8:30 PM The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle notes that the Rochester Red Wings were the last American baseball team to play in Cuba before the U.S. embargo began in 1960. The July 25 game against the Havana Sugar Kings ended in a 3-3 tie after fans began firing weapons to celebrate Fidel Castro's revolution.
Making a living through crime is most assuredly not as exciting in reality as it is on TV and in movies. On film, career criminals live a high life of international intrigue as they fence rare antiquities or cut a debonair image as an international cat burglar. In reality, career criminals are often stupid junkies with no education, work ethic, or morals. They prey on the weakest and most vulnerable, not out of cunning but out of cowardice and laziness.
23-year-old Brit Gregory McCalium probably thought he hit some sort of criminal jackpot when he broke into his elderly neighbors’ house as they slept. What he didn’t know was that one of his 71-year-old neighbors just so happened to be a championship boxer back in the day. Hilarity, as they say, ensued.
We talk a lot about heroes. Whether it’s in a movie, TV show, or novel, heroes abound. We like heroes; nay, we want to be heroes, and that’s why we watch those movies. We then take our love of heroes and ascribe heroic properties to athletes, politicians, and a host of other people who generally don’t deserve it.
You know what, though? Some people do deserve it. While many people end up in the military for the college cash or job training despite the sacrifice and occupational hazards, Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman turned his back on a lucrative NFL career for the chance to serve his country; nothing more, nothing less. And now on April 21, 2009, as COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK points out, it has been five years since Tillman was killed by friendly fire and the circumstances of his death covered up by the United States Army. Read more…
Michael David Smith of FANHOUSE has the find of the day, pointing us to 16-year-old Ohio high school wrestler Dustin Carter. Carter is 41-2 and getting set to compete in the Ohio state quarterfinals this year.