Category: Sports


Golfers Frisked As Obama Arrives At Martha’s Vineyard Club

 

 

 

 

” Regulars at the Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard were gobsmacked when President Obama unexpectedly strolled onto a nearby green and they were immediately frisked. “There was no warning he was coming,” sniffed a guest.

“ There was security on the way in, but no word as to why they were there.” The member added, “While eating, overlooking the golf course, guests had to stand up and be wanded.” One asked if he could finish his hot soup first, and an Obama security man cracked, ominously, “So, you’re not cooperating?” “

 

 

NY Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama’s One Achievement — Outgolfing Tiger Woods

 

 

 

 

” As Barack “Eldrick” Obama approaches his 200th round of golf since his election as president, here’s a fact to put that into perspective: Since January 2009, Tiger Woods has played 269 rounds of golf.

  And Tiger, beleaguered by injury, is almost certainly done for the year. So that means the president, if he keeps up with his pace of play during his 15-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard (a round a day) and his normal weekly round, will pass Tiger sometime next spring.

  Think about that for a minute. The president of the U.S., juggling the American economy and the entire world’s problems — Iraq is in full meltdown, the Middle East is a powder keg, Russia is moving on Ukraine — has played golf nearly as much as a guy whose day job is playing golf. “

 

Washington Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Stewart Runs Over Driver During Confrontation, Killing Him

 

 

 

 

 

 

” NASCAR driver Tony Stewart ran over a competitor, 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., during a confrontation at a sprint car race on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Ward was killed.

  In the video above, via YouTube, you can see Ward apparently confronting Stewart on foot after Ward’s car is run into the wall. He is struck, dragged, then thrown a number of feet. According to Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero, Ward was dead on arrival at the hospital.”

Deadspin.com

Police Identify Greenwich Teen Killed In Tubing Accident

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A 16-year-old Connecticut high school student was killed and another suffered a serious leg injury after the teens fell while tubing on Long Island Sound and were struck by the boat towing them, according to police.

  Police have identified the teen who died as 16-year-old Emily Fedorko, of Old Greenwich. Authorities said she was out on the water with three old friends, all ages 15 and 16 and rising juniors at Greenwich High School, when tragedy struck.”

” According to police, the teens were boating off Greenwich Point Park Wednesday afternoon, in a 21-foot Wahoo center console recreational powerboat that belonged to one of their fathers.”

NBC Connecticut

Biggest Sport Fishing Boats Ever Made

 

 

 

 

 

Viking 92 Convertible

” The largest Viking to date in its 50-year history is its new 92 Convertible.

  It launches late summer 2014. The first boat will be an enclosed-bridge model, and this will be followed by open-bridge versions. The project was handled by Viking from design, the building of the molds in-house with the aid of a pair of five-axis profiling milling machines and all of the construction aspects. 

  The 23-foot beam not only opens the salon, but transforms into a living room with built-in furniture and appointments like a 60-inch flat screen television that rises on a lift out of the teak cabinetry. An L-shape island in the galley complements the work area and all countertops feature custom-selected granite. A pair of walk-in pantries and a full day head are forward and characterize an excellent use of space. Nearby, a formal dining area accommodates eight guests.”

 

 

Viking 92

SPECIFICATIONS
Length Overall (LOA): 93′ 4″ (28.45 m)
Beam: 23′ 5″ (7.03 m)
Draft: 5′ 10″ (1.77 m)
Gross Weight*: 195,000 lbs. (88,450 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 4,000 gals. (15,141 l)
Water Capacity: 450 gals. (1,703 l)

 

 

 

 

” The 92 Convertible has six staterooms, each with its own private head and shower. The full-beam master suite features a king-size walk-around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, and his-and-her private facilities. Crew quarters are aft with access from the cockpit. The full-beam area includes a head with a shower, a small galley area, and upper and lower berths in a private cabin.

