’s daughter urges UK to withdraw president’s invitation to Olympics

ANI via Yahoo! India News Tue, 19 Jun 2012 03:50 AM PDT

Kiev, June 19 (ANI): Eugenia Tymoshenko, the daughter of the jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has urged Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron to withdraw President Viktor Yanukovych’s invitation to this year’s Olympics.

Former Governor, Frogman, Pro Wrestler, Actor, Biker Jesse Ventura on His Latest Book: Democrips and Rebloodicans; Supports Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson’s Libertarian Presidential Bid; Talks Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, His Relationship with Vince McMahon After Not Endorsing Linda, Expendables II, More

CY Interview  Mon, 11 Jun 2012

“If Ron Paul drops completely out, Gary Johnson will have my complete support, absolutely. And even if Ron Paul, wait, let me say this, even if Ron Paul stays in, Gary Johnson might get my support anyway. You know, totally you can go public and state that I will endorse Gary Johnson for president.”

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.

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

Emanuel makes pitch for Super Bowl

Mayor Rahm Emanuel & NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

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

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

Soldier Field First LEED Certified Stadium in NFL

NBC ChicagoThu, 31 May 2012 08:56 AM PDT

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

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

Dewhurst picks up Craig James endorsement

YNN.com Thu, 31 May 2012 14

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

Democratic convention displaces Panthers practice prior to Week One

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

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

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

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

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