Archive for December, 2011

“Cold-Blooded!”

Posted in Articles on December 29, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

TOUCHDOWN! FUCK YES!

Sorry, I’m watching the UW-Baylor game with the old man and the Dawgs just scored. There are three things I know 1. The UW and Baylor defenses are just god awful, 2. Up up down down left right left right B A select start gives you 30 lives in Contra, and 3. Everyone loves sports highlights. So without further ado I thought I do the sports year in review from the I/C perspective.

Basketball

A lot of people in Seattle didn’t watch the NBA last year, what with the NBA aiding and abetting in the theft of the Sonics. And because of that a lot of people missed one of the best NBA seasons in recent memory. The Mavs beat the Heat in the finals but the best call for a professional basketball game comes from Spain. Fast forward to 1:20, the announcer loses his mind and voice.

In college basketball, UCONN beat “Cindrella” Butler in the finals. The UW made it to the second round of the playoffs before getting bounced but gave me one of the best birthday presents ever.

Baseball

The M’s couldn’t score on my 4 year old son in a pick up game of basketball. Ryan Braun is a cheater. The Cardinals won the World Series, thats all I gotta to say about that.

IN YOUR FACE RG III! Sorry we just scored another touchdown. Where was I…

MMA

Jon Jones is really good, Anderson Silva is on another level, Frankie Edgar has a horseshoe stuck up in his ass. Diego Sanchez looked like he was in a horror movie… and still won. Clay Guida and Ben Henderson went Matrix in the ring. And Hendo and Shogun showed that years of hype sometimes is true.

Fights of the Year

1. Dan Henderson v Shogun Rua

2. Frankie Edgar v Gray Maynard II

3. Ben Henderson v. Clay Guida

3. Diego Sanchez v Martin Kappman

Hockey

It was an amazing year for hockey capped off by my team, the Vancouver Canucks, winning Lord Stanley’s Cup. Oh wait, the Canucks blew the fucking Stanley Cup and riots ensued…and thats all I got to say about that.

ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN! My emotions have officilly turned off watching this football game, I’m just numb right now.

Wrestling

Freaking Penn State won the NCAA team championship. I sadly inform you we currently do not live in a Hawkeye nation for at least one year.

Soccer

USA pulls the unbelievable comeback against Brazil, and than blows it in the Finals against JAPAN! Wow this has been a bad year.

Football

In college football, somethings never changed. A SEC team won the BCS title (with 2 set to play for the title this year), Boise St. choked, Oregon choked, UNI fizzled in the I-AA playoffs. And Michigan State beat Wisconsin on the play of the year.

Finally, in the NFL the Packers beat the Steelers to win the Superbowl. In local news the Seahawks became the first team with a losing record to make the NFL playoffs…and than proceeded to kick the shit of the Saints as well as give the franchise a new hero, Beastmode.

FUCK! Well Baylor just beat UW 67-56, the scoreboard almost broke. Well off to bed, if I missed a highlight put in the comments. That’s it. I’m done. No more posting for this year….ah hell I can’t help myself. If you thought Spanish announcer were great at soccer and now basketball, here is football.

Posted by Nickay

“If you Can’t Jam to Journey, Then Get the Fuck Out…”

Posted in Articles on December 27, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

The 9th Edition Training Cycle wrapped up it’s Hell Week last Saturday. And as usual our girl Roo has recapped the Training for the week in a little montage for you.

Your Welcome Eric…

Posted by; Z

“You’ll shoot your eye out kid”

Posted in Articles on December 22, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

‘Tis the season” but you know what, I ain’t jolly. And this is a probem, a big problem. You see, I love Christmas, I mean that’s a given seeing as I am an large man who happens to be named Nick. But Christmas is under siege from a plethora of problems and something needs to be done about it. So batten down the hatches, this is the official I/C rant on the state of Christmas in the Northwest.

Shopping

Now I know Christmas shopping has always been a pain but I be damned if it hasn’t gotten worse. This year after getting most of my shopping done at the malls, I starting to think Tyler Durbin may not have been wrong with the whole Project Mayhem thing. I mean it was literally painful to me this year for a couple reasons why.

1. Online shopping

The rise of online shopping you think would reduce the mall traffic and it may do so to a certain extent but it leads to pushier sales people. I can’t stand pushy sales people. Thanks for asking me how I am but if I wanted help I would ask you dipshit. And gone are the day where the person asks just once, I got asked by a person 3 times. I gave the guy the best “Are you fucking kiddding me?” look and left the store. But online shopping is even worse because I go into a store, I see a shirt, and say I need that shirt. Their response? Oh we are out of stock you will have to order it offline. Ok, when can I expect it? Well we can hit it shipped to the store before Christmas but you will have to pay S&H. Wait, I have to pay the shipping and handling for a shirt to be shipped with a 100 other shirts coming to your store? Yes. I felt like stunnering the guy right there. Also I like to look at cloths to see if they fit before I buy them (they don’t make ogre size yet). But taking the cake I had friend walk into a store, find the perfect present ask to buy it and got told that it was a display model only and that she needed order it offline. Craziness.

