June 30, 2014, 05:46:39 PM by CRS245
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Team USA is in the Round of 16 of the World Cup and the country that calls the game soccer is both excited and shocked. The Americans were placed in the so called Group of Death but after solid defense, a win against Ghana and a tie against Portugal, Team USA advances with Germany out of the group. Next comes Belgium who is a slight favorite in the match.
Can the Americans continue their streak of upsets? Perhaps they can, but here are some things you need to know about their next opponent on Tuesday, July 1st. Belgium last qualified for the tournament in 2002. As others would put it, their “golden generation” of high-profile, Premier League stars has left many hot and bothered over their potential. Belgium is a defensive team, so you can expect a low scoring game. That might favor the Americans. If they show more aggression in down-the-field offense than what they had in the game against Germany then they will beat Belgium.
Before we get ahead of ourselves.. okay, let's get ahead of ourselves! If USA beats Belgium then they play the winner of Argentina and Switzerland. Argentina is expected to advance and is currently given an 18% chance to win the World Cup, the best chances of any country behind Brazil. It's in their backyard as well and they have the talent. The Americans, if they got past the Argentina squad, would have a better shot to win the semi-final game against what will likely be the Netherlands. Who knows, stranger things have happened. Mexico could advance out of that group as European squads have been struggling in this tournament.
With all of that said, who is excited to see the next games? I would love to see any of the final 16 teams play down the stretch. I would be willing to sacrifice my autographed Kobe Bryant card. He would appreciate as he is a big football fan.
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May 28, 2014, 02:07:19 AM by CRS245
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Headed to the Himalayas? Before you book yourself a room with a fireplace, consider all the fun offered by the cold. Here are just seven snow sports that will work up a sweat while also challenging your courage, confidence and skill.
There's nothing else quite like strapping two pieces of wood to your feet and careening down a mountain at 70 mph. If that isn't enough of a thrill for you, however, there are also a number of ways you can amp up your skiing experience even further. Have you ever heard of skijoring, where your skis are attached and propelled by dogs or horses? How about ski archery, or sending an arrow through a bulls-eye while blazing through the off-pistes?
If you enjoy the speed of skiing but wish for greater control over your altitude and direction, snowboarding might be the sport for you. All of your twists, jumps and ollies are entirely dependent on the way you angle your board; likewise, your flips and grabs are conditional to your body contortions and general sense of bravery. Snowboarding isn't something you can pick up in a day, but when you're flying high under a blue sky with the snow spraying the air in a fine arc behind you, your dedication will pay off in spades.
Sledding has come a long way since your childhood. Instead of just climbing into a red toboggan and joyriding down the neighborhood hill, you can now operate a high-end, high-tech sledding machine that will allow you to reach intense speeds on extreme inclines. Just look at some of the cutting-edge bobsleighs used by Olympic athletes. They combine everything from computational fluid dynamics to advanced aerodynamic design!
Looking for something with even more power than a bobsled? Try a turbocharged snowmobile with four-stroke engine and all-terrain drive. These vehicles will whip the wind into your face like it's never been whipped before, especially if you take them down a mountain for maximum speed and adrenaline. There are even international drag races held in the Andes for those who like to get their blood pumping hot in the middle of winter.
While not a high-impact sport, millions of people go snow tubing each year, especially those with families or small children who aren't quite ready for the big leagues. If you're just looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon with your kids, tubing is the way to go. You can take them out for a self-directed ride or even hire professional guides who will sit with you and keep your pace steady as you glide down hills and through snow-encrusted valleys. Just remember that tubes are called "doughnuts" by those in the know, so the people behind the counter aren't actually trying to sell you breakfast goods.
Also known as "kite surfing" or "winter kite boarding," snowkiting is a difficult but exhilarating sport that's quickly climbing to the top of everyone's bucket list. Combining the best parts of skiing, snowboarding andparagliding, it involves strapping yourself to skis or a board and letting the wind take you where it will. During high gusts, those with skill can perform tricks, flips and spins to the amazement of onlookers. Beginners might need a little time before they can manage a Tamedog or a Frontside Misty, but you'll sure have a blast during the learning process!
Like sledding, luging is achieved with a sled and a whole lot of courage. Unlike other variations of the sport, however, luge is a more traditional, bare-bones activity that shuns technology and emphasizes personal power. You control a luge sled through your calves and shoulders, and if you aren't careful, your high speeds and minimal safety equipment can result in serious injury on the ice. But luge enthusiasts around the world agree that it's worth it.
If you're ready to hit the slopes, these are just seven snowy activities that should keep you occupied throughout winter and beyond. The possibilities only end where your imagination does, so don't be afraid to challenge yourself with something new during your next vacation or holiday retreat!
