Sports Farce Part I

The Weakness of Trying to Be The Best I’ve been on a journey to find out what good reason there could be to aim to beat anyone at anything.  After speaking to an assortment of people—successful entrepreneurs, athletes who have excelled, and life’s complete failures—it has been decided: people win because they are brainwashed and insecure.  So gone are the erudites and Bourgeoisies as they lie among them.  I have figured it out, not in spite of them but because of them.  Where are the exceptions to all these unoriginal followers and dullards? The two high, noble reasons to aim to be the best: Just for the sport of…

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Sports Farce Part II – the Delusions of Being Competitive

I just caught Magic & Bird on HBO while hoping, instead, to watch a replay of the Pacquiao-Clottey 24/7, but I sat through the basketball documentary taken aback by the pretense. To me, Larry Bird acted like some monster readying himself to eviscerate his opponents, the greatest of which was Ervin Johnson. Johnson explained away at how he was, as well, a super-human whose personality when not at home was encapsulated by being “Magic.” When he was in front of the cameras, he was an entertainer, and pure Magic. When he was on the court, he was a competitor trying to do whatever in the world he could do…

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Fight Quotes – A Compilation

This is a compilation of quotations that I’ve read over the years, each of which have “struck a chord and my fancy” as I have found them to have some relation to the elegant and ultra-violent world of fighting. A crude few are excerpted from my writing, but they are, at least, honest. Check it out. v “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill v “Boxing is the best and most individual lifestyle you can have in society without being a criminal.” – Randy Neumann v “I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.” – Muhammad Ali…

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Cain Velasquez v. Brock Lesnar Afterword: the Culture of Boxing and MMA

A. O’Toole’s comical entries, 12 Reasons Boxing Guy’s Hate MMA and 12 More Reasons You Should Hate MMA, Too, have gotten ShootaFairOne.com a mass push of emails in support for O’Toole as well as a few peripheral death threats. Some feedback was so top-notch that I felt compelled to address them along with one fine bashing. Where does this boxing-mma beef come from? For one, the hard feelings come from the two sports’ fan bases not intermingling with each other as much as they seem to be meant to. The boxing crowd generally does not associate with any other crowd – most notably football, and now mma. Boxing enthusiasts,…

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The Truth about Fight Specific Gym Equipment

The run-of-the-mill fight gym (and every Yuppy-Mill Gym Program or Martial Arts Chop-Shop as I call them) usually has the basic devices conventionally used to minimally prepare fighters – heavybag, speedbag, some weights, and a few medicine balls.  But do these guys ever get the attention to learn why these training devices are used?  Why do all the pop-culture magazines have bags of all types with gimmicks that may hook the average buyer? I’m going to go through the best equipment and the best ways they’re used. First, only the most ardent boxing gym owners have an evaluation line (eval-line) in their facilities, but it is the foundation to…

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What Gym Owners Don’t Tell You

Gyms are businesses like anything else, and there a very few gyms that put the fighters first. The number one truth gym owners won’t tell you is that “they don’t care if you quit as long as you keep paying.” Gym owners actually count on people paying their dues and not attending. One of the most common dilemmas that owners face is price planning. Should they let members pay monthly or pay by the package (multiple months at a time)? The problem is that people tend to quit whatever pursuits they take up, at least when it comes to martial arts. So gym owners want to whore their gyms…

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Toughness, Race, Insecurity and the Culture of Fighting

To state that any generalization has its exceptions and that any cluster implies “not all” is a disclaimer only for children and confounded idiots, bigots or simply the ignorant. So, I’ll just say it to satisfy any unintended readers: this is not a condemnation of any group of people but the pretend tough-guys who may be more conspicuous in some cultures than others. There is a difference in cultures in the wide world of conflict, and even war. Many of us have been in fair fights, and many of us have been in brawls. Almost every one of us must have been in near fights, and countless more have…

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Jackass Visiting Your Boxing Club

Things That Flag You For Being a Know-Nothing JackAss When Visiting a Boxing Club: You are a new or novice boxer stating that your single-minded goal is going to the Olympics.You start conversations and ask boxers their records, not just how many fights they may have.You say that you have boxing experience “from fighting in the streets.”You hit the bags during conversations with the coach, not just out of interest to test the stuff, but almost as if you actually think you look good doing it.You ‘interview’ the coach about who his favorite fighter is, as if that is a direct reflection of his coaching style.You say you want…

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It’s the Same Science, but I’m Scoring It Different – The Damage Principle and Fear Generalship In Boxing

In the lone corner of a room of fools, away from the bitter old-timers, and farther from the face-fighting wannabe’s, a few of us combat enthusiasts have quietly disagreed with the factors of fight scoring for a century or more—but ours is not spewed from ignorance.  People like me aren’t disagreeing with judges, because we understand the flaw of boxing scoring.  At the core of the issue, we simply disagree with boxing. I object to the scoring of pro boxing as enthusiastically as I do in my hatred for the old amateur boxing point scoring.  My disgust is so advanced that I discount records and decisions to a greater…

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Grunting In Fighting and Proper Breathing

Besides the fact that grunting sounds feminine for fighters and that it goes against every notion of relaxation with the intensity usually designated to supremely lacking weight-lifters and man-grabbing footballers, it just doesn’t work in any way a fighter may think. Grunting, by definition occurs because “the glottis briefly stops the flow of air, halting the movement of the lungs and their surrounding and supporting structures.”  Grunting, simply put, restricts the lungs.  A grunt actually narrows the opening in the lungs, breaking up the breathing rate.  The allure of grunting is that it feels easier to throw a few hard punches than the traditional, and proven, inhale through the…

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