4 Steps to Decorate Your Home With Football Memorabilia

Football is a popular sport in the United Sates. Although this very competitive game is rather rough and a physically demanding sort, this has not stopped fans to continue increase throughout the years. Therefore, it is not extraordinary that football enthusiasts like you begin your own collection of football memorabilia.

These collectibles can range from small compilations such as football ticket stubs or to expensive ones such as helmets of your favorite team like the Dallas Cowboys mini helmet. This collection is a treasure and if possible you want to share it with your family and friends. The simplest way to do this is to integrate your collection with your home décor. Here are five steps to achieve this goal.

Step 1
The first step you need to take is to ensure that you have all the necessary accessories to make it easier for you to display your collection. These accessories are important for protecting your memorabilia at the same time making displaying them an easier task. These display cases comes in different sizes and designs. It depends on your personal preference on the type of display case that can match your home décor.

Step 2
If you are planning to flaunt more than one display case, then it is suggested that you plan in advance. Determine what kind of base you will choose. This task is easy if you already have wood furniture in your home. If not, other options will include black, natural and a cherry base. Maintain the theme with the cabinets and display frames as well.

Step 3
Very special collectibles such as signed photographs and posters also make a great addition to any room. These items will look especially eye-catching in home offices and recreation areas. Make sure these priceless collectibles are placed in an area where it can be fully viewed by guests. Appropriate lighting and complimenting wall colors can also prove to highlight this precious collectible.

Step 4
One good suggestion is to come up with a theme for your collection or decorate it with a particular team or favorite player. You can begin by displaying one special piece like your favorite Dallas Cowboy mini helmet in a display case. Then you can further build the decor around this valuable piece by accentuating the room with team rugs, bobble heads and player collages.

The possibilities of decorating your home with your beloved football memorabilia are never-ending. Just a little thought and inspiration can make your sports collection a sight that you can enjoy everyday. …

Football Betting Guide – Tips and Strategies to Bet Wisely on Football

Sports betting is one way to enjoy the game and make extra money as well. However, although this is a gamble and winning is only by chance, you it can however be a fun way to enjoy your favorite sports and make the battle more exciting. However, there are important tips that you need to learn before even putting your money into these games.

If you are a football fan and you want to make the game more fun and you would like to bet on the game, here is a simple football betting guide that will help you bet wisely. Although there are no clear cut way to win a bet on any sports game, a little research on how betting is done can help your chances of winning though.

Here is a simple football betting guide that you may find useful.

Do your research. Keep in mind that sports betting is a gamble but you can increase your chances of winning by doing a research on which type of bet can give you higher chances of winning. In most sports betting, you will have big winnings in bets that are difficult to win and lower winnings in bets that are easier to win. The choice depends on what you want though, but the risks are always there. Also do a research on the teams playing. Have a research on the teams, their chances of winning, their past performances, records of injuries and many other aspects of the game. Of course, choosing the best teams is also important in making the best wins in sports betting.

Only bet what you can afford to lose. In any betting or gambling game, it is important not to put all your money on it. Gambling is a game of chance and you can’t just risk all your money into something that the outcome is not sure of and risks are very high.

Choose what type of wager you want to put your money. Keep in mind that different bets have varying risks and chances of hitting the jackpot. A wise choice however, can help you manage your money as well as your betting.

Some of the types of bets that you can find in football are straight bets, parlays totals, half time wagers and many others. In straight bets, the team you wagered on must win the game for you to win as well. In the case of a tie, there will no winner and your money will be given back to you or deposited back into your account.

You can also bet on the combined score of both teams for the games you have wagered on. You can also bet on the halftime score, whether the first half or the second half. This is called halftime wagers. You can also choose to bet on 2 or more teams to win in the games at no particular order.

Keep in mind that there the higher the risks, the higher prize you can …

What You Need to Know Before You Lift Your Golf Cart

Lifting Golf Carts has never been more popular, and with all the advancements made in this area it has never been easier! You now have a wide variety of choices when considering a golf cart lift kit. This article is designed to give you a basic introduction to golf cart modification, and to help you decide if lifting is right for you.