April 09, 2014, 10:01:19 AM by CRS245
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Whether you’re a rabid baseball fan or an actual player, America’s national pastime has a lot more to offer than just entertainment. Baseball, like many team sports, can teach you a wealth of lessons that are important for being successful in life. From lessons you can take into your business to coping with personal failure, baseball has it all. In fact, your daily life may already be peppered with sayings and concepts from the sport. Ever “balked” at a deal? When someone is doing well, you might say they’re “batting 1000.” Maybe you “hit a home run” with that presentation at work. From watching kids chewing on their baseball gloves out on the field all the way to your favorite team’s mid-season slump, baseball is an important part of America’s cultural identity, and the values within are important to know.
You can’t win them all.
This may be one of the most difficult of life’s lessons, and baseball exemplifies it beautifully. For example, the Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908 -- one of the longest losing droughts in baseball history. Fans of the Atlanta Braves will also know this lesson all too well. The Braves advanced to the World Series five times in the 1990’s, only winning it once. Yet this does not prevent the fans from coming to the games or the teams from taking the field every year and giving it their all. Losing can help you re-evaluate where you went wrong, and lead you to make adjustments that can eventually lead to your success. In that vein, losing can sometimes be just as important as winning.
Always have the right tools for the job.
Ever since Louisville Slugger created the perfect bat in 1884, having the right equipment has been crucial to a team’s success in baseball. From baseball gloves to the right size of bat for that perfect swing, having the right tools for the job is an essential element to advancing in your game. This is true off the field as well. For example, equipping yourself with a good education, keeping yourself up-to-date with the latest developments in your work field, and caring for your emotional and physical health are all “tools” that you can use to push yourself forward. For a MLB player, having the right baseball glove is crucial to the game. For you, it’s investing in element that will improve you as a whole.
Hard work is just as crucial as talent.
Sure, there are your Jackie Robinson’s and Babe Ruth’s of the game. But for every one of those there are dozens of supporting players who made it all the way to the big leagues by sheer, unadulterated hard work. When you want to achieve your goals, one of the most important things to have is a “never give up” attitude and the determination to work hard enough to get there. After all, there is some talent that’s inborn, but some talent is developed over years of blood, sweat and tears.
Take the time to re-evaluate your game plan.
Staying stagnant in life is a sure way to ensure you won’t succeed. Re-evaluating your game plan, particularly during a losing streak or hitting slump, is a crucial element to developing yourself as a person. For example, 2013’s World Series winners, the Boston Red Sox, were in no way the early favorites to go all the way to the World Series. However, by changing up their game plan and through constant re-evaluation, they were able to fight their way all the way to the top. The same can be done in life. If you’re not happy with where you are, it’s time to take a look at that playbook and see where you’re going wrong.
Teamwork is important.
While some might think baseball gloves or the right uniform are the most important elements to a team, it’s actually the people around you that are the most crucial element. Your “team,” be it your work colleagues or your family, are your support system. There is no room for “lone wolf syndrome” in a good, solid team. Everyone needs to work together so you can succeed. If a pitcher failed to communicate appropriately with the first baseman, then they’d never manage to pick off a player leading off the base. Additionally, the outfield needs to add back-up to the infield in case of a missed ball. When everything works together, it’s much more successful.
March 13, 2014, 09:46:59 AM by CRS245
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Sports superstars are paid the big bucks, make the big plays, and live for the glory of winning on the big stage. But once in a while they enlighten, inspire, and entertain by what they say rather than by what they do. Some athletes, as it turns out, are just as skillful behind a reporter's microphone as they are in their sporting element. Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, Jesse Owens, Wayne Gretzky, and Sergey Bubka, for instance, have proven that brains and brawn can coexist in the same body. With this in mind, what follows are five of the most inspirational quotes of all time.
Muhammad Ali the Boxer
"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even." - Muhammad Ali
He won a lot and lost a few. He also had a habit of calling himself the greatest. While it would be tempting to think that the boxing legend was full of himself, the truth of the matter is that many of his peers—friend and foe, alike—agreed with his self assessment. Ali has uttered many inspirational words of wisdom over the years and decades. In the aforementioned quote, the man who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee demonstrated what it's like to have the heart of a champion, to have that inner spirit that refuses to give up.
Mickey Mantle the Baseball Player
"A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide." - Mickey Mantle
Regarded as one of the greatest players to ever put on a cap and cleats, Mantle spent the better part of two decades with arguably the world's most famous sports teams, the New York Yankees, from Major League Baseball. Over the course of his career, and even after his retirement, Mantle has had lots of noteworthy things to say. In the quote above, he showed that sports jocks could make as much an impact with their words as with their bat. Although "The Mick" died in the summer of 1995, his legendary status will undoubtedly live on.
Jesse Owens the Track Star
"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at." - Jesse Owens
Those are heady words for someone who won four—count them, four—gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. This achievement was particularly significant given that those very same Olympics were used by the Adolf Hitler regime as a platform to promote its propaganda advocating the racial superiority of the Aryan race. Owens, an African-American man, challenged this position by turning in his stellar performance. Although enjoying a successful track and field career, Owens showed through his words of wisdom that he had his priorities straight.
