Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - April 26, 2012

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ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 16: Fighters Jon Jones (L) and Rashad Evans pose after a press conference promoting UFC 145: Jones v Evans at Philips Arena on February 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Welcome to the April 26, 2012 edition of sports carnival ecstasy. In this edition we have UFC Greatest Knockouts by Wargasm147. Justin Burnette has a number of really good articles including Spring Game Report for 2012 and speculation on when Petrino will get a second chance. Finally Friday Night Blogger takes a look UFC 145, when Jones dominated Evans. Hope you enjoy all the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook and come back soon.

lurios presents Motorvation Engineering - California | Motorcycle sidecar for sale posted at sidecar for sale.
Brad presents Launch! Roster Brain is Live! posted at Roster Brain | Sports Trivia and Quizzes, saying, "I recently launched a new sports trivia site, Roster Brain. It quizzes users on the current rosters of their favorite sports teams. I would love to be included in the next edition. Thanks, Brad"
Fight Night Blogger presents Does Cotto Have a Chance Against Mayweather? posted at Fight Night Blog, saying, "HBO Boxing Pay Per View."

extreme

Wargasm147 presents UFC Greatest Knockouts | ThisissourD posted at ThisissourD, saying, "My POW 2011 UFC music video. I got bored lol. Still check it, it's a BANGER!!!"

football

Justin Burnette presents Spring Game Report 2012: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, LSU, & Other Info posted at College Football Universe - Blog.
James Whitcher presents Murdoched in Cold Blood: The sanitisation of English football posted at Murdoched in Cold Blood.
Justin Burnette presents When Will Petrino Get a Second Chance? posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

mma

Fight Night Blogger presents Weekend Boxing Results: ESPN Friday Night Fights & Marquez vs Fedchenko HBO PPV posted at Fight Night Blog.
Fight Night Blogger presents UFC 145: Jones Dominates Evans Cruises to Decision Win posted at Fight Night Blog, saying, "UFC 145"
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, April 24, 2012

The Olympics won’t become another Millennium Dome fiasco

A lot is riding on this year’s Olympics. OK, so we’re all feeling the pinch of the recession, but it would be a hard heart who couldn’t get excited about the opening ceremony, which is being created and produced by one of our finest film directors, Danny Boyle. The cost of the ceremony itself has been a topic of heated debate, but as a showcase for all that it means to be proud and British, it could certainly cheer up a few of us.

Hopefully organisers will have learnt from the mistakes of another huge architectural showpiece, the Millennium Dome, both in terms of cost and lasting legacy to the country as a whole.


Image by: Stephen Jones

Built to herald in the new millennium, the Dome itself cost £700 million to build, but in the end much more was eventually ploughed into the project.  After a private opening on New Year ’s Eve, 1999, the original plan was that the venue would be open to the public for a wide range of exhibitions and events from 1st January until 31st December 2000, and it saw 6.5 million visitors through the doors.  Subsequent financial problems and lack of forward planning meant that, sadly, it lay unused for six years afterwards, until O2 reopened it as an events entertainment venue in 2007.

The Biggest Event in the World Needs a Big Welcome


Those who have worked to bring the Olympics and those responsible for the running of the event have bigger ideas though.

According to Sport England, growth in the sport sector has outstripped the economy of the whole of England over the past two decades.

A building project the size of a small city is being erected in London with ingenuously engineered PVC buildings, such as the gloriously quirky basketball arena. These are being constructed at record breaking speeds, ready for the influx of thousands of competitors.


Image by: Lindy Zubairy

London must take full advantage of these new facilities, a city still reeling from a summer which saw the nation’s youths take to the street with widespread vandalism and destruction can provide a legacy for youngsters in sport to funnel their energy into worthwhile character building activities.

The Value of Sport


I have always been a great believer in encouraging kids to take up sports. The focus that a sporting routine can bring to a child’s life is vastly beneficial.

We are used to hearing about kids overcoming adversity through sport in local news stories but unfortunately this is an exception. Yes, there may be fantastic facilities out there such as those opened by Lord Coe at St Marys University College, but they are only available to a small percentage of kids and there are only so many qualified coaches to really engage with them.
But through the construction of Olympic facilities, London will inherit a fantastic opportunity to grow a new generation of athletes.

