Boris Becker Auctions His Trophies

Trophies and personal souvenirs belonging to German tennis star Boris Becker will be auctioned online from Monday by British firm Wyles Hardy to partially clear the bankrupt champion’s debts. The youngest winner in Wimbledon’s history, who claimed the first of three titles aged just 17, is auctioning off 82 items including medals, cups, watches and photographs. The sale will end on July 11, Wyles Hardy said on its website.

Some of the trophies up for grabs include a replica of a Challenge Cup awarded to Becker following one of his Wimbledon wins, and the three-quarter size replica of the Renshaw Cup presented after he became the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion. His Wimbledon finalist medal from 1990, when he was beaten by Swede Stefan Edberg, and a replica of the US Open silver cup made by jeweller Tiffany for his 1989 victory over Ivan Lendl, will also be included in the sale.

The indebted 51-year-old champion was declared bankrupt in 2017. However, the sales will not be enough to cover debts valued at millions of pounds. Becker has already had legal difficulties with the Spanish courts over unpaid debts for work carried out on his villa in Mallorca. The pastor who married him in 2009 also took him to court in Switzerland and the German courts in 2002 gave him a two-year suspended sentence and a fine of 500,000 euros (US$570,000) over 1.7 million euros in unpaid taxes. The six-times Grand Slam winner, nicknamed “Boom Boom” Becker for his devastating serve, won 49 titles and more than 20 million euros in prize money during his career. He now focuses on his tennis activities, particularly commentating, as he attempts to use his fame to wipe out his debts.

Fun Sports To Try This Spring

Now that the winter is coming to an end, it is time for us all to start thinking about the ways we can get fit and healthy for that summer body. Today we are going to have a look at some of the fun sports which you can try out this year to get you fit and to also teach you a new hobby.

Zumba

If you are looking for a simple way to get fit and lose some weight this year while also having some fun with a friend or your partner, Zumba is a great choice. Most local towns and cities will have someone who runs a Zumba class and you can join this every week to get toned and build up your endurance while also having fun dancing to different songs. It is a different and unique sport which is why it can be a great way to break out of your regular routine.

Football

If you want to go classic and you are thinking of joining a league in your local area, football is always a great idea. Football is a sport which anyone can learn and take part in and you will also be able to see that all levels of player can enjoy themselves on the pitch. If you have a group of friends or some people from Work who can come and play with you, it can make the day even more fun.

Basketball

Basketball is an awesome sport for people who love to run around and practice their dribbling. And even if you aren’t the tallest person in the world you can still have some fun running around and trying your best to shoot the ball into the hoops. It can be a good activity to try with your friends or you can even look to join a local team for it.

Volleyball

If indoor sports aren’t your thing and you happen to live near the beach, why not try your hand at beach volleyball this year? Volleyball is an incredibly fun and active sport which is ideal for those of you who want to build up stamina and stay lean during the summer. The beauty is that you don’t need any special clothing either so you can just play in your bathing suit to save some money!

Tennis

One of the most popular sports in the world has to be tennis, and if you haven’t played tennis before then this is the ideal time for you to learn. Tennis is a simple premise and it is ideal for people with all abilities and all body types, you can be young and fit or a little older and you’ll still be able to have some fun on the court. It could be a good option for a sport to try with your parents or grandparents and it is always a great choice for a sunny day.

Squash

If you have played tennis but you want to challenge yourself even further this year, one great idea for you to try would be squash. Squash is a sport which takes place inside a closed court and is ideal for people who want to build up their cardio strength as well as their reaction times. You will need to get some rackets and balls for this but it is more than worth it for the fun you’ll get out of it all.

Frisbee golf

For anyone who loves playing in the park with their dogs and kids, frisbee golf can be the ideal sport for you. Frisbee golf sounds exactly like what it is and you will go through an outdoor course and try to throw a frisbee into a little better pot on each hole. It is a sport which is super fun and unique which is perfect for groups of people.

Golf

If you feel as if you want to try something fun this year, a game of golf can be a relaxing sport which is perfect for those of you who don’t want to move too strenuously. Golf can be a good sport to try with your older family members and it can be a fun way to get everyone out of the house for a little while.

Swimming

If you want to try a sport which isn’t competitive and you always love to be in the water, you can try swimming this year and build up strength through your whole body. Swimming is a sport which targets every muscle and it is the ideal one to try this year if you want to tone up and get lean.

