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Tara’s OMG Moment for the week


Robbie Maddison – MULTIPLE WORLD RECORD HOLDING MOTOCROSS ATHLETE. He is a man who makes his entire living on doing things on a motorcycle that no one would ever think about. But now, he has outdone himself in a fashion that is downright incomprehensible.

The collab video with DC Shoes was done in Tahiti, on a regular KTM250SX with a couple of custom mods, allowing the bike to hydroplane for long distances without that whole sinking thing (although inflatable floats were attached to the bike, just in case) And, of course, not just any wave would do, it had to be the legendary Teahupo’o reefbreak in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Renowned for the consistent number of barrels it delivers, Teahupo’o is characterized by its shallow coral reef, which lies only 20 inches below the water’s surface and is largely responsible for the desirable shape of the waves its famous for. The footage is unbelievable. You have got to check this out!

Tara’s SMH Moment for the week


Hulk Hogan #2 by Tsar Kasim, on Flickr
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License   by  Tsar Kasim 

SMH — Twitter is going crazy over the news that Hulk Hogan has been fired by WWE. His contract ahs been terminated and every image, article, everything has been erased from its website. This is after audio from a radio interview surfaced in which the wrestler repeatedly used racist words. A statement said: ‘WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.’ Hogan tweeted about the incident late Thursday night, saying, “In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love.” This comes at a particularly bad time for Hogan, who is currently engaged in a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker over the release of a sex tape featuring the wrestler. Hogan is one of the most popular wrestlers in history, with “Hulkamania” ruling over WWE programming during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  He won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship six times during his career, most recently in 2002. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 2005.

Women get equal play but not play time at Wimbledon

In 2007, Wimbledon became the last of the four tennis Grand Slams to award equal prize money to women and men. However, the play time on the main courts is far from equal. At Wimbledon this year, women got just 38 percent of the assignments to Centre Court and No. 1 Court. That rate is different from the other Grand Slams where the split is pretty much equal between men and women. Who gets on which court is up to tournament schedulers. The top players want to play on a Grand Slam’s two main courts, which each have more than 10,000 seats. That’s where the most fans get to watch them and where journalists and broadcasters focus their attention. Court counts is only part of the problem though. Court time is a further reason why men are hogging the Wimbledon spotlight. Men’s matches, on average, take longer because men play best-of-five-sets while women play best-of-three at Slams.

Chuck Blazer banned for life by FIFA

FIFA executive, Chuck Blazer, has been banned from football-related activities for life by FIFA’s Ethics Committee for his involvement in widespread corruption. FIFA’s ethics panel made its ruling using evidence from the American federal case which has plunged FIFA and international football into crisis. Blazer pleaded guilty to 10 counts including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and income tax evasion. Blazer served on FIFA’s executive panel for 16 years until 2013. As a side note, Blazer’s life story could be made into a Hollywood film as the rights to an upcoming book on his football administration career were bought last month. Will have to keep an eye out for that one.


Tara’s OMG Moment

Most people may not know this, but history was made last weekend as South African Greg Minnar became the most successful Downhill mountain bike World Cup Racer of all time, taking his 18th career victory. The track proved to be unusually brutal, leaving many riders and bikes worse for wares.



My SMH moment of the week has got to be the annual 4th of July hot dog eating contest. The winner, 23 year old Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, beat favorite Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, by eating 62 hot dogs and buns! He won $10 000 and the coveted mustard yellow winner’s championship belt. Interviewed after the victory, Stonie said “We don’t just go up there and eat hot dogs. We practice for this. We prepare our bodies”. I’d love to know how the training goes for this. The victorious calorie count amounted to 17 360. That’s about 8 times more than the average adult male eats in a day. The women’s title was taken by defending champion Miki Sudo who consumed 38 hot dogs, adopting the strategy of eating the hot dogs separately and they soaking the buns in Crystal Light. In case the event didn’t have enough character, the spectacle also included a few chanting animal welfare protestors bearing anti-meat signs adorned with fake blood.


LeBron signs with Cavaliers

As expected, LeBron James will stay put with the Cleveland Cavaliers, agreeing to terms on a two-year maximum-salaried contract worth just under $47 million. He will also have a player option for the 2016-17 season that will enable him to opt out and re-enter unrestricted free agency — just as he did last summer and this summer. By going with a two-year pact with the first year fully guaranteed and a player option for the second — he has the option of re-entering free agency again next summer, when the NBA’s  $24 billion broadcast rights deal inflates the salary cap to a projected $89 million, bumping his first-year max up to an estimated $29.3 million