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Where the avenues of sports and politics meet, there is a mailbox where we deposit a weekly letter; a mailbox called the Presidential Fantasy League.
You've probably had your fair share of media about the political events of the weekend, what with the first black candidate to lead a major party ticket. Here is how the rest of the world looking in on the U.S. sees it.
The locking up of the Democratic nomination means consequences in terms of the Presidential Fantasy League too. As the two official candidates begin hinting at who their running mates could be things will no doubt get interesting. While Hillary might be kicking back with a cold Miami Vice in her hand, she's also probably contemplating whether she wants a spot on Obama's ticket. This bit of mandatory reading, Five Myths About the Vice Presidency, might help her.
On to the standings.
ENDORSEMENT OF THE WEEK: +20
Obama found a new "edition" (no pun intended) to the team this week. Phillies infielder Jimmy Rollins endorsed Obama and then added this: "He can wear my jersey and take batting practice. Heck, yeah." Eagles safety Brian Dawkins and lineman Omar Gaither also had nice things to say about him.
"PRETTY BOY" RETIRES (AGAIN) (MAYBE): +5
Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets a feature write up in the New York Times' Play Magazine. Then he retires. Now some places are claiming that they have anonymous sources in the UFC that claim he's about to sign a huge contract with them.
DA BEARS, DA BULLS, DA OLYMPICS: +5
An interesting article about the kind of pull Obama could have for securing a 2012 interesting bid for Chicago.
The number of times Clinton mentioned Obama in her campaign-ending speech on Saturday.
TEAM OBAMA'S FAVORITE HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: +5
McCain Needs to Lose His Inner Zombie, found here.
TOTAL SCORE THIS WEEK: +40
A THING THAT YOU WOULD NEVER REVEAL UNLESS YOU'RE ACTUALLY AN HONEST PERSON: +10
An interesting revelation this week: McCain listens to Abba's "Take a Chance on Me" to get fired up before campaign speeches.
RADIO REFUTATION OF THE WEEK: +10
Here is the scenario: A radio station in Phoenix holds a contest called "Who do you know?" where callers try and get the biggest celebrities they can to call in to help them with a prize. Team Obama PFL'er Charles Barkley calls in last week to help the family of a fallen police officer win a car. What does Curt Schilling do? He calls in the next day to support a soldier. Tell us he's not checking his PFL scores.
PFL SUBTEXT OF THE WEEK: -5
Mary Tillman and some U.S. veterans asked Roger Goodell and the NFL for help in uncovering the Pat Tillman papers that have been deemed "executive branch confidentiality interests" by the government. This LA Times article says they're not getting a response.
TOTAL SCORE THIS WEEK: +15
SCORES AFTER WEEK EIGHT
1. Team Barack: 400
2. Team McCain: 295
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Notching a second straight triple-double wasn't the only way Blake Griffin delivered in the Clippers' Game 1 win in Houston.
Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 21, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 99-92 victory over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Manny Pacquiao will have surgery on the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder this week, and he will be out nine months to a year, according to Pacquiao's surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Robinson Chirinos hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers snapped Houston's 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 win over the Astros on Monday night.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan passed through Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and had an unsanctioned meeting with former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez was removed from the first inning of Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after spraining his left shoulder when he ran into the wall.
Piracy of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao title fight on unsanctioned streams from Periscope has come into focus as a substantial concern and possible cause of lost pay-per-view orders.
The Oakland Raiders are planning to release James Jones, who led the team with 73 receptions in 2014, after finding two new starting receivers in April.
With the 2015 NFL draft in the books, Mel Kiper gives his grades all 32 draft classes. Seattle and Baltimore are among the teams with the best marks.
If the Seattle Seahawks were hoping to motivate linebacker Bruce Irvin by not picking up his fifth-year option, it seems to have worked.
Jay Beagle scored the lone goal in the second period and Braden Holtby (30 saves) recorded his second career playoff shutout as the Caps gain the upper hand on the Rangers once again.
Jameis Winston's rookie contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers precludes him from playing professional baseball, according to a report.
As the Bulls get set for a second-round showdown against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose believes his team's confidence is right where it needs to be.
Tom Thibodeau's Bulls have an ugly history after winning Game 1 against LeBron James, but Derrick Rose & Co. look to have what it takes to change that.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declined to pick up the fifth-year option on running back Doug Martin's contract.
The Dallas Cowboys did not pick up a fifth-year option on cornerback Morris Claiborne's contract.
The Milwaukee Brewers have named Craig Counsell as their new manager on Monday less than 24 hours after firing Ron Roenicke.
LeBron James' decision to ditch his patented headband stemmed from a desire to match his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates, according to a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Mel Kiper identifies the first-round rookies he thinks will have the biggest impact, including Amari Cooper and Dante Fowler Jr.
U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn announced her breakup with golf star Tiger Woods on social media Sunday after nearly three years together.
Rory McIlroy had to work harder than ever to win the Match Play Championship.
Ohio State has the top spot locked down, but TCU, Auburn and a few other programs have the look of early playoff contenders.
There's something about Talladega Superspeedway -- its ardent Earnhardt fans, the success his family has had at the track -- that makes Dale Earnhardt Jr. feel a responsibility to put on a show.