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Tiger Woods: The Best In Golf

Tiger Woods: The Best In Golf

There are many sports that people really enjoy watching: Football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, etc. Yet many of these people don’t like to watch golf, because they say that it lacks the action and excitement that other sports do. Despite people feeling this way, there is one awesome golfer who really stands out and makes golf more interesting. This person is Tiger Woods. Fans claim that Tiger Woods is the absolute best player that there ever was. He has won many times during his career. Many people ask Tiger Woods who inspired him to play golf and he tells them that his dad inspired him. There was a game that he had played, yet didn’t do so well. His dad was there with him and told Tiger to keep his head up, and that wasn’t the last time he would lose a match. His dad was a major support system for Tiger Woods, which is why it was so devastating for him when his father died. It was difficult for Tiger to get motivated enough to play for a while, but when he finally did, during a tournament, he told the media that the particular game that he was playing was for his dad. And he proceeded to win yet another time.

Tiger Woods may not realize it, but many people play golf and look up to him as a role model. They practice playing the game as they strive to be as good as Tiger Woods is. This probably makes Tiger Woods feel good, too, knowing that they are young people out there who look up to him. He knows what it’s like to be inspired by someone special, so if he can inspire others, then that’s probably okay with it.

Tiger Woods golfs with such grace and finesse, and many other golfers just don’t have the same grace. It’s like he was born to play golf, which he probably was, since he plays it so well. I’m sure that all Tiger Woods fans agree. Maybe Tiger Woods can teach his children to play golf just as well as he does, and perhaps one of all of them will decide to become professional golfers, just like their dad. This way, Tiger Woods can inspire his children, just like his dad did for him.

Sports Equipment Basics

Sports Equipment Basics

One important thing to think about when it comes to sports equipment is your comfort. No matter what type of equipment it is, you should feel comfortable in it. A game is no fun if you have to wear uncomfortable equipment. No matter what sport you participate in, you should have comfortable clothing. If you are a runner, for example, you would want clothing that would allow good air flow to keep you from becoming overheated, and still fit snugly to help with wind resistance.

An essential in your sports equipment line up should be proper shoes. You should focus on shoes that you are comfortable in, and that suit your particular sport. For football or soccer, you would need cleats that are the proper size, offer good support, but aren’t too heavy or bulky on your feet. If you are a basketball player, you would want comfortable court shoes that fit well and allow good airflow to avoid foot problems.

Virtually any sport that you play has its own requirements as far as protective gear is concerned. The basics are usually knee pads, elbow pads, maybe chin guards, or helmets depending upon what sport you play. Protective sports equipment should never be overlooked or taken for granted, as it is there to ensure your safety as you have a good time and enjoy your sport. It is important to keep your protective gear properly maintained, and to always use it as the manufacturer recommends.

Your local sporting goods store or gym may be able to offer some good suggestions as to what particular type of equipment you need, the best place to purchase it, and how it should be used. It is always a good idea to shop around for the best deal, and try to buy equipment that will last more than one season, as it can get expensive to replace it often. Oftentimes, it is better to purchase the more expensive item rather than the cheaper one, as you will often spend more in the long run buying replacements than you would have for that one item that would have lasted a lot longer.

Good sports equipment is an important part of any sport, regardless of where your particular interests lay. To ensure your safety, you should always have the proper sports equipment before you begin to play any sport, and if you are unsure, don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.

