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America’s Passion: How a Coal Miner’s Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century

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English: Arlington, Va. (Aug. 11, 2003) — National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame quarterback, Terry Bradshaw signs the guest book at the 911 Memorial for America’s Heroes inside the Pentagon. The Fitz-Bradshaw NASCAR Busch Race Team owned by Terry Bradshaw and Armando Fitz brought along NASCAR race driver Casey Atwood to the Pentagon for an autograph session and to promote their Navy sponsored team. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Johnny Bivera. (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like the NFL you should check out America’s Passion: How a Coal Miner’s Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century

 
This book was written by our good friend Evan Weiner, TV and Radio pundit, newspaper columnist and public speaker.  The book is filled with stories and interviews of some of the greatest players in the history of the league.
The book traces the league from a meeting in a Canton car dealership to the multi-billion dollar business it is today and Evan provides analysis of exactly why the NFL grew when so many other sports leagues failed to do so.
It is a fascinating work that every NFL fan that has an interest in the history of the game should read.
     The National Football League (NFL) is the premier fan sport in the United States. But it wasn’t always like that. Author Evan Weiner takes us back to the days when the NFL was a mom and pop store operation with the players and others who witnessed the league’s growth first hand. The game of football started in the dark coal mines in western Pennsylvania (PA) and is today a multi-billion dollar business.
The work is available at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/268077 for only $2.99.  It is a steal and is a great gift for any NFL fan.  You might also be interested in Evan’s other works including From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-so-Stern NBA, and The Business and Politics of Sports which are both available at smashwords.com as well.
That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.
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The Business of Sports

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A massive signing bonus followed by a professional athletic career isn’t the only way to hit a financial home run in the business of sports in America. Today’s sports landscape is bursting with career and entrepreneurial opportunities ranging from entry level to luxury suite executive.

Entry level job opportunities involved with sports include positions in retail, manufacturing, logistics, stadium and arena maintenance, concessions, civic recreation, and coaching. Competition for these positions is fierce because of the career opportunities available in the sports industry. Upward and lateral career moves can be achieved with industry experience.

Executive level positions in sports range from agents to owners to publicists. The ability to create and publicize your own unique brand has leveled the playing field for ambitious individuals wishing to break into lucrative high level positions. A relentless work ethic and willingness to put in long hours are necessary to achieve executive level success in the business of sports.

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Business of Sports

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All Round Better Rounds

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Most golfers are keen to have the best equipment available on the market to pursue their sporting passion.  This habit not only adds up financially, but also in weight which can effect your game / fitness.

The game itself is popular with people of all ages, genders and backgrounds, with the number of people playing consistently high. Every sector of society will be feeling the financial pressures at the moment, none more than those who are trying to enjoy retirement. Apart from having more leisure time in retirement, the game provides social interaction and a good level of exercise.  One of biggest downsides to the game is; the additional coinage spent getting the equipment you really want, not the equipment you have to ‘tolerate’.

One of the necessary areas of luxury is your club horse. By that I mean your golf trolley of choice. So, what’s on offer?

Push, Pull or Stomp

  • Push, or pull, golf trolleys are the cheapest option and although they do reduce the impact of that hefty bag of kit, they still require a reasonable amount of strength.  Personal preference will be a part when selecting a push/pull variety, although many individuals find it easier to pull the trolleys.  The downside to this type of trolley is that pulling or pushing can impact on your back and arms – both crucial for perfecting your swing.
  • Electric golf buggies.  You don’t have to be a President or a Pope to afford one of these, but normally people choose to hire not buy.  While they will remove all of the physical hard work from golf this is also their main downside.  Golf does provide an great moderate intensity type of exercise – important for all players but perhaps more so for older golfers.  If you’re chugging around the course on a buggy, you aren’t really getting the best out of the health benefits the game has to offer.
  • Electric golf trolleys.  These combine all the best bits of both push/pull golf trolleys and golf buggies.  Electrically powered, they take all of the unnecessary strain out of the game, keeping you fresh, alert and keeping your back and muscles in good condition, while leaving you free to reap the benefits to your health that golf can offer.

Fit for Purpose

So, should you rush out and buy an electric golf trolley today?  This is of course down to personal preference.  Ultimately for regular players, they are probably the best solution to the problem of heavy bags of golfing equipment, but don’t rush to buy one.  For infrequent players it may make more sense to start of with a standard push/pull type of trolley.  For more serious and more frequent players an electric trolley will make sense and should also be considered as an investment.  They should take the burden for many years to come, so shop around and make your decision carefully.

