Your Guide to Choosing College Football Helmets

So you wanted to join your college football team? Well, more than just thinking of the qualifying games, there's another consideration which you just have to think of. You also need a college football helmet to get you through the game. Skills in terms of playing the football game are of course, essential. But come on now, you would not audition for the qualifiers in the first place if you do not know any better when it comes to how great you can actually play the game. Point is, skills are important. But you will never get far with skills alone.

Football is one of the most dangerous sports to play. With all of the literal and figuratively hard-hitting action that happens on field, nobody can predict which way the ball will roll. This is deliberately why football players get donned with so many gears that they can hardly be recognized beneath it. And you better trust that all of these gears are worn with major good reasons, especially college football helmets. Your head is the most important thing in the game and should be protected the best you can. So to be able to do so, it all starts with choosing which of the college football helmets will really fit you in all aspects.

The first thing you need to consider when choosing among the numerous college football helmets is the brand. Most helmets are considered safe and worth every penny because of the brand which launched them. You need to remember that college football helmets are made by specific companies only. Even if you happen to find other football helmets made by a company which is known for producing motorcycle helmets, that's not enough reason to buy the brand's football helmet. You will do better to choose among the college football helmets of known brands specifically in the sport itself. This will ensure that the helmet is designed for the conditions of the sport. As good as a motorcycle helmet is in terms of safety, no football player can possibly move around with ease while donning on one.

And since you're off to choosing the right brand among college football helmets, you should also check out the features each of these helmets have. Note that these companies do not just stop with producing their line of college football helmets. They continuously conduct researches to make sure that their products are kept up to par and that new scientific findings will be able to back up their actual product. Studies are being done in every sport to help players better themselves at it and as this is so, football helmet brands will certainly pick up on such results and make improvements and new developments here and there.

Lastly, try on the helmet before you wear it. While it's great that you probably get a football helmet as a gift, it's actually more recommended that you buy it yourself instead. Image football helmets are made in precision according to different …

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How to Plan a Breakfast with Santa Event

During the holidays, many schools, churches and groups plan a holiday Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. In fact, this is one of the simplest and most fun fundraisers you can host.

Step 1. Select a Charity

The first thing you’ll need is a charity to receive the funds. To me, the best charities to benefit would be related to children – at least during the holidays. Is there a children’s hospital in your town? Or a mission that helps families?

Of course, Toys for Tots is another charity to consider. Rather than requiring an entry fee, have each participant bring a new toy to donate.

Step 2. Location & Time

Now you can begin to plan a date and time. Contact local churches and your city offices to see if you can use their facilities for the event. If one place says “no” keep asking. You will probably need to sign a contract that states you will follow the rules of the building and will clean up after the event. Secure the facility as soon as you can in advance on the event.

Step 3. Find Volunteers

Now that you’ve reserved a place and you have your date, it’s time to call in the troops. You’ll need lots of resources (people and supplies). Hopefully, by asking around, you’ll be able to find ways to get plenty of both for free.

Some places to contact are:

Local Military (If you have a base nearby.), High School Sports Clubs, Colleges and Universities, Local Businesses, Stores, Restaurants, Girl and Boy Scouts, Churches, Schools, and Moms Clubs.

Of course you need a Santa. Ask around and you’ll find someone willing to recruit a family member.

Step 4. Determine Entertainment & Activities

Of course the main attraction will be Santa and the pancakes. However, if you have a large turnout (and, hopefully you will) you’ll want to have other activities planned to entertain the children while they are waiting for their turn with Santa.

Set up a coloring or craft table for the kids. Games are also fun. Alter games you know and put a Christmas twist on them – like pin the nose on Santa.

Set up a storytelling area. All you’ll need is a quiet area, some good Christmas books, and comfy cushions.

Plan photos with Santa. Find a local photographer. Allow the photographer to display a sign for publicity and ask her to donate a percentage of sales to your organization. Oftentimes photographers are happy for the opportunity.

And, of course, Face Painting is a must have.

Step 5. Get the Word out About Your Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser

Now, get the word out so your event is a huge success!

Provide flyers at all the following locations:

Bookstores, Elementary Schools, Grocery Stores, Libraries, Preschools and Daycares.

