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Sept 9-18, 2012 Headlines: Olympians honored & a rejection, EA ads, ‘n’ same-sex dust up

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (R). photo by Roberto Coquis

Mike Rizzo on Nats Political interests

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (R) and Super Sports Lawyer Richard Brand. Photo by Roberto Coquis

Sports ‘n’ Politics Fri, Sept 14 2012

At the Biznow event at Nationals Park, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo reiterated that Stephen Strasburg’s shut down has always been the plan. In an effort to execute this move properly, they brought in Gio Gonzalez and resigned John Lannan. In response to Roberto Coquis’s question about being in Washington, DC and in a Presidential Electio, Rizzo stated that  he has not seen any “political talk in the clubhouse, players are focused on the game…The most political it gets is Bears vs. Redskins.”

US Olympians honored in White House ceremony

Washington Post    Fri, Sept 14 2012

White House ceremony for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams. Nikki Kahn:The Washington Post

Declaring himself the “Fan-in Chief,” President Obama hailed the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes Friday as a portrait of what sets America apart: Men and women of all races, faiths and backgrounds who push themselves to extend the boundaries of achievement. “What you guys did was inspire us. You made us proud,” Obama told more than 450 athletes honored in ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House.

Arnold Palmer notes lack of bipartisanship at his Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

Washington Post (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Golf great Arnold Palmer

Not even pro golfer Arnold Palmer could let the lack of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill go unnoticed Wednesday. Palmer, in town to pick up his Congressional Gold Medal during a well-attended ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, said he was proud to accept the award, “because I’m particularly proud of anything that the House and the Senate agree on.”…Palmer turned 83 on Monday, and is just the sixth athlete to ever earn the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that lawmakers can bestow on individuals. The other award-winning sports stars are baseball great Roberto Clemente, Olympic track star Jesse Owens, baseball barrier-buster Jackie Robinson, boxer Joe Lewis and golfer Byron Nelson.

Obama Places Virtual Ads in Madden NFL 13

BET   Tues, Sept 18 2012

In an effort to reach the youth vote in swing states, the Obama campaign dives into the video game world. In key battleground states, the Obama campaign will begin running ads in several Electronic Arts (EA) video games today to try to garner the youth vote. The campaign also hopes it will spur early voting among the gaming demographic.

Beside console games, Obama is running “get out the vote” virtual ads in casual Web games on EA’s and in mobile games like Battleship, Scrabble and Tetris. Obama has tried this before. Back in 2008 his team tapped EA to run virtual signage ads looking to encourage early voting in states like Florida and North Carolina in 18 games, including Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed. According to Dave Madden, EA’s svp of global media solutions, the strategy paid off for team Obama. Based on surveys conducted by EA during the 2008 ad effort, gamers were 120 percent more likely to feel positively about the candidate and 50 percent more likely to consider voting for him after seeing the in-game ads.

Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal on Thursday

Bellingham Herald   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Muhammad Ali, receives the Liberty Medal from his daughter Laila Ali with his wife Lonnie Ali at the National Constitution Center, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. MATT ROURKE — AP Photo

PHILADELPHIA — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was honored Thursday with the Liberty Medal for his longtime role outside the ring as a fighter for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom. Hundreds of people gathered on the lawn of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to watch the three-time heavyweight title holder receive an honor that his wife, Lonnie Ali, called “overwhelming.” “It is especially humbling for Muhammad, who has said on many occasions, ‘All I did was to stand up for what I believe,'” Lonnie Ali said…”Ali embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal by embracing the ideals of the Constitution – freedom, self-governance, equality and empowerment – and helping to spread them across the globe,”

Even President Obama makes crack at Miami Dolphins

Sun-Sentinel   Wed, Sept 12 2012

The Dolphins have had an unsteady relationship with presidents starting with Richard Nixon suggesting a slant pass be run for Paul Warfield in Super Bowl VI. It was run. It fell incomplete. Then there was George Bush inviting Nick Saban for a visit one night he was in town. Saban declined because it was training camp. Didn’t the President know importance of rookie skits? Now President Obama has got a small but honest jab in on the Dolphins. He was a guest of DJ Laz of the Latin romance station 106.7-FM. Laz began the interview by saying he was wearing a Dolphins uniform. “You’ve got to start with that Dolphins thing?’’ said Obama, who is a Bears fan. “Did you see that HBO special Hard Knocks? That’s a pretty good show. As I recall, you guys didn’t win any… in the preseason.”

