Jose Canseco Pounded in the Ring Again. This Bash Brother Is No Jim Thorpe, All-American


The Greatest American Athlete and Perhaps Greatest In World History

The Greatest American Athlete and Perhaps Greatest In World History

Vai Said Bye To Jose

Vai Said Bye To Jose

But first…Jose Canseco…

the man who helped to bring steroids into the game of baseball then helped to reveal to the world the MLB steroid scurge, now has a new way to keep his name in the headlines…though the headlines this time may be on page 17-C.  Last year at this time, he was going to box another former athlete. Former Philadelphia Eagle Vai Sikahema pounded the much larger former Bash Brother(video). 

Jose Danced To a Draw with Danny Partridge

Jose Danced To a Draw with Danny Partridge

Almost exactly a year later, Canseco is at it again.  This time, he took on a guy much larger than him in a Mixed Martial Arts match.  (story) The results were the same, only Jose ended up in a fetal position and got pounded in less than a minute and a half (video).  So, let’s look at the score card for Jose.  He fought former child actor, former substance abuser, former disc jockey and much smaller Danny Bonaduce to a draw in a celebrity boxing match.  He was beaten by a retired football player in a boxing match and now he got pounded by a 7’2″ 330lb fighter in the MMA.  Jose says he had a hurt knee.  So, you have to give him credit for playing hurt.  But, why do I think that Jose is doing this for a paycheck?  Maybe he has another tell all book in him because the punches he throws on the pages seem to be more accurate than the ones he throws in the ring….and probably pays better.  By the way, what happened to the tattos on Jose? There everywhere with Bonaduce and gone with Hong Man Choi.  Temporary Tats?

King Presents Gold Medal and Laurel Wreath

King Presents Gold Medal and Laurel Wreath

On This Date In History:  King Gustav V of Sweden said to Jim Thorpe, “Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world” following Thorpe’s performance at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.  Two things are funny about the famous utterance that would precede just about every Thorpe appearance for the rest of his life.  First off, Thorpe had tried to walk away but before he could, the king reached out and grabbed his hand.  Then, after the comment, Thorpe simply said, “Thanks King!” The king then gave Thorpe a silver chalice in the shape of a Viking ship lined with gold and embedded with jewels

1932 Thorpe With Sons Phil and Billy

1932 Thorpe With Sons Phil and Billy

New York Giant...An American Sports Giant

New York Giant...An American Sports Giant

James Francis Thorpe was born on this date in 1887 in what was then the Indian Territory of Oklahoma.  They say he was 5/8 Indian…whatever that means.  He was the great-great grandson of Black Hawk, the famous chief of the Sauk tribe that fought valiantly to preserve the tribes land against the European settlers in Illinois.  Black Hawk was known to be a tough and courageous warrior, though it is unknown what kind of football player he was.  But he great-great grandson was one of the best ever and then some.

World Record Decathlete

Gold Medal Pentathlete

Football Star

Football Star

Thorpe not only won the Decathlon AND the Pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics, he did so by finishing first in every single event except the Javelin.  He played football at Carlisle Industrial Indian School under Pop Warner where he became and All-American.  He played professional football and became the commissioner of what was to become the NFL.  While he was playing pro-football, he also played Major League Baseball for John McGraw’s fabled New York Giants and the Cincinnati Reds.  He was known world wide and still is today. He became an active spokesman for Indian affairs, had a dance troupe. At age 58, he showed his patriotism by joining the merchant marine toward the end of World War II.

Baseball Star

Baseball Star

World Record Decathalete

World Record Decathalete

But, like many American heroes, Thorpe’s tale of triumph has a tragic side.  A year or so after he returned to New York to a ticker tape parade, a newspaper reported that Thorpe had played for a semi-pro baseball team while he was in college for two years.  I think he made something like $60 a month.  Thorpe said he was just a poor Indian kid who didn’t know that was against the rules.  Well, the AAU and the US Olympic Committee as well as the International Olympic Committee all came down on Thorpe and took his medals away and struck his records from the books.  They even took back the Viking Ship!   In 1950, he was voted the best athlete of the first half of the 20thcentury by the Associated Press. By that time, Sports Illustrated says he was a bloated alcoholic living in a trailer.  He died of a heart attack in 1953 with very little to his name, not even his gold medals.

Brundage Sore Loser?

Brundage Sore Loser?

From 1952 to 1972, Avery Brundage served as the head of the International Olympic Committee and he staunchly held firm in preventing Thorpe from being reinstated, even after he

Brundage No Match For Thorpe on the Field

Brundage No Match For Thorpe on the Field

died.  Brundage used the old “ignorance is no excuse” routine.  Brundage died in 1975 and in 1982, the IOC changed course and said it had erred in taking Thorpe’s medals. His records were put back in the  books and by the end of the century, he was again honored as, not just the greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th century, but of the entire 100 year span.

Here’s the kicker.  It is speculated that Brundage held a racial grudge against Thorpe.  That is probably up for debate….but here is a more specific fact.  Avery Brundage did have an ax to grind against Thorpe.  You see….the man who ate Thorpe’s dust in 1912 by coming in 6th in the Pentathlon and 15th in the Decathlon was none other than, Avery Brundage.

Oh…and by the way…there’s a town in Pennsylvania called Jim Thorpe. 

You can read about Jim Thorpe, PA.

