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Hot Off The Press: Tall Basketball Professional Vindicated

January 31st, 2013

As a tall individual one of the first questions people ask me, after inquiring my height, is if I play basketball. Sadly tall men are lumped into this category as if this is the only activity where tall men are accepted and can thrive. Now I did play a little overseas basketball and my Dad played professionally but it still does not mean we were any good. Even if we are tall and play the stereotypically accepted tall sport, basketball, we would still need to prove ourselves, but is it necessary to question the skill set of a longtime basketball professional while they are IN RETIREMENT?

Last week a story came out about a 11 year NBA Basketball professional named Brian Scalabrine (6 ft 9 in, 235 lbs) who played in a one-on-one challenge in Boston in order to prove to critics that he was worthy of his basketball prowess. Amazing that after a long and glorious professional career, an athlete still has to prove his worth after he leaves the game.

Brian was asked to play 4 straight one-on-one games against highly qualified basketball challengers that played in college. Brian handily beat each one to a combined final score of 44-6. The “Scallange” was put on by morning hosts Toucher & Rich from the 98.5 The Sports Hub and the event did not disappoint.  The game was a vindication for the Tall Brian Scalabrine and for Tall people as well. Never doubt a Tall Master; you cannot fake the height or his game.

Warm Regards,

Ed


 

Boston Celtics Media Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Toucher & Rich’s ‘Scallenge’ No Challenge For Brian Scalabrine”, http://boston.cbslocal.com, Published on January 22, 2013.

BOSTON (CBS) – Sick of hearing that the average Joe could beat him out on the hardwood, Brian Scalabrine was on a mission.

And given the results of last week’s “Scallenge,” it was mission accomplished for the “White Mamba.”

Scalabrine, who retired over the summer after a very serviceable 11-year NBA career, took on four of Boston’s best ballers in 98.5 The Sports Hub’s 1-on-1 “Scallenge,” put on by morning hosts Toucher & Rich.

Listeners sent in their try-out videos, showing off their skills and talking some trash towards Scal, but it turns out even Boston’s best was no match for Scalabrine.

He said before the “Scallenge” it would be no challenge, and Scalabrine did not disappoint on that proclamation.

 

Scalabrine — who spent the last few seasons of his career seen as the “human victory cigar” — easily defeated all four of his opponents, throwing down monstrous jams and sinking smooth jumpers as he beat them all by a combined score of 44-6.

But Scal applauded his competitors for their effort.

“When you go into a game you have to realize that these guys can play,” Scal said of his opponents. “They’re strong, they’ve played against guys quicker than me, they’ve played against guys bigger than me, they’ve played against guys stronger than me.”

“I was expecting what I was expecting today,” he said. “The only thing I think they weren’t expecting was my size defensively; how good I can cover ground defensively.”

First up was Matt Tomaszewski, a Syracuse alum that spent time on Jim Boeheim’s bench last season. Though his resume was impressive, he was no match for Scalabrine. After Tomaszewski scored the competition’s first hoop with a nice floater, Scal took over. While it was as close as 7-3 after a nifty hook shot from Tomaszewski, Scal finished him off by attacking the basket, and walked away with his first victory of the day by a score of 11-3.

Scal had no problems with his next two opponents, Jake Fay of Lynn and Rich Morantus of Foxboro. Neither scored a point, as Scal posted back-to-back shutouts.

“It was fun playing against an NBA player; it was a once in a lifetime thing. It was fun,” said Fay. “I knew going into it that if he wanted to beat me he could beat me at any point, but, he was playing hard and it was tough.”

“It was pretty much what I expected,” said Morantus. “He was pretty quick, but I thought he’d be pretty quick — he had to guard NBA caliber guys. I just couldn’t hit a shot. I couldn’t make a shot for my life. I wasn’t expecting really to win, but I thought I’d make it a better game.”

