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Monday, November 16, 2015

#Amwriting - Holly Holms upsets Ronda Rousey in Melbourne Australia for world women’s bantamweight title



#Amwriting - Holly Holms upsets Ronda Rousey in Melbourne Australia for world women’s bantamweight title

Nov. 15, 2015 8 a.m. Very early Sunday morning reading and the search for meaning in life on Twitter by Kevin E. Dayhoff



If I knew that I was going to lay in bed wide awake for several hours, I would have gotten dressed and gone to church.

I stayed-up late last night and yet did not finish my writing assignment. I’ll get to it later this afternoon, after a short nap.  

This morning I quickly fell into a rabbit-hole on Facebook. As I planned my escape, I smiled when a colleague said it best, “If your faith is so shaky that you need a disposable coffee cup to validate it that probably says more about you than about Starbucks.”

After this scary encounter with the slippery slope of my search for a deeper meaning in life I turned to a Washington Post story about Ronda Rousey: “How Holly Holm stunned Ronda Rousey and what’s next for the fighters,” By Cindy Boren November 15, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/11/15/how-holly-holm-stunned-ronda-rousey-and-whats-next-for-the-fighters/?tid=sm_tw

This came right after I deftly swung around a quote about the life and times of newspaper writers; according to Melvin Mencher’s student edition of “News writing and reporting,” “When a good newspaperman dies, a lot of people are sorry, and some of them remember him for several days.”

Okay, moving right along folks, there is nothing to see here.

Although I do not follow sports per se, I like to read sports articles. I mean, I like to read all good writing, whether I know anything about the subject or not - - or agree with the writer or disagree. But I have two secrete passions, sports writing and the writing tributes, bios and obituaries – the ‘dead beat.’ I am forever intrigued by what makes folks tick. What is the story behind the story as to what motivated people to complicated arena of accomplishment.

Yes, the vagaries and violations of cops courts and crimes can be fun for a writer with a flair for story-telling ‘in cold blood;’ as long as you can avoid being totally creeped-out by some of the subject manner and seedy, grimy characters… That’s where I learned to love the value of Lysol wipes on crime scenes.

However writing about sports – and its twin separated at birth, local government, is catnip for a frustrated short story writer that toils away with a lust for deeper meaning while shackled with the news medium shallow hook-up version of a battery-powered typewriter.

A quote by the actor Jason Sudeikis when he was hired as a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” comes to mind; “… like winning a gold in the triple jump when you consider yourself a long jumper.”

I have boxes and boxes of unrefined and unpublished short stories, but eek-out a living writing for the newspaper. A job that I love by the way. But nevertheless I live with the tension I feel when life – and my job get in the way of art and writing short stories – and running. (That’s another story for another time.)

Sports writers often have a certain “je ne sais pas,” - a certain flair that alludes me when writing history, community events and local government and such matters married to words without pictures. Although, writing about local small government can have some intrigue and drama to it that you simply cannot make up. There is an allowance for analysis and commentary that sports writers utilize with impunity.

So, if it were not for the Washington Post, I would have no clue about the career and machinations of Ronda Rousey. And not just that “Vin Diesel says Ronda Rousey is teaching his 7-year-old daughter to be a ‘beast.’

For those of us who are already sick of national politics before the 2016 presidential contest even began, this is a commentary on mixed martial arts that is a fun read.

According to Washington Post writer Marissa Payne on October 22, 2015; “Vin Diesel and Ronda Rousey are teaming up, but not to make another “Fast & Furious” film. Instead, the actor’s tapped “Auntie Ronda” to train his 7-year-old daughter Hania Riley in the ways of being a “beast.” The point isn’t to get young Hania to become a future UFC women’s bantamweight champion like Rousey, but to ward off any unwanted future suitors….”

Yes, sports fans, it is a big unknown world out there. Who knew? To peer a step further into the looking glass of this world click here: https://twitter.com/RondaRousey and https://www.instagram.com/p/-DMAcAhESQ/ - NSFW - https://www.instagram.com/rondarousey/ and here: https://twitter.com/search?q=rousey%20knockout&src=tyah

For those following along with the home edition of my mindless meanderings; late Saturday night, Nov. 14, 2015. “Holly Holm stun[ed] Ronda Rousey with 2nd-round knockout,” in their UFC world bantamweight championship match in Melbourne, Australia.

