Category: Sports


Bombardier’s Ideas For The Future Of The Snowmobile

 

 

 

 

 

” Do you love the feel of gliding over soft powder while astride your favorite snowmobile? Have you spent the winter helping out friends and family thanks to your trusty Ski-Doo? Whether it is outdoor sporting activities or participating in search and rescue, snowmobiles provide a critical function in our lives during Canadian winters. Building off existing models and considering concerns raised by snowmobile enthusiasts, I bring you a list of nine concept ideas about the future of the snowmobile.”

 

”  Wireless heat & power

This idea could take the form of inductive plates embedded in the footrest of the snowmobile that would create a magnetic field to transfer electricity wirelessly to the boots of the driver and passenger. The boot would then use this electricity to generate heat. The electricity could also be transferred to heated socks or to the rest of your suit, gloves and helmet using a similar hidden and wireless process.”

 

 

”  Integrated rear trunk

When you’re leaving for a weekend ride, there never seems to be enough space on snowmobiles for cargo. Sure, you can buy portable bags or luggage as accessories, but maybe it’s time to design a snowmobile with an actual rear trunk large enough to carry gear for two. This compartment could also be heated (at least above the freezing point) so that your liquids (like contact lens fluids) would not freeze during. With 48 inches to spare, I am sure designers can think of clever ways to integrate this.”

 

 

”  Warning sensors

Another desirable feature would be infrared sensors that could detect humans, animals, and other vehicles in front of you and around corners. Basically, sensors in front of your sled would detect and interpret information using the onboard computer. The results could appear on a display in the dashboard and be sent as a warning (using digital voice technology) to your helmet.”

 

 

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I Rode A Hoverboard With Tony Hawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

” I’ve been saying that a lot lately. Out loud. At all kinds of inopportune moments. Like, “Hey, sorry I didn’t get back to you—I was busy because I WAS RIDING A HOVERBOARD WITH TONY HAWK.” Or, “Ketchup? Oh yeah, that reminds of this time I WAS RIDING A HOVERBOARD WITH TONY HAWK.” Total dick.

  But I really did ride a hoverboard with Tony Hawk. A totally real, not fake, working hoverboard. This isn’t any of that Funny or Die bullshit. It’s real. The folks at Arx Pax dropped a press release and a video in October claiming that they have developed the technology to make shit hover. At the time, I interviewed the company’s founders, Greg and Jill Henderson, and at the end of our interview they invited me up to their lab in Los Gatos, Calif. to ride the hoverboard myself.

  Hendo’s hover technology relies on magnets, which means the hoverboard can, for the time being, only hover over non-ferrous materials. When I first spoke to Greg and Jill, I apologized for not being a scientist before I began asking stupid questions like, “What does non-ferrous mean?” and “Why can’t I ride it down the street?”

“ No worries about not being a scientist,” Greg said, “because neither are we. I’m an architect by trade, and that’s where this technology came from. Right now, what we have is essentially the Model-T [of hoverboards]. This is a proof of concept. And because we made this big leap in efficiency, we are able now to do what other folks couldn’t do on a conductive material like aluminum or copper. As we optimize this system, ideally we’ll be able to go on other surfaces.” “

 

The Ride Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“NFL 2015″ — A Bad Lip Reading Of The NFL

 

 

 

 

Published on Jan 22, 2015

” “…and then you invented dirt lumps.” More of what COULD have been said in the NFL.
Like on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/badlipreading
Follow on Twitter! http://twitter.com/badlipreading “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Capitan: Yosemite Duo Complete World’s Toughest Climb

 

 

 

 

” Two climbers in California’s Yosemite national park made history on Wednesday, reaching the summit of what has been called the world’s hardest rock climb.

  After weeks of herculean effort, Kevin Jorgeson, 30, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, scaled the half-mile section of exposed granite known as the Dawn Wall on El Capitan peak.

  Upon clambering over the final ledge they paused, looked at each other and raised their arms in triumph.

  People watching from the park and online via a live feed hailed the feat, completed just after 3.30pm local time, as thrilling and inspirational.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” “ In a time full of terrible events those dudes getting up the side of El Capitan is pretty bloody awesome!” said one typical tweet.

“ It’s incredible that we all were just able to witness one of the greatest feats in climbing history,” marvelled another.

