Donald Trump Just Put In A Bid To Buy The Pope’s Favorite…

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is reportedly looking to complete a deal that would make him a part owner of Pope Francis’ favorite soccer team.

Trump and business partner Alessandro Proto have sent a statement of interest to purchase Club Atletico San Lorenzo di Almagro, or San Lorenzo, one of the better known teams in Argentina, a source told The New York Post. Proto is reportedly the inspiration for the title character in Fifty Shades of Grey.

“Obviously for [Mr. Trump] it would be a great goal!” the source told The Post, who noted that “for the moment it is only the first phase.” A spokesman for San Lorenzo told The Post Thursday that no official bids have been made.

Pope Francis, who was known as Jorge Bergoglio until his election to the papacy, has supported the club since he was a boy. Trump spoke fondly of the pope in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo last week.

“Well I’m Protestant. I have great respect for the pope,” Trump said. “I like the pope. I actually like him. He’s becoming very political, there’s no question about it. But I like him. He seems like a pretty good guy.”

This is not Trump and Proto’s first foray into trying to purchase a soccer club in South America. The Post noted the duo bid $100 million earlier this month for Atletico Nacional, a Colombian club. But the bid was rejected, and Trump and Proto walked away from a counteroffer of $150 million.

“National wants $150 million to sell the club. For us, the proposal is unacceptable. Maybe they think we’re stupid,’’ Trump said in a statement. “We had offered $100 million and that it was an important offer. We are not willing to offer more and continue negotiations. For us it is permanently closed. Now we will evaluate other clubs in Colombia, but not only.”

San Lorenzo won the Copa Libertadores, a competition among the best teams in South America, in 2014. It was the first time the club had ever accomplished the feat. To celebrate the occasion, San Lorenzo presented the trophy to Pope Francis at the Vatican.

I am very happy about it, but, no, it is not a miracle,” the pontiff said at the time. “For me, San Lorenzo was the team all my family supported. My father played in the basketball team and when we were kids, we sometimes went to the stadium with mom.”

In March 2013, the club wore a special jersey with Pope Francis’ image on the center to mark his election to the papacy. He had only been elected by the papal conclave earlier that week.

Is this a cunning move by Trump to attract more Catholic and Hispanic voters? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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NFL Player And His Wife Have A Simple 8-Word Reason For Keeping Their Unborn Baby With Birth Defect

Doctors gave NFL player Evan Rodriguez and his wife Olivia grave news about their unborn child following a routine sonogram in July; but the two decided to go forward, trusting God for what may lie ahead.

Their baby girl, who they have now named Layla Sky, has a rare birth defect called anencephaly. Doctors have told the couple Layla is missing parts of her head and brain and could only live for days, or even hours.  

After a sonogram last month, Evan recalled hearing from the physician: “I don’t want to make you guys nervous or anything, but her head doesn’t look all there” adding, “They’re telling us this, and it’s eye-opening. I’ve never heard of this, ever. I’m like ‘There’s nothing you guys can do? There’s no cure?’”

Doctors gave the first-time parents two options: “Terminate the baby or you can continue with the process,” he said. The couple, who pray together every day, told Tampa Bay’s ABC Action News that they took about a week to go before God with the decision.

Olivia prayed: “God, show me what it is that you want to do through all of this. What’s the good to come out of it?” The couple concluded that God did not want them to abort their unborn child.

Evan explained their decision: “Just like if your child has cancer, you’re going to fight for whatever time you’re given with that child.… Who are we to determine the child’s life? We decided to leave it in God’s hands. We hope for the best, even if it’s 10 minutes, three days, a year. It will mean more than anything.”

They have used social media to bring attention to the birth defect and their faith in God that is helping them travel through these uncharted waters. Olivia wrote on Instagram: “God often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad of our greatest calling” with the hashtag #TheFightForLaylaSky. The couple also created a Facebook page titled “The Fight for Layla Sky.”

