As such Alpha should have resorted to training on an asphalted surface (concrete) where the ball would come on faster. And please don’t mention physical damage to joints, since perusal of an Ajax of Amsterdam, Netherlands training manual would indicate training on asphalted surface! Footwear, in terms of turf boots should have also being taken into consideration towards maintaining proper equilibrium, especially the cricket pitch area that is almost devoid of grass with descending dew!
sure feels great to finally win something
The ongoing G-1 Climax is being rightly hailed as one of the best pro wrestling tournaments ever, and nothing’s been better than this AJ Styles/Minoru Suzuki match from Friday night in Tokyo. An easy match of the year so far, and maybe the best of the last several years - it’s better than Ricochet/Kushida, for sure, and in hindsight it’s better than any of the great Tanahashi/Okada matches of the last couple years, I think. Just about everything here is crisp and well-executed - even the interference makes sense in context, and perfectly sets up the second half of the match.
Mostly it’s the subtlety that sets this apart from the two dozen or so great NJPW matches of the last week. There’s a moment midway through when Styles does the signature index-finger-to-the-temple pose of his Bullet Club faction next to a fallen Suzuki, and you can just see it as soon as Suzuki opens his eyes: the fucking temerity of this guy. From that point forward there’s some truly innovative submission work, Suzuki trying his damnedest to break the offending finger clean off, Styles somehow finding a reversal every time, both guys’ faces locked in rictuses of anger.
I have to cop to never having been much of a Styles fan, but his work in NJPW has been superb. If it’s sometimes been hard to understand his appeal in the past, it’s never been more apparent than it is here. Suzuki’s easy to understand, meanwhile, and his late-career renaissance has been such a pleasure. If you enjoy watching a mean guy with a reverse mohawk kicking the shit out of some poor dude, watch his match against Togi Makabe the other night, which is certainly the Styles match’s equal in terms of brutality. Also watch his rematch against the dreaded MECHA MUMMY, just in case you think there’s something weirdly humorless about the guy.
Mostly, though, watch this. Especially if you think you won’t like it. This is everything great that pro wrestling can be.
Oregon Manifest have a competition running to select an urban utility bike to be put into production by Fuji Bikes. This is a great example of innovation happening in the bike world outside of the arena of competitive cycling with bikes that make sense for commuting, hauling your shopping as well as going for a joyride. It’s worth spending time with the showcase videos and hopefully it provides a window into what we might be seeing at our local bike stores in the near future. Which one is your favourite?
I’m happy to see that the Chicago team isn’t the only one that totally fucked this up. These are all bad and their designers should feel bad.
I understand how the past winter (esp. in upper midwest cities like MSP, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Chicago) could inspire one to design a bike that handle that noise like a Marshall tank, but really, if my wimpy self could bike through everything besides -20ºC temperatures on a Kona Honky Tonk, then surely most folks looking to bike through winter could make it by just adding disc brakes to a Surly Long Haul Trucker or something. The carbon drive belt is a dope idea, too, but the baskets are ugly as sin, with the front one liable to throw someone off-balance. The kickstands are nigh useless, especially in snow/ice/uneven surfaces, and don’t get me started on the handlebars. What the Chicago team DID get right is a slanted top tube for riders who feel like wearing a dress/skirt instead of pants every day. The average prototype of the Ultimate Winter Urban Bike® or whatever just reminds me of a bad concept car.
Anyway, here’s Wonderwall.
"imagine this as a fuji production model" is also a hilarious mental exercise fwiw
i’m guessing there aren’t so many big “gold diggers of 1933” fans at the sarah palin channel
posies were on some other shit circa frosting on the beater, specifically the snare/guitar breakdown
Firstly, the big news is that 3 teams will be guaranteed to wear throwbacks. The Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Toronto Raptors will be wearing throwbacks. The Paces will be wearing the old Flo-Jo road uniforms from the ’90s, the Kings will once again be honoring their history in Rochester by wearing Rochester Royals throwbacks, and the Toronto Raptors will be wearing those polarizing uniforms from their infancy.
i could totally fuck with that rochester jersey
Sheila Willis (I play as Digger5277)
Did you know: if you start spending your fourths of July in the Adirondacks at your great-grandparents’ old house, with little but a radio on hand for entertainment, but well within range of Ottawa AOR border blasters, you wind up listening to a LOT of Saga.
Great jam, eh!
I haven’t been watching much NJPW lately - my own slacking, no other reason - but this, Ricochet/Kushida in the finals of the Best of the Super Juniors 2014 tournament, is maybe my match of the year at this point.
Ricochet’s unbelievably smooth, of course, everybody knows that, but Kushida is just amazing here, destroying the arm and constantly trying to set up his kimura. No wasted moves - even the crazy aerial shit makes perfect sense in context. And there’s a lot of crazy aerial shit.
Imagine my excited/terrified “AAAAH” during the space flying tiger drop spot and then get ready for 20 more minutes of that. A million stars.