Thursday, June 30, 2011

5 Essential Items of MMA Clothing

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While having a strong punch, lasting endurance and a killer kick are critical to succeeding in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, the following 5 essential items of mma clothing will help you excel in your training and performance. Having the right gloves, shirt, shorts, socks and shoes will ensure the best and most comfortable training experience.

The Right Gloves

An essential component for training, owning the right pair of gloves can make or break you in the cage. Gloves or hand wraps will provide a barrier that can prevent bruising or injuries such as broken hand bones. Shop for comfort and protection to ensure a proper level of safety. Leather gloves with a sheet of foam inside provide an effective barrier. Double stitching ensures a stronger, more durable product that can withstand punch after punch.

A Breathable Shirt

Wear a shirt that will wick away moisture as you break a sweat. Breathable shirts are available in a wide variety of styles and designs that will help keep you cool. Many also contain antimicrobial odor control to keep you fresh even after a tough workout or fight. Quick drying fabrics are also available that can give you long-lasting comfort. Look for a soft, durable fabric that won't cause chafing and a snug fit that still allows a full range of motion.

Shorts that Let you Move

Choosing the right pair of shorts will greatly improve your mobility both in training and in a fight. Your shorts are one of the most important pieces of mma clothing. Focus on fit and durability. Make sure you have a full range of motion and look for rip proof fabrics that can withstand multiple hits without splitting. Moisture-wicking fabrics will also keep you more comfortable when you are breaking a sweat.

Socks that Soak up the Sweat

Breathable socks are an essential piece of mma clothing that many fighters overlook. Make sure you train in a knit sock with moisture wicking properties for maximum comfort. Look for lightweight high performance athletic socks. Wearing socks in the gym will also help to prevent athlete's foot and other infections.

Supportive Shoes

Choose shoes that offer proper heel support, protect the ankle by holding it tight and have good breaking power. Proper air ventilation is essential for keeping your feet comfortable through a hard training session. It is worth investing in a well-constructed, durable pair of shoes that you can train in for years. Ultralight shoes will give you the most freedom of movement and mimic a barefoot feel.

Let your mma clothing be an asset to your training. By choosing pieces with durable, breathable construction that allow full freedom of movement, you will have a more comfortable and effective training session, leading to a more successful fight.

Paul Banbury has interests in many sports and enjoys, boxing, mma and other martial arts. He recommends Made4Fighters for the latest quality MMA clothing.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - June 24, 2011

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Welcome to the June 24, 2011 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy.This time in the blog carnival we have some really good articles including Jim A taking a look at the Bruins win and rioting in Canada. Steve has a couple of posts including 'If You Were Lebron James, How Would You Feel?' dealing with his post-game press conference when Miami lost the finals series and Cleveland celebrated. And a comparison of the The NFL Draft to The NBA Draft. Since article since we will all be watching the NBA draft tonight. Finally we have the Top 5 New England Patriots of All Time from Michael at Hope you enjoy the material, bookmark, share, tweet and come back next time.

Formula1 presents My Take on The Canadian Grand Prix posted at Me, Myself and I.

Jody Sampson presents HBO’s Entourage Pays Yankee Stadium a Visit | Concert Tickets | Sports Tickets | Broadway Tickets | Opera Tickets | Vegas posted at Concert Tickets | Sports Tickets | Broadway Tickets | Opera Tickets | Vegas Shows, saying, "The highly popular and beloved HBO drama, Entourage, has recently visited New York’s Yankee stadium in the Bronx. Shooting its eighth and final season, creator Doug Ellin has written in cameos for a number of sports stars like Amar’e Stoudemire and most recently Yankees stars, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira."

Cathy presents Saturday, July 2 2011 ? New York Mets vs. New York Yankees posted at Sports Tickets Schedule, saying, "New York Yankees Fans: You dont want to miss the approaching New York Mets vs. New York Yankees game on July 2 2011 at 03:30 PM. This will definitely be a game to remember at the Citi Field."

Jim A presents Views from the Northeast: Bruins win!! Lets tear up our own city now!! posted at My Views from the Northeast.