Stick With Wisdom

Established suppliers with a longer trading history are a good place to start, not only will they provide quality equipment and accessories but will, for the most part, be able to offer good after sales and service, from experts in the industry.  Most trolleys will come with a range of additional fittings and fixtures, from drinks holders to umbrella holders – important in the UK game, at least.  Think about your own needs and game as well – electric golf trolleys are battery powered and the batteries are designed for different lengths of course, while some are more suitable for more challenge terrain.  With the right trolley you should find that the worst of the strain is taken out of the game, leaving you fresh physically and mentally to perform at your best.

Golf is a popular game, with a number of health benefits and very few risks.  To get the most out of the game electric golf trolleys can reduce the excess baggage you need to carry – while allowing you to focus on the game.

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Super Summer Sports Perfect For A Sunny Day

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Français : Ludovic Dubau au Roc d'Azur 2008

Français : Ludovic Dubau au Roc d'Azur 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Super Summer Sports Perfect For A Sunny Day

Enjoy the summer sun with some great sports to get the heart rate pumping. Do them in combination with your diet to help the pounds slide away. Here is a list of summer sports to start you off.

With spring and summer comes the chance to brush off those winter cobwebs and get out of doors. The warmer summer months are perfect for enjoying a range of sports, from something simple to the more adventurous, here’s a list of some great activities for enjoying the summer.

1: Tennis. This traditional spring game can be played anytime during the warmer months, outdoor or indoor. Whether you’re a complete novice or a bit of a pro, there’s nothing better than a quick knock around to start off the season and it’ll help you earn those strawberries and cream.

2: Mountain Biking. Get out and about in the fresh air with this exhilarating sport. Suitable for any age or ability you’ll be sure to find the perfect track for you. Whether it’s a gentle peddle through the forests to an adrenaline fuelled whiz through the hills, mountain biking is a great way to get out and about, on your own or with a group.

3: Canoeing. There’s nothing better for cooling down in the summer sun than getting out on the water. Canoeing is fast becoming one of Britain’s most popular watersports and with man-made lakes and water courses popping up all over the country due to the Olympics, there’s sure to be one on your door step.

4: Cricket. If you want to tone it down a bit, why not wile away the days with the most British of games. Nearly every village, town or city has its own cricket ground, so it’s easy to find a club or group to suit any age or ability.

5: Orienteering. If you’re one for getting out into the countryside then orienteering is definitely the sport for you. With few overhead costs and expensive equipment required, all you need is the mindset to get up and go.

6: Rock-climbing. This is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to get out doors and keep fit. With climbing walls being put up all over the country, indoor or outdoor, you really can’t go wrong. With the proper training and guidance this great summer sport will have you climbing up the walls for another go.

7: Track and Field. This is a great way to get out and meet new people all while getting fit and trying new sports. With a range of different activities, from running and jumping to javelin throwing, you’ll be sure to find something new and different to get you in the mood for the Olympics.

8: Free Running. And now for something a bit different- If you’re a city dweller looking for an adrenaline filled sport that won’t take you too far from your urban home, then give this exciting new sport a go. Once the past time of a few adventurous souls, Free Running is become the sport of choice for many, with clubs and societies popping up in cities all over the country.

Super Summer Sports Perfect For A Sunny Day

Enjoy the summer sun with some great sports to get the heart rate pumping. Do them in combination with your diet to help the pounds slide away. Here is a list of summer sports to start you off.

With spring and summer comes the chance to brush off those winter cobwebs and get out of doors. The warmer summer months are perfect for enjoying a range of sports, from something simple to the more adventurous, here’s a list of some great activities for enjoying the summer.

1: Tennis. This traditional spring game can be played anytime during the warmer months, outdoor or indoor. Whether you’re a complete novice or a bit of a pro, there’s nothing better than a quick knock around to start off the season and it’ll help you earn those strawberries and cream.

2: Mountain Biking. Get out and about in the fresh air with this exhilarating sport. Suitable for any age or ability you’ll be sure to find the perfect track for you. Whether it’s a gentle peddle through the forests to an adrenaline fuelled whiz through the hills, mountain biking is a great way to get out and about, on your own or with a group.

3: Canoeing. There’s nothing better for cooling down in the summer sun than getting out on the water. Canoeing is fast becoming one of Britain’s most popular watersports and with man-made lakes and water courses popping up all over the country due to the Olympics, there’s sure to be one on your door step.

4: Cricket. If you want to tone it down a bit, why not wile away the days with the most British of games. Nearly every village, town or city has its own cricket ground, so it’s easy to find a club or group to suit any age or ability.

5: Orienteering. If you’re one for getting out into the countryside then orienteering is definitely the sport for you. With few costs and equipment required, all you need is the get up and go.

6: Rock-climbing. This is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to get out doors and keep fit. With climbing walls being put up all over the country, indoor or outdoor, you really can’t go wrong. With the proper training and guidance this great summer sport will have you climbing up the walls for another go.

