Monthly Archives: July 2014

Who needs sports drinks anyway?

For those who aren’t professional runners, sports drinks and energy bars don’t provide nutritional value. JILL RICHARDSON*

(July 22) – Americans spent $5.5 billion on sports drinks, mostly Gatorade and Powerade last year. Even 12 per cent of elementary school kids drink sports drinks. And that doesn’t even count expenditures on other sports nutrition products, like an estimated $583 million spent on nutrition bars in 2013, or the more than 25 million packets of GU energy gel produced each year.

Endurance athletes have unique nutritional needs, which means at least some of the sports nutrition products on the market serve a crucial purpose. But how many of us guzzle Gatorade while training for a marathon, and how many of us drink it while sitting on the couch?

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‘It’s also a job’: Former minor leaguers suing MLB over paltry wages, often below poverty level

In this June 3, 2007, file photo, US college player Aaron Senne of Missouri rounds second base after hitting a solo home run in an NCAA Regional baseball game. Senne and former minor-league players in each of the 30 Major League Baseball monopolies including Toronto Blue Jays are suing the MLB cartel, alleging violations of federal wage and overtime laws in a case some legal observers suggest has significant merit. | AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

In this June 3, 2007, file photo, US college player Aaron Senne of Missouri rounds second base after hitting a solo home run in an NCAA Regional baseball game. Senne and former minor-league players in each of the 30 Major League Baseball monopolies including Toronto Blue Jays are suing the MLB cartel, alleging violations of federal wage and overtime laws in a case some legal observers suggest has significant merit. | AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | July 10| ST. LOUIS — Like many young baseball players, Aaron Senne dreamed of fame and fortune when he signed his first contract as a Miami Marlins’ draft choice after a record-breaking college career at Missouri.

Reality as a low-level minor leaguer was far different: vending machine dinners, bug-infested apartments and a paltry salary with an equivalent hourly wage less than what fast-food workers make.

Senne and former minor league players in each of the 30 big league organizations are suing Major League Baseball, alleging violations of federal wage and overtime laws in a case some legal observers suggest has significant merit. They are seeking class-action status on behalf of the estimated 6,000 ballplayers who toil each summer in outposts stretching from Bluefield, Virginia, to Bakersfield, California, as well as an unspecified amount of back pay. Continue reading

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US sporting events turned into mass religious events to bless wars and militarism

The religious reverie – repeated in sports arenas – is used to justify a bloated war budget and endless wars. CHRIS HEDGES

Memorial Day festivities before the Red Sox game against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park on May 30, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts |  Joyce Vincent / Shutterstock.com

Memorial Day festivities before the Red Sox game against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park on May 30, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts | Joyce Vincent / Shutterstock.com

BOSTON (July 8) — On Saturday I went to one of the massive temples across the country where we celebrate our state religion. The temple I visited was Boston’s Fenway Park. I was inspired to go by reading Andrew Bacevich’s thoughtful book “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” which opens with a scene at Fenway from July 4, 2011. The Fourth of July worship service that I attended last week – a game between the Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles – was a day late because of a rescheduling caused by Tropical Storm Arthur. When the crowd sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” a gargantuan American flag descended to cover “the Green Monster,” the 37-foot, 2-inch-high wall in left field. Patriotic music blasted from loudspeakers. Col. Lester A. Weilacher, commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Massachusetts’ Hanscom Air Force Base, wearing a light blue short-sleeved Air Force shirt and dark blue pants, threw the ceremonial first pitch. A line of Air Force personnel stood along the left field wall. The fighter jets—our angels of death—that usually roar over the stadium on the Fourth were absent. But the face of Fernard Frechette, a 93-year-old World War II veteran who was attending, appeared on the 38-by-100-foot Jumbotron above the center-field seats as part of Fenway’s “Hats Off to Heroes” program, which honors military veterans or active-duty members at every game. The crowd stood and applauded. Army National Guard Sgt. Ben Arnold had been honored at the previous game, on Wednesday. Arnold said his favorite Red Sox player was Mike Napoli. Arnold, who fought in Afghanistan, makes about $27,000 a year. Napoli makes $16 million. The owners of the Red Sox clear about $60 million annually. God bless America. Continue reading

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Canada wins lacrosse world gold medal with 8-5 final over Team USA

Canada led by Kevin Crowley’s five goals, keeper Dillon Ward named tourney MVP

Kevin Crowley scored five goals as Canada upset the USA for world gold with an 8-5 victory | Scott McCall/US Lacrosse

Five goals from Kevin Crowley and a ball-control game plan that kept the dangerous United States team with the ball out of its stick for extended periods of the game led the underdog Canadian team to its third Federation of International Lacrosse world championship gold medal.

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Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team captures bronze medal at world championship

Ontario Regional Chief congratulates team

 Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse TeamTORONTO – Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy Congratulates the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team representing the Haudenosaunee Confederacy on their third place finish in the World Lacrosse Championship this past Saturday in Denver, Colorado. Continue reading

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Militarism and sports

Raptors Camo

Peter Miller and Daniel Lyder

An oft-repeated opinion in the sports media is that sports and politics should absolutely never mix. If an athlete chooses to use his or her spotlight to voice or display a social or political opinion sports journalists, sports owners, and sports executives will often voice their disapproval.

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Sports journalism – an adult fairy-tale

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Sports journalism in the monopoly media is a narcosis of entertainment, diversion and mercantilism. LARS ANDERSSON* asks if is it really journalism’s task to do PR work for the world it is writing about? In the second of two articles on investigative journalism in sport, leading journalists call for a media that dares to delve behind the glossy and narcotic facade of sport.

playthegame.org (July 14) – Real Madrid loses 4-3 to FC Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo is angry and vents his frustrations to the press.

This is modern sports journalism in a nutshell.

A match report and a one-source story with a sports celebrity.

According to the International Sports Press Survey 2011, 78 per cent of all sports journalism is essentially about matches, athletes and coaches; 2.7 per cent covers sports politics and 3.1 per cent focuses on economic aspects of sports.

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