Way too Early NFL MVP, Rookie of the Year, & MORE Award Predictions

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After the Olympic Games – The Final Standings

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During the Olympic Games, one of the things that interested me was the debate about the medals table. Some people were saying that the method of publishing the rankings so that gold medals were counted first, then silver and so on, led to a distortion of the achievements of each country. Thus, as one commentator pointed out, a country with only one gold medal would be higher in the rankings than a country that had fifty silvers.

Clearly this would be wrong, but this absurd situation is perhaps unlikely to ever happen.

The organisers of the Games, as they were Chinese, would naturally go along with the system as it currently stands, since they beat every other country in the number of gold medals by a healthy margin.

I have found two sites that give slightly different rankings for the final standings. The NBC report ranks the countries on the total number of medals, while the report from BBC Sport adopts the more official line. Is it merely a coincidence that the NBC version puts America at the top, while the BBC, being British and moreover the only major TV channel that is ad free, remains more impartial? Could it be that the NBC reporters could not tolerate the idea of the USA coming second in the final rankings? It is undeniably true that America won more medals of all colors than any other country, but can it really be right that a country should come first in the rankings through the fact that it achieved more second places than all the other countries?

Some might say that the USA in the next few years is going to have to get used to being second in many other ways than in sport. I would not presume though to have any opinion about that, since I have no expertise and little interest in economics or politics.

It was suggested that there should be a points value assigned to each medal, thus Gold=3, Silver=2, Bronze=1. The idea being that you would be including ALL the medals in the count (not only the golds), but recognizing that the medals have a different relative value. I spent a happy five minutes or so calculating the outcome of this system,and I found that the positions of the top 6 countries for 2008 was identical to that given in the BBC report, and in the official rankings, and the same thing happened when a Gold medal was given a points value of 4. I have no idea how all the countries places would be affected, since I lost interest in calculating after the top six.

So I think you’ll just have to accept the fact, China won. But after all, they should do, they have a population in the gazillions. If Jamaica had had the same population as China, then the gold medal tally of Jamaica would have been 3600. Who said the Jamaicans were laid back?



Source by Robert Paterson

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Port Vs Starboard

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In the sport of sailing, instead of using the terms right and left, we use Port and Starboard. Port is synonymous with left; Starboard with right. Port is also depicted with the color red and Starboard with green. If you’re into wine, Port is a type of wine and wine is red. If you’re not into wine, an easy way to remember which color is which is to think about which word is shorter and which is longer. Port is shorter than Starboard; Port has 4 letters, Starboard has 9. Red is shorter than green; red has 3 letters, green has 5. Port is short, red is short. Starboard is long, green is long. Left is short, Port is Short. Right is long, Starboard is long. Port, red, left. Starboard, green, right.

Got it? Great!

In sailing, there are many terms that you never hear anywhere else. Port and Starboard are two of the most common terms you’ll hear. Why did sailors centuries ago pick Port and Starboard instead of left and right?

Starboard most likely has its original from Old English term steorbord. Steorbord means the side of the ship which is steered. Steor means steer and bord means the side of the boat. Many boats back then did not have a rudder to steer with. Instead the skipper used an oar. Since most people were right-handed, the skipper would generally place the oar off the side of the boat to their right. Over time, Steorbord morphed into the term we now use for the right side of the sailboat, Starboard.

Port, on the other hand was not commonly used until the 1840s. The term larboard was used. Larboard is a combination of the word lade meaning to load and bord ;meaning the side of the boat. Ladebord meant the side of the boat on which to load which morphed into larboard. In the 1840s, the English’s Royal Navy started using the word Port to refer to the left side of the boat as Larboard was easily confused with Starboard. Since the side of the boat most often used to load stuff on and off when in port was the left side, Port became the obvious choice. Porters would load supplies on the Port side and steering would be done on the Starboard side.

Today, Port and Starboard are synonymous with left and right and used by sailors all over the world.



Source by Tony Towle

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Port Vs Starboard

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In the sport of sailing, instead of using the terms right and left, we use Port and Starboard. Port is synonymous with left; Starboard with right. Port is also depicted with the color red and Starboard with green. If you’re into wine, Port is a type of wine and wine is red. If you’re not into wine, an easy way to remember which color is which is to think about which word is shorter and which is longer. Port is shorter than Starboard; Port has 4 letters, Starboard has 9. Red is shorter than green; red has 3 letters, green has 5. Port is short, red is short. Starboard is long, green is long. Left is short, Port is Short. Right is long, Starboard is long. Port, red, left. Starboard, green, right.

Got it? Great!

In sailing, there are many terms that you never hear anywhere else. Port and Starboard are two of the most common terms you’ll hear. Why did sailors centuries ago pick Port and Starboard instead of left and right?

Starboard most likely has its original from Old English term steorbord. Steorbord means the side of the ship which is steered. Steor means steer and bord means the side of the boat. Many boats back then did not have a rudder to steer with. Instead the skipper used an oar. Since most people were right-handed, the skipper would generally place the oar off the side of the boat to their right. Over time, Steorbord morphed into the term we now use for the right side of the sailboat, Starboard.

Port, on the other hand was not commonly used until the 1840s. The term larboard was used. Larboard is a combination of the word lade meaning to load and bord ;meaning the side of the boat. Ladebord meant the side of the boat on which to load which morphed into larboard. In the 1840s, the English’s Royal Navy started using the word Port to refer to the left side of the boat as Larboard was easily confused with Starboard. Since the side of the boat most often used to load stuff on and off when in port was the left side, Port became the obvious choice. Porters would load supplies on the Port side and steering would be done on the Starboard side.

Today, Port and Starboard are synonymous with left and right and used by sailors all over the world.



Source by Tony Towle

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Bruce Lee’s Workout Regimen – His Training Secrets Revealed!

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Watching Bruce Lee makes a lot of people want to know more about Bruce Lee’s workout regimen. No question: Bruce Lee’s abs are simply phenomenal! His body looks extremely ripped. So, what did his training look like?

First, here are the facts: Bruce Lee was 5 ft 7.5 in (171 cm) tall and weighed 135 lbs (59 kg). He was at 160 lbs (73 kg) for a while as he was experimenting with weight training. Believe it or not: his body fat percentage was lower than 6%!

Arnold Schwarzenegger once said about Bruce Lee: “He had a very-I mean a very defined physique. He had very little body fat. I mean, he probably had one of the lowest body fat counts of any athlete. And I think that’s why he looked so unbelievable.”

Bruce Lee’s physician, Dr. Langford, even claimed that Lee’s body had less than one percent body fat! Can you believe that?

Now, take a look at Bruce Lee’s Workout Routine – it’s a six hours a day, six days a week regimen (!):

1) Monday & Wednesday & Friday:

– Abs & stretching, (2 hrs)

– Running (2 hrs): varying speed in 5 minutes intervals. Typical exercise: 5,9 miles (9,5 km) in 45 minutes

– Arm/ Hand Speed Exercises (1 hour)

– Jumping Rope (800 jumps)

2) Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday:

– Abs & Stretching (2 hrs)

– Weight Training (2 hrs). Among others: squats, reverse curls, concentration curls, French presses, and both wrist curls and reverse wrist curls

– Legs exercises/ Cycling (2 hrs.)

As you can see, abdominal exercises are a major part of the workout. In fact, Lee was convinced that the abs were one of the most important muscle groups for a martial artist, because almost every movement requires abdominal work.

In fact, in addition to all his books on bodybuidling and anatomy, Lee even had a separate folder filled with articles on routines to develop the abdominal muscles. He had five special ab exercises, three of which he performed every day. The five were:

a) Leg Raises

b) “Modified” Sit-Ups

c) Twists

d) Side Bends

e) Frog Kicks

Now, if you want to get visible abs, there are two things you need to know about:

1) Ab exercises alone won’t do it. You need to reduce your body fat percentage (below 11% for men and 16-19 % for women) to really to see the abs. For the best exercise to lose fat, take a look at my article “Best Way to Lose Fat or How to Lose Belly Fat Fast”.

