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||The first Jockey Club formed in South
|| Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy
won the 5th Kentucky Derby in 2:37.
||MLB's Troy Trojans played in Troy
Ball Club Grounds for the first time, beating the Boston Red
||Chicago Colts' Ace Stewart hit an
inside-the-park grand slam.
|| James Butwell aboard Buskin won
the 38th Preakness Stakes in 1:53.4.
||Nancy Vorhees of the USA set women's
high jump track record in Simsbury, CT (1.46m).
||Kinue Hitomi of Japan set women's
100m track record in Osaka, Japan (12.2).
||Kinue Hitomi of Japan set women's
long jump track record in Osaka, Japan (5.98m).
||New York Yankees' Earle Combs hit
an inside-the-park grand slam.
||Jacques Cartonnet of France set 100m
breaststroke swimming record in Paris, France (1:13.6).
|| HZVV soccer team formed in Hoogeveen.
||New York Yankees' Joe DiMaggio hit
for the cycle vs the Chicago White Sox.
|| Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince
won the 76th Preakness Stakes in 1:59.2.
||Babe Didrikson-Zaharias won the LPGA
Meridian Hills Weathervane at Meridian Hills Country Club in
||George Davies of the USA set pole
vault track record in Boulder, CO (4.83m).
|| Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back
won the 87th Preakness Stakes in 1:57.6.
||Patty Berg won the LPGA Muskogee
Civitan Open at Muskogee Country Club in Muskogee, OK.
|| Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus won
the 93rd Preakness Stakes in 1:55.2.
||Tommie Smith of the USA set 400m
track record in San Jose, CA (44.5).
||California Angels' Jim Fregosi hit
for the cycle vs the Boston Red Sox.
||Minnesota Twins' Rod Carew hit for
the cycle vs the Kansas City Royals.
|| Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee
won the 98th Preakness Stakes in 1:55.6.
||Donna Caponi won the LPGA Bluegrass
Invitational at Hunting Creek Country Club in Louisville, KY.
||Mavis Hutchinson, 53, became the
first woman to run across America. The 3,000-mile trek took
her 69 days. She ran an average of 45 miles each day.
|| Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed won
the 104th Preakness Stakes in 1:54.4.
||Nancy Lopez won the LPGA Coca-Cola
Classic at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, NJ.
||Barb Bunkowsky won the LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth
Charity Classic at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton,
|| Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence
won the 115th Preakness Stakes in 1:53.8.
||Cindy Rarick won the LPGA Planters
Pat Bradley International at Willow Creek Golf Club in High
||Randy Barnes of the USA set shot
put track record in Los Angeles, CA (23.12m).
||NBA's San Antonio Spurs played in
HemisFair Arena for the last time, losing to the Phoenix Suns
||NBA's Chicago Bulls played in Chicago
Stadium for the last time, beating the New York Knicks 93-79.
|| Pat Day aboard Timber Coutry won
the 121st Preakness Stakes in 1:54.4.
||Wendy Doolan won LPGA's The Champions
Classic at Country Club of the North in Beavercreek, OH.
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"New" Throwback Gear
AFL fan Mike
Sniegowski gave me a heads up that some AFL
50th Anniversary Gear is still available.
AFL fan and author
Todd Tobias sends the following:
"I hope all is well. I was
wondering if you might mention something on
your next broadcast email. I added a function
to my blog that allows folks to be emailed each
time I post a new article to Tales from the
American Football League. All they have to do
is go to the site
and find the box at the top of the page
to input their email address. They will then
receive an email that tells them to click on
a given link to confirm that they indeed want
to receive updates when I add new content."
Bills' great Booker
Edgerson commented on my page about AFL on-field
officials, and says that AFL referee Hugh
'Sonny' Gamber actually worked Booker's high
school football and baseball games in Little Rock,
and his college games at Western Illinois University,
in addition to many AFL Bills' games that Booker
played in. I guess it was hard to pull the wool
over Hugh's eyes after all that exposure, eh,
Booker? Any other stories about the AFL officials
would be appreciated.
Also, if you watched the game last night, you
learned that Jack Kemp held a Pro Football record
for 57 years ~ three touchdown passes in the first
quarter of a game. Not only that, it was the first
quarter of the first GAME of the season, 1964,
when Kemp led the Bills to their first championship.
Aaron Rodgers tied the record exactly: 3 tds in
the 1st quarter of the 1st game.
Posted on September 9, 2011 By Ange Coniglio
Sixpack Sez | Pilsners debuted to hostile brewers
back in 1895
By Joe Sixpack
Posted on June 18, 2010 on Joe
PALE YELLOW lager - it's as ordinary
as white boxer shorts.
