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Golfer Stewart Cink supports Chick-fil-A

For those of you who haven’t followed, the fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A has come under fire in recent week’s after the chain’s president Dan Kathy spoke out against gay marriage. On Wednesday, Chick-fil-A held an “Appreciation Day” and posted “record-setting” sales numbers according to executive vice president of marketing Steve Robinson. It’s evident that the company still has a lot of supporters who feel that Kathy has the right to speak his mind regardless of how controversial his opinions may be. One of those supporters is PGA golfer Stewart Cink.

As expected, Cink received a barrage of replies and retweets, most of which bashed him for supporting a company president that openly discriminates against the gay community. Like Cink, many people feel as though Chick-fil-A still serves “darn good chicken” and that the opinions of its president don’t reflect the company. As Roddy White could tell Cink, it’s never a good idea for professional athletes to send tweets that can be interpreted as anti-gay remarks.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live

Bill O’Brien: ‘Hell no!’ he wouldn’t recruit the Penn State players (Video)

When Lane Kiffin shamelessly began recruiting former Penn State running back Silas Redd, who eventually transferred to USC, most people said that that is something all college football coaches would do. Not Bill O’Brien, man of morals that he is.

The current Penn State football coach, who took the job while the school was being investigated for potentially covering up the actions of pedophile Jerry Sandusky, says he’s above such reprehensible conduct (comments at the 7:00 mark in the video above).

“Hell no!” O’Brien said. “That’s not the right thing to do in my opinion. So I wouldn’t do that.

“I’m not fighting for my career, I’m fighting for Penn State,” O’Brien said. “For what’s right about this football program and so at the end of the day, like I said, these coaches are playing by the rules. That’s what they’re doing.”

I love the way that O’Brien is trying to make himself into a martyr who is leading Penn State football through its “dark ages” where they feel they must stick together to persevere. This man willingly accepted a job at a school he knew was going to be punished. He didn’t care about the culture of covering up child rapes to protect the program that exists/existed at Penn State; he just cared about taking over a program with a winning tradition. In many ways what he has done is much worse than any coaches poaching his players who, by the way, are free to transfer elsewhere.

Helmet smack to Dr. Saturday

The L.A. Coliseum was the setting for a porn film over 10 years ago

Here’s a list of historic moments that have taken place at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum: The 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics, John F. Kennedy accepts the Democratic nomination for president, Pope John Paul II celebrates mass, and Reggie Bush did a bunch of cool things he supposedly wasn’t eligible to do.

Now, after a report by the L.A. Times on Wednesday, we can add one more thing to that list: the filming of “The Gangbang Girl #32,” the hardcore adult film that shot 40-minutes worth of action on the hallowed field of the Coliseum over 10 years ago. Use your imagination to figure out what the film’s plot was about.

“I was just in awe that we were at the Coliseum,” said Mr. Marcus (not to be confused with Marcus Jordan), one of the film’s many, many stars. “I’ve made movies for about 20 years and I’ve done a lot of things, but that one really stands out.… I mean, who gets to have sex on the Coliseum floor?”

But this is potentially a big deal and not the type of big deal that has to do with winning AVN awards.  Naturally, some uptight folks aren’t going to be as proud as Mr. Marcus and probably will be up in arms over the fact that a seedy porno film was able to shoot in a taxpayer-owned stadium that was built as a memorial to World War I veterans and also happens to be a National Historic Landmark.

Details pertaining to how exactly the film crew was able to get access to shoot at the stadium, no less turning on the its field lights, are still unclear, according the Times’ report. But sources tell the paper that the person who has the authority to give such clearance is likely a high-ranking manager of the facility. The Coliseum’s general manager at the time was Patrick Lynch, who resigned in 2011 in advance of being brought up on embezzlement charges. Lynch’s attorney, Tony Capozzola, spoke on his behalf, and he clearly isn’t a fan of “Gangbang Girl #32.”

“That’s disgusting,” Capozzola told the Times. “He would never allow that.”

Right. The guy who allegedly pocketed $385,000 in a separate sketchy side deal would never let a gangbang be shot on the grounds of the stadium he runs and probably pocket even more under-the-table cash for it. Never. But we’re not here to point fingers. And we’re guessing Lynch has more pertinent things to worry about than a chick getting tag-teamed by “a dozen or so” dudes while being filmed.

