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Bob Cole still calling Hockey Night In Canada games at the ripe old age of 83   1 comment


If any of the septuagenarians and octogenarians (people in their 70’s and 80’s) out there need any encouragement, look no further than Bob Cole.

Robert Cecil “Bob” Cole (born (1933-06-24)June 24, 1933) is a Canadian sports television announcer and former competitive curler.  He is known primarily for his work on Hockey Night In Canada.

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The guy is like the Energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going. Calling an NHL game is not easy, a person has to be fast and focused. They have to know all the player names and numbers, and they have to call the play with flair and gusto. Bob is still doing that.

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Bob’s first game

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I kid, this picture is from 1942. Bob was only 9 at the time.

Picture below is more like it.

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During his early career in broadcasting, Cole was a successful curler, playing in the 1971 and 1975 Briers as the skip for the Newfoundland team. He also played in the 1965 and 1973 Canadian mixed championships.

Bob’s new sports league below:

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Bob will never leave the broadcast booth, below is a imagined picture of Bob’s ghost calling a game in 2045. The game is between the Las Vegas Greenbacks and the Saskatoon Sasquatches.

 

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Posted April 14, 2016 by markosun in Sports

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Evel Knievel jumps Snake River Canyon September 8, 1974   Leave a comment


All my life people have been waiting around to watch me die.
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WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS - "Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon" - Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) EVEL KNIEVEL

Robert “Evel” Knievel was born in Butte, Montana, and saw his first motorcycle stunt show at the age of eight.

Later, he was fired from one of his first jobs driving an earth mover at a mine after he popped a wheelie with the massive vehicle and crashed it into power lines, knocking out electricity to the whole city.

He started going by “Evel” after a brief stint in jail alongside one William “Awful” Knofel. He bounced from thrill to thrill, winning ski-jumping championships, joining the army, and even hitchhiking to Washington, D.C., with a petition to end elk culling in Yellowstone National Park.

He eventually started his own daredevil show, stunning crowds with stunts, wheelies and (not always successful) jumps over rattlesnakes, mountain lions and other hazards.

After each crash and hospital stay, his profile only increased. Soon he started a routine of jumping over a number of cars, then returning to the same venue later to jump over one more.

On New Year’s Eve 1967, he got the opportunity to jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a span of 141 feet.

He rang in 1968 with a crushed femur and pelvis, numerous fractures, a lengthy hospital stay and blooming fame.

SNAKE RIVER CANYON ID - SEPTEMBER 7 1974: Evel Knievel holds a press conference before he attempts to jump a canyon on his X-2 Skycycle on September 7 1974 in Snake River Canyon, Idaho. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

SNAKE RIVER CANYON ID – SEPTEMBER 7 1974: Evel Knievel holds a press conference before he attempts to jump a canyon on his X-2 Skycycle on September 7 1974 in Snake River Canyon, Idaho. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

I did everything by the seat of my pants. That’s why I got hurt so much.
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SNAKE RIVER CANYON ID - SEPTEMBER 8 1974: Evel Knievel prepares to attempt to jump a canyon on his X-2 Skycycle on September 8 1974 in Snake River Canyon, Idaho. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

SNAKE RIVER CANYON ID – SEPTEMBER 8 1974: Evel Knievel prepares to attempt to jump a canyon on his X-2 Skycycle on September 8 1974 in Snake River Canyon, Idaho. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

He continued his pattern of jumping, crashing and gaining fans, and announced his intention to jump over the Grand Canyon.

The federal government would not allow that, though, so Knievel set his sights on Snake River Canyon in Idaho.

Knowing that a mere motorcycle would not do, Knievel hired an aeronautical engineer to design a steam-powered, rocket-shaped “Skycycle.”

On Sept. 8, 1974, cameras broadcast a close-circuit feed to cinemas around the country, as Knievel, dressed in his trademark star-spangled jumpsuit, was strapped into the Skycycle X-2.

Anybody can jump a motorcycle. The trouble begins when you try to land it.
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WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS - "Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon" - Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CREW

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS – “Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon” – Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
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WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS - "Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon" - Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) EVEL KNIEVEL SPEAKING TO REPORTERS

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS – “Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon” – Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
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WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS - "Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon" - Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) EVEL KNIEVEL (WHITE JUMPSUIT) WITH CROWD

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS - "Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon" - Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) EVEL KNIEVEL

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS - "Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon" - Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) STUNT SKYCYCLE

Just after the Skycycle left the launch ramp, its emergency parachute deployed prematurely, arresting the rocket’s trajectory. Knievel was sent drifting straight down into the canyon, with the wind blowing him back to where he started.

Spectators rushed to the cliff edge to try to see where he landed. Knievel could be seen struggling with his harness as he drifted toward the surging river.