2) Crunches are NOT the best ab exercise! For example the exercise called “Abdominal Bicycle” is much more effective.

You will find all these exercises with concrete training plans (number of sets and reps) and color photos in the best-selling, 117-page eBook “The Truth About Six Pack Abs”.

The list of bad and good exercises inside (page 12-13) and the chapter on diet (ch. 10) are simply priceless! Grab your FREE Report now!

P.S. If you want to get a ripped body, healthy nutrition is a must! Did you know that Bruce Lee avoided baked goods and consumed large amounts of fruits, vegetables and milk daily?



Source by Steve Wells

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Pre Playoffs 2013 and Outlook for Next Season

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What a surprise – the last match happened to be the cruel game in the season 2012/2013; That time the opponent turned out to be the champion of last season, the Eisbären Berlin. This was a tough team to beat for the Tigers, since only a victory could have replied in obtaining rank ten, which was the prerequisite for the pre playoff games. Once more, my older son, Tobias was part of this historic triumph, similar to the year before, when we were testimonies of the unbelievable victory versus Adler Mannheim resulting in the direct participation of the plays.

This thrilling game against the official champion of 2012 was extremely exciting, but the Tigers performed sensational well, keeping the top players away from their goalie and even scoring six times where the defense only allowed two goals which was pretty awesome in this situation. If the Tigers had scored one more goal, the Eisbären Berlin would not have even obtained the right to play their first game at home; Anyway they were lucky that way.

Late afternoon, the crowd in the stadium was astounded again having achieved the pre playoffs this season. Who should have been the team to be beat that time? Soon it became clear, that the Augsburg Panthers were the opponent.

Occasionally, I was right to forget about all those other games before and start off at zero – anyway, it was obvious that the Tigers had to play their best hockey.

First of all, the Tigers had to head to Augsburg; Almost 6,500 crazy spectators followed this game, a huge fan community of Straubing was in mid this crowd of passionate people. In the long run, after the second overtime which basically rented about 20 minutes, the Tigers set the lucky punch and lead 1: 0 in the series.

Then, I tried to grasp a valuable ticket for the next home game taking place two days later at the Pulverturm, when I was accompanied by a close friend who had already experienced a lot of fairly emotional games.

In fact, we were part of a great game of my beloved Tigers: they were intensely cheered by nearly 6,000 fans. Finally, we won 4: 1 and reached the quarter finals versus the sharks of Cologne, whose head coach Uwe Krupp was not too glad about this constellation.

It goes without saying that I attempted to get both tickets for the home games which was not easy anyhow. Since Cologne won the first match pretty easy with a 6: 1 victory the Tigers had to bite back soon. Their first home game was a real highlight again, because our players managed to beat the sharks 5: 2. At that moment, everything was again again and you always firmly believe in your team anyway.

Next match in the huge Lanxess arena was shown on TV and I watched it, there was no doubt.

The first 10 minutes turned out to be rather even with both teams working on several good chances to score but then the fiasco happened: the sharks scored 3 goals within almost almost one minute which was simply too much for the Tigers' soul. It was unbelievable how something like that could have occurred after those first positive impressions. Anyway, the Tigers did not yet recover from this shock and historically lost 0: 5.

The third game had to be won, this was pretty much clear for the fans. I was still confident referring back to our first home match. Positively speaking, the Tigers got ahead with an excellent blue liner after the first period. The crowd did its very best this evening cheering on during the entire game, which was amazing to observe.

Unfortunately, the Tigers did not quite pay attention for a few minutes which reflected in two quick goals for Cologne. This was in fact very frustrating since we could not harvest our efforts before. After the sharks scored for their third time, it seemed to be a long way to come back. This was true, which was a real pity because the Tigers fought extremely well and did an excellent job despite the backlog.

In the end the Tigers lost 3: 6 although they put so much emotion into the game in the last period coming back from 1: 5 to 3: 5. You never know what could have happened with a quick 4th goal.

Any, the sharks from Cologne lead 3.1 in the series and the final countdown should take place within 48 hours. This very last game was quite tied up until the end of 3 periods; It ended 1: 1 and the overtime had to decide for the first time in the series. The Tigers clearly had all opportunities to remain in the series and cling to their chances. Could they still believe in this dream?

However, one bad and lousy change of the defense enabled Cologne to hit the decent goal and win 2: 1 climbing up to the half finals.

Neverheless, the Tigers did a great job taking into account that they had to cope with a few major injuries of very important players during this series. There was no way to compensate versus such a top team like Cologne, which lastly achieved the DEL final against Berlin.

I guess you already know who won the final? Like in the prior years the Ice Bears of Berlin turned out to be the best team of the league again. But you should not forget that Berlin was pretty lucky to reach the 4th position of the table when they lost their last game against the Tigers.

Anyways, I will always cross the fingers for any season to come but I will not hold up the expectations too highly, because the Tigers are still an underdog but have already achieved so much before.

One should never forget those wonderful miracles on ice! There are certainly no strings attached for the future.

Outlook – Still dreaming?

How will the story of my beloved Straubing Tigers continue in the future?

Of course, you always look back to their previous success story. However, you can not expect such a highlight every other year, there is no guarantee.

Basically, you can not predict a similar performance on ice which the Tigers had experienced the year before.

However, you should not neglect that this team of lower Bavaria has certainly achieved quite a bit during the last 6 years of being a solid member of this prestigious league in Germany.

They have well deserved respect and recognition of the remaining teams. On the other hand, the crowd and the critics always try to demand an even better performance year by year.

That way, the coaches and the managers obviously suffer from a higher pressure which needs to be minimized in terms of long term success and a stable environment.

Again, it's time for searching and picking the right players for the next season still to be planned and organized even if the last game is not yet finished.

The head coach basically takes care of reasonably delegating all required tasks to the assistant coach regarding the goals; Besides, the sports manager has to focus upon screening interesting players overseas learning their money in the AHL (American Hockey League); Above all, the European market will be critically observed, too.

One of the favorite countries has always been the Swiss League, in particular Bern or Zurich. This is due to the predilection of our former coach Daniel Ratushny, who preferred two excellent players during the last two years. Those two elegant skaters have already paid off, since they happened to become the most valid players for the team of the Straubing Tigers.

Anyways, let's see what happens after the sixth season for Straubing. I firmly believe that you still need to be patient while waiting for the success which will come true sooner or later.

I shall always cross my fingers for the Straubing Tigers and hope for numerous thrilling and exciting matches taking place at the traditional stadium close to the historic site of the Pulverturm; This is a famous tower of ancient times where ammunition once was stored to be alert if the enemy was close to the city.

Let's count on the well known 'Pulverturm Roar' coming back soon.

Last but not least, I would like to draw your attention to another hockey highlight still to come sometime in the future.

Since the icons and heroes of the championship 2005, namely Billy Trew, Trevor Gallant and Calvin Elfring do not play any more for the Tigers but will certainly finish their career sometimes, there will definitely be a special farewell game in Straubing sooner or later.

It's certainly going to be a very personal event with lots of emotions and memories. I firmly believe the organization of the Straubing Tigers will try to figure out an interesting advantage worthwhile to go there.

I am fairly curious, when this match is going to take place and I will certainly acquire a ticket for this historical game; This will be a must in the eyes of the passionate Tigers fans.



Source by Hermann Grassl

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How To Get A Guy To Fall In Love With You

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Do you feel like fate has singled you out to be alone the rest of your life? Would you like to meet a guy and fall madly in love? If you don’t want to be single forever, do you know how to get a guy to fall in love with you?

