New Ranger Up Video (Tim Kennedy) is sure to give Team Bisping Collective Apoplexy

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Running A 5K

Posted By Laughing_Wolf

Those of you who have been following over at LaughingWolf and Facebook know that I made a major lifestyle change just about a year ago.  The result is that I have dropped more than a few inches off the waist (have no idea on weight as that is, frankly, a meaningless measure), enjoyed the best health I've had in years, and have picked up doing things I've not done in far too long.  

One such is running, as in cross-country/long-distance running.  I'm a plodder more than a runner, always have been, but it is one of the things I really want to do.  So, I will be taking part in Hope For The Warrior's 5th Annual Big Apple Run For The Warriors, which is also starts events for Army Week .  What does that have to do with you? Well, there are two things. 

I want to invite all our readers to join me in walking/running/rolling/loping/whatever the 5k.  It isn't about how fast we do it, but rather that we do it.  

Second, I want to use this to raise funds for Mission: VALOR as well as Hope for the Warriors.  So, I've set a goal to raise $500 which will cover expenses (registration and new shoes, literally nothing fits anymore) with everything over expenses going to Mission: VALOR.  I've got some free coaching and such lined up, and plan to start building for this as quickly as possible.  You can donate through my GoFundMe (http://www.gofundme.com/2wwguw), or the PayPal link at LaughingWolf.  Just want to donate to Mission: VALOR?  The best way is via the Square Marketplace.  Reminder, we are not yet at 501(c)(3), but working on it.  Want to just put it to HftW?  Well, that info coming soon once I get registered.  

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Northwestern Wildcats "Honor" Wounded Warriors With Controversial/Bloody Uniforms

Posted By Blackfive

Eh, not really a big deal to me, but there is some controversy brewing up over the Northwestern University deal to wear different uniforms in their next game to support the Wounded Warrior Project.  I just wonder who over at WWP decided that the blood effect was a good idea...seems REALLY kind of off to me - especially in College sports. 

Other than that, play ball.



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Book Review - Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame

Posted By Blackfive

While this isn't normally the kind of book we review here, it is an interesting read and it's about SPORTS.  The following book review is a special for Blackfive readers provided by Elise Cooper.  You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the far right sidebar.

9781455516131_p0_v1_s260x420Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame is a collection of essays compiled and edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy of The New Republic magazine. It’s a portrait of fifty Jewish individuals and the role that they played in sports. This compilation is about Jews from different areas of the world, and playing different sports, that also include executives and coaches.

Tracy commented, “Franklin Foer and I are big sports fans who identify with our Jewishness, and are also fans of good writing. There was the realization that this book could be a way to gather great writers, most who were Jewish, but were not professional sports writers; yet, loved sports. I am talking about big names such as: David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, Simon Schama, a superstar English historian who wrote about the boxer Daniel Mendoza, Mark Leiborvich, of the New York Times, and Lawrence Summers, the former Treasury Secretary, who wrote about Harold Solomon, the tennis player.”

The athletes chosen included a range of players from Bobby Fischer to Sandy Koufax. Fischer was born and raised Jewish; yet, later in his life he hated his own people by becoming an Anti-Semite. There was also the discussion about Sid Luckman and Benny Friedman, who pioneered the game of football while playing for their respective teams, the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants. They revolutionized football with the forward pass, and having the quarterback as the superstar. Rich Cohen stated in the essay about these two players, “It was the birth of the quarterback as we know him: the general who calmly leads his team down the field.”

The most powerful part of the book was the discussion of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Tracy noted, Lipstadt fabulously pointed out how these athletes came to Germany to compete in peace and instead were murdered. The Munich massacre maybe showed what we write in our introduction, that Jewish athleticism originally comes out of the instinct for self-defense. How Zionism sprung from the violence against Jews. This is also emphasized in the essay by Shalom Auslander who wrote about an older Jewish man, confronted by two black kids, on a New York subway, “And he turned around and pushed them back-hard-and they fell back down in the seat…And he said, ‘We’re Jews, we won this war, we beat our enemies, we don’t take this stuff anymore.”

