Rounds and Quarters

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Famous "Scorpion kick"

The "Scorpion kick"  is one of the hardest kicks to pull off in a game of soccer. It has the general concept of a bicycle kick, kicking a ball that is in front of you from going into goal, but in different form. It was created by Colombian goalkeeper, Rene Huigita (El Loco).This save earned him notoriety when he pulled it off in a friendly game against England in September 1995, blocking a shot by Jamie Redknapp. It ranked 94th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments in 2002.

Here is a clip on how El Loco used this kick with awesome flexibility and movement:

Just recently however in the 82nd minute of a 1-1 match against Moroccan league leaders OCK Marrakech, Boudlal pulled off a one-legged version of the scorpion. And it worked. He has great guts, eh.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Best Boxer of His Era

Yesterday I watched how the legendary Manny Pacquiao once again beat another opponent of his, Margarito, who left the fight with too much damage that his eyes are half closed, enough to bring him to people wearing scrubs uniforms. Yes Margarito was defeated but he has gained my respect and salute.  

Actually at some point of the game I was hesitant to say that Manny will win because Margarito is in no doubt a very worthy opponent and a very strong one. I also thought that he will be defeated in KO, but I was also wrong. 

As usual it's another victorious night for Pacquiao who just won 8 categories in boxing...the only boxer who has done that so far. Indeed it is not shocking news that there are many boxing analysts and enthusiasts who consider Pacquiao as the best boxer of his era. Shame to Mayweather, eh. 

Personally speaking, I still love Ali. But in flexibility and style, it's Pacquiao in sportswear uniforms that I adore..a congressman, singer, actor, a philanthropist...what more could you ask for? 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chess Beauties

Supposedly I am going to post those disappointing NFL teams this season however, as I look on my blog, I happened to realize that all posts that I have here only revolves on football and tennis games. So I decided to post about my favourite kind of sports-chess-. I love chess for it doesn't need team wear nor a lot of perspiration but intelligent, tactics and great strategies are the necessities to survive on the four corners of that big chessboard.

The common players of chess are men since men have the innate abilities of focus, strategy and deeper analysis. However I will feature here those female chess players who are not only witty but are also very beautiful. Yes gorgeous and smart! What more could you ask for? Just don't get intimidated, eh.

Ingrid Aliaga

Trained by her father at the age of 8 and years later became a member of Peruvian Chess Federation. She graduated as Master FIDE last 2004 in sub-14 category. 

Arianne Caoili

She is a Philippine born Australian chess player who achieved the FIDE Woman International Master title. Caoili began playing chess at the age of six. At one point during 2002, she achieved a FIDE rating in excess of 2300, but this has been in decline since she scaled down her chess activities to concentrate on her studies. Nevertheless, she remains one of Australia's leading women players and played top board for the national team at the Dresden Olympiad in 2008.

Sanja Dedijer

Sanja Dedijer represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2006 Torino Chess Olympiad. She was also chosen as one of the most photogenic women in the 2006 Olympiad. A FIDE Woman International Master (2055).

Alexandra Kosteniuk

A Russian chess Grandmaster and the current Women's World Chess Champion. Alexandra learned to play chess at the age of five after being taught by her father. She has a little sister named Oxana, who is a FIDE master level chess player. In November 2004, she was awarded the International Grandmaster title, becoming the tenth woman to receive the highest title of the World Chess Federation, FIDE. Before that, she had also obtained the titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master.

Kateryna Lahno

A Ukrainian chess player. She earned the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM) at the age of 12 years and 4 months, breaking Judit Polgár's record to become the youngest ever to earn this title. She is now a full Grandmaster (GM).

Sophie Milliet

A French chess player and the current national women's champion. She learned to play chess at the age of four. Her endeavours at junior level showed good promise and catapulted her Elo rating over the 2100 mark by the time she was seventeen years of age. She was awarded the International Master title in March 2009, in respect of norms earned at the French Club Championship (2005), the Swiss Championship at Lenzerheide (2006) and the Béthune Open (2008).

Regina Pokorna

She is a Slovak chess veľmajsterka (WGM). Her highest rating is 2429. She achieved gold from the Junior European Championships. A member of the women's team that won the European Championships in Batumi in 1999.