2. The death of the movie store

It is established that the Filers love movies, well good luck finding those anymore. I went to a major electronics store in Bellevue that rhymes with Rest Rye to buy a movie for a family member and I shit you not they had like 5 racks for movies. After looking I asked if they had the movie and I was told to order it online (grrr…..). And everyplace has more space devoted to Blu-Ray than regular DVDs. A. I don’t have a Blu-Ray player dick and B. Why would I want to spend $35 bucks on a Blu-Ray movie? I rather get 3 regular DVDs. Thank god for Frys in Renton.

Music

As integral part of Christmas as presents and milk and cookies for Santa is Christmas music. Silent Night, Jingle Bells, All I Want for Christmas is You, hearing these songs brings a smile to my face. But the music industry is trying to screw this up. I understand that musicians like Christmas music too, but have some fucking self restraint people. It used to be good singers would come out with Christmas albums ( i.e. Mariah Carey and ole blue eyes) but now everyone has to have a Christmas album. Lady fucking Gaga? A Christmans album? Justin Bieber? Don’t get started on that runt. His “duet” of All I Want for Christmas is being played instead of the original and is making me want to buy a plane ticket, rent a car, and run his mop head down. Hell I rather listen to Larry the Cable Guy than listen to that punk.

Season greetings

I have no idea when this started, but everyone wants to say “Happy Holidays” nowadays. What? It’s “Merry Christmas” assholes. If you celebrate something else, let me know. I’ll tell you “Happy Hannukkah” or “Happy Kwanza” or “Happy Scientology Day” but two days before Christmas I’m going to say “Merry Christmas” because it Jesus’ birthday and he deserves a shout out (especially after the bang up job he has been doing with the Denver Broncos). Also on this subject is Christmas cards. Now I don’t mind when I get a card from someone of their family but if you don’t got kids do really need to send me a card, its kinda conceited. I mean thats just my opinion.

Closing

What happened to the good old days? I remember Christmas used to be shopping for fun things at the last minute in Sharper Image and pushing stacks of stuff animals over in FAO Swartz and making it look like your brother knocked them over, now your choices are H&M or American Eagle…oh god. I yearn for those days to return, Christmas is my favorite time of year. Until the Northwest gets back to normal I’ll be hanging with Roddy Pipper’s, Christmas is his favorite time too.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted by Nickay

“Can you Draw Sounds…”

Posted in Competition on December 20, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

Back in the beginning of November the I/C Competition team traveled to Victoria Canada to compete in the Crossfit Taranis Winter Challenge. I wrote about the whole event on this Blog. I like to think I’m pretty good at retelling stories with verbal images all Vikings can understand. But sometimes just being able to see things really helps tie it all together.

So you can imagine how excited I was when I received an email about a video of the whole event. Apparently the Club was gonna make some appearances in it that I wouldn’t want to miss.

And Here we Go….

I can’t thank Caragh enough for putting all her hard work into this video. I know how much time Roo spends on all the Club videos and the result of your efforts speak for themselves. Anyone having an event in the Canada West Region should definitely look her up to attend your event, caraghcamera@me.com. 

Thanks again

Posted by: Z

“Throw em Up…”

Posted in Articles on December 18, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

Roo recaps Week 2 of the 9th Edition Training Cycle. The Cycle enters Hell Week on the I/C Training Log starting Monday.

Posted by: Z

“To the end….”

Posted in Articles, Athletes on December 15, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

March 29th 2010, Old Country Strong posted its first Article…

I guess you couldn’t even call it an article, it was just a video clip with the header “More to come just getting started”

If you’re not familiar with the lifter in the video then you need do ONE simple thing.

Get the palm of your right hand in front of your face and look at it. Take a good hard look at it. Next take your left hand and using its palm smack your right hand into your face as hard as you can. Because thats what you need to do for not recognizing Vasily Alexeev.

That man is a Force of Nature. Vasily is Old Country Strong.

My Ma was a Historian by trade and my childhood was spent in a house that was full on antiques. And I’m not talking dusty old lamp shades or china collections here. No we had original FBI Wanted posters, our fridge was a top opening Coke-a-Cola IceBox, the radio was replaced with a fully functioning Juke Box and we had a first print Nude calendar of Marilyn Monroe decorating our house. So you can a imagine I grew up with an affinity for Old School.

Where does this tie in with Vasily? Well I was just getting there. My first true athletic obsession growing up was wrestling. My parent had grown up in Iowa and my Old Man had gone to the Rival high School of Dan Gable. Again if these names are losing you place your hand in front of your face and slap yourself like Rick James. And when I met Dan at the Iowa Wrestling Camp my Ma went up and asked him how he’d been.
My heart kinda stopped.
Dan Gable knew my Ma. Dan Gable referenced my Dad, “Has Mike and Tom finally settled down?”(If you’ve never read this site before my Dad is a wrecking crew of Badass). It was after that first Iowa Wrestling camp that my Ma took me to the Iowa Wrestling museum. Iowa has a very rich wrestling tradition.

