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Oh Lonzo, It’s gotta be Duh, Uhm…

July 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Seriously? While I understand the impetus to command your price in professional sports, and strike while the proverbial iron’s hot. I simply cannot ascertain the ego’s leading to overt greediness! Especially when you’re simply a rookie in the NBA, and even if you’re supposed to bring the Lakers back to greatness with “Showtime” 2.0, or is that 3.0? As somehow I’m thinking Kobe and Shaq might not like being overlooked?

As I’ve attempted to completely ignore the rapture over Lonzo Ball, even if Erving “Magic” Johnson’s Mega-Watt smile has been re-illuminated while gushing enthusiastically over LA’s No. 2 NBA Draft Pick this year.

As it just really makes my head spin that somebody can believe he’s worthy of having a tennis shoe “sneaker” named after him retailing for $495; Seriously?

As it’s gotta be Duh Shoes, right? Yo Lonzo’, those are Michael’s shoes you’re wearing, you know, as in Air Jordan’s…

Lonzo Ball says he’s wearing Jordan 31’s in hopes of starting a Bidding War

And if that’s not bad enough? It makes me sick hearing how on Day-1 of the National Basketball League’s Free Agency “window” this June, an Astronomical $769m - as in Million! Was shilled out to various Free Agents by the frothing NBA Franchises! For which Y’all know, are paying these vast, ridiculous, and insanely out-of-control amounts via you, “the Fans!” And everything NBA Y’all consume; SIGH!

As over half-a-Billion alone was spent upon the Top-3 Offseason signings, led by the Houston Rockets $228m six-year extension with James Harden. Whilst the reigning Golden State Warriors gave Steph’ Curry a five-year, $201m extension. And netting only a paltry $173m in third place was Blake Griffin, re-signing with the LA Clippers for a further five years.

As Griffin’s “Alley-Oop” deal Bumps the newly inked Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward to fourth at $127m and the New Orleans Pelicans Jrue Holliday’s $126m signing rounding out the “Starting five.” Before the Washington Wizards signed John Wall to a four year extension for $173m.

While now comes word that the Houston Rockets Billionaire owner Wesley Alexander has decided to put the Basketball Franchise he shilled out a meager $85m for in 1993, up for sale, with an asking price potentially in the $1.65b, as in Billion range!

Which Forbes estimated the No. 8 valued franchise at this past February, while Nope! I won’t say anythingy’ about Seattle and Chris Hansen or the pending Key Arena renovation; Oh Never Mind!

Houston Rockets owner Alexander says he’s selling team

Ah, “My Oh My!” How the times of professional sports have changed from their Heydays, or meager beginnings, eh? As imagine a time when sports stars had to play multiple series just to make a decent living?

and NO! I’m not talking ’bout the likes of Michael Jordan, “Neon Deon” Sanders, Jake “the Snake” Plummer, Chris Carter, Hershel Walker or Bo Jackson, etc. But Wayback instead during the resurgence of sports following the second Great War, nee World War II.

Since ironically when perusing the New York Times Obituary section recently, I came upon the name of Gene Conley, who I’d never heard of before, who even more Karmically was a Washington State product! Even if he was with those Dastardly KittyCatz’, simply known as the Cougs’, or formally Washington State Cougars, or WSU.

When I think of professional athletes to come out of WSU, I typically think of Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf, while I’ve almost forgotten ex-Seahawks Great “Dr. Dan,” aka Dan Doornink, a prolific Running Back from Seattle’s Jim Zorn NFL Football era Who got the nickname due to his Medical Degree, and now serves as an MD in his hometown of Yakima, WA.

And that’s it! Knowing nothing about their long list of luminary athletes, primarily “Stick ‘N Ball” Stars, i.e.; MLB, NBA and NFL, along with Track & Field and the CFL and Arena league Football.

Although when double checking for Ryan Leaf, I stumbled upon the name Jack Elway, as in Uh-huh, his son’s name is John Elway, as in that Elway!

