We’ve all had that argument. Cheerleading isn’t a sport, is it? What about marching band? NASCAR? It’s tough to pinpoint what actually constitutes as a sport. Does there need to be a ball or a scoring system? Do the participants need uniforms? Should there be spectators? There is never a clear-cut winner whenever this discussion is had. In my experience, it usually ends with everybody loudly talking over one another and the slamming of a door (on this note: debate is not a sport). Continue reading
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I’d like to follow up on my last post.
Last week I talked about the tragic death of Nick Adenhart, but what’s been even more tragic has been the prejudice and racism I’ve witnessed fester out of the situation. I’d like to keep my blog on the subject of sports and sports alone, but with sports being the backdrop in this situation, I feel this is something that needs to be addressed.
The driver of the car, Andrew Gallo, was hispanic. Specifically, Mexican. Great.
The accident happened in California. Specifically, southern California. Great.
Racial tension between Hispanics and, well, just about everyone else in southern California has never reached a comfortable level, most notably in the last decade or so. Continue reading
It’s hard not to talk about this. It’s hard not to hear about it. At approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning, Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was pronounced dead at Fullerton Hostpital eight hours after his first major league start of the year (only the fourth of his career).
Adenhart, only twenty-two years old, was killed in a hit-and-run accident Thursday morning. Continue reading
Sorry, everybody, for taking last weekend off. You may be wondering what I was doing with all that valuable time. Well, I was watching movies. Sports movies to be specific. However, I managed to make it constructive! Watching the Oscars last weekend, it occurred to me that sports movies rarely get awarded for the inspiration they often stir inside us. So I have now compiled, for you, my top ten sports movies of all time.
The envelope please. Continue reading
What a depressing fall for an American hero.
I’m sure you’ve seen them or heard about them, the photographs of Michael Phelps smoking a bong at a party while on a tour of colleges. This is unfortunate in so many ways. Many fans obviously feel let down and he has soiled his reputation at a time where his name can be used for so much good (not to mention the endorsements he will lose).
Obviously, this controversy has stirred-up a lot of chatter. Does he deserve all the scrutiny he is recieving? Should we really hold him to such high standards only because he is an athlete in the public eye?
Don’t forget, these pictures were taken after the Olympics. The man who set the record for most Olympic gold medals should realize everything he does will be looked at a little more closely than the average American 20-something. Continue reading
I know there are a million sports bloggers writing about the Super Bowl this week, and I told myself I wouldn’t join the masses, but I suppose this was inevitable.
So here it is.
Every year the Super Bowl is extremely exciting for a couple million people, mostly in the two states that are home to the two teams. Where does that leave the rest of the country? All of our teams were eliminated in earlier rounds or, in some cases, didn’t even come close to making the playoffs (sorry Cleveland). However, we are obligated to root for somebody. I mean it is the Superbowl.
So you might be wondering, “How do I pick a team?” Let’s use this year’s contenders as an example.
1. Pick the Team You Hate the Least
I, personally, have nothing at stake in this Super Bowl. I’m not from either state. I’m not a huge fan of either team. I didn’t pick either of them to go all the way in a fantasy league before the season. But come Sunday I will be cheering for the Cardinals.
My reasons? Continue reading