Is Snowboarding Like Wakeboarding?

The question 'Is snowboarding like wakeboarding' was one of the more common when I arrived back in Australia after my first snowboarding trip. In some ways it is, but in general not really. Sure, the principles are similar. You are standing on a board and the carving is similar, but you rarely completely stop when wakeboarding, which is where the main difference comes in. The other thing is that water tends to be very similar. Sure, it varies from salt to fresh water and what not, but snow can be totally different. You can be on rock hard icy snow one minute and on fresh powder the next.

Powder snow often means you sink a fair bit, and if you stop in soft snow it can be hard to get going again. Obviously there are a lot of differences in what you wear between the two sports as well. However, tricks are similar in many ways, as well as grinding and getting air. The only difference is that with snowboarding you are in snow, and you do not have anything pulling you along. Make no mistake though; water and snow hurt a lot if you hit them hard enough! You might think that snow is nice and fluffy, but majority of the time it hurts when you fall over!

I would suggest that for those who have done wakeboarding in the past that snowboarding is going to be easier, but it's not the end of the world. I know a few people who have never been sand boarding, wakeboarding or skate boarding that picked up snowboarding in just as little time as those who were wakeboarding every weekend. …

Spilling the Football in the 4-3 Defense

Today, most Defensive Coordinators will tell you that they are a spill team. That means that they want to keep the ball going sideline to sideline, and prevent it from cutting up the field.

Every defense uses the principle of a “Contain player” as well. The contain player is the player who stops the spill. In our 4-3 Defense, we say that everyone in the defensive front is a spill player, and one player (to each side) is the “box” player.

The box player, quite simply, boxes the play and forces it back to the inside. That’s in a perfect world, of course.

Many coaches use the term, “Force” player instead of “Contain” or “Box” because they want that player to force the ball to change direction in some way. Either the ball carrier needs to turn back to the inside, where help is, or he needs to bubble the ball back to try to go around the force player.

If the ball carrier is forced to bubble back, that gives the pursuit from the inside a chance to get there. It also means the player is closer to pinning himself to the sideline. The sideline is the 12th Man in any football defense.

The 4-3 Defense is a true spill defense. Each player on the defensive front 7 is responsible for the inside half of his assigned gap. He should almost run into the blocker that is to the inside of his gap responsibility.

We call this “squeezing the air out” of the gap. Think of when you put something in a zip lock bag, and squeeze all of the air out before you seal it up. By taking all of the space out between him and the inside player in the gap, the ball is forced to, at the very worst, continue outside of him.

As the players squeeze the air out in the 4-3 Defense, we are building a wall of defenders for the ball carrier to maneuver. There should be no place for him to turn up the field. Even the slightest crease can result in disaster. It takes just one player failing to squeeze the air out, and we could be in trouble.

If each player does his job in building the wall, the ball will continue outside of the spill and eventually run into the contain player, or box player. The box player in our defense is normally the Strong Safety or Free Safety to the play side. We use a Quarters Coverage to get both safeties involved in the run defense and create a 9 Man Front.

The final piece of the puzzle is the deep defenders. If we are using Quarters Coverage, we have a 9 man front, and two defenders who must always stay over top of the #1 Receivers. These are the corners.

Any defender who is responsible for a deep zone of the field, or who is locked in man to man coverage, cannot be counted on for your …

What Is Mixed Martial (MMA) Arts and Its Influence for Martial Art World?

In 1995, president of Battlecade, Rick Blume coined this term of Mix Martial arts. It is a combat sport and consists of techniques and skills from different martial art and non-martial art sports. This amalgam makes MMA very special. It consists of grappling as well as striking techniques.

Pankration was a mixed form of martial arts consisting of striking as well as grappling techniques and this sport was a part of ancient Olympics. The strategies of Pankration are very much similar to those of the modern form of MMA. In 1899 a MMA combat was held in London in which European and Asian fighting styles were combined together. It was known as Bartistu.

