In the NFL, you should never take a team for granted. It doesn’t matter if your opponent is 0-3. A football team still has to play their game. A football team must take care of business. It’s the team’s duty to destroy their opponent and win the game.
This is the message Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson should be telling his football team. This message is so important because things can get little crazy on any given Sunday.
This is the same lesson that the Philadelphia Eagles gave the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football. Before last Thursday’s game, the Philadelphia Eagles had a 6-15 record at Lambeau Field. Despite Green Bay losing to the Eagles at home, the Packers still lead the overall series, 27-17. So you can do the math. The Green Bay Packers are still a dominating team, especially when they have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. But the Eagles were still able to beat him. The same thing that happened to Aaron Rodgers can happen to Carson Wentz if the Eagles are not careful against the New York Jets.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, October 4, 2019, page 18
The Philadelphia Phillies had a disaster season which led to a disaster finish. In their last 10 games, the Phillies got swept in a five-game series to the Washington Nationals as they dropped to fourth place in the National League East Division. And then in the last game of the season, the Phillies lost to the last place Miami Marlins 4-3 as the team finished the 2019 baseball season with a 81-81 record. It marked the 8th season in the row that the Phillies didn’t to make the National League playoffs.
Even though Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has improved the team’s record in each of his first two seasons, Phillies owner John Middleton is still thinking about making a change at manager. It has been reported that Middleton has asked players for their input of Kapler. He wanted to do get their input before he makes a decision and before the start of Kapler’s third season as manager.
Before he came to the Phillies, Kapler was a highly respected managerial prospect of the defending National League champions Los Angeles Dodgers. But since Kapler has been the Phillies manager, his skills as manager have been very shaky in his first two seasons. Kapler has often been criticized for making wrong decisions in crucial games. In addition to that, Kapler has never kept a permanent line up with this team. He has changed his line up almost every day during the regular season. Many experts feel if the Phillies had a permanent starting lineup the team would have a chance to gel together into a playoff contender.
So, right now, the Phillies ownership has to figure out if Kapler deserves to stay here for another year as the Phillies manager.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, October 11, 2019, page 18
Was Eagles coach Doug Pederson really serious when he said these words to the radio audience of 94.1 WIP Radio? “We’re going down to Dallas and our guys are gonna to be ready to play,” said Pederson. “And we’re gonna win that football game. And when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East.”
From the tone of his voice, there’s no doubt that Coach Pederson meant every word he said. However, when he spoke at the Eagles press conference on Monday, Coach Pederson denied that he guaranteed a win. As a matter of fact, Coach Pederson went a little further when he spoke about his statement.
“I never said that,” said the Eagles coach. “I never said I guarantee a win. I would never do that.”
Unless we are all hard of hearing, Coach Pederson must have forgotten he spoke those words to a big radio audience. And maybe that’s the reason why a reporter forced him to change up his whole tone to the press.
“No, because it shows confidence in our football team,” said Pederson, after he somewhat admitted to his earlier statements.
“I promise you (Cowboys coach) Jason Garrett is going to say the same thing to his football team, that they’re going to win the football game as well. I’m not going stand up here and go on record and say, ‘We’re going try to win the football game. It just doesn’t show confidence and I want to show confidence in our players.”
At this stage of the game, the Philadelphia Eagles could use some confidence. But right now, that confidence should not come from the head coach. That confidence should already be built up with this Philadelphia Eagles team. Right now, the Philadelphia Eagles should already be fired up for this football game, especially after knowing the Dallas Cowboys lost to the New York Jets, last Sunday, by the score of 24-22. The Eagles should have been celebrating while knowing they are still tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East Division.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, October 18, 2019, page 19
There was 1-minute and 46 seconds left in this title fight, at this point, things didn’t look too good for (17-3-1) Patrick Day. Before the 27-year-old fighter could make his next move, the unexpected happened inside the ring. A devastating left hook nailed Patrick Day. He got rocked by a solid shot and the back of his head slammed onto the canvas. Referee Celestino Ruiz immediately stepped in and stopped the fight. His trainer and a bunch of medical personnel rushed to his side. They saw his eyes roll back as he began twitching. They saw he needed help. He was put on a stretcher and removed from the ring. He was taken to Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he suffered a seizure and shortly fell into a coma. Following emergency brain surgery his condition never got any better. He never regained consciousness. Patrick Day died last Wednesday, October 16, 2019. He was surrounded by family, friends and members of his boxing team.
