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Oct 19-23, 2012 Headlines: Guess who’s ready to lead in DC, Politics ‘n’ Sports in high gear, ‘n’ Yanks blame it on the Cuomos?

NFL on FOX: Campaigning for RG3 (Obama ‘n’ Romney Video)

Obama, Romney unite…for RG3

CNN (blog)   Sun, Oct 21 2012

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who both advocate change in Washington, said they see one person doing just that: Robert Griffin III, best known as “RG3.” In a tribute that aired Sunday on Fox Sports, both presidential candidates, speaking in taped appearances, praised the new Washington Redskins star quarterback for having the unique ability of bringing the city together.

Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Will Be On Monday Night Football

SportsGrid   Mon, Oct 22 2012

According to a report from Sports Business Journal, both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have reached out to ESPN about appearing on the November 5th telecast of Monday Night Football, when the Philadelphia Eagles will visit the New Orleans Saints. Neither have made many waves on the sports front during this election, but it appears both want to capitalize on the massive television audience MNF (13.8 million per game) draws as a last-minute effort to sway voters. The presidential election is the following day, Tuesday, November 6th.

It’s Obama Versus Romney Among Team Owners as Patriots Face Jets

San Francisco Chronicle   Fri, Oct 19 2012

Bloomberg — Republican Mitt Romney’s favorite football team, headed by a donor to President Barack Obama’s re- election bid, faces a rival Oct. 21 owned by a top Romney fundraiser who’s said he would rather see his candidate than his team win…Patriots owner Robert Kraft has given $5,000 — the maximum allowed under federal election law — to Obama. Jets Woody Johnson not only has funneled the same amount to Romney, he serves as the New York finance chairman for the former Massachusetts governor who is a Patriots’ fan.

Supporters pack Daytona bandshell for Romney and Ryan

CF News 13   Sat, Oct 20 2012

DAYTONA BEACH — …Country music star John Rich from Big and Rich performed for the fired-up crowd. They already heard from State Attorney General Pam Bondi and State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Both begged the audience to spend the next two weeks going to everyone they know to get them to vote for Romney and Ryan. Then the main event took the stage around 9 p.m. Ryan attacked President Barack Obama and praised his running mate. Romney offered the more optimistic viewpoint. “This is a big country with big opportunities and great challenges, and they keep talking about smaller and small things,” Romney said. “We have big ideas. Bold ideas. A strong agenda. We’re going to get America working again! That’s why you’re going to help elect the two of us. We’re going to go to Washington and get this country on track.”

Politics kicks into high gear as Romney, Ryan visit Biketoberfest in Daytona

Orlando Sentinel   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

DAYTONA BEACH — Biketoberfest is back today with the return of thousands of roaring Harley-Davidson riders in their leather and jeans, gearing up for rock concerts and beer. But even the city’s fall motorcycle rally can’t escape the political season. The city is bracing for a unique double-header Friday night, with Biketoberfest at full blast and a political rally by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan…Tom Guest, chairman of the festival development committee, joked that the GOP ticket is coming here because of Biketoberfest. “They want to get the biker vote,” Guest said. “They know it’s a great event and they want to see it.”

A Wedge Between Romney and Ryan? Notre Dame-BYU Football Game

East Idaho News   Fri, Oct 19 2012

(CHICAGO) — Their families may agree on politics, but when it comes to football, the Romney and Ryan families’ college rivalry will be on display this weekend at the Notre Dame-BYU football game in South Bend, Ind.

Two of Romney’s five sons, Craig and Tagg, who are BYU alumni, and Tobin Ryan, a Notre Dame alum and the older brother of Rep. Paul Ryan, will attend Saturday’s football game together at the University of Notre Dame.

“This is probably maybe the only wedge issue between the Romneys and Ryans is tomorrow’s game,” Tobin Ryan told ABC News in a phone interview as he drove from Chicago to South Bend 

Trevor Bauer tweets he is ashamed Barack Obama is president

Los Angeles Times   Wed, Oct 23 2012

Former UCLA star Trevor Bauer, currently pitching in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, sent out a tweet Monday night during the presidential debate that has drawn criticism for its content. He said: “Obama looked childish and petty tonight. I’m ashamed that he is commander in chief of this great nation.” Some people took offense at that, saying that such a statement crosses the line. Bauer followed up his original tweet with a series of tweets defending himself to those who were unhappy with him. “it’s funny. All of them are able to give me their opinion about my opinion, but I’m not allowed to give my opinion lol.”

