How Today's Voters Are Too Much Like Sports Fans

They will support their team regardless of how bad they suck or how terrible they are performing.

Teams have slogans that the fans will not only advertise for free, but actually pay for.

They will then wear the slogan loud and proud everywhere they go like a walking billboard.

When a fan sees another fan sporting the same logo as them, they become instant friends and agree about everything.

When they see someone sporting the rival team's logo, they become instant enemy combatants and disagree about everything regardless of substance.

Scandals, cheating, bad performance, horrible track records and lying does not affect the opinion they have on their team. It only emphasizes the idea that someone is making stuff up, the fact that it was an accident, or it's all lies.

One team's fans will show up to the other team's game just to show their team's slogan off and let the other team know how much they suck.

If someone critiques your team, they basically just stabbed you in the soul.

If someone complements your team, you feel as if you have been personally complemented because you feel as if you are solely responsible for your team's success.

When one team is winning, they belittle the losing team.

When that team starts losing, they attack and become violent to the other team's supporters.

Fans will put their team's logo on their vehicle so people behind them know how serious they are about that team.

When there is a traffic confrontation and the person who was at fault happens to be sporting a team's logo, that person is immediately judged by the team they support and nothing else.

If a team won, it is as if it was a personal achievement among the fan and he was solely responsible for the win.

If a team lost, the game was rigged and the winner cheated.

Some broadcast agencies favor a team and give biased opinions that are claimed to be fair and neutral.

Other broadcast agencies make it their agenda to scrutinize every move a team makes, rendering them incompetent regardless of the true circumstances.

When someone who does not have a team, is asked by someone who does have a team: "Who is your team?"

The smart person responds "I do not have a team."

That's because the smart person does not need a team to force views and opinions into his head. He understands that politics should not be looked at as a partisan view where one side is bad and the other is good.

Politics must not be treated as a sport.

Politics must not be focused on winning

Politics should be focused on policy and substance.

And that's it.

People despise the other party, not based off the policies, but loyalty to their own party. This is the same driving force that causes people to dislike other sports teams.

FSU fans do not dislike Alabama fans because they have good players, great plays, and good management … …

Niagara University

Academics

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the Niagara University’s curriculum and serves as the basis for its designation as a liberal arts college. All Niagara students complete a portion of their coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences, as numerous general education courses are housed within this unit.

A majority of Niagara’s academic departments and faculty are housed within Arts and Sciences, including: Biochemistry/Chemistry, Biology/Life Sciences, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, History, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Nursing, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Sciences, Social Work, and Theater Studies.

The College of Arts and Sciences also offers Master’s degrees in both Criminal Justice Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies.

On October 8, 2008, Niagara University announced that a $10 million gift, the largest gift in the university’s history, had been made to the College of Arts and Sciences by B. Thomas Golisano, the CEO of Paychex and the owner of the Buffalo Sabres. The gift will fund a new science building, to be known as the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Science. The project is scheduled for completion by 2011.

College of Business

With programs in Accounting, Business Administration, and Commerce, the College of Business continues to enhance its academic standing at the local, regional, and national levels. Each year, students in the College of Business conduct tax return processing as a community service for area residents.

On January 23, 2006, the University announced a gift of $5 million from College of Business alumnus Gerald Bisgrove, Class of 1968. At the time, it was the largest single gift in Niagara’s 150-year history. $4.5 million of this gift has been appropriated to expand the College of Business facilities. Groundbreaking occurred on this project in May 2006, and Bisgrove Hall was opened to the public in August 2007. The remainder of Mr. Bisgrove’s gift will be allocated to academic scholarships in the College of Business.

College of Education

Niagara has a long-standing commitment to training teachers for K-12 schools. Education students major in the College of Education and choose a concentration in the College of Arts and Sciences. Student teaching takes place in area schools, many of which are located in rural or low-income urban districts.

College of Hospitality and Tourism Management

The College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Niagara’s newest, is an offshoot of earlier tourism programs at the university. The College includes course offerings on tourism, hotel, restaurant, recreation, and sports management. Many students supplement their classroom experience with internships in local hotels as well as luxury hotels around the world. In addition, the College boasts a popular study abroad program in Lake Como, Italy.

