2021/01/06

DeafDigest Sports – January 6, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

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note:

there were no DeafDigest Sports editions
since December 19, 2020. Not too much
in the way of deaf sports activity during
this past Holiday Season.

First deaf 2021 basketball game took place
yesterday, and so, DeafDigest Sports
resumes publication.

Happy reading!

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barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— wheelchair basketball player to play at Arizona

— a Gallaudet football compliment

— Arkansas sports

— first basketball game of 2021

— a book on Illinois deaf football legend

— Matt Hamill write up

— baseball question asked of Curtis Pride

— other Gallaudet updates

— Maryland volleyball

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a Gallaudet football compliment

biggest compliment

from a tweet posting

The huddle was invented by
@GallaudetBison

in 1894, specifically to prevent sign stealing. D3 Gallaudet is the
world’s premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing, and their
legacy continues to shape football at the highest level.

note:
This is a big compliment when the tweet said “their
legacy continues to shape football at the highest level

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Gallaudet baseball

baseball question asked of Curtis Pride

Legendary knuckleball pitcher Phil Niekro recently
passed away. He is in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Curious, DeafDigest Sports editor asked Curtis Pride
this question.

Have you ever faced a knuckleball pitcher during your
career in professional baseball?

Pride responded:
Yes, RA Dickey and Tim Wakefield and a couple minor league pitchers.

Note:
They were pretty good pitchers. Dickey had a 120-118 career record
and Wakefield had a 200-180 career record!

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Gallaudet women’s volleyball earns AVCA Voting Community Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Gallaudet University women’s volleyball team was one
of 191 teams and clubs to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association
(AVCA) Community Voting Award this year.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wvball/2020-21/releases/avca-voting

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Gallaudet’s run in Helmet Bowl IV comes to a close

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University’s run in Helmet Bowl IV presented by
Helmet Tracker came to a close Monday afternoon as the Bison lost their
second round matchup against Campbell University, 52 percent to 48
percent.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/fball/2020-21/releases/helmetbowl-recap

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Arkansas sports

We are not having basketball season this year. We do not have enough
athletes walking in the halls for form a team. We are doing blended
learning (both in person
and virtually).

It’s been a crazy year; I feel really bad for our seniors not to be able
to experience a normal last year with sports and academics!

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Illinois football

In the 1961 football season, running back Bob Poncar
averaged 17.6 yards per carry.

There is a new book published about him.

A brief newspaper posting said:

Meredosia library adds copy of writer’s newest book
Jacksonville Journal-Courier

“Poncar” is about the life of Robert Poncar, who was a football player at
the Jacksonville School for the Deaf.

note:
paywall has prevented DeafDigest Sports editor from reading
the full story.

two past DeafDigest links:
http://deafdigest.com/illinois-deaf-football-legend/
http://deafdigest.com/picture-illinois-football-legend/

he never again played football after his days at the
deaf school, despite interest from colleges, Gallaudet
included.

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Maryland volleyball

Maryland School for the Deaf Volleyball ready to win again on the court once season can start

https://bvmsports.com/2020/12/18/maryland-school-for-the-deaf-ready-to-win-again-on-the-court-once-season-can-start/

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Mississippi basketball

Varsity girls
MSD 39
Tri county Academy 49

Record 2-5

MSD 27
Tri county Academy 79

Record 0-8

Next Game 1/7 Loyd Star @ MSD

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Matt Hamill write up

as edited for brevity

MMA UFC News

Who is the deaf UFC fighter? The only man to ‘defeat’ Jon Jones

Former TUF participant and UFC light heavyweight Matt Hamill will always
be remembered as the only fighter to have officially defeated Jon Jones.

However, what’s even more intriguing is the fact that Hamill was born
deaf, the only UFC fighter to have stepped inside the octagon with that
disability.

It takes spectacular courage and will power for a fighter to overcome
adversity when in an MMA fight. However, some adversities reach beyond the
realms of the octagon. Matt Hamill is one of the few who have overcome the
ultimate adversity of not being of a sound body throughout his life.

On December 5th, 2009, Hamill took on Jon Jones who was at the time an
up-and-coming fighter with three consecutive wins in the UFC. Hamill
already had eight UFC fights in his kitty by that time. While Jon Jones
dominated the fight thoroughly, he landed a few illegal 12-6 (vertical)
elbows on Hamill and ended up getting disqualified by referee Steve
Mazzagatti. That would prove to be the only loss of his MMA career.

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local TV story on deaf wheelchair basketball player

Fox 19 News in Cincinnati did a story on Kerwin Haake’s commitment to the
University of Arizona.  Kerwin is a deaf high school senior from Lexington
KY who plays wheelchair basketball for the Cincinnati Dragons.  He will be
playing collegiate wheelchair basketball for the Wildcats next season.
Check out the story at this link

https://www.fox19.com/2020/12/30/hoop-dreams-wheelchair-basketball-player-earns-college-scholarship/

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random deafsports thoughts

Regarding the Gallaudet football compliment,
a nationally known collegiate on-line football
e-news publisher mocked the Gallaudet football program.

He hinted that the football program was a big
joke and not worthy of a positive write up.

To this day, DeafDigest Sports editor has refused
to communicate with him.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

You can now purchase your own copy for $35 apiece and $8 for shipping.

Please allow two weeks to receive the book.

Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be