“Sportfolio” on Bloomberg TV Goes Inside the Political Game of Sports This Wednesday

PRLog   Wed, Oct 23 2012

Rep. Heath Shuler, Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman discuss sports issues on the eve of “The Economy Election”

Oct 23, 2012 – What do sports have to do with the upcoming elections? Like virtually every business in America, the support of the sports industry has played a part in supporting candidates and legislation, and has a stake in the outcome of races from the national to the local level. This week’s Sportfolio examines the complex interaction between the multi-billion dollar sports industry and issues confronting voters in November.

Rep. Pelosi cheers World Series-bound Giants

The Hill (blog)   Tue, Oct 22 2012

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), like most politicians, waited until after the presidential debate to cheer for baseball. Pelosi congratulated the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for winning a spot in the World Series as a result of Monday night’s game, which took place at the same time as the final presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama. TWEET: @NancyPelosi So proud of the @SFGiants. They have great teamwork, the will to win + best fans in all of baseball. Let’s go win the World Series again!

Cuomo Says Don’t Blame Me or Dad for Yankees’ Playoff Failures

San Francisco Chronicle   Mon, Oct 22 2012

Bloomberg — Blame the New York Yankees themselves, not the Cuomo family, for the team’s failure to get to the World Series this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. A New York Daily News column yesterday suggested that having a Cuomo in the Executive Mansion hexes the Bronx-based baseball team, which has a record 27 World Series titles. The team has never made it to the World Series in any year that Cuomo, or his father, Mario, was in office. The elder Cuomo served as governor from 1983 through 1994. “I think not playing well in the playoffs is the Yankees curse,” Cuomo

Ohio Senator Introduced Bill To End Blackouts

Cincy Jungle   Fri, Oct 19 2012

Ohio State Representative Robert Hagan introduced House Bill No. 599 this week, which proposes to “ban local sports teams that play in stadiums partially or fully funded with public dollars from ‘blacking out’ televised broadcasts.” Sherry Coolidge with the Cincinnati Enquirer writes: The legislation would prohibit any pro-sports team that regularly plays in a stadium built with money from the state or other political subdivision from entering into a contract that allows for televised ‘black outs’ due to the lack of a certain number of tickets remaining unsold.

Governor Chafee and Red Sox Foundation to distribute first Rhode Island Red Sox Charity License Plate

Redsox.com    Fri, Oct 19 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – Several hundred Rhode Islanders will be the first in the state to obtain the newly made Rhode Island Red Sox charity license plates…Funds raised from the special plates will help expand the Red Sox Foundation’s Rhode Island Scholarship Award program, which provides college scholarships to Rhode Island public high school seniors. Rhode Island drivers who were among the first 900 to order the plates have been invited to receive them at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, R.I.  Rhode Islanders expected to participate are Governor Lincoln Chafee, Speaker of the House of Representatives Gordon Fox, State Representative Brian Kennedy, State Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Counsel to the Red Sox Jim Skeffington, Red Sox Special Advisor Jeremy Kapstein, and Department of Motor Vehicles officials.

Olympic Exploratory Committee tells Gov. Herbert to go after 2026 Winter Games

Deseret News    Thurs, Oct 18 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — The state’s Olympic Exploratory Committee unanimously recommended Salt Lake City launch a bid to host a second Winter Games, this time in 2026. “Utah’s Olympic legacy is strong and vibrant and ready to provide the foundation for a future Olympic Winter Games,” the committee stated in a 36-page report to Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker released Thursday. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, who served as lead co-chairman of the committee, said he expects the governor and the mayor to give the bid the go-ahead. Their decision is expected sometime in November.