Imagine telling that to the Munich
brewers who gathered a few weeks after their beloved
Oktoberfest in 1895 to gripe about this newfangled
brew called Helles Lagerbier. That kind of talk
would have had you facing the wrath of Hans and
Fritz, clicking their heels and railing about
the purity of their wunderbar dunkel beer.
"I take the view," spouted the owner
of the Augustiner Brewery, as wonderfully related
by the Bavarian Brewers Federation, "that the
reputation of Munich beers has been greatly damaged
by the brewing of pale beers, which has done nothing
but to serve as an unnecessary advertisement for
Ah, yes, those blasted Pilsners,
the plague of the Bohemians. Heading toward the
20th century, the crisp, refreshing golden lager
was filling glasses in cafes across Europe. The
Germans - traditionalists to a fault - believed
at first that it was a passing fad. All they had
to do was stand together, ignore the threat from
the east and continue brewing the dark, fuller-bodied
beers that generations of Munich brewers had perfected
over three centuries.
But the ranks broke. In 1889, Eugen
and Ludwig Thomas, both of whom had trained in
Pilsen, had begun pouring something called Thomas-Hell
("hell" is German for "bright").
In the summer of '95, Spaten (the
famed brewery of Gabriel Sedlmayr, who invented
amber Oktoberfestbier) began pouring its own Helles
This "unnecessary advertisement"
would soon become its own, distinct style, one
that would emerge as the world's most popular.
Munich Helles, at first glance,
is almost identical to Pilsner. Clear and blond,
they both sparkle with carbonation that rises
to a creamy, white collar of foam. On a hot and
muggy day, you just want to dive in and soak it
But a whiff and a swallow says you've
got something different. Where Pilsner bites your
tongue with the spice of Saaz hops, Helles fill
your mouth with soft, mellow malt. Tettnang, Hallertau
- they're in there, but only for balance, not
bitterness, for Munich's water gives hops an overly
Pro Boxing returns to Union City, NJ October
Peruvian prospects Maicelo, Zambrano
& Zegarra featured on Live TV broadcast.
UNION CITY, NJ
- 09/21/2010 - Dignity Promotions, in association
with Peru Box Promotions and ATV PERU, proudly
announced the inception of their highly anticipated
LOS CAMPEONES del MANANA series, with
their first event now set for Saturday, October
16th in Union City, New Jersey.
The main event, which will be televised
live in Peru, is a 10 round lightweight matchup
between the flashy and widely popular Jonathan
Maicelo (13-0, 8 KOs) and heavy handed Colombian
Oscar Cuero (13-2, 10 KOs).
Both promising fighters will be
making their U.S. boxing debuts and are looking
to impress, as well as broaden their fan base,
outside their native homelands.
The two televised co-feature bouts
will highlight the talents of decorated amateur
champions Carlos Zambrano, now 11-0 (5 KOs)
since leaving his Chincha, Peru home to punch
for pay, and power punching jr. welterweight Juan
Zegarra (5-0, 5 KOs) of Lima, Peru. Both
undefeated Campeones del Manana Zambrano
and Zegarra now reside in nearby North Bergen,
Several local fighters are also
slated to see action:
Paterson Cruiserweight Elvin Sanchez (3-1, 3 KOs),
will be looking to rebound from a knockout loss
in his last fight.
Newark Lt. Heavyweight Angel Concepcion (2-0)
fights to keep his record unblemished.
Crowd pleasing super bantamweight Raul Lopez (4-1,
3 KOs) fighting out of the Bronx will give
scrappy Giraldo Rosas (0-1) a chance at revenge.
Lopez earned a hard-fought unanimous decision
win over the debuting Union City fighter this
past July in Vineland, NJ.
Union Citys own Juan The Beast
Rodriguez (3-0, 3KOs) will get the chance
to shine in front of his hometown fans as the
highly touted granite-handed welterweight fights
in his own backyard for the first time.
All four under card bouts will be four-rounders.
We are thrilled to be able
to give this opportunity to these deserving local
fighters, stated Dignity Promotions president
Mike Indri, That is the concept and idea
behind the LOS CAMPEONES del MANANA
To purchase tickets call (201) 741-4994
or visit www.dignityboxing.com.
Posted on September 24, 2010 By Mike Indri
Skydiving As It Used To Be
by: Malcolm Snook
After World War Two a skydiving
club was established at Thruxton airfield near
Andover in Hampshire, southern England. The British
skydiving Club used old (even then) Jackaroo biplanes,
ex military parachutes and the club members were
pioneers who would go on to found other skydiving
clubs, become National Coaches and so on.
