Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 16, 2013 04:12 PM
Another English soccer legend is retiring. David Beckham announced his retirement from pro soccer not long after his former coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, made the same announcement.
After two more games, Beckham will be hanging up his cleats, but the star athlete was sure to rack up a few more titles before he cleans out his locker. Thanks to Paris Saint-Germain' s recent win to claim the Ligue 1 title, Beckham is now the only person to have won four national club championships in four different leagues in four different countries. He's also the first English player to score at three consecutive World Cup finals, and he's been honored by the Queen of England. Not a bad rap for a guy that kicks a ball around for a living, but there's a lot more to Beckham's success than what simply lies on the field.
"If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy," he said, the BBC reports. "I'm fortunate to have realized those dreams."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 8, 2013 04:23 PM
Heroes can be made as quickly as villains, and as fast as life changes. That's always been the case. What's new in the era of 24/7, digitized media is that they're so quickly enshrined in the public space.
As surely as Cleveland's Castro brothers have emerged as alleged horrific monsters in the case of the long-missing and now miraculously escaped three young women and a child, a regular guy named Charles Ramsey already has been hailed profusely as the overnight hero of the hour.
McDonald's and a local restaurant already are competing to tie themselves to him. Ramsey has been installed as an instant viral meme on the internet and even has been Autotuned. Hollywood types have begun pitching in their two cents as well, with varying degrees of insensitivity, with actor Patton Oswalt (of King of Queens) fame tweeting, "I totally want to run into your black arms." Pundits are already wringing their hands about whether Ramsey has become a digital hero for the right reasons (his actual heroism) or the "wrong" reasons (his colorful interviews that only reinforce stereotypes).Continue reading...
Posted by Ben Berkon on May 1, 2013 12:52 PM
Claiming Tim Tebow was a bad quarterback in 2012 is almost an unfair statement. The former Florida Gators standout only threw the ball eight times as a New York Jet—and to his credit, completed six of those passes. Surely fans, prospective front offices and even vocal ex-teammates would need a slightly larger sample size to evaluate the talent and future of a player.
Yet, there will not likely be any more chances for Tim Tebow to prove himself in the National Football League—at least not in the foreseeable future. The New York Jets released their fourth string QB after surprisingly drafting West Virginia star Geno Smith 39th overall, making Tebow an unrestricted free agent. Apparently, only the Omaha Beef indoor team has knocked on Tebow's door since. Heck, even the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League passed on him.
Tebow has become somewhat of an enigma in the professional sports circuit. While his performance on the field has been anything but exceptional, his sterling brand has remained remarkably strong. Very strong, in fact, according to Henry Schafer, the executive Vice President of The Q Scores, which rank athletes and celebrities based on their positive impressions in the public. This now-mainstream analytics measurement has helped Tebow land a variety of endorsements throughout the years, and may ultimately contribute to a stay in his popularity.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 11, 2013 11:53 AM
He staunchly defended and advanced the conservatism of the Roman Catholic Church, stood by its traditions on abortion and euthanasia and gay marriage and married clergy, and coped with the epochal tarnish of pedophilic priests. But none of that apparently prompted Pope Benedict XVI to announce his resignation on Monday.
Rather, the 85-year-old German cited a lack of physical strength and "advanced age" for deciding to step down from his post on February 28, becoming the first pope to resign in almost 600 years.
Benedict also proved his conservatism by championing the European roots of a religion that is growing most in emerging countries. Yet he embraced social media.
In any event, the departure of Benedict — whose given name was Joseph Ratzinger and Twitter handle is @pontifex — could suggest an opening for changes to the spiritual leadership of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide and a wider conversation about the church's brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 13, 2012 03:59 PM
Muhammad Shahid Nazir, a fish-seller at Queen's Market in East London's Upton Park, soared to fame when his "Come on, ladies" song to lure buyers to his "one pound fish" stall when it was captured on video and posted on YouTube in April, and now has more than 4.5 million views.
On Dec. 10th he got his own music video — "£1 Fish Man - One Pound Fish - O-Fish-Al Video" — chalking up more than one million views in two days and more than 1.6 million views so far. There's even a Speakerbox remix and a Trap remix (buy them on iTunes), and he has been profiled beyond the UK including on CBS in the US and in Australia. Follow him on Facebook for more.
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 23, 2012 10:22 AM
The act of Tebowing, kneeling on one knee and putting one fist to a bent head in the manner of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, may be so last year, but the trend is still rolling across the globe. People have Tebowed at the Vatican, on top of the Empire State Building, as David Bowie, in Hong Kong, and even on top of an alligator.
Tebow, who is proud to be an ultra-religious role model, has called the fad “a blessing.” And now it may be a financial blessing as well. The 25-year-old NFL pro now owns the trademark to Tebowing. So watch out, all you high school and Pop Warner football players. If you choose to Tebow, you could pay the price.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 18, 2012 04:08 PM
Albert Einstein has been dead since 1955 but that doesn’t mean the fuzzy-haired genius isn’t still causing controversies.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a beneficiary of Einstein’s will, was not happy back in 2009 when General Motors Photoshopped the well-known face onto the body of a buff bodybuilder in an ad that ran in People magazine for its GMC Terrain SUV. On “Einstein’s” arm was an “e=mc2” tattoo and the ad carried the tagline of “Ideas Are Sexy Too.”
Ideas may be sexy, but Hebrew University was not amused. It sued GM in 2010 and finally got its answer from a judge this week. Judge A. Howard Matz of U.S. District Court found that the use of Einstein’s image was “tasteless,” but not illegal, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. In addition, the judge noted that, even if the action had been illegal at some point, the University had no right to claim Einstein’s image as their own since it had been more than 50 years since Einstein’s death.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 12, 2012 11:34 AM
Racing, sports and Lance Armstrong fans are grappling with the man, the myth and the legend this week, as Armstrong remains, it seems, unperturbed in the aftermath of what appears to be damning evidence that he took performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied career.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's report accused the U.S. Postal Service team under Armstrong of widespread doping and a cover-up that enabled Armstrong's seven straight Tour de France titles and involved a cover-up so officials never caught Armstrong via a drug test.
While many were saddened and disappointed, other fans and observers didn't care if he took performance-enhancing drugs with his teammates (who he allegedly "bullied") or on his own. For all we know, he may have taken them on a boat and on a train, with a goat and in the rain. But Armstrong himself appears "unfazed," as Reuters puts it, by Wednesday's report and the mounting accusations by others in the racing world.
Armstrong's personal response to the blow-up: he tweeted a link on Wednesday for a press release noting the 15th anniversary of the Livestrong foundation, commenting: "What am I doing tonight? Hanging with my family, unaffected, and thinking about this. http://bit.ly/Po6mXT #onward." He later tweeted a telling YouTube link, for the late singer Elliott Smith's song, "Everything's coming up roses."Continue reading...