The College of Hospitality and Tourism Management is ranked 6th in the nation among hospitality programs. In recent years, graduates have a near-100{5807dd84655f4134ecd9e5329f6029a509ca345e8618f0c2e20323bdeed6de70} job placement rate. Faculty members come from around the world and most hold the terminal degree in their field. The College is located on the top floors …

Useful Information About Boxing

The sport of boxing started when two individuals engaged in a fight using their fists. The Greeks are believed to be the first to formalize the sport during the Olympic Games in 688 BC. During the Roman era, the sport of boxing became increasingly popular and boxers wore leather bands around their fists for protection. Some of these bands contained metal strips that caused significant injuries to either opponent.

After the fall of Rome, the sport was not as popular, but was revived in the 18th century when James Figg held the heavyweight title for over 20 years. In the Industrial Revolution the game was known as the workingman?s sport with matches resembling street fights, rather than an organized event.

In 1773, English born Jack Broughton became the second heavyweight champion. The bouts became more organized at that point and rules and regulations came into play. Hitting below the belt was banned, and matches were decided using the point system. The bouts were held in a ring with spectators sitting around the squared off area – much like today’s fights.

Today, boxing competition is divided into a set number of rounds, three minutes long with a one-minute rest period between each round. Championship bouts usually last for 12 rounds, but because there is no real governing body, rules vary from state to state in the US. Judges determine the winner using scorecards as the fight goes on. There is a referee who determines if illegal moves are made or if a fighter is too injured to continue the match. In some cases, the referee calls a “knockout” when an opponent has been knocked down or knocked out.…

Winter Sports Vs Summer Sports

Winter sports Vs summer sports, who will win? As you may already know seasons require different types of sports for the younger and older generation. It definitely depends in which state, area and country you live as well. The season and temperature require different types of sports. Let’s have a look at some sports you can perform in each season.

Winter sports:

Some classical winter sports are definitely, indoor swimming, gymnastic, basketball, ice hockey and indoor tennis. These sports can be performed at any given season, regardless of whether it is cold or not. People like indoor activities during the colder season because it simply helps them to stay fit and in shape during the entire year. Some people tend to only do sports in summer which leads to a non balanced lifestyle and health. If you want to become successful in the areas of health, profession, and sports you definitely need to do winter sports as well.

Summer sports:

People mean there are more summer sports than winter sports, so what is true? Well in summer you have the possibility to face many outdoor activities such as soccer, basketball, street hockey, beach activities, water sports, tennis jogging, hiking, climbing etc. There are probably as many possibilities in summer as there are in winter. The only difference is that we human beings tend to be lazy when it is cold outside. Summer sports help us to stay in shape and enjoy the sunny days during the hotter and warmer season. There are different kinds of activities you can perform that are single player and multiplayer. Playing soccer, basketball, and street hockey requires at least 2 players, better more. The fun and enjoyment factor is multiple times higher if you play with your friends, family and other people you do know. Doing sports alone is mostly boring and not appropriate. However, sports such as jogging and swimming can be performed by one person and don’t require a second person.

How do you know which winter and summer sports are going to be optimal for you? You simply have to try different activities to find the one that will match your flavor and tendency best. However, if you spend time with people you love, and aim to get in shape you probably won’t mind doing multiple sports at a season. Every sport has a different focus and trains different muscles. Just going to the gym might be too one-sided, so you should be motivated to do at least 3 sports at a time.…

Flying Eagles of Nigeria Create Football History at Saudi Arabia 1989

At the 1989 World Youth Championship held in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria picked the Silver medal, after defeating USSR in the most pulsating semi final matches ever played in the history of the FIFA U-20 championship.