Forever Blowing Bubbles


With West Ham's bid to own the stadium halted by legal challenges, they are still looking to utilise the Olympic park after the games have finished. Although a guaranteed turnout for matches is a very attractive and stable proposition for the Olympic committee and Lord Coe, perhaps the legacy should focus on athletics?

Using the stadium as a stop gap for a football club whilst they build resources to construct a purposely built venue is misleading to the claims of legacy that helped us secure the games in the first place.

Lord Coe
said recently that "It is very important that we maintain a commitment to an Olympic legacy and to a mix of tenancies in there." Countless amateur and professional sports clubs around the country will be hoping this is not an empty promise.

The true test of the Olympic legacy will be measured long after the event has finished and its temporary structures dismantled.  Danny Boyle says that he is involving 900 local children in the opening ceremony, so that they will always have a connection to this amazing event.  By imprinting it onto their memories, he hopes that their involvement will help keep the place alive and real for them into the future.

Dan Izzard is a freelance journalist writing for
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sports Carnival cstasy - April 3, 2012

Dan Wheldon at Indianapolis in 2007.Dan Wheldon at Indianapolis in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to the April 3, 2012 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy.In this edition we have the 16 Qualities every great sports agent has by Diana Clerk. Gordan Smith lists 30 Awesome Pro Sports Rumor Blogs. A look at Hits to the Head in Sports by Super Save. And finally, MaryLou Walston has 10 Racing Crashes that Changed Car Safety for the Better. Hope you enjoy the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook and come back real soon.

Tracy Miller presents 10 Athletes Who Died Playing Their Sport posted at Insurance Quotes Blog, saying, "Even after death, the best athletes live on in ways they might not have imagined."

Diana Clerk presents 16 Qualities Every Truly Great Sports Agent Has posted at Sports Management Degrees, saying, "Professional careers in most sports are short, and an athlete must be able to count on you to make as much money as possible."

Roxanne McAnn presents 8 Ways to Get Your Girlfriend into March Madness posted at The Best Colleges.

Jonny presents Smart Blog: 10 of the Most Dangerous Sports posted at Smart blog.

Gordan Smith presents 30 Awesome Pro Sports Rumor Blogs posted at Internet Provider, saying, "America’s Favorite Pastime is also one of America’s favorite sources of sports-related gossip and speculation.From team trades to controversial salaries (we’re looking at you, Yankees!) there’s plenty of fodder for the MLB rumor mill."

Crystal Hall presents Top 30 Twitter Feeds for Following March Madness posted at The Best Colleges.

basketball

azwar presents Watch NBA Games Online: No Subscription Required posted at Blog It to the World.

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Chelsea Prescotti presents 10 Athletes Who Died Playing Their Sport posted at Insurance Quotes Blog, saying, "Even after death, the best athletes live on in ways they might not have imagined. Sometimes it's as a symbol of inspiration for their communities, or through charitable giving facilitated through foundations created in their name. Below is a list of 10 athletes who died while playing their respective sport. One recurring quality among most of the 10 named is one of selflessness toward their teammates and fans, and that quality is manifested in their legacies."

FitBuff presents Stretches for Lower Back Pain - Tampa Chiropractor posted at Tampa Chiropractor, saying, "Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints people have when visiting a hospital or seeking alternative treatment and for extreme sports enthusiasts, things are only exacerbated by all the bumps and bruises. Surgery should only be considered as an absolute last resort as this Tampa chiropractor knows, so try some of these natural stretches and exercises at home first..."

football

Bill Smith presents Top 3 Football Cards of 2012 NFL Draft « FryingPanSports posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "The 2012 NFL draft is sure to be one of the best rookie classes in a long time."

Super Saver presents Hits to the Head in Sports posted at My Wealth Builder, saying, "The article "Brain bank examines athletes's hard hits" caused me to think about my own "hard hit" experiences in football."

nascar

MaryLou Walston presents 10 Racing Crashes that Changed Car Safety for the Better posted at Car Insurance Blog News, Tips, and Quotes, saying, "The recent passing of Dan Wheldon was a tragic blow to the racing community. A two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, the 33-year-old was in the midst of a distinguished career, and more importantly, fatherhood — his first son was born in February 2009 and his second was born last March. The devastating event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway illustrates the importance of safety testing and innovation, which are necessary to save lives in one of the world's most dangerous sports. The following unfortunate racing crashes caused the powers that be to take action and change the sport for the better, implementing new procedures to reduce the chances of another tragedy occurring."

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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