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Hot Off The Press: Leg Lengthening Surgery for the Height Deficient

September 20th, 2013


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Height is a gift from your ancestors as is your body and personality traits. Cherish what you have and don’t mess with perfection. However, there are some who wish to make body improvements unnaturally in order to improve happiness and self-esteem. This particular extreme measure seems unbearable, but if the results increase happiness that is what matters.

I know of sex change operations, nip and tuck or breast implants, but never heard of increasing height through surgery. In this operation, the surgeon physically breaks apart the leg into two pieces, inserts a metal rod in between and screws it into the bones elongating the body by 6 inches. Amazing that leg lengthening surgery is now a reality. The procedure does not come cheap of course. It will cost around $85,000, the recovery is long and very few doctors in the US can perform the operation. There is a website that documents patients’ journeys through this process: But why do it?

I recommend you read this ABC news story, watch the video and gauge for yourself whether or not surgical stilts implanted into your body are worth your happiness. Our opinion is that you are great in your own unique way; it is what’s inside that counts.


Warm Regards,


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Hot Off The Press: Small town America’s BIG Strategy to Boost Tourism

July 25th, 2013

Recently I came upon a fascinating article that talked about how small towns across are building BIG record breaking structures to increase tourism. Cities or urban centers have dominated the tourism industry as the destination of choice for travelers and would be adventurers. Everything is bigger in the city it seems, taller buildings, more people, more noise, more entertainment and cultural activities and greater food selection, but do they have the biggest ball of twine or the biggest wind chime?  No they don’t.

Small towns like Cawker City, KS or Casey, IL are flaunting their creative intelligence to inspire tourists to think differently and travel to their neck of the woods to see something original and special. It also helps that Guinness World Records organization has promoted these big thinkers. The added press has put small communities once forgotten back into the limelight while at the same time building a new identity for the locals to rally around.  So if you are in the adventuresome mood and want to see the Large and Fantastic here are some suggestions that will inspire a smile. Happy Summer Travels!


Warm Regards,




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From baseballs to twine balls, rural America offers odd roadside attractions

Written By Kevin Murphy, Reuters

MUSCOTAH, Kansas (Reuters) – The 176 residents of this fading Kansas town have high hopes for their old water tower.

Volunteers from around the state converged earlier this month to paint the structure to look like a baseball and to build a small replica of Chicago’s Wrigley Field — all in the hope of capitalizing on the town’s ties to native son Joe Tinker, a National Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman.

Muscotah, 90 miles northwest of Kansas City, is like many towns across rural America – looking for quirky, offbeat and boutique attractions to invigorate declining local economies.

Rural counties are home to about 15 percent of Americans, but population numbers dropped overall between April 2010 and July 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. Depopulation often brings financial hardship: Muscotah has lost its school and grocery store. Its only remaining businesses are a mercantile store, a bait shop and a post office.

“I just don’t want to see these small towns die, and if we can do our little part, that is what we are going to do,” said C.J. Hanson of Muscotah, who along with husband Jeff Hanson is a leader in the local effort to create the Tinker museum.

The Hansons joined a group from the Kansas Explorers Club to help paint the tower, which is expected to open next year. They will build an outfield fence and hope to use some sprouts of ivy from the fence at Wrigley Field, where Tinker played for the Chicago Cubs in the early 1900s.

The Explorers Club, with about 1,500 members, helps towns in Kansas develop and promote attractions – quirky and otherwise.

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One Kansas town, Cawker City, boasts a 9-ton ball of twine, “the world’s largest,” that a resident started making in 1953. It is stationed downtown under its own shelter and visitors are invited to add twine, which is a strong type of string used in farming to bind together bales of hay.

Pam Grout, author of “Kansas Curiosities,” says she has heard of people who have driven hundreds of miles to see the Cawker City twine. In fact, the town of Darwin, Minnesota, has a rival twine ball attraction – it is billed as the world’s largest twine ball rolled by one man.

In McPherson, Kansas, the hide and stuffed head of Leo the Lion, who roared in the beginning of old MGM movies, has been in a local museum for years. This autumn, the lion will get its own theater display in the museum.