Today, Patrick Day is gone. He suffered a 10th round knockout loss to (11-0) Charles Conwell, a 2016 Olympian, in a U.S.B.A super welterweight title fight that took place, on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Day, a former New York Golden Gloves champion, was knocked down three times during the fight. He went down in the fourth round and eighth round. He got knocked unconscious by a left hook in the 10th round. But there was no indication that his life was in any kind of danger. However, he fell into a coma on the way to the hospital and was listed in extremely critical condition. Unfortunately, he was unable to regain consciousness. He died four days later after his title fight.
Read more, SCOOP USA Media, October 25, 2019, page 18
None of us saw this coming. Instead of this being a good football game, this game almost turned into a horror movie. Last Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles were getting booed off the field. The booing got louder when the score was 17-0 in favor of those Washington Redskins. Then, the booing got more ugly when the score was 20-7 at halftime.
This game was truly ugly. The Eagles didn’t have a good start. In dealing with a 17-point deficit, the Eagles have had to come back from a 17-point deficit only 16 times in franchise history. But now, we were talking about a 13-point deficit. Their track record said the Eagles were 11-127 when they trailed a game by 13 points or more. So on paper, their chances of making a comeback didn’t look good. By the reaction of many Eagles fans, this team was already left for dead.
However, the Eagles’ brutal start turned out to be a fantastic finish. By the grace of God, the Eagles stormed back and won this football game, 32-27. What an amazing victory. In the second half, the Eagles finally began to put pressure on Redskins quarterback Case Keenum. Also, they started covering and tackling a lot better. They started making big plays on defense. In the second half, the Redskins ran three drives and made only 10 plays for 5 rushing yards. The Redskins couldn’t make a first down in the second half. For the second half, the Redskins only generated 70 yards of total offense.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, September 13, 2019
Last Saturday, before Chester High played the Bartram Braves, the Chester High Clippers had the third-longest shutout streak in the state of Pennsylvania. Chester High shutout the West Philadelphia Speedboys 50-0, then the Clippers knocked off Martin Luther King High 20-0 and then they shut down Sun Valley 44-0. So going into Saturday’s game, the Chester High Clippers thought they had a great shot of shutting out the Bartram Braves. Well, folks, that didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the shutout streak came to an end with 8:18 left in the fourth quarter. That’s when Bartram quarterback Jaquan Givens delivered a deep pass to Eniamij Lee who scored a touchdown. The pass slipped through the arms of Chester safety Malachi Langley. Eniamij Lee was able to make an incredible catch. He sprinted 69 yards for a touchdown. Just imagine how terrible Malachi Langley felt about that touchdown. Folks, that wasn’t the beginning. Back late in the second quarter, Chester High quarterback Dymiere Stevenson drops back in the pocket and finds Malik Langley wide open in the end zone for a touchdown. But wait a minute, the touchdown is wiped out. A flag is slapped on Malachi Langley. Wow, this can’t be happening, folks? But shocking enough, Chester High quarterback Dymiere Stevenson steps right back in the pocket. He decided to hit Malachi Langley for a 22-yard touchdown. Chester now leads the football game, 16-0. Malachi Langley makes up for his early mistake.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, September 20, 2019, page 17
For the second time this month, the Green Bay Packers will battle a NFC opponent on Thursday Night Football. The first time was three weeks ago in Chicago. On Thursday night, September 5, 2019, the Green Bay Packers defeated the NFC arch rival Chicago Bears, 10-3.
The game was a tough defensive battle that was marked by sloppy offense by both teams. Despite the hard hitting on the field, neither team could move the football because the referees were too busy calling a bunch of penalties on the players. In the second quarter, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers got lucky. The two-time MVP quarterback was able to look down field and hit Jimmy Graham for the winning touchdown.
So ladies and gentlemen, the stage is set for Green Bay to play another Thursday Night football game. This game is scheduled for Thursday night, September 26, against the Philadelphia Eagles.Yes folks, Aaron Rodgers will have chance to work his magic again. This time, he will do it against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field.