A Bet You ALWAYS Win – How Sports Betting Arbitrage Works

A Bet You ALWAYS Win – How Sports Betting Arbitrage Works

Betting arbitrage is a method of creating a bet that has a zero risk – in other words, you always win! The concept of ‘arbitrage’ comes from the financial world, and describes the activities of traders who find two different places offering the same trade, but at different prices. They then exploit this difference by selling in one location and buying in the other. Whatever happens to price, they make a profit on the difference between the original 2 prices. The same thing applies to betting arbitrage, typically on sporting events.
The advent of online betting sites meant that the punter could suddenly check prices at a multitude of different locations very quickly, and open bets at those that had ‘slipped’ out of line. By exploiting the inefficiencies of some brokers, a win can therefore be guaranteed. Sometimes, the differences are deliberate. Each online betting site has to maintain it’s own ‘book’, and it would be a strange world indeed if they all had the same number of punters, all betting the same way and the same amount, meaning they all had to offer the same odds!
So how does 100% winners, no risk sound? Groovy, huh? But there are, of course, problems. The main problem is the size of the account you need to make a useful profit. The difference between the odds offered by 2 bookies, and exploited by an arbitrageur, may only amount to a fraction of a percent, meaning that you may have to wager several thousand dollars to win 5 bucks. Nothing wrong with that, you think? Not if the bet is 100% guaranteed? But what about if thru the vagaries of the internet, you manage to get one side of the bet on at the right odds, but not the other? You are left holding a LARGE position. Also, accounts of this size are viewed with some suspicion by the bookies – they will want to know that you aren’t (for example) money laundering.
So ok, you know the risks, but how does it actually work? Let’s go back to the US election between Bush and that Herman Munster guy, the Democrat fella with the long face (Kerry? Curry?). As you recall, it was close. No one knew for sure which way it would go. But what you could have done is put on a bet with UK bookie Coral that Kerry would win, and the odds they would give you would have been 6/4 (i.e. a US 1.5 – bet $800, return $2,000).
At the same time, your fave US bookie might have given you odds of 6/4 on Bush! That means if you took both bets, you are betting (risking) $1,600, but will win $2,000 WHATEVER the result! Easy money or what? Bank a cool $400 for nothing.
How often does this happen? Quite a lot. For example, in a boxing match, the US champ will, of course be favored by the US bookies, but the UK challenger will be top bet at the UK bookies. Simply exploit the difference. It works even within the US too – a Varsity football match, for example, may find the out of state team offering you an opportunity to arbitrage within the home team state depending on the demographics of the customers using two US online bookies.
Generally, you can bet risk free on any sporting event with either 2 or 3 outcomes, such as Football, Baseball, Boxing, Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Golf, Snooker, Cricket, Hockey, Ice Hockey and Darts. Are the odds always as good as in the example? No. Usually the difference will be small. That is why you need large accounts.

The Origins Of Basketball

The Origins Of Basketball

Do you know the origin of basketball?
The origins of the game of basketball can be traced back to a gentleman by the name of Dr. James Naismith. In 1861, Naismith was born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada. During his early school days, Naismith would play a game called duck on a rock whereby the child would endeavor to knock the duck off the top of the rock with a toss of another rock.
Later on, Naismith would go on to McGill University in Montreal and would later become McGill University’s Athletic Director. He would subsequently move on to YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts and in 1891, the game of basketball began.
Given the cold Massachusetts winters, Naismith needed to find a recreational activity that could be played indoors and he preferred a sport that would develop skill and one that was not exclusively relying on strength. The first game was played with two peach baskets for goals and a soccer ball.
Further to his credit, Naismith became a medical doctor specializing in sports physiology and a Presbyterian minister. Naismith was able to see his beloved sport of basketball, gain acceptance in numerous countries through the YMCA since 1893. As well, the sport of basketball was brought forth at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. As we speak, the game of basketball has become a very popular professional sport.

FIFA World Cup Soccer

FIFA World Cup Soccer

Summary: World Cup Soccer is the international competition of national soccer teams of member nations of FIFA

The World Cup is the epitome of soccer; it is every footballer’s ultimate dream. If a player becomes skilled enough he will be asked to join a team representing the country for a bid to the World Cup facing the best teams of the world.

World Cup Soccer is an international football competition among national football teams of member nations of FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association. FIFA is the sport’s global governing body. World Cup Soccer is sometimes called Football World Cup, FIFA World Cup or just World Cup, though the term World Cup could define any sport besides soccer. FIFA World Cup Soccer holds both men’s and women’s World Cup Soccer on a separate schedule. The first World Cup Soccer was held in 1930 on the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay. Except in 1942 and 1946 (World War), FIFA World Cup Soccer was held every four years until the latest tournament in 2006.

The final stage of World Cup Soccer is where the sporting event reaches its highest pinnacle. This stage is competed by 32 deserving national teams in a group stage and knockout stage for over a month within the host nation. About 28.8 billion audiences watch the proceedings of the World Cup Soccer Finals making this event the most anticipated since its first television appearance in 1954.