Today we're quite familiar with
square parachutes that glide and perform like
a hang glider, indeed it's possible to strap an
engine to someone's back with a propeller in a
cage, attach a modern square parachute to their
shoulders and hey presto they can fly. We're also
accustomed to the idea of buddy jumps where a
would-be skydiver, or someone who just wants a
one off experience can be attached to the front
of an experienced jumper and do a minute's free-fall
from twelve thousand feet on their first jump,
often their only jump for the 'I've done that'
box ticking character.
The buddy jump is only possible
because these days reserve parachutes are worn
on the back as well as the main parachute, which
has traditionally been worn there, this in turn
is a result of parachutes getting smaller and
lighter, making it possible for two to be worn
mounted one above the other in a tandem rig as
they were originally called. No need to differentiate
today, all kit is like that.
Not so long ago all parachutes were
round, heavy and bulky and reserve parachutes
were worn on the front of the body. Strangely
parachuting as a sport may even have peaked in
the nineteen seventies, when this was still largely
the case. In the early nineteen seventies the
Parafoil square parachute became available and
even triangular parachutes based on the Rogallo
wing were experimented with, whilst other companies
developed the high performance round with an inverted
apex, extended high pressure area and a myriad
of slits, holes and control lines.
None of these designs was a hundred
percent certain to open without malfunction, so
skydivers used a plain round reserve that was
more than ninety nine percent reliable! The first
commercially successful square parachute was the
Strato Star, later followed by a larger version,
the Strato Cloud. Early 'Stars' had a reefing
system using lines and rings around the periphery
to control the potentially back breaking opening
shock. This was also a complexity that could lead
to a malfunction and it was ordinary sport jumpers
who pioneered the use of a slider which slid down
the rigging lines as the parachute opened to control
the opening sequence.
The slider itself could cause a
problem if too large or too small and sliders
with holes in and various designs were experimented
with until reliability was achieved. Today, sport
jumpers use square reserves and are happy to wear
them on their backs, where they cannot see them,
nor reach them with their hands, so reliable has
the equipment become.
Sixpack Sez | Ice bock: Frozen out in the U.S.A.
By Joe Sixpack
Posted on January 29, 2010 on Joe
THE BEER in front of me was dark
and strong . . . and totally illegal in America.
It was an ice bock, an old style
that - thanks to one of those puzzling quirks
in alcohol law - cannot be brewed in America and
sold as beer.
I won't mention the brewer who made
it because he could face criminal prosecution.
This stems from some basic facts of physical science:
The freezing temperature of water,
as any kid will tell you, is 0 degrees Celsius.
The freezing temperature of pure ethanol, as Wikipedia
told me, is -114 Celsius.
If you submit a batch of, say, double
bock to subzero temperatures, the beer's water
will freeze before its alcohol does. If you scoop
away the ice, you'll be left with a denser liquid
of concentrated alcohol and malt.
That's ice bock, and that's illegal,
because the process is actually a form of distillation,
not conventional brewing. In other words, the
final product - in the eyes of the law - is not
beer, it's hard liquor.
This hairsplitting is an offshoot
of post-Prohibition laws that require distilleries
to be separately licensed and their products taxed
at a higher rate than beer. Even home brewers
are forbidden to make ice bock, lest Uncle Sam's
revenuers string 'em up like moonshiners.
You're scratching your head, I know.
What about Molson Ice, Bud
Ice and all those other ice beers that
were popular back in the '90s?
The feds created a loophole for
them, reasoning that only a tiny (or, in bureaucratese,
de minimis) amount of water is removed in
the final product to produce a beer with about
5 percent alcohol.
By contrast, classic ice bocks lose
as much as 50 percent of the water through freeze
distillation to reach double-digit alcohol content.
So, what about those famously strong
German imports, like Kulmbacher Eisbock
and Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock?
They're legit because these arcane
distillation regs apply only to domestic beer.
Do Not Stress Over Your Competition
by: Stan Popovich
Many athletes sometimes get anxious
when they play against a tough opponent. They
get nervous on who they are playing and they get
so worked up that they lose focus on playing their
game. In the end, they make mistakes and end up
beating themselves up if they do not win. As a
result, here is a list of techniques that a athlete
can use to help manage the stress of playing against
The first step is to learn as much
as you can on your opponent. Although this may
seem obvious some players may think they already
know what they need to know. Remember there is
always something to learn about your competition.
Read the stats and reports about your opponent
and watch him or her play. Try to figure out an
angle on how you can beat your competition. The
more you know about your competition the better
your chances are you will win the game. This will
also help to reduce your worries about who and
what you will be facing in your next game.