This game marks the 45th meeting between these two football teams. In the history of this great rivalry, Green Bay has won 28 times while the Eagles have won 16 times over the Packers. This rivalry started almost 86 years ago. That’s when the Green Packers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 35-9. That game was played back on October 29, 1933. Since then, this rivalry has always been an explosive and exciting one.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, September 27, 2019, page 18
Both Camden and Woodrow Wilson high schools in Camden, New Jersey opened the 2019 football season with impressive victories and score high in the SCOOP South Jersey High School Power Poll. Camden won its first game of the season September 6, 2019 against Winslow Township by a score of 22 – 0. The Camden Panthers then followed with a razor thin victory over a pesky Cedar Creek team by a score of 42 – 41 on September 14, 2019. The Panthers led the game most of the way before Cedar Creek scored 27 points in the 4th quarter to give the team from Camden a scare. Panther receiver Alijah Clark caught 3 touchdown passes to give ‘The High’ a big boost.
See more Kirk Jones, ScoopUSA Media, September 20, 2019, page 17
Camden, NJ --Both Camden High and Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey football teams are performing at an unprecedented level as we move to the start of the NJSIAA playoffs, which will begin next month in November.
Woodrow Wilson is coming off a stunning 48-0 victory over Shawnee High School, which at the time, was the number 2 ranked program in South Jersey. The Wilson Tigers followed that performance with an impressive 36-7 victory over Delsea on October 18, 2019. The Tigers are led by sophomore quarterback Devin Kargman, who already has accumulated 4000 yards passing, leading the team to a 5-1 start. Senior two-way player, 6’4” Fadil Diggs, anchors a strong defense. Diggs has a made a verbal commitment to play at Texas A&M University next fall. Wilson will play a feisty Willingboro team on Friday, October 25 and then will wait to find out who their first playoff opponent will be for the South Jersey Group 3, of which the Tigers are the reigning champs.
See more Kirk Jones, SCOOP USA Media, October 25, 2019, page 15
The Philadelphia Soul are going to Arena Bowl 32. By beating the Washington Valor in a two-game, home-to-home playoff series, the Philadelphia Soul have punched their ticket and earned their third trip in the last four years to play in this year’s Arena Bowl title game. After losing to the defending champions Washington Valor back on June 9, the Philadelphia Soul have gone on a rampage. They have won six of their last seven games. Last Sunday, the Soul were able to finish off the Washington Valor when they beat them at home, 48-41. The Philadelphia Soul were able to stop Washington quarterback Arnell Nelson who threw five interceptions while he got sacked seven times during the two-game playoff series against Philadelphia. Malik Forrester, the Philadelphia Soul’s newly required defensive lineman, was largely responsible for Nelson’s down fall. Forrester averaged 4.5 sacks during the two-game series which included 3 sacks in last Sunday’s game. To make things worse for Washington, the Valor attempted seven onside kicks which six of them got recovered by the Philadelphia Soul team.
Throughout the entire game, the Washington Valor were playing under pressure because they knew they had to score a bunch of points and beat Philadelphia by 37 points. Washington was put in a bad position after Philadelphia ripped them apart 69-33 back in Washington, the week before.
Fans at the Capital One Center couldn’t believe how their team played. They watched their team trail the game at halftime, 20-7. This didn’t sit well with Washington fans. They watched their team crumble. Washington trailed 41-20 at end of the third quarter. And then they watched the Philadelphia Soul score four more touchdowns. When the game was over, the Philadelphia Soul celebrated. They were happy to win their first playoff game in the two-game series. They destroyed the Washington Valor, 69-33.
Read More Russell Robinson, ScoopUSA Media, August 9, 2019, page 12
Just like a million of you, somebody needs to wake me up and tell me it was only a dream. How could the same thing happen twice? It was only last December when Nick Foles replaced a banged-up Carson Wentz who tore up his knee. Foles stepped in and beat the Los Angeles Rams, 43-35. The victory gave the Philadelphia Eagles the NFC East Division title.
Just like last year, this happened at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. After that, Nick Foles rewrote the history book. Yes folks, this is too good to be true because last Sunday night, Nick Foles did it again. The veteran quarterback replaced Carson Wentz who injured his back. Foles stepped in and the Eagles beat the Los Angeles Rams, 30-23. Foles completed 24 of 31 passes for 270 yards. He gave the Rams their first loss on their home field. The Rams were 11-2 and unbeaten in the L.A. Coliseum.
Less than 24 hours after they suffered a heart-breaking 29-23 overtime defeat in Dallas, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert and his Philadelphia Eagles teammate Avonte Maddox wanted to forget what happened in the game against the Dallas Cowboys. Instead, they wanted to switch their attention to the kids in the community.
