Archive for June, 2014

Separation of Sport & State


Jeff Kagan: ACES Sports


What should the roll of our Government be in sports, both professional and amateur?  Should our politicians even have time to legislate Balls, Strike or First Downs?   Some would suggest that professional sports are given special considerations, are exempt from anti-trust laws, and they are given huge breaks in regard to taxes.  Therefore, they would argue, that because of these considerations the government has a right to “meddle” in the business of sports.   I am referring to the steroid scandal where professional athletes were asked to testify in Washington, under oath, or the current situation with the Washington Redskins name being considered offensive.  Or how about who should be named the national champion in a given sport or the city that the game is played in (yes, lot’s of money on the line).  Should our government play a part in this?  Don’t they have better things to focus on for the business of running our government?  Shouldn’t the market decide?  Economics should determine what is acceptable for business. If the customers are upset, they will show their displeasure with how they spend their money.  They will apply fiscal pressure in an attempt to force change.


Regarding the steroids scandal from a few years ago that led to the suspension of some major league baseball players, and disgraced and tarnished the reputation of others,steroids have been in sports since the 1970’s.  No, they are not good for humans if abused, but most steroids were manufactured for a medical use.   If a Professional Athlete wants to risk their body for the pleasure of his fans (oh yea, and for millions of dollars), then I say thank you.  If a given sport wants to outlaw steroids (or any drugs or medications), then that is their decision.  Yes, taking medication that is un-prescribed is illegal, but we have people who’s job it is to enforce that issue.  Let the DEA and local law enforcement do their job, they are very good at it.  How is this on the agenda of our Congress?  Did we really need congressional hearings on this?  I’m sure it was good for CSPAN’s ratings, but we have bigger issues in Washington than Steroids.


Regarding the name Redskins being considered offensive to Native Americans, you need to look at the history of the franchise.  The name was changed to Redskins in 1933 to honor its coach, Lone Star Dietz, who was Native American.  There are over 60 High Schools in America that use the name “Redskins” for their mascot, and an additional 435 High Schools use the name Indians (Not including Chief’s, Braves, or Warriors).  Some of those schools are predominantly Native American schools, and I would bet they have no intention of changing their mascot.  Does the President really need to get involved?


Is the name Redskins really offensive?  Is it being used in a negative or derogatory manner?  The answer is obviously no.  The sooner we stop letting words offend us, the better off we will be.  Not just the name Redskins, but I’m talking about all words that are viewed in a negative light.  Even words that some people can say and others can’t because they are of a different race, religion or sexual preference.  Words don’t have power unless we give it to them.  We need to evolve past that.  Words are just words, let’s take the power away from them already!


How do you feel about this subject?  Do you think it should be the responsibility of our elected officials to govern the sports we love, or should sports people deal with sports issues?  Should the economics dictate what is acceptable and what is not?   The public will either support those decisions financially, or show franchise owners they need to make adjustments in their policies.  I’m sure this will stimulate some people to add a comment.  I look forward to feedback on this.  This is certainly worthy of continued discussion.




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D.C. Divas continue their playoff run!

I had the pleasure watching from the Diva’s sidelines, a team firing on all cylinders against their first round playoff opponent the Columbus Comets. The confidence level of the coaches and players were so high, that there was no doubt on how this game was going to turn out. The final score; Divas 69 – Comets 8.


ACES Sports Channel, had a chance to chat with three Divas players that participated in this big victory; LB/DE #33 Donna Wilkinson, QB #2 Christina Tu, TE #86 Melissa Washington.


Interview – Donna Wilkinson


Q. Congrats to you and the Divas in a convincing win. Strong performance from both Offense and Defense against the Comets, why was that?

A. We came off a one point loss to Boston the previous game and had a very challenging two weeks of practice, fundraising and playoff preparation. The team came in with a sense of urgency and played aggressive all game. When the Divas come out strong and do what the coaches have prepared us to do, we are one of the most explosive teams in women’s football on both offensive and defense.

