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Well, it turns out that there's a perfectly reasonable reason why the NFL's Robert Mathis was caught with a PED in his blood, and it's a real tear-jerker. Unfold your handkerchiefs and cue the DU "Cry Me River" String Quartet:
The six-time Pro Bowl member – and Super Bowl champion with the Colts – was suspended for four games, costing him $705,000, for testing positive for the fertility drug Clomid...banned by the NFL because it can be used to help improve a player’s performance.
Hadley Englehard, Mathis’s agent, says Mathis was taking Clomid for fertility purposes. “Robert is not a cheater. There is not one bit of evidence that Robert used this for anything but fertility,” Englehard said.
Mathis and his wife already have twin boys and a daughter, but they wanted to give Mathis’ ailing mother – diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer – a fourth grandchild. Mathis’ wife is now pregnant.
Dr. Steven Morganstern, the Atlanta doctor who treated Mathis for infertility, told ABC News that he didn't realize Mathis was an NFL player when he prescribed Clomid...
With a terminally ill mom, Mathis HAD to come up with that fourth grandchild, or else! Or else...something. And what thanks does he get? The NFL dares to put price on a player's love for his mother!
…Mathis' urologist told ESPN he initially did not know Mathis was an NFL player. However, Mathis said in his statement that he initially asked his doctor if the meds would trigger a positive drug test. Those two statements are, um, polar opposites...(And) what did Mathis put (as his) occupation...when (he) filled out his application to the doctor?
...(P)layers on each team are constantly reminded to know exactly what goes into their bodies...As a team captain, Mathis likely knew this better than other teammates....There is an independent medical specialist -- jointly appointed by the union and the league -- (who) players can go to if there is any doubt about any medications or supplements they want to ingest...Players have an app that lists every banned substance. Just plug in a name and get the info...Yet Mathis took none of those approaches, apparently...
Clomid (is)...also known as a classic chemical vehicle...used to mask performance enhancing....(I)f Mathis only used it for 10 days or so, as his agent says, that is not proof Mathis didn't use long enough to actually have any muscle-building benefits...
Oh, now that's REALLY unfair, expecting a pro athlete to practically broadcast to the whole world that his sperm doesn't know how to count! Telling that one doctor must have been humiliating enough -- would the NFL be happier if Mathis had made it the subject of a reality show?
What Englehard said was misleading was the NFL’s focus on the fact that the drug Mathis used, Clomid, is FDA approved only for women, not for men. Englehard said that doesn’t mean men can’t legitimately use it as a fertility drug...
Englehard also noted that the NFL sometimes gives therapeutic-use exemptions to players to allow them to use prescription drugs for medical purposes, even if those drugs are on the banned list. Englehard said the NFL has done that for players who use Adderall, and Englehard said the league even rescinded the fine and suspension for one of his own clients in a similar situation. According to Englehard, the NFL has even given multiple therapeutic-use exemptions to other players who use Clomid for fertility, and Englehard is baffled that the NFL is treating Mathis so harshly while allowing other players to use the same substance.
Game, set and match, Mr. Englehard -- way to put those Mathis haters in their place! The ONLY difference between Mathis and the NFL players who sought the exemption for Clomid is that Mathis DIDN'T seek the exemption -- so there, too, nyah nyah nyah!
Posted by rocktivity | Wed May 21, 2014, 12:58 AM (1 replies)
Costume declared inappropriate for one of 'World's 100 most influential people'
...(W)hen Time's 100 Most Influential issue hit newsstands...Queen Bey on the cover, it started an online storm. Twitter was buzzing with angry comments. "Couldn't Beyoncé have worn clothes for her cover?" says one..."I absolutely LOVE Beyonce but that outfit is SO Miley Cyrus," is one fan's response...
"Thigh-high boots, corsets, the teeniest of short shorts may be Beyoncé's look du jour, but do they really have a place on Time magazine's cover?" wrote blogger Brogan Driscoll on the Huffington Post. "Bey says Time magazine's recognition is important 'because it's not about fashion or beauty or music; it's about the influence I've had on culture.' So why does she have to come half-dressed?"