Also, contact local newspaper, radio stations, and free family publications. Give the news something positive to report about.

That’s all there is to it. From there, just enjoy your event, knowing you’re doing something wonderful and …

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News Writing – How To Write A Sports Report In 4 Steps

News writing style is just as important for sports reporting as it is for general news, business stories or any other journalistic work.

The advantage of sports writing is that you are allowed a little it more leeway in your choice of words. In crime or business writing, you are restricted in your use of adjectives and adverbs and are encouraged to focus more on nouns and verbs.

Sports writing, however, allows you to go to town in describing plays, the atmosphere, fans and other colorful aspects of a sporting event.

For this article, we will go through, step by step, how to write a straightforward sports report using quotes.

Ideally, any sports story would have quotes from the winners and losers. Indeed, many sports articles are written around what athletes say rather than what they have achieved on the field of play.

However, you also have sports articles written without quotes. When rookies learn how to write like a journalist, especially in sport, they are likely to come across the structure that we will show you here.

We will adapt the NBA game between Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers on April 1 as our example article.

1. Intro – the most important news aspect of a sports game is the score. Who won? How did they win and what effect did the victory have? Also important is whether we are writing from a Boston perspective or Cleveland. In this case, we will go with Cleveland.

“Cleveland Cavaliers lost 98-96 to the Boston Celtics after Delonte West’s sank two free throws in the final seconds, dropping three and a half games behind the Pistons for the best record in the Eastern Conference.”

2. More info – The above is enough for those who have a passing interest in the sport. However, NBA fans would want more information and you could give it to them in one or two paragraphs.

“The Cavaliers were without star player LeBron James, suffering from a knee injury, while the Celtics were minus Paul Pierce. Gerald Green led the way for Celtics with 25 points while Kendrick Perkins had 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Cavaliers, for whom Larry Hughes scored 24 with Sasha Pavlovic scoring 17, have already qualified for the play-offs while Boston are out of the running.”

3. Quote – This is where you can provide a quote from the coach or a key player from both teams. You can precede each saying with a lead-in paragraph or go straight into the quote.

“Celtic forward Al Jefferson, said: ‘They were missing their best player and we were missing our best play. We just stuck in there.’

Cavs coach Mike Brown said James’ absence was a key factor in their loss.

‘We miss LeBron. We miss LeBron every time he doesn’t play. He’s our guy,’ said Brown.”

4. The rest – Once you got the main information and key quotes out of the way, you can go on to describe the game. Even better …

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Indian Sports Scenario in 2010

Indians have a big sporting history in some sports such as cricket and hockey. However apart from a small select group there has been a lack of interest for other sports in the country. However lots of people have shown great interest in the traditional sports such as wrestling and kabaddi. Some other sports like martial arts have been played traditionally in some parts of India such as Kerala. The lack of interest in sports other than cricket and hockey was quite disturbing for most people even though India continued to produce world champion sportsmen such as Vishwanthan Anand in chess and Geet Sethi in billiards to name a few. Apart from these players Narain Karthikeyan has also been around for some time now in Formula 1 car racing.

Cricket is easily the most dominant sport in India. Its controlling body called BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is one of the richest sporting bodies in world and has developed many top notch cricketing facilities in the country. The Indian cricket team is ranked numero uno in test cricket and number two in one day cricket at the moment. So obviously cricket is very much alive and kicking in this part of the world. In comparison hockey has seen many ups and downs since its golden era in 1950s and 1960s. Mostly downs unfortunately. There have been frequent comparisons made between cricket and hockey and their popularity. But cricket has dominated hockey for the most part.

The scenario of other sports in India is improving though, with India finishing second in recently concluded Commonwealth Games ahead of England and Canada. Apart from this achievement, Indian tennis and badminton players such as Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza in tennis and
Saina Nehwal in badminton have done the country proud.

One sporting achievement all Indians are most proud of is Abhinav Bindra winning a gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This was the first time an Indian won gold medal in Olympics in an individual event. This Punjabi won the 10 meter Air Rifle event at the 2008 Olympics. However India’s greatest sporting achievement in Olympics remains the 8 gold medals in field hockey.

