Friday, November 24, 2006
On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Rico Chiapparelli about the latest edition of the event he runs, the Professional Submission League (PSL). Their most recent show was held Friday, November 17, at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Culver City, Calif., near Los Angeles.
Submission wrestling, according to Rico, is the "arte suave" of combat sports. "We're the top end of the combat market," he said in this interview.
We discuss why he believes this, as well as what went right and what went wrong at their latest event, and what the future holds for the PSL.
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Thursday, November 23, 2006
THE PLYMOUTH THANKSGIVING STORY
Today the town of Plymouth Rock has a Thanksgiving ceremony each year in remembrance of the first Thanksgiving. There are still Wampanoag people living in Massachusetts. In 1970, they asked one of them to speak at the ceremony to mark the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrim's arrival. Here is part of what was said:
"Today is a time of celebrating for you -- a time of looking back to the first days of white people in America. But it is not a time of celebrating for me. It is with a heavy heart that I look back upon what happened to my People. When the Pilgrims arrived, we, the Wampanoags, welcomed them with open arms, little knowing that it was the beginning of the end. That before 50 years were to pass, the Wampanoag would no longer be a tribe. That we and other Indians living near the settlers would be killed by their guns or dead from diseases that we caught from them. Let us always remember, the Indian is and was just as human as the white people.
"Although our way of life is almost gone, we, the Wampanoags, still walk the lands of Massachusetts. What has happened cannot be changed. But today we work toward a better America, a more Indian America where people and nature once again are important."
Monday, November 20, 2006
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by commenting on the international significance for the sport of boxing of this past Saturday's third-round knockout victory in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, by super featherweight Manny Pacquiao (43-3-2, 33 KOs) from Kibawe, Philippines, over Erik Morales (48-5, 34 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico. We also point out how this fight appears to have made Pacquiao, our guest on this show last week, as the frontrunner to be named Fighter of the Year for 2006.
We also speak with a fighter who may be on the verge of making it into the big time, junior welterweight prospect Edgar Santana (20-2, 13 KOs). He scored an impressive third-round TKO over a game Meacher Major (11-3-1, 10 KOs) on the Broadway Boxing card held at New York's Manhattan Center this past Wednesday, November 15.
We speak with another young prospect, middleweight/super middleweight James McGirt Jr. (12-0, 1 NC, 7 KOs). He has just signed with promoter Lou DiBella and will make his Broadway Boxing debut December 14. We also speak with his father and trainer, former world champion James "Buddy" McGirt Sr., about how this father-son combination will work. And we speak with promoter Lou DiBella about this past Wednesday's card as well as what is next for Broadway Boxing and his fighters.
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