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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

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Mascots: WTF?

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Mascots: WTF?

I was reading over the sports news on the internet, as I am wont to do, when I came across an article about the Tampa Bay Rays’ new mascot.  Its name is DJ Kitty.  I know what you’re thinking: ‘Bullshit!’  But it is no lie.  There he was; a costumed cat with a backwards baseball cap, gold chain and a team jersey.  Ray, the incumbent mascot, is an undeterminable Muppet-like beast with silver blue hair all over its head and face.  It makes sense that the team might want to update its image, but he will only relinquish part of his duties to DJ Kitty.  Now if this was a one off occurrence it would be forgivable, but the world is literally littered with ridiculous, retired mascots. Read the rest of this entry