The NFL plans to perform or play the black national anthem before games this season, ESPN reports. 'Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing,' traditionally referred to as the black national anthem, will be performed before 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' during the season opener on September 10, when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans. The NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering featuring names of victims who suffered police brutality on uniforms, helmets or patches on jerseys. The decision comes as the league hopes to demonstrate 'a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voices continue to be heard,' the source wrote in a text message 'This is key to educating fans, and becoming a prominent voice in the fight to end racism.' The NFL has recently displayed increased awareness about the issues of systemic racism, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitting the league was wrong in how it approached NFL player protesting police brutality and systemic racism over the past few years..
Woman left with 'serious injuries' after drag racer climbs the guardrail, splits in half and smashes into fans in North Carolina
A woman was was left with multiple injuries to her arm and hand after a drag racer climbed the guardrail, split in half, and smashes into spectators in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
The crash left Amber Garner, 22, with a crushed knuckle, an open wound, and her arm was broken in four places.
She was immediately taken to hospital where she is expected to undergo multiple surgeries.
As of Saturday, local media reported Garner would need at least two operations to repair damage caused by the crash.
Original Post from: by Mike Koehler on February 1st, 2010
Holding aloft the Lombardi Trophy is an iconic moment after every Super Bowl. This year, either the Colts or Saints will hold up the trophy, which has a storied history in the National Football League. The Lombardi Trophy is named for one of the league's greatest coaches.
Vince Lombardi: The Coach
The Lombardi Trophy is named for Vince Lombardi, who coached the Green Bay Packers from 1959 through the end of the 1967 season. Lombardi's hard-nosed style, combined with the early stars of the Packers like Bart Starr, established him as one of the best coaches in the early history of the league. Lombardi had a 105-35-6 record as an NFL head coach.
Vince Lombardi: Super Bowl History
A key reason the Super Bowl Trophy is named for Lombardi is because of the coach's success in the game. Lombardi was 9-1 in postseason play with the Packers, and his teams won the first two Super Bowls over the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs in 1967 and the Oakland Raiders in 1968. Lombardi's teams had already won NFL titles in 1965, 1966 and 1967.
History of the Lombardi Trophy
The pro football championship trophy was debuted in 1967, but it wasn't named after the coach until 1971, following his death in September 1970. The trophy was originally called the "Titletown Trophy" and was given to the Packers after the first contest between the AFL and NFL champions.
About the Lombardi Trophy
The sterling-silver trophy is topped with a full-scale football and is made by Tiffany and Co. Each trophy weighs seven pounds and takes four months to create. Each trophy is valued at $12,500.
Continued Interest in Vince Lombardi
Despite being dead for nearly 50 years, Vince Lombardi is still the subject of intense interest. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and his son runs a popular website about the coach and speaks about him across the country. Lombardi was recently the subject of a popular book by David Maraniss, titled "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi."
Wanted to prove to Black Americans that the Vaccine was safe. IT IS NOT!
Atalanta Braves legend Henry Louis 'Hank' Aaron breathed his last on Friday, January 22, 2021. Regarded as one of the finest baseball players of all-time, Aaron had eclipsed Babe Ruth as baseball’s home run king, hitting 755 homers and holding the most celebrated record in sports for more than 30 years. He died at the age of 86.
Hank Aaron cause of death: How did Hank Aaron die?
In a Hank Aaron death official statement, Atlanta Braves revealed that their legend had passed away in his sleep. No details on Hank Aaron health or his cause of death were disclosed. A little over two weeks before his death, the Hall of Famer had got vaccinated against COVID-19 in Georgia hoping to send a message to Black Americans that the shots are safe.
Aaron, at the time, had told Associated Press that he had no qualms in getting vaccinated and was proud of himself for doing so. Many have alleged that his death could be triggered by the vaccine dosage, but there have been no confirmed reports of the same. Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. called his friendship with Aaron "one of the greatest honors of my life" while paying his respects to the Braves legend.
Hank Aaron death: MLB legend's career at a glance
Hank Aaron played the majority of his MLB career for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, etching his name in the record books in what was a stellar career. In a time when racism was at the forefront of baseball, Aaron made a name for himself, after being inspired by Jackie Robinson as a young kid. Aaron's incredible power-hitting achievement came in the face of hate and death threats when he eclipsed Babe Ruth's home run record, from people who did not want a Black man to claim such an important record. Aaron ended with 755 home runs before retiring in 1976.