Fatigue appeared to set in as Scal took on his last challenger, Jon Hazzard of Uxbridge. Hazzard took a  2-1 lead thanks to an early shot from downtown, but Scalabrine rattled off eight-straight thanks to a pair of deep 2’s and a few nice runners. After exchanging missed shots with Hazzard, Scal eventually came out on top 11-3, and finished the day a perfect 4-0 against his challengers.

“He’s quick defensively,” said Hazzard. “He’s long and his length really bothered me. Some of the shots I can usually get off I couldn’t get off. The ball just didn’t go my way. He hits some big threes, I had one rim out and that really changed the tone of the game.”

Just for good measure, Scalabrine also took on the Toucher & Rich trio of Fred Toucher, Rich Shertenlieb and Jon Wallach, though the three didn’t put up much of a fight given their power in numbers. Scalabrine made quick work of them 11-1, with the Sports Hub’s squads only bucket a layup by Wallach.

“I’m an out of shape bastard because after Scal crushed us 11-1 and I was rejected violently twice, I’m huffing like a bastard,” said Shertenlieb.

So in the end, it was the “White Mamba” standing taller than anyone else. He proved that, despite not being star in the NBA, he can still beat anyone that doesn’t think he has game on the court.

Link to the full article, video and pictures: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/01/22/toucher-richs-scallenge-no-challenge-for-brian-scalabrine/#.UQWbzBTL7iM.email

Brian Scalabrine photo courtesy of www.celticslife.com

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Tallisms: A Day in the Life of a Tall Traveler

January 17th, 2013

A wise man said that “Its not the destination that is important but the journey.” As a tall man traveling weekly to New York City, I find myself dreading the journey and wishing I would arrive at my destination in that very minute. One challenge that many Tall people face when traveling is finding comfort in the journey, because planes, trains and automobiles don’t have the space to accommodate long legged giants. Below I have illustrated the challenges I encounter when traveling to New York on a weekly basis.

Warm Regards,

Ed


 

Travel Timeline

 

401 am get picked up

 

 

 

4:01am:

Escorted by car service to the airport.

 

 

 

 

 

406 am Asked driver to move up my seat 

4:06am:

Asked driver to move up seat so I can fit my legs in the backseat. He said that the seat cannot move up any further. I suffer in silence.

 

 

447am Arrive at airport

 

 

 

4:47am:

Arrive at airport and retrieve board pass. NYC here I come!

 

 

 

 

 

453am Waiting in the airport

 

 

 

4:53am:

Waiting in the airport security line and waking up from the glare by the many shiny dome heads.

 

 

 

 

 

637am Aboard plane

 

6:37am:

Aboard plane and sitting in economy class again. Wishing I was in business class with 5 extra inches of legroom. I hope the guy in front of me does not recline his chair!

 

 

 

738am Arrive at airport

 

 

 

7:38am:

Arrive at airport and it’s time to get off. I have to be mindful not to bump my head on the bulkhead or knock people over as I put my suit coat on. Let’s Roll!

 

 

 

 

758am In NYC taxi cab

 

 

7:58am:

In NYC taxi cab and have to sit sideways just so I can fit. Hopefully I will not be late for my first meeting.

 

 

 

814am Made it to the office

 

 

 

8:14am:

Made it to the office on time and got my cup of Joe. Bring on the work day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:19am:

Just lowered my chair to the lowest point and realized that my knees are still higher than the desk. I need to ask the facilities department to raise the desk for me. It’s a hopeless dream.

 

 

 

401pm Racing back to catch the 5pm flight

 

4:01pm:

Racing back to catch the 5pm flight home. The thought of missing my plane distracts me from the pain of my shin bones pressed up against the back of the passenger seat.

 

 

 

413pm Made it to the airport

 

 

 

4:13pm:

Made it to the airport and I have enough time to get through security and make it to my plane. Thank god!

 

 

 

 

 

502pm Not this again!

