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Flight of the Conchords poked fun at their home country of New Zealand because of it’s relative obscurity. Always getting trumped by Australia, advertising big rocks, and boasting 4 TV channels are all Kiwi nuances according to the comedy duo. After I returned from a month-long stay in the south island, I got several people asking if English was the primary language (it is) and some who flat out forgot the name of the country. So the humor is not unfounded. The country is extremely small, and you only need to drive about 20 minutes in any direction to find a herd of sheep. But, a lot like the facile notions of American fatness and boorishness, all anybody needs to do is see a culture for themselves to find out that there is much more than meets the eye. Read the rest of this entry »
Wladimir Klitschko, November 2, 2013.
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Heavyweight boxing is all but a relic of past glory days. The eighties and nineties saw talent by the likes of Michael Spinks, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes, and Buster Douglas that shook boxing arenas with roaring crowds and knockout spectacles. But the last decade and a half has seen a progressive freezing and thawing of the heavyweight division as the biggest draw in the sport of boxing.
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I have a lot of fun pretending to be Rocky when I’m out for my runs. I cue the music in my head, and begin to huff and puff and throw feint left hooks with every other step. The colder it is outside the better to set the scene. It serves to make the run a bit less grueling, and adds some color to the monotony of training. But the montage ends when I enter the gym and step back into the ring. And in the back of my mind I believe it’s because sheer hard work gets the job done about as well as mowing the lawn with a pair of scissors. This is a sport that punishes going through the motions. You have to bring more than sheer brute strength to be victorious. Read the rest of this entry »