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  • All-You-Can-Eat Training Table: NCAA Approves UnLtd. Food After Napier Complains of 'Hungry Nights'

    04/16/2014 7:19:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Sports ^ | April 16, 2014 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Final Four most outstanding player Shabazz Napier complained on the eve of UConn's tournament win over Kentucky that he sometimes goes to bed "starving" as a student-athlete. The NCAA has heard the growls of Shabazz's stomach. The NCAA announced that schools can now provide student-athletes with unlimited food. The NCAA release called the Division 1 rule revision "an effort to meet the nutritional needs of all student-athletes." Prior to Tuesday's change, schools could provide their competitors with a stipend or dining hall pass good for three meals a day, a deprivation which sent Mr. Shabazz to sleep starving. Other changes...
  • Corporate Welfare for New Detroit Arena Won't Spur Economic Development

    04/14/2014 8:41:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/11/2014 | Dr. Chris Douglas
    The idea that the proposed new Red Wings arena will revitalize midtown Detroit is the reason given for the $260 million in corporate welfare that will help finance the project. The idea that a new sports arena will spur economic development, however, lacks credibility. An NHL season only has 41 home games, meaning the arena is closed for the most of the other 324 days of the year with the exception of some concerts or other special events. Not much development can take place around a facility that is closed nearly 90 percent of the year. Take the Palace of...
  • Atlanta Braves accidentally set fire to American flag

    04/10/2014 2:36:35 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 17 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 04-09-2014 | Houston Mitchell
    As a scheduled part of their home opener, the Atlanta Braves set off fireworks before their game against the New York Mets on Tuesday. As an unscheduled part of their home opener, the fireworks set fire to the American flag that flies above the Braves Vision video screen in center field. "It happened because of new pyrotechnics," Braves spokesperson Beth Marshall said. "For the first time, they put pyrotechnics on Braves Vision. One of the pyrotechnics flew at the flag and lit it on fire." Marshall added that the material of the flag is flame retardant, so it went out...
  • 49ers' Kaepernick named as suspect in 'suspicious incident'

    04/10/2014 12:43:54 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 42 replies
    Comcast Sportsnet ^ | 4/10/14 | Matt Maiocco
    The alleged victim reported to police that on April 1 at approximately 9 p.m., she visited Lockette's apartment. Kaepernick and Patton were also there. She said she mixed drinks and prepared shots for them and was told that in order to drink the shots, she had to "hit" the bong, which contained marijuana, according to the police report. She said to police that she began to feel light-headed and went to a bedroom to lie down. Kaepernick, with whom she said she had a previous sexual relationship, followed her into the bedroom. They did not have sex, she told police....
  • Brazilian Soccer Players Are Banned From Having ‘Acrobatic’ Sex During The World Cup

    04/10/2014 7:06:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Elite Daily ^ | 4/9/14
    ...We know Brazil's [teams wives and girlfriends] will be there, the country’s hosting of the tournament ensures that, and head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari accepts it. He just forbids his players from doing one thing. “The players can have normal sex during the World Cup,” Scolari said in Lisbon on Monday. “Usually normal sex is done in balanced way, but there are certain forms, certain ways and others who do acrobatics. And that, no.”
  • UMass guard 1st gay D-I basketball player

    04/10/2014 5:32:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    UMass guard Derrick Gordon hopes his decision to become the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball will inspire others. “There are a lot of kids out there in my situation, probably far worse situations,” he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “Maybe I can give a lot of kids that confidence that they need to get over that hump.”
  • Hank Aaron Compares Republicans That Oppose Obama To KKK

    04/09/2014 10:32:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 108 replies
    Atlanta CBS ^ | 4/9/14
    ...Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.... “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports. Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
  • UConn’s Napier: ‘We do have hungry nights’ (College athlete unions)

    04/07/2014 1:48:32 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 89 replies
    CT Mirror ^ | 4/7/2014 | Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
    Shabazz Napier, point guard for The University of Connecticut's men's basketball team, recently told reporters he understands why athletes at Northwestern need a union, as he sometimes has to go to bed "starving" because he cannot afford food. "We as student athletes get utilized for what we do so well. We are definitely best to get a scholarship to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn't cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don't have enough money to get food and sometimes money is needed," the senior told reporters. "I think, you know, Northwestern...
  • Sports radio hosts blast player for taking paternity leave rather than playing baseball

