Archive for April 14th, 2009


I Love Japanese Culture

While this story is unfortunate, I love the mindset that led to the situation in the first place.

Noriyuki Komatsu, a former flyweight champion of the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation was found dead at the basin of a waterfall in Otsu, Japan on Monday evening. He “is believed to have accidentally fallen in while engaging in ascetic training at the waterfall, [‘police] said. He had been visiting a temple in Kyoto since Saturday for meditation.”

I don’t know what “ascetic training” entails, but it sounds awesome. For some reason I don’t think we’d ever see Floyd Mayweather doing anything similar…



Now THAT’S a Brawl

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When a brawl breaks out at a rugby match is it really that different from a normal game? I guess so, because 8 minutes into a game between Dinamo Bucaresti and Farul Constata of the Romanian Rugby League a full on brawl broke out. 9 players were eventually taken to the hospital, also 9 players (possibly the same ones) were banned from the Romanian Rugby League for their participation in the fight with the league saying it “condemned the players for conduct devoid of fair-play.”

And now, for fun, the fight in slow-motion.

[Fan IQ]


Glory Days Well They’ll Pass You By

Since 1905, Easton High in Pennsylvania and Phillipsburg High in New Jersey have played football against one another. One of the oldest high school rivalries in the country, the two high schools, separated only by the Delaware River, have one score to settle, the 1993 Thanksgiving game that ended in a tie. As part of a documentary sponsored by Gatorade, the 1993 teams are returning to play another game to finally settle the score. Overtime didn’t exist for the schools then, and so both were left with a sour taste in their mouths.

784423Now, 30 players from both teams, all in their 30s now, began meeting about a month ago to start training for the game to be held on April 26th. The weekly practices are also in conjunction with special training sessions from Velocity Sports Performance to help the players get in as close to game shape as possible.

“I wasn’t sure what kind of mind-set the players were going to bring – is it just kind of fun? – but it’s Easton-Phillipsburg no matter your age,” former Phillipsburg coach Bruce Smith said who will return to the sidelines for the game. “The mind-set is, we are in it to win. It’s never just about fun with this game.”

In 1993, Easton came into the game riding high with an 11-1 record, the 4-5 Stateliners from Phillipsburg though put up a fight and kept shutting down the Easton offense. After making two dramatic goal-line stands, the Stateliners blocked a field goal attempt leading to the unsatisfying tie.

“I just remember the empty feeling we left the stadium with,” Steve Shiffert, then, and current head coach of Easton said. “We didn’t know how to act because there was such buildup for the game, and they couldn’t even give out the trophy.”

Now the players are hard at work in an effort to get into shape for the game, a difficult task considering many have been away from the gridiron for nearly 15 years.

784424“It was good to put the pads back on but the soreness afterward was rough,” Darren Smith, a sophomore on the 1993 Easton team said. “You knew it was a different kind of getting back into shape, and you knew you had a lot of work to do. We just don’t recover like we used to. We don’t want to look like a bunch of old guys. We want to come out and look like we can play football. We are 30-year-old men, but we aren’t over the hill yet. We are working hard so we can come out and put a show on.”

Some of the key skill players from both teams are missing, but that hasn’t dampened enthusiasm, “We’re doing some shuffling,” Smith said. “You can’t go into a game like this and expect people to play a position they played 15 years ago.”

Although the score won’t change in the record books, for the players this is their shot at redemption. “Some people say you are crazy, some say it’s great, but it’s a good opportunity,” coach Smith said. “It’s neat renewing relationships with players you had 15 years ago and are 30 now and have families of their own. It makes this game unique.”

[High School Rivals]


I Dislike Your Officiating

Comercial coach Pedro Santilli of the Brazilian second division had seen enough during the Sao Paolo Championship game against Catanduvense. Frustrated with the way the game was going, when the ball went out-of-bounds by him, he picked it up, and when a Catanduvense player came to make a throw-in, Santilla threw an elbow into his chest. Now, I don’t want to say that the player is a wuss and was faking it, but when an elderly man bumps you, you shouldn’t be knocked to the ground like Tyson just knocked you out…Santilli wasn’t done though, he walks onto the field, yelling at the ref and gives the ref an uppercut before being sent off and leaving the field. Comercial ended up losing the game and were relegated to the third division.

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April 2009