Archive for June, 2009
After much outcry from the fans of the sport, NASCAR has decided to implement double-file restarts, starting this weekend at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.
On the surface, it seems like a fair system. Lapped cars currently restart on the inside, with the lead-lap cars starting on the outside. Many times, the cars on the inside do not have enough speed to keep up with the leaders of the race, so it would eliminate a big possibility of a fast car getting stuck behind a much slower car as racing resumes.
According to ESPN, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were two big proponents of the new change.
One thing that the new rule change does change is the chance for faster lapped cars to get their laps back. Once a car falls two or three laps behind, it will be much more difficult for the cars to get back onto the lead lap, without a significant amount of cautions and lucky dogs.
What are your thoughts on the new rule change that NASCAR has imposed?
On Twitter, there are a ton of false accounts impersonating real celebrities and public figures. A person recently created an account to impersonate Tony La Russa (current St. Louis Cardinals manager), and once he figured out that someone was impersonating him, he went ahead and sued the popular social networking site.
The account was clearly fake, and in the bio, there was a short blurb about how “parodies are fun for everyone.” La Russa, however, did not take it as lightly as the creator of the account did.
Mashable has a great rundown of the incident, as well as full documentation from La Russa himself. Check it out if you are interested in learning more from La Russa’s perspective.
With all of these false accounts on Twitter, do you believe that Twitter should step in and stop impersonators that could hurt real celebrities’ reputations?
According to a story from telegraph.co.uk, drugs could be used in the future to help overweight or obese individuals increase their levels of exercise. In lab tests performed on mice, they “doubled their amount of physical activity” when a hormone was activated in their brains.
This could represent a remarkable breakthrough if scientists can develop or use certain drugs to stimulate leptin. With regard to the high amount of obesity already present in our country, these drugs would be able to help many high-risk individuals get active and live better lives.
According to the study, the mice did not consume as much food, and they lost a moderate amount of weight. Obviously, more tests would have to be done directly on humans to be able to identify just how much of an impact these drugs could have, but the early results seem promising.
For Cleveland Cavaliers fans, it has not been great since their team was eliminated by the Orlando Magic a few days ago.
However, there has been quite an uproar across the media over LeBron James walking off the court before shaking hands with the Orlando Magic, as well as him not attending the press conference following their elimination.
David Stern said today that he has reached out to LeBron James in an attempt to discuss what took place.
LeBron James spoke to the media one day after the loss, and explained how he felt. He appeared quite upset—which is understandable, because his Cleveland Cavaliers were the top-seeded East team coming into the playoffs.
Do you believe that LeBron James should be punished for his actions?