On other back roads of Kansas, Norton has an art gallery devoted strictly to also-rans in American presidential elections. The town of Plains says it has the nation’s widest Main Street. In Piqua, there is a Buster Keaton museum. The silent film star was born there 118 years ago.

“These things create energy within a town and make people feel like they are doing something to sustain it,” said Marci Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, which launched the Explorers Club.

Other states have their share of oddities as well. Texas has a museum devoted to barbed wire and a “Cadillac Ranch” with 10 autos planted nose-down into the ground. Florida has a handmade coral castle dedicated to a lost love; New Jersey has Lucy the Margate Elephant, a 65-foot-high wooden sculpture built to attract land buyers to the area.

It may be a stretch to expect boutique attractions to work miracles in battered towns like Muscotah, but Penner describes it as “a matter of scale.”

“If they just get any more people in town that feels pretty darn good,” she said.

In Muscotah, Hanson said people already are coming to take pictures of the 20-foot-diameter steel baseball, which will showcase town memorabilia and a film about Tinker, who moved from Muscotah to nearby Valley Falls, Kansas, as a preschooler. He died in Florida in 1948 on his 68th birthday.

Richard Smalley, marketing manager of the Kansas Tourism Division, said it is hard to know how many people visit offbeat attractions, but he believes that their cumulative impact is probably significant to tourism in the state.

In Cawker City, the twine ball gives the city name recognition with benefits that go beyond the community, said Linda Clover, the unofficial caretaker of the ball.

“Even if someone doesn’t buy anything here, within a few minutes in a town either direction they may stop at a Dairy Queen or a Pizza Hut,” Clover said.

Penner said some people make fun of the lengths at which small towns will go to draw tourists, until they realize the pride that goes into those efforts and that they actually get results.

“When they know the layers of the story,” Penner said, “they stop laughing.”

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Greg McCune, Arlene Getz and Maureen Bavdek)

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Hot Off The Press: Car Designers Thinking Big…and Tall

June 20th, 2013

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Stepping in and out of a car is a challenge for most tall people. Although many like to make fun of the idea of a tall guy cramped into a car, the reality is less humorous. Back pain, muscle cramping and blood clots are all physical ailments tall people contend with while driving in a car. However, a recent article promoted new concepts by a designer to reflect what we believe is a growing consensus within the car industry. People are getting bigger so cars need to accommodate larger size.

Through our research we have discovered that trucks, SUV’s and minivans are best suited for the Big and Tall. Sedans rarely have the leg or headroom to accommodate tall people, but some car designers are changing. Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Chrysler and Cadillac (mainly American Car manufacturers) all have vehicles that have attributes to accommodate Big and Tall. So the next time you are looking to buy or rent a car, look for these brands as they should improve your ride.


Happy Driving,




Interior 2014 Chevrolet Impala


2014 Chevrolet Impala Interior | One Size Fits All

Written by Jeff Voth, Toronto Sun

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala interior is designed to meet the needs of big and tall customers- think professional basketball players, as well as the average-sized buyer. Chevrolet employed the use of advanced technology, such as a spaciousness calculator, to maximize interior space. The results are impressive, with numerous changes made inside and out. “Using various advanced technologies, we were able to make dimensional and design modifications in a virtual environment before locking down on a final architecture,” said Crystal Windham, director, Chevrolet passenger car interior design. “These steps are necessary to develop a solid foundation to build on to achieve the best spaciousness, comfort and overall design that will impress our customers.”

As stated by the company, updates to the 2014 Chevrolet Impala include the following:

– Adding nearly 51 mm of driver legroom by increasing the range of fore/aft adjustment for the front seats;

– A telescoping steering wheel that allows drivers of varying sizes to reach it comfortably;

– Redesigning the center console with a low instrument panel to increase knee spread, which adds comfort on long drives and enhances the sense of roominess while keeping controls within easy reach;

– Expanding rear-seat legroom more than 51 mm, enabled by the 30 mm increased wheelbase and thinner profile front seats;

– Nearly 538 litres of trunk space – ample room for four golf bags and more space than many full-size sedans.

 “These new tools, the latest in automotive design, allowed us to make improvements more quickly and efficiently than on previous Impala models – improvements we’re sure Impala customers will appreciate,” said George Madjeric, General Motors engineering group manager for Vehicle Architecture.

