The Sports Archives – Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Icon

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger: The Icon

“I want to be somebody.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria in 1947 to a Nazi police officer and his mild-tempered wife. Arnold’s father showed blatant and strong favoritism towards his older brother because of the unfounded suspicion that Arnold was not his biological child.

Humble Beginnings

Both Arnold’s parents were harsh disciplinarians. Later Arnold would say, “”Back then in Austria it was a very different world … if we did something bad or we disobeyed our parents, the rod was not spared.” They were also very poor. Arnold recalls one of the highlights of his childhood was when his family got a refrigerator.

Very interested in sports as a boy, Arnold made the choice at 14 to become a bodybuilder, choosing this path over soccer. Bodybuilding at the time was seen as eccentric and didn’t have the kind of respect that it does today, largely thanks to Arnold’s professional body building career.

In 2004 in an interview with Fortune, Arnold said he suffered what “would now be called child abuse” at the hands of his father, whose funeral he did not attend in 1972.

I Want to Be Somebody

He told Fortune how his adversities made him passionate about success in life, saying that every time he was hit and every time he was told he will never succeed at body building, he would say, “This is not going to be for much longer, because I’m going to move out of here. I want to be rich. I want to be somebody.”

While serving his one year of mandatory military service in the Austrian Army, Arnold went AWOL to compete in the Junior Mr. Europe contest. After winning the competition he spent a week in military prison for going AWOL and was assigned to kitchen duties as punishment. This turned out to be an incredible opportunity for Arnold, who now had access to eat all the food he needed to accelerate his body building!

In his 2015 comedy special, standup comedian Bill Burr would later summarize the incredibly superlative distinction of Arnold’s path in life:

“That dude should be unloading trucks in Transylvania. That should have been the height of his success…”

He became famous for lifting weights. Did he rest on his laurels? No. Next challenge: I’m going to become an actor despite the fact that nobody can really understand me.

Against the Odds

Against all odds, he starts making movies! ‘Get down! There’s a bomb! Get out of there!’ He becomes one of the biggest blockbuster stars of all time! ‘What are you going to do next Arney?’ ‘I think I’ll marry a Kennedy.’ ‘There’s no way you can do that!’ Bam! He does it!

Cherry on top: ‘I’m running for governor of a state I can’t even pronounce,’ —and he wins the election! …anyone else think they can move to Austria, learn the language, become famous for working out, become a movie star, marry into their royalty, then hold public office?”

A True Olympian

After leaving the Army and competing in his first Mr. Universe competition in 1966 (taking second place that year), Arnold moved to London to begin training with one of the judges of the competition who offered to coach him.

Two years later he fulfilled his childhood dream of moving to America and took up residence in Los Angeles, California where he began working out at Gold’s Gym. In 1970 at age 23, he won his first Mr. Olympia competition in New York, a title he would win seven times setting a world record. He won Mr. Universe five times.

He would go on to parlay his athletic fame into a blockbuster movie career, earning him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and from there became governor of the state of California in 2003, serving until his term limit was up. He turns 70 this year and he still lifts weights to this day.

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The Sports Archives – Michael Jordan: Dusting Yourself Off

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan: Dusting Yourself Off

“I’ve failed over and over and over again…”

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

Born in 1963 to a middle-class family from Brooklyn, Michael Jordan grew up in North Carolina where his first setback was not making the varsity basketball team in high school his sophomore year. The coach deemed him too short at 5’10.

Instead of being discouraged, this setback fueled Michael’s ambition and he trained hard and played aggressively, becoming the star of the junior varsity squad by tallying several 40-point games. The next summer he grew four inches and because he had trained so rigorously he was ready to take his high school basketball career to the next level.

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” -Michael Jordan

As a senior, Michael averaged 20-points over his last two years of high school play, and was courted by several college teams before deciding to play for North Carolina, where he majored in cultural geography.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” -Michael Jordan

In a moment that Michael Jordan would later describe as a major turning point in his career, he made the game-winning jump shot at the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown and one of his future NBA rivals, Patrick Ewing.

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” -Michael Jordan

In the 1984 NBA draft, as we all know, Michael was picked by the Chicago Bulls where he would go on to popularize professional basketball to the entire world throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He was so popular among fans, he made the cover of Sports Illustrated just one month into his NBA career with the headline “A Star Is Born.”

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” -Michael Jordan

Michael’s next major setback was when fans voted him to be an All-Star starter that year, and other veteran NBA players actually became jealous of all the attention he was getting, so they refused to pass him the ball throughout the game. Unaffected, he returned to regular season play and was voted Rookie of the Year.

