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How To Bet Hockey

How To Bet Hockey

The NHL Lockout during the 2004-2005 season created many rule changes above the ice and the gambler was affected by one of those changes. The elimination of ties and the new shootout format to decide games has thus ended the point spread in hockey and instead created the moneyline. Hockey is now like baseball, where you just have to win the game and do not have to worry about covering a spread.

Unlike baseball, the moneyline in dealing with Hockey Odds is based on the strength of the team in whole, and not just the strength of today’s starting pitcher. But hockey is similar to baseball in that a big favorite may force you to lay 2-1 odds, instead of the traditional -110 that can be found in football and basketball. With the talent gap wide between teams in the 2005-2006 season, the favorites have risen and some have reached the -500 mark. This would mean, one would have to bet $500 on a favorite and if the team won the game, one would collect a total of $600, making a profit of just $100, or 20 percent of your investment. I would avoid laying the big of number because everybody in this league is a professional and anything can happen on a given night.

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I feel that the best way to beat hockey is to play slight favorites or underdogs. If you play underdogs, you just have to break even in the W-L column to produce a profit. An example would be playing two teams at +130, and betting $100 on each team. If you would win one game and lose one game, you would make a profit or $30.

The following is a list of key factors to look for when making a wager:

1) Who is between the pipes for the two teams playing. A goalie is the single most important player on the ice and his performance translates to the success of a team on that night. Often times favorable situations occur when a back-up goalie gets the start. I would encourage you to check local papers each day for any information about who will be starting in net.

2) Teams playing consecutive games on the road. This is one of the best spots to play a home team when the visitors played the night before in a different city. They do not often get into town until early the next morning and usually do not schedule a practice in order to keep the legs fresh. Usually the visitors come in tired and slow and it affects their performance. Go against them teams and you will earn a profit.

3) Strength vs. Finesse Teams. As in any sports, defense wins and hockey is no different. While a finesse team makes crisp passes and is fun to watch, they usually do not win games against a hard checking physical team.

Florida a Sporting Powerhouse

Florida a Sporting Powerhouse

Florida is one of the most Southern of all the United States. It is known as the Sunshine State for it’s warm weather and pacific climate. “Florida” is a Spanish adjective which means “flowery”. Florida was discovered by a Spanish explorer during Easter, which in spanish is called Pascua Florida.

Major Cities and Towns in Florida are: Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Tampa.

Because of Florida’s climate it has become the traditional home for several Major League Baseball teams spring training. In 2004, these are all of the major league teams that Florida hosted for spring training:

* Atlanta Braves at Walt Disney World
* Baltimore Orioles in Fort Lauderdale
* Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers
* Cincinnati Reds in Sarasota
* Cleveland Indians in Winter Haven
* Detroit Tigers in Lakeland
* Florida Marlins in Jupiter
* Houston Astros in Kissimmee
* Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach
* Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers
* New York Mets in Port St. Lucie
* New York Yankees in Tampa
* Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater
* Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton
* Saint Louis Cardinals in Jupiter
* Tampa Bay Devil Rays in St. Petersburg
* Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin
* Washington Nationals in Viera

Not only does Florida Host alot of the major sports teams in the United States it is also home to several of it’s own teams:

* National Football League
o Jacksonville Jaguars
o Tampa Bay Buccaneers
o Miami Dolphins

* National Basketball Association
o Orlando Magic
o Miami Heat

* National Hockey League
o Tampa Bay Lightning
o Florida Panthers

* Major League Baseball
o Tampa Bay Devil Rays
o Florida Marlins

* Arena Football League
o Orlando Predators
o Tampa Bay Storm

Pointers To Make Your Next Round A Success 2

Pointers To Make Your Next Round A Success

It might not be one of the top four sports like baseball, basketball, football or hockey, but the sport of golf is starting to really gain some recognition in the realm of popular culture. If you’re new to the sport or simply need some tips to improve your game, take a few minutes to check out this article.

A helpful tip when it comes to golf is to know how to approach the game. This is beneficial because golf is a game that requires extreme precision and discipline instead of brute force and strength. Keeping this mindset, you will put yourself in the right position to succeed.

Finding a good and relaxing course is key to having a great and relaxing golf game if you’re not playing competitively. If you have too many distractions or there are too many people there it may interfere with your game. Golf is generally a relaxing game unless played for sport.