The most successful World Cup Soccer team is Brazil who won the championship five times. Germany and Italy is next behind with three titles each and Uruguay and Argentina with two titles each and lastly, England and France with one title each. Here is the breakdown of the past World Cup Soccer winners.

The World Cup Soccer Years

Year Host Winner Runner-up
2006 Germany Italy France
2002 South Korea/Japan Brazil Germany
1998 France France Brazil
1994 Brazil Brazil Italy
1990 Italy West Germany Argentina
1986 Mexico Argentina West Germany
1982 Spain Italy West Germany
1978 Argentina Argentina Netherlands
1974 West Germany West Germany Netherlands
1970 Mexico Brazil Italy
1966 England England West Germany
1962 Chile Brazil Czechoslovakia
1958 Sweden Brazil Sweden
1954 Switzerland West Germany Hungary
1950 Brazil (Maracanazo) Uruguay Brazil
1946 world war
1942 world war
1938 France Italy Hungary
1934 Italy Italy Czechoslovakia
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Argentina

World Cup Soccer Trivia

* Players with the most goals
The reason behind Brazil’s successes is through their dynamic players who are considered to be among the best. Brazilian Ronaldo leads the most goals with 15 from 4 world cups (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) with Gerard Müller from Germany with 14 in 2 world cups (1970, 1974). Frenchman Just Fontaine has 13 in 1 world cup (1958) followed by the legendary Pelé with 12 in 4 world cups (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970).

* The player with the most World Cup Soccer appearances is Lothar Matthäus of Germany with 25
* The biggest victory is in 1954 between Hungary and South Korea 9-0. Also in 1974 between Yugoslavia and Zaire 9-0. the 1982 victory of Hungary over El Salvador has 10-1.

Soccer Dvds For Entertainment And Education

Soccer Dvds For Entertainment And Education

Soccer DVDs place all the excitement of the world’s most beloved team sport into a format easily reviewed and enjoyed repeatedly. Another great aspect of having this beloved world sport of ‘football’ available on DVD is the instructional focus of countless different styles of attack and defense, for both beginners and advanced level coaches and players alike.

The world sport of ‘football’ has swept America up and carried her happily along into the field of grassy battle. Having a personal library of Soccer DVDs is an invaluable asset for both the novice and expert player, coach and fan. The level and styles of play available for viewing on DVD are as varied as the people who fiercely follow the sport.

Looking first at the tremendous amount of material available from the finest game footage and soccer stars in past decades and currently, the obvious star names come up again and again: Diego Maradona, Ronaldo, George Best, and the incomparable Pele, who defined excellence in the sport for over 20 years. David Beckman, originally from England, now proudly playing in America for the Los Angeles Galaxy, joins the ranks of soccer stars who capture the attention of all ages of fan.

Entire matches from World Cup and Olympic games are available on DVD, many with extra highlights and player and coach interviews. From a sports entertainment perspective it is tough to compete with the quick footed action of soccer. Few athletes from any other major league sport could keep up with the action on a professional soccer field for long!

Coaches and players alike from all levels of play would be hard pressed to find a better way to spend their off field time than in the review of instructional soccer DVDs. A myriad of DVDs are available, from the general basics of the game, all the way up to specific coaching and playing tips for those ready to progress into and beyond the college level.

Children across America have joined the world’s ranks of those enthralled with this stirring sport. Whether a young recreational player or an advanced player looking at soccer as a means to college, there is available a series of DVD’s to assist each in their goal. The young player will benefit from considering all different aspect of the game before settling on their chosen position. The advanced player will find DVD’s covering the nuances of the game, from both an attacking and defensive standpoint. DVDs with drills specifically for strikers, midfielders and goalies alike will help develop each players skills on the field.

For the soccer coach, either a volunteer at the youth level, or a professional coach up through the club, college level and beyond, the DVDs available to assist them in developing core training drills, strategies and formations will be a source of accessible information, easily translated into improved player development and team building routines.

The sources for obtaining DVDs covering every aspect of soccer within the fans, players or coaches range of needs and desires are as varied as the sport devotees themselves. A Google search for soccer DVD’s will return more pages to explore than Pele had goals during his undisputed reign of the sport. For the novice player or coach, up to those playing for their country’s honor, there is a DVD available to entertain and educate.

