Rounds and Quarters

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.