When I was young it seemed simple to have lots of boys around. I thought they were all in love with me because it seemed they never wanted to go home. Now that I am older, I think I have a different picture of the situation. My Dad was a cowboy, he told great stories, and we had horses. Those boys might have been smiling and friendly, but I don’t think their visits were about me. They were in love with Dad.

Getting a guy to fall in love with you is more complicated that owning a horse. What will help you is understanding how to develop your personal attraction and magnetism. When you do, it will be easy. But if you are stuck thinking love will never happen for you, you need the following:

*Self assurance

Confidence is magnetizing. This is how you get who you want. Confidence starts with knowing you can take care of yourself wherever you are. Whether you need social skills, a career path, new friends, financial planning, or counseling to handle your emotional issues, help is out there for you if you ask for it.

*Trust

Becoming a trust-worthy person starts with trusting yourself to do the right thing, no matter how difficult the situation. Do you say what you mean and mean what you say? Are your thoughts and words in alignment with your actions? The man you want will fall in love and stay in love if he can trust you.

*Femininity

Feminine women have great power. Men flock to them. True femininity has substance. An attractive woman cares about her spiritual center, her competency at what she does, and the quality of her friendships. She also cares about her appearance, takes care of her health, and stays fit from exercise.

*Words of endearment

Men like women who pay attention to them and pay them compliments. Sincere compliments will attract men to you like bears to honey. If you feel secure with a man, and have been dating him for a while, he will also like to hear terms of endearment like being called sweetie, sugar, darling, and baby.

*Larger purpose

Extremely attractive women know they are fulfilling a greater purpose and are serene about it. They have an inner-based spiritual center that is the foundation under everything they do. They have the kind of energy that calms people and everyone wants to be around them. Wherever they are, they make a contribution, just by their presence.

*Fun

If you have the qualities mentioned above, and you know how to laugh, play, and enjoy yourself wherever you go, you are irresistible.

*Action

If you want to fall in love and stay in love, you need to take the steps to make that happen. If you don’t know how to get on track to do that, get yourself a coach.

When you do the above, you will know how to get a guy to fall in love with you. And you won’t even need a horse.



Source by Tonja Weimer

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Worthy to Stand – Classic LDS Film

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The film Worthy to Stand will be remembered by LDS church members, who watched it back in the 1980s, as the film that had Mike Farrell from the hit television series MASH. Mike Farrell despite popular rumors within the LDS faith, is not a member of the LDS church. Mike Farrell played an elder quorum president who is trying to help a well meaning home teacher in his district to see the value of his home teaching. This home teacher is a lawyer and has very little time for anything but his work, he feels like his efforts to visit the families are worthless and so he decides to ask for a release as a home teacher.

On his last time visiting with one of the families, he is assigned to home teach, the daughter of the family reveals to him that the family is breaking up. Still wanting to give up, he asks for a release until he realizes the error of his ways. He receives a letter one of the sons of the family who is serving a full time mission telling him that he could have made difference in the life of the family. With renewed energy the home teacher decides to try again to help the family. He goes on a camping trip with his bishop and elders quorum president. They decide that it is time to help the family in need. They save the marriage and the family becomes active again.

Although very dated, I used this film in one of my own elders quorum meetings. The class seemed to really like it. This film was a change of pace from the normal LDS films shown. This movie though is really hard to find it is only available in video tape format and can no longer be purchased directly from the LDS church. You can probably pick it up at a Deseret Industries or LDS church library. This film can help inspire home teachers to do better at their calling.

Most home teachers mean well but home teaching can be a challenge because you wonder if you efforts are really worth it, they are worth it. This film shows the fruits of being a good home teacher and how to do it effectively. In recent years another movie about home teaching was made called The Home Teachers which takes a comedic approach to doing ones duty in this special calling.



Source by Trent Bowen

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Fantastic Race Horses of the United States

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Foaled on April 18th, 1990 is retired race horse Cigar. Although he was bred to more than 30 mares, none of them conceived; thus, Cigar was found to be an infertile stallion. He is a favorite among some racing fans, and is enjoying a well-deserved retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park. He had a decent racing career with 19 wins, 4 second place finishes and 5 third place finishes from 33 starts. He was the highest earning American horse with USD 9,999,813 until 2008. As a result of his racing career, Cigar earned awards including US Outstanding Older Male Horse in 1995 and 1996 and US Horse of the Year again in 1995 and 1996. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2002, and he is # 18 in the Top 100 US Racehorses of the 20th Century by Blood-Horse magazine. From North to South on the East Coast, his racing career is honored at race courses. In New York, Aqueduct Racetrack has the Cigar Mile Handicap; while, in Florida, there is a life-size statue of Cigar at Gulfstream Park.

Funny Cide was sired by Distorted Humor and out of dam Belle's Good Cide. He was foaled on April 20th, 2000. He may be best known for his wins in the 2003Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The hopes for a Triple Crown winner were deflated when he came in 3rd on an extremely muddy track in the Belmont Stakes due to non-stop rain the entire previous day. His racing career has seen rewards and honors including Funny Cide Street in Napa, California, the song Funny Cide both written and performed by Blue Hand Luke and the Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Another beloved race horse is Smarty Jones. He was foaled on February 28th, 2001 and was sired by Elusive Quality and out of dam I'll Get Along. His wins in the 2004 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes made him yet another Triple Crown hopeful. Yet again, horse racing fans were left in the lurch when he did not win the Belmont Stakes. Although he has retired from racing in early August 2004, his racing career earned him US Champion Three-Year-Old Colt in 2004 as well as saw him honored with two separate Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park and at Parx Racing and Casino.

Most racing fans are also fans of Barbaro. Although he was a favorite in the Preakness Stakes, he suffered a fracture of three bones in his right hind leg ending his racing career forever. Even after immediate surgery, this famous race horse developed laminitis in his left hind leg in July then in both his front legs; thus, his doctors and owners knew he could not be saved so he was euthanized on January 29th, 2007. With an almost perfect racing record, Barbaro had 6 wins from 7 starts including the Preakness Stakes when he could not finish the race. He is honored with the Barbaro Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (home of the Preakness Stakes) and Delaware Park along with a statue commemorating Barbaro at the entrance to Churchill Downs. Horse racing fans of all generations were deeply saddened by the death of Barbaro.



Source by Jenny H Wilson

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How to Spend Holidays?

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Hi Everybody! Have you noticed that there are so many holidays throughout the year? Such as the Valentines Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and so on. Our living standard has improved a lot, and now we are about to diversify these holidays. I believe that most people will try their best to make their holidays interesting and unforgettable. Would you please share your holidays’ experience to us? At first, it’s my pleasure to share my holidays’ experiences.

1. Shopping with my friends

During weekdays, all of us are quite busy, and we may not have much time to contact with our friends. In the holidays, we can enjoy the free time, and stay with our best friends to do what we like. As young girls, we have the same hobbies, and all of us are always curious about all these fashionable and attractive things, such as the makeup, clothes, and backpacks and so on, so we are glad to go out for shopping. There is a benefit for shopping together, which are we can evaluate the item selected by each other, and then we can get the most cost-efficient items. What is your opinion on shopping?

2. Holding party at home

In America, it is popular to hold party at home, and most people enjoy the party very much. During holidays, we can invite our friends to our home to enjoy the holidays, and we will make the delicious cake and food, and at the same time, we will prepare various drinks for them. Then they can eat, drink freely, and talk freely. At this time, we can talk anything to our friends; we can share our happy experiences to them, at the same time, if you have met some trouble or unhappy things, you can tell them too, and they will try their best to help us. Party can make your friendship long live.

3. Climbing the mountain

During the weekdays, we have to pull all our energy and motion to our job, and these boring things may make us quite exhausted and tired. We are human beings, and we are not the robot, our body needs some relax to recover, and it needs to breathe some fresh air. Therefore, we can do some Aerobic exercise, for climbing the mountain.