  Propulsion choices include offerings by Caterpillar and MTU. The communication, navigation and entertainment electronics package will be designed and installed by Viking’s sister company, Atlantic Marine Electronics. The first open-bridge boat will have a tuna tower designed and fabricated by Palm Beach Towers, another Viking subsidiary.

http://www.vikingyachts.com/ “

 

 

 

If Viking is not your cup of tea , how about a Hatteras ?

 

 

hatteras

 

 

 

Hatteras 90′

” Hatteras’ largest sport-fishing boat is the 90C. The boat was built in 1995, with the first boat delivered in 1996. This was a series of convertibles Hatteras produced at the time, the first one was in 1992, which was an 82C.

There were a total of 23 boats from the series built and sold from 1992-1998. At the time, it had largest diesel engines on a sport-fishing boat — the Deutz 16v-620 engine with 2,900 break hp.

Another unique feature of the 90C is that Hatteras built a bridge upon a bridge, meaning a flybridge on top of an enclosed bridge. There was only one like this built in its fleet.

The biggest challenge with the build process was the draft of the boat due to the large horsepower. Hatteras Engineering and Michigan Wheel designed a hybrid propeller specific for this model.

http://www.hatterasyachts.com/ 

 

    Of course the comparison above is not quite fair as the Viking 92′ is a current production boat while Hatteras , at present , “only” makes sportfish up to 77′ in length … see below .

 

 

 

 

 

Length Overall 76’10″/ 23.42 meters
Length Overall with Bow Pulpit 80’2” / 24.43 meters
Beam 22′ / 6.71 meters
Draft 5’3″ / 1.60 meters
Freeboard Aft 3’5” / 1.04 meters
Headroom Most Areas 6’6” / 1.98 meters
Freshwater Capacity 380 gallons / 1,438 liters
Fuel Capacity 3,000 gallons / 11,356 liters
Holding 255 gallons / 965.28 liters
Weight Displacement 175,000 lbs / 79,348 kilos
Height Above Waterline to top of Console 20′ / 6.10 meters
Waterline Length 66’ / 20.17 meters
AVAILABLE OFFERED AS ENCLOSED BRIDGE ONLY

 

 

Hatteras 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other fine fishing machines represented in the Marlin Magazine article include Jim Smith , Merritt , Rybovitch , Paul Mann and others . See them all here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellowfin Tuna Gaffed On Islamorada Docks

 

 

 

 

” Yellowfin tuna are normally a deep-water, roaming fish found far offshore. The last time Alex Hare, a 22-year-old angler from Destin, Florida, caught a yellowfin tuna it was on rod and reel in the Gulf of Mexico near oil rigs — in 6,000 feet of water. His most recent yellowfin catch happened Sunday, August 3, when he free-gaffed an estimated 100-pound yellowfin tuna in the 8-foot deep boat basin of a Florida Keys resort.

  Hare, who was staying with friends at Angler’s Reef, located near mile marker 84.5, spotted the fish swimming in the resort’s small harbor for about 20 minutes.

” At first, we saw a wake, and thought it was a tarpon,” Hare says. “We couldn’t believe that it was a yellowfin.”

 

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Women Who Love Fishing, Tackle And Boats

 

 

Tuna:

 

sfgirl-jenn

 

 

 

” Jennifer landed this 120-pound yellowfin tuna off Panama in May 2014. She caught the tuna on a Black Hole Cape Cod special 250g jigging rod and Avet MXL Raptor reel with 65-pound Fins braid. Panama yellowfins can amass so thick around bait schools that it’s possible to motor right into the school and watch tunas fly through the air next to the boat.”

 

 

 

Little Tunny:

 

sfgirl-cynthia

 

” Cynthia landed this nice little tunny on a recent trip. The little tunny is often confused with similar species, mostly because it has different nicknames in different regions and looks like other tunalike fish. Find out the difference between a tuna and a bonito.”