Table tennis

Not everyone likes to play super strenuous sports, and table tennis can be a good alternative for those of you who don’t want to get out onto the court this year. You can have some real fun playing table tennis at home with simple tabletop kit and this can be the ideal thing for a rainy day.

Boxing

Boxing isn’t just a way for people to let out some frustration, it is also a sport which can be perfect for anyone to try if they want to lose some weight and build up muscle. You can join a kickboxing or boxing class in your local area and take some time to learn how to punch and protect yourself. This is a useful sport to learn because it will allow you to defend yourself in real life situations too.

Something different

If you don’t want to try any of the conventional sports on this list, it’s a good idea to make up a sport for yourself or try something unique in your local city. You could find a hoverboard price and ride this down your local boardwalk, try your hand at beer yoga, or even think about trying some aerial acrobatics or pole dancing. You can find lots of fun and different sports around so it is worth having a look online to see what choice there is. Have fun with it all and just try what you want to try.

Could Sports See That Your Kids Are Fit For The Working World?

Any parent knows that encouraging their kids to take part in active hobbies is a good thing. If nothing else, this is a fantastic way to encourage fitness. No parent could sniff at that in a world where more than 1 in five children are overweight or obese. Even if your child isn’t suffering with their weight, ensuring that they keep on top of exercise can see them living a happier and healthier life. If you haven’t already signed them up for some sport, then, that alone should see you reaching for your pen.

The benefits don’t end there, either. A regular sporting habit can also set children up for their futures in a lot of ways. That’s because the mentality sports induce isn’t dissimilar to the way we need to think in the working world. Sports are more than physical activities. They also teach a set of values which kids can take forward with them. You could go as far as to say that sporting is a way of life, not just a hobby. But, how exactly can a local sports club set your kids up for proper behavior in the workplace? Keep on reading to find out.

Let’s talk teamwork

You can’t mention sports without talking teamwork. With few exceptions, the two go hand in hand. Group options like baseball and football can certainly teach kids a few things about working with others to get a job done. They can’t very well score all those goals on their own, after all. Instead, every member of the team plays a set and crucial role towards the team’s overall success. And, everyone has to respect those positions to reap the rewards of them. If that doesn’t sound familiar to you, it should. It’s precisely the kind of dynamic we see in workplaces across the world. Again, there are exceptions, but most of us need to work with our colleagues to achieve results. An office is all about different departments working towards a united goal. In industries like retail, you rely on various team members to complete different aspects of a transaction. In a field like construction, an ability to work with others becomes a matter of life or death. Whatever industry your child chooses to work in, then, you can bet they’ll thank their days on the sporting field. Start them here early enough, and they should be able to forge decent relationships in any environment. All thanks to those sports.

You don’t get anything if you don’t work hard

Sports are also all about working hard to achieve results. Most teams will meet at least twice or more a week to work on their game. Leading up to big matches, these practices may even increase to an hour or more every morning. That’s because you can’t win without working for it. And, you can’t achieve a decent career without doing the same. Time on that sporting field will show your child how their efforts impact the results they see. If they skip practice, they’ll lose a game. It’s that simple. This direct correlation is sure to teach them invaluable lessons about the importance of hard work. The teachings of those early morning practices could see them arriving at the office first or staying after hours to ensure that perform to the best of their ability. That outlook alone is sure to see them going far in whatever they opt to try their hand at. It could even see them climbing the ranks pretty sharpish. People who go the extra mile always come to the attention of the right people, after all.

How do you deal with pressure?

Any sport also brings a fair amount of pressure and stress. Often, this is seen as a bad thing. And, there’s no denying that overbearing parents who pile on the pressure to win can do more damage than good. But, in general, a little pressure when you’re young isn’t all bad news. The working world is a high-pressure environment every single day, after all. If you wrap your kids in cotton wool and make everything too easy for them, that shift is going to come as a real shock. So much so that they may be unable to cope with even the slightest pressure on their shoulders. In extreme cases, this can lead to mental struggles such as anxiety. It could even see them avoiding any career which threatens to challenge them. And, that isn’t good. But, it needn’t happen if they’re used the pressure of regular sporting events. The training and day itself are sure to stress them out but in a safe environment. They’ll have you and their coach to see them through and make sure the pressure doesn’t get too much. Gradually, they’ll develop their own coping mechanisms for those stressful situations. And, when they do head out to work, they’ll be able to turn to those methods to see them through the worst meetings or sales pitches.

