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Posted: June 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Sports | Comments Off on HAHA!

Thanks diplo!

Pain Begins at 125dB

Posted: June 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Hockey, Sports | Comments Off on Pain Begins at 125dB

NHL.com is monitoring audio levels at the United Center for the Stanley Cup Finals. Fun Stuff!

Game One:

Organist practicing Pre-game

Hawks come out on ice

Pre-game 107dB
Let’s Go Hawks! chat

Pre-game 105dB
Hawks in-arena video

Pre-game 112dB
Hawks enter ice

Pre-game 115dB
National Anthem

Pre-game 115-121dB
Hawks forecheck (2 solid hits)

3:21 of 1st period 104dB
Whistling fan in Sec. 310

4:35 of 1st period 101dB
Kane shown on video screen

5:55 of 1st period 104dB
Brouwer tying goal

7:14 of 1st period 116dB
Bolland breakaway SH goal

11:50 of 1st period 118dB
Leigh-ton, Leigh-ton chant

13:35 of 1st period 99dB
Let’s go Hawks cheer after PHI 4th goal

8:00 of 2nd period 108dB
Versteeg’s tying goal

9:31 of 2nd period 112dB
Brouwer scores again, Hawks’ 5th

15:18 of 2nd period 110dB
Extended song celebration

15:18 of 2nd period 108dB
PA announcement on Flyers goalie switch

15:18 of 2nd period 109dB
Hawks legends shown of video screen

16:15 of 2nd period 110dB
Kopecky scores Hawks’ 6th goal

8:25 of 3rd period 114dB
Niemi makes glove save on Briere

17:54 of 3rd period 108dB
Final buzzer goes off

End of game 113dB
Hawks give stick salute to fans

Postgame 110dB


Posted: May 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Sneakers, Sports | Comments Off on FootieFEVER!

Bubbz and the Black Notez Kutu KutuSO HOT!

Slam DUNC!

Posted: April 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Hockey, Sports | Tags: | Comments Off on Slam DUNC!

Duncan Keith, my Olympic MVP, notches the first goal in the Hawks victory last night over Smashville WOOHOO!
28 minutes of ice time last night, one goal and one assist.

Now a Norris Trophy candidate for leagues best defender.

He led all NHL defensemen in goals (10), assists (38) and points (48) at even-strength. Keith also was proficient on the penalty kill, leading all defensemen with 5 shorthanded points (1 goal, 4 assists).

Keith, 26, was second among all defensemen with 15 multi-point contests, and also excelled defensively with 143 blocked shots and a plus-21 rating. He was second in the NHL with an average of 26:35 of ice time per game. Keith played more than 30 minutes in a game eight times, including a team season-high of 32:40 March 14 against Washington. He averaged 2:58 on the penalty kill and 2:48 on the power play per game.

Fuk YEAH! Doughty and Green are both badassed, but Duncs is the man! He has carried the Hawks D for weeks (due to injuries to Campbell and Johnsson) and he doesn’t take any shit!

Next! Canuuks FAIL!

Damn Swiss Clocks!

Posted: February 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Hockey, Sports | Comments Off on Damn Swiss Clocks!

This was AMAZING!
Photo Chang W. Lee/New York Times


Posted: February 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Hockey, Sports | Comments Off on f?’k?s

Wednesday night watching Shaun White win his second gold medal in the halfpipe I was awed by these pro snowboarders ability to channel every watt of energy in their bodies to the extent that they seem to alter the limits of time and gravity. This is no 5th dimension.

Photo courtesy of UGC Images/Transworld Snowboarding

That same night my hockey team coasted to a fairly easy 10-4 victory over the lowly Gang Green. Been playing this game for a while. Pretty familiar with the stench of a hockey bag, the rituals of stick taping, the poor calls of perpetually under qualified officials and yet, in most game situations, when that puck is on your stick and you know that you should be turning and looking up ice for your centerman to be breaking out, that moment, the briefest of blips in chronology, you can’t look up. That bitch from the other team in the throwback Oilers sweater, breezers hanging over his knees, socks tied on with old skate laces, he’s coming hard after you. The ability to take time into your control, hold the puck, look to the blue line and connect the dots with a tape to tape saucer pass– it just doesn’t happen… You want to breathe, you need clarity, but your monkey-mind overpowers.

The philosopher Hugo Rahner has put it; “To play is to yield oneself to a kind of magic … to enter a world where different laws apply, to be relieved of all the weights that bear it down, to be free, kingly, unfettered and divine.”

Bobby Orr scoring his first Stanley Cup winning goal against St. Louis, May 10th, 1970.

