All posts by Gerry Gagnon

‘A Man Is Still a Man’

We’ve expanded this post from 2014, when we were only on ‘Facebook’. The man who is the subject of this post has since ‘retired’ from martial arts:

“I was 40 my last fight, and won it impressively. So much so, that other women were terrified to fight me — thus helping end my career.”

“I’ve never felt so overpowered, ever, in my life.”

“Nothing can take away from the fact that you are physically a man. Mentally and emotionally, who knows — but physically, he’s a man.” Continue reading ‘A Man Is Still a Man’

‘It Was Just A Matter Of Time’

“Former ‘UFC’ heavyweight Tim Hague died today after suffering a knockout loss in a boxing match on Friday night in Canada. 

“Hague’s sister confirmed the fighter’s death in a post on her ‘Facebook’ page:

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” Jackie Neil wrote. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him so greatly.”

“Hague was 34.  Continue reading ‘It Was Just A Matter Of Time’

‘Farewell to the Babe’

“On this day in 1935, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ends his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. The following year, Ruth, a larger-than-life figure whose name became synonymous with baseball, was one of the first five players inducted into the sport’s ‘Hall of Fame’. 

“George Herman Ruth was born February 6, 1895, into a poor family in Baltimore. As a child, he was sent to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a school run by Roman Catholic brothers, where he learned to play baseball and was a standout athlete.

“At 19, Ruth was signed by the Baltimore Orioles, then a Boston Red Sox minor league team. Ruth’s fellow teammates and the media began referring to him as team owner Jack Dunn’s newest “babe”, a nickname that stuck. Ruth would later acquire other nicknames, including “The Sultan of Swat” and “The Bambino”.  Continue reading ‘Farewell to the Babe’

‘Covering Up Sexual Abuse?’

“Eight of the {U.K.} professional football clubs contacted by the independent inquiry into the game’s sexual-abuse scandal have failed to respond and now risk disciplinary action unless they tell the investigators what they know…

“The ‘Football Association’ is ready to step in and has the power to impose sanctions if it considers the clubs who have failed to comply – missing two separate deadlines over the past four months and displaying a level of non-cooperation described as “deeply concerning” by one specialist child-abuse lawyer – are threatening to undermine the investigation into what the organisation’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the worst crisis he can remember in the sport.  Continue reading ‘Covering Up Sexual Abuse?’

‘A Cross-check Too Far’

“National Hockey League linesman Don Henderson has filed a $10.25 million lawsuit against Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman more than a year after Wideman hit Henderson from behind during a game against the Nashville Predators… The Flames are also listed as a defendant.

“According to his lawsuit, Henderson suffered injuries to his head, neck back, shoulder, and right knee. He also allegedly suffered a concussion, pain, numbness and tingling in his right arm and hand, shock anxiety and depression, headaches and permanent and partial disability…

“The government of Alberta is also listed as a plaintiff in the case. Continue reading ‘A Cross-check Too Far’

‘Pervert At Work?’

“A 12-year-old girl was forced to withdraw from a chess tournament in Malaysia after her dress was considered “seductive”, her coach has claimed.

“Malaysian chess player Kaushal Khandar alleged that his student had been “extremely embarrassed” and “disturbed” by the actions of the {Muslim} ‘National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017’ director and chief arbiter, the ‘Star Online’ reported.

“He claimed that the tournament director had made a remark on the girl’s knee-length dress to the chief arbiter, who had stopped her competition in the middle of Round 2 and informed the student that her dress was improper and violated the dress code of the tournament, the report said. Continue reading ‘Pervert At Work?’

‘NHL Says ‘NO’ To Olympics’

“Some familiar faces will be absent at the 2018 Winter Olympics: NHL players representing their countries in the men’s ice hockey tournament.

“After months of negotiating with the ‘IIHF’, world hockey’s governing body, the NHL announced…that its players would not be participating in the Pyeongchang Games. The NHL is opposed to a 17-day break in the NHL schedule to accommodate the matches. Continue reading ‘NHL Says ‘NO’ To Olympics’

‘Cheaters Shouldn’t Prosper’

“Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard says Maria Sharapova, who returned from her 15-month doping ban on Wednesday, is a “cheater” and should not be allowed to compete in the sport again.

“Bouchard spoke to TRT World in an interview published Tuesday on ‘YouTube’ and did not hold back her thoughts.
https://youtu.be/in-hEb_OQxo?t=112 Continue reading ‘Cheaters Shouldn’t Prosper’

‘Terror Attack’

“German police have detained a suspect with “Islamist links” following a bomb attack on the bus of the ‘Borussia Dortmund’ football team.

“Borussia Dortmund players were on their way to their home ‘Champions League’ quarter-final first-leg match against Monaco, when three explosive charges detonated, police said.

“Spain international Marc Bartra underwent an operation after breaking a bone in his wrist {and for “bits of debris lodged in his hand”}. No other players were hurt, but a police officer on a motorbike escorting the bus suffered trauma from the noise of the explosions.

“Prosecutors also said the three explosive devices contained metal pieces. Continue reading ‘Terror Attack’

‘Undermining Fair Competition’

“If the fervor over…transgender wrestler Mack Beggs…could be swelled into one match, it was the junior’s final one at the state wrestling championships on Saturday.

“Beggs, who is ‘transitioning’ from female to male — but competing as a girl because of a University Interscholastic League rule — won gold….

“It caps a perfect season for Beggs (56-0), who easily won his four matches this weekend…

“The controversy surrounding Beggs deals with the testosterone treatments part of his transition, with some believing it is an unfair advantage… {!!!} Continue reading ‘Undermining Fair Competition’