Wayne Gretzky the Hockey Player
"Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy." - Wayne Gretzky
Over the course of hockey history, there have been many great players. But only one has earned the nickname “The Great One.” That person is Gretzky. Gretzky was a hockey phenom who delighted fans as an up-and-comer, as a can't-miss prospect, and then as a professional in the National Hockey League. Now retired, his influence still looms large due to his larger-than-life career feats. While never one to look for attention away from a hockey rink, Gretzky isn't averse to imparting words of wisdom.
Sergey Bubka the Pole Vaulter
"The strategy of my coach and me was that we looked at pictures of all the best pole vaulters from around the world, and we took the best parts from them, and we created a person that had never existed. We then started to work toward being such a person." - Sergey Bubka
Bubka soared to heights that had previously not been reached, and no wonder. He envisioned the perfect pole vaulter and endeavored, under the tutelage of his coach, to become that very person. Bubka electrified many with his dominance in the pole vaulting event, and in striving to become the best he could be, he provided an example of what people can achieve if they…set the bar high.
Athletes have, indeed, uttered some of the most inspirational quotes of all time. The five athletes covered in this article desired to be the best and never gave up. And, boy, did they have something to say!
March 12, 2014, 03:13:43 PM by CRS245
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Dan Fegan (left) image courtesy of ESPN
The newest exciting project here at ProFSL is an NBA league for agents only! It serves as a fresh look from the other side of the mirror: you play in the off-season, so wins and losses don't matter - you only care about your player's best interest when negotiating with teams trying to sign him.
We're trying it out in one of ProFSL's most active existing leagues, NBA Front Office
. But in the future, many ProFSL leagues could exist in those two dimensions: a good ol' league of GM's trying to win basketball games, and a parallel league of agents simply trying to earn the best contract conditions for their players in the off-season, when regular fantasy games are on hiatus anyway.
So would you like to become an NBA agent? Fight for the right to represent the biggest stars and then squeeze the last penny out of the GM's trying to sign them - tougher than it sounds? Your efforts will be judged by simply comparing your spendings (to bring a player into your Agency) and your winnings (by signing his new contract or extension) in form of a leaderboard. Let's face the facts:
1. You're an NBA fan, and you've never tried it before.
2. You'd only play it in the summer, instead of suffering from lack of NBA in your life. So no reason to quit any of your other 73 fantasy leagues!
3. This cannot fail: the league supports any number of participants, joining or quitting at any time - forget others' inactivity sucking the fun out of your experience.
4. You control the addiction level. Leaderboard score = winnings - spendings. Thus you can lead it owning 1 player or 89 of them alike. Holidays? Exam? Temporary blindness? No biggie!
5. On the other side of the fence you'll find 30 CBA-crazed nerds a.k.a. the NBA Front Office GM's. Can you outsmart them?Kick-off: April 1.
March 01, 2014, 01:14:03 PM by CRS245
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In order to appeal to a larger audience and gain more fans throughout Arizona, the Phoenix Coyotes’ want to become the Arizona Coyotes’, but there’s a hitch. It turns out that someone has already registered the name “Arizona Coyotes’” with the Arizona Secretary of State Office.
Tony Fioretto is the man who currently owns the rights to the name. Mr. Fioretto has a history of “squatting” on names in the hopes of big payouts. In his portfolio reporters found names like: “Phx Cardinals,” “Phx Coyotes,” “AZ Diamondbacks,” and “Phx Suns.” Just last year the Thunderbirds, who host the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, sued Fioretto for his claim on the name “Phoenix Open.” Fioretto quickly dropped his registration.
“We are very excited to announce that our franchise name will change to Arizona Coyotes for the start of the 2014-15 NHL season,” said owner Anthony LeBlanc. “Becoming the Arizona Coyotes makes sense for us since we play our games in Glendale and the city is such a great partner of ours. We also want to be recognized as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest. We hope that the name ‘Arizona’ will encourage more fans from all over the state, not just the valley, to embrace and support our team.”
Fioretto’s attempt to get federal trademark protection recently failed. His goal, according to him, is to open a sports facility and use the names for promoting the complex. There are also rumors that the intent was to start various “little leagues” for community children and the names would be used for the teams. However most involved in the story say this is analogous to cyber-squatting, as seen in the ownership of Beer.com which is controlled through Thought Convergence in Los Angeles.
So what will the Coyotes’ do? Speculation abounds but most likely they will try to settle out of court versus dragging out the proceedings any further. Based on his history and stance on the subject, it is doubtful Fioretto will be persuaded to back down for less than he feels he deserves.
Sports analysts are chiming in on the fact that the team will not be redesigning their jerseys and putting out new merchandise. This seems to be a “bonehead move” according to some. If CEO LeBlanc wants more fans throughout Arizona and the Southwest, new merchandise to support the team would be the first major step in enhancing fandom. Seeing that the team is at the bottom of the league in attendance, at 12,998, gaining fans should be a #1 priority for owner LeBlanc. In fact, for the past 5 seasons they have ranked 29th or 30th every single ear in terms of attendance.
What few fans the team has are begging management to move the team to a city that actually cares about hockey. Will LeBlanc take these requests to heart? Will he continue to fight Fioretto’s legal team for ownership of the new name? Only time will tell.