These pros, the masters of their form, make it look too easy! We spectators grow complacent, bitch when player X can’t do Z. Television has flattened everything! Seeing my first live pro baseball game was an eye opening experience. The outfield is HUGE! The time the ball takes to get to the plate from the mound is a blink! I once read that hitting a fastball is the hardest thing in sports. Try the Fastball Reaction Time game. Damn!

Exactly how humans are able to estimate the expected position of a quickly moving ball is unknown. Obviously, this remarkable skill is learned through long practice. Eye-brain-body coordination is acquired only by going through the motions over and over

The Times had a fabulous piece Federer as Religious Experience in August of 2006 that describes the “kinetic Beauty” that is Roger Federer

The metaphysical explanation is that Roger Federer is one of those rare, preternatural athletes who appear to be exempt, at least in part, from certain physical laws.

“Learn how to do it, then forget you know how.” Italian proverb

In the Zone: The Zen of Sports in Shambhala Sun Andrew Cooper writes:

The zone. All athletes know it, strive for it, prize its attainment. It is that realm of play in which everything-skill, training and mental discipline-comes together, and players feel themselves lifted to a level of peak performance in which limits seem to fall away.

The zone is the essence and pinnacle of the athletic experience, for it reveals that, at their root, sports are a theater for enacting the drama of self-transcendence.

You cannot get into the zone through an act of will; you can only prepare the ground for it to happen. To quote a Zen master, “Enlightenment is an accident, but some activities make you accident prone.”

Ace climber  Chris Sharma on focus:

I don’t think I’ve been able to be focus the way that I’ve been when I’m climbing. It totally channels my energy in such a way that I completely lose myself. And that is such a good feeling.

Photo by Corey Rich

In his journal Sharma writes:

These moments are so pure; there is no separation and there is nothing to think about or understand because it’s all right there. The here, the present, the moment. Everything!

I fear that I am loosing my focus in this piece… As an athlete and a photographer, I am acutely aware of the moment. I have never been 24 feet above the halfpipe, never taken a penalty shot against Marty Brodeur, and I dream of the day that I might see Roger’s “great liquid whip.”

Wallace concludes his Federer adoration with this footnote:

great athletes seem to catalyze our awareness of how glorious it is to touch and perceive, move through space, interact with matter. Granted, what great athletes can do with their bodies are things that the rest of us can only dream of. But these dreams are important — they make up for a lot.

But really watch those crazy kids in their baggy jeans at Cypress Mountain. That last possible moment when you don’t think that extra twist can even occur, BOOM! 1260°!

Focus on the task, the mind closes, and the self falls away. The ice is not so crowded. Oiler dude is moving in slow motion and the path (pass) is clear.

Mind Games

Posted: February 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Madison, Sites, Sports | Comments Off on Mind Games


Saw a great talk earlier this week “Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind” by UW researcher Richard Davidson. Davidson has found that a “compassion intervention” a mere 30 minutes a day for two weeks – we are talking about guided meditation here – can actually change an individuals brain and body.

Look it up! I’m not going to begin to give a comprehensive explanation. Davidson news and publications says it all. NOVA, WIRED, US News and World Report.

Davidson’s Investigating Healthy Minds group is exciting! Their mission:

The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) conducts rigorous interdisciplinary research on healthy qualities of mind such as kindness, compassion, forgiveness and mindfulness. Scientists at CIHM represent an integrated team with a broad array of research methodologies from behavioral to neuroscientific. The CIHM engages in translational research and outreach with the goal of cultivating healthy qualities of the mind at the individual, community and global levels.

One might find it easy to consider meditation helpful on a personal level, but I do love the community and world view that the CIHM as adopted. Richardson mentioned their outreach includes k-12 students, returning war veterans and pre-release prisoners.

I really enjoyed this NYT article. Sitting Quietly, Doing Nothing

But it is no exaggeration to say that Rinpoche is a master of the art of well-being.

So how did he get that way? Apparently, the same way you get to Carnegie Hall. Practice.

Hmmm… Davidson referred to an article from the New Yorker The Physical Genius. Three top level individuals; a musician; Yo-Yo Ma, an athlete; Wayne Gretzky and a brain surgeon; Charlie Wilson. All achieved their  excellence through… wait for it… practice!

I GOTTA PRACTICE THIS! A Charter for Compassion

XLIV P?st’skr?pt’

Posted: February 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Music, Sports | Comments Off on XLIV P?st’skr?pt’

Awesome commentary and comments following The Who‘s halftime performance! The best came from the kindergartner in the room:

Ha! That old man is playing guitar!


Why is grandpa singing?

Over at Rolling Stone 2000 lines have been drawn. Best Ever or Lip Synced Rubbish?