The importance of dressing the part

Any sporting activity going requires a uniform of some kind. Often, this is a case of ease. In team sports, it’s to do with being able to spot your fellows on the field. And, it could well be the first time your child has ever had to wear a uniform for anything. While some schools in the U.S. do require uniforms, many don’t. As such, your child may only know how it feels to wear clothes they’re comfortable in. That can be problematic when they have to dress the part for work. Even if they aren’t working in a uniform-based space, there will be an expectation for them to dress to impress. And, surprise surprise, this is also a lesson they can learn from all those sports. Whether they’re going to practice or playing a match, they’ll need to have a clean uniform ready to go. And, they’ll need to wear it. Otherwise, they’ll get turned away and miss out. Whether they have to wear youth baseball uniforms or football kits, this will get them into a positive habit. When the time does come for them to head to work, then, they won’t resent that uniform need at all. In fact, they’ll embrace it with fond memories of their early sporting days.

Respect for authority figures

Early sports can also teach kids about respecting authority figures. Their respect for you and their teachers should already take them halfway here. But, the relationship between players and coaches is often far more like that of employees and managers. That sports coach will work those kids to the bone, and there will often be a lot of resentment. Some players may even rally against the workload, or resent their coach at times. But, when they make those winning goals, they’ll be able to see clearly why all that work was necessary. And, this can lead to strong levels of friendship and respect which they won’t experience elsewhere. That’s a good thing considering that this is a lot like the relationship they’ll later have with their bosses. Managers work us hard, and the relationship isn’t always a happy one. Ultimately though, a positive working environment involves some understanding between managers and employees. No matter how much we hate our bosses during the day, we need to put those feelings behind us during  those after work drinks. It’s also important that we bite our tongues if we want to keep our jobs. And, those are all skills that time working with a sporting coach could provide your kids.

How to lead

While this isn’t applicable to every kid who does sports, some will also learn the ability to lead along the way. Those who go on to become team captains or managers will learn what it takes to keep a team in check. They’ll learn about the need to keep everyone onside while maintaining a healthy level of control. They’ll also learn about the need to push themselves harder than their team to ensure the best results. And, these are all qualities which could lead to a future leader in the workplace. If a management position came up in their workplace, they probably wouldn’t think twice about taking it. The chances are that they would do a pretty damn good job, too. And, that’s all because you encouraged them to join the local baseball team. You could go as far as to say that joining a sporting group early can improve their quality of life for the rest of their days. When you think about that, there really is no time like the present to sign them up.

For these reasons and more, you should do what you can to find a sport which suits your child’s needs. Even if they aren’t outwardly sporty, options like yoga or horse riding could still see them experiencing all the benefits they need. One thing’s sure; you can bet they’ll thank you for this when they’re achieving their dreams as an indirect result.

The Best Active Hobbies for Your Kids

As a parent, you’re probably very keen to get your kids as active as they possibly can be. We all know the dangers of inactivity and modern lifestyles. So in order to keep your kids healthy, you need them to be out there, moving and being as active as possible. The best way to encourage that kind of behavior in your kids is to find hobbies that they can throw themselves into and enjoy, while getting active via them at the same time.

Rock Climbing

Going rock climbing with your kids might be a little scary for you as a parent, but it’s not nearly as risky as it sounds. At indoor centres that are properly licensed and trainers are fully qualified, it’s all very safe. And your kids will love it. CLimbing vertical walls is very fun, but it’s also a great form of exercise and can actually tire out your kids pretty quickly if they really throw themselves into it.

Martial Arts

Martial arts are also a lot safer than you might imagine as a protective parent. It’s as much about activity and discipline as it is about competition. They’ll learn how to tie a karate belt and respect their opponent, so they’ll actually get a lot more out of it than you might think. It’ll also act as a helpful form of exercise that’ll keep them in shape if they stick at it consistently.

Cycling

Cycling is a habit you should get your kids into. Rather than having them relying on your car or public transport, you can get them into the habit of using the cycling lanes instead. Teach them how to ride safely and make it something that you integrate into your daily lives if you can. You can then encourage them to pursue other kinds of competitive cycling if they’re interested in that.

Dancing

Dancing is one of those things that many children enjoy, but they won’t necessarily see it as a form of exercise. However, just because they don’t think about it as exercise, that doesn’t mean it isn’t. It’s actually one of the best forms of exercise out there. You can really get into it and enjoy the music, while also getting fit. It’s something you should definitely consider for your kids.

