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Super Bowl XLVIII Is Why The Game Is Played And “The Expert Pundits” Should Be Ignored.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Denver Broncos Must Have Been Tied Up In Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridge Gate, You Know, Stuck In That Traffic Study On The George Washington Bridge. They Never Showed Up To Play In Super Bowl XLVIII.

 

This is why we play the actual sports games and don’t pay a lick of attention to ALL the sports “experts” who are highly paid idiots, according to their Super Bowl picks for XLVIII.

 

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Super Bowl XLVIII By The Numbers: Historic ineptitude on display.

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The game wasn’t all that interesting, not with the Seahawks jumping out to a big lead and with the Broncos unable to do anything about it, but Super Bowl XLVIII certainly produced some interesting statistics.

 

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Like, how Peyton Manning set a Super Bowl record for the most completions and Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas set a Super Bowl record for the most catches. So, it wasn’t all bad for Denver, am I right?

 

Anyway, here were the most fascinating numbers for the final game of the 2013 season.

 

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0: The number of times in NFL history before Sunday that an NFL game ended with a 43-8 score.

 

0: The number of interceptions thrown by Russell Wilson this postseason.

 

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0.125: The percentage of successful replay challenges by Broncos coach John Fox this season. Fox challenged the call of a forward pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the first half, but referee Terry McAuley confirmed the original ruling on the field. On the season, Fox was 1 for 8.

 

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2:02: The length of time of Renee Fleming’s beautiful national anthem if you hit the stopwatch when she opened her mouth to sing.

 

2:12: The length of time of Renee Fleming’s gorgeous national anthem if you hit the stopwatch when her accompanying band began to play.

 

3: The number of consecutive seasons that a safety has been scored in a Super Bowl, via Michael David Smith.

 

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3: The number of times since the 1975 season, including Sunday, that a Super Bowl team has not scored at least 10 points in the game.

 

5: The number of points the Seahawks had accumulated early in the first quarter. No other Super Bowl team in history has ever had five points on the scoreboard.

 

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5: The number of losses for the Broncos in Super Bowl games. That’s the most of any team in the league.

 

11:41: The amount of time in the first quarter that the Seahawks held the ball. Overall, Seattle ran 22 plays in the first 15 minutes. Denver ran six.

 

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12: The number of seconds it took for the Seahawks to score, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. The previous fastest was 14 seconds when Devin Hester scored on the opening kickoff return in Super XLI.

 

13: The number of receptions for Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas, the most of anybody in Super Bowl history.

 

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13: The number of years it’s been since a Super Bowl participant was shut out in the first half. That would be the Giants falling behind 10-0 to the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.

 

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19: The number of minutes into the game that it took for the Broncos to get their first first down.

 

24: The number of times a coin flip in the Super Bowl has landed on heads, and the number of times it’s landed on tails, via RJ Bell.

 

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29: The number of points scored by the Seahawks to start the game, the most consecutive points ever scored by one team to open a game since the Redskins scored 24 in Super Bowl XXVI, via ESPN Stats Info.

 

33: The number of completions Sunday by Peyton Manning, the most-ever by a Super Bowl quarterback.

 

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69: The length of Malcolm Smith‘s pick-6 of Peyton Manning in the first half. It’s the longest interception return for a touchdown since Tracy Porter returned one 74 yards in Super Bowl XLIV against a guy named Peyton Manning.

 

82,529: The number of fans who jammed themselves into MetLife Stadium to watch the game.

 

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526,217: The base salary made by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for the entire 2013 season.

 

882,352:The salary made by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning eachweek of the NFL season, via Bryan A. Graham.

 

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$10.2 Million: The amount the legendary boxer, Floyd Mayweather bet on a Denver Broncos victory. I won’t mention the starving children, poor families, charities that could have used that $10.2 million. Now his bookie can retire. Oh well, he’ll just jave to fight Manny Pacquiáo.