Vesna Rozic

A Woman International Master from Slovenia. She was part of the Slovenian Women’s National Team that participated in the recent 2007 European Chess Team Championship. In the said championship, she played board 4 with an outstanding score of 5 out of 8 games.

Anna Sharevich

A Belarusian chess master. She achieved the required norms for the title Woman Grandmaster in 2006. She won the Ladies' Belarusian Chess Championship in 2002, 2005 and 2007 and played for Belarus in the Women's Chess Olympiads of 2002 to 2008 (four times).

Antoaneta Stefanova

A Bulgarian chess grandmaster and a former Women's World Chess Champion. She became the twelfth holder of that title in 2004 in a 64-player knockout tournament held in Elista, Kalmykia under the auspices of FIDE.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Most Overrated NFL Players Today

Of the 239 players in team wear surveyed by the Sports Illustrated magazine,  14 percent ranked Terrell Owens first while Tony Romo tallied 7 percent of the vote. New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth each garnered 5 percent. Another NFC East passer, the New York Giants' Eli Manning, rounded out the top five with 4 percent.

5.  New York Giants' Eli Manning
The football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is the younger brother of NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning.

3.5.  Washington Redskins' Albert Haynesworth
Haynesworth has been selected to two Pro Bowls in his career and was considered "the most dominant defensive tackle in the league" when he signed with the Washington Redskins.

3.5.  New York Jets' Mark Sanchez
He was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft as the second quarterback and the fifth overall selection by the New York Jets. Sanchez is only the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first playoff game and the second to win two playoffs games in his rookie season.

2.  Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo
Romo's career passer rating - at 95.5 - ranks fourth-best all time. Romo replaced the Cowboys' previous starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe during a game against the New York Giants in the 2006 season.

1.  Cincinnati Bengals' Terrell Owens

The wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and former holder of the league single-game reception record, Owens has been one of the dominant receivers of his era. He holds or shares several NFL records, and his body of work has placed him in the top-10 in several receiving categories, including yards and touchdowns.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ana Ivanovic's Controversial Bathroom Break

Due to an ill-timed bathroom break Ana Ivanovik lose the second game of her match in Austria against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Ivanovic won her serve in the match's first game and then asked the chair umpire if she could take a bathroom break. When her request was denied, Ivanovic pleaded but was told that even though there was a change of sides, she wouldn't be allowed to go before Strycova served. The chair umpire said she'd have to go on her own time. To Ivanovic, that meant at that instant. She walked off the court and into the player's locker room. When she emerged a few minutes later, Ivanovic learned that she had been docked four points during her absence, one for every 20 seconds she went over the time limit. She protested, saying she thought she had permission, but the umpire's ruling stood.

This incident actually caught a stir on the web. Many people symphatize with Miss Ivanovic side and got furious on the umpire. On the other hand the umpire have his good reasons since the game is an official one. But in case of emergency does the rule stand rigid and cannot take considerations? Well, if in case there will be a fire on a certain part of the stadium where the tennis match is happening, will the game be stopped or will the umpire adhere to the rules and let the game continue? Just a thought.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

From Sports Model to Sports Spokesperson

The National Football League announced recently that Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Marisa Miller will become the new spokesperson for the NFL. The Hollywood Reporter confirms exclusively that the supermodel has signed on as the new spokesperson for the NFL's 2010-2011 season.

"I'm so excited to have this incredible opportunity to partner with the NFL," Miller says. "I've grown up watching football my whole life."

A longtime 49ers fan, Miller will appear in both print and commercial ads for the league. The print campaign--shot by Cartel and photographer Brian Bowen -- features Miller in vintage 49ers and Broncos gear to promote the overseas game.

"Marisa's love for the NFL and our sport made her ideally suited for this role," said Chris Parsons, NFL Vice President of International. "We look forward to working with her."

The Victoria Secret model is also looking forward to helping gain new fans and show people how incredible the game of American football is!

How about us, football fans, what are we looking forward to? Did the change of spokesperson may change our perspectives of NFL too? Whew! Personally speaking I'm  looking forward to see Miss Miller wearing sportswear uniforms of NFL since I am used watching her walked in a ramp with swim wears. This is a change indeed!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cheers for Cheerleaders!

