Imagine dipping a fragrant, blossoming red rose into a vat of slimy mud, then pulling it out and letting it dry. The next day, and the next, repeat. Day in and day out, the mud caked petals would soon fall and the essence of the beauty would be stolen, yet the flower's core remains. Its' DNA is still a rose, but circumstances have drastically altered its' future.
No metaphor can truly exemplify the torturous, yet profitable, treatment endured by young girls and boys ensnared in the human and sex trafficking web. Yet during Super Bowl week, leading up to the Big Game, the sex trade industry will be at a fever pitch. While sports lovers enjoy what may turn out to be the "ice bowl," many other men will be rolling in limousines, literal mobile brothels, or shacked up in hotels dipping roses into mud.
It's a sick and twisted example of a broken male culture. Men acting worse than animals buying in to each other's uncontrollable desire to spoil the innocence of youth for their selfish short-term satisfaction. more >>
American Atheists is putting up a new billboard making fun of prayer outside Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, where the Super Bowl is scheduled to take place on Sunday.
The 14 feet by 48 feet billboard features a man in a priest uniform with the text "A 'Hail Mary' only works in football. Enjoy the game!" referring to the Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary and also the name of a long-forward pass in football.
World Wrestling Entertainment star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has been named a person of interest in the mysterious 1983 death of his mistress, Nancy Argentino, who died of traumatic brain injuries after Snuka found her unresponsive in their hotel room.
The case has gone unsolved for more than 30 years, and a grand jury is currently being convened to re-examine the evidence and hopefully bring closure to Argentino's family. Police suspected that Argentino was brutally murdered based upon evidence from the corner who wrote at the time of her death: "Upon viewing the body and speaking to the pathologist, I immediately suspected foul play and so notified the district attorney."
Charges were never brought against anyone in the case, but Snuka was the one to find her body in their hotel room. Argentino was reportedly still alive, according to the Morning Call, and gasping for breath. She also had yellow fluid oozing from her mouth and nose. Snuka called for help, but Argentino died early the next morning. more >>
Love him or not particularly care for him, Richard Sherman has been the subject of water cooler (but mostly online) viral chat for more than a week since the Seattle Seahawks' DB controversial on-field interview after the playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Aside from the interview with Fox Sports Erin Andrews that appeared to be a jacked-up Sherman ranting about his opponent Michael Crabtree with just a little too much zeal, NBC Football Night in America commentator and former NFL coach Tony Dungy said he wasn't as concerned about the interview after the game as he was about the defensive back's actions immediately following his victory-saving play. Dungy, a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, released a video of his thoughts about the controversy on his blog on the All Pro Dad website last Wednesday.
Sherman himself was not shy to respond to the criticism. This week he released a "10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me" blog post. Not bad, not bad at all for someone accused of such "thuggery!" more >>
Eastlake Community Church in Kirkland, Wash., released a comical video featuring their pastor and church members celebrating the Seattle Seahawks' trip to the upcoming Super Bowl XLVII following their win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday.
The "Winner" video shows Pastor Jake Rutenbar emulating artist Pitbull, clad in a suit and sun shades, singing to the tune of the artist's "Timber" track featuring Ke$ha. Recap images of the Seahawks' National Football Conference championship win over the 49ers also appear in short clips.
It is the third video Rutenbar and his group made about their hometown NFL team since the 2012 football season. It has garnered close to 50,000 views since it was uploaded last Friday. more >>
A substance abuse treatment center founded by Major League Baseball star turned Christian minister Darryl Strawberry is now open in Central Florida.
"I think it's pretty amazing and awesome to be able to go back and really help people from a place where I came from," Strawberry, who wrestled with substance abuse throughout his career, told The Christian Post.
The eight-time all-star and four-time World Series champion founded the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center (DSRC), which is located in St. Cloud, Fla., in partnership with Oglethorpe Healthcare Inc. Strawberry and his wife, Tracy, have also started a Christian recovery program at Oglethorpe's behavioral hospital in Longview, Texas. more >>