Category Archives: Sports
Giants’ staggering win over Patriots watched by record 97.5 million
As I get on the plane in Dallas heading back home to Seattle, I notice an older gentleman to my right sitting across the aisle from me. He is wearing a black hat with a clover on it with the number 6 on it. I start thinking to myself, "This guy looks like….." I look down at his legs to see if I’m dreaming and sure enough this guy must be almost 7 feet tall. I start freaking out because I’ve met several celebrities but no one as big as this (physically or historically). I’m not kidding…this guy is probably one of the most prominent sports figures there is. Just to give you an idea; he has more championship rings than ANY athlete. Bar NONE. Wilt Chamberlain might have more points, but he only has 2 rings. Bill has 11. yeah, exactly; and in 13 seasons.
I ask him if I can get a picture of him after we land and he declines. I apologize for bothering him and says, "It’s OK". I immediately flash back to 2005 when I met on the pane a lesser player (Charles Barkley)who also declined. These guys must SERIOUSLY be mugged for photos for them to be so adamant about not being photographed with an admirer. It would seem, though, that Mr. Russell who has been out of circulation for years would be a little more accommodating.
Part of me wanted to get my webcam out and just snap a pic and put it up here–but I want to be nice about it. It’s not every day that you meet a legend.
I quickly discovered that I didn’t have to battle with my feelings. The guy sitting in front of him sneaks a camera pic of him. As we were getting off the plane, I give him my card with cell phone number and ask him to "share the wealth". He winks at me and says, "No problem!"
It was funny watching the people come on to the plane. I could immediately tell who was a sports fan: the ones that stared at him. To a couple of guys that stared and glanced over at me, I nodded and said "Yup." They grinned and said "I thought so!"
With a dismal record of 6-9, the Chicago Bears are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Every win is for pride and every loss, well..means nothing.
The Bears mauled the Cheeseheads 35 – 7 yesterday at Soldier Field under conditions that we Chicagoans like to refer to as "Bear weather". Thing is, it is usually an advantage over teams from the West Coast (like SanFran, or Los Angeles, or San Diego) and not so much against teams like Minnesota or Green Bay. But, Brett Favre actually claimed it was the worst he had seen in 17 years! Ok….
Looking at the stats…don’t make too much sense to me.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd Down Conversions
4th Down Conversions
With the above stats, one would think that the score would be closer. the only thing are the 2 turnovers by GB. Both resulted in TDs. The franchise player of the year Brian Urlacher even got his first TD on an interception, and rejoiced exceedingly in the end zone. He’s having a GREAT CHRISTMAS!!
MONKS CAN WATCH, TOO: The chief of Cambodia’s Buddhist monks is cutting his charges some slack for the duration of the World Cup: They may watch the matches on television, but no cheering or getting excited. And absolutely no betting.
The country’s holy men — more than 90 percent of Cambodia’s 13 million people are Buddhist — normally aren’t supposed to watch television, movies or artistic displays. According to the strictest tenets of Buddhism, they should abstain from pleasurable activity. Gambling is a major no-no.
But monks get as excited as anyone else at the chance to watch soccer’s top stars, and Supreme Patriarch Non Ngeth is willing to make allowances for such a special occasion.
"The monks can watch the games on TV but they may not bet on the games," Non Ngeth told The Associated Press. "So far, I have received some complaints that some monks are betting during this World Cup tournament."
He also says he urged the country’s monks, if they do watch the matches, not to scream or laugh.
"Cheering or screaming while watching TV are acts appropriate for children, monks may not act like that," he said.
Non Ngeth has reason to be concerned about the country’s monks. In recent years, several monks grabbed headlines for fighting with slingshots and petrol bombs at a temple, molesting a boy, beating a man and stealing motorcycles.