Last week cheerleaders in Connecticut begged school officials to help make their uniforms less skimpy. According to the Connecticut Post and NBC Connecticut, Heidi Medina, the captain of Bridgeport Central's cheerleading squad, stood before the Bridgeport Board of Education in her team's standard uniform, which bares athletes midriffs and uses either small shorts or baggy sweatpants as bottoms, to make a statement that it was inappropriate.

Medina and fellow seniors insist that the Central uniforms do not meet regulations that require cheerleader uniforms to cover an athlete's midsection when they stand at attention. "It really hurts our self esteem," Bridgeport Central senior Ariana Mesaros told the Board of Education, according to the Post. "I am embarrassed to stand up here dressed like this. Is this really how you want Bridgeport to be represented?"
As noted by NBC Connecticut, the Bridgeport cheerleaders' plea comes on the heels of a recent study of college cheerleaders, which found that college cheerleaders whose uniforms exposed midriffs faced a significantly higher risk of developing eating disorders.For its part, the Bridgeport Board of Education is moving quickly to quell the controversy, with the assistant superintendent of secondary schools telling the Post that black bodysuits would be purchased for the Central cheerleaders to wear under their uniforms.

Still, the incident raises a troubling disparity between what cheerleaders are expected to look like, and what might be most healthy for them. While the eating disorder study focused on college cheerleaders, there's little doubt that the findings are significant for high school cheerleaders, too. 

Whew! I don't think that choosing a uniform could be this hard, with health matters to consider too. How about they just buy  cheap uniforms, eh?

And talking about those who cheer for men and women who are wearing sportswear uniforms or team wear, I've come up to the idea to post the cheerleaders of NFL 2010. Here are they:  

Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders:

N.Y. Jets cheerleaders:

New Orleans Saints cheerleaders:

New England Patriots cheerleaders:

Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders:

Houston Texans cheerleaders:

Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders:

San Diego Chargers cheerleaders :

 Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders:

Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders:

Miami Dolphins cheerleaders:

Washington Redskins cheerleaders:

Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders:

 Cincinnati Bengals cheerleaders:

 Denver Broncos cheerleaders:
Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders:

Tennessee Titans cheerleaders:

Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders:

St. Louis Rams cheerleaders:

Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders:

San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders :

Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders :

Oakland Raiders cheerleaders:

Carolina Panthers cheerleaders:

Buffalo Bills cheerleaders:

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Milky Conversation

Good news for milk lovers! Milk could help athletes more than sports drinks or energy drinks. Researchers are giving scientific support that milk may be just as good or even better than sports drinks for serious athletes recovering from exercise. The health benefits of milk — which has carbohydrates, electrolytes, calcium and vitamin D have long been established. But for athletes in sportswear uniforms and even for those ordinary men and women who just wear workwear uniforms, milk also contains the two proteins best for rebuilding muscles: casein and whey.

The Benefits of Milk on Athletes:
1. Endurance- In a study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism in June, researchers found people who drank milk after training were able to exercise longer in their next session than people who had sports drinks or water.

2. Regeneration-Muscles get damaged after an intense bout of aerobic exercise like running, playing football, or cycling. The casein and whey proteins in milk are precisely what the body needs to regenerate muscles fast. Glenys Jones, a nutritionist at Britain's Medical Research Council, said milk's protein content makes it an ideal post-exercise drink. "Milk provides the building blocks for what you need to build new muscles," he further said.

3. Recovery- Drinking milk also may help athletes recover quicker if they are performing multiple times in a day. For people who can't stomach the idea of plain milk, experts recommend adding some chocolate or other artificial flavor. At the Beijing Olympics, six-time gold medallist Michael Phelps regularly downed a flavored milk drink in between races.

4. Rehydration- Scientists at Loughborough University have found low-fat milk is better than sports drinks for replacing fluids lost during exercise. Scientists suspect there may be two reasons for that. Not only does milk have a lot of electrolytes, but it is emptied from the stomach more slowly than sports drinks, keeping the body hydrated for longer.

5. Lose of Fat- Milk also may help athletes shed fat and build muscle. In a small Canadian study, experts found women who drank milk after lifting weights gained about 4.4 pounds (2 kilos) of muscle and lost about the same amount of body fat. Women who drank sports drinks put on about 3.3 pounds (1.5 kilos) of muscle but didn't lose any body fat.

