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5 Reasons the Sochi Winter Olympics Could Be a Disaster

Years of planning and billions of dollars went into the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Selected as the venue in 2007, Russia is host to the Olympics for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union. The last Olympics held within its borders was the 1980 Winter Olympics in Moscow.

Despite all the time, money and effort, Russia isn’t looking all too ready for the start of competition in just a matter of days. In fact, the most expensive Olympics in history may even turn out to be a disaster. Read more

8 NFL Facts That Will Piss You Off During The Super Bowl

This Sunday, 169 million people are expected to watch Super Bowl, which will be broadcast in more than 30 languages to 180 different countries. With numbers like these, it’s no surprise that football is America’s most popular sport and the NFL is the most profitable sports league in the world.

But behind the curtain of the Big Game’s glitz and glamour is a league plagued by controversy, most notably the NFL’s refusal to acknowledge the correlation between football and brain damage. Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN reporter and co-author of the book “League of Denial,” which chronicled two decades of the league’s malfeasance on the issue, said he was struck by the NFL’s profound level of denial and the lengths to which it went to refuse responsibility. Read more

X Games and Winter Sports You Won’t Believe

I’m pretty sure I’ve tried shovel racing (#6)… but it wasn’t snowing at the time. Ah, those drunken student days…

Still wondering what you’re going to do other than eat and nap tonight? Watch Punkin’ Chunkin’ on the Science Channel at 8pm!

"It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions" - Trace

Aren’t convinced by my testimonial? I’m not surprised. Watch a video or two (http://ow.ly/fucGV) about how they fling, throw and blast pumpkins as far as possible with these homemade rigs. How can you not get excited about that?

myampgoesto11:

Vincent Fournier’s photo journalistic series ‘The Man Machine’ explores developing robotic technology from around the world. Click the photos for more information. 

(also check out ‘Space Project’ posted earlier this week)

will there soon be a time when robots walk the streets just like us? it seems odd to me that it might soon be normal.

what would you call a highly skilled activity, requiring daily practice, flawless teamwork and athletic abilities; which enjoys a point system during competition?

is that not a sport?

Is Cheerleading a Sport?

Cheerleaders may still wear short skirts and wave pom poms when the home team scores a touchdown, but the athletic side of cheerleading has grown complex enough that doctors are calling for it to be considered a sport in order to cut down on injuries.

"Although the overall injury rate remains relatively low, cheerleading has accounted for approximately 66 percent of all catastrophic injuries in high school girl athletes over the past 25 years," said the American Academy of Pediatricians.

Plus, Emergency room visits for cheerleading injuries have quadrupled since 1980 among girls aged 6 to 22, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Those injuries include severe sprains, broken arms and legs, neck injuries and concussions.

go, fight, win…

all injury aside, a U.S. federal appeals court said cheerleading would not qualify as a sport under Title IX. How does that make you feel?

Lance Armstrong’s Cat-And-Mouse Game

The cancer survivor from Texas personally directed a doping program while riding for the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel Cycling teams from 1998 to 2005 when he retired with seven Tour victories, and then again during his return to the sport from 2009-2010.

Armstrong built a complex web of secret bank transactions, motorcycle-riding drug couriers, sophisticated scientific regimens and retaliation against teammates who challenged the code of silence, or “omerta,” about doping, according to the case laid out by U.S. anti-doping officials on Wednesday.

He wasn’t just a user of performance-enhancing drugs. He encouraged, solicited and pressured his teammates to follow suit, according to the U.S. Anti-Drug Agency’s “reasoned decision” regarding Armstrong that totaled more than 1,000 pages of testimony and supporting documents.

get the whole shocking story…

as today seems to be a “human achievement” kind of day…

there are rarely accidents, and they’re extremely well trained. so cool.

Human Castle Building in 25th Year: Big Pic

Since the late eighteenth century, Spain has had human tower building in the Catalan region, and over time it developed into a competitive sport. The Catalan tradition is believed to have originated from human towers built at the end of the 18th century by dance groups and is part of the Catalan culture.

This year makes the 25th Tarragona Castells Competition.

The competitors build what are called castells, which means castle in Catalan. The goal is to create the largest and most complex castle possible. They can have between one and five people per level and will sometimes have as many as ten levels.

The bottom of the castle is called the “pinya,” and serves the dual purpose of providing support for the castle and a human safety net for the castellers.

build it bigger…

wow… that’s big.

nevver:

What could possibly go wrong?

i love college football (especially the big ten) and i love the metric system, but i don’t know if this would have worked out. Relatively speaking, it would be exactly the same, but getting a first down would require nearly 11 yards (10 meters = 10.93 yards).

though i’d definitely have attended due to the intersection of science and football.

mn70s:

First Metric Football Game, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1977

Back in the days when it looked like there was a chance the United States might actually dump its attachment to inches, feet, yards, ounces, pounds, and the like, the colleges of Carleton and St. Olaf held the first NCAA-sanctioned metric football game. The “Liter Bowl,” played on September 17, 1977, featured a gridiron measuring 100 meters (109.36 yards) long and 50 meters (54.68 yards) wide. The expanded dimensions favored St. Olaf’s outside running game. The Oles ended up winning the contest—which was supposed to be a game of centimeters—by a score of 43-0.

Photos via Carleton College Archives

Some Paralympians Cheat Too

Paralympic athletes with spinal cord injuries sometimes injure themselves to up their performance. They may intentionally break a toe, for example, wrap their legs with tight straps, or sit on something sharp. They don’t feel the pain, but the injury causes a reflex called autonomic dysreflexia.

ouch…

Love that they used Public Enemy for the soundtrack.

Meet the Superhumans

With all the Olympic coverage hitting Discovery News these days, we don’t want to forget about the ParaOlympians. Channel 4 hasn’t. They created this video highlighting the superhumans of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The video is epic. It makes me want to watch these athletes fight for gold. via Stitch Editing on Vimeo

go humans…

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