College Football Arriving Soon!

 

College Football Arriving Soon!

by Amy Lignor

 

Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On the same day, fans of Oregon State and Colorado State will see an active match-up, and Portland State vs. BYU will also be a huge viewer draw. Add in the 6:00 p.m. game of Hawaii at UMass and the 7:30 p.m. game of South Florida vs. San Jose State – and you are most definitely looking at a full, much-needed, long-awaited day of the colleges you love getting back to gridiron business.

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So…already have all the answers? Will there be a repeat? Will teams like Penn State come out still riding high on what was most definitely their late-season momentum that fans loved? Many already have answers to these (or, at least, they have their hopes and dreams where these answers are concerned). But it remains that it is far too early to say “this will happen.” It is not too early, however, to take a look at the teams that many experts say are the top contenders this season.

 

Let us start with the Crimson Tide. Alabama has many positive things going for them. With a phenomenal young QB, a RB that is truly a “hit” on the field, and an elite defense, Alabama is in more than just “good” shape this time out.

 

When it comes to Oklahoma, the latest news is that Chris Robison (QB) has been dismissed from the team following a violation of team rules. A four-star member of Oklahoma’s 2017 recruiting class, Robison was arrested in April for public intoxication the night after Oklahoma’s spring game. Will it matter? Not at all, actually. Sooners’ fans were already rejoicing that QB Baker Mayfield chose to return to Norman for this, his senior year. Mayfield just needs a new target to throw to, seeing as Biletnikoff Award winner Dede Westbrook said so long to Norman on graduation day. Running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon are also gone this time around. But even with those departures, Oklahoma was on a proverbial hot streak down the stretch last season, with ten straight wins. Anything can happen.

 

When it comes to Florida State, all eyes are on that freshman QB star Deondre Francois. Ending with a win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl, the Florida State Seminoles’ QB is surrounded by a talented offensive line. Even though losing all-time leading rusher Dalvin Cook will be hard to overcome, they will. And it also helps that the majority of starters on defense will be back.

 

Penn State is truly back to “Happy Valley” status after a remarkable 2016 season that almost ended in a Rose Bowl title. A second-straight Big Ten title is most definitely on their radar, especially with the incredible duo of McSorley and Barkley within a now experienced offense.

Yes, the defense will have to step it up, and the offense has to put a halt to those slow starts that cause them trouble.

 

You can’t write a college football article without mentioning the name Harbaugh in it – fans have proved that to be a fact, so we must mention Michigan. QB Wilton Speight was “good enough” under center for Michigan, before getting hurt, of course, late in the season. But just for fans to wear smiles on their faces once again, which hadn’t happened in a long time until Coach Jim Harbaugh arrived two years ago, is a great thing to see. But Harbaugh will not have an easy time of it. He has some hurdles to jump, seeing as that 10 out of 11 starters on Michigan’s defense are on the departure list, including their weapon, Jabrill Peppers. But it’s not out of the ballpark to say that Michigan could literally do their roster overhaul extremely well and make it to the CFP semifinals. Speight will be back under center, and if they can just best those Buckeyes and get over that rivalry hurdle, Michigan will have a shot at its first conference title in more than a decade.

 

When it comes to a repeat, Clemson is definitely a bet people are already making. Ferrell returns, even though the loss of Deshaun Watson is a big hit. Clemson’s offense shouldn’t fall too far behind, but it is really the gleam of that uber-experienced defense that makes Clemson a prime contender.

 

But whatever happens, all that’s frustrating fans right now is how far away August 26th feels.

 

Source:  Baret News

 

 

What Some of the NFL Players Did On Summer Vacation

 

What Some of the NFL Players Did On Summer Vacation

 

The return of football action continues to creep closer – less than 50 days to go before the 2017 NFL season finally kicks off. Everyone can already feel it in the air…even though the air is still amazingly hot in some places. But even Patriots, NFL, football, Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks, Jerry Jones, Cowboys, Cam Newton, Ezekiel Elliott, Dante Fowlerthe TV ads are bringing back, and placing brand new NFL commercials in spots, reminding everyone about the players with great names and those (yes, Odell, talking to you) with names that are still at the top of everyone’s ‘watch’ list because they tend to go a bit loopy every once in a while.

