Archive for October 22nd, 2008

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Oct
08

Biathletes Shoot for Nude Calendar

Following the example of curling’s athletes, Canada’s biathlon team has decided they are going to pose nude in a calendar in order to help raise money for training and expenses as they prepare for the 2010 Olympics. To help promote the calendar, 5 of the athlete/models roller-skiied through downtown Calgary wearing shorts, tank tops and race bibs and with their rifles strapped to their backs. That’s only moderately terrifying, especially since Canadians are so pro-gun. Since I know all that everyone wants to know is who the 5 women who went through town are they are: Zina Kocher, Sandra Keith, Rosanna Crawford, Megan Imrie and Megan Tandy and their photos are below for you to peruse.

You can buy the calendar here! Do it!

22
Oct
08

Disney Ruins Hockey

No, I don’t mean by starting an NHL team named after a fictional kids hockey team. Alabama hockey fans, all 3 of them found themselves left out of the rink when the Huntsville Havoc and the Columbus Cottonmouths’ preseason game was canceled last night. The reason?

After this weekend’s Disney on Ice show, the Von Braun Center staff was not able to prepare the ice for hockey and ensure the safety of the players, Havoc officials said.

That’s an A+ plus operation y’all got down there…Also, how is Cottonmouth a team name? I didn’t realize pot smoking terms were viable team names. That’s cool though, I just look forward to the Birmingham Blunt-Rollers beginning their season.

22
Oct
08

Cheerleaders? OK!

MSNBC presents a giant slideshow of NFL cheerleaders. That’s MSNBC, hard-hitting news since 1996.

22
Oct
08

Swedish Hockey Is Titillating

In another example why Europe is much more fun than America is this story from Sweden. Jan Huokko formerly played for the hockey team AIK but now plays for Leksand hockey club in Sweden’s second-tier professional hockey league. To welcome him back, members of an unofficial fan group urged fans to celebrate Huokko by bringing dildos to the game to throw on the ice. Huokko it seems made headlines when he lost his cellphone and when it was found a sex tape of the stocky defenseman and his ladyfriend was on it and released to the interwebs.

“It was a private thing between me and my girl,” Huokko said at the time. “That’s what people do when it comes to sex.”

Before the game even started fans had thrown multiple dildos onto the ice, causing a delay as the ice crew cleaned them up. Fans also brought a giant sign saying “Bend Over Bitch” which I assume was something Huokko said during the tape.

Leksand ended up losing the game 3-2 and the vulgar chants against Huokko continued throughout. In a prime example of allowing the inmates to run the asylum AIK officials were aware of the planned dildo showers but decided not to act. “We’d also heard mention of it, but we decided that it would only be worse if we went out and told the fans they were absolutely not allowed to throw dildos on the ice,” said AIK club head Mats Hedenström.

This would NEVER be allowed to happen at a US hockey game, and if it did they’d probably have to call in trauma specialists to help the parents of the children at the game who had been so traumatized. For Huokko, it was just another day at the office, “it was just a regular hockey game. It was no problem,” he said following the match. “I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.”

22
Oct
08

When A Win Isn’t A Win

Sports can often be subjective, did that receiver push off and interfere with the cornerback, or was the cornerback the interferer? Was that a strike or just off the corner? Was the defender’s feet still moving or did they get the charge? That’s why running is such a nice break sometimes. Races aren’t subjective; there’s a line, people cross it, first one across wins. Not too complicated. So it was with great surprise that I read this story from San Francisco about the Nike Women’s Marathon where NYC school teacher Arien O’Connell ran the fastest time but didn’t win the race. That’s because O’Connell wasn’t registered in the “elite” group of runners who received a 20 minute head start to avoid the jostling of the amateurs.

Meanwhile, the 5th grade teacher, who had never broken 3 hours in 7 previous marathons ran her heart out and finished in 2:55:11. However, when the awards were announced for the winners O’Connell was not among them. “They called out the third-place time and I thought, ‘I was faster than that,’ ” she said. “Then they called out the second-place time and I was faster than that. And then they called out the first-place time (3:06), and I said, ‘Heck, I’m faster than her first-place time, too.’ ”

So O’Connell went over to the scorer’s and asked to see her time, and again, she was faster by nearly 11 minutes. “They were just flabbergasted,” O’Connell said. “I don’t think it ever crossed their minds.”

Nike, the company whose name implies victory and whose slogan is “Just Do It” did the opposite. “At this point,” Nike media relations manager Tanya Lopez said Monday, “we’ve declared our winner.” Continue reading ‘When A Win Isn’t A Win’

22
Oct
08

A Marshmellowy Doppelganger

As the Rays prepare for their first World Series win tonight, senior advisor Don Zimmer has been hanging around the team, throwing batting practice and just being a part of the scene, helping the players adjust to the momentous occasion. Having been a part of 6 World Champions already, Zim is anxious to get that 7th ring. In 1984 Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis changed the world forever with the movie Ghostbusters. I don’t think I’m revealing any spoilers by saying that at the end of the movie a giant Stay Puft Marshmellow Man attacks the city until the Ghostbusters are able to foil him and save the day. As ever, check out the rest of our doppelgangers here, and please vote in the poll below.

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