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Making NCAA Basketball Predictions for Beginners 2

Posted on December 24, 2020 by Kumar Vishnu

Basketball can be serious business to a lot of people, and NCAAB (National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball) can be an extremely important part of college basketball for many fans. Even before games start, it is easy to focus on future NCAAB picks, and there is sometimes money to be made in making NCAAB basketball predictions of your own. But why do it, and what is it for?

Why should you make NCAA basketball predictions?

Predictions aren’t just a personal preference that you use to focus on a team that you like: they can be an important way of trying to identify possible upsets and underdogs and can really draw you into the experience. For some people, they are also a good way to make money, focusing on personal or ‘professional’ bets before the games have even begun.

Beginners and newcomers to the idea of predictions need to remember that there is no such thing as a “100% chance” of a particular result – there is a reason that upsets have become so popular, with many players actually hoping for them simply because of the drama and excitement that they can cause.

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How Snowboards Are Made 1

Posted on November 30, 2020 by Martin Banks

Whether you love to shred on the slopes or you’re simply curious to see how cool things are made, snowboards are pretty fun to watch in their construction. For the most part, they are built fully or partially by hand, which means creating one is a careful and involved process. It may seem like snowboards are simply a slab of wood with a graphic, but there’s actually a lot that goes into the construction of quality boards.

  • The Core

The core is the wooden part most people think of when it comes to snowboard construction. It’s usually made of a sturdy strip of wood cut from laminated pieces that have been firmly pressed together. This can result in all kinds of patterns and structures. Once the wood is cut lengthways and sanded down to perfection, it’s prepped for the next few layers.

  • Fiberglass

On most snowboards, a layer of fiberglass sits on either side of the wood core. It acts as a protective layer and helps to stiffen the board even further. The fiberglass is pressed onto both sides with a strong epoxy, and any bumps, lumps or bubbles are pressed out so the snowboard is flat and smooth. Afterward, it’s left to dry and harden.

  • Topsheets

Topsheets tend to be where people like to have fun. It’s the layer most people think of when considering snowboard aesthetics, as it’s the part with the graphic on it. There’s a wide variety of options here. While some manufacturers choose to stick with wood, others prefer fiberglass. Other materials that often make the rounds are nylon, plastic and other composites. Most companies use screen printing or silk screening to achieve the desired graphic.

  • Base

The base is just what it sounds like — it’s the part of the snowboard that glides along the snow and makes for the perfect ride. It often determines the feel of the board, and it’s usually about preference. While some people prioritize long-haul durability, others want to maximize speed. Some manufacturers choose to put on the base first, before the topsheet. That’s also a matter of preference. It often has a graphic printed on it, which is usually added through silk screening or screen printing, like the topsheet.

  • Resin and Wax

The snowboard’s major components are held together with resin. This is a very precise and important step in the process, as it holds the product together and keeps it running smoothly. Too much or too little could throw it off. After the resin, the bottom of the board is coated in a thin layer of wax. This helps it glide along the snow with a smooth sense of ease.

Snowboard Construction

A lot goes into the construction of extreme sports equipment, and snowboarding is no exception. Every manufacturer puts their own spin on things, and that helps to make each board unique. From the small details to the ride to the graphics under your feet, snowboard construction is a pretty amazing process.

Excellent Tips to Win in Online Casino Games 0

Posted on November 17, 2020 by Cathy Carter

Most of the punters are migrating to an online casino because of the numerous advantages it has. Online casinos are becoming popular because of the widespread usage of the internet. Besides, you can play online casinos from anywhere at any time as long as you are interested.  Playing online casinos is more beneficial because the amount of winning is high. Remember, the online casinos do not have many expenses such as rent; hence, they can plow back the earnings by increasing the prizes you can win. Below are some tips for succeeding in online casino games:

You Need to Choose a Game and Give it Your Best

If you want to increase your winning chances, it will be best to narrow down on one game and give it your best. When concentrating on a game, you need to conduct your research to understand the game’s rules hence becoming an expert. You can practice a game by playing the free version of the game on different websites. Practice with the free version until you become an expert before playing a real game with money at stake. Playing different versions of the same game also increases your chances of winning hence growing your bankroll.

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How to Play Wheelchair Basketball 0

Posted on October 05, 2020 by Martin Banks

From pickup games between friends to the Paralympics, wheelchair basketball is an iconic sport. Although wheelchair basketball players follow many of the same rules as standard basketball, it also has plenty of regulations, challenges and skills unique to the sport. Wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular Paralympic sports, and it goes to show that there are so many things you can do, no matter your ability level. Basketball is only one of the various sports you can play in a wheelchair.

