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manics21
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Federal Judge: Cheerleading Not A Sport

Should have typed "quit", not "quick"...

posted by manics21 at 12:46 PM on July 23

Federal Judge: Cheerleading Not A Sport

One of my darkest days was the day my talented daughter quick her "select" or traveling soccer team to focus on high school chearleading. What followed was 4 years of preparation for and participation in cheerleading competitions in various states across the US with intermittent cheering at actual athletic events. This included 2-a-days for the 3 months prior to the major competitions, something she never encountered in her "playing" days. During her career, much of which was spent as a "flyer", she constantly fought issues with her back and ankles. Several of her teammates were seriously injured, including a compound fracture of a forearm and a serious concussion that has precluded the injured girl from any strenuous physical activity for life. It may not be a sport, and I hated every minute I had to witness of it, but those girls participating in competitive cheerleading are absolutely very dedicated athletes.

posted by manics21 at 12:33 PM on July 23

Sioux Sue to Save North Dakota's Mascot

"Amuk" ain't a word. Wait, ain't ain't either. In any event, "amuck" is.

posted by manics21 at 10:06 AM on December 09

Ron Artest

Assholism, like alcoholism, is a disease. It can be treated. I think it takes more steps, though.

posted by manics21 at 03:22 PM on December 03

Renee Richards Questions Caster Semenya's Eligibility to Compete

"Harrison Bergeron"...

posted by manics21 at 03:50 PM on August 27

Home sweet home: LSU tops OSU in BCS Championship

Two points I would like to, well, point out: 1. How can the NCAA argue against a 16-team football playoff when every other division of the same sport successfully undertakes a 16-team playoff? The model is in place and it's their model. Conferences with championships should have their teams limited to 11 regular season games. Therefore, 2 teams would play 15 or 16 games, 4 would play 14 or 15, every other team would play no more than under the current system. Side note - if they still want a gazillion bowls, let the non-playoff teams continue to bowl away. Those bowls surely cannot be any less meaningful than they currently are. 2. LSU beat the #1, #3, #12, #16, & #23 ranked teams in the BCS poll(12/2/07); #6, #10, #11, #13, & #14 in the final Coaches poll, and #5, #9, #12, #13, & #15 in the final AP. The 2 teams they lost to, both in triple O/T, received Coaches & AP votes and were bowl participants. I'm not sure if any of the other reasonable candidates for the championship game can claim a similar resume for the season. I don't have the time to compile the same statistics for each of the other candidate teams, but it would be interesting to see what those results are.

posted by manics21 at 05:59 PM on January 08

The German World Cup Baby Boom.

Those fucking Germans! As for the post-handball boom, wouldn't that just lead to a bunch of handjobs?

posted by manics21 at 10:24 AM on February 22

Alabama has fired Coach Shula

It's Bear hunting season again!

posted by manics21 at 08:51 AM on November 28

Torquay United to pull plug on divers

Here's a thought - post-game review of questionable injuries and dives by EPL, FIFA, or appropriate governing body with issuance of yellow cards & fines for guilty players and teams. With the prospect of carrying a card into the next match, it might be a way to discourage this behavior without disrupting the flow of play during a match.

posted by manics21 at 05:33 PM on November 21

US Stumbles Out of the Gates

My question is why nobody is questioning Arena's lineup - move Beasley to the right to accommodate Convey on the left, Donovan to forward, Mastroeni to midfield? Did all this gerrymandering have anything to do with the obvious mental discombobulation apparent in the team? The loss of Heyduk at right back didn't help. In any event, the degree of improvement necessary to even compete against Italy is so enormous I personally can't imagine it occurring in 5 days. The US were so bad at the very fundamentals of the game that a discussion of tactics, creativity, etc. is virtually irrelevant. What a dissapointment - 3 & out; wait until 2010! Am I a realist or simply defeatist?

posted by manics21 at 09:14 AM on June 13