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Best, worst of Super Bowl XLVIII

 

Evaluating the memorable moments of Seattle’s Super blowout of Denver

 

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The Seattle Seahawks, underdogs in the eyes of the folks in Las Vegas, smoked the Denver Broncos 43-8.
This was an unlikely game in which Peyton Manning did a passable imitation of his beleaguered younger brother, Eli. Or was it barely passable? This season alone, Eli (15) and Peyton (two) combined to throw 17 interceptions at MetLife Stadium, the home of the Giants and Jets. In a quirky turn of events, the brothers combined to throw seven interceptions (and one lonely touchdown) here against the Seahawks this season.
The best play of the game, if you are a Seahawks fan, was linebacker Malcolm Smith‘s 69-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the second quarter. Defensive end Cliff Avril hit Manning’s arm as he released the ball, and Smith gathered in the disabled duck — and ran a wondrous, meandering route to the end zone. That gave Seattle a stunning 22-0 lead.
It was the longest interception return for a touchdown since the Saints’ Tracy Porter took one back 74 yards — against Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.
Going in, if you had known that Seattle’s two starting cornerbacks – Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell – would be out of the game midway through the fourth quarter, you might have thought Manning would have a field day. Instead, he merely finished the game with a Super Bowl record for completions (34), an exceedingly hollow victory.
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Best effort by a part-time player: It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. Seattle wide receiver Percy Harvin got a six-year, $67 million contract but made exactly one catch during the 2013 regular season. Hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum took Harvin out of play for much of the season, but he returned for the divisional playoff game against the Saints (three catches), then suffered a concussion. After sitting out the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, he was a big part of the Seahawks’ offensive game plan. He had two sweet runs in the first half, a 30-yard rush around left end and a 15-yard sweep. Then he ran back the kickoff to open the second half 87 yards for a touchdown — and a 29-0 lead.
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Best quarterback: Russell Wilson is the most successful quarterback in NFL history over his first two seasons. This Super Bowl victory gives Wilson a total of 28 wins — one more than the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 and ’05. This is a guy who was drafted in the third round, 53 spots behind Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden.
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Worst quarterback: He had the best offensive season in NFL history, but he was also the second-oldest quarterback to start this ultimate game. Peyton Manning was the only player on either team to win a Super Bowl, but he certainly didn’t win this one. No, the two interceptions weren’t completely his fault, but his big-game nerves will be questioned after this loss. Again. Manning is now 11-12 in playoff games.
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Worst effort in the big game: The Broncos franchise is now 2-5 in Super Bowls — and the only team to lose five. The worst Super Bowl blowout ever? The Broncos lost to the 49ers 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV.
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Best career opportunist: In addition to his memorable interception, Smith had a backbreaking fumble recovery in the third quarter. Cornerback Byron Maxwell punched the ball from the hands of Demaryius Thomas. Smith scooped it up, and it wasn’t long before Seattle had a 36-0 lead.
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Best non-omen: The Seahawks had zero players who had previously appeared in a Super Bowl, the first team with that number since the 1990 Buffalo Bills. Those Bills, by the way, lost a tough one to the Giants (Scott Norwood, wide right) and went on to lose four consecutive Super Bowls. The Seahawks, obviously, are not students of history.
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Worst start (ever):We’ve seen Peyton Manning check out of so many plays this season that we almost expect it. So when the Broncos’ quarterback stepped out of the shotgun formation and moved toward center Manny Ramirez on the first offensive play of the game, it seemed like business as usual. But then Ramirez inexplicably snapped the ball over Manning’s head. It sailed into the end zone, and Seattle had a stunning safety — 12 seconds into the game. It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history and only the ninth safety. The second-fastest? Chicago’s Devin Hester took the opening kickoff all the way back in Super Bowl XLI — against Manning’s Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis, for the record, came back to win that game.
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Best dressed: Manning, declining to follow the fashion trend of Michael Jackson, actually wore two gloves, one on each hand. An hour before the game, when he first started throwing, the temperature was 52 degrees. But with a forecast calling for the low 40s (not to mention a modest wind chill), Manning probably didn’t want to make a “Bad” decision and change midstream.
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Worst dressed: “Broadway” Joe Namath made a pregame sideline appearance wearing an enormous retro 1960s fur coat, which sent Twitter into a tizzy. It was tawny, with white, snowy piping, and it had a hood. See temperature in above item.
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Best breakup: If not for Denver linebacker Nate Irving, the Seahawks almost certainly would have had a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. But after Russell Wilson feathered a lovely pass up and over into the end zone to Jermaine Kearse, Irving stuck his right hand in Kearse’s face. As they fell to earth, he wrenched the ball loose, and Seattle had to settle for a field goal.
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Worst route-running decision: On paper, it was an ugly interception by Manning. But judging by the exercised discussion his coaches had with him afterward, tight end Julius Thomas might have broken off the route prematurely. In any event, Seattle safety Kam Chancellor collected the late-first-quarter gift ball, and the Seahawks had another offensive possession. They ran 22 plays in the first quarter versus only seven for Denver.
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Best dodged bullet: The Broncos’ Trindon Holliday appeared to fumble after returning a kickoff past his 30-yard-line. Chris Maragos knocked it loose, and kicker Steven Hauschka recovered. It was ruled a fumble on the field and would have given Seattle the ball in Denver territory with more than three minutes left in the first half. But, upon further review, Holliday was ruled down by contact. So take heart, Broncos fans. It could’ve been worse.
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Jonathan Martin, Richard Incognito And The National Football League


