Extreme Waves

“Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear” – Buzzy Trent Surfers measure waves from the back so if the biggest wave of the day More »

Cowboy Culture in the Camargue

My husband is a faithful rodeo attendee, and he never misses a single chuckwagon race. He loves the Calgary Stampede. Every year in July, he dons his cowboy duds for the official More »

Best Selling NBA Sports

Not every NBA player has the honor of seeing his jersey rise to the top of the NBA store best selling list. Unless a certain player has some event that explodes his More »

Moments in Sports History

You may, or may not, have been anticipating numbers 25 – 1 of my top 50 greatest moments in sports history list, but in case you have I am going to finish More »

American Pit Bull Terrier The Perfect Dog For You?

Facts are, yes, they are capable of mauling or killing. Yes, they often do not do well with other dogs, especially same-sex. Yes, they are at times considered a status symbol for More »

Moments in Sports History

You may, or may not, have been anticipating numbers 25 – 1 of my top 50 greatest moments in sports history list, but in case you have I am going to finish her off.

Just a quick reminder, this is still just my opinion and I am sticking to it. Enjoy it for what it is, and hopefully I provide a bit of a nostalgic experience for a few of you.

25.) Kirk Gibson’s home run in game 1 of 1988 World Series off Dennis Eckersley.

The man had a stomach virus and was playing on two bad legs, yet somehow he came through with the most memorable home run ever. This man deserves a a nice pat on the back, and some cake.

24.) Baseball strike of 1994.

This strike included, there have been 8 work stoppages in baseball history, but the strike of 94′ was the only one I have experienced in my entire life. The strike occurred in-season and lasted from August 12, 1994 to April 2, 1995. The entire postseason and World Series were canceled that year, leaving many fans shocked

Ban Blood Sports

Blood sports as the name suggests, refers to certain forms of sports that involve bloodshed of innocent animals. It involves engaging the animals in a fierce fight against each other and often ends with the death of one or all the animals involved.
Hare coursing, bull fighting, dog fighting, bear baiting, and badger baiting are the common examples of blood sports.

Animal Rights and Animal welfare activists have long been making an outcry against such barbaric sports and have been instrumental in shutting down most of them. However, these sports are still being practiced in some of the nations as a form of human entertainment.

In hare coursing, animals like hounds are made to chase the fragile hares. They are made to chase the harmless hares by sight and not by the much commonly practiced scent. It is practiced often as gambling, and the organizers tend to provide an excuse behind organizing such barbaric events as essential for controlling the population of hares or for sharpening the skills of sight hounds. Though banned in some of the nations as illegal, it is still organized in most of the

The BMX and Motocross Pyramid Challenge

The future of extreme BMX and Motocross Pyramid Challenges considered. Over the course of my studies into human sports, extreme sports, and adrenal rushes I’ve come up with many potential scenarios for new extreme sporting death defying feats which would wow crowds, and cause a cheer of thunder throughout any pavilion or stadium. Man and machine versus the impossible dream jump is what I’m talking about.

Now then, let me explain my latest scheme, one which will one day be performed and is sure to make headlines on ESPN, or draw in sponsors such as Red Bull to host. I’ve decided to call this the BMX or Free Style Motocross Challenge. Here is how it will work, but first let me help you visualize what I am talking about by jogging your memory a little bit. Do you remember seeing the motorcycle ramps which send the bike and rider straight up in the air.

Generally these are used so the rider can do multiple back flips and then land on the other side of the same ramp going basically straight down. The ramps are set up like hyperbolic

Extreme Waves

“Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear” – Buzzy Trent

Surfers measure waves from the back so if the biggest wave of the day was 30 feet according to their measurements you will find that to the watchers on the other side of the wave, a surfer could be riding a wave that is sixty feet tall, the height of a six-story building.

AUSTRALIA

CYCLOPS, Western Australia

This is mainland Australia’s heaviest wave. It is rarely surfed by tow-in and surfers tend to favour bodyboards as it breaks onto shallow rocks. It is a righthand wave which breaks on a coral reef. It is hollow, fast and powerful and ranks very highly in the ratings – “totally epic” is how I’ve heard it described!

SHIPSTERN’S BLUFF, Tasmania

Shipstern’s Bluff is a fast deep water extremely powerful reef break near Tasmania, South Australia which breaks onto huge boulers in freezing waters! It is an amazing wave if you can get there as it’s hard to find and you have about an hour and a half walk-in. Because of this and the cold water, menacing size

Cowboy Culture in the Camargue

My husband is a faithful rodeo attendee, and he never misses a single chuckwagon race. He loves the Calgary Stampede. Every year in July, he dons his cowboy duds for the official 10 days of the Stampede and any periphery events. This year he will truly miss his favourite event of the year as we will not be in Calgary. The excellent news, there is no shortage of cowboy culture, horses and bulls in Provence.

