War on Nonrevenue Sports returns: USOC gearing up

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun isn’t going to give up on Olympic sports in colleges without a fight. He sees the threat of budget cuts and reallocations as athletics departments start paying more for its football and basketball players. There are so many things that we can do. What we need to do is get together and decide what is our top priority, what are our top three priorities. We have identified a donor who’s willing to support us, subject to us collectively — and by that I mean the athletic directors and the USOC — finding a program that we … Continue reading War on Nonrevenue Sports returns: USOC gearing up

Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!

Headlines from myriad sports this week: – Sarah Hendrickson won the world championship in women’s ski jumping. – Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the world championship in cross-country skiing’s team sprint, the first skiing title for the USA in Nordic World Championship history. – The USA also won two world titles in the track cycling world championships. Not bad for a one-woman team, Sarah Hammer. – Slovenia’s Tina Maze clinched the Alpine skiing World Cup title with nine races left. – The U.S. men’s freestyle wrestling team went to the World Cup in Iran, building up some diplomatic goodwill but also wrestling pretty well. The videos, features and tweets of … Continue reading Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!

Monday Myriad: Anderson Silva, world’s greatest athlete?

Here’s a great idea for a Google Doodle or an ad campaign: Have a floating picture of Anderson Silva’s head, and tell the user to try to “punch” his head with the pointer. No matter where you point, the head floats away, and you miss. That’s basically what Silva did to Stephan Bonnar on Saturday. Oh, you want to hit me? OK, give it a try. Here, I’ll back up against the cage. Hands down by my side. OK, go. When Silva got bored of dodging Bonnar’s blows, he simply knocked him out. Now consider this — Bonnar had never … Continue reading Monday Myriad: Anderson Silva, world’s greatest athlete?