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Where Was Indy Car Driver Scott Dixon Born? posted by Indy Car

Born July 22, 1980 in Australia, Scott Dixon is a motor racing driver of New Zealand, who has been IndyCar Champion three times, wining the championships in 2003, 2008, and 2013. He has also won the Indianapolis 500 race in 2008. Since he joined IndyCar he competes for Chip Ganassi Racing. Dixon has won many awards and honors, and the chief ones include the Bruce McLaren Trophy in 2003 and 2008, the Jim Clark Trophy in 1999, 2001, and 2004, being chosen Sportsman of the Year in New Zealand for 2008 and 2013, and appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Dixon started as a race Kart driver when he was seven years old. By the time he was thirteen, he had managed to procure a competition license on special dispensation to race a saloon car. He competed at the Pukekohe Park Raceway, driving the Nissan Sentra, which he crashed. However, Dixon later won every series that he competed. In 1994, he won the Formula Vee championship in New Zealand and later won 13 races out of 14, of the Formula Ford Class 2 Series. In 1997, Dixon started racing in Australia and was third overall in the Formula Holden series. In 1999, Dixon came to the U.S. and joined the Indy Light team of Johansson Motorsports. He won the Chicago oval race, and in 2000, won the championship with seven podium finishes and six wins.

Dixon started his IndyCar Series career from 2003, when his team became part of the Indy Racing League. He began to perform well consistently, and from 2010 to 2012, he won 2-3 races and finished third in the championships. In July 2013, Pocono saw the return of IndyCar racing, and Dixon won the race, and went on to win the Honda Indy Toronto event as well.

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Watchful eyes on the Indy 500 posted by Ray Hartjen

The 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 begins with the wave of the green flag on Sunday, and while this year’s race is looks on the surface to be a wide-open, competitive affair, there are, as usual, a few things to keep a keen eye on. Between drivers, teams, and new rules, there’s a little bit of something, from casual fans to the hardcore.

Double-file restarts
From the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” department might come one of the most bold – and baffling – rules changes in recent memory. Indy Car officials, in a bid to make the racing more exciting have instituted two-wide restarts coming out of yellow flag caution periods. So far this season, the result has been a bunch of twisted race cars.

This is for sure – restarts will be more exciting. They’ll likely be very expensive for car owners too. In NASCAR, a two-wide start is an entirely different beast, and a function of cars with fenders and an extra thousand pounds or so coming to grips with the bumping and grinding. For open wheel cars, it’s something else entirely. When cars come together at speed, there’s very, very little chance of both cars coming out unscathed; expect suspension and wing damage at the least. More likely, expect heavy contact with the Turn One wall. The last two years have seen terrifying accidents at the speedway as a result of wheels “tripping” over others. Let’s hope in the bid for excitement, IndyCar officials don’t have to face the effects of serious injuries like Vito Meira’s (2009) or Mike Conway (2010). Or, face up to worse.
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Driving Ms. Danica posted by Ray Hartjen

The ongoing maturation of Danica Patrick takes a critical step, either forward or backward, this month, as the pressure cooker that is the Indianapolis 500 slowly plays its hand over the course of May.

Who can forget last year’s 500, where a pit road miscue by Ryan Briscoe prevented nothing more than a rather mediocre finish by Patrick. The race’s most dramatic moment, or, rather, moments, turned out to be those captured by ABC’s cameras as they focused on Patrick’s long walk down pit land, the end of which she was apparently ready to give Briscoe a piece of her mind, and perhaps the backside of her hand. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and she was stopped before she made a further spectacle of herself. Unfortunately, the media, with their cameras and microphones, quickly caught up with her. Nothing like a sound bite from a woman scorned.

Yes, difficult to forget that moment now. Oddly, most forgot about it at Watkins Glen later in the season, when Patrick herself had a pit road mishap. Of course, racing being racing and the ultimate sport of “stuff happens,” that wasn’t the first – we can still pull video on You Tube of Patrick’s pit road accident at Homestead a couple of years ago.

