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).
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0401 AM CDT WED MAY 27 2009
VALID 301200Z – 041200Z
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
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.