Do not assume anything about your
competition whether they are stronger or weaker
than you. Every player has his good and bad games
and just because you may be facing a stronger
opponent does not mean that you will lose. Remember
that before you start playing, you and your opponent
both have an equal chance of winning. You are
both starting from scratch. This should help you
to give you confidence going into your next game.
Focus on how you can best strive
for perfection in your own game instead of worrying
about your opponent. For instance you are playing
the number player in the tournament and you are
nervous. Instead of focusing on how good your
competition is, focus on how you can play your
best game. Concentrate on how you can better play
the game or how you can best improve on your problem
areas. Focusing on your game will definitely help
you when you are nervous in playing a stronger
Realize that you cannot win all
of your games and that also includes your competition.
You may be the best player in the world, however
you will still lose eventually. No one player
can win all of their games. Yes, they may have
some winning streaks or win ninety percent of
their games, but they will still lose some games.
When facing a tough competitor, use this fact
to your advantage. Even the best players will
make some mistakes and lose.
It is not uncommon to get nervous
when you play a better opponent. The key is not
to psyche yourself out just because the competition
gets tough. Remember that some games will be easy
to play and some games will be more difficult.
All you can do is to focus on your game and play
the best you can. This will help you in the long
run and will help you to stop worrying whether
you will win or lose.
Do Not Let Fear Affect Your Game In Sports
by: Stan Popovich
Sometimes, fear and anxiety can
get the best of us in sports. The key is to know
how to manage that fear and anxiety. As a result,
here is a brief list of techniques that an athlete
can use to help manage their fears and every day
Occasionally, you may become stressed
when you have to play in an important round. When
this happens, visualize yourself doing the task
in your mind. For instance, you have to play in
the championship golf game in front of a large
group of people in the next few days. Before the
big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game
in your mind. Imagine that you are playing in
front of a large audience. By playing the game
in your mind, you will be better prepared to perform
for real when the time comes. Self-Visualization
is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of
a coming situation.
Sometimes we get stressed out when
everything happens all at once. When this happens,
a person should take a deep breath and try to
find something to do for a few minutes to get
their mind off of the problem. A person could
read the newspaper, listen to some music or do
an activity that will give them a fresh perspective
on things. This is a great technique to use right
before your next game.
Another technique that is very helpful
is to have a small notebook of positive statements
that you can carry around with you. Whenever you
come across an affirmation that makes you feel
good, write it down in a small notebook that you
can carry around with you. Whenever you feel stressed,
open up your small notebook and read those statements.
This will help to manage your negative thinking.
In every anxiety-related situation
you experience, begin to learn what works, what
doesnt work, and what you need to improve
on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance,
you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take
a small walk before your game to help you feel
better. The next time you feel anxious you can
remind yourself that you got through it the last
time by taking a walk. This will give you the
confidence to manage your anxiety the next time
Take advantage of the help that
is available around you. If possible, talk to
a professional who can help you manage your fears
and anxieties. They will be able to provide you
with additional advice and insights on how to
deal with your current problem. By talking to
a professional, a person will be helping themselves
in the long run because they will become better
able to deal with their problems in the future.
Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.
Remember that patience, persistence,
and education will go a long way in preventing
fear from becoming a factor in your game.
Sixpack Sez | Adventurer seeks to re-create centuries-old
By Joe Sixpack
Posted on February 10, 2010 on Joe
IN 1852, the British government
dispatched Royal Navy Cmdr. Edward Belcher and
a fleet of five ships to the Canadian Arctic to
search for the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin.
They came up empty, and four of Belcher's ships
- including the H.M.S. Resolute - were abandoned
in the ice.
Years later, the Resolute was discovered
adrift, salvaged, returned to Britain and disassembled.
Its timbers were used to craft a pair of matching
desks for the queen of England and the president
of the United States.
If the story sounds familiar, that's
because you may have seen it in the Nicolas Cage
movie "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets."
What you almost certainly have never
heard, however, is the story of the ship's beer.
A Bethlehem, Pa., homebrewer with
a thirst for history has unearthed that story
and will attempt to re-create the beer this summer
during his own Arctic expedition.
"I want to tell the world this great
story," said Christopher Bowen, "because it really
hasn't been told the way it should've been told."
The beer was Allsopp's Arctic Ale,
a bottled barleywine brewed in Burton, England.
Made with just under 12 percent alcohol so as
to survive the frigid temperatures of the north,
it was described by Belcher as "a valuable antiscorbutic"
for its ability to fight scurvy.