Photo via Mr. Littlehand/Flickr

Manny Pacquiao opposes President Obama’s stance on gay marriage

Manny Pacquiao is a congressman in the Philippines in addition to being one of the top boxers in the world, so his political viewpoints are influential. Pac Man is conservative and follows the word of the Bible, so it’s no surprise that he vehemently opposes President Obama’s acceptance of gay marriage.

“God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man,” Pacquiao said in response to Obama’s support of gay marriage.

“God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other,” he told Examiner.com.

“It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”

Pacquiao has changed his ways recently and tried to eliminate his vices. He’s also expressed stronger ties to God, so it’s no surprise to hear him talk this way.

I know he has his convictions on the matter, but I still wonder how it hurts non-gays to have gay marriage legalized. If two adults want to marry, why should they be stopped? If you’re telling me it’s because the Bible says so, I’m going to need a better reason. I still haven’t heard a good explanation for why people should be denied that right.

H/T Off the Bench

Health group wants Michael Jordan flu game Gatorade commercial pulled

A public health group wants the Gatorade commercial highlighting Michael Jordan’s “flu game” pulled because they feel it sends a bad message. The commercial glorifies MJ’s incredible Game 5 performance in the 1997 NBA Finals against the Jazz where he scored 38 points despite having a 103 degree fever because he was extremely ill. The commercial’s message is you “win from within,” and the implication is that Gatorade helped him overcome his illness.

“The Jordan Ad openly promotes engaging in vigorous physical activity while suffering from a very high fever, in Jordan’s case 103 degrees,” the PHAI said in a letter dated May 8, 2012, to the Federal Trade Commission.

“It is a generally recognized safety principle that teens and even professional athletes suffering from a severe fever and flu-like symptoms should not engage in vigorous physical activity.”

I don’t think anyone would disagree that someone with a severe flu should not be playing in athletic events, but we’re talking about Michael Jordan and the NBA Finals here, not some lame frosh-soph high school game. Exceptions can be made in those situations. Can you say OVERREACTION much?

Pat Robertson: Peyton Manning reinjuring neck would serve Broncos right for replacing Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow has some friends in high places. Pat Robertson, a televangelist and Christian Right leader, blasted the Denver Broncos for trading devout Christian Tim Tebow.

Robertson pointed to Tebow’s success last season and Peyton Manning’s neck injury in his explanation.

“He won seven games, he brought them [Denver] into the playoffs, for heaven sakes. I mean, they were a nothing team. He rallied them together with spectacular last-minute passes and, you know, when they beat Buffalo — I mean, Pittsburgh, excuse me — it was a tremendous victory,” Robertson said on “The 700 Club.”

“And you just ask yourself, OK, so Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback, but he’s been injured. If that injury comes back, Denver will find itself without a quarterback. And in my opinion, it would serve them right.”

Some people may look at Robertson and say he’s a whack job and religious freak, but I actually think he makes some good points. Tebow led a major turnaround last season and was showed the door after the year. The Broncos are also taking a risk by signing Peyton Manning. However, it’s a risk they should take.

If you have the opportunity to replace Tim Tebow with Peyton Manning, you seize it. I don’t believe Peyton Manning will be able to play the entire season without injury issues, and I don’t think he’ll win another Super Bowl, but the team has greater potential under him than they do with Tebow at quarterback.

Disney encouraging fans to get drunk before driving home from Braves spring training games

National radio host Todd Wright attended a Braves spring training game at Champion Stadium in the Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex last weekend and noted the late inning beer special offered at a concession stand:

A food and beverages rep from Disney’s Wide World of Sports told LBS the beer discount is called the “Throwback Special,” and is available during the sixth inning of every game. Three types of beers — Natty Light, Miller High Life, and Pabst Blue Ribbon — are discounted from their regular price of $6.50 to $3.00 during the sixth inning.

Though we appreciate the team/stadium trying to make things more affordable — Wright notes that they generously offer free parking for fans — we’re confused by the contradictory nature of the discount. Alcohol sales are suspended after the sixth inning because they don’t want people driving home drunk. Yet they’re cutting the price of beer in half during the sixth to encourage people to get all their drinking in then.

Disney has earned a reputation as one of the most family friendly companies in the world and their theme parks are supposed to be some of the happiest places on earth. I can’t imagine them sending a more contradictory message. It’s unwise to promote late-inning drinking at the ballpark before fans drive home. If you’re going to discount beers at all, do it very early in the game and limit the quantity.