Now let's take a look on the disadvantages of milk:
1. Not for Everyone- Catherine Collins, a spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association and a dietician at London's St. George's Trust, said while milk may be beneficial for elite athletes who burn thousands of calories a day during their intensive training, occasional gym-goers may be better off drinking sports drinks or plain water."If you're just a gym bunny trying to lose a bit of weight, water is probably sufficient after exercise," she said, warning that chocolate milk in particular could add unwanted calories.

2. Hard to Digest- Even those who promote milk as a recovery drink say it cannot entirely replace sports drinks. Because it is harder to digest, people should only drink milk after they are finished exercising, not during. In comparison, sports drinks like Gatorade have easily digestible sugars so athletes can chug it during events to get an instant boost.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Pride of Athletes

“You’re talking about people who are told that they can overcome anything, do anything, if they work at it. It’s not just in athletes. You see the same thing in lots of people: doctors, lawyers, bankers. Athletes think they’re stronger than anyone else. Doctors think they’re smarter.”  

The latest issue on yahoo.sports got me thinking about pride and ego. True man's ego and pride could help a lot for man to live a normal life. Without it, a person will live a life of seclusion and fear. On the other hand, the article had given me a glimpse of the truth about how pride affects negatively on people. You see, those people who knew that there is something wrong that is going on within them can't and will not admit their flaws and weakness due from their pride and high ego. Some athletes in sports and team wear for instance have the tendency to believe that they are the strongest and admitting their personal struggles is a sign of vulnerability. And even some doctors wearing hospital uniforms and white scrubs are proud of their intellect to the point that they had been thinking that they are the smartest people and don't need guidance from others since they know what to do with their own health.

But the sad truth is, there is no perfect person. Even if you are an athlete, a doctor or a lawyer-you're still imperfect. Every being have flaws and refusing to admit it will have a bitter consequence. Saying that you are weak is so easy and simple however our pride just makes it difficult. Anyway there is just one lesson that I've learned from the article; that is the consequence of too much pride is our own lives.

Read more: Despite resources, players reluctant to seek help

The Producer of NFL Players

Here is a list of the states and the corresponding number of NFL players that they produced:

Source: Friday night stars: California and Texas produce most NFL talent

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Consequence of Racing

Is it a choice to die early? I wonder about this upon reading the news about a boy who happened to die while on a racing competition.

Peter Lenz of Vancouver, Wash., fell off his bike during the warm up lap for Sunday's first race at Indianapolis and was run over by another motorcycle, driven by a 12-year-old. Medical workers in scrubs uniforms immediately placed Lenz in a neck brace, put him on a stretcher and began chest compressions while taking him to a hospital. Several hours later, he was pronounced dead.

At age 11, he was already wearing sportswear uniforms and earned the "expert" license from the American Federation of Motorcyclists, and in March 2009, Lenz became the youngest rider ever to win an AFM race. This year, competing in the U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union series, Lenz had four wins, five podium finishes and was leading the MD250H classification in points. The grown-up resume just didn't match his appearance. Listed at 4-foot-11 and 81 pounds, the baby-faced Lenz described his profession as "kid."

His father's message on Peter's Facebook page was heartbreaking. "He passed doing what he loved and had his go fast face on as he pulled onto the track," the posting said. "The world lost one of its brightest lights today. God Bless Peter and the other rider involved. 45 [Peter's number] is on another road we can only hope to reach. Miss you kiddo." Lenz is the youngest driver/rider fatality ever at the 101-year-old Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Without blaming the victim in any way, the tragedy nonetheless raises the specter of age, and whether teens and pre-teens possess the necessary dexterity and presence of mind to pilot vehicles that can go more than 120 mph. Lenz was 13, and the racer whose bike ran over Lenz is only 12.

This accident raised the issue of how young is too young in racing competitions. Racers insist age has never been an issue. American Colin Edwards was running 250cc bikes at age 17, and Indy MotoGP runner-up Ben Spies was competing on the 125cc circuit at age 12.

"That's not like a bike too big for him, you know, I mean this is our sport, we chose to do it," said American Nicky Hayden, the 2006 world champ who called the death "terrible. I mean, sure, we know going in the consequences."

Surely the boy knew that the consequence for him was death.?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Winners of the US Open 2010

Here are the list of the winners of the US Open 2010. With their sportswear uniforms they are definitely bringing home the bacon with them. Hope to see them in the next US Open.

