The Gladiator Signs My Check
by Alex Carnevale
Dan Steinberg talked about athletes giving to political campaigns on his bog:
Obamamania is alive and well in pro sports. Obama has cleaned up among NBA stars, cashing the maximum $2,300 from Grant Hill, Stephon Marbury, Josh Childress and Abe Pollin, plus $2,000 from Rockets guard Mike James and $1,000 from Hawks forward Marvin Williams. He also did well among NFL players, getting max contributions from Eagles cornerback Will James and Cowboys safety Roy Williams and smaller donations from Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones, former Steelers linebacker Rian Wallace and former Broncos fullback Kyle Johnson.
Childress went to Stanford, so it’s kind of him to lower himself to the level of a Columbia grad
Hillary has largely been building her base on the backs of upper class Dems with bling:
The other big sporting beneficiary among the Dems has been Hillary Clinton, who seemed especially popular among league and team execs. She received a max contribution from David Stern and Eagles team president Joe Banner, and smaller contributions from WNBA President Donna Orender, Syracuse AD Daryl Gross and executives with the NBA, Major League Baseball and the NFL Players Association. Plus smaller sums from Alonzo Mourning and Jazz center Jarron Collins. Go figure.
If you look at ownership contributions, Rudy Giuliani shoots up the list. He excelled among the NASCAR crowd, getting max donations from NASCAR Chairman Brian France, President Mike Helton, spokesman Jim Hunter, two-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and driver Casey Mears, plus a trunkload of others.
Rudy also received big bucks from several Yankees execs, including the Boss; from Angels owner Arte Moreno, Nets exec Kiki Van De Weghe, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger and former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez.
Would you accept money from this man?
Mitt Romney’s flagging campaign also picked up some support:
Mitt Romney got the full $2,300 from Eagles Coach Andy Reid, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Bret Hedican, Buffalo Bills defensive end Ryan Denney, Ravens tight end Todd Heap and golf commentator Johnny Miller, plus smaller amounts from former outfield Dale Murphy, Detroit Lions guard Edwin Mulitalo and tennis’s Jim Courier.
say it ain’t so Jim
I have waited so long to associate Jim Courier with the Nazi Party. This was my chance.
Just for the record, and because I got called a Chowderhead by some dude in the comments of the last post, I am not a Republican, although I did have the following conversation with a friend last night.
Me: Bill Clinton is disgusting, he put a cigar into a woman’s vagina!
Her: But like, compare him to Reagan.
Me: Are you seriously or are you just baiting me?
Some of us were Republicans in the Reagan Years. I wasn’t, because I wasn’t yet of voting age. In fact when Reagan was in office I was a mere toddler. But then we changed. A political evolution…happened.
“Oh Happy Day (intro)” – Spiritualized (mp3)
C. Vivian Stringer is like, “Chris Dodd is the man to lead this country!”
Like many, I was sucked into the political vortex that was Bill Clinton, the ultimate used-car salesman fuckup who is now slandering a black man running for president. Let me tell you, Bill, pissing bp off is not in your best interests. Pissing me off is not in your best interest, either.
“What did you think about the Obama thing calling Hillary the senator from Punjab? Did you like that? Or what about the Obama handout that was covered up, the press never reported on, implying that I was a crook. Scouring me—scathing criticism over my financial reports. Ken Starr spent $70 million to find out that I wouldn’t take a nickel to see the cow jump over the moon.” “So you can take a shot at Mark Penn if you want. It wasn’t his best day. He was hurt. He felt badly we didn’t do better in Iowa,” Mr. Clinton explained during the forum. “But the idea that one of these campaigns is positive and the other is negative when I know the reverse is true and I have seen it and I have been blistered by it for months is a little tough to take. Just because of the sanitizing coverage that’s in the media doesn’t mean the facts aren’t out there.”
Yes, Bill, the media is FOR Obama. Wow. (Obviously he hasn’t been reading the Times coverage.) Bill always was more of a New York Post kinda guy.
Bill’s always been a sharp political operator. And to a certain extent I’m sympathetic towards him; after all, his wife is a scary robot who screwed up health care. Not to mention she has no reproductive organs (does she even look like Chelsea?) so she cannot be a woman as Molly alleges. The sad subtext of Hillary’s campaign is that all the Dems just want Bill again, and have to take her, too. So really the first woman president would be a bit of misnomer. Sorry, ladies.
While speaking passionately about why his wife is the best choice for voters, Mr. Clinton sounded glum and downbeat her chances in New Hampshire. “It was really an unfortunate development for her that New Hampshire moved its election to five days after Iowa,” he said. “There’s just only so much you can do against a tidal wave.”
Way to nail that one, Bill.
“Show U How” – T-Pain feat. Teddy Pain and Teddy Penderazoun (mp3)
John Edwards, successfully smeared about his pathetic campaign tactics by Mount Sinai doc Joel Zinberg, has one very special fan.
John Edwards got $1,000 from Martina Navratilova. Christopher Dodd got $2,300 from Bud Selig and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer. Bill Richardson got $1,000 from New Mexico football coach Rocky Long. Joe Biden got $2,000 from Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. Tommy Thompson got $2,300 from Saints running back Aaron Stecker. Ron Paul got $2,300 from Saints safety Steve Gleason. Fred Thompson got $2,300 from Peyton Manning. Sam Brownback got $250 from Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster. John McCain got $2,300 from Ted Leonsis and $2,300 from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
They went on to reveal who Pats owner Bob Kraft gave to, and that curiousest me. I didn’t know he’s a Republican, and I didn’t know a Jew would vote for a Mormon. I mean, I love Mormons, kinda, I would definitely elect one president if he were a great guy.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft helped out McCain and Romney. ESPN President George W. Bodenheimer gave to McCain and Dodd.
And then there was this dramatic reveal at the end.
Fred Thompson: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning – $2,300
Alex Carnevale is the editor of This Recording.
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