ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Don’t just be a commenter in the game of life, be an active player.by: Aaron PughWe’ve all been there before, posting on Facebook and Twitter, reading the comments section of a favorite news site, or watching television, saying things like “someone should do something,” “they need to solve that,” or “I wish we could help.”Yet how often do those sentiments prompt us to call our representatives, sign a petition, or join in a rally? How often do we spend the time to understand all the issues behind an event that upsets us, much less step forward in a real attempt at remedy?Too often, our hot air activism cools on the wake of other news, dissipating in time to the click of the remote and the tick of the clock.You see, speech can change the world, but it can also give a false sense of accomplishment, something Fast Company points out in an article called “Lazy Americans Think Tweeting About A Cause Counts As Advocacy.” continue reading »
The 1999 Heineken Cup winners scored four tries to claim a bonus point against the Italians for the second week running following the 48-0 thrashing in Belfast seven days ago. Second-half scores from Craig Gilroy, Robbie Diack and Jared Payne accompanied a late first-half effort from Luke Marshall as Ulster made it four wins from four games following earlier successes against Leicester Tigers and Montpellier. Ulster never looked like losing their unbeaten record once Marshall crossed two minutes before the break but they left it late to grab the bonus point when Payne dived over with not much more than a minute remaining. Ulster started brightly as they looked to take the game to Treviso early on but they only had a 10th-minute penalty from Paddy Jackson to accompany their enthusiasm. Alberto Di Bernardo levelled the scores just before the half hour with a straightforward penalty but the pivotal moment came two minutes before the break when Marshall touched down out wide for the first try of the game. Payne’s beautifully weighted chip ahead bounced perfectly for the inside centre and he did enough to squeeze in at the right-hand corner. Jackson was off target with the conversion attempt but he ensured Ulster were two scores clear at the break as he struck a second penalty with the final play of the half. Leading 11-3 at the start of the second period, Ulster moved further ahead thanks to a third strike from Jackson just six minutes in. Brilliant interplay from Ruan Pienaar and Darren Cave then created a chance for Ulster out wide and Treviso full- back Brendan Williams was subsequently sinbinned for a deliberate knock on. Ulster initially came away with nothing but they were soon celebrating a second try as the extra man told and Gilroy touched down out wide. Jackson sent over the impressive extras and Ulster were home and dry at 21-3 up with just over 16 minutes remaining. Things got even better for Ulster almost immediately as Luke McLean saw yellow for offside after 67 minutes and Diack made him pay by burrowing through just 30 seconds later. Jackson again converted – this time from a far easier angle – and Ulster were 28-3 to the good, with 11 minutes left to find the bonus point score. That came at the death when Andrew Trimble put Payne over to ensure Ulster head into rounds five and six in good shape to qualify for the knockout stages for the fourth year running. Ulster surged further ahead at the top of Heineken Cup Pool Five after they secured maximum points from a 35-3 victory over Benetton Treviso at the Stadio di Monigo on Saturday afternoon. Press Association
In the meantime, ESPN has more than 100 of the “30 for 30” documentaries that can be streamed on ESPN+. It is some of the best story-telling possible, and here is a guide for viewers who need to fill the sports void in the coming weeks. MORE: A sports fan’s guide to Netflix, Hulu, YouTube & moreCollege basketball Top pick: “Survive and Advance” Jonathan Hock re-tells the story of 1983 North Carolina State’s miraculous national championship run under Jim Valvano through the players that made it possible. For those missing the NCAA tournament this year, this documentary allows you to relive the Wolfpack’s run from the ACC tournament against Michael Jordan and Ralph Sampson to the Final Four against Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. Personal favorite: “The Fab Five” Also watch: “I Hate Christian Laettner” College football Top pick: “The U” Billy Corben’s look at the 1980s Miami Hurricanes is two hours long, but we could have watched this for six hours. It details the rise of a program that unapologetically challenged the college football establishment and became a dynasty. Michael Irvin and Jimmy Johnson are in top form. The Hurricanes also are featured in “The U, Part II” and “Catholics vs. Convicts,” but this is the best of the three. Personal favorite: “The Best That Never Was” Also watch: “Pony Excess” and “Brian and The Boz” Most binge-worthy Top pick: “OJ: Made in America” This five-part “30 for 30” series chronicling the life of O.J. Simpson won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This is the best production of the entire series and worth the 10-hour watch. We can’t wait for Top pick: “The Last Dance” A 10-part series looking at the last championship run by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls? There is a reason we want ESPN to bump this thing up, and it will be worth every season. How will “30 for 30” top that? (Courtesy of ESPN) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8e/dd/celtics-lakersjpg_soc404n4umof17ul8jwiv19d4.jpg?t=9851633&w=500&quality=80 (Courtesy of ESPN) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/77/f4/oj-made-in-americajpg_130vgs2pl654c17h8xa0i4ffi1.jpg?t=9852441&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/de/87/michael-vick-51215-getty-ftrjpg_8gnv95mxi1uk1todqqb8rlvpn.jpg?t=1258343749&w=500&quality=80 NFL Top pick: “Vick” It’s easy to forget who dynamic Michael Vick was at Virginia Tech and later with the Atlanta Falcons and how hard the superstar quarterback fell because of his involvement in a dog fighting ring. Vick’s commentary throughout the two-part documentary is gripping. Personal favorite: “Elway to Marino” Also watch: “Year of the Scab” MLB Top pick: “Catching Hell” Most of the MLB “30 for 30s” have a Yankees or Red Sox theme to it, but this look at Steve Bartman following Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS is the best of the bunch. The Cubs have won a World Series since, so we do not feel as bad. Personal favorite: “Brothers in Exile” Also watch: “Fernando Nation”MORE: The 15 best baseball moments on ‘Seinfeld’NBA Top pick: “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies” This three-part series chronicles the Lakers-Celtics rivalry and the societal impact that Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird in the 1980s had on Boston, Los Angeles and the entire United States. The “30 for 30” series has tried to bring out other major sports rivalries. This one does it best. Personal favorite: “Bad Boys” Also watch: “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks” Other sports Top pick: “The Two Escobars” This looks at the lives of Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar — who had the own goal in the 2-1 loss to the United States in the 1994 World Cup — and drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and converges those storylines into their deaths in seamless fashion.Personal favorite: “42 to 1” Also watch: “Qualified” Most fun Top pick: “You Don’t Know Bo” Show your kids Bo Jackson in action. This one captures the hype and marketing machine created by the two-sport star in the late 1980s. There still has not been an athlete quite like Bo since.Also watch: “Deion’s Double Play” Most depressing Top pick: “Benji” This details the life and tragic death of Chicago high school basketball star Ben Wilson, who died in 1984. Also watch: “Without Bias” Most interesting Top pick: “Of Miracles and Men” You remember the “Miracle on Ice.” This looks at that through the eyes of the team that lost. It evokes Cold War memories and is fascinating from start to finish. Also watch: “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson” and “Once Brothers” Professional sports have come to a halt with the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 in the United States. It’s an uncertain time with no sporting events to watch through the weekend, and it no doubt will be the subject of a “30 for 30” someday.