Lift Kits are great and tons of fun, nothing looks quite as good as a cart lifted with big tires and a awesome paint job! Lifts will also give you the clearance needed to navigate tougher terrains. However you have to consider several performance elements before lifting a cart. 

Speed, torque, and gear ratio will all be affected by a lift. There are many performance golf cart parts that can drastically improve any drawbacks but please understand lifting a golf cart can be an expensive and time consuming undertaking. The quality of the products you choose will play a huge part in the performance you can expect after a lift. Lift Kits are one area that you should never cut corners on or buying lesser quality equipment. 

Here are some of the basic areas you should consider before lifting your cart, if you find the benefits of a lift outweigh the cons then you will most likely love your new lift.

Along with most lifts come bigger tires. Since all carts were designed with a specified tire size to work efficiently with the gear ratio in the differential, increasing tire size will affect your carts performance in several ways:

  1. When you increase the overall height of your tires you may gain a little top-end speed when on flat ground, due to larger tires rolling further with each revolution.
  2. More strain is put on your motor or engine to move the larger tires the same amount of rotations it was moving the smaller tires.
  3. When climbing inclines or carrying loads your engine or motor has to work harderthr even with standard size tires. The larger the tire the more work for the cart. 
  4. More work combined with the strain to rotate the larger tires will greatly reduce your climbing speed and load carrying torque.

Safety is probably the biggest area to consider with any cart modification no matter how small.  A lift will not only raise your cart it will raise your center of gravity as well. Your driving habits will need to be adjusted in response, the chances of rolling or flipping a cart increase with any lift or whenever the center of gravity is raised. You will no longer be able to take turns as fast a you normally do and you will need to use caution on hilly terrain. 

One of the biggest benefits you will gain from a lift is that in raising the center of gravity your clearance is increased. Now you can navigate rough terrains you probably couldn’t before!

Golf Cart Lift Kits come in several types and lift sizes depending on your make of cart. The most common lifts are …

Ivy League Schools

I felt unworthy when I contemplated penning a piece on Ivy League schools. After reading up on more facts about these schools, I realized that I was unworthy. The prestige of Ivy League schools is legendary. Since the American Revolution, or even earlier, they have been the best in America. Here are some details I’d like to share about the academic and athletic excellence of the Ivy League, all seven universities and 1 college of it.

The Ivy League is comprised of Princeton University, Harvard University, Cornell University, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Columbia University, and Dartmouth College. The most erstwhile university is Harvard University founded in 1636, while Cornell was founded last of the eight schools in 1865. The title Ivy League is said to come from the ivy that grow on the outside of the old buildings that comprise the campuses.

The Ivy League has been competing against each other in sports as long as there have been sports in college. In 1852, the 1st event was held between Yale’s and Harvard’s boating teams. Since then, they’ve included every sport from baseball to water polo with fencing, football, lacrosse, rowing, and squash in between, just to name some. They were officially named the Ivy League in 1954, though they had been unofficially called by that name long before.

In 1954, the Ivy League’s founded pact for football was extended to all intercollegiate sports. According to the pact, athletic ability alone doesn’t deserve aid. The Ivy League doesn’t give athletic scholarships, unlike other schools in America. Instead, academic achievement is the foundation for scholarship grants.

Excellence in the classroom is the highest priority for Ivy League schools. Only the best of the best are admitted with an acceptance rate of nine per cent to twenty per cent per year. The college admissions process can be a tough battle at any school all over the nation, but here it’s absolutely vicious. At times, students with very good test scores are turned down from their first Ivy League school of choice for no evident reason. These schools have such a high number of applicants that the process is never a sure thing.

I was also amazed to know that even students with better than average test scores are at times not admitted to Ivy League schools. The college admissions office looks at the students as a complete package. Aside from test scores and grades, club and society memberships, leadership positions, extracurricular activities, and the elusive “X” factor are also weighed in.

Indeed, an Ivy League school is the best place to get a great education. However, you should be accepted first, and the best way to do that is to get the interest of the college admission offices by presentation. Organizing all your information in 1 place is your most effective way.

You must work on getting high grades because athletic ability is not enough to get you a scholarship to an Ivy League school.…

The Backlash After Whiplash: What Can You Do?