7: Track and Field. This is a great way to get out and meet new people all while getting fit and trying new sports. With a range of different activities, from running and jumping to javelin throwing, you’ll be sure to find something new and different to get you in the mood for the Olympics.

8: Free Running. And now for something a bit different- If you’re a city dweller looking for an adrenaline filled sport that won’t take you too far from your urban home, then give this exciting new sport a go. Once the past time of a few adventurous souls, Free Running is become the sport of choice for many, with clubs and societies popping up in cities all over the country.

Exercise needn’t be a chore, there are plenty of great sports for summer and with your diet plans you’ll be in great shape in no time.

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Skateboards Vs Longboards

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Skateboarding is one of the most amazing thrill rides that anyone can do. Most people see skateboards as one large lump of sports, and when purchasing a board and deck most people just assume that all boards are made equally and are meant for the same thing. If you have been looking towards purchasing a new ride to get in on the action, you’ll have to know the difference between a street deck and a longboard. There are completely different options as they perform different types of tasks. Consider the following differences between both types of boards to make the ultimate decision when you’re about to purchase your next skateboarding product.

First and foremost we’ll discuss longboards. Longboarding is a popular activity that transcends the initial invention of the skateboard in the 1970’s. The longboard is meant for cruising through town, riding down hills, and pushing less than any other type of board. These specialized boards are longer, have larger trucks and wheels, and are easier to learn on than other boards. In most instances, you will not have to push hard on these options as one push will have you gliding down the road with relative ease. The wheels are usually softer, the bearings faster, and the turn radius much looser than traditional boarding options that you will find. These are not meant for half pipes, tricks, or anything fancy. If you’re looking for transportation, this is a great option to look into. They might cost more than the average option, but it will be well worth the investment.

The second type of board you can purchase is your standard street skateboard. These types have double kicktails at the nose and the tail of the board, and are usually no longer than 32 inches long. They also have a deep concave in the interior of the board, utilize smaller trucks, and harder wheels. These boards are meant for those that are looking to ride their boards for more than transportation. You’ll find that there is a higher learning curve on these, and if you’re planning on doing any tricks, you’ll expect to take some major spills. Street skateboards are the only boards that professional skateboarders ride in contests, magazines, and any other form of promotional media. They are made of harder woods, glued together with tight epoxies, and are meant to take major impact. The same impact on a longboard, for instance, would snap the wood fast. The street boards are meant to take serious impact, with some boards even having an interior lining of titanium. All street boards come in 7 to 8 plys of wood and are meant for tricks more than transport.

At this point, considering both options above, you should have a clearer picture of what kind of board you’ll need. If you’re not into tricks or flying off stairs or rails, go for the street style. If you want transportation and easier learning curve, go with a longer board.

 

When Im not boarding I like to blog about medical assistant training on my healthcare blog.

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Accurate Golf Lob Shots

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Accurate Golf Lob Shots

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. It is a shot that can be used in a sand bunker, for example, where you need to lift the ball forcefully and drive it towards the hole, all in one shot, though perhaps a sand wedge is actually more useful in such a situation. A lob wedge is generally used to gain greater accuracy than a full iron shot.

In your set up with a golf lob shot, aim to the left of your target. The reason for doing this is that the ball will spin towards the right upon landing on the green, thereby cancelling out the original left of target attitude. At least, that’s the theory. If you want to add extra height to the ball, say, to lift it over a particularly high obstacle, then open the clubface more before striking the shot.

The swing is important if you hope to get a fairly accurate golf lob. Start by setting your weight fairly evenly distributed on both feet. Feel comfortable with your stance and well balanced. Then you should swing the club back, keeping on your body line, and then swing through without letting the clubface turn in any way. If you finish the shot with the clubface open, that is, pointing upwards towards the sky, then you will have maximised your height potential for the shot. This will also give it a higher degree of spin, which should make it stop quickly once it hits the green.

The reason why you should use a golf lob wedge for shots around 50 yards or so, and not just stick to a sand wedge or pitching wedge, is that it has additional loft, or lifting power. This means it will fly high, but not go to far forwards. This in turn means you can take a full strength swing at the ball, and not be forced to hold back in what is basically a fairly unnatural action. Being able to let fly, as it were, also lets you set a more accurate direction, causing the ball to go more or less where you want it to go.

The golf lob shot is not the easiest of shots to perform. If you give it too little strength it will die on you, going little forward distance and gaining little height as it goes. If you hit too hard it will possibly go too far and not high enough. You really need to “feel” you way through each shot, so a lot of practice is probably the best way to gain the necessary experience.

Guest post by Liz on behalf of GoKart electric golf carts – we’re passionate about golf!

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