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Friday, 01 July, 2011
Apparently there are two professional sports lockouts in effect in the U.S.: NBA, NFL Lockouts.
The NBA lockout is just getting starting and the NFL lockout appears to be getting towards an end. It's unprecedented to have players from two major sports locked out of their place of business at the same time.
How about a MLB lockout too? Three at once would be fun.
Disclaimer: I don't really know what a lockout is, or how it works. And I don't care either. I assume the owners took away the locker room keys from the players because the players want more money?
Friday, 24 June, 2011
Too Much Grunting?
As always, I bring you the important tennis news: Grunting tennis players are spoiling the game.
Female tennis players who grunt too loudly are putting off their opponents and spoiling the game for the millions of spectators, the head of Wimbledon says.
On the first day of the SW19 championships, Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, a player often criticised for her wails, edged towards record noise levels as she made her debut on Court No 2.
Noise machines recorded her reach a level of 95 decibels as she shrieked her way through the first round match against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.
Spectators looked on amused, not only at the volume but also the length of her roars, which exceeded 1.5 seconds almost every time she hit the ball before play was suspended due to rain.
Can you imagine the grunt she emitted when she hit this one?
Low Probability Golfing Feat
As always, I bring you the important golfing news: Kansas golfers hit consecutive holes-in-one on same hole.
Sports writer Bob Lutz, from the Wichita Eagle, writes:
I'm going to give you the details of what happened last Thursday on hole No. 17 at the Hesston Golf Park. You're not going to believe them.
I'll believe it, just tell me, man!
On the 212-yard par 3 hole, Greg Bontrager and Justin Pressnall, involved in match play against one another, made back-to-back holes-in-one.
Stay with me here.
I don't need to stay with you. That's all I need to know to put this blog post to bed. Oh wait... One more question: Has the National-Hole-In-One Registry calculated the odds?
Two players from the same foursome acing the same hole: 17 million to 1.
OK. Now, I'll just throw in a photo, and go have a cocktail. My work here is finished.
Saturday, 18 June, 2011
President Wins Two Bucks
Golfing news: Obama, Boehner team up for golf victory.
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner put partisanship aside, at least on the golf course, and teamed up to triumph on the final hole Saturday in their long-awaited links outing.
The match pitted the political rivals against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich. The match was won on the 18th hole, with the winning partners each pocketing a $2 prize
After the game, they all got drunk and rowdy and were asked to leave the bar.
Friday, 17 June, 2011
Quote Of The Day
It's from an anonymous security guard who works at the Minnesota Twins stadium:
"Well here in the stadium, we adhere to the 10 Commandments."
According to Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper, they were a little late to the Twins game at Target Field on May 27, 2011. Culpepper stopped to go to the restroom and gave Campione a little kiss.
Then, Culpepper said a security guard came up to her. “I saw you kissing that girl, you can’t do that,” the guard said.
Campione told Culpepper, who then confronted the guard and said, “I don’t understand what’s wrong with kissing my girlfriend.”
Now you know the rest of the story.
Thursday, 16 June, 2011
Knock, Knock, Ginger
It's an annoying child's game: Knock, Knock, Ginger.
Knock, Knock, Ginger or Knocky Door Ginger were the original names for the game dating back to 19th century England, (see name variations for other names) this game or prank is played by children in many cultures. It involves knocking on the front door (or ringing the doorbell) of a victim, then running away before the door can be answered. The game has been played since the 19th century.
Victims of this prank are not likely to call the police, but if they decide to, the "doorbell ditcher" can face charges of trespassing and disturbing the peace, though in the United Kingdom trespass is a civil matter and not a criminal matter so the police will not compile a case for a victim.
The game has at least 60 different names, including Ding Dong Ditch.
Here's a news story about a man who doesn't like the game: Man charged in ding-dong-ditch shooting of boy posts bond.
A 56-year-old Louisville man who was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy in their Glenmary subdivision was released from jail Tuesday evening after posting bond.
Bishop was arrested following the Monday evening shooting that stemmed from a group of boys, including the 12-year-old, ringing doorbells and then running away as a prank, police said.
