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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)

Oct 24-Nov 2, 2012 Headlines: MLB’s AL winning WS vs. Redskin Rule, MNF Presidential Interview, ‘n’ Obama ‘not that good’…at basketball

Carolina Panthers beat Washington Redskins 21-13

Rooting for an intersection of football and politics? Keep the ‘Redskins Rule’ to Mitt Romney

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Sun, Nov 4 2012

The Carolina Panthers beat the Washington Redskins, 21-13, on Sunday afternoon at Washington D.C.’s FedEx Field…and if a “Redskins Rule”…holds true, it’s very good news for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

NFL Halftime Interviews with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

TV Film News  Thurs, Nov 1 2012

ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Saints Host Eagles; Chris Berman Expected to Conduct Halftime Interviews with Presidential Candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney…On the eve of the U.S. Presidential Election, the MNF halftime is expected to include conversations with both candidates. Chris Berman is scheduled to conduct one-on-one interviews with President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in one of the final national television appearances for both before the nation casts its vote the next day.

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Play Ball: What Your Favorite Sports Say About Your Politics

National Journal Fri, Oct 26 2012

Every four years, the seasons of big-time sports and major league politics overlap, beginning with the Summer Olympics and ending with a U.S. presidential election. As we show, the allegiances of American sports fans say a lot about their political leanings and likelihood of voting.

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Presidential Election Predictions/Endorsements

Obama will win White House if Giants win World Series: Analysis

Newstrack India    Wed, Oct 24 2012

ANI: If President Barack Obama wants to stay at the White House, he will be rooting for the San Francisco Giants to beat the Detroit Tigers in the upcoming World Series. According to analysis of World Series victories and presidential election history by Major League Baseball (MLB), an American League win signifies that the Republican nominee will win, while a National League win correlates with a Democratic win. A Republican candidate has won 59 percent of the time when an AL team has won, Politico reports.

Wayne Rooney the Prezmaker happy to put his political clout behind Barack Obama

Telegraph.co.uk   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

When the present England captain finally gave his long-awaited US presidential endorsement this week, he chose studiedly unpoetic language to reflect the drably prosaic nature of the campaign itself. “Watched all the presidential debates,” tweeted Rooney on Tuesday, just a few hours after the last of the trio ended in Florida. “If I had to vote would vote for Obama.”

Star-powered political rallies get party started

Seattle Post Intelligencer   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball great Hank Aaron is a Barack Obama guy. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is in Mitt Romney‘s camp. From athletes and astronauts to singers and Hollywood stars, a growing line of celebrities is turning up at fancy dinners and rallies to build support and get out the vote for Obama or Romney, the president’s Republican challenger.

NFL legends rally for Obama

Jim Brown & Franco Harris. Photo by Brenda J. Linert

 

Warren Tribune Chronicle   Sun, Oct 28 2012

WARREN – Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown quipped that he was a bit perplexed Saturday morning as he stood inside the United Steelworkers Local 1375 Hall…”I am here in Cleveland Browns territory, right?” he said as he stood before hundreds, with many clad in black and gold “Steel Blitz for Barack” T-shirts. Beside Brown were several former players from rival Pittsburgh Steelers, including hall of fame running back Franco Harris, and even Jim Rooney, son of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney.

Pro wrestler tattoos Mitt Romney’s logo on face for $15000

Eric Hartsburg shows off his new tattoo, twitter.com

Los Angeles Times   Mon, Oct 29 2012

It’s things like this that make it difficult to be a fan of professional wrestling. Independent pro wrestler Eric Hartsburg, who I’m assume wrestles under the name The Ultimate Idiot, auctioned off tattoo advertising space on his face for $15,000 on EBay. The winner, who has yet to be named, chose the logo of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Hartsburg had the tattoo placed on his right temple.

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World Series

Pelosi, SF Mayor Lee Place World Series Bets With Detroit Counterparts

CBS Local   Wed, Oct 24 2012

Pelosi made the wager with four of her Democratic colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives over whether the San Francisco Giants or Detroit Tigers will win the World Series, starting Wednesday evening at AT&T Park. If the Giants win, Congressmen John Dingell, John Conyers, Sandy Levin and Hansen Clarke—all of whom represent the Detroit area—will have to send Pelosi delicacies from their home city, including chocolate and other foods. But if the Tigers take the title, Pelosi will have to send the Detroit congressmen some chocolate from Ghirardelli, TCHO and See’s Candies.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing debates San Francisco mayor on World Series, stops short of putting mustache on the line

MLive.com   Wed, Oct 24 2012

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (L) and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee (R)

DETROIT, MI – Mayor Dave Bing stopped short of putting his mustache on the line, but didn’t pull any punches in a debate on the World Series with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee this morning…The two instead agreed to put in a day of service in the winning mayor’s city.

Giants’ Pablo Sandoval gets 300 texts, salute from Hugo Chavez

Los Angeles Times   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval

SAN FRANCISCO – …On Wednesday, when Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants became the fourth player ever to hit three home runs in a World Series game, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tweeted his congratulations…Of the 50 players on both teams, 20 are foreign-born, breaking the previous record of 16. The countries represented, in addition to the United States and Venezuela: the Dominican Republic (nine players) and Puerto Rico (two).

Chavez jokes about Venezuelans in World Series

Yahoo! Canada Sports    Fri, Oct 26 2012

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez joked that so many Venezuelan players are in the World Series that next year it should be played in the South American country. This year a record nine Venezuelans are on the rosters for the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers. Chavez remarked during a televised Cabinet meeting Friday night that if the team’s starting lineups are taken together, Venezuelans account for a third of the players. He referred to President Barack Obama as he joked: ”I think the next World Series, Obama, you’re going to have to play it here in Venezuela, because it’s Venezuelans all over the place.”

Jerry Brown, other elected pols had seats for Giants’ wins in SF

Los Angeles Times   Mon, Oct 29 2012

The Giants’ World Series games against the Detroit Tigers last week in San Francisco were the hottest tickets in town, but while most Californians couldn’t get seats unless they were willing to pay brokers highly inflated prices,  the state’s elected officials were given special access to buy premium tickets from the ballclub. That explained why Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was sitting in the premium field club seats for Game 1 on Wednesday, where he got to see Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs. The special arrangement for elected officials allowed him to buy two tickets for $535 each, which an aide said was face value. Gov. Jerry Brown and state Attorney Gen. Kamala Harris attended Game 2 on Thursday night, with Brown tweeting a picture from his seat with the message “Great Night in San Francisco.”