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The Philadelphia 76ers have brought a new player to the team who can do wonders with the basketball and make big shots from any where on the basketball court. Even Allen Iverson has been thrilled about what he has seen of the team’s new acquisition.
Since the night that Jimmy Butler played in his NBA debut as the newest member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen Iverson has been coming to the games at the Wells Fargo Center to watch the 6-8 shooting guard do his thing. So far, in his first four games with the Sixers, Butler has been nothing short of being spectacular.
Even though there was no Turkey Bowl game played on Thanksgiving Day, that didn’t stop a bunch of folks from putting together a football game that would symbolize the tough rivalry that has existed for 95 years between Overbrook High and West Philadelphia High School.
Folks, it all boils down to Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. The stage is set for the Philadelphia Eagles to execute their plan to beat the Redskins in the final game of the regular season. A victory on Sunday would give the Eagles a 9-7 record and a spot in the playoffs.
However, for all of this to happen, the Chicago Bears must defeat the 8-6-1 Minnesota Vikings on Sunday which would eliminate Minnesota from playing in the postseason and it would push the Eagles straight into the NFC playoffs. There’s no other way to explain this. It’s do or die for the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Eagles must win on Sunday and the Bears must beat the Minnesota Vikings.
Well, they did it. The Chicago Bears did the Philadelphia Eagles a real BIG favor.
After the Philadelphia Eagles shut down the Washington Redskins, 24-0, the Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, 24-10.
Yes folks, the Chicago Bears won this game. It became obvious that the Bears were not satisfied with going through the motions and playing a normal football game. No, the Bears wanted to eliminate a competitive division rival. They played that game to win. Against the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears went for the ultimate knockout punch. The Bears didn’t hold back anything. And now, the stage is set. On Sunday, the Bears will play host to the Philadelphia Eagles at 4:40 p.m. in the NFC wild card game.
This game was too scary to watch. It’s 4th Down and 2 with 10 seconds left in the game. The game is on the line. It’s do or die for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are holding on to a slim 16-15 lead. Their dream of repeating as Super Bowl champions was in danger of coming to an end. All Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey had to do is make a 43-yard field goal. The Eagles football season would be over and done. Everything came down to this field goal.
But wait a minute. Eagles coach Doug Pederson looks at the referee and calls a timeout. Parkey’s first field goal attempt gets wiped from the books. Now, Parkey must take a couple of deep breaths and get himself ready to kick the football again. Parkey felt he could nail the field goal again. The Chicago Bears fans are standing up at their seats.
The game of football hasn’t been the same ever since the day that Peyton Manning retired from the NFL. Manning stepped away from the game in 2016 after he earned his second Super Bowl ring with the Denver Broncos. He led the Denver Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50. The Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, 24-10. 39-year-old Peyton Manning became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl game. He announced his retirement a month later in March 2016.
Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 18, 2019
There’s nothing worse than a fighter who keeps running his mouth about a fight he knows he didn’t win. Even after knowing they didn’t win the fight, a fighter will keep running his mouth telling people how he believes he beat his opponent. That’s the case of challenger Adrien Broner who battled Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao for the Welterweight World Championship in last Saturday’s fight. Last Saturday, Manny Pacquiao went to distance and defeated Adrien Broner in a 12-round unanimous decision to wrap up 61st victory in his pro boxing career. Pacquiao rocked Broner in the 7th and 9th round. Broner took hard shots to the body and upstairs. It’s a miracle that Broner was able to hang on in the fight. He was lucky he didn’t get knocked out. The boxing world watched Broner struggle against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 25, 2019
For the first time in Philadelphia history, a girl has stepped up to the plate and she’s playing baseball for a high school boys baseball team. What makes this more incredible, for the second year in a row, this female player has been named to the city’s All-Public boys baseball team. And to make things more shocking, not only is this girl playing for John Bartram High’s boys baseball team, she’s also the team’s starting shortstop. She has been the team’s shortstop since last season.