AJ writes: Unfortunately I wasn’t drinking before that. That stunk! Like I just stepped in something and tracked it all over the house stunk.

Gutterdandy adds: Totally embarrassing performance by these nitwits at the Super Bowl. Daltrey flat out CANNOT SING anymore, and he looks like a portly Vegas lounge singer with his bad perm. Townshend looks every bit the grizzled old nonce he is. Truly pitiful. And they had to play all their CSI songs on top of it, for the network that airs CSI. Disgraceful. They stink

Twitter trend #thewho is most hilarious! (#nipplegate too!) Love TheFatBoys Tweet:

If the Who’s Roger Daltrey’s titty pops out I am leaving the stadium now!

Nah dudes! It was Townsend flashing the flesh! Can I claim the term bellygate?

The Will.i.am My Generation remix brings us back to twenty ten.

Pluses (if necessary) the show’s production was extraordinary and Pino Palladino on the bass is never a bad thing and yes, I’ll take some RAF logo’d cymbals thank you!

PPS-Oh yeah, during the Hawks v. Blues game on Saturday I heard the  organist grind out We Will Rock You. Hilarious and awful!

Hope I Die Before I Get Old

Posted: February 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Music, Sports | Comments Off on Hope I Die Before I Get Old

With a 30 second advertising spot going for $3 million, it’s clear that the SuperBowl is the biggest TV event of the year.

The WhoDat? on sports entertainment…


Pete Townsend of The Who speaking to Billboard:

The band’s halftime show will feature a “compact medley” of their greatest hits, most of which debuted five decades ago.

“We’re kinda doing a mash-up of stuff,” he said. “A bit of ‘Baba O’Riley,’ a bit of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ a bit of the close of ‘Tommy,’ a bit of ‘Who Are You,’ and a bit of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’ ”

The band will segue from one hard-rocking song into another, attempting to appeal to their older base while also keeping younger folks entertained with the high-energy, hooks-only song sampling. “It works — it’s quite a saga, A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it — we’ve always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot.”

Brought to you by the fine folks at Bridgstone Tires (NYT)

This year, the Who is headlining the show, a curious choice because the band has not released an album of new songs in four years and its first farewell tour was in 1982, before many people who will be watching the game were born.

and in the Wall Street Journal:

In some ways the graying of the halftime acts reflects the fleeting phenomenon of cultural consensus. Gone are the days when people more or less agreed on Elvis Presley (the impersonator Elvis Presto, halftime XXIII) or even Michael Jackson (XXVII). So the shows dig deeper, hoping headliners from the past have acquired at least some cross-market appeal.

BAH! I’m such a H8R! Music and sports… an obvious collaboration, and the courts and the U.S. Senate too, of course. ScrewDat!:

As far as trade marks for WhoDat are concerned, that’s Sal and Steve Monistere. Steve recorded the Who Dat chant in 1983, and using that chant, he recorded the original “Who Dat” single with members of the Saints offensive line and singer Aaron Neville (photo of the original single above). Then, together, the Monistere brothers immediately embarked on one of the most ingenious marketing campaigns in sports history. And the Who Dat Nation was born.

Will Bridgestone/CBS/NFL own rights to The Who medley? Do artists earn royalties when their music is played in arenas?
80% of PRO Artists Never Receive a Single Broadcast Royalty – Ever!

BMI press release.

“We Will Rock You” has accumulated more than 3 million U.S. radio and TV feature performances from 1977 through the first quarter of 2009. BMI calculates that one million performances of a song (averaging three minutes in length) represents 5.7 years of continuous airplay. Using this formula, the U.S. radio and TV performances of “We Will Rock You” equal more than 18 years of continuous airplay.

Sounds like a U.S. Military torture method.

In the February 8 edition of ESPN Magazine, Seth Wickersham interviews Queen’s Brian May.

May woke up with the stomp-stomp-clap beat rolling around in his head. To accompany that big rhythym, he sat down and wrote depressing lyrics that described, as he says now, “the futility of man.”

One of the most famous songs ever, the sports anthem of our generation, took all of ten minutes to compose.

I love Wickersham’s closer:

We’re the ones who need the power of music to form a community because, let’s face it, our games aren’t enough anymore. We’re constantly tweeting or texting or checking our fantasy teams or staring at the shiny new stadiums that distract from the action.

There’s an online wager going now to wether or not a member of The Who will smash a guitar during the halftime show? I give that 10:1 odds. It’s pretty much Townsend™ brought to you by Bridgestone.


Posted: December 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Sports | Comments Off on RAR!!!!!!!

by Paul Beaty - AP

A season high 24 penalty minutes for the Hawks, and a season high 38 for the Blues as well. WOAH! Easy boys!