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Sunday, February 28, 2010

The 20 Worst Hip-Hop Album Covers

On yesterday's road trip to Tubingen I was on the bus sitting next to Ben Jacobson and were both bumping our music. You see, I frequently update his iPod with the latest crack music and two days ago was no different. I put a lot of different type of tunes on his mp3 player from Dave Matthews to Usher. Needless to say, I peek over to see what he's playing and the album art throws me for a loop. At that moment I was listening to Mos Def's Ecstatic which has this album art


and he was listening to Robin Thicke's Sex Therapy which has this album art


at a quick glance you can understand my surprise when I thought we were listening to the same CD, especially since I didn't give him Mos Def's album...but he wasn't, he can go out and score 18 first half points with 2 Luv Birds stuck in his head. Anyway, this then sparked a discussion about the best and worst album art we both have on our iPod's which then led to me finding this funny @ss list...enjoy



The 20 Worst Hip-Hop Album CoversOh, hip-hop. If there's one thing the most American of musical forms is not known for, it's self-restraint. A perfect place to see this in action is the album cover - that 5"x5" square that sums up in a single image what the record is about. The following twenty covers are so amazingly terrible that they'd make records scratch all by themselves. Ready to get funky?

Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Da Brat
Da Brat – Da Brat – There’s two possible explanations here. One is Photoshop. The other one is that Da Brat actually got a custom painted leotard with images of herself on it. I am pulling so hard for #2 it’s not even funny.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Sweet P
Sweet P – I Toast Myself – The ontological implications of this image are astonishing. Jesus turned water into wine, but Sweet P can apparently turn cognac into his body and then back into cognac. And then, in theory, he will alco-bang the girl in the ill-fitting denim bikini who got his name tattooed on her titty.
Worst Hip-Hop Albym Covers Iceberg
Iceberg – Gangsta Rap – Yeah, but if you put a huge gilded frame around it, it’ll be classy. No matter that if you peek you can actually see his ho’s vajayajy.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Ms Tee
M$ Tee – Havin’ Thing$  – Yes, having your grandma’s things. I wouldn’t really brag about that living room set.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Big Bear
Big Bear – Doin’ Thangs – This is such a legendary cover that any words I could say about it would be wasted. I just love that instead of the typical pile of bling, we have nuts and berries. This guy lives the gimmick.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Mystikal
Mystikal – Unpredictable – We all know that Mystikal is batcrap crazy anyhow, but this cover really drives the message home. I’M AN EXPLODING JIGSAW PUZZLE! PREDICT THIS! YOU CAN’T!
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers 1st Famm
1st Famm – Best Kept Secret – You know, as phony as this dude’s Terminator 2 liquid metal face mask job is, you’ve got to give him props for hiring identical twin bodyguards to protect his pile of gold bars. Oh wait.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Baby
Baby aka #1 Stunna – Birdman – Photoshop is a hell of a tool, man. Do you think they nerds at Adobe in like 1990 when they first released Photoshop 1.0 had any idea that twenty years later people would be using it to create deformed rapper/bird hybrids?
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers South Coast Shorty
South Coast Shorty – The Hot Girl – Seriously? I’d hate to see the ugly girl, if that’s the hot one.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Spank Rock
Spank Rock And Benny Blanco - Bangers And Cash – Okay, it’s one thing to pay tribute to 2 Live Crew’s classic As Nasty As They Wanna Be. It’s quite another to put cellulite that nasty on full display. Damn, girl, take some sandpaper to that mess.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Candyman
Candyman – Ain’t No Shame In My Game – Well, you know, maybe there should be. Just a little bit, you know, enough to stop you from playing Willy Wonka Twister on the cover of your record.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Common
Common – Finding Forever – Yo, if you thought that Candyman record was homo, this is a whole ‘nother level. I love Common to death but brother’s wearing eyeliner and he just got a copy of Illustrator. He looks like Andre 3000 went to community college. Bad decisions all around.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Cam'Ron
Cam’Ron – Confessions Of Fire – Okay, the degree of gayness between Candyman and Common is the distance from New York to Cleveland, Ohio. The degree of gayness between Common and Cam’Ron (what’s up with all these C names?) is the distance from Cleveland, Ohio to Jupiter. Look at him. He oiled himself up for this cover. He should call it Confessions Of Fire Island.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Ghostface Killa
Ghostface Killa – Bulletproof Wallets – All right, enough gay jokes. This is just Ghostface… making breakfast for Raekwon… in his bathrobe. Oh God dammit.
Worst Hip-Hop Album Covers Majik Most
Majik Most – Molesting Hiphop – Yo, I know it’s street to act like you’re a hardened criminal, but somehow I don’t think “child molester” is really what you want to shoot for. Especially with your snorkel and barely-past-puberty facial hair. Bonus points for the completely inappropriate Ernie and Bert cameo.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Lil Rascal
Lil Rascal – Like A Grown As Man – So ups to Lil Rascal for using the pronunciation mark in the title, but how much crap do you think he got from people? He probably just got business cards that read “THE LINE OVER THE S MEANS YOU PRONOUNCE IT LONGER, IT’S GROWN ASS MAN.” And then there’s the hilarious photoshopped stretch Ford Explorer to add insult to injury.
Wost Hip Hop Album Covers AP9
A.P.9 – The Grinch – The Photoshop quality on this one is better than normal, but it keeps you asking the question: is Jim Carrey’s Grinch really something you want to build a rap identity around? Is A.P.9. working on a Cat in the Hat mixtape next?
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Trick Daddy
Trick Daddy – WWW.Thug.Com – Hip-hop: on my Internet? Apparently so, as Trick Daddy’s absurd recreation of a mid-90s Netscape Navigator window comes complete with grody pixilation, a ghetto navbar and more. I’m surprised he didn’t hire a guy to make it drop a bunch of pop-up windows when you open the case.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Master P
Master P – Gameface – I probably could have just picked 20 Master P covers for this piece and rolled with it. Instead, I decided to go with TKTK’s Gameface, where he stepped away from his diamond-encrusted tank and bling fonts approach for something a little… creepier. You can almost hear a muffled voice screaming “Hootie Hoo” with its last breath.
Worst Hip Hop Album Covers Top Dog
Top Dog – Slam Dunkin’ Hoes – I love the ones that are just super literal. Your album’s called Slam Dunkin’ Hoes? Let’s just put your ass on the cover slam dunking a hoe. No, you don’t actually have to do it, they have this thing called Photoshop and I can just – aw, let me just show you. And then Top Dog was all like “PERFECT!”

