Posted by James in The SportswriterJul 27th, 2011 | 7 Comments
“Only boring people get bored.”—Ruth Burke
In a recent interview with Fighter’s Only Magazine, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson discussed his upcoming UFC Light Heavyweight championship bout versus Jonny “Bones” Jones at UFC 135, and made several interesting statements regarding his perceived direction of the sport, as well as, an open criticism on the quality of the opponents that he has had to face as of late, claiming that he finds the new breed of MMA fighter; “boring.”
“Jon Jones is a tough guy and stuff like that,” said Jackson. “But I’m getting bored with these...
Posted by James in The SportswriterJul 20th, 2011 | 6 Comments
“We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision.”—Gary Collins
The date was July 19 of the year 2011, and it will always be remembered in sports history as the day that many will say was the beginning of the end for contact and combative sports.
In case you hadn’t already heard, TMZ announced that the NFL is apparently being sued in a massive class-action lawsuit for allegedly and purposefully concealing known health risks to players caused specifically by concussions.
And that’s what we’re here to talk about today—concussions, and the impact that...
Posted by James in The SportswriterJul 16th, 2011 | 8 Comments
Mismanagement: The process or practice of managing ineptly, incompetently, or dishonestly.
As tough as I usually am on the UFC (no, no…it’s true), there are plenty of other times when I respect and even sympathize with how difficult it must be for the world’s fastest growing fight promotion to always deliver on the constant evolution of fan expectations.
I mean seriously…I wouldn’t be a fan of the sport otherwise.
Aside from running a successful and growing monopoly business, it can’t be easy from a managerial perspective to have to deal with the ginormous (it’s a word damn...
Posted by James in Desolate Warrior, The SportswriterJul 1st, 2011 | 5 Comments
As you may or may not have heard, in a recent move that has shocked millions of MMA fans from around the world, Black House fighter and top UFC Heavyweight contender, Junior dos Santos, announced via his Facebook and Twitter accounts (how’s that for an official press release?) that he is no longer under the strained and questionable management skills of Ed Soares, Jorge Guimarães, and/or Tough Media Inc.
“I am officially no longer managed by Tough Media Inc. or Ed Soares. For any press requests, sponsorship inquiries, or other matters, please contact Ana Claudia Guedes at email@example.com.”
Posted by James in Niagara SpearsJun 28th, 2011 | No Comments
“Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.”—Bill Bradley
This past weekend’s game between the Niagara Bantam Spears and the Halton Cowboys was indeed an important milestone, not only for the Spears team itself, but for the entire OVFL as well.
As a team, the Bantam Spears managed to bring their season record to 3-2, giving the defending OVFL Champions a winning record for the very first time all season long....
Posted by James in Interviews, Niagara Spears, The Coach, The FatherJun 28th, 2011 | 3 Comments
“If you get a concussion, they’ve got to take you out of the game. So if you can hide it and conceal it as much as possible, you pay for it the next day, but you’ll be able to … stay in the game.”—Washington Redskins Fullback, Mike Sellers
“I would not hide that. That’s not something you hide. That puts you in a terrible position, as well as the team. I think that would be the worst thing you could do in a situation like that. So if I ever got a concussion, I would definitely tell. I don’t know how you could hide a concussion.”—New England...
Posted by James in Niagara SpearsJun 21st, 2011 | 3 Comments
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”—Napoleon Hill
First of all, a thousand apologies for not being able to provide the Play-by-Play analysis from last week’s game against the London Falcons. I guess I was still a little too shaken up over the whole “Twitter Gate” incident (kidding).
After a disappointing but hard-fought loss last weekend to the London Falcons, which resulted in the Niagara Bantam Spears allowing for the most points against them in any single game so far this season (38 points), the Spears’ players...
Posted by James in Desolate Warrior, InterviewsJun 16th, 2011 | 2 Comments
Without a doubt, one of the toughest aspects on the journey to becoming a professional athlete, is in the ability to find quality representation that will aid and assist through whatever means are necessary in order to ensure the long-term success of that athlete.
After all, it’s an investment worth protecting.
Back in September of last year, I had the honour of interviewing a young MMA fighter by the name of Sam “the Rebel” Jones, who aside from being a spectacularly well-rounded athlete, also impressed me with his positive outlook on life and upbeat attitude towards the sport of MMA in...
Posted by James in The SenseiJun 15th, 2011 | No Comments
“Wait a minute, Doc. Ah…are you telling me that you built a time machine…out of a DeLorean?”
Personally, I think that it would be very cool if I could just jump into a scientifically engineered, racecar time machine, and instantly transport myself 20 years into the future, just to see how far the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation has evolved and grown as an overall organization, wouldn’t you agree?
Well guess what? I did it—sorta.
Back in 1988, I was fortunate enough to be able to earn the rank of Shodan under the extraordinary guidance of Sensei Peter Ruch in my hometown...
Posted by James in The SportswriterJun 11th, 2011 | 3 Comments
Back in April of this year, the UFC made its long-anticipated Ontario debut in front of a record setting crowd of 55,000 screaming fans.
And as it turns out, the standard with any UFC event held outside of the United States is that they are solely responsible for administering all PED (and illegal street drug) testing to its athletes.
According to reports, the UFC used an “unnamed independent laboratory” (why the secrecy? Even the Canadian Football League makes a point to say that they use “a WADA accredited lab,” which is synonymous with Olympic-style testing), and the good news came back...
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