All had time off while gearing up to find a way to stop the Patriots from doing it yet again and claiming another Super Bowl trophy this time around. So…what are some of the NFL players doing to wrap up their summer vacations before heading back to work? Well, here are some top headlines as of late from the NFL.

 

The QB of the Seattle Seahawks who some people hate (while others love so much they wish he’d leave that team because he’s a whole heck of a lot nicer than the rest of the players), shot a little video. A promotional stunt attached to the QB’s return to the Great Wall of China, Wilson took on the same ‘role’ as Sly Stallone when he played the beloved character of Rocky. Although, Wilson did not run through Philadelphia streets; he ran along the Great Wall of China while a group of Chinese kids ran behind him wearing his #3 jersey and carrying footballs. Did Wilson run the entire length of the wall (13,000 miles end to end)? I doubt it, but by all means check out the video.

 

Ahhh…Dallas. Jerry Jones spends his summer vacation pretty much the same way he spends his fall and winter. The latest headline to come out of Dallas came in the form of the Cowboys owner once again trying to stifle off-field events that involved the police and his high-priced, highly-valued players. This time we’re speaking about everyone’s new favorite running back, Ezekiel Elliott, who is one person that both Dallas coach (Jason Garrett) and Dallas owner are hoping will bring them back to the Super Bowl so Jones can once again shout: “How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!”

 

Seems Elliott was involved in an incident at a Dallas bar late last Sunday night. Oddly enough, for Dallas players, anyway, no arrests were made. But as far as what happened and what Elliott’s involvement was, the event actually remains unknown. It was stated, however, that Elliott also appealed a misdemeanor conviction he received in April for driving 100 mph in a 70 mph zone in Frisco, Texas. Add to this the current NFL investigation into allegations of domestic violence that Elliott’s former girlfriend made, and this is one running back that will be talked about all season. Unfortunately, probably not in regards to what he’s doing on the field.

 

Extra news out of Dallas comes in the form of Cowboys cornerback, Nolan Carroll, being charged with DWI; and linebacker Damien Wilson arrested this month on two counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

 

As stated before, what more can you say but: “Ahhh…Dallas.”

 

Another name that has been in lights as well as one who watched those lights dim, Cam Newton, Panthers QB, used his summer vacation to rehab from shoulder surgery he had done this offseason. Instead of doing what the normal “stars” of the game do, Cam came back to work in order to throw to rookies and new teammates during their summer workouts. So for those fans out there, this is a positive thing to see. Cam is throwing ahead of training camp which means he remains on track to once again go for the trophy and get back amongst the “best of the best” when the season comes to an end.

 

And to make sure that Dallas wasn’t the only one to be in the negative/police spotlight, Jaguars pass-rusher Dante Fowler was arrested Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Florida, on misdemeanor charges of simple battery and mischief. According to police records, he was seen punching a man after a “brief verbal confrontation,” and then ending the spat by stepping on the man’s glasses, “breaking a lens.” This arrest comes just one week before Fowler and his teammates are scheduled to report for training camp. Shucks. Only one more week to go of his summer vacation, yet now Fowler is subject to potential league discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

 

It sure will be interesting to see what names rise to the top (and why they rise there) when the season gets underway.

 

Source:  Baret News

 

 

Esports on a Meteoric Rise in 2017

 

Esports on a Meteoric Rise in 2017

by Amy Lignor

 

Okay…we all know that football is America’s favorite sport. Or…is it? NASCAR has a wide following. People still love to go to the ballpark in the lazy summer days to watch a Yankee hit a homerun. There are those who love to practically melt in the summer watching the Williams’ sisters prove that tennis is a ‘cool’ sport. And, there are gazillions of soccer fans all over the globe that make up a huge fan base that rivals that of football.

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In 2017, however, sold-out crowds are packing arenas all across the U.S. to see a completely different sport play out than any of the ones mentioned above. The only difference in these arenas is that absolutely no fan donning the jersey of their ‘favorite’ looks at the floor/turf to see the game. Instead…they look up.