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fan Etiquette

I know I've fallen off of the blog game for a little bit but my life has been a little busy as of late. I'm in the middle of solidifying a ridiculous music collection, I'm patiently waiting for the Just Wright movie trailer to drop, our season has picked back up (with a not so friendly travel schedule) and I've developed a new addiction to Reality TV and Primetime shows. But those are no excuses and if you are patient I'll be back to my former self very shortly.

A lot of things have been going on but the thing I want to talk about today is Fan Etiquette. I'm all for fans taunting, heckling and badgering the opponents. It's takes a mentally strong athlete to be able to overcome constant banter from spectators and still excel on the court or field. I've dealt with my fair share of "crazy fans" during my playing days. Junior year at the University of Rochester was the worse (I wore knee pads and was told that if I didn't (insert explicit way to say give fellatio) I wouldn't need those knee pads). Well that was the worse until a recent trip to Cyprus where I witnessed what happens when fans take their verbal abuse (acceptable) to the "next level." Here is how it went down...

The Proteas AEL team has not lost a home game all season, and that's in both the EuroChallenge and their domestic league. The first time we played them, in Germany, we 30 pieced their asses. So obviously, they are going to be ready to stay undefeated at home and get us back for the whooooping we put on them. Unfortunately for them and their 250 fans we were up twenty points going into the fourth quarter. When they started to make their last push to come back and make a game out of it, their fans attempted to intimidate us with cursing (in German too) and screaming. It just so happened that we got some calls in our favor down the stretch and the Cyprus fans absolutely lost it. They were throwing coins and water bottles on the court but more than that they were spitting on us. That was when I thought to myself, the referees need to do something here, this is getting out of control.