In the United States, first MMA championship was held in 1993 and according to some experts it has evolved more since then as compared to the past 700 years of its history. It is becoming popular day by day mostly because of the fact that it doesn’t merely consist of techniques and skills from one type of combat sport. Amalgamation of grappling with striking techniques makes it a very important form of combat sports.

There are many positive aspects of mixed martial art. Its pay per views are popular and are showed to general audience. In this way people get to know about martial art. There is an increase in audience of this sport, hence making it popular day by day. With the increasing popularity of MMAs, it is being developed and evolved on scientific basis.

Martial art training methods are now being based on scientific and modern techniques. Everyone usually accepts and like a sport with scientific explanation. So, scientific approach can be very helpful for us in various ways. It can help us in getting rid of the traditional exercises which are not of much use and have no scientific explanation. Useless exercises are of no good and can even harm the body.

There are certain negative aspects of increasing popularity of MMA too. First of all, it makes people think that all the styles of martial art are violent and have no other use. Moreover, increasing popularity of mixed martial art will bring drugs into this sport too. These drugs have negative effects on human body and spirit of the sport usually dies by using them.…

Benefits of Engaging in Physical Education and Sport Activities

Engaging in natural health remedies such as physical education and sport activites are encouraged by health and nutrition experts today. The increasing number of health risks and conditions that are experienced by most people today, young or old, create concern about the impact of lifestyle and diet factors to increasing those risk factors. If you wanted to adapt a change in lifestyle, make sure to learn how you can incorporate those activities in your daily life and experience their benefits.

What is Physical Education?

Physical education is a form of instruction that focus on promoting activities that involve physical development and enhance an individual's overall well being. This is one reason why physical education is an integral part in a school's curriculum, especially for grade school to high school students. This is the time wherein the physical body is undergoing development and engaging in activities such as dance, sports, gymnastics, and calisthenics, among other PE classes are highly encouraged.

Aside from those physical activities, games can also become part of physical education and sport classes. The idea is to stimulate play behavior to develop physical fitness and skills. Although physical education has been largely associated with the modern society, it actually has a long history that dates back to the times of ancient Greece.

Teaching Physical Education

The ability for children to benefit from physical education and sport classes depend largely on the teaching methods employed. This is why PE teachers need a certain level of qualification before they are allowed to teach this subject. A baccalaureate degree is the most basic requirement for PE teachers and some could even have concentration studies in the area of ​​human behavior and biology.

Aside from teaching physical education and sport in schools, there is also a large demand for PE instructors in other sectors. This is partly due to the recent surge in health and fitness awareness with the need to stay active being considered as one of the healthy yet natural alternatives to combating common diseases and health risks.

Sport Activities

Although sports is viewed today as a competitive activity, it can also be practiced for leisure and fitness purposes. There are various level of sports activities that one can engage in such as amateur, leisure, and professional sports.

Sports classes are also held in schools to encourage students to participate actively for physical stimulation. After all, sports is not only fun and competitive, but it also teaches one the importance of taking care of your body and well being in terms of physical self-discipline. There are several sports activities that one can choose from such that it is easier to commit yourself into this activity, depending on what you enjoy doing most. Some of the most popular sports today include basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, swimming, to name a few.

Benefits

To encourage your kids to engage in physical education and sport activities, here are some of the rewards for doing so:

• Depending on the type of sport, it …

Sports Journalism

As the name suggests, Sports Journalism reports on sports topics and events and it is an essential element of any news media organization. Today a career in sports is at its boom and which also brings wonderful career opportunities for sports journalists as well. Television, radio, magazines, internet have become an integral part of people's life. Many of them are ardent fans of different sports; they switch to TV, websites, newspaper for getting latest updates and news in their sports. Thus, the scope of sports journalism is increasing gradually. Sports Journalism prepares students to sports reporting career and also introduces them with the writing of a sports writer and media professionals use.

