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British boy becomes Fortnite millionaire in World Cup tournament | Games | The Guardian
A total of $30m in prize money was up for grabs, the biggest ever at an esports event.

The duos winners, Emil Bergquist Pedersen from Norway and his Austrian partner, David W, who play as Nyhrox and Aqua, took home a total of $3m prize money.

More than 100 finalists took part in the event, trimmed down from about 40 million who attempted to qualify for the tournament.

A total of six matches were played in the competition, with duos earning points based on eliminations and their placing in each round.
games  sport  finance  attention 
22 days ago by juliusbeezer
Why Bradley Wiggins is so wrong: Part One: Sport, Transport and Role Models | Road Danger Reduction Forum
With a love of cycle racing comes an acceptance of crashing. ( Minute remnants of my skin are no doubt lodged in the debris of the Eastway cycle circuit which was destroyed to make way for the Olympic Velodrome). In this year’s Tour de France, of the 45 withdrawals at least 20 were due to sustaining what we classify as “Serious Injury” (SI) That’s about 10% over the three weeks. Although this year may well have been worse than previous ones, this amounts to something like 10% over some 80 hours, equivalent to about 4 months of typical commuting for an urban cycling. As Wiggins’ Team GB team mate David Millar puts it: “Cycling is such a stupid sport. Next time you are in a car travelling at 40mph think about jumping out – naked. That’s what it’s like when we crash. ”
To translate that into London cycling terms, that would result in some 30% of London’s daily cyclists being Seriously Injured every year – about 75,000. Instead there are some 300 – 200 times less. Even allowing for non-reporting, we have a difference of dozens, if not a hundred times less. If we used the (I think less valid) exposure measure of distance, it would still be the case that Tour de France riders are far, far more likely to suffer SIs in conditions where they rarely hit a motor vehicle than people cycling in London.
cycling  sport  London  road_safety 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
Boxing day belting: The fight that stirred the racial convictions of the nation | Sport | The Guardian
The symbolic significance of the fight transcended boxing and touched on white anxieties that were shared across the globe. The editors at Sydney’s Australian Star were alert to the global significance of the contest. They published a cartoon showing the fighters in the ring, surrounded by an audience of the white and black races. Under the cartoon was a comment rich with prophesy: “This battle may in future be looked back upon as the first great battle of an inevitable race war … There is more in this fight to be considered than the mere title of pugilistic champion of the world.”
Throughout the fight, Johnson battered Burns with a measured restraint, wanting the contest to go the better part of the allotted 20 rounds, wanting to give out as much punishment over the journey as he possibly could, so he said after the fight. But in the 14th round it looked so grim for the white man that a knockout seemed certain and the police had to act. Following a preconceived plan, they stopped the movie cameras and stopped the fight. And so, the world was spared the spectacle of a black man knocking out a white man. The race war in proxy form had been fought and the white race had lost, but the world was denied the finale.
sport  boxing  history 
december 2018 by juliusbeezer
How to avoid losing your memory in the digital age | Science | The Guardian
The most common technique used by memory athletes is the “method of loci”, better known to fans of the TV series Sherlock as the “memory palace”. The idea is that when memorising a list – such as a to-do list – you associate an image with every item on it. The images, which can be as absurd as you like, are then placed in the rooms in your “palace”, which will typically be your home or another familiar building. To recall the list, you imagine walking from one room to the next.

