Archive for October 8th, 2008

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Soccer Team Goes For a Fatal Swim

As a means to dispel some bad spirits and help their team win a soccer match, 16 members of the second division Midland Portland Cement team in Zimbabwe went swimming in the Zambezi river while in the resort city of Victoria Falls. Nothing too extraordinary there, a nice show of team unity if anything. Unfortunately, only 15 members of the team came out of the water. Local police commander Peter Rodzi said afterwards that “The area where the team was swimming is prohibited as the current is strong. The river is also infested with crocodiles and hippos.” The missing player has yet to be found.
The swim was recommended to the players by the team’s technical committee in order to be cleansed of bad spirits. Believing in spirits and their power is a common held religious belief in Zimbabwe and much of Africa.

[Reuters]

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Oct
08

You Know What They Say About Men With Big Swings

Again, not so much a pure sports story, but hey, this is just damn neat and I’m willing to say requires athletic ability. So for everyone who ever dreamed of taking the swing so high that it flips all the way around, here is the video for you. And if you didn’t think about that before, well, you’re imagination was lacking and I feel sorry for you.

[College Humor via Gizmodo]

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Oct
08

Now THAT’S a Headline *(UPDATED)*

Courtesy of the Courier-Journal, servicing the fine folk of Louisville, Kentucky and southern Illinois comes this headline regarding my favorite sporting event of them all, high school girls golf. The story itself isn’t that exciting but some headline writer made himself very satisfied with this one:

Freshman Talley Makes Best of Her Two Soggy Holes

UPDATED

Ha, so apparently they realized their error and changed the headline to “Freshman Talley Makes the Best of a Soggy Day”

Unfortunately I didn’t get a screengrab of it, because I’m an idiot, but, trust me, the above WAS the original headline. Now this story is just about high school golf, BORRRRRING.

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Oct
08

The Team in White Has Some Moves

From our friends across the pond come this delightful PSA regarding awareness, brought to us courtesy of reader, the roomate. Them Brits got a good sense of humor.

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Oct
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Bailouts Run in His Blood

Merritt Paulson is the 28 year old co-owner of the Portland Beavers, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres and he’s working very hard to try and bring an MLS franchise to the Portland area. In order to do that, he wants to renovate the stadium where the Beavers play and build a new stadium for them elsewhere in the city. Paulson is looking for $85 million from the city for renovations while he’s willing to pony up $40 million for the soccer franchise itself. MLS has promised the city a team by 2011 if they built a soccer-specific stadium, hence the renovations, but while some people are excited others, like Jody Wiser of Tax Fairness Oregon feel differently. “My personal feeling is if Merritt Paulson wants a team he should buy some land and build the stadium. That’s his job as a business owner. It’s not the job of the grocery store clerk.”

Meanwhile, the price tag keeps climbing. In September Paulson said it would take $75 million and today it’s 85. But for Paulson, son of current Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (who is the other co-owner of the Beavers) the government’s money is seen as just another ATM for him to use. After all, if AIG and all of his dad’s cronies on Wall Street can get some government coin, why not him!

Don’t worry though, the new Mayor-Elect Sam Adams is on the scene and ready to help provide leadership; also, 2 kegs of the fall seasonal ale. Continue reading ‘Bailouts Run in His Blood’

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Oct
08

How About a Great Pickup Game

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Normally I don’t like posting these type of ad promos but this Adidas commercial is pretty damn dope. With the NBA season opener coming upon us, it can’t hurt to start thinking about basketball once more. I would LOVE to be at this kind of pickup game, where all the players just go nuts and do some ridiculous moves, sign me up! Also, is it me or is Dwight Howard’s body simply ridiculous. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone with that big and wide shoulders and crazy shoulder muscles with such a tiny lower body. It’s pretty goddamn intimidating. I don’t think I’ll be driving to the hoop on him anytime soon.

[The Sporting News]




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