More Money For Sports In Brazil And Chicago, More Problems

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Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.

Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)

And Drake. There’s always Drake.

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White House shows sense of humor in rejecting Death Star Petition

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More than 34,000 people signed an official petition asking President Barack Obama to build the Death Star, the moon sized space station with the ability to eradicate entire planets. Here are some hilarious excerpts from the Official White House Response to Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

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Obama wins re-election, breaks Twitter record too

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Barack Obama has won re-election. So I get to say for another four years that the President of the United States of America follows me on Twitter. Here’s another Obama related factoid:

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Obama’s Debate flop: Al Gore blames Denver altitude (video)

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Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of the board at Current TV. He’s not a political strategist, and given this comment it’s easy to see why. The Denver altitude has often been used as a scapegoat for bad performances. Remember when the #8 seeded Denver Nuggets beat the #1 Seattle Supersonics in the first ever 8 over 1 matchup? Again some people blamed the altitude.

Here’s Gore’s very unfortunate and dumb remark after the jump

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Alabama Crimson Tide visiting Obama White House Thursday

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The Alabama Crimson Tide, your undisputed heavyweight champions of college football this past season will visit the Barack Obama White House this Thursday. As champs, their are getting their reward by going to D.C. and visiting the powerful hizouse in the world.

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President Obama’s Carrier Classic Pregame Speech (Video)

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As you know, President Barack Obama is a huge college basketball fan. (He’s also the most impressive of my 619 Twitter followers by the way) On Veteran’s Day, the Commander-in-Chief addressed the crowd of 8,100 who took in the Michigan State Spartans vs North Carolina Tar Heels game, the first to ever be played on an aircraft carrier.

And not just any carrier, the same exact one that launched the strike which captured and killed Osama bin Laden.

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Receives Football Foundation Award

The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame announced today Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, as 2011 recipient of the NFF Gold Medal. The organization’s highest honor, the Gold Medal recognizes significant career success, and those who have excelled in amateur sport, particularly football.

Like I’ve said numerous times before, the game of football is a metaphor for war, playing football can serve as a stand-in for military service, and the business of football and the military-industrial complex are completely intertwined and have been since day one.

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’85 Chicago Bears Invited to White House, Dan Hampton Declines

I’ve always said that the ’85 Chicago Bears need to go away. We’ve been hit over the head with them enough. President Barack Obama doesn’t agree with me. NFL Hall of Famer Dan Hampton does. And that’s one of the rare times I’ve actually agreed with him on something,

Obama invited the 1985 Super Bowl championship team to visit Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The Bears had been scheduled to meet with President Ronald Reagan way back in January of 1986, but the space shuttle Challenger explosion forced the White House to cancel.

Hampton has said “no thanks.”

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Former Barack Obama Press Secretary Hired by Chicago Cubs

Who says sports and politics don’t mix? These days, college and professional teams spend a lot of money and effort trying to manipulate their message and the media. So why not bring a former political operative in the front office?

And that’s what the Chicago Cubs did today- announcing the appointment of Julian Green to the newly-created position of vice president, communications and community affairs.

Green served as Illinois press secretary to then-United States Senator Barack Obama from 2005 to 2007 and as campaign press secretary from May to November 2004. So yes, Green is connected to the President of the United States of America.

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2011 NFL Free Agent Signings, Trade Rumors News: Umenyiora, Edwards, Floyd, Packers and more.

 

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With many big names off the NFL free agent block, teams are still putting pieces in place. The New York Giants tell  Osi Umenyiora he’s off the trading block. Will Barack Obama become a Green Bay Packers Fan? What is next for former Chicago Bears Olin Kreutz and Braylon Edwards? What NFL Free Agent signings remain? Trade Rumors? NFL News?

The sportsbank’s all-pro section reveals the latest for you.

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What Bin Laden’s Death Means For Americans

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Osama Bin Laden has been killed. Although The Sports Bank.net is a sports based website, news of Osama Bin Laden being killed transcends sports and all subcategories of media.

This day— May 1st, 2011—will be momentous in our Nation’s history as the day Osama Bin Laden was killed by CIA operatives and Navy Seals. I’ll let you read the New York Times, CNN, and the Huffington Post to fill you in on the details of the mission that took place in the Middle-Eastern country of Pakistan.

I’m here to look at what Bin Laden’s death means for the nation of people within our borders.

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Celtics Legend Bill Russell Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom (Video)

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UCLA and Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell, one of the greatest NBA players of all time and the first African-American to coach a professional sports team was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Here’s a video with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell about the ceremony

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