With all that alcohol, it aged especially
In 1895, a British admiral who had
carried bottles to the north during a separate
expedition two decades earlier marveled at its
"The special qualities which rendered
this ale so valuable for the purposes of the expedition
were its strength and nutritive qualities," wrote
Adm. A.H. Markham. "Its color is a rich brown
and its flavor is suggestive of old Madeira. It
is today as sound as on the day of its birth 20
In Memoriam: Michael O. Toone
By Joe Toone for the extended Toone
Clown, Seminarian, Musician, Carnie,
Hot Dog Vendor, Cop and Taxi Driver. Mike Toone
dipped his toes in all these pools for years before
settling in to the role that fit him best, family
guy. (No, not the Peter Griffin type of Family
Guy though both did share highly developed interests
in sports and beer.)
Mike’s family was all-important
to him - teens, babies, and everything in between.
He loved them all and thoroughly enjoyed them
hanging around the house. Long Sunday drives on
twisty mountain roads were as much about the vistas
as the talks that developed in the close confines.
And as those who drove with Mike knew, being a
taxi driver didnt enhance Mikes driving
skills one bit!
Mike liked sports, but he was also
a good sport. He attended toddler dance recitals
and high school musicals with the same aplomb
and genuine interest as he did St. Pats
at the Hibernian Society.
Mike was even-keeled, literally
and figuratively. He enjoyed renting a fishing
boat on Brigantine Island and spending the day
on the high seas though he had no experience with
maritime matters and didnt eat seafood.
On land, Mike rolled with the punches be they
physical (ah, those younger years with 3 brothers),
emotional or financial and seamlessly tried alternatives
to lessen his payload and bolster his familys
Then there was Jersey Mike. Not
the yummy sandwich shop Mike liked, but moving
to New Jersey itself. After years of Pennsylvania
living Mike decided to start anew in New Jersey
and he loved it. He knew the history and trivia
of the area as well as the present day bars and
diners. Plus, he picked up the unique vocal cadence
of the area in no time.
Most of all Mike liked people and
chatting with them. Whether putting up the Big
Top in a new town or meeting new neighbors, Mike
truly enjoyed being around others and chatting
about any topic available. All of this contributed
to his enjoyment of Sports Lore so much. As Mike
became more ill, the internet was a great place
to chat with folks and Sports Lore provided topics
all could enjoy.
Thanks Sports Lore for bringing
so much enjoyment and fun to my brothers
life, particularly when he needed it the most.
Posted on April 2, 2010 By Joe Toone
The Basics of Archery
Archery Ė The
skill of shooting an Arrow using a Bow was in
the bygone ages a military weapon and also a hunting
method before the invention of gunpowder. It is
mainly confined now as a competitive sport used
for target shooting.
A bow is a weapon that shoots arrows using the
elasticity of the bow. The bow is made of a strip
of flexible material with a cord linking the two
ends of the strip to provide tension from which
is propelled the arrow which is a straight shaft
with a sharp point on one end or have flints and
usually with feathers attached to the other end.
The modern day 'Target Archery' involves shooting
arrows at a target from a pre-set distance. A
Recurve bow is the only type of bow allowed to
be used. Archery competitions may be held indoors
or outdoors. Indoor distances are 18 m and 25
m. Outdoor distances range from 30 m to 90m depending
on the seniority and 70 m is being used in the
Olympic Games. Competition is divided into ends
where an archer shoots either 3 or 6 arrows per
end, depending on the type of round. There are
20 ends of 3 arrows in a round for indoor competition,
but outdoor rounds generally involve more arrows
per round. At the end, the competitors walk upto
the target to score and retrieve their arrows.
Targets are painted with 10 evenly spaced concentric
rings, which have score values from 1 through
10 assigned to them. Targets are colored as follows:
Outermost 1 ring & 2 ring - white
3 ring & 4 ring - black
5 ring & 6 ring - blue
7 ring & 8 ring - red
Innermost 9 rings & 10 ring - gold
There is an innermost ring, sometimes called the
10X ring or the Bullís-eye.
The score for each arrow depends upon where it
hits on the target. The highest score, a ten,
is awarded by shooting an arrow into the two inner
most circles. The bullís-eye ring is typically
as a tiebreaker with most Xís winning. Missing
the rings on the target results in a zero score
and in case of Line breaker where an arrow just
touches a boundary line will be awarded the higher
score. Scores are tallied at the end of each round
or volley of arrows by summing the scores for
their arrows which are recorded on a score sheet.
Archers have a set time limit in which to shoot
their arrows. For indoor competition is 2 minutes
for 3 arrows. Signaling devices such as lights
and flags prompt the archers when itís time to
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