As a Boston Celtics fan, the non-Clippers LA basketball team is the last hoops organization I want to see win a championship. But last night, at the hope-springs-eternal-start of this new season, I was reminded that there is one tiny, itty-bitty silver lining amidst the immense darkness that is the Staples Center: Ron Artest is one of the players who received a ring for said championship. A ring he is selling via raffle, to donate the proceeds to charity.
“I’m never going to put it on,” Artest remarked of his first and only championship ring.
After the horrific ending of Game 7 last year, Artest surprised fans by thanking his therapist. Then he visited a local middle school with the co-chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, Rep. Grace Napolitano, “to call for passage of federal legislation and encourage students to reach out to a health-care worker is they need.”
Tonight, on Larry King, he’s auctioning off his ring “as a fundraiser to put more psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists in schools.”
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“If you won’t save our richest 1 percent, who will?” – Bill Maher
Great question, from Bill Maher’s mock-commercial/PSA to repeal the estate tax, and grant tomorrow’s wealthy elite their full inheritance today.
It appears that John Henry’s New England Sports Ventures, the ownership group of one of America’s most beloved baseball teams, the Boston Red Sox, is about to purchase one of England’s and Europe’s most beloved football (soccer to us on this side of the pond) teams, Liverpool FC. One can only hope, for the sake of both the fanatical fans of Liverpool and for Mr. Henry and his ownership team, that the intrepid American businessman and franchise owner has done his homework. Because the recent owners of Liverpool FC, also American, including (former Texas Rangers owner) Tom Hicks, have succeeded in nothing but attracting the rapturously righteous hatred of Liverpool fans worldwide.
It has gotten so bad that Mike Jefferies, Liverpool native, die-hard club supporter, and Hollywood writer and director (you can thank him for the Goal! trilogy), has just released this “Dear Mr. Hicks,” open-letter-style video, from fans to the for-the-moment-still-stubborn-team owner. Jefferies is hoping the video will go viral. To help him out, you can view the video below. Continue reading