Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Espn College Football Picks - Win Betting on Sports Today! is a sport deeply embedded in American sporting culture. I am not referring to soccer of course. What I am referring to is American Football. It has continually influence the lives of many insofar as their sporting lives are concerned. This is so since football is a very fascinating game. It is fast moving, fun and sometimes painful to watch, especially when players tackle each other. And while some may refer to it as a bit rough, it nevertheless has some grace to it, which if appreciated in the right manner, might seem polished. To say however that it is as graceful as ballet for example, would be pushing it.

American football is a tough sport. This is characterized by the sport in that, to be an effective football player, one should have the right size so that they may be able to compete properly with other players. This is not to say of course that all football players are huge. There are also a few exceptions. And one of them is Doug Flutie. This rather short man, having American Football as basis, grew to be one of the greatest quarterbacks in football. But the highlight of his career was when he was in college.

College football as differentiated with pro football is faster, and more aggressive. This is evidenced by the fact that players in it are younger compared to that of pro football. But when we are talking about the play that takes place between these leagues, there is no doubt that the plays being executed in pro football is more refined and polished. Also, players in pro football are more mature when it comes to the execution of plays and also of filling in their roles. Such that pro football is a different level compared to that of college football.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Evolution of Eyewear first actual documented case of eyeglasses was during the thirteenth century, by Giordano da Pisa [Jordan of Pisa, Italy]. However, as he chose to keep the invention to himself, roughly twenty years later, a colleague of his, Alessandro della Spina of Pisa recreated the new novelty and shared them with the world. Another "father of optometry", leading the way for the creation of glasses was Roger Bacon. However, long before Bacon started his experiments magnifying bits of glass for lenses, or it was presented to the Italian public, traces of early optical experimentation are known to be from early Chinese, and ancient Egyptian civilizations. Many took gemstones, water, and of course glass, to bend, twist and shape light to better effect the eye. However, it wasn't until the thirteenth century that the concept of prescription eyeglasses came to play. There is also new evidence that shows China did a lot of importation of glasses during the fifteenth century. next several centuries solidified eyeglasses as a proper tool of vision correction. The times of having to hold the lenses up to one's eyes were long gone, and the typical design at this time would fold at the bridge [unlike our current design that allows arms to wrap around our ears]. This caused a lot of arched necks for the glasses-wearers of the time period. As time went on, the models became more user-friendly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - particularly once arms were presented. The glasses frames started to be marketed more, and therefore practical needs were addressed, such as size and weight.

The styles for eyeglasses frames during the twentieth century were the turning points to the style of the time period. The 1920s allowed for a concession of glasses, whereas frames of that time period were perfectly applicative to the "flapper girl" style of the era. The style drastically changed in the 1950s, with the rise of the angled corners we now refer to as the cat-eye style. The fifties and sixties brought out larger plastic frames in the coveted wayfarer style, before the 1970s brought back square edges. The 1980s and nineties focused primarily on awkwardly fitting clothes, colors, and of course... glasses. The Sally Jesse Raphael glasses became all too popular, and just as quickly, met it's demise. It has not been until the twenty-first century that eyeglasses have started the recycling phase. While new developments likely continue, most of the styles remind us of a different time, from the past.

