History Podcasts

Kicking Bear

Kicking Bear

Kicking Bear was a Native American medicine man who was born Oglala Sioux, but became a sub-chief among the Minneconjou Sioux during the period known as the Sioux Wars (1854-1890). He was a first cousin and close friend of Chief Crazy Horse.


Kicking Bear, whose native name was Mato Wanartaka, was born about 1853 among the Oglala Sioux people. Kicking Bear’s father was named Black Fox, and his mother was Wood Pecker.


Kicking Bear married Woodpecker Woman, the daughter of Chief Big Foot. The young warrior paid the marriage price with horses he had taken from the Crow Indians, who were continually at odds with the Sioux.

Early career

By his marriage to a chief's daughter, Kicking Bear became a band chief in the Lakota Nation. Kicking Bear distinguished himself in several battles to fight for Lakota land during the War for the Black Hills (1876-77), including the Battle of the Little Big Horn.In 1889, Kicking Bear traveled to Nevada to learn the new Ghost Dance religion, then brought it back to his people. The Ghost Dance movement was revived (from an earlier form) in Nevada in the year 1888 by Wovoka , a Paiute Indian mystic and holy man. Performance of the dance was supposed to revive the the native peoples' fortunes and traditions, rejoin them with their ancestors, and return their lands to a pristine state with buffalo and other wildlife in abundance. In addition, the white man would be swallowed up in the earth. The dance was performed by both men and women.Upon Kicking Bear’s return, Chief Sitting Bull , Kicking Bear's uncle, asked him to demonstrate the dance at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, in October 1890. White officials became concerned about the ritual and dispatched police to escort Kicking Bear off the reservation.

Later career

Nevertheless, Kicking Bear had taught the Ghost Dance to his people. Within two years, the dance would spread over most of the western half of the United States.Just after Christmas in 1890, a shot rang out, and the U.S. Army effectively crippled the Ghost Dance movement among the Lakota when it slaughtered 290 men, women, and children of Chief Big Foot’s band, who were being held at a camp along Wounded Knee Creek. The Wounded Knee massacre was the worst domestic atrocity committed by the army in U.S. history.The legacy of Kicking Bear

Government agents arrested Kicking Bear and imprisoned him in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. To alleviate tension and the possibility of renewed hostilities following the decline of the Ghost Dance, the U.S. government persuaded a group of prominent Sioux to tour with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. In 1891, Kicking Bear’s sentence was commuted, provided that he join the show's European tour — an experience he would find humiliating.

Following a year-long tour, Kicking Bear returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, to care for that which mattered most, his family. Kicking Bear seemed to have just faded away after his return from the tour. He died on May 28, 1904, at the age of 51.

The Boxer Rebellion in Editorial Cartoons

Initially, the Boxer movement (or Righteous Harmony Society Movement) was a threat to both the Qing Dynasty and representatives of foreign powers in China. After all, the Qing were ethnic Manchus, rather than Han Chinese, and thus many Boxers considered the imperial family to be just another type of foreigners. The Emperor and Dowager Empress Cixi were targets of early Boxer propaganda.

As the Boxer Rebellion went on, however, the majority of the Qing government's officials (though not all) and the Dowager Empress realized that the Boxers could be useful in weakening foreign missionary, economic and military power in China. The court and the Boxers united, albeit half-heartedly, against the forces of Britain, France, the United States, Italy, Russia, Germany, Austria, and Japan.

This cartoon expresses the Emperor's hesitation to confront the Boxers. The foreign powers obviously recognized that the Boxer Rebellion was a serious threat to their own interests, but the Qing government saw the Boxers as potentially useful allies.


He first appeared in several episodes of The Quick Draw McGraw Show and became a regular segment on The Yogi Bear Show. Daws Butler based the character's voice on Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, which at one point caused some confusion to the point where Mr. Lahr threatened legal action against Hanna-Barbera and Kellogg's. To resolve the matter, it was decided to include the on-screen message "Voice of Snagglepuss - Daws Butler" during the commercial segments.

In some episodes, Snagglepuss is chased by Major Minor (voiced by Don Messick), a tiny mustachioed hunter, whose chases seem similar to the ones which involve Elmer and Bugs Bunny. Major Minor requests provisions for a safari in the episode "Lion Tracks" from an Adventurers Club functionary named Chutney.

Snagglepuss also appeared in other Hanna-Barbera series, such as Yogi's Gang in 1973, Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics in 1977 and 1978, Yogi's Treasure Hunt in 1985.

When he appeared on Fender Bender 500, Snagglepuss was voiced by Greg Burson due to Daws Butler's death. He was paired up with Huckleberry Hound as they drove a monster truck called the Half-Dog, Half-Cat, Half-track it resembled a portable stage. In Yo Yogi! (1991) Snagglepuss was voiced by Greg Burson as well.

French prosperity built on Haitian poverty

Newspaper articles from the period reveal that the French king knew the Haitian government was hardly capable of making these payments, as the total was more than 10 times Haiti’s annual budget. The rest of the world seemed to agree that the amount was absurd. One British journalist noted that the “enormous price” constituted a “sum which few states in Europe could bear to sacrifice.”

A facsimile of the bank note for the 30 million francs that Haiti borrowed from a French bank. Lepelletier de Saint-Remy, 'Étude Et Solution Nouvelle de la Question Haïtienne.'

Forced to borrow 30 million francs from French banks to make the first two payments, it was hardly a surprise to anyone when Haiti defaulted soon thereafter. Still, the new French king sent another expedition in 1838 with 12 warships to force the Haitian president’s hand. The 1838 revision, inaccurately labeled “Traité d’Amitié” – or “Treaty of Friendship” – reduced the outstanding amount owed to 60 million francs, but the Haitian government was once again ordered to take out crushing loans to pay the balance.

Although the colonists claimed that the indemnity would only cover one-twelfth the value of their lost properties, including the people they claimed as their slaves, the total amount of 90 million francs was actually five times France’s annual budget.

The Haitian people suffered the brunt of the consequences of France’s theft. Boyer levied draconian taxes in order to pay back the loans. And while Christophe had been busy developing a national school system during his reign, under Boyer, and all subsequent presidents, such projects had to be put on hold. Moreover, researchers have found that the independence debt and the resulting drain on the Haitian treasury were directly responsible not only for the underfunding of education in 20th-century Haiti, but also lack of health care and the country’s inability to develop public infrastructure.

Contemporary assessments, furthermore, reveal that with the interest from all the loans, which were not completely paid off until 1947, Haitians ended up paying more than twice the value of the colonists’ claims. Recognizing the gravity of this scandal, French economist Thomas Piketty acknowledged that France should repay at least US$28 billion to Haiti in restitution.

26. Jay Barker, QB

In Barker's three seasons as Alabama's starting quarterback, the Crimson Tide experienced one of the school's best runs of success since the end of the Bear Bryant Era.

Barker led Alabama to the 1992 national championship, a top 15 finish in 1993 (though eight wins were later forfeited due to NCAA violations), and then a top five finish in 1994. In that '94 season, Barker placed fifth in the Heisman voting and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Popular idioms

Bad taste in (someone's) mouth

  • When the dikironium cloud creature, a cloud creature that fed on iron-based hemoglobin, attacked Spock, whose hemoglobin was copper-based, the result left its victim unscathed. DoctorLeonard McCoy observed that due to this fact, "I'll bet he left a bad taste in the creature's mouth, too." Spock replied that his comment was "Colloquially expressed, but essentially correct." ( TOS : " Obsession ")

Between a rock and a hard place

Referred to someone who was in a situation where they could choose between two alternatives, and neither of them were acceptable.

In 1986, Bob Briggs told Gillian Taylor, they were in such a position regarding the fate of George and Gracie, explaining "If we can't keep them here without risking their lives. We can't let them go without a taking the same chance." ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home )

Bird in a gilded cage

To be a bird in a gilded cage was to live in luxury without freedom.

In 2268, Kirk described the crew of the USS Enterprise on the planet Mudd as birds in a gilded cage and asked how they could escape, to which Pavel Chekov replied that he had no ideas but that it was a very nice gilded cage. Kirk reminded everyone that despite it containing their deepest desires, it was a cage nonetheless and that they belonged back on the Enterprise. ( TOS : " I, Mudd ")

Black and white

To be "black and white" was for something to be either one thing or another, with no in between. The term was also related to another idiom, "cut and dry", and was the opposite of "a shade of gray".

  • When Korob approached Spock on his way of thinking, in 2368, he stated to the Vulcan that "There are no colors to your patterns of logic. There's only black and white." ( TOS : " Catspaw ")
  • Due to Tom Paris' interest in history, he noted to Kathryn Janeway that he had "been studying how past generations viewed the future." Concluding that "it didn't work out quite as black and white as they imagined." ( VOY : " Bride of Chaotica! ")
  • See: Black and white

(A) black cloud hanging over your head

A black cloud or dark cloud was an indication of a gloomy day, and anyone associated with a black cloud, especially one hanging over someone's head, was said to be having a bad day.

"It's like this big, black cloud with lots of thunder and lightning all around us."

"Just follow the black cloud"

"The only dark cloud I see around here is you."

"A black cloud hanging over (your) head"

  • While conferring with B'Elanna Torres about her Day of Honor, Neelix offered a suggestion, without knowing why such a cloud hung over Torres' head, he offered to be her "pressure valve". ( VOY : " Day of Honor ")

Bloody nose

When used idiomatically, a "bloody nose" meant a minor inconvenience.

After Q introduced to Borg to Picard and his crew, he said that "If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed." ( TNG : " Q Who ")

Break the ice

To "break the ice" meant to introduce conversation or small talk into an awkward situation.