  The pair made the 3,000ft ascent in what has been billed as the wall’s first free climb, using only natural rock holds for hands and feet. Rope was used only to arrest falls.”

 

The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dakar Rally: Matt Campbell Survives High-Speed Crash In Desert Race

 

 

 

 

 

” A Calgary driver has been released from a South American hospital after he was injured in a spectacular crash Saturday during an off-road rally through the Bolivian desert.

  Calgarian Matt Campbell is recovering in a South American hospital after a 174 km/h crash in the Dakar Rally in Bolivia. (elmartilloracing.com)

  Matt Campbell, 63, and two teammates were taking part in the legendary Dakar Rally when their vehicle became airborne and flipped several times before coming to a stop.”

 

 

 

 

” ” The race car was moving at a speed of 174 km/h when suddenly they found the water cut five feet deep.… There was not much to do but hang on and resist the crash. The affectations are quite notable, the car was completely destroyed,” El Martillo Racing said in a statement on their Facebook page.

  CBC News spoke to Campbell who says he’s a little stiff and black and blue from head to toe.

  Campbell says the rally relies on old fashioned technology instead of GPS systems. The driver relies on their navigator with a paper road book to manually count down the route metre by metre.”

 

 

From l to r …  Nicolas “Nico” Ambriz , Luis “Fito” Ramirez & Matt Campbell

 

 

 

” Campbell was behind the wheel at the time of the accident. Reports say the team tried to skim across a stream at high speed when the vehicle’s front end became immersed in the water — sending the car into the catapult.

  Campbell is the principal driver for the El Martillo Racing team. The team was sitting in 36th place at the time of the accident. “

 

CBC.ca

 

 

 

See also : Dakar Rally 2015 In Pictures

     2015 Dakar Rally: Stage 9 results

     Mystery surrounds death of Dakar Rally racer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yosemite Climbers Expect To Reach Top Of El Capitan On Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

” Two climbers trying to become the first to scale a 3,000-foot (900-meter) face of the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California without bolts or climbing tools believe they will reach the top on Wednesday, representatives said.

  Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, who began their latest attempt to conquer El Capitan on Dec. 27, started climbing the final 11 “pitches” of the so-called Dawn Wall on Tuesday, spokeswoman Jess Clayton said.

  The Dawn Wall of El Capitan is divided into 32 climbing pitches, which are varying lengths of rock that the climbers are trying to master with only their hands and feet. The wall has been scaled before, first by legendary climber Warren Harding in 1970, but never before without climbing tools.”

 

Toronto Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Are the Most Amazing Le Mans Race Cars of the Year

(One Is A Freaking Backhoe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The 2014 season of the 24 Hours of LeMons was the best one yet, with 20 races all over the country, the world-record largest endurance road race in history (the Guinness folks just declared it as the official record holder), floods, ice, pitch darkness, and—of course—the greatest crop of new-to-the-series race cars we could ever hope to see. 2013 had some great machinery, as did 2012 and 2011, but nothing like what we saw during the last 12 months. Here we go, the new cars (or cars modified so heavily that they might as well have been new) from the 2014 season!”

 

 

CMP - Truckster 2

 

 

” You can’t go wrong with British sports cars in LeMonseverybody knows that—and so it was something of a mystery that we saw zero Jensen-Healeys during the first eight years of the series. You can get an ugly example for cheap and the “Torqueless Wonder” Lotus 907 engine seems well-suited for screaming around a road course, so we knew it was just a matter of time before some team took the plunge. That team was Bangers N Mash, which showed up to the Return of the LeMonites race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah with this car.”

 

 

NJMP1 - Super Grover 2

 

 

   Car & Driver has a comprehensive review of the past year’s action along with dozens of photos documenting the amazingly creative racing machines that appeared nationwide throughout the course of the year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liability Concerns Prompt Some Cities To Limit Sledding

 

 

 

 

 

” As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree.

  But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims.

  No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where the City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks.

” We have all kinds of parks that have hills on them,” said Marie Ware, Dubuque’s leisure services manager. “We can’t manage the risk at all of those places.”

  A study by Columbus, Ohio-based Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that between 1997 and 2007, more than 20,000 children each year were treated at emergency rooms for sledding-related injuries.”

 

ABC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Capitan’s Dawn Wall: ‘Hardest Climb In The World’ Attempt

 

 

 

 

 

” Two US climbers may be on the verge of completing the hardest rock climb in the world.

  Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are attempting to conquer the imposing 3,000-foot high El Capitan peak in Yosemite, California.

  They are climbing El Capitan via the Dawn Wall side of the rock formation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This is by far the toughest route to the top, with a smooth, marble-like surface offering almost no cracks or protrusions to grip.

  And they are doing it without the aid of ropes.”

 

Read more and see regular updates on the climber’s progress at The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NZ Skydivers Bail Out Over Lake Taupo As Plane Crashes

 

 

 

 

 

” All 13 people on board a small plane, including the pilot, parachuted to safety before the aircraft crashed into a lake on New Zealand’s North Island.

  The aircraft was taking them on a tandem skydive excursion over Lake Taupo when it suffered engine problems, said the authorities.

  No-one was seriously injured, but the case is being investigated.

  A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority, Mike Richards, said it was a miracle no-one was killed.

  Taupo Mayor David Trewavas said the had plane lost power about 1,300m off the ground and the pilot called for the passengers to evacuate.”

 

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How To Pull A Tooth With A Golf Club, Golf Ball And Dental Floss

 

 

 

 

Published on Dec 30, 2014

” My 7 year old wanted to pull his tooth but was concerned it would be to painful to pull SLOWLY. So we did it QUICKLY and in his words with no pain, just a little fear.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Reportedly Captures Young Great White Shark Off SoCal Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Video showed what was believed to be a young great white shark jumping out of the water just feet from surfers at El Porto Beach.

  The video was shot by photographer Tom Kampas around 11 a.m. on Dec. 22 about a mile north of Manhattan Beach.

  Kampas said there have been several great white sightings along South Bay beaches in recent weeks.”

 

Thanks to KTLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Frenchies And Parrot To Shoot Extreme Sports Thanks To Bebop Drone

 

 

 

 

 

” Globally known for their famous base jump with a human catapult from the highest cliff in the world and for having walked on a rope between two hot-air balloons, the Flying Frenchies now provide a new point of view of their exploits thanks to their drone.

  Controlled by its Skycontroller, the Parrot Bebop Drone shot the latest stunt of the Flying Frenchies: the first base jump from a trapeze. A world premiere! “

 

Thanks to Parrot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See This Woman Bend Her Body In Impossible Ways

 

Bendy Woman Zlata Poses For 2015 Calendar

 

 

” Zlata, a German contortionist, has bent herself into a dozen nearly back-breaking positions for a 2015 calendar.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Dressed in a gold body suit, bendy world record-breaker Julia Guenthel manages to twist her body into unthinkable positions, including one photo where she balanced on her belly with her legs slung over her shoulders like backpack straps, according to Barcroft Media.”

 

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Lynch, Memphis Top BYU 55-48 In Miami Beach Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

” They battled for 60 minutes, then again for two overtimes and literally fought after the final play.

  And for Memphis, the end result was a win 76 years in the making.

  Paxton Lynch threw four touchdown passes and rushed for three more scores, Jake Elliott kicked a 54-yard field goal to end the first extra session and Memphis wasted a pair of double-digit leads before rallying to beat BYU 55-48 in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl on Monday.

” It wasn’t always pretty,” Memphis coach Justin Fuente said.

  After DaShaughn Terry sealed the win by picking off BYU quarterback Christian Stewart in the second OT, tensions and emotions took over. Dozens of people from both sidelines spilled toward the middle of the field, many punching and grabbing. Cameras caught BYU defensive back Kai Nacua — who had blood streaming from his face — coming from behind to punch in the head Memphis tight end Alan Cross, who was being restrained by someone from the Tigers’ staff. “

 

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When Fish Get Revenge! The Sequel — 10 More Videos

 

 

 

 

” It would be bad enough to lose a Shimano Terez rod and a Stella 10000 plus a GoPro Hero3 on, say, a bluefin tuna, but check out what gets away with the goods here. “

 

See the other videos at Sport Fishing Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auburn Shooting Suspect Arrested

 

 

 

 

” WSFA is report that the Auburn Police Department has made an arrest in connection to the shooting death of a freshman Auburn football player.

  Auburn Police say that Markale Hart, 22 of Camp Hill, AL, has been arrested and charged in connection to the shooting death of Jakell Lenard Mitchell, 18 of Opelika.

