Movie Review – "The Challenger" – Fight for Who You Are

“The Challenger” opens with Jaden Miller (Kent Moran, “Listen to Your Heat”) doing his early morning run through the gritty streets of the Bronx. Then cuts to his job as an auto mechanic where a female customer belittles his capabilities as mechanic. That night, dejected he arrives home to find an eviction notice on the door and spends that night sleeping in one of the cars at the garage where he works. Things are not working out for young 24-year old Jaden. Until the rent is paid, his mother Jada (S. Epatha Merkerson, “Law & Order”) is staying at Aunt Regina (Natalie Carter) and putting up with her constant interruptions. This is a hilarious scene, much to the delight of the audience.

While getting his work coveralls cleaned, Jaden meets up with Duane (Michael Clarke Duncan – “The Green Mile”) and learns he was once a legendary boxing trainer. Later, Duane confesses that one of his fighters threw a match and Duane had to backed away later opening a Laundromat and a small boxing gym. Jaden learns that one of his fellow workers at the garage makes money on the side boxing in club fights and pursues this avenue to get his mother and him back into their apartment. He approaches Duane to train him. Initially, Duane refuses, but on learning Jaden last name, he consents to work with him.

What is most intriguing about the training regiment is the focus on specific boxing techniques, things such as the placement of the feet, the rotation of the hips, and how a punch is uncoiled for maximum power. While fascinating, this focus on preparation for a fight leads the audience away from the inner struggles and conflicts Jaden faces. Namely, his finding a way to support his mom, finding a way to regain her respect after being kicked out of a private school for fighting. There is also the fear of failure and not being good enough. While these are presented in dialogue, the emotional consequences is left hanging and not fully developed. Jaden’s stoic expressions do not give us those vulnerable moments that build a deep emotional attachment to his dilemma. We care about the outcome, but not so much about the person.

The fight scenes are spectacular and if the Mayweather-Pacquiao match had been this good, people would be demanding a rematch. The championship match, in particular, was brilliantly crafted and choreographed. There is suspense, compelling character arcs and riveting reversals leading to an edge of your seat excitement. The initial rounds were almost full length and the succeeding rounds compressed into highlights of damaging blows. This segment of the film was shot in four hours, the time allotted by arena officials. Thus the exhaustion and fatigue exhibited are likely real.

There are some amazing twists in this story, which makes it both poignant and appealing. These are nicely set up and foreshadowed without being overly obvious. The acting is first-rate across the board including supporting players. The performance …

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The #2 Tip to Overcome Low Ceiling Heights in Your Basement Finishing Project

If you’re considering a basement finishing project to increase the usable square feet and value of your existing home, you might have realized a significant challenge that has you a bit concerned: low ceiling height!

Perhaps you’re worried about low ceilings throughout the basement. Or maybe you’re more concerned about beams, pipes, and vents that seem to all be in the wrong spot.

Whatever your concern, these are the challenges and limitations that almost everyone faces when completing a basement finishing project. Your particular situation may be unique to the vision you have for your completed project, but the several tried-and-true techniques for disguising low ceiling heights are sure to rescue you.

Recently, in another article we suggested 7 tips for dealing with the ceiling height dilemma (search “The Ceiling Height Dilemma in Your Basement Finishing Project and the 7 Top Tips to Overcome It”).

Today, we’ll discuss the second tip from that article: Tray Ceilings.

You might refer to these as coffered ceilings, recessed ceilings, inverted ceilings, etc., but for the purposes of this article, we’ll refer to all types simply as tray ceilings.

A tray ceiling is an ideal architectural element to add to your basement finishing project if you are trying to camouflage a low ceiling, or disguise pipes or vents running horizontally along your ceiling.

A common basement hindrance, you may have a drain pipe from an upstairs bathroom or kitchen, or a trunk line (ductwork) that supplies or returns air to or from the upstairs. Simply boxing around this (a soffit) is the most conspicuous way to hide it.

For a quality basement finish, you’ll want a better solution to the problem.

In rare cases, you may be able to simply move these mechanical elements out of the way. So, if design and budget allow, your best solution is to move them.

