McGrathPennant, Pennant on the wall, what’s the greatest sport of all?”Oh Football, though fair ye be,” speaks the wall hanging. “But no sport event bests the Monster Truck Rally.”Don’t mess with the magic pennant. It never lies. Except on April Fools’ Day (last year it said that Maurice Clarett would lead the NFL in rushing … that’s cold).Anyway, the point is that when it comes to choosing the sport that sets the gold standard, the sport that all the other competitive exhibitions are trying to catch but are left behind like Gilbert Brown in the mile run, is Monster Trucking.First off, Monster Truck rallies are jam-packed with action, from 10-foot tall tires spitting up more filth than Linda Blair to crushing painted stock cars more efficiently than Ryan Seacrest can highlight his tips.The uniforms are sweet, too. No tights like in football or ballet and no tacky Speedos like in swimming. No, monster trucks sport intense, colorful paint jobs that usually make Jessie James take a step back and admire. Such designs include tombstones and flaming skulls. The trucks also have the best names this side of the WWF. I mean, Gravedigger: That’s just awesome. Or the Beast. And who could forget the all-time greatest Monster Truck: Big Foot, which rocks the misnomer of a monopod vehicle like nobody’s business.Lastly, the best part about Monster Truck rallies is the fan base. At no other sporting event can you find a more impressive set of individuals than in an arena with four-wheeled monstrosities rolling about crushing cars. No fewer than 24 present and former presidents are admitted monster truck enthusiasts.And in what other crowd can you learn about how to gut a pig with a dodge ball or what beer goes best with a T.V. dinner?Point: Don’t mess with the pennant.PoppyThe debate of what’s a sport and what’s not could go on for infinity and beyond, but there’s no question that a competition testing your physical limitations against others without the influence of referees and botched calls is definitely a sport — the best sport at that.That’s right, competitive eating is the mecca of all sporting events.Competitive eating has become a craze in the United States as of late, and there is no doubt it is a sport, unlike poker or dominos. After all, it does have all the elements.For starters, there’s competition — you’re going head-to-head with a field looking to down more crab cakes, taquitos or popcorn shrimp than you.Secondly, it’s certainly a physical activity. Although it might not involve running or sprinting, competitive eating greatly tests your physical limitations — filling your belly with 50-plus hot dogs is no easy chore. Plus, while it’s often discouraged, the sport takes immense amounts of training. Competitive eaters often stretch out their stomachs by drinking large amounts of water before an event.Also, there’s a time limit — a necessity for almost all sports.There’s a Super Bowl of sorts — the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a July 4 annual event made popular by ESPN.Furthermore, Takeru Kobayashi has become the sport’s superstar. “The Tsunami” has taken competitive eating by storm, setting the competitive eating record for hot dogs and Krystals (hamburgers). He also is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champion for the past six consecutive years. And you can’t tell me Kobayashi isn’t an athlete — have you seen the guns on that guy?McGrath can try and tell you Monster Trucks is a sport as much as he wants, and while it is pretty flippin’ cool, it’s nowhere near the awesomeness factor of competitive eating. Counterpoint: Best. Sport. Ever.
It has been a tough month for the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team.During the last three weeks, the team has had to deal with the challenge of playing four consecutive matches while dealing with injuries to key players senior Caitlin Burke and junior Nicole Beck.It has been especially trying on head coach Patti Henderson. “[This past month] has been the first time for me where my team has literally only been able to field six players,” Henderson said.Because of their injuries, both Burke and Beck have been playing more doubles matches until they are healthy enough to resume the more grueling singles competition. While this move does temporarily create issues with matching up other players for doubles spots, it has made the Badgers very strong at the No. 2 doubles spot, as shown by their hard-fought win over Notre Dame’s Katie Potts and Kelcy Tefft last Thursday.The then-No. 3 Irish squad ended up winning the match, but Henderson saw the final score as a poor indicator of how the team played considering the circumstances.”After a stretch like we had, playing four away matches and then finishing it up with a match against one of the best teams in the country, [Burke and Beck’s win] was really important for not only their individual confidence, but for the team’s confidence as a whole,” Henderson said.Luckily for the Badgers (3-11 overall, 0-5 Big Ten), the road that lies ahead of them is much less treacherous than the stretch they have already covered. In fact, aside from a regular season finale at Michigan State, Wisconsin will play the rest of its games at home.First one on that list: Purdue. The Boilermakers have had quite the season, as they are currently undefeated in conference play on a seven-match winning streak.Henderson believes the good week of practice the squad has had will bode well for the team in Saturday’s match.”Purdue has managed to find their confidence this season as evidenced by their record, but I feel that our players will be very well prepared for