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Godspeed Neil Armstrong

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at the age of 82, U.S. media reported on Saturday.
Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month, just two days after his birthday on August 5, to relieve blocked coronary arteries.
As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the moon’s dusty surface, Armstrong said: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The Apollo 11 moon mission turned out to be Armstrong’s last space flight. The following year he was appointed to a desk job, being named NASA’s deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the office of advanced research and technology.
He left NASA a year later to become a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

The former astronaut lived in the Cincinnati area with his wife, Carol.
(Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Philip Barbara)


Man of Steel Trailer

Now keep in mind this is the teaser, so it does just that, tease.  With only a momentary glimpse of the Son of Krypton we can see he is using updated suit and no underwear.  I can handle new digs, it worked for Batman.  The cameras cool tones and lack of sun light give it that darker imagery that we have seen in the Dark Knight trilogy.  Over coming the flop of 2006 will not be much of a task, living up to the 1978 and 1980 film’s legacy will be an even more difficult mountain to eclipse.

There are two separate trailers, one has Kevin Costner (Pa Kent) narrating the voice over and has Russell Crowe (Jor-el) speaking over the same video sequence.  With only a minute to decipher it is evident beyond a shadow of a doubt that this film will conquer Superman Returns, and as a Superman nut I can only hope it is half as good as Superman II, probably the benchmark in superhero films in my opinion.

I will wait the next 11 months with eager anticipation.

 


The Fall of America One Spoonful at a Time

Score one for the liberalism of ultra political correctness.

Yesterday Ben & Jerry’s had to apologize for honoring a basketball phenom.  A superstar not in the way Jordon controlled the NBA, but in the way that Fernando-Mania took over America.  Not by talent, but by a quality game out of no-where from a player not even his own mom would have expected.

Jeremy Lin is good, but his story is amazing.  Continue reading


Let the Bodies Hit the Floor


Bruce Lee Movie Trivia

In the martial arts world, no star shines more brightly than Bruce Lee. Although he died in 1973, his legions of followers still hunger for more information about his life, his art and his philosophies. In a way, they’re fortunate because Lee left behind five fantastic films for the world to enjoy.

In the past 40-plus years, during which Lee has ascended to the status of superstar, the martial arts world has dissected his motion pictures and his life. No doubt a large part of the public thinks it knows all there is to know about the films of the “Little Dragon.” That’s not necessarily the case.

The following are some little-known factoids and insights related to Lee’s films and fight choreography. They may not make you a better fighter, but they’re sure to entertain you while they bolster your knowledge of the industry’s greatest legend.

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Bruce Lee v the Heavy Bag


The One-Inch Punch

Seriously?

No really, I have practiced martial arts since I was a kid and I couldn’t do this with a focused punch off the rear leg.


Rise of the Samurai – Isao Machii Cuts Fired Pellet in Half

The 1980s was a great era for the ninja, everywhere you turned there was a costume for sale, bootleg throwing stars being sold at flea markets, the biggest characters in G.I. Joe were Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes and biggest of all kids trying to emulate Sho Kosugi from the numerous ninja flicks that were busting off shelves in the video rental stores.

Isao Machii has the skill to make martial arts cool again but this time it will not be men masked in black and white, the sword wielding heroes will come in the form of the Samurai.  Most recently Machii-san appeared on “Stan Lee’s Superhumans” a show that chronicles abilities today’s people have that could be viewed as superhumans/superheroes in his comic creations.

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Happy 4th of July

While the “Flag Incident” did not happen on Independence Day, Rick Monday’s action define exactly what Independence day is about, Pride, Honor, and Sacrifice. In April of 1976 Rick Monday while playing for the Chicago Cubs, snatched a flag from two protesters who had ran into the outfield to burn the flag in front of thousands of on lookers in Dodger Stadium.

The protesters were arrested and the flag stayed in the possession of Monday.  To this day he still has it and has even turned down an offer of $1 million dollars from a sports collector.

“But the flag is not for sale. What this flag represents, you can’t buy,” explained Monday when questioned why he turned down such an offer.

Monday a former Marine said, “If you’re going to burn the flag, don’t do it around me. I’ve been to too many veterans’ hospitals and seen too many broken bodies of guys who tried to protect it.”

Quite possibly the greatest catch ever made in baseball history.


Redemption

I have a subscription to Sports Illustrated for one reason, I wanted the Hardcover Edition of the Celtics NBA Championship Title issue. Will I renew? Who knows, let’s see if the Boy’s in Green win in June, that will be my deciding factor. But with KG possibly out SI might need to start planning on sustaining without my subscription money. But I am not here to discuss basketball.

This may old news now, well not old, but one issue of SI outdated. Just goes to show how long I have procrastinated and debated with myself about why to even write this entry. One thing about me is really don’t care about the athletes personal lives beyond the field, unless it directly reflects on what they do on the field. Why do we as sport fans feel the need to know who Tom Brady and Tony Romo are dating; or what bar Johnny Heisman hangs out at with the socialite of the month. I feel if you want romance and drama watch soap operas.

That is 93.3% true, every once and a blue moon someone in the sports world does something news worthy off the field and it usually goes overlooked. File under, more people know the latest trend of sports stars tweeting then they do know that Kevin Garnett donated over 1 million dollars to help rebuild homes in New Orleans.

Ron Artest has long been a villain in the media, and sometimes rightfully so, once-upon-a-time he ran into the stands to fight a fan, choked his coach and tried to get a L.O.A. to promote his new CD. Bottomline he was a jerk, and everyone knows he dossier of bad deeds. The old saying, “Bad deeds don’t go unpunished” should have an asterisk that reads, “…and a good deed shall go unnoticed.” I will confess, when I saw the pictures this Christmas of Ron Artest playing Santa with the children of the Ronald McDonald House I had to chuckle thinking of his past. I laughed because I did not know his present.

Say what you will about “the old Ron Artest”, but this Artest is a changed man. Battling the cancer of a 5-year old daughter will do that to a father. His kindness doesn’t stop with the warm heart created by his daughter, Ronnie has found the art of philanthropy in helping the poor ridden areas of Kenya and promises to return.

There are people that say Artest has made changes because teams sign him to one year contracts and he can’t afford to blow up. But off season trips to Africa to help the poor and diseased does not earn you a paycheck, that pays through your soul. Muhammad Ali is one of the most loved sports figures in modern day, but remember it wasn’t long ago that he was the bad boy villain that fans loved to hate.


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