The traditional Indian sports such as kho-kho, kabaddi and kite flying have enjoyed great popularity in urban as well as rural sections of India. These sports require little infrastructure and as a result have thrived in the onslaught of cricket. I was tempted to list the great sporting achievements of cricketers here but that is not the object of writing this article. Everyone is aware of cricketing achievements. But the concern is about the condition of other sports in India. It has been voiced many times all over the country. Things are looking better however with Indian athletes beginning to perform at world level. It makes me feel proud. What about you?

Lack of proper facilities has been considered as the main reason for lack of performance of Indian sportsmen. This …

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Wushu Chinese Self Defense Or Performance Martial Art?

Wushu is the official martial art taught in the People’s Republic of China. Wu Shu (“War Arts”) is practiced by millions in China, and is included as part of the training for all police and military personnel. Though it is a form of Kung Fu which has been taught in China for centuries it is a rigid system, and has no attachment to any of the mystical beliefs of the past. The government is more concern with physical aspects of the martial art and spiritual beliefs been replaced with propaganda, and political training which take up much of the student’s training time. When a student is not taking part in political training they will take part in group and partner exercises as well as weapons practice.

Contemporary Wushu was created in 1949 as part of the communist government’s attempt to create a national sport, and though the people were more than happy with the styles of martial arts they had already. All previous forms of Kung Fu were outlawed and even the Shaolin monks were greatly restricted. In recent years the government has tried to take the politics out of sports, but with limited success because of how repressive the government is in general. Still tournaments have been running since the early 1990’s, and the sport is practiced outside of China. The two Wushu forms that are practiced are Taulo and Sanda, but neither is suited for self defense.

The hand movements are called Ba Ji, tumbling moves are Di Tang, and Tung Bi is full arm movements. The animal katas are called Xing Yi. The weapon katas for Wushu includes a large number of different types of swords, the nine-section whip, three section staffs, spears, and other ancient Chinese weapons. The central Committee of National Physical Culture must accredited all students and teachers who must embody the ideals of communism. At first glance Wushu looks impressive with a large number of moves and a large selection of weapons in its arsenal to choose from in battle. The art would seem to be a good choice to study until closer examination. For all its flash this form of Kung Fu lacks substance and won’t stand up in real world conditions.

Taulo is considered to be a form of Kung Fu, but isn’t at all like any of the effective martial arts forms of the past and is like gymnastics. It is a point based systems where points are given out based on performances that can last from two to twenty minutes, and there is no contact. While traditional weapons like swords, butterfly knives, and staffs are used they’re light weight versions and they and the routines are useless in combat. The programs are broken up into barehanded, short weapons, and long weapons portions, but include jumps, flips and other impressive routines. This style of Kung Fu is completely useless when it comes to self defense, but is a good form of entertainment.

Sanshou or Sanda the Chinese combat sport based …

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Pittsburgh Steelers Throwback Helmets

Have you been noticing the new yellow football helmets that the Pittsburgh Steelers have been wearing in some of their games this year? These are “Throwback Helmets” from the 1962 NFL Season. The NFL allows teams to wear uniforms that are not their current colors and logos in 4 home games, and 2 away games per year, as a break from their traditional “Black and Gold uniforms, the Pittsburgh Steelers are celebrating their proud past with this style of throwback uniform. The helmet is yellow, and has the older “Steel” trademark with the 3 colored diamonds and the word “Steel” instead of the team name Steelers. The 3 colored diamonds represent the famouse 3 rivers that Pittsburgh in famous for, in fact, their old stadium was named “Three Rivers Stadium”

The Steelers entered the league in 1933, and suffered through many losing seasons. They never won anything, until 1972 when they finally won the AFC Central and started one of the greatest dynasties in sports. The Steelers were the team of the seventies in the NFL, winning their division 10 consecutive years, and winning the Super Bowl 4 times. They became the first team to win back to back Super Bowls, and they did it twice in the 70’s.

Riddell manufacturers several lines of football helmets, and there are 3 different styles of these Pittsburgh Steelers throwback helmets available to consumers. The Riddell mini throwback helmet, the full size replica helmet, and the authentic Pro Line helmet, all of these helmets are available at NFL Pro Shops and team stores all over the internet.…

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What Happened In The UK In 1994?