Have you ever been in a motor vehicle accident? During the average lifetime, there is a strong likelihood that you or someone you know will experience an unfortunate event of this kind. Statistics show that during their life span one of every four people will be in a car crash. After a fender bender, whether you are the driver or a passenger, you may take a painkiller or two and perhaps do some physical therapy. Then, when you feel better, you may never think of it again. But what if symptoms linger? Or, worse yet, if you have no symptoms, can an accident come back to haunt you?

What Is “Whiplash”?

The non-medical term whiplash was first used in 1928. Although more accurate terms, such as acceleration flexion-extension neck injury or soft tissue cervical hyperextension injury have sometimes replaced it, “whiplash” continues to be used commonly for this kind of soft tissue neck injury. Whiplash injury specialist Dr. Arthur Croft estimates that as many as 3 million whiplash injuries occur every year in the United States, and that one of every three people will suffer from the condition.

Whiplash injury is a sudden strain or trauma affecting the bones, disks, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tendons of the neck, a body area that involves seven vertebrae and is known as the cervical region. The damaging forward and backward or even sideways jolt of the head and neck are caused not only by automobile accidents, but also by contact sports, various amusement park rides, falls, and assaults. Statistically, motor vehicle collisions, contact sports, and amusement park rides are the top three causes.

Various symptoms are associated with whiplash injury, including, but not limited to, neck and back pain, nausea, numbness, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, vertigo (loss of balance), inflammation, hearing impairment, headaches, visual disturbances, fracture, and paralysis. Occasionally, no symptoms are present initially, only showing up days, weeks, or even years after the injury. The consequences of whiplash range from mild pain for a few days (the most common outcome) to severe disability caused by restricted movement of the head or of the cervical spine, sometimes with persistent pain. It is likely that 40% to 50% of people with whiplash injuries suffer permanent pain.

Treating the Injury

Following an accident, it is important to be checked immediately either at an emergency room or by your chiropractor. Provided no fracture has occurred, a chiropractor can do an examination that begins with obtaining a detailed history, followed by orthopedic and neurologic tests, a range of motion test, posture and palpation check, and X-rays to see the extent of damage or change in the spine. The neck should be perfectly straight on an X-ray, and your chiropractor will be able to identify any misalignment (subluxation). On a side view, the neck should show the arc of a circle. Loss of the cervical curve, which is common on physical impact, can cause any of the whiplash symptoms listed previously.

Treatment for whiplash includes passive and active exercises, …

Major League Baseball Sues Upper Deck Over Trademark Infringement

Fresh off its settlement with Konami over internationally traded Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards which Upper Deck admitted it counterfeited, the trading card giant is up to its neck in legal battles again. Major League Baseball, which dropped UD from its stable of trading card makers last year, is suing the company for millions of dollars in damages plus a punitive award in the US District Court in New York,. The allegation is trademark infringement. MLB licenses and very strongly protects its various team trademarks. Baseball claims Upper Deck is using those trademarks despite the fact it does not have the rights to do it as licensed by MLB, nor has it been given permission to proceed with MLB licensed trading cards.

“Upper Deck’s current conduct is reflective of a pattern of utter disrespect for the contractual and intellectual property rights of those from whom it licenses valuable trademarks,” the complaint said.

So far a spokesman for Upper Deck has no comment.

Upper Deck, based in Carlsbad, CA started making licensed trading cards of major league baseball players in 1989 when it burst on the scene as the card of the collector. The relationship was a good one and UD was credited with pushing kids trading cards into a new realm of real life collectibles. The industry, led by UD, reached over $2 billion in retail sales in the early 1990’s. Problems began surfacing in the latter part of the decade and now MLB now says UD still owes it $2.4 million in back royalties. Last year MLB and the Players Union began not renewing licenses due to the vast over production which led the category down a path of near non-existence. Topps is once again the only trading card maker of licensed baseball cards.

It is the logos and trademarks which are in question here for the most part when it comes to this lawsuit. The NFL, NBA and NHL as well as other leagues have similar restrictions. This week the NFL, which owns the rights to the New Orleans Saints’ familiar slogan “Who Dat” is using its muscle to try to halt the sale of knock off tee shirts and other items at the Super Bowl which carry the “Who Dat” statement. The NBA for years has raided swap meets and flea markets confiscating and shutting down dealers who print shirts and caps with their official logos as well.

