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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