You've got to see Tori Boggs jump rope to believe the hype.

Boggs, a second-year industrial design student at Ohio State, is a nine-time world rope-skipping champion, a two-time rope-skipped world record holder and captain of the U.S. National Jump Rope Team. She holds the world record for most jumps in three minutes with an astounding 984 (averaging about 5.5 a second).

She recently showed off her unbelievable skills in a video on Ohio State's YouTube page, and the clip already has more than 100,000 views. Check it out:

In addition to being one of the best rope skippers in the world, Boggs has been a tremendous advocate for the sport, helping publicize competitions and even showing competitors how to master tricks.

“You’re telling them how to do these tricks, and you’re giving them advice on training,” Boggs told Chris DeVille of Columbus Alive. “For any other sport, you’re like, ‘Why would you do that?’ But that’s where the mentality is very different. In jump-rope, you want to spread the sport. You want to spread the jump-rope borders. And to do that, you have to be open about these things.”

Boggs has been jump-roping since age 5, and she says her ultimate goal is to perform with Cirque du Soleil.

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With the NBA season tipping off Tuesday, ThePostGame caught up with the Indiana Pacers forward, who is one month removed from signing a max contract. George discussed his new deal, his offseason workouts and his excitement for next week's release of Call of Duty: Ghosts.


ThePostGame: You're a big Call of Duty fan, and Call of Duty: Ghosts hits shelves next week. How excited are you for the release?
PAUL GEORGE: I'm real excited. I’m a huge Call of Duty fan. It almost sucks—I get too good at one and then I’ve got to wait for the next one to come out. It’s always a whole year apart. I think I got to slow down on my killing.

TPG: The game is coming out right at the start of the season. Is that going to be a problem for you or are you still going to find time to play?
GEORGE: No, it’ll be perfect because when I chill on the road a lot of times I don’t have much stuff to do. It’ll be good for me to take up some time and help me really relax in my room and kind of lay low.

TPG: We spoke with Roy Hibbert over the summer and he said he was pretty into it. So who’s better, you or him?
GEORGE: I think we can both agree, me and Roy, that I’m much better than him at Call of Duty. Roy’s the type of guy where he’s got to start off good, he’s got to get a couple of kills, a nice little kill streak. If not he’ll call it quits and try back in another 30 minutes.

TPG: Safe to say you're the best on the Pacers?
GEORGE: [laughs] It’s safe to say that.

TPG: It’s been about a month since you signed your contract. What's the reaction been like from family, friends and fans?
GEORGE: I think everybody has just been happy for me. It’s been an overwhelming feeling. Everyone’s excited and it feels good. To come from a small city, but I had a big family behind me, and everybody was really there to support me and back me up. It’s almost like everyone’s vicariously living through me.

It’s just me now doing the right things and taking care of business.

TPG: Looking back on this offseason, with Indiana's run and your contract negotiations, it must’ve been a whirlwind for you. Did you have some time to relax and take your mind off of the game?
GEORGE: I had a little time. When you make it as far as we made it in the conference finals and you get so close, it’s always in the back of your mind. It’s something that always doesn’t sit well with you. We were one game away from being in the Finals and having a chance to win it all.

It did keep me in the gym a lot and it did keep my mind moving a lot. But I did find some time to kind of let it go out for a little bit and just relax.

TPG: You've said after last season you wanted to work on conditioning. What did you do this offseason?
GEORGE: I really did take a big interest in working on my body and working on my conditioning. I would run Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles three or four times a week, and it helped build my legs and build my endurance.

TPG: Besides conditioning, what other specific areas are you looking to improve this year?
GEORGE: Now at this stage, guys have sweet spots on the court and spots where they feel the most comfortable shooting the ball. Spots that they want to get to. So that’s really what this past summer was about, just knowing spots on the floor where I want the ball and I think I can be most efficient at. Just learning myself, really. Most of the summer was just about me and spots I like to operate at.

