Posts Tagged ‘Sports’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Five!

August 4, 2017

Today’s fun fact comes from the category: Sports.

What is the official national sport of Canada?

You are probably thinking that “ice hockey” would be the logical answer.  But alas, you would be wrong.  The actual national game of Canada is lacrosse (by act of Canadian Parliament in 1867).

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Let the Games Begin!

August 5, 2016

rio2016The Olympic games, that is!  Today marks the beginning and the opening ceremony.  And for the next seventeen days, you should be able to get your fill of a variety of your favorite summer sporting events (forty in all).  Here’s a link to the official schedule.  My favorites include basketball, track and field (now called “athletics”), volleyball (regular and beach), gymnastics, swimming, and diving (but I will certainly watch whatever I’m able to catch).  Go Team USA!

Some Baseball Humor!

November 2, 2015

Happy Monday!  The World Series began last week pitting the New York Mets against the Kansas City Royals. Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals on winning the World Series — they really tried to finish the season in October, but took one extra day to accomplish the feat!  In tribute to the Royals and the end of the baseball season, here is some baseball humor for your enjoyment.

One day the devil challenged  the Lord to a baseball game.  Smiling, the Lord proclaimed, “You don’t have a chance.  I have Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and all the greatest players up here.”  “Yes,” snickered the devil, “but I have all the umpires.”

Why does a pitcher raise one leg when he pitches?  If he raised both, he’d fall down.

Where does a baseball player go when he needs a new uniform?  New Jersey.

What are the rules in zebra baseball?  Three stripes and you’re out.

The Games Continue!

August 10, 2012

The Olympic Games, that is.  And as the final week of action wraps up and the last medals are awarded, it will be good to put the fanfaronade that results from a highly competitive atmosphere to rest.  Luckily, good-sportsmanship is still alive and well in what I would hope to be a majority of the time.   Kudos to each and every athlete for their world-class performances (medalists and participants alike — there were NO losers)!

fanforade

\fan-fair-uhNAYD; –NOD\, noun;
1. Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.
2. Fanfare.

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month!

May 4, 2012

So, let’s get out there and exercise (or merely just get more active — get moving)!  And, while you’re at it, why not work on healthier eating habits as well.  Check out the Get Moving for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month web site.

Here’s a rundown of activities for the month.

Are You Nervous?

September 4, 2010

 Well, it’s official . . . the 2010 college football season is underway.  Expectations and hopes are high (for the fans, the players, and the coaches) and nerves will be on edge for each and every game as we root and cheer for our alma maters to be successful in their bid for a national championship . . . or perhaps merely a conference championship . . . or maybe just a win over their intrastate rival.  Whatever your motiviation, it’s time to enjoy the competition and the entertainment of college sports where nothing is guaranteed and anything can happen.

What better way to begin the season than with a list of the favorite mascots in college sports (courtesy of Fox Sports)?  In at #10 — Sparty (Michigan State University) — Go Green!    First up for the Spartans, the Western Michigan Broncos!

fantod

\FAN-tod\, noun;

1.   A state of extreme nervousness or restlessness (usually expressed in the plural.)
2.   A sudden outpouring of anger, outrage, or a similar intense emotion.

The Difference Between . . . !

April 1, 2010

I am constantly running across quotations that make you stop and think (and occasionally laugh).  Today I am sharing a couple that begin with the phrase “the difference between . . .”  I’m also throwing in a whimsical one on the theme of chess pieces. And in a further attempt to make you smile today, I’m including a demotivator from http://www.despair.com on “In”difference that highlights the difference in the number of muscles it takes to smile versus to frown.   Enjoy!  And, Happy April Fools Day!

“The difference between combat and sports is that in combat you bury the guy who comes in second” — Unidentified Navy SEAL

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t” — Henry Ward Beecher

And, just for fun . . .
“Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.” — Anonymous

March is in the Air!

October 30, 2009

127Professional baseball is winding down, college and professional football are in full swing, hockey is just getting started, professional basketball has begun, and college basketball is right around the corner.  Yep, the college basketball pre-season poll has been released . . . which means . . . March is just around the corner!    And, it is not even November yet ! 

The Kansas Jayhawks have been awarded the #1 position atop the poll [no pressure] followed by the Michigan State Spartans at #2, the Texas Longhorns at #3, the North Carolina Tar Heels at #4, and the University of Kentucky Wildcats at #5.  Of course, being #1 in November does not mean nearly as much as being #1 in March . . . it will be interesting to see how the season plays out.  High expectations abound in the hopes, desires, and dreams of many teams I’m sure.

The rest of the top ten include the Villanova Wildcats (#6), the Purdue Boilermakers (#7), the Duke Blue Devils (#8), the West Virginia Mountaineers (#9), and the Butler Bulldogs (#10).

The non-conference season begins in two-weeks . . . First up for the Spartan on November 13th, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.   Let the Madness begin! 

Go Green!

Great Quotations!

May 12, 2009

I have a couple to share with you today . . .

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
So, let’s get out there . . . travel, visit new places, see the world, expand your horizons!

And,
“The difference between combat and sports is that in combat you bury the guy who comes in second” – Unidentified Navy SEAL, 1999      [Semper-Paratus]
So, as you can see, sometimes winning is very important.