Some random thoughts on the Boston bombing yesterday:
- Road running is about as egalitarian a sport as there is. All you need is — well, I was going to say a pair of sneakers, but you don’t even need that. Or feet. But most people can do it for free, with minimal equipment. That [...]
Folks outside of New York – hell, folks outside of Queens – are probably not aware of the Flushing Meadow Park, except in snippets they’ve seen on the TeeVee during the US Open or perhaps NY Mets baseball games. It is the largest park in Queens, spanning nearly 1,300 acres, [...]
An historic event occured over the weekend, and I’m betting you didn’t even hear about it. The NFL allowed a woman to try out for the first time in professional football. By all accounts, it did not go well:
[Lauren] Silberman kicked only twice. They were two kickoffs for a total of 30 yards. Only [...]
Is there anyone out there who thinks that Lance Armstrong’s now-infamous attempt to “seize the narrative” about his not-so-secret history of doping (and douchebaggery) was a success? The Nation’s Dave Zirin talks with Current TV’s John Fugelsang about the Oprah-facilitated Armstrong interview: ”[Armstrong] actually reminded people not what they liked about him, he actually [...]
I’m in a quandry. See, I like Lance Armstrong. I admire his accomplishments (wait for it) and his charity work in keeping a spotlight focused on cancer has been even more admirable. But it’s all been built on a house of cards, and I’m a little angry about that. [...]
Dave Zirin on why he believes the Penn State rape coverup became a national scandal while Notre Dame still remains under the wire:
[T]he cone of silence that surrounds a company college football town is not enough to understand why Penn State’s rape scandal was front-page news the second the Sandusky scandal went public and [...]
(c) Michael Leunig 2012.
Germaine writes: “AFTER all these years of theorising and hypothesising, we have finally found out what women want. It’s not a penis that women lack, but self-confidence. Who’d have thought that as complex a phenomenon as sexism had such a simple remedy?
Continues @ Canberra Times
That’s adult male deer, not dollars:
Deer season gave Rep. Paul Ryan the perfect father-daughter outing.
Hunting in Oklahoma over the Thanksgiving holiday, success came to the Wisconsin lawmaker and his 10-year-old daughter, Liza, making her first solo trip into the woods.
“Congressman Ryan was grateful to spend time with his family over [...]
The final chapter in the Lance Armstrong saga has been written:
GENEVA—Lance Armstrong was officially stripped of his titles Monday by cycling’s governing body in the latest chapter in the doping allegations against the seven times Tour de France champion.
The International Cycling Union, or UCI, the sports governing body, acted following a damning report [...]
The anti-doping agency says it will post findings on website later today. The evidence shows Lance Armstrong’s involvement in doping ‘beyond any doubt,’ the USADA chief says.
The Los Angeles Times, By Lance Pugmire, October 10
The United States Anti-Doping Agency, which banned seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrongfrom competition for life in [...]
The Sydney Morning Herald, By David Sygall, October 7
About 40 seconds into Felix Baumgartner’s [wikipedia] 36,500-metre plunge to Earth, he will become the first human to smash through the sound barrier without the protection of a craft. That is, if the 42-year-old Austrian BASE-jumper’s death-defying free fall over the US south-west on Tuesday night, [...]
Home of Masters admits women for first time in 80-year history and adds former secretary of state and top banker as members
The hallowed fairways of Augusta National, the home of golf’s annual Masters tournament, are being opened up to women for the first time, ending an increasingly controversial and anachronistic ban on female membership [...]
After watching court and beach volleyball games throughout the Olympics, I’ve gotta ask….what is the thing with hugging after each score? Kerri and Misty May weren’t too big on that, but in court form, every team, including the men, do the group hug dance. I haven’t played in years, but I don’t remember more than [...]
News that certainly didn’t make the mainstream media:
While the London 2012 Olympic open ceremony was underway on Friday 27th July, there was a massive police and military operation underway, which included the use of CS gas, to contain and eventually arrest 182 London critical mass cyclists. The cyclists were held in a police [...]
Saudi Arabia is to allow its women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time.
A statement from the Saudi Embassy in London says the country’s Olympic Committee will “oversee participation of women athletes who can qualify”.
The decision will end recent speculation as to whether the entire Saudi team could have been [...]