Tuesday, March 4, 2014
We are all certainly familiar with the Mardi Gras revelry that takes place in NOLA on this day before Lent.The booze and the beads and the boobs and the floats.
However, in the rural areas of Louisiana the locals celebrate in a different manner that is somewhat more akin the the Mideaval roots of this regional party. In the small towns and in the countryside they ride from house to house and farm to farm in costume and on horseback asking for donations for a communal Gumbo to be made at the end of the parade. The farmers often release a live chicken that the revelers chase to add to the pot. This is known as Courir Mardi Gras.
Monday, March 3, 2014
One of my law school buddies lost his father to a brain injury suffered during a match in New Jersey several years ago....just goes to show you this is NOT a sport just for effete playboys as the reputation may indicate...one can die in this game.
A world-class polo player died from head injuries suffered when he was thrown from his horse during a match in Florida on Tuesday.
Carlos Gracida, one of the sport's most beloved players, was playing in a match at the Everglade Polo Club in Wellington when another player struck his horse in the head with a mallet, causing the animal to whip its head around and collide with Gracida's head, the Palm Beach Post reported
He was only 53 and one of the best players ever. He won the US Open in Polo 9 times and was one of the "Queen's favorites."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Now we read the following in the NY Post:
The family of a Russian boxer who was beaten into a coma filed a $100 million lawsuit against the state Friday, saying officials should have stopped the Madison Square Garden slugfest and that he got shoddy medical care following the bout.
Magomed Abdusalamov, 32, who absorbed 312 punches during the Nov. 2 heavyweight brawl against Mike Perez, was advised by state officials to go to a hospital when he urinated blood after the fight — but no ambulance was provided, the court papers say.
The suffering fighter and his panicked family were forced to find a cab outside The Theater at Madison Square Garden at the height of the Saturday night rush.
Abdusalamov languished in a coma at Roosevelt Hospital for several weeks and may never walk again.
The fighter’s kin claim in court papers that officials allowed him to be “violently beaten, bludgeoned, punched and pummeled by his opponent without proper, timely or adequate recognition, termination and or/rescue.”
“They should have stopped the fight,” said his cousin, Amin Suleymanov. “Eveybody could see that.”
Suleymanov said he visits Abdusalamov in the hospital every day and has been forced to serve as the caretaker for his shattered wife and three children.
Abdusalamov’s condition is so grave that his three young daughters — ages 9, 4, and 1 — have only been permitted to see him twice since his hospitalization.
Filed by attorney Paul Edelstein, the papers accuse state athletic officials of failing to assess the severity of Abdusalamov’s injuries after the grisly bout and exacerbating his long-term suffering.
He was “permitted to sustain life threatening injuries including . . . acute traumatic brain injury, significant and permanent brain damage, coma . . . due to the improper, untimely and inadequate medical care and treatment on the part of the respondents,” the filing states.
Abdusalamov’s cousin, Abdullabulat Chartaevich, has said that state boxing officials failed them.
“They didn’t even take his blood pressure,” Chartaevich told The Post in the days after the fight. “He did say he had a headache, so the trainer and doctors should have seen something.”
The Dagestan native suffered a broken nose and hand in the first round and was visibly disfigured by the fifth round. During Round 7, two ringside doctors inspected Abdusalamov, but cleared him to continue.
Perez nearly knocked Abdusalamov down with a vicious jab in the final round, but the referee and his own trainer let him finish the 10-round fight.
Abdusalamov’s case is currently under investigation by the State Athletic Commission, which did not respond to a request for comment Friday on the fight and its aftermath.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
For some reason I tend to hum/sing this song when traveling up a ski lift. A poignant scene from a great movie.
I am heading to Park City, this week to ski Deer Valley and Alta. One of the Lehigh boys has a significant birthday and 9 of us are heading out West to ski and fete him in style.