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Olympic Distraction about Gabby Douglas

Posted on August 22, 2012. Filed under: Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What came first… Gold or Hair?

August 7, 2012

care of League of Women

After U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas made history by becoming the first African-American to win the all-around Olympic gold, the moment was both overwhelming and unbelievable. Douglas put on a show, from start to finish, beating Russia’s Victoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina (bronze) and fellow American Aly Raisman who finished with the same score as Mustafina, but missed the bronze due to a tie-breaker rule that adds the top three of four event scores.

Douglas became the fourth U.S. gymnast to capture the coveted all-around title, following Mary Lou Retton (1984), Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008). Douglas’ win came two days after the Americans won the team gold, further underscoring the program’s dominance. An American woman has now won the all-around title at the last three Olympics, marking the first time a women’s program has achieved this feat since the Soviets (1952-60).

care of US Magazine

But the topic shifted to a ton of e-chatter after the 16-year-old Olympian sported a gelled-down ponytail – much like the hair styles of her fellow gymnasts – black folks on social media outlets lit on fire demonstrating their keyboard muscles with comments from both men and women, complaining that her ‘do looked unkempt.

And it’s so disconcerting that she (Douglas) even had to respond to this hair nonsense, saying what we’ve all been saying: What is the big deal? According to USA Today, the teenage Olympian said, “I just simply gelled it back, put some clips in it and put it in a bun. Are you kidding me? I just made history. And you’re focusing on my hair?”

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2012 IL Best HS Football Team

Posted on August 22, 2012. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s our 2012 Illinois High School Number 1 football team?

August 20, 2012

The age old question is asked about Illinois High School Football and answered by our team….

This time of the year many people are curious about which high school football team is the best in Illinois. While we have seen many of the teams in our coverage area, I have not seen some of the other statewide contenders. However, like anyone, we can certainly offer an opinion on the teams we have seen, read about and are familiar with so far this year.

NOTE: This is based on our coverage area.

10. Thornton
Impact Player: Jalen Banks is actually one of the most experienced players in the state, having played varsity football since he arrived at Thornton as a freshman in 2009.
Biggest Issue for 2012: Battled test – but can they play together against steep competition?

9. Lemont
Impact Player: OT Ethan Pocic
Biggest Issue for 2012? Can the inexperienced offensive skills develop fast enough.

8. Crete
Impact Player: WR LaQuon Treadwell
Biggest Issue for 2012? Outside of the Southland, can they standup in the Class 6A playoffs?

7. Marist
Impact Player: TE Nic Weishar
Biggest Issue for 2012: Can anyone standup on defense?

6. Lincoln-Way East
Impact Player: QB Tommy Fuessel
Biggest Issue for 2012? Moving into 2012 season strong – leaving the 2011 season in the past.

5. St Rita
Impact Player (s): Offensive line
Biggest Issue for 2012?
Steady play at QB1.

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