Here are the biggest news, sport and entertainment stories of 1994…

English and Welsh people welcomed a change in the law meant that meant they could go shopping on Sundays. Since 1950 they had not been able to do so due to a law prohibiting shops opening at all on the traditionally holy day. Church groups opposed the move but both the people and the Government agreed that it was an outdated concept.

Britain’s first ever national lottery was launched to mixed reactions; some feeling that it was wrong to promote gambling and others simply loving the chance to win some easy money. The fact that a sizeable amount of money each week would be going to charities was enough to sweeten enough of the doubters though and, having got the go-ahead, the first draw was a massive success; the jackpot reaching over £7m.

Someone who won a personal lottery was the man to be given a ‘bionic’ heart. The media taking a keen interest in the pioneering operation, led by UK doctors in Cambridgeshire, which saw the world’s first battery-operated heart being implanted.

In the political world, people finally dared to hope for peace in Northern Ireland following ceasefire announcements by both the IRA and the Loyalists; the Conservatives negotiating at last seeming to have paid off. Despite that, it wasn’t a great year for John Major and company, though maybe they didn’t realize it at the time, as the little known, fresh-faced Tony Blair was brought in as the new leader of the opposing Labour Party; bringing with him talk of ‘change’ and a modernising agenda.

Sports wise in 1994, Britain missed out on the World Cup fun in the USA; the first time since 1938 that no British representatives had been at the event. Brazil won that competition, eventually overcoming Italy in the final on penalties, but much attention was still focused on Argentina’s Diego Maradona who had been banned mid-tournament after being caught taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs. With no home-countries football matches having any importance, it was an ideal opportunity for rugby union’s 5 nations to take centre stage. Wales dominated the tournament but were prevented from sealing a ‘grandslam’ by defeat to England in their final game.

Britain’s TV screens were lit up in ’94 by two familiar faces in new guises on BBC 2. Steve Coogan’s creation of the socially-inappropriate Alan Partridge being a big hit, viewers cringing as Partridge humiliated and vilified his guests on the fictional chat show program ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. The second BBC triumph being ‘The Fast Show’; created by Harry Enfield regular Paul Whitehouse, the program revitalised the tired sketch show format and launched a variety of catchphrases.

On the big screen, this was the year that saw Hugh Grant become a household name as a result of his starring role in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’; the same film also responsible for promoting the much loved / hated ‘Wet Wet Wet’ song ‘Love Is All Around’. The …

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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

College sports bring in big dollars every year on the major college level. These programs bring $30 and sometimes $40 million dollars per year to the universities and colleges and the players get nothing. These are the same players who are breaking their backs for the university day in and day out and can’t get a share of that money and, to me, that does not seem fair. I know what you may be thinking: that these student athletes are getting a free education or have gotten a scholarship to play ball at that university. To me, that’s the least they could be doing.

When I look at college football on Saturdays and see packed stadiums with cheering fans paying big money for a ticket I say, what business out there could run a company and not pay its workers? You would think I was talking about some Third World country! Pay the players now, please!

Think about this one: most of the college coaches get six figure salaries– big college programs and small ones. Some of these college coaches get shoe contracts, some get T.V. and radio contracts and many other perks along the way. Also, if they are a good coach and win games they will be offered another coaching job somewhere else with bigger money and larger perks! The student athletes get nothing and, to me, something should be done about that. Please pay the players now!

They will keep telling you that the athletes are getting the free education, free books, free room and board and the chance at a good college education that will last a lifetime. So what! Pay the players! I see this whole college thing as slave-labor! Coaches make big money on the backs of these players. You hear stories about college athletes taking money or getting paid under the table. You hear these stories of players getting cars and lots of cash, you hear stories of players getting all of this and more on the side. You hear about the player’s families getting cars and houses to attend that college program. This goes on all the time in secret!

Why do the players take this money and cars and houses for their families and much more? Well one reason is recruiting; some college programs feel that in order to get a major college recruit they have to offer these things. Some college programs (not all) have to give something to get these kids. Some of these players come from poor backgrounds, so for these kids to get some money is a big deal especially if the players and their families don’t have money anyway.

