A University of Connecticut assistant football coach who previously made waves for saying "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle" has resigned for personal reasons purportedly unrelated to the controversy regarding his comments.
Ernest Jones, who served as the running backs coach and director of player engagement for the University of Connecticut football team, resigned from his post just two months after being hired. Both he and newly hired head coach Bob Diaco previously served at the Catholic university of Notre Dame.
"Ernest has resigned his position effective immediately here at the university after deep introspection and reflection," Diaco said in a statement Monday, according to The Hartford Courant. "And it is entirely family and personally related." more >>
Before hitting the bobsled track on Tuesday for her Winter Olympics debut, Lolo Jones praised God on Facebook and shared a Bible verse to her nearly 300,000 followers.
Jones also made a nod to her bobsled teammate: "I am honored to race with you... Jaz, I know how hard you worked to get here. I've celebrated with you when we both won bobsled medal together and I've also shared your frustration when we didn't. I can't wait to go in this battle with you," wrote Jones on Monday, a day before she and her teammate were set to compete in the Winter Olympics for the first time.
Jones, who currently sits in 11th place with Fenlator after the first two rounds of competition ended on Tuesday, said that she believed that regardless of the outcome "God has already answered our prayers." more >>
Derek Jeter, current team captain of the New York Yankees, has been receiving an outpouring of support from fans and fellow athletes after he announced his plans for retirement from baseball on Wednesday.
One compliment that has especially resonated with the Yankees fan base came from Albert Pujols, first baseman for the Anaheim Angels, who told the Los Angeles Times in a recent interview that Jeter is comparable to Jesus.
"On and off the field, he's the way you want your kids to grow up. Only Jesus is perfect, but he's pretty close to that guy," Pujols said of the star athlete. more >>
One thing you never hear in an American household is, "Honey, hurry in here, the luge is about to start." Luge is a "sport" where two men push a sled and then just let gravity take over.
I have long been an advocate of postponing the Winter Olympics eight years just to see if anyone noticed. Let's face it -- some sports are just too white. Take curling. Curling is not a sport; it is a drinking game. The winners should get free appetizers and drinks, not medals.
It is not that I want to see the U.S. in a position where we can lose to Iceland. It's just that Winter Olympic "sports" seem so unnecessary. No doubt there are some good athletes, but the whole spectacle reminds me of what Winston Churchill said when he had to watch trained circus dogs walk on their hind legs: "It's not that they don't do it well, it is that they do it at all." more >>
Olympic Bobsledder Lolo Jones did not plan on spending her time in quarantine once she arrived at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Unfortunately, Jones did have to spend time away from her teammates but is now reportedly doing better and has been reunited with her fellow Olympians.
"Just released … been in quarantine room in Olympic village. Single room was nice just wish I had one of those stray dogs to keep me company," Jones tweeted. Then later, a teammate jokingly tweeted a picture with Jones standing quite far away in the background.
"Was released to find ur competitors #Tactics @AlexShibutani: Lolo has been sick so this is as close as I'll let her." more >>
Sochi, site of the Winter Olympic Games, has all the markings of being a total disaster. Like Ishtar, but with a bigger body count. Though the Games have not yet begun, reporters from around the globe are beginning to descend on the so-called resort town. What has greeted them is nothing more than poorly produced modern-day relics of the Potemkin Village known as Russia.
Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair exposed the problem, and the comic relief. First, a photo of two glasses of yellow-ish/rust-ish third world "water." With the photo, a tweet from St. Clair stating:
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014 more >>