The two received the additional faith testing news last week that Evan had been let go from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Olivia wrote on their Facebook page: “I just ask everyone to help me pray so my husband gets on another team quickly. Our insurance runs out (at the) end of the month and it’s important to keep Layla on close watch and care.” She said there have been teams showing interest.

Breitbart reports: “To help prevent anencephaly, a pregnant mother should consume a daily supplement of folic acid even before she tries to get pregnant….According to the CDC, 1 in 4,859 babies born each year will have anencephaly; virtually all will die just after birth.”

Evan is extremely proud of his wife for the strength she has shown; and he will accept God’s plan for Layla Sky, knowing that even if her life on earth is very brief, he will see her again some day. “She’ll be waiting up there saying ‘daddy.’ So, there’s a time and place for everything.”

h/t: CNSNews

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Legendary Pitcher Curt Schilling Shares This Post About Islam, Immediately Loses Job

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling deleted a controversial tweet about Muslims and issued a public apology, but that didn’t stop ESPN from firing him as a commentator for the Little League World Series.

“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” according to a statement issued by ESPN. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

The tweet was a re-post of a meme that compared the percentage of Muslim extremists to the percentage of Nazis in Germany in 1940. The meme states Muslim extremists make up between 5 and 10 percent of the religion while Nazis made up 7 percent of Germans prior to World War II. The meme was accompanied with Schilling commenting “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.”

“That didn’t come across in any way as intended or interpreted,” he wrote later as he tweeted apologies.

The 2001 World Series MVP deleted the tweet just moments later and took it off his Facebook page after many Twitter users issued heavy-handed scorn for his sentiments. That didn’t stop disciplinary action from the network. Even though Schilling is off the Little League World Series job, he will remain as a regular on the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

Schilling, a former Red Sox pitcher, said he isn’t angry with ESPN’s decision. He said he wants to think about things before posting them in the future.

“I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part,” Schilling said.

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What Tim Tebow Just Did Shows Philly Sportswriter Was Totally Wrong About Eagles QB

Before Tim Tebow even had the chance to show his stuff during a game this year, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback known for his strong Christian principles was already being trashed by a CBS sportswriter named Andrew Porter. As Western Journalism reported a few weeks ago, the critical “non-believer” began a writeup on Tebow this way:

Fans and media members are skeptical of the most polarizing Philadelphia Eagle Tim Tebow….

Turns out that Tebow’s play in the Eagles’ pre-season opener was impressive enough that his coach, Chip Kelly, praised his performance in a post-game news conference. And as for the “most polarizing” description of one of the most openly religious players in the NFL, what just happened on the practice field would seem to prove that the harshly skeptical sportswriter fumbled and fell on his face…big time.

CBS Sports reports that Tebow — noted for his prayerful thanks on the field — showed off his skills at more than managing the team’s offense. He reportedly demonstrated he is a uniter, not a divider, when an inter-team scuffle was on the brink of turning into a nasty fight during an Eagles joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens.

“The Eagles and Ravens almost got into a fisticuffs on Wednesday, but before things could escalate, Philadelphia’s fourth-string quarterback stepped in and showed off his peacemaking skills,” says the CBS Sports account of the brouhaha that Tebow quickly moved in to break up.

The “extracurricular” activity on the practice field elicited a few choice comments from Twitter users, including some pretty impressive sources:

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h/t: TheBlaze

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Is Soccer Un-American?

This may seem a bit silly, but I’m concerned about cultural shifts that make America seem more and more like Europe, more homogenized and less pronouncedly American. Am I wrong in seeing this particular shift? Personally, I don’t like soccer and never have. I find it colossally boring. Any sport that is decided by one goalie kicking against another goalie is silly. Why not just eliminate most of the other play and get directly to that part?

I like baseball. I played baseball as a kid from about the age of seven through high school almost every day of summer. I was raised in the 40s and 50s, when boys idolized baseball giants, like DiMaggio, Williams and others. Then, it was the practice to build such men into heroic role models, even if their private lives were not quite so heroic. The image was what mattered. It was what boys emulated.