Well my teammate Ben Jacobson went up to one of the refs...and the following dialogue ensued

Ben: Excuse me ref, these fans are spitting on us
Ref: Yeah I know, they are spitting on us too

Due to some clutch plays down the stretch we were able to leave Cyprus with a win and our lives but this just got me thinking about why some fans feed the need to cross that line? Is their loyalty to the team that strong? Do they not know any better?

I've had to chance to play for some great fans, the best being here in Gottingen and I would never expect, no matter bad the calls were, or how intense the game got for sensible fans to take it to that "next level." So to all of you people out there that will attend a sporting event of mine, the next person that spits at me or one of my teammates is going to get knocked the f*ck out. Haha I'm just kidding...or am I?

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Friday, February 26, 2010

So I Get To His House And He Has 13 Monkeys

Dogslice, a blog that I habitually follow, had a post yesterday about the Best Commercial On TV right now. Personally I don't like that commercial, it's a remix to last year's Don't Be Stingy which always seems to debut right around Black History Month, but seeing that commercial made me think of the 10 strangest McDonald's Meals and the actual Best Commercial on TV right now


Talk about Flight Of Ideas


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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

BG74 Gottingen vs. LTi Giessen 46ers 84:56

LTi 46ers lost to Goettingen 56:84 as the latter got 28 points from Rochestie Taylor. Anderson Dwayne posted 15 and Frazier Chester netted 11. Lischka and Ovcina Elvir responded with 16 points each in defeat. Our German Cup win against Oldenburg and our Top Ten of January are both in the highlight archives as well...feel free to explore.



LTI GIESSEN 46ERS (Coach: Bogojevic, Vladimir)
Field Goals Rebounds
# Name min 2pm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st bs pts
15 Ovcina, Elvir 33 6-9 0-2 4-6 4 7 11 3 1 0 2 16
43 Jeanty, Osvaldo 30 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
5 Williams, Lorenzo 27 2-6 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 7
31 Tapuskovic, Stevan 21 1-3 0-2 1-2 0 4 4 0 4 0 0 3
7 Johnson, Kevin 14 2-3 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 4
13 Lischka, Johannes 25 5-9 1-2 3-9 4 6 10 0 0 0 0 16
20 Weber, Max 25 0-1 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 2 0 2
34 Werner, Joe 12 3-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 6
4 Jacovic, Viktor 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
12 Theilig, Falko 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Freese, Jannik  DNP - Coach's Decision
Total 20-38 2-15 10-19 10 25 35 8 14 3 3 56



MEG GOETTINGEN (Coach: Patrick, John)
Field Goals Rebounds
# Name min 2pm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st bs pts
13 Frazier, Chester 26 4-5 1-3 0-2 2 2 4 3 2 2 0 11
21 Boone, Jason 23 4-7 0-0 0-0 2 7 9 0 3 2 2 8
11 Little, John 22 2-4 0-3 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 4
22 Anderson, Dwayne 21 6-6 1-5 0-1 3 2 5 0 2 4 1 15
10 Rochestie, Taylor 26 6-8 5-8 1-1 2 0 2 1 2 2 1 28
23 Oliver, Chris 20 1-5 0-1 0-0 1 6 7 0 2 1 0 2
5 Kulawick, Robert 19 1-1 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 2 0 5
12 Jacobson, Ben 17 1-3 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 5
7 McNaughton, Christopher 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 0
15 Meeks, Michael 8 0-0 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3
30 Jordan, Antoine 2 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 3
25 Schiecke, Jan 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 25-42 11-33 1-4 13 24 37 8 24 14 4 84


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Monday, February 22, 2010

Jacobson Was The Man

A while back I tweeted about how excited I was to play for the German cup. I never got the chance to make the NCAA tournament but have had a handful of teammates that have, and from the way they talk about it, it's one of the things I wish I had accomplished...anyway, this blog is not about my lack of NCAA appearances, but rather my teammate Ben Jacobson and his memorable 26pt Double Overtime  performance against Missouri State in the conference championship for UNI's first trip to the NCAA tournament. *Holy Run-On Sentence!! And FYI...Yes he was the MVP of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.


This game propelled Northern Iowa to two consecutive 23+ win seasons (the most in school history). What I need you guys to do now is to go online (well if you're reading this then you already online) and vote his Arch Madness Moment as the Number 1 moment in the history of the Tournament.

