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May 16th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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These days, just as important as your skills in Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Striking, etc. is the art of ‘Shit Talking” or building up a fight. Connor McGregor and Jon Jones are the greatest fighters in the world, but not unlike Muhammed Ali, they know that the ENTERTAINMENT aspect of MMA is more important than the actual fight (sometimes – to be fair). MMA is bigger than ever because of these larger – than – life personalities. In the beginning, it used to be all about the martial arts and respect, now it’s all about denigrating your opponent with one’s mouth – before the actual fight.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? Hey, it’s what the average fan wants. I just hope it doesn’t turn into a circus like boxing and professional wrestling. I am terrified of fights being fixed and fighters getting title shots not based on merit and ability but shenanigans.  Oh, how can I neglect to mention the Diaz brothers? They have taken “Shit Talking” to a completely new level. Hey, but they’re no longer poor boys from Stockton, they’re multi-millionaires.

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Nobody Came Close to Mike

April 4th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Before the Buster Douglas loss, nobody in the history of boxing was ever so dominant than Mike Tyson. He had it all – devastating power, speed, finesse…. In my opinion Evander Hollyfield would never have gotten past the 2nd round in Mike’s prime. Too bad he threw it away.

But P.S.- Mike Tyson is now a gentle, soft-spoken, self-deprecating vegan. See – everyone can change!!!

 

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MMA Fighters Have Higher IQ’S

March 30th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Just some clarification here: the exceptional (not someone like me – an amateur with marginal skills and talent) MMA fighter is smarter (much) than the average person. Seems counterintuitive, right? You mean a “dumb jock” who inflicts and endures extreme physical punishment is as smart as say an Elan musk? YOU BET!!!

I can turn this into a long essay, but I won’t( just basically throw out the facts and a quick explanation). Mixed Martial Arts is simply playing chess with one’s body. Not unlike chess, there is an infinite # of variables, choices, strategies, etc.

To focus on just one discipline or part of MMA, take for example BJJ, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, there are innumerable attacks and counter-attacks. As Rickson Gracie used to say, paraphrase – you make a move, I counter, you make another different move, and I counter with something different. Now I attack and you counter, etc. …this goes on forever if nobody is submitted, gassed – out, gives up, etc. Now consider all of the other aspects of MMA: striking arts, wrestling, Muay-Thai, Judo, boxing…and more.

I haven’t even gotten into timing, gauging distances, angles….on and on. And what about the psychological component? So just a little WhaDaYaThink. What do you think? I can write a book on this subject which would include not only the intelligence necessary to fight, but the obvious toughness, discipline, training, living with chronic injuries, obsession with winning, the devastation of defeat, etc. Fighting is the oldest, most primal, creative, and by far the greatest sport man has ever engaged in.

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Fighters

March 28th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I LOVE fighters e.g. Mixed Martial Artists, Muay-Thai (these guys are savages – just throwing bones), boxers, and wrestlers. And they don’t fit the stereotypes of being thugs and meatheads. Listen to MMA fighters talk. They’re polite, well-spoken, respectful, humble, fearless, and the toughest human beings on the planet. I live in physical pain 24/7 and so do they. You can’t imagine what these athletes go through.

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Facing Your Fears

March 27th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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The Martial Arts and especially Mixed Martial Arts has completely and totally transformed my life in so many ways for the better.What’s so transformative about one on one live combat is that one cannot have ANY delusions about one’s skills, talents, strength, and abilities because you will be exposed – 100%. Fighting is all about being honest with yourself. There is no pretending here. You can either defeat your opponent or not.

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Tony Gwynn – The Consummate Hitter Dies At The Tender Age of 54

June 17th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

If you happen to be the casual baseball fan and didn’t know who Tony Gwynn was (it is possible inasmuch as he played for the lowly tonygwynnSan Diego Padres for 20 years) you would probably think, simply by his appearance (stout & portly) that this was a guy who tried to yank the ball out of the park every time he stepped up to the plate. Indeed, many of the hall – of – famers, including Mickey Mantle, have always maintained that if it wasn’t a home – run, even a base – hit, then it was less than a perfect at – bat. This was not the philosophy of arguably the greatest “pure” hitter to ever play the game of baseball.

