From Comcast SportsNetWASHINGTON (AP) -- The embarrassing NFL referee saga and the disputed call that gave the Seattle Seahawks a victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night has reached the campaign for the White House, with President Barack Obama deeming it "terrible" and declaring it was time to get regular officiating crews back on the job."I've been saying for months we've got to get our refs back," Obama said as he returned to the White House from an appearance before the United Nations. In a tweet that went out under his initials, Obama said: "NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon."In a rare moment of agreement with Obama, presidential rival Mitt Romney and GOP running mate Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin native, also said it was time to bring back the "real refs." The NFL locked out the officials in June after their contract expired. The league has been using replacement officials, who have come under increasing criticism over the way they handled some games."I sure would like to see some experienced referees, with NFL experience, come back on to the NFL playing fields," Romney said in an interview with CNN.Ryan added a partisan note, using the referee imbroglio to make a case for kicking the president out of office."It reminds me of President Obama and the economy," Ryan said in Cincinnati. "If you can't get it right, it's time to get out. I half think that these refs work part-time for the Obama administration in the budget office. ... They're trying to pick the winners and losers, and they don't even do that very well."Seattle won 14-12 over Green Bay after referees ruled a Seattle receiver caught the ball amid a pile of bodies in the end zone on the game's last play. The NFL conceded that a Seattle penalty in the course of the play went uncalled and cost the Packers the victory, but the league upheld the catch itself and the Seahawks' victory. Legions of football fans watched the play and the referees' call in disbelief, and buzzed about it all day Tuesday.Typically, Obama, a diehard Chicago Bears enthusiast, is not one to wish the rival Green Bay Packers well.But besides being an avid sports fan, Obama recently has redoubled efforts to win in the Packer's home state of Wisconsin. His campaign recently started airing ads in the state and Obama held a rally Saturday in Milwaukee, his first visit to the state since February.White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One that Obama watched the Monday night game and "thinks there was a real problem with that call.""He said that what happened in that game is why both sides need to come together, resolve their differences so that the regular refs can get back on the field so we can start focusing on a game that so many of us love rather than debating whether or not a game was won or lost because of a bad call," Carney said.Obama said in a phone interview Tuesday with The Des Moines Register that he doesn't blame the replacement refs."They've been put in a tough situation," the president said. "But the fact is this is a fast, tough game to control. And it doesn't make sense to me for a league that's been so successful not to want to put their very best out there."
BOSTON – The list of players who will be in attendance at the NBA pre-draft combine in Chicago next week has been released.
And not surprisingly, there are some projected near the top of the NBA draft board who will not be in attendance.
LSU’s one-and-done stud Ben Simmons, projected to be among the top two players selected, will not be in attendance.
Joining Simmons among the more notable players who won’t be in Chi-town is Croatian big man Dragan Bender whose current team Maccabi Tel Aviv is still in the middle of their season. He is projected by most as being the third overall pick.
Providence star guard Kris Dunn, projected as a top-10 pick, will be among those in attendance, as well as his Friars teammate Ben Bentil.
The Celtics usually cast a pretty wide net at the combine, but this year it’ll likely be even wider due to the fact that Boston has eight picks that represents 13.3 percent of the draft.
Boston has three first-round picks, with the first to be determined during the draft lottery later this month. The pick comes from Brooklyn, and will be no worse than the sixth overall selection.
The Celtics also have the 16th and 23rd overall picks in the first round, along with five (31st, 35th, 45th, 51st and 58th) in the second round.
Here's the full list of prospects attending the NBA Combine:
|Ron Baker||Wichita State|
|Cat Barber||North Carolina State|
|Malik Beasley||Florida State|
|DeAndre Bembry||St. Joseph's|
|Joel Bolomboy||Weber State|
|Deyonta Davis||Michigan State|
|Demetrius Jackson||Notre Dame|
|Justin Jackson||North Carolina|
|Brice Johnson||North Carolina|
|Thon Maker||Orangeville Prep/Athlete Institute|
|Isaiah Miles||St. Joseph's|
|Malik Newman||Mississippi State|
|Georges Niang||Iowa State|
|Marcus Paige||North Carolina|
|Gary Payton II||Oregon State|
|Zhou Qi||Xinjiang (China)|
|Pascal Siakam||New Mexico State|
|Denzel Valentine||Michigan State|
|Isaiah Whitehead||Seton Hall|
Danny Ainge and Larry Bird were both hired as NBA general managers in 2003. Ainge was back with the Celtics, where he spent the prime seasons of his playing career. And Bird went back to the Pacers, where he coached for three seasons.
There's no question that Bird was the better player. But who has been the better GM?
Trenni Kusnierek has a very interesting argument for why Ainge gets the edge. Watch the video above for her reasoning.
Mike Giardi and Kevin Walsh give their opinions on which Patriots players this season will be studs, starters or stiffs.