Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Double Dribble

April 4, 2020

“Double Dribble,” a 1946 Disney Studios theatrical cartoon featuring Goofy, directed by Jack Hannah. Written by Bill Berg and Milt Banta, with music by Oliver Wallace. Principal animation by Bill Justice, John Sibley, Hugh Fraser, and Andy Engman.

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The Art of Skiing

March 21, 2020

“The Art of Skiing,” a 1941 Disney Studios theatrical cartoon featuring Goofy, directed by Jack Kinney. Written by Leo Thiele and Ralph Wright, with music by Charles Wolcott. Narrated by John McLeish; yodeling by Hannes Schroll, founder of Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, where this cartoon takes place and Walt Disney was an investor.

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Tennis Racquet

March 14, 2020

“Tennis Racquet,” a 1949 Disney Studios theatrical cartoon featuring Goofy, directed by Jack Kinney. Written by Dick Kinney, with music by Oliver Wallace. Principal animation by Wolfgang Reitherman, John Sibley, Ed Aardal, and Jack Boyd. Voice actors: Pinto Colvig and Doodles Weaver.

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How to Play Football

November 23, 2019

“How to Play Football,” a 1944 Disney theatrical cartoon featuring Goofy. Directed by Jack Kinney; story by Harry Reeves and Rex Cox. Animation by George Nicholas, Norman Tate, Marvin Woodward, and Andy Engman. Music by Oliver Wallace. Narrator: Fred Shields.

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Sports Genius Trump Sends Military Cadets to the NFL

July 15, 2019

Sports Genius Trump Sends Military Cadets to NFL

Donald Trump is a football expert. He once owned a signed Tim Tebow helmet he bought with $12,000 of his charity’s money, so that should prove it. Not only that, he’s the former owner of the failed New Jersey Generals of the US Football League. In just a few years, Mr. Trump managed to tank the entire USFL.

Not content with those pro sports triumphs, now that he’s president, Mr. Trump has ordered that sports star graduates of our country’s military academies, educated at taxpayer expense, can defer their military service until after the end of their pro sports careers, so America can be defended by worn out and injured ex-jocks. Make the NFL Great Again!

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“President Trump orders new policy for service academy graduates pursuing professional sports,” Ava Wallace, Washington Post

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NCAA Basketball Pays Off for Everyone But the Players

April 8, 2019

NCAA Basketball Pays Off for Everyone But the Players

The college basketball finals are about to decide the new championship team. Each year the 32 Division I conferences are paid millions by the NCAA based on what teams get into the “March Madness” tournament and how far they advance. Last year’s payout was $216 million. The 2018 tournament television and marketing rights brought in $844.3 million, mostly from TV contracts with CBS and Turner Sports. The TV deal grows annually, and will pull in $8.8 billion in 2024.

The league makes millions. Colleges make millions. Coaches make millions. Players make nothing. For decades, universities have claimed that not paying their ballplayers preserved their “student-athletepurity, something more difficult to rationalize when their hoopsters drop out, leave for the NBA after a year or graduate despite illiteracy.

More recently, the NCAA justified this situation by citing a clause of the 13th Amendment that allows unpaid prison labor. This jaw-dropping argument is compounded when you realize that the purpose of the 13th Amendment was the abolition of slavery in the United States, and Division 1 college athletes are overwhelmingly African American.

The chorus to reform the obvious economic inequity has been joined by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), whose office has issued a report on the unjust situation. Maybe colleges will end the scholar-athelete sham and get out of bigtime sports altogether, letting the pros run their own development leagues. The NBA has already started their G League as a new entry ramp to the pros.

If you’re horrified that the future of college basketball will be decided by lawyers, know this: lawyers patented basketballs and hoops back in the last century.

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“College basketball’s murky swamp of misbehavior,”  George F. Will, Washington Post

Related:

“How Classifying Athletes as Employees Can Save Colleges Money,”  Derek Helling, OZY

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No Backwards Skating!

December 13, 2018

Actually, skating backwards is allowed at Moonlight Rollerway  (Glendale, CA) if it’s part of “rexing,”couples skating. On Wednesdays, owner Dominic Cangelosi plays the organ for your skating pleasure (he sells organ music recordings to other roller rinks, too) . DJs spin tunes the rest of the week.

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“Welcome to Moonlight Rollerway, Where Nothing Has Changed Since 1956,” Lisa Whiteman,  Narratively

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Surf’s Up — Inland

July 19, 2018

Surf’s up at the Surf Ranch, a hundred miles from the nearest ocean. Bryant Gumbel explains.

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“Surfing goes inland: Kelly Slater’s artificial waves push pro tour into uncharted waters,” Alex Dick-Read, The Guardian

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Skateboarders Conquer the World

July 11, 2018

Skateboarders Conquer the World
“After decades of commandeering streets, sidewalks, parking lots and public sculptures, skaters entered the mainstream. Now New York City, the United States, and the world at large have all seen a surge of skate park development. With skateboarding entering the Olympic Games in 2020, the international growth of skate parks is likely only beginning.”

“Skateboarders Won,” Jeff Ihaza, New York Times

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The Ball

June 26, 2018

Meet the 2018 World Cup football.

“This year’s World Cup ball is called the Telstar 18, a nod to the original design. While the panels have changed to just six propeller-shaped pieces to make the ball even more spherical, the black-and-white checkered design is back.”

A Vox video.

More:

“Satellites and microchips: the surprising tech behind the World Cup ball,” Marc Chacksfield, TechRadar

“From Russia With Lough: Adidas Telstar 18 Is Specifically Designed to Stop Dip & Swerve,” Sports Illustrated

“World Cup 2018: Adidas boffins produce ball specially designed to stop Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kicks,” Duncan Wright, The Sun

“Fifa World Cup 2018 ball: Adidas Telstar 18 football ‘a problem for goalkeepers,'” Jamie Teather, Evening Standard

“Telstar 18: From satellites to microchips – The tech behind FIFA World Cup 2018 ball,” Manas Tiwari, Financial Express

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