Swimming

Swimming is another thing that is both useful as exercise while also being a very important skill to have. When your kids feel secure and adept in the water, they’ll be much safer in case they ever need to use those skills in real life. But it’s something that they can do regularly and have fun with if you have a local swimming pool you can take them to. It’s very good exercise for young people.

Getting your kids active and encouraging them to develop hobbies that they can carry with them beyond childhood are both massively important things, so why not combine them? Hopefully, the ideas above have given your some inspiration as you try to encourage active hobbies for your kids.

I, Tonya

I, Tonya  is a 2017 American black comedy biographical film directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Steven Rogers. It follows the life of figure skater Tonya Harding and her connection to the 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan. It features interviews with the characters in mockumentary-style set in the modern day, as well as fourth wall breaking. Margot Robbie (who also produced) stars as Harding, Sebastian Stan plays Harding’s husband Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney plays Harding’s mother LaVona Golden; Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver, Paul Walter Hauser, and Bobby Cannavale also star.

Although enjoyable, I find it odd that the movie focuses on Harding and her ex-husband Jeff who conspired to hurt and intimidate Nancy – maybe not to hurt her that badly – but still the story is about the wrong doers. The infamous incident about the attack on her friend and rival Nancy Kerrigan is one of sports and media history, so much so that it is still clear in my mind all these years later. Harding has stuck to her story and maintains that she did not do anything wrong other the fact that once she found out about the attack on Nancy and that her only crime is not coming out sooner, having hindered the investigation.

After Tonya’s confidence is shaken by a death threat; Jeff realises he can do the same to Tonya’s main rival Nancy Kerrigan. However, Jeff’s delusional friend Shawn Eckhart, seeking notoriety and prestige, hires two inept crooks to attack Kerrigan after a practice session in Detroit. Kerrigan’s knee is badly injured by Shane Stant, and both men involved are soon arrested. Eckhardt’s bragging around town quickly leads the FBI to him. He points the finger at Jeff, who is horrified to learn that Eckhardt gave orders beyond sending death threats via letters. Tonya qualifies for the Olympic team amid the allegations that she was involved in Kerrigan’s attack. Realizing that she will be found guilty by the association, she goes to the FBI and tells them what Jeff and Shawn did, who then show her written testimony to Jeff during the interview, and he races to her house to attack her. Tonya leaves him for good and he implicates her to the authorities, claiming she knew about the attack.

At the Olympics, Tonya comes in eighth place and Kerrigan wins the silver medal. Her abusive and inept mother comes to see Tonya amid a media circus but is thrown out when Tonya realizes she is wearing a recording device and ejects her from her home. Jeff, Eckhardt and Stant are all sentenced, with Tonya’s trial postponed until after the Olympics. Tonya avoids jail but is given three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $100,000 fine. She is also forced to withdraw from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships and is banned from competitive figure skating for life. Heartbroken, she begs the judge to give her jail time rather than take away the one thing she knows how to do; the judge declines. Jeff acknowledges that he ruined Tonya’s career, changes his name and remarries. Tonya embraces her notoriety and becomes a boxer, whilst becoming a nurturing mother to her own children.

Brilliantly acted but I don’t really see the point about telling their story. It is fun to see 80s hair and clothes and the music is awesome. Robbie, the excellent Janney & Sebastian are all delightful in their roles as not so likeable people. 8 outta 10!

Goon: Last of the Enforcers

Goon: Last of the Enforcers is a 2017 sports comedy film directed by Jay Baruchel in his directorial debut and written by Baruchel and Jesse Chabot. A sequel to Goon (2011), the film stars Seann William Scott, Baruchel, Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Elisha Cuthbert, Callum Keith Rennie, Wyatt Russell, Marc-André Grondin and Kim Coates.

During a pro hockey lockout, several top players are now playing in the lower league. Doug “The Thug” Glatt has just being named as the captain of the Halifax Highlanders and with media focus has descended on the lower league, and the owner of the Highlanders, Hyrum Cain (Callum Keith Rennie), seeks to capitalize on the attention. In a close fought game, Doug is goaded into a fight with the rival team’s enforcer, Anders Cain, an up-and-coming player with a violent streak, and the son of the Highlanders’ owner. Anders wins the fight, and with Doug badly injured, the Highlanders lose the game.

