The U.S. District Court Judge, Carl Barbier, has been appointed to a trial regarding BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He has moved its start date from Jan. 14th to Feb. 25th in an effort to decrease distraction from Mardi Gras and the Superbowl. The trial’s main purpose is to uncover why the tragedy happened and to determine who is at fault. New Orleans, which has taken the brunt of the BP spill’s effects, has been invested in restoring the average citizen’s quality of life since 2005′s Hurricane Katrina. Though BP is expected to pay close to $8 billion in resolving the claims filed in this case, it is not hard to imagine that the tone of the trial itself could bring down the community. Read more
The NFL is the Titanic of sports. It’s big, fast, powerful, and at the moment it’s sinking fast. After watching last nights match up between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, I think it is safe to say that Roger Goodell has done a poor job “protecting the shield”. I was originally a supporter of Goodell’s reluctance to give in to the NFL referees demands. In reality, being an NFL referee is the best part-time job anyone can have. So give me a break refs, you guys need to appreciate the fact that you have the highest per-game salary in American sports. That being said, Goodell has truly tarnished one of the most powerful and influential brands in the world in the course of 3 short weeks. The debate is over and the verdict is in, the replacement referees are taking away from the integrity of the game. As Steve Young put it last night after the game, ”everybody senses it, that this is impacting the competitive landscape of the NFL and it brings it down”. Trent Dilfer, an ESPN analyst, took it one step further by claiming that “the NFL has insulted our intelligence by trying to tell us that this isn’t a big deal.”
It can be assumed that one who takes part in violent activity is at risk of permanent injury. In many cases, however, the reward is well worth the occupational health risks. This is a justification that can be seen as far back as Roman Gladiators, who won riches and celebrations across the Empire for their successes despite facing certain death for their failures. The same holds true today, where aside from stunt drivers or Chris Brown’s girlfriend, a professional football player might be the most dangerous gig in the entertainment industry. The shelf life of an NFL player, especially those at positions prone to poundings (such as running back), is only a few years. Players who have spent their lives honing their craft are given a very small timeframe to cash in on their talent and to position themselves financially for the future. Even if a player remains healthy, fatigue and athletic decline can be seen by the age of 30. Just ask the guy who drafts Chad Ochocinco in your fantasy league this year.