Additional improvements include the fold-down rear headrests and a smaller rear center-mounted LED brake light. Chevrolet also states a rear backup camera is available. Styled for the 21st Century, one size should fit all in the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala.


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Health and Wellness: Standing Tall To Improve Your Health and Happiness

May 9th, 2013

My husband recently encountered a new trend in the workplace:  standing while you work.  After resarching the topic I found our that sitting down for the majority of the day is not healthy and has a tremendous number of negative side effects such as: back pain, weight gain, loss of energy, lack of productivity and sadness.

Read on to learn more about this subject.

Warm Regards,



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Standing Tall To Improve Your Health and Happiness


What happens if you sit over six hours a day?

  • 54% more likely to die of heart attacks (research journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise).  
  • Death Prematurely by over 37% for women and 18% higher for men (2010 study by American Cancer Society)
  • Burn 40% less calories than those who stand (research study from Men’s Health).

The standing at work concept includes meetings too. Many corporate conference rooms have no chairs or meetings are conducted with everyone standing up. A 1998 study showed the meetings were found to be one third shorter and the decision results where the same.  It is no wonder why the people I see standing at work look healthier, are happy and more productive.

Jenni also did a self-study this past week, combining more physical tasks (20 minute exercise, packing moving boxes, fulfilling and shipping orders) requiring her to step away from the desk frequently. She found that her productivity was higher when she returned to her desk after doing other tasks in addition to feeling more alert, healthier and happier.


So why is this relevant for the long legged man?


Guys with long legs, like me, historically do not fit under normal sized desks (30 inch height) and a great solution for this problem is to stand and use a standing desk. Not only is it healthier, but we’ve found it can enhance your work performance and happiness. There are many standing desk options in the market, but there are three that we believe would specifically help the tall man with long legs.

Don’t forget to maintain an ergonomically correct posture:

  • Make  sure your monitor is at eye level
  • Keep your arms parallel to the floor  (your arms should be at the same level as the keyboard)


Found: Standing Workstations



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Kangaroo Pro Junior

Adjusts main work surface height 15″ above your desk




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Safco Muv Stand-up Adjustable Height Workstation

Adjusts height from 35″ to 49″





Anthro Elevate 2 standing desk



Anthro Elevate II

Adjusts height from 28″ to 47″

Lifts 150 lbs.



Hot Off The Press: Ditch Your Office Chair for a New Standing Desk


Also, read this great blog post from WIRED Magazine regarding this same issue:

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Hot Off The Press: Fitting In When You’re Too Tall To Play

April 25th, 2013

We recently read an inspirational story about a tall athlete, Nate Freiman, who ascended into major league baseball by proving critics that tall men can play where smaller people dominate. Never in MLB history has there been a taller position player (first base) like Nate. His steadfast work ethic helped compensate for his giant size (6 feet 8 inches) when batting and fielding. Most tall baseball athletes are pitchers as their length and leverage contribute to high speed pitch velocity, yet Nate chose the path least taken and found himself in the majors where no one has been before.  Like many other tall people, we find there is a participation limit in some activities due to our large size, but what makes this story so fascinating is how Nate was able to overcome size adversity and position player stereotypes to reach the major leagues. It proves the adage that “given enough time, anything is possible”. Too big to play is not enough to stop us. Love it!

We at TEAL Apparel, believe that large size and long legs do not disqualify you from obtaining the very best. We design and manufacture premium long pants for the tall man using the finest materials in the world. We want to elevate your life one garment at a time.


Warmest Regards,
Ed and Jenni



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Curious case of Nate Freiman: Oakland’s tall drink can

wax history, caddie if needed


Written By Tim Brown, Yahoo Expert, published on April 11, 2011 and posted on

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Nate Freiman is 6-feet, 8-inches of Rule 5 draftee, of the latest Vince Flynn spy novel, of Thomas Jefferson fan, of strike zone. 

He was a history major, a math minor at Duke. His parents have law degrees. His brother is preparing for his medical school boards at UMass. His wife plays on the LPGA Tour. They met at Duke.

In high school (Wellesley, in Massachusetts), he was co-editor, with his best friend, of the student newspaper. He was in the National Honor Society, both the English one and the Spanish one.

