Category: Sports

The Coolest Chick You Don’t Know–Yet

“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, then would you jump too ?” our parents always asked us.  At the time, we knew that the  response that kept us out of more trouble was always ‘No’.  But, today, adventurer Erin Bonilla is saying,” Hell, yeah—sign me up!”  This blonde adventurer wants to do a tandem base jump off of the 876-foot New River Gorge Bridge!  To give you some perspective, this is more than 200 feet higher than the Seattle’s Space Needle (605 feet) and the St. Louis Arch (630 feet).

Bonilla in her skydiving gear.

Check out Bonilla’s video entry into the base jumping contest

So, why does Bonilla want to take the leap in front of the expected 80,000 spectators of Bridge Day 2013?  Well, if jumping off of a bridge wasn’t crazy enough, she is building towards her goal to skydive in space.  Yes, you read that right:  Skydive.  In Space.  Remember Felix Baumgartner’s historic 24-mile, Red Bull-sponsored space skydive in October 2012?  Erin has met the Austrian daredevil, as well as the first man to skydive from the edge of space in 1960, Col. Joe Kittinger, USAF (Ret.).  Both space-dive pioneers advised her to continue striving towards this (literally) out-of-this-world goal…and she’s obviously heeding that advice.

Col. Kittinger, Baumgartner and Bonilla at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Check out Bonilla’s video entry into the base jumping contest

The journey to space skydiving began with Bonilla leaping out of a plane 36 times (!) and attaining her Class-A skydiving license.  She hopes to take the next step on October 19 with her very first base jump in Fayetteville, West Virginia.  If Bonilla wins the opportunity to jump, Subaru will donate $1,000 to her charity of choice, the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation.  The organization was created by a friend of hers, who lost his daughter to the disease.

Baumgartner, Bonilla and her husband, Dennis, at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Check out Bonilla’s video entry into the base jumping contest. 

Check out Bonilla’s video entry into the base jumping contest.  If you like what you see, vote to send her base jumping and get $1,000 to a deserving charity.  Then, write down the name “Erin Bonilla”—you can say that you knew her when.  Oh, and sorry fellas…the coolest chick you don’t know is taken–he (Dennis) put a ring on it.


Abbie Elliot is a senior contributor for MCM and a writer for ‘Under the Tuscan Gun, part of “The Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” with actress Debi Mazar (Entourage’s Shauna Roberts) and husband Gabriele Corcos. She has served as managing editor for ‘DC on Heels’, and has written professionally for organizations like The White House Commission on Remembrance and AOL/The Huffington Post. Follow her on twitter: @abbie_b_elliott or email abbie.b.elliott@gmail.com

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Missing Milwaukee Mascot, or A Stolen Sausage

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According to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, one of the four beloved racing sausages of the baseball Brewers has gone missing.

The sausage in question is Guido, pictured above to the far left, and was last seen at the Milwaukee Curling Club’s new location  in Cedarburg during a beer-tasting fundraiser. The seven-foot costume was not actually intended to be used for the event. It was only there for storage purposes.

But with the hustle and bustle (and not to mention drink after drink) of the customers, it someone managed to grab the $3,000 costume and wear it for the remainder of the night. Of course it brought a few laughs.  Who wouldn’t want to party and have a few brews with a giant sausage, right?

The Guido in question then decided to take a stroll to other establishments, according o the Journal Sentinel:

“A witness saw the sausage walk out of the south door about 7:45 p.m., Cedarburg police Detective Jeff Vahsholtz said Wednesday. The Italian walked into TJ Ryan’s in Cedarburg an hour later and also made an appearance around midnight at The Roadhouse Bar and Grill.”

Unfortunately for Klement, the sausage company who owns the four-pack of sausages, the costume was not returned and left no links to its whereabouts. Now everyone is on the lookout for the culprit. Mustard Grill All American Mustards is even offering a reward for finding Guido: a year’s supply of their mustard.

Here’s hoping that the sausage is found, especially since baseball season is drawing near.

 


Hector Diaz (iamHectorDiaz) covers sports, music and professional wrestling for a variety of sites, all of which can be found at iamHectorDiaz.com

How National Signing Day Became a Family Affair

National signing day is a time when prospective college football players make one of their first adult decisions—only, sometimes, they hit a few snags.

That was the case for running back Alex Collins. The South Plantation High School stud had already decided which school he was going to attend for the upcoming football season. He chose to go to Arkansas.

His mother, however, had a different idea. Read more

The Over/Under of Super Bowl XLVII Stories

With Sunday’s Super Bowl now within an inch’s reach, virtually every topic has been covered. Some were expected, like the thousands of questions about the opposing Harbaugh brothers, to way out of left field, like Ray Lewis’ alleged use of a banned substance. Read more

X-Games History!

With only one jump remaining, Torstein Horgmo had to put it all on the line, and did it in spectacular fashion. Laying down a switch backside triple-cork 1440,  (The first ever in competition history), he clinched gold and X-games history with one epic jump.

“I can’t believe it,” said Horgmo. “I tried it a week ago and I thought I’d give it a shot here. Any of the other podiums I’ve been on ever, this was the best one for sure. This was the craziest level of riding that I’ve ever been a part of.”

Welcome to this history books Torstein!

Cardinals Break More Hearts

 

I’m from St Louis, I live in St Louis, and like most St Louisans, we love Cardinal baseball. Why do we love Cardinal baseball? Look no further than 11 World Championships to see why we love our team. The only other team to have more wins is the New York Yankees, and I’m hoping we get a piece of them this year.

Let’s begin with Adam Wainright. Waino has a curve ball that resembles a Wiffle Ball(2006 NLCS anyone?). You have to tip your cap to the Nationals. Bryce Harper didn’t hit like the Bryce Harper we have seen all year. Jason Werth just wasn’t Jason Werth. However, the heart of the Nationals order beat up on Waino early put us a six-run deficit. But who are they playing? The team of destiny, my friends. It seems like we have been running on magic for the last two years. We haven’t been running on magic, that’s heart. That’s a team that doesn’t give up.

And to MisterIrrelevant.com, that’s exactly what your team has become: irrelevant. Have fun watching ours on the couch.

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Money Owed Molina

Is it ironic that the new St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is a former big league catcher, and that at this very moment the St. Louis Cardinals are in negotiations with four time Gold Glove Award winner and catcher Yadier Molina? It’s safe to say that maybe Matheny understands the value to a solid catcher, who on most teams is a leader in more ways than one. A good catcher not only blocks balls in the dirt, aligns the defense, settles the pitcher down, visits the mound to break tension, tells the hurler to step out throw over, throws runners out, communicates with the manager and more importantly, calls the game. Insert Yadi who does all of these things extremely well and swings the bat a little. Well, swinging the bat a “little” is no longer a fair assessment. Read more

Linglorious Mastered

The emergence of Jeremy Lin is just another classic case of the underdog surpassing the expectations of everyone that watched him and the NBA from afar. What many fail to realize, is those close to Jeremy, himself included always felt the expectations were not high enough for the Harvard grad.  Read more

Tim Tebow Has a Beer Named After Him?

Tebrew: The Sunday Sipper

Tim Tebow is a craze now, and he looks to be a sensation for some years to come. “Tebowing” is the new craze, and there’s even a website dedicated to it(www.tebowing.com). Well, now he has his own beer in Colorado.

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