    04/04/2014 7:36:50 AM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Susan Michelle Tyrell
    Being a sports radio host sometimes means being full of hot air when white noise would be preferable, as in the case Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason. The big names showed their small attitudes when New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy chose to be with his wife rather that at opening day of baseball season. Esiason said: “I would have said, ‘C-Section before it starts. I need to be at opening day. This is how we make our money; this is how we live our life. This is what is going to give our child every opportunity to be...
  • National Baptist Candidate Calls Black Church Too Quiet, Passive, Disconnected

    04/02/2014 3:57:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Houston Forward Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | Hazel Trice Edney
    Tallahassee, Fla. Pastor Dr. R. B. Holmes, whose leadership against hazing and the infamous "stand your ground laws", has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention USA., Inc. At a National Press Club announcement last week, Holmes called on the Black church to arise and take back its historic role in fighting social justice issues. "The Black church has become too quiet, too passive, too disconnected when it comes to challenging policies programs and persons that degrade and devastate our people" said Holmes, flanked by dozens of church and community leaders. He also announced the formation...
  • Saving the Reno Air Races

    04/02/2014 10:17:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | March 31, 2014 | Marilyn Dash
    What can be done to save the Reno Air Races? This is the question posed to me by so many of the Air Racing fans. We know changes are being made – but – are they enough. Are these changes coming too late, what are the signs we should be looking for to see if the changes are working? ... Tell me why, the day after Steven Hinton won his 5th Championship he was not being interviewed on Good Morning America, Today and the Tonight Show? This young man has unprecedented achievements and no one knows his name. I’ve said...
  • Five Disturbing Observations About Kobe Bryant.

    04/01/2014 1:33:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | March 28, 2014 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    Like the rest of the world, I was stunned to hear Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant argue that it was somehow an unecessary burden for a black man to stand in support of the late Trayvon Martin. If anything, the Trayvon Martin case brought black people together in ways that we haven’t seen since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The case was clear cut: Trayvon had no weapon. He wasn’t bothering anybody. He was stalked out and murdered for appearing to look like a “thug.” George Zimmerman is a free man and later showed that he...
  • Obama's NCAA Bracket Puts Michigan State at No. 1 [Epic Fail]

    03/30/2014 7:04:02 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    ABC ^ | 3/30/14
    [B.O.] chooses Florida, Arizona, Louisville and Michigan State for his Final Four picks.
  • Arkansas Travelers introduce new final mascot: "Gary the Rabid Raccoon"

    03/26/2014 5:32:25 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 18 replies
    Rock City Times ^ | 26 MAR 14 | Gary Henderson
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Travelers introduced their final mascot for the upcoming 2014 baseball season today, Gary the Rabid Raccoon. After a long search conducted by Arkansas’ minor league baseball club, the Travelers settled on three characters that grew up in Travelers lore.The first two mascots, Ace and Otey, were unveiled yesterday. Today in a special ceremony they introduced the captain of the new mascot team, Gary. All three mascots hold deep connections to the franchise they will now represent. “We are so excited to introduce Gary to our fans. I think the kids will really love him,”...
  • Redskins owner makes name-change announcement

    03/26/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3/25/2014 | Sarah Hofmann
    Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder released a statement late Monday night announcing that despite widespread calls for the team to change its name, the name and logo would remain the same. But in lieu of a name change, Snyder has created the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation,” with hopes to “provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for tribal communities.”
  • EXCLUSIVE emails: J.J. Redick badgered girlfriend after abortion, used racial slurs

    03/25/2014 11:22:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    JILL STANEK ^ | Jill Stanek
    In July 2013 MediaTakeOut.com broke the story that basketball star J.J. Redick had initiated an “abortion contract” with then girlfriend Vanessa Lopez to abort their baby. The contract stated the couple would attempt to ”maintain a social and/or dating relationship” for one year after the abortion, and if Redick reneged he would pay Lopez $25,000. Redick and Lopez signed the abortion contract the morning of her abortion, September 13, 2007. Lopez was never to see Redick again, but she never attempted to collect the $25,000. Paparazzi discovered the abortion contract in court documents. Neither Redick nor Lopez had anything to...
  • Johnny Manziel, LeBron James in new McDonald's commercial

    03/21/2014 6:18:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    nfl.com ^ | 3/18/14 | Bryan Fischer
    Once former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel started hanging out with LeBron James and texting him for advice, it was only a matter of time before the two ended up doing something big together. That time is, apparently, here. The world's best basketball player is the subject of a new television campaign by McDonald's in which he, not surprisingly, ends up running into Manziel hanging out in an exclusive spot.
  • Living Beyond Limits

