Jun 102012

Now I don’t often write about sports, in fact, I’m the type that enjoys quietly from the sidelines, but even Fenrir the Neutral-On-Most-Everything cannot let this outcome slide without comment.

To those of you not in the know, last night was the scheduled boxing fight between Manny Pacquiao — the defunct hero of the Philippines whose rags-to-riches story and his winning streak has won the hearts of not only his countrymen but the boxing world– and Timothy Bradley, an (as of now) undefeated American boxer. Manny’s loss to Bradley has ended his decade’s long dominance in the boxing world, but for fans this loss leaves a bitter taste, because if my Facebook newsfeed and tumblr dashboard was any indication, not many people believe Bradley won fairly.

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Jun 062012

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May 222012

Judo is one of the many forms of martial arts around the world. Did you know Chuck Norris is a judo practitioner? (Then again, what is Chuck Norris not good at?) Anyways, a few days ago, a video on the front page of ESPN caught my eye; it was a small piece covering Yoshihiro Uchida, the head judo coach at San Jose State. Under his guidance, San Jose State has won 45 national championships (his most recent this year) since judo became an official college sport in 1962. He’s practically the godfather of judo in America and was even the first U.S. Olympic judo coach for the 1964 Tokyo games, when the sport was first integrated into the Olympics. Watch the video below and marvel at this man’s greatness.

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May 152012

I’ll start off by saying I’m not the biggest MMA fan. In fact, the best word to describe me when it comes to MMA is the same word I use to describe many “sports” fans I come across: casual. I know who Anderson Silva, Georges St.-Pierre, and Jon “Bones” Jones are. I also know some of the older guys like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Ken Shamrock, and Royce Gracie. But I wouldn’t be able to give you an in-depth analysis of the sport outside the wrestling component.

However, tonight’s UFC main event really caught my eye. Why? Well there was a Korean guy named Chan Sung Jung fighting. Now being Asian, any Asian athlete that comes around I take notice. Especially if he’s Korean (but I’m not a nationalistic fanatic who blindly roots for these guys…they have to be good or no mas).  And especially with a nickname like “The Korean Zombie.” Continue reading »

May 132012

What a week for Texas Ranger fans. A historic week. Besides the obvious amazing feats by Josh Hamilton, there were two other feats that deserve recognition.

Chris Davis, 1B

Davis is now a Baltimore Oriole, but he was a Ranger last season before he was traded. Last Sunday, May 6th, Davis went 0-8 with 5 strikeouts against the Boston Red Sox. The game lasted 17 innings, and by the 16th inning, both the Red Sox and Orioles ran out of pitchers. Thus, Davis was called upon to pitch. He got the win, pitching two scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts. Why is this historic? Well, Davis is the eighth player, but first non-pitcher, since 1918 to get a win for a game in which he struck out five times at the plate. Continue reading »

May 082012

Time for a sports post! Been meaning to start putting up moar sports posts because after all, we’re a blog for all forms of entertainment.

I never imagined in my wildest dreams, that the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, would succumb to such a freak injury like he did last Thursday, May 3rd. To tear your ACL shagging fly balls–a routine Rivera has done in every pre-game warm-up in his career–is as random as it gets.  As sad as this news is for all Yankee fans, there is hope. Rivera, one of the fiercest competitors in all of sports, has vowed to come back. He has vowed not to end his career due to some fluke injury, but to leave on his own terms.  The best never quit.

However, the closer void still needs to be filled. Enter David Robertson. This Alabama native (woot!) has been one of the best relievers in baseball period over the past 1+ seasons. Last year, he had an insane stat line: a 1.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 100 K’s to 35 BB’s, all in 66.2 IP.  He gave up ONE home run. This season, in 13 IP, he has a 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and a 23:5 K to BB ratio. Incredible. He has had two straight appearances where he struck out the side (4/30 vs. Baltimore and 5/4 vs. Kansas City).  Tonight’s outing, in which he recorded his first save of the season, he loaded the bases.  What did he do? He remained calm and poised, and he struck out the final batter, Carlos Pena, on a called strike three.

It is because of the ability to remain calm under pressure which has helped Robertson become one of the most dominant relievers in baseball.  Who also possesses this ultimate calm? You guessed it, Mo himself. Just to further prove this, according the the Elias Sports Bureau, Robertson has held opponents to one hit in their last 25 at-bats with the bases loaded, and he’s retired 16 of those batters via strikeout (tonight’s performance included).  So while he’s no Mo (Robertson even joked tonight saying, “Mo would have probably thrown 12 pitches and broke a bat and we would have been done 20 minutes ago”), Robertson is as close to him as you can get. Not bad at all.