Archive | February, 2011

Happy Trails Clinton Portis

28 Feb

Long time Redskins Running Back Clinton Portis was released Monday, and will now wait on labor talks to conclude before he can find a new team. Portis was less than 650 yards shy of becoming the Redskins All-Time leading rusher.

Running back Clinton Portis has been released by the Washington Redskins, the team announced Monday.

Portis is just 77 yards shy of 10,000 career rushing yards and 648 shy of Hall of Famer John Riggins’ Redskins franchise record.

“We have been through a lot both on and off of the field and we would like to wish him and his family the very best,” owner Dan Snyder said in a statement announcing Portis’ release. “He will always be a Redskin and go down as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.”

The 29-year-old Portis played just 13 games the last two seasons because of a concussion in 2009 and a torn groin last season. He was due to make $8.2 million in 2011.

“Dan [Snyder] and Mike [Shanahan] were honest, straight-up people with me. I always appreciated the opportunity from Dan to play here,” Portis said in the statement.

“Being a Redskin was a special part of my life. Coming and being in that organization, I turned from a kid having fun to a man carrying responsibilities. I tried to put the world on my shoulders for coach Gibbs and the Redskins fans.”

The two-time Pro Bowler was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2002 draft by current Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

“I’ve known Clinton Portis since he entered the National Football League and will always respect the competitive drive, intensity and passion that he brought to the organization every day,” Shanahan said in the statement.

Air Jordan Phase 23 Hoops

28 Feb

In 1998, Jordan Brand branched off (but not far) from the Air Jordan signature line to produce performance-based footwear based on the Jumpman mission statement of top-tier performance and quality. A few years later, Jordans made the ‘jump’ from on-court to off-court, using lifestyle-based designs and motifs to create yet another branch of footwear emphasizing fashionable appeal. The Air Jordan Phase 23 Hoops is like a combination of both, adopting both the performance aspects of an Air Jordan basketball shoe and the style points from a lifestyle-inspired effort. The Air Jordan Phase 23 Hoops features a forefoot strap with a Air Jordan VIII-inspired decorative lace lockdown structure on the heel. The stylish perforated upper and breathable mesh panels offer an extra appeal to both sides as well. This upcoming colorway of White, Mineral Blue, and Light Italy Blue, and Black is set for a May 2011 release so take a look at the detailed images below and let us know what you think.

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Sample Wonderlic Test

28 Feb

Every participant at the NFL Scouting Combine takes an aptitude test called the Wonderlic. Take this sample test and see how you’d do.

1. Look at the row of numbers below. What number should come next? ___________

8   4   2   1   1/2   1/4   ?

2. Assume the first two statements are true.

  1. The boy plays baseball.
  2. All baseball players wear hats.
  3. The boy wears a hat

Is the final one:
True
False
Not Certain

3. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost? ___________

4. How many of the five pairs listed below are exact duplicates? ___________

Nieman, K. M. Neiman, K. M.
Thomas, G. K. Thomas, C. K.
Hoff, J. P. Hoff, J. P.
Pino, L. R. Pina, L. R.
Warner, T. S. Wanner, T. S.

5. PRESENT/RESERVE, Do these words:

have similar meanings; have contradictory meaning; mean neither the same nor opposite?

6. One of the number figures in the following drawing is most different from the others. What is the number in that figure? ___________

7. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this same speed, how many feet will it travel in
three seconds? ___________

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28 Feb

 

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Iran Claims 2012 Olympic Logo is Racist

28 Feb

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran objects to the logo for the 2012 London Olympics, contending it is racist because it resembles the word “Zion” and warning of a possible boycott of the Games.

The secretary general of Iran’s National Olympic Committee said Iran sent a letter to International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. The letter claims the 2012 logo spells out “Zion,” a biblical term widely recognized to refer to the city of Jerusalem.

The logo says 2012 not ZION

In comments carried by the official IRNA news agency Monday, secretary general Bahram Afsharzadeh said the letter urges other Muslim states to oppose the “racist logo.”

 

“There is no doubt that negligence of the issue from your side may affect the presence of some countries in the Games, especially Iran which abides by commitment to the values and principles,” the letter said.

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel’s destruction and questioned historical accounts of the Holocaust.

Iranian athletes have refused to compete against Israelis.

The London logo shows the numbers “2012” in four jagged figures and until now has been criticized only for its design. The IOC said it received the letter and joined London organizers in rejecting Iran’s complaint.

“Our response is as follows: The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else,” the IOC said.

The London organizers said the design was launched in 2007 after testing and consultation.

“We are surprised that this complaint has been made now,” the committee said.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

Does BYU Deserve a #1 Seed???

28 Feb

Jimmer Fredette, the nation's leading scorer.

by Chris McCoy

Alas! March is finally upon us. This is THE best month of the year for college basketball. PERIOD. Think about it, March Madness and the Super Bowl are two of the only times each year when millions of people will bet on teams they know nothing about!

*All my die hard sports fans out there get your money! LOL*

This year’s tourney will have a little different feel to it – instead of 65 teams as we’ve become accustomed to for the last decade, we’ll have 68, but it’s not the last four in I’m concerned with here, it’s the first four in. There’s always a lot of debate and hoopla surrounding the 1’s (#1 seeds), let’s answer some of the questions though.

1: Does the best team in the best conference automatically deserve a 1 seed? 2: Is the selection committee Duke biased? 3: Many of the potential 1’s lost last weekend, who deserves the third 1 seed? 4: Will we ever see a mid-major gain a top seed?

1: Of course the best team in the Big East, in this case, deserves a top seed. *NEWS FLASH* They have eight teams in the AP top 25 this week, and may get as many as 11 bids to the dance. Any team that comes out of that gauntlet on top deserves a one seed, so if you’re following along at home, go ahead and pencil Pittsburg into your brackets.

2: Of course the selection committee is Duke biased. There’s nothing racist about wanting to see someone that looks like you excel on the playing field, it’s human nature. White people like to see white basketball players succeed, just like I like to see the Williams sisters do well at Wimbleton – it’s our natural inclination to root for the underdog or the minority, and let’s face it white boys have become the minority in Division I football and basketball. Let’s be frank here, Duke has a lot of white boys, and every year Duke gets seems to get favorable seeding – in the last decade alone, Duke has “earned” #1 seeds 6 times and #2 seeds twice, mind you all the statistics back up Duke having top seeds, whether it be Mike Krzyzewski having the tournament wins, the second most final four appearances, or the second most championships, but let’s be real, they’ve gotten their share of favorable seedings and regions. That being said, Duke’s a legit #1 this year, and had freshman guard Kyrie Irving not gone down, they’d probably be 29-0 instead of 26-3 right now. So go ahead and pencil them in as well.
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Tony Parker Out 2-4 Weeks

28 Feb

SAN ANTONIO — Spurs point guard Tony Parker is expected to miss two to four weeks after straining his left calf muscle in a win over Memphis.

The Spurs announced Monday that their star point guard won’t accompany them to Memphis and Cleveland this week. It will also leave the NBA-best Spurs without Parker for their first game against LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Friday.

Parker left Sunday’s game in the second quarter when he collided with Grizzlies guard Mike Conley. He did not return.

Health has been a major factor behind San Antonio’s surprise return to their championship form. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Parker have started all but one game.