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Dear Parents, Thank you for enrolling your child in a recreational league. Rec sports are a great way to help kids have fun while staying healthy and active. The definition of recreation is activity done for enjoyment. The mission of our recreational league is for all of our players to find enjoyment in this sport, no matter their skill or ability level. While we believe that there’s a place for more competitive youth leagues, we want to be clear. We are not that place. Why? Let’s start with a few facts: More than one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Research from the Positive Coaching Alliance shows that 70% of children quit playing sports by the age of 13. Children list the pressure put on them to win as one of the top reasons they quit....
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Dear NFL, We’re sad to have to write this letter, but some things need to be said. Because our relationship is in serious jeopardy and, well, it’s not us. It’s you. You’ve spent a lot of time, and cash, courting us. And you’ve done a truly great job. We women have fallen for you, and hard. We’re now nearly half of your current fan base. Which is why we feel you deserve this criticism. You invited us to the party. You’ve indicated you think we are important. And yet, let’s consider how you’ve lately chosen to show it. Still! We’re not ready to give up on you. We want—so much—to be able to continue to spend so much of our free time—our Sundays and our Monday and Thursday nights—with you. But things have got to change. So we have some suggestions for how you might begin to...
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Dear Fabricio Coloccini, players and staff. I’ve never been backward in going forward when it comes to an opinion and I know that you might not always agree with my views as an ex-player. But the club and people you are representing are on their knees at the moment. I don’t know about you but when I used to pull on the black and white shirt and look at the badge I could feel the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, and my heart used to skip a beat. That was just pulling on the shirt by the way, imagine how I felt when I scored a goal at St James’ Park. Actually, it still gives me a tingle now thinking about it. Right now, I have never known the fans to be so low since probably 2009 when they were relegated at Villa Park. That can’t happen again; but you – the...
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Dear Budweiser How are you? We are fine. It's a little colder than we like it, perhaps, and this little soccer tournament we're hosting is messing up the traffic, but we can't really complain. Okay, enough small talk. Here's the deal: We'll give you a 20% discount on every major sports sponsorship in South Africa, right now, and if you negotiate hard enough we may even go to 30%. The only condition is that you have to maintain this awesome ban on all other forms of alcohol inside our stadiums - the one that is working so well at the World Cup venues right now. See, we watch a lot of sport here in South Africa. We also drink a lot of beer. Sometimes we drink a lot of beer while watching sport, then we get into our cars to drive home and die along the way. We also start bar fights...
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Dear Mr. Garber, Before I launch into my main purpose for this letter, allow me to offer my best wishes in your recovery from prostate cancer. While you may draw some criticism, as any commissioner in a professional sport often does, the truth is that you have done a tremendous job in growing MLS. We as fans benefit significantly from everything you do. With that having been said, I fear you have a growing problem in MLS this season. There is a shocking increase in decisions being made by referees that have a direct impact on the outcome of matches. It has become so noticeable, that many otherwise reasonable MLS fans who I personally know are beginning to turn away from the league in disgust. This is a bit of an ironic letter for me to write. In truth, ordinarily I find myself...
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Dear Tim Tebow, Let me be clear as it relates to my overwhelming support of the Human Being you are, and the passion with which you have played the game of football over the years, I am a Tim Tebow supporter! Most pertinent, I'm a fan of positive behaviors and character traits in young people. You're a refreshing person in a world where a number of kids feel overly entitled; they're disrespecting parents and authorities like never before; and even finishing high school has become optional. So, I get the attraction, and even the polarization over the years created by the bold displays of your beliefs. I was raised my entire life in a home with parents who introduced me to Jesus Christ and nurtured His virtues in me. You would think that most people would consider those as the...
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Dear Mr. Goodell: It's me .... Dave. After the scandal-plagued year that the league just suffered through, when everyone from Bob Costas to the folks in Vegas assumed you'd be fired, it would be better for all of us, if you just resign. No amount of spin, no number of media sycophants rushing to your defense, no series of public service announcements featuring NFL players saying “NO MORE,” can hide a very simple fact: 55 times since you became commissioner in 2006, a player in "your" league was arrested for domestic violence, and 55 times you did next to nothing. If not for a certain leaked videotape, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice would have been number 56. When you wipe away the lawyer-speak about whether you saw the tape or didn't see the tape or didn't not see the...
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Dear Football Fans, Today I’m writing to tell you that FIFA MANAGER 14 will be the last instalment of the football simulation series marketed by EA SPORTS. This is was a very tough decision, so I want to take the time to explain it.This probably comes as a big disappointment to many of you, and it is understandable that you would ask why. The football manager genre at this level of sophistication is highly specialised and primarily played in two countries (England and Germany), in which – on top of everything – one game has practically dominated the market in recent years. The niche market and general trend toward online and mobile games were also contributing factors. Moreover, FM had reached a crossroads at which a new engine and/or corresponding online technology would be the...
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Dear Mr. President-elect: Every 50 years or so since the rise of the U.S. as an industrial power, someone with your impending job title takes a hard look at the athletic activity of children. He finds neglect and opportunity. He takes action. He leaves the nation -- and, ultimately, the sports nation -- in a better place. Just over a century ago, it was Teddy Roosevelt. Ascending to the presidency at a time when America was about to make its play as leader of the free world, he didn't like what he saw happening with teenage boys. Roosevelt grew up an asthmatic, a sickly boy from polluted New York who made his body strong by embracing a life of vigorous exercise. He wrestled and lifted weights, and he boxed even after moving into the White House. He worried that the comforts...
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Dear Monty, I know this isn’t the best way to end things, and I know that you probably don’t want to break up at all. But this can’t be a surprise. When we got into this relationship 11 years ago you and I both knew it wasn’t going to last forever. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. Remember last summer when we were stranded on I-35 because your radiator cracked, the smoke rising and the fluids flying? It was the middle of the night, and while we waited on the side of the road for a tow truck to pick us up I had some time to think about our relationship. It was at that moment that I knew I wanted out. The last year has been very difficult on both of us. You’ve required thousands of dollars of repairs, guzzled gas at an alarming rate, and the quiet, peaceful demeanor...
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