Referee Screws Bernard Hopkins, Costs Him His Title

Referee Screws Bernard Hopkins, Costs Him His Title

Is there any wonder as to why so many Americans have abandoned professional boxing? Saturday night was the perfect demonstration of how the once revered sport has become even more of a circus than previously imagined.

Bernard Hopkins is no longer the light heavyweight champion of the world thanks to a controversial (read: blown) call in the second round of his championship fight against Chad Dawson. To put it simply, the 46-year-old, Philadelphia native was screwed.

As the clock ticked down on the end of the second round, Hopkins threw a punch at Dawson, which the substantially younger fighter managed to—for the most part—dodge by ducking down under Hopkins. Seconds later, Hopkins would find himself under the ring ropes and on his back with an injured shoulder thanks to what would be recognizable to professional wrestling fans as a modified spinebuster.

According to Hopkins in his post-fight interview, the referee asked if he, Hopkins, could continue despite the injury. Bernard claims that he informed the referee that he would continue the fight with one arm.

Inexplicably, the referee immediately stopped the fight, refused to call a foul on Dawson and awarded the match and title to Dawson by virtue of technical knockout. Shamefully, the incident would prove the very first knockout of Hopkins' 23-year career.

Whether Dawson's "shove" was intentional or not, it was certainly a foul. Moreover, as explained by Harold Lederman on the pay-per-view broadcast, it is absolutely inconceivable that the fight could have been ruled as it was given the rules which govern TKOs.

The newly crowned champion only furthered the "pro wrestling" feel of the evening during his in-ring interview, cementing his status as the heel by vehemently denying that Hopkins was really injured. "Yeah, he was faking! Come on, man," said an absolutely incredulous Dawson.

When asked about the possibility of a rematch, he remained as brash as possible, "Rematch? For what? Rematch for what? He'll be 47 by the time of a rematch. He'll be another three, four months old. No."

Judge for yourself how the fight should have been decided by watching the videos below.  The footage includes some absolutely outstanding work by both the aforementioned Lederman and HBO boxing analyst Max Kellerman.

Regardless of how you look at it, one thing is for sure: the California state boxing commission doesn't want anyone talking to the referee.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

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Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

Redskins running back Chris Thompson doesn't want to bring his family to the Linc Monday night because he's afraid of what Eagles fans will do.

Doug Pederson hopes Thompson changes his mind.

"Philly fans are some of the meanest fans I've ever experienced," Thompson told ESPN radio's Washington affiliate, ESPN 980, on Wednesday, according to a story in the Washington Post.

"I heard that's the one stadium you keep your family from going to. My family will be (up from Florida) this week, and they were like, 'I want to come to the Philly game.' I said, 'Absolutely not, you're going to have to wait until Dallas comes around. … I was told that right away my rookie year: Keep your family away."

Pederson said he loves Eagles fans and the energy and passion they bring but also said he hopes Thompson or any opposing player feels comfortable bringing his family to the Linc.  

"I just know that playing at home is a great advantage for us," Pederson said before practice Thursday. "Our fans are great, they're energetic, I love playing at the Linc. 

"You know, I hope every family can watch their sons play. I think it's important that they're there and have a chance to watch their siblings play, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents.

"Right now in the league, every stadium is great for the home team and ours is no different. We're just excited now to finally be getting a stretch of games where we can play for the home fans."

Thompson, a fifth-year running back out of Florida State, has played at the Linc twice, in 2015 and 2016, both Redskins wins.

The Eagles, 5-1, host the 3-2 Redskins in a national TV game Monday night at the Linc. The Eagles are 8-2 at home under Pederson, including a 2-0 mark this year, although they're only 4-6 at home against the Redskins over the last 10 years.