Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Wonderful World of Sports--Rings and Things and Fine Array

Need to catch up on your sporting news, or should I say gossip? Here's what ye old Google Reader held for me this morning:

1. Those drinking the Jay Cutler hateraide are still binge drinking. Are these guys mad about his injury/lack of or jealous of his woman? I'll let you be the judge of that.

2. We've talked about championship rings before. You win the championship, and you acquire a shiny piece of bling bling to add to your accessories. But "not so fast," says the University of Alabama when their cheerleading squad took home the glory. Refusing to recognize cheerleading as a sport is sure to cause some controversy. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. 1560 The Game's SEC Guy would surely have something to say about this.

3. Ochocinco wants to change his name again?  Here's an idea: make yourself truly relevant on the football field, and we'll call you whatever you want.

4. I don't know if you heard, but IT'S SUPER BOWL WEEK! Inez Sainz caused quite the stir at Media Day. I just learned about her incident with the Jets through this article.  Surprised that it happened with the Jets? No.
She brings an interesting dynamic to the sports reporting world though, and raises questions about how women will continue to play a role in this field. At the end of the day I think if you dress like this (scroll down), you are asking for unwanted attention. Women deserve to look their best, but sequins? Really?

5. Speaking of women, Michael Silver posts the following rant about Super Bowl's Sunday's date with Porn Sunday 

That there is something called National Porn Sunday; that it is actually an anti-pornography event taking place near Dallas the day of the Super Bowl, rather than a series of more private gatherings created in honor of one of my Morning Rush writing breaks; and that athletes such as Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck(notes), Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna(notes), Packers defensive lineman Ryan Pickett(notes) and ex-NFL quarterback Josh McCown(notes) have lent their support to, the Las Vegas website behind the movement. Really, guys? That’s your crusade – trying to ensure that those of us who might look for a little diversionary arousal on our laptops or TV sets, in the privacy of our homes or hotel rooms, cleanse our sinful souls by keeping it PG-13? Look, I know there are major problems with the porn industry, and I understand that it’s largely degrading to women and has the potential to inhibit legitimate intimacy in some individuals. But this is America, and if some of us have our days enhanced by watching, say, two lovely women making out on camera, is it really anyone’s place to get involved? Some might speculate that this is a matter that’s between me and my wife and the 46-inch LCD screen in our bedroom. I’m not going to say one way or the other, but unless Hasselbeck, Kitna, Pickett, McCown and company want to come party at our place, their input is immaterial. In fact, I’d tell those guys to butt out, but they might blow a gasket over the terminology.

Say what you want Mr. Silver, but I disagree and applaud these athletes standing up for an issue that most people just don't want to talk about.  Thank you Hasselbeck, Kitna, Pickett, and McCown for being role models for adults, both young and old, and it's especially refreshing for young people today to see men in your industry vocalizing an unpopular stance in today's hyper-sexed society.

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