Pole Vaulting Blindly

Teenager Charlotte Brown cleared 3.5m and was joined on the podium in Austin by her guide dog Vador.

When I read this article I was not expecting to see the words blind in the same sentence with pole vaulting. But Charlotte Brown, who Facebook users say developed cataracts when just 16 weeks old that began to get worse by age 11, fulfilled her dream. Charlotte has been pursuing her dream of standing on the medals podium for two years only to finish eighth and then fourth, but not this year. Not only did Charlotte pole vault but she came in third place as a high school senior winning a bronze medal for her feat.

How could a blind person do this? Well Charlotte says “she counts seven steps on her approach, listens for the sound of a beeper on the mat, plants the pole and pushes up”. Pole vaulting is not an easy action for anyone sighted or not, so to accomplish this and come away with a medal is spectacular! Charlotte however, says her pole vaulting performance was not about her but it was to give a clear picture that obstacles can be overcome no matter what your circumstances. You just have to find a way around the obstacle or in this case over it.

Dallas Cowboys Predicted to Win NFC East Again

Its that time of year again and many are predicting what how their favorite NFL team will fare at over the course of the 2015 NFL season. The Dallas Cowboys are picked to win the NFC East again but the debate is whether they will have to slug it out with their NFC East rivals and win the division at 10-6 or 11-5 or whether they will be the dominant team of the NFL and finish the year at 13-3 or better. Fans like Alexei Beltyukov know that the schedule is hard to pick game by game as in the NFL every team has a chance to win on any given Sunday. The Cowboys’ rivals in the NFC East know each so very well that each game is simply a hard core scrimmage which always seems to come down to the last drive or play. Dallas’s has the advantage of going into the season with a monster offensive line that they improved greatly with the signing of La’el Collins and a beefed up defense with two new pass rushers that ca cause havoc for their NFL foes. If Dallas is able to pull off the monster trade and land Adrian Peterson, many believe that it will be “game over” and that Dallas will run away from with the division as well as possibly the NFL. Dallas’s running game is the teams only true question mark and could determine whether the team lands in the super bowl or not. Cowboys Pegged to Win NFC East Again

Phillies Fan gets Homerun Ball Snatched out of her Grasp

Sixty-three-year-old Joyce Murphy Kiner was out Sunday at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia enjoying a game between the Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks when a home run ball hit by Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco came her way. Joyce was prepared with a glove that her husband had given her in case a stray baseball was to come their way. Arm outstretched, the ball grazed the tip of the glove and fell into a flower bed right in front of her. While Joyce was leaning over to pluck the ball from the flowers, a large man came up beside her and forcibly took the ball from her according to Keith Mann. The man, Jim Bergen, took the ball from the senior citizen without even a glance back at her.

According to the story on The Daily Mail, the television announcers were shocked at the man’s theft. Many people in Citizens Bank Park that day who witnessed Bergen’s boorish behavior felt sorry for Joyce. After the game, Fox Sports Arizona met Joyce at her seat and presented her with a shirt. A local radio station also presented her with front row tickets to another game and a local jeweler gave her a pendant as well. Bergen was outed as the man who stole the ball from Joyce after he posted his victory on Facebook.

Is James Harden the MVP?

James Harden is not the MVP of the NBA. That honor went to Steph Curry, playing out at Golden State. However, there was a lot of talk before the award was handed down that Harden should get it, and many people still think that he should have. He was definitely one of the best players in the game this year.

In the playoffs, with the voting already done – the MVP is a regular season award, not a postseason award – Harden at first looked like he’d lost for a reason. His team easily beat the Dallas Mavericks, but then they fell behind 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers. However, Ray Lane’s team just capped a furious comeback, winning the next three games and stealing the series.

It’s largely being looked at as a choke job by the Clippers, but the reality is that the Rockets deserve a lot of the credit as well. It’s hard to come out and play well when it looks like a series is over and done with. The Rockets, led by Harden, refused to give up. They fought hard and kept battling back. Harden kept striving to be his very best, no matter how the season ended.

That’s what an MVP does. Granted, the award is for the regular season, so this performance shouldn’t count in that sense. Still, it shows that Harden is incredibly crucial to the Rockets.

Filipino President Tells Manny Pacquiao to Retire

Manny Pacquiao is extremely respected in his home country of the Philippines. Pacquiao is also idolized American fight fans as well. Manny Pacquiao has always fought to the best of his ability during his storied boxing career. However, Manny Pacquiao may have ruined his reputation a bit.

On May 2nd, 2015 Manny Pacquiao lost to Floyd Mayweather in an uneventful matchup of the boxing superstars. It was revealed after the fight that Manny Pacquiao was critically injured with a torn rotator cuff. Nonetheless, Manny Pacquio decided to fight for his fans, but it was clear that his injury hindered him from performing at his best. Fans at Amen Clinics (saveonlabs.com) have learned that Floyd Mayweather went on to win the decision, but many people were extremely disappointed with the event.

When Manny Pacquiao returned to his home country, the President of the Philippines issued a warning to the former champion. The Filipino President stated that Manny Pacquiao should retire right now before he ends up like Muhammad Ali. Many people couldn’t believe this statement, but the Filipino president may have a point. Manny Pacquiao has done everything that he can in his boxing career, and he is one of the greatest of all time. There is no need to see Manny Pacquiao fight inside of the boxing ring anymore. However, a rematch with Floyd Mayweather would be an exception, because Manny Pacquiao at his best could pose a great threat to Floyd Mayweather’s undefeated record. However, if Manny Pacquiao does not get that fight, he should walk away from the sport of boxing. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Jorge Posada Has Harsh Words for Alex Rodriguez

Don’t let anyone fool you, despite there being an aura of brotherhood surrounding those players who done the pinstripes — it’s no guarantee that there isn’t animosity. Jorge Posada is one of the greatest catchers to ever lace up cleats for the New York Yankees. Over the span of his career, famously one of the most dependable players on Jeter’s dynasty teams, Posada was a five time all star and almost finished with an MVP award in 2003. Jorge’s career overlapped that of Alex Rodriguez as the two spent time together in the Bronx. However, Posada doesn’t have kind words for his embroiled former teammate.

