March 3, 2011 Column
The Gym: Issue #8
Ever hear something horrible and/or hilarious at the gym? Send your submissions to OverheardSP at gmail. Or submit for future editions about the games.
I was playing pickup basketball at the rec center at my college. In between games, one of the guys starts chatting with one of his friends that was walking by. He asked if the guy wanted to play, and the guy responded, "I can't, I'm only working out legs today and I've got a case race starting in an hour." For reference, it was 6:30 pm.
My gym has a digital board that wraps around part of the weight room and treadmill area. It runs gym notifications about hours of operation and specials and stuff like that, but it also runs "motivational" message like "Push yourself and see results!"
Last week, I don't know if someone new got the message board entry job or the gym manager had a brain fart or what, but while I was on the treadmill I saw the following messages mixed in with the normal stuff:
"Push yourself. Don't be a pussy!"
"Can't is a bitch."
This one time at band camp they overthrew the camp director.
Late last night photos surfaced on the Utah sports blog LatterDaySports.net showing Fredette at a Provo restaurant drinking a Pepsi. BYU's honor code prohibits caffeine along with sex, alcohol, tea and cigarettes. It also encourages BYU students to monitor the behavior of their peers.
Confronted by BYU officials this morning, Fredette admitted to drinking from a 2-liter Pepsi bottle. However, he denied rumors that he had slid into even harder substances, such as Pepsi Max.
"I apologize for my actions," said Fredette. "It's just that with games and practice and working out and mid-terms and everything I got really tired. So I turned to caffeine to stay awake. But I'm not making excuses. It was wrong."
Fredette also said that he tried Pepsi because: "I wasn't sure if I could go another day drinking only water and juice. My taste buds wanted to commit suicide."
Nice. But Florida fans have "We Love Jorts" tattoos. (via Mock Session)
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Blake Rawson, a 20 year-old university student in Toronto, has long been told he bears an uncanny resemblance to Crosby. An NHL marketing executive spotted Rawson at a Tim Hortons and mentioned the idea of hiring a look-alike Crosby as a joke to Bettman. Within in minutes the commissioner had signed Rawson to a contract.
"I don't know much about hockey or follow it very closely," said Bettman. "But I know that Sidney Crosby's continued absence will hurt NHL ratings as the playoffs approach. Getting a Crosby impersonator in there was an obvious decision."
In addition to having Rawson suit up for Pittsburgh in Crosby's No. 87 jersey, Bettman is making him available for NHL-themed events and birthday parties. So far the Crosby look-alike is booked on weekends through April. Several requests in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. were turned down when the league learned the "childrens' birthday parties" were nothing more than Flyers and Capitals fans hoping to beat up someone who looks like Sidney Crosby in an alley.
She's clearly on Pep-Enhancing Drugs.