Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - December 22, 2011

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Welcome to the December 22, 2011 edition of sports carnival ecstasy. This time we have a good number of articles on various sporting topics including one from Steve on Ohio State traveling to Kansas for a preseason match-up on the hardwood. We have an article on the Clippers matching Jordan's Offer Sheet to try to secure the free agent for the upcoming NBA season. There's a preview of the Big Ten Championship Game from the BrutusReport.com website. And finally Steve presents Accurate Golf Lob Shots for all those living in warmer climates were you can still golf this winter. Hope you enjoy the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook, Plus, and come back soon.

Steve presents 5 Paintball Tips for Beginners posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Paintball is a very exciting hobby, but when you are first getting started playing paintball you want to be aware of some things."

Rachel Cleary presents 10 Hidden Ways to Save Money on Auto Insurance posted at Auto Insurance Quotes, saying, "This information has been useful to several readers and I'm sure it will provide your readers with the same value."

baseball

Monkeysuit presents Ryan Braun's Syphilis Medication to Blame posted at The Great Monkey Suit.

basketball

Steve presents Ohio State Travels to Allen Fieldhouse to Face Kansas posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Two of the top teams nationally, Ohio State and Kansas, and two of the top players in the country, Jared Sullinger and Thomas Robinson, could face off against each other this coming Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse."

Taylor presents Clippers Match Jordan's Offer Sheet posted at THE SPORTS CENTS.

extreme

Jason presents Holiday Shopping posted at Skate Blog | Read About Skateboarding News, Skate Company Updates, Liberty Skate Promotions, Giveaways, Skate Events, And More!, saying, "We're an online retailer of skateboard ramps and rails. We're doing what we can to keep fresh content on our site to keep the visitors happy."


Troy P presents Softball Pullup Grips | DIY Fitness Equipment posted at Cube.Dweller.Fitness, saying, "Extreme home fitness - redeploy those extra softballs laying around the house. Crank up the drill press and the welder. Then build some serious forearms with softball pullup grips."

football

Steve presents Marc Dantonio Builds a Big Ten Contender posted at BrutusReport, saying, "When Marc Dantonio left Cincinnati to take over as the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, he wanted to win with defense, special teams and a physical offense."


Steve presents Ricquan Southward Switches From Miami to Ohio State posted at eFilmRoom, saying, "The new head coach hire of Urban Meyer at Ohio State has quickly made a difference in recruiting. Ricquan Southward of Lakeland Florida switched his verbal commitment from Miami (FL) to Ohio State just this past week."

Michael presents 2012 Wide Receiver Ricquan Southward Switches to Ohio State posted at eScoutRoom, saying, "Ohio State football recruiting is picking up with the announcement that Urban Meyer is going to be taking over as head coach next season."

Steve presents Tommy Schutt–Defensive Line Glen Ellyn Glenbard West posted at eFilmRoom, saying, "Tommy Schutt became the first official commitment of Urban Meyer’s time at Ohio State when he changed his verbal commitment from Penn State to Ohio State."

Michael presents Tommy Schutt Commits to Ohio State for 2012 posted at eScoutRoom, saying, "Tommy Schutt had between 30 and 35 scholarship offers when he made the selection to play from Penn State over the summer of 2011."

Steve presents MLB Games Tryouts posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "This is the question that many parents and young aspiring baseball players ask during spring season as they get ready to go to the ballpark with dreams of having multi-million dollar bonuses in their heads."

golf

Steve presents Accurate Golf Lob Shots posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "The golf lob shot is usually a short shot of no more than 50 yards at most, and is usually employed to get the ball high very quickly, often to get it over an obstacle of some kind."

mma

Hooker presents UFC Fighters Who Cry Are Stoopid posted at Humans are Stoopid.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

5 Cool Gifts for the Young Martial Artist

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Finding the perfect gift for a young martial artist doesn't have to be a chore. Whether you are shopping for your own child or someone else's child, there are plenty of cool gifts you can buy that will make him or her smile with joy. Here are some top five suggestions with extra grin factor included.

Century Kid Kick Wavemaster Punching Bag

There is no better way to encourage a child's martial arts interest than by giving them something they can practice with at home. The Century Kid Kick Wavemaster Punching Bag is less than $100 and will provide the young martial artist with hours and hours of exercise and entertainment as well as practice. The bag comes in three adjustable sizes so that as the child grows, he or she can still continue to use the bag.

The Martial Arts Training Diary for Kids

This book is a must have for every young martial artist. The book includes martial arts games, stories and activities as well as pages to log their accomplishments, favorite styles, personal best moves and more. The book is intended for children ages 7 and up. For around $10, you can give a young martial artist a gift he or she will love for years.

Foam Nunchakus

What young martial artist doesn't secretly dream of deftly twirling nunchakus around like an action movie star? You can find a nice pair online for $5 to $10 and the foam covering helps ensure that he or she won't get hurt while learning how to use them. For extra fun, add a beginners' level or kid-oriented training DVD to your gift so he or she can learn from the pros.

A Gift Certificate

Many martial arts schools have pro shops with training items, t-shirts and other school specific merchandise. Contact the young martial artist's school and see if they offer gift certificates. School gift certificates are great because the student can pick out exactly what he or she wants without having to ask Mom or Dad to pay for it.

Training DVDs

Turn tube time into activity time. There is a wide selection of training DVDs for kids that cover all the various forms of martial arts. Most martial arts DVDs are relatively inexpensive and you can buy them through large retailers like Amazon.com or specific martial arts websites. Another plus is that the videos often reinforce the same values students learn at the dojo, so the videos are educational as well as fun.

Martial Artists, especially young ones, thrive on encouragement and accomplishment. Any gift you can give them that helps support their interest will be greatly appreciated. The most important thing to consider is where the student is on his or her martial arts journey and pick gifts that you know he or she will personally enjoy.

