Happy Thursday, everyone. It’s a rainy, gloomy day in New York City…and a freaking volcano just erupted in Hawaii. Who cares? Most certainly not these two dudes who were going to get in their 18, come hell or high lava. The Kilauea on the island of Hawaii (different than the state of Hawaii, which is made up of eight separate islands) coughed up sulfur dioxide, a noxious gas which can restrict breathing and reduce a man who is, say, teeing off on the seventh hole into a crumpled khaki-clad heap gasping for air. But you know what they say: You can’t keep a good golfer down. Nothing stands in the way of a game, not even Getty photojournalist Mario Tama, who was trying to document the plume of black smoke rising into the atmosphere and made the mistake of stepping onto the fairway. According to The Washington Post, Continue reading "Here’s Two Guys Playing a Totally Chill Round of Golf While a Massive Volcano Erupts Behind Them"
In his 1957 classic An Economic Theory of Democracy, Anthony Downs wrote that there were only four types of information: production information, consumption information, entertainment information, and political information. Production information helps you make smarter business decisions; if you’re a stockbroker, The Wall Street Journal is production information for you. Consumption information makes you a better consumer; if you’re going to a movie this weekend, Rotten Tomatoes is consumption information for you. Entertainment information is self-explanatory — anything you consume primarily to be entertained, whether high culture (a great novel) or low (a Kardashian). And political information is anything that makes you a more informed voter. (That’s the toughest one to sell, as Jay Hamilton wrote about smartly.) A key thing to remember about journalism is that the same piece of information can serve different information needs for different people. If you’re trying to decide who to vote Continue reading "Congratulations, sports media: You just got a big business-model subsidy from the Supreme Court"
The Supreme Court handed down a ruling Monday which will allow all 50 states to, at their discretion, legalize sports gambling. In Murphy vs. the NCAA — a case first brought on by former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) — the Court ruled by a 7-2 margin (with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting) that states have the right to decide whether to allow sports wagering. It’s a decision with far-reaching implications. New Jersey, which brought the legal action, already has laws in place, and is likely to begin accepting sports wagers within a matter of days. Many other jurisdictions are expected to quickly follow. Sports leagues, namely the NFL, have long opposed sports gambling — claiming that wagering jeopardizes the integrity of their games. “I think we still strongly oppose [among ownership] legalized sports gambling,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference in 2017 (vis ESPN). Continue reading "Supreme Court Votes to Allow States to Legalize Sports Gambling"
A Jerusalem soccer club has decided to change its name to honor President Donald Trump. In a statement provided to The Jerusalem Post, Beitar Jerusalem announced that they planned to change the name of the club because “we have the greatest love for the president.” The club also praised Trump from moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. “For 70 years, Jerusalem has been awaiting international recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. President Trump has shown courage and true love of the Israeli people and their capital, and these days other countries are following his lead in giving Jerusalem its rightful status,” the statement continued on. The announcement comes on Jerusalem Day in Israel and just hours before the opening of the American embassy, an event that will be attended by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, but Continue reading "Israeli Soccer Club Adds ‘Trump’ to Team Name to Show Their ‘Greatest Love’ for POTUS"
A charity cornhole event turned into a contact sport for a group of rowdy grown-ups recently in Georgia. It all happened at a Douglas County Chamber of Commerce event that over the weekend that was meant to benefit high school students. When someone had a dispute over a cornhole score, however, things got out of hand fast. At one point one guy in a pink polo gets his shirt ripped and a guy in pink shorts gets pummeled. A frustrated man in a red shirt is seen walking away, hands over his head. A guy in teal throws punches. All the while, profanities are Continue reading "WATCH: This All-Out Melee at a Cornhole Tournament is Hilarious and ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’"
A cornhole tournament raising money for charity went horribly wrong when participants started throwing punches at one another.“We are adults, and this is ridiculous! It is a cornhole tournament fundraiser! Cut the crap!” https://t.co/q0SaMqdpFe pic.twitter.com/a5zdBruFwQ — ABC News (@ABC) May 10, 2018
For the first time in the 71-year history of the NBA, a female candidate is set to interview for a head coaching position. According to ESPN, Becky Hammon — an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs — will interview for the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching vacancy. It’s a job which is thought to be an unusually special opportunity, as the team has one of the finest young players in the league on its roster in 23-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks organization clearly seems to hold Hammon in high regard — as she met with the organization last year to discuss their opening for a general manager. Still, ESPN reports that is not considered a “frontline candidate” for the job, noting that at least 10 possible candidates will meet with Milwaukee team brass. Nonetheless, many believe Hammon will eventually break through and land a head coaching job somewhere. She’s been Continue reading "Becky Hammon to Meet With Milwaukee Bucks, First Woman Ever to Interview For NBA Head Coaching Job"
A group of cheerleaders for the Washington Redskins are alleging that team officials forced them to pose topless for a photo shoot in front of a group of male sponsors and FedEx Field suite holders during a trip to Costa Rica in 2013. And the cheerleaders further claim that, on the same trip, some of them were forced to escort the sponsors to a nightclub for a night of drinking and partying. According to The New York Times, which interviewed five unnamed Redskins cheerleaders, the team did not give the cheerleaders the option not to participate. “They weren’t putting a gun to our heads, but it was mandatory for us to go,” one of the cheerleaders said. “We weren’t asked, we were told. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what she was doing.” Another cheerleader added that it felt like team officials were “pimping us out. Continue reading "Redskins Cheerleaders Allegedly Forced to Pose Topless and Party With Male Sponsors: They Were ‘Pimping Us Out’"