 

By Jueseppi B

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This is a very sticky nasty complex issue of racism, harassment, bullying, misconceptions of masculinity and common sense.

 

I’ll start off with this:

Incognito Used Slurs In Voicemail to Martin

 

Published on Nov 4, 2013

Marcellus Wiley joins Numbers Never Lie‘s Jemele Hill and Michael Smith to discuss breaking news reports of a transcript surfacing that details a profane voicemail allegedly left by Miami Dolphins‘ Richie Incognito for teammate Jonathan Martin.

 

 

 

From The Huffington Post:

Richie Incognito Threatened Jonathan Martin, Used Racial Slur To Refer To Dolphins Teammate: REPORTS

 

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito used a racial slur to refer to teammate Jonathan Martin in threatening text messages, as first reported by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. Martin, a second-year offensive lineman, abruptly left the team last week to reportedly receive help for emotional issues.

 

Citing a source with knowledge of text messages that Martin made available to his parents, the Dolphins and the NFL, La Canfora reported that Incognito called Martin, who is biracial, a “half-n*****” and threatened his family. ESPN’s Adam Schefter obtained the transcript of a threatening voicemail that Incognito allegedly left Martin. Citing sources multiple sources who confirmed the authenticity of the transcript, Schefter reported that the NFL and the Dolphins have heard the message.

 

Schefter and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, citing multiple sources, reported over the weekend that Incognito played a key role in the alleged bullying and harassment of Martin. Incognito, however, denied the reports and lashed out at Schefter on Twitter for linking him to Martin’s case.

 

The Dolphins issued a statement Sunday morning saying that the“notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally.” But later on Sunday night, the Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely.

 

“We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time,” the organization said in a statement released just before midnight. “We will continue to work with the league on this matter.”

 

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Martin will begin his therapy today in California.

 

UPDATE: Citing a “ranking club source” on Monday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported that Richie Incognito is “done” with the Miami Dolphins.

 

“There are procedures in place and everyone wants to be fair,” the source told Salguero. “The NFL is involved. But from a club perspective he’ll never play another game here.”

 

Thank you The Huffington Post

 

 

From The Hollywood Gossip:

Richie Incognito Voicemail Includes Homophobic Slurs, Racial Taunts

by Hilton Hater

 

Rookie offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins last week due to frustration and anger over being at the center of multiple, extreme hazing rituals.

 

And now transcripts of a voicemail teammate Richie Incognito left for Martin give fans a clearer idea of just what had been going on inside the Miami locker room over the past few months.

 

Martin had reportedly paid $15,000 to Incognito for a Las Vegas trip that he did not even attend, telling sources that he feared repercussions from his fellow lineman if he did not pony up the cash.

 

It’s unclear what, exactly, Martin meant by this – but one can hazard a guess based on the following, which is a transcript of a voice message Incognito left for Martin in April 2013, a year after Martin was drafted:

“Hey, wassup, you half nigger piece of shit. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] shit in your fucking mouth. [I'm going to] slap your fucking mouth.”

 

“[I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter].”

 

“Fuck you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”

 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that officials from the NFL and from the Dolphins have heard the message and also seen texts from Incognito to Marin that include derogatory terms referring to the female anatomy and sexual orientation.

 

Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the team last night for conduct detrimental to the squad and has a resume that would make Lindsay Lohan ashamed.

 

He was suspended by the University of Nebraska in 2004 for violations of team rules; dismissed from Oregon after transferring there; and was voted the NFL’s Dirtiest Played in 2009.

 

Still, though, Miami voted Incognito to its six-player leadership council to start this season.

 

It is unknown, meanwhile, if Martin will return to the Dolphins.

