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We need to talk about this.
This is the greatest soccer player in the world, Leo Messi.
Now before I let my thirstiness dictate this post, I'll have you know he's very good at soccer/futbol/football.
Like greatest ever, probably.
I've even compiled his greatest goals ever here.
Messi has always been good, but when he first took the soccer world by storm, he was rocking a serious mullet.
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Whatever, we beat the Poms in Eurovision.
Australians all over the world went to sleep / woke up to the news that, well, we're really just not that great at cricket atm.
Here's Australia's massive effort put together in one seven second Vine.
And so, in true Australian form, all we could do was embrace it and try not to cry.
Get ready to burst into tears of frustration as the clock ticks down and you realise you’ve left out a *really* obvious team.
There are 47 teams to have EVER been in the Premier League (including the forthcoming 2015/16 season), you have five minutes to name all of them. Good luck...
Ning Zetao is a champion in the pool — and in our hearts.
This is China's Ning Zetao. He just won the men's 100m freestyle final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Thursday.
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"This evening is the night I will never forget," Ning said through a translator. "It is a dream of Asia, of China, to get gold medals in sprint distances, so I will have more confidence to prepare for the Rio Olympic Games."
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Ning touched in at 47.84 second for his first World Championship gold medal, which is the best world record of the year.
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But let's cut to the chase. The 6' 3", 179 lb, 22-year-old from central China's Henan Province immediately caught everybody's attention back home, by topping China's two major social media sites: Sina Weibo and Tencent WeChat with millions of clicks.
Pedro Martinez, 2015
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During the Brooklyn Nets’ first ever game at the Barclays Center in 2012, Getty Images photographer Elsa Garrison was getting elbowed out of her precious courtside space by a TV network cameraman. Small in stature but large in determination, Garrison held her own.
“If you weren’t a girl, I would deck you,” the camerman said later.
“Go ahead,” Garrison replied. “I’ll swing right back.”
In the photo wells, on the sidelines, in arenas around the nation, Garrison is often the only woman behind a camera. In the early years of her career, she sharpened her elbows against the more aggressive, taller men also seeking the perfect spot during an event. After 19 years in the industry, Garrison has only recently noticed more women shooting from the sidelines — but says the demands of the industry still pose a unique challenge for women in the field.
Pedro Martinez, 1997
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Allsport Photography hired Garrison just out of college in 1996. She was told she was the first female staff photographer.
“I was like, ‘OK. Thanks, I guess?’ I didn’t know what to say to that,” Garrison said before shooting a Red Sox–Yankees game in the Bronx earlier this week. "I wasn’t thinking about that. I just wanted to shoot sports."
Wednesday’s rivalry game was the first she’d attended since late May. In the time since, she’s shot the MLB All-Star Game, Baseball Hall of Fame induction, the Women’s World Cup, the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals — among other assignments.
If you’ve read a sports-related article in the last two decades, you’ve likely seen her work. A frame of Tom Brady that Garrison shot during Super Bowl XLIX, for example, has “become the the default image” for Deflategate coverage, jokes Sarah Sprague, who works for sports gossip website Yardbarker. “Elsa's picture of a scowl became the shorthand for the entire NFL offseason.”
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When Garrison began shooting sports at her Minnesota high school, hockey was her preferred subject. Later, at the Missouri School of Journalism, Garrison shot the college’s athletics teams and noticed that during games, “most of the other women on the floor were training staff or cheerleaders. In the Midwest, it was just me and some dudes.”
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When she landed in Los Angeles to begin her professional career, Garrison needed to find a sport to cover. That’s when she discovered boxing. Sitting ringside, she says, brings the primal nature of the sport to life, she said. “Don’t wear anything nice though,” she warned about the fluids that fly during a match — including blood, sweat, and Vaseline.
When a boxer first leaves the corner, Garrison gets ready for her own money shot. “That’s when they’re all covered in water, and when the first punch comes, you get the water shooting everywhere for one of those spray photos,” she explained.
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In those early years, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ photo well was next to the visiting team’s dugout. Players would often lean over and ask what her plans were after the game. Nothing with you, she’d think.
Her fellow photographers, too, would test the limits of her tolerance. “They’d say something lewd, and I’d either ignore them or give it right back. They learned there’s nothing I could be shocked by.”