  Mitchell was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center with apparent multiple gunshot wounds and died shortly after arrival at the emergency room from his injuries. Mitchell’s body has been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences medical examiner’s office in Montgomery for a postmortem examination.

  According to the Lee County Coroner’s office, Auburn Police and EAMC EMS received the 911 call early Sunday morning at about 12:28 a.m. to a possible gunshot victim. The incident occurred at a residence in the 200 block of West Longleaf Drive in Auburn. This is the same apartment complex where Desmonte Leonard shot and killed three men in 2012, among them, two former AU football players.”

 

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Auburn Football Player Jakell Mitchell Shot, Killed

 

 

 

 

 

” Auburn freshman football player Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed at an apartment complex near the Auburn University campus early Sunday morning.

  Auburn Police responded to a call of shots fired at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex at 12:28 a.m. Sunday, where Mitchell, 18, was found with multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center and died after his arrival, according to the Lee County Coroner’s Office.

  Auburn Police Capt. Will Matthews told the Associated Press the investigation is ongoing and no suspects are in custody.

  Sunday’s shooting occurred at the same apartment complex Desmonte Leonard shot and killed three man, including former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips, in the summer of 2012. Leonard was convicted of capital murder, attempted murder and assault in October and will be sentenced in January.”

 

Montgomery Advertiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Arvada High School Basketball Coach Throws Girl By Her Hair

 

 

 

” It’s a stunning video that is sure to spark debate.

  A fight breaks out at a girls varsity basketball game between Arvada and Alameda High Schools.

  As adults run onto the court to break it up, the Arvada High School coach grabs one of his players by her hair and throws her several feet to the ground.

  The video shows one shocked fan in the stands pointing at what the coach had just done and raising his hands in disbelief.

  The girl was kicked off the team and suspended from school. The coach, who also teaches at Arvada High School, was not punished.

  When the fight erupted, Areeon Frilot, a sophomore player, was sitting on the Arvada High bench.

” My intentions were to go and break up the fight and grab my girl off of their girl,” the teen said.

” I got to about the three point line and that’s when I felt someone grab my hair from the back and throw me,” Areeon said. “My first reaction was that I just got thrown by another girl from the team.”

  As the video shows, it was no girl. It was her head coach, Roger Griffin, who grabbed her by the hair and tossed the girl down.

” I was just shocked, like I can’t believe that the one person I trusted out of everybody in school was the one to do that to me,” the teen said. “

 

     Coach Griffin should be the one suspended arrested and charged with assault . This is a shameful display of a lack of self-control on the part of an adult expected to inspire our children . This man has serious anger management issues .

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Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton Involved In Vehicle Wreck

 

 

 

 

 

” Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was taken to a hospital after the truck he was traveling in crashed in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, police said.

  He was transferred to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman Rob Tufano. Newton’s truck and a sedan were involved in the wreck.

” It would appear the car rolled over. The accident is being investigated,” he said.

  There was no word on what caused the wreck in uptown Charlotte, but witnesses told CNN affiliate WSOC they saw Newton’s vehicle flip four times.

  WSOC published an image of a dark-colored truck lying on its side in the roadway.

  The extent of Newton’s injuries was not immediately clear. The Charlotte Observer tweeted an image of Newton lying on his side smiling.”

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Volvo Ocean Race: Shipwrecked Team Vestas Wind Rescued

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A shipwrecked crew have been rescued from shark-inhabited waters during the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race.

  The nine-man Team Vestas Wind crew were stranded after crashing on a remote coral reef, before being picked up by a Coast Guard boat and taken to Mauritius.

  Shore crew chief Neil Cox, said: “We’ve had nine guys sitting on a sand pit in the middle of the Indian Ocean.”

 

 

 

 

 

” ” The Coast Guard was asking me to warn the guys that the reef is riddled full of sharks and barracuda.”

  The seven-strong fleet was making its way from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi – the second stage of the nine-leg race. The leading teams are due to complete the 5,185 nautical mile route and arrive in the United Arab Emirates capital around 13 December. “

 

Read more at BBC Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEA Agents Show Up Unannounced To Check NFL Medical Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Federal drug enforcement agents made unannounced visits to at least three NFL teams Sunday as part of an investigation into claims by former players that teams have mishandled prescription drugs. 

  The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed to Fox News that agents inspected the San Francisco 49ers training staff following the team’s game against the New York Giants Sunday at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. A federal law enforcement agent described the inspection as an “administrative function” and added that no arrests were made. 