 

 

See the other 23 pictures at SportFishing Mag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California Limits Full-Contact Youth Football Practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules.

  Brown approved the bill, AB 2127, with the support of medical groups and the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees California high school athletics.

  Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said his bill is motivated by parents worried about the risks associated with concussions, which include long-term brain damage and early onset dementia.

  Under the legislation taking effect in 2015, drills involving game-speed tackling are prohibited in the offseason. They are limited to 90-minute sessions twice a week the rest of the year. The rules apply to public, private and charter schools.”

 

CBS News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Detroit Gold Cup – U-9 Team Red Dot/Spirit of Qatar – Blow Over 7/12

 

 

 

 

Published on Jul 12, 2014

” Jon Zimmerman suffered a blow over accident in the late afternoon of Saturday, July 12 at the Detroit Gold Cup races. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just A Penny And A Rubber Band

 

 

 

” We love bikes. We love skirts. But sometimes these two don’t mix well. Which is why we came up with Penny in Yo’ Pants. An easy solution to making your skirt bikeable.

  Check out our website at pennyinyourpants.co.uk. We will be making a slicker model shortly that will be even better than a penny and a rubber band (imagine that). Proceeds will go to get more women on bikes around the world!

  This was prototyped during Cyclehack Glasgow, 2014. cyclehack.com “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Facebook

 

 

” FOX Sports made a compilation thing of all the goal celebration dances from FIFA World Cup .”

New Records for Blue Marlin Releases Set Off Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

” A new record for blue marlin released in one year by a single boat has been established, according to Capt. Josh Temple, and within just five months.

  Reporting from home port of Los Suenos, Costa Rica, Temple tells Sport Fishing that anglers aboard the 60-foot Carol Libby— a Spencer and American Custom Yachts hybrid — on June 26 released billfish number 430.

  That breaks the record of 422 releases previously set by Capt. Bobby McGuinness on the Cazador out of Golfito in 2010. “

 

 

Enjoy this video of some of last year’s action aboard the Carol Libby …

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday Steyn

Boots On The Ground

 

 

 

 

 

” I mentioned this 2002 column of mine last week in connection with the Saudi Ambassador’s idiosyncratic response to it. But it seems appropriate to give it a full-blown rerun today, Thursday, as the US footie team – or “soccer”, as they call it here – prepares for its samba-sultry rendezvous with destiny and a rematch with Germany, the team that did for them 12 years ago.

  I’d been thinking that this time round there was more interest in the World Cup than back then. But then I went on John Oakley’s show yesterday morning and the soccer banter ahead of my appearance reminded me that even Canada has an entirely different level of engagement with the sport. At any rate, that’s what caught my fancy three World Cups ago, when the American team looked at one point in danger of making it to the semi-finals, and maybe beyond, despite total lack of public interest – while in England and Ireland there were millions of fans in search of a team. This essay is anthologized in The Face Of The Tigerpersonally autographed copies of which are exclusively available from the SteynOnline bookstore, and proceeds of which go towards my pushback against “hockey stick” warm-monger Michael E Mann and the Big Climate enforcers:

  And so the dream dies. The boys gave it their best, they played well, but it wasn’t to be. They’re out of the World Cup, to the bitter disappointment of their supporters.

  I refer, of course, to the United States team, the first in World Cup history with more players than fans. Across America yesterday, all nine of them gathered in bars to watch the big match, only to find that the other patrons preferred to see the Golden Girls re-run dubbed into Spanish on Channel 173 or the last half of Plastering Idol on the Sheetrock Channel. Twiddling my own dial in New Hampshire, I couldn’t find the game on anywhere except a French-language station from Quebec.”

 

Read the rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN – STRONG!

 

 

 

This isn’t a bad idea and would undoubtably piss off the PC crowd … LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auburn’s Golden Eagle Tiger, War Eagle VI, Dies June 18 At Age 34

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Famed golden eagle Tiger, a symbol of the Auburn University spirit for nearly 30 years, died June 18, 2014. At 34, she was believed to be among the oldest golden eagles in captivity.

