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Sports History Archive - A Blast From The Past -"Tiger Flowers"

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      If you are like me, one who readily admits he doesn't know everything and never will, I doubt that before today you had ever heard of middleweight boxing great Theodore "Tiger" Flowers; who also --because of him being a very religious man-- was known in the ring as the "Georgia Deacon". He was before our time and was of the old south.

      How I stumbled upon the story --Our local small town history museum is presently exhibiting stories of local athletes; including recent names of the mention: former Auburn and Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown, and of my generation --like my high school classmate, Eddie Lee Wilkins, who went on to play professional in the NBA with the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers and the N.Y. Knickerbockers, and like Georgia Tech all time leading rusher Robert Lavette, the nephew of a close friend, to the pre-world war II textile league players like the famed Rudy York of days long gone bye. As part of this presentation our local library has an exhibit displaying books about some of the greatest athletes in Georgia History. I opened a book and there was this story about our guy, the one we didn't know before today, Theodore "Tiger" Flowers. So in keeping with this new to me story I thought I'd share his story as found on Wikipedia.

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      What Qualifies A Woman To Compete As A Woman? An Ugly Fight Resumes

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          In competitive sports women usually compete with women and men with men. But what happens when someone doesn’t qualify to compete with either group. This is the plight of a group of gifted women athletes who must struggle for this opportunity because their bodies naturally produce too much testosterone. Is it an unfair advantage, or is it just another variable like height, weight, or stride length?

          I//www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/sports/olympics...

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          There Is A Hole In The Roof, For Now!

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              By Kimboak Benham (aka - Dajuan Candle)

              One of the most anticipated stadium openings around the world has been the much delayed opening of the brand new $1.6 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

              The Stadium was originally planned to be ready by May of this year and open to host MLS games, but the opening was pushed back to June, and then August. Now, with a month left before the stadium is to be used for the NFL preseason it was announced today that the mechanism that opens and closes the giant hole in the roof, which works like a shutter on a camera lens, will not be functional until a later date and that all games, possibly until next year, will be played with the roof shuttered closed until the automatic mechanisms have been completely installed.

              The fact that the stadium will open for business and host concerts, MLS, and both NFL and collegiate football games with the roof closed further inhibits the timely completing of the roof-opening and closing mechanism, requiring even more time.

              It is possible the roof may not be ready to let through the light of day until sometime next year. This revelation has disappointed many people. They've waited three years to visit the miracle in the gulch. They have longed to see this marvelous building on display from the inside, with the roof letting the natural sunlight in! But fizzle. You must wait until a later date.

              So, for those who wanted to see the hole in the roof with the 360 degree Halo board, the only one of its kind in the world, I got a picture for you. Below is a snap-shop of the Mercedes Benz Stadium, from inside, with the roof open and the fully functional halo-video-board turned on. The roof will closed until further notice just prior to the start of the NFL preseason.

              Additional info; The size of the video board is astonishing. It is huge. I think it is four or five stories tall and goes around the inner circumference of the roof opening.

              Those who love to take their smart devices everywhere, this place, thanks to IBM, is fully loaded, linked, and wired, with every com/smart device feature you can imagine. You can watch the game in your hand, on the video screen, or by looking at the field and I'm sure in other ways I am not aware of.

              Behold the greatest stadium ever built by man.

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              Vatican Versus: How Cricket United Catholics, Anglicans And Muslims

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                  Cricket is 'a natural fit for a message of understanding and harmony. “It provides us with a reason to associate and commune with other people from different nations.”'

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                  'In September 2016, three unique cricket teams played a tournament unlike any other. The hosting side were the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI, a team made up of Anglican vicars. One visiting team, Mount, was composed mostly of Muslim players from Yorkshire. The other, the St Peter’s XI, had come to Birmingham from the Vatican.

                  'The competition – played under the name Unity Through Cricket – had been four years in the making, and the idea for it began at the very top.

                  '“It stemmed from a conversation between Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby a few years ago,” says Father O’Higgins, manager of the Vatican team. “It began about football but soon moved on to cricket.” The head of the Catholic church and the head of the Church of England agreed that the game was a natural fit for a message of understanding and harmony. “It provides us with a reason to associate and commune with other people from different nations.”

                  'Not long after that conversation, the St Peter’s cricket club was established. Its founder, the former Australian ambassador to the Vatican John McCarthy, filled the team with seminarians – trainee priests – from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. They played their first match against the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI in September 2014 at the St Lawrence ground in Canterbury – a T20 fundraiser for the churches’ joint fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. The Anglicans won by six wickets and a new competition was established in world cricket.

                  'News of the match caught the interest of the press – and also reached the Mount cricket club, a largely Muslim side from Batley, Yorkshire, established in the 1970s by young immigrant Indians. “We were intrigued by the idea of a Vatican team. We knew they’d visited England once, so we contacted them with the idea of a match in the interfaith spirit,” says the club’s spokesman, Abdul A Ravat. “To our surprise and joy they accepted.”