It is wise to make and aim for a target when you are practicing your golf skills. By having something to aim at, you may find that it is easier to get the ball to go where you want it to. Before you start an actual game of golf, do the same thing – get some target practice in (it’s fun too!)

When you buy golf shoes, remember that you will have to wear them for several hours to walk over all kinds of terrain. You will also need to do some unusual twisting and turning wearing your golf shoes. For this reason, you should make comfort your #1 priority when you choose golf shoes.

To stay warm and dry while playing golf, you can wear a golf sweater, a light windbreaker, and/or a light waterproof garment. You should not wear a heavy garment like an overcoat or parka. You should also avoid wearing any kind of outerwear that has the name of a team or business imprinted upon it.

When you choose golf shoes, you will want to decide whether you want a sneaker style or a traditional leather style. Just like with regular shoes, the sneaker style will be more comfortable and flexible right away, but it will wear out sooner. If you purchase a high quality pair of traditional leather golf shoes, they will be a little stiff to start, but once broken in, they’ll last a very long time.

Are you having trouble slicing the ball away from you? Did the ball leave you in the shape of a banana? This is easy to fix. Move 2 inches closer to the ball so that your ball is just an inch away from the hosel. People’s first reaction during a swing is to pull yourself away from the ball. This will be corrected by moving up on the hosel.

It doesn’t really matter if you’re brand new to the game or if you’ve been playing for decades, we could all use some improvement here. Golf is strange in the sense that it never changes and thus the repetition can breed confusion. Ever heard of the yips? Don’t let the ticks and other issues settle in. Use what you’ve learned here to get better at golf.

All About Box Lacrosse

All About Box Lacrosse

Box Lacrosse, also referred to as boxla or boxcrosse is an indoor version of outdoor field lacrosse. The difference between a field lacrosse game and a box lacrosse game is like night-and-day.

Box Lacrosse is predominantly played in Canada during the summer months. Box Lacrosse started in the 1930’s as a means to bring revenue to hockey rinks in the off season. Additionally it kept players fit during the summer months.

In Canada box lacrosse is more popular than field lacrosse from which it was derived. The rules of box lacrosse and field lacrosse are very different and of course the surface of play is very different. Box lacrosse is played indoors, in hockey arenas (without the ice) or on indoor soccer fields.

The goal in box lacrosse is smaller than the goal in field lacrosse and the attacking team must take a shot on goal within 30 seconds of gaining possession of the ball. Play in box lacrosse is significantly rougher than in a field lacrosse game. The rules of box lax encourage passing and running which improves a players overall lacrosse skills and athletic ability.

Box lacrosse should not be confused with indoor lacrosse which is a newer version of the indoor game. Indoor lacrosse was intended to be less violent than the other indoor version of the game, box lacrosse, on which it is based. Indoor lacrosse is also played in regions where box lacrosse is not played. Indoor lacrosse was designed to combine the most exciting elements of box and field lacrosse. Box lacrosse is a summer game, while indoor lacrosse is played in the winter.

Professional indoor lacrosse combines the physical play of hockey with the high scoring, fast pace and play-making style of basketball. Indoor lacrosse is played with six men per side, a rougher and faster derivative of the outdoor game. There are more scoring opportunities, and far more big hits, making indoor lacrosse an intense experience for players as well as fans.

The two indoor games have become increasingly similar in recent years with the primary difference being the equipment used in game play. Indoor lacrosse allows only sticks with hollow shafts, while box lacrosse allows solid wooden sticks. Also indoor lacrosse games consist of four quarters of fifteen minutes each, while box lacrosse games consist of three periods of twenty minutes in length.

The age of indoor lacrosse is evident when discussions relating to the first World Indoor Lacrosse Championships arise. The first Championships were held in 2003.

How To Find A Top Quality Soccer Ball

How To Find A Top Quality Soccer Ball

It is widely considered the most popular game on earth. Played by millions of people from nearly every walk of life, and in nearly every nation, soccer – football or futbol as it is commonly known beyond the borders of the United States – is a sport that can be played by nearly anyone. Aside from the skills needed to maneuver the ball using your body, but not your hands – except for the goal keeper – soccer owes much of its international appeal to the fact that all you need to play is an open space and a single ball.

The mountains of equipment needed to play other sports – like tennis, golf, baseball, American football, and so many others – are an anathema to the soccer player. It is the ball, and only the ball, that one needs to play the game. But the soccer ball is not a generic item; there are many kinds of soccer balls on the market, and each has its own characteristics that differentiate it from the other balls.