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NEWS

Anti-Obama ad to air on ESPN during Ohio State-Penn State game

Columbus Dispatch (blog)   Fri, Oct 26 2012

An anti-Obama political ad sponsored by Crossroads Generation, a Republican-backed  Super PAC, will hit ESPN during the Ohio State-Penn State football game from Happy Valley tomorrow. Game time is 5:30 p.m. The 60-second ad, called The Poster, is a fascinating visual depiction of what the GOP sees as younger voters’ disenchantment with President Barack Obama and his “Change” theme after nearly four years in office. While aimed at younger voters, the potential audience of football fans of all ages will be much greater  airing on ESPN and ESPN2 during the height of the college season.

David Stern: Obama ‘not that good’ at basketball

Washington Post (blog)   Fri, Oct 26 2012

NBA commissioner David Stern said President Obama is “not as good as he thinks he is” at basketball. Stern told Reuters that he is a “loyal” and “passionate” Democrat. But he didn’t let that stand in the way of honestly assessing the president’s on-the-court abilities.“He’s a lefty. He goes the same way every time,” Stern explained. Obama is an avid basketball fan who plays pickup games regularly and counts some of the NBA’s top players among his supporters. “The politics of it is the players appreciate him for who he is and what he has accomplished,” Stern said.

Obama on the NHL lockout: ‘Get this done’

Yahoo! Canada Sports   Thurs, Oct 25 2012

President Barack Obama was asked on the Tonight Show on Wednesday if he could “pull some strings” to end the NHL lockout, and he pulled no punches. The question was submitted by a viewer and was met with much laughter from the studio audience, but Obama insisted: “I do have a comment on this. “Every time these things happen I just want to remind the owners and players: You guys make money because you’ve got awhole bunch of fans out there who are working really hard — they buy tickets, they’re watching on TV. “Y’all should be able to figure this out. Get this done.”

Former President George W. Bush addresses SMU before Saturday’s game with Memphis: ‘He told us to kick (posterior)’

College Sports Blog   Sat, Oct 27 2012

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura served as honorary coin flippers before SMU’s game with Memphis, and President Bush addressed the Mustangs with a pre-game speech. “He told us to kick (posterior),” said quarterback Garrett Gilbert. “It was an incredible opportunity to get to meet a guy like that, and then to have him come back and give us kind of a pep talk before the game…that was pretty special.”

Steelers-Giants gets OK from New Jersey governor despite Sandy

CBSSports.com   Fri, Nov 2 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The game between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday will be played despite transportation and power issues and growing concerns for weary and heartbroken residents displaced and devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday and Christie assured him that game would not divert any major resources from relief efforts. Speaking at news conference in Brick at the opening of a FEMA office, Christie said only a few state troopers are assigned to the game and it was really a decision for the NFL to make.

NFL franchises in talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson over Olympic Stadium

Telegraph.co.uk   Tues, Oct 30 2012

National Football League franchises are in talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson’s office over becoming the anchor tenant of the Olympic Stadium, Telegraph Sport can reveal. The discussions began during the NFL regular-season games at the weekend, which brought four gridiron teams to Wembley. Johnson is chairman of the company operating the stadium, the London Legacy Development Corporation. His negotiations could cast a significant shadow over the prospects of West Ham United or Leyton Orient taking over the venue. A spokesman for the mayor, who recently signed a deal doubling the number of regular-season match days the NFL spends in the city to two, said: “Given the ever-growing popularity of gridiron this side of the Atlantic the mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities for NFL in London.

Sean Penn given a long to-do list by Bolivian president

OregonLive.com   Wed, Oct 31 2012

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (R) and Sean Penn (L) in La Paz, Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia — It’s not clear whether Sean Penn knew ahead of his visit to Bolivia of the missions he’d be asked to assume by President Evo Morales. Cabinet chief Juan Ramon Quintana told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting that Morales asked the Oscar-winning actor to defend the chewing of coca leaf before the United Nations, lobby Chile to restore Bolivia’s long-lost access to the Pacific Ocean and help persuade the United States to extradite a former Bolivian president. Penn is already a goodwill ambassador for Haiti, where he has won respect for his post-earthquake charity work.

Nets-Knicks opener in Brooklyn postponed

CBSSports.com   Thurs, Nov 1 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – Barclays Center sits right above a major mass-transit hub, an ideal destination for fans throughout New York. Not right now, though. With those subways knocked out by Hurricane Sandy and no way of knowing how fans would get there, the city’s mayor decided this isn’t the time for a game. So Michael Bloomberg asked the NBA to postpone Thursday’s highly anticipated opener between the Knicks and Nets, and the league agreed Wednesday.

Mayor Bloomberg says NYC Marathon canceled

BlueRidgeNow.com   Fri, Nov 2 2012

NEW YORK — The New York City Marathon is off, and a marathon ride into the city prompted Dwyane Wade to help those still dealing with the horrendous aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the cancellation of the marathon on Friday, just hours after insisting that the race needed to be run Sunday as scheduled to help the city continue recovering from the massive storm. Instead, Bloomberg said the “controversy and division” about whether the race should be run caused the change of plans. “We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track,” Bloomberg said.

Ex-NFL player aims for US Rep. Labrador’s seat

Albany Times Union   Sat, Oct 27 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When Jimmy Farris first came back to Idaho to run for Congress, he was best known for his career as a professional football player…In the early days of his first political race, the 34-year-old Democrat from Lewiston says he imagined incorporating those feats into his campaign speeches or a television ad. The ad’s tagline, he says, would go something like this: “Jimmy Farris once ran against a horse and won. He ran against one of the world’s greatest athletes and won. Labrador you’re next.” (Republican incumbent Raul Labrador)

Selig supports Rays’ effort to land new stadium

MLB.com    Fri, Oct 26 2012

A day after Commissioner Bud Selig showed his support for the Rays’ attempt to get a new stadium, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster denied the team’s request on Friday to explore potential sites in Hillsborough County, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Selig told the media before Game 2 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants on Thursday that he planned to speak with Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg for an update on the stadium situation, and that he and Sternberg would make a judgment call soon on whether Major League Baseball will continue to be patient with the slow pace of progress in Tampa Bay’s search for a new stadium and site.

Tainted cyclist Lance Armstrong had Livestrong charity lobby on Capitol Hill on his Behalf

New York Daily News    Wed, Oct 24 2012

The relationship between Armstrong and his foundation has been under a microscope since Oct. 10, when USADA released its explosive report explaining why it stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life…Meanwhile, Livestrong’s lobbying efforts on behalf of its founder raised ethical red flags, according to Sandra Miniutti, a spokeswoman for Charity Navigator, a watchdog organization…A spokesman for Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) told the Wall Street Journal this year that Armstrong’s lobbyist, echoing talking points from the embattled cyclist’s lawyers, raised questions about the fairness of USADA’s investigation. Serrano was apparently targeted because he serves on the House Appropriations Committee. About two-thirds of USADA’s $14 million annual budget comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is funded by Congress.