Regardless, last year’s drama queen bit aside, Patrick is at her absolute best in a race car when she’s at Indy; all the more remarkable considering the immense media and public scrutiny she endures over May (the entire year, for that matter). Through all of Patrick’s faults, she knows how to set up a car and get around Indy, and quickly and competitively at that.
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Indy's Orientation and the IRL's Orange Pylons posted by Ray Hartjen

Not a big surprise to see rain hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, the second day of the track being open in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. After all, what’s the month of May at Indy without a bit of rain? Forget about “and it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.” As any race fan knows, the ultimate in sarcasm is “and it don’t rain in Indianapolis in May, as every open wheel racer in the United States is desperately preparing for the biggest single race on the calendar.” A bit unwieldy for a song lyric, but the truth nonetheless. This biggest bummer of the rain is not the fact that the cars can’t hit the track, rather it’s the continued delay in getting the Rookie Orientation program done and in the books. Enough of Rookie Orientation – let’s see the big boys come out and play. Weather permitting, Thursday afternoon we’ll see the veterans – and the IRL’s absolute best – run the oval for the first time all month. Rookie Orientation is a long-standing tradition at the Speedway. It was, and in many respects still is, a necessary evil. The Indy 500 is the sport’s biggest race, on its biggest track. Some orientation for newbies is needed. In April! Why the first couple of days of the month of May is devoted to the rookies, I don’t understand. The fans don’t want it, and the race teams don’t want it. Does it save a bit of budget for the teams? Maybe – and that’s a big maybe. One could argue the degree of savings, especially for the IContinue reading "Indy's Orientation and the IRL's Orange Pylons"

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San Diego Super Chargers posted by Vet059

Chargers Send the MVP home for the season.

Well, atleast now Manning can get his hair cut......Also NFL network there goes brother vs. brother Super Bowl. The Chargers actual took it to the Colts. A few mental and physical mistakes early made it an over time game. A Rivers interception in endzone stopped a great drive. The Drive befre was a turn over by the runningback on the two yard line. The Colts should of just taken the safety and get better field position on the Chargers with less then 2 minutes left. The Chargers deserved this game and must admit at half time I started to root for them. I hate to get a lose in playoffs but now I know what it is like to root for the underdog.

Well the Home team won the first two of the post season. Now the 3 point home dogs play tomorrow. Only can hope for a change of luck as I took the next two road favrites.

LT spent another playoff game on the sideline........Alot of money sitting on the bench if you ask me. I expect him to give it another go next week againts the Steelers or Titans. Bith with god D's could make his leg real sore real quick.

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Breaking News! Danica Patrick caught speeding! Seriously. posted by Somsak Bounchareune

     IndyCar racer, Danica Patrick has a couple of speeding tickets.  How is this even a story?  The Associated Press reported that she paid for $196 fine for a recent ticket and that it is among several she has had in the past three years. 
    Again, how is this a story?  A racer car driver speeding is as much a surprise as poker player…gasp…gambling!  Or worse, finding a basketball player balling it up in some underground pick up game.  C’mon!
    It would be more of a story if Danica had a clean driving record. 

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Thursday Night Football posted by Vet059

     Wow we are crawling up to the finish of 2008 in the NFL. Game Tonight and a game Saturday......Man love the NFL.

Also Pro Bowl selections where made, with a few new choices and return of some old names. I do wish they hold off on PRO Bowl selection to after the season. Name the players the final week or even during Wild Card weekend. Brett Favre made the list and has to be by name only, since his numbers where not

      The Indy Colts are playing The Jacksonville Jaguars. Last time these two teams meet they where both looking like imposters to the NFL. Now the Colts are rolling Jaguars are just tring to field a complete team. Jaguars lose Fred Taylor because a thumb injury. Might be the last time the Jaguars will see him suit up unless he takes a pay cut. Matt Jones final got the Suspension.....Greg Jones, Daryl Smith, Jerry Porter, and Tony McDaniel all put on IR in the last week. The Colts Do not have Marvin Harrison. 1st game missed this year after missing 11 last season. Bob Sanders and Joe Addai might play, but if Addai is on your Fantasy team I would not play him because if they get a lead  he might be on side line resting. This game also is getting close to lock a playoff spot for the Colts, they can not afford to lose this one.

The Colts win, but might not be easy. Jack Del Rio knows the Colts and his teams usally play them Tought.

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Inbound link contest winner announced! posted by Earn Money Blogging

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the "Inbound Link Contest".  We have a winner!  A big congratulations go out to Marija.  Thank you for all your hard work on this.  While we had a lot of people participate, Marija was able to win with only 4 links!  So it wouldn't have taken a lot to win this contest!  We'll be having another contest soon so stay tuned.