Olympic Champ Tyler Clary — Declines White House Invite … I’d Rather Race Cars   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary — the guy who smashed Ryan Lochte’s backstroke record — turned down an invite to chill with President Obama at the White House … all so he can race stock cars instead…. POTUS and the First Lady invited all the 2012 Olympic athletes to the White House for a special get together on September 14th…But sources tell TMZ … the swimmer has dreams of being a pro race car driver after his swimming career ends … he’s opting to be in Fontana, CA instead to test drive cars for a few days and then hit up the MAVTV 500 IndyCar event on September 15.

Congress to help NFL with doping standoff

The Hill (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

A prominent House committee will work to resolve the National Football League’s (NFL) stalemate with players over doping tests, top lawmakers said Wednesday. 

The news follows a visit by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Capitol Hill, where he met with lawmakers on doping, traumatic brain injuries and other issues facing professional football.  

Blood testing for human growth hormone has divided players and the NFL, which can’t agree on what constitutes a positive test or what experts should decide.

Proposal for downtown LA NFL stadium advances to City Council

Los Angeles Times   Fri, Sept 14 2012

A $1.2-billion plan for bringing an NFL stadium to Los Angeles passed a major test Thursday, even as anti-poverty activists pressed powerful developer Anschutz Entertainment Group to make millions of dollars in additional concessions. After 10 and a half hours of review, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s appointees on the Planning Commission signed off on a set of agreements for the 72,000-seat stadium, concluding the project’s economic benefits outweigh the “significant and unavoidable” impacts it will have on traffic, air quality, noise and light glare.

Shaq brings full court press to Hill

Politico   Fri, Sept 14 2012

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal launched a campaign Friday on Capitol Hill — though not for office, much to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s relief. “Thank you for coming out, and I accept your nomination for Congress,” O’Neil joked to a packed room of about 100 congressional staffers and politicians.“Uh, he’s not running in my district,” Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, replied to the 7’1” retired superstar. O’Neal and Cleaver have teamed up with the nonprofit Century Council to help curb binge drinking at historically black colleges and universities.

Md. governor to hold fundraiser with Ravens player

The News Journal   Wed, Sept 19 2012

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is teaming up with a Baltimore Ravens linebacker to raise money to support same-sex marriage. The governor announced in an email today that he will be attending a fundraiser next month with Brendon Ayanbadejo to support same-sex marriage in Maryland. O’Malley, a Democrat, and the linebacker are scheduled to attend a Monday Night Football party in Baltimore on Oct. 8 to raise money to support the November ballot question.

Md. Del. Burns Tackles Ravens’ Ayanbadejo on Gay Marriage

Afro American   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D) has once again caused a nationwide stir on the subject of same-sex marriage, this time after criticizing a National Football League (NFL) player for publicly advocating for gay marriage. The dustup was touched off when Burns, 72, sent a letter to Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti Aug. 29 urging him to muzzle linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a supporter of same-sex marriage who late last year made a video for Marylanders for Marriage Equality. Burns, who is the pastor of Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Baltimore, said that “many” of his constituents and football fans “are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens…would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other.”…In the video, Ayanbadejo said he believes that the legalization of same-sex marriage is “the right thing to do.” “I believe we should be doing everything we can to make Maryland families stronger, which is why I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other,” he said. In a statement, Ravens’ President Dick Cass said, “We support Brendon’s right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment.

Mayor Johnson, Ed Secretary Duncan meet in Sacramento

Sacramento Bee (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

But will they play hoops? Mayor Kevin Johnson is hosting a California Mayors Education Summit in town today, with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as the featured guest. Johnson and Duncan will be joined by more than 40 mayors and school district superintendents from around the state at the event in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Duncan – who played basketball at Harvard and later professionally in Australia – is kicking off his national “Education Drives America” bus tour with the stop here.

Edmonton city council rejects Oilers bid for more taxpayer dollars for arena

Globe and Mail   Wed, Sept 12 2012

A new downtown arena for the Edmonton Oilers hit the ditch Wednesday as city councillors rejected a bid by the NHL team for more money from taxpayers. Mayor Stephen Mandel would not say how much was asked for, or what is was for, but said the ball is now in the court of the team’s owner, pharmacy billionaire Daryl Katz.