Schilling calls lawsuit ‘political’

FOXSports.com   Fri, Nov 2 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling on Friday called a lawsuit brought against him by Rhode Island’s economic development agency ”political” and denied wrongdoing in connection with a $75 million loan guarantee the state gave his failed video game company, 38 Studios…Schilling said he had not yet seen the lawsuit, but believes he’s being sued in part because of critical comments he made about Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s handling of the situation. The deal with 38 Studios was struck in 2010, under the leadership of former Republican Gov. Don Carcieri. Chafee, an independent, was harshly critical of the deal as a candidate, but said he wanted to see the company succeed once he became governor. Schilling has accused Chafee of not doing enough to help 38 Studios stay afloat and publicly called him a ”buffoon” and a ”dunce of epic proportions.” Chafee opposed giving the company more financial support after it began having money troubles, saying it did not have a viable plan for survival.

Oct 6-18, 2012 Headlines: Athlete endorsements, VP Candidate football visits, ‘n’ NY/NJ MMA & NCAA Battles

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush with St Louis Cardinals Andre Roberts, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Rich Bartel, and Sam Acho

The Cardinals and the Presidents

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush with St Louis Cardinals Andre Roberts, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Rich Bartel, and Sam Acho

AZCardinals.com (blog)   Thurs, Oct 11 2012

Larry Fitzgerald has had a chance to be around former President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton before — because, you know, that’s how he rolls — but the Cardinals wide receiver and a handful of teammates got a few minutes in with both Wednesday night, an experience they weren’t going to forget. Kicker Jay Feely (who has played golf with Bush, actually), linebacker Sam Acho, wide receiver Andre Roberts and former Cards quarterback Rich Bartel all joined Fitz at the debate/speeches by the former Presidents at the Deutsche Bank Financial Summit. Before the event, for about 20 minutes, the quartet even got to sit and chat with the Presidents, talking “sports and policy,” Feely said. And also about Acho’s background. Fitzgerald went to Africa with Clinton in the offseason to help distribute hearing aids together. The subject came up and Fitzgerald pointed out to Clinton that Acho too had done charity work  in Nigeria…“It was great listening and learning from them,” said Feely, who has talked about his own desire about getting into politics when his football career is over.

Coach Dungy asks Obama, Romney to make fatherhood an issue

Washington Times (blog)   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

Super Bowl-winning football coach Tony Dungy has started an online petition urging President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to make fatherhood a top campaign issue. Mr. Dungy said he was urging both of the major candidates to “put the issue of fatherhood at the forefront of our nation’s attention as you discuss issues publicly in the final stretch of this campaign,” according to a statement on the petition’s website. “Now more than ever, American families need strong leadership. I trust and pray that you agree and will stand with us to make tackling the issue of fatherlessness a priority.”

Obama camp taps NBA, NFL stars

CNN (blog)   Mon, Oct 8 2012

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s campaign is tapping into some athletic star power in three new web videos meant to encourage sports fans to register to vote for the president…”It means keeping your eye on the ball and never losing sight of what’s most important,” says seven-time NBA all-star Alonso Mourning. “I believe America is still the greatest country in the world, and I am voting for President Obama.” Current and former NBA and WNBA players Dahntay Jones, Harrison Barnes, Etan Thomas, Kym Hampton, Vince Carter, and Juwan Howard are all shown wearing Obama 2012 basketball jerseys while listing off reasons why they support the president.

NFL Players Join Obama’s Team To Get Out The Vote

Huffington Post   Fri, Oct 5 2012

Three NFL players touted their support for President Barack Obama in a web video released Friday and encouraged viewers to register to vote. Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears (Obama’s team), Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Antoine Bethea of the Indianapolis Colts star in the video. “And the other side is out there, ready to tear it all down,” Jones Drew says. “So are you are going to sit down and let that happen? Or stand up and speak out?” Forte says. “Go to Gottavote.org right now,” Jones Drew says.

New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Makes Play for Obama to get Latinos to Polls

New York Giants Victor Cruz

Fox News   Mon, Oct 8 2012

Stepping away from the field, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has a message he wants to share with the Latino community that has nothing to do with football. Instead Cruz is making a play for President Obama, campaigning for his re-election in a new video targeted towards Latino voters.

Romney counters with his own NFL star, Bengals’ legend Anthony Munoz

Washington Times (blog)   Sat, Oct 13 2012

Mr. Romney has been campaigning throughout battleground Ohio with his own NFL star, Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, the former Cincinnati Bengal many consider the game’s all-time best offensive lineman…On Saturday afternoon at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, Mr. Romney drew raucous cheers after acknowledging Mr. Munoz during his stump speech. Mr. Munoz, the only member of the Bengals franchise to be selected to the NFL Hall of Fame, has long been a fixture in conservative politics in Ohio.

Palm Beach NFL Owners Gang up on Obama!

Gossip Extra   Tues, Oct 16 2012

No fewer than three — count ‘em — three owners of National Football League teams are among the organizers of one of the last Florida fundraisers for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before the November 6 election. Gossip Extra has learned that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Washington Redskins part-owner Dwight Schar and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson are among those involved in two big-money anti-Barack Obama events Saturday afternoon in Palm Beach…“It’s a business thing not a sports thing: Every businessman in the country is voting for Romney except those who get subsidies,”  said local Republican boss Sid Dinerstein. “Whether you’re in NASCAR or the owner of the Redskins, you’re not just a successful business guy. You have $1 billion or more.”

Olympic figure skater campaigns for Romney in NH

Auburn Citizen   Tues, Oct 16 2012

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Figure skating champion Scott Hamilton is heading to New Hampshire to campaign for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket. Hamilton, winner of the 1984 Olympic gold medal and a four-time world champion, will be part of a bus tour Tuesday, with stops planned in Nashua, Rindge, New London, Henniker and Manchester. The campaign says Hamilton will emphasize that the nation needs the kind of leadership Romney showed in saving the 2002 Winter Olympics from massive budget shortfalls.

NBA’s Spencer Hawes endorses Romney

The Hill   Tues, Oct 16 2012

Basketball’s Spencer Hawes (Sacramento Kings) plans to use his height to Mitt Romney’s advantage during the remaining three weeks before the election…this year that he is not a supporter of noted basketball fan President Obama, or of the president’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. When the Supreme Court handed down its ruling that the healthcare reform legislation is constitutional in June, Hawes tweeted: “Ronald Reagan is spinning in his grave. We might as well be in Russia in 1983.”..The Romney campaign earlier this week announced a coalition of “Sportsmen for Romney” that included baseball Hall of Fame’s Wade Boggs and Olympic medalist Kim Rhode, but Hawes was not among them. Members of the Romney campaign re-tweeted Hawes’s tweet on Tuesday.

