In 2006, Joss Naylor ran 50 miles up and down seventy Lake District
fells, ascending more than 25,000 feet in 21 hours. Not his best performance, but to be fair, he was 70 at the time.
Cumbrian shepherd Joss Naylor
(warning: Youtube link; Cumbrian accent, impossibly adorable sheepdog) is one of the greatest British athletes most people have never heard of, and perhaps the greatest competitor ever in a sport most people have never heard of either: fell-running. [more inside]
posted by reynir
on Nov 20, 2010 -
Vintage photos of women in sport.
"At the turn of the last century women in the western world were finding a voice, both collectively and individually. As the Victorian era lapsed in to memory and the Edwardian Era commenced many women chose to pursue sports." [more inside]
posted by gman
on Nov 18, 2010 -
Harvey Araton wrote
that basketball star Reggie Miller has "a mouth that can stretch as far as his jump shot range." He might be right. Once, in a game against the New York Knicks, Miller so taunted Knicks guard John Starks that Starks headbutted him. Starks was summarily ejected. That incident took place during Game 3 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - a series New York would go on to win in 5 games. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Nov 18, 2010 -
It's autumn, which means for some nerdy bike racers, it's cyclocross season
. Cyclocross is an off-road cycling discipline characterized by short, hard, intense racing
that requires skilled bike handling, running through mud
or sand, and quickly dismounting, carrying, and remounting your bike to navigate obstacles
. After all, sometimes, carrying your bike
is just faster than riding it
In Europe, cyclocross draws huge crowds despite terrible weather
, but it remains a niche sport in the United States
, though with increasing popularity
- perhaps it's because it's one of the few sports where rank amateurs
can closely mingle with (and race the same courses as) top professionals
With the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships
to be held in Louisville, Kentucky
, its popularity and domestic appeal is expected to continue rising.
posted by entropone
on Nov 8, 2010 -
Transgender Man Plays on Women's College Team.
A guard for George Washington University's women's basketball team is a transgender man. Kye Allums
, who was born female and has not undergone any hormone treatments, changed his name from Kay-Kay to Kye within the last year and was relieved not to lose his scholarship. "When people refer to me as 'girl' or 'she,' it doesn't sit well with me," Allums said. "That feeling you get when someone pisses you off, that feeling you get when your stomach gets hot and it aches, that's what it feels like. And that's how I know I'm not supposed to be a girl." On Nov. 13, he will be the first transgender person to compete in Division One college basketball, according to OutSports
. Opposing fans used to taunt Allums about his masculine build, but it backfired. "I love it," he said. "It makes me feel better about myself to hear them call me a man."
posted by rcade
on Nov 2, 2010 -
With all the recent attention in the NFL to dirty tackling, head shots, and concussions, some ground breaking research from Purdue University
suggests that the routine hits to the head that happen 100s of times in every football game may be just as damaging as repeated concussions.
The research was conducted on high school football players. The research uncovered marked reductions on visual memory tests in the kids who had not suffered a concussion and otherwise showed no symptoms of a head injury. These kids were, for all practical purposes, walking around with brain injuries during the season. The good news is that they all were back to normal by the next fall, suggesting that their young brains can heal themselves.
(We are talking about the American brand of football here, but it doesn't seem like a real stretch that too many headers in the football played with a round ball might also be a problem.)
posted by COD
on Oct 27, 2010 -
Since the attack on the Togolese national team in Angola (previously
), soccer in Togo has descended into a freefall. In a strange turn of events, a fake national team recently represented the country in a tournament in Bahrain. The soccer loving people of Togo were outraged when the truth about the situation came out
posted by reenum
on Oct 8, 2010 -
Secretariat - The Movie
opens next week in the US. A feminist
or a Christian
angle might wring some suspense out of one of the least underdoggy sports stories ever filmed, but at least it's an excuse watch Secretariat's three perfect Triple Crown races again.
The Kentucky Derby
, relentless come-from-behind classic. For a sense of the speed-- the unfortunate Sham, coming in two lengths behind, is also breaking the track record.
The unique backstretch run in the Preakness Stakes
, may well be the fastest a horse has ever moved. If you watch one race, it should be the transcendent Belmont Stakes
. With Inspirational Soundtrack! [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse
on Oct 2, 2010 -
Women's Pro Tennis Turns 40.
Women's professional tennis was launched by World Tennis
magazine publisher Gladys Heldman
40 years ago on September 23, 1970, with a tournament that had nine entrants and $7,500 in prizes. The original nine
were Billy Jean King and Rosemary Casals along with the lesser known Peaches Bartkowicz, Judy Dalton, Julie Heldman, Kerry Melville, Kristy Pigeon, Nancy Richey and Valerie Ziegenfuss. A year later, King became the first female athlete to earn six figures in her sport. In the '80s, Martina Navratilova became the first to earn $1 million. Today the WTA Tour
is an $85 million-a-year sport. "We wanted to make sure that any young girl, if she was good enough and if she wanted to, would have the opportunity to make a living playing tennis," King said.
posted by rcade
on Sep 24, 2010 -
Today, Deadspin leaked financial documents
detailing the finances of several MLB teams, including a few that are getting revenue sharing money. They show that several of MLB's "poorest" franchises turned a profit due to these cash infusions. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Aug 26, 2010 -
Pelé and Maradona:
the glorious, ludicrous feud between soccer's two biggest stars. In the summer of 2000, FIFA, which does not understand computers, decided to celebrate the arrival of the millennium by hosting an online poll. Its object: to determine the best soccer player of the past 100 years, with the victor to be fêted at a gaudy banquet in Rome. The organizers of the vote assumed it would be won by Pelé, soccer's silky ambassador, who'd been cheerfully ensconced in his Greatest of All Time sinecure for 40 years.
posted by Fizz
on Aug 10, 2010 -
Chelsea Baker throws like a girl.
Of course, she is a 13 year old girl, so that is to be expected. She is a pitcher that went 12-0 with 2 perfect games in the Plant City FL Little League this season. She hasn't been tagged with a loss in 4 years. Her secret is the knuckleball that was taught to her by a former coach, retired MLB pitcher Joe Niekro
posted by COD
on Jul 26, 2010 -
may be the greatest mare ever. Even if your not normally into race horses, it's worth seeing this one, there may not be another like her. Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote Seabiscuit
, explains why
(NPR 6min). [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 17, 2010 -
They were one of history’s greatest teams. But by the late 2000s, Pro Vercelli were entrenched in the lower leagues, their glorious past forgotten. Until one day, a man bought a video game. Read the uplifting saga of a small-town Italian club, an unknown American manager, triumph, betrayal, passion, and several extremely good recipes, from start to finish [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Jul 3, 2010 -
Joeurt Puk (aka Joe Cook) is the father of Cambodian baseball. In this feature
by ESPN, Patrick Hruby looks into Cook's background and finds that Cook may not be the tireless philanthropist he claims to be. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on May 19, 2010 -
Students at the University of Mississippi voted
yesterday to help select a new mascot. The previous mascot, Colonel Reb
, a white-bearded old man with a cane and wide-brimmed hat, was removed
from sporting events in 2003. There is now a student-led effort
"Star Wars" character Admiral Ackbar
(video of Ackbar saying "It's a trap!" here
) as the new mascot. This effort includes a Facebook group
and twitter account
. The slogan is, "This time it's not a trap." Officials at the University say "No chance
." Meanwhile, the "Save Colonel Reb Foundation
" has sponsored a series of radio ads, including this one.
posted by bguest
on Feb 24, 2010 -