The whole purpose of this contest was to get our bloggers networking with other webmasters and to start to build up their inbound links which will help their traffic.  Even a few links can help you with the search engines as they will see you as more of an authority on your topic the more inbound links you have.

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Inbound link contest - Win $100! posted by Earn Money Blogging

To try and motivate our bloggers to get inbound links we're going to have a contest to see which blogger can get the most inbound links to their blog. The contest begins now and ends July 31st, 2008. To be entered in to the contest all you have to do is go out and get as many websites to link to your blog as you can and at the end of the month send us an email listing all those links. All links must be active from August 1st through August 7th when we'll be judging the entries - a winner will be announced on August 7th. All entry emails must be received by Midnight on July 31st, 2008. You can email them to

We're going to impose some restrictions on the types of links you can get so please see below for the full list of links that do NOT count.

To get started simply go to Google and find other websites and blog that are about the sports and teams that you write about. Email the website owner and ask them for a link by explaining that you think your blog would be a good resource for their readers. Or offer to write a guest post for them with your by-line and URL at the bottom of the article. Or offer to exchange links with them by writing a quick write up of their site and a reciprocal link back to them. Some webmasters will be happy to add you to their blog roll even if you don't give them a link back (which is ideal) but some may want you to link back to them - you can easily do this with a quick blog entry on your blog about their website.

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Dunk History: Some of our friends' favorite dunks, Vol. 2 (Ball Don't Lie)