Those experiences shaped her approach to her personal presentation — “It’s not like I was wearing a dress and heels, but I had an idea of what it meant to dress as a professional” — and she now prefers a gray shirt and ponytail while shooting events. Mostly, though, “I’ve built a career on making myself invisible.”
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Garrison said she has only recently noted more women photographers focusing on sports, and the change is more noticeable in cities like New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. At Getty, there are still only a handful of women on staff who shoot sports.
There are more women in editing positions, Garrison says, but the demands of the industry create a conflict when a woman decides to have a child. Garrison says that none of the women who have left the job while pregnant have returned full time. “I don’t dislike kids, but it wouldn’t be fair to the baby" — if she had one — "or my husband,” Garrison said. “This summer I essentially left at the end of May and came back early in July. My male co-workers often ask that of their wives, but with the demands of the job, there are a lot of divorces in our industry. A lot.”
Garrison compared the time away on assignment to the long seasons endured by her subjects and their families. In Cooperstown, New York, earlier this month, Garrison noted that many of the inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame made sure to thank their wives for their patience and support during their careers.
From a row in front of the stage on a scorching August afternoon, Garrison shot photos of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio — athletes she notes were in the middles of their careers when she was beginning hers. She endured as they did. “When I started, I was the same age as the players,” she said. “Now I’m old enough to be their mom.”
Junior Seau was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night in recognition of his illustrious 20-year NFL career.
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Seau -- who played for the Chargers, the Dolphins, and the Patriots during his sporting tenure -- committed suicide in 2012, with subsequent brain studies determining he had been suffering from brain damage likely sustained during his playing career.
Before his death, Seau told his daughter Sydney that should he ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame she should speak on his behalf. But, the Hall said its policy of not allowing relatives of deceased players to give full speeches barred Sydney from speaking.
Instead, a tribute video was shown on Saturday night and Sydney and her brothers helped to unveil a bronze bust of their father.
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She also was interviewed on stage, while the crowd observed a moment of silence, according to ESPN.
However, the New York Times offered Sydney the chance to deliver her speech in full, recording her as she sat in her hotel room in Canton, Ohio.
Here's the speech Sydney Seau wanted to give:
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And the transcript:
"First off, I would like to thank the generous people of Canton, Ohio, for opening up their homes for this event, the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee for voting my father into the Hall, and of course the other seven deserving inductees.
Before I start thanking communities, teams, family and friends that I do know and many others that I have yet to have the pleasure of getting to know, I would like to say that this is not my speech to give. This speech was meant for a man that worked 20 years within the sport he loved most in this world.
I cannot speak for him because I am not him. I have not played in the N.F.L. for one second, let alone 20 years; I do not have past seasons to reminisce about or hilarious locker room stories to joke about. But I do have one thing, and that is unconditional love.
Your Junior Seau, your No. 55 and your buddy, was also my father. And although I didn’t know every aspect of his life, I did know one particular part very well. His athleticism and talent made him extraordinary enough to make it into the Hall, but it is his passion and heart that make him truly legendary and deserving of this tremendous honor. Tonight I would like to honor him and his legendary heart.
The two words that exemplify my dad the most are “passion” and “love.” Everything he achieved, accomplished or set his mind to was done with both qualities. In every situation — whether it be practice, a game, a family barbecue, an impromptu ukulele song or just a run on the Oceanside Strand — he always gave you all of himself because to him, there was never any other option.
I would like to think that his selflessness and ability to love unconditionally were instilled in him by his family. Nana, Papa, all my aunts, uncles, cousins, mother and brothers who share the Seau name, I know that he would say that this honor is also yours. You all were the motivation he needed to become a success. He wanted nothing more than to make you all proud, and I hope you know that without you he wouldn’t have been the man, the player or the father he was, and for that, I also thank you.
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"Being the first Polynesian and Samoan to make it into the Hall of Fame is such an accomplishment. He is proof that even a young boy from Oceanside can make his dreams a reality. All his success is a direct reflection of the Oceanside community and family that raised him and molded him into the man he became. Although he is the first Polynesian to make it into the Hall, I know he will not be the last.
San Diego, you are and always will be home. You have embraced my father with open arms and allowed him to carry on his athletic career, but more importantly the Junior Seau Foundation. In my mind, one of his greatest achievements was being able to give back to the community and home that gave him everything.
Looking back, it’s unbelievable because my father was an Oceanside Pirate, a U.S.C. Trojan, a Miami Dolphin, a New England Patriot, a San Diego Charger, and now he is, and forever will be, a Pro Football Hall of Famer. I think it’s safe to say that he has most definitely made it.
