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Judge Rules Cheerleading Is Not A Sport

In: Patrick, Sports & Health

Coincidentally when the first primetime TV show about the sport Cheerleading is about to premiere in September, the U.S. court ruled on Wednesday that competitive cheerleading is not a sport that colleges can use to meet gender-equity requirements. The judge described it as too “disorganized” and more of a “support activity”. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill explained:

“Competitive cheer may, some time in the future, qualify as a sport. Today, however, the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganised to be treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation opportunities for students.”

For an “activity”, cheerleading is pretty freakin’ dangerous with all the tumbling, stunting and dancing. In fact, 65% of all catastrophic injuries in girls’ high-school athletics happen on cheerleading squads and, if I’m not mistaken, it is the most dangerous sport for US teens overall – even over football.

So how did this all come about? Several female volleyball players and their coach sued Quinnipiac University after it announced back in March 2009 that it would be getting rid of their team for budgetary reasons, but replacing it with a competitive cheer squad. The school felt that this action complied with “Title IX, the 1972 federal law that mandates equal opportunities for men and women in education and athletics.” The judge disagreed and the girls are getting back to volleyball.

Check out the dangers of cheerleading after the jump…

In this week’s fitness tip, Mike talks to you about a great lower body (legs) & shoulders workout you can try out at the gym today. The workout includes a four part complex designed to push you to your limit, providing little rest between each of the sets.

As with any workout, it’s important to remain focused on the task at hand – really engage your muscles and don’t focus on rushing through the exercises. It’s better to go slower and do the exercise properly, as this also works your muscles harder and leads to better results…and that’s what you want, isn’t it?

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

oakland-as-game-brian

During my childhood, I would spend a portion of every summer in California. Besides playing with my cousins, hanging by the beach and watching a lot of MTV, one of my favorite things to do was go to a baseball game. My uncles would take turns taking myself and my cousins to watch the Oakland A’s play.

I was such a fanatic. Literally, I would dress in Athletics attire from head to toe. I looked like a such little freak, dressed in green and yellow. On top of that, I would only want to go on special days when they were giving free shizz out. I could never get enough Oakland paraphernalia to satisfy my needs.

Normally whenever we go San Francisco, it’s always for a short timeframe to attend a family obligation (wedding, graduation, funeral, reunion). With so many cousins and family living in the area, I’m down there at least twice a year, but barely do anything outside the familial unit. I digress. So recently when Brian and myself were in the Bay Area to just hang and not for any obligation, I thought I would take Brian to experience one of my favorite childhood things.

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In this week’s fitness tip, the importance of warming up is addressed. With warmer weather comes more outdoor physical activity (jogging, hiking, soccer, beach volleyball, etc.). If you’re not warming up your body and your joints, you are increasing the chances that you may get injured and I don’t have to tell you that you don’t want that.

Just a handful of 30 second warmup exercises can make a big difference. Not only is it going to prevent injuries, but it is also going to make your workout more effective and allow your muscles to be at their best.

Check some of Mike Dirks suggestions…I do these ones all the time!

Video demonstration after the jump…

Vancouver Gays Do the Math
Local health organization wants you to calculate your risk

The Health Initiative for Men (HIM) has just launched their latest health communication campaign, Do the Math: Calculate your Risk. As the summer heats up and the clothes come off, HIM wants gay men to think about the kinds of sex they’re having, who they’re having it with and any risks involved.

Postcards, posters, condom packs and banner ads on gay cruising sites will be used to promote the new campaign which depicts gay guys from Vancouver in various situations where risk might exist.

“This campaign prompts gay guys to use their head, to do the math and calculate their own risk before making decisions about condom use.” says Jody Jollimore, HIM Project Coordinator.

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Today, Spain won the World Cup for the 2010 season. Congratulations! BUT, who wins the title of World Cup Hottie 2010? During this season’s World Cup, we brought to you the “World Cup Hottie of the Day,” highlighting a new piece of man-meat each day. Recently, Donovan compiled the list and asked YOU who you though was the hottest player in the world of soccer balls. Now, I’ve narrowed it down to what you have selected as your top 10.

Interestingly enough, whoever comes out on top individually, when you look at which country had the most hotties in the Top 10, it is none other than…Spain!!! (Based on YOUR votes) AMAZING!!

Which player will come out on top (or bottom, if that is your preference)? Vote after the jump!

VOTE after the jump…

Tour de France Meets Ultimate Fighting

In: Donovan, Sports & Health

When did the Tour de France become a contact sport? Apparently, the answer is yesterday. Spain’s Carlos Barredo and Portugal’s Rui Alberto Costa got into a little tiff after both crossed the finish line for this stage of the race. Reports indicate Barredo was furious that Costa allegedly elbowed him in the stomach and ribs 12 miles from the finish line. So what does he do to avenge this wrong?

At the finish line Barredo dashed towards Costa wielding his front wheel (LMAO) and began to attack him with it. Seriously, who does that? Why the front wheel and not the back? After exchanging a few girly punches (seriously I’ve seen girlfights at bars go harder than these two hookers), the two cyclists were separated by officials. They were both fined with insults, threats and incorrect behavior. That’s putting it mildly.

view the smackdown after the jump

Spend a day in Winnipeg and you’re likely to have a conversation about mosquitoes. Spend a day in Ottawa and you’re likely to have a conversation about the government. Spend a day in Vancouver, and eventually you’re going to have a conversation about real estate. Spend 20 seconds in Amsterdam and you’re likely to be bombarded with anything and everything World Cup related. Everyone has an opinion on who has been playing poorly, or what the best goal of the tournament was. I’ve never seen a city so focused.

The Netherlands will be playing Spain in the World Cup final on Sunday. An unexpected final to say the least. The Netherlands pulled quite the upset knocking out Brazil in the quarter finals, and Spain similarly knocking out Germany in the semis. No matter who wins, there will be a few firsts. Never have a European team won the World Cup outside of Europe. Never have The Netherlands or Spain won a World Cup. Never have I been so excited about soccer.

I watched the semi final game between The Netherlands and Uruguay on Tuesday night, and it was intense. The Dutch scored first on an amazingcross field corner shot by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, my choice for best goal of the tournament (shown below). The cheating Uruguayans tied it up just before the end of the half.

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