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Vote Dave Kerpen for City Council

August 25, 2008 Comments off

New Yorkers – my old classmate and friend Dave Kerpen is running for City Council (District 23 in Queens) next year. He is really as tireless as they say. It’s pretty disturbing, really. How is this in any way sports related? He got married on the Brooklyn Cyclones’ field. And he’s too tough for me on Facebook word games. So while you’re at it, become his supporter on Facebook.

Categories: politics

The Rudy Fernandez Dunk on Dwight Howard

August 25, 2008 8 comments

This will be under a cut because it loops, but so far it’s the only video or photo I have of the throwdown in Beijing, proof positive that despite Howard’s denials, he sure does get dunked on (the image/ video is from True Hoop and RotoEvil, click on “Read the Rest of This Entry“):

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The Day After the Olympic Close

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You know, we never hear about Romney delegates pissing and moaning about their candidate the way we do about Clinton’s delegates, clinging to the one who lost. Can’t we put this garbage in the wastebin already? Meanwhile, there Kara DioGuardiare new additions to Dancing with the Stars and American Idol. And Pakistan’s ruling coalition is in turmoil.

Now, on to sports:

+ Notes on the closing of the Beijing Olympics range from "it was China’s coming out party", "it was a winning, on-topic display of athletic achievement","Gosh! Great show!", "China showed deep insecurities", to "it was a showcase for hypocrisy". And Jacques Rogge was wrong for calling out Usain Bolt.

+ Via Kottke.org, galleries of the best photos taken at the Olympics.

+ Folks are trying to explain the Jamaican success in sprint competitions. From Global Voices:

…the phenomenal performance of the Jamaican athletes is also due to the cultural self-confidence they feel…this is not a confidence manufactured by the abjectly self-conscious, respectability-seeking, hymn-singing English-speaking middle classes but one bred out of the flamboyant, boisterous, in-your-face Patwa-speaking population.

Hey, I resent that. Those self-conscious folks are my people! I’m going to go in the corner and contemplate my breeding. meanwhile, a Yahoo sports article has a couple of theories. The team doctor:

“They say that our aggression, our toughness, came out of our slave situation,” said Elliott, who is black. The team doctor said he subscribes to the view “considering that Jamaica had more slavery rebellion than any country in the world.”

“It’s not a question of genetic pool, but we have that,” he added. “It’s a cultural thing, too, that we want to achieve.”

Asafa Powell credits morning training, Usain Bolt’s father credits the yam in Trelawny (which is supposed to have medicinal properties), and the US Face of Doping Victor Conte calls the Jamaicans drug cheats.

+ Wait, ping-pong aka table tennis aka the most intense silly sport I watched the finals of this weekend was invented by the British?

+ Jason Kidd is giving his gold medal to the Elaine Wynn, wife of casino owner Steve Wynn. A woman he’s known for a year. Huh.

landing after a jump

 

Categories: Olympics, race, Sports

Forward Mbakwe Transfers from Marquette

August 25, 2008 1 comment

On a Marquette team thin on post players… rising sophomore Trevor Mbakwe decides to leave the Golden Eagle team to attend junior college. He looked like he could be a beast but he injured his left knee early in the season. He came back and played in some games (including one against St. John’s); while his field goal percentage was weak, he got to the free throw line at an intriguing rate.

Don’t know what he would have been – extrapolating the work of players who log less than ten minutes per game, and only play in a limited number of games (like Rob Thomas, for example) is tough. But the late-August transfer, like Qa’rraan Calhoun’s sudden urge for junior college last year, is hard to adjust to for a team. Interestingly, though, and unlike Calhoun’s actions with St. John’s, Mbakwe took part in Marquette’s offseason workouts.