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W. O. McGeehan

William O'Connell McGeehan was an American sportswriter and editor of the New York Herald Tribune. He was born to Hugh and Theresa O'Connell McGeehan on November 22, 1879 in San Francisco and died in Brunswick, Georgia, on November 29, 1933. McGeehan entered Stanford University, but left within the first year as he enlisted in the U. S. Army to fight in the Spanish–American War. After the war, he returned to San Francisco. McGeehan continued to work for different papers in San Francisco, including the San Francisco Chronicle, it was during his reporter days in San Francisco that he received the nickname "Sheriff." It seems some 13 desperate convicts had escaped outside Sacramento. Many posses were formed and McGeehan, wanting to cover the story as a reporter, was deputized and led one of the posses into the Sierra Nevada; this group included Farro. They walked right by where some of the convicts missed them, they made use of bloodhounds, but the terrain got so rough that McGeehan had to help carry the dogs back downhill.

The upshot was that 3 of the 12 were captured. From that time on McGeehan was known to many as Sheriff. In 1910, McGeehan married Sophie Treadwell. Treadwell was a reporter and writer who became famous in her own right for her books and plays in years, they met while working on one of the San Francisco papers and went East when McGeehan felt it was time to move on. He claimed the old Days weren't that good not much pay, a lot of work and no recognition. Although many of his columns and much of his work was related to boxing, he covered nearly all sports and write at length about his extensive travels, he fished and hunted moose in Canada, spent much time in Europe in the Balkans and traveling around the Mediterranean. He was most accompanied by his wife, although he referred to her as the woman, driving me. McGeehan had many excellent descriptive phrases related to various activities: Boxing was the manly art of modified murder or the Cauliflower industry, he called Primo Carnera the "tall tower of Gorgonzola" and referred to wrestlers as Pachyderms.

An Italian wrestler was described as "breathing garlic and defiance." He often wrote of a Salmon named Alphide, a leaping champion from the Meramichi River in New Brunswick, trained as a falls jumper, but died of a broken heart at the base of Niagara Falls. Moe the Moose was named for Moe Levy, a fur salesman in Manhattan

Excitebike: World Rally

Excitebike: World Rally, known as Excitebike: World Race in Japan and Excitebike: World Challenge in the PAL region, is a racing game released as a WiiWare title for the Wii game console and the fifth main title in the Excite racing franchise, is the first since the original Excitebike to feature classic 2D racing. The game was developed by Monster Games, is their third developed game in the series; the title was announced on October 27, 2009 through the NOA edition of the Nintendo Channel, via an episode of Nintendo Week, was released in North America on November 9, 2009, in Japan on February 2, 2010 and in the PAL region on February 5, 2010. World Rally borrows the same concept as the racing title released for the NES in 1984; the game's core design is that of a time trial arcade racer. In contrast to that NES game, the game includes an online multiplayer mode, allowing players to play anonymously over the internet, or with friends in a similar fashion to Mario Kart Wii; the game has met with mixed to positive reviews, receiving a score of 72% on GameRankings and a score of 70% on Metacritic.

World Rally follows a similar premise as the original Nintendo Entertainment System title released in 1985. The game's core design is that of a time trial arcade racer, that is, each race sees players attempting to get to the finish line in the shortest period of time possible; the player's bike has two options, an accelerator and a turbo function, the latter increases the player's engine temperature and overheating will cause the player's bike to stall. As in Excitebots and Excite Truck, the game features ranks S, A, B, C, D which are determined by how well the player performs in races. Only gaining a rating of B or higher will allow the player to progress. Getting an S rank will unlock a new bike color. Races take place throughout different fictional tracks around the world, include locales from London, America and Mexico. World Rally includes an online component, allowing players to play anonymously over the internet, or with friends in a similar fashion to Mario Kart Wii. Depending on which place they finish, they receive points.

If the players get a certain number of points, a new bike design is unlocked. Much like the original title, Excitebike: World Rally has a level editor, allowing players to create tracks and share them over the internet. Unlike the original title, there is no option to race alone. World Rally was developed by Monster Games and announced on October 27, 2009 through the NOA edition of the Nintendo Channel, via an episode of Nintendo Week. In an interview on 1UP's Retro Gaming Blog, the developers of the game "wanted to approach this project with a clean slate and take advantage of the new abilities of the Wii: the 3-D graphics, the motion controls and the availability of Wi-Fi play" and "be able to enhance the game play in ways that were not possible with the original hardware." World Rally received mixed to positive reviews. In his review on IGN, Craig Harris gave the game a 7.9/10 and called it "one of the better WiiWare offerings available." Christian Donlan of Eurogamer gave the game a 7/10 and said, "That's pretty much applicable to the wider experience, really.

Like Nintendo's original, ExciteBike: World Rally is simple fun. This is no Trials HD, but it's still great to play as a chummy pass-the-controller game, nice to have stuck on an SD card for a rainy Sunday afternoon when there are no Columbo reruns to watch on television. Nostalgic and modest, this is retro-gaming at its least self-conscious." Ryan Scott of GameSpy, gave the game 2 stars, said that the game was fun for a few minutes. It feels like a half-hearted cash-in designed to prey on our nostalgia, not unlike Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled. It's nothing but a curiosity, fun for the few minutes prior to the realization of just how badly Excitebike has aged." Monster Games official website