The Left Wingers

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The Left Wingers

I had been thinking of compiling a team of past and present footballers who happened to have interesting or even extreme politics. Of course, problems arose. Would a fascist winger track back to help out a commie fullback? Would that fullback overlap for the winger? The answer is: probably. Nevertheless I decided to make two teams – one with vaguely right-wing sensibilities, from Thatcherites to full-blown Nazis; and the other made up of old-school socialists, squatters and even a Situationist prankster (kind of). Read the rest of this entry

The Right Wingers

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The Right Wingers

I had been thinking of compiling a team of past and present footballers who happened to have interesting or even extreme politics. Of course, problems arose. Would a fascist winger track back to help out a commie fullback? Would that fullback overlap for the winger? The answer is: probably. Nevertheless I decided to make two teams – one with vaguely right-wing sensibilities, from Thatcherites to full-blown Nazis; and the other made up of old-school socialists, squatters and even a Situationist prankster (kind of). Read the rest of this entry

Horse Jumps: Funny Hats, at what Price?

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Horse Jumps: Funny Hats, at what Price?

Once upon a time, the horse ruled the world.  We needed horses for all aspects of life.  Workhorses ploughed the fields.  Mongolian horse archers rode across the steppe to terrorize Europeans nearly a full millennium before modern immigration would threaten the old continent’s sense of self.  Horses were used for entertainment, as well, in a variety of forms, from trick riding, to putting peanut butter in a horse’s mouth to make it look like it’s talking.  During this time period, which lasted from the dawn of humanity until the invention of the tractor, equestrian competitions would have made since, as a way to hone the skills necessary for a life filled with horses.  But those days are long gone, yet horse racing remains.  Why? Read the rest of this entry

If The Shoe Fits…

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If The Shoe Fits…

Sports apparel has long been a source of revenue for teams and players alike.  Many athletes make more money from their endorsement deals than they do in salaries and wages.  The top endorsement contracts are more ridiculous than the salaries that leave our jaws agape on a regular basis.  LeBron James has a $90 million Nike contract and David Beckham received $161 million from Adidas for a lifetime of servitude.  Yes, that’s correct, a lifetime contract.  Anna Kournikova, the former pin-up star and occasional tennis player, was offered $50 million over 6 years.  The catch was that she needed to win, and since she never won a singles tournament in her life, she ended up taking home the $3 million guaranteed signing bonus.  Tiger Woods, the disgraced golfer, was making a cool $20 million from Nike alone at the height of his stardom.  Even after his fall from grace, he managed to take home $70 million in endorsements from a variety of sources.  Startling numbers, really. Read the rest of this entry

Ozzie Guillen Suspension: Who Loses Most?

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Ozzie Guillen Suspension: Who Loses Most?

April 10th, 2012, and Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is suspended for 5 games by his team for saying he admires Fidel Castro.  The suspension raises some issues.  Should athletes be able to say what they want?  What about free speech?

Ozzie Guillen was a successful player and has been, arguably, a more successful manager.  He played throughout my youth and was known for his defense more than anything.  He was however, named to the all-star game a few time.  He began managing shortly after his playing career ended.  He won two World Series’, the first as a coach for the Marlins and the second as the manager of the Chicago White Sox.  The title with the White Sox, in 2005, was the first for the club since 1917 and for many on the South Side of Chicago the man is a hero.  Recently he had signed on to manage the Miami Marlins and become the new ‘face’ of the organization.  They have just built a new ballpark in the city, revamped their uniforms and spent tons on new player acquisitions and wanted Guillen to help guide them in their new era. Read the rest of this entry

A Few Words With Daniel Castillo

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A Few Words With Daniel Castillo

Daniel Castillo is a pitcher for the Prairie View A&M Panthers baseball team.  He is in his senior year and will be graduating this year.  He is one of the closers on the team, the pitcher who finishes out the game.  I’ve known him all his life as he happens to be my brother.  I wanted to ask him about playing sports at the university level since the rest of the world doesn’t really have this same system and I think some people will find it interesting.  Also, he’s my brother, and our mom made me. Read the rest of this entry

A Few Words with Emily Jans

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A Few Words with Emily Jans

I know Emily from the markets.  We worked across from one another for a couple of years and usually closed down the opposing stalls on lazy Sunday afternoons.  We would often chat and I knew that she drummed.  I also knew that she trained.  But I didn’t know she kicked ass.  The first time I saw her fight was at the Coburg town hall.  I’m pretty sure she kicked someone’s head out of the ring, but I can’t be sure.   Regardless of whether or not she killed that opponent she was steadily moving up in the kickboxing world.  To my surprise she was going to be fighting for the Australian amateur boxing championship.  I had heard about her one amateur boxing bout from my housemate who works with her and trains at the same gym.  I’ll let her explain it in her words. Read the rest of this entry