Head Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was recently assassinated and killed at his compound located in Islamabad near Pakistan. Upon Bin Laden’s death, it was rumored that he used his own wife as a human shield and she was also killed the day of the attack. Contrary to popular belief, these rumors are completely false. There was a woman who was injured due to the attack on Bin Laden’s compound but the woman was not killed, was not Bin Laden’s wife, and was not used as a human shield. The rumor was started by Mr. John Brennan, one of the head anti terrorism advisers of the United States. It was later corrected by another US official that the Bin Laden’s wife was injured by the attack, but is still alive and was not used as a human shield. It was also said by officials that Bin Laden was killed by “a small strike team dropped off by a helicopter” that shot him in the head and chest.
In New Zealand, rugby is a huge sport. For any of you that have not watched a rugby game, the relatively new movie Invictus shows part of the New Zealand ritual around rugby. Rugby is a physical sport played closely similar to football. Although it differs greatly from football, the contact sport with its field resembles an American football game. But unlike most of the American sports, rugby is played internationally, and sport fanatics from the entire nation come together to watch a home game. I found it interesting that New Zealand’s much feared rugby team has a ritual of a dance to introduce their games. The war dance is called the New Zealand Haka, and in their native language they perform a very aggressive dance to intimidate their opponent. I found this interesting because these rituals aren’t carried into other teams, let alone other sports.
Surely, the New York Jets have the J-E-T-S chant, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have the Terrible Towels, but these are fan rituals. Actions that shake the stadium to incite adrenaline into their team. I cannot recall any specific team rituals that are done for their crowd, or to instill fear into their opponents. In fact, most sports have regulations against such actions of “unsportsmanlike conduct.” I know I would get jacked up if the Jets had a significant entrance to a sporting event, but still, that doesn’t prevent me from screaming and doing my best to shake the stadium and rowel my team up.
Last night at the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Gala, rapper Jay-Z and singer wife, Beyonce were boo’ed. The disapproval was coming from the paparazzi who was angered that the couple was not posing long enough for pictures. Besides their seeming lack of concern for the paparazzi was Beyonce’s dress. She was wearing a skin-tight black and gold Pucci fishtail dress. She could barely walk up the stairs and even needed assistance from her husband and other personnel to help her get around. Hearing boos directed toward Jay-Z and Beyonce is shocking. They are two of the most successful and talented entertainers in todays generation and a boo is a sound that they do not hear often.
People who are constantly in the spotlight are under excruciating pressure to do everything right. Wear the perfect dress, take the perfect picture, and say the perfect things. I believe that the paparazzi and the general public put too much pressure on these stars. If Beyonce makes a bad fashion choice, it is her decision and she should not be ridiculed for it. But what’s worse, if Jay & B want to move along the red carpet to their seats quickly, they should be able to. They are people and should not be forced to need to be essentially mannequins, posing for starving paparazzi.
Sunday night I was sitting on my computer, browsing through Facebook and Twitter, when I came across an interesting “tweet.” It read “Osama Bin Laden dead? I can’t wait to hear President Obama’s announcement!!!” Of course, hearing this type of news, no matter the source, I decided to look further in to what was really going on. Sure enough, I began seeing posts from news outlets like CNN, the New York Times, and others. It was interesting to see how the story of Osama Bin Laden had leaked before the president made the official announcement. Instances like these make me wonder about the future of news. The fact that the first post I saw about Osama Bin Laden’s death was posted by Kim Kardashian seemed disturbing. The spike in volume of users on Twitter that night was extreme. It seems as if this is the way people enjoy hearing about and reacting to the news. It will be interesting to see, after this instance, whether or not people will react first to speculation on social networking sites, or if they will wait for official announcements from reputable sources.
Every Spring the NBA announces their annual awards for the season. This year the MVP was Derrick Rose, who is the youngest winner of all time at 22 years old. And the first Chicago Bull to win since the Legendary Michael Jordan won his last in 1998. Rookie of the year went to Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers(this is his 2nd year in the league, but was eligible as a rookie since he did not play his first year due to injury), this came at no surprise since was heavily favored to win. Sixth man of the year went to Lamar Odom of the LA Lakers. Defensive player of the year went to Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, which is no surprise since he won the two previous years. Most improved player went to Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. And Lastly, coach of the year went to Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, in his first season as the head coach of the Bulls.
Yesterday the Celtics lost their second game in a row to the Miami Heat, who now have a 2-0 lead in the series. The big question that comes to mind, is the reign of the Celtics in the Eastern Conference coming to an end? The Big Three is getting old and it was definitely shown last last night with injuries to Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. The answer is yes, they are getting older and more injury prone and will less likely to be a serious contender as time goes on. On the other hand the Heat, with all their youth took advantage of the Celtics and played a up-tempo and aggressive game that was unmatched. The Miami Heat are finally showing all their critics that they are true contenders. This year they may actually pull it off and go all the way if they keep playing like they have in the past two games.
When Osama bin Laden died, social media exploded with Facebook statuses, and Twitter with people tweeting about bid Laden’s death. Some comments were comical; others more serious, others worried about what might come next. Many different types of people weighed in with their opinions whether celebrities, athletes, or normal people. During this time one NFL player released some very interesting tweets. Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers said, “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…” and followed it up with We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
The tweets were so controversial that Steelers President Art Rooney had to make a statement about Rashard’s tweets. Mendenhall followed up with more tweets and has remained a hot topic on Pittsburgh radio stations. Mendenall’s tweets stopped around 6 pm on Monday. Obviously these tweets could be extremely controversial depending on how you look at them. Most likely they have a negative effect on people who read them.