But still a lot to done in this field, it is disappointing to say that there are not enough good sports magazines in Indian languages. A couple of English magazines are available in the market which cater with the need of limited fans but many sports loving people who are not comfortable in English do not enjoy this privilege.

Today it is a rewarding vocation which requires talented and skilled media professionals. To be a journalist you need to know inside out of your subject and have a passion to make a mark in this vocation.

It also demands lot of hard work and onus. However, rewards are lucrative, a journalist gets box seats at the games, meets internationals sports star, gets lot of exposure while traveling from one country to another, getting to know the people who train Olympics athletes and fame appreciations from the readers and fans.

Today, internet has become an important part of sports journalism. Almost all journalists have to start from ground zero. So if you are an aspiring Journalist, you can start with your own blogs on your favorite team or particular sport. This helps you to build up your portfolio of self-published clips and if any sports organization finds your blog interesting then you could also get a chance to work with them.

Today Sports Journalism has turned into long form writing, it also produces popular books on sports which include biographies, history and investigations. Many western countries have their own national association of sports journalists. In India there has been recent growth in Sports Journalism. The sports column in various leading newspapers is widely popular among readers. Indians today not just appreciate cricket but they have also understood the importance of other sports also like football, hockey, wrestling, boxing etc.

You could go for a degree in sports journalism which could enhance your writing and reporting skills and also trains you efficiently in the areas sports. You would learn to write technical details about a sport in a simple manner. One could also opt for journalism and match reporting course which deals with going to sport games, sporting events, and venues, meeting with players then reporting all this to sports crazy audience.

The career opportunities in sports journalism are – match reporter, freelance sports journalist and sports writer. You would …

The Olympic Coverage on Sirius Radio

Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, now known to the world as Sirius XM Radio, subscribers can keep up with all the latest news and information from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing by tuning in to one of the many news channels that are offered. Sirius XM Radio provides listeners with news from NPR, CNN, CNN-HN, Fox, WRN, and BBC. These stations are well respected as good authorities for late breaking news.

NPR Now is available on Sirius channel 134. NPR is public radio at its finest bringing radio listeners a wealth of information including news and entertainment programs. NPR Talk radio can be heard on both local and national radio stations. Some news topics covered on public radio are news from the world and our nation, 2008 Election, business news, the Beijing Olympics, health & science, people & places, books, music, arts, and more. NPR Now 134 is the host of many listener favorites such as Car Talk, News & Notes, Fresh Air, and Tech Nation.

The most trusted name in news found on the web, our televisions, and our satellite radios can be found in the Sirius XM Radio lineup. CNN news airs on Sirius channel 132 and CNN Headline News on Sirius channel 133. Listeners often turn to CNN and CNN HN for breaking news coverage from around the world. These stations on sat. radio provide several talk programs including the well known Larry King Live, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Wolf Blitzer Reports. Sirius XM Radio subscribers can tune in to CNN during the morning commute for American Morning to get the top news stories of the day. CNN HN produces its version of morning news on Morning Express with Robin Meade. These stations would be a great starting place to hear the latest news from Beijing on the 2008 Olympic Games.

Fox News airs on Sirius Radio channel 131. This station is well known around the country for keeping up with important news from America and around the world. Fox News is the home of the well known news talk radio programs The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. Fox & Friends First at 6 am and FOX & Friends at 7 am are a great first stop for 2008 Beijing Olympics news. These two programs cover everything from breaking news to weather to sports and much more.

The world recognizes the name BBC when it comes to top-notch news coverage. BBC has the largest team of reporters bringing satellite radio subscribers the news from its 250 correspondents located around the world. This station can be heard on Sirius channel 141. For impressive sports coverage listeners can tune in for Sports Roundup or get news from Beijing during one of their many world updates.

Sirius channel 140 is the home of World Radio Network. This station is a unique news station providing coverage directly from the broadcasts as they have aired in countries around the world. Listeners …

Who Were The Favorite Receivers Of Green Bay Packers Legend Bart Starr?