Q. What were the key turning points in the first half that allowed the Divas to dominate on both sides of the ball?
A. We turned it on from the beginning and that was the key. We kept the pressure on the entire game. Everyone was hungry.
Q. Did the team feel nervous during the days leading up to the big game? If so how did you guys deal with it?
A. We knew going into this game that we should be able to handle Columbus and that we just needed to be focused.  People were playing new positions and we wanted to out good looks on film as we prepare for playoff run.  Our big game is coming up next against Boston who has beaten us in the playoffs the past four years.
Q. When you I spoke you mentioned of a position change for you, change from linebacker to defensive end. How did it feel to line up in a three point stand vs. a standard linebacker two point stand?
A. I’m very comfortable in a three point stance. I played tight end for the past seven years and it was an easy transition to defensive end from linebacker this year. I payed defensive end for Team USA at the Women’s World Championships and I can help our team at that position.
Q. Did at times did you feel kind of lost at that position, or did it come with some ease?
A. Defensive end comes very natural to me. Most of football does.
Q. What are Divas chances in going all the way this year?
A. We are positioned to make a run all the way this year. If we execute and come out hard on every play, no one can beat us. I feel good about where we are at.
Q. What should your fans expect to see from this upcoming game at Boston?
A. We are going to play hard and fast against Boston.  We are going to leave it all on the field and give them our best effort. No hope. We take it all from them.
Interview – Christina Tu
Q. Great win for Divas, and big plays made on both sides of the ball. Can you tell me how did you prepare for the Comets?
A. We prepared for the Comets the same way we do for every team. We come off the ball hard during practice and give 100% every day at practice. We also studied film and prepared as a unit to make each other better.

Q. You played a lot this game, what did you learn from your performance?

A.There is always so much you can learn from every team that you play against. I am still new to the position, so I am starting to learn how to read defenses and gaps and when to check (if applicable).

Q. How would you describe the type of offense that the Divas run?

A. I would like to think run an aggressive offense. It starts with our O-Line coming off the ball to start up amazing things, RB/HB/FBs running hard and blocking, receivers running their routes and making athletic catches.

Q. Were you or your teammates nervous before the game?

A. Always nervous before a game. No game is ever a guarantee. Columbus always comes and plays hard.

Q. Why did the Divas beat the Comets in such a dominating fashion?

A. Offense and defense were all one the same page, working as one team. Our motto this year has been #ALLIN and #Nohope, and we try to carry that with every game/practice that we have. Picking each other up no matter what happens.

Q. Did you play sports in High School and College? If so which sports did you play?

A. I played track and lacrosse in high school. Club lacrosse in college and flag football.

Q. What will it take for the Divas to beat Boston?

A. Maintaining the same energy level from the Columbus game. Coming out strong from the first snap to the last touchdown.

Interview – Melissa Washington
Q. Congrats for a big team victory, how do you feel?
A. I feel great about this win. We played great as team on offense, defense, and special teams. It feels good when everyone contributes to a win.
Q. I see that the offense play calling is very flexible that it allows you to line up at times as a tightend and other times out wide, which do you prefer?
A. I honestly enjoy both. I love lining up at the wide and running routes, but I also enjoy knocking people on their butts when blocking and helping the running backs score.
Q. How does it feel, when you are lined up across from a 5’5 defensive back and you stand 6’5?
A. It feels like I’m taking candy from a baby. I know that when I run hard crisp routes there is no DB in the league that can stop me. I almost feel bad sometimes.
Q. Which passing route do you prefer more, a slant across the middle or a fade to the outside?
A. I prefer running a slant up the middle. I am not to speediest person on the team but I think the slant route allows me to use my size and strength.
Q. What sports did you play in High School and College? Which one prepared you to play football?
A. I have played basketball basically my entire life. I played in high school. at Wake Forest University, and then went on to play professionally for 6 years. While I do love playing football, basketball will forever be my first love.
Q. Can you tell me a little about you’re off season conditioning and diet vs. during the season?
A. In the off-season I take it a little easy for the first few weeks after the season is over. I allow myself to recover but soon after I’m back in the gym or on the track or running hills. I can’t sit still very long. During the season I try to workout a couple days a week along with our normal Diva practices, which is tough sometimes fighting through the soreness from the game the weekend before. I don’t have a specific diet that I stick to, I always try to eat healthy, balanced meals both during the regular season and the off-season. But I am a foodie so sometimes I splurge.
Q. Will you be ready for Boston, and how will your performance be different from the last time the two played?
A. I am ready for Boston. I learned a lot this season. I felt like it was my rookie season all over again because I had to transition from playing DE to TE. It is a lot to remember. I think the difference for me in this game is that I know what to expect. I know what they are bringing and I know that I haven’t showed Boston the best me. So I think the real question should be is Boston ready.
Thank you for chatting with me and allowing our readers and your fans a little insight in big game preparations. We wish the Divas continue success and a victory in next weeks game against Boston, we will be cheering you on.
Gil Moody-

