The modern era of professional sports carries with it a double-edged sword. The salary cap issue is a widely discussed topic concerning pro franchises and how the bottom line can have a tremendous impact on each sport respectively. One of the most commonly used sports metaphorsâ€”level the playing fieldâ€”applies to the modern day salary cap. Many major market team owners have higher budgets than smaller market operations. The salary cap essentially evens the odds to a certain extent, (more…)
If you had the time and you had a decent television service provider like Cable.tv/resources/ (mine, personally), then you had all you needed to enjoy The Games. Among the usual suspects was one of my favorite events: fencing.
For the uninitiated: no, fencing is not some elaborate event involving the installation of a fence. Rather, fencing is an event akin to Victorian era swordplay and dueling.
Two men stand apart from one another, clad in padded body armor with thousands of sensors all over the body. The name of the game is to parry, block and thrust at your opponent with your rapier-like weapon until one of you strikes the other’s body and scores a point.
Skilled fencers know when precisely to attack and retreat and a fast-paced game of chess ensues. It’s like watching two King Cobras battle it out and a skilled pair can truly go the distance if neither one of them is willing to concede to the rigors or fatigue and exhaustion.
Fencers learn to read the signs in a person’s eyes and in their body language. They are capable of deducing what way a person will retreat or lunge just by the subtle clues in the muscles making fencing one of the most intriguing and contemplative sports.
Recent events have put the entire league of professional hockey in upheaval. One team is on top for a few days, then someone else quickly rises to dethrone the leader. This back and forth has made for quite an exciting season, but also numerous shake ups within the national hockey league standings.
As of today, the Stanley Cup Finals are reaching their most exciting points, when the competition is down to only four teams with a lot (more…)
The 2012 Major League Baseball season appears destined to be one of the best and most competitive of all time. Similar to last year, there will likely be several teams fighting to get into the postseason well into September. With two Wild Card spots now available in both leagues, the competition should only now include more teams.
While there are many teams that will compete, the favorite to win the World Series has to be the Texas Rangers. The Rangers have been very close to winning it all the past two years (more…)
They say that hope springs eternal, and there may be no better use for that phrase than on the opening day of the Major League Baseball season. No matter what happened in previous years, in the first week of April every year all 30 major league teams and all 30 fan bases get a fresh start. They all have hope that this year can be the year that their team is able make it to the World Series. After all, there have been plenty of examples of teams (more…)
The 2012 Summer Olympics are fast approaching. It seems like just yesterday the 2008 Olympics in Beijing just ended. The question like always is which nation will dominate the race for the most gold medals. The usual suspects will all be in play. China won the medal race in 2008 with the United States coming in second and Russia just behind them in third. These nations should make up the top 3 at the next Olympiad as well. European counties like Great Britain and Germany should compete (more…)
The question over which position is more important on the football field between wide receivers and running backs has been going on in the NFL for years. Those that played receiver in high school usually think that receivers are more important and those that played running back usually think that running back is more important. The truth is it really depends on the kind of system that the team is running.
If you watched the NFL last year you probably noticed that more and (more…)
In the world of fantasy football, there are many overrated, underrated and unrated players. Many avid fantasy football gamers are well aware of the top picks in each fantasy draft, but some do not properly estimate the value of certain players. Let’s take a look at some of the most valuable fantasy football players.
After a massive season in 2010, Arian Foster answered with a repeat performance in 2011. This guy is no joke, and despite his lack of college records, he works harder than any other runningback in the league. Expect Foster to consistently put up 100 or more (more…)
A few recent changes in the National Football League rules could be the deciding factor in a win and a loss. The NFL owners got together and compiled different rules to be implemented and/or modified. The first rule to be modified was the playoff overtime rule. Now, if a team scores a field goal in a playoff game in overtime on their first possession, the opposing team has a chance to have the football and try to score. But, if the first team to receive the ball scores a touchdown on their first (more…)
Football and Drugs, When Do The Teams Draw the Line these days is becoming a very fine line. Teams want to do the right thing, but they also know they also must produce a winner on the field of play, or lose their fan base. Walking this fine line is very tough for franchises, some do it the right way, and some do not. Let us look at where the line should be drawn when it comes to football and (more…)