Triathlete Auctions Herself Off , Gets Few Takers

The eBay bidding war for a dinner date with U.S. triathlete Jenna Shoemaker sadly turned out to be just a minor skirmish. Not a popular item. With only five bids — the highest at $250 — her quest to earn extra money for training has to be labeled as a fail. Damn economy.

Jenna Shoemaker

But larger, more troubling issues linger. Shoemaker is being slammed on her Facebook page for selling herself so wantonly, and also for a joke she made there about stripping to earn money to support herself while training. She has fired back on both counts. Read more…

NBA Mourns Death Of Chuck Daly During Playoffs

Chuck Daly won’t ever be known as the greatest basketball coach of all-time, but he’s definitely one of the best. He led the Pistons to a pair of titles and delayed the long reign of Michael Jordan. He installed a defensive identity that helped forge the identity of Detroit basketball and Detroit itself. And he coached the Dream Team. That’s right, not the second bogus Dream Team or the subsequent Team USA squads stocked with NBA stars. The original Dream Team, with MJ, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Barkley and co.

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(The hair changed color, but the style didn’t.)

Daly passed early Saturday morning from pancreatic cancer,  losing a battle he’d been fighting for months. The NBA wasted little time in announcing that they’d honor his memory with “CD” pins on the lapels of all coaches’ jackets during the playoffs. They NBA Coaches Association is also creating the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, which tells you just about all you need to know about how other coaches feel about Daly.

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Snowboarders Bummed Over New Drug Test Rules

Ever since the Michael Phelps incident there has been a lot of debate over whether or not we actually should care if athletes smoke pot occasionally. After all, it’s not exactly a performance enhancing drug, and the evidence that occasional use actually hinders anyone’s ability to achieve at a high level is spotty at best. But Phelps has brought it into the spotlight, and there will probably be increasing attention paid to athletes who choose to fire one up every once in a while.

Shaun White

(You really think this guy isn’t stoned all the time?)

Nowhere is a perceived crackdown on this more noteworthy than in the world of snowboarding, where it’s often assumed that the competitors are just high all the time. With the Olympics coming up next February, drug testing has begun, and it’s not exactly something that fits into their laid-back culture. After all the first gold medalist in Olympic snowboarding tested positive for pot the next day. Although, with the rules involved in testing, I’m not sure it fits into any culture, but you can judge for yourself if the demands are worth it.

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USOC Sues Colo. Strip Club Over “Pole Olympics”

Well, now the U.S. Olympic Committee has really gone and done it. They’re willing to support Michael Phelps despite his bongariffic weed habit, but they’re not willing to let some Colorado Springs strippers engage in a little bit of friendly competition? That’s just not fair!

PT's Showclubs girls

(See! We can call it a cabaret, they use artsy black and white photography!)

Fair or not, the higher-ups at the Colorado Springs-based organization filed a cease and desist lawsuit against one of their hometown strip clubs, PT’s Showclub, after the cabaret (Can we call a strip club a cabaret? Eh, what the heck, let’s call it a cabaret) ran an ad in the COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE advertising their first annual Pole Olympics.

And how did PT’s Showclub respond? Quite cleverly, if you ask us: They ran the same ad again six days later, with the “c” and “s” at the end of “Olympics” crossed out. Touche’, PT’s Showclub, touche’!

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London Is No Longer Sure It Wants The Olympics

You’ve heard the saying since you were a child: “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.”  As a kid I thought this was the dumbest thing ever.  If I wish for a Sega Genesis and I get it, how in the hell could that be a bad thing?  Is the Sega going to come to life at night and kill me in my sleep?  Of course, as I grew older I came to understand the meaning behind it.

For instance, as a Chicagoan, I’m not exactly sure how I feel about the city’s Olympic bid for 2016.   While it would it be a cool experience to have the Olympics taking place only a few miles away from me, I’m not really sure it’s the best thing for the city.  With the economy in the shape it’s in, I’m just not convinced that sinking the ridiculous amount of money it costs to get an Olympics and then prepare the city for it is worth spending right now.   Just look at the people in London who are already starting to regret hosting the 2012 games.

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Economy Forcing London Olympics to Go Cheap

The global financial crisis is threatening to tone down spending for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  Existing venues may be used for some events in lieu of constructing new ones.  The event, which was already slated to be smaller in cost and physical size than the 2008 Beijing Games, is having trouble securing loans for the Olympic Village and is also scaling back its broadcast center.

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(London’s 2012 Ghettolympic Games)

BLOOMBERG PRESS reports:

(London) Mayor Boris Johnson told a parliamentary committee yesterday that the Olympic Park will be “cozier” than that used for this year’s Beijing games. The Chinese government spent four times the amount the 2012 organizers are planning to spend on the games.

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Ronald McDonald Flexes His Sponsorship Muscle

As you know, Chicago is on the short-list of cities vying for the 2016 Olympics, where Usain Bolt will become the first man to break the sound barrier powered on his legs alone. Coincidentally enough, the City of Wind is also the near-home of a certain Golden Arched corporation, who are one of the top sponsors of the Olympics. And while they’re not officially coming out and saying it, apparently McDonald’s is heavily hinting that they’d “prefer” if the International Olympic Committee chose Chi-town for the Olympics. And hey, if they don’t, maybe they’ll just take their business elsewhere.

Ronald McDonald

(Don’t be fooled. Behind his smiling exterior lies a ferocious beast.)

The CHICAGO TRIBUNE is reporting that John Lewicki, the company’s senior director of alliance marketing, is a bit of a bad ass. Specifically for this quote: “The international market is very important to us, but some of the cities they are picking are not. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that if it’s not Chicago, we won’t renew, but if it is Chicago, we probably will.”

That’s stone cold gangsta.

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Oprah’s Next Big Endorsement: Chicago Olympics

If the International Olympic Committee is anything like Oprah Winfrey’s stay-at-home mom audience, Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid is a shoo-in. Her Midas Touch has made Dr. Phil a wealthy man, given Barack Obama a huge boost in his quest for the Presidency and now she’s helping Chicago pitch its bid for the 2016 Olympic games.

Tickets for seats at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion will be distributed today beginning at noon at the park for Wednesday’s taping of an “The Oprah Winfrey Show” episode featuring swimming sensation Michael Phelps.

Phelps will be joined by more than 150 Olympic medal athletes, including gymnast Nastia Liukin, swimmer Dara Torres, basketball player Kobe Bryant and beach volleyball players Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. Read more…

USA Basketball Restores Order, Brings Home Gold

While you were sleeping or taking part in your usual late night weekend activities USA Basketball was busy restoring order in the world of international basketball and not playing defense in the Gold Medal Game against Spain.

USA Basketball Gold Medal

The cleverly titled “Redeem Team” closed out the tournement with a 118-107 victory over Pau Gasol and the politically correct Spaniards.

The USA came into Sunday’s game beating their opponents in their first seven games by an average of 30.3 points, which included a 37 point smackdown of Spain in pool play. In the finals, however, Spain gave the US a hotly contested offensive slugfest that remained in question until the game’s final two minutes.

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Beijing Olympics an Economic Disaster for China

For the past two weeks, Beijing has been the center of the world’s attention playing host to record breaking performances in world class athletics. As the Summer Olympics come to a close, the BOSTON GLOBE examines financial impact the Games have had on the host nation.

Tourists Outside Birds Nest

Victor Matheson, an associate economics professor at Holy Cross writing for THE GLOBE says, “Despite their success on the playing fields, the event has been an economic disaster for the Chinese.” Ouch. So I guess you’re saying that $40 billion price tag was a bit much.

Chicago, are you reading this?

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