And, honestly, if it wasn’t going to be baseball, if it hadn’t pulled him along, if it didn’t turn out that he was good at it and loved it and it generally loved him back, he hadn’t the slightest idea what he’d be doing otherwise.

“I probably would have looked into graduate school,” he said after failing to come up with anything. “Definitely not med school.”

And that was that.

“I guess I’ll cross that bridge some other day,” he said.

At the moment, he’s looking over first basemen’s mitts, silently and evenly considering weight and suppleness and girth and whatever else goes into a good first baseman’s mitt. Med school, it ain’t.

This, while he mulls the events of the past four months, which began with him as property of the San Diego Padres and hoping to advance to Triple-A, which wound through three-plus months as a Houston Astros Rule 5 prospect scrounging for spring at-bats, and which concluded with a trip across the waiver wire and an honest-to-goodness place in the big leagues with the Oakland A’s.

Near as anyone can tell, there’s never been a taller major-league position player than Freiman, which, alone, makes him unique. He’s 26, had not played above Double-A until last week, doesn’t strike out nearly as much as his size might suggest he would, and has, A’s manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday, “As much power as anyone here.”

Yoenis Cespedes wasn’t more than 10 feet away.

I introduced myself to Nate Freiman out of curiosity, because I wonder what it’s like to be so enamored by the game that there are no options but to play it, even when there are options. When the body doesn’t exactly fit. When his dad didn’t play. When spring ball follows 20 minutes of pushing snow off the basepaths. When, given the newspaper experience, he’s asked if he still write and the answer that follows is: “I haven’t written anything since college. I was OK. But I wasn’t Faulkner or anything.”

Nor, he confirmed, has he lately written any “allegorical poetry,” perhaps assuming I knew what that was.

Given all that, baseball didn’t exactly beg him to play it. And yet he worked as hard as he did and he holds the career home run record at Duke, and was drafted in the eighth round by the Padres, and he batted .294 in three-plus minor-league seasons, and struck out only once every five-or-so at-bats. So he singled off Seattle’s Joe Saunders in his first big-league at-bat and singled again in his second at-bat, that all happening a week ago, when he’d barely worked up his first sweat as a big-leaguer.

A’s hitting coach Chili Davis took a look at Freiman when he got to A’s camp 2 ½ weeks ago and saw what everybody else sees – lots of space for baseballs to go by. And yet the young man’s stroke was pretty short. And he was pretty athletic. And pretty soon it looked like he might belong, or could one day, given time and reps.

“My first impression of him was wrong,” Davis said, “and I’m glad I was.”

Not only that, Davis said, “He’s a worker. Sometimes I gotta toss him out of the cage.”

When Freiman talks, it’s soft and measured, like he’s sorting it out as he goes. Or like he would while caddying for his wife, Amanda Blumenherst, on the LPGA tour, which he’s done eight times now.

“This is baseball,” he said. “Baseball is everything. I’m fortunate enough to be playing at a level very few people get an opportunity to play at, and I hope to play it as long as possible.”

I asked if, eight years ago, baseball was a means to go to Duke or if Duke was a means to play baseball.

“Hmmm,” he said. “An interesting way to phrase that.”

He thought some.

“I was – am – fortunate enough to play baseball,” he said. “Duke was the caliber of school I would have aspired to attend without baseball. Growing up, I always wanted to go to a really good school. If the opportunity for pro ball came along, I was going to take it. It wasn’t the only thing I was interested in. And I’m playing right now as long as possible. I mean, I’m currently in the big leagues. Dreams come true.”

A year ago, he was riding a bus in the Texas League, reading Vince Flynn on the way out, watching a mini-series about John Adams on his computer on the way back, looking over golf scores in between, loving the entire experience. And now he loves it here, as much as he knew he would, if possible even more. He said he generally lays low in the clubhouse, keeps his head down, as a Rule Fiver generally does. But he sees it all and hears it all and prepares for the at-bats that will come, and despite the options couldn’t fathom doing anything else. You know, that bridge for another day.

“Boy, everything he’s done for us has been terrific,” Melvin said. “I don’t think I’ve been around a kid who feels so fortunate about being in the big leagues.”