    03/18/2014 4:26:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    At 15 years of age, Amy Purdy took up snowboarding and quickly advanced in the sport she came to love and master. At 19, Amy contracted meningococcal meningitis. She had less than a 2 percent chance of living. Amy miraculously survived, but not without the life-altering loss of her spleen, her kidneys, the hearing in her left ear and both of her legs below the knee because of the ravage of the disease upon her circulatory system. But against all the odds, Amy learned not only to walk again but also to snowboard. In fact, she became a world champion!...
  • Bullying accusations continue against BU coach

    03/12/2014 6:29:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 8, 2014 | Bob Hohler
    One basketball player at Boston University said she felt so emotionally damaged by her coach she considered suicide. Another player said the coach, Kelly Greenberg, treated her so poorly she sought mental health care. And two other players said Greenberg’s emotional abuse ruined their love of the sport. All four women walked away from the BU women’s basketball team this academic year, an exodus that has renewed questions about Greenberg’s treatment of her student-athletes — and her future at the school.
  • U.S. To Boycott Sochi Paralympics In Protest Over Ukraine Incursion: Sanctions are "likely"

    03/03/2014 1:18:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Time Magazine's Swampland ^ | March 3, 2014 | Sam Frizell
    The United States announced Monday it would boycott the upcoming Paralympic Games in Sochi to protest Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, as a State Department spokesperson said it was “likely” that the U.S. would impose sanctions on Russia. The boycott effectively means a presidential delegation will not be attending the games, an announcement that comes as President Obama and Congress scramble to respond to Russia’s aggression on Ukrainian territory in Crimea. “In addition to other measures we are taking in response to the situation in Ukraine, the United States will no longer send a Presidential Delegation to the upcoming Winter Paralympic...
  • Agitate to collectivize the NFL!

    03/01/2014 8:12:58 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 2-27-14 | Kommissar Brainiac
    Now that the big game is over it is time to rethink professional football. Many young progs are running around claiming “team ownership”, touting that it is “their” team is the best. The ugly truth is that the teams are owned by some bourgeois one percenter and they owe you, the fans, nothing. They are exploiting you and getting rich as a result. Football is a business and you have been tricked into buying branded items to advertise for them with no compensation! Stop being exploited! The last big game also showed disparity in awarding points. Denver worked so hard...
  • Now former coach Barry Switzer says he'd 'never recruit a white quarterback'

    02/28/2014 6:47:07 AM PST · by detective · 51 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 2/27/2014 | Sam Gardner
    Just a day after raising eyebrows by calling Johnny Manziel an "arrogant little prick" on a St. Louis radio station, Barry Switzer is back in the headlines, this time for saying he would never recruit a white quarterback. The former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach made the comment during an interview on WNSR in Nashville on Thursday as part of a response to a question about whether he would want Manziel in his backfield. Specifically, the question was, "If you are a coach in the NFL at this point in time — we know your opinion on Johnny and his...
  • Putin says Sochi Games wrongfoot critics of Russia

    02/25/2014 3:26:00 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:09am EST
    MOSCOW - The Sochi Olympics "opened Russia's soul" to the world and wrongfooted critics of the host country, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks broadcast on Tuesday. Taking stock after Russia topped the medals table and avoided major security problems at its first post-Soviet Games, Putin said constructive criticism from the International Olympic Committee had helped make Sochi 2014 a success. But there were other critics whose jabs were motivated by "the competitive struggle in international politics, maybe even geopolitics". "They used the Olympic project to achieve their own aims in the area of anti-Russian propaganda," he said. "Because when...
  • Extreme Park Crashes Taking Outsize Toll on Women

    02/18/2014 1:32:57 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | JOHN BRANCH
    ... Through Monday night, a review of the events at the Extreme Park counted at least 22 accidents that either forced athletes out of the competition or, if on their final run, required medical attention. Of those, 16 involved women. The injury rate is higher when considering that the men’s fields are generally larger. The question, a difficult one, is why. The Winter Games have always had dangerous events. But the Extreme Park, as the name suggests, is built on the ageless allure of danger. All of the events there have been added to the Olympic docket since 1992, each...
  • Obama Sits Down With Charles Barkley