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.” -Michael Jordan

Then Michael hit a major roadblock in his second season: he broke his foot in the third game of the year, and had to miss 64 games while recovering. When he returned in time for the playoffs, he set a record for points in a playoff game with 63 points scored in Game 2, a record that still stands. The next year, he became one of only two players in history (the other is Wilt Chamberlain) to score 3,000 points in a season.

“The key to success is failure. Failure makes me work even harder. I’ve never been afraid to fail.” -Michael Jordan

The greatest trial of Michael Jordan’s life was when his father was murdered by two teenagers in 1993. Devastated by the loss of his father, Michael retired from the NBA and announced he would play minor league baseball to honor a dream of his late father’s that he would be a great baseball player.

In 1995 after announcing his return to professional basketball with the two-word press release “I’m back,” Michael Jordan went on in the 1995-96 season to set a record for the best regular season in NBA history 72-10. The NBA officially states, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

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The Sports Archives – What To Know Before You Buy A Fishing Boat

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Written by: Quintin Bentley Crevling

Imagine yourself floating on the open ocean rocking back and forth with a cold drink in one hand and your fishing reel in the other. There are few things in life more peaceful than these moments, but you shouldn’t dump your life savings into a fishing boat before you know the basics.

If you are buying a fishing boat you will need to learn how to repair common problems otherwise, you will find yourself calling marine services for assistance. You must know common issues for used boats, how to get your boat ready for the water, important maintenance fees, and where you will store your boat.

There is a myriad of problems that can occur on a used boat, so it’s important to know the biggest issues to look for. The first thing to check is the engine. If the engine cracks, then water will get into the oil and give it a milky appearance, so make sure to check the oil. Electrical issues are one of the most expensive problems for used boats.

You should turn on every single electrical component in the boat one at a time, and then all at once to test the fuse box. When you take the boat on a test run, make sure to show up early so you can hear how it sounds when it starts. Many owners will have the boat running when you arrive to create the illusion that it fired right up.

All boats must be surveyed to ensure they are fit for the water. This is an expensive fee as you will have to pay by the foot of your vessel and the employee’s hourly wage, which will surpass $100 an hour. You must also register your boat with the local government.

Fees vary depending on the length of the vessel and how you intend to use it. Most importantly, you must have insurance before getting on the water. This is for your protection, but more importantly for the protection of other people of the water.

Buying a used boat is a massive money dump if you don’t know how to properly maintain the vessel. You must constantly check fluids and lubricate parts to ensure they continue to run smoothly. This is not only costly but also a huge time commitment.

Luckily the large maintenance expenses only come around once every few years. Roughly every five years you will need to have the bottom of the hull scraped and painted so barnacles and weeds don’t eat away at the boat, or create a drag that wastes fuel.

Storing a boat is the most expensive necessity for owning a boat. If you can’t store your boat at home, then you will have to find a dock or dry dock to store your boat. It’s very hard to find an open space on a dock to store your boat in the water.

These high commodity spaces will go for upwards of $2,000 a year. The last resort is to store your boat in a covered dry dock. These expensive storage facilities will cost you as much as $600 a month!

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The Sports Archives – The Story of Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolf

Run Wilma! Run!

An inspiring story about overcoming adversity.

Wilma Rudolph was born in 1940 in Bethlehem, Tennessee, the second youngest of 22 siblings from her father’s two marriages. She was premature at just 4.5 pounds. She also born to an impoverished black family in the racially segregated South of that time. The deck was stacked against her in many ways, and it was especially stacked against her ever being an Olympic track and field athlete

Illness and Perseverance

She suffered from serious illnesses in her early childhood, including pneumonia and scarlet fever as well as contracted infantile paralysis caused by the polio virus at the young age of four. She was so physically disabled in her left leg and foot for much of her early life, that Wilma had to wear a leg brace until she was eight years old, like Tom Hanks’ character in the movie Forest Gump.

After two years of weekly 50-mile bus trips to Nashville for therapy at Meharry Medical College to regain the use of her leg along with home massage treatments four times a day with the help of her family members, and after wearing a special orthopedic shoe for another two years, Wilma was able to walk without the aid of the leg brace or orthopedic shoe by the time she was twelve. A great start!

At Clarksville, Tennessee’s all-black Burt High School, Wilma, who was disabled in her legs for most of her early life, became a basketball and track and field star! Her high school basketball coach called her “Skeeter” (Southern for “mosquito”) because she was so fast. When Tennessee State’s famed track and field coach, Ed Temple saw Wilma run as a tenth grader, he knew he’d spotted a natural athlete.