For the second time in five years, this city is happy to give honor to another female baseball player who can play as good as the boys. Her name is Janiya Victor and she’s a 16-year-old sophomore who has been playing baseball since the age of 5. Many people compare Janiya Victor to Mo’ne Davis. Mo’ne Davis became a national superstar in 2014 when she pitched a shutout in the Little League World Series. With the emergence of Janiya Victor, she’s a new girl in Philly who also plans to grab the national spotlight.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 24, 2019
When members of Philadelphia City Council gathered for this month’s meeting at City Hall, they voted to pass a resolution of recognition for Janiya Victor who became the first female player to play for a high school baseball team in Philadelphia. Thanks to City Council woman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who introduced the resolution, last Thursday, on May 23. It took City Council less than an hour to pass the resolution in Janiya Victor’s honor.
Before City Council members delivered their votes, sports reporter Napoleon Kingcade, who cracked the story about Janiya Victor, stepped up to the microphone and told his story about the talented 16-year-old Bartram shortstop.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 31, 2019
Ladies and gentlemen...You heard it first right here. When the smoke clears in this year’s U.S. Open tournament, don’t be surprised if your new champion turns out to be 15-year-old superstar CoCo Gauff. By now, you might have knocked your plate of food all over the floor or you might have spilled coffee all over your shirt. You might say things don’t happen by accident. But guess what, folks… A lot of strange things do happen in the world of sports.
Going into this week’s U.S. Open, CoCo Gauff looks strong. The 15-year-old sensation advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open after she defeated Anastasia Potapova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. It took CoCo two hours and two minutes to finish off Potapova who was huffing and puffing through out the rest of the match. CoCo Gauff was able to receive a wild card spot into the U.S. Open after her great performance in last month’s Wimbledon tournament. She cruised to the fourth round at Wimbledon after she beat three nationally ranked players. Of course, nobody will ever forget her first round upset over Venus Williams. CoCo beat Venus Williams in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. CoCo Gauff was able to score points on 78 percent of her first serves. If that was not incredible enough, CoCo was even more powerful on her second serves. CoCo scored points on 73 percent of her second serves; and, she was 3-for-3 on break points. For the entire match, CoCo was able to dominate the match and beat Venus on 42 service points; compared to Venus’ 34 service points.
That’s the one thing that has made CoCo Gauff a powerful player. Her serves are getting more powerful each and every game. Her serves have been clocked up to 117 miles per hour which is about the same speed of Serena Williams during her prime. After beating Venus Williams in the first round in Wimbledon and earning two more victories before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep, CoCo Gauff was able to persuade the U.S. Tennis Association to provide her with a wild card spot into the U.S. Open. She was able to earn that spot after she became a fan favorite through the tennis world. Fans have been screaming their support for the 15-year-old superstar.
Read More Sports, ScoopUSA Media, August 30, 2019, page 14
The Main Event
Shortly before 10:45 last Thursday evening, the Eagles got their man when they selected Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard with their first pick in the NFL draft.
There was some juggling involved. The Birds acquitted the pick (the 22nd overall) in exchange for their own first-round pick (the 25th) plus their fourth and sixth-round selections.
By choosing Dillard, a left tackle by trade, the Eagles made it clear what their top priority will be heading into the 2019 season; keeping Carson Wentz upright and intact.
This is no small thing. Wentz is about to start his fourth professional season and his durability can legitimately be called into question. At present, he is striving to rehab from a broken back that kept him out of the final three games of the regular season plus the Eagles’ two playoff games. He also missed the first two games of the season while coming back from the knee injury that sidelined him at the end of 2017.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019
by Kirk Jones
Camden, NJ- “If he the gets the right handlers, one day, he will become champion of the world!” That was the vision Jersey Joe’s father had for his son. As a young boy, Jersey Joe’s (born Arnold Cream) parents taught him to always give his best and pursue his dreams, no matter how daunting. His father’s untimely death forced Jersey Joe to leave school to help his mother and older siblings provide for the family. He began boxing in 1930. Twenty-one years later, on the night of July 18 1951, his father’s vision became reality.
Camden, NJ - Timber Creek boys basketball team has won 4 of their last 5 games and senior starting point guard Sean Miller has provided a huge spark to the Chargers post season plans. Miller, the son of retired Camden City police officer Darryl Miller and Woodrow Wilson track star Artrelia ‘Gwen’ Turner, has averaged more than 15 points per game for Timber Creek who is 10-7 in the season and 4-1 in conference play. In mid-January, Miller hit the game winning 3-point basket at the buzzer, with his mom and dad watching,, to defeat the Wilson Tigers 64-61.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019
by Kirk Jones
“You want The High? You got The High!” The crowd chanted, at a capacity filled Bill Smothers Gymnasium at Woodrow Wilson High School in East Camden, New Jersey on a crisp March 1, 2019 night, for the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 boys semi-final game between the Camden High School Panthers and Pleasantville Greyhounds.