With a busted by shoulder, Doug retired after a party in his honour and goes to join a more stable job as an insurance firm in their supplies section. Doug’s wife Eva is pregnant and they both prepare of the birth and life as new parents. Without Doug, the Highlanders go on a long losing streak, prompting the owner to push for changes. He signs several overseas players and pushes to add his own son to the team. Hyrum foresees Anders as the new captain of the Highlanders, and although the coach disagrees with the move, anticipating locker room dysfunction, Hyrum strong arms him into making Anders the new captain. Doug is missing the game and his Highlanders and goes to his old rival now friend Ross “The Boss” Rhea, who has left hockey and now competes in a hockey fighting league, where he is the current champion.

Ross agrees to train with Doug to strengthen his left arm for fighting Ross convinces Doug that if he joins the hockey fighting league and impresses, it could be a way to get back into minor league hockey. Doug takes Ross’ advice, but the first fight ends up being a battle royale style brawl, instead of the one-on-one fights that Doug had witnessed before. Ross is exhausted at the end as only he and Doug are left standing and is helped to the changing room by Doug. In the locker room after the fight, Ross reveals that he has post-concussion syndrome, and doctors have recommended that he stop playing, as one more bad hit could cause a permanent injury. At the same time, the Highlanders have improved with Anders as the captain, but not enough to get into playoff position.

Anders’ self-sabotaging play, in which he constantly is being penalized for fighting, has kept the Highlanders outside of a playoff spot. He also has antagonize the rest of the squad and their play suffers as a result. During another losing effort, Anders grows frustrated and ends up knocking out the entire opposing team. He is promptly suspended, and the coach demands a change. Hyrum, having seen Doug fight again, brings Doug and Ross back in. Eva makes Doug promise that he won’t fight and supports his return to hockey.  the Highlanders narrowly win in Doug’s celebrated return. The Highlanders go on a winning streak, but when Anders returns from suspension, he goads Doug into being more aggressive. Doug and Anders interrupt a game during a dispute, and they are both suspended for the next game.

During the game’s afterparty, Anders provokes Doug into a fight, and when Eva sees that Doug has been fighting again, she kicks him out of the house. Meanwhile, the Highlanders must win the last two games of the season to sneak into the playoffs and Hyrum also sacks his own son Anders who promptly rejoins Reading, his old club. While Ross helps the Highlanders to win the first of their last two games, Eva goes into labor, and Doug reconciles with her as they head to the hospital. After having her baby, Eva realizes that the same drive that led Doug to be with her during the birth, is the same drive that pushes him to want to defend his teammates on the ice, and she gives Doug her blessing to continue fighting. Doug returns to the Highlanders in their final league match vs Reading.

The game is immediately chippy, with both Ross and Anders starting fights.As the game enters the third period with the game tied, Ross and Anders are involved in a scuffle, and Anders cheap shots Ross, checking him from behind into the boards. Ross is knocked unconscious, and while paramedics take him away on a stretcher, Doug enters the rink to fight Anders in retaliation. Doug uses his southpaw training to beat Anders, but when Doug shows mercy, Anders threatens Doug, claiming that he will never stop coming for him until they are both like Ross, being carried out on stretchers. Realizing that his new family is more important to him than hockey, Doug uses his weakened right arm to level Anders, but throws his arm out and has to be helped off the ice. Hyrum rushes to his son’s aid, where Anders tells him that he hates hockey, and the two appear to mend things between them.

Having been told earlier that further injury to his right arm would be career-ending, Doug realizes that his hockey days are behind him. He watches as the Highlanders win the game in the final seconds, and during the celebration, he sets his stick down and goes home. The ending is actually spectacular and sad and yet celebratory. He chooses his son and wife to a sport he loves. Although it’s not great, there are some really fun moments. I love ice hockey and this movie just strengthens that love. 7.5 outta 10!

Borg Vs McEnroe

Borg McEnroe, also known as Borg vs McEnroe, is a 2017 internationally co-produced multi-language biographical sports drama film focusing on the famous rivalry between famous tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships, culminating in their encounter in the men’s singles final.The film is directed by Janus Metz Pedersen, from a screenplay written by Ronnie Sandahl, and stars Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny, and Robert Emms.

I was a little less than a month short of turning 4 when this great match took place and as I ofcourse wasn’t into tennis back then, I never watched it. Around 1987 I first watched Wimbledon and became hooked to the sport (though I stopped following the sport by the year 2000 and football once again became numero uno in my life). We have a sports magazine called SportsStar in India and I was a subscriber for the next 8 years as I wanted my monthly tennis fix, other than watching it on tv and reading about it in the papers.

