Video And Photos: Westboro Baptist Church Tried To Protest At Funeral Of Soldier Who Was An Aggie, A&M Fans Respond With Maroon Wall

Instagram user Emily Husk notes the following, “Lt. Col. Tisdale funeral. Aggies forming a barrier bt the church & #Westboro Baptist Church protestors. You can’t tell by the pic but tons of #Aggies are here.”

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Text Of Dan Gilbert’s Protest Letter To David Stern Regarding The Chris Paul Trade

From Yahoo! Sports:

Commissioner,

It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.

This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.

Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.

I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).

I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.

I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.

When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?

Please advise….

Dan G.

Sources have not indicated whether the letter was written in comic sans.

[Yahoo! Sports]

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Sidney Crosby, NHL’s Best Player, Likely To Skip All-Star Game

It’s kind of a gutless move by Crosby who is said to be protesting the NHL’s lack of enforcement in a policy to protect players from head shots.  As admirable a goal as this seems, it seems to have selfish overtures as Crosby was the victim of one such head shot recently and has been out considerable time recovering from a concussion.  From the Globe and Mail:

Even though Sidney Crosby is a shoo-in to be chosen Tuesday as one of the captains who will pick the teams for the NHL all-star game, do not be surprised if he declines to participate, even if he recovers from his concussion.

The word filtering out of the Pittsburgh Penguins is that Crosby is an angry young man, angry enough to pull his considerable star presence from one of the league’s showcase events because he does not think the NHL is doing enough to protect its players. An NHL source said Crosby is not likely to tell the NHL he is withdrawing from the all-star game to protest the fact neither player who hit him on the head was suspended. However, he could easily decline and cite the need for complete recovery from a mild concussion.

The source said Crosby, who showed up at the all-star game in Montreal two years ago even though he sustained a knee injury and could not play, is not inclined to do any more such favours right now.

While it might seem like this protest has good intentions, Crosby has set a precedent in his career for whining when he doesn’t get his way.  I believe the NHL certainly does need to take prohibitive steps to prevent a scenario like the NFL is now facing, but for Crosby to hold out on the All-Star game when he is playing at such a high level would be tragic for the league and its fans.

[Globe and Mail]

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