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Dec 16, 2013
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The best charts of 2013

Drew Sheppard made one of the most impressive sports visualizations of the year, overlaying every single shot taken by the Heat’s Lebron James in the last game of the NBA finals. It’s 60 minutes presented in 10 important seconds. Yahoo has more on the image.

Stuff like this makes me want to get into sports.

Filed under: animated GIFs

via Dave Gray’s newsletter

The best charts of 2013

Drew Sheppard made one of the most impressive sports visualizations of the year, overlaying every single shot taken by the Heat’s Lebron James in the last game of the NBA finals. It’s 60 minutes presented in 10 important seconds. Yahoo has more on the image.

Stuff like this makes me want to get into sports.

Filed under: animated GIFs

via Dave Gray’s newsletter

(via yahoosports)

Dec 07, 2013
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He plays a game with which I am not familiar.
— Golfer Bobby Jones, watching a young Jack Nicklaus win the 1965 Masters tournament (via)

Oct 22, 2013
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Video That Proves Pro Wrestling Is Fake Also Proves It’s Pretty Real

But instead of ruining the “sport” for fans, the supercut seems to have had the exact opposite effect: It has earned the performers new-found respect from detractors who have long derided the spectacle’s suspended reality.

Filed under: show your work

(Source: youtube.com)

Jan 17, 2013
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Bad lip reading of NFL players

Take footage of NFL players, coaches, and officials talking, dub it poorly with alternate dialogue, and you get a bit of genius.

Really, really funny. Filing this under: captions

Dec 27, 2012
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Jens Ullrich collages fusing sport and sculpture (via)

Berlin-based artist Jens Ullrich creates large-scale collages that make the careful elision between frozen-moment drama in sports photography and the inertia of classical looking sculptures.

More here→

Filed under: collage

Nov 11, 2012
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Wayne Coyne at the basketball game

Sam Anderson wrote a great piece in today’s NYTimes magazine about the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team is so popular with the city that even basketball non-fans like Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne goes to the games:


  Coyne admits that at Thunder games, he doesn’t always understand what’s going on. “It’s not like a Steven Spielberg-scripted event when you’re there,” he told me. “You’re like, Well, did we win? I’m confused. Did they win? And then you look up and you’re like, Well, is the game over?”
  
  He said he has been yelled at by other fans for cheering for Kobe Bryant. (“That was wicked! Who is that?” he shouted the first time he saw Kobe score. The crowd told him that it was Kobe and suggested, forcefully, that he stop cheering for him. “But that was wicked!” Coyne responded.)


I can so relate.

Wayne Coyne at the basketball game

Sam Anderson wrote a great piece in today’s NYTimes magazine about the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team is so popular with the city that even basketball non-fans like Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne goes to the games:

Coyne admits that at Thunder games, he doesn’t always understand what’s going on. “It’s not like a Steven Spielberg-scripted event when you’re there,” he told me. “You’re like, Well, did we win? I’m confused. Did they win? And then you look up and you’re like, Well, is the game over?”

He said he has been yelled at by other fans for cheering for Kobe Bryant. (“That was wicked! Who is that?” he shouted the first time he saw Kobe score. The crowd told him that it was Kobe and suggested, forcefully, that he stop cheering for him. “But that was wicked!” Coyne responded.)

I can so relate.

Sep 04, 2012
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It’s like training an animal. You can’t just be sometimey with it.
— Isha Price, the sister of Venus and Serena Williams, on their routine

Jun 21, 2012
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The knuckleball: “To gain power you must first give up control.”

Good pitching is almost always a business of shattering expectations -following fast pitches with slow, inside with outside. Only the knuckleball, however, sets up expectations, confounds them, renews them and betrays them in the course of a single pitch. (via)

I knew shit about knuckleballs before I heard this Fresh Air interview with R.A. Dickey, a pitcher for the Mets who’s been having an amazing season, recently pitching two consecutive one-hitters.

Then I heard about Knuckleball!, a documentary directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg (they made the terrific Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work):

KNUCKLEBALL! is the story of a few good men, a handful of pitchers in the entire history of baseball forced to resort to the lowest rung on the credibility ladder in their sport: throwing a ball so slow and unpredictable that no one wants anything to do with it. The film follows the Major League’s only knuckleballers in 2011, Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey, as they pursue a mercurial art form in a world that values speed, accuracy, and numerical accountability.

What makes the stories of these men so interesting is that they were both stuck with shitty baseball careers before they turned to the knuckleball as a last chance shot at salvation, and they wound up on top of their games. To be a good knuckleballer, “You need the fingertips of a safe cracker and the mind of a Zen buddhist.” (As the film’s tagline says, “To gain power you must first give up control.”)

