Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lehigh Football -150th Anniversary

Lehigh Football Nation: LFN Look Back: "Smokers"



This fellow blogger offers some great history about pep rallies and "smokers" evolving in the most played rivalry in college football. 

High Speed Beef


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Main Event

As mentioned in my last post....Philly Fighter Bryant Jennings will do battle at the Garden Saturday night.
The main event that evening  is Golovkin v. Geale. I predict Golovkin dismantles his Aussie opponent in the 7th or 8th round. Golovkin is tough as Hell...has incredibly fast hands... boxing acumen and plain old power. he destroyed Philly's Gabriel Rosado and turned the kid into a bloody mess. I think Geale will last longer and not suffer the same level of abuse; but he will lose.
So, fellow sportsmen, tune in to HBO on Saturday and put some beer on ice and be ready for some entertaining prizefighting.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Philadelphia Fighter At the Garden





From Philly Boxing writer John Disanto-An interview with Fred Jenkins


This trainers protege, Bryant Jennings takes to the ring this Saturday 7/26 at Madison Square garden to face Irish Mike Perez in what is a title bout eliminator. My heavyweight has sparred frequently with Jennings and Jenkins trained him for a time. Here at MLS we are very excited about this match.

 This is excerpted from Philly Boxing History.com


Philadelphia’s Fred Jenkins has been training boxers for a long time.  Before that, he was a fighter himself.  The PA Boxing Hall of Famer has been in the sport for 43 years, and after all that time, and after developing countless boxers at the ABC Recreation Center in North Philly, all his hard work just might pay off with his latest pupil, heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 18-0, 10 KOs.  The pair travel to Madison Square Garden this weekend to take on Mike Perez, 20-0-1, 12 KOs, in a 12-round WBC title eliminator. 
Tell me about Bryant Jennings. 
JENKINS:  “He’s a unique individual.  He likes to be challenged, and whatever challenge comes, he puts it in the back of his mind that he’s got to complete the challenge and out-do the next guy.  That’s his pattern of fighting, and that’s his pattern in life.  He’s always out-doing the next person.”
 
What does he have to do to out-do Mike Perez? 
JENKINS:  “He’s got to stay ahead on each round, don’t come from behind.  He got to win each round.  No matter what Perez brings to the table, Bryant (must be) able to adjust to the situation and win the round.  I’ll tell you what, the best thing for Mike Perez is not to hit Bryant.  If he don’t hit Bryant, it will be a nice fight.  As soon as he hits Bryant, the fight’s going to change around.”  

Bryant has developed quickly, but he hasn’t seen everything yet.  How do you prepare him for the things he hasn’t seen? 
JENKINS:  “You have to realize, he’s only been in the business five years.  I’ve been in the business 43 years.  So what he don’t see, I’ve already seen.  I usually try to prepare him for it, whether he knows it or not.  So when we train, we do a lot of different styles.  We consistently go over different patterns of fighting.  So when he’s in the ring, and the opportunity shows itself, he’s going to automatically do it.” 
 
How about that tough night that every fighter eventually has, getting knocked down and such? 
JENKINS:  “You rely on his conditioning.  Every fighter should get up from a knockdown.  Every fighter, if they are conditioned right, can get up.” 

Bryant is so confident.  How important is that when he gets in that ring?    

JENKINS:  “It’s very important.  It’s what keeps him motivated.  He believes that he’s great.  It’s not my job to change that.  As long as he stays that way, my job is to keep him over-confident, make him think that he’s invincible.  And that’s the way he is.  He was an ordinary guy before I created a monster.  No matter what he do outside the ring, he got to perform inside the ring.” 
 
If he wins the world title…
JENKINS:  You say ‘if’.  I say he going to win the world title when the opportunity comes.  I have to think that way at all times because that’s the purpose of training a fighter.  You can’t put no doubt in his mind.  When the opportunity comes, he will win the world title. 
 
When he wins the world title, you’ll have another world champion to your credit.  Tell me about your first one, Charlie Choo-Choo Brown.
JENKINS:  “He was 22, I was 25.  But not only Choo-Choo Charlie Brown.  Rockin’ Rodney Moore, Zahir Raheem, David Reid, Malik Scott, Randy Griffin, Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson.  There’s a whole slew of fighters.  So my work speaks for itself.  They don’t belong to nobody else.  They belong to me.  I started all those guys from scratch.  Working with all those guys. Learning their ups and downs, and the ins and outs of boxing.  Bryant Jennings is the final result.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Imperative

Well, maybe not number one.....but it is perhaps in the top ten. Having a pick-up certainly makes things easier...and easier to clean...when hunting and fishing and camping and towing boats up muddy ramps and training dogs. As a corollary, having easy to wash seat covers and vinyl floors in the cab of said truck makes things really easy to clean. When your muddy retriever jumps in after a morning in the blinds...you end up with mud in places you never thought possible...like in the console...or on the back or the rear view mirror.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nuts

I typically stay away from the political and the controversial on this blog. I suppose some would say my posts about killing animals are controversial. However, today I felt compelled to throw in a little 2nd Amendment invective based on a recent debate in which I was engaged.

After the recent killing spree by the mentally ill college kid on the West Coast, a woman I went to high school with stated that there is NO reason anyone in the United States should have guns except for those in Law Enforcement and the Military. I obviously take a contrary view. What really confounded and bewildered me was the position this person maintained regarding hunting.

During the debate, I queried whether or not she viewed gun ownership for hunting as a legitimate issue. She did not. I then posited the fact that many people, including some I know well in rural Pennsylvania, literally and absolutely rely on the deer they kill over the season to feed their families. This anti-gun advocate would not even concede this point. In her mind, an absolute prohibition is necessary to prevent gun crime and gun violence. In her naive construct, her right to life trumps my right to own a gun. It is when I hear this kind of anti-gun extremism that I consider re-joining the NRA.