 

The main attraction in this sport is shown to the patrons on the big screens that hang from the ceiling of the arenas. We are talking about esports. For those who do not know, there is an International Dota 2 Championship which is the richest esports tournament in all the world. To “gamers,” Dota 2 is known as a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. Yes, in essence we are simply talking about a battle in a computer game, nothing more. But for the major gamers screaming their excitement, it is an actual sport. And for the gamers who are playing in the Championship, it is their professional career.

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Worldwide popularity for esports has skyrocketed! There are currently over 150 million “esports enthusiasts” on the earth in 2017, according to many market research firms who specialize in sports as well as gaming. Estimates have been made that 22% of American male millennials watch esports, putting it on the same tier as both baseball and hockey in terms of viewership. It was just last year that showed esports events had sold out everything from the Staples Center in Los Angeles to the beloved Madison Square Garden in NY.

 

Bringing in an estimated $493 million in revenue in 2016—up 51.7% from 2015—projections have been made that by 2019, esports revenue will race by the $1 billion mark. When it comes to evaluating the current industry, advertising and sponsorship dollars are out of this world. Sponsorship mainly comes in the form of game publishers who use this esports craze as a means to increase their own games’ popularity. However, when it comes to advertising, household-name brands are throwing money into the esports ‘arena’ in order to reach out to the younger digital gamers out there; names like, Coca-Cola, who actually sponsors the ‘League of Legends World Championships.’

 

Not to be left in the dust, traditional sports’ franchises have also struck up partnerships with the esports’ franchises in order to stay afloat with sports lovers. Examples of this come from the Philadelphia 76ers buying Team Apex and Team Dignitas; as well as the Miami Heat that struck up a partnership with the esports’ club Misfits whose teams compete in multiple games.

 

Although some diehard sports fans will roll their eyes, it has been stated by many that in esports, there are most definitely real athletes…even though they don’t have to be tackled on the gridiron by someone resembling a semi. These athletes have to own the best skill and eye/hand coordination in the world if they wish to be at the top of their game. This is not a ‘recreational’ sport by any means, and the events prove that to everyone who decides to come to the arena and cheer.

 

Take the salaries and prize money into consideration as well. The current state of professional gaming looks just like the beginning days of the NFL. However, there are 18 gamers that now make more than a half a million dollars per year, with 195 more earning upwards of a hundred thousand. And if the numbers keep skyrocketing like they have been, it will not be long before dozens of gamers make more than $1 million each and every year.

 

In 2017, we are taking a huge leap toward that reality. But…will esports take out traditional sports one day? Don’t worry. That won’t be the case. Even though it’s more than interesting as a sports industry all its own, those hits on the gridiron can never be replaced by great special effects on a big screen.

 

Source:  Baret News

NASCAR Fans “Gear Up” for Independence Day Weekend

 
NASCAR Fans “Gear Up” for Independence Day Weekend

by Amy Lignor

 

It is that time again. And while some families will be going out on the town or heading to their local fireworks display to sit on the lawn and watch the rockets’ red glare as the local firefighters put on an awesome display, there are thousands of others Daytona, COKE ZERO 400, NASCAR, Coca-Cola, Independence Day, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tyler Farr, UNOH Fanzone Accessheaded to Daytona in order to witness one of NASCAR’s mot anticipated events: The COKE ZERO 400 being held in the one and only Motorsports Stadium in the entire world.

 

This race, powered by Coca-Cola, calls out to fans on the Independence Day holiday weekend with all the pageantry and patriotism that this land stands for. A fan-favorite event, the red glare may be slightly diminished a bit while sitting under the bright racing lights that only Daytona can deliver. Including some of the most exciting racing of the entire NASCAR season, drivers battle three-wide for this coveted Daytona victory. And here is just a sneak peek at what you and the family, as you pack the coolers and rev up the RV to travel to Daytona, will be able to enjoy.

 

This year, fans are invited to this event to celebrate a true legacy that will never be forgotten. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will have his awesome career explored and allow his longtime fans to experience this momentous moment in time.

 

Here, everyone will be able to witness up close and personal a very emotional farewell to the third-winningest driver in Daytona International Speedway history. He will race this hallowed ground one last time at the COKE Zero 400 as people root for him to once again (hopefully) be crowned the winner. It would be a nice ‘bonus’ to add to the history books, along with his victory in July 2001, his two DAYTONA 500 championships, his 2015 COKE Zero 400 victory and his 13 (yes, count them, 13!) other Daytona victories. When it comes to this incredible Speedway, Dale Jr. is a leader among the pack and will be till the end of time.