Tony Gwynn was not a very tall man (5’11”) but he was a husky fellow 230 lbs. but Tony was not there to knock the ball out of the park. Mr. Gwynn was a craftsman, artist, and master at seeing the ball with hawk – eye vision and going with the pitch (fast ball or breaking ball) and literally using the whole field, very often in the gap between third and short which is prodigiously difficult. It’s a known fact that Tony Gwynn saw baseball and hitting a pitched ball as an esoteric science. He took his profession very seriously and would always study the video tape of every one of his at – bats in order to improve his game.

Here are some statistics from him which are nothing less than staggering:

·        His career batting average was .338.

·        He hit .350+ five years in a row (wow !!!)

·        Tony was a selfless team player who would with unparalleled consistency hit a grounder to the right side to move a runner on second to third when there were 0 outs.

·        Gwynn made the all – star team 15 times.

·        Won 8 NL batting titles

·        He hit over .300 basically his whole career – 19 years.

Tony Gwynn was beloved by everyone in baseball and especially obviously by the San Diego Padres whom they called “Mr. Padre. Sadly Mr. Gwynn died of salivary gland cancer caused by the horrible habit of chewing tobacco (I chewed myself for more than a decade) which all baseball players used to do back in the day.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Incidentally, Tony Gwynn was not only one of the best players to ever play the game of baseball, but he was also, as told by countless friends, teammates, family, etc., an unbelievably nice and soft – spoken man. R.I.P. Tony Gwynn  – you were truly a class act and made the game of baseball a better and more interesting sport.

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Superman !!!

February 16th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

I think the reason I dislike Chris Weidman so much, is the fact that everything has come so easily for him; he simply is a freak of chrisweidmannature. He began wrestling as a child and simply cake – walked his way through NCAA Division I wrestling as a young adult. If he pursued the wrestling path, I guarantee he would have medaled and even won the GOLD. What drives me crazy, is that after only 3 months of jiu – jitsu training, he entered the EAST Coast Grapplers tournament &WON (How is that humanly possible ???) One might say that he used his wrestling skills to win the event but the fact of the matter is he submitted all 13 opponents – WHAT ??? (If people aren’t familiar with jiu – jitsu, it usually takes about a year to submit a white belt in live action). Weidman decided to give MMA and ultimate fighting a shot on a whim and won 10 consecutive fights. Unbelievably (but deservedly, since he was destroying everyone he faced) he was actually granted a title shot against the greatest mixed martial artist to ever step into the cage in Anderson Silva. Well we all know what happened – Weidman beat Silva soundly not once but twice just to ensure the 1st time wasn’t some sort of fluke. Chris Weidman is now the Middleweight champion of the world in MMA & quite frankly I can’t see him losing for a loooooong time.

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Michael Jordan Still Makes an est. $80 Million Dollars a Year

December 15th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

Endorsements, Endorsements, and Endorsements!!! Yep, although Michael Jordan has been retired for over a decade now, he still makes about 80 million dollars a year.mikejordan
How often do we hear of a professional athlete e.g. Evander Holyfield (boxing), Terrell Owens (football), Pete Rose (baseball), Michael Vick (football), Latrell Sprewell (basketball), on & on … about how broke he is, regardless of the sport in which they’ve excelled and made millions. Invariably, there is a pathetically sad list of once multi – millionaire athletes who are now without $$$ & bankrupt. How does this happen???
Well, to begin with the money these athletes earn alone during his tenure ought to be more than adequate to enable anybody to be financially secure for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, how often do we hear about a “Lawrence Taylor” crying about how he’s spent his millions of $$$’s, blah, blah, blah.
Though I mentioned Michael Jordan to begin this blog, he is not the poster boy for someone who is frugal and pragmatic in terms of saving one’s money; he’s a notorious gambler and has been known to gamble as much as 250K on a game of golf. However, Michael Jordan has always kept his nose clean, no nasty scandals, and as a result, he still has the #1 ‘Air Jordan’ sneaker brand, along with other Jordan brand clothing lines.
So, WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? Most superstar athletes make more money in a year than a professional middle – class executive will make in a career. So, obviously we ought not shed too many tears if Latrell Sprewell doesn’t know how to sock his millions away. However, I suppose the message is, if you want to spend, spend, spend, then behave yourself, be relevant, and then I guess the world can be your oyster and you can be like Mike.