 

Thank you The Hollywood Gossip

 

 

From The Miami Herald Blog:

Incognito considered black in Dolphins locker room

 

Posted by Armando Salguero

One of the most curious aspects of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin story is how race has become very much a part of it outside the Dolphins locker room — in the media and among fans and observers — but not at all so far within the Dolphins locker room. 

 

Think of this:

Richie Incognito left Jonathan Martin a voice mail that, among other things, called Martin a “half-n—-r.” And Dolphins players of color, knowing of the voicemail, have expressed no problems with Incognito.

 

“I don’t have a problem with Richie,” Mike Wallace said. “I love Richie.”

 

“I don’t think Richie is a racist,” cornerback Brent Grimes said.

 

“Richie Incognito isn’t a racist,” tight end Michael Egnew said.

 

ESPN analyst and former Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter has know Mike Pouncey since the player’s childhood. Today Carter said on air he recently spoke to Mike Pouncey and the center, who is Incognito’s friend, addressed race.

 

“They don’t feel as if he’s a racist, they don’t feel as if he picked on Jonathan repeatedly and bullied him, but if they could do it all over again there would be situations that they might change but they’re very, very comfortable with Richie,” Carter said.

 

“They think it’s sad, not only that Jonathan’s not on the football team, but also that Richie is being depicted as a bigot and as a racist.”

 

How is this possible?

 

Well, I’ve spoken to multiple people today about this and the explanation from all of them is that in the Dolphins locker room, Richie Incognito was considered a black guy. He was accepted by the black players. He was an honorary black man.

 

And Jonathan Martin, who is bi-racial, was not. Indeed, Martin was considered less black than Incognito.

 

“Richie is honarary,” one player who left the Dolphins this offseason told me today. “I don’t expect you to understand because you’re not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It’s about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you’ve experienced. A lot of things.”

 

Another former Dolphins employee told me Martin is considered “soft” by his teammates and that’s a reason he’s not readily accepted by some of the players, particularly the black players. His background — Stanford educated and the son of highly educated people — was not necessarily seen as a strength or a positive by some players and it perpetuated in the way Martin carried himself.

 

And so — agree with it or not, comprehend it or not — this is a reason the Dolphins haven’t turned on Incognito as a racist.

 

Thank you The Miami Herald Blog

 

 

From NBC Sports:

 

David Cornwell’s statement regarding Jonathan Martin

 

Posted by Mike Florio on November 7, 2013, 9:02 PM EST

[Editor's note:  On Thursday night, lawyer David Cornwell issued a statement on behalf of Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin.  The full text of the statement appears below.]

 

Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh’s “smash mouth” brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck’s blind side.

 

The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates.  Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing.  For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment.  This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying.  Despite these efforts, the taunting continued.  Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom.  These facts are not in dispute.

 

Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.

 

Quote from teammate: “We are going to run train on your sister. . . . She loves me. I am going to fuck her without a condom and cum in her cunt.”

 

Thank you NBC Sports

 

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Quote from teammate: “We are going to run train on your sister. . . . She loves me. I am going to fuck her without a condom and cum in her cunt.”

 

I use these vulgar words because not using them lessens the seriousness of this offense against Jonathan Martin by Richie Incognito.

 

I’m not sure how conduct goes in an NFL locker room, nor do i understand the mentality that allows a caucasian man to call a Black man a nigger, OR talk about fucking his sister, pulling a train on her and cumming in her cunt.

 

 

I’m curious how this attack against Mr. Martin’s sister plays into toughening up Mr. Martin by Mr. Incognito? How does calling Mr. Martin a nigger make him a better football player?

 

I firmly believe football needs to be outlawed period. Yes I typed that. NFL players are dying from head injuries received from playing the “game” of football. It’s actually like playing Russian Roulette in that you don’t know until years later if you have CTE.

 

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease, which can only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. The disease was previously called dementia pugilistica (DP), as it was initially found in those with a history of boxing. CTE has been most commonly found in professional athletes participating in American footballice hockeyprofessional wrestling and other contact sports who have experienced repetitive brain trauma. It has also been found in soldiers exposed to a blast or a concussive injury, in both cases resulting in characteristic degeneration of brain tissue and the accumulation of tau protein. Individuals with CTE may show symptoms of dementia, such as memory lossaggression, confusion and depression, which generally appear years or many decades after the trauma.

 

Repeated concussions and injuries less serious than concussions (“sub-concussions”) incurred during the play of contact sports over a long period can result in CTE. In the case of blast injury, a single exposure to a blast and the subsequent violent movement of the head in the blast wind can cause the condition.

