Mad dogs, Englishmen, Texans, visitors, and the midday sun

Today sees the annual Hotter ‘n Hell 100 bicycle race in and around Wichita Falls, Texas.  It’s so named because the temperatures usually hover at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year, and the full-length race covers 100 miles (with shorter distances for less ambitious competitors). As I write these words, the competitors are pouring out of the city and onto regional roads, heading out on the opening leg of the race.  It’s relatively cool this year, thanks to some unseasonal rain showers, which are very welcome to those of us who live here, but resented by many riders

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Doofus Of The Day #1,050

Today’s award goes to basketball player D. J. Cooper, an American competing in Europe. Cooper had to undergo a doping control to potentially join the Bosnian national team as a naturalized player. The test results on the urine that Cooper provided as his own, revealed that he’s… pregnant. More precisely, the presence of “gHC”, a hormone the placenta produces after impregnation, was detected in the urine sample. FIBA immediately suspended the player for fraud. Cooper’s punishment will keep him out of courts until June 20, 2020. There’s more at the link. It seems Mr. Cooper “borrowed” his girlfriend’s urine for the sample

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Vegans tackle cowboys – and lose

It seems cowboys, or gauchos as they’re known there, are still common in parts of Argentina, and they enjoy a rodeo as much as their American counterparts.  Therefore, when vegan protesters tried to shut down a rodeo in that country, the gauchos were not amused – and showed it with whips and spurs! The next time moonbat protesters try to shut down a freeway or an Interstate highway in this country, I think we should hire those gauchos to deal with them – preferably broadcasting it live on TV for (almost) everyone’s viewing pleasure! Peter

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A blast from my motorsport past

I’ve mentioned a few times that I used to do rallying in South Africa when I was (much) younger (and a lot less wise).  I drove a Ford Escort Mk. 2 most of the time, with a two-door body and a 1,600cc engine with a manual transmission (stick shift, for Americans).  It had a few components replaced with upgraded versions for sporting use, but basically it was pretty much the same vehicle you could buy off any Ford dealer’s lot.  It’s probably long since been scrapped, but I remember it with fondness. I was therefore very happy to come across this video

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This one’s for Old NFO

Every year, fellow writer, blogger, and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Old NFO, undertakes a pilgrimage to Augusta, Georgia, to assist in the running of the US Masters Tournament.  He always seems to enjoy himself, and regales us with stories of the fun and games when he gets back. Me, I’ve never played a round of golf in my life – not even a single hole.  I’m one of those who regards a golf course as an unconscionable waste of a good rifle range!  That being the case, I giggled loudly when I saw yesterday’s “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip.  Click the

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Ever heard of “rabbit hopping” as a sport?

I hadn’t either, until I came across this article about competitive rabbit hopping in Australia. A cute companion, a pest and a free lawnmower — that is usually how a domestic rabbit is described. Now ‘athlete’ can be added to that list, because rabbit owners are training up their furry friends to hop competitively, like a miniature version of the equine sport, show-jumping. . . . President of the Rabbit Hopping Society of Australia (RHSA), which was formed in 2013, Neil Worley, said hopping rabbits in Australia were yet to achieve elite status but were on the right track. Elite rabbits can typically

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The Great Knaresborough Bed Race of 2019

The annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race was held a few weeks ago in England.  As usual, a lot of fun was had by all. The event was born out of the enthusiasm of the newly-formedKnaresborough Round Table in 1966, an organisation looking for a major charity fund-raising push. They came up with the idea of a time-trial in which teams would follow a pre-determined course pushing beds around the town. It could have been a chariot race, a tug-o-war, a raft race on the river, a soap box derby or any of a hundred other ideas. But they plumped for a bed race,

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Blink, and you’ll hit something

I’ve posted rallying videos in these pages several times before.  I participated in rallying as an amateur enthusiast in my younger days, but never at the level the professionals attain.  They’re the true master drivers of the motorsport world, able to handle almost any terrain and road conditions. Here’s Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio, from the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team, in action during the recent Tour de Corse (Corsican) rally, held at the end of March this year. RallySport reports: Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville finally won a nerve racking Tour de Corse in which the lead changed on

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This bird is the (last) word!

I was mind-boggled to read about a recently retired racing pigeon. A champion pigeon has been sold for a record €1.25m ($1.42m; £1.07m). Auction house Pipa called Armando the “best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time”. He’s also been dubbed the “Lewis Hamilton of pigeons”. Before this sale, the record was €376,000 (£321,800). However, Pipa says this was beaten within a day of Armando being put up for bids. The champ, who turns five this year, is now enjoying his retirement and has already fathered a number of chicks. There’s more at the link. $1.42 million for something that I’m used to thinking

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