Posts Tagged ‘Sports

16
Mar
09

Is it really G?

Who here has had that 32 oz Gatorade while working out?  I know I have many many times.  Did you know that there are actually 200 calories in that bottle?  That means on top of the workout that you are doing add another 667 sit ups when you finish your work out to burn off the liquid used to hydrate you.

Many people have the misconception that Gatorade is good for you.  Gatorade was made to keep the athlete hydrated during long sporting events and games.  If you go to the gym for an hour in the evening Gatorade will keep you from cramping but also add pointless calories to your workout.  Instead go with water.  I know it does not taste as good but you will see much more results in the gym a whole lot faster if you stick to the H2O.  If you are working out or playing a sporting event longer than thirty minutes and need to stay hydrated for performance then that’s G.

Is it in you?

Is it in you?

Hooooraahhhhh-

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08
Mar
09

Los Angeles Top Five Professional Sporting Moments

As we all know, Los Angeles is a mecca for sports.  All the teams from down here have adopted the Southern Kaliphornya style and it is always apparent in the way our teams play.  Look at the clean and flashy Showtime Laker or just tune into Sports Center who is giving the West Coast some love and see how Manny is happy.  Look at Joe Torre any interview or show he goes on he seems happy and relaxed, not stressed out from the crazyness that the east coast has to offer.  

Enough of the style and attiude of the west side its time to get into my top five plays for Los Angeles.  

#5 The Angels win the World Series.  As a Dodger fan it is difficult for me to even consider the Angels as a Los Angeles team but I feel that I have to and have a valid reason why.  Reason one the Giants and reason two Mike Socisa.  In game five the Angeles were down three games to one against the Giants.  Manager Mike Socisa (retired Dodger great) was eight outs away from getting eliminated and having the dreaded Giants win their first World Series in the bay area.  The Angeles were able to overcome a five run deficit to beat the Giants and Barry Bonds, as well as rip the hearts out of Giants fans everywhere.  Was it the team or the rally monkey?   We will never know 

#4 The Dodgers resign Manny.  I may be premature on this one but look for big numbers this year.  If last season was any indication to the powers of Manny then we are in for a treat this year.  The morale of the city has been glowing ever since Manny was resigned.   Has anyone ever seen Manny look so happy before?  No one.  Manny is happy, his teamates like him, his manager likes him, and the city is renmed Manny Wood.  He does so much more for this city then just play baseball it gives us hope and determination.  If gives us pride and is making us all anxious for opening day.  

#3 The number three moment for this city would have to be Derek Fisher’s turn around jumper at the buzzer.  I can still picture it today.  There was .4 seconds left on the clock.  The all mighty Lakers who had Shaq, Kobe, Malone, Fisher, and Payton on the floor were looking to go down in the Western Confrence Championship series.  Timmy Duncan had just hit a shot which Shaq could have not defended any better and left .4 seconds on the clock.  Payton dropped the perfect inbound pass to a streaking Derek Fisher.  The big fish caught shot and sprinted stright to the locker room in one of the most spectauclar plays a sports fan could ever whittness.  I could not beleive what I had just saw, even after they played the shot on slow mo to make sure he did get it off.  I still have goose bumps to this day.    Is that Doc Rivers as one of the announcers?

#2 I am going to stick with the Lakers for number two.  In the late 90’s and early 2000’s there was not a bigger rivalry than the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers.  Ever since I was born I have been a Laker fan.  During this period of time I lived up in Sacramento and boy was it hard.  Being the only Laker fan in high school was tough.  I rocked the yellow and purple day in and day out.  I pissed everyone off and they knew that all they could do to shut me up was if the Kings won a series over the Lakeshow. The Lakers were in the Western Congrence Finals and they were about to go down three games to one and on their way back to Sacramento.  They were down by two when Kobe drove…You know what just watch the video and it will tell you the rest. assist Divac.

#1 I think that it is very easy to say the best sporting moment for this town is when Gibson went yard against Eckersley.  Forget the fact that the Dodgers were down to their last out.  What about Gibson not playing the whole game due to jacked up legs.  The Dodgers got down 4-0 after Canseco hit a slam.  Slowly they chipped away at the lead and was down three four in the bottom of the ninth.  It was the bottom of the line up and the Dodgers needed to do something spectacular.  Gibby went into the locker room hitting balls off the tee grimanceing in pain.  When he came into the game he was facing the unstoppable Dennis Eckersly possibly one of the best closers ever.  It is fair to say if the Dodgers lost this game they would not have won the World Series.  Gibby battled so many pitches off.  He finally got one to hit and well the rest is history.  Feel free to watch. 

