Sidetracked: David Selimos & Chicago Lions Rugby

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By: Rikki Greenberg

My first mistake was comparing rugby to American football.

There were no yard lines, no third-down conversions and no bodies protected with pads. I tried to compare the scoring portion of the field to that of an end zone, but that didn’t really work either. The game wasn’t played on a field, but on a pitch. I did recognize goal posts, but they were much smaller and shorter than what I’m used to seeing on a Sunday afternoon.

I also wondered where I could wipe off the possible buckets of perspiration with a handy hot pink Gatorade towel or if I could quench my thirst with any number of bright orange Gatorade dispensers scattered across the sidelines. Sadly, there wasn’t an opportunity to do either.

You could imagine my relief when David Selimos, Scrumhalf for the Chicago Lions, compared his position to that of a quarterback. Hallelujah! A term I finally understand! [Read more…]

Sidetracked: Baseball as the New Celebration Sport?

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By: Melissa S. Wollering


Last week, USA Today ran down its list of potential Top 10 2009 baseball season highlights.  One of those highlights was the Brewers’ “bomb” celebration, detonated by Prince Fielder on September 6th at Miller Park.  That’s the day he hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th inning against the San Francisco Giants. It’s interesting that play was named among most-impressive highlights, considering the outrage it prompted throughout MLB. It begs the question, is baseball the new “celebration sport”? Are these stylish celebrations highlights or lowlights?

Here’s Milwaukee’s “Bombscapade” in all its glory.  Imagine a man of Fielder’s size trotting towards home plate only to stop and issue an outward tremor from which teammates instantaneously fell to the dirt in a 360-degree shockwave pattern. That’s when Prince stretched his arms to the heavens and proclaimed baseball was good. [Read more…]