Watch: Patriots football star crashes White House press briefing

New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski (L) crashed a White House press briefing. (Photo courtesy: YouTube)
Updated 20 April 2017

Watch: Patriots football star crashes White House press briefing

DUBAI: New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski crashed a White House press briefing Wednesday, leaving Press Secretary Sean Spicer visibly startled but causing the room to erupt in laughter.
The Patriots were visiting the White House to celebrate their Super-Bowl win.
Gronkowski was caught on camera popping in to a press briefing and quickly asked Spicer – who is no stranger to controversial gaffes – if he needed any help.
Spicer looks surprised but laughs the interruption off, saying “that was cool.”

President Donald Trump welcomed the team, sans several players, to the White House.
Noting that “pundits” had given the Patriots up for dead in February’s Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, only to watch them clinch a last-minute victory, Trump quipped: “Good old pundits, boy, they are wrong a lot, aren’t they?“
He called the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime triumph “the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time.”
Tom Brady was a late absentee from the visit. The high-profile player — who is married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen — said he had “personal family matters” to attend to.
A handful of other Patriots players had already opted out of the trip, some citing political differences with Trump.

(With AFP)


Homemade ‘Nikes’ give Filipino athlete a golden edge

Updated 14 December 2019

Homemade ‘Nikes’ give Filipino athlete a golden edge

  • Filipino schoolgirl Rhea Bullos bags three gold medals at an athletics competition without wearing shoes
  • Schoolgirl had her feet wrapped in tape and iconic Nike ‘swoosh’ logo drawn on them

MANILA: To some athletes, brands count for everything when it comes to performance.
Filipino schoolgirl Rhea Bullos bagged three gold medals at an athletics competition this week without wearing shoes, opting instead to wrap her feet in tape and draw an iconic Nike “swoosh” logo on them.
Bullos, 11, was one of several on her team of 12 athletes who made their own footwear because they had only two pairs of running shoes among them at the competition in the central province of Iloilo.
Trainer Predirick Valenzuela said Bullos showed her raw talent after taking up athletics only a month ago. A pair of running shoes could make a big difference in future, he said.
“Winning three medals in a competition like that is difficult, but she did it,” Valenzuela said by telephone from the central province of Iloilo.
“It’s every athlete’s dream to wear spike shoes,” Valenzuela added. “Not necessarily Nike, as long as they have decent shoes to be able to compete.”