As an office lady, I have paid a lot attention to plan my holidays, and I like climbing very much. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery when you are walking, and when you reached the top of the mountain finally, a great feeling of achievement will possesses your mind. Then at night, you can appreciate the night beauty under you, at the same time, you can use your laser pointer pen (http://www.dinodirect.com/laser-pointers/) to point out the very right position of the star. Wow! On the top of the mountain, you can enjoy the beautiful city night at beauty, at the same time, with the laser pointer pen; you can also enjoy the beautiful stars! Wow! If you stay with your boyfriend or girlfriend, your mountain trip will be much romantic!



Source by Tracy Chris

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Pre Playoffs 2013 and Outlook for Next Season

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What a surprise – the last match happened to be the cruel game in the season 2012/2013; That time the opponent turned out to be the champion of last season, the Eisbären Berlin. This was a tough team to beat for the Tigers, since only a victory could have replied in obtaining rank ten, which was the prerequisite for the pre playoff games. Once more, my older son, Tobias was part of this historic triumph, similar to the year before, when we were testimonies of the unbelievable victory versus Adler Mannheim resulting in the direct participation of the plays.

This thrilling game against the official champion of 2012 was extremely exciting, but the Tigers performed sensational well, keeping the top players away from their goalie and even scoring six times where the defense only allowed two goals which was pretty awesome in this situation. If the Tigers had scored one more goal, the Eisbären Berlin would not have even obtained the right to play their first game at home; Anyway they were lucky that way.

Late afternoon, the crowd in the stadium was astounded again having achieved the pre playoffs this season. Who should have been the team to be beat that time? Soon it became clear, that the Augsburg Panthers were the opponent.

Occasionally, I was right to forget about all those other games before and start off at zero – anyway, it was obvious that the Tigers had to play their best hockey.

First of all, the Tigers had to head to Augsburg; Almost 6,500 crazy spectators followed this game, a huge fan community of Straubing was in mid this crowd of passionate people. In the long run, after the second overtime which basically rented about 20 minutes, the Tigers set the lucky punch and lead 1: 0 in the series.

Then, I tried to grasp a valuable ticket for the next home game taking place two days later at the Pulverturm, when I was accompanied by a close friend who had already experienced a lot of fairly emotional games.

In fact, we were part of a great game of my beloved Tigers: they were intensely cheered by nearly 6,000 fans. Finally, we won 4: 1 and reached the quarter finals versus the sharks of Cologne, whose head coach Uwe Krupp was not too glad about this constellation.

It goes without saying that I attempted to get both tickets for the home games which was not easy anyhow. Since Cologne won the first match pretty easy with a 6: 1 victory the Tigers had to bite back soon. Their first home game was a real highlight again, because our players managed to beat the sharks 5: 2. At that moment, everything was again again and you always firmly believe in your team anyway.

Next match in the huge Lanxess arena was shown on TV and I watched it, there was no doubt.

The first 10 minutes turned out to be rather even with both teams working on several good chances to score but then the fiasco happened: the sharks scored 3 goals within almost almost one minute which was simply too much for the Tigers' soul. It was unbelievable how something like that could have occurred after those first positive impressions. Anyway, the Tigers did not yet recover from this shock and historically lost 0: 5.

The third game had to be won, this was pretty much clear for the fans. I was still confident referring back to our first home match. Positively speaking, the Tigers got ahead with an excellent blue liner after the first period. The crowd did its very best this evening cheering on during the entire game, which was amazing to observe.

Unfortunately, the Tigers did not quite pay attention for a few minutes which reflected in two quick goals for Cologne. This was in fact very frustrating since we could not harvest our efforts before. After the sharks scored for their third time, it seemed to be a long way to come back. This was true, which was a real pity because the Tigers fought extremely well and did an excellent job despite the backlog.

In the end the Tigers lost 3: 6 although they put so much emotion into the game in the last period coming back from 1: 5 to 3: 5. You never know what could have happened with a quick 4th goal.

Any, the sharks from Cologne lead 3.1 in the series and the final countdown should take place within 48 hours. This very last game was quite tied up until the end of 3 periods; It ended 1: 1 and the overtime had to decide for the first time in the series. The Tigers clearly had all opportunities to remain in the series and cling to their chances. Could they still believe in this dream?

However, one bad and lousy change of the defense enabled Cologne to hit the decent goal and win 2: 1 climbing up to the half finals.

Neverheless, the Tigers did a great job taking into account that they had to cope with a few major injuries of very important players during this series. There was no way to compensate versus such a top team like Cologne, which lastly achieved the DEL final against Berlin.

I guess you already know who won the final? Like in the prior years the Ice Bears of Berlin turned out to be the best team of the league again. But you should not forget that Berlin was pretty lucky to reach the 4th position of the table when they lost their last game against the Tigers.

Anyways, I will always cross the fingers for any season to come but I will not hold up the expectations too highly, because the Tigers are still an underdog but have already achieved so much before.

One should never forget those wonderful miracles on ice! There are certainly no strings attached for the future.

Outlook – Still dreaming?

How will the story of my beloved Straubing Tigers continue in the future?

Of course, you always look back to their previous success story. However, you can not expect such a highlight every other year, there is no guarantee.

Basically, you can not predict a similar performance on ice which the Tigers had experienced the year before.

However, you should not neglect that this team of lower Bavaria has certainly achieved quite a bit during the last 6 years of being a solid member of this prestigious league in Germany.

They have well deserved respect and recognition of the remaining teams. On the other hand, the crowd and the critics always try to demand an even better performance year by year.

That way, the coaches and the managers obviously suffer from a higher pressure which needs to be minimized in terms of long term success and a stable environment.

Again, it's time for searching and picking the right players for the next season still to be planned and organized even if the last game is not yet finished.

The head coach basically takes care of reasonably delegating all required tasks to the assistant coach regarding the goals; Besides, the sports manager has to focus upon screening interesting players overseas learning their money in the AHL (American Hockey League); Above all, the European market will be critically observed, too.

One of the favorite countries has always been the Swiss League, in particular Bern or Zurich. This is due to the predilection of our former coach Daniel Ratushny, who preferred two excellent players during the last two years. Those two elegant skaters have already paid off, since they happened to become the most valid players for the team of the Straubing Tigers.

Anyways, let's see what happens after the sixth season for Straubing. I firmly believe that you still need to be patient while waiting for the success which will come true sooner or later.

I shall always cross my fingers for the Straubing Tigers and hope for numerous thrilling and exciting matches taking place at the traditional stadium close to the historic site of the Pulverturm; This is a famous tower of ancient times where ammunition once was stored to be alert if the enemy was close to the city.

Let's count on the well known 'Pulverturm Roar' coming back soon.

Last but not least, I would like to draw your attention to another hockey highlight still to come sometime in the future.

Since the icons and heroes of the championship 2005, namely Billy Trew, Trevor Gallant and Calvin Elfring do not play any more for the Tigers but will certainly finish their career sometimes, there will definitely be a special farewell game in Straubing sooner or later.

It's certainly going to be a very personal event with lots of emotions and memories. I firmly believe the organization of the Straubing Tigers will try to figure out an interesting advantage worthwhile to go there.

I am fairly curious, when this match is going to take place and I will certainly acquire a ticket for this historical game; This will be a must in the eyes of the passionate Tigers fans.



Source by Hermann Grassl

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Tarpon Fly Fishing in Florida

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Fly fishing for trout? Salmon? Bah! For a different experience, it is all about tarpon fly fishing in Florida.

There are a lot of different types of fishing experiences. There are also many ways of gauging the success of any fishing trip. To many anglers, the number of fish that you have in your live well, cooler, or stringer is the way you measure a successful trip. To others it is the enjoyment of the external surrounding environment and the immersion into nature that makes the experience successful. To others, it is the sport. It is the challenge of taking a large fish on light tackle. Fly fisherman understand the idea of ​​challenge.

