A Brit's Perspective On Things From Sport To All Other Topics !
I'm of Caribbean parentage but was born in the UK. I'm a college grad with degrees in Economics, Int'l Fin and and MBA.
Avid film and sport's fan who's also a martial arts practitioner.
Served in the British military
as a Royal Marine.
Now living in C Florida and I work within Logistical management.
Actress and model Vida Guerra is someone that many of us guys have come across and immediately taken a second look at her picture. And it’s easy to see why as this voluptuous female that sets the male ire rising . And if you’re wondering how it is that you’ve not seen more of the Cuban born American Latina . Just head to your nearest newsstand or local establishment that sells such male oriented magazines as FHM or GQ and you may well see a rather lavish and tastefully done pictorial of the beauty . What’s not to like once you’ve seen Vida’s more than ample assets ?
Down Out And Out But Not Necessarily Forgotten ………….
We all tend to rather not see our sporting heroes or icons carry on beyond their prime. When that happens their frailties become much more glaringly exposed. Perhaps the most recognizable of them all may well be Muhammad Ali.
Fighting on beyond his prime and years . Those frailties were exposed for all to see. And all the more disheartening when he lost to fighters who were at best never in his class when he was in his prime . When Ali finally stepped away from the ring he was merely a shell of himself.
Which now me brings me to real point of this particular piece. In the upcoming MMA extravaganza of UFC 97Chuck Liddell once one of the golden boys of the sport will meet Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in a light heavyweight bout at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada, this Saturday. Though not the main attraction on the card which is headed by the bout between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites in a highly anticipated middleweight clash. Two exponents who are at the top of their game at this moment in time . Liddell the alltime biggest draw for UFC in terms of revenues attained via PPV.
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For him it’ll be the fight that will either make or break his long and distinguished career. By no way stretch of the imagination a loss at this juncture for Liddell will almost certainly mean an end to his career. There’ll be nowhere but down to go from here with a loss. However a win would place back amongst the upper echelons of elite fighters within the light heavyweight division. Where it can be said there are a plethora of top class fighters all looking to sit atop of the pile.
And with Rashad Evans installed as the lightheavyweight champion looking to secure a long tenure of the title as champion. It can be said that he’d be more than willing to face any and all who prepared to challenge the title holder. He’s never been know to sherk what he feels are his responsibilities as champion. He wants to viewed as the people’s champion and not just another fighter who’s been adorned with a title.
President Dania White he views this whole event as just another slice in an already diminishing piece of the pie from which the mixed martial art’s genre has taken away from the fans of the sport of boxing. With each show promoted under the UFC banner trademark. Even less is left for the fans of the once much heralded sport. So much so that in the last four years MMA has outstripped the gross revenues of boxing here in North America. And much of that is due to the fact that boxing as a sport is now devoid of real stars that resonate with the fans. And within the division once viewed as the bastion of the sport. The heavyweight division has become the laughing stock of the world . And with there being no end in sight as to the fact there isn’t a undisputed champion within the division. It leaves the world looking elsewhere for their gratification.
Saturday night’s event no doubt will be something that even the most ardent fans of the sport are looking forward to. And as much as we all appreciate a good fight. Shoould the bout between Liddell and Rua be anything but that . Then at least the bulk of the fight card will offer us something meaningful. Other fighters featured will be Krzystzof Sozynski versus Brian Stann. We also have Cheick Kongo facing Antoni Hardonk, Steve Cantwell versus Luiz Cane . The full card is filled with up and coming stars as well as seasoned veterans of the sport.
If there’s one thing that we know it is that Liddell come out looking to dictate the pace of the bout. Rua for his part will not let that happen under any juncture. They both know that their best showing will be what the fans above all else will be looking for. Leites may well be the slight favorite in the bout. But that may well count for nothing at all , when one considers what’s at stake.
Nothing would delight the fans more to see Liddell be triumphant . And for Dana White who has indicated that should Liddell lose the bout . He can see the fighter walk way from the sport and off into retirement. For Rua a loss at this stage of his career won’t bring about an immediate end to his career. But it would certainly lower his profile as one of the marquee names within the division. A win would raise his profile even more and give him a greatr chance of being the next challenger for Evans’ lightheavyweight title belt. Liddell would like nothing better himself than being the main antagonist in derailing Rua’s hopes . And then place himself as the main challenger to Rashad Evans.
Whatever the end result may well be this Saturday within the Bell Center in Toronto. One can be sure that the fans in attendance and those watching via PPV won’t be starved of entertainment value or excitement. Such is the action within the world of mixed martial arts. It’ the sport for those who just want allout none stop action. Which is more than can be said from what we’re now witnessing within the sport of boxing. It’s not that it has become archaic . It is merely that the desire that the fans once had for the sport is no longer there. Boxing has shot itself in the foot repeatedly and has yet to realize that by not making itself more amenable to the fans. It’s now losing much if its appeal as the genre of MMA has caught on not just with young male but also amongst females as well.Those demographics alone is enough a solid foundation for MMA to build on over the coming years. And White as well his stable of fighters have gone out and made themselves all the more accessible to the fans at large.
It’s Just Class That’s All Few Have It But Those That Do Conduct Themselves The Right Way ………………
In high school I loved track and field . The one sport where at times I felt at ease with myself. However once I got bitten by the martial art’s bug . That was it I was smitten. Track and fied though was the regimen that gave me strength and power to build my body. OK so there are some who’ll say lifting weights’ll go a long way as well . And I for one wouldn’t disagree with that at all.