  • In 2151, Captain Jonathan Archer called a planned dinner with Vulcan Captain Vanik, he described the event as a "good way to break the ice." ( ENT : " Breaking the Ice ")
  • In 2371, The Doctor changed his program so that he would no longer say "Please state the nature of the medical emergency" when activated. When Kes discovered that he changed it back, and asked why, The Doctor explained that "I became so uncomfortable trying to find new ways to break the ice, as it were, that I restored it. Let's just say it works for me." ( VOY : " Tattoo ")

Burning the midnight oil

Referred to what one did when they stayed up late at night to work or study. ( VOY : " Waking Moments ", " Pathfinder ")

In 2143, A.G. Robinson, who got to be the first Human to test the NX-Alpha test vehicle, told Jonathan Archer that he didn't get this assignment because he tried too hard, "burning the midnight oil" in the simulator eighteen to twenty hours a day. ( ENT : " First Flight ")

In 2376, Captain Kathryn Janeway, who was working very late one night in the mess hall, told Neelix that she was "just burning the midnight oil", to which Neelix replied that it was way past midnight. ( VOY : " Fair Haven ")

In an alternate timeline in 2364, Captain Jean-Luc Picard ordered Miles O'Brien to bypass the secondary plasma inducer, which required O'Brien to realign the entire power grid, stating "we're all going to be burning the midnight oil on this one." Data, who overheard O'Brien, told him that that would be inadvisable because any "attempt to ignite a petroleum product on this ship at 0:00 hours [would] activate the fire suppression system." ( TNG : " All Good Things. ")

Can't see the forest for the trees

Referred to one was so caught up in small details that they were not able to see the bigger picture.

In 2373, Miles O'Brien felt he hadn't been able to see the forest for the trees when it was Rom who explained to him that the modifications that he had been making to equipment on Deep Space 9 on the orders of a Pah-wraith that had possessed his wife were designed to turn the station into a chroniton array aimed at the Bajoran wormhole, one which could kill the Prophets. ( DS9 : " The Assignment ")

Cat and mouse

In 2267, Spock described Trelane's repositioning of the planet Gothos so that it was always in front of the USS Enterprise's flight path as a "cat-and-mouse game," Kirk adding that they were the mouse. ( TOS : " The Squire of Gothos ") / ( TOS : " Friday's Child " TAS : " Once Upon a Planet " VOY : " Equinox, Part II ")

Caught with one's pants down

Referring to being found in the act of doing something which left one in an embarrassing position.

In 2285, James T. Kirk characterized his having been trapped by Khan Noonien Singh as having been caught with his britches down, a fact he attributed to his own supposed senility. ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan )

In 2366, Geordi La Forge opined that Romulan defector Alidar Jarok was correct about Romulan activity at Nelvana III, and that the Romulans would indeed be caught with their pants down. Data, unfamiliar with the phrase, questioned what he meant, and La Forge explained. ( TNG : " The Defector ")

Caught with one's hand in the cookie jar

Referring to being or accessing something that was not one's own.

In 2151, Trip Tucker had Hoshi Sato decrypt a message from the Vulcans and found it was a personal letter meant for T'Pol. When expressing his embarrassment at having inadvertently snooped on her private business, he said that he felt as though he had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. ( ENT : " Breaking the Ice ")

Clean as a whistle

Referred to something being completely clean.

In 2374, The Doctor told B'Elanna Torres that her pericardium was as clean as a whistle, having repaired injuries caused by Dejaren.  He was not able to say the same about sickbay's condition after a day in Tom Paris' charge. ( VOY : " Revulsion ")

Clean their chronometers

Colonel West, while proposing Operation Retrieve, assured the Federation President that should the operation precipitate a full-scale war with the Klingon Empire, Starfleet could quite frankly "clean their chronometers." ( Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country )


The term cold-blooded, in addition to its informal scientific meaning, was also applied to an individual who lacked emotion or was deliberately callous.

When Captain Jean-Luc Picard sheepishly approached Doctor Beverly Crusher following her arrival onboard the USS Enterprise-D to apologize for his conduct on the bridge when welcoming her aboard, he emphasized that "I didn't want you thinking me harsh. Cold-blooded." When asked why she would ever think that, he explained that, "I didn't welcome you aboard personally, professionally. I made you come to me on the bridge. I yelled at your son. Who, as you pointed out, was quite correct." ( TNG : " Encounter at Farpoint ")

When the USS Enterprise-D struck a quantum filament in 2368, and the ship was under the threat of a containment breach, Ensign Ro Laren suggested that should separate the saucer and get as far as they could from the drive section. Chief Miles O'Brien, however, felt that her suggestion was "damn cold-blooded," leaving all of those people in that section behind. Ro argued that ""there's no evidence that anyone is still alive in the drive section," but O'Brien argued back that, there was "no evidence they're dead, either. If you were trapped down there, would you like us to just cut you loose and leave?" ( TNG : " Disaster ")

During Gul Dukat's questioning of Captain Benjamin Sisko if he was among those that supported the post-Bajoran Occupation vilification, Sisko diplomatically replied, "I wasn't there during the occupation. I didn't see all the things you had to struggle with day after day. I don't think I can pass judgement." However, a hallucination of Kira Nerys told Dukat that, "he's just doesn't want to anger you. He really thinks you're a vicious, cold-blooded killer, Dukat, and so do I." ( DS9 : " Waltz ")

Dining on ashes

"Dining on ashes" was to excessively focus on past personal failures.

James Kirk asked if Spock was dining on ashes after finding him seemingly reflecting on the betrayal of Valeris. ( Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country )

Dry spell

A "dry spell" was a prolonged period without sexual activity.

After learning that Vulcans only mated once in seven years, Trip Tucker remarked that that was "a hell of a dry spell." ( ENT : " Fallen Hero ")

Everything but the kitchen sink

"Everything but the kitchen sink", meant that almost everything possible was being used to make something work, or likewise present in a single location.

When the USS Enterprise was caught in Vaal's tractor beam, Montgomery Scott was "putting everything but the kitchen sink into impulse power" just to keep the ship from being pulled out of orbit. ( TOS : " The Apple ")

While trapped inside a graviton ellipse, Commander Chakotay took note of the variety of debris contained within, describing "asteroid fragments, pieces of vessels, matter from every quadrant of the galaxy. Next time I lose something I'll know where to look. Instead of a graviton ellipse we should call it the "kitchen sink" anomaly." ( VOY : " One Small Step ")

Falling on deaf ears

"Falling on deaf ears" meant something that some believe should be heeded was not.

In 2369, Captain Picard told Dr. Crusher that the discovery made from Professor Galen's research would have been more fitting to Galen's legacy if only it "had not fallen on such deaf ears." ( TNG : " The Chase ")

Weyoun once told Major Kira that her pleas to have Rom not executed for terrorism would fall on deaf ears. ( DS9 : " Favor the Bold ")

In 2372, Neelix believed diplomatic negotiation with the Botha might fall on deaf ears. ( VOY : " Persistence of Vision ")

In 2374, The Doctor complained that his requests for a larger sickbay were falling on deaf ears. ( VOY : " Waking Moments ")

For all the tea in China

"For all the tea in China" meant something was so important to a person, he or she wouldn't exchange it for even the most precious things in the world.

In 1986, Gillian Taylor told time traveler Admiral James Kirk, when he explained to her that they wanted to bring George and Gracie to the 23rd century, and asked her if she was curious about the details, she said, "I wouldn't miss it for all the tea in China." ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home )

A genie from the bottle

"A genie from the bottle" meant getting what one wanted, but with bad results.

  • In 2154, Phlox used the cautionary Earth tale about the dangers of releasing a genie from the bottle to warn T'Pol that she may have to live with the emotions she was left with after ingesting trellium-D. ( ENT : " The Forgotten ")
  • In 2268, Spock told Cyrano Jones that by removing tribbles from their natural habitat, he had figuratively "removed the cork from the bottle and allowed the genie to escape." ( TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles ")
  • In 2372, Kathryn Janeway believed there would be no way to "put the genie back in the bottle", after the warp 10 barrier was broken. ( VOY : " Threshold ")

Have the hide of

To have the hide of someone was to chastise someone severely.

In 2269, according to Dickerson, Captain Kirk promised to have the hide of the first man to smile or otherwise react with amusement to the appearance of President Abraham Lincoln on the Enterprise. ( TOS : " The Savage Curtain ")

Home sweet home

I am who I am

According to Tuvok, along with this saying, "It is impossible for me to be more or less like myself." ( VOY : " Tuvix ")

I couldn't fill your shoes

"I couldn't fill your shoes" was a Human idiom, describing one being in a bad situation, which the other person couldn't bear.

In 2286, Leonard McCoy told Spock, when he suffered from memory loss after being resurrected, "What I mean is I may have carried your soul, but I sure couldn't fill your shoes," to which Spock replied, "My shoes?" ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home )

Joined at the hip

This term referred to people being so close to one another as to appear inseparable (physically or emotionally)

In 2369, Q described himself and Vash as "A team, joined together at the hip." ( DS9 : " Q-Less ")

After being temporarily telepathically linked with Jean-Luc Picard on Kesprytt III in 2370, Beverly Crusher remarked that she was happy not to be joined to Picard's hip anymore. ( TNG : " Attached ")

In an alternate 2390, Harry Kim called Chakotay and his girlfriend Tessa Omond as close as to be joined at the hip. ( VOY : " Timeless ")

Keep it under your hat

To keep information under one's hat was to remember it for future reference.

  • After Kasidy Yates told the Niners why Benjamin Sisko disliked Solok, after promising to him she wouldn't tell, she told them "so you have to keep this under your hats." ( DS9 : " Take Me Out to the Holosuite ")
  • Upon learning that Quark was aware that Odo was ill, Miles O'Brien requested that Quark keep that information under his hat. ( DS9 : " When It Rains. ")

May God have mercy upon your soul

"May God have mercy upon your soul" was a phrase used in some ancient Earth cultures upon sentencing a person to execution. It was used in that capacity during Worf's 2371 promotion ceremony, which included holodeck roleplaying on a sea vessel and involved him walking the plank. ( Star Trek Generations )

Q, immediately before adjourning his trial of humanity, said to Captain Picard "May whatever god you believe in have mercy on your soul!", a variant of this phrase. ( TNG : " All Good Things. ")

Another variant of the phrase, "May God have mercy on our souls," was used by Malcolm Reed to end his final log entry when stranded in Shuttlepod 1 and he believed there was no chance of rescue. ( ENT : " Shuttlepod One ")

Media circus

A media circus was a Human idiom which described a news event where the coverage was out of proportion to the event itself.

In 1986, Gillian Taylor described to James T. Kirk the farewell ceremony for George and Gracie as a potential media circus. ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home )

Mind the store

Mind the store meant to be in charge in the absense of others.

