Amazing Race – Men’s 800m Final

July 4, 2008

I typically like longer races like the 1500m and the 5000m, but the Men’s 800m Final was one of the best races I have ever watched. The moved Nick Symmonds made was phenomenal, and to see Andrew Wheating kick down the stretch for second was great. That’s not to mention Christian Smith’s full out dive at the finish line for 3rd. If you haven’t watched the race yet do yourself a favor and do so -right- now: Men’s 800m Final – Olympic Trials

The race literally gave me chills, and not just because I appreciate running, the heart required, and the instincts and intelligence required to run the longer distances, but because I’m a Prefontaine fan. Eugene is the Track Town USA. The fans know track, they understand it (most people don’t – not in the same way). Like me, they realized what they were witness. You can’t tell from the first video, but that track was as loud as it was during the Days of “Pre.”

More links:

  • This is -crappy- video quality, but will give you a great indication of just how loud the crowd was –> Check out How Loud the Crowd Is in Eugene
  • Here’s another good article: Weating Sparks Memories of Pre

  • Best Motivational Sports Quotes?

    June 26, 2008

    What gets you supercharged before a big game?

    There are some guys that cut clippings from newspapers that feature smacktalk from opponents. There are other guys that listen to their favorite jams. Here are a few of my favorites. Some clowns bang their heads against their locker. Other athletes take naps, read, etc. One of the most prominent ways to get pumped before a big game is to read some of your favorite motivational sports quotes.

    For a solid collection, and one of the best inspirational speeches in a movie check out This Squidoo Lens .

    The lens features some great quotes by some of the most quotable sports personalities ever, including Steve Prefontaine, Vnce Lombardi, Yogi Berra, and many others.

    So, what’s your favorite sports quote? Who do you think is the most quotable sports personality ever?


    Hot Sports Debates?

    June 22, 2008

    Aside from politics, and religion, sports seems to be one of the most heavily debated topics, but unlike the other two, it usually a lot of fun and doesn’t get near as ugly. You don’t have to look much further than Fannation’s Throwdowns to know that people love debating virtually -anything- with respect to sports.

    So what are some of the most popular recent sports debates?

  • The Best Running Back Not Named Jim Brown ?
  • The BCS Debate
  • Should Female Athletes Pose Nude? — Thanks Ashley Harkleroad
  • Cardio or Interval Training?
  • What are some others you would add? SEC vs. Big 12 in college football? Boston or New York? Kobe or MJ? Include current, interesting debates in the comments section…


    Passionate or Just Weird? KG’s Post Game Interview

    June 18, 2008

    Just a quick update today. I am really psyched that Kevin Garnett finally got a much deserved championship, but this post-game interview, although passionate as hell, was just a little weird/awkward for me. Take a peak at Ben Casnocha’s post, watch the embedded clip, and decide for yourself.

    Passion in Action: Kevin Garnett’s Post Game Interview

    Weigh in. Share your thoughts in the comments section!


    Tiger, and Why I Watch Sports

    June 16, 2008

    People always ask me who my favorite players are in sports. And I have a few, Tiger Woods is one of them. His performance today, injured knee and all, solidified that in my mind. But the thing is, I really don’t have that many favorite players (aside from guys I played baseball with or against at one point) or teams.

    I watch sports because I want to see people defy the logical, I want to see them reach deep down and find something within themselves; I want them to will themselves to accomplish feats and do things they are not supposed to be capable of doing. Tiger did that this weekend. Steve Prefontaine did that alot. Team USA’s 1980 Hockey team did it. Oh, and for the record Rocco Mediate deserves -huge- props for his performance as well.

    As a tribute to Tiger’s US Open victory, and athletes who’ve accomplished the impossible, how about a few videos? We’ll start with Tiger!

    How often do you see Tiger Woods show this much emotion?

    Those of you that don’t understand running, won’t understand why one of the most celebrated races of all time was a 4th place finish by the American, but that 21-year old kid showed the world just how big his heart was.