At first glance it is hard to tell one soccer ball from another. Usually constructed in the same distinctive style, the trademark pentagonal and hexagonal panels make a soccer ball instantly recognizable. However, when you are trying to tell the difference between one ball and another, the first place to start is the cover.

In the past, full grain leather was used to make a top quality soccer ball, but real leather tends to absorb water easily, and a wet ball is a heavy ball that plays much differently than it was intended to play. Today, the first quality soccer balls are constructed from synthetic leather. Although there are many variations of synthetic leather, they are generally all a derivative of polyurethane or poly vinyl chloride. The best balls – those used in competition and by professionals – are almost always made of the polyurethane construction, while inexpensive practice balls are more likely to be poly vinyl chloride.

The way the panels of the soccer ball are stitched together is another indication of the quality of the ball. A high quality ball is going to be hand stitched with polyester cord or Kevlar reinforced polyester. Hand stitching allows the panels to be sewn tighter, which makes for a stronger and longer lasting soccer ball. Second-tier soccer balls are usually stitched as well, but the stitching is done by machine so it lacks the uncompromising quality that a hand stitched ball will possess. Inexpensive balls are usually not stitched at all, and instead are held together by gluing the panels onto the lining of the ball.

Soccer balls come in different sizes as well: Size 3, Size 4, and Size 5. Size 3 balls are the smallest balls and are typically used by players under the age of eight. Size 4 balls are the next size up, and players between the ages of eight and twelve use this size of ball. Size 5 balls are the standard size for adult play and are the standard size balls for all international play.

When shopping for a soccer ball it is important to have an eye for its size and construction. If you are unsure that the ball you are considering is of good quality, look to see if the ball is approved by either FIFA or NFHS. FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, and NFHS, the National Federation of State High School Association, both approve balls that meet the strict specifications that are outlined by each organization. If you purchase a ball that is approved by either governing body then you are almost assured of a ball that is of high quality in both construction and performance.

Gift Ideas For Women On Valentine’s Day

Gift Ideas For Women On Valentine’s Day

For most men, picking out the perfect Valentine’s gift for their wives or girlfriends can be a tedious task. Since not all women are very particular about what they really want, men spend a lot of time finding that elusive gift and end up confused and frustrated when they can’t decide which one to choose for their special someone.

To avoid confusion, you must mentally review the interests of your wife or girlfriend and create her profile in your mind when you go out shopping for that gift.

If your wife or girlfriend is logical and humble, avoid giving her items that extravagant and super expensive. Give your “practical” partner extremely practical gifts that may include a new coffeemaker, vacuum cleaner, magazine subscriptions, furniture items, towels or sheets, and a few gardening items.

If you have the “romantic or feminine” partner, give her sentimental stuff like journals with pen set, perfumes, tickets to the special ballet, art show, or theatre performance, a pampering bath and body set, reservations at a fancy fine-dining restaurant, a relaxing out-of-town or out-of-the-country weekend getaway, jewelry like necklaces and earrings, or a designer watch.

If your partner is into sports or fitness, give her what a “sporty” wife are interested with that may include tickets that feature her favorite basketball, hockey, baseball, football, or soccer team, team spirit items like collectible shirts, hats, and memorabilia, fitness stuff like hand weights, yoga mat, workout DVDs or a pre-paid gym membership.

Romantic gift options for women

Giving her a unique gift on Valentine’s Day would definitely rekindle that special bond. If you are still clueless what gift/s you can give your wife or girlfriend, here are the top Valentine’s Day items that men usually give out to their partners on this special day.

– A selection of her favorite flower/s. This is surefire hit because women cannot resist the charm of flowers. Just make sure that the flowers are her favorite variety to create more impact.

– Jewelry and unique accessories with matching jewelry boxes. Women love jewelries so if you can afford it, she would be extremely delighted to have it as a Valentine’s Day gift from you.

– A special pencil sketch or a portrait of your wife or girlfriend. This is a unique gift to give her especially to those who are inclined with the arts.

– A personalized CD or audio cassettes of her favorite singer or artist. Women take pride if their men know what their tastes and preferences when it comes to music so this will be a hit.

