Pipeline - the most famous wave in the world. Day one of this years Pipe Masters contest began with near perfect Pipeline surf. Sometime during this contest, the ASP 2013 World Title will be decided. If Mick Fanning gets past the Quarter Finals, he will win the title, even if Kelly Slater wins the contest. Kelly is basically in the position of needing a miracle to win title #12 this year. That being said, he is the greatest competitive surfer ever, so don’t write him off just yet. If Mick loses in the Quarters or before, Kelly still has to win the event to claim the title. It doesn’t get much more exciting than this in pro surfing!
Cliff Illig stood toward the back of the press room Saturday night with a Bud Light in hand, sporting a grin and a brand-new scarf draped around his shoulders, denoting that the team he owns, Sporting Kansas City, owns Major League Soccer’s biggest prize.
The grin on Illig’s face was probably wide enough for Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes to notice, who began his postgame comments to the media with a tribute to the wealthy men who saved MLS’s moribund franchise.
“It’s incredible when you have owners that have a complete connection to your team and are involved,” Vermes told a packed room of media from across the United States and beyond.
The turnaround of the Sporting Kansas City franchise is well-documented, from the day that former owner Lamar Hunt sold the team to a group of Cerner executives that included Illig and got sent out of Arrowhead Stadium, to the day that the team briefly faced the prospect of playing home games at a Cass County high school, to Saturday night when it won the Major League Soccer Cup.
Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre helped coach Oak Grove High School to the Mississippi Class 6A state fotoabll championship Friday night.
The former Super Bowl winner and three-time NFL Most Valuable Player is the offensive coordinator at Oak Grove, which won its first state title with a 14-7 win over Tupelo.
In a hilarious coincidence, Offensive Coordinator Favre’s former Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren started his career coaching at another Oak Grove High School in San Jose, CA.
Lucky to be alive.
We’ve seen some pretty terrifying stuff captured on action camera before, but this one ties with the skydivers who got hurled into empty space when their planes collided. It was uploaded by a BASE jumper who, on November 24th, took a leap that was almost his last.
The BASE jumper in question goes by the handle Subterminallyill on Vimeo, where he recently uploaded footage captured on his action cam during the fateful fall. Viewed in bone-crunching slow motion, we get to see him smash into the wall mere seconds after pulling his chute, and then scrape and tumble all the way down to the ground the rest of the way.
A large NW Swell with a high wave period hit the North Shore of Hawaii on ‘Black Friday’ the 29th of Novemeber 2013
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Jon Jon Florence
Filmed & Edited by Owen Milne
The final day of the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach was met with pounding rain, thunderstorms, and a dying swell. By no means optimum conditions for Sunset, the 3- to 4-foot surf on hand still offered up enough of a platform for World Tour and ‘QS surfers alike to dramatically battle it out in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. By events end, the conditions began to glass off but the rain continued to pour as Hawaii’s own Zeke Lau defeated Damien Hobgood, Raoni Monteiro, and Frederico Morais respectively to take the win.
Throughout the duration of the contest—which included a day of massive 12-foot surf—Lau looked to be an event favorite as he weaved his powerful frame through an array of conditions. With his win today, Lau is now tied with Tahiti’s Michel Bourez for the Triple Crown title race. At only 20 years old, Lau has cemented himself as one of Hawaii’s next great hopes—something that the Honolulu native doesn’t take lightly.
Lau, who was awarded a slot into the Pipe Masters, will be looking to further his lead over Bourez and the rest of the pack when the holding period for final World Tour event of the season opens on December 8. “It feels amazing to represent Hawaii. For me, that’s the biggest thing. I really want to make Hawaii proud and take the Triple Crown title.”
For the first time in the history of this contest, organizers had to extend the event for an extra day due to an unseasonable flat spell for most of the waiting period. Not what you expect on the North Shore of Oahu at this time of year.
The struggle to integrate Washington’s football team is recounted in Thomas G. Smith’s 2012 book, Showdown: JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins. As Smith tells it, the showdown began in 1961, when John F. Kennedy’s interior secretary, Stewart Udall, who’d committed to ending segregation anywhere in his sphere of influence, declared his intent to break pro football’s last color bar. Udall later recalled, “I considered it outrageous that the Redskins were the last team in the NFL to have a lily-white policy.”