About the Author: Buford Wadell loves studying the martial arts and works to foster that same love in his children. He recommends self defense classes to anyone who is worried about their personal safety.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Great Olympian Let Down

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Who else is feeling completely underwhelmed by what is supposed to be the biggest event in recent British history? No, I'm not talking about the royal wedding, though I'll admit that the excitement surrounding Pippa Middleton's unremarkable behind suggests that the British public felt a similarly damp spark.

No people, I'm talking about the Olympics. I'm so bored by the inane faux-excitement that I'm even thinking of taking a cycling holiday next July just so I can actually do some exercise rather than watch other people do it. 'Traitor!' I hear you shout. 'Kill joy!' you exclaim. Maybe I'm a bit of both, but there's just too much to hate about the whole thing.

1. The UK aren't going to win

Think of how we did in the World Cup in 2010: we think we're pretty damn good until we're confronted with the genius sportsmen and women from just about every other country in the world and then realise we're rubbish. The worst thing is that we can't say that it's because they have more money to spend on training and facilities. No one's got any money! Hurrah!

No, we just have to admit that while we're good at important things like wearing hats, genteel walking holidays in the Lake District and electing poor heads of state, in the sports department we're just like the nerd who gets picked last for the basketball team. Tim Henman, bless his tennis whites for trying, was a regular disappointment. This is not to diminish his achievements: he's better at tennis than 99.9% of the world's population – a sexy statistic if you're Tim – but the public and the media all too easily forget their own mediocrity and joyfully massacre this poor bloke's career. If he's not grand slamming willy-nilly at Wimbledon, he's basically as impressive as Wayne Rooney's hair transplant.

2. Commuter Nightmare

I used to get a thrill out of being able to give (fake) directions to flabby German tourists. Now, I can't even be bothered to think up a lie because it takes up valuable commute time – I just push past them angrily to make sure that little old lady isn't the one getting the last seat on the tube.

During the Olympic summer, you can guarantee that every tired and unenthusiastic Londoner will be asked for directions every single day, ensuring that 10 minutes’ walk to the tube becomes 11 minutes, and that extra minute is enough to miss that all important connection at the end of a trying day. Thus, I predict an increase in commuter breakdowns of at least 5%, enough to push the NHS over the edge and into an even more disorganised state. Not good for treating tourists who have injured themselves after being inspired by the wrestling event.

3.British incompetence being advertised to the world

It's ok for us to make fun of ourselves, indeed, it's a vital part of the British psyche to whinge about how rubbish the UK is: the food, our film industry, schools and most of all, our attitudes. It is all a complete joke. However, the Olympic fiasco-in-the-making will give other countries a chance to point and laugh mercilessly at our awful attempts to create a world class event with world class culture hosted by world class people. Boris Johnson's hair will be beside itself with excitement, and will start shouting out obscenities during the opening ceremony. Suddenly, Silvio Berlusconi's Bunga Bunga parties will look like an attractive alternative event for the Italians coming to see the show.

Bemused tourists will arrive in Stratford, hoping for a bit of thespian action alongside the Olympics – what they'll get is a neighbourhood Londoners pass through as quickly as possible. And finally, chic and experimental sculptors from Canada will look at the ArcelorMittal Orbit and quite rightly wonder why we've created something that looks like a python getting it on with a trumpet.

Suri enjoys travelling, photography and writing, but definetly not the idea of the olympics!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - November 29, 2011

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Welcome to the November 29, 2011 edition of sports carnival ecstasy. In this edition we have SteveR taking a look at the Florida Gators when the visited Ohio State Buckeyes for preseason basketball. Lisa Hood studies the Rise and Fall of Jerry Sandusky. We has a Near Death Fantasy Football Experience by Red. And finally Lawre Dyer shows us the Pitch Shot Technique in Golf. All great articles, make sure to bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook and come back soon.


SteveR presents Cornhole: It’s a Serious Outdoor Sport posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "When many people hear about the game cornhole for the first time, the first reaction is often snickering or laughter."

Michael Donelly presents The Fastest Way to a Six-Pack Stomach posted at www.anotherway.org, saying, "Read this if: You have tried a million stomach crunches but still caanot see your abs. Gain: A boost in your confidence and an increased sex appeal Cost: Only perseverance"

basketball

SteveR presents Florida Gators Visiting Ohio State Buckeyes Tonight posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The #7 ranked Florida Gators basketball team comes to Value City Arena tonight to face the third ranked Buckeyes in a non-conference match that will be highly watched nationally."

extreme

sam presents Santini Kines Windbreaker Jacket posted at BikeCyclingReviews.com | Site Wide Activity, saying, "Since autumn is well on his way with its cloudy and rainy weather and winter is right around the corner, today I decided to write about Santini’s Kines Windbreaker jacket, an item of clothing that I’ve been using a lot lately since I’ve been riding my bike under rainy and windy conditions."

football

Lisa Hood presents The Rise and Fall of Jerry Sandusky posted at ZenCollegeLife, saying, "The revelation that Jerry Sandusky, one of college football's most successful defensive coordinators for more than two decades, allegedly sexually assaulted eight boys — and possibly more — has already damaged reputations and permanently scarred Penn State football."

Red presents Near Death Fantasy Football Experience posted at Fantasy Football Tips | Fantasy Football Advice | Fantasy Football Draft and Weekly Pickups Inside the Redzone, saying, "Inside the Redzone is a Fantasy Football blog dedicated to providing you the most up to date and entertaining news and views about Fantasy Football. Whether you're a casual fan or a hardcore player Inside the Redzone has the Fantasy Football predictions and recaps that will help you elevate your game. Our goal is to get you the inside scoop on hot fantasy football pickups, drops and insights not offered anywhere else. Connect with us on Twitter.com/insideredzone and Facebook.com/insidetheredzone"

Yimzzo presents All good Here! | Yimzzo posted at Yimzzo.

golf

Lawre Dyer presents Pitch Shot Technique in Golf posted at Videos of Golf.

mma

SteveR presents How Did MMA Become So Popular Today? posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Demand for MMA-style sporting events has been apparent throughout history."