Even though he would never admit to retiring, I think this is the perfect final graduation. I say final graduation because in 2006, instead of retirement, my dad decided to graduate from being a Charger after 13 years. Today is the day he graduates from the game itself.
I think the point is, he could never fully retire from this game because that would indicate that he was quitting and you can’t quit something that is a part of who you are. Instead he graduates, and this is the diploma he has always dreamed of.
What keeps coming to mind when I think of him is the fact that he was basically superhuman. On the field he was relentless, hard-hitting, passionate and unstoppable. Off the field he was caring, gentle, hilarious and generous. On top of that he played within the league for 20 years, and that in itself is pretty exceptional.
But I think what we tend to forget about our favorite invincible, unstoppable, indestructible superhumans is the minor detail that they are also human. That is something that we all must endure today without his physical presence. We cannot celebrate his life and achievement without feeling the constant piece that’s missing."
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"May 2, 2012, we all endured a loss. Thousands lost their all-time favorite linebacker, hundreds lost their favorite Charger, tens lost their buddy, and four lost their father. The reason why this honor is so hard to accept is because we had always envisioned him still being here to accept it.
But something that we all cannot deny is that we are all still here. We can keep working today, we can keep building our tomorrows, and we can keep praying for the rest. This superhumanlike man truly blessed us with one of the most precious gifts he could have given. He gave us his time. With that time, I know he made one hell of an imprint on my life, and from the amount of emotion and love in this room, I think we all could say the same.
Something that is hard for me to admit to myself and to you all is the fact that I miss his singing. I miss his huge mangled hands strumming on his uke, playing the only five chords he knew, to the hundreds of songs he would attempt to sing off-key. I miss him calling me Beau, my girlie middle name, and I miss him hugging me too long and too tightly, almost to the point where I couldn’t breathe.
Yes, I witnessed his career and accomplishments as a pro athlete, but what I remember most is the way he made me feel. I can honestly say that he made me feel like I was the most important person in the world. The reason why I think he wanted me to present him is because I didn’t know his athletic career but I did know his heart, and I’m blessed to say that I felt his love for 18 beautiful years, and I still feel it to this day.
Dad, you gave us your time, your presence, your love, but most of all you gave us your heart. For that we honor you with this induction and this final graduation. I know at times it seemed as if everything you accomplished in life wasn’t enough, but today and every day since you held me in your arms for the first time, you weren’t just enough; you were more than enough. In fact, you were everything.
There’s nothing I want more than to see you walk up on stage, give me a hug and tell me that you love me one last time, but that isn’t our reality. You would always say you loved me, and even after I would respond and say I loved you, too, you would look me in the eyes and say, “I love you; do you hear me?”
Well, after this speech, I hope you can hear us when we say that we love you, and I hope that this induction can exemplify the fact that you were more than just Junior Seau — you were a light, and you’re still mine. This is your speech, your moment and your honor, and to say that I’m the most proud daughter on Earth would be an understatement. Congratulations, Dad; you made it."
It’s possibly the most Arsenal thing that’s ever happened.
The guy in the white t-shirt is a Manchester United fan who is winding up Arsenal fans about "history".
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And the guy wearing the Arsenal shirt with "Adams" printed on the back shouts him down for saying Arsenal cling on to their history.
He is literally wearing a piece of club history.
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A Scientific Analysis.
You may have noticed there was a dog at the Emirates today, in fact, it was hard not to notice it.
During Arsenal's 2-0 loss to West Ham, a cartoon dog was "running" around the side of pitch as part of an advertising campaign.
This gif shows the agonising moment that the camera cuts away from the dog barely SECONDS before it looked like it was about to hit the ball.
But we can use still images of the incident to predict the eventual outcome, and answer the important question of whether the dog hit the ball.
This still is taken shortly after Aaron Ramsey made his misplaced pass in the direction of Nacho Monreal.
In fact, it is 0.48 seconds after the ball left Ramsey's foot.
Assuming the position of the ball is around three metres away from Ramsey, you can assume that the ball is traveling at a speed of around six metres per second.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois got sent off, and Chelsea only managed a draw. Former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech probably looks a bit like this.
Chelsea only managed a 2-2 draw with Swansea this weekend, after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois got sent off. We imagine former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has this facial expression right now.
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And definitely this one.
