FIGURE STAKING RULES THE WORLD
I was offered an opportunity to step outside the boxing world a bit to write about the upcoming Winter Olympics. I jumped at the opportunity. No one gets anywhere worth going by saying no to opportunities.
The first three assignments I got were figure skating. It has been interesting to play catch-up on the sport. Like most people, I only really pay attention to winter sports every four years or so. Plus, I'm from Texas. I've only seen snow like four times.
Here are links to the stories I wrote.The first one got over half a million reads. It was picked up by CNN.com and featured there for about two days. That shattered my record for reads five times over!
Here's one on Jason Brown, a 19-year-old who will make his very first trip to the Olympics.
Here is the first one I wrote. I was overexcited about Gracie Gold's performance so it comes off a bit corny. I'm a bit of a nerd that way.
Finally, lest you believe I didn't write anything about boxing, here are my thoughts on P-Will, Mago and Frankie Leal.
SHOULD PACQUIAO FIGHT BRADLEY OR PROVODNIKOV NEXT?
My latest at Bleacher Report dives into this topic. Here's a bit from there:
While Provodnikov might offer a more scintillating showcase of two fighters with great offenses who absolutely love to fight, the truth of the matter is that he would fair quite poorly against Pacquiao on fight night.
Despite the adage, one does not actually fight fire with fire, trying to outslug Pacquiao while standing in his punching range is a fool’s errand.
Sure, the rounds would be fun for however long they lasted, but Pacquiao is just too fast, too strong and too skilled for a fighter like Provodnikov. He’d cut Provodnikov into pieces and stop him, or he’d dominate almost every round on his way to a one-sided 12-round decision win.
Do you agree? Disagree? Read the rest at Bleacher Report, and let me know!
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR?
Here's video of Al Bernstein, Michael Woods, Marcos Villegas and I giving our picks for 2013 Fighter of the Year.
I ramble on a bit. Deal with it.