One of the aspects in question is Upper Deck recently released both the high end Ultimate Collection and Signature Stars Baseball products. MLB says UD released these 2010 products (they were released in 2010) but on the packaging UD states these are 2009 products.

“They did put a disclaimer on the box saying the product is not affiliated with Major League Baseball,” said Dave Rodriguez of Sports Source, a baseball card shop in Burbank, CA. “It is confusing to the collector certainly and the product was solicited during 2009.”

Several distributors have also halted distribution of UD trading cards which are …

The Difference Between Amateur And Professional Soccer Coaching

When we talk about professional soccer coaching, the first thing that springs to mind, is the subject of access. Access to the players, access to facilities and equipment, access to medical care, access to coaches.

Let’s look at these access points in greater detail.

Access to players

In professional soccer coaching you’re able to train everyday, at least 4 hours a day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. It could work out to around 24 hours per week. At amateur level 24 hours of coaching may take 3 months to achieve. So in terms of players development, they will see progress faster because of the frequency of the coaching.

Access to facilities and equipment

At amateur level things may be very tight financially, so coaches will be limited with what support equipment they can provide. The training park may have to double up as the home pitch for games. The surface of the pitch maybe poorly maintained adding a risk element for players, due to lack of funds. Which may also mean only one kit for both home games and away games. Indoor training pitches are unlikely too, and sometimes just having enough footballs can prove to be a struggle.

Access to medical care

The difference between the amateur and professional game where medicine is concerned is huge. With professional soccer coaching you get the very best medical backup. Players are closely monitored to ensure they are in peak physical condition. Constant telemetry tracks the miles they run in training and match days.

This helps doctors to calculate how much rest is needed between games. But it doesn’t end there, players are screened regularly for their heart function, they’re also tested for lung capacity and oxygen levels. Add into the mix sports psychologists who ensure players are mentally prepared, and you are light years away from the amateur game.

Access to coaches

At the professional level you are going to get better coaching. But is this because the coaches are better, or because the coaches have more time with the players? The truth is probably a bit of both. Not every coach at professional level is going to be better than an amateur coach, just more fortunate. Although not every coach at the amateur level is going to be good either, however they are at a disadvantage because of the time they get to spend with players.

So to sum it all up, amateur coaching and professional coaching are the same thing.

You are essentially teaching the same game. However, with professional soccer coaching you are open to a whole host of resources, that enable you to massively improve the players in your squad.…

Skateboard Accessories That Lighten Up Your Style

Skateboarding like many other sports has revolutionized over time. Nowadays, skateboarding looks to be more than a sport, the increased level of challenges and the trend of skateboarders to invent new tricks have made it, into a new form of art. Skateboarding culture has exploded in US – a hobby in 1950's for surfers has come a long way. Young kids idolize professional riders and are crazy about the products approved or used by them. Today, a skateboarder is recognized not by his skateboard alone, but its accessories play an important role too.

For a skateboard rider helmets, knee and elbow pads are the most important accessories to buy when riding. But to enjoy a fun and safe ride various skateboard accessories such as a skateboard wax, tools, bearing lube and rails are a few important accessories, we tend to forget about.

Skate tool is the most important and essential accessory you will need to invest in placing your personal safety as high priority. Continued riding routes to loosen the screws on the wheels and you need to make sure that all the nuts and bolts on your board are in place and everything is intact before you start riding. Otherwise, you might be in danger of getting hurt. Bearing lube is another one of our skateboard accessories that is used for cleaning and lubricating the skateboard bearings. As a skateboard rider you need to keep the wheels and bolts free of rust lube, since the bearings tightens and your wheel might not be able to move freely. Irrespective of which bearings you use, whether steel bearings or ceramic bearings, you would need regular upkeep of both. Regular maintenance delays damage and increases the life span of the skateboard bearings.

Skateboard wax is an essential product and is used for lubrication. It is essential to keep the board shining and clean and in good shape. Just as we keep our cars clean, it is necessary to keep our boards clean as well. There are different kinds of wax available to keep your board lubricated and in good riding shape. Skateboard rails though not an essential accessory is popular among trendy riders.