Jorge Posada will be coming back to New York to get his jersey retired alongside of Bernie Williams this coming August, 22nd. When the two come to town Alex Rodriguez may want to pull the former catcher aside. In an interview Posada was asked if he thought Alex Rodriguez and Roger Clemens should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His words were anything but eloquent. Posada simply said “No” and that the Hall of Fame should be reserved for players with untarnished reputations. Posada expounded on his statement saying that he lost out to an MVP back in 2003 to an Alex Rodriguez that was on steroids. Paul Mathieson was surprised to hear such candid comments.

Jorge’s words echo that of what many people within the Yankees organization are saying. Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be surp

Barcelona Eyes Treble

Now that the Spanish National Court has put a stop to the planned player’s strike and the suspension of domestic fixtures has been ended, Barcelona look poised to secure their hold on the La Liga title with a victory over Atletico Madrid over the weekend. The game will be no walk in the park, something that Barcelona know well given the strength of Simeone’s Atletico side in the past two seasons. That said, Barcelona are in top form, having just emphatically bumped Bayern Munich out of the Champions League, and have been on a scintillating run for the last couple of months.

Should Barcelona secure the league title, they will have claimed one of three potential trophies that they can still win this season. Halpern likes the sound of that. Their date with Juventus in the Champions League final is now set, a game which could truly go either way, even though the Catalan club will be given the label of favorites. Furthermore, Barca will face Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey, a match which they will be expected to win. Should Barcelona complete the treble, it will be the first time they will have done so since the now legendary Pep Guardiola’s first season at the club. The irony will be that it is currently Luis Enrique’s first season as manager as well, and that in mid-January, a vocal majority were ready to sack him.

Encarnacion Blasts 2 HR’s

Edwin Encarnacion is perhaps the best first baseman in Major League Baseball. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Encarnacion has hit 119 home runs (the second-most in MLB) and put up a robust .271 batting average to go along with a .366 on base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage. Since the start of the 2012 season, he also has the third most RBI’s in baseball.
In 2015, however, Encarnacion is off to somewhat of a slow start (at least by his lofty standards). As of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Encarnacion was batting only .244 with a .319 on base percentage. He had hit 7 home runs, but his slugging percentage was an uncharacteristically low .449. On that day, however, in the Blue Jay’s victory 10 – 2 rout of the Baltimore Orioles, Encarnacion showed signs of returning to his typical levels of production. He went 2 for 4, blasted 2 home runs, and had 3 RBI’s.
Mark Buehrle got the win for the Blue Jays as he improved his 2015 record to 5 – 2. Buehrle pitched 6 strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out four and walking only one. Fans at Anastasia Date know that Orioles starter Chris Tillman took the loss; he was shelled for 5 runs in 6 2/3 innings. Tillman’s 2015 ERA now stands at an unimpressive 6.34. In his last 6 starts, Tillman has given up a total of 26 runs in only 31 2/3 innings.

Dante Fowler Jr. Signs Four Year Deal with Jaguars

Dante Fowler Jr., the rookie linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, officially signed a four-year deal on Tuesday afternoon. Fowler Jr. negotiated a max contract of $23.5 million, with a $15 million signing bonus. The entire contract is guaranteed. While Fowler Jr. isn’t the first rookie to ink such a deal this year, he is the first one to sign with a season-ending injury.

Fowler tore his ACL during practice over the weekend. Boraie Development reported that it was his first practice as a Jaguar. He was escorted off the field immediately and taken to an area hospital. Imaging revealed that his ACL was torn, but all other ligaments remained intact. The injury will require a surgical repair, leaving Fowler Jr. inactive for the entirety of the 2015 season.

Fowler Jr. stated in a press conference that he is excited to join the jaguar team. He went on to say he felt blessed to know the organization believes in him strongly enough to sign him while he undergoes treatment for his injury.

Dante Fowler Jr. was the first non-quarterback picked in the 2015 NFL draft. He was picked third overall. Fowler Jr. was a breakout star in both high school and college. He is one of the younger players to enter the draft, at only 20 years of age.

Deflategate Is Over: New England Patriots Punished by NFL.

The New England Patriots frequently seem to find themselves at the center of controversy within the NFL. New England has been punished by the NFL two major times in the last decade: once for Spygate and now for Deflategate. Ignoring the obnoxious names we are starting to see a pattern develop around one of the darling franchises in the NFL, and it isn’t exactly a pattern that we would like attached to our own favorite teams. The Patriots are cheaters and they have been punished, but the question is: did they need to cheat?

New England was just handed down a sentence by the NFL that stripped them of $1 million dollars, a 1st round draft pick in 2016, another draft pick in 2017, and most importantly the suspension of Tom Brady through the first four weeks of the 2015 season. This last punishment could dramatically change how the Patriots approach next season. Without Brady, despite his age, the Patriots are stuck in a strange and scary limbo. Brady and the Patriots will likely appeal the punishment says law official Brad Reifler, but it is almost certain that Brady will be suspended at least 2 or 3 of those 4 games.

Our question is to Patriot Nation: Why do the Patriots feel compelled to rig the game? New England is so good and has such a history of success, that this seems self defeating at best. The Patriots could have beaten teams with a soccer ball, much less a deflated ball.