 

For those who love the music, Tyler Farr will be there to perform the pre-race concert prior to the 2017 COKE Zero 400 race that will occur on Saturday, July 1st. Offering up his awesome songs from the tri-oval, Tyler will give an unforgettable performance.

 

All this, while sitting in those Daytona International Speedway new, perfect seats. It is inarguable that this brand new stadium has not a bad seat in the house. With dynamic sightlines and stunning views that literally rival those of race team spotters, every race fan will be thrilled and feel like they’re sitting in first class with the wider and far more comfortable seating.

 

And speaking of fans…no one will want to miss the COKE Zero 400 FANZONE that is the ultimate experience. Fans will be provided with an exclusive look into the garages, as well as become part of the autograph sessions with their favorites and SO much more. By purchasing UNOH Fanzone Access, you no longer have to ‘imagine’ what your favorite sport is all about, because you’ll get an up-close look at pre-race and driver introductions. Daytona International Speedway also provides fans with free Wi-Fi coverage that’s available in stadium concourses, the Midway, the UNOH Fanzone, infield camping and even GEICO Park West Campgrounds, so not a minute of the event is lost.

 

Including that pre-race extravaganza that begins with a walk on the tri-oval and a signature on the famed start/finish line. The pre-race will be topped off with the drivers gathering for pre-race introductions as Congressional Medal of Honor recipients join for a special ceremony to honor this country and what Fourth of July weekend is all about.

 

So get ready for DAYTONA! Because when it comes to celebrating the U.S.A., this is the place that knows exactly what that means and how to do it up right!

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For more information, head to: http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Events/2017/Coke-Zero-400/Coke-Zero-400.aspx

 

Source:  Baret News

 

You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic

 
You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic

by Amy Lignor

 

No, the sport is not called ‘Zorba’, but it most definitely fits for this article’s title. This most unusual sport is actually called ‘Zorbing’, and has caught on like wildfire across the globe. And now, seeing as that the NBA has wrapped, with Golden State proving that they were determined to make amends for last season; and with the NHL closing up shop for the season with the Penguins raising that ginormous Stanley Cup high in the air, it seems like a truly good time to switch gears and talk about the sport that’s getting more and more attention by the minute.

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Zorbing is being performed at various commercial locations, where prospective riders either pay a fee for each ride or for a whole day’s activity. With new locations for this sport popping up all around the world, it is now being practiced in the U.K., New Zealand, Estonia, Australia, Poland, Japan, India, and more. Even America boasts facilities ranging from Wisconsin to Massachusetts, with several franchise-based companies entering the market (i.e., SphereMania and Orb 360).

 

Zorbing is seen as both a recreation and a sport. Rolling downhill while inside a normally transparent plastic orb/sphere, people have begun with rides down a gentle slope and then moved on—much like extreme skiers and skateboarders—to more inclined surfaces. The sport has also crossed-over into the water sports arena. Due to the buoyant orbs, zorbing has led to “water-walking” which has become popular in various theme parks.

 

It was back in 1994, in Auckland, New Zealand, when Dwane van der Sluis and Andrew Akers first came up with the idea, creating a type of sphere and calling their invention the “Zorb.” Teaming up with a duo of investors, the firm ZORB Limited came into being and developed a sport and business model based on commercialized sphering.

 

When the creators moved on to other career paths and later in life producing other ‘orb’ products, it was in 2006 that ZORB’s European master franchise operator and Hungarian master franchise operator ended their affiliation with ZORB and started their own manufacturing and consultancy firm dedicated to the sport called, Downhill Revolution.

 

Zorbing finally entered the “real sports world” by being placed in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2001, clearly defined as: “a sport in which a participant is secured inside an inner capsule in a large, transparent ball which is then rolled along the ground or down hills”.

 

There are extreme sports in a variety of categories, as well as some that many people originally thought to be nothing but silly. But there is no denying that, in 2017, zorbing is an increasingly popular sport. While rolling down a hill strapped inside a giant inflatable ball, speeds can be reached of more than 30 miles per hour, with the current record holder topping this at 32 miles per hour. New “teams” are being formed who compete in the sport, so whether you be a sports enthusiast or simply one who loves a good thrill (much like a roller coaster ride), zorbing is definitely the thing to get in on. Done in a controlled environment, or a specially designed location, it is absolutely safe.