Another interesting point is how Mark Spitz and Shep Messing responded differently to this horrific event in Jewish history. Messing, a soccer player for the US team reunited with David Berger, an Israeli weightlifter with whom he had become close friends. While being sequestered along with other Jewish athletes he learned that a group of Palestinian terrorists had taken eleven members of the Israeli team hostage, killing his friend Berger. He was described as being overcome with grief and rage, that “a Jewish wire in him that even he hadn’t known existed had been tripped.” Compare that to Mark Spitz who was described as ignoring questions about his feelings and was more bitter about being hustled out of Munich, not for the Israeli athletes who died, but “that he never got to stop at the Mercedes-Benz factory and pick up the 450 SL he had been promised.”

Tracy described Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame as the story of the “Jews in sports is a microcosm to the story of sports in America. The story of Jews in sports is the story of sports. From Al Davis who was a path breaker by integrating the NFL for head coaches to Hank Greenberg who, as the general manager of the Indians, mistreated one of his players, Al Rosen, solely because he did not want to be seen as playing favorites to one of his own, another Jewish slugger.” This book is an interesting read for both Jew and non-Jew alike since it involves interesting facts and tidbits about some of the most important athletes in sports history.



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An Exclusive Interview With Kaiti C.

Posted By Laughing_Wolf

Is up over at This Ain't Hell.  Go check it out, and please vote for her everyday in her quest to become a Colt's cheerleader. 

To help motivate you, here is a bit of video from the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade that shows a bit of the dance team of which Kaiti was a member

LW

Previous Blackfive post and previous TAH post.



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Tim Kennedy - There's a Time to be a Quiet Professional and then there's a time to tell it like it is

Posted By Blackfive

Tim Kennedy gives an interview and pulls no punches on MMA fighters that pull out of bouts for an injury, gun control, and leaving Strikeforce for the UFC. 

...Stephie Daniels: When you do come over, is there somebody in particular that you have in mind to fight?

Tim Kennedy: I'm fighting on January 12th, but if you tested positive for steroids, and you're running your mouth about how awesome you are, I pretty much want to punch you in the face, because you're embarrassing me and my sport. I don't even think we have time to cover them all. I"ve got the 12th to worry about, and that's what I'm focusing on. Then I'll worry about all the cheaters.

Stephie Daniels: Since we're on the topic of cheaters, are you a proponent of VADA?

Tim Kennedy: Absolutely. You can come over and draw a sample out of my eyeball, if you want...

And it gets better after that.  Be sure to read the whole interview.

Here's an older spot from Ranger Up about Tim:

Tim's last fight for Showtime's Strikeforce will be in Oklahoma City on January 12th.

We will be there supporting him all the way.



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Go Army, Beat Navy! - Honoring West Point

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RANGER UP: If you don't vote, this is what happens to you...

Posted By Blackfive

This is a public service announcement from the crazies at Ranger Up (with Tim Kennedy and Toby Nunn in a death match).  This is what happens to you when you don't vote...



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VOTE FOR DANIEL RODRIGUEZ - the 2012 USAA Athletic Inspiration Award for Courage in Sports

Posted By Blackfive

RE:  Daniel Rodriguez - from COP Keating to NCAA Football - Someone You Should Know (January 2012)
RE:  This Ain't Hell:  Combat Vet to Play at Clemson (August 2012)

Over at This Ain't Hell, Jonn posts a request that we should all get on with and, for those of you on Facebook, vote for Daniel as the 2012 USAA Athletic Inspiration Award for Courage in Sports here.

 

 

 



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Seneca Wallace's videos from Kuwait

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Cleveland Browns' Seneca Wallace travels to Kuwait for a USO Tour and shoots everything he sees while he's there. NOC sits down with him for an interview describing all the exclusive footage.



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