The Flying Eagles first game was against the host Country, and they defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 with Midfielder Mutiu Adepoju and Striker Christopher Ohenhen getting the two vital goals for Nigeria. The next game was against Portugal, and it went against the expectation of the Coach Tunde Disu led Boys, who got whacked 1-0 by a strong Portuguese team. The Flying Eagles were however able to secure a quarterfinal ticket after securing a 1-1 draw against Czechoslovakia in their final group game. Christopher Ohenhen once again rescued a point for Nigeria by scoring the decisive equalizer in the 72nd minutes of play.

The quarterfinal game saw the Flying Eagles been paired with USSR.

The game was played in Dammam, and was later re-named “the miracle of Dammam”.

This was a game that saw Nigeria trailing by 4-0 with few minutes to the end of the decisive quarterfinal match. Legendary Oleg Salenko of USSR was among the scorers in that memorable match. In the space of 30 minutes, Nigeria fought back to equalize 4-4 and take the match into penalty shoot-out. The comeback was started by star player- Christopher Ohenhen who scored a brace in the 61st and 75th minutes to bring scores to 4-2 with 15 minutes of play left in regulation time. Samuel Elijah, who was later nicknamed “Prophet” Samuel Elijah scored in the 83rd minutes of play reduce the tally to 4-3, before inspirational captain Nduka Ugbade came from nowhere to level score 4-4 with an incredible equalizer in the 84th minutes. The Russians were stunned beyond their imagination. The match had to go into penalties after the expiration of 90 minutes, and the Nigerians triumph 5-3, after Mirdjalal Kasimov missed his spot kick to bring the game to an anti climax. It was the greatest come back in the history of world football till date.

In the semi finals, the Flying Eagles narrowly defeated USA 2-1 after the game had to go into another extra time with the games tied at 1-1 in regulation time. Mutiu Adepoju who later became an integral part of the Super Eagles of Nigeria scored both goals that eliminated USA from the tournament. In goal for USA on that memorable day, was goalkeeper Kasey Keller who later became a household name in world football.

It was a tired looking Flying Eagles team that qualified for the Final of the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, after playing two successive games that went into penalty shoot-out. This was to prove decisive, as the Flying Eagles were defeated 2-0 by Portugal, who had earlier beaten them 1-0 at the group stage.…

The Top 10 Football Teams in London

There is much to see for those who are interested in football in London. Just to clarify for any readers of this article from outside the UK, football means the 'beautiful game', what is commonly referred to as Soccer around the world.

London has a proud tradition of famous football teams with much competition between them to be the top club. There are generally four or five London teams in the Premier League and there are many commentators who believe that this is one of the biggest obstacles to any one of them winning the league. A 'local derby' between two London football teams could produce an electric atmosphere and turn current form on its head they are so well contested.

Premier League tickets are sometimes difficult to obtain, but a bit of persistence often gets results. There are a number of ticket agencies that can get them for a price.

In the last decade, both Arsenal and Chelsea have each won the illustrious Premier League title twice and reached the final of the European Cup.

Here are some details about the top 10 football clubs in London and to avoid any accusations of being partisan, they are listed in alphabetical order: –

Arsenal

The Gunners, Arsenal have played in the top division of English football in consecutive seasons since the 1919-20 season. They have been champions on 13 occasions and achieved a unique record for modern times in 2003-04 season when they went the whole season without being beaten.

Arsenal have won the much coveted 'double' (league and cup winners in the same season) three times, in 1971, 1998 and 2002

In recent years they have moved to a new venue, The Emirates Stadium, with a 60,000 capacity. The Arsenal Museum is well worth a visit and is open every day.

Brentford

The Bees, Brentford Football Club are currently playing in Football League I. They were founded in 1889 and play their home games at Griffin Park their home stadium since 1904. Brentford's most successful spell came during the 1930s, when they achieved consecutive top six finishes in the First Division.

Since the War, they have spent most of their time in the third and fourth tiers of English football. Brentford have been FA Cup quarter-finalists on four occasions, and have twice been Football League Trophy runners-up.

Charlton Athletic

The Addicks, Charlton Athletic have seen better days. There halcyon days were in the 1930s and 40s. In recent years they have struggled after being relegated from the Premier League in 2005 and then from the Championship in 2008.