  On Aug. 31, 2000, Tiger, who was also known as War Eagle VI, was the first eagle to fly free in Jordan-Hare Stadium. For seven years, she flew at home football games and was retired following her 2006 flight at the Auburn-Georgia game.”

 

 

Tiger

 

 

” Tiger underwent surgery June 17 to remove a cataract in her left eye, when a team of veterinarians determined surgery was needed. “The cataract was progressing, and without surgery a complete loss of vision was expected,” said Dr. Jamie Bellah, director of the Southeastern Raptor Center and head of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Sciences.

” Tiger came through surgery and anesthesia well and progressed normally during recovery,” said Bellah. “A turn for the worse occurred during the night. We, like the Auburn family, are heartbroken by her death.” A post-mortem examination (necropsy) has been requested. Plans for a memorial are pending.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In 2012, veterinary ophthalmologists performed successful cataract surgery in her right eye. Months later, the retina of that eye detached, and caused her to lose vision in that eye.

  Nova is War Eagle VII, and he, along with Spirit, an American bald eagle, now fly during pregame ceremonies at home football games. “

 

 

 

This is Auburn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: FIFA And The World Cup

 

 

 

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

” John Oliver’s excitement for the World Cup is tempered by knowing information about FIFA, the organization that produces it. John details the problems with the upcoming tournament and the staggering allegations of corruption against FIFA.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Schumacher Out Of Coma And Leaves Hospital Six Months After Ski Accident

 

 

 

 

 

” Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left the hospital in Grenoble where he had been receiving treatment after being involved in a skiing accident last year.

  The seven-times Formula One world champion had sustained severe head injuries in the incident in the French Alps in December, and was subsequently put into an artificially-induced coma a few days later.”

 

 

 

 

” But his management company said in a statement on Monday: “Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.” “

 

Wishing Michael a swift recovery now that he has awoken from his medically-induced coma . Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Win Probabilities For The World Cup

 

 

World Cup Odds

 

Click on the graphic to reach interactive page

 

 

” This interactive visual is collaboration with Andrew Phillips of Chartball. Hover over a team name or any circle to see the win probabilities for a team.

  The Power Rank specializes in adjusting for strength of schedule in ranking teams. These rankings give win, loss and tie probabilities for a soccer match.

  Chartball turns data into beautiful graphics and interactive visuals. The area of the circles are proportional to the likelihood that a team advances through different rounds of the playoffs.

  Interested in advice on filling out your World Cup pool? I’m working on combining these numbers with other predictions to give you the biggest edge possible.”

 

HT/ SI and read more here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember That Audi R18 e-tron We Featured Last Week In The Video Ad For Le Mans ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well , it has been involved in an incident and no longer exists …

 

 

 

” At 17h05 today, Wednesday 11 June, the No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro left the track at high speed at the Porsche Curves, at Marshals Post No.131. The incident occurred during the free practice session for the 82nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while the car was being driven by Loic Duval.

  Conscious, the driver was taken into the care of the ACO’s Medical Services who were immediately on the scene, extracted from the car to an ambulance and then immediately transported to the Le Mans Centre Hospitalier where he will undergo further examination.

  His condition is reported as encouraging.”

HT/Road&Track

Big Shots, Little Powder At State Shoot

 

 

 

 

 

” A worldwide shortage of gunpowder won’t silence an estimated 1.5 million shots at this week’s state trapshoot at the Valley Gun Club, according to event media liaison Tom Austin.

“People participating in the state trapshoot may bring their own ammunition or they can buy it onsite from Geiser Guns (of Sunbury),” Austin said. “I’ve been told that Geiser Guns plans to have enough ammo for those who need it at the shoot, but may not have as much for additional purchase.”