The Rising of a Star

Temple coached her at TSU while she was still a high school student and sent her to compete in an Amateur Athletic Union track meet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she won all nine events. At the age of 16, Wilma qualified to compete in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, where she and a team of three other runners, all from TSU, won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 m relay matching the world record speed to do so.

Wilma returned to Tennessee and showed her high school classmates the bronze medal she had won, and resolved to win a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. While still in high school, she became pregnant with her first child, and gave birth just a few weeks before enrolling at Tennessee State University in Nashville to compete in track on the collegiate level.

A Star is Born

As a sophomore in college, Wilma Rudolph set a world record in the 200-meter dash at the US Olympic Track and Field team trials in Fort Worth, TX. The record stood for eight years. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Wilma competed in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, as well as the 4 × 100-meter relay, and won gold medals in all three events.

She was the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympiad, and after these career defining wins, Wilma Rudolph was hailed around the world as the fastest woman in history!

 

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The Sports Archives – Top 8 Emerging Football Players Of 2017

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Football or soccer is a fantastic sport because there is always fresh talent around. The game stays fresh and exciting because the talent keeps renewing and reinventing what is possible. If you are interested in finding out the future Messis and Ronaldos, these eight players should be on your radar. They will be the top emerging football players of 2017.

Lewis Baker – Chelsea (on loan)

Chelsea might be heading to another Premier League title but fans don’t need to worry about the future either. The team has great talent in the ranks with Lewis Baker. Baker is currently honing his talent on a loan deal. He’s been marvellous at Vitesse, creating chances for strikers and keeping players at bay. It wouldn’t be any wonder for Baker to be part of Antonio Conte’s plans next season.

Andre Dozzell – Ipswich Town

Dozzell is following the footstep of his father who is still the youngest-ever goal scorer in England’s top flight league. The son has not fallen far from the tree and the young Dozzell could indeed end up going much further. According to the scouts, the young player has an old-fashioned eye for creating the game and he has already been a big player in England’s U-17 team. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the summer trading window will see him move to another English club playing in the highest league – although sometimes talent is best cultivated in a smaller team.

Marcus Rashford – Manchester United

The Manchester United player is the most established of these youngsters on the list. However, Rashford deserves a mention due to his talent and the fact that he is still just a 19-year old player. He’s featured in the first team and after a dry spell seems to be back to scoring goals. Undoubtedly, there is much more to come from the young player – not just in Manchester United, but also England’s national team.

Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City

Gabriel Jesus is a 19-year old talent from Brazil – the mother of all football nations. He hasn’t been eligible to play for Manchester City until now and he has already made some waves in the team. Unfortunately, he is currently suffering from a broken metatarsal. He has plenty of talent, but also character – he doesn’t seem to give up and he is prepared to work hard for his dreams. The man hasn’t yet lived up to all the hype due to the injury, but he might be a huge deal as the new season starts in the autumn.

Moise Kean – Juventus

Juventus is a big Italian club and they wouldn’t start playing a teenager unless they thought there is ton of potential there. This is what they have done with the 16-year old Moise Kean. The centre-forward has already been getting a lot of playtime and he has impressed plenty of critics around the world. He already made waves in the youth team, nearly scoring in all of his 25 games.

Malang Sarr – Nice

Youth often features on team rosters when it comes to midfield and forward positions. But there are a few rare examples of great young defenders and Nice’s Malang Sarr is among the best of the best. The 17-year old has been performing consistently and defending in ways only the old, more experienced players are able to do. His tactical abilities are second to none. It isn’t any wonder then that teams like Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in bringing the talent to the Premier League.

Alexander Isak – Borussia Dortmund

The young lad made his senior debut at the tender age of 16. The young footballer is currently playing for German team Borussia Dortmund, having been sold there in January from AIK. Borussia Dortmund beat off competition to get the young lad to their team – Real Madrid was eager to sign Isak, but didn’t manage to beat the German team. The strength comes from Isak’s ability to score goals of all types and he is strategically good already. He has such accolades as being Sweden’s youngest ever goal scorer.

Breel Embolo – Schalke

Breel EmboloYou might not have heard much about Embolo, but there is plenty to come. He has been suffering from a bad injury in recent months, which has hindered his career path slightly. However, the Swiss national team player is a great talent and there is more to come from him, given the right chance. The only worry is how well his recovery will happen and whether he gets a good chance on his new team after the injury.

 

 

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If you have an opportunity, you definitely want to see the above football players do their magic live. The season still has a few games left and you can find discounted tickets to these matches from getmein.com. So, don’t wait for too long but go and enjoy the talent of these youngsters.

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The Sports Archives – Five Canadian Teams Have Returned To The NHL Playoffs, and That’s a Good Thing!