SF Super Bowl bid: How Mayor Lee and Jed York reconciled

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)   Sat, Oct 20 2012

Less than a year ago, Mayor Ed Lee was acting like a jilted lover just trying to move on when it came to the San Francisco 49ers packing up for a new stadium in Santa Clara…But this week, there was the announcement of a reunion…Lee, the 49ers and other civic leaders worked together to successfully earn the right to bid against Miami for the 2016 Super Bowl (and if, for some reason we don’t get it can duke it out with Houston for the 2017 game). Yes, it would be played in the team’s new $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium, but San Francisco would be named the official host city and the center of pregame activities leading up to the big game. Jed York, 49ers CEO, told The Chronicle, “San Francisco is our home. If and when we win a Super Bowl, the parade will be on Market Street.”

Would a win for Romney in Florida buoy Mack?

Connie Mack bus 

The Gainesville Sun    Sun, Oct 21 2012

DAVIE — Connie Mack IV rolled into his only debate with Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race in a large campaign bus that carried much of his political clout. On the side of the bus was his name in large bold letters with a baseball representing the “o” — a none-too-subtle reference to the fact that he has the same name as his great-grandfather, Connie Mack, the longtime manager and owner of the Philadelphia Athletics and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

July 26, 2012 Headlines: Anti-Romney Olympic ad=copyright violation, Diplomat Romney in London, ‘n’ Cop canned

Olympics Committee: No Games footage in campaign ads

Washington Post   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

An ad from the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA has been pulled off YouTube at the request of the International Olympic Committee on copyright violation grounds, and the group has voluntarily taken the ad offline and will not be running it on television. The U.S. Olympic Committee is asking all candidates and outside groups not to use footage from past Olympics in their ads.

Romney stirs Olympic tiff as European tour begins

Romney Street in London Photo- Charles Dharapak : AP

San Francisco Chronicle   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

LONDON (AP) — Mitt Romney wanted to highlight U.S.-British bonds — and show off his diplomatic skills to boot — but he managed to rankle the Olympic hosts instead, from Prime Minister David Cameron on down. The Republican presidential candidate, taking a turn on the world stage, called London’s problems with Olympic Games preparation “disconcerting.” That prompted Cameron to retort on Thursday that doubters would “see beyond doubt that Britain can deliver.” And London Mayor Boris Johnson told tens of thousands gathered in Hyde Park: “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!” Amid the uproar, Romney tried to back off his critique, finally concluding, “I expect the games to be highly successful.”

Tony Blair Says We Should Wait a Decade Before Judging the 2012 Games

The Atlantic Cities   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

Tony Blair attended the Beyond Sport summit yesterday in London to speak about how sports, particularly the Olympics, can facilitate positive change. Since leaving office, the former Prime Minister has started a small-scale sports foundation in northeast England to train coaches and volunteers. More recently, he has become an adviser to the Labour party on Olympic legacy. In yesterday’s Guardian, Blair was quoted after the event as saying it could take a decade to judge the London Games honestly. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining political focus long after the Olympics conclude. “It’s in 10 years time we’ll know whether this has worked or not.” he said. “What is important is after the Olympics to carry on encouraging the impact of it to keep generating local sport activity.”

Mitt Romney Registered As Lobbyist For Salt Lake City Olympics

Huffington Post   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney loves to talk about his role salvaging the 2002 scandal-tarnished Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City…Romney wasn’t just the head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Romney was also a registered lobbyist for the organization, Utah state records show. Romney last worked as a lobbyist on Dec. 31, 2000, according to a spokesman for the state lieutenant governor, who oversees the registry. As a lobbyist and president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Romney didn’t just stabilize the balance sheet. He brought in a record $1.3 billion in federal dollars for Salt Lake City’s games and more from Utah. In 1996, the Atlanta Summer Olympics cost U.S. taxpayers $609 million.

Phil Knight, Chris Dudley among big Oregon donors to Mitt Romney

OregonLive.com  Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

The biggest Oregon donor to Romney in the  June report was Chris Dudley, the 2010 candidate for governor and the former pro basketball player.  He’s now given a total of $7,500 to Romney’s campaign, according to the report. Also showing up on the Romney contributors list for the first time is Nike Chairman Phil Knight and his wife, Penny.  They each gave $2,500.