Here is how you do it...


(2)Highlight the bubble in the "1" column next to
"Jacobson Was the Man -- Ben Jacobson leads UNI to 2004 Arch Madness title in first St. Louis OT final"

(3)Pick Nine other random ones 

(4)Hit Submit...

yeah it's that easy, and once Ben Jacobson wins and he gets the $10,000 grand prize, drinks are on him

Don't Forget That You Can Vote More Than Once...Deadline is Monday Feb. 22nd

Good Looks Ya'll

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Say Goodbye


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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Take Me To New York


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Monday, February 15, 2010

I Wanna Go Home


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Friday, February 12, 2010

I Remember When You Used To

Call Me


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BG74 Gottingen vs. Eiffel Towers Den Bosch 89:69

Goettingen rolled over Eiffel Towers 89:69 for 2-1 record in Group I. Ben Jacobson was good for 22 points in only 19 minutes, draining 4 of 6 three pointers. Boone Jason followed him with 15 and Oliver Chris scored 9. Richardson Anthony finish the night with 20 points in the losing effort and Akerboom Kees added 18.




EIFFEL TOWERS DEN BOSCH (Coach: Beck, Don)
Field Goals Rebounds
# Name min 2pm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st bs pts
12 Akerboom, Kees 36 1-6 5-8 1-3 1 3 4 1 4 0 0 18
9 Oliver, Dean 31 1-5 1-2 1-3 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 6
6 Richardson, Anthony 30 5-5 0-2 10-12 3 2 5 1 2 2 0 20
14 Beasley, Jerome 26 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 6 7 0 4 0 0 7
8 Van Paassen, Peter 23 4-10 0-0 3-3 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 11
4 Jansen, Rogier 30 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 5
15 Aarts, Marcel 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 2
10 Steenvoorde, Djoenie 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
11 van Vugt, Jeroen  DNP - Coach's Decision
13 Wessels, Stefan  DNP - Coach's Decision
5 Waaldijk, Sonny  DNP - Coach's Decision
7 Frederiks, Jos  DNP - Coach's Decision
Total 16-36 7-14 16-23 6 16 22 10 21 4 1 69



MEG GOETTINGEN (Coach: Patrick, John)
Field Goals Rebounds
# Name min 2pm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st bs pts
11 Little, John 29 1-4 2-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 4 0 8
13 Frazier, Chester 25 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 4
22 Anderson, Dwayne 24 1-2 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 3 0 3 2 8
21 Boone, Jason 20 5-8 0-0 5-11 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 15
5 Kulawick, Robert 14 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
12 Jacobson, Ben 19 4-5 4-6 2-2 0 2 2 1 4 2 1 22
10 Rochestie, Taylor 19 1-3 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 4 2 0 0 8
23 Oliver, Chris 17 3-3 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 9
7 McNaughton, Christopher 14 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 6
30 Jordan, Antoine 10 0-0 0-1 4-4 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 4
15 Meeks, Michael 7 0-0 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 5
8 Welzel, Tobias 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 20-33 12-26 13-19 9 17 26 12 23 10 4 89





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Thursday, February 11, 2010

What I Do On My Day Off

It's not too often we get an entire free day to ourselves but every once in awhile we get a day to just hang out and chill...away from basketball. And ever since I met this kid Vincent I've had a strong desire to spend my free time with him...something about him just gravitates me in his direction. It could be the fact that he's just been unlucky in his life up until this point. The fact that he doesn't get a chance to experience a "normal" childhood, or the fact that he's one of the few people out here that really understands how much my former love for Legos/Duplos and Nintendo has translated into a affinity toward PlayMobil and SingStar.

Here are some pictures and videos of our play date...but beware, watching the video has been known to cause wetting your pants and/or difficulty looking at me with a straight face ever again.

 

  

  



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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Meet The Team: Michael Meeks

The thing about a "team" is being able to pick each other up when you are slacking. I officially closed my "Meet The Team" Series back in October but since then we've lost old players and gained new ones...and you all may not have been properly introduced. Fortunately my teammate Chester (a fellow blogger as well) has went ahead and introduced you all to Michael Meeks






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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

BG74 Gottingen vs. TBB Trier 77:64

Goettingen was too good in the first half to beat TBB Trier 77:64 in total at the last game of the Regular Season Round 22. Anderson Dwayne poured in 17 points and Boone Jason had 11 points and 11 boards. Copeland Christopher responded with 22 points for the guests.