The Future of Football (Soccer)

The Future of Football (Soccer)

In recent decades football has gained popularity around the globe and is now enjoyed by millions of people both at the stadiums and in the grounds. Although the sport has a global following, all the main club teams are based in Europe, and this is where they can contest the greatest club competitions. Players from Russia, Africa, USA, South America and as far a field as Australia all cite their ambitions as to play in Europe where they can contest the greatest competitions as well as earn the most money. Traditionally South American players migrate to the Spanish League where there are cultural ties and within Europe as well you can see Scandinavian players often moving to the Premiership where the weather is similar. Obviously the time is always ticking on the time players can compete at the top level and you will often see players moving back to their own countries towards the tail end of their careers or in some cases moving to the ‘Major Soccer League’ in the US or to Japan where the teams are always for stars to promote the game on home soil.

So what of the future of the game. As globalization takes hold I think we will see successful national teams from countries across the globe. Where previously only teams from Europe and South America could seriously contest trophies I can see a time where any from a number of teams have a chance. There has been a rising of standards already in places such as the Far East and Australia and I can see now reason why the trend won’t continue. Less glamorous nations are taking much more professional outlooks on the game, often attracting the likes of experienced coaches which can only improve them further. The money there is in the game these days too can only act as a motivating factor as well for people, possibly from poorer nations to make it a career goal.

Although for many years the USA has dominated in the world of track and field athletics as well as obviously in sports such as baseball and basketball they have never competed on the same level in football. I have it on authority though that the game is gaining popularity in the states producing in recent times some exciting talents. And on the back of a relatively successful World Cup campaign last time round we may well see growing standards from what is, after all, the richest country on earth.

With globalization and increased industrialization around the planet one country in particular is seeing massive monetary growth. China has in recent times used this growth and it’s massive population to push for greater sporting excellence. The last Olympics proved this and I can see them dominating to an even greater degree when they play host to the next Olympics. Their club football teams have of late also attracted some international talents in terms of both players and coaches, albeit possibly ones at the wrong end of their careers but it is an obvious sign of the ambitions of the nation. Riding this upward trend we may well see China too competing in international football tournaments in the future.

All About Sports Authority Sporting Goods – A Complete Review.

All About Sports Authority Sporting Goods – A Complete Review.

Do you love to play sports? Alright, here’s the deal…if you are like the majority of the human race, then just maybe you enjoy sports on some level. And if you are among the male gender I would like to stress this point even further. With the enormous range of sporting events, athletic stores as well as friendly games thriving throughout the US of A, it’s for sure that sports are quite the rage.

Where do you go to purchase your sports equipment? For sure, you have to browse somewhere for maybe a hockey stick, shoulder pads or perhaps a decent basketball. Now let me give you a few tips on where to shop. Have you tried the sports authority sporting goods stores?

You can browse through a great selection of products with sports authority sporting goods that range anywhere from soccer to baseball, basketball to football. No matter what sort of equipment you are looking for, you will find virtually anything you need at sports authority sporting goods stores.

A few days back, I was in desperate need of a quality baseball mitt. Though I looked briefly through a number of the local sporting goods stores, I unfortunately found nothing that was of quality. In fact the selection was just too slim. I actually prefer the finer gloves, the kind that will last an avid player for many years to come.

What’s more this was going to be a gift for my nephew. Surely I didn’t want to let him down. This was exactly when I decided to browse online as anyway the Wide-Web has it all! I wasn’t going to miss out on any stop, that’s when I stumbled upon the sports authority sporting goods website. Alas! This site is the bomb! Not only did they have a fantastic selection to choose from but I was able to spot the perfect mitt I had been looking for all this while. Ordering online is such a hassle-free experience and the product was shipped so fast, that too all within the comfort of my home!

Are you looking for some quality sports equipment? Just incase you have any trouble finding what you’re looking for at local sports stores, then may I suggest you give the sports authority sporting goods store a try. Hop online today and check it out for yourself! It’s fun browsing through the wide range available on their website. For sure, the internet is the coolest way to shop nowadays. What better way to beat convenience and low prices, than by browsing at your very fingertips!