Katie Kermode, from Cheshire, holds two world records: for memorising 105 names and faces in five minutes and for memorising 318 random words in 15 minutes. “I have a journey that goes around my house and other houses I have lived in,” she says. “I put two words in each room and I just associate those two words in a visual way. Then I walk back in my head through the different routes and I remember which words I saw.”
memory  psychology  sport 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
Active Recovery Induces Greater Endurance Adaptations When P... : The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research
both groups performed 6 sessions of 4- to 6 30-second sprints interspersed with 4-minute recovery over 2 weeks. However, only ARG cycled at 40% V[Combining Dot Above]O2peak during the 4-minute recovery periods, while PRG rested on the bike or cycled unloaded. After the 2-week training intervention, both groups improved 10-km time-trial performance to a similar extent (ARG: 8.6%, d = 1.60, p = 0.006; PRG: 6.7%, d = 0.96, p = 0.048) without gains in V[Combining Dot Above]O2peak. However, critical power was increased by ARG only (7.9%, d = 1.75, p = 0.015) with a tendency of increased maximal incremental power output (5.3%, d = 0.88, p = 0.063). During the training, active recovery maintained V[Combining Dot Above]O2 and heart rate at a higher level compared with passive recovery (V[Combining Dot Above]O2: p = 0.005, HR: p = 0.018), suggesting greater cardiorespiratory demands with the active recovery. This study demonstrated that greater endurance performance adaptations are induced with active recovery when performing SIT over a short time frame.
cycling  physiology  sport 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
Guillaume Martin, le Nietzsche dans le guidon - Libération
A dire vrai, les réflexions de Martin sont incendiaires comme l’œuvre à la grenade du grand Fredo Nietzsche. Elles secouent notre vision du sport et en dessinent une nouvelle. Idéaliste, radicale, garde-fou des dérives telles que le dopage. Jean-François Balaudé, prof de philo et président de l’Université Paris-Nanterre, décrit l’étendue du brasier : «Guillaume Martin est le seul étudiant que j’ai accepté de diriger dans l’écriture de son mémoire, parce que son parcours sportif, alors aux portes du professionnalisme, m’avait séduit. Mais aussi parce qu’il existe très peu de travaux universitaires de cette ampleur en philosophie du sport. Le sujet qu’il traite est relativement original.»

Le prof contient mal son émotion : «Que Guillaume participe au prochain Tour de France est l’objet d’une jubilation profonde, dit-il.
cycling  philosophy  sport 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
Stumbling and Mumbling: What Southgate teaches us
One reason for the lukewarm reception to his appointment was that his CV was less impressive than that of many of his predecessors most of whom had some success in club management. But at least of the qualities of good club manager are irrelevant to international management. An England manager cannot plug gaps in his squad by going into the transfer market, and he cannot work intensively with his players day-in, day-out. It’s possible therefore that better preparation and more relevant experience for the job is working well with the under-21s.
sport  management  business 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
(44) Mark Allen v Kyren Wilson Final Masters 2018 - YouTube
Concrete evidence of how losing weight would help Mark Allen's game (John Parrot kindly blames his "cueing across himself" on Allen being "left-handed", but the embonpoint definitely not helping...
obesity  sport  coaching 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Rankings Archive - World Snooker
* – This denotes a player who has a 2 year tour card covering the 2017/18 and 2018/19 season.

ITC – This denotes a player who has an Invitational Tour Card to compete in events.

Where prize money is won without a player winning a match in a tournament, other than in the World Grand Prix and Players Championship, NONE of that prize money will count towards these prize money rankings.

Where prize money is won by a player at a qualifying venue and that player does not go on to appear at the final venue, for whatever reason, that prize money will not count in the prize money rankings until the situation has been considered by the appeals committee who may, at their absolute discretion, allocate ranking points where it can be demonstrated that there are extreme mitigating circumstances. These points will be allocated from the date of the committee meeting and will not affect previously issued draws.

For a full explanation of how the rankings work, click here
sport  finance 
february 2018 by juliusbeezer
Why Italian football does not make sense in the English language | Football | The Guardian
In Italian a player does not play a position (posizione), but rather their role (ruolo). Managers often speak in post-match interviews about how a player has “interpreted their role” or how the team has “interpreted the match” as a whole. The playmaker is called a regista, or “director”, while players who exchange passes are said to dialogare, literally “to dialogue”.

A goal is not scored, but rather “authored” (l’autore del gol). A player who is often at the centre of the action becomes the game’s protagonista, with the potential to risolvere la partita, or “resolve the match”. A particularly creative player may also be praised for his fantasia, while a true legend of the game, such as Roberto Baggio, is a maestro.

A team’s passing or possession may be referred to as its fraseggio, which means literally its “phrasing”, a term used to describe musical expression. A player’s individual move is a numero, his error or lapse in judgment is a pasticcio, or “pastiche”, while his shot on goal is a conclusione, which, should he miss, is considered fallita, or “failed”, the same word Italians use to describe bankruptcy.
translation  sport  culture  italian  football 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Plans for Eastway - Road Cycling UK
Eastway has a short but illustrious history. Hailed by the great Eddy Merckx, who raced there in the 70’s, as the “finest cycle circuit in Europe” it has seen some fine races over the years. Anyone who has raced there will be familiar with OXO hill, Clary’s corner and the long, lazy left-hander into the home straight, it’s a wonderfully designed circuit perfect for learning the road racing craft. It also hosts time trials, mountain bike racing, Cyclo-cross and BMX, plus the odd HPV race, roller blading and duathlons.