They play at The Valley just south of the River Thames in Greenwich. The club was founded in 1905.

Historically, Charlton's most successful period was the 1930s, when the club's highest league finishes were recorded, including runners-up of the league in 1937, and after World War II, when the club reached the FA Cup final twice, winning in 1947.

Chelsea

The Pensioners or the Blues, Chelsea Football Club was founded in …

The Importance of Vertical Jump Training in Basketball

As a basketball player it is important for you to jump high. Nobody is going to argue about that. Everybody who is physically healthy is able to jump, but to stand out from the rest of the world basketball players have to jump higher. Especially if they play in a team and have just the slightest ambition to perform well. So therefore it is important to focus on your vertical jump training.

Those athletes whose vertical jump is good tend to be better in their whole performance, not only at jumping. The vertical jump is a tool for more than just jumping. It increases the explosive strength of your body and the ability to use your strength and it also helps to show your power in your sport. In the world of sport the vertical leap is a way for coaches of measuring what kind of sportsmen they have in their team.

So vertical jump training is essential when you play basketball. Maybe you train with the whole team on that, but to get real results it is important to train your vertical jump four to five times a week. You probably do not train that often with your team – unless you are a pro – so the message here is to do a lot of that training by yourself. If you do not have instructions from your coach or trainer, you may surf the internet to find some good exercise programs. Some are free, for some you pay. You should also look up some basketball blogs or forums where people exchange the best tips on vertical jump training.

Make sure you give your legs a few days a week the rest they need. Or you need, more specifically. Getting a high vertical leap is not coming to you overnight; you have to work hard and long for that. So bursting out in a few weeks of seven days of training and then let go because you are fed up, is not the best way to go about it. To stay committed to the vertical jump training you must give yourself some days off.

Furthermore you must see to it that you eat enough proteins after an exercise session. That can be in natural food like grains, cereals, nuts, lentils or peas or by supplements. On the other hand you must also take enough carbonates and fat in to keep your body in athletic top form. Your club may have a diet advisor you can consult or will know whom to send you to. There is nothing wrong with hard training as long as you take good care of yourself. …

A Look at the Intriguing History of Snowboarding

To say who actually invented the sport of snowboarding would be impossible because people have always loved to slide down a snow-covered hill. Soaring through the snow on some kind of seat or board is nothing new. The ways to enjoy the snow are numerous, and people have devised ways to turn garbage can lids and cardboard into "snow boards" to enjoy an afternoon frolic outdoors. The various ways to glide through snow have become more sophisticated and have evolved into using polished boards or skis in much the same manner as a surfboarder would ride a wave.

There have been many attempts at developing a modern snowboard. In 1965, the "Snurfer" (a word play on 'snow' and 'surfer') was developed as a child's toy. Two skis were bound together and a rope was placed at the front end to afford control and stability. Over 500,000 "Snurfers" were sold in 1966 but they were never seen as more than a child's plaything even though organized competitions began to take place. The year 1969 brought a slightly more sophisticated snowboard based on the principles of skiing combined with surfboard styling.

The "Flying Yellow Banana" was developed in 1977. This was nothing more than a plastic shell covered with a top surface like that of a skateboard, but at the time it was considered a major advance in the little known sport of snowboarding. The first national snowboard race was held in the area outside Woodstock and was known as "The Suicide Six." The race consisted of a steep downhill run called The Face in which the main goal was probably mere survival.

Snowboarding continued to increase in popularity over the next several years. In 1985 the first magazine dedicated specifically to snowboarding hit the news stands with huge success and furthered the popularity of this exciting sport. Hoards of fans began to organize regional events and pretty soon snowboarding events were held in all parts of the world. In the year 1994 snowboarding was finally declared an Olympic event, much to the delight of fans. The not-so-new sport of snowboarding was finally recognized and meant a huge victory for serious snowboarders across the globe.

