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How Good is Rugby for Individual Health?

Posted on March 30, 2020 by Andrew Williams

Rugby is not just a game, no. It is also natural medicine for those who value their mental and bodily health. Additionally, playing rugby has many health benefits. Although rugby looks quite aggressive and traumatic, it is indeed beneficial for your health in some ways you might not even suppose. Here the experts of Parimatch discuss the leading health benefits you can enjoy by playing it.

Improved Cardiovascular Health

Let’s start the health benefits list with the heart. When you play this game, your heart benefits enjoys good health and reasonable heartbeats. These benefits result from activities such as sprinting, running, and throwing because they encourage the heart to function more effectively.

Reduced Stress Levels

Stress is the new mental health pandemic killing our generation because when prolonged, it leads to other health complications. For instance, it produces insomnia, abdominal complications, cancer, and diabetes.  Fortunately, you can reduce your stress levels by playing rugby. How does it happen? When you engage in such a team game, it boosts your mood because rugby acts as a stress and frustration release point. It also releases the “feel good” hormones or endorphins that enhance your feelings. 

Besides, playing rugby exposes you to opportunities to triumph over challenging situations. Consequently, your ability and morale to face stress-causing circumstances off the pitch increases.

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Missing Major League Baseball? Ken Burns’ Baseball Documentary Never Gets Old

Posted on March 29, 2020 by Dean Hybl

This was supposed to be opening weekend for the 2020 Major League Baseball season, but instead, our favorite baseball players are joining most other Americans on the sidelines as we recognize the great heroism of our medical workers, teachers, grocery clerks and others who are helping to keep our country moving during this pandemic.

ESPN, MLB Network and other channels have taken to showing some old baseball broadcasts this week and that has been great.

However, I have found myself re-captivated by MLB Networks showing of a 26-year-old documentary series on baseball created by Ken Burns.

For those too young to remember, the documentary originally aired in September 1994 on PBS. As timing would have it, that happened to be the first time in 90 years that the baseball season would end without a World Series.

The documentary, which chronicled the history of the game through nine broadcasts (for nine innings), was the most comprehensive look at the history of the great American game.

Through a combination of narration by veteran news anchor John Chancellor, interviews with many historians and former players and archived video, the documentary captured the magic of the game at a time when baseball fans were in a state of shock that there would be no post season.

Each chapter looked at a different stage of baseball history and Burns did a great job showing both the positive elements of baseball history as well as the warts.

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Avoid Sports Withdrawals: Vintage College Basketball NCAA Tournament Games on YouTube

Posted on March 22, 2020 by Dean Hybl

As we all continue to get used to the “new (and hopefully temporary) normal”, lack of live sports has likely been one of the things mostly missed in the evenings. Instead of unwinding while watching an NHL or NBA game or catching up on March Madness, the evenings has become a time for Law & Order SVU reruns and watching the same shows over and over on HGTV.

Fortunately, YouTube is home to a plethora of vintage sporting events that can help pass the time before live sports return.

In part two of a multi-part series, Sports Then and Now has selected 10 college basketball NCAA Tournament games that include some of the all-time moments and players in college basketball history. In part one we selected great conference tournament games and you can check those out through this link.

In this edition, we have chosen 10 games from the first two weeks of the NCAA Tournament, so these are games up through the Regional Finals. For each one we have included the records, rankings, coaches and notable players at the time of the game, but are not spoiling the game with a summary in case you don’t remember the outcome and want to enjoy the moment without spoilers.

Michael Jordan and the UNC Tar Heels faced Villanova in the 1982 NCAA Regional Finals.

Among the players you can check out during their college days are all-time greats Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Stephen Curry, James Worthy and Sam Perkins. You can also watch some great upsets and last minute heroics.

There are certainly other great games to watch on YouTube, but we have chosen these party because the entire game is available on YouTube and the game epitomized the excitement of March Madness.

Enjoy!

2008 Second Round – #10 Davidson vs. #2 Georgetown

Records Entering Game: Davidson 27-6; Georgetown 28-5

National Ranking: Davidson: #23; Georgetown:

Coaches: Davidson:  Bob McKillop; Georgetown: John Thompson, Jr.

Notable Players: Davidson: Stephen Curry, Jason Richards, Thomas Sander; Georgetown: Roy Hibbert, DaJuan Summers, Jonathan Wallace

2006 Regional Finals – #11 George Mason vs. #1 University of Connecticut

Records Entering Game: George Mason: 26-7; Connecticut: 30-3

National Ranking: George Mason: not ranked; Connecticut: #1

Coaches: George Mason: Jim Larranaga; Connecticut: Jim Calhoun

Notable Players: George Mason: Jai Lewis, Tony Skinn, Lamar Butler; Connecticut: Rudy Gay, Rashad Anderson, Josh Boone, Hilton Armstrong

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How Sports Betting Has Evolved

Posted on March 18, 2020 by Maggie Kaitlyn

Sports betting has changed dramatically in a short time. Thanks to the law changing in the US, states can now lift restrictions on sports betting, and more Americans are placing bets than ever before.

