Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I recently finished my bossaball coaching season in Kuwait and realized that most North Americans are unfamiliar with the sport. Essentially, it combines soccer, gymnastics, volleyball and my special expertise: Capoeira. My coaching skills were trumped, however, by the natural Capoeira skills inherent in native Brazilians. We (Spain) lost to Brazil 25-15/25-21. It was a fierce competition, as always and our defeat means the highlight of the trip was when Joost Maas and I DJ'd some electro, house and old school 6 of the nights we were there. Although Joost brought most of the records, I had some killer chill-out tracks on my Mac I "spun" using Atomix Virtual DJ (no I don't work for them). The Kuwaiti dancing really made the trip "touch the bossa wall!" Although for them, maybe it was not such a great idea, what with the high rate of "honor crimes" in that nation.Now get out there with the "W!"
So I received a wonderful comment and what appears to be a thirst for more information on the shot put virtuoso Tamara Tishkevich. Right off the top of my head, I can safely say that she was a shot put champion for a decade, rising like a phoenix from '51 to best in the world in '57, after which her performance dwindled significantly. This was a time when Russian women dominated the sport, but this champion stands out as the only one of her contemporaries to be featured on many posters available on the internet. As posters are another subject of my expertise, you can see how this may be a topic that I find very, very interesting.
Since the person (Sara) who left the first comment on my first post chose to omit her last name, I must only assume that it is Diadora sponsored Tennis pro Sara Errani. Thank you for your support and interest. For those who don't know from those who do, right-handed Sara Errani hails from Bologna, Italy and is ranked 37 in the WTA. Thanks for the support, Poco Gigante.
Please keep the comments and questions coming. Your lack of knowledge can only be satiated by my abundance. As an added incentive for more comments, I had decided to donate a significant sum to the charity of Sara's choice. However, since she did not specify one, I donated it to the people behind the song "We are the World." I figured a charity single written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie (geniuses) can't go wrong. And what's the best part of any song? A celebrity vocal solo. Well that song has several, by Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles. Imagine that wrap party!
And take it one shift at a time.
Score a goal, get an assist, and get in a fight in one game, and you've just gotten a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Clearly a difficult feat, one that I hope to achieve metaphorically, with this blog. I'm normally a modest person, however I must take this time to say that I am a walking sports encyclopedia. How many offensive rebounds did Ron Boone get in his 68-69 run with the Dallas Chaparrals? 155, of course. How many of the 19,121 bleacher related injuries were reported in 1995 for people between the ages of 15 - 24? Easy: 12.4%. How far was 1956 Olympic women's shot put gold medalist Tamara Tishkyevich (USSR) winning throw? 54 ft 5 in, duh. You can take time fact-checking me, but eventually you'll simply have to face facts. I'm always right. Just accept it unflinchingly as authoritative.
I was going to use this blog to follow the Calgary Flames and their rise to the top this season, but it looks like this is not their season to drink their opposing teams' blood, sweat and tears from the frosty stein known as Lord Stanley's cup. I've since shaved off my Lanny McDonald Nazirite moustache, put on my official Fan Attic Calgary Flames sackcloth and sit patiently and mournfully in the ashes of my former season tickets. I shall update on any relevant (and it's all relevant) information that I catch wind of in the off season. And in the meantime, I will blog about interesting sports trivia (although it seems blasphemous to use the word trivia, since it's anything but trivial.) I'll answer any questions you may have, so shoot!
And keep your stick on the ice.