April 15, 2021

The Jam Poker

Sport Station

Athletes Really Athletes?

Jockey, Train And Wager on World Famous Thoroughbred Pedigrees You can hear the rumble of thundering hooves in the distance as the world’s fastest Thoroughbred racehorses charge out of the starting gates on hearing the bell. As early as 1878, Longines manufactured a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Very popular among jockeys and horse enthusiasts, this timepiece was already used at the racetracks as soon as 1881 to accurately time the performances of both riders and horses. While the German armies were preparing for their attack into the Ardennes, the American soldiers stationed there enjoyed themselves immensely. Most of the soldiers on combat duty spent much of their time playing cards or building dugouts and log cabins for their winter quarters. Many soldiers were also given three day passes to over a dozen rest areas in Luxembourg and Belgium to spend time relaxing or dating the local women. Almost all soldiers were housed so comfortably they compared their stay in the Ardennes as if they were still in England. It appeared to the American soldier in the Ardennes a soldiers dream had come true. In what could be considered one of the worst intelligence blunders by the Allies in the Second World War near-complete surprise was achieved before the German attack. It was due to a combination of Allied overconfidence, preoccupations with Allied offensive planning, and poor aerial reconnaissance. Manteuffel knew that Patton’s Third Army was on its way to relieve Bastogne and time was running out for his Fifth Panzer Army. He decided to make one more final do or die attempt to take the town on Christmas Day 1944. On Christmas Eve 1944 a rare sight that late in the war took place that evening as two flights of Luftwaffe bombers heavily bombed Bastogne. Some bombs would land on the military hospital killing scores of wounded soldiers and medical staff. The civilians in Bastogne hid in any underground shelter they could find to escape the falling bombs. Wounded soldiers in the vaulted chapel in the town’s seminary listened to a choir sing “Silent Night, Holy Night.” Soon after mid-night on Christmas morning the Germans opened up with their artillery to soften American defenses. Through World War II “All Girl Rodeos” were very common but popularity decreased again as men, who frequently competed in events such as bronc riding and roping returned from the home front. It is believed that the barrel racing was changed to a cloverleaf pattern in 1935, but it was not judged as it is today, by the quickest time, until 1949. It was in 1949 when a group of courageous women joined together to form the Girl’s Rodeo Association, later renamed to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association in 1981. Barrel racing evolved through the GRA organization to become an event for women that today offers purses equal to the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association event purses.