Archive for June, 2011

Big in Japan

June 22nd, 2011 Articles


It used to be cliche when a new rock star, technology or idea was tagged with the line  “It’s big in Japan.” This would be the signal for your to roll your eyes dismiss the subject. This time it’s about a tennis player from the past. Kimiko Date-Krumm was “Big in Japan” twelve years ago. Now at the advanced age of 40 she’s playing Venus Williams in the prestigious high court of tennis, Wimbledon. Date-Krumm was once ranked as high as 4th when she retired from tennis citing the pressure of the media, herself and exhaustion from the sport. (more…)

Old Guys Can Play

June 9th, 2011 Articles

Many an old warrior can be inspired by the story of a 73 year old man who was able to play college level basketball. Nicknamed the “Medicare Man”, Ken Mink made the team at Roane State Community College in the USA. Ok, it’s admittedly not top-level basketball, but the guy is 73 years old and he’s playing against 19 year old aspirating athletes all while attending classes. He’s also not a big guy (he’s only 6 feet tall), or very fast (obviously) but he can by his own admission shoot. Coach Randy Nesbit took on feisty old-timer in an effort to raise the teams’ public profile and improve their overall maturity and professionalism. He played in six games.

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