Archive for January 15th, 2009


What Big Teeth You Have

Maybe I’m just a big wuss, but if I were to go surfing and there were killer whales hanging out right by the huge waves, I’m calling it a day, no matter how good the surf is. I guess that’s what makes New Zealander Craig Hunter and I different. Instead of being dissuaded by a large male orca and two calves he swam out and surfed for about 45 minutes.

“There was no way I was going in because the waves were too good,” Hunter said, adding that this was not the first time he had surfed with an orca. He said he was too old to be bothered by the possibility of being attacked.

“My outlook is they are big enough and quick enough. If they thought I was a seal, I’d be long gone.

“It’s pretty awesome. It’s a pretty special sort of feeling. I was out there on my own for quite a while and the big fella was just cruising. It was really neat.”



Attention Miami-Based Readers

The Florida Marlins’ extra large male dancing squad are holding open auditions this Sunday for next year’s squad, and I strongly urge you to try out. The only requirements are for you to be over 18 years old, arrive at the audition in Marlins gear and be prepared to learn a choreographed routine, also they are looking for “bellies with the biggest jiggle, big feet with the best dance moves and enthusiasm that will rock Marlins fans out of their seats.”

Since there are usually only 64 people at a Marlins game, getting the fans out of their seats isn’t too difficult, in fact, you can go around to them individually!



ESPN Gets MMA Fighter Busted

monsonanarchyTurns out that a ESPN photo feature can land you in big trouble with the law if you aren’t careful. That’s a lesson mixed-martial arts fighter Jeff Monson is learning the hard way. In a photograph for ESPN the Magazine’s December issue Monson is pictured spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the Washington state Capitol. On Wednesday a warrant was sworn out for Monson, charging him with first-degree malicious mischief, a Class B felony carrying a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Reportedly, the cost to clean up the graffiti was $19,000.

The case doesn’t look great for Monson, as he is very clearly holding a spray-can and even has some of the red paint on his fingers in the photo. As well, the caption for the photo was very ambigious, “On a recent night in Olympia, Monson suddenly pulled out a spray can and tagged the state capitol.”

Police have been actively searching for the people who have spray-painted various graffiti on the Capitol since late November. A State Patrol and Olympia police detective noticed Monson in some surveillance footage, but it wasn’t until ESPN published this photo that they were able to confirm it. The other graffiti on the Capitol building included other anarchy symbols, a peace sign and phrases like “No War” and “No Poverty,” pretty subversive stuff!

Monson, who is the World Grappling Champion and whose fighting nickname is “The Snowman” took responsibility for the graffiti but insisted that it has a purpose, to protest the Iraq war and the economic inequality.

“Every great movement in the United States from civil rights, women’s rights, the labor movement, has been the result of people standing up and breaking the law, refusing to stand at the back of the bus, refusing the stand aside when the government asks you to get off their property,” Monson said. “And now, these people are seen as pioneers. But at the time, they were criminals, they were literally criminals. I’m not here to advocate for myself, at some point you have to stand up.”

[The News Tribune]


That LeBron Guy Isn’t Half-Bad At Basketball

One of my friends is from Ohio and is the biggest, and only, Cavaliers fan that I know. Among my friend’s many great stories is that, as a senior in high school, his varsity team played against an 8th grade LeBron James, who schooled my friend, and dunked on him, twice. As an 8th grader. That’s what this video makes me think of. Sure, it’s a little hokey and the GQ staff are slightly toolsy, but hey, if I were gonna play with LeBron in a pickup basketball game I’d probably be the same way.

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[Geno’s World]


Rickey Ready to Suit Up

Rickey Henderson is now a Hall of Famer, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with baseball. At a press conference at the Waldorf-Astoria, Rickey said that he wasn’t done yet, “if a club came out and said they needed a left fielder, they needed a guy to get on base and steal a few bases, they can always ring my phone and I’ll come on down and help their ballclub, that’s how much I love the game.”

Rickey wasn’t done though with just a simple statement, he never is, and it wouldn’t be a Rickey Henderson press conference otherwise. “I believe today, and people say I’m crazy, but if you gave me as many at-bats that you would give the runners out there today, I would out-steal every last one of them. I can go out and steal as many bases as [Jose] Reyes steals.”

Even better, when asked if Rickey had interest in playing in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, “What is [the WBC], wrestling?” After being informed what it was, Rickey had just one question, “Can I get in?”

Isn’t baseball just better when Rickey Henderson is around or is it just me?

[NY Post]

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January 2009