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Chinese Gymnasts – How Young Were They? August 21, 2008

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Chinese Gymnasts won the “women’s” team all around Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. They were led by He Kexin, who also took a Gold Medal in the individual uneven bars. Even as they were competing, there was rampant speculation that He and several of her teammates were “under aged”. The official age minimum set by the International Olympic Committee at the time of the Beijing Olympics was 16.

On August 21, 2008, the New York Times and several other news sources reported that the I.O.C. was launching an official investigation to determine if the Chinese Gymnasts were in fact under aged.

BEIJING — The International Olympic Committee asked the world governing body for gymnastics to investigate whether members of the Chinese women’s team were too young to compete in the Olympics.

The I.O.C. instructed the international gymnastics federation, known as the F.I.G., to take up the issue with the Chinese gymnastics federation and the Chinese Olympic Committee and report back to the I.O.C. later Friday.

The F.I.G. has asked the Chinese for official documents, including birth certificates, of its entire women’s gymnastics team, according to I.O.C. officials. At the start of the Beijing Games, I.O.C. officials said that they had reviewed documentation provided by the Chinese team, and that they were satisfied that the gymnasts met age requirements.
Read more: NY Times

Bela Karolyi, the former coach of Olympic champions Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci, has said repeatedly he believes the Chinese are cheating. Reached at his Texas ranch Friday, he said he hopes the FIG investigates with objectivity.
“My personal opinion is they want to close it without spectacular results,” Karolyi said. “I’m afraid about that. They’re going to end the issue by saying they will investigate. Nothing much will result. But who knows? I can hope.”
Read more: USA Today

Karoli added:
These people think we are stupid…We are in the business of gymnastics. We know what a kid of 14 or 15 or 16 looks like. What kind of slap in the face is this? They are 12, 14 years old and they get lined up and the government backs them and the federation runs away. There is an age limit and it can’t be controlled.

On October 1, 2008, the I.O.C. cleared the Chinese Gymnasts

Ben Johnson Gold Medal Stripped

Five Chinese gymnasts suspected of being underage at the Beijing Olympics have been cleared by the International Gymnastic Federation (FIG).
He Kexin – one of the five – won the women’s uneven bars, pushing Britain’s Beth Tweddle into fourth place.
Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to compete.
In a statement, FIG said it regarded the case as “concluded” but insisted it is still looking at the ages of Chinese gymnasts at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Read more: BBC

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However, in 2010 a member of the the 2000 Chinese Gymnastics team was determined to be under aged and was stripped of her Bronze Medal.

Many people remember the gold-medal winning Chinese gymnastic team from 2008. Not all of the competitors looked like they were 16, which is the minimum age to participate in the Olympics. In 2000, there was at least one underage gymnast: Dong Fangxiao. Her true age wasn’t discovered until 2008, when she applied to be an official in the Beijing Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has just ruled that Dong Fangxiao was underage, and has taken away the Chinese bronze medal. This ruling changes the official Olympic record; at the same time, it also shows that the Chinese gymnasts from 2008 could eventually lose their medals, if they are proven to be underage at a later date. There is a lot of data supporting that they were underage as well; if they are proven underage, history could repeat itself.
Read more: Yahoo Voices

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Mike Tyson Rape (Alleged) July 19, 1991

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The Mike Tyson Rape story began, early in the morning of July 19, 1991, when Desiree Washington, a contestant in the Miss Black America Pageant, accused Tyson of having non-consensual sex with her.

After meeting Washington the day before in Indianapolis, during a rehearsal for the pageant, Tyson called Washington from his limousine at 1:30 AM, and invited her to meet him in the lobby of the hotel where she was staying.

1. The subject said:

“…we can go around Indianapolis and everything…”

The subject should be asked to clarify what she means by “…and everything…”

2. The subject said:

“I wasn’t really thinking anything bad.”

a. The word “really” reduces commitment.

b. The subject should be asked to clarify what she means by “bad”.
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Tyson won the heavyweight championship in 1986, at the age of 20. He was considered by many to be the most feared boxer of all time, until he was knocked out by 42-1 underdog, Buster Douglas, in 1990.

Tyson attended the Miss Black America pageant in Indianapolis to lend his celebrity to the event. At a photo opportunity with the contestants, Tyson flirted with the women by grabbing and hugging them. Later, several women would testify that Tyson had made disgusting propositions to them. Still, the boxer impressed Desiree Washington, a college student from Rhode Island.
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Joe Paterno Named Penn State Head Coach – February 19, 1966

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Penn State’s Joe Paterno, whose legacy is both legendary and tragic, was named as the head coach of the school’s football team on February 19, 1966. The 39-year-old Paterno succeeded Rip Engle who had hired him as an assistant in 1950, Engle’s first year coaching at Penn State. Prior to moving to Penn State, Engle coached at Brown University. Paterno was his quarterback there.

