Do what it takes.

[via the Daily What]

September 27, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.


Do want.

[via personal communication with Elliott Austin]

September 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. 3 comments.

The Beautiful Game

Eugene says:

Every once in a while you come across writing so good, you can’t sit still as you’re reading it.

Fantastic way to introduce this article which is (partly) about the legend:



If the crisis of having a body is that it’s resistant to our will, soccer exaggerates the crisis, moves what you want to do even further away from what you can do, then gives us athletes who do what they want to anyway. That may be why moments of beauty in soccer, compared to those in other sports, nearly always feel like consolations.

[Pelé as a Comedian by Brian Phillips via ReadingByEugene.com]

September 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. Leave a comment.

Impressive Bike Switch

I’ve always had a very hard time with track stands, but it may be because my bikes have never been fixed-gear. Here are two talented bros swapping fixies mid track stand:


[via Scott Beale @ Laughing Squid]

September 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. 1 comment.


Lance Armstrong taking the Pete Rose approach:

As long as I live, I will deny it. There was absolutely no way I forced people, encouraged people, told people, helped people, facilitated. Absolutely not. One hundred percent.

His choice of words here is interesting even though his grammar is abhorrant.

Personal opinion: People who say “100 percent,” regardless of context, are attempting to blow smoke up your ass.

My thoughts on this whole “Lance Thing” are scattered. You may not care at all, gentle reader. Be assured though that Armstrong’s handlers care deeply what you think, and for good reason. His legacy is at stake and by proxy, so is his charitable foundation. In fact, in the New York Times article mentioned below, there is this sense that his people don’t care what his transgressions are/were since ‘his good acts outweigh his bad ones.’ Sounds like a sideways admission of guilt to me.

Interesting excerpt from the great NYT article on the subject:

Jay Coakley, a sociologist and the author of “Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies,” said that he had no doubt that Mr. Armstrong was guilty of doping, but that it did not matter. For athletes, he said, the line between performance enhancement and medical treatment has become so fuzzy that it is impossible to discern.

“Deciding to use performance-enhancing substances and methods has nothing to do with lack of morality,” Mr. Coakley said. “It has to do with normative structure of elite sport, and the athlete’s commitment to his identity as an athlete.”

Such a great insight. It leads well into an NPR story I heard days later that chronicles Katherine Hamilton’s decision to opt out of sports entirely:

“There is an untold story,” she said, “about all the thousands … who make a conscious decision, that are really great athletes doing the right thing, working really hard — and they just drop out because they’re just not willing to do the things to your body and to go down that road.”

In other words, athletes who don’t just say no to drugs, but no to sport[.]

Doping may be a (very) roundabout way to help cancer patients, but it’s also the apparent cause of other types of societal illness.

[Bruce Weber and Juliet Macur @ the New York Times via the Browser]

[image via correct-weight-loss.net]

September 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. 2 comments.


The aptly named Yoke Walk:

Thinking about building something like this out of wood so I can get more yoked.

[via Dave @ CrossFit Durham]

September 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.


Wikipedia tells us:

An elliptical trainer (also sometimes called a cross-trainer) is a stationary exercise machine used to simulate walking or running without causing excessive pressure to the joints, hence decreasing the risk of impact injuries.

Smart kitty.

[via John Farrier @ Neatorama]

September 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Blind Soccer

The face mask is to level the playing field because some players are just mostly blind.  Much like visual soccer, communication is paramount.  The rules state that before you try to steal the ball from an offensive player, you must shout “voy!” before engaging.

Incredible ball skill, regardless of sight.

[via Kottke]

[image via William Pictures]

September 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Video. 1 comment.


[via Brent “Shrug Thug” Kim @ 70’s Big]

September 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Does My Wife Know?

Amazing finish at the track. The announcer clearly loving it.

[via Queuebot @ Neatorama]

September 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

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