Front Plods Through on Thursday

Front Plods Through on Thursday

Weather Bottom Line:  The story is really pretty much the same.   We had the numerous t’storms on Wednesday and now we have a front coming down on Thursday.  It will be a slow mover but the best chances for rain would be early Thursday and then another chance later in the day but by day’s end, the front should be sufficiently through and the dry air moving in enough to end the rain.  Look for a drier and cooler Friday morning and a warm but not so humid Friday.  I don’t think the storms Thursday will be overly ferocious, but there could be some windows rattling and furniture moving to wake you up.  Another system drops down and prior to its arrival we have a warm front.  The other day I mentioned that it may be too dry to have any precip.  But, the SPC has us in the edge of the slight risk area and really keeps us close through Monday.  The reason is that they feel as if the boundary will remain fairly close to our region and that there will be developing MCS situations periodically and they will be moving along the boundary southeast.  It’s tricky and certainly not a slam dunk but probably worth watching out for.  Either way, we get a return flow to start next week and that should start the mercury upward, perhaps the upper 80’s, and increasing humidity to start June.

Weekend Worth Watching as per SPC

Weekend Worth Watching as per SPC

DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0401 AM CDT WED MAY 27 2009
  
   VALID 301200Z – 041200Z
  
   …DISCUSSION…
   GFS AND ECMWF IN GOOD AGREEMENT AT LEAST THROUGH DAY 6…AFTER WHICH
   SUBTLE DIFFERENCES IN THE MODELS BEGIN TO INCREASE.  OVERALL
   HOWEVER…MODELS CONTINUE TO POINT AT A FEW DAYS OF HEIGHTENED
   SEVERE POTENTIAL OVER THE CENTRAL CONUS AND VICINITY.  BOTH MODELS
   CONTINUE TO FORECAST NW FLOW ACROSS THE CENTRAL US AND INTO THE
   MIDWEST ON THE BACK SIDE OF A ERN NOAM UPPER LOW/TROUGH FOR DAY 4
   /SAT. MAY 30/.  AS A PORTION OF THIS TROUGH MOVES QUICKLY EWD AND
   TAKES ON A NEGATIVE TILT DAY 5…FLOW ALOFT BECOMES MORE
   NWLY/WLY…WITH SEVERAL SHORT-WAVE FEATURES MOVING THROUGH THE
   RELATIVELY FAST FLOW FIELD OVER THE CENTRAL AND NRN
   PLAINS/MIDWEST/OH VALLEY.  FLOW ALOFT SLACKENS A BIT DAY 6…BUT
   BOTH MODELS PROG A SHORT-WAVE TROUGH TO ENTER THE CENTRAL PLAINS
   WHICH SHOULD MAINTAIN SEVERE POTENTIAL.
  
   DAY 4 /SAT. MAY 30/…IT APPEARS THAT STORMS SHOULD EVOLVE ACROSS
   THE NEB VICINITY…AS AMPLE MOISTENING/DESTABILIZATION OCCURS NEAR
   AND S OF A NW-SE BAROCLINIC ZONE RETREATING NWD ACROSS THE CENTRAL
   CONUS.  STORMS SHOULD EXPAND INTO ONE OR MORE MCS LATE IN THE
   DAY…AND THEN ACCELERATE SEWD TOWARD THE UPPER MIDWEST THROUGH THE
   SECOND HALF OF THE PERIOD — WITH DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED TO BE A
   MAIN THREAT.
  
   DAY 5 /SUN. MAY 31/…A COLD FRONT IS FORECAST TO BEGIN MOVING SEWD
   ACROSS THE PLAINS…PROVIDING A FOCUS FOR STORM DEVELOPMENT —
   PARTICULARLY INVOF THE MID MO VALLEY REGION — WITHIN DESTABILIZING
   AFTERNOON AIRMASS.  AGAIN…ONE OR MORE MCS SHOULD EVOLVE BY
   EVENING…WITH A MORE EWD STORM TRACK INTO THE UPPER MIDWEST REGION.
  
  
   DAY 6 /MON. JUN. 1/…CYCLOGENESIS ACROSS THE SRN HIGH PLAINS IS
   HINTED AT ALONG THE TRAILING PORTION OF THE AFOREMENTIONED FRONT
   MOVING SEWD ACROSS THE CENTRAL CONUS — IN RESPONSE TO THE EJECTING
   SHORT-WAVE TROUGH.  WHILE FLOW ALOFT SHOULD BE WEAKER…A
   PARTICULARLY MOIST/UNSTABLE AIRMASS ACROSS THE KS/OK REGION SHOULD
   OFFSET THE SLIGHTLY-WEAKER FLOW FIELD…WITH THE SEVERE POTENTIAL
   POSSIBLY INCLUDING TORNADOES NEAR AND NE OF THE LOW/INVOF THE WARM
   FRONT WHICH IS PROGGED TO EXTEND ACROSS THE KS/NRN OK/MO VICINITY.
  
   ..GOSS.. 05/27/2009

3 Responses

  1. Henry at Accuweather.com is forecasting a severe outbreak that would rival 1985 tornado outbreak (his words) whats your take on this

  2. When is this great event supposed to take place? In my head, I can create a scenario, but honestly the last day or so I have been busy trying to make a little money and trying to find a job. I thought perhaps that during the day today I’d take some time to look at some stuff because I thought there may be something of interest somewhere, most likely northwest of here but close enough to be worth a look. So, since you didn’t say when or where and I haven’t looked real closely lately, I don’t have much of an answer right now. But thanx for the heads up. You’ve piqued my interest.

  3. He says saturday. I can link you.

    http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?partner=netweather&traveler=0&blog=meteomadness

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