    02/15/2014 10:22:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 14, 2014 | Melissa Clyne
    An unlikely celebrity will make a television appearance at the NBA All-Star Game this weekend: President Barack Obama. The commander-in-chief sat for an interview Thursday with NBA legend Charles Barkley, Politico reports. The interview with Obama, a noted basketball fan and longtime Chicago Bulls devotee, will air at half-time Sunday evening on TNT. The cable network tweeted a brief teaser of the president plugging the game and TNT. ---snip--- The substance of Obama's interview has not been made public but there's speculation that Barkley — known for making provocative political commentary on air — may have veered into politics. While...
  • Dosvedanie to All That{US ambassador to Russia on freedom, security, Putin wanted Obama in Sochi}

    02/14/2014 7:35:14 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 2 replies
    The New Republic ^ | February 14, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Before he headed to Moscow in January 2012 as Barack Obama’s new ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul was itching to get out of government. He had dreams of moving back to Palo Alto. The weather’s nice, his family missed the place. But Obama had come to rely on McFaul, a longtime Russia scholar and the National Security Council’s point man on the country. So he offered him a posting he couldn’t decline. McFaul’s academic specialty is revolution—a detail that Vladimir Putin, hounded by a bubbling uprising, immediately seized on. State television vilified McFaul as the man Washington had sent to...
  • Derek Jeter says 2014 will be his 'last year playing professional baseball'

    02/12/2014 11:44:58 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/12/14
    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season. In a lengthy letter posted Wednesday on his Facebook account, Jeter, 39, started by thanking his fans and supporters throughout his career. He also referenced a "bunch of injuries" that had him sidelined for much of last season. "And this is, I could not be more sure," Jeter wrote. "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."
  • American Lugers Annoyed by Group’s Gay Rights Video

    02/11/2014 2:06:13 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/11/14 | SAM BORDENFEB
    Several American doubles lugers said they were irritated by a popular Canadian video celebrating diversity that pokes fun at their sport. The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion recently released a promotional video that shows doubles luge, a sport in which one rider lies on top of the other as they sled down the track. At the end of the video is the tagline: “The Games have always been a little gay. Let’s fight to keep it that way.” “They’re making fun of our sport for their cause and it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me,” Christian...
  • Richard Petty: Danica Patrick wins 'if everybody else stayed home'

    02/10/2014 2:29:54 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 77 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | February 10, 2014
    He hasn't been behind the wheel since 1992, but there still is only one King of NASCAR, and when Richard Petty speaks, the words carry some weight. On the subject of Danica Patrick's chances of winning in her second full season behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car, Petty is quite clear.
  • First lady: Gay football player is ‘inspiration’

    02/10/2014 9:13:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
  • Maria Sharapova leads Russian athletes in Olympic torch lighting

    02/07/2014 2:13:29 PM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    FOX Sports ^ | Feb 7, 2014 1:57p ET
    <p>Tennis star Maria Sharapova led a group of six notable Russian athletes for the torch lighting at Friday's Opening Ceremony.</p> <p>Sharapova was joined by pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, former gymnast Alina Kabaeva (who has been linked romantically to Vladimir Putin), figure-skating legend Irina Rodnina, wrestling star Alexander Karelin and former hockey goaltender Vladislav Tretiak.</p>
  • Rev. Al Sharpton Speaks Out Against George Zimmerman and DMX Boxing Match

    02/07/2014 6:38:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/6/14 | HRISTINE THOMASOS , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
    ...celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman says he got Zimmerman to agree to engage in a celebrity boxing match for charity. However Sharpton, the civil rights activist and leader of the National Action Network, is warning people against being quick to label Zimmerman a celebrity. "We must be very careful not to glorify or in any way sidestep the implications of making someone whose only claim to fame was killing an unarmed young man named Trayvon Martin into a cultural celebrity or hero," Sharpton told CNN. "It is perfectly legal for him to exploit his fame but we should never forget...
  • Vladimir Putin arrives in Sochi ahead of Winter Olympics

    02/04/2014 8:15:36 AM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue February 4, 2014, 7:35 AM EST | Laura Smith-Spark and Nick Paton Walsh
    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Sochi on Tuesday, state media reported, as the Black Sea resort city enters the final stages of preparations for hosting the Winter Olympics. Putin is on a "working visit" to Sochi, with only three days to go before the Games open Friday, state news agency RIA Novosti reported. A leopard rehabilitation center was the first stop on Putin's schedule. The animals at the center, which opened nearly four years ago, are under the President's personal protection, state media say. One of them is reportedly a 6-month-old leopard kitten called Thunder. Putin will also attend...
  • The Super Bowl, the Olympics and the Best of America

