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.

This analysis of professional services was brought to you by HirePulse, a service linking Australian business, contractors, consultants, freelancers and professional services. Article made in conjunction with Living Online.

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.

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