This comes when the availability of the internet has led to a rapidly growing number of online sportsbooks. These sites have shaken up the industry, giving players more options and better value. New technology in PA betting apps means that we can place bets from our phones and have more choices than ever when it comes to betting.

Here are some of the main ways that sports betting has changed in the last twenty years:

Easier to Place Bets

People interested in placing bets have more ways than ever to bet on their favorite sports. New online sportsbooks regularly pop up, offering players the best odds and most convenient ways to place bets. On top of this, the rise of smartphones means that sites are increasingly catering to mobile users.

A few years ago, if you were out and wanted to place a bet, you’d either have to visit a retail sportsbook or wait until you got home. Nowadays, you can simply pull your phone out of your pocket, load up your online sportsbook app or site, and pick your bet.

For many Americans, the only way to place sports bets a few years ago was to go to Vegas. Nevada was the only state where sports betting was allowed. Even then, you had to visit a retail sportsbook, and online sportsbooks were restricted. Now, thanks to the change in federal law, many states are starting to allow sports betting. These changes are all making it even easier for sports fans everywhere to join in the action.

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Playing Online Casino Games During the COVID-19 Virus

Posted on March 15, 2020 by John Harris

With travel restrictions impacting people all over the world due to the COVID-19 virus, many are looking for ways to pass the time. One fun way is to play casino games such as video poker, online slots and other types of online games. The cool thing about playing online is that there are sites available that you can play just for fun and others that you can play to win real money.

Poker is always a popular game and you can play video poker at New Zealand Casinos without actually being in New Zealand.

While there are many variations of video Poker, they have one thing in common: they’re all based on simple mechanics of five-card draw Poker. Video Poker uses a standard 52-card deck. After you make your wager and press the “Deal” button, the machine randomly gives you five cards. At this point, you need to choose which cards to keep and which cards to throw away or discard. Once you have made your pick, the computer will randomly replace the discarded cards.

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Avoid Sports Withdrawals: Vintage College Basketball Games to Watch on YouTube

Posted on March 14, 2020 by Dean Hybl

With March Madness cancelled, the entire sports world on pause and many public gatherings and places across the country and globe closed due to the COVID-19 virus, there are only so many shows on Hulu, Netflix, Disney+ and other streaming channels that we can watch before sports withdrawals are surely to kick in.

Fortunately, YouTube is home to a plethora of vintage sporting events that can help pass the time before live sports return.

In part 1 of a multi-part series, Sports Then and Now has selected 10 vintage conference tournament games that include some of the all-time moments and players in college basketball history. For each one we have included the records, rankings, coaches and notable players at the time of the game, but are not spoiling the game with a summary in case you don’t remember the outcome and want to enjoy the moment without spoilers.

Ray Allen led Connecticut against Georgetown and Allen Iverson in the 1996 Big East Tournament Finals.

The fun part about watching vintage games is that it includes the original announcers, as well as showcasing some players who went on to greatness often before they had become household names, or as they were building their reputation. Players like Patrick Ewing, Ray Allen, Allen Iverson, Ralph Sampson, Tim Duncan, Jerry Stackhouse and many more are included in our selections.

There are certainly other great games to watch on YouTube, but we have chosen these partly because the entire game is available and the game epitomized the excitement of March Madness.

Enjoy!

1983 ACC Tournament Championship Game – Virginia vs. North Carolina State

Records Entering Game: Virginia 27-3; North Carolina State: 19-10

National Ranking: Virginia #2; North Carolina State unranked

Coaches: UVA: Terry Holland; North Carolina State: Jim Valvano

Notable Players: UVA – Ralph Sampson, Othell Wilson, Ricky Stokes, Rick Carlisle; NC State – Thurl Bailey, Sidney Lowe, Lorenzo Charles, Dereck Whittenburg, Terry Gannon

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Rocky Colavito: Super Slugger
      March 30, 2020 | 7:24 pm
      Rocky Colavito

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was just the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to have 11 straight seasons with 20 or more home runs, yet could not sustain that greatness long enough to earn a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      In some sense, the legend of Rocco “Rocky” Colavito Jr. began long before he ever started pounding home runs at the major league level.

      Born and raised as a New York Yankees fan in The Bronx, Colavito was playing semipro baseball before he was a teenager and dropped out of high school at 16 after his sophomore year to pursue a professional career. The major league rule at the time said a player could not sign with a pro team until his high school class graduated, but after sitting out for one year, Colavito was allowed to sign at age 17.

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