    02/04/2014 5:06:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Football. Olympics. The mere terms reflect pride, passion and the American way. Football is one of the best pastimes in our country, and its crescendo reached its zenith this past Sunday with the Super Bowl. Congratulations to the NFL champions, the Seattle Seahawks. There are few events better than sitting (and standing) with family and friends cheering on your favorite team in that ultimate competition. And it's a pretty good excuse for munching the best of American grub as you do! Also, the Winter Olympics are about to begin -- Friday, Feb. 7, in Sochi, Russia -- so I thought...
  • Tebow Blacklist Isn’t the Beginning, It’s the End

    02/02/2014 11:34:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 133 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | John Ransom
    While everyone was paying attention to the demise of the U.S. economy, the U.S. workforce, the checks and balances written into the U.S. Constitution, a terrible tragedy has ensued almost unnoticed. Yes, while the rest of were working to “save” the country from galloping Big Government, the most perfect game in the history of the universe has brought itself to the brink of extinction. The downfall of the National Football League is imminent There are many signs and symptoms of the NFL’s impending doom there for the thinking person to see. The NFL used to have the problem that...
  • Football Is Top Sport in U.S.: 1,088,158 High School Players

    02/02/2014 12:45:56 PM PST · by PROCON · 9 replies
    Cnsnews ^ | Feb. 2, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The nation’s attention will be riveted tonight on MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. where 92 professional football players--46 per team--will be suited up to play Super Bowl XLVIII. But for each of those 92 professional football players who have made it to the Super Bowl, there are approximately 11,828 students playing high school football in this country. In the 2012-2013 school year, 14,048 U.S. high schools fielded teams to play 11-man per side American tackle football. The 1,088,158 athletes who played on these teams in the 2012-2013 school year made football the No. 1 participation sport in...
  • Napolitano To Be Part Of US Olympic Delegation

    01/30/2014 6:19:50 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    KJZZ.org ^ | 1.6.14 | Dennis Lambert
    Former Arizona Governor and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be part of the United States delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month.
  • Conner Mertens Makes Groundbreaking Announcement [Football Player "I Like Dudes"]

    01/30/2014 2:20:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Kicker Conner Mertens of Willamette (Oregon) University became the first active college football player to publicly come out as LGBT this week when he told his coach, followed by his team, followed by the world via social media, that he is bisexual. According to outsports.com, Mertens received an overwhelming show of support from coach Glen Fowles and teammates. Mertens also wrote a letter to his hometown of Kennewick, Wash., and published it on his Twitter account. "I'm bisexual," Mertens reportedly told Fowles. "I like dudes. I have a boyfriend. And next week, I'm going to tell the world."
  • STUPOR BOWL THREAD: WHO GIVES A RIP?

    01/26/2014 8:18:53 PM PST · by Howie66 · 82 replies
    Self | 26 January 2014 | Self
    Okay, who gives a Rats Arse about the 2014 Stupor Bowl? I sure don't.
  • Rancho Cotate’s Kimberly Rowley is part of the team

    01/26/2014 1:54:05 PM PST · by rey · 15 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | Jan 25th, 2014 | TED SILLANPAA
    ROHNERT PARK — Rancho Cotate High School sophomore Kimberly Rowley is a wrestler who has autism. Just don’t call her an autistic wrestler.
  • The Refreshing Li Na

    01/25/2014 11:23:40 AM PST · by A'elian' nation · 14 replies
    Melbourne Herald Sun ^ | January 25th, 2014
    Li Na thanked her agent after winning her second tennis Grand Slam in Australia. "Max, agent, make me rich, thanks a lot" she said." Funny that proclaiming that you are rich is cool in China and Russia, but no longer in the good ole USA. Haven't communist countries heard about income inequality? Sharing the wealth? When is the last time one of our sport's stars proclaimed his or her wealth to the world ? Li Na ranks 85th in the world's highest paid athletes having won over $18 million dollars in her career. Li Na is anything but a communist,...
  • Sochi 2014: Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, is poised to be next great American skier

    01/24/2014 6:38:42 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/24/13 | Barry Svrluga
    Before Mikaela Shiffrin even reached her teens, she was like so many small skiers, tugged by a Poma lift up a hill, idle time between runs for adjusting goggles and wiping noses. This was at Burke Mountain Academy, a Vermont school for young, elite ski racers, and Shiffrin was a star there by any measure, with a propensity for seeking the kind of perfect turns that — eventually, linked together, over and over — lead to race wins. She skipped no steps. As she sat back and let the rope tug her up the hill, Shiffrin watched the other skiers...
  • Tacoma teen fired after wearing Broncos jersey to work

