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A good outcome of the Swedish civil court



There are always things we wish to be undone, perhaps sometimes even deeply regret, but most of us have the dignity to take the responsibility for our actions and not hide behind a pile of excuses.

Yes, it happens also that we do point the finger at each other despite the fact that every one of us is far from being a perfect human.

But, let us stop here for a moment and let me come back a bit further in time, and I will go through the story first before I continue my reasoning.

About two years ago, the south Swedish derby in the SHL occurred between Malmö Redhawks and Rögle from the city of Ängelholm, a very prestigious game. Something to talk about among fans from both sides weeks before and weeks after.

But the aftermath of that particular game was not about the action on the ice, it was about the reckless head check by the Rögle player Jakob Lilja (nowadays in Linköping) on his opponent Jens Olsson in Malmö.

Here is the clip of that head check that caused almost a major injury for Jens Olsson, click on the link:

Similar idiotic assaults have happened before, some worse, and some less bad, in most leagues ever since hockey has emerged as a sport.

Quite a lot of players have been suspended or fined and quite a lot have gotten away with it without any consequence or even the slightest feeling of regret.

But this time, someone said “enough,” perhaps in time before everyone lost any sort of common sense and brought this situation to the District Court, who didn’t see any outcome other than to sentence Jakob Lilja and give him also probation.

The Court of Appeals didn’t see any other outcome either and ruled that the verdict would remain as it has been decided in the District Court.

Do you recall that I said earlier that most of us have the dignity to stand for our actions and take some responsibility?

Unfortunately, Jakob Lilja didn’t take that obligation as he chose to stand behind that pile of excuses instead, and appeal the verdict to the highest court.

And, yes, he has his share of objectors as support, those who also think that anything on the ice is allowed (probably outside the ice too).

However, thankfully, there also many including the undersigned, who believe in a fair world with fair actions, that you cannot do exactly anything you want on the ice because of the game’s to-some-extent violent nature.

Check,  yes of course, because that is actually a part of the sport, even if there are only a few who actually can master that discipline.  But to intentionally hurt another player with a heinous head check from behind with the stick doesn’t belong anywhere except in the civil court.

Not sure really though which part of this situation was worse than the other: the hit itself, the total lack of respect or his absolute lack of care and responsibility for what he did, whether his opponent was badly injured or not.

I am quite sure that deep within, any of us fans, media, coaches, teammates or opponents don’t want that kind of a player on the ice for real.

Therefore, it was a good outcome of the Swedish court to find him guilty of assault, because this kind of action has to stop as soon as possible if we want to keep a good game to follow.

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.

-Lawrence Sterne, Irish novelist, 1713-1768.


Oisin Cantwell, a columnist from the Swedish media Aftonbladet with deep knowledge in jurisprudence agreed that the verdict was reasonable indeed. Source:–domen-ar-rimlig

It is in Swedish, therefore I do recommend the rough google translation.

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Arto Palovaara, Sunday Chronicler for Sports Rants Europe. Previously, he contributed for the betting company Betsafe, Svenska fans, Get real hockey and Ice nation UK. He is also an educated archaeologist and life coach who loves literature and history. Not to forget: probably he is the only sportswriter that plays the banjo.

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25th Annual Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night, A Charity Knockout Event



Photo Credit: Monica Alvarez

The stars came out last night to give, show support, perform, and to continue to raise money and awareness in hopes of one day find a cure to knockout Parkinson’s disease.

Going back to year number 1, The first ever event was held at the Ritz-Carlton operated on a much smaller scale than today, which is now held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

At the very first Celebrity Fight Night With the help of Phoenix Suns Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and the valley of the sun’s very own Louie Espinoza, Tony Baltazar, and boxing champion Michael Carbajal who by the way fought in the ring with over sized boxing gloves.

The ”Puttin on the Fists at The Ritz” first Celebrity Fight Night scored a knockout win and is STILL punching on through today for the Greatest Of All Time, The late great Muhammad Ali.

Last night I was honored to attend and speak to a few of the stars, one was NFL legendary kicker Nick Lowery, Mr. Lowery now spends most of his time at charitable endeavors and advocating for alternative medicine research and is also a spokesman for Kannalife, Inc to raise awareness for CTE and players safety in hopes of one day having intercellular “helmets,” like Kannalife’s CBD and KLS-13019, is so important to potentially treat the brain.