Mitt Romney praises Detroit Tigers, then hears opposition in Metro Detroit roar

MLive.com   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

DETROIT, MI – Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Detroit native, appeared to make a kind gesture on Twitter Thursday night after the Tigers beat the Yankees and earned their second trip to the World Series since 2006. He praised the team for their accomplishment; then his political opposition in Metro Detroit appeared to go on attack.  At least 12 of the first 18 responses to Romney’s post left on his Twitter page appeared to share an anti-Romney sentiment. And it was pretty clear by 9:30 p.m. Thursday that negative posts in Metro Detroit to Romney’s message appeared to trump positive ones for his potential presidency. That being said, Romney’s Tigers message – at that time – was “favorited” by users 730 times and re-tweeted 2,615 times.

President Obama meets with Wisconsin basketball team during campaign stop

NBCSports.com   Sun, Oct 7 2012

President Obama likely won’t need much help winning the youth vote in November’s presidential election, but his decision to meet with the Wisconsin basketball team could very well have secured the votes of 16 young men in the Badger State. After a Twitter campaign by forward Zach Bohannon and some convenient connections to the Obama campaign, the Wisconsin team was able to score a few minutes with Obama before a campaign stop in Madison this week.

Poll: NASCAR fans prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by wide margin

SB Nation   Wed, Oct 10 2012

A new poll released Wednesday by the conservative Race Fans 4 Freedom organization indicates NASCAR fans are more unhappy with the direction of the country than other voters and prefer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama by a wide margin…Romney is preferred by 63 percent of NASCAR fans, while only 34 percent said they prefer Obama (58 percent of the voters surveyed said they are Republicans). Obama has a one-point lead over Romney (49-48) with the general population, the poll found.

 

VP candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, at Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green-Miami University football game, THE BLADE:DAVE ZAPOTOSKY

Crowd greets Ryan at BGSU football game

Toledo Blade   Sat, Oct 13 2012

A cheering crowd greeted GOP running mate Paul Ryan at Bowling Green State University, where he stopped for some tailgating time before today’s football game…where the Falcons were taking on his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio.

VP candidate fumbles QB’s names at Browns practice

FOXSports.com   Wed, Oct 17 2012

Paul Ryan & Browns Left Tackle Joe Thomas

BEREA, OHIO (AP)- On a visit to the Cleveland Browns, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan fumbled. Ryan stopped by the team’s complex with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – a lifelong Cleveland fan – as the Browns were beginning practice Wednesday. While addressing the huddled players, Ryan confused Browns backup quarterback Colt McCoy for starter Brandon Weeden. As Ryan spoke, it became obvious that while he was looking at McCoy, he was talking about Weeden, the rookie from Oklahoma State who got his first NFL win last Sunday on his 29th birthday. A few of the Browns players began laughing quietly while others looked away before the candidate realized his mistake. ”I think he saw the red (practice) jerseys and got us mixed up,” Weeden said. ”But he’s got more important things on his mind right now than me and Colt. It was a good laugh.”

Nats fever sweeps Congress, K Street

The Hill (blog)  Wed, Oct 10 2012

Politics in the District has competition from baseball on Wednesday as the city hosts a playoff game for the first time in nearly 80 years…D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay took the friendly sports rivalry to Twitter, sending each other Photoshopped images of government buildings with their respective city flags flying over them… “Gang of Eight talks will keep me from Nats Park today, but I’m rooting for the @Nationals in today’s playoff,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) tweeted along with the popular hashtag #natitude…Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a big baseball fan, couldn’t make Wednesday’s game either. His office said he is out of the country, but most likely will be getting updates on the game through his iPhone.

San Francisco Super Bowl campaign kicks off with South Bay in the back seat

San Jose Mercury News   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — The official campaign to bring the Super Bowl to the Bay Area kicked off Thursday, and it left no doubt which city will be on center stage. Sorry, Santa Clara. At a news conference in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and other city leaders unveiled official marketing materials led by a logo that shows Golden Gate Bridge-style football goal posts featuring the title “SF Super Bowl.” They boasted of the need to bring the “world-class event to a world-class city,” unveiled the website SFsuperbowl.com and had an opera singer belt out “I left My Heart in San Francisco.” “Go San Francisco Super Bowl!” Lee said as he kicked off

Maryland governor, Ravens linebacker team up for same-sex marriage fundraiser

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, left, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Steve Ruark—Associated Press

 

Washington Post (blog)   Tues, Oct 9 2012

The second floor of the Baltimore bar (Mothers Federal Hill Grille) was the scene of a fundraiser for the cause that had been billed as a Monday Night Football watch party. Many of the 30 or so attendees — some picked by lottery — turned their attention to the Orioles playoff game instead. The TV cameras in the bar were trained on Ayanbadejo, who came with his young family in tow. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is championing next month’s ballot measure to uphold the state’s new same-sex marriage law, was waiting to greet the linebacker. “Awesome of you to do this,” O’Malley, decked out casually in jeans and polo shirt, told Ayanbadejo.

UFC again urges Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ESDC to bring MMA to New York

MMATorch   Thurs, Oct 11 2012

The UFC is continuing their efforts to bring MMA to New York State this week, reaching out to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week amidst reports of a new sports division within the Empire State Development Corporation. According to the New York Post, the division would be put in place “to aggressively seek the expansion of professional and amateur sporting events around the state.”

Well, the UFC believes they are one such sporting endeavor that would help boost tourism and the local economies of the cities in which they could run. With that in mind, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta once again made the case for legalizing the sport in the state.

New Jersey Sports Betting Law Spurs Move by NCAA

New York Times    Tues, Oct 16 2012

The N.C.A.A. is planning to relocate six championships from New Jersey, blaming a new state law there allowing sports betting on collegiate and professional games. The association, which prohibits championships being held in states where gambling on single games is legal, said in a statement released late Monday that the competitions, all planned for next year, would be moved to other locations yet to be determined….The N.C.A.A.’s decision was met with consternation by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who signed the law in January and has called it common-sense public policy. A spokesman for the governor, Michael Drewniak, said in a statement that the law prohibited betting on college games being played in the state or any college game involving a New Jersey team, regardless of where it was played. “The N.C.A.A. wants to penalize New Jersey for responsibly legalizing what occurs illegally every day in every state and often with the participation of organized crime,” the spokesman said. “But the N.C.A.A. looks the other way for that? Ludicrous and hypocritical.”