them,” she said. “Everyone has done a great job at staying positive, and a couple of our players have really elevated their game in that time.”But Purdue isn’t the only conference foe Wisconsin will have to face this weekend.Sunday, the Badgers will face a struggling Illinois squad, which, like Wisconsin, is still searching for its first Big Ten win.Henderson said the team will be able to use the lessons learned from playing such a tough schedule to their advantage against the Illini, who are currently 4-9 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Ten.”It will be important for us to capitalize on the strength of our schedule and the quality of the opponents we have played if we want to have success,” Henderson said. “When a player learns how to win the little battles in a match, winning the whole thing becomes much easier.”With the chance to grab two conference wins at home in one weekend, Wisconsin hopes to capitalize on the chance to start the last leg of the season on a high note.As Henderson said, “A big conference win would really bring credence to what we have been working on all along this season and would certainly create a lot of positive energy to feed off of.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Dino Babers talks about Syracuse football’s win against Western Michigan, Antwan Cordy’s injury, and his hopes for the future of the season during a weekly press conference. Published on September 23, 2019 at 9:52 pm
By Stephen DienerMillions have been waiting to hear the answer to this question, when will the Disney parks be open again?!Well, we finally got our answer today.Disney announced that they are planning to open Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks on Saturday July 11th, while waiting a few more days until Wednesday July 15th, to open up EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.But once the doors open, it will be a much different experience than what you are used to.All guests will have their temperatures checked and will not be allowed in with a temperature over 100.4, all guests over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask, and you will need a reservation ahead of time just to get into the parks.Once you are inside, you will notice some major changes as well.The rides will be limited as well as various experiences throughout the parks, such as the total elimination of character meet and greets, parades, and firework shows. All fan favorites of course.Attraction lines will be subject to social distancing as well.All parks and resorts have been closed since March 16th. No word yet on when the major resort areas will be opening.Also of note, SeaWorld announced that they will be opening with similar restrictions on Thursday, June 11th.Will you be going to the parks with these restrictions in place?
27 Nov 2019 England Golf supports Rainbow Laces campaign England Golf has given its full backing to the 2019 Rainbow Laces campaign and underlined the message that golf is a sport for all.As part of Come Out Active week (23-30 November) run by the charity Stonewall, golfers across the country are being encouraged to show their support for LGBT equality by wearing rainbow laces on their shoes or displayed on their golf bags.Many in the LGBT community live and breathe for sport, yet four in 10 think that sport isn’t welcoming.By working together we can help make sport everyone’s game.England Golf is already committed to a policy of inclusivity and will continue its drive to change attitudes in 2020 by supporting a series of initiatives.In the year ahead, we willProvide inclusivity training and support for England Golf staff and volunteersConduct research to understand the current experiences of LGBT people in golfUnderstand the perceptions/barriers to participation in golf by LGBT peopleCreate guidance for LGBT people on how they can engage with the gameCreate guidance for clubs on good practice of inclusion of LGBT peopleReview our guidance and policies around inclusion of LGBT people for competition within EnglandExecutive director Richard Flint said: “Making sure golf is a sport for all is a cornerstone of the England Golf strategy.“Golf is a wonderful game for everyone to enjoy. In a modern, sporting environment there is no place for any discriminatory barriers.“England Golf is delighted to support the Rainbow Laces campaign and is committed to spreading a message of inclusivity through all our affiliated clubs and our staff.“The new initiatives we are putting in place for 2020 only serve to reinforce this message.”Stonewall encourages people in sport to challenge existing prejudices and can offer advice to anyone involved in golf when faced with a discriminatory or abusive situation.This guidance includes the following messages:Avoid a knee jerk reaction. Take a minute to find the right words and toneExplain that it’s offensive to LGBT people and many othersExplain that it makes LGBT people feel unwelcome in sportTell them making a joke, chant or insult about being LGBT is abuse – always.There are already many LGBT people participating in golf, but we want to pledge our support to them and anyone choosing to take up the game in 2020.Here at England Golf we want clubs and golfers to share their Rainbow Laces images with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #RainbowLacesDayStaff at England Golf offices in Woodhall Spa last week showed their support for the campaign by wearing rainbow laces to work.For more details on Come Out Active week and the Rainbow Laces campaign please click hereFollow England Golf on social mediaTwitter: @EnglandGolfFacebook: England.golfInstagram: England.golf