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Maybe this one.
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Football is back, but that also means Michael Owen is back – something not welcomed by some people on Twitter.
We'll kick off with this beauty: "To score a goal, for me, you need two headers"
Michael started his BT Sport commentary of Manchester United vs Tottenham in style, with a quote for the ages. One we'll pass down to our grandchildren, and one they'll pass down to our grandchildren's grandchildren.
Other than it literally being not true, it's pretty accurate.
The reason it works so well, as a quote, is the "for me", subtly inserted into the middle of the sentence as if to say: "You can have your opinions on how goals are scored, you can think what you want... but, for me, you can't score a goal without the ball being headed twice."
"Ashley Young should have been pulling that one back, there was no-one in the six yard box"
Obviously you can see Toby Alderweireld in the six-yard box there, but... nope, never mind.
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"A lot of your work is done with your feet these days"
What. A. Quote.
It's not clear if he was talking about goalkeepers or outfield players, but either way, it's perfect.
It's more likely he was talking about goalkeepers, in which case, they do actually use their feet more than they used to, so Michael is 100% correct in his analysis.
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When a fresh-faced, blonde-tipped youngster made his debut in India and just straight-up smashed a century.
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But then he came home to Australia and hit another century. Because that's just what you do.
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So of course, the powers that be named him our best player in his debut season.
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But then things went a bit wrong, and eventually Clarke was dropped from the Test side for the first and only time in his career.
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Grab your balls and get ready to get wet!
This, because when people say they wake up early, you roll your eyes, because THIS is your alarm clock:
This chart, which depicts the very real struggle of practice way too accurately:
This, because we need to talk about how water polo makes your stomach a bottomless pit:
The pro football Hall Of Famer, sports commentator, and husband of Kathie Lee Gifford has died of natural causes, according to a family statement.
Frank Gifford, former professional football player, veteran TV sportscaster, and husband of Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, has died at age 84.
Gifford in 2010.
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It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers.
The Gifford Family
Born in Santa Monica, California, in 1930, Gifford was named an All-American athlete while playing football for USC. He began his professional career in 1952, playing for the New York Giants as both an offensive and defensive player.
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Yes! We’ve scored… oh, no we haven’t.
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1. Well, here we go again. Wonder how badly we'll be beaten this time?
2. No, stop that. Be positive. This could finally be our year.
3. Two minutes 'til kick off and a guy in the Tartan Army is already topless. But where's his chest hair? One of life's great mysteries.
4. Ah, good old pre-match music. "500 Miles" should really be Scotland's national anthem.
5. It starts... and our centre-back immediately gets a yellow card. Amazing.
6. Our goalkeeper is time wasting already. 0–0 is clearly in the sights. Aim high, lads, aim high.
7. Should I appreciate that rather decent pass dished out by a player I really dislike from my rival club team? No.
8. OK, the opposition's pressure is building. Beer on intravenous drip, please.
9. And there it goes. We're one behind after just 15 minutes.
10. Wee Jimmy from accounts just won the office sweepstake.
11. So annoyed. All that preparation and optimism has gone out of the window just like that.
12. Meh, oh well. There's no harm in losing to a better team.
13. I wonder what pub we're going to after the game?
14. Whoa! We've won a corner. That's, like, almost a penalty.
15. Our braveheart defenders are coming up for it. Gallantly striding into the battle zone like William Wallace.
16. That was actually a nice cross… must be the wind.
17. Ooftt! Our defender scored! Ya dancer. That was totally the best goal ever.
18. OK, it was a scuffed header that flicked off a shoulder before being deflected in. But it was the best scuffed header.
19. Topless guy in the crowd is going wild. What a hero. We are topless guy. I am topless guy.
20. We can totally do this.
21. Wait, England are losing in their game? This is the best day ever.
22. A mis-hit strike off the crossbar! So close to taking the lead. Scotland, you really are beautiful today.
23. I've never wanted to buy a tartan kilt so much in my life.
24. Come on, goalie: Timewaste, timewaste!
25. Uh oh. Here's the dreaded comedown. The opposition are picking up again.
26. There's a bad feeling in my belly. Maybe it's just my digestive system fighting with the salad* I had for lunch.
27. *Chips and gravy.
28. This is like the opening game of France '98 all over again. Oh, the glory days.
29. We've somehow made it to half-time and we're not losing. Phew. This feels like getting into the Garage in Glasgow when you're 16. Yas!
