Is LeBron the True King ?

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During the 2014 All-Star game, the media requested LeBron list his own Mount Rushmore of all-time NBA league greats. In his list he did not mention any of his peers, or even the greatest champion who ever played the game, Bill Russell. He mentioned that he would achieve the top 4 spot of greatest who ever played the game. Russell, who just turned 80, was asked by reporters what he thought of LeBron’s greatest of all-time list. Russell modestly thanked LeBron for leaving him off the list, and reminded him basketball is not an individual sport; it is a team sport. He went on to mention his basketball career accomplishments: 2 high school state championships, 2 NCAA championships, and 11 NBA championships.

Is Genetics Responsible?

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A major study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine found genetics might be a key player in whether a child becomes obese early in life. The study was conducted using a sample of 7,738 children, measuring their height and weight seven times from kindergarten to eighth grade. The study found 1/3 of the children in kindergarten were overweight. During the eighth grade year, the study concluded, half of the obese kindergarteners were still obese, and ¾ of the very obese remained the same. The study found very few normal weight kindergarten children become obese by the eighth grade. The study was unable to conclude what was the root cause of the obesity, but it was clear that children who entered kindergarten overweight, were 4 to 5 times likelier to remain overweight. Efforts have been put in place to reduce the child obesity epidemic by implementing nutritional education, exercising, and removing soda machines in schools. Two other major studies conducted, with over 6K children and 137 schools, showed rigorous efforts to reduce obesity in children over age five, proved to be ineffective.

Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure

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According to Scot Adams’ newest book How to fail at everything and still win big, he proposes that passion and clear goals are not the driving factors for anyone trying to achieve success. In fact, he mentions that it is dangerous for successful people to mention, how more people should follow their passion. Passionate people, according to Scott, are very persuasive and on the surface, it appears to be a good quality, but they have not invested enough time to become proficient at any particular skill. Scott also mentions how an alternative well thought out business plan is more effective, then expending time and energy with a passion. He continues by explaining how goals are not an effective method toward achieving success, rather a system or process set in its place is more beneficial.

Miguel Cabrera: The Art of Hitting

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MLB Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera “has a borderline silly baseball swing” reports Matthew Futterman of The Wall Street Journal. In an age of unprecedented pitching ability, the baseball swing has not been able to compete. That was until Miguel Cabrera arrived on the MLB scene, helping the Florida Marlins win a World Series in 2003. What has recently astounded the baseball world was Cabrera’s last two seasons of MLB metrics. Cabrera not only has the power to hit 44 home runs, but has enough bat control to hit .348, get on base 44% of the time, and only strike out 94 times. Even Chris Davis, the latest leader in home runs with 53, only hit a .286 with 199 strikeouts. What is even more astonishing is Cabrera’s latest stat in 2012, when he won the Triple Crown in batting which has not been done since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967. Sport sciences such as physics and bio-mechanics have been trying to crack the code on excellent baseball swings with no success. Experts in sports science like Allan Nathan, physicist, concluded it is wasted energy. Allan Nathan, believes the success of Cabrera’s numerous baseball stances and swings is due to his ability to quickly perceive and adjust to a pitch as soon as it leaves a pitcher’s hand—and sometimes earlier.

Boulder Crushes Arizona Man

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On September 11, 2013, U.S. Daily News reports a 27-year-old Arizona man is alive after a 30-ton boulder crushes him. The Cocoonino County Sheriff’s Office reports the man and four others were part of a radio tower crew that was heading up Mount Elden to repair a down radio tower. While on the way up the mountain, the Arizona man attempted to move a boulder to clear a path, when suddenly another massive boulder directly above it gave way and slid down the mountain putting the man between a rock and a hard place [road] crushing his lower extremities. The Weather Channel reported there was heavy rain in the area the night prior to the crew’s accent on Mount Elden.

D.C. Proposes 24-Hour Waiting Period For Tattoos And Piercings

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Fox News Associated Press has recently reported Washington D.C.  is proposing a  new regulation that will require anyone who wants a tattoo to wait a minimum of 24 hours.  This regulation is believed to help reduce the number of regrettable tattoo decisions, due to many people who receive tattoos while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A local D.C. tattoo artist Paul Roe is not in favor of the proposed law. Roe believes “some regulation is required…but over regulation is a killer to any profession.”

Aaron Hernandez Indicted on Murder Charge

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Gregg Rosenthal, Around the League Editor, reports on the new charges Aaron Hernandez (former Patriot Tight End) faces, brought by the grand jury on Thursday August 22, 2013 for first degree murder of Odin Lloyd.  The indictment was a major push for the State of Massachusetts to help speed up the case for trial.  Reports have shown the “smoking gun” used to murder Odin Lloyd has still not been found, and the persecution team is facing a tough time carrying the burden of proof.  Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. Were Aaron Hernandez’s current charges predictable?