8:30 PMShin Dong-hyuk, who was born in & escaped from a North Korean prison camp, writes to Dennis Rodman about his latest visit to see Kim Jong-Un: "No dictatorship lasts forever. Freedom will come to North Korea someday. When it does, my wish is that you will have, in some way, helped bring about change."
7:45 PM Baltimore Orioles pitcher Troy Patton has been suspended 25 games by MLB for testing positive for a banned amphetamine. Patton said it was due to an Adderall pill he took four days before the end of the season.
But such a decision by UConn officials puts the Husky cheerleaders on a slippery slope. (”Husky” referring to the nickname of UConn’s sports teams, not necessarily the physical condition of the cheerleaders.) Why, if they’re going to keep the girls from standing on each others’ heads & leaping to the ground, what’s to stop them from disbanding the cheerleading squad altogether? The gals can still suffer strained shoulders from all that arm-raising & fist-pumping, not to mention the terrible wear on their vocal chords from all that shouting - and the school could be held liable.
So before things in Storrs come to this inevitable conclusion, let’s take a moment to appreciate what might soon be removed from Rentschler Field & hauled away from the Hartford Civic Center.
On July 13th, THE BIG LEAD unearthed some tremendous photos of the Canadian Football League’s most photogenic ambassadors, the Winnipeg Blue Lightning. Within hours, the gallery of photos that featured members of the squad doing what cheerleaders do when they’re not standing on the side of a 110-yard football field cheering for guys who weren’t good enough to play in the NFL, quickly circulated through the Internet’s series of tubes.
Days later, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers sat down with their PR team (which is probably just one person considering they are just a CFL team), got their message points down & spoke to the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Team spokesperson Arash Madani told the paper, “Each member puts in countless hours of training, volunteering, mentoring and making a positive impact in the community,” He added, “A small number of isolated photos from a member without any affiliation to the organization for quite some time is not a reflection of what the Blue Lightning team or the franchise is about.”
Now just over a week later we learn that the team’s coach, Dena Clark has resigned. Once again, blogs can be blamed for taking a job away from somebody.