N.J. Gives Giants Town a Week to Pass Budget, Produce Documents

San Francisco Chronicle   Wed, Oct 17 2012

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration has given East Rutherford, home to the National Football League’s New York Giants and Jets stadium, a week to approve a budget or it may impose one. East Rutherford is the last municipality without a budget out of more than 550 in the state that operate on a calendar year, said Thomas Neff, director of the state’s Local Government Services division. The borough has been locked in a legal battle with the Giants over whether its training center is exempt from a $1.5 million property-tax bill.

Gov. Rick Scott signs youth sports head injury bill at Ponte Vedra High

WJXT Jacksonville   Fri, Oct 12 2012

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited Ponte Vedra High School on Friday to sign a bill designed to help reduce youth sports head injuries. House Bill 291 requires coaches and others to immediately remove players from a game or practice following a head injury and prevents the student-athlete from returning to competition until the player has been cleared by a doctor. “It is important to remember that as much excitement as we get from our children’s sporting events, safety always comes first,” Scott said.

Quinn, Emanuel Spar Over Governor’s Appointee To Sports Board

CBS2 Chicago   Mon, Oct 8 2012

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Quinn are clashing over Quinn’s choice to head the agency that finances and runs some major sports facilities. Kelly Kraft, the governor’s pick to head the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, is a former spokeswoman and assistant agency director for his administration. Emanuel says he has nothing against Kraft personally, but says his own appointees to the sports agency have had business and financial backgrounds…Quinn countered that Kraft is a former assistant budget director. He says the mayor and his operatives should stop questioning her credentials.

Lt. Governor wants to see Albany Devils in Atlantic City permanently

Press of Atlantic City   Fri, Oct 12 2012

ATLANTIC CITY — The New Jersey Devils’ mascot and four former players sat in the front row of a news conference Thursday morning at Boardwalk Hall to promote their minor-league club’s four games this season at the historic building. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno hopes the minor-league team decides to make the Hall its home. “I look forward to … maybe some type of permanent association with the farm team,” Guadagno said of the Devils’ minor-league club in Albany, N.Y., which has the lowest attendance in the American Hockey League.

Mayor urges Capitals owner to end lockout

WTOP   Fri, Oct 12 2012

WASHINGTON – D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he’s asked Capitals owner, Ted Leonsis, to help end the NHL lockout now in its fourth week. “We’ve urged him, whatever he can do, whatever influence he can wield on this, let’s get this over with,” Gray says…But Gray says he’s concerned that any prolonged lockout that erodes further at the season would have a major negative impact on the local economy.

NHL reportedly hires GOP strategist to craft PR campaign

Welland Tribune   Mon, Oct 15 2012

While the NHL and NHLPA work out their differences in a boardroom, the league has hired outside help to find out how the labour dispute is affecting fans. The NHL has hired marketing research firm Luntz Global to perform the research. Luntz Global is run by Frank Luntz, a pollster who has advised the likes of George W. Bush and Stephen Harper. Luntz Global ran a focus group Friday of 30 NHL fans to gauge their reaction to images of hockey and statements related to the league’s labour dispute. According to a report from Deadspin, the focus group was also used to test pro-ownership messages.

St. Louis, San Francisco mayors talking trash, making wagers

CBSSports.com (blog)   Mon, Oct 15 2012

We see this type of thing quite frequently in the NFL, but it seems a bit more rare in baseball. That thing is mayors of two cities (San Francisco and St. Louis) with teams competing for a championship locking horns over their Cardinals and Giants on the Internet. It’s San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee vs. St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay. First, the bet, via sanfranciscosentinel.com:  “The Mayor of the losing city will change his Twitter profile picture to the logo of the winning team for a day. Also, the losing Mayor will send food and beverages traditionally associated with the respective cities so the winning Mayor can invite the community into City Hall for a party to celebrate. Mayor Lee will send dim sum and Anchor Steam Beer. Mayor Slay will send St. Louis barbecue, toasted ravioli and a court of St. Louis brews, led by the King of Beers.”

LB wears Gerald Ford’s number

Michigan linebacker Desmond Morgan awarded the No. 48 jersey (the third jersey Michichigan jersey of former President Ford

ESPN   Sat, Oct 13 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan was awarded the No. 48 jersey (the third jersey Michigan put back into circulation this season) of former United States President Gerald R. Ford (38th president of the United States) prior to Saturday’s game against Illinois. Ford played at Michigan from 1932 to 1934 as a center and a linebacker. He won two national championships in 1932 and 1933 and was named Michigan’s most valuable player in 1934…Morgan is Michigan’s fourth-leading tackler with 28 and tied for the team lead with four tackles for loss. He has 91 tackles and eight tackles for loss in his career.

Condi Rice, college football mascot

Washington Examiner   Sun, Oct 14 2012

College football fans have produced a new, unexpected mascot: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. During ESPN’s pre-game coverage of the Notre Dame/Stanford match-up on Saturday, a large cardboard cutout of Rice bobbed in the crowd behind ESPN guest commentator Vince Vaughn. The mystery remains, however, which school was rallying around the secretary — Rice has a long history with Stanford and is currently a professor there, but she also holds a master’s degree from Notre Dame.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales plays soccer with Peruvian workers in Lima, October 1, 2012. President Morales is in Peru to attend a summit of leaders from South America and Arab states on October 1

August 9-11, 2012 Headlines: Sen. Brown Balls, Soccer shout-out/fundraiser, ‘n’ NY Pol’s support Bills

Team rosters revealed for charity basketball game with Sen. Scott Brown

MassLive.com   Thurs, Aug 9 2012

The Path to Manhood charity basketball game to be held at the Dunbar Y Community Center in Springfield will pit community members and politicos against each other in a winner-take-nothing contest designed to boost two of the city’s non-profit entities that help underprivileged youth.

Obama congratulates US women’s soccer team

Boston.com  Thurs, Aug 9 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — President Barack Obama has congratulated the U.S. women’s soccer team for winning the Olympic gold medal. Obama visited the U.S. Olympic Committee’s training center in Colorado Springs Thursday and singled out the women’s soccer team, which had just finished its gold-medal match. Obama offered a ‘‘special shout-out’’ to the women’s team, which avenged its loss to Japan in last year’s World Cup.

Amb. Rice, Michelle Kwan join presidential delegation to Olympics closing Ceremony

The Hill (blog)   Thurs, Aug 9 2012

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will lead the presidential delegation to the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, the White House announced on Thursday.