The other cover stars are Robert Redford, the NBA's first openly gay athlete Jason Collins, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra -- all of whom are fully clothed.
Well, why SHOULDN'T Beyonce "come half dressed?" Coming half dressed is the way she BECAME "influential!"
It's not Beyonce's fault that the other "cover stars" attained their influence WITHOUT taking off their clothes. Nobody complains about how she's dressed when she's doing precisely what MADE her so "influential." But for Beyonce to talk of "influencing culture" is completely off the wall -- she's just the latest to rake in the benefits of the thirty-year old influence that Madonna and MTV have had on culture!
Posted by rocktivity | Tue Apr 29, 2014, 04:27 PM (9 replies)
Directed by Chris "Governor Soprano" Christie
Written by Rudy Mastro
Technical Adviser: DU-er Laxman (Christie Crime Digest)
Financed by The Taxpayers of New Jersey
Who is the real New Jersey Governor Chris Christie? From the Bridge(t)-Gate summary memos (beginning on page 163):
A man with a mind like a steel trap?
...(H)e believed he spent more time with Mayor Zimmer than most other Mayors in the State. Governor Christie noted that Mayor Zimmer was one of a few mayors he met with alone in his office about Sandy aid.
He recently saw a photograph of himself and a Rockefeller Group executive at a DayTop Village charity event last year. He had not recalled seeing the executive at that large gathering, but realized that he must have, given the photograph.
...(T)he Governor recalls singing a song with the Lt. Governor after dinner...the Governor recalled going to the kitchen for a snack—he recalled having raspberries—and running into the Lt. Governor in the kitchen and briefly saying hello.
The Governor said he did not know (Chip) Michaels well, but he is familiar with Michaels’ family. They were reacquainted in the past few years because their children played hockey. The Governor recently saw Michaels at the hockey rink, where they discussed their children and hockey, including his son’s recent injury.
Mrs. Christie was by the Governor’s side throughout the 9/11 Memorial Event, including the period before the event began...the Governor recalled that Mrs. Christie asked to use a bathroom...there was no bathroom in the (Port Authority) trailer. A female Port Authority Police Department officer, who was possibly Baroni’s driver, then took Mrs. Christie to the bathroom...
Usually, the Governor would have to go to Stepien’s office if he wanted to speak with Stepien. As of April 2013, Stepien would need an appointment to meet with the Governor because he was no longer a State employee.
At some point, someone, possibly Deb Gramiccioni, told the Governor that Baroni wanted to bring in Wildstein and pay him over $200,000 a year, which she said was too high. The Governor agreed and said that Wildstein’s appointment was acceptable as long as he was not paid too much.
The Governor had two reactions to the article: (1) it was typical of Foye to write and then leak an email, rather than directly discussing the issue; and (2) the Governor wanted to know what happened.
The Governor listened to part of Foye’s testimony and the other Port Authority professionals while he ate lunch.
...(T)he Governor walked into O’Dowd’s office while Drewniak was there...Drewniak was talking about having dinner with Wildstein, which the Governor found surprising because he did not think that Drewniak and Wildstein were such good friends that they would have dinner together.
The Governor also recalled getting a call from Stepien on December 14, 2013, while the Governor was on his way to a doctor’s appointment...
Or a man with a mind like a stainless steel sieve?
The Governor was not aware, and had no recollection of ever knowing, that Mayor Zimmer took any position adverse to the Rockefeller Group project.
The Governor...now knows that Wolff & Samson represented the Rockefeller Group, although he was not aware of that at the time of the allegations at issue.
The Governor had no memory of meeting Mayor Sokolich. The Governor knew Mayor Sokolich’s name because of the accusations that Mayor Sokolich made.
While the (lane) realignment was in effect, Governor Christie did not recall being aware of the lane realignment or the traffic caused by the lane realignment.
...Baroni and Wildstein, along with others, were present for most of the time (during the 9/11 memorial ceremony). The Governor has no specific recollection of conversations with them, other than light banter.
