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The Legend of Magic Shoes

October 1st, 2017 Articles


I’ve been suffering from a case of slow and low jumping. I’m tragically limited to the ground. Now I’m not saying I was capable of doing helicopter dunks and I’ll quickly dispense with the “when I was young…. etc.” talk. I was once able to throw it down…hell I’m 6’3″ and any guy that tall should be able to dunk. Injuries, old age and a lack of trust in my body limits my present game to shooting jumpers.

Over the years there have been all sorts of ideas, contraptions and programs that claim to increase vertical leaping ability. Personally I’ve gone through a couple physical training programs and will confess to sporting weighted ankles wraps and training with rubber “dynamic tension” bands. I’m a basketball junkie, and we’re always on the lookout for something to get up and around the rim. So it’s of little wonder that a story of magic jumping shoes tempts me every few years. The legend is pretty simple, and it goes something like this…a pair of “Magic Shoes” allow one to jump higher….without training. Some sort of magical spring, super energy material or a special new gimick gets you up and jumping like Jordan.

Here’s a brief history of some of the greatest legends. (more…)

Ridiculous Fitness Devices

July 7th, 2017 Articles

There isn’t much on late night (after 2AM) besides infomercials on my TV. I click around the dial as I’m just too tired to get off the sofa and climb into bed. After a slew of cooking devices and phone sex lines I’ll inevitably find an “inspirational” sport device commercial. Here’s a collection of my favorite devices. The funny thing is that someone… somewhere…. is actually buying this stuff!

Shake Weight

I can’t see why any man would use this device. You’ll certainly have a more pleasurable workout using your own “equipment”. For those of you who play for the other team can I see the “Shake Weight” being a very effective high tech mating call. Throw in a couple sexy looks and this device is made for porn.


Ninja Warrior

May 4th, 2017 Articles

Ever since the cuddly and heavily padded obstacle course show “Wipe Out”, I’ve been a fan of obstacle race shows. The show reminded me of special high school gym classes when we’d spread all the sports equipment (exercise mats, pommel horses and ladders) all over the floor and play “Pirate” (a sort of tag) through the obstacles. The new TV series “Ninja Warrior” is a grown up and modern version of this concept which has me cheering like a Japanese schoolgirl. (more…)

Checking Your Oil

April 4th, 2017 Articles


It’s common knowledge that you are what you eat. It just makes sense that what you put into your body will reflect how you feel and your performance on the court, field and in everyday life. The crucial part of healthy eating is balance, and a balanced diet means consuming from all the different groups in the right quantities. Nutritionists say there are five main food groups – whole grains, fruit and vegetables, protein, diary, and fat & sugar.

Here’s a refresher of these groups for your reference.


Funny Hats

September 1st, 2016 Articles


It’s only a very small percentage of people who feel the need or requirement to be continually dressed in a uniform or outfit. It’s an even smaller group who demand to walk around publicly in it. Personally I just don’t get it. The trend in Westerns society has been to move away from suits and dresses and into more casual comfortable sports clothing. Shorts or jeans and a t-shirt is my uniform. I also don’t wear a “onsie” to an office, or a tuxedo on the football pitch. It’s just not appropriate dress.


I can accept that this clothing is “part of their religious expression” as an argument and we can all stand up and agree that every person has the right to express themselves. Here we firmly agree.


Where we must also agree… but where Western society needs to be more clear about is, is the right to practice what you want but can never compromise or reduce the enjoyment of others by it’s activity.

That’s the total deal.




“Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals, or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.”

UN General Assembly Declaration 1981


We often forget about this last part.