In 2266, upon contacting the Enterprise while stranded in command of a landing party on planet Alfa 177, Hikaru Sulu was surprised that the member of the crew who answered was none other than the starship's commanding officer, Captain James T. Kirk. He humorously replied that he was "watching the store," having given everyone else the afternoon off. ( TOS : " The Enemy Within ")

The next year, Kirk again referred to the Enterprise's store, immediately after Doctor Leonard McCoy remarked that Spock reacting uncharacteristically overjoyed at finding that Kirk was still alive had been logical "in a pig's eye." To McCoy's comment, Kirk, momentarily turning back as he and Spock were about to leave sickbay, suggested they "go mind the store." ( TOS : " Amok Time ")

My mind's turned to clay

This expression, which meant that he was having trouble thinking, was used by Geordi La Forge in the running up to the battle of Wolf 359. ( TNG : " The Best of Both Worlds ")

Needle in a haystack

"Needle in a haystack" was a Human idiom which described the long-lasting search for something in a large variety of possibilities.

In 2267, when searching for the Galileo, James Kirk remarked to High Commissioner Ferris, "Finding a needle in a haystack would be child's play." ( TOS : " The Galileo Seven ")

In 2364, William Riker described searching Starfleet records for an instance of someone showering in their clothes as "like looking for a needle in a haystack." ( TNG : " The Naked Now ")

In 2369 while searching for the crash landed runabout USS Yangtzee Kiang in the Gamma Quadrant, Miles O'Brien compared the search with searching for a "bloody needle in a haystack." O'Brien and Jadzia Dax had to search several planets, two dozen moons, and an asteroid belt. ( DS9 : " Battle Lines ")

In 2370, a Paradan replicant of O'Brien commented "Needle in a haystack wouldn't do this job justice" when searching for a fault in Deep Space 9's upper pylons. ( DS9 : " Whispers ")

In 2373, Jadzia Dax said to Benjamin Sisko "Do the words 'needle in a haystack' mean anything to you," after the USS Defiant had spent two days unsuccessfully searching the Badlands for cloaked missiles appropriated by the Maquis for a strike against Cardassia. ( DS9 : " Blaze of Glory ")

On a silver platter

Referring to something that was offered to someone in a rather obvious manner.

  • In 2375, Neelix offered B'Elanna Torres the chance to insult his cooking by telling her to name her poison. After she missed that chance, he seemed disappointed, claiming he'd handed it to her on a silverplatter. ( VOY : " Extreme Risk ")

One-way street

Meaning: The term referred to an agreement made by two parties, but only one party benefits from.

When Captain James T. Kirk was explaining romantic relationships to Charlie Evans, he told him to take it slow, that it wasn't a "one-way street." ( TOS : " Charlie X ")

Over (my) dead body

Meaning: "You'll have to kill me to make that happen." Used to emphasize that a person's deep desire that something not occur.

  • Captain John Christopher used the expression in 1969. ( TOS : " Tomorrow is Yesterday ")
  • In 2366, Lwaxana Troi, who was being held hostage aboard the Krayton, pleaded with Captain Jean-Luc Picard that "The only way you'll ever get me back is over Tog's dead body!" ( TNG : " Ménage à Troi ")
  • Major Kira Nerys used the expression in 2369. ( DS9 : " Past Prologue ") used the expression in 2374. ( DS9 : " Profit and Lace ")

Penny for your thoughts

"A penny for your thoughts" was a Human idiom, meaning that someone was curious about what the other person was thinking.

In 2368, Doctor Beverly Crusher used the expression when she wanted to get Jean-Luc Picard to talk to her during a conversation. When Picard asked her if she has one, she told him that the replicator probably has it on file. ( TNG : " The Perfect Mate ")

In 2369, when Q brought back Picard to the incident at Starbase Earhart in 2327, he told him (acting as a bartender): "Penny for your thoughts? You never told me you were such a lady's man," also jokingly referring to Picard's unsuccessful date with Penny Muroc. ( TNG : " Tapestry ")

In 2370, Crusher used the expression again, dining with Picard, after they shared thoughts for a time via the psi-wave device on Kesprytt III. ( TNG : " Attached ")

In 2257, Amanda Grayson spoke of a similar idiom, "Isik for your thoughts," which she described as a Vulcan, but was later revealed as something she heard her mother say. ( DIS : " Despite Yourself ", " Will You Take My Hand? ")

Play our cards right

Referring to "if things go well."

  • In 1986, Admiral Kirk used this metaphor when talking to Spock, leading Spock to ask "How will playing cards help?" ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Play possum

Meaning: To feign death when an enemy approached.

  • In 2377, when Chakotay suggested the Hirogen might be laying a trap for Voyager, Kathryn Janeway dismissed the idea, saying that the Hirogen "aren't the type to play possum." ( VOY : " Flesh and Blood ")

Playing twenty questions

Rather than playing an actual guessing game, this meant to make somebody ask questions rather than telling them directly what a problem or the answer was.

When Harry Kim claimed to be an American during the Hirogen simulation of World War II in 2374, Tom Paris became annoyed at the man's refusal to answer him, saying he didn't have time to play twenty questions. ( VOY : " The Killing Game ")

Kathryn Janeway told Neelix the same thing when he was less than forthcoming about the delicate issue of non-functioning lavatories on USS Voyager in 2375. ( VOY : " Bride of Chaotica! ")

The powers that be

"The powers that be" was a phrase referring to a decision made by those in power, or the decision makers, without going into detail who those decision makers were (as it was not relevant to the story.)

In 2143, when Jonathan Archer and A.G. Robinson were attempting to take NX Alpha on a test flight, Archer informed A.G. of the good news that he had just gotten word from "the powers that be" that he was good to go for launch. ( ENT : " First Flight ")

In 2256, Saru explained that he had been assigned to the USS Discovery as first officer by "the powers that be" after the destruction of the USS Shenzhou. ( DIS : " Context Is for Kings ")

Preaching to the choir

"Preaching to the choir" was a phrase used to describe someone who was trying to convince another who was already a believer.

In 2365, Phillipa Louvois told Bruce Maddox he was preaching to the choir when he attempted to explain the usefulness of having a Data aboard every starship. ( TNG : " The Measure Of A Man ")

Pull a rabbit out of (a) hat

Pulling a rabbit out of a hat was a type of magic trick. Metaphorically, it referred to performing any amazing feat.

In 2372, Julian Bashir said, "Next time I'm going to pull a rabbit out of his ear" ( DS9 : " Rejoined ")

In 2373, Chakotay said, "What's your next trick, Harry. Pull a shuttlecraft out of a hat?" ( VOY : " Favorite Son ")

In 2375, Ezri Dax, "Now we get to pull a rabbit out of our hat." ( DS9 : " The Siege of AR-558 ")

Later that year, Miles O'Brien said, "Julian, it's time to face facts. You're not going to pull a rabbit out of your medkit." ( DS9 : " Tacking Into the Wind ")

Put me out to pasture

"Put (me) out to pasture" means to be forcibly retired.

In 2285, Captain Kirk lamented that "When they put me out to pasture, I hope I fare better than Korrd." This after learning that the formerly great Klingon General whose military strategies were studies at Starfleet Academy, to being posted at Nimbus III. ( Star Trek V: The Final Frontier )

Rain on my parade

To rain on one (one's) parade was to spoil their fun.

In 2372, Dr. Julian Bashir, annoyed by Elim Garak's intruding upon his Julian Bashir, Secret Agent holo-novel program, told him that he could stay, but to keep quiet and not rain on his parade. ( DS9 : " Our Man Bashir ")

The real McCoy

"The real McCoy" described anything which was the genuine article in question, not merely a facsimile thereof.

In 2374, Vic Fontaine revealed to Odo that a new improved version of the "Lola Chrystal" hologram was in fact Kira Nerys, who the hologram's features were based on, and that the Changeling had been dancing with the real McCoy. ( DS9 : " His Way ")

In 2375, "Boothby" classified Chakotay, unlike himself, to be "the real McCoy", (i.e. not a Species 8472 recreation of a Starfleet officer) and recommended "Valerie Archer" perform a genetic extraction in order to figure out a better way for members of Species 8472 to maintain a Human appearance. ( VOY : " In the Flesh ")

Rich beyond the dreams of avarice

Doctor Leonard McCoy managed to convince Dr. Nichols to accept the formula for transparent aluminum as compensation for his services by saying that once he figured out the dynamics of the matrix (which would take years), he'd be rich beyond the dreams of avarice. ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home )

Run off at the mouth

An admission by Julian Bashir of something he tended to do that he confessed was "just a nervous habit." ( DS9 : " The Storyteller ")

Sauce for the goose

The Earth idiom "what's sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander," was in part spoken by Spock following Saavik's notation that Khan Noonien Singh, aboard the USS Reliant was following the USS Enterprise into the Mutara Nebula. In response, Spock stated "sauce for the goose, Mr. Saavik." ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan )

Shade of gray

To have a "shade of gray" meant to not be clear what was right or wrong, or good and evil, but instead existed in a gray area. The term was the opposite of what it mean to be black and white.

  • Following Worf's transfer to Deep Space 9 in 2372, CaptainBenjamin Sisko explained that "Starfleetofficers often have trouble learning the unofficial rules of the station," as contrary to serving aboard the USS Enterprise-D, Worf "always knew who were my allies and who were my enemies." Sisko reiterated the discussion, adding, "Let's just say DS9 has more shades of gray. And Quark definitely is a shade of gray. He has his own set of rules and he follows them diligently. Once you understand them, you understand Quark. I'd say that's true for everyone here." ( DS9 : " Hippocratic Oath ")
  • After Captain Sisko's time in captivity with GulDukat, following the destruction of the USS Honshu, he explained to Jadzia Dax that he always thought "sometimes life seems so complicated. Nothing is truly good or truly evil. Everything seems to be a shade of gray." However, recalling his experience, he continued, "And then you spend some time with a man like Dukat and you realize that there is really such a thing as truly evil." ( DS9 : " Waltz ")


To be short-sighted described lack of imagination or foresight.