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Bill Belichick is a Heartless Bureaucrat And Tom Brady is A Fool

October 22nd, 2013 by Michael Tabor

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I was shocked to hear the reaction of both hall famer coach, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, perhaps the greatest quarterback to ever play the game after the ‘Frontline’ special “League of Denial.” Coach Belichick is part of the NFL evil empire whose tenet is in a nutshell “Win for me or drop dead.” Here are the words of Mr. Belichick re: the NFL coaching problem – “First of all, I’m not really familiar with whatever it is you’re referring to, whatever this thing is. But it doesn’t make any difference whether there is or isn’t one going on. We have our protocol with all medical situations, including that one and that’s followed by our medical department, which I’m not a doctor and I don’t think we want me treating patients. What we do in the medical department, that’s medical procedures that honestly I don’t know enough to talk about. But I can say this, there’s nothing more important to a coach than the health of his team. Without a healthy team, you don’t have a team. We try to do everything we can to have our players healthy, to prepare them, to prevent injuries and then to treat injuries and to have them play as close to 100 percent as we can because without them, you have no team

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Certainly sounds like Bill didn’t lose any sleep over the tragic deaths of Mike Webster, Junior Seau, and so many others “I’m not a doctor, blah, blah, blah …… ” What an unsympathetic mutant !!!

And as far as the pretty boy who happens to have a meaningless skill such as throwing a football, here are his words: “I don’t think about it at all. I’m not overly concerned…..” Can Tom Brady actually be that stupid ??? He fits the dumb jock stereotype like a glove.  One would think that he would have said something akin to ….well of course I’m concerned, but I can’t think about it while I’m playing because it would actually have a serious deleterious effect on my performance and my health overall.

Oh well, so WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I think the commentary of these 2 football icons is prodigiously sad and pathetic.

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The NFL Epitomizes Everything Evil About Corporate Enterprise

October 10th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

mw1Figure 10. Ron Perryman.The brain of Ron Perryman shows moderate p-tau pathology involving multiple regions of brain diagnostic of stage II-III CTE. In addition, there is also widespread deposition of abnormal TDP-43 protein around small blood vessels and in the cerebral cortex. These changes together with loss of anterior horn cells of the spinal cord and degeneration of the cortical spinal tracts indicate the presence of CTE plus motor neuron disease (CTE-MND). Photo by Ann C McKee, MD, VA Boston/Boston University School of Medicine.

The National Football League made 8 billion dollars last year – 8 BILLION DOLLARS PROFIT !!! Sadly, a majority of the football players playing last year will be dead within 10 – 15 years after they retire do to brain – related injuries.

It’s one thing for a company, The National Football League to be upfront and publically state something akin to:  “Football is a viciously violent sport and we will give you a lot of $$ to play it, but you will not live too much longer after you’re done. Oh, and btw, you will die more than likely via brain damage, so your death will be more horrible than you can imagine, so there is a likelihood that you may commit suicide.”

So if a football player knows the risks, and is willing to take the chance knowing all of the risks, then fine and well. The problem is the NFL lied to the players, their wives, and all of the player’s loved ones – THAT’S WRONG !!!

Here is the full Frontline program

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/  …. Watch & then you decide WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? 

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