Who Were Green Bay Packers Legend Bart Starr’s Favorite Receivers

One of the most famous faces from 1960’s National Football League football was the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Bart Starr. The Packers were the dominant team of the era, winning multiple NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls ever played as well. During his career, he threw 152 touchdown passes, and many of them were quite impressive or game changing events too. Bart Starr was not statistically overwhelming, but he seemed to come up biggest in the big games. That, combined with his knack for not making many mistakes, made him one of the main quarterbacks that other teams had to worry about during the day. Who was his favorite receiver though during his career?

Boyd Dowler of the Green Bay Packers caught more touchdown passes thrown by Bart Starr than anyone else ever did. Dowler caught both short passes and long bombs for touchdowns during his career. He did have the advantage of playing the bulk of his career with Starr, having caught his first touchdown pass from him n 1959 and his last one in 1969. Dowler is not the most famous Green Bay Packers player ever, but it is probably safe to say that Bart Starr remembered him well.

Here are the top five receivers based on how many touchdown passes Bart Starr threw to them.

#1 – Boyd Dowler – 28

#2 – Max McGee – 25

#3 – Carroll Dale – 19

#4 – Ron Kramer – 12

#5 – Paul Hornung – 11

Seeing those names is like a walk down memory lane for anyone who remembers the true glory days of Green Bay Packers football. That era’s Packers were one of the best teams ever and quarterback Bart Starr was a big reason why.…

Why do People Abuse Animals?

Abusing is a form of showing cruelty in action. Since animal is not really related to human, animal abusing has been overlooked for quite some time. Some of the people keep pets just to release their anger or to release their tensions at work or at home. There are two types of abusing where one is via action and another one is in passive form. Passive forms include improper care to the pets such as insufficient amount of food and drinks, no proper shelter for the pets and never care about their hygiene. These are all the attentions which have been overlooked by the owners.

Why do people abuse animals?

Animal Meats for Trading

First of all, most people have the mindset of trading with animal meats. This might happen in the olden days where people were so poor and their main income came solely from animal hunting and trading. However, this is not the mindset we should carry today. People who want to trade animal meats for money will definitely treat them in poor condition. They will not be bothered to spend extra to provide good environment to the animals as their main intention is profit.

Animals for Film Making

There are lots of films making companies that include animal characters in their storyline. These companies will never really care about the animals. Sometimes, these animals were killed just to fulfill the storyline. Animals for film making are never treated like animals where some are abandoned especially their food supply and drinks when people are busy in acting. Besides acting, animals are also abused in most of the circuses. Although they look great performing on stage but at the back of the stage, the animals are all left in a small room with limited food. Some of them are injected just to make their body structure look bigger and strong. Worst case, they are beaten and trained forcefully for the sake of stage performance.

Animals for Guarding

Some of the animals such as dogs are adopted to guard the house, guard the farms and others. These animals will never get the chance to live in a good shelter with sufficient food supply. Most of the owners will just let the dogs scattering around to find their own food. This is the main reason where these abandoned dogs get diseases and sickness that will cause death.

Animals are just like human. They deserve the right to live happily in a warmth and great environment. Animals are cute in nature and are classified as human’s best friends. So, stop abusing animals and give them the right to live blissfully.…

How Today’s Voters Are Too Much Like Sports Fans

They will support their team regardless of how bad they suck or how terrible they are performing.

Teams have slogans that the fans will not only advertise for free, but actually pay for.

They will then wear the slogan loud and proud everywhere they go like a walking billboard.

When a fan sees another fan sporting the same logo as them, they become instant friends and agree about everything.

When they see someone sporting the rival team’s logo, they become instant enemy combatants and disagree about everything regardless of substance.

Scandals, cheating, bad performance, horrible track records and lying does not affect the opinion they have on their team. It only emphasizes the idea that someone is making stuff up, the fact that it was an accident, or it’s all lies.