Games- 19th Century – 21st Century

Games- 19th Century – 21st Century

Soccer, also known as associated football, is a very popular team sport that is played globally. Various versions of soccer have been around since as early as 1500 BC! Soccer as we know it started in the mid 19th century, and is a result of global efforts to standardize the rules of the game around the world. However, the first “rule book” of soccer (or football) was written in 1633 in Scotland. Since its humble beginnings, soccer has swelled into a much-loved sport played by over 240 million people in 200 countries.

Soccer is not an easy sport, what makes soccer so difficult is that none of the players, except the goalkeeper, can use their arms to touch the ball. And, throughout history, not everyone has loved soccer…in 1314 Edward II of England banned soccer in London, in 1349 Edward III banned soccer in favor of archery, in 1424 James I of Scotland banned soccer, in 1555 Oxford University banned soccer, in 1574 Cambridge University banned soccer, in 1747 Eton College banned soccer, in 1750 Rugby, Harrow, Charterhouse, Shrewsbury, and Winchester colleges all banned soccer, and in 1835 the “Highway Act” banned the playing of soccer in public streets.

As a spectator sport, soccer invokes passion in its fans like almost no other! It has been the cause of riots, war, peace, and millions of sore throats! It is no wonder that it is said that soccer is the most popular sport in the world.

Special equipment is needed to play soccer and the rules are strict. Players must wear specific types of shirts, shorts, socks, foot ware, and shin guards. They are restricted against wearing any type of jewelry or watches to avoid injury to themselves or other players. Goalkeepers must wear different clothing so that they can be easily set apart by the other players and game officials.

Soccer is played on a flat grass field that measures 110 x 80 yards and has sidelines and goal lines market clearly on it. The soccer field also has two rectangular goals, one at each end.

A standard adult soccer game consists of two forty-five minute periods with fifteen-minute half-time break.

Soccer is enjoyed by millions of children around the world as well and there are governing bodies for both children and adult games on national and international levels. Soccer is also broken down into Men and Women’s soccer. Each of these divisions holds many competitions at the highest of international levels. Woman’s soccer has come into its own as an athletic center of influence in the last several years.

Soccer matches can be viewed on television, through the internet, and, of course, through the various forms of print media.

Finding Sports Betting Picks Online

Finding Sports Betting Picks Online

Got an interest for sports betting? Looking for sports betting picks online? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. This article is written to help you find free sports betting picks that are available today on the web. As you may know, almost a hundred sites on the web today are sports betting sites, thus finding the sports betting picks you have long been looking for is so easy with the advent of the internet.

Below are a few of the great sites online that I have found to offer sports betting picks for those who share similar interest in sports betting. If you are really serious with your search, then there’s no reason for you not to check these sites out. Consider the following and get ready for your winning in sports betting.


I bet you have heard Ultimate Crapper, one of the largest sports betting sites on the web these days. Well, this portal offers free sports betting picks for those who are looking for it. Their sports picks include free baseball picks, NBA basketball picks, NFL football picks, and hockey picks. And, perhaps what’s nice to know about Ultimate Crapper’s picks is that Doc’s Sports, one of their clients, has consistently beat the books with the use of their college and NBA basketball picks for more than 30 years.


NationalSportsMonitor.com is another great site to check out for the best sports betting picks available. The National Sports Monitor is actually the only professional sports monitor that promotes the leading handicappers of the nation in print, radio and the internet. They offer sports betting picks for free from more than 175 of the nation’s best handicappers. It is further interesting to know that all of their free sports betting picks are submitted by their handicappers, and are made available to the public right after the start of every event.


UHChallenge.com is the official site of Ultimate Handicapping Challenge, one of the well-known sites for handicapping and sports betting. Just like the above mentioned sites, UHChallenge.com offers sports betting picks in all available sports for free. To find their free picks, all you need to do is to simply click on their links provided under their free picks page. You can also buy picks from them.


DocSports.com is by far one of the most well-known currently active sports service on the net. The company is actually family owned and operated since 1971 and serving the handicapping industry with the most reliable handicapping services. DocSports.com is now offering free sports betting picks that range from football picks, to college BB picks, NBA picks, baseball picks, NHL hockey picks, and boxing picks. So whatever type of sport you are interested to bet on, DocSports.com has the best sports betting picks for you. And, aside from their free picks, you can also purchase sports betting picks from them.


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