    Here’s one more, and maybe one you wouldn’t expect from me:

    My ALL TIME FAVORITE, aside from Prefontaine’s 1972 Munich Olympics, has to be Kirk Gibson’s home run again the A’s in the World Series. Share your favorite sports moments that defy logic, that display courage, heart, and determination.
     


    What Constitutes a Sport?

    June 12, 2008

    One of the things that The Chin Music prides itself on is finding unique approaches to covering sports. In addition, we like highlighting unique sports (or things that could possibly be considered sports). This does not include softball, which is not a sport. No, I couldn’t hit Jenny Finch if I had to, but any game where you can be a ‘slapper’ or a ‘dragger’ and just run at the ball, Ichiro style, chop it to the mound and beat it out is NOT a sport.

    Our post about ultimate frisbee ruffled a few feathers when we suggested that the only people that typically play are nerds on college campuses. Thanks to Luke Hancock for his guest post clarifying some things with respect to ultimate frisbee.

    All of this brings me to the question of what constitutes a sport? Is weight-lifting a sport? What about pitching horseshoes? What about the most absurd “sport” ever… chess boxing ?

    I don’t think enough people acknowledge chess boxing for it to be considered a sport, but certainly it’s more challenging than softball, right? Just the other day a young lady introduced me to another obscure ‘sport.’ Now I do not think she’d presume to call it a sport, but it can help photographers get legs like tennis players (or so she claims), and I’m definitely not opposed to that.

     So? What’s the ‘sport’ in question? Walkography! Now, I don’t think there are very many people that are going to be accused of calling it a sport, but it’s certainly something new and interesting. Also, I would definitely recommend it over getting fat and out of shape.

    Hopefully, the author of the lens will contribute a post early next week explaining/clarifying some things about walkography. In the meantime, voice your opinion, what constitutes a sport in your opinion? Should the ‘sports’ mentioned in this post be considered sports?


    Ultimate Frisbee is a REAL Sport

    June 10, 2008
    The following post is a contribution from a guest blogger in an attempt to shed some light and refute someof the common misconceptions surrounding ultimate frisbee. His opinions and ideas do not necessarily reflect those of The Chin Music Staff. Luke Hancock is a 34-year-old ultimate frisbee veteran.He is currently participates in a league in Greensboro, NC and plays every sunday and Tuesday.

     

     

    What is ultimate frisbee? Is it a simple game of catch with any frisbee?
    NO. This is the common misconseption of the average American in regards to Ultimate Frisbee. Everyday I hear “Ultimate frisbee isn’t a sport.” I think that their ignorance is funny.

    Check out the History of Ultimate Frisbee 

    Do you have to be athletic to play Ultimate frisbee?
    Ultimate frisbee is a game of constant sprints and diving catches. Trust me, you have to be fit to play Ultimate. If you can’t run, you can’t play ultimate. It goes like this; when you are on offense, you are constantly sprinting to get open, and when you are on defense you are constantly sprinting to catch up with the guy running away from you.

    Are their even strategies in Ultimate Frisbee?
    Along with every other major sport, their are strategies in Ultimate Frisbee, including zone offense, zone defense, horizontal offense, and stack offense (vert).

    Check out some explanation of Ultimate strategies & terminlogy.

    How hard could it be to throw a frisbee?
    Well the basic throw (backhand) is fairly simple, but their are A LOT more throws than that. To really compete, you will need to know how to throw a flick, backhand, hammer, scoober, thummer, full-field huck, and push pass.

    How is ultimate frisbee a sport, are their even real games?
    Of course their are real games. I played on my High school ultimate team for four years, and I am currently in a league in Greensboro NC. Also, their are national championships each year as well as college championships.

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    Note from the Admin:
    In case you missed it in the previous post, the one Luke is responding to, check out his Squidoo Lens on Ultimate Frisbee; it’s one of the most comprehensive and thorough lenses I have seen with respect to -any- sport.