This Week’s Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down in Sporting News

Updated: August 27, 2014
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This past week has been very newsworthy if you are a sports junkie. However, some stories stood out more than others. Some newsworthy, some not; as well as some good news and some not so good. I am not only talking about athletes, I’m also talking about the sports media. Some stood out as controversial while trying to grasp your attention. In my opinion, they lost their integrity in doing so.

Thumbs Down: ESPN report’s on Michael Sam’s shower habits in Ram’s locker room – when I saw the report on ESPN I literally said out loud “WOW…This is so wrong on so many levels. WHO CARES?” Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and was the first draftee to come out as a gay man. The story should have ended there.

Thumbs Up – Sam’s Teammate Chris Long lashed out at ESPN for their lack of integrity in fishing for controversy — where there indeed is none.

Thumbs Down – Any news organization that thinks sacking Johnny Manziel is newsworthy. You are feeding the fire, and it’s time to let it go. Manziel also needs to stop feeding the fire. Keep your fingers to yourself Johnny Football.

Thumbs Up – The Cleveland Browns did what they were supposed to do. They chose their first string QB to be their first string QB. ← Rather silly it being news.

Thumbs Down – I was very saddened to hear the news that Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker suffered yet another concussion. That would make three in 18 months. He is an extremely talented athlete and I deeply regret that he left the New England Patriots. The chances of him being on the field at Mile High are in question.

Thumbs Up – The same year Welker left the Pats so did running back Danny Woodhead. He has become a beloved member of the San Diego Chargers. Chargers fans have made Woodhead their own, and are not looking to get rid of him any time soon. (In defense of Pat’s fans, we know not to get too attached to our players. The Hoodie will cut them like butter and never look back – Logan Mankins anyone?)

Thumbs Down – The NASCAR community of fans and teams chose last Saturday’s very popular Bristol night race to show support for both Kevin Ward Jr. and Tony Stewart. The plan was to stand on lap 13 for Ward Jr. and lap 14 for Stewart — numbers coordinating their car numbers. The community did its part. ESPN did not. They said nothing of it and chose NOT to show the stands or pit road where many gathered in prayer.

Thumbs Up – The investigation on NASCAR driver Stewart / Ward Jr. tragedy will be coming to a close this week. Many believe it has taken too long — I disagree. This is of utmost importance to make sure every I is dotted and every T is crossed. Driver, Kevin Harvick is not letting up on the media (TV, radio and print) on how they have portrayed his friend and colleague.

Thumbs Down – Pittsburgh Steelers’ teammates, LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell, were charged with possession of marijuana last Wednesday. Really? When will athletes realize they have the dream job? They get paid to play a game, and no matter how much they scream, “ I’m nobody’s hero” SCREW YOU! If you truly feel that way take your name off of all sports memorabilia and no more sponsor deals.

Thumbs Up – Most NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams, owners and coaching staffs, all participated in the “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

HUGE Thumbs Down – This may not be sports related — but who cares, sometimes the sports and music industry blend together.

The MTV VMA Awards were this past Sunday evening. 1.Who cares? 2. They don’t play Videos on MTV and 3. Many of their shows glorify controversial behavior. My son actually had a young teenage girl ask him to get her pregnant in hopes that her “beauty” would land her a role on “16 and Pregnant.” Way to go MTV.

HUGE Thumbs Up – Singer, Miley Cyrus has resigned from twerking …


By Robyn Vandenberg





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