    01/22/2014 2:32:53 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 27 replies
    Fox Sports News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Any Nesbett
    Nathaniel Wentz is a 17-year-old kid who plays quarterback for his high school football team. He also works — well, he used to work — during his free time. Why did we say he used to work? Because he was fired from his gig at Odyssey 1 family entertainment center in Tacoma, Washington after he wore a Broncos jersey to work last Sunday. Why was he wearing a Broncos jersey? Because his boss told employees that they could wear jerseys of their favorite teams to work since it was the day of the AFC and NFC Championship Games. Wentz's manager...
  • 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Sports

    01/21/2014 8:05:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    CBS ^ | January 7, 2014
    Happy New Year and welcome to the 60 Minutes/ Vanity Fair poll for January 2014. This month's poll centers on sports in America. What is it about America's fascination with sports? The word fan is short for fanatic, and some people think that sports in our society might be changing from a national pastime to a national obsession. The revenue that sports generates has fueled a large rise in 24/7 media attention and coverage, and with that comes the inevitable excesses and scandals that are all too familiar. But sports also builds bridges and is a big part of America's...
  • 100 Greatest Sports Photos of all Time [slideshow warning]

    01/21/2014 3:49:45 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 64 replies
    This is old. I think I saw it last year, but still pretty cool. No way around the slideshow, so spare me. Some I don't agree with, and some are missing. But who am I?
  • The Questionable Ethics of Teaching My Son to Love Pro Football

    01/20/2014 11:16:36 AM PST · by deks · 57 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 16, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    Subtitle: Fathers and sons have bonded over football games for generations, but today it's harder for parents to ignore the growing concerns surrounding the sport. Excerpt: My son, unfamiliar with the NFL’s pieties, assumed that hurting the other team’s players was the goal. To his untutored eye, the violence that guilt-ridden fans like myself decry was a feature, not a bug. He didn’t cheer the injuries; he’s too sweet for that. But despite my insistence to the contrary, I suspect the message he took from the experience was: The only thing you need to know about the large man writhing...
  • Manning or Brady?

    01/19/2014 11:42:55 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 112 replies
    January 19, 2014 | Self
    Game between Broncos and the mis-named Patriots, from leftist Boston, is about to start. Living in Colorado I will be rooting for Manning against reported liberal Brady. Just knowing that John F'n Kerry will be rooting for his "Patriots" makes me want the Broncos to win even more. Who are other FReeper football fans rooting for?
  • Putin promises no discrimination at Games

    01/16/2014 9:39:36 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/16/14 | Denis Dyomkin
    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday no athlete would face discrimination at next month's Winter Olympics, hoping to ease international concern over a Russian law banning gay "propaganda". Aware that the success or failure of the Sochi Games will help shape his legacy, Putin has closely identified himself with the $50-billion event which opens on February 7. Putin outraged many in the West last year by signing a law banning the spread of homosexual "propaganda" among minors. Critics say the law is discriminatory and aimed at stifling dissent but calls for a boycott of the Games have failed.
  • Little League Coach Sues Player for $500k for Accidentally Hitting Him With Helmet

    01/16/2014 5:40:46 AM PST · by Wolfie · 30 replies
    Little League Coach Sues Player for $500k for Accidentally Hitting Him With Helmet 14-year-old Little League player is being sued for more than $500,000 by a former coach who claims he was injured when the boy threw his helmet in the air after scoring a game-winning run. The coach, Alan Beck, is looking to recoup lost wages, medical bills, and of course, pain and suffering. Beck alleges that the helmet the boy threw ended up striking him in the ankle, severing his achilles tendon. Beck’s attorney conceded to Sacramento’s KCRA-3 that the boy did not intend to hurt anyone, but...
  • State Department's travel advisory could impact Team USA

    01/15/2014 8:43:58 AM PST · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    FOX Sports ^ | Jan 13, 2014 5:36p ET | Alan Abrahamson
    Now that the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory to Americans that all but screams don’t go to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, you have to wonder: Why is the U.S. government taking such a contrary position about these Olympics? And what will be the consequences? For any travelers who do go? For the U.S. team? The U.S. Olympic Committee? Longer term, for the prospect of an American bid for the 2024 Summer Games — the International Olympic Committee tending to have a long memory about governments that don’t play ball the Olympic way, especially when it’s...