The pressure that the land Eastway is on is understandable, it’s surrounded by the Hackney marshes (which has the most Football pitches in one place in Europe… something like that anyway), it also has a train terminus and flats in the near vicinity. Most worryingly it is at the point where four authorities converge; Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney and Waltham Forest – So politically it has always looked like an accident waiting to happen.
EastLondon  cycling  sport 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Eastway Cycle Circuit | Buffalo Bill's Bicycle Blog
I first started using Eastway Cycle Circuit before the M11 link road was built. I rode from Hackney. At that time, Eastway, the road that I used to access the cycle circuit, was pretty busy, and the right turn across 3 lanes of traffic was… well, it was a right turn across 3 lanes of fast moving traffic, albeit at a signalled junction. Not something to look forward to, but not something I couldn't handle, what with being able to ride reasonably quick and also a 'professional' road-user.

Since then, the link road has been built, which has added a motorway intersection into the mix. This ramped up the speeds, and made the westbound turn off Eastway towards Hackney even more fun than it had been before. The Olympic Park has added an extra dimension of confusion to the road layout, which undoubtedly contributed to the death of Dan Harris. If I, an experienced cyclist who has been riding in London since the age of 2, gets confused by the road layout around the Velopark (or whatever it is called), what must it be like for less experienced cyclists?
EastLondon  cycling  sport 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Les Jordan 1930-2017 | Cycling UK
Les Jordan 1930-2017
Les was a member of South Bucks CTC

Les passed away in January. He was a successful BCF National Youth coach, first manager of Eastway Road Cycle Circuit and pioneered the use of computers to analyse athlete performance. He was very active in Hemel Hempstead CC and also in Lampard and South Bucks CTC groups.
EastLondon  cycling  sport 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Eastway 1975 – 2006 Ten Years Gone | CycleSport/John Mx
with the help of British Cycling South East Region (esp. Vic Hopkin and John Hawkridge), instead of a small circuit sandwiched next to major roads at Rammey Marsh we got the brilliant Redbridge Cycle Circuit which was funded by Olympic compensation money. Sadly, whilst every effort was made to make the long-term replacement at the new Velo Park situated next to the Olympic Velodrome something special, the desire to capitalise on the property potential of the site saw the road circuit squeezed and off road routes compromised. Although there is now a world class Velodrome, the Velo Park lacks what Eastway had – community and usability. Because of this Redbridge has continued to be able to attract cyclists and it has continued to function even when the Olympic money dried up...

The magic of Eastway was that Londoners could finish work and get to a race start time by simply riding there and from central London it took less than 30 minutes. The Beastway Mountain Bike Series attracted over 200 riders (250 a few times) for our evening racing but when the series moved to Hainault (and then Redbridge) race fields were cut by 150 plus simply because so many couldn’t get there in time being a further 40 plus minutes away.
EastLondon  cycling  sport 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
London Cycling Campaign
With levels of cycling rising faster in London than any transport planners can predict, more and more people will become interested in cycle sport and they need world-class facilities to engage in it. The 2012 Olympics, with its Active Spectator Strategy, will see more people cycling to the Olympics than ever before.

It is all the more surprising and disappointing that the legacy planning applications now submitted feature a cycle circuit scaled down from 34ha to 10ha. This means that there is only an inadequate road circuit (a ‘U’ shape squashed against the A12 with its bad air quality) and no off-road circuit, only a mountain bike ‘demonstration area’, making racing impossible.

This is in spite of planning conditions having been won before which seemed to safeguard the Eastway’s future.
EastLondon  cycling  sport 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Eastway road and MTB circuit is safe, says British Cycling - BikeBiz
Dave Cockram is British Cycling's facilities manager. Here's his statement in full.