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Four Adventurous Hobbies Every Man Should Try

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For many the idea of having a hobby is something rare, or old fashioned. Rather than spend a lot of time testing out a new skill, many today opt instead to hang out on the couch and entertain themselves in a more sedentary way. But hobbies offer more to the mind than just entertainment; they can help you to feel relaxed and involved. Hobbies have a way of sharpening your mind, helping your skills of observation, and bringing excitement into your life. If you’ve been feeling like there’s something missing from your life, maybe it’s time to pick up a new pastime to stimulate your adventurous side.

1. Camping

There is something to be said about setting up camp, fishing for your dinner, tending to a fire and sleeping under the stars. In many states, there are an abundance of parks and campsites for you to get out and enjoy, so the view will never get boring no matter how often you camp. Camping is also a gateway to other great hobbies such as hunting and trapping, fishing or hiking. If you aren't a camper, consider heading to the woods for just one night or taking part in a survival class, where you'll be with other people and an instructor who will teach you about surviving in the wild.

2. Sports

Exercise is important for healthy and strong bodies, and it becomes especially important as we age. Men should have at least one physical, preferably competitive hobby. Physical activity is responsible for a myriad of benefits, like stress reduction, a boost in testosterone, and an outlet for your competitive nature. Whether in a gym or on a team, getting your body moving is an excellent way to bring a positive change into your daily routine, rather than just sitting at home and watching sports on TV. You can even get involved with a community league to it becomes a weekly activity and there's a sense of competition.

3. Martial Arts or Fencing

Along the same lines as most sports, these combative arts harness your need to be competitive, while getting your blood flowing. They work many areas of the brain because they require foresight and critical thinking to make a sound strategy of attack. Martial arts are a spectacular hobby you can take up at any time in your life. Some community centers even offer classes for free from time to time.

4. Motorsports

Taking up a new hobby of motorcycling or motocross can be just the thing to breathe life into your boring routine, and you can do it without a lot of extra time in a day. Consider changing your commuter vehicle into a motorcycle to save on gas, and commute time. Riding a motorcycle can boost your adrenaline on the way to work, and therefore positively influence the effort you’re extending on any given day. You can also create a hobby of restoring old vehicles and motorcycles, and that’s something that requires dedication and focus from you mentally.

This guest post is from Allison with MotorcycleInsurance.com, where you can go to pick up cheap motorcycle insurance if this is your hobby of choice.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Surfing in Scotland

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Scotland is a “mando vacay or epic holiday location, to score some great rides.” Scotland is divided into four surf regions: east Scotland, Northeast Scotland, North Scotland and West Scotland.

East Scotland Surfing Spots:

Coldingham Bay is a small secluded bay in the eastern region of Scotland. If the waves are on, you can have great fun. The best wind direction is east and there are no known hazards. The waves break on the beach; this spot is suitable for novice surfers.

• Sandford provides shelter from the north winds, with comfortable warm water. The crowds are normal and the waves break on the beach at this surfing spot also. This is another good location for beginners.

• Flag Reef is an empty beach, with good waves and breaks for intermediate surfers. Sometimes the waves can be unpredictable; on a good day you can score long walling rides to the left, with hollow rights. It is possible for the reef to be exposed at low tide

Northeast Scotland Surfing Spots:

• Sandlend has clean water and spectacular panoramas.

The waves are consistent, with long, fast lefts and rights. The waters here can sometimes have barells, which furnish suitable rides for any “squid” or beginner. This spot has no known hazards.

• Lossie contains an east and west beach, which usually have clean 4’-5’ waves, once a week. The west beach has a reef break called the “slot machine.” The rides are uncommonly short, 100-200meters into the beach. Intermediate surfers can score good waves here.

North Scotland Surfing Spots:

• The Bay of Scail has some ‘slammin’ waves every 15-20 minutes in the car. The gulfstream flows through here, making this location a haven for large varieties of sea life. The water is beautiful and clean, with a surprising empty line-up. The North Atlantic waves can get up to 20’-30,’ which are rideable for experienced surfers. The Bay of Scail is suitable for all skill levels year round; it has point breaks.

• Brimms Ness is renowned for ripper waves in the Thurso area. The waves tend to be fast and challenging. This beach is never crowded. During early April, Thurso, Scotland hosts a world-class surfing competition that attracts surfing’s elite.

West Scotland Surfing Spots:

• Balevullin has left and right beach breaks. Waves are bigger at mid-high tide, with more hollows at low tide. The beach has a south-easterly wind. This is a great spot for intermediate surfers. The only hazards are a few obvious rocks. Surfing in Scotland for the first time, will be a mixture of surprise and awe. Returning to Scotland to surf, will reacquaint you with Scotland’s quantum surfing experience and remind you why you keep returning.

Sarah writes on behalf of Reserve Apartments a serviced apartments website which can help you to find accommodation for your holiday or business trip. Looking for quality Edinburgh apartments? Visit ReserveApartments.co.uk for their latest offers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sports Carnival ecstasy - November 15, 2011

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Welcome to the November 15, 2011 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy.We start this edition with an article on the top 10 athletes who beat cancer by Tanya Yoworski. Juliet Jones has another list, this time its the top 8 sport agents that have changed the game. SteveR has an article on the OK Thunder for those missing the NBA season. Yimzoo feels Peyton Manning should win the NFL MVP even if he doesn't play at all this year. And finally Jean Rumsey takes a look at three different NHL games. Hope you enjoy the sports articles, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook and come back soon.

