When Joe Ayoob shattered the paper airplane distance record, he used a plane that he did not construct. Not everyone was happy about that--some purists suggest that using Ayoob as a stand-in to throw the airplane violated the unwritten rules of competitive paper airplane throwing.
"Competitive paper airplane flying had always been, in my mind, what can one person do with one piece of paper," says Mr. Kreiger, a 23-year-old engineer. Using a ringer, he says, is problematic: "I don't really think that's the spirit of the competition."
Guinness World Records NA Inc. thought otherwise. Mr. Ayoob's throw, immortalized on YouTube, sailed 226 feet and 10 inches, breaking Mr. Kreiger's record of 207 feet, 4 inches. Guinness in March named him and Mr. Collins the record holders.
A Guinness spokeswoman says there was no internal debate about giving Mr. Collins credit. But some paper-plane purists are still aflutter.
Paper-plane enthusiasts have traditionally seen theirs as an individual sport. The question now: Is Mr. Collins's ringer a bad precedent, or has he ushered in a new era in which designers can focus on better paper folds instead of muscle tone?
After the jump softball fights for survival after a postseason upset and Mike Leach prepares for Cal's October 13th visit in unusual fashion.
- Oregon opens the favorite in Vegas to win the Pac-12 North. Cal, however, is not too far behind in second (-250).
- Keenan Allen was named to Phil Steele's All-America third team. In the Pac-12, Allen, Matt Summers-Gavin, and Aaron Tipoti earn spots on the Pac-12 first team, Brian Schwenke is on the second team, Marc Anthony and Isi Sofele earn spots on the third team, and Cecil Whiteside rounded out the fourth team.
- Bears commit Jared Goff earned the Golden Gun accuracy title at the Elite 11 after defeating USC commit Max Browne.
- Washington State coach Mike Leach shot and killed a 7', 350lb Bear. He is clearly practicing for Cal's visit in October.
- Jorge Gutierrez was invited to participate in this weekend's NBA Draft Combine.
- Jorge will work out for San Antonio and New Jersey.
- The Bears' road to the championship began with an 8-0 mercy victory over Iona. Coach Ninemire and several players spoke at the postgame press conference.
- The Bears hit a road block with a surprising 3-2 loss to Arkansas.
- With the season on the line, the Bears posted an 8-0 mercy victory over Boston. To advance to the Super Regionals, Cal must defeat Arkansas twice more.
- For the third straight year, the men's team advanced to the NCAA Championships. The Bears won the Stanford Regional by six strokes.