Mayor Fischer, Lou. Business man hold meeting about NBA team in Louisville

WHAS 11   Fri, Sept 14 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The rumblings about a possible NBA team for Louisville is growing louder once again. 

On Friday, Mayor Greg Fischer took part in a meeting of community leaders to talk about that possibility. 

According to the mayor’s office the meeting was convened at the invitation of Louisville businessman Junior Bridgeman to talk about the level of interest and the conditions necessary to attract a team.

Mayor Dyer explores stadium options with Orlando City president

WFTV Orlando   Tues, Sept 11 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. — In an effort to further explore stadium options in the Central Florida area, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City President Phil Rawlins will be touring facilities around Kansas City, Kansas…including Livestrong Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City’s multi-purpose stadium. The trip will cultivate with Dyer and Rawlins attending a Major League Soccer match between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo on Friday night.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gets national audience with segment on ESPN

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, was on ESPN about when he was the Broncos’ mascot in 1986. (Manuel Martinez:Viva Colorado)


Denver Post (blog)    Tues, Sept 18 2012

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was center stage on national television…appearing on a humorous segment by ESPN correspondent and Colorado resident Rick Reilly about Hancock’s teen-aged stint as the Denver Broncos’ mascot. The three-minute piece features hilarious archival footage of Hancock as “Huddles,” the diminutive and now extinct mascot for the Denver Broncos in the mid-1980s. Reilly goes to the 16th Street Mall with a photograph of Hancock and a photograph of the mascot, asking people on the street if they recognized either one.

President Obama does the ‘Gator Chomp’ at a Florida sports bar

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Sun, Sept 9 2012

President Barack Obama has been catering to football fans, and the latest was during Sunday’s trip to Florida when he actually did the Gator Chomp with fans. Obama had attended a campaign rally in Osceola County and stopped by Gators Dockside Grill and Bar in the Dr. Phillips area of southwest Orange County to grab a beer. It was an impromptu stop.

President Barack Obama Does The Gator Chomp [Photo]

FanSided (blog)   Sun, Sept 9 2012

…Everyone in Gainesville, Florida knows the ‘Gator Chomp.’ The Chomp originated in 1981 and is performed by fans of the Florida Gators to show their support. While President Obama was out enjoying some food and taking in some sports, he cheesed for the camera and did a Gator Chomp of his own.

Michelle Obama tries to ‘Gator Chomp’ her way into the University of Florida’s into the University of Florida’s heart

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Tues, Sept 18 2012

The Obama family sure likes to fire up those Florida fans when they visit Gainesville and surrounding cities. And they know the best way to do it — the Gator Chomp…Monday, Michelle Obama did the Gator Chomp while speaking on the University of Florida campus. As you can imagine, it received quite the reception. The Obama’s are big sports fans, but they also know how important the state of Florida is to the upcoming election. Earning a little goodwill while doing the official, um, chomp of the state of Florida is a good way to drum up some support. Unfortunately, the rest of the SEC — and Florida State, Miami, USF, FIU and FAU fans — might not be so keen on the demonstration.

A year after winning WNBA championship, Lynx take trip to the White House

Star Tribune   Tues, Sept 18 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Lynx are finally making their anticipated trip to the White House. It’s been nearly a year since the Lynx won the WNBA championship, but with three players in the Summer Olympics and President Obama’s busy schedule, the trip couldn’t be scheduled until now. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says it will be an honor to represent the WNBA at the White House Tuesday. Reeve tells Minnesota Public Radio News ( that it’s a special day in honor of a special season.

August 6-8, 2012 Headlines: Aly’s Olympic Solute to slain Israelis, Pres pushes tax cut for some, ‘n’ Balling for $

Jewish gal shows up IOC with a gold salute to Munich 11

Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman wins Olympic gold-medal floor routine, Reuters

New York Post  Tues, Aug 7 2012

It wasn’t a gloved-fist salute from the medal stand, but Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman made quite a statement yesterday by winning a gold medal and invoking the memory of the Israeli athletes killed 40 years ago in Munich. Raisman finished first in the women’s floor exercise, but she deserves to have another medal draped around her neck for having the chutzpah to face the world and do what needed to be done and say what needed to be said. At the same Olympic Games where bigoted organizers stubbornly refuse to honor the slain athletes with a moment of silence, 18-year-old Raisman loudly shocked observers first by winning, then by paying her own tribute to 11 sportsmen who died long before she was born.