Funny how the game just seems to fit some people.

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Hot Off The Press: Tall Dutchman Travels 600 Miles For Clothes

March 7th, 2013

I recently read a fascinating article about a very tall man from Holland who had to travel 600 miles to England to get clothes from big and tall menswear store, HIGH and MIGHTY. Honestly, someone had to leave their own country to find clothes!  The Dutch are considered one of the tallest populations in the world so I found it amazing that a 7’3 Dutchman could not find clothes locally and had to leave his own country to get basic wardrobe essentials.

Tall people in general, deal with tremendous hardship when it comes to obtaining clothes that fit and are stylish. Many fruitlessly go to department stores to find clothes and come away with nothing or they go online to tediously search through big and tall catalogues for clothes that fit the slender body type not the wide waist body type. It is a mess! Some resign themselves to go to a custom tailor to get bespoke clothes, but that gets to be very expensive and many do not have the bankroll to do it. There is no perfect solution and some of the big and tall stores do try to help, but their inventory is focused on the larger overweight market than the tall and slender market.

Knowing the challenges tall people face, you can understand why some will take desperate measures to fulfill basic clothing needs. Some decide to wear their pants below their waist and risk plumbers butt or wear matching colored socks in order to prevent the appearance of floods. Another desperate measure is to purchase fabric which match their pants and sew it at the bottom of their pants so there is enough to cover all of their legs. Most purchase oversized clothes and have them tailored in, but the fit is all wrong and so you look and feel awkward the entire time. However, this is all trumped by someone that travels 600 miles to find clothes. It is great to know that HIGH and MIGHTY offers clothing solutions for the big and tall, yet this desperate act begs the question: “Why must it come to this?”

TEAL Apparel will save you from such desperate measures. We offer pants designed specifically to fit the tall slender body type and crafted from the finest materials in the world. 

Warm Regards,



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The 600-mile shopping trip for 7ft 2in former Somerset Teacher


From the Western Daily Press, published on August 30, 2011 and posted on

At a towering height of 7ft 2in, Alan Herbert struggles to find clothes that  fit him.

With no shops in Holland providing clothes that he can wear, Mr Herbert  regularly makes a 664-mile round trip to a store in Bristol which sells clothes  especially for tall people.

Mr Herbert, of Utrecht, first discovered High and Mighty in The Horsefair in  1992 when he was living in Taunton and has been back more than 50 times  since.

The 39-year-old teaches English as a foreign language, so has worked in  Sweden and Holland over the last few years, regularly returning to his favourite  Bristol shop.

He visits about six times a year to pick up five or six items of clothing,  and says trousers are the most difficult thing to find.

“I have a leg length measurement of 42 inches, and the longest trousers you  can get in most shops are 36 inches,” he said.

“If I don’t buy my clothes here in Bristol, I have to buy a small pair of  trousers and add material onto the bottom, which isn’t ideal.”

He gets a train from his home in Utrecht to get on a Eurostar train to  London, and then gets another train to Bristol to stock up on clothes.

He said: “It’s a great store and the staff always make me feel welcome, which  I really appreciate.

“Without the tall ranges that High and Mighty have carried over the last few  years, I would really have been in trouble.”

The store called in their loyal customer to relaunch the branch on  Friday.

Steve Randall, who has been manager of High and Mighty Bristol since Mr  Herbert started going there, said: “I think it’s brilliant that Alan has agreed  to come over from Holland to help us relaunch the store. “He has been such a  fantastic and loyal customer over the years and we are always really happy to  see him. We’ve been at this site since 1972, serving the fashion needs of the  big and tall men for almost 40 years, and with this new refit we hope that the  High and Mighty experience for both our current customers and new customers will  continue to measure up to being the best.”

Following an acquisition by JD Williams in September 2009, High and Mighty  stores are benefiting from a £1 million refurbishment programme.

Mr Randall says the new-look store offers a welcoming, comfortable shopping  area, with a clear, open feel.

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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,



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“Toucher & Rich’s ‘Scallenge’ No Challenge For Brian Scalabrine”,, 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.

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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.

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“Strange But True: Astronauts Get Taller In Space”, By Miriam Kramer of, 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.”

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“Astronaut Grows Too Tall”,, 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.

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