Category Archives: Sports

Film director Werner Herzog, who knows little or nothing about skateboards, was not an obvious choice of interviewee for Ian Michna of skateboard magazine Jenkem, but he turned out to be a kindred spirit (of sorts) and it’s always a pleasure to hear that accent. Asked what music he would use to score a skateboarding sequence he sez:

What comes to mind first and foremost would be Russian Orthodox church choirs, something that creates this kind of strange feeling of space and sacrality — so what you are doing is special, bordering the sacred.

You should hear what he says about chickens.

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In case you missed it: excerpts from the live stream of a recent SPFL Championship match (in an empty stadium on account of lockdown) between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ayr United.

Caledonian stadium has no camera operator, relying instead on an AI controlled tracking camera programmed to follow the ball.

Except it’s not following the ball is it?

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A nostalgic short with the distinctly 1970s aesthetic from New York animation studio Dress Code in which legendary Arsenal goalie Bob Wilson reflects on his gruelling and often surreal experience as the “only individual in the team game”.

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The extraordinary skills of 17 year old Japanese freestyle skateboarder Isamu Yamamoto, who won his first world Championship at the age of 11. Yamamoto’s own hero, Rodney Mullen – the US ‘Godfather of Street Skateboarding’ – sez of him:

The way he links his tricks together and the speed of them — it’s beautiful to watch. I would dare say that not many could do that, in that way, if they tried.

In fairness

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