30. What the hell is Amy Macdonald doing singing on the pitch?
31. Does she ever go away?
32. Okay, here we go again. Come on, Scotland, let's go tiki-taka on these guys.
33. Half of the team's on yellow cards.
34. And now one has received a free upgrade to a red. Dang.
35. The goalie's doing well under pressure. If only he had Jim Leighton's eyebrow Vaseline, though, then he'd be a world-beater.
36. Half an hour into the second half, and we've not even had a shot on goal yet.
37. This must be what it feels like to be Scotrail's timetabling boss: always missing targets.
38. Last 10 minutes. Sweaty palms.
39. Or is it just beer-tears weeping out of my system from last night?
40. Come on, boys. We're minutes away from a famous, tell-your-grandkids 1–1 draw.
41. Oh crap. The other team just scored.
42. Linesman, you neep! That was most definitely offside, I think. Maybe. Was it?
43. If you're not going to go to Specsavers, at least go to bloody Vision Express or something.
44. Oh wait, his flag is staying down. This is real. This is happening. This is shite.
45. I wonder what pub we're going to after the game?
46. They've all but snatched victory at the last minute. Just like when my brother thieved the last multi-pack can of Irn-Bru that I had been eyeing up all day.
47. Bru? Who cares about that now anyway. This disappointment calls for a whisky or four. Pub?
48. Come on, there's two minutes of added-on time. Let's just go for it! There's still hope. Not much, admittedly, but…
49. Wait! We've got a free kick near the box!
50. Aaaand it's ended up in row Z. Even ruddy Alex Salmond after a day on the sauce in the House of Commons bar could have hit that on target.
51. Well, there we go. Full-time whistle. Glorious failure yet again. So near, yet so far.
52. But hey, they tried their best and that's all that matters. Maybe they'll win next time?
53. Ach, probably not.
54. I'm off to the pub.
Dave Driskell tagged the photo as #wanderlustwod, meaning workout of the day. He has since deleted the photo and apologized, saying he was unaware the structure was a memorial
A popular CrossFit competitor and coach has apologized after he angered some of his thousands of Instagram fans by posting a photo of himself working out inside a Holocaust memorial.
He wrote, "Hello Berlin, Germany. 15 hour layover. Checking the sites. Drinking the beers. Eating the bratwurst. #vagabond #wanderlustwods #handstands #365daysofhandstands."
The post was later deleted.
Dave Driskell told BuzzFeed News that he feels awful about posting the picture, and swears he had no idea it was a memorial. “I feel completely terrible as I would never purposely offend or disrespect this memorial had I known,” he said.
“I posted the picture using the wifi from a local cafe and then went back to exploring the city. It wasn’t until later tonight at the airport that I realized my error in understanding what this structure was.”
Driskell said he wanted to apologize to anyone he may have offended.
"I love all and strive to show that through my passions of travel and fitness…Anyone who knows me, know this is the complete opposite of what I would want,” he said.
Driskell posted the photo of himself doing a handstand at Berlin's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe on Monday.
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The daughter of Eric Garner, who died last year after being held in a chokehold during an arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island, is sharply criticizing a "Blue Lives Matter" police fundraiser that took place during a recent local minor league baseball game.
The event took place at a Sunday afternoon game for the Staten Island Yankees — a minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees.
"When I heard about the event I threw up. I was just at the grave site of Mike Brown, with his mother and his father in Ferguson. I just observed the memory of the one-year mark of my father's killing," Erica Garner said. "It's not the cause that is a slap in the face to me and Mike Brown's family — it's the slogan. That slogan stands for every single person that has been lost to police and gotten no justice. It's a slap in the face to everything that Black Lives Matter stands for."
Garner also mentioned the families of 10 other black Americans whose deaths were caused by police.
Blue Lives Matter is a nonprofit organization that "help[s] Law Enforcement Officers and their families during their time of need." Proceeds from the event with the S.I. Yankees were to benefit the families of detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were fatally shot in Brooklyn in 2014. According to comments made by the gunman on social media, their deaths were a response to Eric Garner's death.
Joseph Imperatrice, who started Blue Lives Matter, said the name of his organization is not meant to be a direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement that has come into prominence in the past year.
"I have no idea when the phrases for each of them started coming around," Imperatrice told BuzzFeed News. "I think what people are forgetting is that people of all walks of life wear that uniform, and behind that uniform are people of all colors and races. The name is not a spinoff, it's not a fight, it's not to throw it in anyone's face. The last thing we're going to do is start a nonprofit just to stir up controversy."