Around 1988 I became fascinated with Bjorn Borg, though he had retired a couple of years before that, and I even asked my dad to buy me his 1980 autobiography “My Life & Game”, co-authored by writer Eugene L. Scott. It was a look into his life, childhood and his years at the top of the men’s game which sadly ended prematurely at the age of 26 in 1982. He was an icon – and still is – for the sport. The movie focuses a lot on Borg’s state of mind during that Wimbledon, with all the pressure on him as he went for an unprecedented 5th consecutive men’s singles title. His heavily anticipated final with his rival McEnroe was one for the books.

It’s a must watch for all fans of the sport of tennis and those of us who remember Borg as the ultimate professional. The Ice Borg had cracked under pressure many times but he held it together in public. A 7.5 outta 10!

RIP Cassius Clay Aka Muhammad Ali

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali – one of the world’s greatest sporting figures – has died at the age of 74. The former world heavyweight champion died late on Friday at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, having been admitted on Thursday. He had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson’s disease. Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, said his family. Ali was crowned World Heavyweight Champion 3 times, the Light-heavyweight Olympic gold medal once and had a 31 fights in a winning streak before being beaten for first time by Joe Frazier.

George Foreman, who lost his world title to Ali in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Kinshasa in 1974, called him one of the greatest human beings he had ever met. American civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson said Ali had been willing to sacrifice the crown and money for his principles when he refused to serve in the Vietnam war. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Nicknamed “The Greatest”, the American beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title and became the first boxer to capture a world heavyweight title on three separate occasions. He eventually retired in 1981, having won 56 of his 61 fights. Crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC, Ali was noted for his pre- and post-fight talk and bold fight predictions just as much as his boxing skills inside the ring.

But he was also a civil rights campaigner and poet who transcended the bounds of sport, race and nationality. Asked how he would like to be remembered, he once said: “As a man who never sold out his people. But if that’s too much, then just a good boxer. “I won’t even mind if you don’t mention how pretty I was.” Soon after retiring, rumours began to circulate about the state of Ali’s health. His speech had become slurred, he shuffled and he was often drowsy. Parkinson’s Syndrome was eventually diagnosed but Ali continued to make public appearances, receiving warm welcomes wherever he travelled. He lit the Olympic cauldron at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and carried the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Games in London.

Fandom

Are you a sports fan? Tell us about fandom. If you’re not, tell us why not.

Yes I am, though I don’t watch as many games I as used to. Mainly because I have to stream them online and cannot watch them on a tv anymore. Therefore I usually watch just a match or perhaps 2 a week and maybe 6 in a month. I am a football fan and the team I support is Arsenal FC. I have been a fan since 1997-98 and I support them through and through. I try and watch all their matches that I can.

The only other sport I have a big interest in is ice hockey but I rarely ever get to watch a live game and I haven’t watched a recorded one in it’s entirety in the last 3 years or so. I used to watch the highlights for as many games as I could on Youtube till last year but haven’t watched any in 2014 or 2015. I plan to pick up again soon. I support the Ottawa Senators since 2002 onwards. I love hockey but not as much as I love football.

I used to watch a lot of tennis but haven’t followed the sport since the late 1990s. I used to watch a lot of WWE/WCW but stopped following it since 2007.

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Khaira Pride of Punjabi-Canadian Hockey Fans

Jujhar “J. J.” Khaira (born August 13, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey Center currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Khaira was drafted 63rd overall by the Oilers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Khaira is just the third Punjabi player to appear in the NHL, after making his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 28, 2015, he also became the third player of South Asian descent to play in the NHL, after Robin Bawa, and Manny Malhotra.

After two seasons in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Prince George Spruce Kings Khaira and after he was drafted by the Oilers, Khaira committed to play collegiate hockey with Michigan Tech of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. At the completion of his freshman season in 2012–13 with Huskies, Khaira left college to pursue a major junior career closer to home in the Western Hockey League with the Everett Silvertips. On August 7, 2013, he was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. In the following 2013–14 season, Khaira posted 43 points in 59 games with the Silvertips. At the elimination in first-round of the post-season, Khaira then made his professional debut with the Oilers AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, joining the club for their post-season run.

He suited up for the Oilers playing on a line with Anton Lander and Matt Hendricks. Robin Bawa and Manny Malhotra are the other two Punjabi players to have played in the NHL. Bawa played 61 games in four seasons, including 42 with the 1992-93 San Jose Sharks. Malhotra had a storied 991-game career and is currently a free agent.

