One of the most compelling stories of human survival recently came full circle as former Ukraine orphan Oksana Masters won a bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympics Games in London.
A Louisville resident for the last 12 years, Oksana is a double amputee whose early years in a Ukraine orphanage brought near-starvation, pervasive sexual abuse, and complex physical challenges. Adopted by a persistent college professor, Oksana is now one of the most successful rowers in the world.
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Seahawks receiver Golden Tate pushed Packers defender Sam Shields to the ground. Tate then jumped with the cluster of players seen above. Packers defender M.D. Jennings (above right) appeared to catch the ball, pull it to his chest, and fall down on top of Tate (#81 below). But Tate’s arm was extended out from under the pile with his hand touching the ball when the referees arrived to make a call. One signaled it was a touchdown while the other referee signaled that it was an interception.
After a momentary review, the referees decided to award the touchdown. Bettors saw about $200 million shift from Packers bettors to Seahawks bettors.
The next day, the NFL released a statement affirming the award of the touchdown, but noting that pass interference should have been called, effectively ending the game as a Packers victory.
With replacement referees working all games while the NFL continues negotiations with its employee referees, NFL coaches, players, stadium crowds (and bettors) are going ballistic over shoddy work by the novice refs.
Many Packers players tweeted their displeasure with the outcome, but M.D. Jennings decided to avoid getting a fine and took the high road.
Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings stars in a series of eclectic Old Spice commercials. This one may be the best of the lot. Run, Greg. Score, Greg.
A mighty uproar came when this photo began popping up on Internet sites. (I found it on actor George Takei’s witty site). Takei noted that people have lost the ability to separate shrewd social commentary from cruelty because of political correctness. I find this illustration hilariously funny. We are all sorry for the problem of homelessness, but the cartoon points out the strange phenomenon of people willing to sit for days in front of a store to buy a $600 phone when many of them are jobless. It’s a cartoon about priorities and not a debasement of the homeless. Cartooning about social oddities often enlightens viewers to realize absurdity and societal change occurs because of it.