SPORTS


general&pop culture&SPORTS25 Aug 2016 03:36 pm

Swimming is a sport of grace and mechanics. It’s won with speed, but that speed hinges on proper technique, specific body position, and controlled bursts of strength. When done properly, there aren’t many more events as spectacular to watch as eight swimmers, stride-for-stride, straining towards the wall simultaneously, each with the overwhelming desire to get there first.

Many age group swimmers (those typically under the age of 15) get frustrated by the nuances of each stroke and try to find “faster” ways to move through the water – and some succeed, but only for a time. Eventually, form triumphs and these swimmers learn what many before have already come to grips with: speed is a by-product of proper technique. Not only does following the guidelines of technique result in faster swims, deviating from said form could result in a disqualification.

Journalists have a lot in common with swimmers in this regard. Their techniques have been well explained over the years. Follow a hunch, look for evidence, research, find sources, verify, verify, verify. Unfortunately, many in the field today only care about speed. Headlines are primary. Details are secondary. Accuracy is a luxury. Shape the story before it’s a story. Why verify when you can vilify? And most unfortunate: there are no DQ’s in journalism.

Speed was certainly the key to the recent “Lochte Four” stories breaking from Rio last week. Initially, everyone was sympathetic towards Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger, and Gunnar Bentz. It was a cut and dry emotional piece about the dangers of competing internationally – a close call for four of America’s Olympic swimmers.
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Bookshelf&SPORTS05 Aug 2016 03:59 pm

Long overdue, I know. I really need to work on updating more and I really need to stop saying that I really need to start working on it and I… well, you get the idea. Today, the 2016 Olympics officially kicks off. So this review is incredibly timely. Almost like I planned it. If only.

Anyway, We’ll start with a conversation I completely made up in my head…

Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story – Natalie Davis Miller

“Hey, the Olympics is coming up, we need a book about someone who will be competing.”
“How about that swimmer girl who smiles a lot and won some medals and is famous. Missy something.”
“Do you know anything about swimming?”
“No, but I read some newspaper articles about her and I follow her on Twitter.”
“Cool.”
“Should I set up an interview?”
“Nah, just use what’s on the web”
“Okay, I don’t have much, though”
“That’s okay, we’ll make it a kids book so it can be short.”
“Should I fact check any of these stats?”
“Nah, it’s just numbers, we need to get this published so we can sell it before it’s too late.”

That’s how I imagine the conversation went when Zondervan decided to have Natalie Davis Miller write this “biography” of Missy Franklin.
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general&MUSIC&My5&pop culture&SPORTS&television25 Sep 2015 04:23 pm

My5 today is a random mix of things I’ve been meaning to write about… should be fun.

Muppets.
The Muppets are back and Miss Piggy has a late-night show. These are more “adult” muppets apparently and the broken relationship between Piggy and Kermit is at the “heart” of storylines. I’m okay with that, I guess. The move to a late-night show makes sense because there aren’t any variety shows on the air these days. In that sense, it’s a smart decision. It’s hard to say whether this will work or be funny in the long run because, for the pilot, all the funny moments were already in the trailers. What’s missing? Puns. The Muppets are supposed to be fraught with puns. Just saying.

Football.
bills helmetIncreased concern about concussions, but 2 plays in week one featured players getting stripped of their helmets. Ndamukong Suh tackled Redskins running back Alfred Morris and then kicked his helmet off of his head while Morris still lay on the field. No penalty. No fine. On the west coast, Adam Jones tackled Amari Cooper and proceeded to rip off Cooper’s helmet and slam Cooper’s head into the helmet. He was fined at least. Seems like mixed messages being sent by the league.
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SPORTS15 Dec 2013 11:43 am

Well, I was wrong on Thursday, but let’s see how I do today… Last minute picks, so just the winners…

Falcons, Bears…
Colts, Bills, Patriots…
Eagles, Seahawks, 49ers…
Panthers, Chiefs, Packers…
Saints, Cardinals…
Steelers…
Ravens…

peace… love… bdg…

SPORTS12 Dec 2013 09:56 pm

Broncos 38, Chargers 17…

peace… love… bdg…

SPORTS07 Dec 2013 11:08 pm

Busy busy weekend, so I’ll dive right in…

Oh, actually, I can’t ignore this gem of assessment from Yahoo! fantasy writers. “Matt Flynn prov[ed] shockingly inept at quarterback.” Shockingly? He got benched for a rookie in Seattle (Given, that IS Russel Wilson) last season. He was benched in pre-season by the Raiders then cut after he played 1 game. He was signed and benched without playing in Buffalo. Then he found his way back to Green Bay. And his ineptitude is… shocking? No. I’d say it’s pretty much a pattern at this point…

Anyway, I was 8-6 two weeks ago (I didn’t count the tie) and 10-6 last week for a total of 118-73. On the fantasy front, I need to win in both leagues to make the playoffs. I’m on the cusp at 7-6 in both.

Now, the winners for this week…

Ravens, Bengals, Falcons…
Raiders, Eagles, Steelers…
Patriots, Bills, Chiefs…
Broncos, Cardinals, Giants, 49ers…
Saints and Bears…

peace… love… bdg…

SPORTS05 Dec 2013 05:12 pm

Tonight, the Jaguars win again… what is going on?

Jaguars 27, Texans 10

peace… love… bdg…

SPORTS01 Dec 2013 01:50 am

Just under the wire. This week’s winners are as follows:

Panthers, Jaguars, Patriots…
Colts, Bears, Jets, Cardinals…
Bills, 49ers, Broncos, Bengals…
Giants…
and
Seahawks…

peace… love… bdg…

SPORTS28 Nov 2013 02:30 am

Happy Thanksgiving… that’s most important.

As we’re chowing down on turkey and stuffing and potatoes and more. While we’re staking out ground for deals at the stores for the stuffs. In between conversations with family and (let’s face it) naps. There are three football games and here’s what you might miss.

Packers over Lions, 31-20
Cowboys over Raiders, 28-17
Steelers over Ravens, 24-9

Enjoy.

peace… love… bdg…

leadership&SPORTS24 Nov 2013 12:38 am

So, I was watching an episode of A FOOTBALL LIFE – a documentary series I’ve mentioned before – covering the life and career of Randall Cunningham. And, while the film was interesting based on its intended topic alone, something else stood out to me as I considered the glory days of the NFC East. It’s hard to imagine now, but in the late 80s and early 90s when I started paying attention to football, the power of the league was clearly with the Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, and Eagles (sort of). Now, this is one of the league’s worst divisions. So what’s changed? Coaching.

In the late 80s, the NFC East boasted four head coaches that were unparalleled in their brilliance: Buddy Ryan, Bill Parcells, Tom Landry, and Joe Gibbs. Also of note, amongst the coaching staffs were Jon Gruden, Jeff Fisher, Wade Phillips, Dan Reeves, Bill Belichick, and Tom Coughlin. That is a far cry from the what we’re looking at these days. And, it’s no wonder that the Giants end up on top most seasons. Coaching makes a huge difference. Outside of football, that role is leadership.

Now, on to this week’s games. Here are the winners of the week. (By the way, I was 9-6 last week, for a total of 100-62 on the season).

Ravens, Steelers, Lions…
Packers, Jaguars, Chiefs…
Panthers, Bears…
Colts, Titans, Giants…
Broncos…
49ers…

peace… love… bdg…

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