Obama favors cutting Olympians’ tax bill

CNN (blog)   Mon, Aug 6 2012

These Olympians owe thousands in taxes

(CNN) – When the U.S. Olympic team add to its medal count, it’s not just the fans and Olympians who celebrate. So does the IRS. That’s because the U.S. Olympic Committee awards each medalist with a cash prize – $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze – money that the U.S. government has always considered taxable income. But the White House on Monday said President Obama favors a proposed bill that would keep Uncle Sam’s hands off Olympic earnings. “The president believes that we should support efforts . . . to ensure that we are doing everything we can to honor and support our Olympic athletes who have volunteered to represent our nation at the Olympic Games,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters…referencing legislation proposed by Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio that would exempt the cash awards associated with Olympic medals.

Barack Obama to fundraise with basketball game featuring Michael Jordan and Carmelo Anthony

President Barack Obama has Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony and other basketball stars committed to a fundraising event. (Saul Loeb:Getty Images)   Tues, Aug 7 2012

Barack Obama is about to get a boost in his fundraising efforts from a number of big names in the basketball world. According to a report Tuesday afternoon from, citing a campaign e-mail, the president will hold an “Obama Classic” basketball game as a fundraiser. Among those scheduled to participate are Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Sheryl Swoops.

President or bust: Candidate Mitt Romney meets Harry Caray statue at Chicago Fundraiser

Yahoo! Sports (blog)  Wed, Aug 8 2012

Witth the current occupant of the White House also being a fervent supporter of the Chicago White Sox (no matter what it said on Facebook recently), it makes sense that Republican candidate Mitt Romney would seek the sprawling Chicago Cubs vote. To that end, Romney visited Harry Caray’s restaurant Tuesday to raise campaign funds and to rub, eh, shoulders with the inspiration for the business, Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray. Or at least Harry’s bust.

Holy Cow! Mitt Romney & Harry Caray, Getty

No Olympic medal for Ann Romney’s horse Rafalca

Washington Post   Tues, Aug 7 2012

In Tuesday’s Olympic dressage event at Greenwich Park, Rafalca, the 15-year-old mare part-owned by Mitt and Ann Romney, received an individual score of 69.302, which is too low to qualify for the highlight of dressage competitions — Thursday’s Grand Prix Freestyle — meaning the Romneys’ horse is out of medal contention.

Major League Baseball, the New York Mets and New York City unveil the official logo of the 2013 All-Star Game   Tues, Aug 7 2012

FLUSHING, NY – Major League Baseball, the New York Mets and New York City today unveiled the official logo of the 2013 All-Star Game, which will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16th…”Major League Baseball hit a home run when they chose to hold the 2013 All-Star Game in New York City,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Incorporating our city’s iconic skyline into the logo highlights that the game will be played on the world’s biggest stage.”

N.J. officials unfazed by lawsuit against plan for sports betting   Tues, Aug 7 2012

Four major professional leagues and the NCAA sued New Jersey on Tuesday, saying that Trenton’s plan to allow betting on athletic competition poses a threat to the integrity of their games. But an array of powerful figures in the state — including the governor and a leading Democratic state senator — shrugged off the lawsuit, saying that a legal battle had been anticipated. “Listen, there’s a federal law that was passed that restricts the states that can participate in sports gambling to just four,” Governor Christie said at a State House press conference. “We believe that law is unconstitutional.”

New York senator, governor announce plans to keep Bills in Buffalo   Wed, Aug 8 2012

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the appointment of a sports expert to advise the state in its efforts to secure the Buffalo Bills‘ future in western New York. Sen. Charles Schumer, meantime, said he has asked the National Football League for changes in a stadium renovation loan program that he said would advance the same goal. The moves come as negotiations are under way between the Bills and Erie County and New York state to extend the Bills’ lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium in suburban Buffalo. The current deal expires in July 2013.

Knicks links: Assistant Secretary of State drops Jeremy Lin’s name in Taipei

The Star-Ledger –   Mon, Aug 6 2012

Diplomats are regular people (I don’t know any, but that seems reasonable to say) so it’s not a complete surprise that Jose W. Fernandez, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, discussed Jeremy Lin with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in an official visit on Monday.According to a post by Kelven Huang and Sofia Wu on the Focus Taiwan Channel’s website, Fernandez, a native New Yorker, said he regretted Lin’s move from the Knicks to the Houston Rockets and added his hope that the California native would return to the Big Apple to finish his career.

