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.

UFC’s Website Hacked, Presumably for Supporting SOPA

The UFC’s website was hacked on Sunday and its front page yielded the image seen above. The site was presumably hacked for supporting SOPA — the stop online piracy act. A group of hackers called Anonymous has attacked several sites in response to file sharing site megaupload.com being shut down. They hacked CBS.com and several Brazilian sites.

The UFC has supported SOPA and goes to great lengths to ensure their content is not pirated on the web. Clearly the government has pissed off a large group of powerful web people who are now responding.

Fist pound to The Big Lead for pointing the hack job.

Joe Paterno Likely Did Not Know in 2002 What We Know About Jerry Sandusky Now

Now that more and more details about Jerry Sandusky’s sexually abusive past are being revealed, people are becoming more and more upset. They’re getting angry. They’re getting outraged. And their blind rage is causing them to become irrational. When people get as upset as they are now, they often look for scapegoats. Joe Paterno, because he is such a widely known and widely revered figure, has become that scapegoat. Most of it may be undeserved.

First off, one serious problem here is that many people have shifted the blame from Jerry Sandusky to Joe Paterno. It’s like people are forgetting who the real monster is. Jerry Sandusky is the person alleged to have sexually abused multiple young boys over a long period of time. If you want to be angry with someone, be angry with him.

He’s allegedly been abusing young boys for over 15 years. Is Joe Paterno the only one didn’t do enough here? The Penn State university police had an incident reported to them in 1998 and didn’t charge Sandusky. What about all the people at The Second Mile, Sandusky’s organization intended to help troubled young boys. Did they ever suspect any wrongdoing or do anything about it? What about all the parents who sent their children to be with him? Should they all be fired as parents for allowing their boys to sleep at Sandusky’s house? What about Sandusky’s wife, who allowed the abuse to take place in her home? Why didn’t she stop any of it?

One big reason is because plenty of people were fooled by Sandusky. Either that, or because they did not know. If they weren’t, this would have been stopped a long time ago. We showed you a video from 2007 where the public perception of Sandusky was that he was an excellent community man doing wonderful things for young kids. Given that was the perception of him, it’s no wonder everyone is shocked and stunned over what’s transpired. Additionally, most people don’t look at every person they come across as a child sex abuser. If you do, that’s an unfair judgment to make about someone. Even if you’ve heard something about someone, if you’ve known them to be a good person for 30 years, would you immediately believe it’s true? Maybe you’d have some doubts.

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Urge to Rip Joe Paterno Leaves Society Ignoring Most Important Lesson: Stop and Report Serious Crimes When you See Them

The outrage over the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal (and by sexual abuse, we mean he allegedly forced kids to participate in oral and anal sex) has for many people turned into an excuse to do something they’ve wanted to for a long time: push Joe Paterno out at Penn State. The lynch mob is out in full force with “bold” columnists and their followers demanding JoePa’s head.

Before going farther, let me make one thing clear: Joe Paterno did not do enough to stop Jerry Sandusky from abusing children. He obviously did not take the anal rape allegation seriously enough. But before you destroy the character of every person involved, ask yourself one question: What would you have done if you had witnessed one of the Sandusky sex acts with a child, or if you were told about it?

I have a strong feeling you wouldn’t do everything you’d like to think you would have.

Of all the people who had heard about Sandusky or saw questionable behavior or actions, the Grand Jury Presentment indicates that only ONE person reported anything to the police. It was the mother of an alleged victim whose son was forced to shower with Sandusky after an athletic workout. It was in 1998, and she told university police that Sandusky had showered with her son and made him uncomfortable. Sandusky admitted to showering with the boy and making physical contact with him in the shower, but nothing was done.

Nobody from Sandusky’s family reported any suspicious behavior. Nobody from the Penn State program said anything either. Even before the 2002 rape that the graduate assistant saw in the shower, a janitor is said to have seen Sandusky having oral sex with a young boy in a shower. The janitor supposedly told all his coworkers about the disturbing event he witnessed. None of them reported the crime to anybody. They feared for the safety of their jobs and did not stand up and do the right thing.

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Male Cheerleader Kicked off Team After Camera Catches Him Kissing a Dude

A male cheerleader at Alice High School (Tx) says he was kicked off the team after a school camera caught him kissing another boy on campus. The cheerleader says public displays of affection are a common occurrence around the school, and he feels he would not have been targeted if he were kissing a girl. The way he was caught makes him believe he was being targeted by the school.

“They never check cameras for anything unless something is stolen,” the young man told KRIS-TV. “We would be the ones getting caught because I’m sure we were the only ones, sexual orientation wise, being caught like that.”

The boy’s parents say they plan to take further action if their son is not put back on the team.

Here is a video of the news report from KRIS-TV:

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