  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers public relations staff confirmed on Twitter that they were met by DEA agents at Baltimore-Washington International Airport following their 27-7 victory over the Washington Redskins Sunday. 

” Authorities checked in w/our travel party [at] BWI [and] after a 5 min. delay, we proceeded onto out plane w/o incident,” the message read. 

  The Seattle Seahawks, who played at Kansas City, confirmed via the team’s Twitter account that they were spot-checked as well. “

 

Fox News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 1 Rifle Wins Third GARC Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team defeated Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 16 Ole Miss, 4699-4568, today, at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center, in West Point, N.Y.
  WVU (5-0, 3-0 GARC) won both disciplines, outshooting the Rebels (0-3, 0-2 GARC) in smallbore, 2328-2238, and air rifle, 2371-2330.
“ There were definitely some who struggled today,” said coach Jon Hammond. “We ended with a solid team score. The range conditions with different lighting made it challenging, but they all fought hard throughout.”
  Freshman Elizabeth Gratz placed first in smallbore with a career-high 584 (194 kneeling, 200 prone, 190 standing) mark. Her 200 prone score matched a school record, last shot by Jean-Pierre Lucas on Nov. 8 against Memphis.
“ Elizabeth has worked really hard in practice and is learning a lot about herself and how to perform,” Hammond explained. “Her matches have been great, and to make progress each one is really impressive.”
  Senior Thomas Kyanko placed second with 583, while junior Michael Bamsey placed third in the discipline with 581. Senior Ziva Dvorsak followed in fourth shooting 580.
 
  Gratz, Kyanko, Bamsey, Dvorsak and junior Garrett Spurgeon (576) completed the Mountaineer counting squad.
 
  Placing first in air rifle, Dvorsak scored 596 (99-100-99-100-99-99). Gratz and Rebel shooter Ali Weisz tied for second with 593 scores, while senior Maren Prediger placed fourth with 592.
  Kyanko and sophomore Jean-Pierre Lucas finished fifth with 590 scores.
  Dvorsak, Gratz, Kyanko, Prediger and Bamsey (589) contributed to the air rifle victory.
  Today’s victory pushes WVU to 10-3 all-time against the Rebels.
  The Mountaineers continue their season with another conference match against GARC foe No. 12 Army, tomorrow, Nov. 16, at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.
“ They will have to work hard and focus on their performance tomorrow,” Hammond said. “There are adjustments they can make and they may be more ready, but it will still require good focus and hard work.” “

State Park Tries To Stop Injured Veterans From Surfing

 

 

 

 

 

” At an event to help injured veterans surf at Cardiff State Beach Tuesday, a state park ranger told the organizers they needed a permit to be on the beach.

  The Veterans Day event was sponsored by Operation Amped, an organization that teaches disabled veterans to surf.

  Joel Tudor, a volunteer, said surfing provides therapy for the injured veterans.

“ Surfing has been a really neat form for these people to have a sense of relaxation, to remove the traumatic stress,” Tudor said.

  Tudor uploaded a picture to Instagram that upset many people on social media. In the photo, a park ranger holding a prosthetic leg on the sand is shown hassling volunteers on the beach.”

 

 

 

Operation Amped

 

 

The caption to this Instagram photo from joeljitsu reads: 

 

” 3 days ago

  In all my years of being a surfer and being hassled by the state parks, I’ve never seen such a asshole as this officer here! Today on Veterans Day of all days— this piece of shit had the audacity to tell the wounded warriors ( a non-profit for wounded veterans who want to surf as a form of medication to their souls!) that they would need a permit to be at Cardiff due to a public post on Facebook— the post was made so that people could volunteer time and take a vet for a slide! Mind you that every vet there today had already payed the 15$ parking fee— at one point as the wanna be cop was hassling the organizer…. A woman with no leg crawled through the dirt behind this guy to the waves…. Talk about zero sympathy or respect for his country and it’s vets! Please repost this pic in hopes of this getting to this jerks boss! What a douche!@surfer_magazine @stabsurf @surfline @slidemag@surfingmagazine @thrashermag @whatyouth “

 

 

 

 ” The 25 volunteers and the veterans were told to pack up their American flags and leave the beach, Tudor said. “

 

FOX5 San Diego

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