 

 

 

5:02pm:

Not this again! I wish the airlines company execs knew what 6’7 guys have to deal with just to make a buck these days.

 

 

 

 

 

739pm Made it back home

 

 

 

 

7:39pm:

Made it back home just in time for dinner. Good to be back!

 

 

 

 

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Hot Off The Press: The Tall Secret To Increase Your Height

January 10th, 2013

Throughout my life, I have been often approached by random strangers asking me how to grow taller. Like tall guys have some sort of secret code or technique to instantly grow giants.  I find the question to be silly so I respond in the same way telling them to eat more bananas. I really never gave the question much thought and felt sorry for them that I did not have something useful to offer. The reality was I was 6’7 and was the by-product of a tall father and mother. Genetics was the harsh truth. Either you have the tall jeans or not. That is what I originally thought.

I recently became fascinated by the study of human physical growth or auxology. I was amazed to learn that brilliant scientists around the world are still debating how to effectively grow once you have reached your final height as an adult. Many default to the genetics opinion because there is no real answer to the question. However, recent studies have shown that there is a way to increase your height by 1 to 2 inches. The problem is that the results are limited and you will eventually return to your normal height on planet Earth….but not in space.

Gravity has a big influence on your height. It puts pressure on your shoulders and back which negatively impacts your posture. What has been agreed upon is that in a non-gravitational environment will elongate your back and straighten out your posture thereby increasing your height by 1 to 2 inches. Stretching, sleeping and good diet have been all proven to be effective means to extend your height as well, but the effects are temporary as gravity pushes your backbones back to its original place nullifying you’re your efforts. Solution; live in space if you want to be tall. On planet Earth, you will have to accept reality and live with what you got.

Warm Regards,

Ed


 

Tall guy in space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article 1 

“Strange But True: Astronauts Get Taller In Space”, By Miriam Kramer of Space.com, Published on January 7, 2013

Astronauts in space can grow up to 3 percent taller during the time spent living in microgravity, NASA scientists say. That means that a 6-foot-tall (1.8 meters) person could gain as many as 2 inches (5 centimeters) while in orbit.

While scientists have known for some time that astronauts experience a slight height boost during a months-long stay on the International Space Station, NASA is only now starting to use ultrasound technology to see exactly what happens to astronauts’ spines in microgravity as it occurs.

“Today there is a new ultrasound device on the station that allows more precise musculoskeletal imaging required for assessment of the complex anatomy and the spine, the study’s principal investigator Scott Dulchavsky said in a statement. “The crew will be able to perform these complex evaluations in the next year due to a newly developed Just-In-Time training guide for spinal ultrasound, combined with refinements in crew training and remote guidance procedures.”

Link to the full article: http://www.space.com/19116-astronauts-taller-space-spines.html


 

Article 2

“Astronaut Grows Too Tall”, NYTimes.com, Published on July 12, 1994

Richard J. Hieb, the payload commander of the space shuttle Columbia, is growing in orbit, and he now exceeds N.A.S.A.’s height limit for astronauts.  Mr. Hieb started the two-week laboratory mission on Friday at 6 feet 3 inches. Today, he topped 6 feet 4, the limit for someone on a space shuttle.  “According to my quick calculations here, I seem to have grown about an inch or so. So I’m now too tall to fly in space,” Mr. Hieb informed payload controllers after measuring himself. “And that’s without slipper-socks.”  A ground controller in Alabama said, “I just hope the flight director’s not listening.”  “We heard that,” answered a voice from Mission Control in Houston.

Astronauts tend to grow two or more inches in space because the spine becomes elongated in the absence of gravity. The phenomenon is often accompanied by back pain.

Mr. Hieb and Dr. Chiaki Naito-Mukai, a Japanese heart surgeon, are measuring themselves each morning aboard Columbia so researchers can compare growth to soreness. There is no word yet on Dr. Mukai’s height, but she started out at 5 feet 2.

Link to full article: http://nyti.ms/WNa5eS

 

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