Police said Bishop came outside of his home after the boys rang his doorbell and fired a shotgun with buckshot at them, striking the boy in the back.
Hockey Game Leads To Riots
They take their hockey seriously in Canada: Vancouver Riots: Canuck Fans Rampage After Stanley Cup Loss.
Vancouver, British Columbia, was left to pick up the pieces this morning after angry fans of the Canucks rioted Wednesday night following the hockey team's 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Police struggled to contain the crowd with tear gas as fires erupted in busy downtown intersections, storefronts were smashed by looters grabbing everything in sight and people dangled from light poles.
The city's mayor described the rioting hockey fans as "hooligans."
"It is extremely disappointing to see the situation in downtown Vancouver turn violent after tonight's Stanley Cup game," Robertson said, according to the Associated Press. "Vancouver is a world-class city and it is embarrassing and shameful to see the type of violence and disorder we've seen tonight.
I once went to a riot, and a hockey game broke out.
Monday, 13 June, 2011
Man Eats Wings From 85 Chickens
In Pennsylvania: Wing-eating contest a real stomach-churner.
The first Lehigh Valley Wing Challenge at Buckeye Tavern drew a track star, a three-time wing-eating champion and a guy who once got thrown out of a Chinese buffet.
But the last man standing Sunday afternoon turned out to be a 50-year-old business development director of an accounting firm. Martin "Rooster Hogburn" Russo downed 170 wings, snatching the title by three wings.
A first-time competitive eater, Russo was the only one in the contest to stand as he cleaned the wings to the bone with one bite.
"I didn't really have plan. It was just go."
It was not a very well-run contest:
The only woman in the wing contest, Devon "Musashi" Sonne, didn't make it past the first round either, eating just over 60 wings. She knew her mistake right away. "I ate too much of the wings," said Sonne of Easton. "The guy sitting next to me ate one bite out of each wing. I cleaned it to the bone."
If 170 wings in 14 minutes sounds like a lot, it's not. I'll never forget the time back in 2008 when Joey Chestnut devoured 241 wings in 30 minutes.
Miss USA Girls Are Scared
It's known as Prejean Panic: Miss USA Contestants 'Scared to Death' About Evolution, Nudity Questions.
In on-camera interviews set to be posted on the official Miss USA website, 2011 pageant hopefuls are being asked if they believe evolution should be taught in schools, and if they would ever pose for nude photographs.
According to Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), which also operates Miss USA, these “topics are very relevant and in the news.”
Others wonder if MUO is just trying to stoke a Carrie Prejean-style controversy in the days preceding its June 19 live telecast.
Somebody involved with the pageant sez:
“The girls are scared to death. They witnessed with Carrie Prejean how a firestorm can create a road kill, and nobody wants to be part of a situation like that again,”
But they seemed to be having a good time at the Hula Hoop Contest, hosted by Richard Simmons.
Sunday, 12 June, 2011
Weightlifter Wants To Wear Hijab
When religion meets weightlifting: Atlanta weightlifter's plight over Islamic attire gets international attention.
An Atlanta athlete may have single-handedly set in motion a change in international rules governing how Islamic women may dress in at least one popular sport -- weightlifting.
The case of Kulsoom Abdullah, a Georgia Tech graduate who wears a hijab and trains as a weightlifter, has attracted the attention of not only a Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, but also the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The USOC has asked the International Weightlifting Federation to review its rules on athletes' dress after Abdullah was declared ineligible to compete in national competitions because of her attire.
Abdullah, who competes in the 48kg and 53kg weight class in women's senior division weightlifting, claims USA Weightlifting, one of the many sporting associations under the USOC umbrella, prevented her from participating in a December national competition in Ohio and will not allow her to compete in another competition in July in Iowa because she wanted to wear a hijab, which can cover a woman's hair and body but leave her her face, hands and feet exposed. The 35-year-old woman, who holds a doctorate in electrical computer engineering from Tech, competes in the women's senior division.
Wednesday, 08 June, 2011
This happened last week, but nobody told me about it: Pennsylvania girl survives 5-speller standoff to win bee.