Y’all know thee John Elway who the long forgotten Bryan “The Boz” Bosworth bestowed the moniker of “Mister Ed” upon the devious Denver Broncos QB, before Elway went onto winning two Super Bowls and Bosworth went; Uhm? Where’d he go?

As “bo Knows!” Where The Boz’ went; WHOOPSADAISY! As Oakland; Err Los Angeles Raiders Running Back Bo Jackson ran Roughshod over Bosworth and the Seahawks on National TV NO less long ago in the Kingdome! But I digress…

As the elder Elway, whose full name was John Albert “Jack” Elway, Sr., was born in Aberdeen, WA, home of some “Grunge Band” Nirvana’s ex-lead singer Kurt Cobain, played QB in High School and one year for the Cougars before a career ending knee injury.

Oops! I forgot about Mark Rypien, who led the Washington Redskins twice to victory in Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXVI, along with being named MVP of Super Bowl XXVI and the UPI’s Player Of the Year in 1991.

But back to the man who got me started on this WSU “Rabbit Hole,” as Gene Conley was first discovered by another previously unknown name to Mwah, the legendous’ Bill Sharman, a ten-times National Basketball Association world champion, four times as a player for the Boston Celtics, once as the LA Lakers Head Coach and five more times as a Lakers executive.

As Sharman was the first person to ever win titles in those three capacity’s, also the only person to win titles in the ABL, ABA and NBA as a Coach, making for a staggering total of twelve championship titles overall!

Even more amazing, Sharman is just one of four persons to ever be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, joining John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens and Tommy Heinsohn.

As suppose it takes a Basketball great to see someone else’s Hoops’ potential, as ironically it was Sharman who approached Conley Wayback in 1951 when he was also an aspiring two sports star. As Sharman, then playing third base for the Brook land Dodgers Farm team, with Conley pitching for the Boston Braves Farm club.

As Conley, who towered on the mound as a 6-foot 8-inches tall pitcher with a devastating fastball; Hmm? Makes me think of the legendous’ Randy Johnson of Seattle Mariners fame; but I digress… Was looking for work during Baseball’s Offseason, since back during the 1950’s players struggled to eak out a living.

As Sharman reportedly first took notice of Conley when he played Hoops for then Washington State College, before becoming WSU, during his Sophomore year battling John Wooden’s legendous’ UCLA Bruins in the Pacific Coast League.

As the rest they would say is History. As Conley much to his Major League Baseball teams displeasure would play professional Basketball during the Offseason, cramming 18-seasons worth of play into 12-years time.

First becoming an MLB World Series winner in 1957 with the Milwaukee Braves, a team that included somebody named Hank Aaron!

He then became a titlist in Two Pro Sports, Who Hardly Took a Break between his eleven years in the “Majors:” 1952-63, before winning three world championships with the Boston Celtics between 1959-61. Ironically with Sharman on the team, that saw Conley sharing time at Center with somebody named Bill Russell.

Gene Conley, Dual-Sports threat with World Series and NBA titles, Dies at 86

As Conley is one of only two men to have won major professional championship titles in multiple sports, with the other being the legendary Otto Graham, who claimed championships in Football and Basketball.

Yet Conley achieved this Uber rare feat whilst contesting both series during the same time, while Graham accomplished his feat of winning in the National Basketball League, precursor to today’s NBA, first in 1946 with the Rochester Royals.