The evolution of prescription eyeglasses has grown insurmountably since they were first invented centuries ago. Just as many technological advancements, corrective eyewear keeps getting smaller, and even more convenient. They went from heavy, cumbersome objects, to intricate optical corrections, such as multifocal glasses, contacts, and even surgeries to restore vision needs. Of course we do not know where research will take us, and can only expect even better options in the future. This was the current evolution of eyewear.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Story of My First Mountain Bike Race article goes out to all you aspiring mountain bike racers. I want to tell you a little bit about my first mountain bike race, and maybe it will inspire you to get to one yourself.
Let's start from the beginning...
I picked up a form at my local bike shop, filled it out, and sent it in along with $13. Then I re-read Ned Overend's book to make sure that I would know what was going on at the race. I had no clue what to expect at the race since I had never been to one. All I knew was that I should pre-ride the course before race day.
Well the week before the race my mom and I drove out to the location of the race looking for a state forest or a place with trails. No such luck. After talking to a local, we found out that the race course is on private property and it is only open for the day of the race. OK. The trip wasn't a total waste; at least we knew the directions and how long it would take to get there. We drove around a few back roads, and I was able to get a feel for some of the terrain I would be riding.
The race would be on Saturday, so I made sure to take Thursday off and get a decent ride in on Friday so I would be fresh. (If you take a day off the day before the race, your legs may feel "dead" on race day.) Also on Friday, I tried to load up as much race stuff as possible to save time Saturday morning.
I woke up nice and early Saturday morning and had a large breakfast of apple cinnamon pancakes four hours before the race. Then I threw all my stuff in the truck and double-checked by MTB race checklist to be sure I had everything I needed.
We left for the race, which was just a little over an hour away. The ride gave me some time to plan my race strategy and listen to some music to get me pumped up. Once we got closer I could see the riders warming up on the streets. I saw so many nice bikes and team jerseys; I was a tad intimidated.
We parked over in the field with everyone else. Walked around a little and made it to the registration table. They had a packet for "Levin Bloom." After they changed that, I changed into my cycling clothes and started to warm up for 20-30 minutes. (By the way, when I changed, I found a little bathroom under a pavilion. Normally you just change at your car.)
I tried to practice my start and my finish since they were in the same spot. It's always nice to know if there are any sharp turns or other surprises close to the finish, especially if you are duking it out for first place.
I made it back and people were starting to line up so I jumped in about three or four rows back. The race director had to give a quick speech at the line about race etiquette and the like. Start! Here we go! I had been practicing clipping-in to the pedal quickly, but guess what - it took me a few tries this time and everyone was passing me.
After a half mile or so, we hit a nice steep hill with plenty of switchbacks to separate the field. I love hills, so I passed a few people, and chased a few more at the top. Then I ran into a little problem: my descending skills. It's not that I was bad, but I was pretty inexperienced; everyone I passed on the climb would catch me on the descent. After trading places with the same people over a few hills, I knew I couldn't keep wasting my energy like that. So on the next downhill I just let the bike go. I had never had the balls to go so fast, and no one could catch me anymore!
The race just kept getting harder as it went on. Everything was pretty much mental; I've never ridden so fast or been in so much agony! At least I could check my odometer and see that only 4 miles are left!
As the race went on, I was passing people who were wearing team jerseys. How can they be sponsored?
Then I hit a nice downhill along a pipe line. Very fun! Took a corner and... another hill!
People start cheering for me at the base of the hill, which was kind of weird; I had never had people cheer for me while I was out riding by bike before. Anyway, this hill is freakin' great! I couldn't feel the pain anymore, and I just started flying up the hill because I knew the race was almost over. (One good use for an odometer!)
I got to the top of the hill, realized that there was a left turn and more hill! Worked out perfect since I was able to pass someone else. Then it was all fun downhill. The feeling I had on the climb was truly euphoric. That's what racing is all about!
As I near the end, people are out on their porches watching the race and cheering me on. After a sharp right, I cross the finish line. My mom is nowhere to be seen, so I take a cool down lap. When I came back to the line, some guy crossed it and his friend said that he might have made the Top 10 with that finish. I was puzzled. I was sure there was a pretty big crowd of riders ahead of me.
Then I simply waited around for a couple hours (nothing unusual) as results were compiled, and enjoyed a nice shaved ice and some free water during the wait. And yes, I did change out of my nasty, sweaty uniform.
Finally, the trophies: I got 5th overall, giving me a 1st in the 16-19 age category, and earning myself a nice little trophy to go with my free t-shirt.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Highway to Natural Fitness - 5 Things to Know look forward to a strongly built body. It's just like building the perfect machine.