Not to worry. I also had to look-up the term, ‘UFC,’ – ultimate fighting championship, and ‘MMA’ – mixed martial arts. According to the “UFC” Facebook page, “Ultimate Fighting Championship is the world's leading mixed martial arts organization. Over the past decade, with the help of state athletic commissions throughout the United States, UFC has morphed itself from a spectacle into a highly respected sports organization. Major fights between world-renowned mixed martial arts superstars have become some of the most popular sporting events of the year, surpassing pay-per-view records previously held by boxing and professional wrestling. Sports fans have made their voices heard - they want reality when they watch sports, and UFC is clearly ‘AS REAL AS IT GETS!’”

The Los Angeles Times, a paper owned by Tribune, which also owns my paper, the Baltimore Sun, carried a story on November 14 and 15, 2015, by Todd Martin, “UFC 193 complete results: Holly Holm stuns Ronda Rousey,” which explained, “UFC193 takes place Saturday night in the United States, emanating from Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

“The event is expected to draw over 50,000 fans and set the UFC's live attendance record. Headlining the event is the undefeated UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against undefeated former boxing world champion Holly Holm. Rousey has become the sport's biggest star and a breakthrough mainstream celebrity. In the co-feature, the other UFC women's champion, strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her title against Valerie Letourneau. Rousey and Jedrzejczyk are heavy betting favorites….”

According to a number of media sources, including a national news brief on the Washington Post website, “Ronda Rousey was the UFC’s unstoppable force until Holly Holm used the former champion’s aggression against her to produce one of the sport’s biggest upsets.

“Rousey chased Holm around the ring at UFC 193 on Sunday — looking for the right hold and taking head shots along the way — until Holm saw an opening 59 seconds into the second round and snapped a kick to the head that immediately dropped her more fancied opponent to the canvas.

“Holm (10-0) jumped on the prone Rousey, delivering several blows to her head before the referee intervened, ending Rousey’s 12-fight unbeaten run and handing Holm the bantamweight title.”

See more video here: “Holly Holm KOs Ronda Rousey to win women's bantamweight title,” http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14133786

Meanwhile, according to Washington Post writer Cindy Boren, “…. Rousey ran into a buzzsaw of a boxer who left the sport for MMA, one who kept Rousey on her heels and rocking her with blows. A left kick to Rousey’s chin sent her to the floor of the Octagon and the fight was over. Rousey did not speak after the fight; she was taken to a local hospital, where she was kept overnight and was to have plastic surgery for a deep cut on her lip. Her camp said she had not suffered a concussion in the loss.

“It was a stunning upset, with Rousey coming in talking about when she won, not if. No one gave Holm much of a chance, but her height and reach, as well as her boxing experience, were clear advantages. She was 33-2-3 as a boxer and 2-1 as a pro kickboxer, with an overall fighting record of 44-3-3. But this was only her third UFC fight.” Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/11/15/how-holly-holm-stunned-ronda-rousey-and-whats-next-for-the-fighters/?tid=sm_tw

Related, please see: “Holly Holm KOs Ronda Rousey to win women's bantamweight title,” http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14133786 and “How Holly Holm stunned Ronda Rousey and what’s next for the fighters,” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/11/15/how-holly-holm-stunned-ronda-rousey-and-whats-next-for-the-fighters/?tid=sm_tw. And a story in the Los Angeles Times, “UFC 193 complete results: Holly Holm stuns Ronda Rousey,” http://www.latimes.com/sports/boxing/la-sp-sn-ufc-193-live-updates-ronda-rousey-vs-holly-holm-20151114-story.html

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Westminster's long history of meeting demands for green space [Eagle Archives]

Nov. 14 5k honors memory of Terry Burk and Sam Case [Eagle Archives]

November 6, 2015 by Kevin E. Dayhoff


On Nov. 14, the Westminster Road Runners Club and Westminster City Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor the annual Terry Burk Sam Case 5K on the Wakefield Valley Trail — better known to older local runners as the Terry Burk Trail.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of Burk, a popular runner and the second generation owner of a family candy store, the Treat Shop in Westminster.

Burk was struck by a car and killed while jogging with friends on Route 97 at Kalten Road on Aug. 10, 1995. He was only 48 years old.

Sam Case was among the original members of the Westminster Road Runners Club… http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-archives-green-space-20151104-story.html




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