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See soccer star's reaction to tossed banana

Barcelona soccer star Danny Alves has banana thrown at him during game. He bit back. More from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/ To license this and other CNN/HLN content, visit http://imagesource.cnn.co...
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When I first saw this video it had me cracking up.  The fact that some jack ass fan thought he could get a few laughs from his friends for some dumb racial comment and Alves just ate it up, no pun intended. I think that Alves handled that situation better then anyone could have because no one expected him to eat the banana.  I have always been taught that the best way to fight off unwanted comments is to entertain them and not let them bother you, that way there is no room for satisfaction for the offender and if anything you make him look stupid.  I hope Alves' action is a model for how to handle dumb racial jokes for all.

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Soccer player scores incredible 40 yard backheel goal - SBNation.com

Soccer player scores incredible 40 yard backheel goal - SBNation.com | Sports | Scoop.it
It doesn't matter if you don't speak Arabic, this goal from the Jordanian league between Al Ramtha and Al Wihdat is an early contender for goal of the year. You only need your eyeballs to appreciate it.
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When I first saw the title of this post I had to check it out.  As a former soccer player I know how hard it is to even score a goal from 40-yards, never mind with the back of your heel.  This goal was a once and a lifetime shot that we will probably never see again, at least from that far out.  The amount of coordination that it takes to make contact with a ball being chipped 30 yards is a hard task in itself.  Then to make solid contact with your heel as you are running is supernatural.  I don't think that the goalie can be blamed for this at all because there is no way that he could determine that there was about to be a shot from that situation.  This goal was remarkable and will be in my memory forever.

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It's All in the Hips

It's All in the Hips | Sports | Scoop.it
Watch a video of Kenenisa Bekele winning a 5,000m or 10,000m, and it is quickly apparent that he and the rest of the world-class pack with him are doing something different from what most of us do every day. They float around the track, hardly seeming to touch it. They accelerate smoothly and effortlessly. Their legs seem to spin beneath weightless bodies. We want to run like them, but too often we feel like we're muscling our bodies along, pounding the ground and working for each forward push. What element of their stride creates the difference? Where should we look?

Via Leonidas Athanasopoulos
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This article really caught my attention because I personally love all kinds of sports, even running, and I find it amazing that people in this world can be so mechanically sound and damn fast when running.  When you watch Olympic runners it almost appears as though they are never touching the ground.  How is this done? After reading this article your perception on what you think is important may severely change. I know mine did.  This article highlights the science behind why these runners are capable of sustaining speeds unthinkable for human beings.


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Wilson's mind as important as his arm - Anaheim Angels

Wilson's mind as important as his arm - Anaheim Angels | Sports | Scoop.it

“Wilson's mind as important as his arm Anaheim Angels It's a mental thing. I stayed in the game and gave them a chance. I think I was able to take some pressure off the offense, and they responded by scoring runs.”


Via Luis Valdes
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As a baseball enthusiast, I enjoyed reading this article and it was refreshing to read about a player with such passion for the mental and physical aspect of the game.  Many people think that sports are socially based off of athletic ability but there is a lot more that goes into it.  As Wilson refers to in the article, it is much more then just throwing as hard as you can.  When a batter steps up to the plate Wilson already knows all the strengths and weaknesses of the hitter and has a preconceived plan of how he is going to get the hitter out.  It may not work every time but that happens when your facing the greatest ball players in the world. Next time you watch a game see if you can pick up on of these techniques and strategies, it will make the game more enjoyable and your appreciation will grow.

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