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Donald Trump has meeting with legendary boxing promoter Don King   Leave a comment


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The Donald had Don King as a guest today at Trump Tower. Donald and Don go back a long ways. Not to say they were friends, but they were friendly acquaintances. Two hardcore promoters who love the buck and love themselves. And their other affiliation is the hair, the bloody hair!

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Donald’s hair looks like a rogue ocean wave while Don’s looks like he grabbed hold of a 50 megawatt power line with both hands.

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The pow wow today.

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“Anyone worried about the next 4 yrs, just look at Trump today w/ Don King in a wizard costume and a giant Trump button and tell me..oh Jesus”. – Bill Maher.

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Don King brief bio:

King was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended school and graduated from John Adams High in 1951. After dropping out of Kent State University, he ran an illegal bookmaking operation out of the basement of a record store on Kinsman Road, and was charged with killing two men in incidents 13 years apart. The first was determined to be justifiable homicide after it was found that King shot Hillary Brown in the back and killed him while he was attempting to rob one of King’s gambling houses. King was convicted of second degree murder for the second killing in 1966 after he was found guilty of stomping to death an employee, Sam Garrett, who owed him $600. The judge reduced King’s conviction to nonnegligent manslaughter for which King served just under four years in prison. King was later pardoned for the crime in 1983 by Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes, with letters from Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, George Voinovich, Art Modell, and Gabe Paul, among others, being written in support of King.

King has been investigated for possible connections with organized crime. During a 1992 Senate investigation, King invoked the Fifth Amendment when questioned about his connection to mobster John Gotti. In public, however, King has strongly denied any connections to organized crime and has responded to mob allegations by calling them “racist”.

Mike Tyson, the former undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, says of his former manager, “(King is) a wretched, slimy, reptilian motherfucker. This is supposed to be my ‘black brother’, right? He’s just a bad man, a real bad man. He would kill his own mother for a dollar. He’s ruthless, he’s deplorable, he’s greedy … and he doesn’t know how to love anybody.”

King has been sued by Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Tim Witherspoon and Mike Tyson.

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In 2005 King launched a $2.5 billion defamation suit against ESPN, the makers of SportsCentury, after a documentary alleged that King had “killed, not once, but twice”, threatened to break Larry Holmes’ legs, cheated Meldrick Taylor out of $1 million, and then threatened to have Taylor killed. Though the documentary repeated many claims already made, King said he had now had enough. King’s attorney said “It was slanted to show Don in the worst way. It was one-sided from day one, Don is a strong man, but he has been hurt by this.”

The case was dismissed on summary judgment with a finding that King could not show “actual malice” from the defendants. Judge Dorian Damoorgian ruled, “Nothing in the record shows that ESPN purposefully made false statements about King in order to bolster the theme of the program or to inflict harm on King.”

Posted December 29, 2016 by markosun in Politics, Sports

The World Nomad Games   Leave a comment


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World Nomad Games are an international sport competition dedicated to ethnic sports practiced in Central Asia. The main countries taking part in those games are the former Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Russia (especially Sakha, Buryatia, Altay, Kalmykia, Bashkortostan republics, etc.) as well as other countries like Mongolia, Turkey, and Afghanistan. The first two World Nomad Games were held in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.

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A Kyrgyz stuntman performs during the first World Nomad Games in the countryside of Kyrgyzstan, September 10, 2014. The competition drew hundreds of athletes from 20 countries.

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Kyrgyz and Tajik horsemen compete in the traditional Central Asian sport of Buzkashi. In this game, riders compete for control of a goat carcass, scoring points for getting it in the opponent’s goal.

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A Tajik man dressed in national costume demonstrates his skill with bow and arrow.

Genghis Khan would be proud. 

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A golden eagle attacks a chained wolf, part of a competition built around hunting with birds of prey. No Humane Society on the Asian steppes.

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Kyrgyz men skin a sheep on the edges of the games.

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Posted December 26, 2016 by markosun in Sports

You can take the Canadian out of the country, but you can’t take Hockey out of the Canadian   Leave a comment


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Canadian soldiers playing hockey on a rink they built in Korea, 1952

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Canadians’ enthusiasm for hockey was in evidence during the Korean War, in which 27,000 Canadian troops participated in defense of freedom.

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The winter of 1952 was bone-chilling enough for the Imjingang River to freeze over, a river in northern Gyeonggi-do Province that flows down and across the middle of the Korean Peninsula. At the time, the peninsula was still at war, as the Korean War had broken out in late June 1950.

Among the U.N. forces defending the South Korean side against the North were many Canadian soldiers. They were stationed along the western front abutting the Imjingang River and they were on their guard against any intrusion from the north. A biting wind howled across the riverside, however, and almost froze the gun-toting soldiers as well as the river. The winter weather turned the river itself into a great field of ice. Even amid the tense situation, with battle happening at any time, the young soldiers felt the urge to take part in their traditional winter sport: ice hockey.

They couldn’t suppress their desire for the sport, so at last members of two Canadian battalions: the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and the Royal 22nd Regiment (R22R) turned the frozen river into an ice rink for a hockey match. The glacial winter air didn’t stop the soldiers’ passion for their sport. The match took place “in the sound of the heavy guns of nearby U.S. Army artillery”, just a short distance from the front lines of the struggle against Communist forces, recalled Korean War veteran Vince Courtenay.

Although the exact origins of ice hockey are much disputed, ice hockey is thought to have first developed in the 19th century in Canada. Scholars agree that the rules for ice hockey were first codified at McGill University in Montreal, in 1879. Since then, Canada has been synonymous with the sport.