KAZBullet presents What I’m Watching: Thor, LeBron, and the story behind the story posted at Bullet's Brain, saying, "LeBron's playoff journey, and what it means, is a challenge to our own lives."

Steve presents If You Were Lebron James ? How Would You Feel posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Lebron James is widely blamed for two Miami losses to Dallas in Texas this past week. Is it fair to hold him accountable for fourth quarter failings?"

Jimson Lee presents Strength and Jumping… What you Need to Know! posted at, saying, "For top performance: "do you need to be strong or are plyometrics enough?" Find out here."

Steve presents The NFL Draft VS The NBA Draft posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "With the NBA draft quickly approaching, it is a good time to compare the NFL draft to the NBA draft."


Anthony Mannino presents Note to Bradley: Go Down Swinging posted at The USA 10 Kit, saying, "Our site does not fite any of your categories, but I thought I would send our info to see if you were interested in adding soccer info"


Steve presents Terrelle Pryor Leaves Ohio State Early posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Terrelle Pryor leaves Columbus before the NCAA has a chance to penalize him more for additional violations during his time with the Buckeyes."

Michael presents Ohio State Picks up Recruit Tyvis Powell in the Midst of Coach and Quarterback Exodus posted at eScoutRoom, saying, "Loyalty is on display by Tyvis Powell as he commits to Ohio State even after coach Jim Tressel resigns."

Steve presents Terrelle Pryor Apologizes in Afternoon Press Conference posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Terrelle Pryor enters the NFL supplemental draft after causing his college coaches' job and lead Ohio State into major violations."

Michael presents Top 5 New England Patriots of All Time posted at eScoutRoom, saying, "New England has become a dynasty over the past ten years in the NFL with the assistance of some really good players."


Christopher Clayton presents Myrtle Beach 2011 posted at Weekend Golf Warrior.


Michelle presents How much protein should you take when weight training? posted at Weight Training, saying, "Don't let your body break down! But don't overdo it either."

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Traditions of Wimbledon

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With the Wimbledon Tennis Championships due to start in under a week - the world's attention will soon be focused on what is normally a quiet corner of south west London. As one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon draws in the world's best players, because for many players winning a tournament like Wimbledon will be the pinnacle of a career. It remains the only major championship played on grass, which is certainly not the least of its quirks, in fact, it is a championship marked out by some of its eccentricities. Below we've picked out some of these traditions that make Wimbledon such a unique event.

The Queue

Wimbledon remains one of the few major sporting events that holds back a number of tickets for its most high profile events. While most Wimbledon tickets are sold through the oversubscribed ballot and Wimbledon's debenture scheme, around 500 tickets per major court for every day (apart from the semi finals and finals) are held back for people who are prepared to queue and pay cash at the turnstiles. The queue for tickets has become such an institution that it sees fans return year after year to patiently wait for the chance to see the world's top players in action. It is often described as a street party by those who camp on the hard concrete pavements overnight and has become so iconic that the museum housed within Wimbledon's grounds has decided to open an exhibition documenting "The Queue" down the years.


A tradition that is thought to be as old as the championship itself is the widely practiced consumption of strawberries and cream, all washed down with a glass of traditional champagne or Pimms. It is estimated that 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten along with 7,000 litres of cream every year at the championships, while 17,000 bottles of champagne and 200,000 glasses of Pimms also get put away. The Championships are reckoned to be the single biggest catering operation undertaken in Europe for a sporting event.

Dress Code

Wimbledon enforces a strict dress code for its participants that while seemingly archaic means the Championships can maintain a unique look and feel. Players are required to wear an almost entirely white or off-white outfit. For ladies, outfits that reveal too much in the cleavage area could result in them not being allowed on court until they have "covered up". While this may seem somewhat draconian, a number of the top players have classically designed outfits prepared by their kits sponsors specifically for the Championships. Furthermore, when the Olympics come to London in 2012 the tennis will be held at the All England Club and players will be encouraged to wear whatever colors they feel, in part, so that the all white uniforms worn during the Championships maintain their distinctive style.

