Archive for June 22nd, 2009

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Jun
09

With Practice I Could Try This and Hurt Myself

Jordy Smith, a 21 year old South African pro surfer was off the coast of Indonesia when he pulled off a that GrindTV.com called “the most high-performance maneuver ever executed on a wave”. The move itself is technically called a Rodeo Flip but I’m sure you already know that. I think the most important thing we can agree on is that surfers (and skaters) are some of the most articulate people in the world and I only wish that more of them were a part of our governments and think tanks.

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[Yahoo!]

22
Jun
09

Working in the Pits is the Pits

Indy car cutie Danica Patrick during a practice run over the weekend in Iowa ran into one of her pit crew members, coming to close to the way and knocking him over. Fortunately, she went over afterwards and it looks like lectured him on why he was wrong. So that’s got to feel good.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

[Fan IQ]


22
Jun
09

Who Knew I’d Ever Side With a Yankee Fan

Here’s a scream-filled fight video from the game yesterday between the Marlins and Yankees down in friendly Florida. Some father, along with his young daughter intends to take in the game and instead has some crazed other fan attack him. Now, obviously, something was said earlier that set this all off prior to the video rolling but at least in the video it’s clear who was the aggressor. I will say the attacker makes a pretty crazy leap towards the dad, and the guy who is filming it makes a nice understatement when he turns the camera on himself and says “Holy shit!”

Happy Father’s Day!

22
Jun
09

I Want My Own $40 Million TV

cowboysstadium06It was only a matter of time before someone utilized the brand-new $40 million, 180 by 72 foot HD screen at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium for something proper, like a rousing game of Gears of War. Of course, when you think of this kind of fun, you automatically go to those rabble rousers, The Jonas Brothers, or more accurately, Steve Fontane, who directs their videos. Either way, it seems like the perfect use for some downtime and such a gigantic screen. Also, it looks awfully fun.

[Engadget]

After the jump check out some video of Steve playing. Continue reading ‘I Want My Own $40 Million TV’

22
Jun
09

You Were Told to Be QUIET

On the 5-year anniversary of an attempted attack on the Dutch royal family that instead killed 6 innocent bystanders, fans at a soccer game between FC Utrecht and Feyenoord on May 3 rose for a moment of silence.

One fan though started shouting during the silence. According to FC Utrecht chairman Jan Willem van Dop, other fans helped identify the man.

“We made it clear to him we will not tolerate this in our stands,” van Dop said in a statement. “The man expressed his regret for his actions and apologized to the club.”

On Friday, the fan learned exactly how the club will not tolerate his actions, when he received a ban on attending any events at the stadium for 5 years.

[Sports Illustrated]

22
Jun
09

More Examples of Why John Sterling Sucks

I’m on record saying that I think John Sterling is possibly one of the WORST baseball announcers to listen to. For a man in his 60s to keep using and overusing such hokey, lame home run calls as he does is inexcusable. Now, obviously, I’m no Yankees fan, but I would hope that any reasonable Yankees fan would agree that Sterling comes off as a tool of the largest order when he makes such calls as “It’s a text message, from Teixeira” when making a home run call. Just describe the goddamn game and tell me what’s happening. I find it astonishing that for a team with as much money as the Yankees that they have the most unwatchable TV broadcast (with Michael Kay and Ken Singleton) and the most unlistenable radio broadcast (Suzyn Waldman makes me want to insert a chisel into my brain.)

Anyways… Here is John Sterling doing his “Yankees Win” call after a game last season. Look at how he looks around immediately afterwards seeking approval from those around him. If you’ve never seen a 60 year old shake and shimmy like this before you’re lucky; it’s an image that won’t leave your brain soon.

22
Jun
09

Are You Sure You’re Talking About Golf?

weir_mike_drive_getty_260Another fun out-of-context quote, this time from golfer Mike Weir who was probably talking about playing golf in the US Open, but I prefer to think he’s talking about something else.

I’m not the longest…but usually pretty consistent and I’m very determined, I would say. Might not be the prettiest, but I usually find a way to get it in the hole.

[CBS Sports]

22
Jun
09

A 10,000 Mile Rally Race for Fun (and Charity)

On July 18th thousands of eager rally drivers will depart from England on a 10,000 mile adventure ending up in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaaan Baatar. However, this is no ordinary rally road race, The Mongol Rally is a fun free-spirited affair all benefiting various charities. The vehicles involved have been selected by the entrants for comedic value and sense of adventure in order. As the Rally’s website suggests, “The more that goes wrong the better – many of the best stories come from those that didn’t quite make it.”

You can check out the entrants and their various vehicles by clicking here. I first learned of this adventure because an American, Richmond-based team is driving in a self-painted pink ice cream truck. While they won’t be selling ice cream along the way, the team is hopeful — with the help of a sponsor — to be able to distribute delicious space ice cream to children. Prior to getting my license I once saw alongside a highway an ice cream truck for sale and it remains one of my biggest regrets that I didn’t figure out some way to purchase it. If there’s a cooler way for a high schooler to travel feel free to tell me, but I find it hard to believe. So you can see why I have an affinity for this team.

Traveling across roads, “roads” and deserts where there were supposed to be roads but aren’t, the trip is fraught with danger and potential problems. Because these aren’t the most suitable cars for a 10,000 mile trek across various hard terrains, any number of problems can occur leading to breakdowns or flat out having to abandon the trip. The participants are on their own, anything that happens along the way is on them and any number of potential disasters could occur. FUN!

Anyhoo, I’m wishing this team, named the Rolling Cones lots of luck and encourage you to donate to their cause, all the money goes to charity and they get to have an adventure.

On a sidenote: who is in to make our OWN team for NEXT YEAR’S adventure? 10,000 miles of fun, funny cars, new places, Mongolia! I honestly can’t imagine a more fun 3-5 weeks. Who is coming with me?




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