So we’re starting to come full circle finally. Of course my Ma would take me to a museum being a historian. It was the coolest museum I’d every been to. It took wrestling back to the beginning talking about Abraham Lincoln being a local wrestler and traveling from town to town taking on challengers. There was also a section of the museum dedicated to Frank Gotch. I wont go anymore off topic but Frank was an original American Catch as Catch Can Wrestling champion. His biggest opponent was George “The Russian Lion” Hackenschmidt

Now old George was a true specimen of his time and a former strongman. I bought a book about the two and their rivalry in the museums gift shop at the end of our trip. In it they listed off odd training that many soviet strongman use to put into practice. Such as Hackenschmidt Bench pressing rediculous amounts of weight while in a full neck bridge for reps. Hackenschmidt is also acredicted for the creation of the “Hack Squat” for thos Gym Rats who know the lift.

But one picture jumped out in me in the book. It wasn’t even a picture of a wrestler. The picture was of a true strongman applying unorthodox methods to his training. This epic Black and White would stay with me for years after turning to that page for the first time in my youth.

The timeless shot of Vasily pulling Iron from the river bed should be familiar to any that have followed Old Country from the beginning. This was our orignal header. In my mind Vasily was Old Country Strong. The combination of an Immovable Object and a Unstoppable force.

Vasily Alexeev was a true Icon of the Iron Game. It broke my heart to recently hear of the mans passing.

The former Soviet Union Super HeavyWeight passed away at the end of November at the age of 69 in a Heart Clinic in Badenhausen, Germany. Vasily won two gold medals and set an amazing 80 world records.

Of those records Vasily’s 1,149 Three lift Olympic Total still stands. Yes, since his time the Olympic Clean and Press has been eliminated from competition meaning the record will never be broke. But in my mind Vasily’s record would never be broke even if the full total was still in the Games. Because just like the picture I saw of in that book, somethings and some people are simply unforgettable.

The World has lost a Great Champion.

Posted by: Z

“The world ain’t going to save itself”

Posted in Articles on December 13, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

Last week on OCS we had our annual “Strong is Beautiful” week. If you are coming to the site to read inspirational true life stories, I highly recommend you look at last week’s posts. Today though we are focusing on another important subject. The “Occupy “INSERT CITY NAME”” movement? The race for the Republican nomination? Forget that shit, the trailer for the new GI Joe movie was released.

A quick disclosure; my family are huge GI Joe fans. We got GI Joe tattoos and dress up like GI Joe characters for Halloween. I was so pumped for the last movie, me and Z got absolutely faded in the parking lot outside the Cinerama waiting the midnight showing…and than I drove across the state to go court the next morning. And while we are being honest, the first GI Joe movie was not very good. It had a few moments but it was too corny, they tried too much to make it like the TV series and had super vipers and sonic weapons and submarine battles. The movie script was like trying to get your money’s worth in a 2 hour drinking pass at  a Las Vegas tattoo parlor and bar, seems like a good idea at first that eventually leads to you hoping you will vomit to feel better.  There’s the old line “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, well the first GI Joe movie was broke so god damn it lets fix it. My faith in Hollywood is at stake. Let’s see what we got.

Fuck yes! There are a couple things that I noticed in this trailer which gives me hope.

1. As stated before, the first movie was lackluster. Since this is a sequel how can we fix this? Distance ourselves from the first movie as much as possible. There are a grand total of 5 actors returning from the last movie, which for an ensemble cast movie is a lot of turnover. They are basically pulling a Marvel here. You remember “The Hulk” movie? The one with Eric Ban where they didn’t follow the comic script. There’s a reason you don’t. It was so bad Marvel decided to make a second movie, “The Incredible Hulk” with Ed Norton, and basically act like the first one never happened (quick side note: Ed Norton got fucking screwed in the upcoming Avengers movie, he was the perfect Bruce Banner). Let’s hope we have similar results here.

2. Putting front stage the actor who should have been in the first GI Joe movie, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, president elect of Cascadia. The Rock was made for GI Joe. And they are making up for lost time by having him narrate the whole trailer. The Rock got ready for this role too because he didn’t get into movie shape, he got into pro wrestling shape. When he is holding Roadblock’s .50 cal he looks like he could do it. I have feeling we are going to have a huge throwdown between him and some Cobra baddie where he will layeth the smack down.

3. There will be a lot of Joe casualities in the movie. I only saw Duke in the beginning, could he get killed off? Fine by me, Duke is the Cyclops of the GI Joe squad, the fucking boyscout no one likes.

4. An epic battle between ninjas on the side of a mountain. If that doesn’t get you hot than you are probably on the wrong site right now.

Posted by Nickay