TPG: In a recent poll of NBA players you were selected as the one player who guys would choose to guard LeBron James. It's probably the hardest job in the NBA. What have you been able to do against him that has led to some success?
GEORGE: I think it’s just because of length. Length bothers a lot of people in this league ... It’s just me being active with my hands on LeBron and just trying to make him uncomfortable. It's tough to do, and he’s probably one of the hardest guys to do that on. But it's really using my hands, using the quick feet and just using defensive instincts to make it a hard time for him.

TPG: You guys have beaten the Heat five times over the past two years in the playoffs. What’s been the key for you in matching up against them?
GEORGE: We’re a big team, and that’s probably the one area that the Heat always lack in – their size. That was on our side every time we match up with them, that we’re a little bigger than they are. So we used that against them. We use Roy a lot, posting up and protecting the paint and rebounding the ball.

With a type of team like that you can’t let them get fast breaks or offensive rebounds. It's already tough to guard them but when you get those extra things, that’s when they become elite and almost impossible to beat. I think that’s what we did really well against them.

TPG: Taking into account last season’s Eastern Conference Finals run, your new contract and the high expectations for the Pacers, do you feel more pressure going into this season?
GEORGE: Not really. The pressure is there, but I don’t really feel like it’s more pressure. I know it's pressure towards me wanting to come out of my shell and be our go-to guy and be our lead guy. But I don’t think it’s any added pressure because of contracts or any of that stuff. I don’t let it get to me. I’m going to continue to step on the court, do the same thing I’ve done so well.

The only thing now is I’m ready for that moment. I’m ready to embrace that moment and step up to the challenge.

TPG: Looking at the group that you guys have, is the anticipation this season different than other years?
GEORGE: I think so. Now we have the experience, so we can’t blame it on being inexperienced. We have the core, we have the same group of guys that have been here for three or four years now … We really don’t have any excuses that we were floating by in the previous years. We’ve got an upgrade in the bench, which we’ve lacked most of our years here. I think all our cards are being shown and everything is out there now.

There are no secrets about this team.

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Next time you need motivation to hit the treadmill or go for a run, think about Keelan Glass.

Keelan, 6, recently became the youngest person ever to complete a half-marathon. Along with her mother, Tracy, Keelan ran the Showdown Half in Dallas in a time of 2:46.31. The Glasses ran the 13.1 miles for charity, and to date they've raised nearly $3,000 for a pro-life group, the Pregnancy Resources of Abilene.

“Announcing my name when I finished, and all the money that I raised,” was the best part, Keelan told the Dallas Morning News. “It’s fun because I can do it for other people.”

Tracy says that Keelan served as an inspiration for other runners.

“I love the fact that she does it for a bigger reason,” Tracy said. “It's fun for her and it's about running but she wanted to use her skills for something different and people saw that. They were asking her about her shirt and the announcer told her whole story. I don’t think she realizes what a big impact she has on people.”

Tracy and Keelan stopped frequently during the race, and Tracy made sure to run at Keelan's pace. Keelan's parents say they consulted with an orthopedist before letting Keelan run, but a Dallas pediatrician and endurance athlete told Debbie Fetterman of the Morning-News that there could be negative long-term effects on Keelan's bones due to all the training.

“I think they’re asking for trouble,” William Moore said. “There’s a lot of potential for bad things and not a lot of potential for exceptionally good things to happen.”

Keelan, however, says she's not done just yet.

“When I’m 10," she said. "I’m going to try to do a 26-mile race."

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Several years ago David Babcock, a graphic design professor at the University of Central Missouri, took up two hobbies: knitting and running.

Babcock enjoyed both activities, but they proved rather tedious. So he decided to combine them.

Babcock, 41, is a running knitter. Or a knitting runner. And he's pretty good. Over the weekend Babcock completed the Kansas City Marathon while also making a scarf. He finished the marathon in a time of 5:48:27 and knitted a scarf that measured 12 feet, 13/4 inches, a new world record (yes, world record). While Guinness hasn't verified the record yet, Babcock has most likely shattered British runner Susie Hewer's mark of 6 feet, 9 inches.

