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

NFL’s Goodell To Meet With Sen. Durbin

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

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

 Drew Brees compares evidence for bounties to evidence for WMDs

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

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

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

Mediaite Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:57 PM PDT

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

Talking Politics | Fred Leonhardt Sports as a community builder

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

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

Cuban players missing from Puerto Rican tournament

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

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

Lt. governor talks with biz leaders

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

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

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

Putin hopes to visit London Olympics to watch judo

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

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

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

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

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

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

CY Interview  Mon, 11 Jun 2012

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

May 27, 2012 Headlines: Former Running Back in TX Senate Primary & other Athletes in Politics, Ukraine Ticket scandal ends, ‘n’ Pole dancing an Olympic Sport?

Column: Sports, politics don’t often mix

Craig James, the former Southern Methodist University and New England Patriots running back, TX GOP senate candidate- Eric Gay, AP

USA Today Mon, 28 May 2012 15:25 PM PDT

Robert Lipsyte: Craig James, ex-pro running back, is the latest seeking office. But good athletes don’t always make good politicians.

Craig James, the former Southern Methodist University and New England Patriots running back, is running again, this time in today’s Texas GOP primary for senator. He joins a growing roster of former professional athletes who want to score in a more consequential arena, usually as the same kind of fiscal and social conservatives who once owned their contracts and now are probably their biggest donors.

Tackle ’em early, I say. While most never make it from the field house to the statehouse, much less the White House, a few do make it over the goal line. Chalk it up to high name recognition, and often hero status for their athletic exploits. But when they find success in politics, they usually are holding onto the worst traits that helped them succeed in sports — narcissism, lack of empathy, a need for constant admiration. While those traits could help them win a game — or an election — they are not what we need in a public servant.

Topping my list is the former senator Jim Bunning from Kentucky, a Hall of Fame pitcher who threw a perfect game in 1964. As a politician, he was imperfect. After a 12-year hitch in the House, he spent 12 years in the Senate. In 2006, Time magazine dubbed him “the underperformer” and one of the worst five senators of his time.

Then there were those two oversized governors. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican of California, was arguably the most famous body builder of all time before his time in office from 2003 through 2010. Sam Hall Kaplan, who covered The Governator for a Los Angeles TV station, says: “The jock’s need to dominate and to win at any cost certainly applies to his term of office. He showed little initiative and little imagination, while playing to the crowds and the cronies.”

Ventura just wanted to win: Jesse Ventura wrestled as “The Body” (a villain, his motto was “Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!”) before becoming a Reform Party governor of Minnesota for one term, 1999 to 2003. Jay Weiner, who had a close-up view of Ventura while working as a reporter at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, says: “To him, all the world was a stage and not the hard work of compromise. You win or you lose, or you jump off the ropes and cause a stir.”

Ronald Kamm, past president of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry, agrees that pro jocks often exhibit “adolescent” traits such as grandiosity. Even so, he says, their experience with teamwork, their resilience to defeat and their personal confidence could make them all-star politicians. “I wonder why there aren’t more athletes going into politics,” says Kamm, who practices in New Jersey. “Maybe it’s because they need instant gratification. And they aren’t used to compromise and tedium. They are conditioned to win or lose.”

He notes that some pro athletes have made excellent politicians. One we agreed on was the Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp, who was a respected longtime Republican congressman from New York, and a vice presidential candidate. But what separated Kemp from the trio above was that Kemp possessed, and displayed, intellectual and leadership qualities that pre-dated his years in politics. For example, he co-founded the AFL Players Association.

Bill Bradley an exception: My own favorite jock/politician is former New York Knicks forward Bill Bradley, who spent 18 years in the U.S. Senate. But Bradley is an Ivy Leaguer and Rhodes Scholar, whose academic pedigree other pros would envy. He has written seven books — on U.S. politics, culture and the economy.

While a historical list is hard to come by (most jocks lose in regional primaries), in recent years more than a dozen pro athletes have held elective office as city mayors (currently, former NBA players Dave Bing in Detroit and Kevin Johnson in Sacramento) and members of Congress (baseball player Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell and football players Steve Largent, Jon Runyon, Tom Osborne, J.C. Watts and Heath Shuler). Not all popular athletes score the winning political touchdown. In 2006, Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann was thrown for a big loss in his run for governor of Pennsylvania.

Which leaves us with James, 50, who according to Southern Methodist’s Daily Campus newspaper “classifies himself as a fiscal and social conservative who believes in state rights, entitlement reform, hard action against an increasingly belligerent Iran and a reduction in the power of the Federal Reserve.”

If James doesn’t win, we might just have to wait for Tim Tebow, the star quarterback sensation for the University of Florida, the Denver Broncos and now the New York Jets, who says he has not ruled out the possibility of elective politics. Kamm thinks the recent Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin, 23, would someday make a fine politician for “his combination of humility and confidence, assertiveness and team play.”

And don’t forget Charles Barkley, the NBA Hall of Famer and broadcaster who has said that he might run for governor of Alabama in 2014. He also once said in a commercial, “I am not a role model.” Now that sounds like a campaign slogan that could get my vote.

Robert Lipsyte is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and author of the recent memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter.

Dancers push to make pole dancing an Olympic sport

FOX 59 Indianapolis Mon, 28 May 2012 09:02 AM PDT

Pole dancing at the Olympics?  That’s right. Serious pole dancers are pushing to make this a sport. But can it shake its naughty reputation? “It can be extremely challenging. It’s Olympic level difficulty depending on what you’re looking for what style is,” said Becca Butcher, pole dancer. And Butcher isn’t exaggerating; these pole performers could soon be going for the gold. “The biggest challenge is going to be the stereotyping that we have to deal with. And you know, quite frankly everyone thinks pole fitness and pole sport and everything came out of strip clubs but it started long before then,” said Trautman. “We have to take some of the eroticism out of the moves and also take off the high heels. We’re going to frame it as these are athletes that you’re watching. “

Ukraine Olympics boss resigns over ticket scandal

AFP via Yahoo! Canada Sports Mon, 28 May 2012 03:54 AM PDT

The general secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympics Committee (NOC) resigned on Monday following claims by the BBC he sought to sell tickets for the London Games on the black market. “Volodymyr Gerashchenko has submitted his resignation from the position of general secretary of the NOC,” the committee said in a statement, adding he had pledged to cooperate with an independent investigation commission. The BBC revealed last week that Gerashchenko had been exposed in a sting operation trying to sell some 100 tickets for the London Olympic Games.

FIFA: Politics should not influence Euro 2012 hosting

KYIV Post Mon, 28 May 2012 00:10 AM PDT

FIFA President Joseph Blatter on Friday urged not to raise political issues in connection with the Euro 2012 European football championship, which is held this summer in Poland and Ukraine, the EFE agency has reported. Political issues should not influence the organization of sports events as a whole and football matches, in particular. Football should unite people, not estrange them, he said in Budapest. The EFE agency said that Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban speaking at the FIFA congress organized in his country supported the idea. “Football and other sports aimed at uniting people. It’s unlikely that boycott [of Euro 2012] will allow achieving the goal,” he said.