  • In 2286, the Federation President told James T. Kirk he and the crew of the HMS Bounty had saved Earth from its own short-sightedness by bringing forwardGeorge and Gracie to deal with the Whale Probe. ( Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).
  • In 2366, AdmiralAlidar Jarok characterized Humans as a short-sighted people. ( TNG : " The Defector ")
  • In 2369, Kira Nerys told Admiral Rollman she thought Benjamin Sisko was short-sighted in hesitating to allow Tahna Lospolitical asylum. ( DS9 : " Past Prologue ")
  • Later that year, GulOcett called Nu'Daq short-sighted for considering that he had surrendered his component of an aliencomputer program for nothing, when it emerged that the program was still incomplete. ( TNG : " The Chase ")
  • In 2371, Elim Garak goaded Gul Dukat by claiming that Dukat's short-sightedness had held him back, and that Dukat's father had had the same problem. He later cited Dukat's own counter-insurgency program turning against him as evidence of this short-sightedness. ( DS9 : " Civil Defense ")
  • In 2372, Weyoun told Sisko he was being short-sighted in dismissing the projected takeover of the Dominion by a band of rogue Jem'Hadar as not being his, Sisko's, problem. ( DS9 : " To the Death ")
  • In 2375, Kathryn Janeway reexamination of her decision to strand the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant four years previously by destroying the Caretaker's array led her to conclude she had acted short-sightedly. ( VOY : " Night ")
  • In 2376, Tuvok opined that it would have been short-sighted to destroy a graviton ellipse instead of studying it. ( VOY : " One Small Step ")

Sight for sore eyes

Meaning: Something that was pleasing to look at.

  • In 2376, Harry Kim remarked that he would not want to bunk with the great explorers of the past. Tom Paris remarked that that would be a sight for sore eyes. ( VOY : " Memorial ")
  • Shortly thereafter, after making contact with Voyager again, Lyndsay Ballard remarked that Captain Janeway was a sight for sore eyes. ( VOY : " Ashes to Ashes ")
  • Later that year, the con artistDala used the expression sarcastically upon seeing Tuvok. ( VOY : " Live Fast and Prosper ")

Stone knives and bearskins

"Stone knives and bearskins" was a colorful term employed by Spock to describe the 1930s technology he was forced to use to construct a tricorder interface. Vital information was locked within Spock's tricorder: How had Leonard McCoy changed history? Spock was eventually able to construct an appropriate circuit, but retrieved two separate recordings: one in which Edith Keeler lived, and one in which she died. At that point, the improvised interface erupted in sparks and flame, ruining his chance to learn which of the recordings represented McCoy's alteration, and which the correct timeline. ( TOS : " The City on the Edge of Forever ")

Kathryn Janeway also used this expression when typing on a late 20th century computer keyboard trying to find out information about Henry Starling. ( VOY : " Future's End ")

That's life

"C'est la vie" (French: "that's life") was a Human idiom, meaning bad things happen, it was the way of life.

In 2285, when Admiral James Kirk self-destructed the USS Enterprise, killing most of Kruge's Klingon crew on board, he told the commander on the surface of the Genesis Planet: "Sorry about your crew, but as we say on Earth, . 'c'est la vie.'" ( Star Trek III: The Search for Spock )

Geordi La Forge once explained to Data that for the particular situation he was experiencing, it turned out that way, because "that's life". ( TNG : " Inheritance ")

Tip of the iceberg

Meaning: the first hint or revelation of something much larger or more complex.

  • In 2153, CommanderCharles Tucker called a VissianCogenitor's newly-gained ability to read the tip of the iceberg. ( ENT : " Cogenitor ")
  • In 2373, Miles O'Brien tried to cover his tracks when he altered Deep Space 9's systems by telling Benjamin Sisko that it was hard to call that sabotage, since it didn't really pose a threat to the station. Sisko told him that the alterations "might be just the tip of a very large and dangerous iceberg." ( DS9 : " The Assignment ")

Wash my hands of it

Meaning: to avert a wrong decision, claiming that the person could not be held responsible for it.

  • In 2266, DoctorSimon Van Gelder accused Captain Kirk of escaping responsibility by taking him back to the Tantalus Colony, and told him, "You smart, button-pushing brass hat. Wash your hands of it. Is that your system? You're both quite sure of yourselves, aren't you?" ( TOS : " Dagger of the Mind ")

The whole kit and caboodle

Referring to the entirety of something.

  • In 2152, commenting that it was completely gone, Trip Tucker referred to a Earth vessel from the 31st century and its contents as "the whole kit and caboodle". ( ENT : " Future Tense ")
  • In 2268, Montgomery Scott claimed to have transported "the whole kit and caboodle" of tribbles into the IKS Gr'oth's engine room. ( TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles ")

Wild goose chase

Meaning: an expression used to mean futile pursuit or search after something.

  • In 2153, Jonathan Archer told T'Pol "Maybe we're just on a wild goose chase" after their initial attempts to locate a dark matter nebula failed. ( ENT : " First Flight ")
  • In 2268, Leonard McCoy accused Spock of "run[ning] off on some wild goose chase halfway across the galaxy" when Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov disappeared from Gamma II. Spock replied, "Doctor, I am chasing the captain, Lieutenant Uhura, and Ensign Chekov, not some wild aquatic fowl." ( TOS : " The Gamesters of Triskelion ")
  • Later that year, Spock described M-5 multitronic unit's diversionary tactics as "pursuing a wild goose." ( TOS : " The Ultimate Computer ")
  • After Katherine Pulaski was abducted by ProfessorJames Moriarty in 2365, Geordi La Forge believed she planned "to lead [Data] on a wild goose chase and then recount the story to everyone between here and Alpha Centauri." ( TNG : " Elementary, Dear Data ")
  • In 2367, Data told Doctor Crusher that he "could be chasing an untamed ornithoid without a cause," describing this idiom, when examining the clues of AmbassadorT'Pel's presumed death. Crusher eventually recognized the idiom, and corrected him with its common form. ( TNG : " Data's Day ")
  • In 2368, Jean-Luc Picard commented that the USS Enterprise-D's investigation of a Barolian freighter's activities at Galorndon Core "may prove to be a wild goose chase." ( TNG : " Unification II ")
  • In 2369, Picard told Deanna Troi that his continuation of ProfessorGalen's research was not a case of his taking the Enterprise and its crew on a wild goose chase. ( TNG : " The Chase ")
  • In 2371, Kira Nerys told Tom Riker that if she had hijacked the USS Defiant as he had, she "wouldn't have gone flying off into the middle of Cardassia on some wild goose chase." ( DS9 : " Defiant ")
  • In 2372, Kathryn Janeway was concerned that investigating "Planet Hell" might prove to be a wild goose chase. ( VOY : " Parturition ")

With one's name on it

Having one's name on something meant that the object in question belonged to or was reserved for them.

In 2372, Julian Bashir assured Odo that there was a Spitfire with his name on it in the hangar if he wanted to join the Battle of Britain holoprogram. Later, Joseph Sisko told his grandson there was a vat of crayfish that needed cleaning with his name on it. ( DS9 : " Homefront ")

In 2375, Miles O'Brien told Janel Tigan he was not looking forward to seeing Captain Sisko again, as he had a boot with O'Brien's name on it. ( DS9 : " Prodigal Daughter ")

In 2377, Reginald Barclay offered Deanna Troi a drink. When she declined, he tried to tempt her, saying he had a chocolate passion punch with her name on it. ( VOY : " Inside Man ")

Within (arm's) reach

For something to be "within arm's reach," or simply to be "within reach," meant for it to be very close or achievable. ( ENT : " Terra Nova ", " These Are the Voyages. " VOY : " Spirit Folk ") Contrarily, for something to be "(just) out of reach," meant for it to be very close, but unattainable. ( TOS : " Balance of Terror " DS9 : " Change of Heart " VOY : " Non Sequitur ", " One Small Step ")

Jean-Luc Picard told Gul Macet that he knew that the Cardassian research station, located within arm's reach of three Federation sectors, was indeed a weapons depot, and that while recent events could have made things much worse than they already were, and that they should consider themselves warned. ( TNG : " The Wounded ")

Following USS Voyager's discovery of the extremely dangerous, but deuterium-rich, Planet Hell, Ensign Harry Kim reminded the senior staff of the meek alternatives to the ship's low deuterium crisis, offering the idiom rich, "What's the alternative? Resume course? Creep along at quarter impulse hoping we find fuel before we end up dead in the water? We've got deuterium within arm's reach. We can't let the opportunity slip away without at least trying." ( VOY : " Demon ")

Work (one's) side of the street

To work (one's) side of the street was to take up another's line of work instead of one's own.

In 2266, after Kirk's successful handling of the situation with Harcourt Fenton Mudd, Eve McHuron, and Ben Childress, McCoy surmised Kirk must have talked them into rationality, asking if Kirk had ever thought of selling patent medicine. Kirk then quipped, "Why should I work your side of the street?" ( TOS : " Mudd's Women ")

The Birth of the .41

The .41 is the result of hard campaigning by Elmer Keith ‘The Dean of American Handgunners’ at the 1963 NRA show. The revolver went into production in 1964. The idea was to offer American Police a superior revolver. The .44 Magnum was too much and some wanted more than the .357 Magnum.

Others wanted a big bore revolver that would offer good wound ballistics without Magnum recoil and penetration. Frankly, I have always been amazed at the history of the .41, as far as this goes. At the time, the .38-44 heavy frame .38 Special was in production. This is a heavy-duty fixed sight revolver.

Barnes offers an all-copper hollowpoint for the .41 Magnum, in both bullets and loaded Vortex ammunition.

The Smith and Wesson Combat Magnum is a K frame revolver that chambers the powerful .357 Magnum cartridge. It is light, powerful, and reliable. A standard handload at the time, put in .38 Special cartridge cases, involved a cast 150-grain lead SWC hollow point over enough #2400 powder for 1,200 fps. This load proved excellent in both wound potential and penetration with little left to be desired.

The big bore fixed sight .44 Special, .45 Auto Rim and .45 Colt revolvers were in production. Demand was so low they were discontinued in the 1960s. For some reason, a large number of writers and Smith and Wesson executives felt that agencies not adopting the obvious solution—a big bore revolver—would adopt the .41 Magnum.

While I agree that the .38 Special 158-grain RNL was among the most worthless of service cartridges, we had good alternatives as early as 1950. The Smith and Wesson M57 is a deluxe revolver identical in appearance to the .44 Magnum and even heavier. The M58 is a heavy barrel, fixed-sight revolver, chambered for the .41 Magnum. The M57 is often seen the M58 is far less common.