Skateboard accessories are essential and must be bought by all skateboarders. There are many good quality brands, that offer the best skateboard accessories but wise decision is not to get confused and make your purchase intelligently. …

What Happened During The Phil Mickelson Shot?

Phil Mickelson was in the fight of his life during the 2010 Masters. Lefty appears to be on the way to the top of the Masters 2010 leaderboard, but his entire tournament may have rested on a seed. Yes, a seed.

Phil Mickelson had one of his putts stray off course after a seed was blown into the ball’s path. Baseball has often been called a game of inches, but the Phil Mickelson seed shot is a pretty clear reminder of the fine line between victory and defeat in golf.

What Happened During the Phil Mickelson Shot?

Phil Mickelson was set up within a few feet of making birdie at the Par 5 second hole at the 2010 Masters Sunday. Just before Mickelson putted the ball, a small seed blew in the ball’s path. The ball bounced off the seed and away from the hole. Mickelson was likely so focused on the ball that he didn’t see the seed get in his way.

Mickelson has been known for his share of bad luck, having had many late-tournament collapses. Of course, many golf pundits would say that Mickelson is to blame for much of his misfortune, often choking at inopportune times.

In an ESPN poll asking readers to name the biggest choke artists in sports, Mickelson ranked third. Mickelson has five second-place finished at the US Open, more than any other golfer in history.

Still, Mickelson forged out a great career, including 37 PGA Tour wins prior to the 2010 Masters. Hopefully, the stray seed won’t be the determining factor in Mickelson’s 2010 Masters performance.

Edited by golfwholesaleshop.com

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The History of Riddell Football Helmets – Protecting Your Noggin Since 1939

Back in 1929, John Tate Riddell started his company armed with a vision of providing better sporting equipment to athletes. And such idea has proven to be very beneficial, not only for J.T. Riddell but for the players as well, for from this concept of his came forth the country’s foremost manufacturer of football headgear.

Removable cleat— the history of Riddell football helmets all began with a removable cleat. Said design was prepared by Riddell back when he was still the Athletic Director and at the same time head of the football coaching staff for a certain high school located in Evanston, Illinois. The year was 1922 when head coach saw the need for developing the current leather-fitted footwear for his team. With the arrival of the rainy season, such condition dictates the necessity of changing cleats and installing a longer mud cleat to adapt with said variable. This process is time consuming, not to mention that the cobbler in-charged of doing such task was also hired by a university ergo not being able to finish all footgear by game time. The invention of removable cleats was openly welcomed and such flamed a string of innovations that led to the groundwork for the history of Riddell football helmets.

Ten years after the formation of the company, Riddell pioneered the fist plastic suspension headgear. This breakthrough caught the attention of the government for it will certainly be to the advantage of the brave men in WW II. This is one of the finest points in the history of Riddell football helmets.

With protection as the main goal, it is hard to believe that helmets, rather than pads, were the last to be accepted in pro football. The former is not even mandatory in football—that is until 1939 when NFL ordered that players wear such protective headgear. Before the dawn of plastic helmets, there was leather. The players may be protected against concussions but not the heat—air can barely circulate inside.

Evolution is inevitable; same applies in the history of Riddell football helmets. RT-2 was the first helmet engineered by the company and sold to the public. Said helmet model was manufactured in 1946, a year after J.T. Riddell’s death. RT-2 was a three-pieced shell using Tenite II with cotton web suspension for the head and neck. Said suspension presents a pocket of air in between the head and the shell of the helmet. Though Riddell wasn’t able to actually see the evolution and expansion of his company, he’ll always live in every noggin he has protected, whether it’s attached to an amateur or professional football player.

Following RT-2 was RK-4. The latter resembles the shape of RT-2, though it’s shell material differs. RK-4 was manufactured utilizing a chemical called Acrilonitrile Butadiene Styrene concocted by US Rubber. The cotton webbing that was present in the RT-2 was substituted by a combo of cotton and nylon. Both models showcased the 3-loop and 6-point regular suspension.

The history of Riddell football helmets includes the …