Senate: Volleyball “Official Team Sport” for Mass.

abc40   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill designating volleyball the official team sport of Massachusetts. Sen. Michael Knapik, a Westfield Republican, backed the bill noting that volleyball was invented by William Morgan at a YMCA in Holyoke in 1895 just four years after basketball was invented in Springfield. The bill would need to be given final approval by both the House and Senate before midnight Tuesday in order to reach Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk this session…volleyball is too late to be the official sport of Massachusetts. That designation belongs to basketball under a bill signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006.

Mass. mayor fires cop he says slurred Sox player

Yahoo! Sports   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor on Thursday fired a white police officer accused of using a racial slur to taunt Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, saying the officer had ”brought discredit” on himself and the department. ”You have demonstrated through your racist comments that you cannot continue as a patrol officer,” Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella wrote in his termination notice to officer John Perrault.

July 25, 2012 Headlines: Romney’s Olympic experience attacked on eve of arrival, Hill to observe moment of silence, ‘n’ Obama/Vick

Olympics-Themed Ad Attack on Romney

Wall Street Journal (blog)   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

President Barack Obama‘s allies have added an Olympics flourish to their attacks on Mitt Romney‘s business background as the Republican presidential candidate begins a weeklong foreign trip Wednesday that includes a stop at the summer games in London. The latest ad from Priorities USA Action, the main super PAC supporting Mr. Obama, features footage of Mr. Romney as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. It suggests Mr. Romney is cheering on various nations that Democrats have attempted to link to his past, primarily his time at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he co-founded.

Romney jets in for London Olympics

The News International   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

LONDON: US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney arrived in Britain on Wednesday for a three-day trip which will take in the London Olympic Games opening ceremony and a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron. Before the festivities, the governor will hit the campaign trail holding high-profile talks with Britain’s leaders and meetings with US Olympic athletes. He is due to hold talks with Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, foreign minister William Hague and finance minister George Osborne on Thursday. Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband, former prime minister Tony Blair and Irish leader Enda Kenny are also due to meet with Romney before he jets off to Israel on Sunday.

Congressmen to hold moment of silence for Munich 11

Jewish Telegraphic Agency   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “We’re going to give one-minute speeches on the House floor and devote a substantial moment of that to silence on Thursday,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a conference call with the media on Wednesday. Following that, he and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) will lead a group of lawmakers to the Capital grounds for another moment of silence.

Clinton urges IOC to commemorate Munich

FOXSports.com   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on the International Olympic Committee to commemorate the massacre of Israeli athletes by Palestinian gunmen at the Munich Games in 1972 with a moment of silence at the opening ceremony of this year’s Games in London. A senior State Department official said Wednesday that Clinton wrote to committee President Jacques Rogge to ask the IOC to hold an ”appropriate memorial event” in London for the victims.

Olympian Dominique Dawes not into politics

The Hill   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

For someone who grew up just minutes from Washington and is about to join first lady Michelle Obama as part of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games, Dominique Dawes is remarkably nonpolitical. The Silver Spring, Md., native…Dawes — appointed in 2010 by President Obama as co-chairwoman on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition — says the closest she’ll likely get to breaking a sweat near any political players is digging through dirt outside the White House

Eve of Olympics strike by border guards averted at 11th hour

Telegraph.co.uk   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

The Public and Commercial Services union said the Government was planning to recruit 1,100 staff for the Border Agency and passport service in response to complaints that thousands of job cuts were hitting services. The revelation of the new jobs was enough to suspend strike action on Thursday, the day before the official opening of the London Games.

Obama wants Michael Vick to slide

ESPN (blog)    Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is no joke. He gets to hang out with the President of the United States. During a recent conversation, Asomugha and President Barack Obama got to talking football, and the nation’s chief executive had some advice for Asomugha to bring back with him to Eagles training camp. Per Sheil Kapadia:  “He told me to tell [Michael] Vick to slide,” Asomugha said with a laugh.