Quality raw materials are always selected for the perfect machine and to the perfect, healthy body, the following five requirements stand out supreme:

1. Healthy eating (also known as balanced diet)

Fitness is the result of healthy eating. When the food intake has all the qualities the body needs, the diet is said to be balanced.; In this article, one such important supplement is known as Vitamin D. This would be explained in more detail. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and this particular vitamin can be obtained in two ways: The body can form its own vitamin D. The food we eat can also provide us with vitamin D. Today, we shall consider how the body is able to make this provision naturally. You may therefore be acquiring too much Vitamin D, if you do not know this natural provision because the food intake may be Vitamin D concentrate. Body muscles need just enough of vitamin D to stay healthy and fit. Ultra-violet light reacts with the cholesterol in our skin to produce an inactive form of Vitamin D which is then activated by the liver. This form of vitamin is found circulating in our blood.

2. Sufficient Sleeping Culture.

Whenever the body is in a sleep-mode, various crucial activities including digestion take place. When food intake is properly digested, healthy muscles are strengthened.and body-fitness becomes visible.

3. Targeted Exercising.

Exercise is very important to the body and it takes place in various forms and circumstances. As long as the body is in motion, some form of exercise is taking place. However, if an exercise is targeted to achieve a specific result, then balanced diet must equally be targeted. For example - A specific exercise to reduce weight by sweating a lot must be supplemented by increased water intake to avoid dehydration.

4. Sound-mindedness

The body needs a sound mind to perform well. In so doing, muscles are properly strengthened, bones and joints are equally fed with specific nutrients.

5. Recreational Activities.

This is important for body-fitness and healthy living. Holidays and absence from normal duties that put so much pressure on the body are perfect antidote.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Best Motorcycle Gear For Cold Or Rainy Weather the past, the only thing to keep you warm on a cold day's ride was heated clothing. But now, innovations have been made in motorcycle accessories and gear that can make it possible to ride for an hour or two without having to "plug in." Read on to learn more about the best motorcycle gear for cold and/or rainy weather.

Base Layers
First and foremost, what you wear directly next to your skin will play an important part of keeping you warm when you're riding out in the cold. A good base layer that wicks moisture away from your skin is essential. Wool and natural fabrics (other than cotton) do a pretty good job, but generally the best performance comes from synthetic blends like lycra, polyester, and rayon. Avoid blends designed for active sports however, as they can "over wick" the moisture from your skin and leave you feeling itchy.


Like the aforementioned base layers, you'll get the best results with non-cotton, synthetic blend socks that will wick the moisture away from your feet. Make sure your socks aren't bulky and will allow an airspace to form in your motorcycle boots, thereby providing extra insulation.


The next part of keeping warm on a cold ride is to wear a warm jacket liner. Most jacket liners from shelf brands like Teknic and First Gear will do fine when temperatures are in the 60s or higher, but below 60 degrees takes a more serious jacket liner, with a thin lightweight mid-layer made with Primaloft, to trap and retain heat.

Textile jackets and pants are the preferred shell for riding in the cold. Textile tends to give a little more space, allowing you the room you need for a good mid-layer inside. Look for textile motorcycle riding gear with zip-out liners so you can adjust it to whatever weather condition you're in.


Your fingers have the least amount of "warming ability" of anything on your body, so short of buying heated gloves, there are no gloves on the market that will allow you to retain heat beyond an hour or so of riding. That being said, it pays to add a set of quality glove liners and winter gloves to your riding gear. Aside from that, when temperatures go below 50 degrees, plan to stop every hour so move around, pump some warm blood through your system, and warm up your fingers.

Rain Gear

In really cold conditions, wearing your rain gear will not only add an additional layer and help retain your body heat better and longer, but it will keep you dry too. Unfortunately, when it comes to rain gear, many people have learned the hard way that even though a manufacturer claims their rain gear is waterproof - it's not. Don't buy low cost gear if you want to stay water tight. Spend a little more, ask around and then purchase a reliable brand and model. is the web's largest powersports store with more than 8 million factory fresh motorcycle parts online, with parts and accessories from all the major manufacturers, including motorcycle helmets, motorcycle tires, motorcycle jackets, motorcycle boots, motorcycle accessories, and more.