Ball Boys and Girls

Often referred to as BBGs, this team of helpers are fundamental to the successful and smooth running of the championships. The BBGs are selected from schools in the local area following trials where around 250 make the cut from a field of about 700. In the early years of the championship there were only ball boys and these were selected from charitable organizations that looked after young people including Shaftesbury Homes and Barnados, it wasn't until 1977 that girls got a chance to join in. These days, the split between boys and girls as 50/50 as far as is possible. Once selected the training is tough, it starts in February and requires considerable commitment both after school and at the weekend. However, the finished product means that Wimbledon can boast of having an elite team of BBGs to rival any tournament, which makes life easier for the players - as well as adding to the overall spectacle of the Championships.

So with all this tradition on offer, and not to mention the amazing tennis, Wimbledon 2011 is set to be a bumper year.

Jonathan is a freelance writer who loves tennis and would give practically anything to get his hands on some Wimbledon tickets.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Top 5 Winning Teams in the Premiership

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The Premiership was established in 1992; it has since become the world's most popular football league in both viewership and revenue. It was formed because certain clubs wanted to separate from the Football League First Division. There are currently twenty clubs in the league. During the August to May season, 380 matches are played. The honor of winning this championship has only been award to four clubs in the 19 years since it began.

1.Manchester United

11 Titles

Founded in 1878, this club currently holds the record for number of Premier League championship wins at an astounding 11 times. The team won a place in the finals four other times. This win set off a tidal wave of success, with the Reds taking the title in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009. During the 2008-2009 season, Manchester United made history by being the first to win the Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League in a single year.

2. Arsenal

3 Titles

This club snagged second place because, despite tying with Chelsea in number of Premiership title wins, Arsenal also made it to the finals five other times. The club was started in 1886 and was the first one in Southern England to join the Football League. Arsenal is also the only team to play a season in the Premier League undefeated. Their last win was during the 2003-2004 season, with 26 wins and 12 draws.

3. Chelsea

3 Titles

Although they match Arsenal in Premiership wins, this club has made it to the finals two times less. The team was formed in 1905 and has spent most of the years as a forerunner in the English football team. Chelsea was won three Premiership titles in the last decade. Their last win was during the 2009-2010 season, defeating Manchester United in the final game. During the match, they beat the Premier League record scoring an impressive 103 points.

4. Blackburn Rovers

1 Title

The Blackburn Rovers were established in 1875 and was one of the founding teams in the Football League. This club achieved championship status during the 1994-1995 season, finishing with a total of 89 points. They were runner-ups in the season before. Since their win, they have not placed in the top three.

5. Liverpool

No Titles

Although this team has never actually won the title, they have been in the finals twice and in third place four times. Founded in 1892, this club is considered one of the most successful English teams. Despite not winning the Premiership in the history of the league, Liverpool has 18 league titles, 7 FA Cups, 7 League Cups under its belt.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - June 9, 2011

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Welcome to the June 9, 2011 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy.In this issue we have Steve from the BrutusReport with a story on Jim Tressel resigning. Bill Smith stays in Columbus Ohio and how Terrelle Pryor is no looking towards the NFL supplemental draft, if and when there is one. The NFL Lockout has everything in limbo according to Jeylend Kitchen. Matt Creators takes a look at golf and Tiger Woods not playing in the US Open. Finally Eric Gargiulo has a UFC 2011 Summer Events Preview for all MMA fans. Hope you enjoy the stories, bookmark, share, tweet and come back really soon for more great sports information.

Steve presents 10 Greatest Pool Hustlers of All Time posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Cowboy Jimmy Moore is one of the all time top pool hustlers."

Steve presents The New Grand Prix posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Go kart racing has become a fun way to involve kids in grand prix racing."


Kelly Kaplan presents 10 Fastest Fastball Throwers of All Time posted at High Speed Internet Deals.

Sports Scream presents Take Fan Voting AWAY! posted at The Sports Scream, saying, "A look at why fan voting should be removed from the baseball All Star game."


