Rush Limbaugh continues to alienate prominent people in the sports world. In 2003 the conservative talk show host said Donovan McNabb was overrated as a quarterback because he was black and set off a controversy that ended with his resignation from ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown. In 2009 the NFL Players Association denounced Limbaugh’s effort to be part of a group that wanted to buy the St. Louis Rams.
And now Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has pulled ads for his Quicken Loans company from Limbaugh’s syndicated radio show. Gilbert’s move Friday stemmed from Limbaugh’s commentary that Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke was a “slut” and “prostitute” for advocating health insurance coverage for birth control during her Congressional testimony.
Gilbert tweeted that, “Due to Rush Limbaugh’s inflammatory comments along w/valuable feedback from our clients & staff, Quicken Loans has suspended ads on his show.”
Gilbert made the move even though the Cavaliers’ flagship radio station in Cleveland is WTAM 1100, which also airs Limbaugh’s show.
Quicken Loans is one of at least seven companies that have pulled ads from Limbaugh as of today.
Details are still sketchy, but it appears that Stephanie Smith, the sister of former Denver Nugget, J.R. Smith choked a woman and shoved an 80-year old man during Smith’s game. J.R.’s team, the Zhejiang Golden Bulls,were playing against the Bayi Rockets and Smith was fouled but didn’t get the call, his sister flew into a rage and threw a bottle onto the court.
From there, things are unclear but photos show his sister in some sort of altercation with a woman in the stands. A few upset Bayi fans also interfered with Smith’s team ability to depart following the incident, demanding an apology from the Smith family.
Bayi Rockets is the same team that had a brawl last summer with the Georgetown University basketball team.
Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green received health diagnosis shortly before the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season that he had an aortic aneurysm. The 25-year-forward will undergo surgery on January 9 and will miss the entire season.
“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge in a statement released by the team. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”
Green joined the Celtics via trade last season after playing the first three seasons of his career with the Seattle Supersonics and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Georgetown product has career averages of 13.9 points per game and 5.5 rebounds.
Prior to the physical that revealed his heart condition, Green had agreed to a one-year contract with the Celtics. According to the Boston Herald, the contract will be voided because Green was unable to pass the physical.
A wild brawl broke out between Georgetown and the Chinese men’s basketball team Bayi Rockets Thursday night, putting an immediate end to a supposed goodwill game that coincided with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the country. Georgetown is in China on a 10-day trip which has been cited by the U.S. State Department as an example of sports diplomacy that strengthens ties between the two countries.
Every Tuesday Sports Grind Entertainment presents you with the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player of the Week. This week the recipient of this prestigious honor goes to Virgina Commonwealth University Rams men’s basketball team who became just the third 11th seed to advance to the Final Four. Two weeks ago the 11th-seeded Rams so doubted they would get an NCAA tournament invite that they watched Cartoon Network instead of watching the selection show. Now the 11th-seeded Rams are heading to Houston after defeating five teams including number 1 seeded Kansas in the March Madness tournament. The other schools along the way that fell victim to VCU incredible run was the Pac-10′s Southern California, the Big East’s Georgetown, the Big 10′s Purdue, the ACC’s Florida State and now the Big 12′s Kansas. VCU joins 2006 George Mason as the only teams to make the Final Four from the Colonial Athletic Association.
Congratulations Virgina Commonwealth University Rams you are this weeks Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to the Big East Conference for it’s performance so far in this years NCAA March Madness tournament. The Big East Conference entered the tournament of 72 teams with 11 teams representing their 16 team conference however before the Sweet 16 the conference was left with only 2 teams playing. The Big East watched as it lost number one seed Pittsburgh, number two Notre Dame, number 3 Syracuse, number 4 Louisville before the first weekend of play had even finished. The rest of the conference seeds to be sent home included number 5 West Virginia, number 6 Georgetown, number 6 St. John’s, and number 9 Villanova.
The Big East is only left with number 11 seed Marquette in the East Division and number 3 seed Connecticut in the West Division to play in the second week of the March Madness tournament.
Patrick Ewing Jr. is back with the team where his father became famous. The New York Knicks signed the Georgetown star but terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ewing was the 43rd pick of the 2008 draft by Sacramento Kings but wound up with the Knicks through a series of moves. He spent the 2008-09 season in the NBA Development League but missed all of last season because of injuries.
The six-foot-eight forward averaged 4.8 points in four games for the Knicks’ summer league team. Ewing’s father played 15 seasons for the Knicks before finishing his career with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Orlando Magic.
Paul Tagliabue, the Commissioner of the NFL from 1989 until 2006, has taken on a role to serve as a Special Advisor to the Big East Conference to provide strategic advice on future television arrangements and other priority matters. Tagliabue, who currently chairs the Board of Directors of Big East member Georgetown University, will serve the Big East on a volunteer basis.
The Big East’s strategic planning will assess the Conference’s collective strengths and opportunities, as well as the evolving landscape of broadcast television.
For the Big East, the upcoming 2010-2011 academic year will be the fourth of six-year television agreements with ESPN and CBS Sports and the fourth of a six-year agreement with marketing rights holder ISP Sports.
With the Big Ten seriously considering expansion and considering multiple teams from the Big East many believe this was a move to show those proposed schools that the conferences commissioner is serious about making strides and money for the Big East in the near future even if there conference is dismantled.
U.S. President Barack Obama has a “standing offer” to join CBS for its telecast of college basketball’s men’s tournament, network executive Sean McManus said.
The CBS Corp. network contacted the White House to ask whether Obama would fill out a 65-team bracket or otherwise participate in coverage of the NCAA tournament since he isn’t busy with anything.
Obama, an avid basketball fan and recreational player, sat in with CBS commentators Clark Kellogg and Verne Lundquist for six minutes of commentary during a game between Georgetown University and Duke on January 30.
After Obama described one player’s spin move and score, Kellogg, the network’s lead basketball color analyst, said Obama could have a career in broadcasting.
“After retirement, I’m coming after your job, Clark, just letting you know,” Obama responded. “So you only have three more years or seven, I’m not sure which.”
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at a briefing today that the president liked his short stint as a broadcaster.
Last year Obama went out on a limb and picked correctly that the University of North Carolina would win the national championship.
Porn star Valerie Luxe (@ValerieLuxe) has a bet going with Detroit Pistons rookie DaJuan Summers (@dsummers35) on Twitter on who can attract 4,000 followers first. You might not even know who each person is but that does not stop them from having fun on Twitter. According to Luxe she is the “baddest, realest, funniest bitch on Twitter”. The prize at hand of course is attention whoring.
Summers is a NBA basketball player who was recently drafted 35th overall out of Georgetown University by the Detroit Pistons in the June draft and Luxe is, well, is a porn star. Whats really up for grabs? According to Luxe its dinner and “an amazing massage” if he where to pull off the upset but she wants a “trip to a waterpark” if she where to win. Really? Are you kidding me?