Stacey Laird presents The Top 10 Most Ticketed Vehicles posted at CarInsurance.org, saying, "Some cars are chick magnets, and others just attract tickets."

Tanya Yoworski presents 10 Famous Athletes Who Managed to Beat Cancer posted at Medical Billing and Coding Certification, saying, "Tanya.Yoworski@gmail.com"

Lucas Liam presents 25 Q&A Sites on Becoming a Sports Agent : Ninth Inning Blog posted at Masters in Sports Management, saying, "Working in sports can be a very exciting career, but it can also be a difficult field to get started in. If you are interested in becoming a sports agent, there are probably many questions you may have about the job itself. These helpful Q&A sites will help answer many of the questions you have come across during your education and career. There is even a section where sports agents answer questions themselves."

Juliet Jones presents 8 Sports Agents Who Changed the Field posted at Business Insurance, saying, "As Albert Pujols attempted to bring St. Louis its second World Series title in six seasons, his agent, Dan Lozano, was preparing for one of the most-high profile negotiations in sports history."

Lisa Hood presents The 10 Most Spectacular Sports Stadiums in the World posted at ZenCollegeLife, saying, "Sports are a huge part of our daily lives."

Anthony Dominick presents 25 Great Sites to Learn About Professional Sports Scouting posted at Masters in Sports Administration, saying, "Sports administration is a competitive field, and becoming a professional sports scout can take many years of experience. One of the best ways to get into and maintain a career in this field is to stay informed. These incredible sites offer the best information available about sports scouting and can help give you insider information to learn more about the field."

basketball

SteveR presents The Oklahoma City Thunder: A Young Team on the Rise posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "A few years back hurricane Katrina barreled through New Orleans leaving buildings crushed and families without homes."

SteveR presents Top NBA Dunk Contest Winners of All-Time posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Back in the 80s, the NBA’s yearly slam dunk contest gave the league popularity that it could only dream of."

SteveR presents Celtics versus Lakers Rivalry Stands the Test of time posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Last summer, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers added yet another stunning chapter to the greatest rivalry in National Basketball Association history, as they wrapped up another epic war at the 2010 NBA Finals."

football

SteveR presents Ohio State vs Wisconsin: Russell Wilson Creates Defensive Challenge posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The coaching staff at Ohio State is hoping their team can put together a performance that redeems their season tonight in Ohio Stadium in front of a national audience."

SteveR presents No 2 Demetrious Cox- Jeannette posted at eFilmRoom, saying, "Demetrious Cox out of Jeannette, the same school that produced Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State running back Jordan Hall, is a 2012 recruit that is drawing a lot of attention nationally"

SteveR presents Michael Thomas Taft High Football Highlights 2010-11 posted at eFilmRoom, saying, "Michael Thomas was a top receiver out of the 2011 recruiting class nationally but made a decision to spend a semester at Fork Union Military Academy prior to starting college."

SteveR presents Why Stanford QB Luck will not be a Colt in 2012 posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "There is a lot of talk in the sports world about which NFL team will by Luck(y). Most people believe that the winner (by losing) will be either the Rams, the Dolphins or the Colts. None of those teams have won a game so far."

Curtis Choy presents Occupy New York (Jets) posted at The High Motor Guy, saying, "update on NY Jets backup QB Mark Brunell"

Yimzzo presents
Yimzzo - Peyton for MVP
posted at Yimzzo, saying, "Peyton For MVP, even if he sits out the entire year"

Yimzzo presents Giants will lose 5 in a row! | Yimzzo posted at Yimzzo, saying, "Giants will drop the next 5 in a row"

SteveR presents Ohio State vs Indiana, Jordan Hall Unlikely posted at BrutusReport, saying, "With a ankle sprain suffered last weekend against Wisconsin, running back and kick returner Jordan Hall is unlikely to play this coming weekend against Indiana."

SteveR presents Braxton Miller Named Big 10 Freshman of the Week posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Wisconsin Badgers this past Saturday Night in Ohio Stadium and thanks to some fourth quarter heroics by freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, they were able to pull off the upset 33-29."

SteveR presents #2 Demetrious Cox- Jeannette posted at eFilmRoom, saying, "In this highlight film from FinestPrep.com, Jeannette PA safety prospect Demetrious Cox is shown hitting receivers hard as they make receptions or try to gain yards after a catch."

SteveR presents Joe Paterno Fired By Penn State After Sex Scandal Exposed posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in college football, should have retired years ago and finally made the decision to retire at the end of this season in the face of a media storm brought on by the arrest of his former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky."

hockey

Jean Rumsey presents Phoenix Coyotes November 10 2011 Phoenix Coyotes vs. Montreal Canadiens posted at Sports Tickets Schedule, saying, "Are you a fan of the Phoenix Coyotes? The team is playing on Thursday, November 10 2011at the well-known stadium in Arizona."

Jean Rumsey presents Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings at Arrowhead Pond Of Anaheim ? November 17 posted at Sports Tickets Schedule, saying, "The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are back in action on 11-17-2011 at the Arrowhead Pond Of Anaheim."

Jean Rumsey presents 11-23-2011 Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena Detroit,Michigan posted at Sports Tickets Schedule, saying, "Detroit Red Wings Fans: You don’t want to miss the approaching Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames game on November 23 2011 at 07:00 PM. This will definitely be a game to remember at the Joe Louis Arena."

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Monday, November 14, 2011

The Key Differences Between MMA and Boxing

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MMA and boxing are often compared - both are fighting sports, both are one versus one, and both take place in the ring (or in some cases, the cage.) However, the differences between the two sports are vast and pronounced. Just what makes them so unique? Continue reading to find out.

Variety of Attacks

The most obvious similarities and differences are technical. Both MMA and boxing involve punching, but MMA is far more versatile, allowing for kicks, throws, submission locks, and more. In boxing, you only worry about your opponent's hands and footwork. In MMA, you have to worry about everything (hands, elbows, knees, etc.) your opponent can use against you.

