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What are Artificial Grass Mats Made of?

Posted on May 14, 2020 by Tara Berelc

Artificial grass mats have been steadily improving in quality since they were first introduced, primarily because manufacturing technology has improved and the materials used in the process have also become better. There has never been a better time than the present to invest in a high-quality golf mat to help improve your golf game, and to help you score better on the golf course.

What are Artificial Grass Mats Made From?

The most commonly used materials in the manufacture of artificial grass mats are nylon, polypropylene, and polyethylene. Artificial grass has now been manufactured for around 50 years, and it has become much more authentic in its look and feel, because of the improved manufacturing methods and better materials used in making the product.

Polyethylene is the most popular material used for making artificial grass blades, and when used to produce artificial grass, it must be melted down and mixed with coloring agents and additives which are resistant to ultraviolet rays. Polypropylene is used to make the thatch layer of artificial grass, which cushions the turf and provides a supportive layer.

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How to Organize Your Sports Equipment

Posted on May 14, 2020 by Martin Banks

Locked up in the house and looking for something to do? Get organized! It’s a great way to relieve stress, and you get the added benefit of being able to find all your stuff!

Think of it — you’ll never again spend hours searching for that pump to inflate a soccer ball, or wonder where the other badminton racket you know you own has gotten off to. The savings in redundant equipment alone are impressive, but the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing where your stuff is makes this a truly worthwhile endeavor.

Step 1: Divide and Conquer

Chances are good that if you have enough stuff to need some organizing, you have lots of stuff! Before it can be in the right place, it all has to be in the same place. From there, you can categorize and plan storage solutions for each of your specific items.

Decide where you want to work. Many families like to store their sporting equipment in a mudroom or a well-maintained garage with easy in-and-out access and plenty of space. Then, gather your gear. It might look messy right now, but you’re on your way!

Step 2: Corral Those Loose Items

After you’ve collected all of your sporting equipment and placed it in a good workspace, decide how you’ll separate and create homes for different items. We suggest using containers, which you can get at many hardware stores in rectangular, square and cylindrical shapes.

Another tried-and-true method is the old plastic trash can, but the use of dedicated containers can make it easier to find a specific item without digging through every piece of sporting equipment you own. It’ll also help you avoid damaging sensitive items when they are crushed by larger ones.

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Conservation Tips to Help You Save On Your Energy Bill

Posted on May 14, 2020 by Terra Wilder

Understanding Your Energy Usage and What’s Costing You the Most on Your Utility Bill

If your utility bill keeps creeping up, it’s time to find smart ways to conserve energy. Your first step in this process is to perform an energy audit. Which appliances use the most electricity? Are you paying the best possible rate? Let’s go over the basics. 

Start with The Rate

It’s always a good idea to compare gas prices regularly. The energy industry is highly competitive, and this works in your favor. Review the rate you’re paying at least once a year. Be sure that you’re getting the best possible deal before locking yourself into a contract. 

Now Hunt Down Those Dastardly Devices

Are some devices using more than their fair share of power? Cut them off at the knees by getting an ammeter at the hardware store. You can use this device on any appliance that plugs into an electrical socket. They measure how much current the equipment draws. 

If that doesn’t narrow things down, it’s time to use an older technique. Start by turning off the circuits on your service panel one at a time. If you notice a drop in current usage when you cut one circuit, you’ll know that’s the culprit.

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Top 4 Excellent Tips about Online Gambling You Didn’t Know About

Posted on May 07, 2020 by Cathy Carter

Did you know that online gambling has developed into a multibillion-dollar industry globally? It is a profitable way of having fun, and there is no guarantee of winning, but the gambler can take actions to give them the best chance of gaining some wins. The gambler always wants to have the best possible encounter. Below are the best tips for online gambling, which you will need to follow.

Don’t drink and gamble

Gambling and drinking are a terrible combination. Drinking impairs the gambler’s ability to make decisions. It can make the gambler not stick to the laid down plan of winning. Drinking can also mislead the gambler to reckless gambling. If the gambler is winning, they can end up stepping up their bet to a level beyond what is reasonable for their bankroll, and in case they are losing, they may end up chasing their loss until the bankroll is down. When a gambler is drinking, the chances of being short-changed are very high.

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How to Get Your Kids into Sports in the Summer

Posted on May 07, 2020 by Martin Banks

The school year is nearly at its end, and that means it’s time to enroll your kids in summer sports. You might be wondering how you can get your kids interested in participating — especially if they would prefer to spend their vacation indoors in front of a computer. Here are a few tried-and-true techniques to help get your kids off the couch and onto the playing field.

Don’t Sign Them up for Sports You Enjoy

We can’t stress this enough: Stop trying to live vicariously through your children. If they’re interested in sports, that’s fantastic, but stop signing them up or forcing them to participate in activities they don’t enjoy. They will play because they’re trying to make you proud, but they’ll hate every second of it. 

Talk to your kids and find out what sports they want to try this summer. That gives you a good place to start looking. Your interests might even mesh, but don’t make it about you. This is their hobby, so it should be about them. 

See What Is Available in Your Area

Once you have an idea of the kind of sports your kid might be interested in, start looking into what is available in your area. Popular sports, like soccer, football and gymnastics, will probably be easy to find. Less popular options may be more difficult or even unavailable. 

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4 Good Reasons to Watch Boxing Scores At Home Than Live

Posted on May 05, 2020 by Andrea Simon

What’s better than having you’re your feet up sitting on the couch, enjoying a chilled beer, and watching your kids play while viewing your favorite live boxing match? It is the best feeling in the world for many men as far as relaxing, and sports are concerned. Sure many of you may like to go out there and be face to face with the harsh conditions of a boxing stadium while watching your favorite players beat the life out of each other. But there are people that would give anything just to enjoy the weekend at home relaxing and spending time with family from the daily grind of life. 

So here are a few things that these people enjoy at home that keeps them away from crowded stadiums and boxing arenas and you will too!

Comfy Seating

Stadiums and arenas are notorious for their rock hard plastic chairs for spectators to sit and enjoy the game. So they aren’t essentially enjoyable and tend to make the experience uncomfortable. You have to be in an upright position all the time sitting on these chairs. No to forget the absolute discomfort that comes when a spectator has to go out of the row and bump into your feet several times to do so. Well, you could avoid all that and relax at home, getting live scores of the ongoing game just like a spectator from your comfortable seating.

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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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