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DrRck

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The Battle of the Sparrows and Starlings

I wanted to share something with you, mostly because I'm a profound annoyance. This is about a possible reason why I like boxing. This is hard to explain, and I mean that it's hard to explain...

The Life of A Professional Sparring Partner

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I just came across this, a profile of David Rodela, and it occurred to me that I've really never given much thought to what it might be like to be a professional sparring partner. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/boxing/toughest-jobs-in-sports--sparring-partner-for-manny-pacquiao-122128508.html

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My Heart Is Inside A Dying Animal

It's a bit hard to express what it's like to feel your own death approach. So I'll take a shot at it because I'm not shy. Because I do feel this. And it may even have something to do with boxing....

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JOTD XI: I Have No Idea What I'm Doing Here

What Am I Doing? I just found out that I was "elected", 5-1 to host JOTD. That's 5 - 1. I was so excited that I felt like indulging in my favorite pastime: That's me in the back. I...

High-Tech And Impact Trauma In Football: Boxing, Get ON The Ball

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Stanford Univ. bioengineers are working on mouthguard sensors for football players that use accelerometers and proximity sensors to register impact forces in real time. This obviously won't prevent traumatic impact damage, but presumably, with some baseline data, this might allow a determination of just how potentially damaging each impact may be. This will be very interesting, I think. http://www.fastcompany.com/3032196/fast-feed/can-a-sensor-laden-mouthguard-detect-dangerous-football-impacts?partner=rss&google_editors_picks=true

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Beowulf, Boxing, and Shame Culture

The past few days have been good for people who like literature: A translation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s "Beowulf" is about to be published. Here is the link to the New Yorker article, one among...

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Poroshenko Wins In Ukraine

I know that this is not boxing, but we've been interested in events in Ukraine because of Vitali Klitschko's involvement in politics there. And I think Vitali's involvement won't end, because it...

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Bob Foster, Ozymandias, And Why Anyone Should Be Remembered

Last Saturday, while waiting for the Mayweather-Maidana and full knowing that I would not stay awake to see it, I for some reason thought of Bob Foster. Foster was the light heavyweight...

Wrestling Is Fixed! Since A.D. 267

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My title is a bit of a hyperbole. This story is about the discovery of the earliest known contract to fix a match between two teenaged boys competing in the finals of Greek athletic games in Antinopolis, Egypt. The terms are pretty straight-forward. http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/the-fix-was-in-for-ancient-wrestling-match-140417.htm

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HOWLkins III: The Shumenov Media Conference. Verbatim, with Liberties Taken for Structure

People have overlooked Bernard Hopkins even with titles I have records to prove, But at the same time, I know what that can do to a guy. It can motivate a guy And also can put pressure on a...

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Boxing, Classical Music, their Structure in Space and Time, and Why Striving is Always the First Step Toward Failure

This was originally an exchange, quite some time ago, between Breadking, Myelinsheath, Vince Gully, and myself, about Pacquiao’s alleged or suspected decline. And then I hijacked it into a...

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SPAM: Living Alone And Feeding Yourself When You're Married, and, Of Course, Boxing

I realized recently that I am a boxer. I have SPAM (™) to thank for this. The SPAM (™) you eat, not the SPAM (™) you read. I realized this at about the same time as I realized that I am married,...

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Oozing Snot

I'm oozing snot. I don't know why; I think it may be an allergic reaction to being me. It pours out of my nose, day and night, and never stops. It may be related to my sleep problem, which...

The 50th Anniversary of Liston-Clay Today, Feb. 25th

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I thought I'd post this reminder, a very (very) short piece from CBS News. One minor item of note: Back in those days, a fighter who spit out his mouthpiece was quitting. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cassius-clay-defeated-sonny-liston-50-years-ago-dubbed-moment-when-1960s-began/

Ukraine

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Obviously, the only reason for me or anyone to post a fanshot like this is because Vitali Klitschko is in the middle of this mess, and he's been a fairly prominent front-line figure. Interestingly, and perhaps not surprisingly, some Western observers are not all that optimistic about how well Klitschko would fare if he were elected to a lead position of political power. Now, a "truce of sorts has been announced ahead of talks between Yanukovych and the opposition. So, here is a very in-depth summary from "The Monkey Cage" (part of The Washington Post, with embedded links to previous stories) summarizing just what this chaos is all about. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/02/18/what-you-need-to-know-about-ukraine/

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How to Cross the Canadian Border From Canada to the US, with Two Nearly Naked Japanese Preadolescents in Your Back Seat

I think I've told this story before. But, it's so funny, I want to tell it again. It's NEW! IMPROVED! Actually, it's not a whole story. What happened was Janet and I, with the kids. years and...