Style of Attack

Since MMA is inspired from martial arts, even MMA punching techniques are different from that of boxing - especially if a fighter needs to be watching for kicks and takedown attempts when throwing each punch. Whereas boxers focus on strength and speed, MMA fighters must develop a much more diverse range of physical attributes – such as flexibility and balance - in all positions, not just standing.

As such, MMA offers more opportunities for gracefulness compared to boxing. Undoubtedly, you need to be strong and capable of throwing those punches and kicks, but only vast flexibility offers fighters the ability to stretch out that kick to the head, or throw someone down from an awkward position.

Popularity of Professional Fighters

When it comes to the professional game, the top MMA fighters tend to be less iconic than their boxing counterparts, partly due to the relative longevity and fame of boxing. Boxing has always had its famous champions, such as Tyson and Foreman, who dominated their sport to the point where they earned tens of millions of dollars per fight. But because of the disparity between the great and standard boxers, boxing fans must often endure mediocre, one-sided fights that are decided before the competitors enter the ring. However, they also get the tension, drama and excitement of fights between kings of the sport, such as Ali versus Liston.

Dominance of the Champions

MMA fighters tend to dominate their sport less than the top boxers, and earn much lower salaries. Statistically, the best MMA fighters can expect to be dethroned much more quickly than their boxing counterparts. But while it's interesting to watch top fighters fall to determined newcomers, MMA consequently lacks the immutable aura of the huge boxing fighters that could propel the sport's popularity even further. Of course, MMA is not devoid of champions – see Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva, or Georges St. Pierre – but it has a long way to go before it reaches the prestige of boxing.

Safety and Injury

Finally, MMA and boxing seem to argue regularly over which sport is the most brutal or damaging to its competitors. There are valid arguments either way, but MMA is safer overall. That MMA incorporates martial arts suggests fighters will be more respectful to one another than in boxing, and since MMA is not just about hitting your opponent in the face, fighters are much less likely to sustain fatal head injuries. Certainly, the emphasis on hitting any part of your opponent's body in MMA opens competitors to a variety of injuries, but these injuries pale in comparison to permanent brain damage.

Those are some of the main differences between these two sports, so I hope that makes some sense. Now please do me a favor - don't start any arguments about who would win in a fight, the boxer or mixed martial artist. As you now know, they are two completely different sports, and the argument is just a waste of time.

William Barnes is a huge MMA fan. When he's not watching the latest UFC event, he is probably writing for The MMA Fan Guide, an MMA site by fans, for fans.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gold Medal Predictions for London 2012 Olympics

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On the 27th July, the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics will welcome over 10,000 athletes from around the world.

The 2012 Summer Olympics will have 302 different events and 26 sports.

Here are some of the predictions for the Gold Medal winners of 2012.

Track and Field

Men’s 100m Sprint: Usain Bolt

Currently the world record holder for the 100m sprint, Bolt’s amazing achievements in the field of sprinting will be remembered for some time. Having announced he will probably retire from sprinting after 2012, we can be sure he has something special planned for the crowd at Olympic Park in 2012.

Men’s High Jump: Ivan Ukhov

Currently one of the strongest competitors his field, Ukhov has but one fatal weak point. He does not use proper high jumping spiked shoes, which have caused him to perform poorly in wet conditions. Providing the weather stays dry, there is no reason not to expect him to win.

Women’s 100m Sprint: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Currently the reigning champion in the event, she is a big favourite to take gold at London 2012. Named as the UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Jamaica, she is sure to have a large following of children cheering her on.

Men’s Javelin: Andreas Thorkildsen

Currently the gold medallist from Beijing, and showing no real signs of being overthrown, Thorkildsen enters the 2012 Games as the favourite. He’s thrown a javelin over 90m already, and is certainly not afraid to do so again.

Women’s Javelin: Mariya Abakumova

While not the 2008 medal winners, she has shown such strong performances in the athletics meets leading up to these next Olympics it would be difficult to look past her as a favourite. These include the 2011 World Championships where she took Gold.

Swimming

Men’s 1500m Freestyle: Sun Yang

The 19 year old from China continues to defy sense on why an endurance sport such as the 1500m freestyle can see dominance from people so young. In 2010 he broke the long held Australian dominance on the world record, and looks to be a hot favourite to win in London 2012.

Men’s 100 Butterfly: Michael Phelps

Michael Phelp’s domination of a number of swimming events will continue in 2012, as he wins a few more medals including this one. Phelp’s amazing physique is one that is nearly perfectly adapted for competitive sprint swimming. Frequently accused of banned substance usage due to his amazing performances, Phelps regularly undergoes testing and has shown pass after pass on all his drug tests.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Five Alternative Winter Sports

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As winter closes in ski and snowboard enthusiasts start to dream of hitting the slopes for long days on the piste, reveling in the wintry air and soaking in the dramatic scenery of and snowy mountain ranges. But there are plenty of alternative ways to enjoy winter thrills on snow and ice without having to step into skis or strap on a board. You don’t even have to fly out to the mountains or wait for winter to experience days of snow-filled fun either. So whether you’re heading out to the slopes this season, or staying home for the winter, here are some of our favorite alternative winter activities to get your heart pumping.


Snowmobile riding

If you like fast cars, fresh air and awesome scenery, then you will simply love hopping on board a snowmobile. The awesome power of these machines lets you glide across the snow at high speed, with all the excitement of a James Bond movie. There are some stunning locations to try it out too, including some of the most popular Alpine resorts in Europe, or try snowmobiling across a frozen lake in the beautifully remote surrounds of Finnish Lapland for one of the most thrilling yet peaceful high speed activities imaginable.