One team’s fans will show up to the other team’s game just to show their team’s slogan off and let the other team know how much they suck.

If someone critiques your team, they basically just stabbed you in the soul.

If someone complements your team, you feel as if you have been personally complemented because you feel as if you are solely responsible for your team’s success.

When one team is winning, they belittle the losing team.

When that team starts losing, they attack and become violent to the other team’s supporters.

Fans will put their team’s logo on their vehicle so people behind them know how serious they are about that team.

When there is a traffic confrontation and the person who was at fault happens to be sporting a team’s logo, that person is immediately judged by the team they support and nothing else.

If a team won, it is as if it was a personal achievement among the fan and he was solely responsible for the win.

If a team lost, the game was rigged and the winner cheated.

Some broadcast agencies favor a team and give biased opinions that are claimed to be fair and neutral.

Other broadcast agencies make it their agenda to scrutinize every move a team makes, rendering them incompetent regardless of the true circumstances.

When someone who doesn’t have a team, is asked by someone who does have a team: “Who is your team?”

The smart person responds “I don’t have a team.”

That’s because the smart person does not need a team to force views and opinions into his head. He understands that politics should not be looked at as a partisan view where one side is bad and the other is good.

Politics must not be treated as a sport.

Politics must not be focused on winning

Politics should be focused on policy and substance.

And that’s it.

People despise the other party, not based off the policies, but loyalty to their own party. This is the same driving force that causes people to dislike other sports teams.

FSU fans do not dislike Alabama fans because they have good players, great plays, and good management… They hate them …

How to Choose the Best MMA Shorts

Just like the sport of mixed martial arts has evolved, so has the competition gear athletes wear during combat. During its humble beginnings as an underground, bare knuckle, anything goes format, athletes wore whatever helped them survive and win. This included anything from going shirtless to wearing full martial arts gis. With the emergence of the UFC came a minimal set of rules and standardization of gear as well as a wider, much more accepting viewing audience. Now, standard protective equipment include a pair of fingerless 4oz. gloves, mouthguard and groin cup. The uniform seen worn by most fighter is simple… a pair of fight shorts.

With mixed martial arts being comprised of numerous fighting disciplines, apparel worn for practice and actual combat must have certain features to accommodate whichever style the athlete specializes in. Regardless of individual style preferences or what discipline the athlete may have started with, fight shorts must have features that will allow both grappling and high kicking. While some styles of shorts definitely work better for certain fighting disciplines, there are still some general features that are must-haves regardless of what your favorite moves are. For example good fight shorts must have exceptionally durable material to withstand being slid and scrubbed against the floor and cage walls of the ring. Look for shorts with material that has an elastic property that will stretch against the bends of the hips and legs for the best range of motion. Shorts with materials that have less give may be very limiting for certain techniques.

When shopping for fight shorts, choose above the knee lengths to avoid trapping the material within the knee joint when grappling and ground fighting. Fight shorts should not be tight (unless they are compression gear) and best if comprised of slick type material rather than rough, canvas type to prevent friction against the mat or your opponent. The waist of good fight shorts should be comfortable but above all secure so they stay put. Some shorts have elastic waistbands while others offer Velcro enclosures but all should have a draw string of some sort for a tighter, more adjustable fit. Do not wear shorts with pockets or loops of any kind or they can get snagged during combat. Good fight shorts will be smooth all over the sleekest action and best performance.

If you want to be a pro MMA fighter, it’s smart to emulate what the pros do and copy what they wear when they’re in the cage. Even though your style of fighting may be different than theirs, doing this will at least give you a place to start. It seems the most popular MMA shorts are knee length and look like they could double as a pair of board shorts you also see surfers wearing at the beach. This style of shorts offer a comfortable fit with just enough snug in the hips but still plenty of room in the thighs to feel secure while pulling off all your moves. The …