Friday, April 14, 2006

U.S. National Wrestling Championships Underway; Live Webcast of Finals Saturday 

The 2006 U.S. National Wrestling Championships got underway Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The finals in Greco-Roman wrestling and men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling are set for Sat., April 15.

USA Wrestling, which still easily runs the best wrestling web site in the world, has an extensive special section explaining all the details. It is here, so check it often.

The Nationals is the main qualifying event for the World Team Trials, which in turn produce the U.S. World Team which will compete in the World Championships. The Men’s World Team Trials will be held in Sioux City, Iowa, May 27-28. The Women’s World Team Trials will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 30. The World Championships of Wrestling in all three styles will be held this year Sept. 25-Oct. 1 in Guangzhou, China.

The finals of this year’s Nationals will be webcast live by LiveSportsVideo.com.

The times are from 6-8:30 PM PDT/9-11:30 PM PDT, Sat., April 15. Click here to find info on how to buy the event, which goes for just $4.95.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006


New York's best bartender has a new blog.

Jo Holliday of Doc Holliday's Bar has started a regularly updated blog called COCKTALE CONFESSIONS.

Ain't it funny how they have the same last name – is she married to her job?!?

Make sure to drink this all in. You will learn all sorts of behind-the-scenes info about the bar world, as well as keen insights on what is going on in the minds of your favorite or would-be favorite bartenders.

And when you get to Doc's, which is a must-visit journey, tip her very, very well.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

“My Sworn Enemies” on TheSweetScience.com 

Once again my weekly column on TheSweetScience.com has been posted.

It is called “My Sworn Enemies”. It explains how the Time Warner Cable monopoly once again failed to deliver properly a pay-per-view, this time last Saturday’s Mayweather-Judah fight, thus causing me to miss it. And it goes farther and discusses the damage being done to boxing by another arm of this same media monster, HBO, by calling this fight “Sworn Enemies”, as well as other destructive actions taken by them.

Not surprisingly, as I arrived home after Wednesday’s Baldomir-Gatti press conference, one of my two very legal and expensive Time Warner digital cable boxes went out. The phone rep, even when she bothered listening to what I was saying rather than whomever else she was chatting with at the time, was of no help. I asked to be put through to a supervisor and was told I would be transferred to one when one was available. As I write this, I am hanging up after being on hold for several minutes.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: Miguel Cotto, Paulie Malignaggi, Lou DiBella, Jose Torres, and Tommy Zbikowski 

On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, we discuss the upcoming June 10 card at New York’s Madison Square Garden, headlined by the undefeated WBO 140-pound champion Miguel Cotto of Caguas, Puerto Rico, taking on the undefeated Paulie Malignaggi of Brooklyn, NY. We hear the statements of both Cotto and Malignaggi at the recent pre-fight press conference. We also speak with Malignaggi after the formal part of the press conference. We speak with Lou DiBella, Malignaggi’s promoter. We get comments from journalist and former light heavyweight world champion Jose Torres. And we speak with Notre Dame football safety Tommy Zbikowski, who is making his pro boxing debut on this card.

It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

No Holds Barred: Eddie Goldman speaks with Maurice Smith 

On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, Eddie Goldman speaks with former UFC, Extreme Fighting, and world heavyweight kickboxing champion Maurice Smith.

Maurice is now the coach of the Tiger Sharks team in the new mixed martial arts league, the International Fight League (IFL).

This organization has its debut show Sat., April 29, in Atlantic City, and will be televised on tape delay on Fox Sports Net in the U.S.

To listen to “No Holds Barred”, just click here or here or here.

The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

“No Holds Barred” is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Mayweather-Judah Pay$Per$View: Cable Beast Does It Again 

Once again our local cable company, Slime Warner Cable of New York City, proved its worth.

I tried to be a good boy for once and encouraged people to have a Mayweather-Judah pay$per$view party Saturday night. I then went over to watch this show with Aaron Braunstein in his snazzy Upper West Side apartment. We were to be joined by my friend and media colleague, Cynthia Chaplin.

But for some still unknown reason, we couldn’t order the show through his legal, digital cable box.

Worse, all the pay$per$view channels displayed the same phone number to call to place an order – (718) 358-0900. That number was busy for over an hour-and-a-half, till after 10:30 PM. So we all got disgusted and gave up.

It is one problem after another with this evil cable monopoly. It is just too bad that part of the purse of the fighters is tied to the total amount of buys. If you can’t order it, they get less money on their big payday. Time Warner, of course, is still there to suck its customers dry for the next one and the next one and the next one.

So I ended up going home and speaking on the phone to freestyle wrestling champion Mo Lawal, who is also a huge boxing fan. He was watching the fight with friends at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, so I got the play-by-play over the phone of the last few rounds of Mayweather-Judah, including the brawl after the tenth round, and the results.

This coming weekend in Las Vegas, Mo wrestles in the U.S. National Wrestling Championships. As the defending national champion, he is ranked number one at 185 lbs./84 kg and favored to repeat.

After this little adventure, I did get a chance to head down to the 12th anniversary celebration at Doc Holliday’s Bar. Now that was a load of fun and everything that it was cracked up to be, unlike anything involving the politician-supported cable monopoly.

HBO did announce a replay schedule of Mayweather-Judah. It will be rebroadcast Sat., April 15, at 9:30 PM ET/PT on HBO. It also will be replayed on HBO2 on Sunday, April 16, at 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM, and Tuesday, April 18, at 11:00 PM, all times also ET/PT.

That is, unless your cable goes out again.

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