Then Graham was immediately snapped-up by the Cleveland Browns the same year, as Graham would focus solely upon tossing the Pigskin for the Browns the rest of his entire professional playing career, as the Browns devastating Quarter Back between 1946-55. Where he led Cleveland to the Playoffs every season, including winning three National Football Championships in 1950 and 1954-55, before retiring to become a Head Coach…

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Speeding into Summer, Sorta…

June 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Hmm? As your humble El Senor Scribe Touchdown Tommy sits at thou keyboard in Tomaso Manor, in the shadows ‘O Seattle, a constant rain, pegged at 100% chance of precipitation blankets the Pacific Northwest Just one week prior to Summer Solstice. Making me ponder just when our summer will truly arrive? As Thars’ an ‘Ol legend that says summer doesn’t arrive in Seattle ’til July 12th Matey’s; but I digress…

Although now not used so much,
probably in some small deference to the City’s diversification of Industry, along with the constantly shrinking workforce, and The Boeing Company’s constant mantra to move Jobs away, Seattle’s main moniker today is commonly known as The Emerald City, which once was known as thee Jet City.

Alas, my long winded, Oh, so clever tie-in to a major sporting event I typically attend, but this year was off in search of wild, Ah-bloomin’ Rhody’s in Oregon instead!

Although Florence’s Rhododendron Festival is a shrinking violet in terms ‘O attendance vs. Mother Speedway’s, aka Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the nation’s largest single day sporting event!

Nonetheless I was pleasantly surprised by getting the chance to partake in both recently, and henceforth why the elongated delay upon posting another “Stick “N Ball” story upon Sportyblog; Hya!

As it’s amazing to think that a half century’s passed since Indianapolis saw the dawning of a new age, which was poised to revolutionize the sport of motor racing, for which ironically, Boeing provided a spare Jet-engine turbine powerplant for some “Weekend Warriors” getting their Kurtis Kraft racecar On-track first!

As the Seattle, Washington based Aircraft company helped pioneer this radical technology over a decade before the original Turbocar’, fondly known as “Silent Sam” and the “Whoosh Mobile,” nee the 1967 STP-Paxton Turbocar entered by the flamboyant CEO of STP Oil Treatment Andy Granatelli and driven by the legendous Parnelli Jones came just four laps shy of immortality, after having thoroughly dominated the race!

When a Jet-Powered Car Raced in the Indianapolis 500. The racecar tore up the track and dazzled fans at the legendary competition and then vanished

As more history was made; NO! Not when I did my own, special impromptu rendition of my ‘Ol Boogity-Boogity-Boogity! DW’s (Darrell Waltrip) I’ve won the Day-Toner 500 “Icky Shuffle!” When Taku-san’, nee Takuma Sato became the first ever Japanese driver to win the Indy 500 in 101 running’s of the storied event.

Hence, having gone nearly three weeks without a single lick ‘O sporting news, with the exception of gorging Thyself on Memorial Day with watching the Indy 500 and then later that evening the rebroadcast of the day’s Monaco Grand Prix, it’s been somewhat difficult to push in thou veritable clutch and shift back into fifth gear in pursuit of what’s occurring in the mainstream sporting universe.

Although professional Hockey and Basketball are now over, until next season, while those proverbial “Boys ‘O Summer” are stepping up to the plate, sadly both our Seattle Mariners and defending MLS champions Sounders FC are dwelling in the cellars of their respective divisions; YOUCH!

While can those pigskin OTA’s already have “Zoom-Zoomed” by? As I always get a chuckle outta trying to remember what the NFL’s OTA vernacular translates to? Oh yeah, it’s Organized Team Activity, for which apparently many, many, crazed National Football League Fans crave, along with attending various related activities.

As I especially enjoyed the story about a blind woman getting her chance to mingle with the Indianapolis Colts legendary kicker Adam Vinatieri, who apparently was most gracious with her. Affording her extra visiting time in line and even a peck on the cheek; SWEET’!

A blind Muncie woman’s emotional moment meeting Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri

And lastly, without going too deep here, as “They” say that Sports and Politics don’t co-mingle with each other, right? Kudos to the Seattle Storm’s ownership for doing the right thing by audaciously backing Planned Parenthood!

Especially in the current environment of Fox News persistent predatory Sexual Harassment behaviour by its top executives and leading talk show voices, along with Uber’s CEO Sexism Brashness, since really, as males, should we have a say in a woman’s choice to choose…

Seattle Storm become first Pro team to partner with Planned Parenthood

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Marshawn ‘N Lacy, Oval Racing, Porta Potties, Franken-tweetz’ and the Waiver Wire…

May 19th, 2017 · No Comments

In all of my hours ‘N hours ‘O typing riveting Blog stories for my “day Job,” mostly Open Wheel Racing related rantz’ on No Fenders, along with never being able to quite keep up, another fellow member of the IndyCar bloggeratzi’s “Better Half” recently wrote about when the Month of May begins in her Household, which for those of Yuhs who don’t know, the Month of May is cherished slang regarding the Indianapolis 500, but more upon that later.

As I’ll admit, between Easter and Mums’ Day; Hmm? May be it was the lingering sugar high from those Cadbury eggs? I couldn’t stop Thyself from wonderin’ who the Seattle Seahawks would choose in the first round of this year’s much ballyhooed NFL Draft? Hut-Hut! Raise ‘Dem Heads like a Dallas Cowboys line shift draws Y’alls Offside’s Head Bob fake! Cause Seattle’s Johnny “Not Bo Duke” Schneider traded down umpteen times…

Thus in all of the pre-draft Will He, Won’t He Hysteria, Seattle’s “Beast Mode” came outta retirement in order to play for his home team Oakland Raiders, before they move to Sin City.

As funny how somehow in the Marshawn “Money” Lynch news, Draft mania and the extra allotment ‘O time for the Seahawks to actually pick somebody, since apparently they were busy peelin’ left over Easter eggs?

I learned about another player Seattle had already opted for, as I was totally unawares ’bout this Eddie Lacy fellow before reading about his recent garage sale.

Eddie Lacy’s garage sale a Huge Hit

As apparently Seattle wasn’t completely happy with its backfield? As cannot say why, nor stop myself, but hearing his last name made me think of that classic TV Show Cagney & Lacey for some obscure reason!

As may be it’s since Eddie sounds like a Stand-up Guy, by donating the entire proceeds from his garage sale to charity, since guess he didn’t wanna haul it cross country, eh?

Yet immediately after the Draft, my intrigue over this year’s Indianapolis 500 pegged out Thy Tachometer! As I’m still marveling over the sheer brilliance of live streaming somebody’s (May 3rd) Rookie Orientation Programme, along with the fact that I could actually watch it! Having gotten up specifically for the 6:30AM broadcast streaming’s green flag, where I apparently tuned-in with over 2.7 million Fans!

Oh, didn’t Y’all hear? Fernando’s Coming to Americre! As in Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, with his F1 team McLaren Honda’s blessing, especially since they’re performing so abysmally right now, and McLaren’s desperate to keep the marquee Spanish driver driving for them next year, as Alonso’s in the final year of his current contract.

Alonso, at age 35 will make his inaugural outing not only at what I fondly call Mother Speedway, but on an Oval no less! As part of Michael Andretti’s six car Indianapolis Motor Speedway effort, where one of his team-mates will be the reigning Indy 500 champion Alexander Rossi.

Rossi, a SoCal’, laid back transplanted Californian, having moved to Indianapolis is just 25 years old and has raced against Fernando before, when making five starts in the pinnacle of motorsports, nee Formula 1 in 2015 for the back-marker Manor Marussia F1 team before unexpectedly switching to Ovals and winning the biggest IndyCar race of the year during his rookie outing last year.

Young drivers could create changing of guard at Indianapolis

But Hey! Before we getz’ to The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day, what about the Mom’s? Having just celebrated Mother’s Day, with Alonso hustlin’ his woeful McLaren Honda round ‘n round the Twisty Barcelona circuit. Apparently those Hosers’ Up North Eh! Weren’t respecting their Mums’ too kindly! By removing women’s bathrooms at the Edmonton Oilers home ice! Uhm, I think that’s a 5min Major Penalty for the Oilers Front Office, don’t Yuhs?

The fight for potty parity: How sports venue toilets value Men over Women

As I’m hoping the Oilers will remedy this issue immediately, or it AIN’T gonna be smelling roses next time Thar’s a hockey game! As what’s that song ’bout Momma Don’t let your Children Grow Up to be Hockey Players…

And skating cross the Blue line following this disrespect towards women, looks like the Seattle Seahawks Frank Clark showed his real persona again by making a Derogatory Tweet towards a female journalist, whose current story wasn’t about Clark, but did infer mention of Clark’s previous past Domestic Violence arrest and subsequent guilty pleas, prompting his dismissal from the University of Michigan football team, prior to being drafted by Seattle.

Seahawks Frank Clark targets female writer over Domestic Violence story

And finally, with all of this Football Paloozah’ running thru my noggin’, I got a chuckle out of reading how the gamesmanship of the NFL’s alive ‘N well, especially here on the west coast. Where it appears the rivalry between the Hawks’ and San Francisco 49ers rolls on, even if they’re currently at different ends of the spectrum in the NFC West.

As Seattle claimed another Running Back for its burgeoning stables off the waiver wire, cut blocking; Err chipping San Fran by scooping up their past 4th round draft pick RB Mike Davis.

Crikeys! And to think it’s still May, and I’m not even sure if I’ll get to watch this year’s Indy 500, or even worse yet, why I’m talking so much about football? As it’s not even summer or training camp time, along with the fact that the Tennessee Titans are my team, who one of these year’s will return to the Playoffs, as think I need an Outdoors break from all of this nonsense…

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How long can D’Antoni’s Rockets light up NBA Playoffs?

May 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Time has a nasty habit ‘O slippin’ away for your Senior Scribe Touchdown Tommy, as I had zero inkling that the Houston Rockets had a new Head Coach until this past March, just prior to the Playoffs.

D’Antoni’s fired-up philosophy has Rockets revved up

As I’ll confess, like I’ve done here before on Sportyblog, I typically don’t pay Attenzione to the NBA, or Stick “N Ball Sports in general, except vicariously when searching for stories to post here; but I digress…

Amazingly, it appears that the last time I wrote in earnest ’bout the current Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was Wayback in Twenty-oh-Nine; Aye Karumba!

D’Antoni comes Home

As I was still reveling in the fact that D’Antoni, who I’d become enamoured with during his Phoenix Suns reign, where the mantra was Just Shoot, Baby! Err, shoot the ball in seven seconds or less, had been sent packing to the east coast to try revitalizing the New York Knicks, who’d won at the “Garden” on January 21, 2009 114-109 vs. the Suns.

As then Phoenix Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr had apparently given up upon D’Antoni’s run ‘N gun philosophy. Having traded for the services of Shaquille O’Neal in February, 2008 via the Miami Heat, where Shaq’s relationship with who he called “The Great Pat Riley” had grown fractious.

O’Neal, playing on a two-year, $40m contract in Phoenix, quickly anointed himself as the Big Cactus! While his son Shareef has just committed to the University of Arizona Wildcats for 2018; but that’s a different story for another day.

Shaq was most complementary toward his ex-Head Coach D’Antoni, by stating: he was sad to see him leave for New York last spring. “He’s a great man, an honest man and the system really works,” said O’Neal, who then paid D’Antoni the ultimate compliment, comparing him with Phil Jackson and Pat Riley.”
“He’s the truth.”

With Kerr telling D’Antoni he was free to seek new employment in May, 2008, D’Antoni quickly accepted New York’s four year, $24m offer and quickly set about trying to right the Knickerbockers listing ship, then walloping from past coach Isaiah Thomas’s tenure.

After two losing seasons, the Knicks made the 2010-11 Playoffs, albeit getting clobbered by the Boston Celtics in Round One, before D’Antoni resigned in March, 2012, noting he’d clashed with Knicks Superstar Carmelo Anthony; Hmm? Sound familiar?

Next, the Los Angeles Lakers who’d tried luring Phil Jackson back, found their Board of Directors unanimously approving the sudden hiring of D’Antoni as their new Head Coach, where he was reunited with his past Floor General, All Star Guard Steve Nash.

Trying to rebuild a once mighty Franchise, it sounds like there were too many Stars on the team, as D’Antoni apparently scrapped trying to implement any system and just let them play…

And although the Lakers did make the playoffs under D’Antoni’s watch, they were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs during the 2013 playoffs. And after the Lakers declined to pick up D’Antoni’s option for the 2014-15 season, he resigned once again, which is where I pretty much lost track of Coach D’.

Ironically, D’Antoni took over from Houston’s Interim Coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who I’d never heard of before, although I totally know the Bickerstaff name from our once mighty Seattle Supersonics, when his father Bernie was our Head coach Wayback during the “Tommy Gunner” (Chambers) era.

Karmically, D’Antoni, who’d scheduled knee replacement surgery after leaving New York, thinking he’d have time to recover prior to landing the Lakers Gig, had Y’all guessed it, Bickerstaff “Senior” Bernie serving as their Interim Head Coach.

Alas, naturally I’m very happy for D’Antoni’s resurgence, as it’s great to see him thriving whilst his past employers New York and Los Angeles definitely haven’t solved their Problems! For which I’ve recently read Steve Nash echoing similar comments.

Even stranger yet? Steve Kerr, who we know is now the Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors, has publically endorsed D’Antoni for Coach of The Year, which I’d wholeheartedly agree he’s earned.

As the Rockets have gotten off to a flying start, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in their first round playoffs vs. those Dastardly Oakey Dokey Thunder; Yeah, I know it’s Clay Bennett’s fault for stealing our Supersonics; Oh Never Mind!

As D’Antoni’s Just Shoot, Baby! Philosophy has taken a somewhat different approach, with Houston setting the record for most three-pointers during the regular season, as I’m not even gonna try dissecting the team’s current roster.

Other than I’ve noticed much speculation over who should be named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) this season being debated over the Rockets James Harden or Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who broke the great Oscar Robertson’s longstanding NBA record for most Triple-doubles during the regular season this year.

Yet with Houston having just won their round 1 matchup against the Thunder 4-1, does that change the MVP focus back upon Harden? As it looks likely that Houston will most likely face the San Antonio Spurs in the next round of playoffs, unless the Memphis Grizzlies win the final two games.

As it only gets harder each round, although it’ll be somewhat karmic if D’Antoni’s Rockets square off against his former boss Steve Kerr’s Warriors in the Western Conference Finals…

James Harden and Mike D’Antoni: Basketball Soulmates

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Change of Scenery, Seasons, Fresh Breezes from Hawaii make a World ‘O Difference…

April 6th, 2017 · No Comments

freya prumm, pro surfer

 Freya Prumm, Pro Surfer

 Ah, there’s nothin’ better for escaping the dreariness of our most biting, cold, wet, Winter-Percip, Ariel Flooding, multiple Severe Weather Advisories, Mudslides and Hail ‘N Brimstone; Err lightning winter here in Seattle than a two weeks Holiday on thou Big Island! As even better yet is Kona’s wacky 100% rain forecast each day which never arrived ‘cept for ’bout five-ten minutes total duration of overly warm & lite’ showers during my entire visit; but I digress…

Although I’d originally listened to the story via my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service the night before leaving, I’d not bothered to ride I-T all the way to the beach;

Hence, ARSE-Suming’ to forget the story title before returning home, which I’d expected to disappear from Thy Memory-banks - a la our “Magic Sands” or “disappearing Sands” beach, also known as White Sands, which has a nasty habit of Hangin’ 10 and Peeterin’ out during winter, leaving the beach just exposed to narly, cut inducing rocks!

Yet after our somewhat overly bumpy, turbulent six-plus hours ride, after an hour’s delay for “Maintenance” issues, as our Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800ER Aeroplane began its initial decent into Kona-Kailua Airport, where our friendly “lead” flight attendant told us we’d A-L-L become three hours younger upon arrival; Hya!

My seat-mates, a very pleasant couple en route to warmer climes from their home in Fairbanks, Alaska began conversing with me. As we chit-chatted ’bout the usual topics, i.e.; where we’re staying, how long, how many times I’ve been to Hawaii, etc, before I asked him if he ever watched that TV Show ’bout Alaska “Bush Pilots?”

As I was curious if they flew any of the ancient, but totally revered Beavers; Nope! Not those annoying Dam building furry critters, but instead the De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, which I can still hear it’s throaty roar in Seaplane fair taking off from Puget Sound occasionally from home if the winds Ah-blowin’ the correct way!

Thus, being surprised to discover this magnificent Aeroplane went out of production a half century ago, albeit Viking Air on Vancouver Island, BC bought the Type certificates from Bombardier Aerospace over a decade ago, and now rebuilds original Beavers into upgraded turbocharged versions…

And after he told me ’bout being familiar with the show, he mentioned how their neighbor’s, who’s a retired pilot who enjoys flying vintage Warbirds, I launched into some nostalgic rhetoric ’bout vintage Warbirds.

As I regaled him briefly ’bout how those (Boeing) B-17 Aircrews were accustomed to flying in fully laden Fur suits, prone to their lectrics’ vests crapping out, ice developing upon their oxygen masks, etc.

Then noting how the B-29 was the first pressurized Bomber, ultimately leading to our being able to travel unencumbered in our T-shirts ‘N shorts these days, which is a far cry from the traumatic times occurring over Oahu’s skies three quarters century ago! Whilst he told me, it sure sounds like you know your Aeroplanes…

A Day of Infamy, 75 Years ago…

Oopsadaisy! Forgot this was a Sports Blog for a moment Thar’; Hya! Although that Surfin’ story I’d read the evening before came back up on my radar screen when he told me ’bout how they enjoy tent camping on the beaches in Hawaii, as how can Yuhs beat the scenery of stepping out of your tent onto the beach for breakfast Mates!

As The Guardian Sports article was about promising female Aussie’ Freya Prumm, who at 25yrs young is reinventing herself by living out of her car while pursuing cracking the Top-17 elite women’s Pro Surfer rankings Down Under at Boomerang Bay.

Pipe Dreams: Life On the Road in pursuit of Surfing Glory

Yet I was unawares’ thee original “Duke, aka Duke Kahanamoku was responsible for introducing the art of surfing on “long boards” fashioned out of wood over a century ago to Australia Mates, presumably at that very same bay.

But when I think of surfing and Hawaii, I inevitably think of the late Eddie Aikau, along with Garrett McNamara, both of whom I’ve scribbled ’bout here on Sportyblog previously, most recently I guess back in 2014; Aye Karumba!

Surfin’ Safari from the Big Island…

Alas, naturally, now surfing stories had my total Attenzione, thanxs mostly to the Freya Prumm story, which makes it hard to believe that in the year Twenty-seventeen, women were just being allowed to contest the Big Wave competition for their inaugural outing this past November!

Women compete in World Surf League’s Big Wave competition for first time

While lastly, another unknown professional surfer to Mwah, was back in the news, as Nick Fanning, who’d been the victim of a Shark attack when surfing in 2015’s World Surf League’s J-Bay Open made the Highlight reels!

Mick Fanning to make full-time surfing return to Championship Tour in 2017

As perhaps Y’all recall the Australian triple world surfing champion’s harrowing escape from not one, but two inquisitive Great White Sharks! For which Fanning had the audacity of punching one in the back to get its Attenzione to leave him alone during the Finals; CRIKEYS!

Mick Fanning escapes Shark Attack in South Africa

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