However, even with the best design and an unlimited budget, you might be unable to eliminate mechanical elements from interfering with your basement finishing efforts.

If this is the case, take a look at the pipe or vent running down the length of the ceiling. Is it running down the middle of the room, or on one side?

If it’s running down one side of the room, imagine that another set of pipes/vents are running down the opposite side (a mirror image). Now imagine a set of pipes/vents on each adjacent side of the room (by now the picture in your mind should be of pipes/vents running around all four sides of the room).

Now, imagine this room finished with walls, and these pipes covered by a soffit. You should be envisioning finished walls and a finished ceiling, with a rectangular box at the top corner of all four sides of the room. Each soffit should be the same width as the other so the room achieves symmetry.

What you’ve imagined is a tray ceiling, a fabulous basement finishing technique to deal with low ceiling height. If pipes or vents are running down …

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Soccer Drills for Kids

Sharks and Minnows: soccer drills for kids don’t have to be with a ball or even resemble a soccer drill. We use this drill for warm ups and speed training. Although to the players its more like a friendly game of tag. Start off with one player or the coach as the Shark. The other players(minnows) are all side by side spread out across the field. The Shark will say go and all the Minnows have to make it to the other side of the field without being tagged. Those Minnows that are tagged become Sharks. The game continues until the last Minnow is caught. This drill teaches speed and side to side moves as the Minnows attempt to escape.

Follow the Leader: I like this soccer drills for kids because they learn to control the ball while moving side to side and reversing their field. Start this drill by pairing up the players. One player has a ball the other does not. With the player without the ball being the leader, have him start jogging slowly forward then zigzag to the right then left then in a circle. Use different variations of this drill, have the non-ball carrier stop and take a step back to teach the pull back move. Rotate players every few minutes.

Capture the flag: This is another soccer drills for kids that will teach ball handling skills. Make a large 20 foot circle, every player inside the circle with a ball. Every player has a flag hanging from their waist. All the players dribble the ball around the inside of the circle. While controlling the ball every player try to capture as many flags from their teammates as possible without losing their own. Once your flag is captured, you’re out. The winner is the last one with the flag. A couple of rules to follow. You must be in control of your ball when you capture a flag and if you leave the circle for any reason you’re out.

Knock out: One final soccer drills for kids is knock out. Once again make a circle about 20 foot round with all the players inside the circle each with a ball. Blow the whistle to start. All the players begin to dribble in any direction they choose. The object of this drill is to protect the ball while making a defensive move to eliminate the other players by knocking their ball outside the circle. Again the winner is the last one inside the circle with the ball. Same rules as the last drill, you must be in control of your ball when knocking out an opponent and if you leave the circle you’re out.

So as you can see soccer drills for kids can be a lot of fun for the players as well as the coach and parents too. As the coach feel to take part of the drills. If the kids are real young, encourage the parents to get involved too. The funner these …

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Soccer Socks

When selecting soccer socks, it is important that users are familiar with their fit and purpose. This is because for users who are not used to wearing soccer socks may find their first attempt to be uncomfortable. Soccer socks are very unlike their regular counterparts and are much thicker than regular socks. They are available in pure cotton blends, cotton wool varieties and some may have a towel like appearance. Soccer socks are not available in ankle length varieties and hence, most company offered designs of soccer socks, stretch all the way to the calves when worn.

Soccer socks for amateurs and professionals differ greatly. For beginners the choices are much simpler. It is important to find a variety that can be worn comfortably with shoes because most of them are thick after wearing studs and soccer shoes and the fit may seem imperfect. For this reason, it is advisable to try new soccer socks with shoes while buying them. This may not always be possible as soccer socks are packaged and most companies consider the socks sold, once they are taken out of the packets. To combat confusion when buying, clients must always remember their regular sizes. This tendency prompts users to purchase soccer socks from the same manufacturer once they find a pair that suits them. A common practice to measure soccer socks is to wrap it around a tightly closed fit. This can be compared to a person’s ankle size and its length can also be determined. Apart from this, most manufacturers print the sizes, material used, and care tips on the packaging.