Very few agencies, primarily in Texas and California, adopted the .41 Magnum. It was offered with two loads—a full-power, jacketed, hunting load at about 1,300 fps and a 210-grain lead SWC at 890 fps. In a blunder, several agencies issued the 210-grain JSP for training and scared recruits—male and female alike—to tremors! The heavy frame S&W is much slower on the draw than a K frame revolver. The .41 was not a success story. It became a specialist cartridge. The .41 Magnum is a fine outdoors cartridge, with very little in the way of demerit compared to the .44 Magnum. The .41 shoots flat at long range and offers excellent penetration. Recoil is less than the .44 Magnum, with most loads.

Firing bullseye fashion, the Ruger is controllable and accurate.

My .41 is a well-used and well-worn Ruger Blackhawk with a 6.5-inch barrel. This is an accurate revolver that will place five Hornady 210-grain XTP loads into 2.5 inches at 25 yards. This load clocks 1,325 fps. It shoots flat over distance and is easier to hit with at 100 yards than most revolvers. The sights are excellent.

At three pounds clean, the trigger leaves nothing to be desired. As for recoil, well, this is a lighter revolver than most .44s and with the original grips it sometimes raps the knuckle of the first finger of the firing hand. I like this revolver a lot and find that it is accurate enough for most any hunting pursuit.

With a set of Lyman dies screwed into the press the cartridge is very versatile with handloads. The .41 Magnum is far from dead and the Ruger Blackhawk and Hornady ammunition offer an excellent combination in the field.

Are you a .41 magnum fan? What is your favorite magnum cartridge? Share your answers in the comment section.

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun

Share this:

History [ edit | edit source ]

Baki the Grappler [ edit | edit source ]

Past [ edit | edit source ]

When Yuujiro was 16 years old, he went to war to fight and develop his skills. He was in the Vietnam War, where he fought against the Americans. After the famous "Bloody Mary" bombardment plan was completed, Yuujiro survives as one of the two rebels. The second person is a woman named Jane. After a short conversation, she suggests Yuujiro to have sex, but he refuses. She laughs at him and tries to dominate him, but the Ogre catches her by surprise and says that he is the one who rules and could kill her at any time. Yuujiro and Jane become companions.

While American soldiers march and watch the ruins after the "Bloody Mary" operation, Yuujiro lurks among the ruins and attacks General Sam Gary. He kills him, takes his skin off his face, puts it on his own and shows himself to the other soldiers, pretending to be semi-conscious. The soldiers take him to some headquarters, thinking he's their general, who needs help. When in fact, their general is long dead and Yuujiro has made his way to the center of the nearby American headquarters. He slaughters the army in the middle of the building and meets a soldier named Gerry Strydum. During this time, the American army gathered around the headquarters to shoot the whole building with cannons to get rid of Yuujiro. Suddenly, Jane shows up with a big barrel of explosives. She tells Yuujiro that the barrel will cause a big explosion when the army will start shooting. Jane, suspiciously, finds a secret passage to the underground exit and then starts to run away with Yuujiro. Unfortunately, the Ogre guessed Jane's true identity. Her real name is Diane Neil and she's a Canadian spy of the United Nations. Her task is to lead Yuujiro through this underground passageway, where the UN army awaits the end. Yuujiro rapes Diane Neil to take revenge on her, then goes outside and destroys the army waiting for him. Nine months later, Diane bears his child.

Yuujiro fighting Biscuit Oliva.

The anime shows another retrospective from the time when young Yuujiro fought on the battlefields. America still tries to get rid of Yuujiro and sends all its best units against him (the Green Berets, the SEAL, and the Delta Forces). However, the young fighter defeats all of them. Ultimately, the Americans turn to Biscuit Oliva, who is a powerful man and a vip convict in the Arizona prison. Oliva is hired to get rid of Yuujiro under the pretext of eliminating some drug cartel dealer. Oliva introduces himself to Yuujiro when they meet, and the young fighter lets him know that he knows who Oliva is. The prisoner is happy with this fact and starts a short fight with him, but after a while Yuujiro runs away, saying that he prefers to leave Oliva for another time. At the end, America decides to form an alliance with Yuujiro. In other words, USA is completely defeated by one man, Yuujiro Hanma.

Yuujiro once appeared at a big and expensive banquet. In this place, for the first time he meets Emi Akezawa, who comes there with her husband Eiichi Akezawa. Yuujiro and Emi almost immediately notice each other in the crowd and starts to look at each other. Yuujiro undresses her with his eyes, so jealous Eiichi enters and starts talking to Yuujiro. Eiichi spills champagne on his suit, for which Yuujiro gives Emi a kiss. Angry Eiichi attacks him, but Lorion Grassy, a Brazilian Judoka, stops them. The fighter wants to defend Eiichi, challenges Yuujiro and loses quickly. Later, Yuujiro breaks into Akezawa's mansion, knowing that Emi likes him. He asks where Emi is and then kills Eiichi before her eyes. After a while, Yuujiro embraces and kisses Emi, telling her that he likes the bloodthirst in her eyes. He also confesses to her that he wants her to be the mother of his child. Soon after that, Baki is born.

Childhood Saga [ edit | edit source ]

In this saga, Yuujiro appears for the first time during the duel between Baki and Kaoru Hanayama. He appears when both fighters have finished their fight. Yuujiro ridicules them and states that this battle should not end yet, since they are both alive. The provoked Hanayama attacks Yuujiro, but he can't do anything. Baki tries to help his rival, but is knocked out with one blow by his father. Eventually, Hanayama is almost destroyed by the strongest man in the world. He easily knocks Hanayama out, stating that he only lost his time to meet such weaklings.

Later Yuujiro visits Emi Akezawa, who is surprised and happy seeing him. She tries to throw herself into his arms, but he rejects her and criticizes her for not having brought up Baki in proper way, stating that their son is still too weak. He also tells her that he will now take their son's development into his own hands. After a while, Emi gets angry and rushes with a razor at Yuujiro, who easily stops her. Her bloodlust makes him happy and he kisses her. Eventually, Yuujiro says that he will "test" Baki, which Emi has trained so far. Soon after that, Yuujiro goes to the mountains and kills Yasha-Zaru. He does it only to bring and show Baki the head of the ape, with which his son made friendly relationship. Yuujiro is meeting with Baki during the boy's training. He shows him the head of a dead monkey, and Baki goes crazy. Yuujiro manages to provoke his son and desperate Baki tries to attack him. His father stops him and says he wants to fight him next month.

Some time passes and Strydum comes to talk to Yuujiro. During the conversation, the Ogre learns that Baki defeated Gaia, the master of the battlefield. Baki's father states that this is not a great feat at all, and decides to do something much better than his son did. He calls the Prime Minister of Japan and says he'll be here in an hour to kill him. Then he really shows up at the Prime Minister's mansion and defeats a huge number of guards on his own, and then he shows up in the Prime Minister's room and raises his leg up to make a kick. The Prime Minister thinks he'll be murdered, but Yuujiro only breaks his desk. He tells him that he should take better care of his protection, and then he leaves.

Before the big match with Baki, Yuujiro visits his old friend Kanamoto, who likes to hunt. They're talking about the fact that Yuujiro is going to fight his son. Kanamoto begins a short philosophical speech about what a fight is for Yuujiro, but suddenly the Ogre interrupts him, saying that he did not come to visit only to drink his "bitter tea". Kanamoto shows him his great and powerful bow, which he constructed by himself, and Yuujiro urges him to shoot him. The old friend finally agrees, but the Strongest Creature on Earth easily stops the arrow flying in his direction. Shortly afterwards, he meets with Emi at the hotel. She wants to show him her crazy love and have sex with him. Then Yuujiro tells her that he is not interested in her at all, and that if Baki disappoint him in the fight, he will break contact with her. When he leads her to an emotional breakdown, she asks if she can stay the night anyway, but he wants her to leave.

When the day of his fight with his son comes, Yuujiro is attacked by Gaia, who wants to test his skills. Gaia, of course, loses the fight, even though both fighters have long been considered by people as equals. Later, Yuujiro arrives by helicopter at the duel scene, where Baki and many of his friends are waiting. The first of the helicopters gets off the humiliated Gaia, who kneels down by Yuujiro. The Ogre is also accompanied by Emi Akezawa, Hitoshi Kuriyagawa and an old soldier known as Sir. The big match starts with an unexpected earthquake. Yuujiro stops it by hitting the ground. Everyone is surprised by the great power of Yuujiro. Baki tries not to worry about this unusual show of strength and attacks his father. Baki does his best during a fight, but is unable to give any serious damage to his father. Yuujiro is still very satisfied with the level of his son and happily announces to Emi that today he will "eat a delicious dish". At some point, excited Yuujiro starts brutally knocking out his son and almost killing him, but is stopped by Emi who, in such a critical situation, decided to protect her child. Emi attacks Yuujiro with a blow to the face, and Yuujiro is surprised that Emi "finally started to be a mother". However, eventually the Ogre hugs her for the last time and breaks her spine. Then Yuujiro gets into a crazy mood and knocks out all the people who came to watch the fight. And then he just leaves the crime scene.

Underground Arena Saga [ edit | edit source ]

Yuujiro initially first appeared when he was mentioned by Izou Motobe in early chapters of Grappler Baki as a form of foreshadowing. Yuujiro made his first proper appearance at the end of Baki's fight with Mount Toba in the Underground Arena of Tokyo Dome. Yuujiro suddenly entering the arena, and all the people are surprised. Baki is furious at the sight of his father, because this is their first meeting in a very long time. He rushes at him impulsively, but Yuujiro effortlessly knocks out Baki. He is seen by Doppo Orochi, who also enters the arena. Doppo tells him that he still hasn't forgotten the scars, which are a reminder of their former struggle. Both fighters attack each other, but after a while they stops, and Doppo asks the chairman, Mitsunari Tokugawa, to set up a match between him and Yuujiro. Tokugawa happily agrees to this offer. Later that night, Strydum drives Yuujiro to a local boxing gym, where he starts a fight with the reigning boxing champion there. During that fight, Yuujiro admits that beating other people is better for him than having sex. Yuujiro effortlessly defeats the champion named Youichi Tatsumi and everyone at the gym, then leaves.

Yuujiro fighting Izou Motobe.