Men Division

Rafael Nadal

“That’s what I dreamt. It’s just amazing to be in there in this final to me. Just the ride to the final was amazing. Just to have the trophy in my hands in a moment will be unbelievable.”

He beat Novak Djokovic to win his first US Open and join six of the game's greatest players as the owner of all four grand slam titles. At the end, Nadal rolled like a kid on the hard court, the surface that was supposed to be beyond him. Now he ruled the tennis world. He is the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open men’s singles title since Manuel Orantes in 1975 and the first left-hander to win it since John McEnroe in 1984.

Nadal's smile remained fixed in victory, more eloquent than a thousand words. "It's more than what I dreamt," he said in his charming, halting English. His ninth slam not only puts him seven behind the faltering Federer, but lifts him alongside Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi and Federer as owners of all the four slams.The US Open win will be Nadal's 9th Grand Slam Title. He also has won the last 3 consecutive slams, and will no doubt be looking to take the Australian Open as well, making it 4 out of 4 in slams, something that has not been achieved since Rod Laver did it in the late 60s.

Men Doubles

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan

 “This has been the best match we ever played. These guys played incredible. We had to step up and match their energy.” _Bob Bryan_

Twin brothers who won their ninth Grand Slam tournament and third U.S. Open title against Pakistan’s Aisamul Haq Qureshi and India’s Rohan Bopanna. They were the World No. 1 doubles player for 201 weeks. Between 2005 and 2006, they set an Open Era record by competing in seven consecutive men's doubles Grand Slam finals, three of which they won. On February 26, 2010, they recorded their Open Era record 600th match win by defeating Taylor Dent and Ryan Harrison in the semi-finals of the Delray Beach ATP 250 tournament. Born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being older by two minutes, and Bob taller by 3 cm, The Bryans, as they are known, have won a record 65 tour titles, surpassing The Woodies. They have a career Grand Slam that includes victories at the French Open (2003), US Open (2005, 2008 and 2010), Australian Open (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010), and Wimbledon (2006). They won the Tennis Masters Cup Doubles tournament thrice (2003, 2004 and 2009), and have been finalists in 38 other occasions. They won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They also won the 2007 Davis Cup along with Andy Roddick and James Blake.

Women Division

Kim Clijsters

"I'm glad to be standing here as the winner now. New York is an amazing place for me. The U.S. Open brings nothing but happiness to my tennis life."

She is the first woman since Venus Williams in 2000-01 to win the title in Flushing Meadows two years in a row. And Clijsters' U.S. Open winning streak is actually up to 21 matches because she also won the 2005 title. She missed the tournament in 2006 because of injuries, including wrist surgery, and skipped it the next two years while taking time off to get married and have a baby. Clijsters won a second consecutive U.S. Open championship and third overall by easily beating Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 in a final that lasted 59 minutes and lacked any drama — perfect for a tot's short attention span.

Women Doubles

Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova

“It is kind of unbelievable for me. I don’t feel like we have won the title as it all happened so quickly today,” _Shvedova_

Vania King from America along with partner Yaroslava Shvedova from Kazakhstan won the United States Open Women’s doubles title after defeating Nadia Petrova and Liezel Huber in a total of three sets on Monday. The final match score was 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Mixed Double

Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan

"He wants to chest bump, chest bump, chest bump. I'm like, no. Do it with your girlfriend; don't chest bump me." _Liezel Huber_

Top-seeded Americans Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan won their second Grand Slam title in mixed doubles Thursday. Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan won their second Grand Slam mixed doubles title. The pair beat Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan 6-4, 6-4. Huber and Bryan also won last year's French Open. Huber, who was born in South Africa and became an American citizen in 2007.

Junior Division

Jack Sock and Daria Gavrilova

“No, I think us, as in ‘juniors’—we’re just doing what we can. We’re practicing hard and we’re working hard and doing what we can to improve. Hopefully we can get to that level one day and be in the American tennis spotlight. Hopefully.”  _Jack Sock_

Jack Sock beat Denis Kudla 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Sunday to win the U.S. Open boys’ title in the first all-American junior final at Flushing Meadows in a decade while top-seeded Daria Gavrilova beat Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Russian girls’ final.