 

There are even vacations offering the ‘best of the best’ in zorbing activities, including the UK’s largest and most exciting zorbing park. A venue situated perfectly in London, “Go Zorbing” offers a truly exhilarating and professionally designed course.

 

Who knows? The way things are going, in just a few short years the sport of zorbing may have its own team raising their very own gigantic “Zorba Cup” into the air, proclaiming themselves as winners of a truly unique ‘downhill’ season.

 

Source:  Baret News

Experience the College World Series of Omaha: “The Greatest Show on Dirt!”

 

Experience the College World Series of Omaha: “The Greatest Show on Dirt!”

by Amy Lignor

 

Baseball lovers, the time is upon us. The College World Series of Omaha is gearing up for 2017! Opening Celebration Day will be held on Friday, June 16th. Free and open to the public, activities begin at 9:10 a.m. (CDT) with team practices followed by College World Series of Omahateam autograph sessions. The CWS Fan Fest will provide family-friendly entertainment, including NCAA-sport interactive games, photo opportunities, prizes and more. Evening activities kick off with a parade of the eight teams competing, followed by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc’s headline performance and wrapping up with a stellar fireworks grand finale.

For those who don’t know the history of this event, the College World Series of Omaha most definitely earned the title “The Greatest Show on Dirt” for many reasons. When it all first began, this particular event was an experiment, if you will. But now, more than fifty years later, Omaha has become synonymous with the sport of men’s college baseball, and people from all over the country flock to Nebraska in June in order to be a part of its incredible history.

First played in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1947, the College World Series only remained in Michigan one more year. The tournament was then moved to Wichita, Kansas, which is when a former President by the name of George H.W. Bush held the “job” of captain of the Yale baseball team.

 

Moving the College World Series to Omaha in 1950, actually placed the citizens of Omaha and their ideas of community, faith, and belief in each other into the history books. Why is that? Because when the Series was first held, the total attendance was under 18,000 people. Losing money for 10 of its first 12 years (1950-1961), Omaha literally banded together in order to save the Series and bring more public interest to the event. In the end, baseball fans everywhere can thank four particular Omahans who maintained their interest in the Series for keeping it going through that extremely dismal time period.

 

In 2017, the College World Series of Omaha, Inc. is the non-profit organization that works as the local organizing committee for the annual NCAA Division I Championship Baseball College World Series. And it was just one week ago (May 30th, to be exact) that the field of 64 teams competing for the 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced.

 

The national top eight seeds are: Oregon St. (49-4), North Carolina (47-12), Florida (42-16), LSU (43-17), Texas Tech (43-15), TCU (42-16), Louisville (47-10) and Stanford (40-14).

 

It is the Southeastern Conference (SEC) that leads the way, having eight teams selected. Both the Atlantic Coast Conference College World Series of Omaha(ACC) and Big 12 Conference have seven teams in the field. The Big Ten Conference ties a conference record with five, and the Pac-12 Conference has four selected to compete. The American Athletic Conference (AAC) has three and, rounding things out with two teams each, is the Big East Conference, Big West Conference, Conference USA, Missouri Valley Conference and Southland Conference.

 

The news that makes Yale fans extremely happy is that this is the first year they’ve won a bid since 1993. Along those same lines, Holy Cross is headed to the tournament for the first time since 1978. When flipping the coin, it is Florida State that claims the longest consecutive streak with its 40th straight appearance this time out.

 

Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on www.NCAA.com/cws, Tuesday, June 6 at approximately 8 a.m. (ET), and then the 71st Men’s College World Series begins play at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska on June 17th.

 

For an event that came from such humble beginnings, it is a true pleasure for all Omahans to see the national news, websites and wealth of fans now supporting the College World Series – an event that most definitely defied the odds.

 

No doubt, this year will once again prove to be “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

 

General Admission Tickets are on sale now at http://www.cwsomaha.com/, as well as news and updates for all Season-Ticket holders.