                  What we learned from these games is that there is more that unites us than divides us

                  'Better still, the Vatican invited them to play the game in Rome. In October 2015, a party of 33, including players, wives and supporters, travelled to Italy for a match at the Campanella sports ground.

                  '“It was an incredible experience on a whole range of levels: social, cultural and spiritual,” says Ravat, proudly. “We discovered a great rapport with the Vatican team. We were treated like VIPs, given a tour of the Vatican and the Basilica and dined with the seminarians after the game. And, most important of all, the story went global.”'

                  https://www.theguardian.com/cricket-has-no-boundar...

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                  Former Marine Harnesses The Power Of Horses To Help Inner-city Youth

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                      http://www.espn.com/espnw/culture/feature/article/...

                      This lady is my hero. She is so genuine, and so concerned about the young people she serves. She has been a CNN "Hometown Heroes" semi-finalist, and, not least she employs my daughter.

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                          Who knew Eric Clapton was such as master with a fishing rod? Well, those who read his 2007 autobiography would know. For those who didn’t however, it may come as a surprise that the classic rock bluesman just entered the international record books after catching the year’s largest salmon in Iceland last week.

                          As Men’s Journal reports, Clapton was on fly-fishing trip in Iceland when he used those nimble fingers of his to snag a 28-pound, 42.5 inch salmon, which was apparently the largest that had been caught in the country so far this season. He caught the enormous fish along the Vatnsdalsá River in the country’s northern region. It was during his afternoon expedition where the large fish apparently forced the older rocker to run over half a mile downriver to then spend the next two and a half hours reeling it in.

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                          https://www.axs.com/eric-clapton-sets-record-for-t...

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                          Andy Murray Reminds Reporter That, Yes, Female Tennis Players Do Exist.

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                              Scottish tennis champ Andy Murray may have lost Wednesday morning in the Wimbledon quarter finals to American Sam Querrey, but he won major points for sticking up for female tennis players.

                              https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/07/13/andy-m...

                              SEE ALSO: Andy Murray owns BBC reporter who forgot women's tennis

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                              'We Want More Of This': How Street Cricket Is Changing Children’s Lives

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                                  I never for the life of me could understand how anybody could get excited about cricket. It had to be the most boring and slow game ever, and yet my friends in Australia would sit glued to their TV sets for hours and days just to watch one match from start to finish, and the points could reach thousands! That, to me, was insane.

                                  Now with street cricket, it's a whole new ball game and I really think I could get excited about this new form of cricket. It really wakes up my little boy's heart and makes me want to get out there bat the ball or bowl or whatever--just as long as it is fast and fun, not to mention all the new friends I could make!

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                                  'In the sports hall at Birmingham’s Joseph Chamberlain Health & Fitness Centre, a one-day cricket tournament with a difference is under way.

                                  'Small boys bounce excitedly in front of plastic stumps and jostle at the doors to get a look at the action; older ones saunter coolly to the crease, before unleashing ferocious shots that ricochet off the walls, to roars of approval from teammates.

                                  'There’s no dress code here: players sport a happy mix of football shorts, tracksuits, baseball caps on backwards, cricket shirts and acid-bright trainers. Competition is certainly in the air, but nerves not so much. The overwhelming sense is one of fun.

                                  'This is tape-ball cricket, a fast, frenetic and accessible version of the game, that does away with the need for expansive green spaces, pricey equipment, such as pads and helmets, and long hours waiting for a turn to bat or bowl.

                                  '“It’s more intense,” says Kennard, 15, from Leicester – and that makes it more enjoyable. “You get pressure built up from the start of the game.”

                                  'Tape-ball cricket takes its name from the tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape that it’s played with – the tape makes it behave more like a cricket ball, but without the potential for bruising.

                                  'Teams in this Midlands-wide tournament come from some of the 154 community cricket clubs run by the charity Chance to Shine’s street cricket programme in deprived communities across England. Professionally coached, they play in enclosed spaces, such as leisure centres and fenced-in areas in local parks and estates, with rules adapted to fit the settings: balls that hit the back or side walls score one run, while hitting the far wall earns you a four – or a six if it’s high enough. Hit the ceiling – or get caught off the wall – and you’re out.

                                  'Bilal and Ihtisham, both 14 and from Nottingham, are avid new recruits, jiggling in their seats and talking over each other in their eagerness to explain their enthusiasm. “Street cricket gives the game a bit more suspense,” Bilal says. “It makes it more alive.”

                                  'Ihtisham agrees: “More people get to bat and more people get to bowl.” And then there’s the social side: “Since I started this two months ago, I’ve made five new friends,” he says.'

                                  https://www.theguardian.com/cricket-has-no-boundar...

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