Tarpon fly fishing in Florida is a good example of the idea of ​​sport. Many people have compared this form of fishing to hunting. The tarpon is a saltwater fish that comes to the shallow offshore flats and coastal rivers to feed. Many tarpon grow up to 8 feet long and some can weigh as much as 200 pounds. The top of their mouth, where the hook must be set, is covered by a bony plate that some have described as being a bit like concrete.

The tarpon is usually bought in the coastal waters of the Florida Keys in a small skiff. The fisherman stands in the front of the skiff and the guide positions it to intercept schools of tarpon that are moving in from deeper waters to feed. The fish are swimming fast, bearing down on the ski in small schools of giant fish. The fisherman must make an expert cast to drop a fly in the path of the oncoming fish and hope one stops to strike it. Then the hook must be set in that bony upper mouth. In most cases, the fish will throw the hook rather quickly.

If the hook is set, the challenge has really just started. The tarpon is a feisty fish. It may be one of the hardest fighting fish pound for pound anywhere. It will make long wild runs and then suddenly pull with stubborn bull dog tenacity. And they will jump. The tarpon is known for their high arching jumps that can set the fisherman's heart to racing wildly. In fact, it is common to ask the returning fisherman how many fish he "jumped" rather than how many he caught.

It is really the catching that is important in tarpon fly fishing in Florida or along the coastal waters of the other Southern states in the tarpon's range. It is the hunt that is the thing that draws the fishermen. The flesh of the tarpon is bony and not good eating and in many places the fish is protected and catch and release is the norm. It is the human being against the denizen of the sea that this is all about, not putting food on the table.



Source by Richard Chapo

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How To Keep a Man from Ejaculating Too Quickly

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Women can easily find themselves in the position of trying to learn how to keep a man from ejaculating too quickly. There are short term in the moment solutions, as well as long term ways that can be followed with great results. Here's a bit of both.

1. "Easy on the touch". In the moment of sexual intimate, realize that the male is going to be very sensitive, and arousing the sensitivity is going to lead to a man ejaculating too quickly. Essentially you want to save it for the main event, and avoid too much touching beforehand. Thats not to say you can not engage in foreplay, just make sure it is light foreplay on your part. Allow the male to devote more time towards you so he will feel as if you are already on the road to climax, since he will not feel intense pressure to last long, so preventing him from ejaculating too quickly.

2. "Easy on the verbal". During sexual intimate do not be "overly verbal". While men do enjoy hearing verbal ecstasies emanating from the female, in the situation of preventing a man from ejaculating too quickly, it's best to not get to verbal. This easily turns a guy on and can really lead to himself becoming overly excited and hence ejaculating too quickly.

3. "Teach him the way". Realize that many guys do not want to take the time to learn how keep from ejaculating too quickly, usually out of embarrassment and sometimes denial. Female partners can become subcontractors by reading online guides and techniques for males, then subtly have your male partner apply these techniques. Practice does make perfect and by acting as a college teacher you take control and create a stronger more erotic and pleasurable sex life.



Source by Chess McDoogle

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The Best Fantasy Sports Resource Sites on the Web

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Fantasy sports are growing in popularity year by year. They are great for any sports fan who dreams of building their own team and competing with other fantasy team builders. There are now plenty of resources for the fantasy sport fan online that can offer the same plenty of information that they may need to build a successful team. There are online web sites that offer useful information such as player rankings, stats, and even cheat sheets.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports is a popular online web site for fantasy sports enthusiast to visit and compile information from. The Yahoo main fantasy page offers a hosting on baseball, football, basketball, NASCAR, and even hockey pools. Most of these leagues are free of charge. Another great site is that of the Bio Soft Sports site. This web site is the ultimate in fantasy sport player selection service. It also includes sports handicapping and poker software. Another site is that of Dr. Fantasy Football. This site offers lots of news, player rankings, many cheat sheets, depth charts, statistics, transactions, injury reports, and a whole lot more. Next in line is the web site of Fantasy Baseball Hub. This site offers a free up to date compendium of baseball resources for its users. There are categories that are tailor to the users' needs. This site makes it simple to acquire the information and statistics you need in virtually no time at all. And do not forget popular sports site RootZoo, which is almost like a MySpace, social networking site for sports fans. On this site users earn points for their participation, which give it a competitive and addicting quality.

There are fantasy sports resource sites for any occasion one might need them for. There are sites that are dedicated to one particular sport, as indicated earlier, or sites that are dedicated to fantasy sports in general as were also mentioned before. Fantasy Football Bookmarks is a great site to visit that is dedicated to the latest stats and info. Another great site is the Fantasy Football Café. This site offers enthusiasts a place on the internet to tap into news resources about fantasy football, cheat sheets, sleepers, NFL player rankings, strategies and other tips, advice, forums, and even predictions. Another strictly fantasy football site is the Fantasy Football Draft Cheat Sheets web site. The site is actually named Fantasy Draft Edge and it offers personalized cheat sheets for the enthusiast.

These cheat sheets can keep you ahead of the curve from draft day to beyond. Cheat sheets are great resources for anyone caught up in the world of fantasy sports. The Fantasy Football Hub is a great site to link you with information and other well-respected and liked fantasy sports sites. This site makes it very simple for the user to navigate through its extensive list of sites and other resources. The site Fantasy Sports Drafts has been offering its users comprehensive and in depth information since 1993. On this site you will find baseball, basketball, football, golf, and even plays and other special events. There are five annual championships to which you are automatically entered in when entering the appropriate online fantasy drafts. No matter what type of fantasy sports resources you are after, this site will certainly be of use.



Source by Hal Lewis

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Why Do We Gamble?

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Let's start with a definition. What is gambling? Gambling is betting on something that may or may not happen in the future. When we gamble, we take a risk, choose an uncertain outcome, and bet on it. Gamblers bet on casino games, horse racing, and sports where the result can not be predicted with certainty. Some people will bet on anything. Remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer bet on the arrival and departure times of airplanes at a New York City airport?

How is gambling different from buying stocks and bonds? Stocks and bonds are considered investments and not gambles because we can reasonably expect to come out ahead in the long run. They may be risky but not in the same sense as gambling.

How is gambling different from buying insurance? When we buy insurance, we are betting on something that may or may not happen in the future. We do not want to take the risk that it will happen, so we pay someone else (the insurance company) to take the risk for us. When we buy homeowner's insurance, for example, we are betting our house will burn down and the insurance company is betting it will not. (Of course we hope we will not win this bet.) This is not gambling because the risk can be calculated. The insurance company uses all kinds of statistics to analyze the probability of our house burning down and fixes the premium we will pay accordingly.

People have gambled since ancient times. However, society never approved of it because it was labeled an attempt to get money without working for it. Society believed that hard work should pave the way to financial success. It was not until the late 1960s that states (except for Nevada which had legalized all forms of gambling earlier) started to run lotteries to raise money for goodwill causes.

So why do we gamble even though we are illegally to win in the long run? We gamble for the exclusion of the uncertain exit. Some gamble to try to make their financial dreams come true. Some people gamble for entertainment or enjoyment, such as a night out with friends at the casino or a bingo game for a charitable organization or a lottery ticket. Some think they can beat the odds and make a living out of gambling. There are people who gamble because they simply love the challenge. They look at gambling as a game of skill or problem solving and they are sure they can win. Some like the environment or the thrill of a possible big win, or the adrenaline rush of taking a chance. Casinos allow us to socialize and pass some time. There are no clocks in a casino; We lose track of time; We forget all our troubles. It's like a therapy session! If we are timid, we can go to a casino and boldly take chances.

Occasional gambling may be a relaxing form of entertainment but be careful not to get addedicted. Addiction may lead to obsession. You may lose control and become so fanatical that you can ruin you life or suffer other catastrophic consequences. So if you gamble, be sure to set limits and keep to the limits you have set.