 

CTE is to blame for the suicide deaths of Dave Duerson and Junior Seau as well as diagnosed post-mortem in  Mike WebsterTerry LongAndre WatersJustin Strzelczyk and Tom McHale,  Lou Creekmur,  John Grimsley,  Tom McHale,  Chris Henry. Other football players diagnosed with CTE include Cookie Gilchrist  and Wally Hilgenberg, among others.

 

Now the NFL also hides and covers up bullying and harassment in it’s locker rooms. In any work place in America a claim such as the claim Jonathan Martin has made would be handled by the Human Resources Department, with legal action taken as well as termination of harassing party.

 

NOT in the National Football League. In the National Football League, bullying & harassment are good for business. Bullying & harassment are encouraged by management and coaches.

 

I’ve heard fellow tough men in the NFL say Martin should have fought back instead of walking away from the “team” as if a team consists of men who do nothing and stand by and watch the bullying of a “teammate” in their NFL locker room.

 

Funny thing about fighting back….in 2013 fighting back means going out to your vehicle, opening the glove box, retrieving a 9mm and returning to the locker room and killing everybody in sight.

 

Good thing Jonathan Martin’s educated parents raised him to walk away. Huh.

 

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Welcome To Cafe Swag™: Whats Happening At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Tweets – August 20, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2013: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama talks with former coach Don Shula prior to a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, in the Blue Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with former coach Don Shula prior to a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, in the Blue Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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President Obama Honors the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins

August 20, 2013 | 9:00 |Public Domain

 

President Obama welcomes the 1972-1973 Miami Dolphins to the White House to honor their 1973 Super Bowl win and their undefeated season.

 

 

 

 

Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

August 20, 2013 | 49:32 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases August 20, 2013

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Indian NSA Shivshankar Menon

 

 

Statement by the President on the Presidential Elections in Mali

 

 

Remarks by the President Honoring the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins

 

 

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Gene Sperling, Brandon Belford
August 20, 2013
04:00 PM EDT

 

America has always been a nation of immigrants, and throughout the nation’s history, immigrants and visitors from around the globe have kept our workforce vibrant, our businesses on the cutting edge, and helped to build the greatest economic engine in the world. However, America’s immigration system is broken and has not kept pace with changing times. Our outdated immigration system has hindered our ability to attract legitimate international travelers and the best foreign workers. This isn’t good for the economy or the country. This is why Congress needs to pass comprehensive reform to fix our broken immigration system: doing so would go a long way to grow our economy, create jobs and improve America’s ability to compete for the best global talent.

 

Today, we are highlighting another economic benefit of commonsense immigration reform: a boost to U.S. travel and tourism.

 

Travel and tourism, which is the number one service that we export and a key source of job creation, is reliant on a modern immigration system that allows us to efficiently welcome legitimate international visitors to America.

 

In 2012, international travel and tourism resulted in $165.6 billion in exports and the entire U.S. tourism and travel industry accounted for $1.4 trillion in economic activity and supported nearly 8 million jobs. That’s a contribution to the U.S. GDP and the job force that we should make every effort to grow.

 

In fact, this momentum has continued, the leisure and hospitality sector has created more than 450,000 jobs in the past twelve months. And tourism spending continues to be a key driver of economic growth for a number of regions throughout the country.

 

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August 20, 2013
04:17 PM EDT

 

Today, President Obama sent the message below to the White House email list to explain why he’ll be on the road this week talking about his plan to make college more affordable. If you didn’t get the email, be sure to sign up.

 


 

Hello, everybody –

Michelle and I know exactly how tough it can be to pay for higher education. By the time we finished paying back the loans we took out to go to college and grad school, I was on my way to being a U.S. Senator.

 

I believe that anyone who works hard should have the same opportunities that our educations gave us. That’s why, as President, I’ve made it a personal mission to make higher education more affordable — and why I’m going to be visiting school campuses later this week.

 

Learn more about why this is the time to take action.

The facts are clear. Over the past three decades, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled. At the same time, many state governments are actually reducing their support for education, and many middle-class students are getting stuck with the tab. Today, the average student taking out loans to pay for education graduates with more than $26,000 in debt.

 

Just tinkering around the edges won’t be enough: To create a better bargain for the middle class, we have to fundamentally rethink about how higher education is paid for in this country. We’ve got to shake up the current system.

