Sport

Dear Mr Mbalula, A belated congratulations on your appointment. As a sports-mad South African, I hope the transformation of sport and the creation of an “Active and Winning Nation” truly is your goal. But please note, by transformation, I don’t mean haranguing rugby and cricket about quotas or the number of black players in the squads – which appears to have been the sole “transformation strategy” of your predecessors. By true, grassroots transformation, I don’t mean focusing at the senior national level, but concentrating resources, time and money at school, club and community level. By committing resources to developing structures, leagues and competitions that identify, nurture and develop talent among our young, we will provide every boy or girl with an opportunity to...
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Dear USA Cycling, I read with some concern and distress in Velonews today that my beloved mountain bike racing categories — Beginner, Sport, Expert, Semi-Pro, and Pro (I had to check on the naming of the last two since they’re not exactly in my list of personally-relevant labels at this time) — are being replaced with new category names: Cat 3, 2, 1, and Pro. I would like to strongly urge you to reconsider this decision. I have many compelling reasons why. I Really like the name “Sport.” I have been a “Sport” category racer ever since my third mountain bike race. And it’s all I can ever aspire to. And I like being a Sport. It sounds…sporty. Like, you know, I’m no longer a beginner, but I’m also not particularly expert. I’m here to race for the sport of it. I’m scared of what...
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Dear Mr. Sutcliffe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Sport) I am a devoted AFC Bournemouth fan of over 20 years and have followed the clubs plight very closely over the past few seasons. I know you are aware of who we are as you have been on ministerial duty looking at a new community initiative at our club not so long ago. As fans of the club, we all realise that it has had it's fair share of off-field challenges over the years and for this, have been punished accordingly via our 10 point deduction 2007/2008 season, which resulted in relegation in to League.2, and more recently 2008/2009 season we were issued with a 17 point penalty which had it not been for our superb management team in the 2nd half of the season, would have almost certainly cost us our league status. We...
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Dear Unborn Grandson, If you are reading this now, two things must have happened. Apparently, a) I have lived like I died, drunkenly paddling a canoe in the buff down the Chicago River, and b) President Malia Ann Obama has outlawed the sport of football in our once-proud United States of America. Luckily for you, I predicted that such travesties would happen — mostly because canuding through the poisonous sludge that is the Chicago River while belligerently intoxicated can have adverse effects on your health — but also because the sport of football was pretty damn dangerous. What follows is all the important knowledge you will ever need to know in order to preserve the memory and history of the sport of football and ensure that you never ever fall prey to the allure of its...
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To Mr. Roger Goodell, Sir, I am writing to you today, in this open letter, to remind you that you have but a single job: to maintain the integrity of the National Football League and the game of football in general. See, I feel the need to write this letter, because you have taken actions in the recent, and not so recent, past that both set a precedent for infractions of league rules and laws of all levels of jurisdiction, and that leave many of us scratching our heads as to whether the concept of justice has ever managed to take hold within the confines of your brain. We've seen you lay down the law -- whether or not there was a law broken. We've also watched you cave under public pressure, whether you want to admit it or not. When the New Orleans Saints' coaching staff were...
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Dear Michigan football, What’s better than a second chance? Free food, maybe. Well, that’s what Michigan football has — a second chance to win me over. Being a sports fanatic, going to Michigan was a dream come true. In fact, I think most people who attend the University from the East or West Coast are looking for that “camp-like, rah-rah” experience immersed in sports. But, no one told us during Welcome Week in 2008 we’d see one of the worst four-year stretches in Michigan football history. No one told us we’d go through two head coaches from two completely different coaching backgrounds. No one told us the basketball team would overtake football as the stronger and more popular program. And, if they did tell us any of this, we got drunk and forgot. Did we still wake up...
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I don't usually speak publicly too often, but today I feel the responsibility to talk to all of you for several reasons in which you are involved, every bit as much as we are as players, staff, directors and every person that works for the Club. Firstly, on behalf of the squad we would like to apologise for the moment we are going through. Needless to say this is not anything intentional. Neither players nor staff would like to be in the position that we are in at the moment. This is something that has happened for many reasons and right now there is no time to look back and correct those mistakes. The time we have left to turn around this situation is short but after the end of the season we will try to learn from the mistakes we made so that we don't have to go through this again...
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Hi Roy, It's Danny here. I have for months listened to an endless series of excuses and false allegations that you and your camp have made in the media and on the internet as to the reasons why I beat you in our fight last December. It is now time that I had my say and let the public know the truth about you and what went on in the fight. December 2, 2009, is a night in my life that cannot ever be tarnished. It is a night that featured one of the greatest sporting upsets in my great country's proud history - one for the battler and the underdog. I was a 5/1 outsider to lose to you Roy, so much so that you had begun counting your money from the upcoming Bernard Hopkins rematch you so arrogantly flaunted while on your seemingly "done-deal" trip Down Under to collect a payday...
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Dear Ben Bradshaw I am writing to welcome you to your new post as Secretary of State for Culture, Media...
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Dear Sir/Madam, The print issue of “7 Days Sports,” dating January 18th 2012, published the following front page story: “News from CSKA: An Italian, a Swede and two Negroes.” The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee received tens of citizen complaints regarding the title of this article. Тhis title is absurd and racist. The use of the slur “Negro” is unacceptable for any media and runs in direct opposition to all ethical principles, as well as the Law Against Discrimination. Encouraging intolerance and inciting racism among your readers is a scandalous and illicit practice. Every media ought to adhere to the strictest ethical rules when representing information. Needless to say, each individual must follow the law. The use of the racial slur “Negro” instead of following the logical...
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