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Goliath

Goliath is described in the biblical Book of Samuel as a Philistine giant defeated by the young David in single combat. The story signified Saul's unfitness as Saul himself should have fought for Israel. Scholars today believe that the original listed killer of Goliath was Elhanan, son of Jair, that the authors of the Deutoronomic history changed the original text to credit the victory to the more famous character, David; the phrase "David and Goliath" has taken on a more popular meaning, denoting an underdog situation, a contest where a smaller, weaker opponent faces a much bigger, stronger adversary. Saul and the Israelites are facing the Philistines in the Valley of Elah. Twice a day for 40 days and evening, the champion of the Philistines, comes out between the lines and challenges the Israelites to send out a champion of their own to decide the outcome in single combat, but Saul is afraid. David, bringing food for his elder brothers on the battlefield, hears that Goliath has defied the armies of God and of the reward from Saul to the one that defeats him, accepts the challenge.

Saul reluctantly agrees and offers his armor, which David declines, taking only his staff and five stones from a brook. David and Goliath confront each other, Goliath with his armor and javelin, David with his staff and sling. "The Philistine cursed David by his gods", but David replies: "This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, I will strike you down. David hurls a stone from his sling and hits Goliath in the center of his forehead, Goliath falls on his face to the ground, David cuts off his head; the Philistines flee and are pursued by the Israelites "as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron". David puts the armor of Goliath in his own tent and takes the head to Jerusalem, Saul sends Abner to bring the boy to him; the king asks whose son he is, David answers, "I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite." The Books of Samuel, together with the books of Joshua and Kings, make up a unified history of Israel which biblical scholars call the Deuteronomistic history. The first edition of the history was written at the court of Judah's King Josiah and a revised second edition during the exile, with further revisions in the post-exilic period.

Traces of this can be seen in the contradictions and illogicalities of the Goliath story - to take a few examples, David turns from Saul's adult shield-bearer into a child herding sheep for his father, Saul finds it necessary to send for him when as the king's shield-bearer he should be beside his royal master, has to ask who David is, which sits strangely with David's status at his court. The Goliath story is made up of base-narrative with numerous additions made after the exile: Original storyThe Israelites and Philistines face each other. AdditionsDavid is sent by his father to bring food to his brothers, hears the challenge, expresses his desire to accept; the oldest manuscripts, namely the Dead Sea Scrolls text of Samuel from the late 1st century BCE, the 1st-century CE historian Josephus, the major Septuagint manuscripts, all give it as "four cubits and a span", whereas the Masoretic Text has "six cubits and a span". Many scholars have suggested that the smaller number grew in the course of transmission when a scribe's eye was drawn to the number six in line 17:7.

The underlying purpose of the story of Goliath is to show. Saul was chosen to lead the Israelites against their enemies, but when faced with Goliath he refuses to do so. Saul's exact height is not given, but he was a head taller than anyone else in all Israel, which implies he was over 6 feet tall and the obvious challenger for Goliath, David is the one who defeated him. Saul's armour and weaponry are no worse than Goliath's. "David declares that when a lion or bear came and attacked his father's sheep, he battled against it and killed it, has been cowering in fear instead of rising up and attacking the threat to his sheep." 2 Samuel 21:19 tells how Goliath the Gittite was killed by "Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite." Some scholars believe storytellers displaced the deed from the obscure Elhanan onto the more famous David. The fourth-century BC 1 Chronicles 20:5 explains the second Goliath by saying that Elhanan "slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath", constructing the name Lahmi from the last portion of the word "Bethlehemite", the King James Bible adopted this into 2 Samuel 21:18–19, but the Hebrew text at Goliath’s name makes no mention of the word "brother".

Scholars believe that the original listed killer of Goliath was Elhanan, son of Jair, that the authors of the Deutoronomic history changed the original text to credit the victory to the more famous c

1952 Southern 500

The 1952 Southern 500, the third running of the event, was a NASCAR Grand National Series event, held on September 1, 1952, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Darlington Raceway, nicknamed by many NASCAR fans and drivers as "The Lady in Black" or "The Track Too Tough to Tame" and advertised as a "NASCAR Tradition", is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina, it is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of different configurations, a condition which arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that will be effective at both ends; the track is a four-turn 1.366 miles oval. The track's first two turns are banked at twenty-five degrees, while the final two turns are banked two degrees lower at twenty-three degrees; the front stretch and the back stretch is banked at six degrees.

