Ah, the comforts of home. The New York Jets football team landed in London today with their usual equipment, plus 350 rolls of good ol' 'Murican toilet paper. Apparently the toilet paper in London is too thin for them.
"Some may say that’s a little over the top or whatnot, but it didn’t really cost that much, so why not?” Aaron Degerness, the team's operations manager told the New York Times. “We’re basically trying to replicate everything that we’re doing here over there.”
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From the New York Times:
“Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died on Tuesday. He was 90.”
Yogi Berra stands at home plate, 2008. REUTERS
“You can observe a lot just by watching,” he is reputed to have declared once, describing his strategy as a manager.
“If you can’t imitate him,” he advised a young player who was mimicking the batting stance of the great slugger Frank Robinson, “don’t copy him.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” he said, giving directions to his house. Either path, it turned out, got you there.
“Nobody goes there anymore,” he said of a popular restaurant. “It’s too crowded.”
Berra’s Yogi-isms were part of the marketing for the once very popular Yoo-Hoo chocolate beverage. Asked if Yoo-Hoo was hyphenated, he is said to have replied, “No, ma’am, it isn’t even carbonated.”
Former New York Mets manager Yogi Berra waves as he passes home plate during ceremonies after the final regular season MLB National baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York in 2008. Read the rest
On Saturday night, the Kansas State marching band's halftime show formed what they say was meant to be the Starship Enterprise battling the Kansas Jayhawks mascot. Many feathers were ruffled though as some thought the formation looked much more like a giant penis headed toward the bird's beak. Read the rest
Molly Huddle was set to win the bronze medal in the 10,000 meter run at the IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Beijing on Monday, but as she approached the finish line she slowed down to savor her achievement and her teammate Emily Infield whipped by her to take third place.
“I just ran through the line,” Infield told Universal Sports. “I feel a little guilty because I feel like Molly let up a little. I don’t think she realized how close I was. I was just trying to run through the line. I’m really thrilled.”
(I don't know much about sports, but it strikes me as unusual that the athletes' names are "Infield" and "Huddle." Are the other teammates named "Dribble" and "Slapshot?")
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Takeshi Kamisato is a master of the spintop, accurately described by this book as a "universal toy, enduring pastime." Read the rest
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This high school baseball player in Japan sure has panache at the plate! Read the rest
Competitive canopy piloting has added a remarkable event where pilots get points for skimming their feet across a shallow water feature
and landing within a small square. Points are given for precision and style. Read the rest
A federal judge today cancelled the Washington Redskins federal trademark registrations on their name because it's racist. US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee's decision affirmed a previous ruling that that the name is offensive to Native Americans and as such can't be legally be protected.
The cancellation, hailed by Native American activists as a “huge victory,” doesn’t go into effect until the team has exhausted the appeals process in the federal court system. And Redskins President Bruce Allen vowed Wednesday that the team would appeal.
“We are convinced that we will win on appeal as the facts and the law are on the side of our franchise that has proudly used the name Washington Redskins for more than 80 years, said Resdskins president Bruce Allen.
From the Washington Post:
(Lee rejected) the team’s argument that the vast majority of Native Americans had no objection to the name when the trademarks were granted between 1967 and 1990. Instead the judge questioned why the team ever chose the name, pointing out in his ruling that Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defined the word as “often contemptuous” in 1898, “seventy years prior to the registration of the first Redskins Mark.”
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This is a thing? Yes. This is a thing.
In Fantasy Sports No. 1
, a berzerker adventurer and his spellslinging, underappreciated apprentice go on a dungeon crawl that takes them into an eldritch game of basketball -- for the highest stakes imaginable.
Daniel Pink, author of books about business, work, and behavior, says when parents come to their kids' sports games, it distracts the kids from being able to focus on "the mastery of something difficult, the obligations to team mates, and the game itself."
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Indian limbo skater Little Rithika set a crazy new record after skating 60 meters while staying under 21 bars set just 15cm (~6 inches) high. Read the rest
This video from Golf Digest is oddly captivating.
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For fans of beer honoring a sex-abuse enabler, this one's for you.