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Some cancellations to report:
First and worst: Boxer Jimmy Lange’s scheduled July 25 fight in Greensboro, N.C., is off. A Lange spokesman told me over the weekend that the cancellation, first reported by the great local boxing clearinghouse boxingaroundthebeltway.com, came “out of the blue” after North Carolina authorities refused to sanction Lange’s opponent, Jimmy LeBlanc. Lange’s camp surmises that LeBlanc’s record (12–16–4, with 10 of the losses coming in his last 12 fights) had regulators fearing a mismatch with the former cast member of NBC’s reality fight show, “The Contender.” Lange, from Great Falls, had hoped to use the Greensboro bout, his first outside of Fairfax since gaining TV stardom, to expand his considerable fan base beyond the beltway.
And Bruce Smith’s hometown of Virginia Beach has cancelled a festival to honor the former Redskins defensive end. The cancellation comes after Smith was convicted last week of DUI, following his franchise-record-breaking third drunk driving arrest in the last 12 years.
Also, there will be no Allen Iverson Celebrity Softball or Flag Football games around here this year. The former Georgetown star’s events had been held for several years at Prince George’s Stadium and attracted an impressive number of big-name sports celebs to our area. Iverson this year moved the party to the Tidewater region of Virginia, the stomping grounds, so to speak, of his youth. Iverson’s three-day shindig, now called the CrossOver Celebrity Weekend, was thrown over the weekend.
Tom Sedlacek, a spokesman for Prince George’s Stadium, says: “We were open to holding it here again this year, and kept dates open on our calendar, but apparently there was no interest from [Iverson] to do it here.”
I wonder if Iverson let Josh Howard sing the National Anthem this year?
AFTER THE JUMP: Asian Bias
Back to ignoring all that Post-Racial America talk: Turns out it’s not just Congressional or the AT&T National that has an Asian Bias
The LPGA Tour, unlike the men, tried to do something to eliminate its Asian Bias
Bivens’ Linguistic Cleansing
My ultimate ultimate fighter, Brock Lesnar, retained the UFC heavyweight belt with an artless pounding of Frank Mir on Saturday night. Here’s what LA Times’ T.J. Simers wrote of the spectacle.
“But what does this say about us, people screaming with glee because blood is running down someone’s face and he’s still in there punching? What does it say about violence’s voyeuristic appeal, the sight of someone being choked into unconsciousness reason for howling approval?
It’s hard to believe public executions wouldn’t do well. And just think of the reality TV show that’s sitting there waiting to be done, instead of the weigh-in, the final meal.
When you watch something like UFC 100, there’s really no reason to believe there are limits to what might entertain people.”
Well, I would watch a street fight video before any highlight reel from any accepted sport. I’m not proud of that, but damn if it ain’t true. But the Lesnar fight was boring until after he was done pounding Mir and told the crowd to fuck off, then told prime sponsor Bud Light to fuck off. Now THAT’s entertainment!
Especially after UFC 100, anybody who likes MMA but sneers at pro wrestling is clearly of the douchebaggius genus.
The Gazette reports that Rosecroft Raceway’s bankrupt owners are proposing selling out to a guy who plans to make the racetrack a gambling center, with poker and other table games and, maybe, a little horse racing. Cheap Seats Daily has just set the odds of all this actually happening at 1,000,000,000-1.
Hogs Haven posts some interviews with then-new owner Dan Snyder from 10 years ago. Watching them, and knowing how things turned out, is like listening to George Bush talk about the need to disarm Iraq in 2003.
A fellow named Brooks J. DeGhetto is posting on Skins fan sites about “21 Sean,“ a song he wrote in tribute to Sean Taylor. The critic in me says the performance is Jim Morrison-meets-“A Mighty Wind” (sample lyric: “21 Sean your spirit carries on inside of me/Wherever you are you’ll be a superstar, running free/You’re running free for all to see, in burgundy/and gold.” Ahem.) And the rest of me says: Enough with the tributes to a guy who had about the same number of good seasons as arrests. But it takes guts to put yourself out there like Mr. DeGhetto has here. Sean would like that.
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