Dupuis Unable To Play Hockey Due To Blood Clots

Sad news to restart posting about hockey after such a long gap.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will no longer play hockey because of a medical condition related to blood clots, Dupuis and the Penguins announced Tuesday. Dupuis felt pain in his chest during a Dec. 1 game against the San Jose Sharks, one of several games he either left early or did not play this season for precautionary reasons. He was cleared and returned to play on back-to-back nights against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks last weekend but said he was already considering retirement. Dupuis was playing this season taking blood thinners. He was diagnosed with blood clots in January 2014 shortly after sustaining torn ligaments in his knee and missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season after a blood clot in his lung was discovered in November. He was cleared to work out and take contact in June 2015.

Dupuis spoke about the aftermath of coming out of the game against the Sharks and the mental toll the health concerns took. The Penguins will place Dupuis, 36, on long-term injured reserve and continue to pay his salary. He is in the third year of a four-year contract with an average annual salary of $3.75 million. Dupuis made the NHL as an undrafted player, scoring a goal in his first game for the Minnesota Wild on April 2, 2001. He became a regular with the Wild over the following four-plus seasons, scoring 20 goals and 48 points during the 2002-03 season, when Minnesota reached the Western Conference Final. Dupuis was traded twice during the 2006-07 season, from the Wild to the New York Rangers, and after six games from the Rangers to the Atlanta Thrashers.

Dupuis played 79 games with the Thrashers before he was dealt again prior to the 2008 NHL Trade Deadline, this time to the Penguins in a trade that also involved forward Marian Hossa. Dupuis helped Pittsburgh reach the 2008 Stanley Cup Final, where it lost in six games to the Detroit Red Wings, and win the Stanley Cup in 2009 in a seven-game series against Detroit. A frequent linemate of Sidney Crosby during his time with the Penguins, Dupuis set NHL career highs in 2011-12 with 25 goals and 59 points. He averaged 18 goals and 40 points in his first five full seasons in Pittsburgh before his final three seasons were curtailed by injuries and the blood clots. Dupuis finishes with 190 goals and 409 points in 871 regular-season games, and 19 goals and 44 points in 97 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Ending On A High Note

I have never heard of the name Flavia Pennetta before this weekend but her’s is a feel good story of ending on a high. Having just been crowned the 2015 US Open Women’s Champion, her first single’s Grand Slam title, at the age of 33, Flavia stunned the 23,000 crowd by announcing her retirement from the game. She will end her career in a low key fashion in China, after the drama of the finest hour and a half of a career that properly began at the age of 17, when she won the French Open girls doubles with her close friend Roberta Vinci in 1999, and rose to a glorious peak here on Saturday, when she beat the rain by four minutes and her compatriot by 7-6, 6-2 in the first all-Italian major final.

Marion Bartoli won Wimbledon in 2013 in her 47th major campaign, then quit a couple of months later after losing to Halep in faraway Mason, Ohio; Pennetta, who won a major after 49 attempts, will say goodbye to her sport in Wuhan, then Beijing. She had success here and there, winning 10 titles before Saturday, where victory lifted her from No26 in the world to No 8. Not only was her hunger for tennis waning – she almost quit last year with a wrist injury – but she had found love again. Beaming down from the stands in celebration of her triumph on Saturday was the Italian tennis radical, Fabio Fognini. Pennetta was pronounced a Knight of Order of Merit of the Republic on 24 January 2007 by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, then President of Italy.

Being able to go out on a personal high is a chance that so few get the chance to do. There are still some major titles left in the calendar year but the US Open is the last slam of the year and choosing that moment to announce your retirement must have been an emotional rollercoaster for her. Yet it is also a envious moment for many.

RIP Steve Montador

I Former NHL player Steven Montador was found dead inside his Mississauga home early Sunday morning, according to Peel Regional Police. Police said a female friend woke up at 2 a.m. to find Montador deceased. She contacted police and he was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m. at his residence. “Foul play is not suspected, pending the outcome of an autopsy,” said Const. Fiona Thivierge, a Peel police spokesperson. At this time, Thivierge said, the incident is being treated as a sudden death investigation, not a criminal investigation.