Former mayor named head of sports authority

Northwest News and Tribune   Wed, Aug 8 2012

PLANT CITY — A former mayor who helped find a new tenant for the Plant City Stadium complex has been named chairman of the Tampa Sports Authority. Randy Larson, 57, said he looks forward to his year leading the authority, which manages Raymond James Stadium and three Tampa golf courses and is the landlord for George Steinbrenner Field and the Forum. His goal: to make the venues “accessible to the most people,” 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. ©

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

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

Emanuel makes pitch for Super Bowl

Mayor Rahm Emanuel & NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

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

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

Soldier Field First LEED Certified Stadium in NFL

NBC ChicagoThu, 31 May 2012 08:56 AM PDT

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

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

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

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

Democratic convention displaces Panthers practice prior to Week One

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

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

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

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

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

May 21, 2012 Headlines: Huffington Photo Contest and more “futball”

PHOTO CONTEST (Huffington Post)

Huffington Post Photo Contest, Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The Huffington Post Mon, 21 May 2012 06:56 AM PDT

Every Monday, we feature our favorite photo of President Barack Obama from the past week, and ask you for your best captions. This photo was taken last Tuesday at the White House, when Obama honored the LA Galaxy, winners of the Major League Soccer Cup. Send us your best caption for this photo, either by tweeting one using the #ObamaPhotoCaptions hashtag or by leaving one in the comments section. We’ll feature our favorite captions below.

Players, patriotism, and politics at the ancient Olympic Games

El Pais Mon, 21 May 2012 04:32 AM PDT

For starters, you think it’s the taking part that counts, rather than the winning? Well, in ancient Greece even just turning up was politically influential. The ruling classes of Greek cities sought to attend the major athletic contests not only to watch the games, but also to engage in politics at a personal or state level. The attendance, and above all the wealth, of each city’s official delegation served as propaganda for community identity and interstate rivalry.

Union boss sends players letter about labor gains

Sports Illustrated Mon, 21 May 2012 17:33 PM PDT

ATLANTA (AP) — NFL players union president Domonique Foxworth sent a letter to his membership Monday outlining the gains they made in the collective bargaining agreement reached last summer with the league. Foxworth stressed safer working conditions and more lucrative contracts. He said the amount of cash spent on players in salaries and benefits increased to about 55 percent of all NFL revenues in 2011. That exceeds any year under the 2006 agreement.

FIFA prepares to pick anti-corruption officials

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 21 May 2012 10:52 AM PDT

FIFA’s 208 member nations meet this week in an attempt to make progress in cleaning up world soccer after a series of corruption scandals.FIFA President Sepp Blatter is scheduled to announce Tuesday which …

Obama bemoans not being allowed to have fun anymore

ANI via Yahoo! India News Mon, 21 May 2012 01:35 AM PDT

Washington, May 21 (ANI): US President Barack has said that he missed a baseball match because he had to attend the NATO summit.

Obama Gets Back to American Football

Cameron celebrates as Obama and Merkel look on, White House



Wall Street Journal Blogs Mon, 21 May 2012 10:49 AM PDT

Just so we’re clear: While President Barack Obama was photographed at Camp David with Germanys Angela Merkel and U.K.s David Cameron watching the epic Champions League European football final on Saturday, he isnt turning his back on the American sport with the same name. It’s a subject that elicits great passions. In fact, the relative merits of football/soccer vs. American football were debated …


Obama throws a football on Soldier Field following NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Photo: Obama Plays Football At Soldier Field

CBS Chicago Mon, 21 May 2012 08:00 AM PDT

On Sunday night, President Barack Obama took some time off from his NATO duties to throw the football around at Soldier Field.

Schweinsteiger sorry for German president incident

Connecticut Post Mon, 21 May 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Bayern’s Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the podium after shaking hands with German President Joachim Gauck after Bayern lost the Champions League final soccer match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Munich, Germany Saturday May 19, 2012.

Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the podium after shaking hands with German President Joachim Gauck after Bayern lost the Champions League finals (Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea) in Munich, Germany Saturday May 19, 2012. Photo- Martin Meissner:AP

At Wrigley, An Evening of Diplomacy

5 NBC Chicago Mon, 21 May 2012

Chicago…It was a picture-perfect night, but earlier in the week Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, considered and then rejected a controversial ad against President Barack Obama. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts declined to discuss that. Instead, he just wanted everyone to enjoy a game of baseball that even without NATO would have been exciting.