As it happened, the wind was strong enough to blow him all the way back to the edge of the canyon, with the Skycycle crash-landing safely just feet from the water’s edge.

Knievel survived with just a broken nose to add to his more than 433 lifetime fractures.

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS - "Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon" - Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) EVEL KNIEVEL (L) WITH CREW

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS - "Evel Knievel at Snake River Canyon" - Airdate: September 8, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CREW WITH STUNT SKYCYCLE

 


Posted March 3, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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In America Politics and Football are Treated the Same   Leave a comment


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Coverage of Super Bowl 50 and the current American political race are treated by the media in very similar ways. Incessant analysis, comparisons, strengths and weaknesses, developing strategies, gaffs and ultimately predictions on who will win.

CNN completely overdoes it. Infinite mind bending discussion by panels filled with narcissistic, self-centered know-it-alls.  To CNN, the Republican and Democrat nomination races are sport. The CNN producers desperately hope the races gets nasty and as brutal as an NFL 4th and inches fullback charge into the line.

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NEW YORK - APRIL 13: attends CNN + HLN Newsmakers 2010 at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 13, 2010 in New York City. 19801_002_0601.JPG (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Nov 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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Posted February 9, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Stars on the NHL Ice   Leave a comment


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Jean Beliveau

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Bobby Orr, at least physically as good as Gretzky.  But Gretzky had this weird ability to score from behind the net.

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HARTFORD, CT - FEBRUARY 4:  Honorary captains Goride Howe and Phil Esposito pose for the opening face-off as Larry Robinson #19 of the Wales Conference and the Montreal Canadiens and Wayne Gretzky #99 of the Campbell Conference and the Edmonton Oilers look on before the 1986 38th NHL All-Star Game against the Wales Conference on February 4, 1986 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The Wales Conference defeated the Campbell Conference 4-3. (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)

72 All-Stars

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Posted February 3, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Elegance and Symmetry of Diving Pigs   Leave a comment


Swine across China are jumping or being shoved off platforms and splashing into pools and ponds, where they bob around before paddling to shore.

Images on the Internet and reports in newspapers suggest that creating a leaping, amphibious pig is another realm where China, which raises more than half the world’s pigs, can claim global pre-eminence. Online photos show piglets prodded to dive off a bridge into a lake. Others show a spotted-pig triathlon of diving, swimming and hurdling.

Aquatic swine are not exclusive to China. Australia has a family with diving pigs, and in the Bahamas you can frolic in the surf with them. But China’s rural entrepreneurs have turned the pursuit into a tourist draw and a selling point for pork. Proponents say that diving pigs are healthier, leaner and tastier.

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“We wanted to make the pigs grow healthier, because usually they’re too lazy,” said Zou Wei, a manager in the planning department of Tuhe Black Pork, a company in Shandong Province that puts some of its hogs through a routine of diving and swimming. “To start with, the pigs don’t like it, but you force one onto the diving platform and it slides down, the others see that and follow.”

The Piggy Kingdom Family Amusement Park in Zhejiang Province has taken the amusement factor to new heights. Pictures and video from the park show pigs being heaved off a platform and thrashing in the air until smacking into water 39 feet below. That’s about six feet more than the tallest Olympic diving platform.

“The Piggy Amusement Park is a bit smelly,” one visitor said, according to a report on the local government’s website. “But the piglets were cute diving into the water and the kids loved it.”

A farmers crazy idea to give his pigs something to do to alleviate boredom by teaching them to dive has now become one of the latest fads in China. Chinese pig farmer Huang Demin of Ningxiang county in Hunan province discovered the giving the pigs a fun reason to exercise make them better and happier, and taste an awful lot better. It is long been recognised that pigs unlike other domesticated animals like cattle or sheep are extremely intelligent and in Europe for example it is now the law that they even need to be given toys to play with so they keep from getting bored. The idea of giving them a diving board was the Chinese equivalent, and farmer Huang argued that the pigs were not only happier but also healthier – less often coming down with disease. But now his idea for improving the lives of his pigs has become a major tourist attraction at several places around China such as this recreational park in Donglu Town in Wenchang City in southern China's special pig diving board has been created. The larger pigs are expected to make a bigger splash and also to dive from heights of up to 5 metres, while the smaller pigs that are getting used to diving can jump from lower heights such as a 3 metre or 1 metre board. And visitors can't seem to get enough of the daily spectacle on the purpose-built pig diving boards. One, Hui Lin, 38, said: "It’s just too funny for words, I never heard of such a thing as pig diving, so we decide we had to come to have a look for ourselves." Although few of the pigs seem to enjoy diving at the start, and often need to be forced into the water, the trainers say that after a few attempts they soon get used to it and eventually can't get enough of the sport. As for the pig Farmer Huang, he says that he can sell the meat from his high diving happy pigs for three times the price of a normal pig.