As the summer wears on fall descends! , with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future IMMINENT! , we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History . Today, we ask some of our favorite dunk enthusiasts in various entertainment realms to share stories about their favorite throwdowns of yore. Please check the italicized short bios for more information about our contributors! Will Weldon Will Weldon is a comedian and actor from Los Angeles that you can follow @oldmanweldon . This dunk made it all OK: the anguish of the '13 Finals loss, watching my favorite group of old men run out of gas JUST before the finish line, seeing Manu Ginóbili seemingly no longer be able to complete at an NBA level. None of that mattered. The San Antonio Spurs had their vengeance, and Ginóbili was the one who turned the tide in the clinching Game 5; to quote Sean Connery, "Who's the old man now, dog?" (I may not have that quote 100 percent correct). Also, it made Tim Duncan smile, which is the first time that's happened outside of him laughing at Joey Crawford, so it must've been special. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Blake Wexler Blake Wexler is a stand-up comedian living in Los Angeles. He wrote "NBA Commissioner Silver’s Office Hours" for Comedy Central. You can follow him @BlakeWexler . Have you ever been shooting on your mini-basketball hoop at home, and in a moment of bored insanity you just throw the ball as hard as you can through the hoop, scaring your dog? Yes? Well then you should seek help. No? Well, in that case, my inability to relate continues to be a constant obstacle in my career. The throw-in dunk is one of my favorite plays in sports. It’s something that only the most physically gifted athletes can pull off, and yet when it happens, the guy doing it looks he’s never played basketball before. Javale McGee personifies the throw-in dunk. He looks like he should be held in the same regard as someone like Tyson Chandler, but when he’s actually on the court, he looks like he’s on bath salts. McGee has pulled this stunt a few times, but I chose this one because the fact that the Philadelphia 76ers let him anywhere near Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid makes the play even more bizarre. John Lurie John Lurie once played basketball better than President Obama. He is now a painter whose work you can find here . You can follow him @lurie_john . Shawn Kemp had just come into the league. He was 19 years old and his youth was part of what made this so compelling. When you asked me to write something, it wasthe first dunk that came to mind. How I remembered it was that he got a pass at the top of the key, dribbled past one Knick and then went up in the air from just inside the foul line. Kenny Walker, who had been the dubious Slam Dunk champ the year before, went up with him.  Kemp hung in the air, pulled the ball back into his chest and stayed in the air for a long time, and then dunked the ball behind his head, long after Walker had returned to the ground. How does someone do that? I understand how someone jumps higher than someone else, but how does the very rare athlete deny the laws of physics and just hang there at the peak of his jump for longer than anyone else? That was what I had thought was amazing about this dunk. But I was wrong. I found it on YouTube and that was not what had happened at all. What was so astounding was the speed . I don’t know how to describe astounding speed. I have almost only seen it in animals. At a zoo as a child, a sparrow landed in a pit of motionless crocodiles. One couldn’t even tell if the crocodiles were alive or dead, they were inert for the entire time. Then there was a loud CLAMP! The sparrow was gone. And a wing stuck out of the crocodile’s mouth. But it really wasn’t possible to see the actual thing happen. That was kind of what this dunk was like. It was that fast. Nicole Conlan Nicole Conlan is a comedian, video oroducer for Jalopnik and UCB writer. You can follow her @NicoleConlan . We all know what my REAL favorite dunk is . But in terms of basketball dunks, a few things come to mind. I have the misfortune of being a Denver Nuggets fan, which was fun when I first got into basketball during the 2012-13 season, and got progressively less fun as time went on. The SB Nation Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs did a really thorough job of detailing what is almost inarguably the greatest dunk in franchise history , and it's impossible to talk about recent Nuggets dunks (Dunkets?) without thinking of Kenneth Faried, the Manimal, whose whole value to our team is his ability to make fast-break points at an altitude that leaves the opposing team dizzy (a talent that was completely squandered under Brian Shaw, but I'll save my 2,000 words on that for another column). But the dunk that's most memorable to me comes from short-lived Nugget Nate Robinson . This was during the otherwise unremarkable 2013-14 season. It was Brian Shaw's first year, and the transition wasn't easy. When I became a Nuggets fan, Taco Bell had a promotion where they gave out free tacos every time the Nuggets scored 110 points. ONE HUNDRED AND TEN! We were a high-scoring team — which doesn't mean we were necessarily good — but when you're a 22-year-old idiot who doesn't understand the finer points of the sport yet, seeing a team rack up 110 points every game is a great way to get excited. That had sort of stopped when Brian Shaw arrived. He wanted to focus on defense, which, like, fine, I get it, but what happened to my fast-break points? My crazy turnarounds? My big dunks? I was still a fan, just a slightly more bored one. Then we played the Los Angeles Lakers. I won't make them the butt of this joke, because I like to think I'm a better comedian than that, but all I'll say is, I finally got got my high-scoring fun team back. And Nate Robinson was ON FIRE. Aside from being a funny guy with a big personality and DOPE sneakers, he's amazing at basketball. This is just one of four big dunks from him that night. The way he sprinted down the court, the athleticism to make the dunk, and the joy of hanging off the rim? Maybe not very sportsmanlike, but super FUN. I was finally seeing the Nuggets I fell in love with again. That moment kind of encapsulates the Nuggets at their best. They don't have the most basketball intelligence, and they're never going to have the most finesse of any team. They just have the most horsepower. They're sprightly. They get to the basket faster, because they train with no oxygen. And it's fun to watch. Plus, Nate Robinson is my height. That's cool! That means I could dunk, too! ... Right? Charlie Bury Charlie Bury is a standup comedian who recently moved from Chicago to Los