I asked Lowery what is his favorite Ali memory, and Lowery’s response: ” Taking Ali to the NBA All-Star game one year as we sat behind Jay-Z and Beyonce and watching Beyonce wave to Ali, Beyonce spoke to us, she is the sweetest person. Also taking Ali to the locker rooms and watching Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and all the other all stars turn into children at the sight of seeing their hero the greatest of all time Muhammad Ali walk through the doors, what an experience that was.”

In asking the very same question to R&B Singer Brian McKnight, ”I have so many Ali memories but my favorite was watching Ali knockout George Foreman at home with my dad. The odds were against Ali and Ali being the great fighter that he was he beat the odds and stopped a much younger powerful puncher in Foreman. You know, I am still a big boxing fan today, I enjoy watching Tyson Fury out of the current heavyweights.”

And what did legendary former champion boxer, Micheal Carbajal have to say? ”It’s truly an honor to attend this great event, at the very first one proceeds went to my 9th street boxing gym and now 24 years later it’s still going strong, a great charity”. Mr. Carbajal went on to talk some boxing with me,

Carbajal- ” You see Spence/Garcia?”

Me- ” Yes, it was brutal, what did you think?”

Carbajal- ” Not good for Mikey Garcia at all, but he is still my favorite current boxer, and he beats everybody at 135 pounds if he can make the weight there. Mikey would knockout Lomachenko in 4 rounds at 135.”

Me- ”Wow, you really think that? Both are great technical boxers but I can’t see a 4 round fight between them, so you really think it would only take Mikey 4 rounds to stop Lomachenko?”

Carbajal- ” I KNOW so!”

Special honorees for the evening include fabled American music producer and 27-time Grammy Award-winner Quincy Jones, Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow and Dr. Abraham Lieberman, the medical director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute and Renee Parsons of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

“For 25 years, we’ve treated Celebrity Fight Night audiences to the world’s greatest entertainers and this year will be no different as we welcome Barry Manilow,” said Jimmy Walker, Founder of Celebrity Fight Night. “With the help of our celebrity friends and incredibly generous donors, we are once again excited to raise millions of dollars and make a difference in the lives of those who need our support.”

Individual tickets for Celebrity Fight Night start at $1,500 – $10,000.  To purchase tickets or to get more information on the event, please visit, or call (602) 956-1121.

About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night has gifted more than $86 million over the past 24 years benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities.

The black-tie event features a cocktail reception, silent auction, elegant dinner, and an exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items and experiences. Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker and supports the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information,

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Olympic Cyclist Kelly Catlin Dead at 23



Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who competed in the 2016 Rio Janeiro Games, was found dead in her California home this past Friday due to an apparent suicide, according to an announcement from her father, according to Reuters.

“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” her father, Mark Catlin said, according to VeloNews. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”

Catlin, 23, took the silver medal in Rio and was part of the teams who took home the gold in 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Championships.

Catlin had reportedly struggled with mental health in the past and her sister, Christine Catlin, said that Catlin was “a really special person – kind, funny, empathetic, and talented at literally everything she did, per the Washington Post. She just felt like she couldn’t say no to everything that was asked of her and this was her only escape.”

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Tom Brady And Pats Play Record 8th AFC Championship Game, Seek 6th Superbowl



It’s Championship Sunday and one of the NFL staples remain atop the league. The New England Patriots are appearing in their record 8th AFC title game in hopes of competing for a sixth title.

A season that most organizations would be happy with, was one of challenge for the Patriots. Usually a top tier team, they suffered bad losses to the Jaguars, Titans and Dolphins. However, in Patriot fashion along a weak AFC East, the Patriots finished 11-5, won a 10th straight conference title and secured a first round bye.

Kansas City will host New England in the AFC Championship game in what is a rematch from week six. That game featured an offensive clinic ,  As reported by CBS Boston, Brady went 24-35 passing for 340 yards and touchdown in that game; Mahomes went 23-36 passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns. The AFC Championship could very well play out the same way.

The Chiefs will be a tough out, They won their first home playoff game in 25 years last week against the Colts and are riding one of the most prolific offenses in history behind quarterback whisperer Andy Reid and phenome Patrick Mahomes who is arguably the NFLs best young QB.

In what is a David and Goliath matchup, Brady seems to imply they are the underdog. As he told CBS’s Tracy Wolfson, “I know everyone thinks we suck and, you know, cant win games,”.  Will the dynasty continue? Or will Reid and Mahomes hoist the Lombardi?

I’m leaning towards the game plan of Bill Belichick and veteran experience of Tom Brady in this one. I think a Patriot/Saints matchup is in order. Either way, it will undoubtedly be one for the ages.

Game Time: Sunday January 20th at 6:40ET/5:40CT on CBS.

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