Tuesday, July 22, 2014
On Sunday, Pro Rory McIlroy won the 2014 British Open by two strokes. It was his third Major Title, his first in native Britain. Confidently, the handsome 25 year-old hoisted the Claret Jug high above his head. His smile said it all...he just added $1.6 million to the $15 million in prize money he has already won. But most importantly, Rory McIlroy cemented his perch atop the World Golf Rankings. (Tiger who?) However, no one was happier than Gerry McIlroy, the golfer's father.
Why? Because ten years ago...when Rory was only fifteen years old...the overly proud papa walked into the Ladbroke's Casino in London. He inquired about placing a Special Odds Request. See, in England, it's still legal for a wagering house to accept a bet on anything the customer desires. Simply put: Anyone can ask for odds on any event they choose. On this day in 2004, Ladbroke's calculated the odds for a teen sensation named Rory McIlroy to win the British Open in the next ten years.
"We take chances on bets like this," Ladbroke's spokesperson Rachel Bridge explained. "On this one, we have egg in our face. Rory's father is having champagne on us tonight!" In reality, the wagering house loves such action. Aside from F1 Racer Lewis Hamilton (whose father won a similar wager) these bets rarely pay. Ladbroke's took over 300 Special Odds Requests last year from other delusional parents and will likely win all of them.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Last weekend, here in San Francisco, former football greats gathered in Candlestick Park. Instead of shoulder pads and helmets, they strapped on velcro belts and played flag football...these guys are in their fifties and sixties and cannot play tackle anymore! It was the final athletic event at the famed site. See, Candlestick Park is set to be demolished later this year and the 49ers will play in a brand-new stadium.
This prompted us at the DUNER BLOG to research other beloved stadiums that have since been destroyed.
#10 The Kingdome, Seattle. (1976-2000). The last of the great domed stadiums to be built, the Kingdome was home to the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners. Since neither team won a championship, attendance has always been an issue. Ken Griffey Jr. provided the stadium's best memories. He homered in his first at-bat here and hit the last ever home run as well.
#9 Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha. (1947 - 2012). The home of the College World Series, 'The Blatt' became a site of pilgrimage for collegiate fans. For two weeks a year, it became a beehive of activity as sixteen teams arrived from all over the nation. Even Kevin Costner joined the 'Save Rosenblatt' crusade to no avail.
#7 Veteran's Stadium, Philadelphia (1967 - 2014). Few cried when 'The Vet' was imploded earlier this year. It was hastily and shoddily built and was rundown after four seasons. At one point, cats were employed to control the mice problems. Perhaps the stadium's best asset was the hole in the wall on the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Dressing Room.
#6 Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh (1968 - 2001) During the 1970's, this picturesque stadium reached its apex. The Pirates win the World Series and the Steelers in the Super Bowl. It also hosted concerts by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Stones AND The Who. Rock on!
#4 Candlestick Park, San Francisco (1960 - 2014) Built on the coldest and windiest place in the City, Candlestick confused many visiting teams and fan, who thought California was warm. It was the site of the last Beatles Concert in 1966. (Last song: Long Tall Sally). It hosted eight NFC championships. It's most famous moment came in 1989, when an earthquake struck during the World Series.
#3 Texas Stadium, Dallas (1969 - 2010) Originally, the idea was to have a retractable roof. They began construction before realizing it wasn't structurally sound. So, they stopped building, leaving a large, open rectangle as a ceiling. It's best explained by linebacker D.D. Lewis: "Texas Stadium has a hole in the roof so God can watch his favorite team play."
#1 Yankee Stadium, The Bronx (1923 - 2008) Love 'em or Hate 'em, there's no denying the New York Yankee's success. All but one of their twenty-seven championships were won in the hallowed stadium that "Babe built." Millions across New York City cried when their beloved cathedral of sport was demolished to create a newer, cleaner ballpark. NOTE: The stadium also hosted three Papal Masses!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Back in May, every one's favorite Hollywood hunk GEORGE CLOONEY broke hearts worldwide when he announced he was getting married. Why the fuss? George is quite the catch. He's a two-time winner of the coveted People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive Award (1997 & 2006). He has two Oscar nominations. In short, the actor oozes success. Although he had proclaimed...on many occasions...his distaste for marriage, Clooney's heart was stolen by a smart, stunning lawyer from Lebanon named AMAL AMAMUDDIN.
George seemed to be in marital bliss...until a bombshell fell in Beirut over the weekend. No! We're not talking about the explosive type of car-bomb-shell...that happens in Lebanon every day. Nope, we're talking about the public rant put on by Amal's outspoken mother, Baria. See, this woman is not your average stay-at-home mother-in-law. Baria Ananmuddin is the foreign editor of the Al-Hayat newspaper. She also hosts a popular TV show.
Currently, George is just laughing the incident off. Baria Amamuddin was just being sarcastic on the morning talk show, right? However, further investigation by the DUNER BLOG reveals some rather alarming information. Unfortunately for Mr. Clooney, the Druze take marriage outside of the sect as a violation of religious law. The punishment for this crime is having your penis cut off. Don't believe us? Well as recently as last year, a non-Druze Muslim had his bits removed by the relatives of the Druze woman who married him!
|The future President Clooney.|
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Grab your colored markers and head to the wall-map, readers! We have a new nation to draw! It's called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but they are commonly referred to by their initials: ISIS. Their independence day is June 29, 2014 and their capital is Mosul. Their borders are still loosely defined, but they extend from Eastern Syria and most of Northern Iraq. Finally, their leader is the Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
What is a Caliph you ask? The direct translation from Arabic is "Successor," as in from Mohammad the Prophet. For centuries, Caliphates ruled over all Arab lands. However, no international leader has called himself a 'Caliph' since the Ottoman Empire was officially abolished in 1924. Why use such an antiquated term? ISIS wants to re-create a medieval-style empire stretching from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. It will adhere to a unique Sharia Islamic law. That means no music, Christians pay a maditory tax and executions are carried out in the main square of town.
Not surprisingly, war is raging on all of ISIS's borders. The US-backed Iraqi troops have marching orders from PM al-Maliki. Battles have been raging in Mesopotamia for months. On the East, the Kurds have taken up arms to defend their borders. Both Syrian rebels and government troops are engaged in armed conflict on the Western border. Nonetheless, ISIS leaders are demanding all Muslims around the world pledge allegiance to their leader, as he is the chosen one with direct orders from the Prophet Mohammad.