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WANTED Oakley bring back the Eye Jacket Sunglasses!

OAKLEY bring back the Eye Jacket 2.0 Sunglasses!

OAKLEY please bring back the Eye Jacket 2.0 Sunglasses!!! They are and were the best fitting and the most comfortable sunglasses I’ve ever owned, and my last pair is on their last legs. They’re exceptionally well-designed and they look super cool, I love the bug-eye style. They fit especially well for us athletes and former athletes that broken our noses over the years and decided not to get a LA nose job. The Eye Jackets were a modern classic design, and yes their were tons of counterfeits selling in New York’s Time Square years ago, but now it’s time Oakley to bring them back into your extensive sunglass product-line just like you did the 1980s Frogskins.

OAKLEY, my personal favorite Eye Jackets where the Black with Gold Iridium Lenses, Full Metal Jackets 7.62 with Gold Iridium Lenses, and Straight (Bone) with Gold Iridium lenses.

Call OAKLEY at 1(800) 403-7449 to request these awesome Eye Jacket 2.0 Sunglasses to be reintroduced and remain back in their sunglasses product-line.

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OAKLEY: Eye Jacket 2.0 Black with Black Iridium Lenses Sunglasses

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Former New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter Promotes Offshore Wind Power on LI

Mike Richter

Mike Richter Promotes Offshore Wind Power on Long Island

 

The Sierra Club launched new radio ads on major stations across Long Island featuring the former New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter calling on Governor Cuomo and LIPA to lead the way with a commitment to offshore wind power. The ads will run for two weeks ahead of LIPA’s December 17th Board meeting where they’re expected to announce the winners of new renewable energy contracts. If they choose offshore wind, it will bring hundreds of new jobs and millions in economic growth to Long Island.

“This issue is important to me because New York has an opportunity to be a national leader. Governor Cuomo and LIPA could make a commitment this month to build one of the nation’s first-ever offshore wind projects off the coast of Long Island. We can’t afford to miss this shot at a healthier, more prosperous future for New York with offshore wind power,” said Richter.

“Whether you’re an environmentalist or not, most people think that it’s about the trees and the birds and the fish, but it’s about humans. It’s about our health, our quality of life.”

In 2010, Richter launched Athletes for a Healthy Planet (A4HP), which aims to promote “better understanding of the relationship between the health of the planet and our health, economy, jobs, national security, social justice, and quality of life.”

Sierra Club Radio Ad for Long Island Offshore Wind Power

The A4HP TEAM

Mike Richter, former NHL goalie, who helped lead the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup and the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team to a silver medal, is a founder of A4HP. Climate change hit home for Mike when he realized the frozen hockey ponds of his childhood had disappeared. Sports born in the outdoors now are played indoors. “No one has a greater stake in a cleaner, healthier planet than athletes,” says Mike. Our team now includes tennis greats Billie Jean King and John McEnroe, Olympic medalists Connie Carpenter and Angela Ruggiero, NHL icon Mark Messier, Professional Race Car Drive Leilani Münter, and more.

Former New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter

Former New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter promotes Offshore Wind Power on Long Island

New York Sports Heroes

The GREAT Mike Richter former New York Rangers Goalie #35, is one of my all-time sports heroes. He played goalie like an offensive position instead of the typical defensive mind set. He brought a poise and intensity to the position and game. As for myself when I played Varsity Soccer I was chosen and forced to play defense “not by my choosing,” but because I played defense like an offensive position and shutdown the opponents best strikers. As a Full-back (LB, FB) & Center-back/center-half/central defender (CB) you must be strong, fearless, and good at timing tackles and having an advantage to win the ball in the air, an essential skill in corner kick situations. With that said I always admired Richter’s offensive/defensive play.

Two other New York sport legends on the Athletes for a Healthy Planet team is tennis great and bad-ass John McEnroe and NHL icon Mark Messier, whom I both met at the 1994 MTV Video Music Award – After Party in Bryant Park. Mind you this was right after the New York Rangers had just won the glorious Stanley Cup back in 1994. So their these two guys were somewhat unrecognizable in their nice casual clothes because McEnroe was not wearing his old-school sweatband and Messier was not in a Rangers jersey. Their they were right in front of me and I was quite stunned to see them hanging together, and I was like “thanks Mark” and McEnroe was like “for what” and I said “come on.” I shook both their hands and said “it was an honor and a pleasure to meet you guys” and thanks for being such kick-ass athletes.

So with that said it is super cool to see these great New York Sports Heroes stepping it up with fellow athletes dedicated to finding breakthroughs for a cleaner, healthier planet.

