8 Most Impressive Winning Streaks in Sports History

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Following the Cleveland Indians’ exciting ride to a 22-game winning streak, let’s take a look at 8 other improbable win streaks in sports history. The Cleveland Indians were one strike away from settling for a mere tie of the longest winning streak in MLB history. Francisco Lindor had other ideas, knocking a laser shot off the left field wall of Progressive Field to send in the tying run. In the 10th inning, Jay Bruce roped one down the right field line to finish off the comeback victory in walk-off fashion. Twenty-two wins in a row. A miraculous feat that puts the Indians in a category truly occupied by only themselves. I say truly because the 1916 New York Giants achieved a 26-game unbeaten streak. However, their streak included a nine-inning tie at the midway point that was replayed the following day. Due to that asterisk, the Indians’ streak of 22        …read more

The Art of Routesetting: Indoor Rock Climbing with Steve Gaspar

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From setting a plan to setting an empire: we talked with Head Routesetter Steve Gaspar about how he’s bringing art into indoor rock climbing. Clipped into the wall near the top of the arch in Los Angeles rock climbing gym Rockreation, head routesetter Steve Gaspar catches a drill tossed up to him from a setter below. He uses it to rotate a pinch hand hold to the left — a small tweak to a route he set hours earlier — and looks down to his team with a smirk: the route is perfect, and he knows it. The man who’s been calling himself the rock star of routesetting for the past decade also knows he’s having the year of his life — the one that could cement his place among the greats of a discipline at the intersection of art and physical fitness. In February he competed in his first        …read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Is Undefeated in the Ring, But Hold Your Applause

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of boxing’s all-time greats. He makes Vegas millions each time he enters the ring, but it’s time to stop celebrating his accomplishments. On August 26 Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC superstar Conor McGregor will face off in what, on paper, is one of the most fascinating, albeit bizarre, sporting events of all time. Mayweather, the king of defensive boxing, came out of retirement to put his 49-0 record on the line. Meanwhile, McGregor, UFC’s biggest superstar, will exit the comfort of MMA, transitioning from the Octagon to the ring for his first professional boxing match. While bookmakers have shrunk the odds of a McGregor victory after a trash-talking worldwide press tour ahead of the bout, make no mistake: Floyd Mayweather Jr. will almost undoubtedly come out victorious. This fight — it’s pure spectacle. It’s all about money. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will easily make more than        …read more

Louisiana’s History of Sports Redemption in Wake of Tragedies

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Following politically-fueled violence, LSU’s CWS battle brought Louisiana and the nation together, recalling the New Orleans Rebirth after Hurricane Katrina and demonstrating the unifying power of sports. On June 14, house majority whip and Louisiana representative Steve Scalise and his fellow GOP members were targeted in a politically-driven attack, with Scalise suffering internal damage from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the hip. Thankfully, it looks as though Rep. Scalise will recover from his injuries. It’s unclear if Scalise, who was shot while practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity between Republicans and Democrats, bleeds purple and gold for his alma mater, Louisiana State University (LSU), but it looks as if Tiger blood runs deep. Though Scalise missed out on a tense game between our nation’s rival parties, members of both the Democratic and Republican parties donned LSU hats in a show of unity and support for the Louisiana representative.        …read more

Living Color: How 35X Champ Booker T Conquers Racism

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In the final installment of his six-part series, Booker T. offers a candid look at the role race has played in his life both in and out of the ring. It didn’t take very long for a rule to get around in the locker rooms when my wrestling career was going full blast: If someone felt like saying something racist, don’t say it around Booker. The reason was simple. I was always willing to be fired if I knew I was 100% in the right. If racism was going to get thrown in my face, I would handle it, either diplomatically or violently. I remember on one Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a guy backstage decided it would be a good idea to wonder out loud what Martin Luther King Jr. ever did to deserve that honor. I could tell you a thousand reasons why a comment like that is        …read more

WWE’s Justin Roberts Takes Us to the 'Best Seat in the House'

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Former WWE announcer Justin Roberts on his career and his new book, a must-read for wrestling fans. As a boy who was captivated with the art, athleticism and pageantry of pro wrestling, Justin Roberts had a childhood dream to work for the WWE. With no map before him, he tenaciously set out on a journey to make his dream come true. Little did he know when he began that his dream job would be filled with some of the most rewarding moments and relationships of his life, and the most difficult and challenging as well. With the release of his new autobiography, Best Seat in the House: Your Backstage Pass through My WWE Journey, Roberts goes in depth on not just the road he paved to get there but also his incredible 12-year run as one of the top WWE ring announcers of all time. Beginning in 2002 at the start        …read more

8 Sports and Art Therapy Organizations You Should Know

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These 8 organizations use sports and art therapy to help people facing challenges like homelessness, autism and PTSD. Sports therapy or art therapy may not be something you’d immediately consider pursuing when help is needed, but maybe you should. The American Art Therapy Association finds art therapy can help people “explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.” The benefits of art therapy are seemingly endless. Here’s a look at some programs making a difference in people’s lives today through sports and art therapy. Combatting Homelessness In January 2015 564,708 people in the United States were experiencing homelessness, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. With art therapy, people affected by homelessness can find an outlet to express themselves and create the possibility for a better future. 1. Art With a Mission In Los Angeles, California, Art        …read more

Exclusive: Booker T Is Running for Mayor of Houston, And Here’s Why

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Pro wrestling superstar Booker T talks about his plans to conquer a different kind of combat sport — politics. I’ve been fortunate enough in my career that I can live pretty much anywhere in the world that I want. And I choose to live in Houston, Texas. I was born and bred here — hell, I hadn’t even been outside of Texas until I was in my late 20s — and I’ll be buried here. Houston is part of me, and I feel like part of the city. When I look around and see problems, I want to do something about them. I’ve been involved in charities and speaking engagements and getting youth on the straight and narrow through my wrestling school, but I felt it was time for something new. Recently, I told my wife, Sharmell, that I was going to run for mayor. I can’t say when specifically        …read more

10 Legendary Sports Curses, Ongoing and Broken

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The world celebrates with the Chicago Cubs, who broke their 108-year team curse. Do you know about all 10 of these curses in sports history? Curses and superstitions are curious parts of sports lore. Some swear by them, while others laugh them off. But if you believe in curses, the longest team curse has been broken, and five million people filled the streets of Chicago to celebrate a new era. It happened. The Chicago Cubs finally broke a string of 108 years of heartbreak by winning the 2016 World Series. The storybook ending featured a three-game winning streak with their season on the line, and an extra-innings game seven that will go down as one of the greatest of all time. The longest title drought in major professional sports is over. The curse has been broken. Let’s take a look at 10 legendary curses in the sports world. Broken Curses The Chicago Cubs Curse broken,        …read more

Protect Yourself: Why Everyone Should Try Martial Arts

I’ve seen martial arts training help a middle schooler overcome homophobic bullying, two women with Down syndrome gain self-confidence, and a middle-aged mom take down a workplace serial groper. Here’s why I think everyone should try martial arts. I grew up in a foster home run by a corrections officer, who at one time was the Hapkido champion of Plattsburgh AFB. Our garage workout sessions sparked my love for martial arts that followed me into adulthood. Furthering my childhood love of fighting, I became dedicated to training with the goal of teaching martial arts. I gravitated toward the Japanese styles and found a home in the more physical, rough-and-tumble, realistic training of Seito Shito Ryu karate, Okinawan jujutsu and Judo. A decade later as a sensei under the tutelage of Hanshi Fracchia and second soke, I was teaching karate, jujutsu, Judo and a women’s self-defense class. Before my health required        …read more