Phil Byrne presents Where to Stay and What to See at the 2012 Olympics | Cheap Hotel Chains - Guide To Great Places posted at Cheap Hotel Chains.

Sports Scream presents Lebron James And That Chest Bump... posted at The Sports Scream, saying, "Is a chest bump that big a deal?"


Steve presents Jim Tressel Resigns According to the Dispatch posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Early reports of Jim Tressel resigning were confirmed as Memorial Day progressed and Ohio State fans across the country become saddened with the lose of their head coach."

Bill Smith presents Ohio State News Nationally: Supplement Draft posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Terrelle Pryor is likely to leave OSU for the NFL in the supplemental draft."

Bill Smith presents Dwayne Too-Tall Stanford II posted at eScoutRoom, saying, "Swayne Stanford is one of the best wide receivers in the country for the 2012 high school recruiting class."

Jeylend Kitchen presents The NFL Lockout posted at The JKitch Sports Sanctuary.

Steve presents Ohio State May Be Ineligible for the Big Ten Championship Game posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Ohio State will not be able to play in the Big Ten championship game if they are made ineligible for post-season play."

Matt Creators presents The Sorrow Continues In Columbus with Pryor: Where Do the Buckeyes Turn? posted at The Eastside Perspective.


Cleo Kontoulas presents Golf Adventures posted at The Most Original Blog.

Matt Creators presents No Open for Tiger: Injuries Continue to be Troublesome posted at The Eastside Perspective.


Eric Gargiulo presents Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Dan Henderson Is Official For July 30 posted at CamelCluchBlog.Com, saying, "Dan Henderson confirmed that the expected Henderson vs. Fedor Strikeforce Super Fight is finally official. Hendo revealed the news on the latest Inside MMA broadcast along with a bold fight prediction. "I'm going to beat him up.""

Eric Gargiulo presents UFC 2011 Summer Events Preview posted at CamelCluchBlog.Com, saying, "The UFC is gearing up for one of the hottest summers in company history. MMA fans will get six UFC shows to sink their teeth into over the next three months. The UFC saved the best for last as UFC 134 headlines the summer UFC events calendar."

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The Nascar All-Star race

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The Nascar All-Star race, known then as the Winston, began in 1985. It was held at The Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte North Carolina. The race has been run there every year since, except for 1986 when it was run at Atlanta Motor Speedway. There were twelve race winners from the 1984 season that participated in the 1985 Winston race. The race was held the day before the Coca Cola 600, and was seventy laps with one pit stop mandatory.

The inaugural race was won by Darrell Waltrip.The second running of The Winston was in Atlanta and the crowd was skimpy. There were only a measly 18,500 in attendance, possibly due to the fact that the race was held on Mothers Day weekend. This weekend was one that was, up to that time avoided in the race calendar. In 1987 the race returned to Charlotte with many changes. The race was now held the weekend before the Coca Cola 600. This would give most race teams two weeks at their home track, as most shops were located in the Charlotte area. The format changed for the 1987 race and for the first time the race was carried on ABC. The race continued to expand and refine and in 1992 The Winston was the first superspeedway race held under the lights. The race itself was thrilling with Kyle Petty and Davey Allison crashing as they crossed the finish line. Davey Allison won the race, but didn't know it until he regained consciousness in the hospital. Running the race under the lights was electric, and the fans loved it.

Nascar expanded on it until now in 2011 there will be eleven races run under the lights. Nascar continued to fine tune the race making changes in the format, how drivers were picked, and the name. What had started as the Winston in 1985 now became the Nascar Nextel All Star Challenge in 2004. In 2008 the name was changed again to the Nascar Sprint All Star Race. The race format over the years has changed, but one thing remains the same this race is truly "One Hot Night". The drivers are awarded no points but there is a significant money prize for the winner. It is also a chance for drivers to let go, and they often do so. There are frequent crashes, and sometimes half of the starting lineup does not finish. Nascar's history is rich and storied, and Charlotte has played a large part of that history. In 2010 the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies were held during the All Star Race Week. With innovation and changing formats the Nascar All- Star race continues to be a fan favorite, and is always "One Hot Night".

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