Alex Ramos is ill

Since forming the Retired Boxers Foundation in 1995, proudly serving as the non-profit organization’s president since day one, Alex Ramos has devoted his life to helping his fellow retired boxers in need. Hundreds of phone calls each year come into the home of former USBA middleweight champion Alex Ramos. Most are from current or retired boxers that have fallen on hard times.
Many of these calls from Alex’s boxing brothers can’t or won’t even be followed up with a “thank-you” call after receiving that much desired help, yet one thing is for sure…all these calls will be answered.
Now Alex Ramos has fallen ill, and needs our prayers.

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Reverent Redeem Team

Tommy Craggs at Slate focuses on the marketing genius of USA Basketball’s “Redeem Team.”

Conclusion: “Team USA is a Boy Scout troop in basketball shorts: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent.”

The latter meaning that Kobe and friends are reverent toward God. They are faithful in their religious duties. They respect the beliefs of others.
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Godly Olympic Tweets

Twitter asked people what they were doing on August 8th 2008. Every tweet that includes #080808 can easily be tracked through Twitter Search. We were interested in godly tweets on 08082008. Here are our favorites:
dennischong: #080808 God bless XXIX Olympic Game in China and Hong Kong!
shanegold: Oh, thanks god. The flame. #080808
sagebrennan: Thank God it’s raining in Beijing. #080808

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Tom Brady the Priest

Did you know Tom Brady was a priest of the new responsibility?
Check out this month’s Esquire:

“Look at the attention I get: It’s because I throw a football. But that’s what society values. That’s not what God values. God could give a shit, as far as I’m concerned. He didn’t invent the game. We did. I have some eye-hand coordination, and I can throw the ball. I don’t think that matters to God.”

But, he’s reminded, the guys you play with routinely state that God does care. “Maybe,” Tom Brady says, “but that’s not the way I feel. It’s a game, man. I have a hell of a lot of fun playing it, don’t get me wrong. And it’s very competitive and very stimulating. And that’s why I do it. But we invented this game.”

This is what inspired the guys at epiccarnival to putting together a list of the TOP 10 THINGS THAT GOD VALUES IN TOM BRADY.

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Top 4 Spiritual Olympic Athletes

TIME takes you on a world tour to introduce you to the most compelling athletes you’ll be seeing in the Beijing Games. Out of their 100 we picked the most spiritual ones. Here’s our Top 4:

# 1 LeBron James, U.S., Basketball
LeBron thinks of the Beijing Games: “It’s going to be like waking up on Christmas Day.” Oh and by the way: James has already had his political baptism by fire.

# 6 Allyson Felix, U.S., Sprints
She’s the ideal savior — young and telegenic, with a smile as wide as a hurdle. She’s participating in a pilot program, Project Believe, in which athletes undergo extensive blood and urine analyses that go beyond the World Anti-Doping Agency’s guidelines. If Felix is doping, you might just as well put down the starting guns for good.

# 7 Shawn Johnson, U.S., Gymnastics
She’s the Muse of the Mats, texting poems with lines like these:
“You remember the struggles and pain you had
When all the good had turned to bad
When behind the scenes you crumbled and prayed
For it all to simply just go away”

#11 Asafa Powell, Jamaica, Sprints
The son of pastors, he is one of the few among the many famous Jamaican sprinters who has not emigrated.