Baseball is an individual’s game. The team is an accretion of cooperative specialists whose consummate teamwork makes possible the poetic perfection of a well-executed double play. The home run is an individual achievement, celebrated by doffed caps and a slow trot amongst collegial, congratulatory slaps on the shoulder. Crowds cheer in celebration of the achievement of individual skill over the laws of gravity.

Little League baseball started when I was still young, but I never played in a formal team. I played pick-up ball, what used to be called “sandlot” ball, so named after the practice of turning vacant city lots into impromptu diamonds. But we played it with joy, love and dedication. From this voluntary practice, we learned such deep concepts as good sportsmanship, team spirit and friendship. It did not encourage killer competition. If anything, it encouraged cooperation and camaraderie.

Until the society began to move leftward, in imitation of the Europe we had to save in the Second World War, nobody ever thought of soccer. It was foreign, uninteresting, and nothing as clever or subtle, in rules or practice, as baseball. I never even heard of a “soccer mom” until the 70s, when the term came into currency. It took me a long time to understand the term; and when I did understand it, I didn’t like what it meant, i.e., some liberal, suburbanite whose kid was so socially integrated he had no personality. How could soccer help develop a personality running around a field kicking at something that resembled a small basketball?

Now, I don’t actually belittle the sport itself. There is skill involved in manipulating a ball with your feet, elbows and head, but not with your hands. Kids learn to do it with a tennis ball because it’s much better to train on something small, so that when you get to that bigger ball, you find it easier. No, it’s not the sport that bothers me. It’s the social thinking.

First, soccer is not an American game, like baseball. It’s European and, as such, requires European thinking. Dare I say “collective thinking?” Every move seems geared toward achieving a collective goal. Sure, in baseball, the ball is thrown among teammates to stop runners; and there is a strategy in each and every play that is aimed toward scoring. But when I see a mass of people running and kicking a ball all over the place, I see a crowd, not a well-coordinated group of individuals.

I know there are skills in soccer, but they seem to be homogenized among all players–the same skills distributed like egalitarian commodities among the equal cogs in the team. In baseball, every player has a set of skills applied to an individual purpose within the whole. It’s called his “position.” Many players have similar skills, but each performs differently within the 9 man patter of a baseball team.

But even those things are not what bother me most. What bothers me most is the soccer moms themselves. They all seem so much alike in dress and manner. All seem to share the same liberal values, egalitarian and inoffensive on the outside, even if killer competitiveness lurks on the inside. I can’t say I like Little League mothers (or fathers) much more, with their often threatening overt competitiveness. I don’t like Little League either because I think kid sports ought to encourage the aspects of character I mentioned in regard to sandlot ball.

It used to be a consummately American experience to drive through the city or surrounds and see baseball diamonds dotting the landscape. Even out in the countryside, among plowed fields and little stone houses, a baseball diamond would pop up here and there. Now, not so much. Recently, a field in my neighborhood, formerly dedicated to casual sports, boasted no fewer than three baseball diamonds. You could walk or drive by and see softball teams and impromptu baseball games played there almost every day during the warm months, the baseball months. Now, two of the diamonds have been removed, and the field has been overtaken by soccer players. It breaks my heart because, when I was a kid, baseball was America. Soccer never was; and, at least for me, it will never be.

I don’t believe that soccer is anti-American. It’s just Un-American. In our area, it is played mostly by people from somewhere else. A lot of them come from Hispanic countries south of the US border. There was a time, you may recall, when those same countries supplied some of the best baseball talent extant in the consummately American sport of Baseball. Now, a lot of Asians shine in that game. Is it an illusion, or are the demographics changing in baseball? Is it an illusion that the demographics are changing in the US? Is soccer’s prominence (or at least ubiquity) a signal in the change of American culture? Maybe these shifts are sociologically natural–and therefore to be expected, inevitable. But the fundamental, the standard, of American culture, freedom of the individual, seems to me to be the characteristic of our national pastime. It doesn’t seem to be the same with soccer.

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