Born in Vancouver, the 35-year-old began his NHL career with the Calgary Flames in 2001-02. He went on to play defence for a number of NHL teams including the Carolina Panthers, Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks. He last played in the NHL during 2011-12 season for Chicago and suffered a season-ending concussion. He went on to play for the American Hockey League’s Rockford Icedogs the next year before moving to the Kontinental Hockey League for the 2013-14 season. On June 28, 2013, the Blackhawks announced Montador would be bought out making him a free agent during the off season.

He won the 2000–01 AHL Calder Cup with the Saint John Flames. In 10 NHL seasons, Montador compiled 33 goals and 98 assists for 131 points and 807 penalty minutes.

RIP Steve Montador (December 21, 1979 – February 15, 2015)

Weekend Planning

The upcoming weekend is going to be an exciting one for us – with that comes movies to watch, catching up on the week’s tv show episodes and ofcourse – football! There is nothing like watching the English Premier League matches at home on the telly with you friends or relatives and rooting for your favourite team. Somehow the English league is the one to watch and especially here in India, more football fans follow the English teams than the ones in Italy, Germany, Spain or other nations. Why? I’d say that it boils down to our connection with the British Isles, having once been under their rule, the charm of the English clubs, cities and town and perhaps the timings of the games as well (perfect for late evening watching in India) could also be a big factor! I plan to watch a few games over the next two days.

And ofcourse no game is complete without some good food. Just like our Western counterparts, we enjoy some good food and snacks as we watch the games on tv. And what food goes best with sports? Why pizza ofcourse. We plan to go get 4-5 large pepperoni & cheese pizzas from Dominos or perhaps barbeque chicken pizza and bring it to my place before the weekend. If we are running late and the match is about to start, we just order online and also look for e-coupon deals that e-coupon deals we can use for buying the pizza. Just look at a couple of the pics below – man my mouth is watering just thinking of the pizza!

“If we are running late and the match is about to start, we just order online and also look for e-coupon deals that we can use for buying the pizza. Just look at a couple of the pics below – man my mouth is watering just thinking of the pizza!”

And I’m always on the lookout for discounts that Dominos or other places can offer you; especially when they post them on Facebook or Twitter. And check this out, I also found a place that gives you a general discount for outlets that includes Domino’s. Any one who wants to avail of these offers from CupoNation can do so by clicking on the link. It comes in handy, especially when like us if you are planning on buying a few pizza pies at a time. We are a hungry bunch of guys, so we will surely finish the food by the first half of game one but then – hey, we can always order more, right?

The Ridiculous Behaviour Of Indian Cricket Fans

A huge bunch of Indians can be an intolerant & idiotic lot who sit in their mighty big well and believe that the world outside does not exist. This latest incident just highlights the moronic behavior of these assholes. Maria Sharapova earned the wrath of some Indian cricket fans who were miffed when she replied “I don’t” when an interviewer asked her if she knew who Sachin Tendulakr was. The reason the question was asked was because Tendulkar was in the stands along with some other other major celebrities including David Beckham. Sharapova knows who Beckham is and has met him a few times but being a Russian, who has also spent a lot of time in the US, she is not a cricket fan and is unaware of the man considered and called rather ridiculously as the ‘god of cricket’ by most Indian cricket fans as well as some abroad.

The response of these miffed idiots was to litter social media and in particular Maria’s official Facebook page with abuses, taunts and spam to show that they are are ignorant & intolerant bunch of idiots! They started a hastag in Twitter called #whoismariasharapova and the story of this incident was carried in numerous websites and the comments in some of them can shame the rest of us Indians who know how to differentiate between an insult and someone not knowing a sportsstar from a sport she does not follow and has no interest in.  Indians would not major stars of some other sports but cricket, tennis & football – yes they do know! And that’s because those sports are popular here. It’s simple logic and yet this simpleness escapes the “brains” of these idiots.

The behaviour of some section of Indian cricket fans is typical of the ignorance / rudeness / backward thinking of some sections of our society. This whole ‘incident’ has highlighted not Maria Sharapova’s ignorance of a sport that is celebrated in only a few nations but the fact that some Indians know nothing about the rest of the world! Most non-cricket playing nations would be hard pressed to name Tendulkar or any other top cricketer. It’s like ice hockey or baseball – 99% of Indians do not know the name of the NHL legends or the baseball greats whereas even little kids in Canada and the US will know their fav sport personalities and same for European & South American nations. I don’t like cricket, I personally couldn’t care any less about it. The only reason I know Sachin & Dravid and them players is because I live in India where these names are on constant rotation on tv, newspapers & social media. Stop acting like idiots and behave like decent human beings!