The 2014 '30 Under 30'

Congrats to this year's 30 -- check out the full list here!

Sports professionals set positive example by honoring Sandy Hook victims

Since the unforgettable tragedy claimed the innocent lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary, many high-profile individuals in the entertainment industry have used their popularity to advance their anti-SecondAamendment political agenda rather than to express sympathy and compassion to those affected.

Given that backdrop, it has been heartening to see many in the world of sports entertainment to do what we should all be doing more of in the last week –  showing love and support to the victims of this tragedy instead of demagoguing themselves at the expense of responsible gun owners.

In the National Basketball Association at least one player has changed his on-court activity as a memorial to the victims. Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah decided to retire his signature finger guns celebration.

“You just have to be kind of compassionate about what’s going on, man,” Noah told CSN Chicago. “We have issues with guns. Gun violence in this country is out of control and you’ve just got to be sensitive to that.”

Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, inscribed “NEWTOWN CT” on the shoes that he wore in a game against Sacramento.

There has also been broad support in the National Football League, the country’s most popular professional sports league, for the families of the victims.

When New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz learned that his biggest fan was six-year-old victim Jack Pinto, he inscribed “R.I.P. Jack Pinto” and “My Hero” on his cleats and gloves during New York’s game last Sunday. Cruz drove to Newton on Tuesday to meet with Pinto’s family, one day after the family had buried Jack in his No. 80 Cruz Giants jersey.

Both the Giants and New York Jets wore helmet decals with the initials S.H.E.S. (Sandy Hook Elementary School) during their games last weekend. As an organization, the NFL  asked all home teams to hold  a moment of silence in respect and stadiums across the country flew flags at  half mast.

Arguably the most moving display of compassion came from college basketball in the form of postgame remarks from Winthrop University head coach Pat Kelsey following his team’s loss at fourth-ranked Ohio State on Tuesday night.

[VIDEO URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUSlNoyqDDs]

“I’m gonna get on an eight-hour bus ride, and I’m gonna arrive in Rock Hill, S.C., and I’m gonna walk into my house, and I’m gonna walk upstairs, and I’m gonna walk into two pink rooms, OK, with a 5-year-old and a 4-year-old laying in that pink room, with a bunch of teddy bears laying in that room. And I’m gonna give them the biggest hug and the biggest kiss I’ve ever given them. And there’s 20 families in Newtown, Conn., that are walking into a pink room with a bunch of teddy bears with nobody laying in those beds. And it’s tragic.”

The example set forth by America’s sports professionals since the shooting is one we should all take note of and remember. There will always be time for a national debate and dialogue about guns, but now is the time for grieving.

 

Comments

Polititainment

Obama channels Chris Rock

Discussing a tax loophole that businesses exploit in order to avoid paying United States taxes, the president made a distinction between that which isn't right and that which just "ain't right."

Colbert mocks Palin for Internet channel

In an attempt to mock Sarah Palin for her recently launched Internet television channel, Stephen Colbert on Tuesday's episode of "The Colbert Report" introduced his own competing web show called "Stephen Colbert's Angry Echo Chamber."

Fallon imagines President Biden
During his show Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon took a look at the pros and  cons of a potential Joe Biden presidency. He left it to the viewers to decide, but pointed out some critical flaws to putting Biden in the Oval Office. “Pro: for Secretary of State, he’ll pick someone who is fluent in several […]
Jon Stewart ridicules John Kerry

Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" Monday made fun of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his inability to negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas after a 12-hour ceasefire between the two expired.

'True Blood' star takes on Sarah Palin

Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays vampire Pam Ravenscroft on the HBO program, hit back at the former governor of Alaska for criticizing a recent episode.

White House

New emails reveal Lois Lerner talked way too much smack about right wing on official phone

An email exchange between Lois Lerner and an unnamed individual made public Wednesday reveals that the former IRS official doesn't care too much for talk radio.

Fact check needed on Obama’s Kansas City speech, states with minimum wage increases didn’t see higher job growth
It’s time for a fact check on the president’s latest proclamation about the need for an increase to the minimum wage. President Barack Obama continued his tour across America Wednesday with a speech on the economy in Kansas City, Miss. and meals with more letter writers. Per usual, Obama brought up his attempts to bring […]
Golfer finds Obama’s golf ball in the woods, says president’s game is ‘off line’
President Barack Obama is “off line again.” Or at least his golf game appears to be. Instagram user larrydoh posted a picture of a Titleist 44 golf ball labeled “POTUS” on Saturday. He found the golf ball at the Congressional Country Club, one day after POTUS played the same course himself. “Obama played at Congressional […]
Polls: Obama White House incompetent at managing, worse than Darth Vader

The job of the administrative branch is to, well, administer the laws. According to a new Fox News poll released on Wednesday, most Americans think that the Obama administration is failing dismally at the task.

Obama wants ‘idealism and optimism’ for millennials in face of Congressional ‘crisis,’ refuses to recognize he is part of the problem
Now that “hope and change” seems to be played out, President Barack Obama has come up with a new catchphrase for millennials – “idealism and optimism.” In a speech at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Seattle, Wash. Tuesday night, Obama asked young people not to give up their natural idealism and optimism because of […]

Congress

DWS admits Obama is not doing his job
We never thought we would say this, but Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz just said something we actually agree with. Moments before the House vote on a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, Schultz appeared on MSNBC and admitted that Obama hasn’t been doing his job. “I’m going to go to the House floor and actually debate why […]
Cruz provides motivation to youth in speech

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) provided motivation to an audience of students from across the country Tuesday, saying that young people have been behind almost “every significant change” in human history.

Boehner calls impeachment talk a Democrat 'scam'
Politicians from both parties have been talking a lot about the “I-word” — impeachment. Although everyone from Harry Reid to Sarah Palin has mentioned impeachment, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made it clear Tuesday that House Republicans don’t intend to impeach. “This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff — and coming from Democrats […]
Rand Paul and Cory Booker continue their bromance
Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have formed a bipartisan bromance in the U.S. Senate. Now, they’ve taken it to Twitter. Both senators were honored as one of the The Hill’s 2014 50 most beautiful list, which was released Tuesday. Paul wasted no time extending congratulations to Booker via Twitter. Congrats to my […]
GOP Rep introduces marijuana medical oil bill
A Republican congressman announced a bill Monday that would legalize therapeutic hemp and a marijuana oil for medical use. The Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), would remove cannabidiol (CBD) oil and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana. Anecdotal evidence has shown that children with severe seizure disorders […]