It's what makes the spelling bee such gripping drama. Five competitors were left, and it appeared none of them would ever miss again.
They correctly rolled off 21 words in a row. Hard ones, like "abhinaya" and "capoeira" and "cheongsam" and "opodeldoc." One of the spellers kept checking another one's watch. It was past bedtime, and long past the time slot that had been allotted by ESPN.
Eventually, a winner emerged, Sukanya Roy.
Sukanya's winning word was "cymotrichous," which relates to wavy hair. This was her last chance to participate after tying for 12th in 2009 and 20th last year.
"I went through the dictionary once or twice," Sukanya said, "and I guess some of the words really stuck."
Sunday, 05 June, 2011
Trumpster Bills Man For Fence
A neighbor of Donald Trump's golf course was stunned when the tycoon put a fence around his house - then billed him for it. David Milne, 46, has been at loggerheads with the billionaire after refusing to sell up to him.
Without warning, Trump's contractors erected the new boundary and planted dozens of trees then sent an invoice for £2820 - half of the total bill. But David said: "There is no way I'm going to pay it. As far as I'm concerned it's just another attempt to intimidate and bully me. "But it's not going to work. I'm not paying any attention to it at all."
What's the Trumpster up to?
Trump is building the "best golf course in the world" on the Menie Estate in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire.
The American has permission to create two championship courses, a clubhouse, a hotel and 950 houses.
And he's decided he also needs adjoining land and has applied for planning permission for properties he doesn't own.
Thursday, 02 June, 2011
A major issue within the Badminton World Federation: Should female badminton players be forced to wear skirts?
With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, the Badminton World Federation is trying to pretty up its oft-overlooked sport, and courting controversy in the process.
In an effort to draw more fans and sponsors, the federation has decreed that, starting this week, elite-level female players must wear skirts and dresses. The new rule has been slammed as sexist and offensive — especially to the many Muslim players who must dress modestly for religious reasons. (They've been told that they can wear pants underneath their dresses and skirts.)
Is this dress code over the line?
Yes it is. They should be forced to wear bikinis.
Wednesday, 01 June, 2011
Amazing Wrestling Footage
If you're not a wrestling fan, you might be after watching this amazing sporting event.
It's been called the "most illegal move in the history of wrestling." And yet the referee just stands there!
Tuesday, 31 May, 2011
Former Athlete Doesn’t Like Elway
Not from The Onion: John Elway Demands Punk Band Elway Change Their Name.
Toothy NFL legend John Elway has officially expressed his displeasure with seemingly innocent Colorado-based punk band Elway. The two-time Super Bowl champ and one-time Walter Camp Man of the Year(!) sent the Fort Collins rockers (via his lawyers) a document requesting the group immediately change their name.
Here's John Elway wearing a shirt that reveals his IQ.
The band sez:
"We love the name, regardless of what connotations are inferred by the listener. Surely, if the Dead Kennedys could become one of punk’s most popular bands without incurring litigation, Elway can keep their moniker and continue making so-so music for our dozens of fans to enjoy.”
Sunday, 29 May, 2011
Today is the Indy 500.
A bunch of cars go in a circle for 500 miles. Amazingly, people pay to watch them do it.
Tuesday, 24 May, 2011
Football And Crime
A football player makes a prediction.
Ravens star LB Ray Lewis believes if the players and owners don't soon find a way to resolve the ongoing lockout that people outside the NFL's family could suffer far more severely than the ones squabbling within it.
"There's too many people (that) live through us, people live through us. Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I'm not talking about the people you see all the time."
"Do this research if we don't have a season," Lewis says. "Watch how much evil -- which we call it crime -- watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game."
I don't follow football, so that explains why I have an urge to rob a 7-11 on Sundays in the Fall and Winter.
Lewis is shown here wearing a double-duty jersey. It reminds him of the number of weeks in a year and the number of cards in a deck.
Saturday, 21 May, 2011
At the Rapture Jam, Whitey mentioned that he needs some new pants, and he wants golf pants. As luck would have it, I came across a gallery of Crazy Golf Pants.
I could see Whitey wearing either of these pants: