In what’s becoming a reoccurring theme for Mwah, once again I’m Boycotting watching any of the COMMERCIALYMPICS on TV this winter, since after all, isn’t it absolutely amazing how all of the Pre-Sochi Winter Olympics rhetoric over Mother Russia’s benevolent leader Vladimir Putin and his Draconian measures of plunging his country into a historically Homophobic state have politely “Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge” been swept underneath the rug, not to mention the arrests of Environmentalist condemning the plight of wreckage the Sochi winter games have caused, and that’s not even including the residents of Sochi whom continue living in squalor, many still lacking their own working toilets!
On a lighter note, albeit just as pathetic were the many stories about the premises not being completed prior to the games start, hotel rooms unfinished & dirty, dogs living in other hotel rooms and the infamous “Double Toilets;” Hya!
The mysterious Double Toilet
Thus, while its no great surprise that our “Fair ‘N Balanced” Mainstream Corporate media is steering completely away from Russia’s despicable Human Rights atrocities of ALL people being treated equal, nevertheless the same Corporate media has become eager to glum on to the same subject Stateside with Michael Sam Jr.’s recent announcement that he’s Gay prior to the upcoming NFL Draft for which Sam hopes to be selected by someone for his football talent. After all he’s a first team All-American Defensive Tackle for the reigning Cotton Bowl champion Missouri Tigers…
Michael Sam receives Standing Ovation at Basketball game
Yet amazingly, a tiny piece of history was finally made in Sochi when Gasp! Women were finally allowed to compete in Ski Jumping, having only taken 90-years; since the beginning of the Olympic Games to make women eligible for medals in said ski jumping, albeit on the little “Normal” hill, as women are still considered not capable of jumping upon the “B-I-g” hills, still the domain of the fairer sex…
Female Ski Jumpers to make History at Games
Yet while all of this currently consumes the Black Sea resort town, one competitor is doing her own thing, as good ‘Ol Mother Nature has been toying with Commissar Putin, probably the only person able to do so, as Sochi has been gripped in a normally warmer than usual winter, a la the 2010 winter games in Vancouver, BC, where the warm weather also played havoc with the ski slopes, albeit the warm temperatures have been great for business entrepreneurs in Sochi, albeit the pictures with a live Monkey haven’t been overly popular!
Sochi Winter Olympics set to be Warmest ever
But in just one more nod of how far presenting countries of the famed Olympics go in order to Gentrify the games site, along with quelling any and all forms of Dissident, or anybody daring to confront the media with an alternative prospective, just take in these two recent stories over feared Russian backlash…
Russian Environmentalist gets 3-year Prison sentence
While even more pervasive was the placement of this year’s “Protest Zone,” as the majority of locals interviewed said they weren’t even aware that their modest town’s park had been designated such…
Russian Protest Zone, where almost Nobody Protests
and thus, the games march on, and I find it impossible to escape their all consuming reach, a la the $10 BILLION Behemoth known as the National Football League, who’s in a perpetual 24/7 News cycle.
Meanwhile, it seems that the daily rhetoric of the games is constantly ratcheted up as I seemingly cannot escape it whilst listening to my daily news for riveting sports story ideas for this ‘lil Sportyblog blogsite, while the staunchly conservative television provider of said games comca$t is blasting the games ad nausea upon at least three of its television channels it owns, having stumbled into bits ‘N pieces on NBC, NBC Sports Network and USA Network when casting about for something interesting/entertaining to watch on thy ‘Telie, as Bruce Springsteen said it best in one of his classic songs: “57-Channels and Nothing On!”
Staying active is an important part of living a long, healthy life, but not everyone enjoys going to the gym for a workout. Luckily, there are a number of sports woven into the fabric of today’s society that can be a fun way to stay in shape.
Living a healthy lifestyle means eating right, getting the correct amount of sleep, balancing life and work, and even taking daily vitamins (which can be obtained from almost any Canadian pharmacy). However, these aren’t the only ways to stay healthy. Playing sports can really make a difference in one’s health – for the better. Many sports are quite challenging and the exercise helps you lose weight, build up flexibility, improve agility, and increase stamina while also releasing both mental and physical stress, which can ultimately damage one’s health.
Skip the gym
Joining a gym can be an expensive endeavor, one that might get neglected from time to time. For many people, going to the gym on a daily basis is a hassle, so often those membership dues go to waste. There are a number of sports that can help individuals stay healthy without breaking the bank. In fact, many activities are free and little equipment is needed. Additionally, participating in sports is less monotonous than the same workout routine at the gym.
There are so many sports to choose from that it can be hard to decide which is the ideal choice. It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong choice, playing sports and exercising should be fun – and it might be worth the effort of trying something new! For example, volleyball is one of the most vigilant sports out there. This game can help build stamina and discipline thanks to the short bursts of running, but it is extremely social and fun. Additionally, volleyball can help to improve cognitive skills, as being extremely alert is essential.
Individuals that prefer more solitary activities may enjoy running or power-walking. These activities can burn a lot of calories and are one of the simplest ways to lose weight – not to mention the cardiovascular benefits. Running can help to lower blood pressure, improve coordination and reflexes.
The physical benefits of playing sports are unquestionable – toning the body, maintaining a healthy weight, and speeding up the metabolism only improve overall health. However, participating in sports can also foster competitiveness, achievement, and fair play. In essence, playing sports enables one to engage in self-discipline in a positive way that can extend to the professional and social arena.
There is no question that regular physical activity actually helps to improve key mental skills, such as learning, thinking, and judgment. As mentioned, sports can also help to reduce stress, which leads to better sleep, improved mood, and a lower risk of depression. Furthermore, regular exercise can also help to boost one’s self-confidence and self-image. With renewed vigor and more energy, you are likely to feel better about yourself, which can lead to success in an array of tasks in other areas of life.
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Otay, having trouble thinking up a clever title there; but after all it was nearly Superbowl time When I began ponderin’ titles for this latest Sportyblog ramble, or is that Rumble-Stumble The Seahawks Could Go All-the-Way! Actually having been in the nearby vicinity of this year’s Pro Bowl in Honolulu on January 26th, just two days before I flew back to the rainy, wet, dreary, dark ‘N damp Pacific Northwest… Although I’m pretty sure that my batteries had been sufficiently recharged now thanks to this great ‘lil trip Santa Claus gave me, albeit a week-plus of freezing temperatures and that dreaded S-N-O-W word being bandied about Seattle, which comes to a complete standstill anytime snowflakes fall obviously makes me wish I was still in the warm tropical climes of Hawaii; but I digress…
I began my NFL Playoffs run by doing my Seahawks football ritual (at home) by listening to the game via my ‘lil transistor radio to our local broadcasting crew of ex-Seahawks players Steve “HOLY SMOKES!” Raible; past Wide Receiver #83 I believe, opposite Hall of Fame legendary “Wideout” Steve Largent - KIRO’s (97.3FM) Play-by-Play announcer and colour commentator Warren Moon, with jersey No. 1 me thinks - another of Seattle’s small legion of Enshrined, as in the Hall of Fame; Baby! As we’ll get to the “Legion of Boom” shortly…
Thus it was enjoyable, albeit a tad bit nerve-racking listening to the N’walins Saints trying to rectify their past embarrassment at thee LOUDEST Stadium in the World after having previously been shellacked on Monday Night Football no less.
Yet it seems such a long time ago when Drew “They Call Me the Breeze” Brees was getting harried by Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” and more specifically the NFL’s stingiest Defense who never let New Orleans get a lead while No. 3 (Russell Wilson) & Co. ultimately put enough points on the board to lead the ‘Hawks to a 23-15 victory at home in front of 68,000+ raucous, feverish Fans at Der ‘Clink, aka Century Link Field; Y’all know by now, I think they’re related to the number twelve somehow, right?
As all I recall is that it was a miserable, wet, windy day - having walked home in the rain prior to the game’s kickoff, as the wind played a major factor in both Quarterback’s performances - while “Mister Excitement” (Pete Carroll) reportedly celebrated “BEAST MODE’s” game clinching 31-yard TD scamper by jumping into Offensive Line Coach Tom Capel’s awaiting arms! As Lynches second touchdown en route to a ‘Mega 140yd day ensured Seattle’s return to the NFC Championship game for the first time since the Hawks last Super bowl appearance eight years ago.
Then it was off to Kona for a much needed two week sojourn where I’d be watching my first ever NFL Playoffs game which pitted those dastardly “40Whinerz” returning to Century Link to try overcoming the Seahawks in order to return to the Super Bowl one year after their defeat to the Baltimore Ravens.
And that was the most intense, skittish, tension laden game I’ve ever watched, since I wasn’t sure if Seattle could defeat “Captain Krackerjack” ‘N Company, although having home field advantage certainly helped, as we all know the Seahawks were victorious 23-17 when Richard Sherman tipped 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s pass to Michael Crabtree in the end zone to an awaiting Malcolm Smith - as we don’t need to rehash Sherman’s infamous Choke sign do we?
Yet the 49ers made the game difficult, especially with Kaepernick running roughshod over Seattle’s defense, highlighted by a disgusting 58-yard run by “K-POW!” (Kaepernick) But thankfully the Hawks adjusted in the second half and shockingly we were going to the Super Bowl; Aye Karumba!
Yet it was funny how little the outcome of the weekend’s games meant on the Big Island, as the local newspaper, the West Hawaii Today’s lead story in Monday’s sports section was High School sports, followed by the local PGA Golf tourney and then on the bottom of the pages spread were two half page wide blurbs about the weekend’s Divisional Playoffs…
thus in the two weeks run-up to the big dance, little was seemingly said, and even stranger yet was the lack of talk about the Pro Bowl, albeit it did find its way into the late evening’s sports portion of the local TV newscast - showing Deon “Prime Time” Sanders doing pushups after dropping a pass in practice with his squad, while nothing much seemed to be said about the great Jerry Rice.
Then when in town one day, we stumbled upon a new Professional Sports memorabilia store that had just opened in Kona last June which was sporting two San Francisco 49ers helmets in the front window and as we walked inside the store I couldn’t refrain from going BOO-BOO-BOO! When being told of the 49ers gear on display. Then I said to the Saleslady, oh I get it, it’s in honour of Jerry Rice and the Pro Bowl to which oddly she answered back; NO! We’ve had those a really long time… Before my party got all excited over finding an autographed Steve Largent football in the store.
Even funnier yet was while we were awaiting to be seated at my Numero Uno restaurante in Kona, aptly named the Kona Brewing Co. which has a fantastic ‘lil restaurant adjoining their brewery… thus while seated in the waiting area, the trio next to me launched into discussion about the forthcoming Super Bowl by lamenting how they only hoped we wouldn’t get SCREWED by the Referee’s a la super Bowl XL, as apparently us Diehard Seahawks fans have long memories, eh? But hey, even the head Ref’ has since admitted they made mistakes that hurt Seattle in that game…
Returning home to a relatively cold Seattle, albeit Kona had been ensconced in rain the entire day I left, nevertheless it was still a 30-something drop in the mercury upon my return whilst counting down the days ’til the B-I-G GAME! As naturally I made Kona Brewing’s Firerock Pale Ale my choice of beverages for Super Bowl XLVIII and almost missed the most bizarre start of the game whilst retrieving my “Adult Beverage,” which ironically took only 12-seconds to complete when a most incredulous Peyton Manning watched in horror as his center inadvertently snapped the pigskin over his head into the empty end zone resulting in a touchback; Oh Baby! This is gonna be fun I told myself.
And how could I not just smile broader ‘N broader as the games first half went on, building up an unbelievable 22-0 lead, as NOBODY shuts out Peyton, right? While obviously the first half’s highlight was Malcolm Smith’s 68yd touchdown return.
Then once again, taking just 12-seconds off of the clock at the onset of the third quarter was Percy Harvins 87yd kickoff return gallop over the reeling Broncos, as Harvins made up for his disappointing regular season all in one game!
Yet being a lifelong Western ‘Warshintonian, and having lived thru more than my share of Seattle Playoffs meltdowns, I still wasn’t willing to celebrate just yet in the waning moments of the third quarter, as surely Peyton would come back, right? Yet thankfully it wasn’t to be, as Denver was only able to muster up one single touchdown score capped by a two-point conversion, but Seattle and Russell Wilson impressed me mightily by simply marching back down the field and punctuating their impending Super Bowl victory with another touchdown to make the final score 43-8 which is the third most lopsided defeat in Super Bowl history, as Denver holds the No’s 1 & 3 worst defeats - with San Francisco and “Joe Cool’s” (Montana) humiliating 45-point defeat, 55-10!
Seattle Super Bowl win buoys a city used to losing
And it was fun hearing how everybody got into the act, with even Mama Sporty fashioning herself a Skittle necklace to adorn her borrowed Shawn Alexander Seahawks jersey for her Super Bowl party…
But the celebrations had just begun, as even mother nature putting a chill upon Seattle couldn’t prevent the Hawks legion ‘O Fans from descending upon Downtown Seattle…
Seahawks fans brave freezing temperatures for victory parade
As an estimated 700,000 large, which is more bodies than the entire city’s population of 634,535 were willing to fight thru the nightmarish traffic delays, the colder-then-normal freezing temperatures and endure an hour’s delay all to see their beloved Seahawks make their first ever victory parade in the Franchise’s 36-year history!
As apparently there’s a new “Mr. Cool” in Seattle - and he wears the number three, as reportedly Russell Wilson even partied in the streets in Seattle and simply displayed the local Newspaper’s front page proclaiming CHAMPS! Before an estimated 50,000 regular season ticket holders were treated to the finale of the parade inside Century Link Field where team players were introduced by their jersey numbers and Wilson came out last pumping the Lombardi trophy high into the air, as ALL HAIL SEAHAWKS! As wouldn’t it be AWESOME to see them repeat next year in The Valley of the Sun at Glendale, Arizona.
And here’s something you don’t hear about every day, as the Seattle Times, our lone remaining local Newspaper was quick to jump upon the bandwagon - having sold out its Monday’s printing by publishing a second run of an extra 106,000 copies of the Seahawks commemorative issue, whilst the Everett Herald did likewise, although I’m guessing they didn’t print an extra 100,000-plus.
Seattle salutes Seahawks, its Super heroes
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Otay, not to rub the salt too deep in the wounds here, but alas, your humble Sportyblog Senior Scribe “touchdown Tommy” is currently busy basking in the brilliant sunshine rays of a tropical paradise on the B-I-G island of Hawaii… Thus I’ll be away from the keyboard and won’t be poondin’ away about this year’s mesmerizing NFL Playoffs…
Instead, I thought I’d try weaving in a few loose threads floating through my “Inner Pipeline” whilst bobbing up ‘N down in the tranquil waves of Disappearing Sands beach, where hopefully the beach will be in and the Green Sea Turtles will happily be buzzing us unexpecting swimmers!
First up on a sad note, which unfortunately made me think of a previous story I wrote to coincide with my past Hawaiian adventures, where I tried chronicling some of Hawaii’s major sports stars, ‘Wayback in Twenty-eleven; the unfortunate death late last year of Willis Wilson made me flashback to the perils of surfer Eddie Aikau…
Have you heard of these Hawaiian athletes?
Yet unlike Aikau, who vanished at sea never to be found again, apparently Wilson got drug under by the nearby ocean waves and unfortunately drowned before his lifeless body was recovered the following day. As I only paid attention to this story because of my impending visit to the Hawaiian surf and the fact that he was an ex-University of Washington Huskies football player, having transferred from the ‘DAWGS to the UH Hawaiian Rainbows squad recently…
Ex-Huskies Walk-on Wilson Drowns in Hawaii
Yet on a happier note, and somewhat loosely intertwined with “Fast Eddie,” (Eddie Aikau) not to be ‘Cornfuzed with thee original “FAST EDDIE,” aka Ed Carpenter of IndyCar fame, along with another Hawaiian surfer named Garrett McNamara, who I’ve scribbled ’bout his exploits of capturing the biggest waves in the world previously in;
As ironically, I managed to stumble across an interesting article about two brothers whose passion is designing and producing those wedged shaped thingys all modern day wave riders stand upon, commonly known as the surfboard!
Yet what was interesting about this article in the business section of my local “Fishwrap,” i.e.; newspaper was the fact that Tom and John Wegener are collaborating upon their design interpretations of traditional wooden Hawaii surfboards instead, and NO! These aren’t the traditional longboard design.
Tom Wegener, from Down Under in Australia began the brothers passion for re-creating these ancient Hawaiian designs by first introducing the surfboard called the Alaia, but now he and his brother in California tend to focus more upon its shorter companion board called the Paipo instead, as apparently the Alaia is more difficult to maneuver.
Brothers Handiwork Catches Wave from Old Hawaiian Surfboards
But alas, I’ll just stick to free-floating in the buoyant warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and instead leave the surfing, Boogy boarding and Skip boarding to those more adventurous surfers from near and afar instead…
YO, SURFS UP!
So did Y’all enjoy your Holidays? As it seems like the world of Football has simply ratcheted up a gear as we’re now firmly into the NFL Playoffs Baby! As the final week of the 2013 regular season saw lots of drama unfolding as several playoff positions were still up for grabs, while on the flip side, the dreaded “Black Monday” actually began on Sunday night as the Cleveland Browns wasted no time in jettisoning first year coach Rob Chudzinski
, who’d eventually lead the way in five coaches being sacked by their respective clubs, as the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ and Washington Redskins all said Asta Luista Baby to Jim Schwarz, Lesley Frasier, Greg Schiano (plus General Manager Mark Dominik) and Mike Shanahan respectively - who all joined previously fired Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak…
NFC Division Leaders
On the brighter side, thankfully the Seattle Seahawks thoroughly dominated the St. Louis Rams in a 27-9 victory to finally clinch the NFC West Division along with the NFC’s No. 1-seed with their 13-3 record giving them home field advantage to the Superbowl this season in the week-17’s final regular season game.
And the No. 2 seeded Carolina Panthers joined the Seahawks with a bye-week on the NFC Playoffs side of the ladder after having gone 12-4 and apparently having a better record than the 49ers? Although the two teams tied for the NFC’s second best record at 12-4, so I’m guessing that Carolina must have beaten San Fran, right? To which later I’d learn that indeed Carolina had defeated the 49ers 10-9 during the regular season…
AFC Division Leaders
And we’d all have to wait a week to see if the Denver Broncos are finally for real? As personally I’m overly tired of all of the hype surrounding Peyton Manning and his No. 1 seeded 13-3 Denver Broncos, who just like Seattle in the NFC see the playoffs going thru Mile High stadium with their home field advantage while the No. 2 seed New England Patriots quietly sit in Manning’s shadow waiting to pulverize their opponent…
Saturday, Jan 4 Wildcard Games
First game of the Wildcard playoffs featured the AFC’s No. 5-seed Kansas City Chiefs vs. the No. 4-seeded Indianapolis Colts with the once lowly “chefs” traveling to Lucas Oil Stadium, seeing ex-49ers No. 1 Overall Draft pick (QB) Alex Smith square off against second year sensation Andrew Luck, as I’d enjoy seeing KC knock off Indy since the Chiefs haven’t played winning football in years, right?
Having sat down to watch the opening drives of the first quarter of the Colts v chiefs game I asked myself out loud if anybody was gonna play defense? As both teams scored touchdowns upon the first two possessions. But NBC’s “B-team” announcers were overly anemic to Mwah so I switched off the game before trying to tune-in via radio to hear a scratchy signal proclaim the Chiefs were ahead 24-7; WTF? So I watched ’til halftime when KC led 31-10, and hence, it seemed apropos to break out “Dandy don’s” (Meredith) song “Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over!”
Saturday night’s NFL NFC Nightcap game featured the No. 3-seed Philadelphia Eagles hosting the No. 6-seeded New Orleans Saints, as Philadelphia squared off against the Dallas Cowboys in week-17 in a winner take all game for the NFC East’s Division title and right to advance to the playoffs with the loser packing its bags for the year, as Cowboys signal caller Tony Roma was out of duty upon having had season ending back surgery and unexpectedly past Seahawks QB John Kitna offered to come out of retirement to become Kyle Horton’s backup as the 41-year old Kitna, now a high school math teacher in Tacoma, WA along with being Lincolns’ football coach, featuring his son Jordan as the team’s Quarterback also announced he’d be donating his $53,000 week paycheck to his school…
But I was pulling for ‘Philly since they defeated Dallas 24-22 and its rookie NFL coach Chip Kelly, the past Oregon Ducks coach was calling his inaugural playoff game going against those dreaded N’walins Saints and I don’t wanna hear “Who ‘Dat!” NO more!
Sunday, Jan 5 Wildcard Games
Sunday afternoon’s early game featured the AFC’s No. 6-seed San Diego Chargers traveling to Cincy’ to face off against the No. 3-seeded Cincinnati Bengals, as when’s the last time the Bengals won a playoff game, as I harken ‘Wayback once again to the halcyon days of two slow “White Guys” named Anderson and Collingsworth, as in Bengals QB Ken Anderson and standout wide receiver Chris Collingsworth who’s now NBC Sunday Night football’s colour commentator.
Sunday’s late game was a Doozy, and the weekend’s matchup I was most interested in! Featuring two of the NFC’s and NFL’s most storied Franchises, as the No. 5-seeded San Francisco 49ers traveled to what would definitely be a very frigid Lambeau Field as the game was being compared to the previously famous “Icebowl” of 1967, as this year’s game time temps were predicted to be near 0-degrees and dropping as low as -10-below by game’s end; YIKES! Although it was actually a ‘Wee bit warmer than predicted as I think I heard it was 5-degrees at kick-off while SF’s “Special-K,” aka “Colin Krackerjack!” (Kaepernick) was doing his bestest Wisconsin tough guy thingy by playing sleeveless the entire game!
As the Pack’s Aaron Rogers who’d been out seven weeks with a separated shoulder was cleared to play just-in-time for Green Bay’s final regular season game vs. “Duh Bears!” In which Rogers threw a 48-yard game winning TD on a 4th and 8 play winning them the NFC’s North crown and the No. 4-seed, and thus since us Seattleites don’t like the “40Whinerz!” Naturally I’ve gotta pull for the Pack!
Thus it’s a good thing I’m not a betting man, since I totally stunk up the joint with my first week’s “sentimental” predictions by going 0-4, as Whoa Nellie! Where in Tar nations did them Colts come from? Beating Kansas City 45-44 after trailing 38-10; Aye Karumba! As I didn’t watch any of the second half since KC had it in the bag… And got sidetracked during the Philly game, while not really caring to bother with the Bengals v Chargers which seem like two pretty apathetic franchises overall. While of course when fighting a cold I fell asleep with the 49ers leading 6-0 before re-awakening to see Green Bay take over the lead 17-13 before Yuhs know what happened; URGH!
And after a week’s deliberation, my beloved Tennessee Titans fired their head coach Mike Munchak after his third season, saying there’s the door after three decades of service! While the Miami Dolphins gave their GM Jeff Ireland his walking papers… NO reports on whether or not he was bullied out of his position?
Saturday afternoon’s game sees the N’walins Saints traveling to the “Jet City” to face off against the NFC’s No. 1 Seattle Seahawks at arguably the league’s LOUDEST stadium! Where N.O. got taken to the woodshed for a good ‘Ol fashioned thumpin’ on Monday Night Football 34-7 during the regular season, as obviously I want the Seahawks to be victorious.
The evening game see’s Andrew “MajikMan” Luck and the Indy Colts traveling to Gillette Stadium to take on Tom Brady’s No. 2-seeded (AFC) New England Patriots, as somehow I’ve gotta think that Brady will overpower the Colts.
Sunday’s early game features those pesky “40Whinerz” playing in Carolina vs. the NFC’s No. 2 seeded Panthers, which Y’all ready know I’m rootin’ against the Klondike Boyz, as I think Cam Newton vs. Russell Wilson would be a good following week’s match-up, right?
And then last but not least on Sunday afternoon will be those plucky Phillip Rivers led Lightning Bolts headed off to Mile High Stadium to go up against All Hail Peyton Manning! As will lightning strike in Denver or will “Pay-Ton” put Phillip Rivers and the San Diego chargers back in their proverbial bottle? As I’m guessing the AFC’s number-1 (seeded) Denver Broncos will not get shocked this time…
so will any of the league’s Top-4 seeded teams get surprised and lose? Or will the cream rise to the top with the lower seeds being eliminated due to the rigors of playing on the road? you Make the Call…
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