Later, one day Yuujiro meets with Izou Motobe on the street. Motobe tells him that he felt jealous when he found out that Doppo is going to fight against the Ogre. He also tells him that he want to settle personal business with Yuujiro. The Ogre decides to fight on the grass rather than concrete, and Motobe takes this as an act of fear by Yuujiro. He thinks that Yuujiro doesn't want to fight him on concrete, because Motobe is a master of using throwing techniques during the fight. Yuujiro states that he doesn't want anybody to interfere. Motobe shows that he has made great progress during his last years of training and Yuujiro praises him. Unfortunately, he has no chance to win against the Strongest Creature on Earth anyway. Eventually, Yuujiro knocks him out by throwing him to the ground, mockingly stating that Motobe is lucky because they didn't fight on concrete.

There is a manga chapter whose story has never been shown in the anime. It shows Yuujiro who beat up fighters from some local pro wrestling gym. Then he returns to his exclusive hotel, where he eats a big dinner, then he goes to bed and fantasizes about killing martial artists. Suddenly he instinctively senses someone standing near his door. When he comes to the door and grabs the handle, suddenly the iron door starts to be bombarded with a lot of blows from the other side. Surprised Yuujiro breaks down the door with a kick to see who it is, but it turns out there's nobody there. Most likely it was Kureha Shinogi, who was introduced to the series in the next chapter. In the beginning, Kureha hated all martial artists and liked to show them his superiority, so it could have been him, even though he had no major personal motive. Someone can also theorize that it was just Yuujiro's imagination. This is probably one of the strangest and most ambiguous chapters in the series.

Yuujiro during his battle with Doppo.

Just before the start of the big clash, Yuujiro lies down and relaxes in the locker-room of the Underground Arena. When the fight begins, Doppo starts off the fight by jumping on top of Yuujiro and putting him in a full-body headlock. Yuujiro reacts by running and jumping off a wall, then slamming his back to the ground. Doppo dodges in time, and then delivers an axe kick at Yuujiro, which the Ogre dodges. Yuujiro tries to use Udonde technique against Doppo, while at the same time Doppo uses the Maeba Stance, which is also a defensive-based style. Yuujiro attacks first, giving Doppo the benefit of the attack, punching the Ogre 5 times in the chest. Yuujiro stands up, undamaged, and wildly punches at Doppo, while the karateka blocks. The fight continues, and Doppo uses Sangan, a fighting technique which allows the user to block all the opponents strikes by making the user's eyes mimic that of a chameleon's, therefore being able to see attacks from all directions, on Yuujiro. The Ogre is unable to get past this defense, and Doppo then proceeds to continually punch at Yuujiro. Doppo is successfully landing consecutive hits on him, until Baki arrives and is seen by the Ogre. Yuujiro becomes enraged at the sight of Baki, causing him to unleash his demon back. With Yuujiro's strength and speed now boosted, Doppo's punches no longer have effect on the Ogre. Yuujiro grabs Doppo's hand, and nearly rips one of his fingers off. Strydum makes the remark to Baki that Doppo's attacks are meant for humans, with the Ogre being something inhumanely powerful. Yuujiro then viciously attacks Doppo, with each hits cutting the karateka's body up. Atsushi Suedou, who is in the audience, jumps into the ring to try to prove that karate can win, attempting to prove Strydum's statement is wrong, only to be instantly knocked out by Yuujiro. Doppo attempts to try and pierce the Ogre's abs with his arms, only to be outdone by Yuujiro's reflexes, and have his eardrums ruptured. Doppo falls to the ground for a few seconds, with everyone watching thinking he is done. Doppo stands back up to keep fighting, but Yuujiro then suddenly rips out Doppo's right eye out of its socket. The Ogre finishes the match by delivering a punch directly to Doppo's heart, almost killing him.

Later, he comes to see his son's fight against Kureha Shinogi. At some point it seems that Baki has lost and then Kureha provokes Yuujiro to come down to the arena. Yuujiro accepts the offer and comes to him. But then Baki rises up and tells his father to not interfere. The Ogre looks at Baki's fighting position and guesses what technique his son will want to use. He wishes him good luck and leaves the ring. When Baki defeats Kureha with the Goutaijutsu strike, Yuujiro explains the technique to Strydum.

Maximum Tournament Saga [ edit | edit source ]

Yuujiro unexpectedly appears in the fighters' locker-room during the Maximum Tournament. Mitsunari Tokugawa asks him to not destroy his tournament, and Yuujiro says he only came to watch. Nevertheless, he wants his young companion Yuu Amanai to join the tournament. The Ogre breaks the spine of one of the competitors, Jagatta Sherman, to free up space for his companion. Amanai sees this brutal act and hits Yuujiro with his open hand in the face, telling him that he recognizes him as a fighter but hates his violence. At first it is unknown who Yuujiro's comrade is, but then it turns out he's a martial artist who met Yuujiro in USA when Amanai worked for the American government. The Ogre was impressed by the fighting style and philosophy of Amanai.

Most of the time, Yuujiro sits next to Tokugawa during the tournament and watches the fights. At some point he gets bored and goes outside. He meets a Muay Thai champion named Chamoan. Their fight is very short, and Yuujiro beats him with just one finger. When Chamoan is knocked out, Yuujiro smiles and says that this should satisfy him for a while.

During the tournament, Yuujiro meets Jack Hammer. When Jack wins his fight in the first round, Yuujiro goes into the arena to talk to him. Both fighters are almost starting to fight, but they're interrupted by jealous Baki. Yuujiro throws him aside with one blow so he won't stop them. After a while, Jack walks up to Yuujiro and tells him something that makes Yuujiro very happy. After a while, the Ogre announces that Jack has very right to fight him.

Yuujiro destroying Yuu Amanai.

When Amanai finds that Doppo Orochi is already damaged enough to finish the fight, he starts asking Tokugawa and the audience to recognize him as the winner, because he does not want to use any more violence. Then Yuujiro enters and attacks Amanai with a blow of the edge of his hand, deforming Amanai's collarbone. Yujiro calls him a weakling and throws him to the fence of the arena. He wants to fight all current winners in the tournament, in exchange for disrupting the tournament. That's when Kureha comes and says that Yuujiro should fight the losers, because this tournament can't end like this. The Ogre beats them all without a problem. Then all the victors enter the arena and stars to provoke Yuujiro. However, suddenly Yuujiro is shot with a sleep bullets. It turns out that those shots were planned by Tokugawa and Baki to stop Yuujiro. He is taken away and moved to a closed room with a steel door, but after some time he wakes up, breaks down the door and leaves.

Before Baki's match with Kaiou Retsu, Yuujiro comes to talk to his son's opponent. He tells him he should be afraid of this fight. During the battle, Yuujiro watches his son's brutality and hopes that Retsu will awake the true "Hanma spirit" in Baki. However, ultimately Baki does not kill Retsu, even though he is very close. After the fight, Yuujiro meets Baki and tells him that he is disappointed because of his son's delicacy.

Yuujiro defeating Jack Hanma.

When the final fight between Baki and Jack almost takes place, Yuujiro meets Jack before the match begins. Jack tells him that when he wins the fight against Baki, he will come to defeat Yuujiro. During the final fight, Jack turns out to be son of Yuujiro and Diane Neil. After the fight, Yuujiro meets Jack again and is disappointed with his defeat and his destroyed body. He turns away from his son and tells him to leave, but Jack attacks him. A beaten fighter tries to bite Yuujiro, but fails. In return, the Ogre bites Jack brutally. Then he easily knocks out tired Jack, criticizes him for losing twice in one day and leaves.

Baki [ edit | edit source ]

Most Evil Death Row Convicts Saga [ edit | edit source ]

In this saga, Yuujiro is shown for the first time when he watches television, in which they talk about five convicts who have came to Tokyo. Yuujiro is in the middle of a small training session and at the same time smokes a cigarette, which he kicks out after a while, and then starts laughing at the police, who in his opinion will never understand how five prisoners arrived at the same time. Yuujiro refers to the phenomenon of synchronicity.

He hires Sikorsky to kidnap Kozue.

He encourages Baki and Kozue to have sex as many times as possible in order to make Baki stronger.

He brutalizes Yanagi and forces him to admit defeat.

Chinese Tournament Saga [ edit | edit source ]

He fights Ryuu Kaiou and violently rips off his face. He later fight Kaiou Kaku, who manages to put up a good fight but the fight ends when Kaku suddenly dies of old-age. He met Kaku after he was revived and promised to fight again in a century.

The master plan

With their initial homework done, the Colts then had the task of putting together an actual game plan to account for Hester. That assignment proved to be more confusing and challenging than it first had seemed.

Dungy: We had two weeks between the AFC championship and the Super Bowl. That first week, we were back in Indianapolis preparing and going over our whole game plan. And everything was: “Keep the ball away from Devin! Kick it in the corners. Punt it out of bounds. Don’t let him touch it.”

Reid: In practice that whole week, Coach Dungy was saying, “We’re not going to kick it to Devin.” But we were all like “No, Coach, we got this. We’ll take care of it.”

Purnell: During that week we had practiced it. The finesse kick. Just trying to disrupt their timing and not let Devin Hester stand back there and catch a kickoff that’s in the air for four seconds that lets the blocking set up. Now, all of a sudden, that’s a perfect situation for him. No. Kick the ball on the ground. Put it in the corner if you can. Some type of finesse kick. Pooch it. Whatever.

Boiman: If you think logically and not emotionally, that’s what you do. As an athlete, as a coach, as a warrior, you take away their best option. Let’s be honest. The Bears weren’t going to win that game on the back of Rex Grossman. It was going to be with Devin Hester in the return game.

Adam Vinatieri, Colts kicker: I remember practice that week. We were punting balls out of bounds, keeping everything away from him. The thought was to not even let him get the ball in his hands at all. If you can limit his opportunity to return the ball, you’re in good shape.

Hester: I was very irritated. For me as a player, I always envisioned making a big play every game. And to read the papers early that week, just trying to figure out their mindset, I was mad. Were they going to kick it to me? Were they going to kick it away from me? … When teams started kicking away from me, it bothered me. It really did, man.

Purnell: We discussed it (at length). Tony Dungy went on David Letterman a couple weeks after the Super Bowl and that was the first thing David Letterman asked him about. He said my special teams coach, Russ Purnell, suggested we do a finesse kick or a squib. But Tony (eventually) said, “No, we’ll be fine. Just kick it deep.”