There has been much speculation in the last week or so regarding the impact of the London Olympic Bid on the existing cycle racing facilities at Eastway. It has been said, amongst other things, that the facility will disappear, that British Cycling has traded the existing facility for a Velodrome, that British Cycling has not considered the Eastway Cycle Circuit users, that the Olympic Planners have not considered cycling at all and that the Lee Valley Park Authority will sell their land to the highest bidder and want rid of Eastway in any case.

Ever since British Cycling was invited to the first meeting with the LVRPA, their absolute dedication to the Eastway cause has been obvious.
EastLondon  cycling  sport 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Is America Ruining Cyclocross? | Outside Online
People actually wanted to hang out at a cyclocross race and bring you into the fold, whereas a road race felt more like a bunch of people who were there to help somebody move and just wanted to get it over with. (If you've never been in a breakaway, carry a sofa down six flights of stairs with a few strangers—it's exactly the same thing.)
cycling  sport  funny 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
J'ai testé le Bike&Run, une excellente manière d'allier tactique et symbiose! - Elles font du vélo  
C’est une épreuve sportive qui se prbike&runatique en équipe de deux, en mixte ou pas. Il s’agit de parcourir une distance donnée avec son partenaire avec un seul vélo pour deux, baskets aux pieds et casque sur la tête. On est libre de partager le vélo comme bon nous semble ou plutôt comme notre forme nous le permet. Le tout étant d’arriver ensemble au bout au plus vite. En résumé on fait du vélo et on court en alternance.
cycling  running  sport  français 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Results archive

once rode with giants: AUKWEB's list of 1999 super randonneurs
cycling  sport 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Université de Nantes - Bryan Cocquard prépare le Tour de France à l'Université de Nantes
À l'issue d'une saison 2016 réussie, Bryan Coquard collaboration entre l'équipe cycliste professionnelle Direct Énergie et le laboratoire "Motricité, Interactions, Performance" de l'Université de Nantes initiée par Sylvain Dorel (enseignant-chercheur) et Maxime Robin (diplômé d'un MASTER 2 EPI), Bryan et son entraîneur Fabien Aoustin se sont rapprochés de Mathieu Plautard, collaborateur du laboratoire "Motricité, Interactions, Performance" et intervenant au SUAPS.

Afin d'améliorer leurs performances sur le vélo, le vice-champion olympique (Londres 2012) et son coéquipier Julien Morice bénéficient ainsi d'un accompagnement scientifique et suivent actuellement un programme de renforcement musculaire ciblant les groupes musculaires sollicités lors du pédalage, plus spécifiquement lors du sprint.
nantes  cycling  sport 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Bradley Wiggins: 'I don't want to be remembered as just the cyclist with the sideburns' | Sport | The Guardian
For years, media coaches have been trying to teach Wiggins to steer clear of controversial subjects. It hasn’t worked. On the referendum vote to leave the EU, he offers, “It was too complex an issue to leave to the public, because most people are thick.” He says he doesn’t follow politics, but has always voted Labour. “I grew up Labour, and you have to vote. You can’t not vote. For Russell Brand to ponce about telling people not to vote – well, they’re just morons.”

If Wiggins’ team were hoping for a more diplomatic Sir Bradley in retirement, they will be disappointed. His fans would be even more disappointed if he did – which feels unlikely – master the professional athlete’s bland veneer. Anyway, Wiggins thinks his inability to hide his explains why others find him an enigma.

“Well, I just think people perhaps sometimes get confused, because I show them how I’m feeling daily.
sport  cycling  politics 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali (The Poet)
A pen was produced. Ali was given a menu on which to write. He started off with half the first line—“After we defeat”—and asked Miss Moore to write in Ernie Terrell (which she misspelled “Ernie Tyrell” in her spidery script) just to get her “warmed up.” He wrote most of the second line—“He will catch nothing”—handing the pen over and expecting Miss Moore to fill in the obvious rhyme, and he was quite surprised when she did not.
writing  poetry  sport 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
FSF statement: attacks on English fans in Marseille | Football Supporters' Federation
we can say with confidence is that to the best of our knowledge, none of the many violent incidents that took place in Marseille during our time there were initiated by England fans.

We have witnessed groups coming together – sometimes Russian hooligans, sometimes Marseille ultras, sometimes simply gangs of local youths – with the deliberate aim of attacking England fans eating and drinking in and outside bars and restaurants or making our way to the game. Some of them have been tooled up, some of them have had their faces masked, but all of them have been intent on starting trouble and initiating violence...