Asked whether anyone raised the subject of traffic in Fort Lee prior to or at this event, the Governor responded that he had no such recollection...
The Governor had no specific recollection of the September 17, 2013, and October 1, 2013 Wall Street Journal (“WSJ”) articles...The Governor had two reactions to the article: (1) it was typical of Foye to write and then leak an email, rather than directly discussing the issue; and (2) the Governor wanted to know what happened.
Asked about...Wildstein’s and Baroni’s resignations, the Governor recalled telling McKenna to ask for Wildstein’s resignation, and telling O’Dowd and McKenna to ask for Baroni’s resignation, although the Governor did not recall when this was.
...(T)he Governor recalled someone (though he does not recollect who), relaying that Wildstein had said something along the lines of, “I’m not stupid; I got this cleared by the Front Office.”
On the morning of December 12, 2013, there was a breakfast...(with) union leaders, which Stepien attended. The Governor had no specific recollection of that event...
As tough as nails?
During the December 13, 2013 senior staff meeting, the Governor walked in, slammed the door, and stood the whole time...He delivered this message loudly and made eye contact with everyone.
The next day, the Governor went to Trenton...He then held the press conference, while exhausted, answering all questions. Only after coming back did he realize that the press conference lasted nearly two hours.
Or as tender as rose petals?
...When the meeting started, the Governor recalled being nervous...He got emotional, and with tears in his eyes, asked if anyone else had anything else to do with the lane realignment, because he could not get sandbagged again....
The Governor recalled that O’Dowd had reported that Kelly was crying when she had said that she had nothing to do with the lane realignment...The Governor was not surprised that someone, particularly an individual like Kelly, might be nervous or upset in this situation...
So many facets, so little time! Stay tuned...
Posted by rocktivity | Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:34 PM (14 replies)
Unless being more subtle would work better:
Posted by rocktivity | Sun Mar 30, 2014, 03:34 PM (1 replies)
That's not exactly what New Jersey governor Chris "Governor Soprano" Christie said in his interview with Diane Sawyer -- but he might as well have. From the report's executive summary:
Something happened to change this dynamic dramatically, however, in August 2013. By that time, Kelly had become Deputy Chief of Staff, assuming the post left vacant by her predecessor, Stepien, who had departed in April 2013 to run the Governor’s re election campaign.
Because Stepien was her “benefactor,” Kelly relied heavily on him during this transition. And at some point after Stepien’s departure to run the campaign, Kelly and Stepien became personally involved, although, by early August 2013, their personal relationship had cooled, apparently at Stepien’s choice, and they largely stopped speaking.
Kelly -- a vengeful woman scorned?
Our investigation found that Mayor Zimmer’s allegations are, in material respects, demonstrably false...the subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation...
Even crediting this notebook’s contents as genuine, however, they are only as accurate as the perceptions of the writer...what other witnesses say she then told them is not corroboration either because it is as unreliable as the perceptions she recounts...
Whatever subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation.
Zimmer -- an incompetent hysteric?
Rachel Maddow sure picked up on it:
...In the report, quote, "Evidence in Kelly`s personal life may have had some bearing on her subjective motivations. Her first known communication to David Wildstein about the lane closures occurred around the time her relationship with Bill Stepien had cooled. Apparently at Bill Stepien`s behest and Stepien and Kelly had largely stopped speaking...
"Given that Stepien`s personal relationship apparently cooled by Stepien and Kelly`s personal relationship apparently cooled by early August 2013" -- I mean, essentially they`re going throughout this report over and over again, did we mention that he dumped her?
...They have disproved (Zimmer's) allegations because they found a photo of her yawning...(A)s you can see here, the narrative here, figure five, "a person does not normally yawn when being threatened, coerced, or spoken to improperly."
Well, that is damning evidence...but it`s not all...Look at figure six. What is that? Mayor Zimmer of Hoboken, New Jersey, caught smiling...The hard evidence that she once yawned. Also that she once smiled.
You know how women are. Boy crazy. That`s why it happened. You know how it is.
