LPGA Rescinds English Requirement

By BJ

LPGA Backs Down From English Requirement

Facing anger from lawmakers, where even a California lawmaker said he would push for legislation to ban the policy if taken into effect, and even astonishment from the sponsors, whom they were trying to help in the first place, the LPGA Tour rescinded its stringent punishment of suspending players if they couldn’t speak English on Friday. They’ve decided to devise a new way of going about the process, and fining remains an option.

Good to see some people actually have the courage to take back their word if they know it to be wrong. That’s a tough thing for a lot of people, and I applaud the LPGA despite the fact that they really had their own foot up their ass with an unreasonable aspect to the game. Really, they had themselves in the doghouse with Jason Whitlock, FOX Sports writer, who recently wrote how Richard Collier’s shooting went underreported because he was black and how an NFL owner would rather choose a white person because he’s less likely to get into legal trouble. I don’t know how they still let him write.

LeBron Loses in H-O-R-S-E to Warehouse Worker

You read that right. If you haven’t heard by now, LeBron James was at an outdoor court in Venice Beach, CA earlier this week for a game of H-O-R-S-E against David Kalb, a warehouse worker who won an online contest for the right to face James. James lost both games, not even recording a letter in one of them and losing in about five minutes. $50 million a year, my ass.

Is it acceptable for NBA players to lose to nobodies in a basketball game despite the fact that people like Kalb spend their entire time perfecting trick shots? It’s kind of pathetic for one of the most athletic people in the world to get whooped like so, kind of like NBA players who shoot under 70% from the free-throw line. (Yes, I have an issue with that.) It sure isn’t the first time, as Steve Nash got it handed to him in H-O-R-S-E as well. The unathletic-looking and smaller Kalb sure has some hops though. Check out the vid here:

Culpepper Retires From the NFL

Daunte Culpepper, unable to find a starting job to begin the season, has quit at the tender age of 31. The ex-Vikings quarterback, who was offered backup jobs from the Packers and Steelers, declined to take a back seat to a team. He had this to say, “Since I was not given a fair chance to come in and compete for a job, I would rather move on and win in other arenas of life.” That’s kind of a pitiful thing to say, being that it was known Culpepper wasn’t the same since he blew out his knee. He’ll be kicking himself when Matt Flynn is on the field leading Green Bay because Aaron Rodgers got benched for poor play.

I wonder what other skills Culpepper has.

OKC Thunder the New NBA Team Name

The Seattle Supersonics have undergone an entire name change, as they have decided on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant and company will don the blue, orange-red and yellow beginning next season in what is going to be the most exciting thing to come from the team.

Nightmare for Dream

The Atlanta Dream is on pace to set the WNBA record for worst regular season record, where they are currently 3-28 (.098). Their best shot is this Mon. at home against the 14-16 Indiana Fever before finishing the season on the road against the L.A. Sparks (18-13) and Seattle Storm (20-10). (By the way, I have a crush on Sue Bird.)

The 1998 Washington Mystics hold the infamous record for the worst WNBA season at 3-27 (.100).

FOX Sports Calls Arenas’ Contract Worst This Offseason

Remember my list two monts ago of the worst NBA free agent signings this offseason? I can tell you it didn’t include Gilbert Arenas, who topped Fox Sports’ list as the worst contract this offseason. Check out their ludicrous list here.

It’s almost as crazy as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson saying he was delusional the day of his arrest because after reading the bible and that he was a son of God, that he was a god himself.

Where someone replied, “Why did you lose your last fight?” (Jackson lost to Forrest Griffin in July.)

Liddell’s Career on the Line Tonight Against Evans

Chuck Liddell, who has lost two of his last three fights, headlines another major fight tonight when he squares off against the undefeated Rashad Evans. Evans, who is the Ultimate Fighter 2 heavyweight winner, is 16-0-1 with his draw coming against Tito Ortiz. The Iceman has some points against him even before this match begins. At 38, he is ten years older than Evans, and a loss tonight could prove devastating for his career.

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6 responses to “LPGA Rescinds English Requirement

  1. I think that LPGA’s decision to rescind its somewhat dictatorial decision, about English, demands congratulation.

    At the same time it has brought the whole problem of the need for an international language ,other than English, into the arena.

    Bearing in mind the use of Esperanto, within the Beijing Olympics, I would seriously consider http://www.lernu net for consideration.

  2. I love the Oklahoma City Thunder logo

  3. Yeah, but what the hell is Thunder? Like Desmond Mason said, I assume it’s going to take some getting used to like the Utah Jazz or Orlando Magic.

    What the hell is Esperanto?

  4. Though the LPGA’s take-back “deserves” congratulations, it still puzzles me as to why the policy was introduced, and even more surprisingly, passed. I think it shows ignorance on their part. Golf is an international sport. And though English may be the universal language of the business and diplomatic world, the world of sports is different and should be more welcoming.

    Oklahoma City Thunder? I liked the idea of Oklahoma City Laters. Get it? To go along with the Oklahoma Sooners? Is this mic on?

  5. Esperanto (help·info) is by far the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language in the world.[2] Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto, the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, in 1887. The word esperanto means ‘one who hopes’ in the language itself. Zamenhof’s goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding.

    Esperanto has had continuous usage by a community estimated at between 100,000 and 2 million speakers for over a century. By most estimates, there are approximately one thousand native speakers.[3] However, no country has adopted the language officially. Today, Esperanto is employed in world travel, correspondence, cultural exchange, conventions, literature, language instruction, television,[4] and radio broadcasting.[5] Also, there is an Esperanto Wikipedia that contains over 100,000 articles as of June 2008.

    There is evidence that learning Esperanto may provide a good foundation for learning languages in general. Some state education systems offer basic instruction and elective courses in Esperanto. Esperanto is also the language of instruction in one university, the Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj in San Marino[6].

  6. Hahahahah, Chris.

    Travis, I read all about Esperanto, but none of that helps. I need to hear you speak it.

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