 

That’s why, starting Thursday, I will be embarking on a bus tour to offer my plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. My plan includes real reforms that would bring lasting change. They won’t all be popular with everyone –including some who’ve made higher education their business — but it’s past time that more of our colleges work better for the students they exist to serve.

 

Over the past four and a half years, we’ve worked to put college in reach for more students and their families through tax credits, improving access to financial aid, and new options that make it easier to repay those loans.

 

But if we’re going to keep the doors of higher education open to everyone who works for it, we need to do more — much more. And that’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about this week.

 

So learn more here, then help to spread the word:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/college-affordability

 

Thanks,

President Barack Obama

 

 

 

Tyler Holden
August 20, 2013
05:15 PM EDT

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami DolphinsPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks during a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

When the Miami Dolphins took to the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 14, 1973, history was on the line. After winning every game so far in the season, that Super Bowl Sunday, the Dolphins swept past the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII with a 14-7 victory to clinch the championship. With two touchdowns and extra point conversions, the Dolphins became the first team in the NFL to have a perfect season. Now, 40 years after the Dolphins first donned their Super Bowl rings, they remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.

 

Today in the East Room, President Obama welcomed the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins to the White House to celebrate their accomplishment. It did not become common practice for Super Bowl champions to visit the White House until after 1980, and President Obama was able to take advantage of past presidents’ missed opportunity.

 

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History: The Word Nigger


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Seems since an NFL player used the word nigger during an altercation with a Black security guard at some concert a few days back, the word nigger has moved to the forefront of conversation. Again.

 

Nigger - Wikipedia

Nigger is a noun in the English language. The word originated as a neutral term referring to black people, as a variation of the Spanish/Portuguese noun negro, a descendant of the Latin adjective niger (“color black”). Often used slightingly, by the mid 20th century, particularly in the United States, it suggested that its target is extremely unsophisticated. Its usage had become unambiguously pejorative, a common ethnic slur usually directed at blacks of Sub-Saharan African descent.

 

 

Nigger - Merriam-Webster

 

Definition of NIGGER

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1
usually offensive; see usage paragraph below: a black person
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2
usually offensive; see usage paragraph below: a member of any dark-skinned race
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: a member of a socially disadvantaged class of persons <it’s time for somebody to lead all of America’s niggers … all the people who feel left out of the political process — Ron Dellums>
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Usage Discussion of NIGGER

 

Nigger in senses 1 and 2 can be found in the works of such writers of the past as Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens, but it now ranks as perhaps the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in English. Its use by and among blacks is not always intended or taken as offensive, but, except in sense 3, it is otherwise a word expressive of racial hatred and bigotry.

Origin of NIGGER

 

alteration of earlier neger, from Middle French negre, from Spanish or Portuguesenegro, from negro black, from Latin niger

First Known Use: 1574
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nigger - Wiktionary

 

Etymology

Ultimately from the Latin adjective niger, meaning “black“. Several Romance languages (ItalianSpanish,Portuguese, etc) have the word “negro” meaning “black” (in colour) derived from the Latin “niger”, while French has noir, its nègre being borrowed from Spanish. During the period in America’s history when black workers were shipped to America to work as slaves, this word came to be adopted from the Hispanic South American languages to describe a person of dark skin. Essentially, a “negro” person simply means a “black” person. Through constant repetition of the Spanish word in the American accent, it seems likely that the word was corrupted from “negro” to “niggero” to simply “nigger”.

 

 

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Dean Atta’s controversial poem, ‘I Am Nobody’s Nigger’, gets a visual from SBTV’s production arm, Sudden|Black. Featuring prominent figures within the uk music scene, Scorcher, Clement Marfo, Random Impulse, Mic Righteous, Roxxane and Jamal Edwards.

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Now you have some history, definition and understanding about a word many know jack shit about.

 

I suggest you read this definitive work on the word nigger:

 

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Nigger and Caricatures

 

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The Twenty Thirteen NFL Hall Of Fame Inductees


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden and defensive tackle Warren Sapp highlighted the list of seven people nominated Saturday for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

Former head coach Bills Parcells, wide receiver Cris Carter and senior candidates Curly Culp and Dave Robinson will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 3.

 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s five 2013 inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with their positions, teams and years active follow in alphabetical order:

 

 

– Larry Allen, Guard/Tackle: 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys; 2006-07, San Francisco 49ers.

