On April 15, the world stopped for a moment. At the finish line of the world renown Boston Marathon, two terrorists placed crude bombs packed with shrapnel. The bombs were designed to kill or maim those who happened to be immediately next to them. That in itself isn’t that effective. But then again, simply killing three people wasn’t the goal.
No, the ultimate prize was to destroy the culture they hated by spreading fear. To destroy a free society and have public events wither away to just a fraction of what they once were. Surely that world would cause the evil doers to grin through rotten teeth.
But – knowing that’s the goal, maybe there’s a much more effective way to combat the terrorists. One that could make them throw chairs in frustration.
Our new strategy should be simply this: we don’t change. In fact, we take the opposite approach. Read more »
Sportsmanship. It’s a term for an ideal of treating others fairly. It’s different than simply being competitive. Being a good sportman is putting it in perspective regardless of the numbers on the scoreboard. It’s recognizing humanity of a situation. Like the famous time in the Special Olympics during a race when one runner fell and all other competitors stopped in their tracks waiting for him to get up.
Or when two softball players helped an injured opponent who hit a home run but couldn’t run around the bases. Or the fans of Grapevine Faith’s football team who split in half and cheered the inmates of the Gainesville State Tornadoes who didn’t have fans. Read more »
Buffalo Bills fans know disappointment in the past, and a perpetual, sometimes irrational optimism for the future. But all those Sunday afternoons of heartbreak has made Western New York the most well rounded, insightful human beings in the world. Thanks Ralph Wilson!
So, as a service to all those people from elsewhere in the country without the benefit of having known real wings and garbage plates, here’s a short primer of what we’ve learned that can be applied to anyone.
- Be Humble. Buffalo fans know better than to gloat over a win, because next week, we could be losing to the Colts. No, really. It could happen. Read more »
Today, the Union Cycliste International (UCI) banned Lance Armstrong from racing and stripped him of all titles. In an effort to to completely wipe those seven years from 41-year-old Armstrong’s life, UCI further recommend that he be forced to remarry his former wife Sheryl Crowe, that he return all Christmas gifts received between 1999 and 2006, and that he now be legally 34-years old.
A MullerOver exclusive photo of Obama, Armstrong, and Romney
OK – we sort of exaggerated that last part, but it’s not far from the impact felt by Armstrong. According to the evidence that the governing bodies say they have, Armstrong unquestionably cheated. It was the equivalent of finding an engine installed in the frame of his bike. And assuming the allegations are true, stripping him of those titles is exactly the right call. Read more »
We’re defined by moments. Decisions we make in the various circumstances in life.
This week, the name Greece Athena has been on every news channel. Four middle-school bullies tormented a 68-year-old bus monitor named Karen Klein, and then uploaded to the evidence to YouTube with hopes that it would be picked up across the Internet. A world was rightfully horrified and some scoffed at Athena and wondered if the whole school was represented by those four kids.
If that’s what you think, you don’t know Athena. Read more »
Ok – the title of this blog post is not technically correct. March Madness doesn’t make us stupid. We already are. The historic tournament just hits us over the head with the ignorance stick.
Every year, hundreds of millions of NCAA March Madness brackets are filled out, and in each case, we as authors are certain that they’re correct. We can feel it in our bones – like an old guy with a bad case of gout. We have visions of an ESPN reporter showing up at our house after the Championship game to figure out how we could foretell 63 games with perfection.
And it takes about four hours into the tournament to realize that we really have no idea. We’re clueless at a Snooki-from-Jersey Shore level. And we’re left sitting in the corner wallowing in our stupidity .
But here’s my question …
Why that can’t we take March-Madness humility into the rest of life? Read more »
Men’s sports are in trouble. Period.
Consider little league sports. It’s about fun. And ice cream with sprinkles. And obligatory, hollow plastic trophies at the end of the season.You can see the hope in their eyes.
And then, between that innocence and when they retire, something changes. The ice cream with sprinkles isn’t the motivator it once was.
For example, today, the NBA announced it was cutting 11% of its workforce, pointing to a (possibly manufactured) financial problem with the owners. And the owners are threatening to lockout the players. The NFL is in jeopardy of canceling the 2011 season while players demand more money. And the Major League Baseball stars who should be honored to be part of the All Star Game seem to all have debilitating “soreness” so they can’t play, or at least until the stats are counted again. Read more »
If you’ve ever wondered if unions are still relevant today or a quaint anachronism of an oppressive time past, we at MullerOver have just two words for you: Tom Brady.
Although living in Miami, striking Dan Marino shows his lack of tan legs due to working all the time.
The star player, who had famously inspired Justin Bieber to cut his hair in an effort to look less like Brady, is leading a charge against the owners who hired them. In Brady’s defense, the NFL has been quite oppressive against the $10M/year player. Take a look at the complaints of the NFL players, and then think about how fortunate you are that you don’t have to deal with the league on a day-to-day basis:
1. Weekend Work: The owners are forcing the players to routinely work Sunday afternoons and sometimes evenings. The Lions and Cowboys have even noted that they are singled out to work on Thanksgiving Day every year. The majority of the workforce works 8:00-5:00 Mondays through Fridays. The players would like to schedule games for 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays. Of course with a mandatory 15 minute coffee break from 10:00-10:15. Read more »
How difficult is it for an unauthorized spectator to get onto the track during an Olympic track-and-field race? Well, it’s impossible. Unless, that spectator is the father of an athlete under excruciating physical and even worse emotional pain. Then – apparently no level of security can hold back that father from his hurting son.
For this Father’s Day, we think it’s the perfect opportunity to relive the greatest father and son moment in Olympic history.
It started with a routine semi-final 400 meter race at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barecelona. The 26 year-old star British sprinter, Derek Redmond, felt in great shape. He started the race and was in control. His level of confidence was of one who knew he was on his way to a medal later in the day- maybe even a Gold. Read more »
Soccer has one very basic rule. No one can use their hands except for the goal keeper. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the second part of the rule to English goal-keeper, Robert Green.
Robert Green's secret of soaking his hands in vegetable oil before a game may have backfired
Green missed a goal that even Queen Elizabeth could have stopped.
In perhaps the most anticipated match-up between the U.S. and England since the Battle of Bunker Hill, the U.S. took on the English in round one of the World Cup. And like that Battle in 1775, the Americans showed that we weren’t going to be the push-overs that the English expected.
But – we don’t find that goal the troublesome part of the game. It’s the score that keeps our editors up at night. One-to-one. What? That’s not a score but a type of conversation. Sports scores should have two, maybe three digits per side. In the case of a tie, teams should keep playing until the players drop like flies in exhaustion and it’s just the two goal keepers left standing. Read more »