This dark-haired porker has the technique down pat.

As with human athletes, it’s a matter of mind-set, said Yang Shiliu, a former researcher in the Hunan Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Institute, who is considered one of the foremost experts on pig diving.

“The occasional divers will be hesitant,” Mr. Yang said in a telephone interview from Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province in southern China. “Once they’re used to it, they don’t mind.”

Besides, he said, pigs are more adept at swimming than other athletic activities. The Salon pig-breeding company in Hunan considered making pigs jog for exercise, he said, but found that their trotters were too dainty for their bulky bodies. Moreover, he said, “aquatic exercise is a bit more intense.”

Some people have been appalled by the spectacle of pigs being pushed into ponds. “Making pigs dive into water is abusing them,” one person said. “Our citizens have no heart.”

Animal rights advocates, however, have been restrained in their criticism. Jeff Zhou, a China representative for Compassion in World Farming, which campaigns against animal abuse, said pigs in China’s factory farms suffer worse fates than diving, including castration without anesthesia and immobilization in sow stalls and farrowing crates.

But platform diving was not necessarily a pig’s idea of fun, he added.

“It can bring a certain kind of stress to them at the very beginning,” he said. He said farmers should base exercise regimes “on the needs of animals, not the amusement of humans.”

Pig-diving proponents insist that they are doing both.

Pic shows: Pigs jump off a platform into the lake and swim towards the finish line. Tourism officials have rejected criticism of a bizarre stunt that involved forcing piglets to jump into the water from a huge platform as being cruel. The bizarre event was organised to entertain visitors at one of China's most popular scenic spots and was instantly a sell-out success. In the performances slated to take place every hour tourists crowded alongside a platform alongside the shores of Shiyan Lake to see the piglets jumping into the water. The lake is a popular holiday spot in Changsha, capital of central Chinaís Hunan Province, and see 10 pigs jump off a platform into the lake and swim towards the finish line. But after the images were posted online tourism chiefs resort the flow of complaints that the event was cruel. Organiser Shi Huang said: "The piglets are carefully trained to perform this special stunt and they get well rewarded with food and once they get over their nerves they clearly enjoyed it. Anybody who says it is cruel is clearly not well informed that pics like water." But online commentators highlighted the fact that in some of the photos staff from the tourism destination could be seen using a board to force the piglets into the water. And many others made comments like Lok Chiang who said: "This was clearly animal abuse. It may well be the case that pics like water, but not jumping into it from the top of a huge platform. That just isn't natural for any pig is no way you can claim they enjoy it." Once the pigs were in the water, they were then forced to swim for their lives because of bamboo barrier had been set up stopping them getting to the shore, and forcing them to race against each other to reach safe ground. Although it was set up as a May Day attraction, tourism officials say they want to make it a regular weekend event and are considering ways to expand the project. (ends)

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Judges give this red-haired piglet tens all-around!

Posted January 16, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Don King is still kicking   Leave a comment


Donald “Don” King (born August 20, 1931) is an American boxing promoter whose flamboyant personality, and public and professional involvement in some of boxing’s most historic matchups, have seen him leave an indelible mark in boxing history. King’s career highlights include, among multiple other enterprises, promoting “The Rumble in the Jungle” and the “Thrilla in Manila”. King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golott, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones, and Marco Antonio Barrera. Almost all of them sued him for defrauding them; King settled most lawsuits for six- to eight-digit pay-offs while managing to avoid a conviction of felony fraud or time in jail.

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King was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended school and graduated from John Adams High in 1951. After dropping out of Kent State University, he ran an illegal bookmaking operation out of the basement of a record store on Kinsman Road, and was charged for killing two men in incidents 13 years apart. The first was determined to be justifiable homicide after it was found that King shot Hillary Brown in the back and killed him while he was attempting to rob one of King’s gambling houses. King was convicted of second degree murder for the second killing in 1966 after he was found guilty of stomping to death an employee, Sam Garrett, who owed him $600. The judge reduced King’s conviction to nonnegligent manslaughter for which King served just under four years in prison. King was later pardoned for the crime in 1983 by Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes.

 

Posted December 24, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Endless Endings of NFL Football Games   Leave a comment


In a close NFL game the endings are long and stretched out.  Both teams use all their time-outs and when those run out they can spike the ball to stop the clock.  The game drags on and on.  It can take 20 minutes to play 5 minutes.  But if the ending was like the game below, it can be worth it to  watch the game until the final referee flag wave. Green Bay won this game on the very last play with a hail Mary bomb thrown by Rogers.

Posted December 6, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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