Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - December 20, 2012

English: ESPN College GameDays Lee Corso (left...
English: ESPN College GameDays Lee Corso (left) and Kirk Herbstreit (right) in Lincoln, Nebraska: home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Welcome to the December 20, 2012 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy.We start this issue with an article from Bill Smith on Maryland Officially joining the Big Ten. Justin Burnette reviews ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit being outraged by Northern Illinois being included in the BCS Orange Bowl. Finally John has some Lessons Learned from the Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen UFC 148 fight. Hope you enjoyed the articles, remember to bookmark, share, tweet, share on Facebook and come back for our next edition.


Bill Smith presents Ohio State v Michigan 2012 posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Michigan football travels to Columbus this weekend to take on the undefeated Buckeyes who hope to close out their year without a loss."

Bill Smith presents Maryland Officially Joins the Big Ten posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The Big Ten Network made the announcement on Twitter shortly before noon today that Maryland will be a part of the Big Ten conference when play begins for the 2014-2015 season."

Bill Smith presents Rutgers Set to Join the Big 10 Tuesday posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The important New York market will be a part of the Big Ten after-all according to reports out this morning."

Justin Burnette presents ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit outraged by Northern Illinois BCS Orange Bowl berth, shows clear bias posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Justin Burnette presents Farewell to Coach Bill Curry posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Bill Smith presents 2013 Quarterback Luke Morgan To Walk-on posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Ohio State’s 2013 class continues to grow although this latest recruit won’t be shown in the commitment lists on most recruiting websites, Luke Morgan from Lebanon Ohio is going to be a preferred walk-on."

Bill Smith presents Johnathan Hankins Leaves Ohio State for the NFL posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The 6’3” 220 lbs. starting defensive tackle from Ohio State, Johnathan Hankins, is leaving after three years to enter the NFL draft."

Bill Smith presents Gareon Conley Commits to be a 2013 Buckeye posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The 6’2” 175lbs corner back from Massillon Ohio has been on the Ohio State campus for an official visit and committed to coach Urban Meyer and his staff today according to Massillon Washington head coach Jason Hall."

Justin Burnette presents Big 12 coaches should be reprimanded, experts point out fix in voting posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Justin Burnette presents Television revenue for top collegiate conferences skyrocket, do schools need the money? posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Justin Burnette presents 2012 College Football Awards: Notre Dame's Manti Te'o with hoard of honors posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Justin Burnette presents Coaching Carousel: Petrino back in action & Tuberville jumps ship to Cincinnati posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Justin Burnette presents College Football Bowl Preview: Will the luck of the Irish be the curse of the SEC? posted at College Football Universe - Blog.


Mark Tullius presents Getting Some Sense Knocked Into Me (Perhaps) posted at Mark Tullius, saying, "Hi Bill. I'm not sure if you could use a post about my travels around the country training with and interviewing MMA fighters. I'm not sure when I'll hit Ohio, but will definitely look to you when I arrange that."

John presents Lessons Learned from Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen UFC 148 posted at Fearless Men.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Bob Costas: Poster Boy For Gun Control

English: US President George W. Bush speaks wi...
English: US President George W. Bush speaks with Bob Costas of NBC Sports during an interview ``while attending the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bob Costas, sports journalist at NBC, knows a great deal about the Olympics and is well known for his knowledge of the Games. He has also recently shown himself to be an advocate for gun control. During a monologue to the United States public regarding the Second Amendment, Costas borrowed an article by Jason Whitlock (quoting him directly) regarding the murder/suicide of Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins. During his 1 ½ minute recital, Bob Costas insisted that the two would still be alive if not for the right of U.S. citizens to own a gun privately.

Many journalists and Americans consider this to be spurious logic. What Bob Costas fails to point out is that, while the Jovan Belcher situation was a tragedy, guns are far less dangerous than cars. For instance, Olympic sprinter Daniel Batman of Australia died in a car accident. Being an authority on the Olympics, he would know this, yet Costas does not propose stopping people from privately owning and driving cars which are statistically more deadly than guns worldwide. Jovan Belcher only used the most convenient weapon.

Jovan Belcher was a burly NFL linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. His girlfriend Kasandra Perkins was tiny by comparison. Belcher was strong enough to have committed murder with his bare hands or using any item that was readily available. A gun was not Belcher's only option for violence. 

Bob Costas received some bad press for his comments about this case but did not respond, citing a lack of time. This makes it difficult to engage in any fruitful discussion with the journalist over his borrowed diatribe and his point of view, about which many Americans strongly disagree. In the meantime, he must be eagerly awaiting the XXXI Olympic Games in Brazil. He will surely be sharing his views about Olympic sports people and various forms of harm they can do to themselves in the run up to Rio's highly anticipated event.

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