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During this game, the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s won 4-2 against the 1st Battalion of the Royal 22e Regiment.

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Brigadier John Rockingham drops the puck for a match between 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (left) and 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment “Vandoos” (right) during the Korean War. Playing for the Patricias was Private W. Wolfe. For the Royal 22e Regiment, Private R. Halley.

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Many of these troops were surprised to find in Korea a climate not much different from that which they had left in Canada, with cold winters meaning frozen rivers where they could play their favorite sport.

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The matches took place “in the sound of the heavy guns of nearby U.S. Army artillery,” just a short distance from the front lines of the struggle against Communist forces, said Korean War veteran Vince Courtenay.

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It would have been a startling sight for enemy soldiers from the hills above the Imjin River in the winters of 1952 and 1953 — Canadians fighting for the puck on shimmering ice between deadly battles for precious terrain on the Korean Peninsula at the height of the Cold War conflict.


 

 

Posted December 24, 2016 by markosun in Sports, War

Patrik Laine goal with Finnish commentary   Leave a comment


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Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine (29) fires a shot against the Edmonton Oilers' during second period pre-season NHL hockey in Winnipeg, Friday, September 30, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

 

The Finnish play-by-play guy goes bonkers in his native tongue. Very unique language.

Posted December 20, 2016 by markosun in Sports

Winnipeg Jets   Leave a comment


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Sports is either joy and satisfaction or an unrelenting burden.

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Posted December 19, 2016 by markosun in Sports, Winnipeg Jets

You can get into a New York Islanders NHL hockey game for 9 Bucks!   Leave a comment


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Tickets in the NHL can cost a lot. But there are teams where you can get in for almost nothing. The Islanders have very cheap nose-bleed tickets. Nine and ten bucks and you’re in the door. The Islanders arena, the Barclay Center has a capacity of 15,750 for hockey, so the high upper deck seats would still have a decent view. The Winnipeg Jets arena, the MTS Centre, has a capacity of 15,300, almost the same as the Barclay Center, with the same sightlines. But see below for ticket comparisons.

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Cheapest Jets tickets $62.00. A small beer is $9.00. In the Islanders building beer is $9.50. A beer is more than your ticket.

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NY Islanders at Barclays Center. The New York Islanders hockey team was welcomed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this morning by Bruce Ratner (Barclays Center developer and majority owner) and Brett Yorkman (Barclays Center CEO). The team will have practice this afternoon and their first pre-season game is set here for the Septmeber 21st between NY Islanders and NY NJ Devils. Barclays will be permanent home to NY Islanders next season 2014-2015 NHL season. NOTE: The NY Islanders arrived by LIRR from Long Island to Atlantic terminal at 10:34AM, than walked across Flatbush avenue where they were greeted at the plaza by Bruce Ratner (Barclays Center developer and majority owner) and Brett Yorkman (Barclays Center CEO), the team than took a team photo outside the Barclays Center before officially entering the arena.

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WPG. MB., September 16 2015, MTS New Score Board Jeff Miller

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                                                                              Average NHL ticket prices.

Team Beginning 2014-2015 Beginning 2015-16 Beginning 2016-17 Change Since 2014-15 3 Year % Change
Leafs $446.25 $329.78 $377.71 -$68.54 -15.36%
Oilers $328.33 $185.43 $207.27 -$121.06 -36.87%
Canucks $296.56 $203.74 $130.62 -$165.94 -55.95%
Blackhawks $279.60 $289.40 $297.27 $17.67 6.32%
Flames $264.92 $208.29 $186.45 -$78.47 -29.62%
Jets $252.67 $190.61 $161.75 -$90.92 -35.98%
Penguins $230.58 $139.04 $149.42 -$81.16 -35.20%
Rangers $223.92 $255.35 $317.75 $93.83 41.90%
Bruins $222.69 $166.86 $177.98 -$44.71 -20.08%
Canadiens $219.43 $241.92 $232.21 $12.78 5.82%
Wild $215.39 $155.98 $174.55 -$40.84 -18.96%
Senators $190.08 $122.70 $153.51 -$36.57 -19.24%
Devils $183.93 $116.99 $104.93 -$79.00 -42.95%
Flyers $162.08 $123.64 $107.44 -$54.64 -33.71%
Islanders $155.84 $134.79 $119.66 -$36.18 -23.22%
Kings $147.17 $136.10 $167.92 $20.75 14.10%
Red Wings $142.65 $123.46 $133.87 -$8.78 -6.15%
Sabres $138.11 $136.58 $136.89 -$1.22 -0.88%
Stars $134.24 $134.92 $168.85 $34.61 25.78%
Sharks $133.88 $96.81 $102.95 -$30.93 -23.10%
Blues $132.61 $118.12 $115.19 -$17.42 -13.14%
Capitals $131.89 $129.70 $144.87 $12.98 9.84%
Lightning $118.78 $98.90 $106.53 -$12.25 -10.31%
Avalanche $117.13 $118.23 159.19 $42.06 35.91%
Ducks $104.24 $98.87 $89.09 -$15.15 -14.53%
Predators $103.14 $125.87 $144.59 $41.45 40.19%
Blue Jackets $100.84 $91.36 $111.54 $10.70 10.61%
Panthers $93.28 $88.82 $95.14 $1.86 1.99%
Coyotes $90.26 $88.79 $98.20 $7.94 8.80%
Hurricanes $62.08 $69.64 $101.31

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Posted December 16, 2016 by markosun in Sports

When the Oakland Coliseum Changes from A’s to Raiders Mode   Leave a comment


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Posted December 5, 2016 by markosun in Sports