Ice climbing

Tackle terrifying terrain that you couldn’t even consider taking on with skis on your feet. Introductory courses are available for beginners with expert instructors based at some of Europe’s biggest ski resorts, such as Chamonix in France, who will soon have you digging your ice pick and crampons into sheer, icy cliff faces, clambering over frozen waterfalls and abseiling down icefalls. You don’t have to stray too far to try it either, guided climbs are available in the Scottish Highlands while there are indoor climbing centres in the UK where you can try out ice climbing at any time of year, whatever the weather.


Parapenting

The snow equivalent of paragliding, parapenting is one of the most thrilling ways to soak in the mountainous scenery of your ski resort. Point your skis down the slope and as your parachute fills with air, it lifts you gently into the air before taking you soaring high above the trees and mountains. Total beginners can give it a go strapped safely to an instructor, who takes control of the chute and ensures you land safely back on the snow.


Tubing

A hit with adults and kids alike, you can forget about learning tricky techniques and stocking up on expensive equipment, all you need for fun on the slopes is an inflatable ring and nerves of steel! Some resorts these days even have special areas for tubing, otherwise you can give it a go any small slope with a safe place to stop, or you may be able to try it out in the evenings on floodlit nursery pistes. Back on home soil, indoor skiing centres in the UK offer the activity for simple, no frills fun on the snow.


Snowshoeing

One of the more gentle ways to enjoy the slopes, snowshoes give you a great way to enjoy the beautiful surrounds that many ski resorts boast, even if you don’t want to partake in skiing or boarding. You can follow safe walking trails around the foothills or more rigorous routes higher in the mountains which will still put your fitness to the test. Guided snowshoe experience days are also available in many resorts both in Scotland and abroad.

This article has been created by Activity Superstore, the UK's leading Gift Experience Days supplier.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - October 27, 2011

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Welcome to the October 27, 2011 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy.This week we have some really good posts including two from SteveR a Scoop on the New NCAA Guidelines and a look at John Simon, the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week. Tiger Hebert wants to know What Happened to the Lions Explosive Offense? and has his Week 8 NFL Picks. Hope you like the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook and come back soon.

Juliana Smith presents 10 Reasons Why Football is More Popular Than Baseball posted at Satellite Dish, saying, "Baseball has historically been considered America’s national pastime; but football is clearly the most popular sport in America today, and there are a number of reasons why. Let’s take a look at ten reasons why football is more popular than baseball"

Irene Beckerr presents Top 40 Job Sites for Sports Administration posted at Masters in Sports Administration, saying, "Earning a degree in sports administration can be an exciting career choice. Earning your master's degree will help you achieve better career opportunities and a higher salary. It is also important, and can be extremely beneficial to your career, to obtain an internship to help get your foot in the door. These fantastic sites will keep you knowledgeable with what jobs are available and the education and experience required to achieve them."

Marshall Stanton presents Economics of fantasy sports posted at The Road Not Taken.

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Rachel Cleary presents The Attack on Obesity and the BMI Myth | TravelInsurance.org posted at TravelInsurance.org, saying, "Hey, I'm submitting this article because I have a genuine concern for my generation. We are becoming more and more obese and what better way for me to find help than to reach out to fellow bloggers. I hope you would review my article and share it with the nations. Thanks..."

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SteveR presents The Scoop on New NCAA Guidelines posted at BrutusReport, saying, "In the somewhat off-the-wall new rules put into place because of the NCAA’s governing board this season, the world of college athletics is again in a whirlwind state."

SteveR presents John Simon, Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The BIG 10 conference announced today that John Simon is their defensive Player of your Week when the Buckeyes defeated Illinois 17-7 Saturday."

Tiger Hebert presents The Tiger Report: Contest Alert: Chance to Win Free NFL Gift posted at The Tiger Report, saying, "Free Contest - Enter to Win a FREE NFL Team Flag! Deadline is Friday Night!"

Tiger Hebert presents What Happened to the Lions Explosive Offense? posted at The Tiger Report, saying, "Why is the Lions offense struggling so much right now?"

Tiger Hebert presents TTR's Week 8 Picks posted at The Tiger Report, saying, "Our picks for all the Week 8 games."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of sports carnival ecstasy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Predictions: Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Dallas Cowboys 10/30 8:20PM EDT

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While players and coaches have come and gone and stadiums have been built, demolished, and renamed, one thing that has yet to change between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys: the long time running rivalry. The rivalry has been going on ever since September 30, 1960 with a 25-27 Eagles win over the Cowboys. Players and fans continue the rivalry in 2011, and you know a rivalry is good when past games between the two teams have been coined as Bounty Bowls.

"Our number 1 nemesis is still the Dallas Cowboys. People tend to not even care if we win the season as long as we beat the Cowboys. Now, that being said, everyone was expecting (the Eagles) to go to the Super Bowl with all of these new acquisitions that they got. The Eagles were on fire when it came to picking up players," explained Dr. Siegel, a dentist practicing out of Philadelphia and an avid Eagles fan.

Does Philadelphia Have A Greater Shot In The Post-Season With A Win Over Dallas?

As preseason rolled around and the big NFL lock out was finally resolved, the Eagles soon became known as the "Dream Team" as the team continued to pick up new promising teammates to add to the Eagles' arsenal. However, it seems this phase was short lived as after Week 3, QB Michael Vick has already admitted that the "Dream Team" is over. Combined with a not so spectacular start and key players in less than optimum health, a victorious game against Dallas could be the team's silver lining. As Dr. Siegel explained, "The Philadelphia Eagles have definitely started slow this year. There was a great expectation for victories in our city. The Eagles will have a chance to redeem themselves to the Philadelphia sports fans when the play the Dallas Cowboys. No team is disliked more than the Cowboys in Philadelphia. Even with a winning season if the Eagles lose to the cowboys fans are not happy. A win over the Cowboys will go a long way to help the Eagles turn their season around."

