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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. “
” 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 …
” 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 Tiger, personally 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.”
This isn’t a bad idea and would undoubtably piss off the PC crowd … LOL
” 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 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. “
” 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
Well , it has been involved in an incident and no longer exists …
” 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.”
” 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“—
” 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. “
” 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.”
Published on Jun 1, 2014
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Follow Bruce ‘Almighty’ Anstey on his way to a new Dainese Superbike Race lap record of 132.298mph at the Isle of Man TT 2014.”
” An employee at a southwest Ohio skydiving business has died from head injuries she suffered when she walked into a spinning airplane propeller.”
” Sarah Rhoads, 24, died early Tuesday at a Dayton hospital, where she was flown after the accident Sunday in Middletown. The Miamisburg resident had been office manager for three years at Start Skydiving, which operates near Middletown Regional Airport.”
” If you were sad because you think that the Zonda production finished don’t worry. The Pagani Automobili is still building special Zondas for their customers. Probably you will see new cars also in the coming year. This time, Pagani produced a very particular car. Its name is Zonda X and it is a very close sister of the well known Zonda UNO. Even if the “760″ logo is not present on the car I’m quite sure it features the same specs of the Zonda 760LM.”
This video is not of the 760 X but is still a great intro to the world of Pagani automobiles and the Zonda model in particular .
Read more and view many pictures at Prototype 0
” It’s no miracle, but a 4X4 truck cruising across the water is still pretty impressive.
Iceland’s Gudbjørn Grimsson has set a world record for driving on water, hydroplaning his custom buggy across 1001 feet of the wet stuff.
Grimsson says that his literal off-road buggy is powered by a Nelson Racing 428 cubic inch Ford V8 that pumps 1640hp through its paddle tires. To stay afloat, he needed to maintain a speed of 54 mph.”
” Two years ago, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix made what was supposed to be its triumphant return after a three-year hiatus.
Public and private officials in Detroit touted the event’s return as another significant step in turning around the city. But in reality, Belle Isle itself wasn’t ready for the severe beating three days of racing can do to a course and nearly 100,000 people.
The 2012 nationally televised event was delayed for hours due to patches of the track becoming unearthed. Race fans, media and drivers all looked on in bewilderment.
” It was like playing Russian roulette, and I just pulled a bullet,” said James Hinchcliffe, who crashed his car into a safety barrier after hitting a piece of the unearthed track in 2012.
However, those days have now long passed, according to this attendees this weekend at the 2014 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
” It’s much better laid out,” said Molly Bogardus during Friday’s practice and qualifying rounds. The 46-year-old Eaton Rapids, Mich., resident has attended the Grand Prix with her husband, Jeff Bogardus, every year since its return three years ago.”
” John Sims, a mate on the boat Reel Worthless out of Pensacola, Florida, tells Sport Fishing that they spend the summer traveling and fishing billfish tournaments. During the recent Orange Beach Billfish Classic, they had a double header on bluefin tunas in the Gulf of Mexico, while live-baiting for blue marlin.
After the first hour and half, they caught and released the first bluefin, which they estimated to be 700-pounds. Then after three and half hours, they released the second, which they estimated to be 900-pounds.”
Published on May 27, 2014
” Dean Potter, famous rock climber, high-liner and human flyer, wingsuit BASE jumps with his dog, Whisper from the Eiger, Switzerland.”
‘ A group of south Florida fishermen reeled in a rare sawfish over the weekend, capturing the exciting feat on video.
It took Dustin Richter and pals more than two hours to wrangle the 11-foot long, 500-pound creature during a midnight fishing trip on Sunday morning, ABC’s West Palm Beach affiliate WPBF reported.
“ Catching a fish like that is like once in a lifetime,” Richter said.
Richter and his friends, from Boynton Beach, Fla., let the sawfish go after bringing it to shore and filming a video.
“ It’s just one of those prehistoric-looking animals,” he said. “If you see them you’re lucky to see them and if you catch them you’re even luckier.” “