Time after time, the first intervention of the French police has been to use tear gas and then water cannons. It’s in the nature of tear gas that it doesn’t discriminate between perpetrators and passers-by, between attackers and victims, and it often lands when the villains of the piece have already run off – leaving those who have just been attacked or in the vicinity with eyes stinging and streaming, and struggling to breathe.

The other consequence of this police approach is that while it may look dramatic and effective, with people running for cover, it actually leaves the hooligans free to fight again another day....
police  france  sport 
june 2016 by juliusbeezer
Bernard Andrieu — Wikipédia
Bernard Andrieu, philosophe, né à Agen le 24 décembre 1959, est professeur en Staps à l'Université Paris Descartes (Sorbonne Paris Cité) depuis le 1er septembre 2015. Il est membre suppléant du CNU 72eme section(2016-2021), Directeur de l'EA 3625 TEC " Techniques et enjeux du corps"[1] depuis le 1er octobre 2015, Directeur adjoint de l'ED 456 Staps " Sciences du sport, de la Motricité et du Mouvement humain", coordonateur du parcours EPS du Master MEEF ESPE Paris, et coordonnateur (2015-2018) du GDRI 836 CNRS BE-PASA Body Ecology in Adapted sportive activities. Il a été à l'Université de Rouen et chercheur au CETAPS1 de 2014à 2015.

Il a été de 2005 à 2014 Pr en épistémologie du corps et des pratiques corporelles à l'Université Nancy 12,3. Philosophe du corps, il publie des travaux d'histoire des pratiques corporelles (comme le bronzage, le toucher, le vivant, les prématurés, le plein air, l'immersion, le vertige circassien au pole recherche du CNAC (Centre National des arts du cirque), l'hybridation ou les cultes du corps) et établit une écologie corporelle. Il développe une emersiologie4 du corps vivant dans la conscience du corps vécu.
cycling  philosophy  sport 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Lexington Series | Rowman & Littlefield
The Studies in Philosophy of Sport series encourages scholars from all disciplines to inquire into the nature, importance, and qualities of sport and related activities. The series aims to encourage new voices and methods for the philosophic study of sport while also inspiring established scholars to consider new questions and approaches in this field. The series encourages scholars new to the philosophy of sport to bring their expertise to this growing field. These new voices bring innovative methods and different questions to the standard issues in the philosophy of sport. Well-trodden topics in the literature will be reexamined with fresh takes and new questions and issues will be explored to advance the field beyond traditional positions.
scholarly  philosophy  sport  cycling 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
European Association for the Philosophy of Sport | Official Website
This is the official website of the European Association for the Philosophy of Sport (EAPS). EAPS is the European organisation associated with the study of the nature and values of human movement, including the ethics of games, play, and sport for example.
sport  philosophy  europe  work 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Power Training Zones for Cycling | TrainingPeaks
The power training zones, described below, were developed by drawing upon fundamental principles of exercise physiology as well as approximately two decades of experience with power-based training in both laboratory and field settings. Some of the logic behind the development of this classification scheme is described below.
cycling  sport  physiology 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Summer Dreaming | Six training sessions to build cycling form for summer
So we asked two top coaches, Stephen Gallagher and James Spragg of Dig Deep Coaching, for six training sessions to build form for summer.

There’s something for everyone, depending on your objectives this summer: hill repeats for riders training for a sportive with lots of short sharp climbs, threshold intervals to perfect your breakaway riding, sprint drills, a high-intensity calorie burner, a sweetspot session to prepare for long Alpine climbs, and cadence drills.

All six sessions can be done on the road and specify the intensity according to Andy Coggan’s power and heart rate zones, based on a percentage of threshold power or heart rate – the maximum pace you can sustain for an hour.
cycling  physiology  sport 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Lactate Threshold 101 | Bicycling
you can find your LT with a do-it-yourself time trial.