Congratulations U.S. Women’s Soccer!

Congratulations U.S. Women’s Soccer, much respect! You gals were the best team on the pitch in the Word Cup tournament by far. Your heart and grit was unmatched. Your team play advanced U.S. Soccer here in the states, now we just have to get the U.S. men’s team and coaching up to par. Winning is not everything, it is how you play and recover. Two back-to-back 1:20+ minutes games plus penalty shootouts is a lot to ask from any team, that’s why the use of subs are critical. Getting the ball in the net at all costs shoot, shoot, shoot at any chance, with no hesitation – be unpredictable. Just know that your team played better and were more deserving of the cup, but sometimes other things are at play. At least the refereeing in the finale was stellar and did not have any effect on the outcome as in other matches lately here in the 2011 Major League Soccer season.

Fellow New Yorker Abby Wambach you play offense like a defender, tough and full of grit – totally hard-core! Megan Rapinoe, I really like the rock ‘n’ roll energy you bring to the table what a difference it makes. And to Hope Solo this loss was not on you, it should have not been allowed to get to p-k’s. I only wish the U.S. guys could play with the quality and drive you gals displayed in this 2011 Germany Word Cup tournament. My hats off to you gals.

And on a design note, the 2011 U.S. Women’s Nike Soccer uniforms were sexy and had nice clean lines. Modern design, ergonomic with a less is more approach.

2011 Dakar Rally on Versus – Extended Coverage Request

2011 Dakar Rally | American, Jonah Street

American, Jonah Street and GYTR team up to tackle 2011 Dakar Rally

 

It is that time of year again for the one thing I really look forward to watching on the boob tube in the New Year, the Dakar Rally (formally known as the Paris-Dakar Rally) which is the world’s most grueling rally. The 2011 Dakar Rally is the 32nd running of the event. It is being held in Argentina and Chile for the third successive time, and runs from 1st to 16th of January 2011. The extreme race pits 600 teams, consisting of both amateurs and professionals, against not only each other but the elements, including those of the Andes Mountains and Atacama Desert. 2011’s Rally will mark only the third time the race will be held in the western hemisphere and without a stage that will not originate in the continent of Africa. Covering nearly 6,000 kilometers.

2011 Dakar Rally | American, Jonah Street

American, Jonah Street and GYTR team up to tackle 2011 Dakar Rally

 

With that said, I am disappointed of the extremely short half an hour coverage by the Versus network in the past years. I lobbied hard to get the Versus network, channel 408 here on Cablevision in the greater New York area, to finally get to watch the incredible live coverage of Tour De France. I have to say Versus (originally know as O.L.N., Outdoor Life Network) does an amazing job with the overall coverage of the Tour De France and their use of the phenomenally shot international live feed; best sports coverage ever! However, I wish that was the case for the equally cool Dakar Rally, but I can’t.

First off, their is actually a two hour international live feed, but Versus has limited their highlight coverage to a brief half-hour broadcast, which if you edit out all the commercials during the broadcast, it probably only adds up to about 15 minutes of actual recap coverage. Also, Versus seems to only focus on the top five corporate front-runners of the rally. This is an amazing endurance motor sport rally with the blend of man and machine working in unison, and there are privateers that go to extreme lengths just to participate; these stories need to be told. It is compelling to just watch what goes on behind the scenes of the rally and the crazy logistics needed to just keep it up and running. This race to me is not just about winning, but about doing your absolute best while relying on your ride and team of mechanics to keep you going. These participants go all out during this endurance race with lack of sleep, risk of possible injury and not having a proper bath for two weeks. There is a lot of behind the scenes stuff, interesting teams and individuals that are not covered at all, and I find that disappointing. It is a disservice to the participants and down plays the unique hard-core stuff that takes place during the rally.

I am suggesting and requesting a full hour of daily rally coverage by the Versus network here in the States. I and other adventure enthusiasts would like to see more in depth coverage, and not just American football style highlights with play-by-play in studio coverage. But more like a live broadcast with more freestyle coverage with boots on the ground and with more on-board rider/driver perspectives camera shots, so you can feel the grit and the dust of the international rally. If you would like to see the actual live broadcast of the Dakar Rally or at least have it extended to a full hour and to include more in-depth coverage, please feel free to leave viewer feedback and programming suggestions by contacting Versus.

If you want to see what it takes just to get to the Dakar Rally and to actually race in this endurance event via motorbike, check out Charley ‘Bomber’ Boorman’s Race to Dakar in-depth entertaining DVD. I give it, two thumbs up!