Here on Take 5… we’re going to give you a quick run down on the 5 most interesting sports stories of the previous week along with our takes on each story.
Last week, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Carson Palmer, told the press that he will never set foot in Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium ever again. He said he has $80-million in the bank and is prepared to live his life beyond football. He only wants to play for fun and he can’t do that losing every year. If you’re the Bengals GM do you move this guy before this situation gets worse?
Iran objects to the logo for the 2012 London Olympics, contending it is racist because it resembles the word “Zion.” Iran is urging other Islamic states to oppose the “racist” logo and possibly even boycott the Games. When you look at the logo what do you see?
Dallas: Here’s what happened: the rest of the world got together to figure out a way to tell London that their logo sucked. Iran drew the shortest straw and had to lay the news on their buds. The excuse Iran came up with was horrible but hopefully London gets the message and their feelings aren’t hurt.
Ryan: So ridiculous! I love the Olympics and how it is such a huge global sporting event. With that greatness comes the downside of many athletes and countries using it to make a political stand. It’s sad that people love to kill the purity that the Olympics is supposed to be.
The Federal government of Canada sent out a notice this week across the country that it will not help fund professional sports facilities. The letter stated there is no program in place nor will one be started. This has stopped Saskatchewan’s plan for a new stadium and now Quebec City and Edmonton’s arena’s may be in trouble. Do you agree with the governments stance?
Henry: The Fed’s have drawn their line in the sand and no money will be coming. This is a wake up call for the Stadium project to find other ways to make this happen like a community revitalization levy (CRL) or more investors. I think the bigger issue here now is that the purchase proposal for the land has now lapsed.
Dallas: Although it’s devastating to Rider Nation it was predicted by me. However, as devastating as this is, it will further pull Rider Nation together and they will be an unstoppable force going into the upcoming seasons. Rider Nation in a dome never made sense anyways.
BYU men’s basketball team has dismissed star sophomore Brandon Davies from the team for reportedly admitting to having premarital sex with his girlfriend. The school’s honor code forbids students from engaging in this behavior. Did the punishment fit the crime and should universities be allowed to dictate the personal lives of their students?
Henry: Although I agree that universities can dictate the personal lives of students, I am not praising BYU for this move. Whatever happened to forgiveness? Maybe a 1-2 game suspension for this transgression? Did we not forgive Joseph Smith for his crimes of theft and polygamy?
Ryan: At first I was irate and felt bad for Brandon Davies. It seemed like, on the surface, that he had been wronged by his educational institute. However as time has passed, I’ve realized he was clearly aware of the Honor Code at BYU and it’s ramifications of violating it. In a world in which NCAA teams are constantly hiding rule infractions it is nice to see a school stand strong. GO BYU!
The preseason isn’t even over and the Chicago Cubs are already fighting one another. Reportedly, the fight started after Carlos Silva said “We gotta make some plays” and another player took it personally. Are fights between teammates ever good for team chemistry?
Henry: I’m so petty that I would never forget something like this but if these guys can move past it then this is a great thing that demonstrates their passion for winning. If I see some actual punches thrown next time, then I will be ready to call the Cubs for the MLB Championships.
Ryan: I’ve seen locker room fights split and divide teams in the past. Usually, especially professional teams, it splits them from enjoying one an others company but at the end of the day they are playing for a cheque. So they’ll win games but team like this don’t win in the playoffs. I’m going out on a limb and saying LONG LIVE THE CURSE!