In case you were wondering, Babcock's unique hobby isn't all that dangerous. For him, at least. Early in his days of knitting while running, Babcock didn't see a pothole and took a tumble. Other than that, he's been fall free.

“I have a very smooth gait,” Babcock told the Kansas City Star.


For more information about Babcock and his charitable pursuits, see here.

(H/T to Deadspin)

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As concussions have become the story du jour in sports, rugby players across the U.S. have uttered a collective "no kidding" that football needs a little help.

Despite being billed as a brutal sport for knuckle-draggers with a high pain threshold, rugby has actually been designed to be safer for the head than football. It's even safer than soccer, where the head appears to be a perfectly good implement with which to hit a ball hurtling across the field.

"I think the biggest thing football can learn from rugby is that, no, you can’t use the head as a weapon, and football has made a lot of progress in that," said Dr. Warren King, the Oakland Raiders team doctor who has also worked with the U.S. national rugby team.

King added that helmets are a double-edged sword as they can give an athlete a false sense of security. While helmet technology in football has greatly improved over time, there still remains the risk of repetitive small concussions.

"We've learning more and more that these small concussions over time in a variety of sports can have a serious, lasting effect later in life," King said.

Better to avoid getting hit in the head to start with. That's where rugby comes in. Rugby's contact rules are centered around the wrap tackle. A tackler can't just slam into the ballcarrier. He has to wrap his arms around and bring him to the ground. Tackling around the neck or head is illegal. Tackling low -- around the ankles or knees -- is fine, but because you have to wrap up, you're not barreling into a player’s knees and causing injuries the way a roll block in football can.

Without helmets (some rugby players wear padded hats that are a little like football helmets from the 1920s, all they do is prevent scrapes), rugby players are taught from an early age to get their head to the side, and make contact with the shoulder. Cheek-to-cheek is the coach's joke, with the tackler’s cheek up against a ballcarrier's butt-cheek.

So it made sense when Boise State football checked in with three well-known rugby coaches to ask about tackling technique.

Broncos coach Chris Peterson has long been known as an iconoclast when it comes to football tactics and strategy, and, according to his defensive coordinator, Peter Kwiatkowski, he sees the writing on the wall when it comes to football tackling.

So Peterson and Kwiatkowski contacted Jack Clark and Tom Billups, who run the vaunted rugby program at Cal, to talk about tackling.

"We didn’t talk so much about concussions as we did about making the tackle safer and effective," said Billups. "In rugby we have to wrap, and that puts the tackler’s head to the side."

Then the Boise State coaches participated in a clinic with their local club, Snake River, coached by former USA captain Mike Saunders.

"Football players are taught to put the helmet into the chest and drive the player back," said Saunders. "And I know the coaches at Boise State are looking at a different way to go about it because of the issues with concussions."

It might come down to those positive-grade tackles. Do you have to drive your head into a ballcarrier’s chest to drive him backward? Yes, rugby doesn’t sweat the inches the way football does (in rugby you can be tackled unlimited times and still retain the ball, regardless of how little ground you gain, while in football the game can hinge on preventing one first down). But rugby players do have to tackle in short-yardage situations to push a ballcarrier backwards, and they manage to do it with wrap tackles.

"It comes down to teaching technique," King said.

What can rugby learn from football? The process.

"I think rugby has done a good job in some areas with dealing with concussions, but the NFL, in terms of training, medical care, and recognition of concussions is doing amazing work," added King.

Billups was harsher than that.

"What we still have a problem with in rugby is standardizing in-game concussion protocols, making sure we have proper medical for all teams, and running baseline tests," said the Cal coach. "Any ground we gain with proper technique, we lose when you compare medical care."

A new rule in rugby allowing a player to be subbed off temporarily for a concussion evaluation was torn apart by Boston University’s Dr. Bob Cantu. On the surface the rule might seem a good thing -- giving a player the opportunity to be checked out for a concussion, rather than insisting he stay on the field. But the evaluation window is only five minutes, and Dr. Cantu said, that’s just not enough time.

What can football learn from rugby? How to avoid concussions in the first place. But rugby still has a long way to go in how to handle those concussions once they occur.

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