Posted tagged ‘Edward Kennedy’

Washington Redskins Sue Season Ticket Holders

September 3, 2009

As a fan of professional sports, I am SICKENED by this story out of the NFL.

Pat Hill is one of 125 Washington Redskins season ticket holders who asked to be released from multiyear contracts and were sued by the team over the past five years.

How do you expect to keep fans by acting like this. Just let them out of their contracts. Yes, they signed a contract but circumstances have changed over the past couple of years. Don’t lose your loyal fan base or pretty soon, you’ll have no one left.

Whether you’re a Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings (and the list goes on) fan, be sure to read the whole story and pass this along!

From the Washington Post:

It would be hard to find a more loyal fan of the Washington Redskins than real estate agent Pat Hill. She’s had season tickets since the early 1960s, when her daughter danced in the halftime shows at the old D.C. Stadium, before it was renamed in memory of Robert F. Kennedy.

In the hallway of her modest home south of Alexandria, the 72-year-old grandmother points out the burgundy-and-gold Redskins hook rug she made. In her bedroom, she shows off the pennants from two Redskins Super Bowl games she attended, and she opens a music box on her dresser that plays “Hail to the Redskins.”

Now, Hill says, her beloved Redskins are forcing her into bankruptcy.

Last year, Hill’s real estate sales were hit hard by the housing market crash, and she told the team that she could no longer afford her $5,300-a-year contract for two loge seats behind the end zone. Hill said she asked the Redskins to waive her contract for a year or two.

The sales office declined.

On Oct. 8, the Redskins sued Hill in Prince George’s County Circuit Court for backing out of a 10-year ticket-renewal agreement after the first year. The team sought payment for every season through 2017, plus interest, attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Hill couldn’t afford a lawyer. She did not fight the lawsuit or even respond to it because, she said, she believes that the Bible says that it is morally wrong not to pay your debts. The team won a default judgment of $66,364.

“It really breaks my heart,” Hill said, her voice cracking as the tears well and spill. “I don’t even believe in bankruptcy.

“We are supposed to pay our bills. I ain’t trying to get out of anything.”

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Curt Schilling…Senator?

September 3, 2009

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling indicated on his blog yesterday that he was considering running for the Senate seat from Massachusetts formerly held by the late Edward Kennedy.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Schilling, an at-times outspoken conservative who campaigned for both George W. Bush and Senator John McCain in recent presidential elections, wrote on his blog that “I do have some interest in the possibility,” while also saying that his family and his video game company, 38 Studios, were priorities.

“To get to there from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen,” added Mr. Schilling, who won his first World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. “I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.”

Earlier in the day, New England Cable News had asked Mr. Schilling, 42, if he would consider running. “As of today, probably not,” he replied, adding that making a Senate bid was “a pretty big deal from a commitment standpoint” and that he would have to make a decision soon.

Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer

August 25, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy, the youngest of Kennedy brothers, has died this evening at the age of 77.

From ABC News:

Known as the “liberal lion of the Senate,” Kennedy championed health care reform, working wages and equal rights in his storied career. In August, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — by President Obama. His daughter, Kara Kennedy, accepted the award on his behalf.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, known as Ted or Teddy, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May 2008 and underwent a successful brain surgery soon after that. But his health continued to deteriorate, and Kennedy suffered a seizure while attending the luncheon following President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Senator Kennedy Collapses During Inauguration Lunch

January 20, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy was removed from President Obama’s celebratory inaugural luncheon earlier today after he suffered what has been reported to be a seizure.

From the New York Times:

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who is ill with brain cancer, collapsed at the Inauguration Day luncheon honoring President Obama, casting a pall over what had been a glorious celebration.

Details of Mr. Kennedy’s condition were not known immediately, except that he was stricken and taken by an emergency medical crew to a Washington hospital.

Shortly before 3 p.m., CNN reported that Mr. Kennedy, 76, had suffered a seizure and been taken from Statuary Hall in the Capitol in a wheelchair. The senator’s brain tumor was discovered last spring after he suffered a seizure.

President Obama spoke briefly of Mr. Kennedy’s latest health problem. “Right now, part of me is with him,” the new president told the luncheon gathering. “This is a joyous time, but also a sobering time. Our prayers are with him and his wife, Vicki.”

CNN reported that Mr. Kennedy suffered a seizure just after medical attention was sought for Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, who is 91 and has been noticeably frail in recent months. Mr.Byrd’s office subsequently said that he was fine..

The announcement that Mr. Kennedy had been taken to a hospital threw a cloud of gloom, at least for the moment, over the traditional inaugural day celebratory luncheon. Mr. Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat who is second in seniority only to Mr. Byrd, was stricken 48 years to the day after his brother President John F. Kennedy was inaugurated.

From Fox News:

A Republican House leadership member said Kennedy suffered a series of convulsions that lasted a while. He was taken out on a wheelchair and had to have his legs lifted up to get him out of the room. He was loaded onto an ambulance and removed.

Byrd, 91, and in failing health, was reportedly “emotional” at the time of his collapse and security detail decided to remove him from the room as a precautionary measure. His office said he is fine now and a former senior staffer chalked it up to his deciding to leave the lunch early.

Byrd and Kennedy were at the same table — along with Vice President Biden and second lady Jill Biden. The dual incidents occurred during the lunch portion of the program and did not interrupt the speeches.

Sen. John Kerry and wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, helped Kennedy get into the reclining chair in which he was wheeled out.


Ted Kennedy’s Speech Electrifies Democrats

August 26, 2008

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, last night should have been inspirational to you as Edward Kennedy addressed the Democratic National Convention.

Kennedy arrived in Denver on Sunday night and was examined by doctors in the city. His personal doctors were said to be concerned about exposing him to crowds because of his weakened immune system. Kennedy recently had brain surgery on June 2 and has remained mostly out of the public eye while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Yoon S. Byun/ Boston Globe

Credit: Yoon S. Byun/ Boston Globe

From the Los Angeles Times:

“My fellow Democrats, my fellow Americans, it is so wonderful to be here,” said Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who is battling a brain tumor.

“And nothing,” he added, was “going to keep me away from this special gathering.”

The 76-year-old senator’s four-decade-plus political career was honored with a Ken Burns documentary on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. But to the delight of many, Kennedy then addressed the gathering — his voice strong and full of conviction.

“This November, the torch will be passed to a new generation of Americans,” Kennedy said, alluding to the political dynasty that began with President Kennedy, his brother.

Despite his battle with cancer, Kennedy promised to be on the Senate floor come January. And with Barack Obama as president, he said, the country too will rise to meet the challenges it faces.

“Yes we can, yes we will,” Kennedy said, invoking a phrase often heard on the Obama campaign trail.