Soccer socks are available in a variety of colors. This is because they provide support to shin and calf guards that are enclosed by the socks during play. Although they have to display great elasticity, it is important that the open end of the soccer socks do not boast a tight elastic band. Otherwise, it would disrupt normal blood flow and prove to be continuous source of irritation, apart from leaving prominent and agitating marks on the skin.…

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Soccer Shin Socks Are a Great Alternative to Traditional Youth Shin Guards

Soccer shin guards are critical to child soccer players and generally are required by most youth soccer leagues. While there aren’t a lot of pads and protection worn in soccer, the pad worn in soccer are fairly universal and rightly so. The shin portion of the leg is susceptible to kicking and banging in soccer, and thus injury, making this equipment crucial.

If you are shopping for new youth shin guards for kids, there is a special type you should consider. Soccer shin socks, a different type of soccer pad, can make owning and using them easier, especially for kids. These special socks integrate the 2 pieces, and thus eliminate management of the guards and the socks separately.

Normally, to wear these, you buy them and then buy kids soccer socks to go with them. These socks are long and are designed to stretch over the guards to keep them in place while playing. Once you are finished with your soccer activities, you remove the socks and the guards and can wash the socks, or both pieces of equipment.

With shin guard socks, the padding is sewn into the layers of the sock. This means kids can easily but on their shin pads simply by sliding theme onto their legs as if they are putting on their regular socks. Because fitting your normal soccer socks over you shin pads in the right and comfortable position can be tricky, often parents have to help young kids with this task. This new product often eliminate this need and enable youth to put on them by themselves.

As mentioned, the upkeep and management of soccer shin pads is generally easier than separate equipment as well. Many Moms and Dads have scrambled on Saturday mornings to find their young one’s soccer socks and guards before a morning game. With this product, there’s less pieces to own, keep up with, and find on Saturday morning before a game.

You can generally wash this product easily as well. Manufacturers such as Adidas and Nike have made this equipment such that the padding used for the shin pad inside the sock is resistant to washing machine and drying processes. This makes things easier on Mom and Dad as well.

As your children get older, you will find a smaller selection of integrated shin pads and socks, which is probably the only downside to this type of soccer shin guard. You’ve got more options for products styles and designs with the non-integrated versions. Also, if your child plays on a team with a uniform that includes socks, you’ll have to find these products that match the uniforms.

If you are shopping for your youth shin pads, you should consider soccer shin socks as a smart alternative.…

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Guide To Be A Successful Soccerpunter

Why becomes a soccer bettor one may ask? Where it is considered a negative occupation where it is often regarded as non productive, immoral behaviour. well as for every other thing everything there is the pros n cons.if you able to use it to your advantage it could be becomes your full-time occupation or a second income. morever, soccer betting is a big thriving business where it is prevalent throughout the worldBy the use of statistics, experience and practice, an astute gambler can consistently beat the posted odds .however to do so one must behave in a manner consistent with success. one thing a successful bettor must do is to continually learn.

Handicapping

There is no single method that is considers the best method, everyones tackles the soccer problem differently,one thing for sure is the harder one works intelligently and practically and the more experience he has the more positive results he will realised.

Objective approach

The use of statistic to help the bettor to determine his picks. It should be noted that statistic are fundemental but its how they are used that makes the difference between winning and losing. however if everyone comes to the same conclusions the oddsmaker could still eliminate any advantages by adjusting the line to keep everyone guessing. either way it is to the bookies advantage.

Subjective approach

After yrs of handicapping the sub-conscious mind help the bettor to finalise his picks. when he starts to win the bettor will get carried away however if his results turns negative his emotions and his mind will short virtually making the bettor ineffective. it is extremely important the bettor at this time knows to hold back and observe for his form to pick up before betting again.

Trends

It should be noted that the best trends are those that are unique, valid and relatively unknown. any seasoned soccer bettor knows that once the trend becomes too popular the linesmen will adjust the line to leave people lost. when using trends you should notice whether it is getting stronger and weaker?