 

Source:  Baret News

Prepare for the Perfect Plunge ‘Under the Sea’

 

 

Prepare for the Perfect Plunge ‘Under the Sea’

by Amy Lignor

 

Two thirds of the world lies under the sea. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Yes, there are massive skyscrapers, big cities to tour, historical landmarks and more up above, but under sea level you will discover hundreds of thousands of different animals and plants. Not to mention, more than a mystery or two when it comes to sunken pirate ships and even entire cities, Wonders of the World, and cultures that disappeared long ago…just waiting to be rediscovered by the avid scuba diver.

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Gardens and white sandy beaches may be stunning, but being able to see and touch a brilliant coral reef is something that should be on absolutely everyone’s bucket list. Perhaps you have been one of those to avoid scuba diving, thinking that it would be far too hard to learn the ins and outs of how to begin. Maybe you’re one who believes that more bad things could happen under the sea than up above. Or maybe you’re like me and have just watched JAWS far too many times. Well…let’s get to the reality, here. JAWS was a book and a great movie by Spielberg, but that shark was awfully close to shore and wreaked way more havoc on the people there than some scuba diver out for a jaunt. In addition, bad things happen above sea level far more than under it (don’t believe me, just read the papers). And, third, it isn’t too hard to learn how to begin to scuba dive. In fact, below are very simple steps and tips on the road to becoming a diver who literally will never want to come up for air once they see the amazement that awaits them.

 

The very first step is to choose the learning style that best suits you. At the outset head to PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. At www.padi.com you will be given every resource imaginable. This is where you want to learn because PADI is the best of the best when it comes to aiding you on your way to becoming a scuba diver extraordinaire. You can attain PADI certification through a variety of different routes, such as; online, home study, or in the classroom, so you have the complete ability and freedom to choose which avenue best suits your schedule. When you’re ready for your confined and open-water dives, make sure the outfit you choose is sanctioned by PADI; then all that remains is deciding between private and group lessons – heading off to a major tropical location or even ones being held at a local dive center. PADI will have all the information available to you for your area.

 

Secondly, you must make sure to choose the equipment that best suits your needs. If you’re just beginning, it’s probably smarter to rent everything you need except for the “personal gear,” which would include your mask, fins and snorkel. For someone who will fall in love with scuba diving and never want to stop doing it (which is basically everyone who takes their first dive) you will want this personal gear to be all yours. Tons of brands in tons of price ranges exist for these items, so make sure to research wisely so that your choices are based on your fit and absolute comfort.

 

One of the most important things to note as well is never to dive alone. You must find and choose the right dive partner. If you don’t happen to have anyone you feel comfortable with, like a friend or family member, you don’t have to worry. Your instructor will never allow you to dive alone which means he or she will happily pair you up with someone who’s just as excited to become a scuba diver.

 

Other than never diving alone, there are two very important tips to remember at all times. One is absolutely the biggest rule in diving: Don’t hold your breath. Yes, this may sound silly and simplistic, however, many people forget to breathe through the mouth and not the nose while diving. Although taking that normal breath above sea level is a habit, below that stunning deep blue sea proper breathing, through the mouth, is necessary and will keep you both comfortable and calm.

 

Then…last but not least, get out there and DIVE! You do not need to be of Olympic gold medal stature to become an incredible scuba diver who just loves to be in that water. All you need is the willingness to delve into something new and the excitement to see that entirely new world that’s just waiting for you to arrive.

 

Source:  Baret News

A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme

 

A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme

by Amy Lignor

 

There are many sports “fanatics” out there who literally dive head-first into an extreme sport in order to get their adrenaline pumping – taking on a sport that comes hand-in-hand with a monumental amount of risk. But for those who are not interested in being scared to death, yet wish to feel the thrill, data has shown that zip lining has become the sport that millions are now experiencing worldwide. From riding down the “wild” Fremont Street in Vegas and watching those flashing neon lights; to zipping over the stunning beaches and crystal blue waters of Hawaii; to soaring over the wild jungles of Sri Lanka without having to worry about the risk, zip lining allows you the opportunity to glide through the sky with ease.