The Panthers totally dominated the Greyhounds with balanced offensive attack led by 6’6” Jerome Brewer who scored 20 points, followed by 6’10” Lance Ware with 15 points, Ethan Tarte dropped 13 points, Nasir Lett 12 points and El Khana Hildago finished with 10 points. The Panthers were deadly from behind the 3-point line and their ability to score close the basket helped the High cruise to victory 77-54.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019
by Kirk Jones
Camden, NJ- The 2018-19 South Jersey high school basketball season has concluded and an abundance of young players made strong impression on the season, many of them leading their teams to championships on some level. Here is a look at the top five boys and girls players who made an impact on the season.
All South Jersey Boys Basketball Team
Baba Ajike, Camden Catholic, 6-6, Sr., F: Ajike propelled the Irish to their second South Jersey championship since 2010 this year, tallying 16.7 points and 8.8 rebounds a game. Ajike will be a player to be reckoned with in college.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is nothing. I just had to remember it wasn't my party, so I kept my mouth shut. The American Flat Track award banquet was worthy of television coverage. The AFT staff made a lot of magic happen with zero time to get ready. But when the gentleman from Indian motorcycles thanked every rider who helped them but Henry Wiles, it kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Had Wiles not finished second in the championship on a third rate budget? Maybe the boys at Indian were sore that Henry won the TT on a Kawasaki. Word around the campfire is that at the last minute, they wanted him to ride his Indian at Peoria but would not cover his fee. It's hard to pay your bills with exposure.
Read more at Scoop USA Media, December 14, 2018.
There are faces I won't see at the race track anymore.
Some are gone forever.
I don't think about the wreck that took them
but about the wreckage left behind.
Would they want me to stop?
Olive keeps hounding me.
Daddy, you keep break bones. I just want you to stop racing.
My X coyly asks if she is still on my life insurance plan.
I appreciate her humor.
Read more at Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019.
Jake Shoemaker knows in his heart he can touch the stars when things are right. Sure, he would like to train all day but he's got to earn a living. The alarm sounds off at 5:30 a.m. Time to get his daughter ready for daycare then head to work. The highlight reel plays in his head during the drive. He relives the agony and ecstasy of last weekend's race. Unless you are one of the blessed and talented few, this is the reality of motorcycle racing. The promoters are trying hard to improve this, with better TV coverage which should lead to sponsorship. It just hasn't trickled down here yet.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019
What would it take to get you off the couch?
Sitting at home watching a motorcycle race got him thinking. But having a heart attack is what made up his mind. He wanted to go racing again. Maybe God gave him one more chance?
Racing is where some of us are meant to be. Family and business may pull us away, but it's always somewhere on our minds. Sure, doing stuff with the family is nice. But it's nothing like going racing. Just being at the track perks us up. You might forget the password for the computer or your wedding anniversary, but if you still remember what place you finished at in a race three years ago. You're one of us. It was entirely too easy to get back in for them. Rick Canode already owned an Indian dealership. Just a few clicks on the computer and a new Indian race bike was his.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019
It's easy to act cool in an air-conditioned casino... It's much harder when the incoming rounds are live and you're playing for something more valuable than money. A lot of people talk tough but at moments like this, they fold. For the Gambler-this is when he makes his bank. The Mile is his game of choice. Why?
Because the Mile race tracks are the fastest and most prestigious events on the calendar. On these unforgiving high-speed circuits, some racers push so hard that they can only see what is in front of them. But the Gambler can read the room. In the 25 lap main event, he runs fast enough to run up front but never showing his hand. As the laps whine down he imperceptibility rolls off the throttle allowing two riders by. It's not like the movies where the racer drops the throttle dramatically. No, it's subtle. He stays in the shadows running a distant third. With two laps to go, he attacks. Putting in two wicked fast laps and he is right behind the riders battling for the lead as they come onto the final straightaway. Getting great drive and catching their draft, he nips them at the line in a photo finish.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019
She stood there looking beautiful on a hot Kentucky night, her long blonde hair contrasting, her elegant black outfit. I was surprised to see Jodi there, I knew she was expecting any day now. We said our hellos and stood against the rail to watch the main. Her husband, Jake Johnson, was on an Indian for the first time that night.