Essentially, what you do when you throw a knuckleball, is you try to make your pitch the exact same every time, because you’re trying to release the ball with as little spin as possible — when that happens, the air current moves against the baseball’s seams and makes the baseball move really strangely. It takes an enormous amount of discipline and technique to throw the pitch, but once the pitch is thrown, it’s equally unpredictable to the batter, the catcher, and the pitcher who threw it. (R.A. Dickey: “I’m just pitching knuckleball by knuckleball and surrendering to the results.”)

(Of course, I’m thinking about how perfect of a metaphor this is for the practice of art: you sit down everyday with the same routine, but you have to trust that once you let go, the process will take you somewhere unexpected.)

The other thing that’s interesting about the knuckleball is that there are so few pitchers who throw it. Instead of being competitive with each other, they actually form a kind of brotherhood — a pack of outcast weirdos, sharing tips about their obsession. R.A. Dickey writes about how rare this is in his memoir, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball: “There’s no chance that an opposing pitcher, no matter how nice a guy, is going to invite me to watch how he grips and throws his split-fingered fastball or his slider. Those are state secrets.”

Knuckleballers don’t keep secrets. It’s as if we have a greater mission beyond our own fortunes. And that mission is to pass it on, to keep the pitch alive. Maybe that’s because we are so different, and the pitch is so different, but I think it has more to do with the fact that this is a pitch that almost all of us turn to in desperation. It is what enables us to keep pitching, stay in the big leagues, when everything else has failed. So we feel gratitude toward the pitch. It becomes way more than just a means to get an out. It becomes a way of life.

Later, Dickey quotes the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu:

By letting go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.

Jun 19, 2012
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I went into the Missouri River. I was hanging on by a thread professionally. And when I came out of the river… I was so consumed with just wanting to live in the present well that I think that carried over directly into my pitching and I just cared about each pitch singularly. And so, you know, if one pitch didn’t go well, forget it. Here’s this pitch. What am I going to do with this pitch? And when I did that over and over and over again, I was able to look back and all of the sudden I was putting together a pretty incredible run. And I decided that that’s how I wanted to live my life.

May 04, 2012
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Kobe stealin’ moves

gotemcoach:


“THE IRON LEG”
Dirk Nowitzki showed the world his step back jumper.  Kobe Bryant watched Dirk win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.  Now, Kobe shoots Dirk’s step back jumper.
Some people might slight Bryant for so clearly jacking “The Iron Leg.”  Not me.  I think it’s incredible.  And awesome.
[slideshow of each version]
Dirk created the best post-Olajuwon post move in basketball, Kobe understood it’s value, and put it in his game.  That’s why he’s great — anything to get better.  Last night, Bryant used it in the Playoffs.
You know, imitation is the highest form of flattery, but before you go thinking Kobe’s handing out compliments…

“I improved his move.  I can shoot mine from the three-point line.  He can’t do that… Dirk does it well, I do it better.  Mine’s a little sexier.”
-Kobe Bryant

#GotEmCoach


If you’ve read Steal Like An Artist, you’re already familiar with this Kobe quote on theft:


  There isn’t a move that’s a new move. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. I seriously have stolen all of these moves from all these great players…I just try to do them proud, the guys who came before, because I learned so much from them. It’s all in the name of the game. It’s a lot bigger than me.


Previously: Stealing moves

Kobe stealin’ moves

gotemcoach:

“THE IRON LEG”

Dirk Nowitzki showed the world his step back jumper.  Kobe Bryant watched Dirk win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.  Now, Kobe shoots Dirk’s step back jumper.

Some people might slight Bryant for so clearly jacking “The Iron Leg.”  Not me.  I think it’s incredible.  And awesome.

[slideshow of each version]

Dirk created the best post-Olajuwon post move in basketball, Kobe understood it’s value, and put it in his game.  That’s why he’s great — anything to get better.  Last night, Bryant used it in the Playoffs.

You know, imitation is the highest form of flattery, but before you go thinking Kobe’s handing out compliments…

“I improved his move.  I can shoot mine from the three-point line.  He can’t do that… Dirk does it well, I do it better.  Mine’s a little sexier.”

-Kobe Bryant

#GotEmCoach

If you’ve read Steal Like An Artist, you’re already familiar with this Kobe quote on theft:

There isn’t a move that’s a new move. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. I seriously have stolen all of these moves from all these great players…I just try to do them proud, the guys who came before, because I learned so much from them. It’s all in the name of the game. It’s a lot bigger than me.

Previously: Stealing moves

(via mlarson)

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