But before you go out on that gift-buying spree for your Valentine’s date, make sure that you stick to your price range. If possible, buy her the thing/s she specifically asked for to avoid hassles. Also, take time to look for gift/s that suit/s her style, taste, and personality and lastly, wear comfortable clothes and shoes so you would be comfortable even if you spend the whole day looking for that special gift.

Football Faq: So You Won’t Look Too Stupid Watching Football With Your Date

Football Faq: So You Won’t Look Too Stupid Watching Football With Your Date

* What are the positions in football?

There are two types of position, an offensive position and a defensive position. One of the most essential offensive positions is the quarterback. The protectors of the quarterback are the offensive line.

As an additional protection there are the running-the-ball positions of running back and fullback. These positions are located in the backfield, behind the quarterback. The last offensive position is the wide receiver. This position has the main objective of receiving (catching) the ball when the quarterback throws (passes) it.

The defensive positions are: defensive end, linebacker, cornerback, and safety, who has the last thing to say about defense. Safeties are located at the back, while the defensive ends are out front.

* What does each position in football do?

Offensive positions are: quarterback, offensive line, running back, fullback, and wide receiver. The quarterback is the leader of the team. He gets the ball at the beginning of each play and he makes the decision whether to throw the ball or run it.

The offensive line’s job is to defend the quarterback or the running back, especially while they have the ball. Another thing the offensive line does is block or catch passes.

Running backs and fullbacks are the major hurrying unit. The wide receiver is the one who will usually catch the ball when the quarterback throws it. He must be tall and quick.

Defensive positions are: defensive end, linebacker, cornerback, and safety. The defensive ends are the outer part of the defensive team. Linebackers are the most important line-up of the defense. They are the quick, hard hitters. Cornerbacks are in charge of defending the wide receiver so he can catch the ball and run with it, while the safeties guard and defend the cornerbacks.

* Where did the name football originate?

A form of football called harpaston was first played by the ancient Greeks. In the United States it was played as early as 1609 in Virginia, though in a simpler form. For the ball, they used the inflated bladder of a slaughtered pig.

Most “football” today is played in Europe and South America, and is the sport that North Americans call soccer. Football got its name because in soccer the hands cannot be used to move the ball. Later, rugby came into popularity, wherein the hands are allowed to be used.

American football has been widely influenced by rugby, and is known throughout the world today as (guess what) “American football.”

* Where did they get the shape of the football?

The shape of the football comes from the shape of the ball in the game of rugby. Football has an elongated ball with pointed ends. The ball is perfectly designed for the player to hold it easily and have a nice aerodynamic motion when it is perfectly thrown. It also has an unpredictable bounce when it hits the ground.

The ball is eleven inches long and about nine inches wide. All of the manufacturers put some laces on one side so the players can grip and hold it easily. This is the reason why rugby and football have almost the same shape of ball, in contrast to soccer, which has a round ball that is manipulated mainly by the feet.

Just Play Beach Soccer

Just Play Beach Soccer

One friend of mine asked me recently why all men are crazy about playing football or what is known in United States as soccer. I am sick of explaining things that you can only understand based on personal experience. But although I managed to provide her with a luminous answer, she came back stating yet another question. “Is it different to play soccer on the grass than to play it on the beach?” That was a good one. “Of course it is different,” I replied. Beach soccer, as you can tell by its name, is a sport played on the beaches; preferably during spring or summer time. Although it has been played informally for decades, it was given its official name and rules only recently and specifically in 1992. Since then it managed to become a rather popular sport and I believe that if you really want to learn something about soccer you should better start playing it on the beach.

Playing soccer on the beach is considered by many fans as the paradise of the apprentice. The soft-sand playing surface can correct some usual mistakes for a beginner, as the ball often stacks on it. Actually, the element of sand does only facilitate the efforts of new players, but it is considered a heavy obstacle even for those experienced ones that wish to show off their abilities. Plus the compact pitch -measuring 28 x 37 meters if there is an official beach soccer facility- is by far smaller than the grass field and makes scoring easier, even for players who decide to try it for the first time.

A great advantage of beach soccer is the fact that one needs no special equipment to play it. An adequate size ball and the sand of the beach are more than enough for one to begin exploring this game’s unique character. Even when no organized facility on the beach exists, those interested to play beach soccer need only two canes to symbolize the area of a goalpost. Canes or just a pile of clothes are preferable in comparison to heavy stones or even huge blocks of rocks, which can be very dangerous for feet injuries, as shoes are not allowed in this game. Thus, if you are on a sandy beach, it is a sunny day, and you have nine friends willing to join you, you can start playing beach soccer. When you do experience it, let me know if you liked it. Most importantly, let your girlfriend know!

