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Chris Christie Has Another Bad Day At The Ballpark After Yelling At Cubs Fan

Chris Christie Has Another Bad Day At The Ballpark After Yelling At Cubs Fan | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“I called him a hypocrite because I thought it needed to be said."
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I don't like Chris Christie but think this kind of fan behavior is wrong. The governor has a right to go to a baseball game without being heckled. I might boo when he came in, but I't try to not. What about you? If you were at a game, which public figures would you boo? Would you call them names?  
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Why Not a College Degree in Sports?

Why Not a College Degree in Sports? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Colleges should award degrees in athletics, just as they do in music, dance and theater.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Every now and then an idea comes along that take me by surprise and then I say, "Yeah, that's a good idea." Here's one such. The big differences would be offering athletes classes that actually connected to their primary interest, sports, and recognizing that education is not simply about the arts and sciences but also about perfecting one's abilities. What's great about this idea is maybe we can start differentiating between those athletes who are gladiators and those who are trained beyond the arena. I have no problem with the gladiators who want to go out and earn their way playing a sport, but I do think that we should recognize those who want to master themselves as part of the process. Next, how do we give those great musicians, dancers, artists, and writers who are working towards their degrees the support we give to athletes? 
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The NY Rens Were The ‘Greatest Basketball Team You Have Never Heard Of’

The NY Rens Were The ‘Greatest Basketball Team You Have Never Heard Of’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Their home court was a dance floor. John Wooden, who played against them, said he’d never seen better team basketball. And yet the NY Rens are still unknown even to hardcore fans.
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Great sports and great sportsmen. Let us celebrate the dignity they brought to their game. 
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Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports

Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Youth participation in baseball has slid for two decades and its fans have aged as the accelerated pace of modern life clashes with the sport’s imbalance between anticipation and action.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Participation in organized athletics is falling, which is perhaps a sad commentary on the lifestyle of modern American kids. Computer games are not sufficient exercise for healthy growth. And those kids who are in sports see that as a career path, which means they are specializing far too early and losing the fullness of youth because of the expectations of coaches (and some parents) for "sports greatness." Meanwhile, at least soccer and lacrosse are growing.

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Rodrigo Batts's curator insight, April 7, 2015 10:17 AM

Baseball is losing steam, creating room for other new sports to emerge and take over marketshare.

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The Stream Is Over: A-Rod Admits to Manipulating Drug Tests

The Stream Is Over: A-Rod Admits to Manipulating Drug Tests | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Alex Rodriguez admitted to using PEDs from late 2010 to October 2012, according to a new report, and described his novel method for beating the tests. The lies will be his downfall
Kenneth Weene's insight:

When was the last time that anybody thought sports were pure, that athletes didn't try to cheat including using drugs? Sports are like politics and most everything else: money has become the only value most people really seem to follow.

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Red Sox ball girl has priceless reaction after fielding Eric Hosmer's fair ball

Red Sox ball girl has priceless reaction after fielding Eric Hosmer's fair ball | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
She hoped no one was watching. Unfortunately, everyone was.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

One of those moments the real fans will be talking about come winter. When I was a kid, the best of Red Sox fans were the old guys in Maine who could spend a week around the  checker set chewing this one over and over.

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These eerie photos of deserted golf courses reveal a new normal in America

From Las Vegas, Nevada to Mahwah, New Jersey, many golf courses are being replaced with housing developments.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Darn, golf courses are going the way of squash courts and pistes (the strip along which a fencing duel takes place). What other sport preferences will change over time? My guess is that while money may be part of the issue with golf, maintaining those course is a bit much, the type of exercise people want is also changing. Look at all the fitness clubs, dojos, climbing walls, and boxing gyms that are doing well. Will baseball also disappear? What is the future of racquet ball; has that one-time craze been cut off? Soccer has risen; tennis seems to be holding steady; football is reeling, but that mostly from concussions. What do you think? 

Speaking of baseball, you might enjoy Horatio at the Bat, one of the short stories in Sweet and Sour. 
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El Salvador allege bribe offer to fix World Cup qualifier with Canada

El Salvador allege bribe offer to fix World Cup qualifier with Canada | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
El Salvador’s national football team have alleged they refused a bribe to fix Tuesday’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Canada. El Salvador have no chance of progressing in the qualification campaign but Canada need to win the match in Vancouver and hope Mexico defeat Honduras to stand a chance of making Russia in 2018. All four countries are members of CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football), whose former presidents Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb were both arrested as part of the FIFA corruption case in 2015.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I'm not a big sports fan and certainly not a follower of El Salvadoran or Canadian soccer, but I am a supporter of integrity in sports and want to commend this team, which has no expectation of making it to the top competition but still chose to not only turn down bribes but also to let the world know about the offers. Goal El Salvador!
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Match-fixers still can’t make Tennis interesting | NewsBiscuit

Match-fixers still can’t make Tennis interesting | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Despite the best efforts of organised crime, secret files reveal widespread ‘boredom’ even at the top levels of the game.  Illicit syndicates may have manipulated the outcome of Wimbledon matches, but they have done very little to make the sport more engaging to watch; with an Andy Murray anecdote considered to be the season’s ‘highlight’. Tennis or as it is known to its fans - ‘two posh kids hitting a ball back and forth’ - has had a chequered history in terms of excitement; with Bill Cosby alleged to have used footage to comatose his dates.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Pretty much how I feel about all professional sports. I keep wondering why people care about watching other people playing games. 

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Five myths about college sports

Five myths about college sports | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"The NCAA’s annual basketball tournament, which starts Tuesday, is both a great athletic contest and a crassly commercial enterprise — a dichotomy common to college sports that has led to legal and ethical questions about whether student athletes should be paidand organized like professional employees of their universities. Even aside from the confused status of student athletes, college sports is burdened with myths. Here are five of the most common ones."

Kenneth Weene's insight:

There is every reason to believe that college sports has no value other than entertainment to anyone, especially not to the colleges. While schools all over the world are gearing up to educate leaders, scientists, and scholars who enjoy playing for fun and recreation. Americans are being waylaid by the myth of the importance of sports as business. The only ones for whom this is true are the media and perhaps a small percentage of athletes who actually end up making and keeping enough to justify what they have done to their bodies and often their personal lives.

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Scottish Athletes Face Tough Choice

Scottish Athletes Face Tough Choice | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
They'll lose British funding, coaching and facilities if they compete for an independent Scotland.
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I wonder if an independent Scotland would push to include some of those strange events from "Highland Games" to be part of the Olympics. I can see cabers, sheaves, and stones flying about the stadium as bagpipes birl. Ach, now maybe then I'd be watching the telli with me bottle of Kilt Lifter.

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Hyperspecialization Is Ruining Youth Sports—And The Kids Who Play Them

Hyperspecialization Is Ruining Youth Sports—And The Kids Who Play Them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Research has found that kids who play a variety of sports before settling on one achieve higher levels of success and suffer fewer serious injuries.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Besides the health issues and the fact that kids who specialize latter tend to do better in the high levels of sport, there is the simple reality that the kids who do many things tend to be happier and better able to relate to the world and to other people. Forget those scholarships and focus on raising a well-rounded child.

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Heidi Moreno's curator insight, November 30, 2015 1:54 AM
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