Posts Tagged ‘Football’

NFL HoFer Jerry Rice: Obama’s Problems Past and Current ‘Inherited from George Bush’

The most recent issue of ESPN the Magazine, the bi-weekly publication of the 24-hours cable sports network ESPN, gave current and former pro athletes their own segment to “sound off” on various subjects, including news of the day. While most athletes discussed rule changes to their respective sports or things they’d like to accomplish after sports, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice took a different approach. Instead, he offered readers some thoughts on President Barack Obama’s performance.

Shorter version – it’s George Bush’s fault:

“I think with President Obama, everyone is criticizing him for taking on what George Bush left him. Give him an opportunity. This is something he inherited from George Bush. I really try to stay out of politics and all of that, but to see everything happening on television with people constantly bashing him with their different opinions — we have wars, the deficit, all of this stuff. There is so much going on right now that it’s going to take him a while to turn this around. So just give him a chance.”

Apparently two-and-half years aren’t long enough for Rice. Just exactly how much time is needed to fix what Obama “inherited” from President Bush?

Rice, a NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver, played the majority of his career for the San Francisco 49ers. He was an prolific wide receiver in his day, winning three Super Bowls and racking up some gaudy stats (208 TDs, 22,895 receiving yards and 1,549 receptions).

Although he claims he “really” tries to stay out of politics, perhaps he should and stick to talking football.


07 2011

This Week in California… Flag on the Play, Dumbass

What is it about “following the rules” that makes some people’s brains seem to travel at light speed from 0 to stupid? The following true story should outrage you and is the absolute perfect example of when to downshift into ‘common sense’ gear.

San Jose, CA – High school football player Keanu Gallardo got a serious head injury during a routine Saturday football game. The injury was so serious that the paramedics were called, and an ambulance arrived on the scene. But before the ambulance could drive onto the field to attend to him, the high school principal managed to stop the ambulance from driving onto the newly renovated field because she claimed that it would violate district policy.

Ok, hold up. First of all, this is football. Yes, its high school football, but it is still violent. Head injuries should never to be taken lightly. Doesn’t everybody remember Natasha Richardson? Actor Liam Neeson’s wife, Natasha Richardson who had a mild skiing accident in March of last year, fell and bumped her head, and dropped dead hours later. The autopsy determined she had an epidural hematoma. My point? Serious head injuries are not flippant matters because they can be life-threatening. And when a 14-year-old’s life hangs in the balance, urgency should be expected.

That brings me to the high school principal. Liz Seabury, a new high school principal was under the impression that ambulance vehicles could not be on the remodeled turf. Seabury later learned that the district did indeed provide an exception for emergency vehicles.

New turf or not, policy about vehicles or no policy, common sense should have prevailed.

Because the principal refused to allow the ambulance onto the field, emergency responders were forced to haul a gurney, 75 yards to the injured player. All medical experts agree that seconds are critical when treating a head injury.

So the question remains: Who is at fault? The district for its apparently opaque policy? The principal for not exercising common sense? Or the emergency personnel for not overriding the principal?

Seriously, California – wake up! All of you who choose to follow the law to the letter at the expense of common sense need a big ol’ reality slap across the face. That kid could have died right there on the field. Bet that tragic outcome would have been a wake up call, huh?

Ding dong Seabury should have never put her foot down in order to “follow the rules” and the emergency workers should have floored that sucker onto the field anyway to attend to Gallardo.


11 2010

Democrats Like Wussy Sports

Hotline OnCallIf you’re a GOP strategist looking for key primary votes, spend your valuable advertising money on PGA Tour events. If you’re a Dem trying to win over your base, focus on advertising during NBA games.

So says a new study among hundreds of thousands of Americans examining the correlation between viewers’ favorite sports and their voting habits. And, the survey shows, most dedicated sports watchers are much more likely to vote with the GOP than they are to vote with Dems.

Researchers at National Media Inc., a GOP firm, analyzed survey results from a total of 218K interviews between Aug. ’08 and Sept. ’09. The polling was conducted by Scarborough USA, a joint project of Nielsen and Arbitron, the 2 top ratings agencies in the country. The data helps TV and radio stations and the country’s newspapers set ad rates by evaluating viewership habits.

GOPers are most likely to watch the PGA Tour, college football and NASCAR, according to the study. But if GOP ad buyers want to reach more frequent voters, they should focus on the PGA; golf fans told researchers they were much more likely to vote than NASCAR fans say they are. Meanwhile, Dems hold the largest advantages among basketball fans, both those who watch the NBA and the WNBA. And fans of World Wrestling Entertainment are also much more likely to favor Dems — if they vote. Wrestling fans are less likely to cast ballots than any other sports fans.

There isn’t much to say here that we didn’t already know, Democrats LOVE the WNBA. All about equality I guess. They also love men and women’s tennis, so they officially love the two most boring sports to watch on TV.

No wonder they want to control our lives, they have nothing else to do. While the rest of us watch football, baseball, and golf, they sit around being pissed because they’re watching the WNBA. Can’t blame them really.

My personal favorite part of this study is that WWE fans don’t vote. I mean does this really surprise anyone? I mean everyone knows that WWE Smackdown comes on Tuesday at 9 P.M. Who could remember to vote with excitement like that building all day.

All this does is just reinforce the stereotypes in my head. Most Democrats are kids that couldn’t play sports in high school and therefore feel slighted. This then leads them to think that it wasn’t “fair” they couldn’t be captain of the basketball/football/wrestling team, and in turn want to take our money. A viciuous, vicious cycle indeed.


03 2010