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Photo Credit: David Berkowitz

It’s important to note that zip lines come in all shapes, different sizes and strengths, so that long rides, fast rides and rides with vertical drops can be had. For those who have yet to hop on one of these incredible zip lines that can be found all across the globe, its’ fun to get a little data on exactly what it is and why it has become such a popular sport. The line is designed to enable a user, propelled by gravity, to travel from the top to the bottom of a cable that has been set in place on a steep incline. They do this by attaching themselves to the free-moving pulley that carries them through the air, and allows them to have that jaw-dropping trip as they view the incredible sights below.

 

This particular sport and/or form of entertainment, however, is not new. In the past, zip lining was actually used as a form of transportation in some of the oddest locations. In what is now an old ghost town (also an artist colony that brings in tourists every day), Jerome, Arizona once used the zip line to get people up and down the high mountain that the town sits atop. When it came to their line, they attached a canoe to the pulley and sent people barreling down the hillside. Of course, back then this was actually quite extreme considering the peoples’ inability to stop the canoe once it reached the bottom of the mountain.

 

Thankfully, as technology grew far smarter over the decades, zip line tours actually became popular. And with the data being releases as of late, it is shown that zip lining tours have actually become the number one “thing to do” on vacation. Lines are going up all over the globe, from outdoor adventure camps to upscale resorts where vacationers go to have a grand old time. Higher lines that access more remote areas have people soaring over a rainforests as well as through the jungles of Costa Rica, Puerto Vallarta, Nicaragua and more, creating zip lining enthusiasts all over the world.

 

Children, too, have an option of embarking on a zip line adventure. It is the term “flying fox” that is used when speaking about a small-scale zip line. With the Flying Fox, the pulley(s) attached to the car are then affixed to the cable. And seeing as that the children’s versions of the zip line are not set up on a steep incline, speeds are kept low which negates even more risk because there is no need to set up a means of stopping.

 

When you think about what a thrill the zip line would be, allowing you to soar like a Superhero without having to risk life and limb while doing so, look into some of the coolest zip lines out there. In St. Lucia, you can literally book a package that has you experiencing a true rainforest; and, if wanting a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can set up a chance to zip over the Mojave Desert. You can even head to San Diego, California where, in 2015, the state’s longest zip line opened at La Jolla Indian Reservation. Riders actually soar through 1.25 miles of tree tops, canyons, valleys, and mountains, catching speeds of up to 50 mph. While in San Diego, you can even head to the exciting zip line at Flightline Safari, which is located in the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park. It is truly an outstanding experience to zip through the sky and catch views of the incredible wildlife below.

 

In other words, if you are looking to embark on a new sport that will allow you a bit of exercise and a whole lot of thrills (and does not require you to be in the greatest shape of your entire life to enjoy), get on that zip line and have a whole lot of fun. This is one of those sports that, if chosen, will help your health improve as you view some truly magnificent places from up above.

Source:  Baret News

Would Curry Versus James be the Ultimate NBA Championship?

 
Would Curry Versus James be the Ultimate NBA Championship?

By Amy Lignor

 

Yes…there are questions, quite a lot of them this year when it comes to “Who will take it all in the end?” But the most talked about continues to be whether or not LeBron James will reach his 5th straight finals, and, if he does, could Stephen Curry finally top a spectacular season with the Warriors by beating the ultimate LeBron and his Cavaliers and taking home the championship?

According to SI, the championship will be all about the Cleveland Cavs meeting up with the Golden State Warriors – pitting these two ‘best of the best’ players against each other. However, unlike a great deal of polls going on out there, SI has decided that Golden State WILL cap off this season by granting Curry the championship and allowing him to beat “The Man” everyone continues to cheer for.

 

So…what do you think?

 

People seem to forget that as of right this minute, there are other teams in this ‘hunt,’ although most have stated that the Raptors are already gone. Although the Cavaliers will play the Raptors again at 3:30 p.m. today (March 7, 2017), the Cavs and LeBron have had little competition thus far. Cleveland leads this series 3-0 and LeBron is definitely going for the sweep.

 

The Raptors were literally destroyed by the Cavs in the first two match-ups in this Eastern Conference semifinal series. They won the first two games by a total of 33 points, yet the funny thing was, the games didn’t even ‘feel’ close. Even the people in the arena didn’t seem to be shocked by the outcomes. In Game 3, at least the Raptors changed their tact, showing that they indeed did have the people with talent who could at least stand up and fight against the big name of the NBA. Unfortunately, even with the fight, Cleveland came away with a win. So…would it be all that shocking if the Cavs did sweep and move on to the next? Nope. Not a bit. In fact, that’s what most lovers and haters of LeBron are expecting. Even the haters would be happy if he kept winning…until, that is, he stepped on the court with Curry and Golden State.