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Years from now, when the wounds are somewhat healed and the sting is less potent, fans will speak of the time in Spring of 2016 when not one of the seven Canadian hockey teams made the playoffs. Arenas were empty, ice melted, and Canadians, including myself, made their scotch a double, with no ice, for there was no team representing Canada in the playoffs for the first time since the current Prime Minister’s father held office.

A year after Canada was shut out of the NHL playoffs for the first time in forty-six years, five Canadian teams have made their return in quest for the Stanley Cup. The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames are skating beyond 82 games after a brief, one-year absence, the rookie-heavy Toronto Maple Leafs stunned the hockey world by making the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-2013 season, and the Edmonton Oilers have clawed their way back after a long, 11-year drought after losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. Avenging last year’s embarrassing playoff bagel is crucial for the game of hockey. Canada is the world’s hub for ice hockey, the great game was born in Canada and it is a national pastime much like baseball was, and football is, to America.

While five of the seven Canadian teams – sorry Vancouver and Winnipeg – are rejoicing, it is important to note the adversity and struggle that the teams have gone through to claw their way back to sports’ greatest playoffs. Ottawa, Montreal, and Calgary have gone through coaching changes both before the 2016-17 season and during. The adjustments made by players to a new coach’s system can be tedious and arduous, yet they all still managed to snag a playoff spot and Montreal was even able to win the Atlantic division. Since the last time the Edmonton Oilers were in the playoffs, they have had four first-overall picks, including three in a row. To put this in simpler terms, the Oilers have had the league’s worst record four times in the span of ten years. They have also gone through six head coaches, three general managers, and even one arena. Safe to say the Oilers have paid their dues and deserve to be back competing for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Henrik Lundqvist

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At the start of the season, I am not sure anyone in Toronto thought that a team with nine rookies would stand a chance at making the playoffs. Fast forward seven months later and the Maple Leafs have stunned the hockey world and “the kids” are in the thick of the playoffs with the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Henrik Lundqvist. The Maple Leafs have given life back to Toronto, which can now boast about having all its major sports franchises competing for a championship. Toronto will be a force for years to come.

Canada and the National Hockey League can rejoice knowing that playoff hockey is back home. Hockey is the nation’s pastime, and when Canada does well, the NHL thrives and fandom soars through the roof as American teams can now once again compete with their rivals to the North.

Author: Peter Lambos

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The Sports Archives – Boxing Legends: Sugar Ray Leonard

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From 1977 to 1997, Sugar Ray Leonard competed in the boxing ring against some of the most fearsome and well-respected fighters in the world. And he managed to beat almost all of them. Sugar Ray Leonard is rightly regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, with a total career record of 40 fights, 36 wins, and 25 wins by knockout. He only lost three games in his entire career, while drawing one. Given that two of those losses came at the tail end of his career, it is evident that Leonard boxed to an almost impossibly high standard during his prime years.

Sugar Ray Leonard’s Boxing Legacy

Even though boxing is still popular in the United States, the mayhem and excitement we say in the 1970s and 1980s was on another level. And Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the reasons why the sport was so popular during those years. Not only was Leonard a great fighter, but he was an entertainer. He did not play with a defensive style, because he wanted his fans and everyone watching the fight to enjoy themselves. He knew he was the better boxer 99 percent of the time he went into a fight, and he would make it show in the ring.

During his career, Leonard managed to find himself grouped along with a few other great boxers of the generation. Along with Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns, Leonard was part of this group of four that became known as “The Fabulous Four.” They earned the name not only for their boxing prowess, but for the number of times they would fight each other in the ring. Sugar Ray Leonard only lost in one of the many fights he had against those men – to Roberto Duran in 1980. However, he came back and avenged the loss a few months later, taking his career win total to 28-1 at the time.

While his professional boxing career was a sight to behold, Sugar Ray Leonard was not half bad on the amateur circuit as well. His best moment as an amateur fighter came in 1976, when he won gold for the United States at the Montreal Olympic Games, becoming champion of the Light Welterweight division. And it did not take long for Leonard to translate this success onto the professional circuit, as he won his first WBC Welterweight Championship in 1979, in a fight against Wilfred Benitez at the Caesar’s Palace in glamorous Las Vegas.

Even during his losses, Sugar Ray Leonard showed the world what he was all about. The infamous “Brawl in Montreal” was the game when he lost to Roberto Duran – the first loss of his career. However, Leonard still boxed one of the best fights of his life in that game – it was simply a matter of being outclassed by a better boxer. Duran was in control of the fight from the first round, but Leonard never gave up and continued to show his best self. After the fight, Duran only had praise for the spirit and determination that Sugar Ray Leonard showed on that day.

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