Archive for September, 2012

Video: Woods, Rose lead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods & Justin Rose lead the pack after they shot 4-under 66 in the 1st round of the TOUR Championship. CineSport’s Brian Clark & the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore chat.

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College Football Hall of Fame moves forward; also Falcons stadium update

(Updated 7 p.m.)

The College Football Hall of Fame’s long-in-the-works move to Atlanta got a big boost Thursday, when organizers of the proposed downtown attraction assured a state agency that they have raised enough sponsorship commitments to move forward with construction.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority board responded by passing a resolution that endorses proceeding with the project, which is planned for GWCCA property near Centennial Olympic Park.

“It’s definitely going to happen,” John Stephenson, interim CEO of Atlanta Hall Management, the organization overseeing the Hall of Fame’s proposed move here, said in an interview after the board vote.

The GWCCA board, in the first day of a two-day “planning retreat” at Lake Lanier Islands, also heard an update on negotiations for a proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium, which would be built near the GWCCA-operated Georgia Dome.

A GWCCA attorney reviewed with the board the provisions in the current version of a …

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Memorable press conferences

Arkansas interim head football coach John L. Smith’s rant on smiling brought up the memory of some past press conferences that really did make us smile. Or fall out of our chair laughing, to be honest.

During our hunt through memory lane, aka YouTube, we decided this would be a question best posted here. What’s you most memorable press conference outburst?

We’ll get you started with a few choice favorites, but we’ll warn you there is some foul language being spouted so turn the volume low so the boss won’t hear, and put the kiddo down for a nap.

WARNING: CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE

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Arkansas coach’s ‘Smile’ video goes viral

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Arkansas interim coach John L. Smith must be a fan of the 1954 Nat King Cole song, judging by his comments to the media at his press conference this week.

The Razorbacks began the season with hopes of an SEC and possible national championship, even after their head coach Bobby Petrino was fired after a motorcycle wreck in which he was accompanied by a lady friend who was not his wife.

But under Smith, Arkansas is looking like it might not even be the champion of the state, after a shocking upset by Louisiana Monroe and a 52-0 embarrassment by Alabama. The Razorbacks have been able to celebrate only one win — a 49-24 win over Jacksonville State in their opener.

Still, Coach Smith is in no mood to pout, and he advised glum reporters to cheer up, as seen …

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World watching Rory and Tiger but others control their FedEx Cup fate

Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker might be used to flying under the radar at a golf tournament. But Phil Mickelson?

As the Tour Championship begins Thursday most of the attention is focused on Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods – No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the world rankings and the FedEx Cup points standings. Rory and Tiger, the world is watching.

However, there are three other golfers in the 30-player field who control their own fate. Win the Tour Championship, at East Lake Golf Club, and they take home the playoff title and its $10 million prize. Mickelson, Watney and Snedeker are nearly as close to the crown. Initially, at least, they are the forgotten three of the top five.

“I’ve got just as good a chance as Rory, even though Rory played great the past two weeks,” Snedeker said. “If I won this week, doesn’t do him a whole lot of good. It’s a great feeling to have. So I have to play well this week, and just kind of hope to fly under the radar until Sunday until I get that …

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Tim Tebow says he might run for office

Tim Tebow: The next Heath Shuler?

Tim Tebow: The next Heath Shuler?

Tim Tebow says when his playing days in the NFL are over, he might run for public office.

The New York Jets backup QB says it’s all about making a difference in the world.

He told ESPN New York:

“I haven’t ruled it out. Whatever avenue I feel like I can make a difference in, I’d love to do. I haven’t ruled out anything like that. It won’t be anytime soon in my future, but it’ll be something I’ll at least look at and consider one day.”

Tebow is no stranger to service. He sponsors a charitable foundation, has spoken to inmates in Florida prisons, visited with gravely ill children and made missionary trips to the Philippines, where he worked in his father’s orphanage and witnessed acute poverty.

“Pressure is not having to win a football game; pressure is having to find your next meal,” Tebow told the Washington Post in a 2009 interview. “Even though we love it so much, football is still just a game. A lot of people bleed over it and love it, and …

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Former referee says Roger Goodell ‘doesn’t care’

Fresh off what many are calling the replacement referees’ worst performance of the season, a former referee tore into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and said the officiating will get worse before it gets better.

“It’s obvious to me that (Goodell) just doesn’t even care,” said Jerry Markbreit, a fixture in the NFL for 23 years before retiring in 1998. “Otherwise, how could they replace professionalism with unprofessionalism in a game that’s so tough to work, even for the best officials in the land?” he said on ESPN Radio’s The Mike Lupica Show. “How could he care about it?”

Markbreit scoffed at the notion the replacement refs will get better as they gain experience.

“The management of the games gets tougher (in the coming weeks),” Markbreit said. “These guys have relied on competent, top-notch, terrific officials all these years. And now they have a bunch of amateurs out there and it’s going to fall apart.

“It’s not going to get better, as the commissioner said … It’s going to …

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Video: Tour Championship preview

The PGA TOUR Championship begins Thursday in East Lake. Who are the favorites to win? Will a surprise player make a run at the title? CineSport’s Tara Petrolino & The AJC’s Chris Vivlamore chat.

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Baseball investigating homophobic slur worn by ex-Brave

The stickers worn by Yunel Escobar contained a homophobic slur.

The stickers worn by Yunel Escobar contained a homophobic slur.

Major League Baseball is investigating former Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar after he wore a sticker containing a homophobic slur written in Spanish during a game.

Escobar, now with the Blue Jays, wore the sticker as eye black Saturday against the Red Sox. Players wear eye black to reduce glare but Escobar’s had words written on it.

The message was first noticed by a fan who took a photo of it from behind the Toronto dugout and posted it on photo-hosting site Flickr.

Click here if you want a translation of the slur. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

The Blue Jays released a statement Monday night, saying: “The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter.”

The Jays will hold a news conference at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and Escobar is expected to …

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Breaking: NFL may have removed negative NFL story from NFL Media

ProFootballTalk reports that an NFL.com story posted Sunday about an internal memo concerning replacement officials that included rules about conflicts of interests no longer appeared on the site Monday. According to PFT, a reference and link to the memo story embedded in a different NFL.com story also was removed.

PFT notes that the disappearing story “calls into question the independence of the league-owned media conglomerate known generally as ‘NFL Media.’” I’m assuming no irony was intended, and this paragraph confirms that PFT is, in fact, dead serious:

In the past, we’ve made casual reference to the reality that NFL.com and NFL Network necessarily operate within an inherent conflict of interest because those media companies primarily if not exclusively cover the very entity that owns them. This is the first tangible example (that we’ve noticed) of the NFL possibly censoring the content on NFL.com or NFL Network.

Eventually the officials memo story re-appeared at …

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