Sen. Weinberg proposes temporary Meadowlands casino for 2014 Super Bowl

NJ.com   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Sen. Loretta Weinberg is recommending that a temporary casino be installed in the Meadowlands Sports Complex to coincide with the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. In an interview with WCBS radio in New York, Weinberg said she believes the casino would help bring in even more visitors and revenue to the state during what will be the biggest week in the newly built stadium’s brief history.

NFL Linebacker Joins Antibiotics Briefing on Capitol Hill

Food Safety News   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), a constant advocate for reining in the use of antibiotics in agriculture, hosted another congressional briefing on the issue Tuesday — this time featuring an NFL linebacker.

Will Witherspoon, who plays for the Tennessee Titans and owns Shire Gate Farm, joined Frank Reese of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch cooperative and veterinarian and medical expert Dr. Michael Blackwell on panel to brief staff on raising livestock without using antibiotics.

July 20, 2012 Headlines: Dayton apologizes, US-Sudanese runner to compete in London, ‘n’ Salt Lake to host games again?

Dayton sorry for comparing NFL players to war vets

WISC Madison  Fri, 20 Jul 2012

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he’s sorry he compared NFL players in trouble with the law to returning war veterans…In that interview, Dayton theorized on the troubles of professional football players including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and said that football was “basically slightly civilized war.” Dayton said, “I regret my mistake, and I apologize for it.”

Shaheen Urges Olympic Committee to Allow Concord Grad to Compete

Guor Marial New Hampshire resident from Sudan

Patch.com   Fri, 20 Jul 2012

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is urging the International Olympic Committee to allow Guor Marial, who went to high school in Concord, to run in the Olympics as an independent athlete. A teenage refugee from Sudan’s civil war, Marial…has qualified for the Olympics but has refused to compete on behalf of Sudan, where he lost 28 family members in the civil war. Marial is a 2005 graduate of Concord High School and says he considers New Hampshire to be his home state.

President Putin to Host Russian Olympic Team in Kremlin

RIA Novosti  Sat, 21 Jul 2012

MOSCOW – Russia’s national Olympic team will meet on Saturday with President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin prior to their departure for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in Britain that kick off on July 27, the presidential press service said.

Utah ready to bid for Olympics — when US gives go-ahead

Salt Lake Tribune  Fri, 20 Jul 2012

Whenever the U.S. Olympic Committee is ready to submit a bid for a future Winter Games, Salt Lake City will be prepared to go for it. To former Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) leader Fraser Bullock, that’s the approach likely to be taken after Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker receive the Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee’s recommendation on whether the city and state should pursue another Winter Games. All signs point to a recommendation to do so…Bullock, who was Mitt Romney’s No. 2 executive through the 2002 Olympics and took over for him in the wrap-up stage

Tampa mayor takes BP, praises Rays

MLB.com   Fri, 20 Jul 2012

ST. PETERSBURG — The last time Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn… was on hand to take batting practice at Tropicana Field before Friday’s game between the Rays and Mariners, and he said he felt like he made some good cuts. “I felt great,” Buckhorn said. “I got a little wood on the ball.”

July 17, 2012 Headlines: Rendell on Penn State, Baller in Chief dissed, ‘n’ Country of origin of Olympic Uniforms

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell: Paterno Statue Should Come Down …

Pennsylvania’s former governor Ed Rendell

Sports Radio Interviews  Tue, 17 Jul

One of Pennsylvania’s former governors does not believe the NCAA should give Penn State the death penalty, but he’s not encouraging a slap on the wrist, either. Ed Rendell weighed in on the ongoing saga surrounding Jerry Sandusky, and said that the program shouldn’t get the death penalty because the student-athletes did nothing wrong. Instead, Rendell said, Penn State should be forced to give up any profits made by the football program for at least the upcoming season by donating them to charities that fight child abuse. He also minced no words in stating that keeping the statue of Joe Paterno in place would be a mistake.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama during the Olympic men’s exhibition basketball game between Team USA and Brazil in Washington July 16, 2012. Credit- REUTERS:KEVIN LAMARQUE:LANDOV

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Caught by Kiss Cam!

US Weekly Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:13 AM PDT

All together now: “Awww!” Attending a Team USA basketball exhibition game in Washington, D.C. Monday, President Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle , found that all eyes were on them at the Verizon Center — with good reason. Caught by the venue’s “kiss cam”

Obama to womens Olympic basketball team: Bring home gold!

