Right now, this billboard sits in Chicago via Command Transportation and I’m sure that if it were an actual wager, almost everyone in Canada and the US would be watching the Olympic hockey game tomorrow morning.
The real wagers on the game from President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper is simply a case of beer, which is fair. But if they could make this wager instead, I’m sure there would be many a happy people on either side of the border…depending on who won, of course.
Wishful thinking, I suppose.
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This Olympics marks the last Olympics that US skier Bode Miller will be competing in the Winter Olympics. He managed to grab the bronze medal in the Super-G event and it was an incredibly emotional moment for Miller, whose brother, Chelone Miller, died from a seizure in April.
NBC interviewer Christin Cooper gave the post-race interview and pushed Miller on how emotional he felt, focusing on his brother’s death instead of his performance in the race. Media has called Cooper’s questioning lacking in sensitivity and disgusting, though Miller defended Cooper in a tweet.
Here’s the transcript of the interview via Business Insider:
NBC: For a guy who says that medals don’t really matter, that they aren’t the thing, you’ve amassed quite a collection. What does this one mean to you in terms of all the others.
Miller: This was a little different. You know with my brother passing away, I really wanted to come back here and race the way he sensed it. This one is different.
NBC: Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here, what’s going through your mind?
Miller: [pause] Um, I mean, a lot. Obviously just a long struggle coming in here. And … it’s just a tough year.
NBC: I know you wanted to be here with Chilly, really experiencing these games. How much does this mean to you to come up with this great performance for him? And was it for him?
Miller: I mean, I don’t know if it’s really for him but I wanted to come here and … I don’t know, I guess make myself proud, but…
NBC: When you’re looking up in the sky at the start, we see you there and it just looks like you’re talking to somebody. What’s going on there?
Miller: [breaks down crying]
Perhaps NBC interviewers need to take some sort of sensitivity training course. Either way, congrats to Miller on the final win.
Michael Sam, pictured above, recently announced that he was gay. Image via BleacherReport
Michael Sam, a defensive end for the Missouri Tigers and a draft pick, recently announced that he was gay. Although most of his teammates openly accepted Sam’s sexual orientation, others, including his father, have not. In a recent interview with CBS Sports, Sam’s father mentioned that he doesn’t want his grandkids raised in “that kind of environment.”
If Sam makes it into the NFL, he will be the first openly gay professional football player, a world dominated by machismo and undertones of homophobia. Newscaster Dale Hansen took to reporting his support for Michael Sam and his disdain for the lack of acceptance in the league. The best part of the speech is an an honest and beautiful reminder for anyone who may struggle learning to be accepting of those around us:
I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he’s gay, I don’t understand his world, but I do understand he’s part of mine.