The delegation will also include former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and former baseball player Curtis Pride, both members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Reggie Love, the president’s former personal aide and “body man,” is also part of the delegation, along with Deputy National Security Adviser Benjamin Rhodes and U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis B. Susman.

Sen. Charles Schumer has devised a worthwhile proposal to help keep the Bills

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle   Thurs, Aug 9 2012

Two of New York state’s highest-ranking government officials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, proposed ideas Wednesday that they hope will help ensure the long-term viability of the Buffalo Bills in western New York. Schumer held a news conference outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium where he announced that he has written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to alter language in the league’s G-4 loan program that could potentially make the Bills a more attractive property to a potential new owner.

Olympic gold medallists Laura Trott and Chris Hoy tell PM: Hands off sport funding

The Independent   Thurs, Aug 9 2012

Britain’s medallists tell Cameron that we’ll all regret it at Rio Games if he cuts elite sport funding. Britain’s most decorated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy led a succession of medallists yesterday in warning David Cameron of the dire consequences of cutting funding for elite sport. Hoy, who won his sixth gold medal in the velodrome on Tuesday, spoke out as ministers refused to guarantee that current levels of sports spending will be maintained. Funding for elite sport is set to be cut next year, leaving depleted resources when Team GB appears at Brazil in 2016 if it cannot make up the shortfall with lottery money.

Miami Soccer for Obama Tournament to raise funds and fun for Obama 2012 Campaign

South Florida Caribbean News   Wed, Aug 8 2012

Miami – On Saturday, August 18, 2012, 9-5pm, the Florida Finance Committee will host a grassroots 5v5 Soccer for Obama tournament fundraiser at Soccer Town Miami…in Midtown Miami in support of Obama Victory Fund 2012.

July 31, 2012 Headlines: Empty seats & Tweets at the Olympics ‘n’ the Gov & Cam Newton

“There are simply too many corporate seats”: France president wades into Olympic tickets row

GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Mirror.co.uk   Tues, 31 Jul 2012

French President Francois Hollande today weighed into the growing empty Olympic seats row – after claiming the London Games was obsessed with making cash. The Socialist leader, who has a tetchy relationship with David Cameron, slammed the number of corporate seats in the stadiums and said an Olympics in France would hand more tickets to ordinary punters. Mr Hollande also boasted about France’s flying start to the Olympics – which by today had far outstripped team GB’s. He said: “We don’t talk of money, we talk of gold. The problem is that there are simply too many corporate seats.

Swiss Olympic team expels player for racist tweet

Newsvine   Tues, 31 Jul 2012

LONDON — A Swiss soccer player was expelled from the Olympics on Monday for his threatening and racist message on Twitter about South Koreans. The comments by Michel Morganella came hours after Switzerland lost to South Korea. Morganella “discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people,” Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli said through a translator at a news conference. He said the player was stripped of his Olympic accreditation. Morganella is the second athlete kicked off a London Olympics team for offensive Twitter comments

Twitter suspends account of reporter who tweeted email address of NBC Olympics President

New York Daily News   Tues, 31 Jul 2012

Guy Adams, a correspondent for The Independent, was upset with the network’s decision to broadcast the opening ceremony on tape delay when he sent his critical tweet Friday afternoon…”The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven’t started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think!” it read, before going on to provide his corporate email listing. Adams checked his Twitter account Sunday and received a message it was suspended. He then received an email Monday that attributed the move to his tweet that included Zenkel’s email.

Gov. Haley, family visit Panthers to show support

Spartanburg Herald Journal   Tues, 31 Jul 2012

Carolina Panthers owner:founder Jerry Richardson and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Carolina Panthers Tim Kimzey

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is just like most Carolina Panther fans in at least one respect: She was excited to get the chance to meet star quarterback Cam Newton. Haley attended the team’s Wofford training camp Monday to honor owner Jerry Richardson and officially proclaim it Carolina Panthers Day across the state. Before the ceremony, which was held on the sideline during the team’s evening workout, Richardson piloted a golf cart containing Haley — along with her husband, Michael, and son, Nalin — around stretching players.

Fischer Says Louisville Will Pursue Pro Sports Opportunites With “Full Force”

CN2.com   Tues, 31 Jul 2012

During the most recent Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer provided some hope to NBA fans hoping that the city would one day land a franchise. And that’s perhaps a bit of an understatement. During a question-and-answer session with the crowd, Fischer sounded strong in his desire to bring an NBA team to Louisville and for the first time, gave hope to fans wishing that an NBA team would move to Louisville. When asked about the possibility of an NBA team eventually making its home at the Yum! Center, Fischer emphatically stated, “If we have the opportunity, I will pursue it with full force.”

July 28, 2012 Headlines: Olympics: Full slate of female athletes, Ads, ‘n’ a Royal snub

All participating teams in Olympics to have female members, says IOC president Rogge

Pakistan Daily Times   Sat, 28 Jul 2012

By Muhammad Ali 

- Greatest show on Earth begins with Queen-James Bond ‘jumping’ from helicopter and Mr Bean’s hilarious dream

…LONDON: The London Olympics 2012 started with the Queen and James Bond ‘jumping’ from a helicopter…International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge proclaimed: “The Olympic Games are coming home tonight.” Rogge also emphasised that for the first time in Olympic history all participating teams would have female members, in a development he described as ‘a major boost for gender equality’. It was Rogge’s last time as president of the IOC to watch the Olympic flag being raised at an opening ceremony. He will step down in 2013 after completing the maximum two terms.

Political ads during Olympics? Bush waved Iraqi, Afghan flags

Los Angeles Times   Sat, 28 Jul 2012

In 1972, there were 40 democracies in the world. Today, 120 said the commercial for the 2004 Bush campaign. HO, Associated Press : August 13, 2004

For American fans watching on television, the Olympic Games mark an escape from workaday cares and annoyances — like political advertising. That isn’t stopping President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney from trying to score a few friendly political points with pitches during the games — Obama during the opening ceremonies with a nonpartisan ode to the American work ethic and a pro-Romney “super PAC” launching spots about his winning tenure as head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. The ads all will pale in ideological fervor compared to a 2004 spot in which George W. Bush’s reelection campaign used the Olympics to trumpet the president’s democracy drive in the Mideast.  That ad ticked off Olympic officials, who said it violated their exclusive right to the Olympics name.

Michelle Obama snubs Royal Box to sit with Serena’s family

Sydney Morning Herald   Sun, 29 Jul 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama joins Venus Williams (top left) and former gymnast Dominique Dawes in cheering on Serena Williams at the London Olympics tennis tournament. Photo- Getty Images

Serena Williams sure has friends in high places. Usually, the 14-time grand slam winner’s supporters’ box is populated by family members, but for her first-round Olympics match on Saturday there was an addition to the cast: the American First Lady, Michelle Obama. The US president’s wife was a guest of Williams… preferring to sit in the players’ box rather than the Royal Box, where dignitaries are usually planted at the All England Club.