But of all the track athletes I’ve seen over the years . And it’s been a considerable number even given the exploits of Usain Bolt at the Beijing Olympics. Where it can be said even though he was overshadowed by the exploits of Michael Phelps there in Beijing. Phelps’ own shortcomings since then has been tabloid fodder for the dailies acrosss the world. Somewhat ironic given the fact that Bolt as a Jamaican would be the one you would consider more likely to be taking a hit from a bong. But there again it’s somewhat disdainful to tar everyone with the same brush. No not really as Phelps was being an ass to begin with !
Back to the point of this piece. As alluded to track and field is a sport that I love tremendously and still do. However the sport itself here isn’t given the coverage that it’s normally accustomed to getting in Europe and in the Far East and on the African continent. Here however you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who could tell you the name of the members of the US men’s relay team on the 4x100m team in Beijing. As I said the sport isn’t really given any due attention until the Olympics . And even then it’s got to be because there’s a chance that there’s a competitor and contender that the country actually cares about. US Track & Field (USATF) does a poor job in getting the sport connected to the public at large. And the coverage the sport gets is merely a passing one here in the US.
At the collegiate level is primarily where the sport garners much of the attention and the interests of the public be enlarge. To say nothing of which many of those athletes are looking to take it to the next level on the professional circuit. Top track stars can make quite a decent living but when measured against that of the more high profiled sports . It pales into insignificance. However the likes of Bolt can make a decent sum when measured the added benefits of appearance money for certain high profiled track meets and the attaining of records. But it’s the off track earnings that can be enormous. And Bolt having garnered three gold medals in Beijing including the sprint double of the 100m and 200m in world record times made a name for himself around the globe. The third was added in the men’s 4x 100m again in world record time. And if anything he’s now the most recognized track athlete in the world. Something of a great accomplishment considering that before Beijing he wasn’t that widely known within the sport at the international level.
Talk To Me Tell Me What It Is You Need………It Can’t Be All About The Money……..
It seems funny that as the Major League Baseball season has come upon us. It oughtn’t to surprise us that many of the teams who’ve made a big splash in the free agency market to sign in some cases a marquee player. Those players in particular will be under a great deal of pressure to justify the bounty that they’re being paid.
The Philadelphia Phillies start off the defense of their World Series title with a game against the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies for their part are looking to be the first team since the New York Yankees in 1998 and 1999 to successfully defend their title. The Yankees would actually go on to win a third consecutive title in 2000. As to whether or not they the Phillies will be able to do this can only be assessed by their performance on the field this season . Most certainly their All Star short-stop Jimmy Rollins seems to think that they’re capable of doing so.
The New York Mets for their part with the additions of J J Putz and Francisco Rodriguez and now veteran stalwart Gary Sheffield make this a team a formidable opponent. On both sides of the ball they’ve got to be considered worthy of being mentioned as potential contenders for the World Series. However the caveat would be for the team to overcome their near end season jitters and unraveling. If they’re able to do that then they can create a rivalry with the Phillies that’d be worthwhile watching .
And with the NL East seemingly up for grabs it makes this upcoming season seem somewhat special. The AL East as a division may appear to be where the action and stories will come from . But I’d like to think that the division that also possesses the Florida Marlins and the Washington Nationals as well as the Braves. One could argue that here within the division you’ve got some very good teams. And those teams may well elicit a great deal of entertainment for their respective fans.
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And while the residents of the county and the city of Miami in particular might feel aghast at the fact in these dire economic times, a professional sports franchise will be obtaining a stadium. It can’t have escaped their notice that upon the franchise’s inception there were playing in the Miami Dolphins’ stadium . That being said the ownership carousel that has taken place since the franchise’s original owner
As to the Marlins it gives them the sense of purpose that they finally sought. In knowing that they’ll finally have a venue to call their very own and play within. For their entire existence they’ve played in a venue that wasn’t an all purpose baseball park . Unlike the rest of the franchises within the game. And it certainly hasn’t helped that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has done to make demands without ever having been able to come up with a solid solution for the franchise’s ongoing problems. He’s has been more about what he perceives is the image of the game than deal with many of the underlying issues that the game faces. And now we’ll be able to see whether or not he and the owners will have the acumen and insight to deal with the possible issues the game now faces with the uncertainty of the economic climate.
It’s almost certain that certain revenues streams will be down. And the game’s hierarchy will have to be totally reliant on the goodwill of their most loyal corporate sponsors and the fans most of all. For the Marlins this presents something of a predicament. As they’ve never been known to have a hotbed or rabid fans. If anything the fans that’ve remained loyal to the franchise have been the ones at the team’s inception. But with those days now far behind them it’s been a struggle for the franchise to have an adequate and active fan base. Rarely is there more than 15,000 in attendances for a home game. And one would be right to assume that the franchise is one of the least supported teams in terms of their home attendance . It also paints something of a poor picture as to the support that the game receives from the fans in South Florida. The Dolphins has and will always hold sway within the tri county area of Broward , Miami Dade and Palm Beach County. But yet the fans turn up with about as much frequency as Halley’s comet. It’s indeed a sad indictment of franchise other than the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have been the only franchise in the game to have won multiple World Series over the last thirteen years.
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