Dear Most Skateboarders: You Suck. Signed, This Guy

first_imgThis guy is Bob Burnquist. He is among the most influential skateboarders the industry has ever seen.(I know this because it says so in the description of this video on YouTube, so it must be true.)This is a nicely shot, nicely edited, nice sounding video of some insane skateboarding stuff.You don’t have to like skateboarding to be able to appreciate the amount of skill, strength and courage it takes to do stuff like this.Oh yeah. And then there’s the helicopter…Meanwhile, I’m happy I can usually run up the stairs two at a time without tripping and falling up the stairs.Enjoy. Then go back to Extreme Excel Documenting.EDIT: Apparently, as evidenced by some comments below, some in the skateboard community took offense to my headline. As you can also see by my response, it was not meant to insult the craft nor those who participate in it. In fact, of you read any of my other “buzz” items, I hope you’d see I speak/write in extreme hyperbole quite often. So relax. I respect all who partake in this activity, at any level. The headline was simply meant to snarkily convey the extreme nature of the video, in a way that might catch the attention of those who wouldn’t normally have taken a look at skateboarding footage. This, I hope, brought new admirers to the sport, which is why I chose to highlight this footage in the first place. I would have thought that my complimentary and then self-depreciating comments in the write up would have made it clear that I am in awe of such talent, and that when I say “most skateboarders suck” it would have been taken as an obvious exaggeration, if anything, calling out the same kind of posers that the purist skateboarders themselves would probably call out. So, that’s that. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Pitt, SMU to meet in BBVA Compass Bowl

first_imgGraham said Sunday that co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee, tight ends coach Tony Dews and secondary coach Tony Gibson have left the program to pursue other jobs.A day earlier, the Panthers became bowl eligible with a 33-20 win over Syracuse.“You play an entire season to earn the opportunity for one extra game—a bowl game,” Graham said. “Our team is excited for the chance to put that Pitt helmet on one more time for the BBVA Compass Bowl. Birmingham is a great college football town. We’re looking forward to our visit and playing SMU in front of a national ESPN television audience.”Pittsburgh is making its fourth straight postseason appearance out of the Big East while coach June Jones has led SMU to three bowls in a row.The two teams have split their first five meetings, 2-2-1. SMU, out of Conference USA, won their only other postseason matchup 7-3 in the 1983 Cotton Bowl.SMU had a five-game winning streak after an opening loss to Texas A&M.“We are happy to be playing in the BBVA Compass Bowl and to get a chance for our eighth win,” said Jones, who is seeking win No. 100. “Our kids have worked hard this season and will be excited to take on a quality program like Pitt on national TV.”(For tickets and travel package information, call the Panthers Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT.) CAPABLE BACK-UP—Pitt freshman running back Isaac Bennett had seven catches including one for a touchdown in the Panthers 33-20 win over Syracuse. (Courier Photo/William McBride) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Pittsburgh will face SMU in its second straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl with coaching issues again. Bowl officials announced the matchup Sunday for the Jan. 7 game at Legion Field.Pittsburgh beat Kentucky 27-10 last season in the first game after coach Dave Wannstedt was forced to resign. Now, his replacement, Todd Graham, must replace three assistants.last_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP ANNOUNCES “KID REPORTER” INTERVIEW SERIES DURING 2016 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (October 28, 2016) – Today Breeders’ Cup announced that Maddie Stevens, the 7-year old daughter of 10 time Breeders’ Cup Champion jockey and acclaimed actor Gary Stevens, will host a series of all access interviews with several of horseracing’s most influential figures. A horseracing aficionado, Maddie has spent her entire life deeply involved in the horseracing community. Ahead of and during the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Maddie will conduct interviews with some of the sport’s most influential names, including leading Breeders’ Cup jockeys, partners, executives and horses. In the weeks leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, Maddie will meet with famed jockeys Victor Espinoza, winner of the first ever Grand Slam title, and Mike Smith, the winningest jockey in Breeders’ Cup history, to get their insight on the sport of horse racing and their take on this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Maddie will also meet with Goodie Girls Cupcakes to exclusively unveil the Breeders’ Cupcake and pay a visit to California Chrome, Tepin, Songbird, Beholder, and Stellar Wind, five of this year’s leading contenders. About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube To follow Maddie and stay up-to-date with news from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, click here and hereMedia Contact:Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512, [email protected] Hayley Karlan, Nike Communications, 646-654-3445, [email protected] Maddie Stevens, Daughter of Hall of Fame jockey, Gary Stevens, to Conduct “All Access” Interviews with Leading Breeders’ Cup Participants, Executives, and Partnerscenter_img “We are excited that Maddie will be joining the Breeders’ Cup team this year,” said Peter Rotondo, Vice President of Content for Breeders’ Cup. “Maddie has more horse racing knowledge than many in the industry and is the perfect person for the job, her subjects better be ready for any and all questions!” -30- Days ahead of the Breeders’ Cup, Maddie will also be on-site at several of the most exciting events, including the post position draw for both the Classic and the Longines Distaff and the highly anticipated Taste of the World event at Warner Bros. Studios. Additionally, she will conduct a one-on-one interview with Bob Baffert, one of horseracing’s most renowned trainers whose past horses include 2015 Triple Crown and Grand Slam winner American Pharaoh.last_img read more