Whether you’re looking to get into wheelchair basketball as a spectator or as a player yourself, you should be aware of some things before taking your first shot. Namely, it’s crucial to know the rules of the game. Once you familiarize yourself with the essential principles, you’ll be ready to go in no time at all.

1. The Basics

In terms of the game’s objectives and rules, wheelchair basketball is extremely similar to standing basketball. There are offense and defense, and the game’s main goal is to score points by getting the ball through the opposing team’s hoop. One of the critical differences is the chairs themselves, which require additional skills to play the game. Not only do the players need the aim, agility and skill of standing basketball, but they must also know how to turn, wheel and control the chair. Usually, the chairs consist of aircraft aluminum or titanium to obtain the ideal weight and speed for the sport. 

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Comeback Victory Latest in Cowboys’ Dramatic History 1

Posted on September 24, 2020 by Chris Kent

Great drama has always marked the Dallas Cowboys over the decades. In this, the franchise’s 61st season, the Cowboys have always stood out for better or for worse. The franchise has always made major headlines whether it be during the season or in the offseason. In the early 1970’s, legendary head coach Tom Landry went back and forth between Roger Staubach and Craig Morton as his starting quarterback – going as far as alternating them on each play during one game – before naming Staubach the starter. The volatile tendencies of linebacker Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson surfaced later in the decade over drugs, alcohol, his flamboyant play, and high visibility lifestyle. Dallas also played in five Super Bowls and won two in the 1970’s when the team became known as “America’s Team” and took on the persona of the team people love or love to hate which still exists today. The 1980’s saw good teams unable to get over the hump with three straight losses in NFC Championship games. There was also another quarterback controversy, this one between Danny White and Gary Hogeboom between 1983 and 1984. Pressure had mounted on White after losses in three straight NFC Championship games. While Landry appointed Hogeboom as the starter during part of the 1984 season, neither he nor White could lead Dallas to the playoffs that season. The decade ended with new ownership as Arkansas oilman Jerry Jones bought the franchise and hired Jimmy Johnson – his old college teammate at Arkansas – as head coach. That proved fruitful as the Cowboys became the first franchise in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span during the 1990’s when they were the team of the decade.

Dallas owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson parted ways shortly after Dallas won back-to-back Super Bowls in the early 1990’s.

Yet change also came about for the franchise in the 1990’s with the shocking and well-documented breakup of Jones and Johnson due to egotistical control issues. During the 2000’s, Dallas made only four playoff trips and won just one playoff game. While the Cowboys rebuilt in the early 2010’s, they were stuck largely in mediocrity with four 8-8 finishes in head coach Jason Garrett’s nine full seasons on the job sparking a yearly discussion about his job security. In more recent years, Dallas came under the microscope with legal issues off the field as star running back Ezekiel Elliott eventually served a six-game suspension during the 2017 season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy based on allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend dating back to 2016. Drama has always seemed to follow the Cowboys whether it has been good or bad.

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What To Look For When Buying Golf Shoes 0

Posted on September 23, 2020 by John Harris

Regular old sneakers just aren’t going to cut it anymore.

You’ve played enough golf now where it’s time you invested in a pair of golf shoes.

In addition to merely looking the part out there, golf shoes will make you feel more comfortable and give you some much-needed traction if the weather is poor or the course is hilly.

Golf shoes are often more breathable too and give you better support- especially in your arch- during your swings.

If you have never bought golf shoes before, here are some things you should know during your search.

Try Them On!

Before getting into what to look for, make sure you try your golf shoes on before buying them.

Heck, try multiple different kinds on!

That way, you can compare and find the best pair for you.

It can be tempting just to go by reviews, assume they’re the right size and buy a pair online.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Luis “El Tiante” Tiant
      April 6, 2021 | 1:52 pm
      Luis Tiant

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was the ace of the Boston Red Sox staff when they reached the 1975 World Series and is considered by many to be someone worthy of induction in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      Luis Tiant, known as “El Tiante”, spent 19 years in the majors between 1964 and 1982.

      Though he was 75-64 with a 2.84 ERA in six seasons with the Cleveland Indians and then helped the Minnesota Twins reach the playoffs in 1970, it appeared that Tiant’s career might be over following the 1970 season.

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