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    Dec. 4, 2004 wire reports

    PHILADELPHIA -- The roar of Air Force One and a tip of its wing over the field signaled President Bush's presence Saturday at the Army -Navy football game, a matchup steeped in tradition and shadowed by war in Iraq.


    Asked on the field who he thought would win the game, Bush said: "The United States of America."

    A devoted sports fan, Bush made a triumphant entrance to the 105th contest in the series when his plane swooped over Lincoln Financial Field before landing nearby. Bush took his seat on the Army side to start the game, with injured soldiers next to him.

    When the president entered the Navy locker room before the game, three jerseys were hanging over the doorway in remembrance of former players killed while serving in Iraq -- Ron Winchester, J.P. Blecksmith and Scott Zellem.

    During a visit to Army's locker room, Bush said, "It's my honor to be here for this game. I know you're going to play hard, but I'm here to tell you, thanks for serving your country."

    The coin that Bush tossed to start the game -- tails, for Navy -- was from the Iraqi city of Fallujah. Players from both teams wore patches to honor their fellow servicemen.

    Among those traveling with the president were brother Marvin; Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi; Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga.; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a graduate of the Naval Academy; chief of staff Andy Card; and senior adviser Karl Rove.

    Bush also attended the game in 2001, less than three months after the Sept. 11 attacks. He told members of the armed services then that his thoughts were on the game but also on Americans who were fighting terrorism in Afghanistan.

    The Associated Press News Service

    Copyright 2004, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved

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    Bush has a majority of baseball owners' support
    by DJRamFan
    Sept. 13, 2004 wire reports

    WASHINGTON -- Baseball owners once passed up a chance to hire former colleague George W. Bush as the sport's commissioner, but now they're working hard to keep Bush at bat in the White House.

    More than a dozen current and former owners and family members are among the president's top re-election fund-raisers, an Associated Press review found. Seven are Bush "Rangers," each raising at least $200,000, and six are "Pioneers" who have brought in $100,000 or more.

    The Bush campaign has also received direct contributions from owners and executives of more than half of the sport's 30 teams, the AP analysis of Federal Election Commission reports found.

    Those include $2,000 contributions from owners George Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees, Fred Wilpon of the New York Mets, Carl Pohlad of the Minnesota Twins, Peter Magowan of the San Francisco Giants and Michael Ilitch of the Detroit Tigers.

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    "People got to work with him side by side and saw his passion for the game and passion for his work," Valentine said in an interview from Japan, where he is manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines. "They saw that he really cared about baseball when he was in it, and not just the Rangers as a business entity."

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  • RamFan_Til_I_Die
    USC to Bush: Stay away from Rose
    by RamFan_Til_I_Die

    "Bush: USC asked me not to show

    The USC Trojans have done something defenders have been unable to do in Reggie Bush's rookie year they've stunned him dead in his tracks.

    The Saints running back and former Heisman Trophy winner told FOX NFL Sunday and that USC officials have asked that he not show up on the sidelines for the Trojans' Rose Bowl matchup against the Michigan on New Year's Day.

    Bush called the athletic department Friday to get his credentials for the game, but was told it would be better if he didn't attend the game.

    "It's ridiculous," said Bush. "I guess I won't be going."

    "Per BCS policy, schools in a BCS bowl are allowed five VIP sideline passes and we've already divvied those out," USC spokesperson Tim Tessalone said. "So it's kind of a moot issue. It's not like it's a home game where there's unlimited passes. That's what I can tell you about it."

    According to Tessalone, those five passes were provided to Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, Charles White, Matt Leinart and John Papadakis.

    Previously, Bush had said he believed all the negative stories that surfaced earlier this year regarding alleged financial impropriates caused them to put forth such a request and he's obviously not happy about it. Thus, Bush is making no plans to show up despite winning the Heisman for the university a year ago and helping lead them to the national championship game two years in a row.

    USC is likely trying to distance itself from Bush after a man named Michael Michaels alleged that he allowed Bush's parents to move into a $757,000, 3,000-square-foot home he owned in Spring Valley, a San Diego suburb. According to Michaels, Bush's parents failed to pay any of the agreed upon $4,500 monthly rent on the property before Michaels evicted the family. Michaels also alleged that he paid for Bush's family to travel to some USC road games during the 2005 season.

    However, Michaels also promised that he would have corroborating evidence to these claims and much more yet to this day nothing has been proven.

    Had anything been proven, USC could have been stripped of its 2004 championship. But considering the man has yet to be proven guilty of anything, to shun one of your biggest stars and most beloved players at this point is absurd especially considering O.J. Simpson has been allowed to attend certain USC events. O.J. can come to practice but Reggie is asked not to come to a game?

    -12-31-2006, 06:13 PM
  • Nick
    Reggie Bush fined $5K for taunting in NFC championship game
    by Nick
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    A week after Reggie Bush wagged his finger at Brian Urlacher, the NFL wagged back.

    The league fined the New Orleans Saints running back $5,000 for taunting Urlacher at the end of his 88-yard touchdown reception in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 21.

    Bush wagged his finger at the trailing Urlacher shortly before crossing the goal line with a somersault jump. He was not penalized by officials on the play and apologized to head coach Sean Payton immediately after the incident.

    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the fine Sunday.

    Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner and second pick in last year's draft, caught a short pass from Drew Brees on the left sideline. He sped downfield, cut back near midfield and was several steps ahead of Urlacher when Bush turned and pointed at the Bears star. He then did his front flip into the end zone, making the score 16-14.

    The Bears outscored the Saints 23-0 after the incident and won the game 39-14 to advance to the Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts on Feb. 4.
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  • Nick
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  • Nick
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