Category Archives: Sports


Sports and State: Time to Separate

All in favor of more separation between sports and state, raise your beer koozies and stop millions of dollars from being wasted on bad coaches and old stadiums.

I love sports and so do you. But it’s not right that you and I don’t have a strong say in how our politicians play ball with our money when it comes to renovating Stone Age stadiums or retiring awful athletic directors. I’m calling foul on plays like a Texas judge’s plot to renovate the Astrodome despite strong voter opposition. And I’m hitting the buzzer on schemes like asking taxpayers to subsidize the remaining $5.6 million on University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson’s contract.

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How Super Bowl Champion Matt Birk Helps Women

Super Bowl champion and retired NFL center Matt Birk is helping women by bravely speaking the truth.

Birk won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this year and is a 6-time Pro Bowl winner. Birk is also a former Minnesota Viking and St. Paul, MN native so he is close to my heart. As a Super Bowl champion, Birk had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join his team at the White House. Birk declined the invitation because he disagrees with President Obama’s recent statements to Planned Parenthood: Continue reading

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Stop Subsidizing Stadiums

Never trust politicians to negotiate with jocks; the jocks will win millions of taxpayer dollars and embarrass fans by losing games.

I didn’t always feel opposition to public stadiums; I enjoy attending live sporting events; I like wearing my NFL, NHL and MLB gear and rooting for my favorite teams. But I’m not buying the “Stadiums create jobs!” chant anymore. Here’s why: Continue reading

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Blitzing the Dept. of Education

Tim Tebow and I both blitzed the Department of Education; we were both homeschooled. Tebow became the first homeschooler to win the Heisman Trophy and he’s now an NFL starting quarterback. And, as someone who was homeschooled through eighth grade and attended a private high school before graduating from college, I personally know that young people don’t need the federal government running their education.

I think American children and their parents deserve more than an unconstitutional, one-size-fits-all federal education system. I think local governments and individual parents have the constitutional right to decide how and where children go to school. Let’s eliminate the Department of Education.

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Tebow sacks socialism

Everyone wants a piece of 24-year-old Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Most people settle for a high-five or an autograph. Others ask him to surrender his values, like the young women who beg him for fan photos and then start stripping off their shirts—sending Tebow darting away.

Tebow has All-American character. He espouses capitalistic values that are foundational to America: Competitiveness, ownership, responsibility, hard work, optimism, faith and persistence.

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Capitalism vs. Mark Cuban

This week, capitalism takes on Dallas Mavericks owner, billionaire Mark Cuban.

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Rupert Murdoch plays fair

By Katie Kieffer Soldier Field, Chicago When arch rivals like the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers go head-to-head, anything is fair game. Except cheating. Winning is the end-goal, but neither team will knowingly jeopardize its NFL standing. There’s not a lot of love between the Bears and the Packs. This January, when the teams played each other in the NFC championship for the first time since 1941, we witnessed overblown name-calling and pompous chest-pounding.

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Keep the BCS, baby!

By Katie Kieffer

2010 BCS Championship. Image credit: "The BCS National Championship" by 50%ChanceofRain on Flickr via Creative Commons.

It’s college football championship season and time for the annual debate on whether to keep the current Bowl Championship Series (BCS) or switch out to a playoff system. Last fall, I blogged about this topic here and here to show why politicians should leave football alone. I still think politicians should stay out of sports and focus on bigger issues like national security and job creation.

The problem is, pro-playoff politicians like Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah) are trying to throw mud on the BCS’ face and financial heavyweights like billionaire Mark Cuban are lobbying politicians for a playoff system. Since outspoken politicians and lobbyists on the left and the right favor a playoff, the debate is not going away any time soon. Continue reading

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How to win fans in America

By Katie Kieffer

Joe Mauer signed baseball.Royalty doesn’t sit well with Americans. Our ancestors sailed across the pond to free themselves from pompous aristocrats. Americans believe that all men are equal before God, not that certain men should be treated as gods.

If you’re a pro athlete and you want to win fans in America, you need to respect American ideals. These include gratitude and humility, of which basketball star Lebron James has proved deficient throughout his process of moving from Cleveland to the Miami Heat as a free agent. Continue reading

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Lookin’ at a winner

3 ways the USA dominates soccer

By Katie Kieffer

Pass U.S. the ball. ‘Cause she’s a winner, winner, winner.

Team USA did not hoist the World Cup trophy on its shoulders in South Africa. But, what the sports world, even in the U.S., has overlooked, is that Team USA and the U.S. have made soccer the popular and profitable sport that it is today.

Today, the U.S. influences and contributes to the growth and development of soccer more than any other country in the world. Here’s how: Continue reading

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