If you still think my number four moment is whack just wait.  Manny brings energy to Dodger Stadium the same way Kirk did.  Just wait and see.  The funk is back….. 

26
Feb
09

Whats playing on the C-POD?

I’m Courtland and I will hopefully be a regular here on Kaliphornya.com. I’m finishing up my degree at Cornell College in Iowa. I’m from Minnesota so naturally I am a HUGE Twins fan and…well…that’s about it. Our country is struggling through its toughest economic times since the Great Depression while Minnesota sports are a Great Depression. I play tennis at Cornell and have found that there is a very important piece that goes into my game that has nothing to do with “G” or what kind of racket I use. This would be my pre-game music. Before each weekend (we usually play clusters of matches on the weekends) I make a new play list on my iPod shuffle to get me going for the game. Whenever I watch NBA games and see such players at Lebron James, Steve Nash and Baron Davis walking into the arena with their gigantic headphones, I find myself wondering what they are listening to.

So I am here to give you some insight into what a men’s tennis player from Iowa will be listening to before matches this weekend. This, obviously, in no way represents what professional athletes listen to but I hope that through this you can find some good tunes to work out to or get pumped up to before a sporting event. Not all songs are rock or rap/hip-hop…you must find your true mood before!

Here are 10 (out of 103) songs that will be listened to on my shuffle:

  1. Our Truth – Lacuna Coil

  2. Ain’t I – Young LA feat. Young Dro & T.I.

  3. Still Dre – Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg

  4. Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body) – 36 Mafia

  5. The Anthem – Pitbull feat. Lil Jon

  6. Elevator – Flo Rida feat. Timbaland

  7. Roll – Flo Rida feat. Sean Kingston

  8. Real American – Rick Derringer

  9. The Champion In Me – 3 Doors Down

  10. Beware Of The Boys – Panjabi MC feat. Jay-Z

Tennis is a very different sport as compared to the likes of football and basketball. Both of those sports you can run 100 miles per hour and be very physical and jacked up. The difference is that tennis is a very mental game where fluid motions and a sound mind are key. So throughout the rest of this play list, one may find some classical music, r&b music and other types of moderately relaxing music. I’ve found that the best play lists for tennis are the ones that are eclectic in genres and don’t contain too much caffeine.

I plan on being a regular here on Kaliphornya so check back each week for my play list updates for the latest on my shuffle and for some new music to add to yours!

If you would like to get some more songs that are on this playlist, you can email us at: Kaliphonryablog@gmail.com and make sure to have “Playlist” as the title of the email.

Until next time-

24
Jan
09

Why Football is the most popular sport in the country

Baseball, Americas past time is a great sport but at times it gets a bit slow, basketball probably the fastest moving sport we watch yet catch the last five minutes of the game and you are set. Football, why is it the most popular sport in the USofA?
Ever since I was young football has been my least favorite sport out of the big three. I don’t know if it was due to the fact that my hometown did not have a team or that I am just a bit odd. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy watching the sport, but I don’t really follow it unless it is the playoffs or college football.
Why does the sport that starts and stops more times in three hours than you local postman does on his daily route get so much love? I have come to several conclusions. Men are very barbaric. We don’t ask for directions even though we are lost and have no clue where the hell we are going. We all say we can lift more than we really can, and then when it comes time to show it we go for it and somehow jack ourselves up but wont admit that we are hurt. We eat meat and drink beer just like the cave men did. Finally we like big hits.
This year I have watched more football than in the past strictly for one reason. The athletes out there are freaks of nature. They are bigger than a grizzly bear coming off of hibernation yet have the agility of a black panther. These guys probably put Lebron James athletic ability to question. These guys absolutely put licks on each other. This season has been full of heavy hard hitting.
My second reason this sport is number one is due to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl as we all know is played at a neutral site and consist of one game and has a killer half time show. What a concept, one game to decide the champion. Not seven but one. Imagine the pressure of playing in this game knowing that this is the only opportunity to win. You don’t have the ability to have an off day. You have to bring your A game to the table.
I think that the NBA and the MLB should adopt this policy.
Pick a neutral site, make a whole day out of the event, have a huge half time show, and let the players go at it just one time. How many World Series or NBA Finals parties have you been to? Imagine the feeling of having a game seven without having to go through the ups and downs of the previous six. I guarantee ratings would be through the roof, new fans would be captured, and the leagues would be stronger than ever.
As great of an idea this is, it will never happen. The sole reason this can only be a fantasy for the MLB and NBA, is because of greedy owners. If each playoff series were one game then that would reduce the season potentially by 18 playoff games including the finals. Cutting out 18 games of a season is having 18 games less of fans selling out the stadium and networks broadcasting 18 games worth of television. Damn

Greedy ass owners-




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