The commander of the Marinha Grande Volunteer Firefighters, Vítor Graça, told Mundo Deportive the car 'collapsed about 500/600 meters from the beginning of the first section, when it hit a pine tree'.
In recent weeks, it seems as if NASCAR has been bitten by the "wokeness" bug. First, it banned the Confederate flag from all of its events. Then, one of its drivers, Bubba Wallace, debuted a car emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter."
Fortunately, it looks like the wave of political correctness sweeping through NASCAR hasn't swept up every driver: Kyle Weatherman sported a car designed to show appreciation for the men and women in blue as he raced in Homestead, Florida, on June 13.
According to Newsmax, "His car was decked out with a 'Blue Lives Matter' flag across the hood and #BacktheBlue along the rear panels and back bumper."
This surely was a welcome sign to America's police officers, who have found themselves under siege in recent weeks.
Police have been public enemy No. 1 on the far left since the death of the unarmed African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last month. Movements to "defund the police" have sprung up in America's cities, including New York City.
The END of his career!
NASCAR star Kyle Larson (left) used a racial slur on a live stream during a virtual race Sunday, uttering the N-word to other drivers when he appeared to think he was having communication issues. During a check of his microphone, Larson can be heard asking, 'You can't hear me?' That was followed by the N-word. The 27-year-old Larson was speaking with other drivers on an open line that was being broadcast on Twitch (right), which live streams video game competitions among other things. 'Hey Kyle, you're talking to everyone, bud,' fellow NASCAR driver Anthony Alfredo said. Another voice could be heard saying 'no way did that just happen,' while others chimed in with 'yikes' and 'oh my gosh.' 'Oh damn,' said another voice. 'He did not just say that.' The Twitch display shows viewers which driver is speaking at any given time. And although Larson appeared to think he was having communication issues, the audience could hear him clearly and see his name on the screen when he uttered the racial slur. Larson's epithet was heard on IndyCar driver Conor Daly's live stream and subsequently went viral afterwards. NASCAR has pivoted to iRacing during the coronavirus outbreak, although Larson used the slur during a Sunday night race against drivers from other circuits, such as Indy Car. The event was not part of NASCAR's official series. Larson is half Japanese - his grandparents spent time in an interment camp in California - and he climbed from short track racing into NASCAR through its 'Drive for Diversity' program. He is the only driver of Japanese descent to win a major NASCAR race. Larson, in his seventh full season in NASCAR, is in the final year of his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing. He was at the top of the list of a crowded free agent field when the circuit was suspended four races into the season as sports stopped during the coronavirus crisis.
Baseball has been ruined by everything from steroids and statistics to its growing similarity with the Democratic Party, according to Hall of Fame relief pitcher Rich 'Goose' Gossage, who says he no longer even watches the game.
'It's a bunch of bulls***,' the 68-year-old Gossage told the Tampa Bay Times. 'It's like the Democrats are running baseball.'
Gossage did not offer any specific reasons for why he feels Major League Baseball resembles a Democrat-run organization.
The fiery former Yankees star who pioneered the closer role is known for being outspoken, and even lost a position with the franchise in 2018 after criticizing New York general manager Brian Cashman's reliance on statistics. MORE
NASCAR driver Ryan Newman has revealed he suffered a head injury in the fiery crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 a week ago.
In a statement read out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday's race, by Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark, he said that the doctors have so far been pleased with how he is recovering.
'I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones. I did sustain a head injury for which I'm currently being treated,' Newman wrote in his statement.
There is no timetable for Newman's return to racing, but Roush Fenway Racing said the 42-year-old Indiana native is determined to get back to the track.
'He has expressed unequivocally that this is where he wants to be and he wants to be back in a race car,' said Newmark, adding that once he returns, Newman wants to be the one to address his health personally.
Driver Ryan Newman is hospitalized in serious condition after SURVIVING horrifying 195mph Daytona 500 crash---UPDATED!!!
President Trump is 'praying' for Ryan Newman, who is in a serious condition in hospital following a fiery crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday night.
Newman, who was leading the famous race in his No. 6 Ford Mustang, was zooming around the speedway at 195 miles per hour when the smash happened.
'Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCAR driver,' the Commander-in-chief tweeted out, just two days after his own highly-publicized visit to the raceway.
The incident occurred when Newman's car was nudged up against a wall and flipped over just meters from the finish line. As Newman's Mustang fell back onto the raceway, it was struck by a trailing car which prompted it to flip into the air again.
Thousands of stunned spectators watched on in disbelief as the vehicle eventually landed on its roof after catching fire and rolling for several meters.