When I finished my lecture about beach soccer my friend seemed excited. “I will play it every single weekend,” she said. But before you ask yourselves how much time should you invest in practicing this sport, before you can consider yourselves good soccer players, try playing it for awhile. Since you cannot play beach soccer all year around, unless you move to California or Florida every time you have a beach soccer need, you have to exercise your soccer playing abilities on the actual lawn ground. Believe me when I tell you that it is not that easy there too!

Holiday Gift Subscriptions

Holiday Gift Subscriptions

Holiday shopping can sometimes be a real headache. Some people are incredibly difficult to buy for. What do you get for the person who has everything? The person who doesn’t seem to want or need anything? Or maybe you are in a position, thanks to those wonderful Christmas grab bags, of having to buy a gift for someone you really don’t know all that well. A magazine subscription provides for a gift that has a nice personal touch yet doesn’t require that you know anyone’s shirt size or favorite perfume and as an added bonus can run you as little as $10.00 for a full year. With a little general knowledge of the kinds of things they like you can give a gift that they can enjoy all year.

Do they enjoy cooking? There are dozens upon dozens of food and beverage magazines on the market running the gamut from backyard barbecue to gourmet dinners. Southern Living, Taste of Home, Light & Tasty, and Diabetic Cooking just to name a few. Appetizers to desserts, diet advice, helpful hints, step by step “how to’s”. As a nice little extra benefit, this is a gift that can get you invited to a lot of really good dinners!!

Do you have someone on your list that is forever clicking away on his or her camera? Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography or Shutterbug among others will keep them up to date on the latest information on equipment and techniques for less than the cost of a couple good steaks.

For sports fans there are more magazines than you can imagine. Football, golf, hockey, racing, tennis, and soccer – you name the sport you’ll find dozens of magazines for the fan. Stats, biographies, interviews with players, owners, coaches and announcers, the rundown on everything that is important to the sport. There aren’t too many people who haven’t heard of Sports Illustrated, BASS, American Rifleman or ESPN the Magazine, but there is also Shark Diver, Watercraft World and Triathelete. Many sports magazines like the NASCAR Scene also have online versions of the magazines that you can subscribe to once you have a subscription to the paper version.

Without searching too hard you can find magazines for wine lovers, motorcycle enthusiasts, crafters and people who love to travel. Avid campers? Backpacker, Camping Life and MotorHome will provide them with hours of reading pleasure. American Woodworker, Country Sampler and Dollhouse Miniature will keep your favorite crafters busy for hours on end, possibly netting you a few really nice home made gifts in return!

Boy’s Life, Seventeen and CosmoGirl! are just a few of the magazines available for the teens on your list. Baby Bug, Children’s Digest and Disney’s Princess will give parents of toddlers plenty of “read to me” material.

Magazines provide, information and entertainment on just about any topic you can think of. No matter what kind of person you have on your holiday gift list you will be able to find an appropriate gift in a magazine subscription.

The Fastest Nation

The Fastest Nation

It’s quite usual for us to get to know that some American athlete wins another world or Olympic title in sprint event. Last time it was news from Helsinki World Championships, where the Americans had clear superiority over others in individual sprint disciplines. They won more titles than all other nations taken together. Of course, that’s not every time that it happens, but the advantage of American athletes which is due to their high level is obvious. While athletes from other countries come to sport elite and go away, Americans always stay in. Moreover, it’s impossible to imagine the sprint elite without Americans. They dominate short-distance running championships now. They have been dominating for all history of modern athletics since the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

To prove this point of view I’m giving the so-called rating of all nations’ Olympic performance athletes of which ever took prices at the modern Olympic Games. A nation gets 3 points for every gold medal, silver is 2 points and bronze is 1 point. For example, at the 2004 Olympics the Americans won all medals in men’s 200 meters dash. In women’s 200 meters dash a Jamaican won gold, an American got silver and a Bahamian got bronze. Thus Americans get 8 points, Jamaicans – 2 point, Bahamians – 1 point. Summing up points for all years we get following statistics:

100 meters:
USA – 120
Germany – 22
Great Britain – 20
Canada – 14
Australia – 13
Other countries – 69