Angeles. If you book him for your show, he'd definitely be down to talk about Zaza Pachulia. You can follow him @CharlieSaturday . Arvydas Sabonis taught me geography. His no-look, behind-the-head passes inspired my sixth-grade self to pick up an atlas in search of Lithuania, his homeland. I discovered a Baltic nation bordered by Belarus, Poland, Latvia and that weird, separate part of Russia that seems like a place we aren’t supposed to know about. Watching that giant Arvydas drill standstill threes from the top of the arc made me wonder what Lithuanians ate, which gods they worshipped and who their enemies were. When Chicago native Jeremy Pargo rolled into town on Dec. 2, 2010, he probably wasn’t pondering the breakup of the Soviet Union. I’d be surprised if he even sampled the local dumplings. Pargo and his Maccabi Tel Aviv squad were there to battle Zalgiris Kaunas, arguably the most storied franchise in Lithuanian basketball history (not that that’s an argument you’ll ever have). The arena was packed with bearded dudes banging drums, waving green flags and wearing green wigs. Pargo wasn’t fazed. The crossover alone would’ve stopped any summer game with a microphone-wielding MC in its tracks. The poor defender was so shaken he looked like he was struggling to stay upright against a severe gust of wind. Now all that stood between Pargo and the basket was a 7-foot-3 center — coincidentally, the same height as Arvydas Sabonis, who began and ended his career with that very Zalgiris team. Jeremy Pargo has no time for such folklore. One dribble, ball cocked back and BOOM! A proud nation was momentarily humbled, its traditional chants hushed. A Lithuanian sixth-grader picked up an atlas and probably already knew where Chicago was. Adam Pally Adam Pally is an actor who has appeared in ‘The Mindy Project’ and whose most recent film is ‘ Slow Learners .’ You can follow him @AdamPally . Starks, left-handed, over Pippen and Jordan. Then he spins around looks into the crowd and practically walks into Scores on the east side instead of getting back on D. Daniel Van Kirk Daniel Van Kirk is a comedian and writer. You can check out his sketch show " DVK " on the Nerdist Network YouTube channel, see him regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Los Angeles, and hear him on the podcast "Sklarbro County" that he co-hosts with Jason and Randy Sklar and also as a regular guest on "Doug Loves Movies" with Doug Benson . You can follow him @DanielVanKirk . Look, I know you're gonna get a few Jordan dunks. I'm an Illinois kid. I get it. And I know there are better-looking dunks than the one I selected. But there are three reasons why I love this one. 1. It's Tree Rollins. Not only is the guy 7-foot-1; he was biting opponents before it was cool. In 1983, he basically clotheslined Danny Ainge at half-court before getting into a brawl that ended with Tree biting Ainge's finger down to the tendon. So any highlight that has Tree Rollins looking like a bitch is a great one in my book. Also, dunking on Rollins means Jordan can say he dunked over a "tree." So that's pretty sweet. 2. Unlike all the players that have come since and tried to emulate him, Jordan really could take on an entire team. In just this play, he dismantles four Atlanta Hawks while the fifth has to hang back in case he dished it out. And the play starts with a pass fake! This isn't a fast-break, dunk on the run, set up something pretty (I mean, it is Jordan, so there's plenty of those). This like Jordan took a bet on how easily he could break this team, and it paid off. Not that Jordan would actually take any sort of bet like that. I mean ... why would he gamble at all? I doubt he would. And I also love his completely unrelated MLB stint purely based on his love of the game. And not Roulette. 3. And this is the best. Let's say Jordan didn't dunk here. Yes, I know that would defeat the entire purpose of this piece of wonderful Yahoo Sports entertainment, but let’s just say he didn't. This would still have made the highlight reel on "The George Michael Sports Machine" for the simple reason that Michael Jordan destroys No. 53, Cliff Levingston. Cliff tries to guard him from the top to the bottom of this play and it just doesn't matter. No. 23 does what Drago couldn't do in "Rocky IV." He breaks him. Look at the angle in this video. It's number 10 on the list: Like your grandma after a long walk around the mall, Levingston says, "You guys keep going! I think I'm just gonna lay down here. And please check the window. I feel a draft." And that's it. This is one of my favorite all-time dunks. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Thanks for letting me play along! Eric Dadourian Eric Dadourian is a comedian from Los Angeles, and you can follow him @ericdadourian . The Chicago Bulls were good in the 1990s. The Bulls were really good, and cool, and smart and good-looking, popular and funny and nice (kind of) and the Bulls had Michael Jordan. All they did was win, all the time, and look really good doing it. The Bulls beat everybody: they beat my Lakers, they beat your SuperSonics, they beat everybody, and they were, like, really casual and good-looking and fun and smart about it. Then there was this dunk, this dunk that had a name. This dunk's name was "The Dunk," and I knew that because that’s what it said on the poster I had up in my room of this dunk: "The Dunk." On the poster was John Starks and he had his mouth wide-open, screaming in mid-air, with his arm cocked back in a real painful looking way and it looked like he was hurling his body full force at the rim, and the ball was just a part of his body. Now, this dunk is not the most impressive dunk, it doesn't have that nasty crunch, or that high-flying grace, but this dunk is my favorite dunk. What this dunk had was so much purpose and so much anger and so much John Starks, who was not as cool as Michael Jordan, who was decidedly not chill. John Starks, who worked at a grocery store in Tulsa and everybody liked to make such a big deal about that. John Starks, who let the whole world get under his skin, who always lost in the1990s it seemed like to Reggie Miller and Michael Jordan and the Bulls all the time. It seemed like he was always angry and losing, and maybe, just maybe, there was a weird little chubby 12-year-old who hated Michael Jordan and the Bulls for being so good and popular and cool and good-looking, who was sitting in his room staring at this poster of Michael Jordan getting dunked on (sort of) by John Starks. This dunk is like scratching an itch, and if you feel like the whole world gets under your skin, scratching an itch is pretty good. Also, he dunked it with his left. [read full article]

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