Hillary Clinton, NATO dignitaries go to Wrigley Mon, 21 May 2012

CHICAGO—Security was heightened at the Crosstown Classic Saturday night at Wrigley Field where NATO dignitaries took in the game. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was even in attendance…Some of the state’s top leaders were at Wrigley for the game including Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin who says he wishes there wasn’t so much focus on the potential for trouble involving unruly protestors.

“And you know I get so tired of all these people complaing, this is the city of big shoulders, not the city of weak knees. We’re gonna have Chicago’s finest out there, if people break the law they’ll pay a price, but if they wanna make noise and march, that’s part of being an American,” Durbin said.

In the end, the White Sox beat the Cubs 7-4.

Department Of Homeland Security Announces “If You See Something, Say Something” Partnership With The City Of Charlotte

Department of Homeland Security Mon, 21 May 2012 08:24 AM PDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Earlier today, DHS Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Betsy Markey joined Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and officials from the Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to announce the partnership between DHS and the city of Charlotte.

Charlotte Mayor Foxx to announce new safety initiative

News 14 Carolina Mon, 21 May 2012 04:49 AM PDT

Mayor Anthony Foxx will announce a new safety and security initiative Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He’ll be joined by representatives from several local and federal agencies, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Charlotte Area Transit System.

David Beckham is Sending the President a Box of Underwear

Extra TV Mon, 21 May 2012 11:53 AM PDT

Extra’s Terri Seymour caught up with David Beckham at the Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular this weekend — where he was being honored — and asked the soccer superstar about President Obama’s comment on his underwear line last week…Beckham laughed, “I’m definitely going to send him a big box of it!”

Great Lakes Loons General Manager Paul Barbeau appointed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and …

The Saginaw News Mon, 21 May 2012 15:31 PM PDT

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced four appointments and four reappointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

May 19, 2012 Headlines: A Letter to the Prez & a Birmingham NFL Team?

Letters to the President #1216: ‘The value of veteran players’

CNN Sat, 19 May 2012 06:20 AM PDT

Reporter’s Note: I write to the president every day of the year. Even on weekends.

Dear Mr. President,

Every year around this time I ask if you are following the Stanley Cup playoffs and every year, you say no. Actually, you don’t say anything, but I assume the answer is no. See every hockey fan I know jumps at the chance to talk about the Cup race, and since you don’t even respond, that makes me think that it’s not exactly your cup of tea.

Hot Corner: Time to set sights on NFL team

The Huntsville TimesSat, 19 May 2012 04:33 AM PDT

Artist rendition of a possible domed stadium for Birmingham. Could such a facility one day host an NFL team? (

Former Mayor Larry Langford believed Birmingham was fit to host an Olympic Games. That pie was too high in the sky. Go big and dream big, but that was way too big. We don’t know fencing, judo, or swimming like we live and breathe football.

Here’s a real knee-slapper: Forget the USFL. Alabama should go after an NFL team.

Here’s all the arguments: No stadium. No corporate footprint. Not enough money or population. The media market is too small.

And then there’s everyone’s favorite: The state already has two pro teams in Auburn and Tuscaloosa. Who’d cheer for a third?

But what if a stadium ever got built in downtown Birmingham by that new Westin? Could the Alabama Crimson Eagles get off the ground? Would our state support an NFL team with Cam Newton and Mark Ingram in the same backfield? What if the smart drafting actually fed off the built-in SEC audience?

May 18, 2012 Headlines: RGIII, Economy crashing NASCAR?, cheerleading=sport?

On this day 100 years ago….

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fri, 18 May 2012 01:10 AM PDT

100 YEARS AGO May 18, 1912 Another petition for a writ of mandamus to require Secretary of State Earle W. Hodges to certify to the election commissioners the initiating of a local act to permit the playing of baseball upon any day of the week within the corporate limits of the city of Little Rock, was filed in Second Division of the Circuit Court yesterday.

 MTV Turning 2012 Election into a Fantasy Game

WebProNews Fri, 18 May 2012 14:09 PM PDT

Who doesn’t love fantasy football? Everybody has a team these days, even my grandma. But imagine a fantasy game where instead of having a roster of Manning, Peterson and Fitzgerald you have one of Obama, Boehner and McConnell. That’s what MTV along with $250,000 from The Knight Foundation is creating, a fantasy football like election game.