Dallas Cowboys fan and Pro Blogger, Alex Weston of CowboysGab.com agrees with Siegel. "I would say the Eagles have under performed. As the season has developed I think most people expected them to be 5-0 or 4-1. The "dream team" has had a very rough start to the season going 1-4 and it has been inconsistency that has plagued them as well. They have looked good at times and looked awful at others. The Eagles defense is still a concern, especially against the run. But, as the season goes on, I expect the Eagles to get things worked out and make a run at the division."

Cowboys Riding On Slow Horses Early On

At the same time, Weston also has similar thoughts regarding his own team, proving that time may be just what the Eagles and the Cowboys need. As he explained, "I think the Cowboys have been what we expected them to be. They have been much improved on defense and very explosive on offense. Their real problem has been consistency and ball control. It seems the Cowboys have put themselves in position to win, but have been unable to deliver due to turnovers. I think as the season goes on, we'll start to see that get straightened out."

The Cowboys' less-than-stellar start with an injured WB Tony Romo, almost mirrors the same problems that the Philadelphia Eagles are facing.

Holding On To The Ball May Be The Deciding Factor

Looking at the two teams, both are able to enjoy a bye week before their upcoming face-off, which may be a much needed break for both the Cowboys and the Eagles. Statistically both teams are pretty close with the exception of Philadelphia's rushing yards to Dallas. Though statistics are just numbers, the key to winning this match-up may be the team who suffers from the fewest fumbles.

"I do think the teams are pretty evenly matched and it is going to come down to which ever team turns the ball over the least. The defenses will be key in this game so I imagine there will be lots of blitzing on both sides. Which ever defense forces the most turnovers, that team will walk out of there with the victory," explained Weston.

When Philadelphia hosts the Cowboys on October 30 at Lincoln Financial Field, the city's most notable nickname, "The City of Brotherly Love" will likely go straight out the window. When the Cowboys come into town, Philadelphia is the place to be for a bitter rivalry that runs deep. That's the best type of football, right?

Ashley Page writes for Off-Topic Media. Special thanks to Philly dentist, Dr. Ken Siegel and Cowboys blogger, Alex Weston of CowboysGab.com for their comments.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to Be a Fashionable "Sporty Spice"

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Hut, hut, hike! Every Fall ushers in a brand new season one of America’s greatest spectator sports: football. Let the tailgates commence! So what does the female sports fan wear to the games this fall? A team jersey or tee is a given, but that’s not enough to keep you warm a cozy during those chilly night games. There are a variety of ways to spice up your sporty outfit.

  1. VESTS! They are perfect for football tailgates and games, since they allow your team apparel to show through AND they keep you insulated when the sun goes down. This multi-purpose, practical garment can pull an entire outfit together. Check out the Juicy Couture “Quilted Nylon Thinsulate Puffer Vest” on zappos.com. Right now this incredibly well made and stylish vest is 43% off. For just $129 (down from $228) you can purchase this it in Angel or Black, both equally appealing. Don’t forget to look for a zappos coupon code on coupon sites, like CheapSally.com. You can save even more on this great find!
  2. Boots. Now that your all vested up with your jersey proudly tucked underneath, you’ll need some killer boots. The key for tailgates and games is comfort, but you also want to look feminine and pretty. A fall 2011 favorite: the “Venus Riding Boot” from Banana Republic. This gorgeous, soft, black leather boot has a comfortable memory foam and cushioned insole that will keep your feet happy for hours. Your arches won’t be begging for mercy by halftime in these one-inch heeled Banana boots. If your feet are warm and comfy, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the event.
  3. The Perfect Denim. You will need to tuck a form-fitting jean into your killer boots. Try on Paige Denim ‘Verdugo’ Stretch Denim Leggings. Paige Denim offers some of the world’s most comfortable, lasting pants that never go out of style. These jeans don’t stretch out after one wear, so they’re perfect for games and tailgates; you’ll constantly be on the move, sitting and standing, replenishing your drink, and of course, rushing to the restroom. The ‘Verdugo’ dark jean will fit perfectly in your boots and add a chic statement to your sporty spice outfit. Designer jeans are indeed an investment, but Paige is worth every penny.
  4. Tote. Without a doubt, women have a reputation for carrying too much “stuff.” Well, that still applies at football games. In fact, that “stuff’ multiplies. Not only do you need your wallet and lip gloss, but you’ll want to stash a pair of mittens, perhaps a scarf, some binoculars, and some snacks (Don’t deny it…you sneak things in, too.) This fall, you’ll want to carry a good-sized tote with you to football festivities. Check out the ‘Large buckle tote’ from Gap. This chocolate brown purse measures 8 ¼ inches by 12 ½ inches by 15 ¼ inches, leaving plenty of space for all the goodies. With front pockets and darling zipper embellishments, this fall accessory will make you a tote-ally stylish sports fan.

Even sporty spice can look feminine and flirty. Be the sports fashionista at your next football game!

Erin Prickett is a fashion enthusiast and bargain hunter. She enjoys finding great deals on apparel, shoes, jewelry and accessories and recommends using a Zappos coupon code to save on this fall’s hottest fashions.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Guide to the Rugby World Cup Venues

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The 2011 rugby world cup is in full swing and swathes of tourists have descended upon the "land of the long white cloud" to be part of the action and soak up the fevered atmosphere. New Zealand is staging the tournament across the length of the country, so in the spirit of investigation we decided to find out a little bit more about the venues that are hosting tourists, teams and matches. The aim of the organisers was to try and give everyone a taste of this rugby loving nation. The biggest matches take place in the large cities, however following the devastating series of earthquakes in Christchurch in 2010 and 2011; the city could not host any games in the world cup. This was a huge, saddening setback for an area of New Zealand that has consistently produced some of the game's finest players. Despite this awful news the spirit of rugby and unity remains strong in New Zealand, so, from north to south, here's a guide to the venues.