For more information about casino gambling visit my website .



Source by Joseph Starr

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Deer Hunting Videos

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For those who love to get outdoors and hunt, there has probably never been more informational resources available than those that can be found online today. The Internet has given us the ability to access this information from the comfort of our home as we plan our next adventure. If your passion happens to be deer hunting, then deer hunting videos might just be the ticket to get started down the right path, so to speak. There are many to choose from, and they cover a wide range of subject matter.

From the novice to the more experienced hunter, there are many who are looking for information to help hone their skills. As the numbers of new people drawn to the sport increase, so too does the desire for relevant information to help guide them through the process of learning to become a safe, ethical, and productive hunter.

If you are new to the sport, it could be good to look for information that includes things like firearm safety and selecting appropriate clothing and equipment. There are other considerations as well, such as finding suitable places to set up camp, and the type of habitat that is most likely to offer the right combination of food sources, water, and cover for the deer. This information will help to make the most of the opportunities that you have to hunt, and can help avoid some of the common mistakes made by those who are new to the sport.

The experienced hunter can also find a wealth of information geared to making them more productive. It is possible to find detailed articles and videos that cover many different aspects of successful hunting. There are also a multitude of Internet web sites that offer deer hunting videos of actual hunting footage. While some might find the images graphic and sometimes even disturbing, there is so much that can be learned by observing the actions and interactions of the hunter and the deer. The ability to study these videos can provide hunters of any experience level the opportunity to not only become more productive hunter, but a more ethical one as well.

While nothing can take the place of being in an actual hunting situation at the moment of harvest, the chance to use videos to help mentally visualise the necessary steps in advance can help to produce a calmer, more confident hunter who is better equipped to make a Shot that does not simply wound the deer.

Regardless of the format, there are many products out there that can make you a better all round deer hunter. Whatever you choose, be it an online article, e-book, or Deer Hunting Videos , there is much that can be learned by taking advantage of the many online sources of information available today.



Source by Dean Dingwall

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A Guide on How to Perform Amazing Cunilingus – 3 Tips to Make You a Master of Oral Pleasure

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Cunilingus is one of my favorite sexual moves for several reasons. Firstly, not many guys do it, and those that do are usually terrible at it. This gives me an advantage over any other guys out there, and makes sure that I stick in her mind for a while – putting me fairly high on any girl’s “black book” pretty much straight away.

Secondly, if you know what you’re doing, cunalingus is one of the easiest, most powerful ways to get a woman off that you could ever devise. Unfortunately, many men find cunilingus a foreign and strange animal, so to help them out I’ve written this guide in the hopes that it will allow them to give a woman amazing oral sex. So then, what exactly are the hot tips to giving a girl amazing cunilingus that will have her screaming for more every single time?

1. Be Gentle

You don’t want to know how many horror stories I’ve heard from girls who have had a gentleman try to perform cunilingus on her, only to treat the act like he’s a dog trying to lick the ketchup off a hot dog.

Guys, please, treat this act as it was intended – a slow, sensual rollercoaster ride of wonder. Remember that everything down there is quite sensitive, so there’s no need to apply extra pressure unless she asks you to. In fact, she’ll feel pretty much everything – some girls have said that they quite enjoy the subtle touches, such as a partner tracing the alphabet on her clitoris, for example. Ultimately, remember that small actions can create big differences, so be sure to treat the act appropriately.

2. Find It and Use It

Most guys who are unable to help their girlfriend achieve orgasm are making one very serious mistake – they are ignoring (or, at the very least, not paying enough attention to) the clitoris.

Don’t get me wrong here. No one’s asking you to focus all your attention on it, but please, make sure you give it a generous dose of lovin’. More importantly, when things get really hot and heavy (as in she’s getting close to climax), make sure you focus a lot of stimulation on the clitoris, as rhythmic clitoral stimulation is what is really going to get her off at the end of the day.

3. Try and Secure a Clean Workspace

If you’re not into it, she’ll know. And nothing can be a bigger deterrent for you than a vagina that is hairy and smells strongly.

Of course, bringing this kind of thing up can be very difficult, so try to ensure you are as tactful as possible about it. A good way to get around this is to suggest you both take a shower together as a form of foreplay, which will allow you to have ample opportunities of washing out her vagina under the pretense of heavy foreplay. And if you want her to trim down the hair, or shave it altogether, just ask her – though you might want to try mentioning that it will make things far more pleasurable and sensual for both of you.

If you can apply these useful tips, I promise you your experiences with cunilingus will henceforth be far more positive, and you will enjoy the act a lot more. And as a direct result of this, she will enjoy the act a lot more – and then her experiences with cunilingus will be truly awesome.



Source by Daniel Scott

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The Best Fantasy Sports Resource Sites on the Web

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Fantasy sports are growing in popularity year by year. They are great for any sports fan who dreams of building their own team and competing with other fantasy team builders. There are now plenty of resources for the fantasy sport fan online that can offer the same plenty of information that they may need to build a successful team. There are online web sites that offer useful information such as player rankings, stats, and even cheat sheets.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports is a popular online web site for fantasy sports enthusiast to visit and compile information from. The Yahoo main fantasy page offers a hosting on baseball, football, basketball, NASCAR, and even hockey pools. Most of these leagues are free of charge. Another great site is that of the Bio Soft Sports site. This web site is the ultimate in fantasy sport player selection service. It also includes sports handicapping and poker software. Another site is that of Dr. Fantasy Football. This site offers lots of news, player rankings, many cheat sheets, depth charts, statistics, transactions, injury reports, and a whole lot more. Next in line is the web site of Fantasy Baseball Hub. This site offers a free up to date compendium of baseball resources for its users. There are categories that are tailor to the users' needs. This site makes it simple to acquire the information and statistics you need in virtually no time at all. And do not forget popular sports site RootZoo, which is almost like a MySpace, social networking site for sports fans. On this site users earn points for their participation, which give it a competitive and addicting quality.

There are fantasy sports resource sites for any occasion one might need them for. There are sites that are dedicated to one particular sport, as indicated earlier, or sites that are dedicated to fantasy sports in general as were also mentioned before. Fantasy Football Bookmarks is a great site to visit that is dedicated to the latest stats and info. Another great site is the Fantasy Football Café. This site offers enthusiasts a place on the internet to tap into news resources about fantasy football, cheat sheets, sleepers, NFL player rankings, strategies and other tips, advice, forums, and even predictions. Another strictly fantasy football site is the Fantasy Football Draft Cheat Sheets web site. The site is actually named Fantasy Draft Edge and it offers personalized cheat sheets for the enthusiast.

These cheat sheets can keep you ahead of the curve from draft day to beyond. Cheat sheets are great resources for anyone caught up in the world of fantasy sports. The Fantasy Football Hub is a great site to link you with information and other well-respected and liked fantasy sports sites. This site makes it very simple for the user to navigate through its extensive list of sites and other resources. The site Fantasy Sports Drafts has been offering its users comprehensive and in depth information since 1993. On this site you will find baseball, basketball, football, golf, and even plays and other special events. There are five annual championships to which you are automatically entered in when entering the appropriate online fantasy drafts. No matter what type of fantasy sports resources you are after, this site will certainly be of use.



Source by Hal Lewis

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Pre Playoffs 2013 and Outlook for Next Season

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What a surprise – the last match happened to be the cruel game in the season 2012/2013; That time the opponent turned out to be the champion of last season, the Eisbären Berlin. This was a tough team to beat for the Tigers, since only a victory could have replied in obtaining rank ten, which was the prerequisite for the pre playoff games. Once more, my older son, Tobias was part of this historic triumph, similar to the year before, when we were testimonies of the unbelievable victory versus Adler Mannheim resulting in the direct participation of the plays.