MEG GOETTINGEN (Coach: Patrick, John)
Field Goals Rebounds
# Name min 2pm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st bs pts
21 Boone, Jason 28 3-9 0-0 5-8 7 4 11 1 3 2 0 11
22 Anderson, Dwayne 27 4-6 2-5 3-3 1 4 5 1 4 0 0 17
11 Little, John 27 0-3 1-1 3-4 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 6
13 Frazier, Chester 22 2-4 2-4 0-2 4 2 6 2 4 2 0 10
12 Jacobson, Ben 24 2-4 0-4 2-2 1 2 3 5 1 0 0 6
10 Rochestie, Taylor 21 2-6 0-4 5-6 2 1 3 1 1 2 0 9
5 Kulawick, Robert 20 0-0 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6
23 Oliver, Chris 14 1-2 0-1 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 1 0 3
7 McNaughton, Christopher 11 3-5 0-1 3-4 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 9
8 Welzel, Tobias  DNP - Coach's Decision
25 Schiecke, Jan  DNP - Coach's Decision
30 Jordan, Antoine  DNP - Coach's Decision
Total 17-39 7-25 22-31 18 19 37 10 22 7 0 77



TBB TRIER (Coach: Defraigne, Yves)
Field Goals Rebounds
# Name min 2pm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st bs pts
34 Copeland, Christopher 37 5-7 2-5 6-9 4 1 5 4 4 0 0 22
45 Shuler, Jamal 27 2-7 2-3 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 1 0 10
5 Raivio, Derek 24 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 0
4 Shtein, Maksym 21 3-4 0-0 0-4 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 6
13 Gillingham, James 17 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 5 1 0 4
33 Pekovic, Miladin 30 2-2 2-3 0-0 0 8 8 3 3 0 0 10
23 Neitzel, Drew 22 1-1 2-6 2-4 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 10
24 Zirbes, Maik 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 0 0
21 Evans, George 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2
22 Picard, Samy  DNP - Coach's Decision
9 Goolsby, Alexander  DNP - Coach's Decision
12 Karamatskos, Kosta  DNP - Coach's Decision
Total 16-29 8-20 8-17 7 23 30 12 24 2 1 64

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...remember this...

All this talk about Super Bowl and football and commercials and time differences reminded me of this oldie but goodie


...remember this one???...


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Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday Morning Quarterback

The day after the Superbowl...all the talk is about what the Colts could have done differently, how gutsy Sean Payton was and who had the best commercial. Drew Brees definitely showed all of his doubters that he's an elite QB that should be mentioned with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. I had some bets on last nights game and was extremely happy that the Saints were able to get that W but that's not what this blog is about...

Did you know that CBS charges as much as 2.8million dollars for a 30-second ad during the Superbowl. With the economy still not thriving like it was in the past, that just seems like a lot...especially since the Superbowl is not the most watched sporting event in the world. I read a CNN article the other day that said on an international scale...tennis, soccer, F-1 race car driving and the Olympics get more viewers, but definitely don't have as hard of a time selling ad space. This information led me to look back and see the most viewed sporting events in 2009

#5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis Single Finals July 5, London, England


About 29 million people watched every game of the 2009 final between Switzerland's Roger Federer and Andy Roddick of the U.S. An estimated 89 million people worldwide saw at least part of it. Federer won a nail-biter in five sets, making him the first man to win 15 Grand Slam events, which couldn't have hurt ratings


 #4 IAAF World Championships men's 100-meter Final August 16, Berlin, Germany


It only lasted 9.58 seconds, but 33 million people tuned in to see Jamaica's Usain Bolt snap his own world record in the 100-meter dash. Despite North American success in men's sprinting, Scandinavia led the pack in viewers. The contest did not make Forbes' Top-10 list, though the summer Olympics placed second with a value of $230 million.


#3 FIA F-1 World Championship- Bahrain Grand Prix April 26, Sakhir, Bahrain

The Formula One championship is not among Forbes' top 10 sports-event brands, but 115 million people watched at least part of the year's fourth race (54million watched it all), in which Britain's Jenson Button took the checkered flag. Forumla One is among the top sports in Africa and South America.