  The shortage mainly affects “reloaders,” or trap shooters who prefer to make their own shells as opposed to buying pre-made shells. Competitors typically tend to use store-bought shells instead of custom-made ones. The supply of shells is not as badly affected as that of powder, the shortage of which is becoming more and more of an issue, according to Chuck Fritzges, a manager with the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association and tournament director.

“Our largest vendors here don’t have any powder,” he said.

  Matt Geisier, of Geiser Guns, said that while shells were not abundant, powder “is in worse shape.” He said he was lucky enough to get a shipment from powder manufacturer Alliant shortly before the shoot started, but his supplies have been going fast. He was sold out of powder in an hour on Saturday and within about two hours on Sunday.

 The shortage is simply due to high demand, he said.”

 

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2014 Belmont Stakes Contenders

 

Medal Count

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Post 1: MEDAL COUNT 

( Rob Carr, Getty Images / April 29, 2014 )

Odds: 20-1
Owner: Spendthrift Farm
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Robby Albarado
Triple Crown races: Finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby “

Meet the 11 horses who will be running in Saturday’s 146th Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown”

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a rundown of the field with odds , jockeys , trainers , owners etc.

2014 Belmont Stakes Post Positions and Odds
Post Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1 Medal Count Dale Romans Robby Albarado 20-1
2 California Chrome Art Sherman Victor Espinoza 3-5
3 Matterhorn Todd Pletcher Joe Bravo 30-1
4 Commanding Curve Dallas Stewart Shaun Bridgmohan 15-1
5 Ride On Curlin Billy Gowan John Velazquez 12-1
6 Matuszak Bill Mott Mike Smith 30-1
7 Samraat Rick Violette Jose Ortiz 20-1
8 Commissioner Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano 20-1
9 Wicked Strong Jimmy Jerkins Rajiv Maragh 6-1
10 General a Rod Mike Maker Rosie Napravnik 20-1
11 Tonalist Christophe Clement Joel Rosario 8-1

” When: Saturday, June 7

Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, New York

Post Time: 6:52 p.m. ET

TV: NBC (4:30-7 p.m. ET) NBC Sports (2:30-4:30 p.m. ET, 7-7:30 p.m. ET)

Live Stream: NBC Live Extra

California Chrome’s Run At History Has Hometown Breathless

 

 

 

 

 

 

” John Harris owns an agricultural empire of beef and pistachios, and a hotel known to most Californians who have ever traveled Interstate 5 through the Central Valley, but on a recent day his attention was fixed on a message spelled out in red Solo cups.

The sixth-graders at Centerville Elementary had put 150 of them in a chain-link fence to write “Go Cali Chrome.”

“I get a real kick out of that,” said Harris, who owns the horse farm where California Chrome was born.

  Students in Centerville come to school in cowboy boots with shorts — the children of fieldworkers and farmers. They blasted country-rocker Kenny Chesney while they transformed the school fence.

  They’re into the blue-blood sport of thoroughbred racing these days, ever since they figured out that California Chrome — racing Saturday in the Belmont Stakes in a bid to become the first California-bred Triple Crown winner — comes from where they call home.

  The copper-penny 3-year-old with the white blaze down his nose was born at Harris Farms in Coalinga. A landscape of cattle, oil wells and the center of California drought, it’s an awful long way from Kentucky bluegrass.

  As a yearling, California Chrome trained at Harris’ home, River Ranch, next to Centerville, population about 350. “

 

 

LA Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audi Needles A Rival, With Panache

 

 

 

 

” The 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans is just over a week away, and Audi presses all the right enthusiast buttons in this new video starring the R18 e-tron quattro and driver Dindo Capello as they take a little road trip to say hi to a rival.

It’s a lot of car porn. It’s a little trash talk. It’s pro-level hooning. And it’s all good.

You’ll never believe how excited for an event 58 seconds of video can make you.”

 

 

Road & Track

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