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From The Sidelines


SUN, SUN not Always FUN!

By Janet Moody

Summer and the living is easy!  Yes!  I love summer, but along with all the fun in the sun, we also run a risk of the much summer time pesky down sided bothersome points.

Sun burn, sun poison, sun rashes………….. Oh my.  They don’t sound too sinister but can definitely put a sting to your day not to mention a risk to your life!   All of that sun exposure can result in a killer tan, but getting too much sun can be risky. UVA and UVB rays can cause the progressive skin damage that leads to cancer.

In fact, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. More than a million Americans are diagnosed with it each year and athletes run a big risk as they are often choose the outdoors for their exercise and practice times.

Here are a few facts to keep in mind when choosing the right product for your lifestyle.

Sun protection factor (SPF) is the key component of an effective sunscreen. This refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen will give you, or how much longer you can spend outdoors before you get sunburned compared to if you weren’t wearing sunscreen.

Here’s how SPF works:

Say you normally can stay outside in the sun for 20 minutes without burning. If you slather on an SPF 15 sunscreen, you can stay outside for 15 times longer — about five hours — before burning. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection the sunscreen provides. An SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, an SPF 30 blocks 97 percent, and an SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. The SPF of a sunscreen only relates to UVB rays — there currently is no rating system for UVA protection, but it’s in the works.

Even though you may still see sunscreens labeled “waterproof,” there really isn’t any such thing. No sunscreen can be entirely waterproof, because all of them will eventually wear off if you submerge your body in water for long enough. Water-resistant is the more accurate label. No matter how water- or sweat-resistant your sunscreen is, you’ll need to reapply it about every two hours and sooner if you’re sweating a lot

Sport sunscreens that get the Skin Cancer Foundation’s approval include:

  • Banana Boat UltraMist Sport Performance Continuous Spray Sunblock SPF 30
  • Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
  • Hawaiian Tropic Sport SPF 45
  • NO-AD Sport SPF 50 Active Sunblock Lotion
  • Ocean Potion Oil Free Sport Xtreme Sunblock SPF 30
  • Rite Aid SPF 30 Sport Continuous Spray
  • AVEENO Continuous Protection Sunblock SPF 55
  • Mederma Cream plus SPF 30

If you are dealing with sunburn, it can be miserable. The nonprescription medications in your medicine cabinet can help relieve the discomfort of sunburn, headache and fever. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are all good choices. If the pain is severe and your fever remains high, call your doctor. Remember, if you’re treating a child, use aspirin only with a doctor’s approval.

You also can apply an aloe vera gel or lotion several times a day to relieve pain and keep your skin moist. A spray-on product will be the easiest to apply. Avoid heavy creams that require rubbing the skin a lot, which can cause irritation and likely be hard to do because of the pain.

Next, head to your kitchen; wrap ice or a bag of frozen peas in a damp towel for some fast relief. Chilled cucumber or potato slices, or even plain yogurt, can also feel soothing. A cool bath made with about a half cup (125 mL) of oatmeal, cornstarch or baking soda will bring down your skin temperature and help relieve itchy, irritated skin. Repeat as needed, but don’t use soap, which will cause more irritation. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it. Adding about a cup of vinegar (250 mL) to a cool bath also helps reduce pain. Some people claim that putting a few tea bags into the bath also helps. Another option is to place the cold, wet tea bags directly on your sunburned skin. Be sure to moisturize after these treatments.

Hopefully you will get the most of summer and your outdoor work outs but should you get affected by the sun, now you know how to deal with it.



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