8:31 AM, Dec 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night, this 30-second advertisement ran to encourage folks to sign up in the "Health Insurance Marketplace," otherwise known as Obamacare:
"Now, for the first time, you can be covered -- with a quality health plan from the new health insurance marketplace, part of the health care law," says the male announcer.
"It's where brand name companies offer plans you can compare side by side. And it's the place to get lower monthly payments. ... So if you have an accident, get sick, or just need a check-up. Enroll now at the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov."
This ad ran on ESPN.
Given the channel and given the nature of the ad, it seems pretty clear the ad was meant specifically to encourage young folks to sign up. Which would make sense, since the Obamacare marketplace needs a fair number of young (that is, healthy) people to balance the risk.
The ad is presumably sponsored by you, the taxpayer, via the Health and Human Services Department.
3:31 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Stepping into the controversy over the team name for the Washington Redskins in early October, President Obama said in an interview with the AP:
10:55 AM, Aug 19, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The NCAA might just as well become another department of the government and build a lavish headquarters building in Washington. Its bureaucratic culture would make it a perfect fit. The complexity of its rules would make for a seamless merger. And the high-handed, arrogant management style would make the transition almost frictionless.
2:47 PM, Jun 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The two top Republican senators, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas, have written letters to six professional sports organizations, warning them not to work with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to promote Obamacare. The letters were addressed to the top executives at the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Professional Golf Association, and NASCAR.
8:01 AM, Jun 25, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
College football fans may soon have another thing to lord over the NFL. The Hill writes, “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday she is in talks with the NFL to help promote new insurance options under ObamaCare.” The report continues, “Sebelius said the football league has been ‘very actively and enthusiastically engaged’ in discussions about a partnership to encourage people to enroll in newly available insurance plans.”
Chicago is bereft of celebrity fans.
Jun 24, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 39 • By JOSEPH EPSTEIN
I was watching the Chicago Blackhawks play the Los Angeles Kings in the western Stanley Cup final round when, in the second period, the television camera panned to Tom Cruise, sitting alone in a rink-side seat. “Tom Cruise is a big Kings fan,” the announcer said.
11:26 AM, Mar 23, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Mighty Georgetown, a number two seed, fell to Florida Gulf Coast, a number fifteen seed, last night. Florida Gulf Coast has only been eligible to play in the tournament for two years.
9:15 AM, Mar 22, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On March 21, 2013, history was made. Ivy League champion and 14th seed Harvard men's basketball team busted brackets everywhere as it upset 3rd seed New Mexico, winning its first NCAA playoff game ever and notching its first victory over a top-ten team. Read all about it here and here.
8:57 PM, Feb 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A power outage disrupted play at the Super Bowl in New Orleans tonight. Here's video:
Philip Terzian, circumspect fanFeb 11, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 21 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
Stan Musial, the St. Louis Cardinal who died a few weeks ago, seems to have been one of those great athletes of good character—player-hero, civic monument, example to youth—that sportswriters forever seek but seldom find.
11:01 AM, Jan 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Phil Mickelson had a bad weekend on the golf course and was almost 20 strokes behind the leader, Tiger Woods, when play was suspended Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open tournament at Torrey Pines.
7:09 PM, Jan 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will welcome the Miami Heat to the White House. Star player LeBron James, a donor to Obama's presidential campaign, is expected to attend.
9:32 AM, Jan 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with the New Republic, President Barack Obama is asked whether he's "ever fired a gun."
"Yes," Obama says, "in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time."