This thrilling game against the official champion of 2012 was extremely exciting, but the Tigers performed sensational well, keeping the top players away from their goalie and even scoring six times where the defense only allowed two goals which was pretty awesome in this situation. If the Tigers had scored one more goal, the Eisbären Berlin would not have even obtained the right to play their first game at home; Anyway they were lucky that way.

Late afternoon, the crowd in the stadium was astounded again having achieved the pre playoffs this season. Who should have been the team to be beat that time? Soon it became clear, that the Augsburg Panthers were the opponent.

Occasionally, I was right to forget about all those other games before and start off at zero – anyway, it was obvious that the Tigers had to play their best hockey.

First of all, the Tigers had to head to Augsburg; Almost 6,500 crazy spectators followed this game, a huge fan community of Straubing was in mid this crowd of passionate people. In the long run, after the second overtime which basically rented about 20 minutes, the Tigers set the lucky punch and lead 1: 0 in the series.

Then, I tried to grasp a valuable ticket for the next home game taking place two days later at the Pulverturm, when I was accompanied by a close friend who had already experienced a lot of fairly emotional games.

In fact, we were part of a great game of my beloved Tigers: they were intensely cheered by nearly 6,000 fans. Finally, we won 4: 1 and reached the quarter finals versus the sharks of Cologne, whose head coach Uwe Krupp was not too glad about this constellation.

It goes without saying that I attempted to get both tickets for the home games which was not easy anyhow. Since Cologne won the first match pretty easy with a 6: 1 victory the Tigers had to bite back soon. Their first home game was a real highlight again, because our players managed to beat the sharks 5: 2. At that moment, everything was again again and you always firmly believe in your team anyway.

Next match in the huge Lanxess arena was shown on TV and I watched it, there was no doubt.

The first 10 minutes turned out to be rather even with both teams working on several good chances to score but then the fiasco happened: the sharks scored 3 goals within almost almost one minute which was simply too much for the Tigers' soul. It was unbelievable how something like that could have occurred after those first positive impressions. Anyway, the Tigers did not yet recover from this shock and historically lost 0: 5.

The third game had to be won, this was pretty much clear for the fans. I was still confident referring back to our first home match. Positively speaking, the Tigers got ahead with an excellent blue liner after the first period. The crowd did its very best this evening cheering on during the entire game, which was amazing to observe.

Unfortunately, the Tigers did not quite pay attention for a few minutes which reflected in two quick goals for Cologne. This was in fact very frustrating since we could not harvest our efforts before. After the sharks scored for their third time, it seemed to be a long way to come back. This was true, which was a real pity because the Tigers fought extremely well and did an excellent job despite the backlog.

In the end the Tigers lost 3: 6 although they put so much emotion into the game in the last period coming back from 1: 5 to 3: 5. You never know what could have happened with a quick 4th goal.

Any, the sharks from Cologne lead 3.1 in the series and the final countdown should take place within 48 hours. This very last game was quite tied up until the end of 3 periods; It ended 1: 1 and the overtime had to decide for the first time in the series. The Tigers clearly had all opportunities to remain in the series and cling to their chances. Could they still believe in this dream?

However, one bad and lousy change of the defense enabled Cologne to hit the decent goal and win 2: 1 climbing up to the half finals.

Neverheless, the Tigers did a great job taking into account that they had to cope with a few major injuries of very important players during this series. There was no way to compensate versus such a top team like Cologne, which lastly achieved the DEL final against Berlin.

I guess you already know who won the final? Like in the prior years the Ice Bears of Berlin turned out to be the best team of the league again. But you should not forget that Berlin was pretty lucky to reach the 4th position of the table when they lost their last game against the Tigers.

Anyways, I will always cross the fingers for any season to come but I will not hold up the expectations too highly, because the Tigers are still an underdog but have already achieved so much before.

One should never forget those wonderful miracles on ice! There are certainly no strings attached for the future.

Outlook – Still dreaming?

How will the story of my beloved Straubing Tigers continue in the future?

Of course, you always look back to their previous success story. However, you can not expect such a highlight every other year, there is no guarantee.

Basically, you can not predict a similar performance on ice which the Tigers had experienced the year before.

However, you should not neglect that this team of lower Bavaria has certainly achieved quite a bit during the last 6 years of being a solid member of this prestigious league in Germany.

They have well deserved respect and recognition of the remaining teams. On the other hand, the crowd and the critics always try to demand an even better performance year by year.

That way, the coaches and the managers obviously suffer from a higher pressure which needs to be minimized in terms of long term success and a stable environment.

Again, it's time for searching and picking the right players for the next season still to be planned and organized even if the last game is not yet finished.

The head coach basically takes care of reasonably delegating all required tasks to the assistant coach regarding the goals; Besides, the sports manager has to focus upon screening interesting players overseas learning their money in the AHL (American Hockey League); Above all, the European market will be critically observed, too.

One of the favorite countries has always been the Swiss League, in particular Bern or Zurich. This is due to the predilection of our former coach Daniel Ratushny, who preferred two excellent players during the last two years. Those two elegant skaters have already paid off, since they happened to become the most valid players for the team of the Straubing Tigers.

Anyways, let's see what happens after the sixth season for Straubing. I firmly believe that you still need to be patient while waiting for the success which will come true sooner or later.

I shall always cross my fingers for the Straubing Tigers and hope for numerous thrilling and exciting matches taking place at the traditional stadium close to the historic site of the Pulverturm; This is a famous tower of ancient times where ammunition once was stored to be alert if the enemy was close to the city.

Let's count on the well known 'Pulverturm Roar' coming back soon.

Last but not least, I would like to draw your attention to another hockey highlight still to come sometime in the future.

Since the icons and heroes of the championship 2005, namely Billy Trew, Trevor Gallant and Calvin Elfring do not play any more for the Tigers but will certainly finish their career sometimes, there will definitely be a special farewell game in Straubing sooner or later.

It's certainly going to be a very personal event with lots of emotions and memories. I firmly believe the organization of the Straubing Tigers will try to figure out an interesting advantage worthwhile to go there.

I am fairly curious, when this match is going to take place and I will certainly acquire a ticket for this historical game; This will be a must in the eyes of the passionate Tigers fans.



Source by Hermann Grassl

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Who Are The Most Famous Olympic Athletes in the History of the United States of America?

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Evelyn Ashford (100m, 200m / Athletics)

In the latter half of the 20th century, curious, America's sprinter Evelyn Ashford took part in four Summer Games: Canada 1976, Los Angeles 1984, Korea 1988, and Spain 1992, after winning the right in the US Olympian Trials. By late 1980, she also was a member of the 1980 US Olympic Squad which boycotted the Moscow Games for political reasons. As well as winning several medals and special awards in the World Championships and National Tournaments, she won two Olympic medals during her athletic career, among them one gold medal in the women's 100m at the 23rd Summer Games.

Thomas Burke (Track & Field)

During the First Modern Games in Greece's capital city of Athens, toward the end of the 19th century, Thomas Burke won two Olympic gold medals: 100m and 400m, becoming a pioneer in the history of track and field. A few years later, the States had become a powerhouse in athletics on Earth, winning numerous Olympic gold medals and setting many world records.

Cassius Clay (Boxing)

At the 1960 Olympic Games in the Italian capital of Rome, Kentucky-born Cassius Clay –then known as Muhammad Ali– earned the light heavyweight gold medal. Thirty-six years later, he lit the Olympian torch for the Centennial Games in Atlanta (Georgia, US). After his victory on Italian soil, he became one of the greatest professional boxers of all time.

Janet Evans (Swimming)

By 1988, Janet Evans was one of the most famous swimmers on Earth, after capturing three gold medals — 400m, 800m and 400m individual medley– in the Games of the 24th Olympiad in Seoul. Thus, a year later, she won James E. Sullivan Memorial Trophy. In 1992, she won other title in the Summer Games in Spain. During her Olympian career, she set seven world records. She hails from Fullerton, CA.