Bankroll mangement

Definition-the amount of money you set aside for betting and not hose for paying bills, groceries or money even when lost would not cause much unbalance in the bettors life.

How much to bet per game?

I would suggest 5% of your bankroll to be used for betting and not to bet more than 3 matches per day, reason because its very difficult to pick winners for every match and the most likely results are you will have a few winners and a few losers resulting in minimal bankroll growth which is the most likely results or worse lose all the bets which is highly possible. Another very important reason for this is you are able to gauage more accurately how much you will lose should you indeed lose.

Summary

To begin with, one must understands what he is up against, there is no method or systems that could contiunues to win every game , …

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Danger – Leather Soles of Shoes Can Be Treacherously Slippery

LEATHER SOLES

This article explains why you don’t want to wear leather sole dress shoes. The basic reason is that leather is slippery, even when dry.

DRESS SHOES

Dress shoes must serve two functions. First, they should look dressy so that you radiate class and good taste to all who see you. This is especially important if you’re an attorney going to court or meeting clients. Your shoes and haircut will be inspected at these encounters. So you want your shoes to look dressy. Black leather is the best choice for the uppers of your shoes. But what about the soles?

LEATHER SOLES

Leather soles look great but are slippery, even on dry surfaces. Especially when new, they can be hazardous to your health because you can slip when walking on a hard floor, a street, or even a concrete sidewalk!

There are modifications that you can make to leather soles to render them a little less slippery, but these solutions are ultimately unsatisfactory. We’re talking about cutting a crisscross pattern into the leather soles with a sharp knife, or adding rosin to the soles the way boxers used to do to their boxing shoes. Neither solution is adequate. (Incidentally, most boxing shoes today are no longer made with leather soles, indicating that in the world of professional boxing athletes have learned the lesson of avoiding leather soles altogether.)

WHY RUBBER IS BETTER

Rubber soles are better than leather because they provides superior traction on every conceivable surface, including ice and snow. With modern technology, there’s no reason why a dress shoe should have a slippery leather sole. For example, Florsheim provides F-LITE EMAX rubber outsoles on some cap-toe dress shoes. A slightly more casual example is the Nunn Bush Maxwell black leather dress shoe. One of the nicest designs is the Prada ebony leather logo detail cap-toe Oxford with rubber soles, which retailed for $472 in 2011. Other quality dress shoes are also available with rubber soles.

If a shoe’s rubber soles don’t look too sporty, that is, if they don’t have corrugations or obvious sneaker-like patterns that can be seen from the side, then they’re a good choice. A manufacturer who knows about the value of rubber soles and how they provide better traction, is a manufacturer who will also take care of other details, such a style and construction.

It’s incorrect to say that only a leather sole looks dressy. Rubber soles can be constructed to look as dressy as leather, and they’re significantly more comfortable and safer than leather. As image consultants for attorneys and people from all walks of life, we advise clients to not only look dressy but also to wear comfortable safe footwear, and this means well designed rubber soles.

Copyright (c) 2011 William Cane…

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Beating Tips For Slime Soccer

World Cup Slime Soccer is like actual soccer in general, the difference is slime soccer is two dimensional, with 1 (semi-circular) player on every team, tiny nets, a wall on each side and a quite smaller field. You have an option to play with two players for a minute, two minutes or eight minutes. Plus you can have a chance to play another by pressing “World Cup”. If you see a line under each net, do not go on the one under your net for too long because if you do, you will be “pinged” and your opponent will earn the point.

During the qualifying round, the game will be played against either with Argentina, Belgium, Australia, Iceland, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Cameroon or Denmark. It will be a 30 seconds game and not that hard to beat, especially if you know some soccer ball tricks and how to beat it. Primarily, do not go and grab the ball easily, instead, let your opponent to bring it to you. Have the patience to wait for it. One bet soccer tip is at a right time, with appropriate jump, it will go into the net. If it’s in the air, no better trick awaits your opponent.

In the quarter finals, the game will be played against Denmark, Ecuador, Mexico, France, USA, Italy, Japan or Russia. It is a two minutes game with extra time if deemed to be necessary.

