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Professional athletes are spraying deer antler velvet into their mouths

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Jon Dunning

Not to hate on America's most popular sport, but football can be strange and professional athletes stranger. There is a great kerfuffle in the sports world over a bunch of football players who have been taking supposedly performance-enhancing supplements containing extracts from deer antler velvet. It comes in pill or spray form. Its purveyors claim it stimulates muscle growth.

From Sports Illustrated, here's the hard sell on deer antler spray:

"We have deer that we harvest out of New Zealand," Key said. "Their antlers are the fastest-growing substance on planet Earth ... because of the high concentration of IGF-1. We've been able to freeze dry that out, extract it, put it in a sublingual spray that you shake for 20 seconds and then spray three [times] under your tongue. ... This stuff has been around for almost 1,000 years, this is stuff from the Chinese."

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Cloned horses could compete in the Olympics

The highest body of equestrian sports, the Federation Equestre Internationale, is just a little obsessed with where horse babies come from. And not without reason -- have you seen the prices for champion horse sperm these days? (Man, you know this is a phrase that has actually come out of Mitt Romney's mouth. And we used to think arugula was elitist.)

In the past, the best way to propagate and improve a horse's line was the old-fashioned artificial insemination route. That’s expensive, and not a little messy, and it doesn’t work for champion horses that are also geldings (i.e., neutered). But now a few horse owners have had their champions cloned.

The FEI at first dismissed these freaks of nature, but now it's welcoming them into the fold, or at least "will not forbid participation of clones or their progenies in FEI competitions."

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Jose Canseco schools Twitter on climate change

Jose Canseco knows as much about global warming as I know about Jose Canseco, which is to say, not much. I'm told he's "the total train wreck of baseball" and I'm willing to believe it, now that I've seen him take his Twitter followers to school on climate change.

Are you ready for this? You're not. You can't be. But at least he gave you fair warning.

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Philadelphia Eagles build a green stadium

The Philadelphia Eagles' helmets are already green, and by next year their stadium will match. The team is partnering with power company NRG to build one of the greenest sports arenas in the country.

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Pro hockey player loves organic food and worms

Andrew Ference plays defense for the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, so you'd think he'd be a meathead who mostly drinks beer and scratches his balls. But it turns out he shops with his kids at Whole Foods like all the other bobos -- not just because he likes fancy cheeses, but because he thinks eating organic gives him a performance edge on the ice. Plus, he's a vermicomposter!

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Here are car ads for you to yell about

Bad news, consumers of sports culture: Marketers are going to assume you also love car culture (and sexism culture) basically until the world explodes and everyone is dead except Chevy owners and their dogs. But at least you can rant about it! To fuel today's Twitter ire, here are some of the most irritating -- from a "car ubiquity" perspective -- spots from last night's Super Bowl.

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This will be the greenest Super Bowl ever

I know football fans feel pretty strongly about doing things exactly the same way every time, lest their switch in underwear or beer brand or whatever be the butterfly's wing that leads to their favorite team tanking. So I have some bad news for you guys: there will be some changes this year. But take heart. Even if this makes your team lose, it's in the name of making Super Bowl XLVI the greenest one yet

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LeBron James bikes to work

I know next to nothing about sports, but I'm told that a) this is LeBron James, b) he is not normally the bikey kind of athlete, and c) he IS the extremely highly paid kind of athlete who probably owns 20 cars and a "this is where the magic happens" room. So it's pretty impressive that a fan caught a photo of him biking to a game.

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Go, fight … green? Can sports teams save the planet?

Photo: IscanWhen the 2011 Major League Baseball season got underway last April, teams rolled out the usual promotions for fanatical fans: giant foam fingers, T-shirt giveaways, beer in unbreakable, aluminum bottles. The Seattle Mariners took a slightly different tack. At two separate Monday night home games, 5,000 fans were given bags of gardening soil, composted down from roughly 900,000 pounds of soggy napkins and half-eaten hot dogs collected at the stadium the season before. The Mariners, along with roughly 50 other sports teams in baseball, the NBA, NHL, NFL, NCAA, and several other professional leagues, are members of the Green …

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Pro sports are going greener, and that means the rest of us are too

The Seattle Sounders don't just have crazy fans. Their facilities have a 57.6 percent landfill diversion rate.Photo: Mike HPro sports may not seem like a natural ally for environmentalists. Players fly from Boston to Los Angeles and back for a single game. Leagues and teams convince cities to build expensive and often unneeded new facilities with taxpayer money. Fans clog up roads as they drive to games and clog up trash cans with hot-dog wrappers and beer cups once they arrive. But six teams representing six major North American sports leagues have kicked off a new effort to make themselves …