Shevchenko gives up soccer for politics

Calgary Sun   Sat, 28 Jul 2012

KIEV – Famed Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has quit soccer to start a career in politics with an independent party just months ahead of the October parliamentary election. Shevchenko has joined “Ukraine – Forward!”, formed this year by politicians who were expelled by the main opposition coalition that used to be led by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the party said. “Perhaps, I will shock everyone: my future has nothing to do with soccer,” Shevchenko was quoted as saying in a statement by his former club Dynamo Kiev. “…It is related to politics.”

Andriy Shevchenko is leaving soccer to start a career in politics in his native Ukraine. (Alessandro Bianchi:Reuters:Files)

July 18, 2012 Headlines: Romney & the Pres moving towards the Olympics, Armstrong’s anti doping lobbying, ‘n’ Nets arrive

Mitt Romney Hopes Olympic Appearance Will Serve as a Distraction

U.S. News & World Report   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

When Mitt Romney travels to the Olympics in London next week, he is hoping for a round of positive media coverage of the strong leadership he provided in rescuing the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. But he will be walking a tightrope because his Democratic critics will use the occasion to ridicule him and attempt to undermine his case…Romney ran the Winter Olympics in 2002 and has been underscoring his stewardship to show that he has experience in repairing broken institutions.

Dems Hit Romney For ‘Dancing Horse’ Rafalca

ABC News   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

For the second time in the 2012 campaign, Democrats are attacking presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney with mocking references to one of his family pets. A new web video by the Democratic National Committee slams Romney for “dancing around the issues” while featuring footage of his Olympics-bound “dancing horse” Rafalca.

Armstrong’s foundation mounts lobbying campaign

Austin American-Statesman   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison — pictured in 2002 with Lance Armstrong, center, and then-Sen. Joe Biden Rick McKay:2002 Cox News Service

WASHINGTON — The foundation created by seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong has mounted a lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill in an effort to counter accusations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

City plans bid on 2018 Super Bowl

Indianapolis Business Journal   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

City and state officials announced Wednesday morning that the city of Indianapolis will bid to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

”I have four words for you: ‘Let’s do it again,’ Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said at a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.

FIFA picks ex-US attorney as corruption prosecutor

Contra Costa Times  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

ZURICH—FIFA appointed former United States attorney Michael J. Garcia on Tuesday as lead prosecutor to investigate allegations of corruption in world soccer. One of Garcia’s first tasks will be to inspect a Swiss court document on a World Cup kickbacks scandal to evaluate the behavior of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other senior officials in the affair. “He will have not only to write, but the duty to have this case analyzed on ethic, moral matters and then to report back to the executive committee,” Blatter said at a news conference.

Sports Teams to Share Green Success Stories at the White House

Natural Resources Defense Council   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

President Obama loves basketball, but that’s not the reason why the reigning NBA champions, the Miami Heat, are invited to the White House tomorrow. Representatives from the Heat, as well as other professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Eagles, Portland Trailblazers, Saint Louis Cardinals, and others, are headed to Washington to discuss a game plan they all have in common–how to run a greener, more sustainable business.  Across the country, more than 100 major league sports teams have embraced NRDC’s Greening Advisor, a customized online resource designed to help sports teams find ways to green their operations through strategies like energy efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainable procurement policies. Through the Advisor, NRDC has helped spark tremendous change in the way sports teams operate.

Obama honors Baylor women’s hoops

Obama hosts Baylor Lady Bears

Fox Sports Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:06 PM PDT

Smiling from her wheelchair, a 10-year-old girl with a rare disorder watched from the front row at the White House as President Barack Obama congratulated her beloved Baylor University’s women’s basketball team on winning this year’s NCAA championship…President Barack Obama is honoring Baylor’s undefeated women’s basketball team, calling the NCAA champions a ”dominant” team that scored more points than any team in women’s college basketball history.

Even Barack Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

BuzzFeed   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Watching the most powerful man in the world tease a clearly star-stuck NBA rookie is my new favorite thing ever….Nowhere is this more obvious than in his interaction with Anthony Davis. From the moment he sees the rookie, the president is busting his balls. “What are y’all doing with this rookie? Is he carrying the bags?” When Kobe makes a joke about the team making Davis shave his trademark unibrow if he doesn’t carry the bags, Obama couldn’t look more delighted.

Background on Local Officials Joining First Lady Michelle Obama at Let’s Move

Whitehouse.gov (press release)  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Washington – Tomorrow in Philadelphia, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as well as local elected officials from across the country to announce public and private sector commitments to get our kids healthier as part of her Let’s Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The First Lady will be joined by leaders from across the country who are working to make their communities healthier.

Borough President Markowitz welcomes Nets back court to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Daily Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Looking ahead for a sweet season- Brooklynettes Christina, Jessica, and Ericka were in fine form on Friday when they served up some Junior’s cheesecake to celebrate the Brooklyn Nets backcourt. Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Brooklyn’s new all-stars are finally here! Joe Johnson and Deron Williams — both multiple NBA all-stars — were given a borough-wide welcome on Friday, amid roaring cheers from Brooklynites, the Brooklynettes carrying a giant Junior’s cheesecake.

How the Iraq war nearly ended London’s Olympic dream

Sydney Morning Herald   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sir Craig Reedie recounts the phone call like it was yesterday. It took place in May 2003, less than two months after bombs had begun falling on Baghdad and George W Bush and Tony Blair set about de-throning Saddam Hussein.

On the other end of the line was Tessa Jowell, Britain’s then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and what she told Reedie was not exactly what he wanted to hear. Jowell was tasked with securing cabinet approval for a London entry in the 2012 Olympic Games race but with the nation’s focus squarely on combat in the Gulf, she was struggling to get the topic on the agenda for the following day’s cabinet meeting. By this time the coalition forces had taken the Iraqi capital – Saddam was not yet captured – but debate was already raging about the legitimacy of the invasion and its political and geopolitical implications.

Bidding buddies … Princess Anne and Sir Craig Reedie in Singapore in 2005 when London was awarded the Olympics. Photo- Bazuki Muhammad

July 13, 2012 Headlines: Nude Olympics Athletes? Soccer scandal & star striking, ‘n’ more Ricketts vs. Obama

The Great Capitol Hill Olympic Debate – Go American Or Go Naked

NAKED- Britain’s Olympic swimmers, divers and water polo players (Andy Hooper)

Forbes Fri, 13 Jul 2012 06:42 AM PDT

Nude Olympics? Definitely. That’s what one U.S. senator is saying he would rather have American athletes do than wear foreign-made uniforms. All day yesterday, Republicans and Democrats whined about the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese-made uniforms, saying the contract to manufacture the Ralph Lauren blazers, berets and pants should have gone to job-hungry Americans (we reported that earlier this week).