 

There are even more in the playoffs, however. The Celtics are up 2-1 in their series and visit the Wizards tonight at 6:30 p.m. And the Spurs, who lead their series also 2-1, play at the Rockets tonight at 9:00 p.m.

 

These other names are being swept under the carpet and barely spoken about on all sports shows and in the headlines, however, because only two names are taking the spotlight this year. If this NBA Championship does not have LeBron standing tall against Stephen Curry and Golden State it will actually be a huge letdown for basketball fans across the country. They’ve waited for this one. The sentimental/emotional value is on LeBron’s side. But Curry is dying to prove himself. He has already proven he is among the best and will be placed in the Hall of Fame because of his style and talent. But the biggest award for him would be to raise the trophy with his team while LeBron and the Cavaliers walk off the court.

 

We shall just have to wait and see…

 

Source:  GIG News

“Sin City” Becomes Acceptable?

 

“Sin City” Becomes Acceptable?

by Amy Lignor

 

So…what changes will occur if an NFL team hits Las Vegas? Not many, actually. Perhaps more of the ‘contract money’ will be lost considering the blackjack tables ARE right in the vicinity; however, NFL owners seem just fine with the fact that the Roger Goodell, Sin City, Raider Nation, NFL Football, Mark Davis, unhappy fans, Las Vegas, Rams, Chargers, Los AngelesRaiders will once again wave good-bye to their “Nation” and relocate to Sin City.

But when you look at the news headlines, the NFL has and retains a long-standing opposition to sports gambling,
Everyone’s favorite, Commissioner Roger Goodell has fought and opposed any effort in the past to legalize sports betting. But when you cannot secure a stadium in your own hometown for your team to play in, it becomes acceptable. A town that took in over $132 million bets on Super Bowl 50 will sit aside the other “All-American” towns and cities that the NFL plays in.

The population was a huge concern for NFL owners at first, seeing as that the Las Vegas market is only half the combined size of Oakland and San Francisco. But when you have nowhere to play, all bets are off. After working extremely hard to find the Raiders a place to play in the Bay Area, everyone finally had to accept the fact that there just wasn’t one to be had.

 

This will become the third franchise to relocate in little over a year. In January 2016, the Rams moved from St. Louis back to Los Angeles. Of course, the Rams will not be the only one in L.A., come September 2017, the Chargers are exercising their option to move from San Diego to L.A., as well. Talk about the amount of money L.A. is about to receive from all the visitors to their stadiums.

 

When it comes to the Raiders, the ones most unhappy are the fans, although they will have their team for one and perhaps two seasons more. (*This actual move is still contingent on the Raiders getting a lease agreement and a stadium developer in Las Vegas). Then they will remain in Oakland while a $1.9 billion stadium for the Raiders (that they will also share with UNLV’s football team) is under construction. But, no matter how hurtful it is, the Raiders will head to Vegas come the 2019 or 2020 season.

 

This is the second time Raiders will leave those diehard Oakland fans behind. The franchise moved much closer but still moved to L.A. following the 1981 season and ended up playing there through 1994 until returning to Oakland – which made the fans go crazy with happiness.

 

Owner Mark Davis is covering his team’s tracks as fast as possible, thinking about the future, letting all Oakland Raiders fans know now that even though he knows there will be disappointment and even perhaps anger that they are leaving, it is important to remember that they understand “…it wasn’t the players. It wasn’t the coaches that made this decision. But it was me that made it. If they have anybody to talk to about it, it should be me. And I’m going to, in the coming days, try to explain to them what went into making this difficult decision.”

 

Davis also went on to tell fans that he will honor any refund requests made by those who placed season ticket deposits. But he also said he believes that his father, late Raiders owner Al Davis, would have been proud of this decision.

 

Right now, as far as that “Raider Nation” is concerned, Mark Davis is absolutely incorrect. We shall see what happens.

 

Source:  GIG News