Growing up in Brooklyn, Paterno played football, basketball and baseball for Brooklyn Prep, and led “Prep” to its first football win against cross-borough rival, Brooklyn Poly, in 1943.

After Engle retired, nobody was surprised when Paterno won the head coaching job. During their 16 seasons together, Penn State never had a losing season. Paterno became particularly well known for developing quarterbacks. NFL stars Milt Plum and Richie Lucas were among Paterno’s proteges at Penn State, prior to his being named head coach.

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Isiah Explains “If He Was Black” Comment – June 4, 1987

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Actually, Dennis Rodman started the whole thing by saying that “Larry Bird was overrated because he was white. Then Isiah Thomas jumped on Rodman’s behalf with his famous line “Bird would be just another good guy” if he were black.”

In this video with Bird and Thomas, Isiah more or less walks it back, and says he was just joking.

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John Stockton Sets NBA Assist Record – January 21, 1995

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John Stockton Sets NBA Assist Record, January 21, 1995

His 9,992nd assist tops Magic Johnson. Stockton will dish off 5,814 more times, bringing his NBA assist record up to 15,806.

How many of John Stockton’s 15,806 assists were delivered to the Mailman, Karl Malone? Nobody seems to know the exact number.

We do know that Stockton’s assist record of 15,806, is 3,912 more than the second most prolific passer in NBA history, Jason Kidd. We also know that Karl Malone’s 36,928 points are the second highest in that category. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 38,387.) If you really feel like it, go ahead and take away the 415 assists that Stockton had during the 1984-1985 season, the year before Malone came into the league. You can also back out the 554 points Malone had when he played for the Lakers during the 2003-2004 season, the year after Stockton retired.

That leaves Stockton with 15,391 assists during the same 18 seasons that Malone was scoring 36.374 points. There are probably score-books filed away somewhere in Utah where somebody with the time and motivation could reconstruct the 1.400+ games that Malone and Stockton played together, and then we could all know for sure just how many of Stockton’s assists were delivered to Malone.

Or maybe a statistician with the skills and resources of a Nate Silver could devise a less tedious method of giving us the answer, with a margin of error of no more than 1%.

This much we do know. In the history of the NBA, there is no other combination of passer and scorer that even comes close to Malone and Stockton. The second most prolific pass-scorer pair was probably Magic Johsnon and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but their numbers pale in comparison to Malone and Stockton. Magic and Kareem only played 10 seasons together. During those 10 seasons Jabbar scored 16,246 points and Johnson landed 8.025 assists.

Westbrook and Durant are the top pass-score combo among active players.

Among active players, Oklahoma City’s Russel Westbrook throws a lot of passes that Kevin Durants drops for field goals. They’ve been together since the 2008-2009 season. During that time Durant has scored 9.500+ points while Westbrook has passed for 2,450 assists. This season Westbrook is averaging 8.3 assists a game and Durant is averaging 29.3 points a game. Stockton had a career average of 10.3 assists per game. Malone only averaged 25 points per game. So if Durant and Westbrook stay together for another 13-15 seasons, and if they stay injury free, and if they can keep their current level of productivity for another decade and a half, then they just might have a chance of catching Stockton and Malone.

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Greatest Game Ever Played Colts vs Giants December 28, 1958

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You might like The Ice Bowl better, or maybe you prefer The Epic in Miami, or perhaps your favorite NFL game was The Immaculate Reception. That’s fine, you’re entitled to your opinion. However, Sports Illustrated, The Football Hall of Fame, NFL Films, ESPN, and Bleacher Report; all agree that the game which has now been branded The Greatest Game Ever Played, was the NFL championship played on December 28, 1958.

..a roll call of NFL royalty. Johnny Unitas. Raymond Berry. Alan “The Horse” Ameche. Sam Huff. Frank Gifford. More than a dozen Pro Football Hall of Famers in all. Steve Myhra? He’s not in Canton, but his kicking shoe is. Myhra was a second-year pro from the University of North Dakota on the 1958 Colts, a two-way reserve at guard and linebacker. And, in an era before kicking specialists, he was also the kicker for PATs and short-range field goals.
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Professional football was on the rise in the 1950s and reached a crescendo during the latter part of the decade. Much of the popularity can be traced to a single game – the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants. The game played at Yankee Stadium in New York attracted a national television audience and became known in football lore as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” More importantly, the game captured the collective attention of the nation and as a result, pro football exploded across the country in the following years. By the mid-1960s, professional football became the nation’s favorite sport to watch and has remained on top ever since. From Pro Football Hall of Fame, read more

Never has there been a game like this one. When there are so many high points, it is not easy to pick the highest. But for the 60,000 and more fans who packed Yankee Stadium last Sunday for the third week in a row, the moment they will never forget—the moment with which they will eternally bore their grandchildren—came when, with less than 10 seconds to play and the clock remorselessly moving, the Baltimore Colts kicked a field goal which put the professional football championship in a 17-17 tie and necessitated a historic sudden-death overtime period. From Sports Illustrated Vault, read more

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