200 meters:
USA – 117
Germany – 18
Jamaica – 16
Australia – 14
Great Britain – 12
Other countries – 63

400 meters:
USA – 97
Germany – 22
Great Britain 20
Jamaica – 13
Australia – 12
Other countries – 52

In every event Americans are far ahead of others. However, even if we take into consideration such a huge advantage, it might be still wrong to say that other countries’ athletes are much worse trained. During the twentieth century there were stars among British, Canadian, Caribbean and other sprinters whose achievements have become part of sports history. Many of them are Olympic and world champions. There also world record holders among them. Now we talk about Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell and Tonique Williams-Darling. We also remember Linford Christie, Donovan Bailey, Marita Koch and Marie-Jose Perec from the past.

However, the point is that they are the only representatives of their nations. They come into sports, show outstanding performance and go away followed by no compatriots matching their level. But only the USA athletes show high-level performance constantly. It’s quite hard to find reasons for it taking into account that the level of training process is also high in many other countries. Actually it is not the training process itself that differs the States from other countries. It is rather sports system organization which selects, raises and motivates athletes.

Prevalent approach to athletics

There are two models of sports system organization in the world.

The first one is the system of state financing developed in most countries. State Sports Department exercises supervision over Sports Federations which provide athletes with good conditions for trainings, medicine care, opportunities for preparations and so on. The State takes care of athletes from the beginning of their career and they feel comfortable in such conditions.

Many of them come into athletics and train like for fun, considering running from this point of view: “I have an opportunity for training. First I will train for fun and will see if I am good in running. If I’m good, I will pay more attention to trainings. If I’m not, I will just enjoy the achieved level. My country will take care of me and will give me an opportunity to afford such “pleasure” trainings.” For some of them sprint is a hobby. Some of them achieve good results at the local level performing time of 10.4-10.2 seconds in 100-meters dash, and think that it is good enough. Those who are highly motivated progress further and sometimes take prizes at international level. But most of such sprinters don’t even reach a 10-second barrier let alone 9.8-9.7 second time which is necessary for major competitions.

So there are no good selection process and no high competing environment in such a system.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association

One more model is when business interferes with sports and government doesn’t take part in the process simply providing the athletes with conditions. Such model is developed in the USA. Besides professional sports, there is a unique system of university sports organization which gives birth to a huge amount of world-famous stars in athletics. The National Collegiate Athletic Association sports are fantastically popular and widely covered on television and in press. Even world-known bookmakers provide lines for bets on NCAA leagues. No country in the world can boast of such situation. College teams receive huge money from their team sponsors and are interested in achieving high results attracting well-trained athletes. It means that skilled athletes receive scholarships which cover expenses on study and living. For many of them such way is the only chance to enter a university. Thus athletes who competed for a university team are highly motivated in achieving good results. They don’t just train, they secure stability of their lives. Very often at NCAA championships college athletes achieve higher results than professional athletes of other countries.

There is one more positive aspect of the USA model. Several sport events are extremely popular in the United States. These are football, basketball, baseball, hockey, track and field and some others. Almost all universities have their own teams for participating in these sports. If an athlete at the beginning of his career chooses some event, and some time later it turns out that he is much better in some other event, he can simply change an event within the same university. There are many such examples among Olympic champions at sprint events. Marion Jones who was member of her university basketball team, later became the fastest woman in the world. Famous sprinter Ato Boldon started his career playing soccer. Jim Hines used to be a baseball player in his early years. Eddie Tolan won Michigan state football championships as a high school boy. Much more examples could be mentioned.

Such conditions give an opportunity to find out really talented athletes, and hard competition compels them to develop their skills very fast. Yesterday’s NCAA champions become top world athletes today. Now it is John Capel, Shawn Crawford, Justin Gatlin, Jeremy Wariner and Lauryn Williams. In future there will be new stars and the National Collegiate Athletic Association model will never fail.

It’s worth mentioning that Caribbean athletes are good too. But note that many of them studied in American universities.

One might ask why American athletes are not so good at long distance running as they are at sprint events. The answer is simple – they like action. It’s much more interesting for them to watch a 100-meter race during 10 seconds than wait for the end of a 10-kilometers race for a half of an hour. They are crazy about eye-catching shows. And what could be more eye-catching than short-distance running? It’s not just a part of running or athletics, it’s another kind of sport, where limits of human body performance come out. That’s why they just go and grab world and Olympic titles in sprint and left the rest of events for the others.