Darlington Raceway can seat up to 60,000 people. Darlington has something of a legendary quality among older fans; the track earned the moniker The Lady in Black because the night before the race the track maintenance crew would cover the entire track with fresh asphalt sealant, in the early years of the speedway, thus making the racing surface dark black. Darlington is known as "The Track Too Tough to Tame" because drivers can run lap after lap without a problem and bounce off of the wall the following lap. Racers will explain that they have to race the racetrack, not their competition. Drivers hitting the wall are considered to have received their "Darlington Stripe" thanks to the missing paint on the right side of the car. Seven cautions were waved for forty laps in front of 32,400 audience members; the race's speed was 88.550 miles per hour as the pole position speed. This race was threatened to be postponed because of rain and was red flagged once because of actual rainfall, it took six hours, forty-two minutes, thirty-seven seconds for the race to reach its conclusion, making it the longest Southern 500 ever.

He would stop on the front straight, climb up on his hood and lead the entire crowd in singing his own version of the classic Southern American song Dixie. In today's political climate, Darlington Raceway and everyone associated with it would be blacklisted and boycotted if Dixie were sung. Flock's uniform would consist of Bermuda shorts and argyle socks in addition to a pencil-thin moustache reminiscent of Clark Gable. Total winnings for this race were $23,855. Sixty-six drivers competed. Jim Paschal was the last place driver of the race. Jimmy Ingram flipped his vehicle over on lap 91. In four attempts this was Tommy Thompson's best finish at Darlington. There were 12 different manufacturers in this race. Ranier-Lundy Racing and Petty Enterprises were the only non-independent racing teams to show up for this race. Tony Bonadies, Johnny Bridgers, Merritt Brown, Johnny Gouveia, Keith Hamner, Possum Jones, Pete Kelly, Banjo Matthews and Joe Weatherly made their NASCAR Grand National Series debut in this event.

Roy Hall, Rudy Hires, Jimmy Ingram, Bill Miller, E. C. Ramsey and Rollin Smith would never race in professional stock car racing after this race. W. E. Baker, Al Conroy, Al Fleming and Herb Fry would make their only NASCAR appearances at this race. Red Vogt, Julian Buesink and B. B. Blackburn were the three notable crew chiefs at this event. Section reference: Section reference: Start of race: Fonty Flock has the pole position Lap 18: Tommy Thompson took over the lead from Fonty Flock, Jim Paschal blew his vehicle's engine Lap 21: Clyde Minter managed to lose the front end of his vehicle Lap 22: Slick Smith's engine stopped functioning properly Lap 28: Merritt Brown managed to blow his vehicle's engine Lap 32: Gene Darragh had a terminal crash Lap 35: Curtis Turner had a terminal crash Lap 37: Tommy Thompson managed to blow his vehicle's engine Lap 38: Fonty Flock takes over the lead from Tommy Thompson Lap 61: Johnny Gouveia managed to overheat his vehicle's vital parts Lap 74: Gwyn Staley managed to overheat his vehicle's vital parts Lap 91: Jimmy Ingram caused a terminal crash by flipping his vehicle over Lap 105: Dick Rathmann takes over the lead from Fonty Flock Lap 125: Weldon Adams had a terminal crash Lap 139: Larry Mann managed to lose the rear end of his vehicle Lap 140: Fonty Flock takes over the lead from Dick Rathmann, Bob Pronger managed to blow his vehicle's engine Lap 142: Bucky Sager managed to lose his left front wheel while racing at high speeds Lap 145: Bobby Myers blew his vehicle's engine Lap 162: Pete Kelly managed to overwork his vehicle's engine Lap 168: Jimmy Lewallen made his vehicle's engine nonfunctional Lap 174: Fireball Roberts had a nasty time with his vehicle's engine Lap 181: Herb Thomas takes over the lead from Fonty Flock Lap 182: Roy Hall managed to exhaust all of his vehicle's tires while running out of gas at the same time Lap 185: Fonty Flock takes over the lead from Herb Thomas Lap 193: Possum Jones managed to overheat his vehicle's vital parts Lap 223: Bill Blair managed to overheat his vehicle's vital parts Lap 240: Tommy Moon managed to overheat his vehicle's vital parts Lap 244: Johnny Bridgers managed to overheat his vehicle's vital parts Lap 254: Lamar Crabtree managed

May's Bounty

May's Bounty is a cricket ground situated along Bounty Road in Basingstoke, England. The ground is compact and is lined on all sides by trees, with its northern side overlooked by residential housing; the Bounty was used intermittently by Hampshire County Cricket Club in the early 20th-century, before Hampshire began to play there annually from 1966 to 2000. The ground is owned by the Basingstoke Sports and Social Club and is used in club cricket by Basingstoke and North Hants Cricket Club; the ground has a capacity for major matches of 2,500, while its end names are called the Town End to the north and the Castlefield End to the south. Cricket is believed to have been played at May's Bounty or in its vicinity as far back as 1855; the ground was known as The Folly, but was renamed in honour of Lt Col John May, a member of a Basingstoke family of brewers, who bought The Folly from Thomas Burberry to preserve it for sporting use, with the ground being donated to the cricket club playing there as a gift or "Bounty".