Map a 3-mile route that you can ride without stopping. Strap on a heart rate monitor, warm up for 20 minutes, then ride the route at the fastest pace you can sustain. Recover for 10-20 minutes (ride back to the start of your route at an easy pace). Repeat the test. Your LT is approximately the average heart rate of the two efforts. (More accurately, it's 103 percent of that figure.) Jot down your times and average paces; repeat the test in eight weeks to see your progress.
cycling  physiology  sport 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Basics of Lactate Threshold Interval Training | ACTIVE
Lactate threshold can be developed in several ways but one of the most effective is through intervals performed at or slightly below your LT heart rate. These intervals will boost your lactate threshold and functional threshold power (FTP), which is the highest average power, measured in watts, you can generate for one hour...
1. Find a relatively flat, low traffic road to perform your intervals. Your route should be free of traffic lights and stop signs. You cannot perform this workout effectively if you have to continuously slow down, stop or turn corners. If you can't find an ideal outdoor route, perform the workout on your indoor trainer.

2. Select a gear that allows you to train at 98-105 percent of your LTHR (95-105 percent of your FTP) at a cadence of 85 to 95 rpm during the hard efforts. You can self-select your cadence, but remember that a high cadence with relatively small gearing will place greater stress on your cardiovascular system while big gears with a low cadence will stress your musculoskeletal system. You may want to diversify your training by doing some intervals with a high cadence and others with a lower cadence.

3. Your goal is to build up to 3 x 15 minutes with 5 minutes of recovery between hard efforts; however, this is not set in stone. You can build up to 2 x 20 minutes with 5 minutes of recovery. You can also increase the number of intervals you perform in a workout and make them a bit shorter such as 5 x 10 minutes with 5 minutes of recovery between hard efforts. In addition, you can boost your fitness by incrementally reducing the length of your recovery period from 5 minutes to 2.5 minutes. For instance, you could perform 3 x 15 minutes with 2.5 minutes of recovery between hard efforts for a really intense workout!
cycling  physiology  sport 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Pacing in a self-paced world record attempt in 24-h road cycling - Springer
little is known about pacing in ultra-endurance performance (Abbiss and Laursen 2008). It is assumed that athletes in an ultra-endurance event adopt a positive pacing strategy where the athlete progressively slows down after peak speed is reached (Abbiss and Laursen 2008). In their review, Abbiss and Laursen (2008) mentioned positive pacing for triathletes (Laursen et al. 2005) competing in an Ironman and for cyclists competing in the 525-km ‘Race across the Alps’ (Neumayr et al. 2004). For other ultra-endurance athletes such as ultra-runners, recent studies investigated pacing in elite 100-km (Lambert et al. 2004) and 161-km ultra-marathoners (Hoffman 2014; Parise and Hoffman 2011) and recreational 100-km age group ultra-marathoners (Knechtle et al. 2015; Rüst et al. 2015b). Elite 100-km ultra-marathoners ran with fewer changes in speed, started the race at a faster running speed than slower runners, and were able to maintain their initial speed for a longer distance before slowing down compared to slower runners (Lambert et al. 2004). Winners in a 161-km ultra-marathon generally remained relatively close behind the leading runners before taking the lead in the middle half of the race and then avoiding slowing down as much as the other top runners in the latter race stages (Hoffman 2014). Indeed, in a 100-km ultra-marathon, the fastest runners were able to achieve a negative pacing in the last segment of the race (Knechtle et al. 2015). As far as age is concerned, 100-km ultra-marathoners aged 18-24 years were slower than athletes in most other age groups and there was no trend of slowing down for older athletes (Rüst et al. 2015b).
cycling  sport  physiology 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Well, in our society, we have things that you might use your intelligence on, like politics, but people really can't get involved in them in a very serious way - so what they do is they put their minds into other things, such as sports. You're trained to be obedient; you don't have an interesting job; there's no work around for you that's creative; in the cultural environment you're a passive observer of usually pretty tawdry stuff; political and social life are out of your range, they're in the hands of the rich folk. So what's left? Well, one thing that's left is sports-so you put a lot of the intelligence and the thought and the self-confidence into that. And I suppose that's also one of the basic functions it serves in the society in general it occupies the population, and keeps them from trying to get involved with things that really matter. In fact, I presume that's part of the reason why spectator sports are supported to the degree they are by the dominant institutions.