But Rachel's a woman, of course, and a gay one at that -- her objectivity on slut shaming is compromised right out of the gate. Besides, you know how MSNBC is -- liberal crazy; GOP shaming. That's why it happened. Surely the rest of the media doesn't feel that way:
The Daily Beast: The Slut-Shaming of Bridget Anne Kelly
Raw Story: Slut-shaming Bridget Kelly: How she ranks among history’s greatest political sluts
New York Times: Irate Friends See Sexism in Report on Former Christie Aide
Huffington Post: Christie Report Finds A Culprit: A Scorned, 'Emotional' Woman
NYC.org: A Jilted Lover, a 'Crazy' Man and Diane Sawyer: What Christie Crisis Management Looks Like
Salon: Christie’s creepy misogyny: Behold his despicable “blame Bridget” strategy
New York Magazine: Chris Christie Bridgegate Report Slammed As Sexist
Media Matters: Will Megyn Kelly Ignore Sexist Attacks In Report Commissioned By Christie?
NorthJersey.com: Hoboken mayor portrayed as confused in report commissioned by Christie's office
Hmm. Well, surely a voyage through the Twitterverse will prove my point:
There are other ways to reach same conclusion without crafting a narrative that tries to shame Kelly + cast Zimmer as naive
it's telling that the only woman featured in Christie Bridge report gets trampled/slimed in print by Gov's hand-picked attorney.
If I were Bridget Anne Kelly, I'd stop protecting whoever I was protecting," says @morningmika "A woman should never be treated that way."
Christie's report all but says bridge closings happened because it was that time of the month
Fake traffic studies know no fury like a lover scorned
Wow, even Fox News says Christie's #BridgeGate report "slutshames" Bridget Kelly
Hmm. Well, maybe it's a good thing David Samson resigned today -- Christie certainly needed the media distraction!
Posted by rocktivity | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 03:57 PM (3 replies)
Posted by rocktivity | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 07:08 PM (0 replies)
and unofficial mascot:
P.S. Submitted without comment? I suppose you think you're too good to condescend to speak to the rest of us!!!
Posted by rocktivity | Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:36 AM (0 replies)
Yes, I remember it well: the city of Hoboken refused to allow a tattoo parlor to open, citing "sanitation issues." But the owners had gone to the health department beforehand and found out what standards they would be expected to meet. Armed with that information and the fact that doctors and dentists were being allowed to operate despite their potential "sanitation issues," they filed suit and got a permit.
But why was the tattoo parlor given such a hard time? It soon became apparent: the city had just begun to gentrify, and an establishment that attracted biker and rock star types would certainly not fit in with the decor of their yuppie hell-to-be. But this story has a happy ending: more than twenty-five years later, The parlor is STILL in business!
Posted by rocktivity | Wed Feb 12, 2014, 01:36 PM (0 replies)
For the record, I certainly understand WHY you'd be pissed about it. But you didn't seem to mind getting on the Olympic team ahead of someone though you'd fallen down yourself -- twice! YOU should have been the alternate, and I'm sorry to say that I think you skated like one: while I agree that your score should have been higher, I think the Japanese skater was better even with her fall.
I wouldn't have minded your getting all the media hype and endorsements if you hadn't been such a legend in your own mind. And I wish I could tell you "Better luck next Olympics." But thanks to your profane "ugly American" sore loser reaction, the judges will never give you good scores again.
Now you've made fools of those who inundated you with the hype and endorsements that Gracie Gold was better qualified for. And now you're on record as being unable to out-skate someone who fell down.
You got exactly what you deserved, Miss Tim Tebow On Skates.
Posted by rocktivity | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 12:42 PM (1 replies)
is that there isn't a white male involved.
Gracie is a living monument to her mother's preference to a black man over a white one -- and now that there's a little brother coming, it means she's had sex with him MORE than once -- and WILLINGLY!!!
This Swiffer commercial, on the other hand, has barely made a ripple because it's the lesser of two evils. A black woman desiring a white man, while not "ideal," is at the very least "logical!"
Posted by rocktivity | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 12:48 AM (2 replies)