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Vintage Vignettes: Dogtown and Z-Boys

By Jeannette | April 16, 2012

dogtown and z-boys movie poster

One of my favorite movies of all time is the 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. Some people think it’s just a movie about skateboarding, but it’s really a look at the art and culture that arose out of Dogtown in the 1970s. The Z-boys were a ragtag group of punk kids from the Westside of L.A. who didn’t have much to do besides surf and skate, which they did when the waves weren’t any good. As a drought hit California in 1976 and ’77, people would drain their pools to conserve water and thus the art of pool skating was born.

What I love most about this movie is the subculture that was born from these guys who thought out-of-the-box to pursue a passion. They saw an opportunity to change the game and they would drive up and down streets looking for empty pools, knowing they could get in trouble if the owners came home. Eventually they had people actually draining their pools so the Z-boys could skate freely without fear of getting caught. Read More

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Linsanity’s Ice Cream and Other Athlete-Obsessed NYC Foods

By admin | March 14, 2012

Photo:  DvYang

Photo: DvYang

By: Michael Engle

Despite the feeling that Linsanity has lost some of its original luster, Knicks player Jeremy Lin has already made his mark on the New York food scene. Ben & Jerry’s even came out with a Limited-Edition frozen yogurt, “Taste the Linsanity” consisting of vanilla yogurt with a lychee honey swirl and fortune cookie pieces.  Although it sounds like the perfect ‘tip of the hat’ to the Linmeister, the PC police threw a fit and encouraged the Vermont dairy kings to swap out the fortune cookies in favor of waffle cone bits…on the side.  Talk about a momentum-killing turnover!

While some athletes, such as Mickey Mantle and Darryl Strawberry, opened New York-area restaurants since their retirements, it is arguably more prestigious to be awarded a namesake food item during a playing career.  After all, it is relatively easy to buy a business, but fame and prestige can only be rewarded.

Ben & Jerry’s wasn’t the only one getting in on the Linsanity/athlete-food-naming, check out some other New York eponymous superstar foods… Read More

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Football Food Favorites

By admin | September 16, 2011

Photo: Indirect Heat

Photo: Indirect Heat

By: Dylan Rodgers

What is the first thing you think of when the summer comes to a close?  How about when you feel that first cool breeze with the smell of fall floating in the air?  Personally, I am overwhelmed with the joy of hitting people and tossing around a pointy pigskin ball!  IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON! Read More

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Novak Djokovic’s New Gluten-Free Diet

By admin | September 14, 2011

Photo: Mark Howard

Photo: Mark Howard

Novak Djokovic, the tennis super-star, discovered last year he was allergic to gluten, and thus changed his diet immediately. Novak’s new gluten-free diet not only has improved his health, but most astonishingly his tennis game as well.

Which got us thinking, how much does a diet actually play into improving an athlete’s performance? Read More

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Rucker Park: A Basketball Player’s Dream

By admin | August 26, 2011

Photo: Evoke

Photo: Evoke

By: Dylan Rodgers

Written in the history books of legendary venues, Holcombe Rucker Memorial Park is second to none when it comes to street-ball.  No other public basketball court has been so influential in the sport; a Mecca for basketball legends both locally and internationally famed.  Holcombe Rucker, a New York City Parks Department worker, couldn’t have known that the P.S. 156 Playground he opened in 1956 would later have NBA stars eager to put their names on the list of those who have played at The Rucker Park. Read More

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Exercising With Diabetes

By mahir | March 24, 2011

For many people with diabetes, exercise can be a tricky activity to navigate. Blood sugar needs to be regulated, which is an extra challenge for those who want to play sports, from amateur to professional athlete. Read More

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Annika Sorenstam

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 27, 2010

Pro golfer Annika Sorenstam is one of the most successful golfers in history and a fellow Swede. She’s also the founder of the Annika Foundation and Annika Academy.

I was excited when she agreed to take some time out of her busy family, golf and philanthropy schedule to chat with me about her thoughts on cooking and food.

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