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NBA and NASCAR Give Sports Fans Another “Super Sunday”

Posted on February 17, 2018 by Dean Hybl
LeBron James and Stephon Curry are the captains as the NBA All-Star Game tries a new format.

LeBron James and Stephon Curry are the captains as the NBA All-Star Game tries a new format.

The NBA All-Star Weekend has become a great mid-season opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the great athletes of the NBA.

NASCAR does things a little different than other sports as they start each year with their biggest and most prestigious race, the Daytona 500.

NBA All-Star Game is a Star Studded Event

Professional sports All-Star games are kind of like new pennies. They are too bright and alluring not to pick up, but you quickly realize that they aren’t really worth much.

Of the “big 3” sports, the NBA All-Star Game is probably the best, if only because the rosters are small enough that you have some of the best stars on the court from opening tip to final horn.

In recent years, the NBA has turned the concept of the All-Star Game into a star-studded three-day extravaganza where the actual game can almost be anti-climatic to all the events that precede it.

The idea of special events in advance of the All-Star Game actually dates back to the ABA when Julius Erving dazzled fans with his famous foul line dunk. The NBA created its own dunk contest in 1984 and added a three-point shootout two years later. The weekend now includes a celebrity and rising stars games that were played last night as well as the dunk contest, three-point contest and skills challenge that will happen tonight.

By the time the actual All-Stars take to the court on Sunday night, seemingly half the players in the NBA will have participated in one event or another. Read the rest of this entry →

Superior Sports: 4 Signs of a High-Quality Athletic Field

Posted on February 17, 2018 by Kara Masterson

Superior Sports, 4 Signs of a High-Quality Athletic FieldThere’s nothing quite like throwing around a football, baseball or another ball when it comes to having fun with friends. However, you need to make sure that the field you use is suitable. It should be properly maintained and feature the proper materials. Here are four signs of a high-quality athletic field.

Size

You need to have enough room to move around the field. If your field is too narrow, it’s going to cause some problems. Depending on what kind of sport you’re playing, you might need a larger field. It isn’t worth compromising on your goals as an athlete. A field should provide you with as much room as necessary to play freely. Look at as many as possible to find the best one for you.

Cleanliness

An unkempt field is not just unattractive, it can also be dangerous. If there’s garbage scattered around, it could hurt you. You should make sure that everyone is wearing shoes to avoid things like broken glass. If the field is constantly full of litter, you should look elsewhere. Part of having fun on an athletic field is being able to play without worries of danger that might be lurking. The field should also be free of wild animals that could pose a threat. Read the rest of this entry →

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Technology Has Transformed The World Of Golf

Posted on February 16, 2018 by John Harris

Golf_clubsIf you’ve ever spent your Sunday’s sat with your feet on the table, a bowl of nachos in your lap and nothing but sport on the television, then we can almost guarantee you’ll have seen a plethora of commercials peddling golf equipment, and all of them will promise to make you a better golfer. Better grips, better heads, better shaft, better balls, better everything.

Of course, this is nothing new. Nor is it a shock. After all, every single pro, from Tiger Woods to Rory McIlroy, talks about how the latest equipment has made them a better player. That’s why we wanted to do some digging and see just how much the technology and equipment have changed between then and now.

1. A Better Ball

Golf has been a recognized sport for over six-centuries, so it’s only right that it has progressed a fair amount, especially the ball. Originally it was wooden balls before the game decided to embrace the Featherie, which was a leather pouch stuffed with goose feathers. It’s no wonder this didn’t hang about forever. Then, in the mid-nineteenth century, the Gutty ball came along and changed everything, not least of all the cost of manufacturing. The cheaper it is to make, the cheaper it is to play, and that’s when things took off. Read the rest of this entry →

How to Get Involved in Water Sports

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Scott Huntington

The summertime is a wonderful time for adventures. The sun is shining down on you, the temperature lets you go outside in shorts and a T-shirt and you can even enjoy an abundant amount of activities outside. Walking, hiking and sports are only a few of the things you can do in the summertime. Besides these types of events, you can also get involved in water sports.

Image: wiki commons

Image: wiki commons

With the summer temperatures, water sports can both cool you off and let you engage in some intense fun! Lakes are a perfect place to start participating in water sports, but how do you get involved? What supplies do you need? It’s easier than you think and, if you try any of the following tips, you’ll be having fun on the water in no time!

Getting Into Tubing

One of the easiest water sports to get into is tubing. Taking the concept of sledding on snow, imagine flying down a mountainside in a small raft-looking device. Now, imagine sledding on the water. The small tube then gets tied to the back of a boat, and you get pulled along the water. It’s a fun time that doesn’t require a lot of supplies and is quick and easy to set up. Read the rest of this entry →

6 Best Enjoyable Outdoor Sports for Children

Posted on February 15, 2018 by John Paul

Fall 2013 029One of the most beautiful experiences that children can have is to grow in an environment that allows for all-round development. It is important to look at the things that will bring fun while adding other benefits such as good health, mental alertness and much more to the kids. This piece will show us some of the best outdoor sports for children.

Sack Race: Many may argue that this game is out of date, but it is not true. As much as it has survived many generations, it is a testament of the fact that it has never ceased adding value. One of the major features of this sports is that the apparatus used in carrying it out are not complex. All you need is a sack and space to ‘’run’’ and you are good to go. Besides, children will make use of their different body parts which will aid in strengthening their physique. There are times where you may not want to go for the conventional sports; this option will give you the much-needed benefit in real time. On a final note, we must state that you can add other rules to the game in order to create real fun for the children.

Darts Games: The rise of Safe dartboards has made it easy for children to enjoy the game of darts. They can use it to bond with their friends, or they can use it to train their mind. In all, darts can be played as a team sport, or they can choose to have a go at the game individually. As much as many professionals might talk about the different techniques in enjoying the game; darts simply requires the players to aim for the bullseye on the board. When children understand the rules, it will not only bring laughter to their world; they will not forget the joy that you have caused in their hearts. Darts is a game that will truly resonate with your child’s soul. Read the rest of this entry →

What is the Grand National Charity Bet?

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Barrie Smith

grandnat1With the big day just around the corner, there’s going to be a lot of punters looking to get some money involved with Grand National 2018 betting. Of course, if you’re looking to make your money back, it couldn’t hurt to check out the Betfair Grand National tips to see who the favourite is. Of course, not all bets made at the Grand National are solely for the sake of winning money. Some of the bets are placed with the intention of raising money for charity. One specific, and very appropriate, charity: the Injured Jockey’s Fund.

The Injured Jockey’s Fund first appeared in the 1960’s under the influence of John Oaksey. Well, his full name was John Geoffrey Tristram Lawrence, 4th Baron Trevethin and 2nd Baron Oaksey, but for obvious reasons he went by John Oaksey. Oaksey came from nobility but became a jockey because he really enjoyed riding horses and was encouraged in doing what he loved by his father. Oaksey also worked as the racing correspondent for the Daily Telegraph which meant he could report on his races first hand, including a memorable instance in 1963 where he reported directly on what was happening in a race that he lost by barely a quarter of a length. This reporting is still hailed by some as one of the finest pieces of sports writing in the world. Read the rest of this entry →

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