Mia Hamm (Soccer)

Almost everyone across the United States, from Chicago and Kansas City to Miami Beach, Salt Lake City and Anchorage, have heard the name Mia Hamm. Why? Historically, Miss Hamm is the most important player in America's soccer history (male or female). By 1991, she quickly earned herself a name as a world-class player when her national squad came in first in the Inaugural FIFA World Championship. Then, she helped the US team to a gold medal in the first women's Soccer Olympic Tournament during the 26th Summer Games. By 2004, her team finished first in the Summer Games in Athens after a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Games. Aside from learning Olympic medals and other international meets, she also led the American side to its second FIFA World Cup in the end of the 1990s; Hamm and her fellow Americans had captured the global title by defeating the team from the People's Republic of China (PRC), 5-4, on penal kicks in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (CA). Hamm was born on March 17, 1972 in Selma, Alabama. Bill Clinton, the former President of the United States, one of her fans.

Bruce Jenner (Decathlon / Track & Field)

At the 1976 Montreal Games, Bruce Jenner captured the decathlon event and set a new world record of 8.618 points during a battle with Nikolai Avilov of the USSR (his main rival), whon finished third. Due to his noticable performance in Canada, Jenner was one of the most popular sportsmen in the 70s.

Carl Lewis (Track & Field)

On the world stage, Carl Lewis is a sporting icon due to his wins in the Summer Games. Astonishingly, he has won nine Olympian gold medals (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, long jump), becoming one of the greatest male athletes in the 20th Century, along with Jesse Owens (track) and Nikolai Adrianov (gymnastics). In addition, he won 10 golds at the IAAF World Tournaments in Western Europe and Japan. He hails from Birmingham, Alabama.

Edwin Moses (Athletics)

Edwin Moses never lost a race from 1977 until 1987. 122 wins! Over that years, he amassed two Olympic gold medals (Montreal '76 & Los Angeles' 84). Moses came onto the scene as an international icon in the world when he captured the men's 110m hurdles at the XXI Summer Games in Canada in July 1976. During those Games, he broke John Akii-Bua's Olympic record with 47.64 seconds. Four years later, he lowered his personal record to 47.13

Jesse Owens (100m, 200m, long jump / Track & Field)

Jesse Owens wrote history for the United States of America after winning four Olympic gold medals at the 1936 Games in Berlin (Germany). With a time of 10.3 seconds (a new world record), he captured the 100m. Then, after defeating Lutz Long of Germany, the heavy-favorite in Berlin '36, Owens came in first place in the men's long jump. In addition to winning the gold, in the following day, he set a new Olympic record of 20.3 seconds in the 200m. Under the direction of Owens, USA won the men's 4 x 100m with a new world record of 39.8 seconds. Owens hails from Alabama.

Michael Phelps (Aquatics)

Considered as the "Most Outstanding Athlete of the 21st Century", Michael Phelps has won 14 more gold medals than the combined total of ten countries around the globe: India (a country with a billion inhabitants and which made its Olympic debut in 1900) Iceland, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Luxembourg, Moldova, Sudan, Brunei Darussalam, and the Socialist republic of Vietnam. By 2004, Phelps captured six golds at the Athens Games. In the next Games, he picked a total of 8 Olympic gold medals. He was born on June 30, 1985, in Baltimore (Maryland).

Mark Spitz (Aquatics)

At the 1972 Munich Summer Games, the most outstanding swimming performance was achieved by Mark Spitz (USA), who picked up a total of seven golds. Prior to the 1970s, Spitz earned five continental trophies in the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), a record which remained unbeaten until 2007 when Brazil's star swimmer Thiago Pereira won many golds in the Continental Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Jim Thorpe (Decathlon / Athletics)

With 8,847 points, Jim Thorpe became the first American to win the Olympic decathlon during the Games of the 5th Olympiad in Stockholm, Sweden. Historically, he is considered one of the greatest all-around athletes of all time. Curiously, this amazing athlete won membership in more athletic halls of fame than any other American in the Twentieth Century. Following his sporting career, he chose acting as a career. He has become the most popular athlete in American history.



Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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How To Buy Football Shoes

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Football is fast paced and requires a lot of stamina and agility. When you play football it is very important that you wear the right kind of football shoes as they will directly impact your game. When you decide to buy football shoes you will find a huge variety to choose from, especially at an online sports portal. Therefore it becomes very important to be able to choose the right football shoes that compliment and improve your play. Here are some of the points that you should consider the next time you buy football shoes:

Feel the football

When you are selecting football shoes the most popular material is leather because of its high quality. But when you have to select the material of the football you have to ensure that you are able to actually feel the ball as you kick it or nudge it any direction. Also make sure that the material feels comfortable when you put the shoes on. Another factor that makes shoes comfortable to wear is that they allow for the air to easily circulate around your feet. The latest footballs shoes made from synthetic material are very good because they are made with the latest technology.

Flexible & Light

Imagine having to run around with really heavy shoes, would you be able to do it? Therefore when you have to select shoes for football check that they are light weight. Apart from being light weight they should also be flexible enough to be able to adjust according to the movement of the feet. But the toe or tip of the soccer shoes should be rigid so that you can shoot the ball effectively.

Comfortable

It is very important that the shoes should be comfortable to wear. It is very likely that you will be on your feet and wearing the shoes for a long time. And if the shoes pinch then there is really no point in getting those shoes, also checks the studs on the shoes are placed in the right place. Never compromise on the comfort for the sake of looks.

Changeable Cleats

When you play football you have to play on various surfaces and weather. So you may have to change the cleats according to the surface and weather. Being able to do this with the football shoes that you buy will be advantageous.

Budget

If the budget is not a concern for you then you can buy any shoes you want, even the most expensive. But we suggest that you select the best shoes at a reasonable rate. If you are looking for a deal on shoes for playing football, then we suggest that you buy football shoes online. These days you can really buy sports equipment online for any sport you want. If you are undecided then you can always ask for advice from the online store experts.



Source by Neha Saroch

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How To Buy Football Shoes

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Football is fast paced and requires a lot of stamina and agility. When you play football it is very important that you wear the right kind of football shoes as they will directly impact your game. When you decide to buy football shoes you will find a huge variety to choose from, especially at an online sports portal. Therefore it becomes very important to be able to choose the right football shoes that compliment and improve your play. Here are some of the points that you should consider the next time you buy football shoes:

Feel the football

When you are selecting football shoes the most popular material is leather because of its high quality. But when you have to select the material of the football you have to ensure that you are able to actually feel the ball as you kick it or nudge it any direction. Also make sure that the material feels comfortable when you put the shoes on. Another factor that makes shoes comfortable to wear is that they allow for the air to easily circulate around your feet. The latest footballs shoes made from synthetic material are very good because they are made with the latest technology.

Flexible & Light

Imagine having to run around with really heavy shoes, would you be able to do it? Therefore when you have to select shoes for football check that they are light weight. Apart from being light weight they should also be flexible enough to be able to adjust according to the movement of the feet. But the toe or tip of the soccer shoes should be rigid so that you can shoot the ball effectively.

Comfortable

It is very important that the shoes should be comfortable to wear. It is very likely that you will be on your feet and wearing the shoes for a long time. And if the shoes pinch then there is really no point in getting those shoes, also checks the studs on the shoes are placed in the right place. Never compromise on the comfort for the sake of looks.

Changeable Cleats

When you play football you have to play on various surfaces and weather. So you may have to change the cleats according to the surface and weather. Being able to do this with the football shoes that you buy will be advantageous.

Budget

If the budget is not a concern for you then you can buy any shoes you want, even the most expensive. But we suggest that you select the best shoes at a reasonable rate. If you are looking for a deal on shoes for playing football, then we suggest that you buy football shoes online. These days you can really buy sports equipment online for any sport you want. If you are undecided then you can always ask for advice from the online store experts.



Source by Neha Saroch

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