Dude hooks up a disabled young fan with not only an autograph, but his hat, his jersey and his freaking shoes!Pretty unreal… There are a million signed baseballs in the world but some players wear the same hat for several seasons and cleats take time to break in… Not to mention a game-worn jersey! Definitely above and beyond by Kemp. Its amazing what a small gesture by a professional athlete can do to change someones life.
Based on the fighters against which Mayweather has lost the most rounds, Castillo, Cotto, and De La Hoya, I think the blueprint has been well established at this stage.
I think there are five pre-conditions that must be met:
- The fighter must be physically stronger than Mayweather.
- The fighter must have excellent footwork and/or the ability to cut off the ring.
- The fighter must have a tight defence.
- The fighter must have excellent conditioning.
- The fighter must have an above average jab.
I don’t think the fight can be won without any of these.
Assuming you’ve got the above in your tool-kit, these are the guiding principles when facing Mayweather:
- Minimise the number of significant exchanges in the round. Five is a high number.
- Trade only in situations where Mayweather is cornered, and from which he cannot easily use his footwork to exit the exchange.
- Your guard in the middle of the ring must be air tight. Otherwise Mayweather will steal the round with potshots even if you’ve won most of the significant exchanges.
That’s the broad template. The key thing for the opponent is that they do not expose themselves to Mayweather’s speed and accuracy in the middle of the ring.
Their objective is to first gain Mayweather’s respect in the physical exchanges, as Cotto did in the shoulder to shoulder shoving matches early on. Let him know that he cannot push you backwards, and that if he tries he’s going to be the one that ends up in reverse. This is absolutely crucial.
The second thing you must do is make Floyd respect your jab. It does not have to do major damage, you are not going to jab your way to victory against Mayweather. You just have to show him you can score with it. The reason for this is that you want to use it to direct Floyd around the ring. You want to use it to make him go where you want him to go, which is backwards, towards a corner.
It’s actually insane to conceptualize. I think about the best player I know in my pick up games, who’s incredible and has such an insane shot, but he isn’t even the best on the school team. Which isn’t even the best in our conference. Which is nowhere near the best in our region. Which is nowhere near the best in the nation, and that’s not even counting academy teams/club teams. And our nation (usa) is nowhere near the best in the world.
The BEST player we have ever produced is Clint Dempsey–think about that, of all these teams and leagues, he is the very best we have. And how insane is Clint Dempsey’s shot when you’re not just watching on your television? And I’m not bashing Clint Dempsey, it’s just on the world stage he’s nowhere near the best, but when you conceptualize it like I just did, he must be absolutely insane, but the level of competition in the world is just even better. We constantly criticize certain defensemen, but think of the insane level of ability to be able to maintain a place in the EPL or la liga. Same goes for attackers. Just crazy to think about. I think about what a challenge it will be to face a certain team in our conference who’s undefeated, and then I realize how crazy it must be to look at your schedule and see FC Barcelona.
Some awesome dude secretly filmed his friend, his friend’s brothers, and his friend’s dad watching football every Sunday for the entire 2012-2013 NFL season and compiled all the best bits into this hilarious and glorious video. Favorite part of the video was the old man unleashing his arsenal of hate and spew. Profanity is an art, no doubt about it. Anybody can say vulgar words, but it takes an artist to do what that guy did with those words.
In hockey, fighting isn’t seen as a way to injure someone, like it would be in "real life". There is a code of sportsmanship in hockey that goes beyond the rules of the game. When that code is broken, players will square off against the offender in defense of themselves or a teammate. For instance, it’s not a penalty to intentionally bump the goaltender after play is whistled dead, but occasionally someone will. This is viewed as especially unsportsmanlike, so one of the goaltender’s teammates will pick a fight with the player who bumped him in order to impress that behavior like that won’t be tolerated, even if there isn’t a rule against it. Essentially, if another player is acting in such a way that is considered unsportsmanlike, he might be challenged to a fight by a member of the opposing team. A player might also choose to fight as a means to motivate his team, especially during high-tension and high-pressure situations, and especially in the playoffs.
The code of sportsmanship also extends to fighting itself. Fights are usually agreed to (sometimes in advance) by players involved, and only occur during play. Except in extenuating circumstances, players will not fight with someone with whom they are mismatched (a 6’3" 225lb player isn’t going to fight a 5’11" 190lb player, unless the 5’11" guy initiates it), and the fight is over when either of the players loses his balance or the officials interfere.
Also, fighting is technically illegal and carries a 5-minute major penalty (5 minutes in the penalty box, team is down 1 skater on the ice unless both players get the same [offsetting] penalty, in which case the teams do not lose a skater), plus additional penalties for instigating (an extra 2 minutes, team is down 1 skater [5-on-4]) and game misconduct (player out rest of the game, team is not down a skater) should the fight occur when it’s not agreeable to both players. Typically, a fight will result in offsetting 5-minute major penalties, the players involved sit in the penalty box for 5 minutes, and the teams carry on 5-on-5 as usual. Worst-case scenario is that one player unscrupulously picks a fight, gets a 5-minute major, a 2-minute instigation penalty, and a game misconduct so he can no longer play in that game, and his team has to send an additional player to the penalty box; the opposing player gets a 2-minute roughing penalty, which offsets the instigator, so play is 5-on-4 for 5 minutes. In the case of the example I gave above, it would likely be offsetting 5-minute majors with no instigator because the refs will view the bump into the goalie as a reason to start a fight.