 Fenton mayor: We have space if Rams want it

KMOV St. Louis Fri, 18 May 2012 09:57 AM PDT

FENTON, Missouri — The St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission are far apart on plans to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome. One suburban St. Louis mayor says he may have an alternative. Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock isn’t actively making a pitch to move the NFL team to the suburbs. But he told KMOX Radio that his community does have 300 acres of open land at the site of …

 Bill targeting concussions in youth sports is endorsed by Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand

The Muskegon Chronicle Fri, 18 May 2012 09:25 AM PDT

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand, AP File PhotDetroit Lions President Tom Lewand testified in favor of a bill that addresses concerns about concussions, which are most talked about in the NFL but are filtering down to youth sports.

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand endorses the effort as part of a National Football League initiative to get similar legislation passed in all 50 states and Congress. Lewand testified at the Senate hearing on the bill.

A bill that could soon come up for a vote in the Michigan Senate calls for removing athletes under age 18 from a sports activity if a concussion is suspected. Written clearance from a health professional would be needed for the youth to return to action…Senate Bill 1122

 Peoria Unified School District hopes to make cheerleading a sport

Cheerleaders, Pat Shannahan:The Republic



The Arizona Republic Fri, 18 May 2012 11:40 AM PDT

Peoria Unified School District board President Hal Borhauer says he plans to rally support from other school districts to petition the Arizona Interscholastic Association to treat cheerleading as a sport.


Lieutenant governor remains mum on Internet wagering and sport betting in Atlantic City Fri, 18 May 2012 00:14 AM PDT

At the East Coast Gaming Congress here on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno sounded more like she was on the campaign stump than simply speaking to gambling-industry executives. Guadagno, a fill-in for Gov. Christie, dodged all questions regarding Internet gaming and sports betting at the gathering in the new Revel Casino.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Richard Bell (l), Frank Washington (r):JARRAD HENDERSON:Detroit Free Press

NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar honored with Ford Freedom Award

Detroit Free Press Fri, 18 May 2012 01:09 AM PDT

About 400 people attended a $175-a-ticket fund-raising dinner Thursday in Detroit and saw Detroit Mayor Dave Bing embrace his former pro basketball opponent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and applaud him as a 2012 Ford Freedom Award scholar…Bing, before introducing his former on-court nemesis, said: “There were years when I didn’t enjoy playing against Kareem. I was so happy that, at my position, I didn’t have to worry about him too much.”

RG3 on ‘The Tonight Show,’ kids Obama about basketball Thu, 17 May 2012 23:54 PM PDT

Robert Griffin III joked with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday night, showing off some of his favorite socks and teasing President Obama about a one-on-one game of basketball. But Griffin opened by saluting the military, telling how both his parents served in the armed forces…

Robert Griffin III with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” Thu, 17 May 2012

Governor opens summer reading program

The Topeka Capital-Journal Thu, 17 May 2012 14:41 PM PDT

Gov. Sam Brownback slid into a chair at Topeka’s public library Thursday to personally launch the state’s summer reading program for children while a trio of sports rivals peered over his shoulder. “Reading opens the world up to us,” Brownback said.

Is the Obama-Led Economy Crashing NASCAR? Fan’s Summary

Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports Thu, 17 May 2012 13:47 PM PDT

NASCAR fans are loyal like no other base in sports. Study after study suggests as much and what’s more, the fan base is more diverse than popular misconceptions would advocate; meaning, a large, wide and faithful group of Americans avidly follow and support the sport of stock car racing.

Regardless of who, what, when, where and how, the obvious recessional result is a decline in NASCAR attendance. Race fans are different in that they visit and treat a race event as a trip. This isn’t like going down to the ball park, buying some tickets and watching a ballgame. Families, friends and associates get together for a race weekend outing similar to short vacations. They spend money on fuel, hotels and eating and then head out to the track where they’ll purchase a variety of items, usually of their favorite driver or team.

But the current bad economy has slowed this support.

To counter the perception or reality, the President has been using NASCAR to make some political points with the base. Last season, First Lady Michele Obama along with Jill Biden, appeared at the season-ending race at Homestead to promote a military project for families. But it didn’t go well as they were booed (source – USA Today). Recently, Obama invited last year’s champion Tony Stewart to the White House where it seemed every media outlet in the world came to cover the event. Plus, Obama’s marketing team is targeting NASCAR fans by offering donors a name on a stock car (source – Legal Insurrection).