The call for integration was met with opposition, most notably from the team’s owner, George Preston Marshall, a laundromat magnate turned NFL bigwig who had held firm for years. As legendary Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich wrote:
For the 24 years when he was identified as the leading racist in the NFL, he simply stared down the criticism of his refusal to sign a black player. It was the only subject on which the voluble Marshall never expressed a public opinion, never resorted to a quip. But he bristled when this columnist reminded him in print that “the Redskins colors are burgundy, gold and Caucasian.”
If you’ve been following the Jonathan Martin story in the NFL, where he left The Miami Dolphins last week after being subjected to extreme incidents of bullying that went way beyond routine hazing, it’s starting to appear that this is something that was encouraged by Dolphins coaches.
It may seem strange that a 300 pound NFL lineman can be bullied, but it is absolutely possible and it did happen.
As someone who was bullied in middle school, I know exactly what Martin is going through right now, and this scenario looks awfully familiar.
Hopefully he will be back. The ringleader in most of this, Martin’s teammate Richie Incognito, is most likely going to be released from the team, and hopefully he will be suspended and heavily fined by the league at the very least. Many teams wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole when he was going to be drafted citing “character issues” that incuded anger management. I’m sure some team will give him a chance when all this blows over (probably the Oakland Raiders, who have a history of collecting misfits), but in my book, he is truly a bad guy.
Richie Incognito could have been taking coaches’ instructions too far when he allegedly harassed teammate Jonathan Martin.
In a new twist to the story Tuesday, at least two sources told the Sun Sentinel that Incognito was asked by unspecified coaches to “toughen up” Martin after Martin missed a voluntary workout last spring.
If true, the revelation would further bring into question the role of head coach Joe Philbin and his staff in Martin’s departure from the team with emotional issues after he was allegedly subjected to constant bullying from Incognito, the leader of the Dolphins’ offensive line.
“I’m just trying to weather the storm right now. This will pass,” the suspended Incognito told WSVN-TV outside a doctor’s office Tuesday.
With the NFL’s investigation pending, ESPN reported that Martin never approached Philbin to voice his concerns before leaving the team. Philbin has maintained that he was unaware of the interactions between Incognito and Martin.
And there has been some victim blaming happening:
“They talk about teams being a family,” former Ravens DT and current CBS commentator Tony Siragusa said on ESPN Radio. “When you’re in the locker room, that’s like your home… . Things are handled in there and said in there that shouldn’t be brought out to the media. I think he should have confronted Incognito … and said ‘What’s your problem?’ ”
Giants safety Antrel Rolle took even more of a blame-the-victim approach during his weekly spot on WFAN. “Richie Incognito, is he wrong? Absolutely,” Rolle said. “But I think the other guy is just as much to blame because he’s allowed it to happen.
“You know, at this level, you’re a man. You’re not a little boy. You’re not a freshman in college. So I think everything has its limits. Hopefully he’s able to bounce back and recover from all that has happened and understand it, and take awareness of, you know, that you’re a grown-ass man. You need to stand up for yourself.”
Of course you need to stand up for yourself. Duh! The problem is some people can’t.
Even 300 pound NFL lineman.
Antrel Rolle did walk that comment back a little bit later on, but he is still a complete blockhead for saying that.
Another factor that probably lead to this culture:
Dolphins players on Monday seemed to be more supportive of Incognito than Martin. As wide receiver Mike Wallace said, “I love Richie, man. I personally think he’s a great guy.”
It may also explain why something like this happened.
“Essentially, what they’re saying is what happens in the locker room should stay in the locker room,” notes Greg Dale, professor of sports psychology and sports ethics at Duke University. “What they’ve never stopped to think about is that hazing leads to this power situation. When you have a guy like Incognito, who has a history of hazing and is a classic bully, once he knows he has power over somebody, he’s going to take advantage of that. Then you put this guy on the team’s Leadership Council. That to me is unbelievable. That establishes the hierarchy.”
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In surf of the XXL variety at Nazaré, the big-wave break in Portugal, Maya Gabeira nearly drowned when she wiped out and was consumed by an avalanche of water. The video below shows Carlos Burle attempting to rescue Gabeira on his jet ski on the inside; After a number of failed attempts to get her on the sled, Gabeira was forced to grab on to the tow rope and was engulfed by two more sets. The footage shows Gabeira unconscious and face down in the water before she’s finally rescued by Burle, who took her to shore and administered CPR. From there she was transported to a hospital, where she’s now in stable condition
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