And spectator sports also have other useful functions too. For one thing, they're a great way to build up chauvinism-you start by developing these totally irrational loyalties early in life, and they translate very nicely to other areas. I mean, I remember very well in high school having a sudden kind of Erlebnis, you know, a sudden insight, and asking myself, why do I care if my high school football team wins? I don't know anybody on the team. They don't know me. I wouldn't know what to say to them if I met them. Why do I care? Why do I get all excited if the football team wins and all downcast if it loses?
sport  attention  politics  culture 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
The art of the tough interview - Columbia Journalism Review
In my 50-something journalistic years, and about 8,000 New York Times bylines, I’ve actually interviewed Trump, along with Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, one of the Koches, Reggie Jackson, Mike Tyson, and a host of other sometimes difficult subjects.

As a sportswriter, about half the time I was interviewing someone who’d just lost. So sportswriters must have—or at least show—some empathy. And yet you’ve got to ask questions that could be embarrassing or even highlight the subject’s weakness. The point is that you need a response, a quote.
reporting  writing  journalism  us  sport 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Doping in Football: Fifty Years of Evidence | Four Dimensional Football
footballers who want to use performance enhancing drugs face relatively low risks, compared to cyclists. Footballers and clubs have more money available, making doping a cheap investment. And whereas cyclists have to deal with far more, far better tests (which they have no problem circumventing), footballers are rarely tested. And when they are, usually all they have to do is give a urine sample – through which a variety of advanced doping techniques cannot be detected.
sport  football  drugs  medicine 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Soccer Translator : Why Do Americans Call it Soccer? The history may surprise you.
When immigrants, coaches, and sailors exported the game overseas, the word "football" was loosely translated to fit the local languages. For example, Fútbol does not literally mean "football" in Spanish. Nor does Futebol translate into "football" in Brazilian Portuguese. The words "fut" or "fute" do not mean "foot" in either language. It was the English influence that still is found today.
translation  sport  language 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Manifestation de Nantes : des casseurs, mais aussi des tracteurs - Reporterre
Les pavés du tramway sont enlevés pour servir de projectiles. Les gendarmes, retranchés derrière leurs grilles, ne bronchent pas, répliquant par des tirs de grenades - en l’air et non en tir tendu - et par le canon à eau. Il s’agit de ne pas blesser les milliers de manifestants pacifiques qui sont encore sur le cours Franklin Roosevelt.
français  culture  anthropology  politics  sport  france  NDDL 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Je déteste les cyclistes
Mais de manière générale, les cyclotouristes du dimanche qui avalent les kilomètres sont à peu près aussi éloignés de ma conception du vélo qu’un Sébastien Loeb au Rallye d’Alsace.

La tête dans le guidon, ils avalent les kilomètres sans trop se poser de questions. La caricature des cyclistes présente dans Les Triplettes de Belleville n’est pas très loin de la réalité.

Déjà, je trouve leur accoutrement ridicule
france  cycling  français  sport 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
My Injury File: How I Shot, Smoked, And Screwed My Way Through The NFL
Looking at the injuries individually, it seems easy enough to diagnose and treat each one. Your groin is torn. Look up "torn groin" in the index, find the list of exercises to plug into your daily rehab regimen, and you're off and running. But seen from a distance, the litany above tells me something different. The injuries are all connected. One injury leads to the next, to the next, to the next. The aggressive rehabilitation of one muscle neglects its opposite. The body is thrown out of balance.

I now own a copy of my injury file, obtained by subpoena from the Broncos for my worker's-compensation case. Page by page I've gone through it, reminded of injuries and treatments I had forgotten.
sport  medicine  healthcare 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
A fair way? Do we prioritise golf or homes? | Shelter blog
There are around 2000 full sized golf courses in England (141 in Surrey alone), with hundreds more smaller courses and driving ranges, according to Colin Wiles on the Inside Housing blog. He calculates that the overall footprint of just the full sized courses is 150,000 hectares or 1.1% of England’s 13.4m hectares.
sport  agriculture  land 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
Paris Review – When Are You Gonna Get Over This: An Interview with Jim Shepard, Tim Small
What’s happened is I have become impatient with what I call the furniture moving involved in writing novels, where you have an enormous tapestry you want to set up, this whole world to set up and start to put it into motion. I’m much more attracted, lately, to getting in fast and doing something economically and then getting out again. And sometimes, too, it occurred to me that, I’m often engaging sensibilities that are strange enough—or unpleasant enough—that I don’t wanna spend two years with them. A few months of writing is more than enough, in some of these cases.
writing  sport 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer

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