Greece hands Olympic flame over to Britain

Connecticut Post Thu, 17 May 2012 12:05 PM PDT

Britain’s Princess Anne talks with Greek President Karolos Papoulias during a meeting in Athens, on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Princess Anne is in the UK delegation that will receive the London 2012 Olympic flame at the all-marble Panathenian stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

David Beckham, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Thanassis Stavrakis:AP

Britain's Princess Anne, Greek President Karolos Papoulias:Photo- Louisa Gouliamaki:AFP


May 14, 2012 Headlines: Let’s Move, Prez plays b-ball w/ Clooney, Vikes score stadium…

Mark Kauhane – for Councillor, Maple Ridge

Mark Kauhane

Abbotsford Mission Times Mon, 14 May 2012 23:20 PM PDT

Long-time minor baseball president and Maple Ridge resident Mark Kauhane is running for Maple Ridge council. To help voters make their choices on election day, the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows TIMES asked candidates a series of questions on issues of importance

Ukraine warns of football boycott ‘humiliation’

The Irish Times Mon, 14 May 2012 17:24 PM PDT

UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT Viktor Yanukovich has warned the West that he will not allow his country to be humiliated, as European Union leaders consider boycotting next month’s Euro 2012 football matches in Ukraine.

St. Louis Rams’ dome plan seeks roof panel that would open

Columbia Missourian Mon, 14 May 2012 13:53 PM PDT 

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams and the public entity that operates theStadiu are far apart in their plans on how to improve the facility. While St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is urging rejection of the Rams’ plan, his top aide said it is far too soon to sound the alarm that the city may lose an NFL team for the second time since 1987. The Rams’ proposal was released against their …

$37M, 10-year tax break for Hornets approved

Greenwich Time Mon, May 14, 2012 6:59 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets will continue receiving a tax break that saves the NBA team $37 million over 10 years.

The Senate sent the tax break bill to the governor’s desk Monday with a 28-7 vote. The measure, supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal, is part of the state’s deal to the keep the Hornets in Louisiana and a piece of the agreement with new team owner Tom Benson, who also owns the New Orleans Saints.

First lady has plan to get kids involved in sports

The Associated Press  Mon, May 14, 2012 at 6pm

DALLAS (AP) Michelle Obama remembers sitting in front of her television many years ago and watching Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci and Carl Lewis as they competed in the Summer Olympics. ”Like so many others,” she said, ”I was awed and inspired by those athletes.”


Minnesota governor signs off on hard-fought, $975 million Vikings stadium deal

Newser May 14, 2012 – 4:pm CDT

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday signed off on a hard-fought agreement to build the Minnesota Vikings a $975 million stadium at the downtown Minneapolis site of the team’s current home, the Metrodome. Dayton, who championed the deal, signed the bill to mostly cheers, whistles and chants of `Skol Vikings,” the team’s fight song, during a Capitol ceremony attended by team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, business and labor leaders, construction workers and fans of the purple and gold.

David Cameron may meet Mitt Romney in London

The Telegraph  12:50PM BST 14 May 2012

David Cameron is hoping to meet Mitt Romney when the Republican US presidential candidate comes to London this summer for the Olympics. It is understood the Prime Minister’s office has been talking to the Mitt Romney campaign team about the possibility, although nothing has been fixed in their diaries.

London 2012 Olympics Countdown Calls for Friendly Competition

Dip Note, U.S. State Department MAY 13, 2012

Today marks 75 days until the start of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. As London prepares to welcome the world for the Olympics, the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. organized a medley of sports activities, or “Embassy Olympics,” in recognition last month of the “100 Days To Go” mark.

S.F. Mayor Ed Lee courts Golden State Warriors

San Francisco Chronicle  Monday, May 14, 2012

It’s official – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is openly calling on the Golden State Warriors to jump the bay and return to San Francisco “in time for the 2017 NBA season.”


Clooney, President Obama’s Basketball Game

People Sunday May 13, 2012 09:50 AM EDT

It’s not often that one’s weekly schedule includes things such as: “Dinner at home with President” or “Boyfriend plays pickup game with Leader of Free World. ”So you can forgive Stacy Keibler for still looking a bit wide-eyed after last week’s visit to California by President Barack Obama. A day after George Clooney hosted a multimillion-dollar fundraiser