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11-Year-Old Who Made Goal Denied $50,000 Prize by Insurance Company

You remember Nate Smith, don’t you? He’s the 11-year-old boy who made a $50,000 shot at halftime of a charity hockey game a few weeks ago. At the time we told you there might be an issue with Smith collecting the $50,000 prize. The problem was that Nate took the shot for twin brother Nick, whose name had been selected in a raffle. As you could imagine, the insurance company has decided not to pay the prize.

The twins’ father, Pat Smith, informed the contest officials about the Canseco-like switcheroo and that’s what the insurance company used to rule against awarding the prize. “Odds on Promotions, in Reno, Nev., informed the Smiths that they were not getting the money due to contractual breaches and legal implications.”

Instead, the insurance company has donated $40,000 to youth hockey leagues (split between two different leagues). The donation was a noble deed, but I still say the right move would have been to give the Smiths the $50,000. The money was for someone in the arena to nail the shot during the competition. Who cares if it was one twin brother and not the other? The idea was all the same.

The Smith’s are proud that they did the right thing and I agree. It’s too bad the insurance company didn’t reward them, but at least we know that Karma will be in their favor.

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Does This Look Like the Face of a Child Pornographer?

David Portnoy, the owner and creator of Barstool Sports, has been facing a media firestorm because of a controversial blog post published on his site Thursday evening. The post was titled “Check out the Howitzer on Brady’s Kid,” and it shows a close-up picture of Tom Brady’s son in profile. Portnoy then presents some commentary on the naked two-year-old child’s large member and uses it as a way to compliment Tom Brady on his latest world conquest.

The post’s title and commentary was pretty hilarious, but there is little doubt the picture crosses privacy lines often toed by Barstool Sports. That’s the thing though — that’s exactly what Portnoy and Barstool does. They’re lewd, graphic, and … (gasp) funny! If people didn’t like the smut they throw up, the site wouldn’t get the millions of pageviews it does every month.

However, just because the site throws up the rear end of a famous woman and tells you to “Guess that ass,” doesn’t mean it’s proper decency to show a picture of a two-year-old child and comment on the size of his penis. It’s plain for anyone with a brain to recognize that. I’m sure Portnoy deep down recognizes it; after all, he freely admitted the “El Presidente” alter ego is an uncouth and chauvinistic character he developed for the site.

Here’s the thing: while it may have been in extremely poor taste to post such a picture (though the idea behind it was hilarious), and it may have been an item that crossed privacy lines, the people bringing out the lynch mobs calling for Portnoy’s head are at least on the same level as him, if not worse.

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Is it Wrong for Mexican-Americans to Boo the American Soccer Team on U.S. Soil?

I will freely admit it, I’m not the most patriotic person in the country. I appreciate many of the freedoms of the United States, but I’m a skeptical being by nature and not someone who gets too fanatic about anything. That’s right, you won’t see me tattooing a picture of my favorite player on my forearm or butt anytime too soon. But there is something that doesn’t sit well with me, and it’s the notion that many Mexican-American citizens (or illegal aliens) were booing the U.S. soccer team at the Rose Bowl Saturday.

Goalie Tim Howard expressed his outrage that the post-match ceremony in the CONCACAF Gold Cup finals between Mexico and the U.S. was conducted mostly in Spanish, but this is much worse. It’s one thing to root your home country and stick to your roots by cheering for the Mexican team. I understand that and don’t have a problem with that. It’s also pretty evident that the U.S. is a better all-around country than Mexico otherwise so many of their citizens wouldn’t have to come here to live. If they need a victory in a soccer game to give them some sort of pride, that’s fine — they don’t have a whole lot about which they can brag.

But where it’s crossing the line is when you boo the opposing team. Even if it is only sports, it sends a much larger message about the feelings of the people that booed the U.S. team: We may live here, but we’re not happy here and this is how we’re sending our message. Cheer on your country’s team, but don’t boo the team of the country in which you live. If you dislike America or its teams that much, don’t live here. And if you want changes, booing a non-partisan soccer team will do little to improve your plight.