Pro American sport DEAD to me

I don’t watch much Pro American sport in any case. But news in recent weeks motivates quitting NFL, NBA and MLB completely. There’s too much monopoly, money and “tradition” for Pro sport to evolve for the better. Pro sport is DEAD to ME. 😦

Devaluing of women by big-time sports must stop

boycott-nfl-model-with-black-eye-ray-rice-controversy-the-jasmine-brandNFL BOYCOTT

Sadly, revoking the NFL Tax Exemption wouldn’t bring in much revenue. The NFL has  plenty of lobbyists buying off Congress.

I’m going to end up supporting only athletes who are underpaid, none who are overpaid. 😦

Even as the league is under fire for its handling of domestic abuse, one of its biggest problems remains on the field. New NFL estimates project that up to a third of all retired players could develop some form of long-term cognitive problem — such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia — due to head injuries suffered in games.

Frontline –The NFL’s Concussion Problem Still Has Not Gone Away

NHL is Pro Canadian sport, of course. 🙂

 

 

Washington Redskins ownership #sucks

The anti-Redskins Commercial That Will Run During The NBA Finals.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I’m normally the curmudgeon that argues for tradition. Asks the offended party to embrace the word. Make it their own. …

But in this case, that team should change their name. 😦

World Cup – Game Before The Game

I couldn’t care less about the World Cup … unlike most of the rest of the World.

But I love inspiring video. The TV ads are fantastic.

Here’s an epic by Beats by Dre, the recent $3 billion Apple acquire.

The five-minute spot opens with Brazilian superstar Neymar having a heart-to-heart conversation with his father before a soccer match, set over footage of favelas, coastlines and the team bus. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Mashable)

too HOT in Qatar for the World Cup?

I’m in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia right now volunteering at a Gymnastics course. In June the temperatures are mild. 🙂

Riyadh

They don’t really call it HOT here until about 45+.

President of FIFA Sepp Blatter:

“The Arabic world deserves a World Cup. They have 22 countries and have not had any opportunity to organize the tournament.”

Blatter also praised Qatar’s progress, “When I was first in Qatar there were 400,000 people here and now there are 1.6 million. In terms of infrastructure, when you are able to organise the Asian Games (in 2006) with more than 30 events for men and women, then that is not in question.”

On 2 December 2010, it was announced that Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. …

For the scheduled World Cup dates:

… the average daytime high in most of Qatar exceeds 50 °C (120 °F), the average daily low temperatures not dropping below 30 °C (86 °F). …

Having been there, I personally feel that Qatar could pull off this event. Nobody would die of heat emergency.

But the corruption scandal may well force a move to another nation.

Ex-FIFA VP Mohamed Bin Hammam allegedly paid $5 million in bribes to secure votes for Qatar, largely to 30 African soccer officials.

why we love the San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan is age-38.

The old, old Spurs are making yet another deep run into the Playoffs. Here’s how.

The San Antonio Spurs dynasty is a thing of beauty to basketball purists because they epitomize the definition of a true team. In a league where everyone focuses on individuals, they are living proof that ‘We’ is greater than ‘Me’.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Thanks Jake.

I know Bo

Do you know Bo Jackson?

Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson (born November 30, 1962) is a retired American baseball and football player. He was the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports, and also won the Heisman Trophy in 1985. …

He also ran a 40-yard dash in 4.12 seconds (hand-timed), which is still the fastest verifiable 40-yard dash time ever recorded at any NFL Combine. …

A (fluke) hip injury in January 1991 ended his football career and severely impaired his professional baseball career. …

He grew up poor and fatherless. And became one of the great success stories of American pro sport.

I saw the most wonderful documentary, You Don’t Know Bo – ESPN Films: 30 for 30.

Click PLAY or watch part 1 on YouTube.

Clearly one of the most “talented” athletes. Ever.

In the documentary many of his coaches tell that he was un-coachable. Day 1 he could could do … anything he tried. He couldn’t see the point of practice.

Bo will forever be known as a cultural icon and one of the most famous athletes of all time. This film will examine the truths and tall tales that surround Jackson, and how his seemingly impossible feats captured our collective imagination for an all-too-brief moment in time.

ESPN

If you don’t know Bo, you’ve probably seen one of his famous Nike commercials. He and Michael Jordan were their first big stars.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (30sec)

Lance Armstrong: Enough is enough.

Lance Armstrong:

AUSTIN, Texas – August 23rd, 2012 – There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now.

I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by Travis Tygart’s unconstitutional witch hunt. The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense. …

LanceArmstrong.com

… Lance Armstrong says he will not fight charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a surprising decision that sets the stage for the cyclist to be stripped of the Tour de France titles that turned him into an American hero. …

Armstrong refuses arbitration; faces sanctions

I’ve clung to hope that Lance is actually innocent, despite the dozens of top Tour riders of his era found guilty.

Ben Johnson, the sprinter, was a doper. Stripped of the Olympic Gold in the 100m in Seoul.

Coach Charlie Francis had all his athletes, including Ben, doping. Charlie claimed most of the top guys of the era were — including Carl Lewis.

Ben was retroactively stripped of his 1987 World Record — a mistake, I thought. Going back in history to re-test under new protocols is unfair. Unethical.

I’m sympathetic of Lance’s position.