Being a college athlete is very hard. In the first placed the amount of hours that these players put in is a lot–every day of every week. They are in class all day then there’s practice after practice, they go eat dinner if they can and then go study. Now all of this may sound simple to …

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Why a Good Sports Education is Necessary For Your Children

The most important part in a sports education is the opportunity of leadership and socialization but also the development of skills to handle success and failure.

Benefits of a good sports education:

  • developing skills
  • learning to follow rules
  • leading an active lifestyle
  • learning leadership skills

What about students with low skills?

Students may be marginalized because of their lack of skills as opposed to other students. They need to know the fact that they have small chances to become professional sportsmen but they should not quit. With a proper education they benefit from being part of a team and develop self-confidence. This will be important in a long run because they will use those skills when they become adults. Also, the option to become referees or Sports Journalists is always available.

Knowing more about the sport you play:

Another advantage of sport education is that children will learn more about the sport they are playing. Through roles such as statistician, referee, and scorekeeper, they learn more about the non-player roles of play. This way they will take these responsibilities seriously and show minimal signs of off-task behaviors while performing these roles.

Why is it very important for kids to play at least one sport?

Kids need attention and respect,but they have few ways to get them. A sport offers kids an arena where they can earn attention and respect by showing their natural abilities. Kids are good at sports because sports are essentially about vision, speed, creativity, strength, coordination, and responsiveness – something that every child has.

The ultimate goal of sports education is for students to become competent, literate, and enthusiastic in sports and in life at the same time.…

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5 Best Extreme Sports in Peru – Peru Travel Guide

Many foreign visitors to Peru are happy with a relaxing few days travelling around ancient Inca archaeological sites, kicking-back in luxury hotels, and riding exclusive trains to Machu Picchu. But if your dream getaway is a taking things to the max in search of extreme thrills and fun, then you won’t be disappointed either! Peru can offer it all! Here are the 5 best extreme sports in Peru.

Extreme Mountain Biking

Peru was made for mountain biking, after all the Andes – the world’s longest mountain chain runs right down the centre of the country, peaking at 22,132 feet (6,746 m) in the Cordillera Blanca in central Peru. Possibly one of the most extreme sports in Peru with locals and foreigners alike, there are literally thousands of places to find fast fun down-hill thrills. In Cusco there is a handful of specialist travel agents that offer a range of different day (and multi-day) trips, with full suspension Kona bikes. Our favourite extreme ride is the 1 day Mega-Avalanche single track ride, that starts at the top of Abra Malaga in the Sacred Valley (close to Cusco) and descends 1600 meters to the village of Ollantaytambo. Oh, and you can do it three times!

Surfing

You wouldn’t think so, but yes, Peru is actually one of the world’s best surfing spots. Along the northern coastline, Peru offers waves for everyone from beginners to pros. Peru has produced many world surfing champions, and it’s easy to see why when you understand just how good the waves are. Chicama has the world’s longest left-handed wave in the world at 4km’s long, and Mancora (close by) has the world’s largest left-handed point-break in the world. Extreme sports in Peru don’t get much better than this!

Sand-boarding

During the 1960s, the small oasis town of Huacachina was once a holiday hot-spot for rich limenians. Nowadays, this rather less glamorous place is the home of one of the most fun and extreme sports in Peru – Sand-boarding. Located 7 km’s from the main city of Ica, Huacachina is surrounded by vast sand dunes which stretch as far as the eye can see. There are only a handful of hostels in the town, but all of them will rent you sand-board for a few soles per day. Cover yourself from head-to-toe in sun-block and start climbing! It’s fun, cheap, thrilling and often painful!

White Water Rafting

With so many mountains, there are bound to be quite a lot of fast flowing and rocky rivers to enjoy. Rafting is probably one of the most common extreme sports in Peru, and in the region of Cusco, there are many expert travel agencies that will take you out on the river. The Urubamba River (in the Sacred Valley) offers a thrilling full day experience which is suitable for beginners through to intermediary rafters. But hard-core rafters looking for the ultimate thrill need to go a little further afield. Cotahuasi Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world, and is also …

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