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 -
The Who Dat nation is composed of long-suffering
, divinely inspired (?)
, and - as of tonight - very happy
citizens. What's the deal with "Who Dat," anyway?
posted by honeydew
on Feb 7, 2010 -
Double Full Full Full, annotated
(NYT video, reg REq'd) U.S. Olympic Team aerial skier Ryan St. Onge and a science reporter describe via video the physics going on as he executes a triple backflip with four twists.
Also, the snowboard halfpipe
. (Don't ask me why a triple backflip with four twists is called a "double full full full")
posted by planetkyoto
on Feb 3, 2010 -
The Magisterial Goal
. YouTube/Essay on the great British sports announcer Ray Hudson and his literary metaphoric style. “Look at him, so languid, look at him walking. He’s like a big, beautiful zombie, Riquelme. He just strolls around…like smoke off a cigarette.” [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Feb 2, 2010 -
At 104, fit & spry Joe Rollino
was the last classic strongman
-- the sport of strength athletics
, which evolved into modern bodybuilding. Standing 5'10" and weighing a mere 145 pounds
, he was a fixture on Coney Island
, known for feats of strength like 450 pound teeth lifts, or bending quarters with his fingers. Rollino also boxed in the 1920's as "Kid Dundee"
, and returned from World War II decorated with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Joe Rollino never drank, never smoked, was a lifetime vegetarian and a confirmed bachelor. He died today
after being struck by a minivan.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot
on Jan 11, 2010 -
Malcolm Gladwell did an article about this in the New Yorker, but this GQ article
shows the opposition the researchers who discovered CTE faced from the NFL.
posted by reenum
on Dec 19, 2009 -
At the beginning of the '09 season a young rookie coach named Pep Guardiola was appointed manager
of FC Barcelona, one of the top teams in European football. One year later, the team plays 19th December in Abu Dhabi against Estudiantes for the Club World Cup, the cusp of association football season. Guardiola had taken a talented but stagnating team to the top, a prometean figure that brought the philosophy he had inherited
playing for historical player Johann Cruyff almost 20 years before. [more inside]
posted by valdesm
on Dec 17, 2009 -
The Confessions of an NBA Scorekeeper
Gawker's Tommy Craggs talks with an ex-scorekeeper for the Vancouver Grizzlies, and reveals the subjectivity of stat keeping in the NBA.
This guy once gave Nick Van Exel 23 assists just because he felt like it.
posted by reenum
on Dec 11, 2009 -
The 10 Most Horrific Sports Injuries Ever
WARNINGS: Some of the videos/images are rough to look at (breaking limbs, one bloody hockey accident, nude Steve Yeager) and it's clearly US-centric (it doesn't mention that Rugby League dude who was jamming his finger in his opponents anuses).
posted by Mayor Curley
on Nov 28, 2009 -
When people think of the pitfalls of the baseball draft, it is hard not to remember the story of Matt Harrington
. Harrington was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft by the Rockies and the Padres in successive years, only to go back into the draft after failing to reach an agreement each time. As the years went by, his stock kept falling. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Nov 3, 2009 -
"Consider, then, the Fosbury Flop, an upside-down and backward leap over a high bar, an outright—an outrageous!—perversion of acceptable methods of jumping over obstacles. An absolute departure in form and technique. It was an insult to suggest, after all these aeons, that there had been a better way to get over a barrier all along. And if there were, it ought to have come from a coach, a professor of kinesiology, a biomechanic, not an Oregon teenager of middling jumping ability."
posted by dhruva
on Sep 14, 2009 -
"What do you get if you cross a large rubber ball used for physical therapy with the medieval sport of Jousting? Yoga Ball Jousting."
posted by feelinglistless
on Jun 30, 2009 -
The Baseball Card Movie
is a short documentary set in a baseball card shop frequented by collectors. Showcases the customers' different styles of collecting and the strange ways the card manufactures mange to sell packs for $100+. It's not for kids anymore, but it's not all bad. (Via
posted by The Devil Tesla
on May 12, 2009 -
At least one of these things is true, and possibly both: (a) This
was the most tense game of baseball ever played; or (b) relations between Jews and the Klan have deteriorated dramatically since 1926. Bill Francis, a research librarian at the Baseball Hall of Fame, unearths a tantalizing newspaper clipping. [more inside]
posted by kosem
on May 11, 2009 -