Medics and Daytona officials ran out onto the speedway to cut Newman from the smoking wreck.
Several hours later, NASCAR released a statement, saying: 'Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time.'
Moment NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is cut from 200mph crash wreckage as Corey LaJoie describes crashing into him in final lap of Daytona 500, leaving Newman in 'serious condition'
NEW LaJoie (top right) hit Newman's car on Monday night during the final lap of the Daytona 500. Newman remains in the hospital in a serious condition but he is expected to make a full recovery. He was leading the famous race in his No. 6 Ford Mustang when he first hit the wall at 195 miles per hour. It sent his car spinning backwards and LaJoie, who was driving behind him, then crashed into the driver's side of Newman's vehicle. Newman's Mustang flipped multiple times and began spitting out flames. He was pulled from the wreckage (left) in front of nervous crowds afterwards and was immediately rushed to the hospital. President Trump tweeted on Monday night that he was 'praying' for the 42-year-old driver. On Tuesday morning during an interview with Good Morning America, LaJoie said he it was 'very scary' what had happened.'He's obviously in a serious condition because that's probably the most vulnerable spot in our race cars that was a really scary wreck.
TURNS OUT the smell of the results just got worse. OBVIOUS FIX!
Combs, dubbed 'the fastest woman on four wheels', broke the 398mph record in 2013 and joined the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team as driver that same year.
In a run last fall, Combs was able to reach a speed of just over 483 miles per hour, according to an update on her website.
BURNS, Ore. -- Television personality and professional driver Jessi Combs died Tuesday in Oregon trying to break a land speed record in a jet car, according to local authorities. She was 39.
The Harney County Sheriff's Office said it was called to a scene of a fatal crash in the Alvord Desert about 90 miles south of Burns, Oregon, around 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Combs, of Long Beach, California, was identified as the sole fatality connected to the accident.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. According to Combs' family, the fatal crash occurred in a dry lake bed in the North American Eagle jet car. Jet cars are race cars propelled by jet engines.
Combs was widely known in the niche sport of jet-car racing and was attempting to break the Women's Land Speed Record of 512 mph set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil when she died. Combs wrote on Instagram on Sunday: "People say I'm crazy. I say thank you."
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NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr breaks his silence after escaping fiery plane crash saying his wife, daughter and dog Gus are 'truly blessed' to have survived as he thanks emergency services
NEW Dale Earnhardt Jr released a statement on Monday, four days after his private plane went up in flames and careened off the runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee. The racer, his wife Amy and their one-year-old daughter Ilsa were hospitalized with minor injuries. Earnhardt said the family would not be speculating about the cause of the crash, which is now under investigation.
They run half-marathons the same week as the Daytona 500, they take on 100-mile uphill bike races, they find time to golf during race weekends and they go for jogs hours before racing. And many pit crew members played football, among other sports, in college before joining NASCAR.
But whether or not NASCAR drivers are athletes based solely on their day jobs (versus their extracurricular activities) is always a popular topic, especially among those who aren't racing fans. It's just sitting in a car and driving, right?
Not exactly. And drivers regularly remind people why they're athletes, what kind of shape they need to be in to race and the toll a single race can take on their bodies. MORE
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander thinks the MLB has changed the baseballs to generate more scoring.
He told ESPN that he “100 percent” thinks the league has juiced the balls, and points to the fact they’ve done it in the home run derby as proof the MLB knows how to do it. As pointed out by ESPN and Verlander, the MLB currently owns the company producing the balls for the league. (RELATED: Women Get Into Insane Brawl During Chicago Cubs Game In Viral Video)
INDIANAPOLIS – IndyCar has tapped into a new industry for sponsorships.
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on Thursday announced its partnership with DEFY – a CBD-based sports performance drink co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Davis – at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The product’s name is displayed on James Hinchliffe’s No. 5 and Marcus Ericsson’s No. 7 Hondas.
Country House has won the 2019 Kentucky Derby after first-place finisher Maximum Security was sensationally disqualified in a stewards' call.
Maximum Security had crossed the line first, but was taken down due to an incident on the final turn when he veered out of line and impeded War of Will and Long Range Toddy.
J.D. Gibbs, who followed his famous father’s path from football to stock-car racing, died Friday evening. He was 49.
Gibbs’ passing was announced by Joe Gibbs Racing, the family’s racing team, citing “complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.” Gibbs had undergone treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function in recent years.
Gibbs served as president and later co-chairman of Joe Gibbs Racing. Before joining the organization’s senior management, Gibbs was an over-the-wall crewmember and a part-time driver, making 13 NASCAR national series starts from 1998-2002.