In Allen’s 14 seasons, he played 203 games, was named first-team All-Pro seven straight years, first-team All-NFC six times. The second-round pick in 1994 moved to tackle late in 1997 and entire 1998 season, and earned All-Pro honors at position. He played every position on offensive line except center during 12 seasons with Dallas before signing with the 49ers as a free agent in 1996. Allen was elected to 11 Pro Bowls and named to NFL All-Decade Teams of 1990s and 2000s.

 

 

– Cris Carter, Wide Receiver: 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles; 1990-2001, Minnesota Vikings; 2002, Miami Dolphins

Carter played 234 games and his first career catch, a 22-yard touchdown, was a sign of what was to come. A durable receiver, he played a full 16-game season in 13 of his 16 seasons. In 2000, became only the second player in NFL history to catch 1,000 career passes. Recorded 1,000 receiving yards in a season eight straight years. Carter broke the 100-yard receiving plateau 42 times during his career and was second on the NFL’s all-time list for total receptions (1,101) and receiving touchdowns (130) at retirement. His 130 TD receptions came from 13 different passers. Was first- or second-team All-Pro 1994, 1995, and 1999. Selected to play in eight Pro Bowls (1994-2001)

 

 

 

Curley Culp*, defensive lineman: 1968-1974, Kansas City Chiefs; 1974-1980 Houston Oilers; 1980-81, Detroit Lions

As a 6-2, 265-pound defensive tackle, Culp made six Pro Bowls and was a second-team All-Pro four times. He was drafted by the Broncos, who tried to move him to the offensive side of the ball before trading him to the Chiefs. He was traded to Houston in a blockbuster deal and led the team to back-to-back AFC title games.

 

 

 

– Jonathan Ogden, Tackle: 1996-2007, Baltimore Ravens

Ogden was named to 11 Pro Bowls and was the leader of offensive line that helped Ravens amass more than 5,000 yards of offense in back-to-back seasons, 1996-97. He was noted as strong pass protector as well as effective run blocker at 6-9, 325 pounds. He started at left tackle in the Ravens’ 16-3 win over Oakland Raiders in 2000 AFC Championship Game and 34-7 victory over New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. The NFL Alumni’s NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2002, Ogden was named All-Pro in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006

 

 

– Bill Parcells, Coach: 1983-1990, New York Giants; 1993-96, New England Patriots; 1997-99, New York Jets; 2003-06, Dallas Cowboys

The nomadic Parcells reversed the fortunes of four NFL teams in his 19 seasons as head coach. After a 3-12-1 season (1983), he took Giants to playoffs twice and in 1986 led the team to 14-2 record and defeated Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. The Giants won the East in 1989 and in 1990 won a second world championship with a dramatic victory over Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. He left coaching for two years, returning in 1993 with the New England Patriots. The Patriots were back in the playoffs after two years following the franchise’s seven-year absence and two years later won Super Bowl XXXI. In 1997, Parcells took over a 1-15 New York Jets team and led them to 9-7 record in 1997, 12-4 record and AFC championship game in 1998 for the best two-year turnaround of a 1-15 team in NFL history. He coached the Dallas Cowboys from 2003 until 2006. Parcells became first coach to coach four different teams into the playoffs when his 10-6 Cowboys played in the 2003 Wild Card Game. He was NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994.

 

 

– Dave Robinson*, linebacker: 1963-1972, Green Bay Packers; 1973-74, Washington Redskins

Signed with Green Bay and quickly built his reputation as a big-play threat on Vince Lombardi’s dynasty. Started at left outside linebacker in three straight NFL championship wins in 1965-67. A starting outside linebacker in Packers victories in Super Bowls I and II. He returned from Achilles tendon injury in 1970 to regain form as one of game’s finest linebackers. Robinson Intercepted 27 passes which he returned for 449 yards in career. He was first-team All-NFL selection three straight seasons, 1967-69, was elected to three Pro Bowls and named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s.

 

 

– Warren Sapp, Defensive Tackle: 1995-2003, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2004-07, Oakland Raiders

Sapp was a defining defensive tackle in the renowned “Tampa Two” defense. He amassed 96.5 career sacks and recorded double-digit sack totals four times. He ad more than one sack in a game 23 times, was the 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, when he registered 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, three forced fumbles, and recovered two fumbles (1999). Was a first-team All-Pro four times (1999-2002), second-team All-NFL in 1997, 1998.

 

The entire story can be found at The Whitter Daily News.

 

 

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