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B-Hop Stumps Father Time, Makes History

Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by FSM Staff in Boxing, Highlight

B-Hop Stumps Father Time, Makes History

Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins made history on Saturday night by becoming the oldest person to win a major professional boxing title at age 48, breaking his own record that he set two years ago. Hopkins (53-6-2) defeated Tavoris Cloud (19-1) via unanimous decision, taking the 31 year-old’s light heavyweight title and handing him his first defeat at the recently constructed Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

There was no controversy with the scorecards and it was pretty clear where things were heading starting halfway through the fight. Hopkins delivered a veteran whooping, opening cuts over both of Cloud’s eyes. Cloud gave a solid effort but the young lion was not ready to deal with the old trickster this time.

The Executioner deserves credit. He abstains from drugs, alcohol, red meat and he trains hard. He hasn’t exactly been fighting tomato cans these last eight years either. It will be interesting to see who he decides to fight next. A third fight with Jean Pascal (27-2-1) has been mentioned by some as has a fight with undefeated Nathan Cleverly (25-0) that would most likely take place somewhere in the United Kingdom.

There is a well-known saying in sports that people usually bring up when talking about aging superstars. “Father Time is undefeated”, Charles Barkley is often heard saying on the set of TNT’s Inside the NBA. This is true especially for the athletes who were great in their early years and then decided to stick around – way too long. Perhaps Michael Jordan’s stint on the Wizards is Father Time’s crown jewel in terms of victories. Other victims include Oscar De la Hoya, Shaquille O’Neal, Roy Jones Jr., and well, you should be able to get the gist of the phrase by now.

Every time I watch Bernard Hopkins fight, I can’t help thinking that he might be the one who finally gives Father Time that first defeat. It would take a meaningful victory in his early 50’s and a subsequent retirement on Hopkins’ part, but nothing I’ve seen from the Executioner in the last decade suggests it can’t be done. How many professional athletes can claim they were significant in their sport past age 40? How many can say that Father Time couldn’t even prevent them from winning a championship at age 48? A few more wins and Hopkins can ride off in the sunset without giving Father Time any more chances to put him down. Sure, the victory may be just a moral one. It would be kind of like playing games when you’re a kid. Get your butt kicked ten times in a row then win once and stop playing.

Cliff Notes: Angels Landing

Posted on 01. Mar, 2013 by FSM Staff in General Sports, Highlight

Cliff Notes: Angels Landing

Angels Landing located at Zion National Park in Utah is perhaps the most semi-famous hike in the United States. Many hikers I’ve encountered during my travels have “kind of” heard of it. Common responses are, “That’s the one with the big walls right?” or “The one where people always fall off and die?” My answer to these and similar questions is usually, “Well…kinda.”

Anyone in half decent shape shouldn’t have trouble completing this hike. There is nothing overly strenuous about this trail. The switchbacks leading up to the final leg of the trail are steep but they are also paved which is extremely helpful (not to mention a rarity on this kind of trek). This section is affectionately known as Walton’s Wiggles. As you hike up the wiggles, you will have solid canyon wall to your left. To your right, you will have a sliver of a view of the bigger canyon you find yourself in. Depending on the time day, you will see a different mix of orange, red, and maroon in the rocks with random greenery sprinkled throughout. An avid hiker would probably spend no more than 60 minutes completing this trail through the end of Walton’s Wiggles.

View from Walton's Wiggles

The WW switchbacks lead to a narrow trail that eventually ascends like a staircase to the point of the trail known as Scout’s Lookout. This is where first timers will have an initial glimpse of the behemoth they are about to take on. This is also where people usually start thinking about turning back. I mentioned earlier that this hike is not strenuous which is true. The emotional component to completing this hike cannot be understated however. When you are standing on Scout’s Lookout, gazing at the thin strip of trail that leads up to Angels Landing, looking at the thousands of feet of drop-off on each side, there is a good chance your nerves will make the decision of quitting or going on for you. Don’t make a hasty decision though.

The Disclaimer Plaque

View from Scout's Lookout

Use the random outhouse at the lookout if you need a second to compose yourself. Take reassurance knowing that the number of people who have died trying to reach the top is not even in double digits. My point is that’s an extremely low number.

Admittedly, there are a few spots on the way to the top of Angels Landing that could use some chains. But the final portion of trail is well constructed and safe overall. Hold on to the chains whenever available, watch where you step, and resist the urge to take in the scenery until you summit. Once you make it to the top, there is plenty of space to relax safely and admire the beautiful views: giant walls of multi-colored rock on both sides with a river curving its way through the canyon floor.

The Payoff!

Don’t let any initial fears at Scout’s Lookout prevent you from completing this hike. If you exercise caution and respect your environment, you should be fine. The payoff for crossing the finish line is twofold. You get treated to unimaginable views that few will ever see form that vantage point and you gain the satisfaction of completing what most consider a daunting task. The trail is properly named. If a landing strip for angels really exists in Utah, there is good chance this is it.


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