Results For "sports"
Oct 03
Oenamaus the gladiator

In my humble opinion, nothing is a greater test of heart than sports and combat. You can train, study and read all you want but when the jaws of life slams shut, you are typically left with two choices: fight or run. Most of us assume that we will fight if the situation gets dire, but trust me, you never really know until you find yourself in danger. It is after reacting and recovering that you truly know what you’re made of. Some of you are warriors, rolling off of your opponent with his warm heart beating within your teeth, but some of you don’t have the stomach for it, and end up running away or falling victim.  The deciding factor isn’t as simple as winning or losing. You have to apply pressure to your spirit, and observe what it does in the worst situations. “You… [Read more]

Nov 09

Many of us have had ideas that we wanted to turn into reality. Most of us sit on it, tell everyone we know about it, and let it drift off into the clouds of “what-ifs”. We are satisfied that everyone either said it was a good idea, or give up after learning that it has already been invented. Then there are those strange folks who think of things, build them, and then fly overseas with little else but a dream in order to get a factory to manufacture it… Most of us don’t know too many people like this but guess what? I got to sit down with one of these crazy people in order to pick their brains on what it takes to bring an idea into reality. It was a late night when I visited Master Hoon Park’s dojo “J Park Martial Arts”… [Read more]

Feb 19

What could possibly add on to the perceived “thug culture” of one of the last hyper-masculine sports in the United States? Not much, being that the casual and non-sport fans of the NFL already have the perception that the NFL is comprised of players who are: Uneducated (look at the early reactions to Richard Sherman last season) Criminal (the handful of players who have crossed the law are used to represent the whole) Rapists (Big Ben) Thugs (another term for a scary black person) Over-churched (Reggie White) Racist (Richie Incognito and Riley Cooper) (TBA) The TBA will become “homophobic” by the time we’re into the next season and it will not enhance or destroy the opinion that people have of the NFL already but it will make for a whole lot of news. Right now with Michael Sam announcing that he is gay to the… [Read more]

Feb 03

 It’s probably a bittersweet feeling as you’re sitting on the couch watching the final moments of the 2013 NFL season coming to an end at the Super Bowl. Bitter because there’s no football for another 6 months, and sweet because you keep telling yourself that next year is ‘Our Year’. Nonetheless, we saw Russell Wilson hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in a frigid New Jersey setting which was pretty memorable for such a young quarterback, but we also can’t forget about the interview heard around the world that occurred two weeks ago (can’t stop talking about this right?). Sherman going H.A.M. in his post game interview bought up many topics of discussion such as sportsmanship, social etiquette, and overall sports behavior. There are definitely unwritten rules on gameday behavior but I’ll drop my 2 cents on how gentlemenly you be when it comes to booing your… [Read more]

Jan 07

It’s that time of year again. The new year brings a time filled with resolutions and goals that we all make to better ourselves. It also brings the highly anticipated time of the College Football Bowl Season and the NFL Playoffs. You’d usually see an influx of fan pride during this time and there are times when someone’s fandom can come off as questionable. With a successful sports team comes an overwhelming amount of random fans coming out of the woodwork. This is why I believe 2014 should be a year when every sports fan should re-learn on how to become a better sports fan. We all could use some advice and reflect back on our bad sports fan habits from the previous year. Bandwagon Effect Nobody likes a bandwagoner. Also known as a fair-weather fan, these types of fans only come out for a… [Read more]

Jul 12

I really dislike how movies portray jocks in High School with the raging hormones being complimented by their athletic ability. It gives off this feeling as if the boys only play sports in order to score easy Cheerleader action. The character portrayals come off as incorrect because those of us that competed in High School athletics remember it in a much different way than Hollywood does. See, there is the High School which was a bunch of boys trying to get with the cutest girls and then there’s the High School where you wanted to be the best linebacker in the country. The two seemed like completely different worlds when I look back and it was because as a student you felt like 2 different people in and out of your sport of choice. When I was at football practice I wanted to get better,… [Read more]

Mar 14

In martial arts we would do 100 repetitions of basic movements in order to get it to the point of reactionary when needed. I will never forget the day when I kicked a buddy in the face for slapping me in the back of the head playfully. At the time I was competing and my teacher would have us doing those kicks all day, every day, in an attempt to remove conscious thought (over-thinking things) and let the moves flow whenever they were needed. What I didn’t realize back then is how many of life’s little things involved the same process. We commit things to memory and then we execute whenever we need them, it is the same in everything and the people who are best at it seem to retain the information better than the rest of us. In competitive video games the same holds… [Read more]

Mar 01

Taking part in exercise, whether it’s playing sport, running or working out at the gym, provides numerous benefits; fitness, physique, current and future health all see gains in a variety of ways. However, injuries during exercise are not uncommon and after sprains, strains and pulled muscles, ligament damage is amongst those most frequently seen. Ligaments are the tissues that connect bones to each other and therefore play an important role in movement. Those who take part in sport are most likely to tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the ligaments in the knee, which usually occurs when you stop or change direction abruptly. You will soon know if this ligament has been damaged, as besides the “pop” you are likely to hear at the time it occurs, severe knee pain and swelling are accompanied by an inability to straighten your leg or place any… [Read more]