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Friday, March 25, 2011

GQ's All Time Coolest Athletes

In the February issue of GQ magazine, The 25 Coolest Athletes of All Time were listed.  They included sports icons such as Joe Namath, Arthur Ashe, Pele, Tom Brady, Julius Erving, Michael Jordon, Ted Turner, and Kelly Slater.

I searched Youtube to find vids of some of their highlight performances. 

Joe Namath (aka Broadway Joe), American Football Quarterback



Mario Andretti, World Champion racing driver



Allen Iverson, American Professional basketball player



Bjorn Borg, tennis player from Sweden



Arthur Ashe, professional tennis player



Pele, Brazilian football (soccer) player



Walt Frazier, American NBA basketball player



Evel Knievel, American daredevil



Jean-Claude Killy, French Alpine ski racer



Pete Maravich (aka Pistol Pete), NBA professional basketball player



Tom Brady, NFL football quarterback



Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.), three time World Heavyweight Champion



Julius Erving (aka Dr. J), NBA professional basketball player



Bob Gibson, All star American baseball player



Bo Jackson, American baseball and football player



Arnold Palmer, American professional golfer



George Best, Northern Irish professional football player



Derek Sanderson, Canadian professional ice hockey player



Tim Lincecum (aka "The Freak") MLB baseball pitcher



Kenny Stabler, American football quarterback



Michael Jordan, NBA basketball player



Gary Player, South African professional golfer



Ted Turner, Yachtsman

Download video here: http://media.cbsnews.com/video/426250/cbsnews_2010-09-27-220150.1100.mp4


Jim Brown, Professional American football player and actor



Kelly Slater, American professional surfer



Sources: GQ Magazine, February 2011; wikipedia; CBS News

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Facing intense competition, but surprising even myself

A few weeks ago, I decided to recruit players at my state agency to participate in a softball tournament benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  I am so proud of completing this task.

In the end, all the players that gave up their weekends to practice and participate in this tournament did fantastic; although, we didn't win.

I was happy, however, to hear many players showing an interest in participating in future practices and even entering a league. 

Perhaps next year we will face the teams that beat us and win. 

Hey, for being a rookie team, we did great.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My softball team

Last week I blogged about developing an office softball team to play at a benefits tournament on March 19, 2011.

This past Saturday, about 12 of our team members met for practice.  Although we looked a bit rusty, the enthusiasm the team has shown indicates we might actually do pretty good during the tournament.

Hopefully that'll be the case.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A man in a balloon

The strange things you find on YouTube.  This guy tries to get himself inside a large balloon.



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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Patrick Jean's Pixels

French film-maker Patrick Jean presents his short-film of classic video game icons attacking New York City.



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Monday, March 7, 2011

Office Softball Team

A few weeks ago, I decided to put together an office softball team for an upcoming multiple sclerosis benefit.

Personally, I didn't think I could recruit fifteen male and female players, and I think others doubted my chances. But surprisingly, even to myself, I gathered 18 players for the tournament scheduled in a couple of weeks. 

The team is comprised of young and old mature life-experienced and athletic and pathetic weak not-so-athletic players.  I guess you could say I'm in the young and not-so-athletic group. 

Honestly, I've never played softball.  I appreciate the game and know the various positions well enough to be a mediocre player, however. 

Our team met this past Saturday for our first practice.  We were out in the field for over two hours taking turns at bat.  I decided to play catcher--perhaps explaining the muscle pain on my upper legs.

The great thing about our practice is receiving various tips from others on how to improve your game.  One of the more experienced players suggested I place my glove inches from the plate when playing catcher--directing the pitcher where to throw the ball.   When I was at bat, another player suggested I focus on the balls stitching before swinging the bat.

So, our office team has two more practices before the tournament.  Hopefully, we'll advance far enough in the tournament, with our players. Hey, we've got a good team.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hi-Five Etiquette

Sketch comedians Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton present "Etiquette 'the High 5."



You can see more on their website: http://www.trippandtyler.com/.

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