Dungy: While we were in Miami the week of the game, we had a chapel speaker who talked about how David got after Goliath and he wasn’t afraid. Everybody else ran away from Goliath. And David ran right to him. So I started thinking about that and I said to myself, “Gosh, we can’t play scared. We’re kind of playing scared here with Devin Hester and that’s not setting the right tone.” I started to change my mind.

Boiman: Looking at it from his eyes, you’re saying, I’ve got a locker room full of guys saying, “Hell, no! Let’s kick this guy the ball!” And it would send the wrong message to your team of having this philosophy of trying not to lose. That had to play in his mind. Sure, the smart thing to do against one of the most dangerous returners in the NFL is to kick the ball away from him. But in that moment, again, this is a group of prideful guys. And it would send the wrong message that we’re going to be cautious. You don’t want to have a cautious and scared team. That was probably the biggest thing that went through his mind before he finalized that decision of “OK, we’re going to kick it to him.” And then 14 seconds into the game, he regretted that.

Purnell: We thought we had a pretty good week of practice. We thought we could handle it. I didn’t agree with Tony. I made the suggestion that (kicking away) might be the best way to start the game.

Boiman: That entire week down there, with media day and all that, I was one of the primary leaders on special teams. So I spent the whole week saying it. “Look, our No. 1 priority is to shut this guy down. We have a great plan. And it’s of the utmost importance that we respect who he is but show him who we are.” It’s all those things you have to say that are true. And when there were those questions of “You think you guys should kick away from him?” No. Being a prideful guy on a prideful team full of other prideful men, you say hell, no. We’re going to kick to the guy and we’re going to shut him down.

Purnell: That was the last thing we did on Friday in special teams practice. We covered kicks. Tony had to tell me to back off a little bit. Normally we’d cover about four kickoffs on a Friday. And I think I had our guys cover about eight.

Giordano: The repetition wasn’t shocking, but the attention to detail from everybody, even in practice, was very, very impressive. We all knew we couldn’t mess around with kickoffs. We had to make sure everyone was on it. We were going over their returns, going over everything they might do with Devin. We spent a lot of time as just one coverage unit. … We knew that could be the difference in the game. Maybe we score in the fourth quarter (to take a lead) and we kick off and Devin has the chance then to get them back in field-goal range (for a win). His return ability could have impacted that game in a major way. So we had to practice it. Over and over and over again to make sure everybody was alignment and assignment sound.

Tyjuan Hagler, Colts linebacker: Yeah, we had all those discussions about squibbing it, kicking it away from him. But then, leading up to the game, it was let’s kick it right to him. We’re going to make him return it for a touchdown to earn it. That was all of us. … That’s just the competitive nature of all professional athletes. We can’t allow ourselves to think that one man is better than all of us. We always walk on the field with the belief that we’re the best team out here and we’re the best players on the field. That’s just a confidence and that swag that we had like, “No one can defeat us.”

Dungy: That was part of it too. Those (coverage) guys wanted to be a factor. They were working hard and practicing hard. And that went into my thinking. I can’t have these guys thinking I don’t have confidence in them and that we’re playing afraid.

Keiaho: I actually had a dream the night before the game that Devin returned a kickoff for a touchdown. And then we ended up blowing out the Bears. That was my dream.

Reid: It might have been the morning of the game or the night before, in one of those last pregame positional meetings. We convinced Coach Dungy that we could handle it, that we could get Devin down.

Dungy: I told our team that I hope we lose the coin toss. And if we do, immediately we’re going to kick off and we’re going to kick it right down the middle to him. And when we stop Hester, the Bears are going to know that we really mean business.

Giordano: One of our D-line coaches used to always say, “Never ease into a knife fight.” … We wanted that challenge. We were ready for it. We wanted to see how good he really was.

Hester: It was early in the morning the day of the Super Bowl. I was having breakfast. Coach (Dave) Toub (the Bears special teams coordinator) had just got the paper. He must have just finished reading it. He ran to me at the team breakfast and showed me an article. “This is what Tony Dungy is saying. They’re going to kick it to you! They’re going to try to prove something and make a statement!” He was kind of doing it to push my buttons, to get me fired up. It worked.

The move

Billy Joel had finished singing the national anthem. The F-16s had roared over Dolphin Stadium. The buzz was reaching a peak. And with the Bears having their chance to return the opening kickoff, players on the kick return team gathered in a huddle, fired each other up and called for a middle return. Super Bowl XLI was about to begin.

Hester: Shoot. It was just like, “Wow! Wild. I can’t believe I’m actually playing in the Super Bowl. As a rookie.” You take things lightly to some extent. It’s not like you’re a veteran who has been playing nine or 10 years in the NFL and never had that experience in the playoffs. So I took it lightly at first.

Keiaho: I still don’t fully comprehend the gravity of that moment. It’s football. You’ve done something a certain way your whole life. So you’re programmed: OK, this is just another kickoff. And just another game. But now, the older I get and now I have kids and we watch the Super Bowl together and I go to their classes and talk and it’s like, wow, the Super Bowl is a pretty big deal.

Hagler: Honestly, I remember my adrenaline being the same as any other game. We kept it simple. This is just another game. That went from the general manager on down. I remember Bill Polian walking right up to me before the game and saying, “This is just another game.” I said “Yes, sir.” And then I was in game mode.

Keiaho: I took a moment and thought about all the people who had been part of my journey my throughout my whole career. Football is such a community-based sport and there’s a culture of suffering with football that really helps people come together. I just remembered all the people who had been part of my life. My family. My coaches. And here I am suddenly on the field for the Super Bowl. It was surreal. I just couldn’t believe it. I just remembered my relationships with so many teammates and coaches and family members and friends. I was overcome with emotion. But you’re also about to go run and smash into somebody. So yeah, there are those quiet moments before the storm. But you’re going to be in the midst of it pretty quickly. So those moments only last so long.

Giordano: As I’m thinking about it right now, I’ve got goosebumps down my back. It’s incredible. The adrenaline. The electricity in the stadium. … There’s so much intensity building, building, building and then boom, the ball is kicked. Here we go.

Hester: For me, it was more jitters of “Please let them kick it to me! Please let them kick it to me!” It was that more than anything else. I knew if I got my hands on the ball, there was no way they could tackle me. We were all in the huddle like, “This is our opportunity right here to make a statement. Let’s make the best of this.” Just getting that opportunity, that was what our unit was looking forward to. … I was so excited, man. Back in my hometown. It’s where I grew up, where I played college ball. But for me as a returner, I go completely deaf when the ball is kicked. I didn’t hear the crowd screaming. I went completely deaf.

Vinatieri: We were going to pin him in the corner, run down there and tackle him. … If you put it in the corner and bring your entire coverage team to that, you squeeze the field down and you’ve got more bodies. Now you’re covering 40 yards of width instead of 53. … That’s what we did that first kick. We did a deep-right kick, pinned it outside the numbers on the right side and here he came to the middle.

Giordano: That storm was a factor that night. That wind. If it was inside, in a dome, we might have made a different decision. The wind was definitely behind us. Then, as we’re about to kick off, I vividly remember the wind abruptly changed. All of a sudden I remember feeling the wind in my face. Could that have been a factor? I don’t know. But I was like “Oh, boy.” We gave him plenty of room to make something happen.

Hester: I remember that feeling. Ball kicked in the air. You see the flashing lights sparkling. You can feel the raindrops. The smoke’s still in the air and that fog from the fireworks from before the game. It was one of those moments. The kick is coming to my left and I’ve got a chance to field it and go.

Purnell: Looking at it on tape afterwards, you stop that thing (early) and you freeze the action and there’s one point there before he popped into the open where we had three guys around him. There are three white shirts around him with no blockers in between. We had three guys ready to make a tackle and still he pops clean. That’s what makes him great. It’s that elusiveness. You think you’ve got him and you don’t.

Dungy: Everything was going just the way we had hoped. Adam got a nice high kick, right of the numbers, right where we wanted it. We squeezed in.

Hester: I knew we were only getting one opportunity. And if we do break one for 30 or 40 yards, that’s it. I knew I wasn’t getting another one. So I said to myself, the one I get, I’m going to make sure I score on it.

Vinatieri: I thought we were in good shape. And then all of a sudden he used his vision to find a little crease. I remember thinking, “OK, we’ve got him.” Then bang! He shoots through the hole.

Dungy: Usually, when you give up a long return, you have two guys who run into each other. You’ve got guys knocked down. This wasn’t that. We were on our feet. We had a couple guys right there in the hole. Ready. You’re thinking, “This could go really well. Just liked I planned it. We’ll make this tackle at the 20-, 22-yard line and we’ll be energized.”

Hagler: I was on the left-hand side. My goal was to crash in and force him to stay right toward the help. But I missed my tackle. I forced him right toward my help. But I missed the tackle. I should have made that play. I put that on me. … He just made me miss, to be honest.

Vinatieri: I remember thinking, “Uh-oh. This isn’t going to turn out very good.”

Boiman: Marlin Jackson had Devin dead to rights at the 18, maybe 18½. Yes, it’s a wet field and obviously you have one of the greatest returners in the game. But Marlin had him. Then Devin just kind of gave him a little L2 on the Xbox controller. Marlin slipped and that was that.

Reid: Devin was the type where he could change direction at full speed. He somehow didn’t lose any speed. Marlin Jackson had him. Then he made his cut at full speed.

Keiaho: Everybody did their job. We just didn’t finish. That would be my summation of that play. We did what we were supposed to do. But we didn’t finish. And when you don’t finish, bad things happen.

Giordano: I thought Marlin had him! Nine times out of 10, I would say Marlin Jackson makes that tackle. Without a doubt. To Devin’s credit, he made him miss. I saw that miss and then I took off.

Purnell: Marlin Jackson was a pretty damn good athlete. He was a first-round pick out of Michigan and had a pretty good NFL career. And he was a top-notch athlete. But that shows you what Devin could do.

The sprint

Indeed, if you pause Super Bowl XLI three seconds into the game, you’ll see Hester approaching the Bears 20-yard line with very little room to break free. And then, it seemed, Jackson hit an oil slick and Hester turned a jetpack on.