Washington Post  Tue, 17 Jul

President Obama met with the USA womens basketball team in Washington, D.C. on Monday. He congratulated the players and told them he knew they’d come home from Olympics with gold medals.

London Olympics Give Romney a Chance to Bask in 2002 Glory

NewsMax.com   Mon, 16 Jul 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney played a major role in saving the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he will have a chance to re-invoke that aura of success when the London Olympics begins Aug. 27…Now Romney can reinforce his credentials as a leader and manager as he seeks to unseat President Barack Obama, Politico reports. The presidential campaigns should be largely in a lull during the Olympics, giving Romney a chance to shine as he attends the games with his wife Ann.

In Romney-helmed games, Olympic uniforms outsourced to Burma

CBS News   Tues, 17 Jul 2012

And in 2002, when Romney was at the helm of the Salt Lake City Olympics, the outfits were produced in Burma, as the Huffington Post pointed out last night. Romney on Olympics uniforms made in China: No comment This fact was a source of some protest in 2002, particularly given the Burmese government’s history of dictatorship and long track record of human rights violations. A 2002 story from the Los Angeles Times reported on groups protesting the uniforms, made by Marker Outerwear, “because of the uniform maker’s alleged ties to inhumane working conditions in Myanmar.”

Super PACs Offer NFL Owners Another Way to Score Political Points

Huffington Post   Tues, 17 Jul 2012

The Arizona Cardinals appear to be the first team to make a donation to a federal Super PAC, which can raise unlimited funds from individuals, unions and corporations. There has long been a cozy relationship between sports team owners and politicians and the Cardinals recent donation to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Super PAC — JAN PAC — is proof that these super PACs offer yet another way for wealthy NFL owners to ensure that the political game is rigged against fans and taxpayers….Since 2009, the NFL has racked up nearly $5 million in lobbying expenditures. It has established a PAC of its own — the GRIDIRON-PAC — which has already spent nearly $750,000 this cycle…It should come as no surprise that NFL owners are overwhelmingly Republican. (You’ll find no better example of the 1 percent than an NFL owner.) Other than the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Dan Rooney, you’d be hard pressed to find an NFL owner who leans left. (And obviously excluding the Green Bay Packers, who are publicly owned.) In the 2008 election, NFL owners gave to John McCain over Barack Obama at a rate of 6-1.

Minnesota governor blames player arrests on idle time

NBCSports.com  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Now that Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has climbed fully into bed with the Vikings, by aggressively supporting efforts to build a new stadium for the franchise in Minneapolis, Dayton finds himself justifying the allegedly bad behavior of the men who play for the team…“Idle time is the devil’s play,” Dayton said

Salah al-Alam Libyan Olympic President abducted

Stuff.co.nz  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Gunmen abducted the president of the Libyan Olympic Committee in the nation’s capital, grabbing him from his car and bundling him into a waiting vehicle, his brother said Monday…The abduction comes amid a wave of score settling between rivals of Libya’s eight-month civil war that ended with the capture and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in October.

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon is returning to Rwanda for 1st of its kind cancer center

Indianapolis Star   Sun, 15 Jul 2012

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon is headed back to Rwanda this week for one of the most important trips of his life. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation is a major supporter of the first-of-its-kind cancer center in a rural part of the African nation. The grand opening is Wednesday. President Clinton will be there, too, along with Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame.

Sports celebrities participate in fundraising golf outing hosted by Newark …

The Star-Ledger – NJ.com   Mon, 16 Jul 2012

Sports celebrities descended on Jersey City today for a fundraising round of golf at Liberty National Golf Club. Hosted by Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Giant Michael Strahan, the outing benefited the Newark Mentoring Movement, which  benefits providers like Big Brothers, Big Sisters. New York Giant David Diehl, former New York Jet Wayne Chrebet, “NFL on Fox” reporter Jay Glazer, former New Jersey Devil Ken Daneyko, NBC host and former New York Giant Tiki Barber and former NBA player and coach Isiah Thomas were among the players.