Apparently those high tech golf balls really are all the same. Or at least two of them according to a U.S. District court that ordered Titleist this month to stop selling its Pro V1 golf ball by 2009. The court claimed the balls were in violation of a Callaway Golf patent but has yet to rule on damages. And just how much cash could a measly golf ball have generated? According to the suit – more than $1 billion.
Roy Jones Jr. just might be the next to boxer endorse the Counter-Punch technology as a training tool. Leading up to his fight with Jones, Joe Calzaghe remained tight lipped about his training techniques. But as fight night drew near, Calzaghe discussed for the first time his use of a novel punching bag capable of quantifying the speed, power and sequence of punches. All factors with which Jones became familiar while losing to the still undefeated, and recently retired, Calzaghe.
I was very pleased to find out about the existence of "binocular soccer". It's a whimsical, silly romp, another manifestation of that distinctly Japanese sense of humor. Check out "human Tetris" for another delight in the same genre. The inherent difficulty of playing this game has much to do with fundamental principles of optics.
Looks like Lance Armstrong might have a new pair of sunglasses for his comeback tour. The blogs lit up in the past few weeks with attention surrounding a pair of Nike sunglasses that increase a rider's peripheral vision from the standard 180 degrees to up to 240. Given Lance's pension for wearing yellow, the new specs could come in handy. Only problem is that Nike isn't actually making the glasses. Confused? We dug into the mystery.
A study of young and middle-aged Italian women showed that 20 percent of those surveyed had adjusted the way they practiced and competed in sport due to urinary incontinence. Even Title IX can't help address this. The study, published last month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that 10 percent of women literally abandoned a sport because of episodes of leakage. The abandonment rate increased significantly for women who had borne children, and an increase in body mass index also correlated with problems.
[Via the British Journal of Sports Medicine]
Does the "N" in NASCAR stand for nepotism? Research published earlier this year in the Journal of Sports Economics investigates the last 30 years of racing to determine whether a family name has provided a free ride. The data shows that sons of NASCAR drivers do not have significantly longer careers than competitors without a family link, given the same level of performance (so Dale Jr. haters, pipe down).
So the answer is that there's no nepotism? Not so fast. Second brothers do have a significantly longer career than their performance warrants. Fathers also perform better than sons (Dale Jr. haters, we hear you). While first brothers perform better than second brothers. But don't think having a son doesn't affect the father. Fathers with a son competing have a significantly shorter career than their performance would warrant. Tell that to Richard Petty.
Probably the most sought-after surfing experience is the tube ride (a.k.a. "getting barreled"). A tube ride occurs when the top of the wave pitches over the surfer so that he or she is completely enclosed in an oval space behind the curtain of falling water. Inside the "green room," you are hurtling through a tunnel of water and the only way out (without wiping out) is straight through the opening in front of you. Hollow waves are foot-for-foot the most powerful variety of breaking wave, and good tube riding is really difficult. It requires timing, experience, and skill. The video shows us some world-class surfers making it look easy!
When Kenny George, a seven-foot center on the University of North Carolina-Asheville basketball team, recently contracted a staph infection, requiring part of his foot to be amputated, only his teammates and family blinked an eye. But when reports surfaced that Peyton Manning required knee surgery due to a similar problem, fantasy owners and the sports world took notice.
There are few things more impressive than watching a big-wave surfer dropping into a monstrous "bomb" 60 or 70 feet high. Actually doing it must be quite an adrenaline rush. (I've been out in waves maybe a fifth that size and even then the energy of the wave can be, well... terrifying!) In the video we can see that the surfer gets towed into the wave with the aid of a jet ski. If you're familiar with surfing you might be aware that once waves get big enough (wave faces larger than 40 or 50 feet) it's impossible to paddle into them in the "traditional" way: you have to be towed in. Why is this? Not surprisingly, it all has to do with some basic principles of physics.
Sports have been known to start riots. But no sports can cause utter pandemonium. For Red Sox Nation and the 20 Rays fans watching game six of the ALCS, the hypothetical nearly became reality. At 8:08 PM as the first pitch was being thrown, every bar in America was showing – The Steve Harvey Show?
A power failure in Atlanta eliminated the ability to transmit live footage while immediately placing every bartender in Boston in a very clear and present danger.