Keiaho: It comes down to lane discipline and defeating blocks. And that whole game we actually did a pretty good job defeating blocks. … But I just remember saying to myself. “Oh, yeah. Marlin’s got him.” And then immediately thinking, “Oh, no, Marlin does not have him.”

Hester: To be honest, when I watch that move, that’s a move I never did before. I guess it just came out naturally. It was an instinct. I’ve watched it thousand of times honestly, just asking myself, “How did I maneuver my body to start one way and the top of my body is going the opposite way?” To be able to do that in that small window? To make that guy miss like that? I was like, “Wow. This can’t be happening.”

Vinatieri: Obviously he had world-class speed. Everyone saw that. But it was his vision that set him apart. He saw the field. He could process what was happening in front of him better than damn near everybody. And he had such a special ability to stick the foot in the ground, change directions and hit that hole. And he never slowed down. He didn’t have that fear. There are a handful of guys out there that I’ve seen who have that special vision. But he had the vision plus the speed plus the quickness and the ability to cut. You put that whole puzzle together and it’s just a different beast.

Keiaho: He just knew how to set you. He knew exactly what he had to do to get into space. A lot of people might go outside of the hashes. But there were a number of his big returns where he was just taking it right up the middle of the field. It’s crazy when you think about it. Who would react that way, to just take it down the center where everybody is because you see space differently? It’s just like wow. The guy is like a video game. When you have somebody who has a mental game that’s head and shoulders above everybody else with their perception of the game and then they have the physical ability that’s above everyone also, when you have those two things, you have a Hall of Famer. A guy like Peyton Manning. The Kobe Bryants of the world. From a return-man perspective, you can throw Devin in that category.

Reid: As a return specialist, you have to have a high amount of courage. A lot of guys get hit hard in the return game. They’ve changed the rules because of that. So it takes a significant amount of courage. You also have to have great instinct obviously. And you have to have vision. Speed alone is one thing, but (it’s different) without vision and knowing where exactly to take it. He had great vision to hit those spots and make those determinations. Instincts and vision. To see those guys to make miss at full speed. I don’t think he gets enough credit for that.

Hester: When it comes to that, to be honest, I don’t think you can coach vision. That’s something that’s just naturally there. I could see things. That was my No. 1 strength. My vision to be able to see a block form before it happened. You can read the body language of a guy, the way he’s running, what side he’s favoring. I could see those small details. And when I can see my blockers and I have that visual of me stepping this way and knowing that defender is going to step here and be blocked this way, that was my main strength. I had the vision to create things before they happened, just an ability to see it all in slow motion.

Keiaho: I still remember running after him. Just running after him. But I was only running after him because I didn’t want to get a loaf. I could have stood in middle of field and not done anything. I wasn’t catching him. I was just running for the poster, I guess.

Reid: He was out the gates.

Boiman: I wish I could just download a file of the mental image of that whole play that’s in my head and give it you. I can see the whole thing. You’re saying to yourself “Oh, no! Oh, no!” As he’s running down the field and I’m seeing the back of his jersey, I’m honest-to-God thinking, “Damn, all those things I said all week about taking care of this as our No. 1 priority sound really stupid right now.” Now I’m thinking about explaining all this to the press. It was devastating.

Vinatieri: Me versus Devin Hester in the open field? Come on now. Unfortunately, for me, it was really a direct open-field tackle. Most of the time, as a kicker, you might have an angle to force him toward the sideline or let your pursuit come and help out. But he was coming straight at me, and that’s not good for me.

Hester: When I squared him up and looked him in the eye, there was like this puzzled look in his eye. Like, “How did this guy get up here so fast? Where is everybody at?” He had that look in his face that he knew he didn’t have a chance.

The question still remains as to why men want this and further still, pay a handsome sum for that pain …

And it’s not just a few men either. In my investigation on Twitter, for as many women advertising their ball-busting talents there are men advertising their desire to be ball-busted.

In short, ball-busting is hardly some bizarre fetish that lives in the farthest recesses of the Internet. Instead it’s an activity desired by a growing number of men.

James, 23, of Los Angeles, California, is one of these men. On his Twitter profile, he writes: “I love ball-busting! They wouldn’t be called balls if they weren’t meant to be kicked.” Carl, 35, from San Francisco, California, tweets: “Looking for ball-busting instructions.

Who wants me to ache all weekend for you?” Another man whose Twitter avatar is “Ballbusting Brian” sends me a message that he’s seeing a woman later that day to have his balls kicked. Afterward he follows up: “Nothing like sitting on your couch with a bag of frozen peas on your nuts. I had a great session today.”

I contacted some of these men and most of them were more than happy to speak to me. The consensus was they not only had an interest in ball-busting, but were also curious to learn why other men had it, too. Through my interviews I discovered that the attraction of ball-busting has less to do with the physical sensation of pain than with the psychological thrill of having a woman inflict it. Not a single one of the men I interviewed were interested in having their balls busted by a man.

“The turn-on is being physically vulnerable but also sexually controlled by a woman,” said Jim, 42, of Scotland.

Wally, 40, of Cleveland, Ohio, had a similar answer. “I’m a big, tall guy, and a girl who is five-two can completely level me and have me in agony at her feet.”

Ben, 29, of New York, agreed. “The excitement is in the taboo of having a smaller woman control me: that the woman caused that pain, and I let her.”

James of Los Angeles attested: “I like the idea where the girl kicks me in the nuts, I go down, and she says, ‘Man up.’”

Most of the men I interviewed spoke about a “power transfer” as the main hook of ball-busting. Marty, 49, of Atlanta, Georgia, said, “I love getting kicked in the very spot that makes me a man. I’m supposed to be a man, but there I am on the ground, writhing in pain because of a woman.”

Harrison, 46, of the UK, concurred. “It’s a domination thing. I like seeing the woman enjoying it, almost in disbelief that she’s got the opportunity.”

For Wally, it’s the challenge of taking more pain in order to put a smile on his mistress’s face that he enjoys. He also cited uncertainty as a pull. “Will the kicking be light or will I end up on the ground, begging for mercy?”

For Ben, he doesn’t even need to be ball-busted to enjoy it. “It’s as fun for me to talk about it as it is to do it.”

Harrison was the only man I interviewed for whom ball-busting wasn’t directly sexual. “The feeling of a foot swinging up towards me — the anticipation gives me a rush. But I very rarely get hard when it happens.” Still, his Twitter feed is peppered with requests for testicular abuse.

All the other men I interviewed, though, said ball-busting gave them sexual pleasure. “But only once I’m aroused,” Marty said, “I have to start off light. Once I become erect I can take more. If you give me full-force kicks to begin, it’s over. If it’s playful, then I get aroused, and then it can be more forceful.”

He sent me a photo to illustrate his favorite position for ball-busting, one in which he stands naked behind a woman who is also nude, so that “I am close enough I can smell her hair, touch her breasts.” Then she swings her heel back into his testicles. “One move, and I’m on the floor, defeated by a female.”

For all the men I interviewed, the visual part was one of the most important aspects that sexualized ball-busting. “I get aroused by the look of a woman kicking or stepping on my balls,” said Javier, 25, of Bellflower, California.

Jim of Scotland said, “I fantasize about being ball-busted all the time. I rarely fantasize about sex.”

Some of the men I interviewed agreed with Jim, stating that their interest in ball-busting is inextricably linked to their sexuality. “As I got older,” Marc, 42, from Switzerland, told me, “I’ve been more careful to introduce the topic in an early conversation about sexual preferences for both of us. One girl I really liked locked herself in the bathroom and cried after I told her. Another girl punched me in the groin really hard. For the most part, girlfriends have been either mildly amused or worried about hurting me. It’s an extremely difficult thing to talk about with someone you care for because you know you might lose them but you also can’t keep the secret.”

Luckily, Marc’s current partner is an enthusiastic ball-buster. “We’re very playful, so we incorporate ball-busting as a fun thing. For example, I’ll say something jokingly sexist to her, and she’ll respond by smacking me in the nuts. In bed it’s more about squeezing my testicles and rough play as we ‘fight’ for dominance.”

Because ball-busting is part and parcel of his sexuality, Ben also shared that he has “the conversation early in any dating scenario. This is best because if it’s going to be an issue I want to get it out of way.”

Today Ben is married, and ball-busting is part of his sexual routine with his wife. “It’s incorporated, part of the usual flow in bed. It’s part of our foreplay, her squeezing my testicles, slapping them, applying pressure to them with her knee. That way I get the sense of being dominated.”

Even though Ben’s wife ball-busts him in bed, “she doesn’t have a dominant sexual personality,” he explained. “She does this to fulfill me. It’s not through a desire on her part.”

This dynamic has left Ben feeling sexually unfulfilled in his marriage. “It’s tough for men in committed relationships,” he told me. “Relationships are built on compassion and respect. And now it’s like, please, physically hurt me.”

Because he senses his wife only goes through the motions of ball-busting him to make him happy, he has searched for sexual satisfaction outside of his marriage. “I’ve made appointments with dominatrixes and have paid for it,” he admitted. He also said he’s met “random women on Twitter and in real life, at bars.” When he’s asked women in bars to ball-bust him, “there is a degree of shock. Women think you’re kidding or that you’re crazy. I’ve done it so many times I don’t get my feelings hurt anymore when they say no. Some women are willing to try it for the new experience.”

He has created dating profiles where he says he’s “straight forward that I have a ball-busting fetish.” On Tinder, he advertises that he’s “here to get kneed in the nuts.” He said, “Women think you’re kidding but at least it’s an avenue to have conversation. Sometimes I meet them. Usually it’s just ball-busting and it doesn’t consummate into sex.”

26-30 Bear Facts

26. Licence plates in the Northwest Territories are shaped like polar bears. – Source

27. The original word for “bear” (the animal) has been lost. Superstitious people in medieval times thought that saying the ferocious animal’s name would summon it, so they used a euphemism that meant “the brown one” (“bear”) … The original word was never recorded, so it remains a mystery. – Source

28. The Spirit Bear survived, in part, because the Native Americans never spoke of them to fur trappers. – Source

29. Kodiak bears got their name because the only place where you can find them is in the Kodiak Archipelago in Alaska.

30. 500g of polar bear liver contains 9 million international units of Vitamin A and would kill you if eaten. – Source

Watch the video: Missions Update - Kicking Bear (January 2022).