The 2014 edition of the quadrennial FEI World Equestrian Games will be taking place next month in Normandy, France
. In addition to the game's 8 medal disciplines, there will be two demonstration sports. You're probably familiar with polo. But have you ever heard of horse-ball
? [more inside]
posted by drlith
on Jul 26, 2014 -
On Sunday 27 July, history will be made when a group of professional cyclists rides the Champs-Elysées. Among the riders who have never before been allowed in the Tour de France, is an athlete The Guardian has called
"the finest cyclist of their generation" and who Bicycling Magazine recently touted
as one "who could be the most naturally gifted, hardest-working cyclist who ever lived", Marianne Vos
. Also riding will be writer, filmmaker, former figure skater and triathlete Kathryn Bertine
. Triathlete and marathoner Emma Pooley described her expectation
for the event: "On a scale of one to 10, I'd say that La Course
is 11 on the excitement levels." Along with the athlete who holds/held all three Ironman world and championship records (including the overall world record), Chrissie Wellington
, they created the campaign Le Tour Entier
, whose motto is Liberté, Égalité, Cyclisme
, a play on the French national motto. [more inside]
posted by fraula
on Jul 26, 2014 -
Red Klotz, who led basketball’s biggest losers, the Washington Generals, dies at 93.
In his time with the Generals, Mr. Klotz lost at least 14,000 games, or 15,000, or, according to some estimates, more than 20,000.
“That sounds about right,” Mr. Klotz would shrug whenever someone tried to calculate the number.
“I don’t count the losses,” he told the Washington City Paper in 2007. “It’s easier to keep track of the wins.”
Mr. Klotz won six games, his biographer concluded. Or maybe it was four. Possibly just two. But definitely, beyond the shadow of any doubt, his team won one game for sure.
posted by Johnny Wallflower
on Jul 20, 2014 -
"We sort our kids. We rate them. We chart them, and we measure their progress against the rest of the country and pray that they come out on the high end of the curve. And frankly, it's all horseshit. Every last bit of it. The competition industry is crushing us all."
Drew Magary, at Deadspin, unloads on the idea
that "these kids today" are little ninnies made soft by participation trophies and unscored soccer games. [more inside]
posted by escabeche
on Jul 16, 2014 -
Imagine if you could toss two trained fighters into a ring, give them whatever weapons they want, and and let them go full-on Spartacus on each other without anyone getting seriously injured. With the death element removed, even the most die-hard pacifists would have to admit that it’d be pretty damn entertaining.
With their new carbon fiber damage-measuring armor, that’s exactly what Australian startup Unified Weapons Master wants to do.
posted by shivohum
on Jul 8, 2014 -
So earlier today Luis Suarez, striker for the Uruguay side, bit
Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during their respective teams' final group play match for the World Cup. This is not the first time he's done this
--in fact, folks were taking bets
that Suarez would bite someone during World Cup play. Biting is a major taboo
in sports, and sure enough, Suarez is now facing a ban of up to 24 games
by FIFA. Indeed, Suarez has a history
of violent behavior and racist statements, even when you leave aside the biting incidents. And yet, despite all this, Suarez is generally regarded as one of the best soccer players in the world today. So it's fitting that, just before this year's World Cup began, ESPN published an essay by Wright Thompson (previously
) on the many myths and contradictions that surround Luis Suarez
posted by Cash4Lead
on Jun 24, 2014 -
Simpson is in Lovelock because he was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery in Nevada in 2008; he's serving a sentence of up to 33 years, with the possibility of parole in 2017. He will turn 67 next month, but the O.J. personage who remains a cultural touchstone is much younger. That one was born 20 years ago this week, on June 17, 1994, a day that spawned a series of events that are as ingrained in Americana as anything that happened at Valley Forge or in Dealey Plaza. Sports Illustrated tackles Orenthal James Simpson.
posted by porn in the woods
on Jun 13, 2014 -
Ever felt as though the ups and downs of the NBA playoffs and the chase for a ring is like an epic tale? Game of Thrones, NBA edition
, part 1. [YouTube, 2:03] & Game of Thrones, NBA edition, part 2
. [YouTube, 2:11]
posted by cashman
on Jun 13, 2014 -
It's easy to explain why you love a conventionally excellent player, but way, way more fun to try and explain the appeal of a top-flight athlete whose every step and twitch appeared to be bringing him dangerously close to death itself. You had this guy, St. Louis, and he was awesome and everything, but every time he hit a triple he'd pop up and have the saddest look on his face like everything he loved had died, and left him with the soul of an ancient, sad, and immortal Golem. It was like watching Buster Keaton play centerfield, and he was like that every time he played. SB Nation Reviews: Willie McGee
posted by davidjmcgee
on May 16, 2014 -
Bill Simmons, Grantland boss and 30 for 30 executive producer, went from a little known Boston blogger to one of the most successful sports writers in the history of American media. Rolling Stone's Rob Tannenbaum took a deeper look at Simmons
posted by reenum
on May 1, 2014 -
The large got larger. The small got smaller. The weird got weirder. When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.
TED talk, 14:53
posted by srboisvert
on May 1, 2014 -
Major league baseball is doing something dumb.
They asked fans to nominate a player from their team to be THE FACE OF MLB, whatever that means. Yankees fans picked Derek Jeter. Angels fans picked Mike Trout. Oakland A's fans picked a 4-eyed utility infielder named Eric Sogard. And he's winning.
posted by gilgamix
on Feb 24, 2014 -
"This project started with my dad on Thanksgiving. He was reminiscing about Doug Williams, who in 1988 became the first black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. All these years later, he was still proud of Williams, whose name to some may be that of a half-remembered player from the past but to millions of others remains a powerful symbol of progress. It stayed with me, and it seemed that it was worth telling the story not just of Williams, but of everyone—of all those generations of players who struggled so that Russell Wilson could be, simply, a good young quarterback." Deadspin's The Big Book of Black Quarterbacks
posted by davidjmcgee
on Feb 6, 2014 -
NFL holds Super Bowl in NYC; NYC unimpressed.
While the stadium is technically in New Jersey, it is considered equally if not primarily a New York stadium, and the NFL turned Times Square and Broadway into Super Bowl Boulevard Engineered By GMC.
Visitors can kick a football, watch television, ride a toboggan,
shop, enjoy a free slice of Papa John's pizza, play XBox, take a photo with the oversized Roman numerals 'XLVIII', use relevant Twitter hashtags,
and more. It is not decadent and depraved,
would tend to disagree. The Times discusses less vehement disapproval and disappointment,
while Business Insider wishes ill upon the city. Ticket sales are faltering relative to recent years,
with the new mayor among those skipping out.
posted by save alive nothing that breatheth
on Jan 31, 2014 -
It only happens once every few years:
a brackish river in New Jersey
freezes over, and the iceboats
come out. It's happening all over the Northeast, where an unusually cold winter is welcomed with delight by aficionados of this sport
. Lightly constructed, beautiful, and fast
(the record stands at 84 miles an hour propelled by wind alone), iceboats provide a winter thrill ride like none other
or ice yachting
has thrived in pockets of North America
since the nineteenth century. When conditions are right, see them sailing and racing
, on the Hudson
, in Maine
, Prince Edward Island
. and wherever else "hard-water sailors"
posted by Miko
on Jan 27, 2014 -