J.D. was appointed president of the company in 1998, and he was named co-chairman in 2016. Before stepping into a management role, he was an over-the-wall crew member and a part-time driver. He made 13 NASCAR national series starts between 1998 and 2002.
He attended Oakton High school in Vienna, Virginia, and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He played high school and college football.
Joe Gibbs coached the Washington team from 1981 to 1992, returning again as coach in 2004 for four more seasons. He coached the team to three Super Bowl championships.
Gibbs is survived by wife Melissa, and four boys. According to a report by Zack Albert of NASCAR.com, Gibbs had been suffering from a neurological ailment since around 2014, which had affected his speech and processing functions. In a 2015 report by Bob Pockrass of ESPN, doctors had stated that Gibbs' condition was related to "head injuries likely suffered earlier in life". However, no specific injury was pinpointed.
PHOTOS: J.D. Gibbs through the years
The Washington Redskins issued a statement from owner Dan Snyder calling J.D. a “champion in life and sports.”
Denny Hamlin, tweeted: “His car. His number. His signature above my door. I will always be grateful for what His family did for mine and the opportunity he gave me 14 years ago.”
From seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson: “My heart goes out to the Gibbs family about JD’s passing this morning. He was always so kind and gracious to everyone.”
With only five more weeks of regular season play, the NFL is still the object of scorn on social media as fans wonder why stadiums from coast to coast have loads of empty seats.
By Bob Barney
Three-time NASCAR Champion David Pearson, who won 105 races in the series, which rank him second in NASCAR Cup Series competition behind only seven-time series champion Richard Petty’s 200, has died. He was 83 years old. Pearson, known as “The Silver Fox,” and is one of the best drivers to compete in NASCAR.
David Pearson’s 105 NASCAR victories and his rivalry in the 1960s and ’70s with Richard Petty helped set the stage for NASCAR’s rise into a mainstream sport with national appeal. When he retired, he had three championships – and millions of fans.
Richard Petty called him the greatest driver he ever raced against, and said in a 1970's interview that he had so much respect for Pearson that if he were following him and David turned right into the wall, he would follow him. Petty also said that the famous crash that they had during the Daytona 500 (which Pearson won) was probably one of the only time the two touched each other in 20 years of racing. Both men were clean racers, that didn't push and ram their way into victory lane. “I want to thank Richard Petty, too,” Pearson said when he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. “He’s probably the one that made me win as many as I did. I run hard because he’d make me run hard. Sometimes he would make a mistake and I’d pass him. Of course, I didn’t ever make mistakes … I’ve had more fun running with him than anybody I ever run with ’cause I knew if I ever went to a race track and he was there, if I could beat him, I’d win the race.”
Petty, in a statement Monday evening, called Pearson his “toughest competitor......I have always been asked who my toughest competitor in my career was. The answer has always been David Pearson,” said Petty. “David and I raced together throughout our careers and battled each other for wins- most of the time finishing first or second to each other.
“It wasn’t a rivalry, but more mutual respect. David is a Hall of Fame driver who made me better. He pushed me just as much as I pushed him on the track. We both became better for it. We have always been close to the Pearson family because they were in the racing business, just like us. We stayed close, and I enjoyed visits to see David when going through South Carolina. We will miss those trips. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pearson family and friends.”
In a personal note, Pearson was one of my childhood favorites, and I often believed that if he had raced as often as Petty, he too would have had 200 victories or more. Pearson rarely drove all the races back in the 60's, when NASCAR raced many times at small unprofitable tracks.
The native of Spartanburg, S.C., was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993 and the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.
A former NASCAR great is on trial this week after being accused of installing hidden cameras throughout his North Carolina home and not telling his then-wife and her mother about the devices.
Greg Biffle, 50, is being sued for 'no less than $100,000' by his estranged wife Nicole, 42, who claims she spent the final two years of her marriage being surveilled by Biffle and his friend Ricky Matthew Reavis without her knowledge.
It was not just her either, as Nicole's mother Sara Lunders was also filmed on these hidden cameras, having moved in with the couple in 2011 after the birth of their daughter.
An out of control driver had to be rescued by his father after getting trapped in his burning car while racing around the track. Mike Jones spiralled out of control and was sent crashing into the walls after he collided into another motorist, before his car went up in flames.
He managed to drag his son through the window after he had spent around 25 seconds trapped in the blaze.
Despite his son being saved from danger, the heroic father returned to try to help track safety staff put out the inferno!