Archive for October 15th, 2009

15
Oct
09

I’m Golovin It

When I was in high school I played on the varsity tennis team as one half of the #1 doubles seed; that means that I’m both good at tennis and play well with others. I think Russian-born and French-naturalized tennis star Tatiana Golovin — who we’ve highlighted before — should keep both those points in mind because, after seeing these photos of her, I can’t get her out of my mind-grapes.

Tatiana let’s just get together and hit some balls around, see what happens. Facebook poke me!

Tatiana Golovin 3

[Sports by Brooks]

15
Oct
09

Honduras is IN the World Cup!

With the US Men’s team tie against Costa Rica it meant that the Honduran team was IN for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Hondurans haven’t had a successful campaign in the Cup since the 1982 tournament when they battled the host Spaniards to a tie. Because the game was of such importance to the Hondurans, they sent some radio broadcasters to the US-Costa Rica game; I don’t speak Spanish, regardless I think it’s fair to say they got a little excited when the game was over…

15
Oct
09

Put On a Trojan and then Slip ‘n Slide

It’s not often that I come up with something positive to say about the USC Trojans, mainly because I just don’t care enough either way, but this clip from their practice Tuesday makes me happy. Here are assistant coaches Pat Ruel and Jethro Franklin going up against one another in an epic slip and slide contest on the very soggy practice field.

Looks like fun! Also, I always automatically root for someone named Jethro.

15
Oct
09

Con Man Scams Canadian Hockey-Playing Teens

51479829Probably no crime in Canada is more nefarious than the one Randy Grumbley of Ontario allegedly pulled off; he was arrested Thursday for creating a fake European hockey tournament in France and scamming dozens of Ontario teenagers out of nearly $3,500 each.

Using the alias Frances Poirier, police claim that Grumbley operated a company called Ontario Central Scouting and promised teens ages 16-21 the chance to play in a hockey tournament in Europe where professionals scouts would be in attendance. Police believe Grumbley recruited about 100 victims.

Each person paid approximately $2,800 plus travel costs but when they arrived in Colmar, France to play teams from France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany they instead discovered there was no hockey tournament or opposing teams. Jones!

Well, at least the teens got a fun trip to France right?

[Ottawa Citizen]

15
Oct
09

Target Center Goes Green Thumb

sep09-aerial-fullThe Target Center opened in 1990 as the new home for the Minnesota Timberwolves, over the summer it had some renovations done, particularly on the roof. Instead of just leaving the roof as is, it has been made into the 5th largest “green” roof in the nation; it is also the first green roof to be installed on a sports arena. The 2.5 acre roof will be able to gather nearly 1 million gallons of storm water, preventing overflowing in the Mississippi River and damage to the surrounding area.

The other interesting aspect of the roof is that it will serve a second purpose, utility garden. On top of the roof will be a variety of Sedums and Minnesota prairie plants, including Columbine, Prairie Coreopsis, Wild Strawberry, Dotted Blazing-Star, and Lupine. The lupines are intended to attract Karner Blue Butterflies which are endangered and depend on the plant for survival. Not a bad way to take advantage of the space, it reminds me very much of Sim City.

[Target Center]

15
Oct
09

Wayne Gretzky Mixes and Mingles with Celebrities

When you’re nicknamed “The Great One” everyone wants to meet you, when you are a superstar in LA — even if it is in hockey — you get to meet tons of interesting celebrities. Via the Greatest Hockey Legends site comes some photos of Wayne Gretzky and some of the famous people he encountered along the way. People such as super-TV dad Alan Thicke and Rob Lowe, Penthouse Pet Carol Davies, the obligatory Gary Coleman shot and of course, Burt Reynolds. Neat!

thicke

[Greatest Hockey Legends]

15
Oct
09

Planning on Winning a Gold Medal in Vancouver?

Vancouver MedalsWith the Vancouver Olympics fast approaching, the Vancouver Organizing Committee released today some images of the medals that the winners will be receiving. Inspired by Canada’s ocean waves, drifting snow and mountain landscapes, the medals also feature aboriginal art and no two will be alike. Weighing between 500 and 576 grams, they are the heaviest in Olympic history.

The Committee is also working on special wool cases for the medals to allow easier transport for the athletes as in the past they have complained that the boxes they are given are unwieldy and make traveling with medals difficult. Many athletes had resorted to just carrying them in empty socks. Of course, the medals haven’t been made of all gold since the 1912 Stockholm games (which I remember as a CRAZY orgiastic party), today’s are in fact sterling silver covered with a thin coat (approx. 6 grams) of gold.

[CTV]




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