For the Semis, it will be against either with Russia, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa or South Korea. Same with 2 minute game with extra time if necessary but this time more defensive and smarter.

In the finals, the game is against either with South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Brazil, and England, Germany or funny thing called the Night Elves. It is a 5 minute game.…

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Golf Carts – Why Walk When You Can Ride?

When shopping for a golf cart you should look for specific features that appeal to you. First of all you need to look for a golf cart model that will be big enough to accommodate your golf party. If you are a lone golfer or if you golf with a friend or significant other then a two seater is large enough for you, however, if you often golf with a group of four or more then you will need to select a model that can seat More people.

Style is also important. Every manufacturer offers different cart designs. You should select the design that reflects your personality, and that appeals to you. Also look for a design that will not become dated too quickly. Finally look for a cart that offers you optional accessories and that also provides you with easy ordering options for golf cart parts and upgrades.

Yamaha is a manufacturer that produces golf carts. Their line includes the Drive and the U-Max. You can also buy custom golf carts and certified pre-owned golf carts. In addition to offering quality golf carts, Yamaha also offers a full line of golf cart parts, accessories, and towing equipment.

EZ Go is another golf manufacturer. Their line includes Fleet golf carts, Personal Golf Cars, Clays Cars, and previously owned golf carts. This company has been in the golf cart business since 1954, and now they are one of the largest golf cart companies in the world. Because of their international popularity, EZ Go golf cart dealers are fairly easy to find, no matter what state you live in.

In the early 1960s Club Car opened its doors and began manufacturing electric golf carts. In the 1980s this company expanded to gas powered golf carts. Today Club Car is a leader in revolutionary manufacturing processes. Their golf carts use ArmorFlex in the construction of their cart bodies. This material is flexible and lightweight, yet extremely durable. The color is also not sprayed on to the ArmorFlex, but it is instead molded directly into the panels. This means that you do not have to worry about paint chips or scratches. …

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Polyester is the King of Soccer Uniforms

The popularity of this synthetic fiber spread across lands like wild fire and people all over the world started wearing the fabric. The clothes of polyester were very cool and good to wear. Another important quality of this fabric was that it could be altered slightly to hold to any situations and uses. As the fiber was synthetic, the mix of the materials could be easily varied and fibers with different properties suiting each specific use could be created easily.

Soon the influence of polyester was seen in the soccer uniforms also. The soccer jerseys are now manufactured form different blends of polyester that suites the needs of tough playing conditions. The most significant factor that supports the use of this fabric as the soccer jersey is that it is very durable. The rushes and pulls during the match will not damage the jersey. Further the soccer uniforms made of polyester is comforting for the players using them. The players who use the jerseys can use them very effectively during the match as the fiber is capable of absorbing the sweat and preventing the player from getting drenched in his sweat. This will give the player using the soccer jersey made of polyester a huge confidence boost.

The use alone is not the only factor that makes polyester soccer uniforms popular. They are also easy to maintain and clean. These jerseys made of polyester can be very easily washed and dries. Again, the designing and coloring of the soccer uniforms made of polyester is very simple and effective. They can be very easily colored and printed. The designs and colors on these soccer uniforms will not fade away very easily. The designs are very stable compared to cotton soccer uniforms of the last decades.

The soccer jerseys made of polyester also stands out in their light weight feature and breathable nature. The polyester fiber allows the passage of a lot of air into the fiber. Such air flow inside the uniform will definitely increase the comfort of the player and will help in reducing sweat and water flowing over the body Polyester is not only becoming a part of the soccer uniforms and shots, they are also used to produce socks and other accessories used in the game. Again it is the durable nature of the fiber that comes into play here also.

The socks made out of polyester fiber will hold well in every condition. They will also be very light weight as stated above. This will help the players to move their legs more freely and impart them confidence. So it is very clear that the soccer jerseys made of polyester can be very comforting for the player as well as durable. They are effectively used to improve the confidence level of the players in matches. Once the player is provided the best apparels and soccer uniform to play, they will bring out their true self on the playground.…

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