Romney on Olympics uniforms made in China: No comment

CBS News Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:54 PM PDT

In an interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford, Mitt Romney refused to take a position on U.S. Olympic uniform controversy…”I don’t know the particulars of the circumstance so I really can’t comment on that,” Romney, who was the president and CEO of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002

Earnhardt upbeat about National Guard sponsorship

Newsvine.comFri, 13 Jul 2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr. July 13, 2012, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

LOUDON — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is optimistic about his sponsorship relationship with the National Guard despite the U.S. Army’s decision to end its association with another team, Stewart-Haas Racing, next season. Earnhardt, in second place in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup standings, said Friday he was “disappointed” by the Army’s decision announced last Tuesday.

Patriarch of family that owns the Chicago Cubs helping to pay for wacky Obamaphobic movie

Post South Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:00 PM PDT

Remember Joe Ricketts? He’s the paterfamilias of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team and a central figure in reports of a few months ago about a scheme to smear President Obama with the rhetoric of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Ricketts backed away from that plan, but he’s apparently still willing to spend big bucks on crazy right-wing projects. For example, he’s reportedly one of the bankrollers of a new movie that paints Obama as a latter-day African tribesman bent on bringing America to ruin.

 Politicians urge Blatter to explain payments scandal

Gulf Times Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:35 PM PDT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has questions to answer over a bribery scandal that has further damaged the image of world soccer’s governing body, a group of European politicians said yesterday.

David Beckham – David Beckham Left Next China President Team Star Struck

Contactmusic Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:07 PM PDT

David Beckham left the next President of China temporarily without security when his bodyguards became star struck The soccer stars fame was allegedly so influential that the soon-to-be Chinese president Xi Jinpings safety team lost focus when he walked into the room at a high-powered meeting…The chief executive at his football team LA Galaxy, Tim Leiweke, told ESPN…”David Beckham comes walking into the suite and the security guards leave the president, pull their autograph pads out and there is the president, in the middle of the chaos, all on his own because his security are all in line getting pictures with David.”

July 3, 2012 Headlines: Happy 4th of July, Romney gets the boot, ‘n’ Euro 2012 done

Happy 4th of July

photo by Roberto Coquis

Romney donor gets boot in soccer deal

The Washington Times Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:50 PM PDT

Politics and sports don’t mix — at least not for one Mitt Romney supporter, thwarted in his attempt to pay a New York minor-league soccer team to wear uniforms with an advertisement supporting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. F.C. New York, a Long Island club in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), announced last week it had accepted an offer from an independent Romney backer to sport jerseys emblazoned on the front with Romney’s name and his campaign slogan, “Believe in America.”

That was, until the league informed the club of a key detail: FIFA, the sport’s international governing body, prohibits clubs under its jurisdiction from playing in uniforms with political, religious or personal statements.

Yanukovych thanks Shevchenko for excellent performance of the team at Euro 2012

KYIV PostTue, 03 Jul 2012 10:10 AM PDT

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, @ president.gov.ua

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has met with the captain of the Ukrainian national football team Andriy Shevchenko and thanked him for successful performance of the team at the home championship of Euro 2012.

President of Azerbaijan will wait from athletes at the Olympics victories

Baku Today Tue, 03 Jul 2012 11:56 AM PDT

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Positive dynamics of the speeches of Azerbaijani sportsmen at the Olympic Games speaks for itself….“These figures allow us to expect an even greater success and more medals at the Olympic Games in London,” he said.

July 2, 2012 Headlines: Soccer supports Romney, Spanish Royalty, ‘n’ Wrigley’s troubles

Soccer Club Wears Romney Jerseys

Photo courtesy of FC New York

The Huffington Post Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:01 PM PDT

Mitt Romney will now have some unlikely advertising from outside the campaign: An anonymous donor is paying for a minor-league soccer club to wear jerseys with the candidate’s name and slogan “Believe in America.” F.C. New York, a club based in New York, started to wear jerseys with “Romney” across the front at a game on Saturday, Big Apple Soccer and The New York Times reported.

Spain’s soccer champions for president? A happy but debt-strapped nation says why the heck not

Fox News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 06:06 AM PDT

MADRID –  Out with feckless politicians, in with Spain’s unforgettable soccer stars? Spain’s national team headed home Monday after a historic win in Euro 2012 championship final, raising spirits across a country drowning in financial woes. Their elegant 4-0 dispatching of Italy on Sunday night…The victory made them the first team ever to bookend a World Cup championship (2010) with two Euro Cup triumphs (2008, 2012). The team was to be received later Monday by King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and then snake through Madrid atop an open-air bus to bask in the adulation of tens of thousands.

Yanukovych: Impossible to calculate economic effect of Euro 2012 today

KYIV PostMon, 02 Jul 2012 02:25 AM PDT

The guests of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship have seen that Ukraine is a modern European state, and this is the main achievement of the tournament, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (in the center) has said. © www.president.gov.ua

The guests of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship have seen that Ukraine is a modern European state, and this is the main achievement of the tournament, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said. “Of course, during the championship we’ve made sure that fans from all countries of the world had a great time. They could see that Ukraine is a modern European country and that the people are very friendly here. That was the main achievement of Euro 2012,” Yanukovych said

Candidate Romney’s 1st Foreign Trip: Israel

ABC News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:41 PM PDT

Mitt Romney will head to Israel this summer, his first foreign trip since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee earlier this year. The trip is likely to take place after Romney attends the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics on July 27. Romney is also…

Wrigley Field renovation plans stalled by political flap

Peoria Journal Star Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:16 PM PDT

Chicago – As the baseball season began, Chicago buzzed about plans to upgrade wilting Wrigley Field. Then word spread that the patriarch of the family that owns the Cubs considered bankrolling a $10 million racially tinged campaign against President Barack Obama, at the same time the team sought his hometown’s help with its $300 million renovation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the president’s friend and former chief of staff, has since refused negotiate financing or even take phone calls from the Cubs chairman. A best-selling author took to the Internet to vow never to step foot in Wrigley again.

Video: Campaign Archives: July 4, 1992

CBS News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:04 PM PDT

President George Bush plays baseball in North Carolina, while Democratic candidate Bill Clinton and his family take in a game in Illinois.

Candidate Bill Clinton July 4, 1992

President George H.W. Bush July 4, 1992

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