The current Basingstoke and North Hants Cricket Club was founded in 1865, with the club playing at May's Bounty since then. The first match, recorded at the ground saw Basingstoke play a United South of England Eleven. Hampshire first played first-class cricket there in 1906 against Warwickshire in the County Championship, which Warwickshire won by 107 runs; the maiden first-class century there was scored in this match by Warwickshire's Sep Kinneir. Hampshire played there just once more before World War I, playing Derbyshire in 1914, which saw Hampshire's Arthur Jaques taking what remains the best match figures at the ground with figures of 14/105. Hampshire would not return to the ground until 1935, when Hampshire played Surrey in the County Championship, it was during this match. The following season Hampshire played two first-class matches there, against Nottinghamshire and Cambridge University. In the match against Nottinghamshire, Hampshire made their lowest first-class total at the ground when they were dismissed for just 61.

Hampshire played a final first-class match there before World War II against Worcestershire. Prior to the war, Hampshire had lost six of their seven matches at May's Bounty, including three by an innings. First-class cricket didn't return to the ground after the war, with Hampshire next playing there in 1951 against Oxford University, it wasn't until 1966 that the ground started to become an annual feature on Hampshire's fixture list. The following season the ground held its first List A match when Hampshire played Lincolnshire in the 1967 Gillette Cup; the 1970s saw some records made at the ground which still stand to this day, including the best innings figures in first-class matches, made by Glamorgan's Malcolm Nash, whose spell of swing bowling in 1975 returned figures of 9/56. Other records made in that decade saw both the highest and lowest List A team totals, 251 and 43 respectively; the highest score in List A cricket at the ground was made in 1974 by Barry Richards against Glamorgan.

Over the coming three decades the ground held one first-class and one List A match each season, an arrangement which lasted until the 2000 season, after which Hampshire centralised all their matches to their new Rose Bowl home. During his sustained period of use by Hampshire, the county played 35 first-class matches and 30 List A matches. Hampshire's Robin Smith hold the record for the most first-class runs at May's Bounty, having scored 977 runs at an average of 69.78, with six centuries. This despite Smith missing many matches due to Hampshire's Basingstoke fixture clashing with Smith's England Test duties at Lord's. Glamorgan's Alan Jones holds the highest individual first-class score at the ground, making an unbeaten 204 in 1980. Mark Nicholas and Gordon Greenidge had favourable records at the ground. Cardigan Connor took the most wickets at the ground, with 40 wickets at a bowling average of 27.77, with the pitches favouring seam bowling and producing low scoring encounters, despite the small size of the boundaries.

In January 2007, Hampshire announced their intention to return to May's Bounty in 2008. In 2008 they played a single first-class match against Durham, a repeat of the grounds final first-class fixture in 2000, with Hampshire defeating that seasons eventual county champions by 2 wickets. Hampshire played a further two first-class matches there, in the 2009 County Championship against Yorkshire, in the 2010 County Championship against Durham. However, the ground wasn't included on Hampshire's fixture list for 2011. Highest team total: 524 by Yorkshire v Hampshire, 2009 Lowest team total: 61 by Hampshire v Nottinghamshire, 1936 Highest individual innings: 204* by Alan Jones for Glamorgan v Hampshire, 1980 Best bowling in an innings: 9-56 by Malcolm Nash for Glamorgan v Hampshire, 1975 Best bowling in a match: 14-105 by Arthur Jaques for Hampshire v Derbyshire, 1914 Highest team total: 251 by Hampshire v Glamorgan, 1974 Lowest team total: 43 by Hampshire v Essex, 1972 Highest individual innings: 123 by Barry Richards for Hampshire v Glamorgan, 1974 Best bowling in an innings: 6-53 by Mark Ealham for Kent v Hampshire, 1993 List of Hampshire County Cricket Club grounds List of cricket grounds in England and Wales Altham, H.

S.. D. R.. Hampshire County Cricket: The Official History. Phoenix Books. ASIN B0012ULOMK. Smallbone, Kevin. Farewell to May's Bounty: Hampshire County Cricket at Basingstoke 1906-2000. Sportingmemoriesonline.com. ISBN 0-9537880-1-6. Basingstoke Sports and Social Club at May's Bounty May's Bounty at ESPNcricinfo May's Bounty at CricketArchive