A collection of snowboarding tricks and stunts was released on video in 1996. Filmed in Alaska, the breathtaking beauty and captivating snowboarding techniques featured in the video exposed snowboarding to a new generation, and by 1998 snowboarding constituted almost 50{5807dd84655f4134ecd9e5329f6029a509ca345e8618f0c2e20323bdeed6de70} of all winter activity. Today, nearly all ski resorts accept snowboarders. There are still a few holding on to the past but this is unlikely to continue as the number of snowboarders continually increases.

From the first crudely built snowboards to the advanced and specialized models available today, snowboarders have carried a "bad boy" image. This rebel reputation is still common today in spite of the fact that snowboarding appeals to men, women, and children of all nationalities and social groups. At most major ski resorts you can find snowboarding gear, information, and lessons. Olympic and world …

Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics

Standing 6′ 11″ and born May, 19 1976 in South Carolina, Kevin Garnett is regarded as one of the best all-around basketball players in the NBA. Kevin attended Farragut Career Academy and was the fifth player drafted in 1995 he also became the first NBA player drafted out of High School. With names like “The Big Ticket, “KG”, “Go-Go Gadget Arms”, “The Kid” and “The Franchise” Kevin enjoys entertaining his fans and does a great job getting the crowd hyped. With his signature chalk slapping Kevin Garnett is a champion on and off the court, In November 2005, Garnett donated $1.2 million to Oprah’s Angel Network to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.  Garnett married long time girlfriend Brandi Padilla during a private ceremony in California. The wedding was the reason he did not take part in the Olympic games.

In 1995 Kevin was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves and was the first player to be drafted right out of High School since Moses Malone in 1974. Kevin gave the struggling Timberwolves the boost they need to become a contending team. Although the Timberwolves improved immensely they could not reach championship status.

The Boston Celtics saw an opportunity in 2007 and traded Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green and Theo Ratliff for Kevin Garnett. The Celtics knew that adding Garnett to the team along with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo would eventually get them a championship ring. Boston couldn’t have done a better trade; they are now in the finals with an opportunity to shut down the Los Angeles Lakers.…

Four Different Baltimore Pro Football Teams Have Won Championships

Winning the championship is the primary goal of any football team, or any sports team at all really. There is only one reason to go out and play and that is to win the championship. A championship season is not only rewarding to the players that duke it out on the field, but also to the fans that root them on. Cities and regions should be very proud of their championship winning teams.

Baltimore is a great football town and professional football has been present there in one form or another for more than 60 years. Many people don’t know this, but four different professional football teams have won championships while representing the city of Baltimore.

The Baltimore Ravens – 2000

The last Baltimore team to win a league title in pro football was the team that currently represents the city in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens began as a franchise in 1996, having been active as the Cleveland Browns the previous year. They had a few tough years, but in 2000 everything came together behind a strong running game and an out of this world defense. They ended up defeating the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV.

The Baltimore Colts – 1958, 1959, and 1970

The Baltimore Colts won championships three times. In 1958, they defeated the New York Giants for the NFL title in what many would refer to as the greatest game ever played. After trailing most of the 1959 title game, the Colts would eventually score 24 unanswered points and defeat the Giants in a rematch of the previous year’s championship game by the score of 31-16. The Colts won their third league title in 1970 when they beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl V by the score of 27-17. Technically, the Colts have a fourth title as they were champions of the NFL in 1968, but went on to lose Super Bowl III to the New York Jets of the American Football League before the two leagues merged.

The Baltimore Stars – 1985

The Stars franchise had played the first two seasons of their time in the USFL in the city of Philadelphia. The team was moved to Baltimore for 1985 and though they weren’t as successful as they had been in the past, they were able to make it into the playoffs. The magic was still there though and they marched through the post season and would win the last championship game in USFL history by defeating the Oakland Invaders.

The Baltimore Stallions – 1995

The Canadian Football League expanded into the United States in the mid 1990’s, and one of the cities that got a team was Baltimore. In 1995, their second season, the Baltimore Stallions not only won their division, but they became the first team based in America to win the Grey Cup as champions of the Canadian Football League. The team was gone the next year as they were moved to Montreal and renamed the …