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Ariel

I’ve been thinking recently about what happened to Ariel, after his release. I am wind, fire, earth, water And smoke. I was What I was And might have been Until you held me, And...

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The Hot Pickled Peppers In the Fridge. And, of Course, Boxing. II.2

​Having extricated myself from the clutches of my sleeping wife (they clutch, always, even in a coma), I snuck downstairs. Rummaging through the fridge, I came across a jar labeled "dill...

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The Hot Pickled Pepper in the Fridge. And, of Course, Boxing II.

This was not supposed to be a two-part series, but I'm a techno-idiot, and accidentally posted the first half. Also, I'm writing this on a notebook balanced on the arm of a couch. So, here's the...

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Phil Everly, "Cathy's Clown," My Favorite Shakesperean Soliloquies, and Boxing

Phil Every died a couple of days ago. To me, as a child of the 1960s, this means something. I guess it was, first and foremost, the beauty of their voices, together. I read in one obituary that...

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How To Tell If You're Chinese

Or a Jew from NY. See, I'm half Italian, from Brooklyn (in fact, I grew up across the street, on Pine Street, from Henry Hill. You know, the "Goodfellas" guy. The Kennedy Airport heist). But...

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HOWLroger I

I heard he got his ass whooped. I haven’t seen it, but I heard about it. He ain’t gonna fight my nephew anyway. I mean, so I ain’t watchin’ him ‘cause he ain’t gonna fight my nephew. He got...

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HOWLkins II: More of the Same

I am different. I am not you. I was loyal in the streets and was loyal in the corporate world. When they come to me for that fountain of knowledge, I have an opportunity and an obligation, to give...

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More About Chinese Families, And The Consequences

I'll be leaving my wonderful, warm, rural home in Western Massachusetts (Northampton) next Thursday, 10/17, and not returning until the end of February. I'll be going to Madison, WI, St. Louis....

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Fruit Flies and Bachelorhood

This is odd, I know, but when you're retired, and typically drunk, ordinary things strike you as interesting. That's why old guys like me are so boring, and everyone moves away from them in public...

The Norton-Holmes (or, if you prefer, the Holmes-Norton) Fight.

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I remember most of Norton's fights; this one doesn't require any words to accompany it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS8JXVpJDIk

The New Mayweather?

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As some of you may have heard, a Mayweather Instagram appeared, mocking De La Hoya's substance abuse problem. It is in the link. The feeling has grown on me in the past few months that Mayweather's former, crude and offensive "ghettiquette" may actually be a thing of the past. He is still arrogant to an extent, but fairly muted about it, and really, he does have substantial grounds for the things he says about himself. In any case, he was gracious to and appreciative of De La Hoya's plight before the Alvarez fight, and was fair and balanced about Alvarez before and after that fight. Mayweather offended me for quite a few years, and his remarks about Pacquiao edged near the boundary of "free" speech and "hate" speech. I have no qualms about saying that I detested him for a long time. Since his incarceration, however someone else named "Floyd Mayweather Jr." seems to have emerged, someone I at least can actually accord some measure of respect as a human being as well as a boxer. http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/09/floyd-mayweather-apologizes-for-mocking-de-la-hoyas-drug-addiction/

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Random Thread Part III: Sardines, Mediterranean Diets, and Whatever Other Stuff Happens

The Random Thread Part 2 is closed for comments, so I’ll stick this here. It's also in the thread about Mayweather's purse for the fight, which I know is distracting and annoying, so sue me. I...

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From The New Yorker: Genetic Advantages vs PEDs; Which is Fair, and Which is Not

I stumbled across this article earlier today, and it really captured my attention as an evolutionary biologist, because I know, with absolute certainty, thatr eliminating PEDs will not create...

Ancient Samurai Training Text Deciphered

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I'm not going to try to explain this, because this article from LiveScience is self-explanatory. I found it interesting because,in addition to a boxing fan, I studied Soto Zen and martial arts, as if they belonged together like hand-in-glove, for years. So, I found this very interesting. Note the observation on "secret fistfight techniques" near the end: http://news.yahoo.com/19th-century-samurai-training-text-deciphered-113135497.html

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