Bulls 103 Heat 82

The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat played the first game in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals in the NBA. The Heat, although the Bulls had a better regular season record, are favored in the series because the Heat has two so-called “Super-stars”, while the Bulls have only one player so designated. The Bulls in the game last night outplayed the Heat in every facet of the game. Continue reading Bulls 103 Heat 82

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Freedom Of Speech And the Social Media

Rashard Mendenhall is a 23-year-old running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. He is also an avid user of social media, including Twitter. For personal reasons which will become apparent below I am NOT going to link either Twitter’s main page or Mendenhall’s Twitter account. It is his comments about the death of Osama Bin Laden and 9/11 on Twitter that have created quite a media storm. The use of Twitter for personal communications with fans is very common among younger professional athletes. There have been numerous incidents where these athletes have gotten hot water because of their comments on Twitter. None of these comments, including those by Mendenhall, are nowhere near as inflammatory as comments about President Obama on other people’s Twitter, Facebook, accounts, or elsewhere on the internet. Yet many of the analysts on ESPN and other news networks want the NFL, the NBA, Major League Baseball, The National Hockey League, and colleges to restrict the use of Twitter by athletes. Continue reading Freedom Of Speech And the Social Media