Whangarei

Situated at almost the very top of New Zealand's north island, Whangarei is the Northland region's biggest urban and commercial centre. It sits at a latitude that gives the region a lovely sub-tropical climate, so it's certainly one of the better places to be at this time of year. The stadium at the Northland Events centre, has a capacity of 20,000 - which may be small compared to northern hemisphere grounds like Twickenham - but punches above its weight in terms of atmosphere. The stadium hosted a very memorable game between Canada and Tonga that saw the North Americans win at the last gasp in a tight game.

Auckland

New Zealand's biggest city is home to over a quarter of its citizens, despite a somewhat uninspiring centre, it is a beautifully located city, with many bays and rolling volcanoes and is a major draw for many tourists. Auckland has two stadiums that will be hosting games at the world cup. The 30,000 seater North Harbour stadium, which is located around 15 miles north of the centre of Auckland, and was the location of Ireland's famous victory over Australia. Eden Park is the other venue in Auckland and is arguably the most famous stadium in the country. It will host a rugby world cup final for the second time and all New Zealanders will hope the All Blacks will replicate their 1987 success.

Hamilton

The fourth largest but fastest growing city in New Zealand is normally home to regional side Waikato and Super Rugby team the Chiefs. The city is noted for having a high number of scientists concentrated in the area, making it something of a Cambridge for New Zealand. Situated in the Waikato region on the banks of the river of the same name, Hamilton is easily reached from Auckland both by road and rail. The Waikato Stadium can currently seat 30,000 spectators and is one of the most popular venues in the country, the original stadium opened in 1925 and by 1996, was in need of an upgrade. Today's incarnation of Rugby Park opened in 2002.

Rotorua

This inland city is one of the north island's major tourist destinations as visitors come to sample the hot springs, which can make the town smell like rotten eggs on occasion, its array of adventure sports and the incredible beaches to the north of the town. Rotorua is not the largest city in the Bay of Plenty region but is certainly the most popular, attracting well over 800,000 international visitors every year. The imaginatively named Rotorua International Stadium will host group matches including the likes of Ireland, Samoa and Fiji.

New Plymouth

Cunningly named after the town in Devon from where the original settlers came, New Plymouth is the largest city in the Taranaki Region, which can often be overlooked by tourists. The west coast of the north island has some spectacular scenery and is very popular with surfers, with some excellently located beaches able to make the most of the swell off the Tasman Sea. Stadium Taranaki, which will host the games at the world cup, is the heartbeat of rugby in the region and has a capacity of 26,000. Owing to a somewhat exposed location on the west coast, it can be susceptible to tricky conditions.

Napier

Napier is one of the more attractively situated venues for the rugby world cup. Nestled on the pacific east coast, it enjoys a warm microclimate, which has made it one of New Zealand's more famous wine producing regions. Following an earthquake in 1931, the town was rebuilt in an Art Deco style, and the buildings are today considered to be among the world's best surviving examples of the era. The stadium is among the world cup's smaller venues, seating 15,000 people, however it packs in a lot of history, with the genesis of McLean Park dating from the turn of the 20th century.

Palmerston North

This city lies at something of a cross roads in the north island, while situated only a few miles from Wellington, it is one of the more easily accessed cities from the east and west. The Manawatu River flows through the city and various sections of the waterway offer impressive vistas. Palmerston North is also home to the New Zealand Rugby Museum, which is testament of how much the game is loved in the country. The stadium is situated very close to the city centre and comprises of over 30 individual venues, including the rugby ground, which can seat up to 15,000 spectators.

Wellington

While it is only the third largest city in New Zealand, this strategically and beautifully located capital often lays claimed to being far and away the coolest. Situated right at the bottom of the north island in a natural harbour on the Cook Straights, Wellington mixes a student feel with a bohemian but grown up nature that can be expected of a capital city. The venue, which for the world cup is called the Wellington Regional Stadium, is colloquially known as the "cake tin" - as its metallic circular design bears a resemblance to said baking apparatus. It once served as a film location for a battle scene in one of the Lord of the Rings films - fans of the franchise will probably know that direct Peter Jackson hails from the region.

Nelson

Nelson is something of a secluded gem of a city that enjoys a pleasing microclimate and, along with the neighbouring Marlborough region produces arguably the finest white wines in the whole of New Zealand. Appropriately enough the city will host games that including other wine producing countries including Italy and Australia. Nelson can also lay claim to being the location of the first ever rugby match in New Zealand. The city's stadium is called Trafalgar Park, named in reference to the famous naval battle won Admiral Nelson, can seat up to 18,000 fans and located a short walk from the town centre.

Dunedin

The south island is more sparsely populated than its northern counterpart, this is in part influenced by its more rugged and spectacular scenery, making it harder to build on. Dunedin is found on the south east corner of the island and is one of the most European-like cities in the country. Dunedin was founded by Scottish settlers and the name is the Gaelic translation of Edinburgh. For the Rugby World Cup the stadium has been completely rebuilt and now has a permanent roof - so that during more inclement months rugby can still be played. The old stadium was known as the "house of pain" owing to difficulties suffered by visiting teams and because it was located in a steep sided valley, often afforded views into the ground from the surrounding streets.

Invercargill

Sitting at the foot of the south island, Invercargill has long been an important fishing and farming settlement. New Zealanders are fond of using the expression "four seasons in one day" to describe the weather in the country - and Invercargill certainly lives up to this billing - having a very changeable climate. One of the most famous landmarks is Bluff Point, the most southerly point in New Zealand, which is home to an iconic signpost showing distances to other major cities around the world - and demonstrates just how remote New Zealand is on the planet. The stadium has been the centre of Southland rugby since the early 20th century and has been redeveloped for the Rugby World Cup, in order to accommodate up to 17,000 spectators.

Jonathan is a keen sports fan with special interests in writing about rugby, tennis and cricket

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