#2 NFL Super Bowl XLIII February 1, Tampa, Florida

About 106 million people watched the Pittsburgh Steelers' last minute win over the Arizona Cardinals from the beginning to end, with 162 million catching some portion of it. Despite it's second place finish, the Super Bowl ranks #1 among sports-event brands with a value of $420 million, according to Forbes magazine.


#1 UEFA Champions League Final May 27, Rome, Italy

For the first time in an odd-numbered year, the Champions League finals outdrew the Super Bowl. About 109 million poeple worldwide saw the entire game, and 206 million saw at least part of the match as Spain's Barcelona blanked England's Manchester United 2-0


I am curious to see if last nights game takes it's number one spot back in 2010....hmm???

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Have You Been Working Out Part 3

Alright, so I introduced you to the people you are going to meet at the gym and the ways to fit in...now that you are there and in the habit of working out, there are four people that you need to stay away from if you want to stay focused. It is natural to slowly lose motivation to get down there in the first place, your life gets busy or you have other interests that seem more enjoyable than working out. Sometimes it's your bratty ass kids, your significant other or your job...all factors. The distractions facing you once you get there are almost as numerous.

Luckily, if you know how to make your workouts more disciplined and you can steer clear of these four people, you can fight back and stay on course to achieve your fitness goals. At least I hope you can.

No.4 - The Hot Chick (or maybe not)

 

This is a rule that will only apply to some of you (obviously), whereas others should make a beeline in her direction right away. Why the contradictory advice? Let me explain.

If seeing a hot chick in the gym sends your dopamine through the roof and you can barely control your procreative zeal then she is best avoided unless you want to injure yourself attempting some ludicrous personal best on the bench press. Been there done that.

On the other hand, if you can control yourself a bit better and use the (my iGoogle word of the day) pulchritudinous sight to inspire you to display your peacock feathers by training harder, stricter, and in an altogether more controlled fashion, then by all means make that beeline for the gym hottie!


Ladies, the same goes for you...just substitute girl for guy...you all have dopamine too


No.3 - Gadget Man

Every gym has one of these losers. His waist is synched in by the latest Valeo belt, he has heavy duty lifting gloves imported from Canada, a bench press suit from the States, hand chalk, a do rag, and Otomix trainers.

And he puts all these on just to do 3 sets of 10 on the leg extension and has only been using the gym for 3 months. He would have started a year ago but he didn’t think it would be worthwhile until he had all his gear ready.

Such people miss the point entirely and will suck you into their world of excuses if you let them. Whilst having the latest gadgets and gizmos can be good thing (I ensure that I've used all of them between Fitness First and Rainer Junge) they are no substitute for hard work and are only “icing on the cake” extras. Waiting until things are “perfect” is just plain silly as every week you delay is a week lost when you could have been making progress towards your goals. Get your sh*t together people...and by sh*t I don't mean accessories.

No.2 - Show Offs

Ladies, forgive me for referring to men here again but it sounds better on paper...definitely goes both ways though. When the pretty girl walks past we can’t help but subtly flex something or put an extra 20kg on the bar. However some characters are far worse than others. Please don’t get sucked into the poundage game with the moron who lives on the bench press, bounces the bar off his chest as if his sternum was a trampoline, and lifts his a$s so high up the bench it looks like he is being pleasured by the Invisible Woman.

Good lifting form is always paramount and "you are not in the gym to impress your mates" (Mike Magee voice) -- most of you are there to get the best results possible so that when you leave the gym you impress potential mates. There is a difference. Think about it.

No.1 - People Who Are At The Gym To Make Friends

If your training takes more than an hour, you are socializing more than you are working out. In between sets keep your head down, your mind focused, and take note that "cortisol levels rise and testosterone levels drop off a cliff if you try to push a weight training session much past the hour mark."

There will always be a bunch of guys who treat the gym as an extension of a boys club -- usually they are old timers at the gym who haven’t improved their physiques since the Berlin wall has been down. Do what I do to counteract these time vampires -- look grumpy and intense, and wear an iPod even if you don’t necessarily happen to be listening to any music!

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