The narrow groove that is 'The Red Mile' makes passing kinda sketchy. The race that night was good, but the battle that erupted between Baker and Wiles was epic. Not the usual scuffle, more like a bare-knuckled brawl. Those two bumped and banged their way around the track, as they fought for the final podium spot. After the race, Jodi and I walked over to greet her husband, who was glistening with sweat as he removed his helmet.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019
I knew he was FBI but not much more. How did he get there?
Long before his flat track life, there was Bugs. There were two Roberts in the house. His grandmother always said he was as cute as a bug and it stuck.
The years have blurred by since he turned pro in 2002. He was the last generation to cut their teeth on single cylindered framers. He said back then you tried to build your best. These machines had purity of a purpose. They were true flat track racing machines. How did he feel about the switch to the motocrosser based bikes? Bugs said those bikes felt just plain ignorant, but you get used to them. I said I felt the twins were easier to ride to a point; he agreed, and said it is the weight that makes the difference.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019
Hard to be a citizen once you have given your life to racing. It all changes after the final checkered flag drops. Are you ready for it?
By 24 years of age, Charlie quit racing. He had his fill of frustrations and injuries. He started his new life in the restaurant business but struggled with its long monotonous hours. There is little joy punching a clock once you have led the life of a journeymen rider, racing for cash. But racers live to win. The same drive he cultivated in racing helped him to be successful in business. With restaurants, you're only as good as the last meal served.
Being consistent and dealing with pressure is tough. Great customer service demands you be 'Up' at all times. Cocaine was a popular way of staying on your 'A' game back in the eighties. What started out as a little helper turned into a habit. Racers like to live their life full throttle. Success grew and while everything looked normal on the outside, his habit grew too. Things came crashing down during an undercover sting. While waiting for sentencing, Charlie kicks his habit but still did a five-year run inside.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019
In top gear and foot down firmly. The bright headlamps on the Ferrari are burning a hole through the black Belgium night. The howl of the engine is intoxicating. Trees, concrete walls, and guard rails whizz past at close to 180mph on this country lane that is the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Half the race track is barely lit at best, yet in the darkness, he sees the yellow & red curbing ahead, signaling him that the next corner is approaching. He flicks the Ferrari left, wide open throttle, using the curbing on the exit. He's a long way from Texas but knows he's got thirteen hours to go until the champagne flows.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 24, 2019
Atlanta had been cruel to Jeremy in 2018, during an ugly crash at the start of his race, his head was run over by another competitor. He said his Arai helmet saved him that day for sure. Beaten and battered, he made his way thru the season, making the races he could afford. Jeremy Werner was another journeyman flat track racer chasing the dream, to step up to the twins, and be a paid, professional racer. Who wouldn't want to leave their day job behind?
He couldn't swing Daytona for 2019, so the next round at Atlanta would be his first American Flat Track race of the season. He had no hard feelings toward Atlanta from last year, just the excitement that comes with going racing.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 28, 2019
EverybodyFights, an award-winning boxing gym, announced recently that Philadelphia will be the home of its seventh location, set to open in January 2019. Founded by George Foreman III, son of two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman Sr., EverybodyFights features four classrooms and luxury locker rooms with a class series modeled after an authentic boxer’s training camp. EverybodyFights also has locations in Boston, NYC, Chicago, and Kentucky.
“Philly is rich with boxing history; it’s in their blood,” says George Foreman III. “Philadelphia has been home to some of the greatest boxers of all time, including Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins, and George Benton.” Guys like Bennie Briscoe were not only some of the best fighters ever, but they’re some of the toughest, as well. This city fights hard, no matter what, which is why we’re beyond excited to bring EverybodyFights to the City of Brotherly Love.”
EverybodyFights Philadelphia will be a 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art boxing gym located on Market Street in the Rittenhouse neighborhood. The facility is designed to have the grit of a traditional boxing gym, delivered in the style of a luxury fitness studio. Slated to feature two full-size boxing rings, a 60-person BAGS (boxing) classroom, 60-person TRAIN (circuit) room, 30-person ROAD (treadmill) classroom, and a 3,000-square-foot open gym area with free weights and cardio equipment, EverybodyFights Philadelphia will also feature luxury amenities such as a full-service locker room with steam room, towel service, blow-dry bars, pro shop, juice and coffee bar, and a lounge area.
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December 14, 2018.