Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Antuofermo

At the back of Parcells’s personal binder there are a few loose, well-thumbed sheets that defy categorization: a copy of a speech by Douglas MacArthur; a passage from a book about coaches, which argues that a coach excels by purifying his particular vision rather than emulating a type. Among the papers is an anecdote Parcells brings up often in conversation, about a boxing match that took place nearly 30 years ago between the middleweights Vito Antuofermo and Cyclone Hart. Parcells loves boxing; his idea of a perfect day in the off-season is to spend it inside some ratty boxing gym in North Jersey. “It’s a laboratory,” he says. “You get a real feel for human behavior under the strongest duress — under the threat of physical harm.” In this laboratory he has identified a phenomenon he calls the game quitter. Game quitters, he says, seem “as if they are trying to win, but really they’ve given up. They’ve just chosen a way out that’s not apparent to the naked eye. They are more concerned with public opinion than the end result.”

Parcells didn’t see the Hart-Antuofermo fight in person but was told about it, years ago, by a friend and boxing trainer, Teddy Atlas. It stuck in his mind and now strikes him as relevant. Seated, at first, he begins to read aloud from the pages: how in this fight 29 years ago Hart was a well-known big puncher heavily favored against the unknown Vito Antuofermo, how Hart knocked Antuofermo all over the ring, how Antuofermo had no apparent physical gifts except “he bled well.” “But,” Parcells reads, “he had other attributes you couldn’t see.” Antuofermo absorbed the punishment dealt out by his natural superior, and he did it so well that Hart became discouraged. In the fifth round, Hart began to tire, not physically but mentally. Seizing on the moment, Antuofermo attacked and delivered a series of quick blows that knocked Hart down, ending the fight.

The Redskins video is still frozen on the screen behind Parcells. He is no longer sitting but is now on his feet. “This is the interesting part,” he says, then reads:

“When the fighters went back to their makeshift locker rooms, only a thin curtain was between them. Hart’s room was quiet, but on the other side he could hear Antuofermo’s cornermen talking about who would take the fighter to the hospital. Finally he heard Antuofermo say, ‘Every time he hit me with that left hook to the body, I was sure I was going to quit. After the second round, I thought if he hit me there again, I’d quit. I thought the same thing after the fourth round. Then he didn’t hit me no more.’

“At that moment, Hart began to weep. It was really soft at first. Then harder. He was crying because for the first time he understood that Antuofermo had felt the same way he had and worse. The only thing that separated the guy talking from the guy crying was what they had done. The coward and the hero feel the same emotions. They’re both human.”

Caloric Restriction

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Monday, September 18, 2006

What's That Is?!

For those of you not up to date with Steele's shit, thought I'd slash a brief synopsis of Stizzy's latest activities.

1. bensteeleart.com - check it out.

2. the quick and dirty of steele's athletic adventures of late.

3. those hilarious prisoner of war yarns ol' benny was always stringing us along with.


What a nutball.

There will be time, there will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.

Del.icio.us

Hey Stizneele - what's your username for Del.icio.us? I wanted to check your shit but couldn't find you on there. I think I'm on as Morgdog now, or you can search for "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts Screenplay."

For you Steele:

The cover illustration is of a playing card, the Jack of Hearts, with the words "Jack of Hearts" written across it. The script is "Based on a ballad by Bob Dylan". It is also based on "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare.The screenplay has been summarized by Jim Brown (jbrown@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu):

"The story opens with a large white stallion being stolen from a corral. Then we see Rosemary, Big Jim's wife, working as a teller in the bank he owns. It turns out Big Jim stole Rosemary, the bank, and most of the rest of the Colorado town from Rosemary's first husband, who, along with their five-year-old son, disappeared maybe twenty years ago. Remember that kid, he'll surface again, as -- you guessed it -- the Jack of Hearts."

Into the bank comes the mysterious stranger (outside stands the stolen horse which, it turns out, belonged to Jim). He talks to Rosemary cryptically and then leaves his calling card, a Jack of Hearts. Jim knows that the guy who stole his horse is in town."

That night at the cabaret, a mysterious woman does a weird card trick on Jim that basically lays out the whole story of usurpation and subsequent revenge metaphorically. All the cards get ripped up except for the Jack of Hearts. So Jack flirts with Lily, while Jim looks on jealously. Rosemary is ambivalent; she hates her husband and hates losing him to the younger woman."

Finally, there's a card game, and in the ensuing fracas, the false father is eliminated (though the agent is not Jack, of course, but Rosemary)."

The story closes with the safecrackers (whom I guess I forgot to mention ... well, there were these safecrackers, see ...) hiding out in a cave when they are met by the Jack of Hearts. He reads in the paper that Rosemary is about to be hanged for her crime, and I think something bad happens to Lily as well. So the only one to come out ahead in the deal is the Jack Of Hearts"

And Steele, don't forget to take the Jack of Hearts quiz.

Shu...who spoke this immortal line?

“We’re human beings, with the blood of a million savage years on our hands. But we can stop it. We can admit that we’re killers, but we won’t kill today.”

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Would you listen to that?



Just thought I'd pass on this site to your listening ears. It's pretty interesting actually. You enter the name of a band or a song that you like and it will create a personalized internet radio track for you selecting music with similar themes and sounds as what you liked. You can then help tweak it more by rating the music it selects for you so it can do a better job for you. Pretty cool stuff.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

More good photoshop

Thought this guy's work was kinda interesting too. Let's looking.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

2 words:

Where have you gone lately?

Hey, who wants to come to Malaysia with Bouvie and I next week? huh? anyone? Anyways, if you have any messages you want me to give him, feel free to tell me. I won't necessarily deliver them, but you're welcome to tell me anyways.

Naked Faces

Been looking at lots of pictures lately in an attempt to improve my own photography and came across some pics by this guy, Oleg dou. It's some really interesting stuff, in my opinion. Ben, you used to be pretty interested in photo manipulation so I think you'll like this, or at least be interested in looking at it. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Good night, and good luck

This is beautiful. A wonderful commentary by Keith Olberman in response to Rumsfeld's speech to the American Legion. I'll let the video speak for itself, but it's impressive. Enjoy