But controversy there was, for both Blue Lives Matter and the S.I. Yankees.
On Twitter, Erica Garner called the Blue Lives Matter event during the S.I. Yankees game "disgusting," and noted that her "father was killed not too far from this event."
This Sunday was also the one-year anniversary of the police-involved killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. As the S.I. Yankees played out their game on Sunday, remembrance protests were taking place in Ferguson, largely organized by black activism organization Black Lives Matter.
Mike Holley, senior director of marketing and fan experience, said the timing of the event was "entirely coincidental." Blue Lives Matter had reached out to the S.I. Yankees in February and requested a Sunday game against the nearby Brooklyn Cyclones, an affiliate of the New York Mets. The Yankees and Cyclones played in Staten Island on Sunday only twice during the season, and the Aug. 9 date was the only game still free for an event, he added.
"Had we known this weekend was the anniversary [of Michael Brown's death] back in February, we would have done something different," Holley told BuzzFeed News. The scheduling of the event did not stand out to them closer to the date, either, he acknowledged.
According to the S.I. Yankees website, a separate event, NYPD Appreciation Night, will be held Aug. 14.
Holley explained that the Staten Island Yankees hold fundraising events like the Blue Lives Matter event during many games in a given season, and that they didn't intend for the event to be "politically charged." Instead, he said, the games are intended to give community members a platform for fundraising.
As he said in statements to other reporters Monday, the S.I. Yankees are open to hosting fundraising events for any organization, as long as the money is for a cause, including Black Lives Matter, Holley said.
"I want everyone to know we are open to events to benefit Black Lives Matter, and that we see ourselves as a platform for the Staten Island community."
He added: "I can totally understand it seems like it is something that is offensive, but we definitely did not think that people would see it as we were making any sort of a statement. In retrospect, it's easy to see why people are upset. If I or anyone had been able to see it then, we would have changed the way we held the event. If we had done just a fundraiser for these two families, I don't think anyone would have been upset."
Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees.
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But for Erica Garner, the intent of the organizers does not outweigh the context of her father's nearby death and the ensuing year of attention on police violence against black Americans.
She would like to see the S.I. Yankees hold an annual day of remembrance for her father on June 17, the day of his death, and to donate proceeds to families of victims of police violence.
In response to a statement given earlier today by S.I. Yankees President Jane Rogers about the nature of the event, Erica Garner said: "Being the president of anything means that you don't have the luxury of your intentions outweighing your results. I would hope that she is more educated than I am, and I'm smarter than that. I will take her at her word, but if that is the truth, she needs to be fired. Period. What did she think would happen? In this place? On that day?"
Holley said he is not at liberty to discuss personnel decisions, but noted that a firing is unlikely.
Erica Garner also pointed out that Staten Island is home to many NYPD officers, and compared "race relations" on the small island to the American South.
"The [S.I. Yankees] stadium is a short walk from where my father was killed and directly across the street from the police department that is home to my father's killer — who is still on the city dole, by the way. It's not hard to see that black lives do not matter on Staten Island."
Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who held Erica Garner's father in the chokehold, was not charged with homicide. The City of New York recently reached a settlement with the Garner family.
Matt Brammeier tweeted on Sunday that he’s “all good in the hood” after a horrific crash at the Tour of Utah left him in hospital.
On Saturday 8 August, Matt Brammeier was involved in a high speed crash while taking part in the Tour of Utah event.
Brammeier is a 30-year-old Irish cyclist and a five-time Irish National Champion.
As a service car turns a sharp bend, Brammeier can be seen hurtling forwards, seemingly losing control of his bike.
Despite the crash being at such high speed, Matt Brammeier managed to survive with rib and pelvic fractures.
Immediately after the accident, another two cyclists were unable to avoid a motorbike in another collision.
The Jets gonna Jet and they won’t stop Jettin’
An important life lesson from our favorite FBI agent.
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“It looks like stars and a fire burning.”
People always seem to have strong opinions on the official Olympic logos when they are released. Here, a 3-year-old girl shares her insightful thoughts on some of the most iconic logos.
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1984 Los Angeles: "A star dancing."
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1988 Seoul: "A star like a pigeon."
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1992 Barcelona: "A lip with a moon, and a star with a funny lip."
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