- Eye of the Tiger
- Going the Distance
- Gonna Fly Now
- Living in America
- Take You Back
My favourite section of the site is the 'Favourites' link, where you can see a montage of Rocky's training and fight scenes.
Just read this great insight on blogging, by comedy writer Guy Browning:
Traditionally, people kept diaries of their innermost thoughts, safe in the knowledge that no one would ever publish them. Nowadays, millions of people publish their innermost thoughts as internet blogs, safe in the knowledge that no one will ever read them.
The men's final of the Aussie Open will be broadcast on the Beeb on Sunday morning. I am super happy because even though I wasn't looking forward to the prospect of watching it over the internet (you can hardly see the ball) I was willing to do it. The match up is between Federer the maestro versus 'on-fire' Gonzalez and it should be a corker. Good times.
I avoided the news on the tv and radio this morning so I could watch a recording of the Sunday's Masters snooker final, with the suspense of not knowing the result. And what a match it was. It was, without reservation, the best performance from an individual that I have ever witnessed.
Ronnie O'Sullivan started the match 2-0 down against an on-form Ding Junhui, who is just 19 years old and who scored a maximum (147 ) earlier in the tournament. At this point it looked like Ding had a good chance of taking the trophy, but it was not to be. The usually emotionally tormented O'Sullivan held his composure as he has done throughout the tournament, producing a performance the standard of which I have never seen, and most probably will never see again. His potting and positioning was of such a high quality that at times it seemed as if he was controlling the white ball with his mind alone.
It was sad to see the mental effect this decimation was having on Ding, who was playing well through the first half of the match. However, the combination of a highly partisan audience and Ronnie playing at an almost super-human level took its toll on Ding, who seemed on the verge of tears toward the end of the match. You could see the despair and hopelessness on his face. It was as if he crumbled once when he realised he was fighting against the impossible. He was but a victim to a perfect opponent. Fortunately, O'Sullivan was a modest and gracious champion, and he considerately consoled Ding in the break and at the end of the match. These provided some real touching moments.
The only reason I have titled this the best snooker 'performance' ever and not the best 'match' ever, is because it was so one-sided. This is no fault of Ding's, but to have been the best match of all time would have required a player to have challenged O'Sullivan from start to end. Still, what a masterclass. Thank you.
Make no mistake, Ding's time will come yet. Despite crumbling in the final, he has a mental maturity beyond his age, and his career is only just beginning. In the meanwhile, we can hopefully continue to enjoy Ronnie at his finest.
Clear here for a summary story from the BBC, along with links to highlights from the game and post a match interview with Ronnie.
I just came across a really interesting site that shows what 200 calories looks like on the plate. The shocker is just how much more healthy food you can eat if you replace it for unhealthy fatty food, that is usually super dense in calories. Take a look at the pictures on the site and be amazed.
From Mike Way, Director of Coaching at Canada's National Squash Training Centre:
This is more than enough to get started, but if you would like further tips check out these links:
Here is a meaty selection of videos from the pro squash circuit. Observe how the beautiful footwork of these players gives them invaluable reach around the court.
A handful of rules from World Squash
- A match is the best of five games. Each game is to nine points, unless the score reaches eight-all. At eight-all the receiver (non-server) has to choose to play either to nine points (known as "Set One") or to ten points (known as "Set Two"). (There is no requirement that a player needs to be two points ahead to win a game).
- When it is his or her turn to play the ball, a player is entitled to freedom from interference by the opponent. The striker has four basic rights, and interference has occurred if the opponent fails to provide him with any of these, even if he has made every effort to do so:
Unobstructed direct access to the ball after completion of a reasonable follow-through.
A fair view of the ball on its rebound from the front wall.
Freedom to hit the ball with a reasonable swing.
Freedom to play the ball directly to the front wall.
The player is entitled to a let if he or she could have returned the ball and the opponent has made every effort to avoid the interference.
Could the obstructed player have reached the ball and made a good return? And was he making every effort to do so ? If either answer is 'no', then it's 'no let'.
Did the obstructing player make every effort avoid the interference? If he didn't, then it's a stroke.
...and my favourite squash rule: If a player vomits on court, the opponent wins the match.Squash balls
Double yellow dot - Unbelievably slow, World Championship level
Yellow dot - Super slow
White dot or green dot - Slow
Red dot - Medium
Blue dot - Fast
Earlier today, I was hitting the keys on my laptop keyboard and I suddenly started getting numbers instead of letters. I spent about half an hour trying to figure out if my keyboard was broken, before I realised I had accidentally pressed the 'Num Lock' key.
On Jan 2, Wesley Autrey (pictured) jumped on to a train track and faced an oncoming train to rescue a stranger who had fallen on to the line. Here is the short story from the New York Times.