The Camargue, is located to the west of Marseille, south of Arles, divided by the Rhone river and bordered by the Mediterranean. This unique landscape is the marshy, wetland of the Rhone river delta. The Camargue is large, at 930 sq-km, at least one-third of which is water in the form of lakes or canals. This wild, beautiful countryside has been protected in some fashion since 1927. In 2008, it was incorporated into the Parc naturel régional de Carmague, and it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is certainly a place worth protecting.

Aside from water, the Camargue is filled with fauna. There are black bulls (taureau) bred for two purposes; fighting and their meat. The landscape is

Best Selling NBA Sports

Not every NBA player has the honor of seeing his jersey rise to the top of the NBA store best selling list. Unless a certain player has some event that explodes his popularity, the best selling jerseys are usually for the players that have performed at an extremely high level for an extremely long time. Now, it’s not the kind of performance that draws positive comments from only the locals. It’s the kind of performance that draws attention from all over the world. There have been many players in history who have done this, but the most recent three are indeed Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and the legendary Michael Jordan.

The Kobe Bryant NBA jersey is a magnificent blend of the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers: purple, gold, and white. The gold mesh of the jersey boldly sets a nice tone for the purple and white border. The classic, stylish lettering of the Lakers name is placed above the number 24 at the front of the jersey, with the name Bryant in the same position at the back. It’s no wonder that this jersey is one of the best selling. It both represents a great player

American Pit Bull Terrier The Perfect Dog For You?

Facts are, yes, they are capable of mauling or killing. Yes, they often do not do well with other dogs, especially same-sex. Yes, they are at times considered a status symbol for the wrong reasons. And yes, for the most part if well-bred, well-trained and well-socialized, American Pit Bull Terriers do make incredible pets.

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) we know today has a checkered and hotly debatable past. They are believed to be descendants of Roman Molossus, the forebear of today’s gentle giants, the Mastiff. Used for bull and bear baiting exhibitions in Roman coliseums and as ferocious war dogs, they followed the Roman Army as warriors and participants in blood sports.

Because of their brachycephalic head, they had phenomenal gripping ability. To that add exceptional courage and tireless stamina, they were the ideal working dogs for hunters, farmers and butchers. They were first used in legitimate bull baiting for butchers and bringing down large game such as bears. Because they were skillful at what they did so naturally, it did not take long for those involved to see money could be made at the expense of the dog. After working all day, they

Bull Fighting in Spain

Whenever we think about Spain, a picture of a Bull-fighter with red cloth in his hand and bull charging towards it comes in our mind. Bull fighting has truly become the symbol of this European country.

The basis of bull fighting in Spain lies in an age old tradition in which people used to sacrifice a bull on the days of fiestas. The sacrifices used to be performed to please the God. This game originally started as a playful competition between people and their bulls. The person who used to take control of the bull was considered to be powerful and strong.

The professional form of this sport started in 711 A.D. to celebrate the crowning ceremony of King Alfonso VIII. At that time, this sport was played while riding a horse. It used to be a sport for aristocrats during those times. But King Felipe V banned the aristocrats from playing this sport as he thought that it will put a bad example in front of the people.

Once the aristocrats were banned from playing, common people started taking part in the Bull Fighting. As common people couldn’t afford to keep horses, they changed

What’s Your Secret Project?

Whew! What a week of Olympic triumphs, defeats, and tragedy.

After starting off with a devastating tragedy in luge, the Olympics have turned into an incredible showcase of triumph over defeat… and some very unusual personalities mixed in for good luck.

With the best last name in the Olympics, the incredible US Snowboarder, Shaun White, showed up all of his competitors with an impressive display of ingenuity, talent, persistence and secret training.

Not sure if you have heard his story before, I will quickly recap it as there are some great lessons there.

Red Bull took a shining to Shaun White

They saw his natural talents for ripping up the half pipes and decided it would be a great idea to build him HIS OWN secret half pipe.

A full-size half pipe, accessible only by helicopter, that included a foam pit at the bottom for him to rehearse the more dangerous tricks.

No one knew about it.

No one could watch him train.

No one had a clue that he was secretly inventing new tricks and techniques that had never been seen.

And when he start to strut

Taking Back My Youth on an MGP Nitro Extreme

It was a cool spring morning which promised to become a very hot early spring day and so the mind drifts to what could be done to make this Sunday a very special one for my son and I.

Having spent most of the day before indoors playing Star Wars on the Wii, Sunday was going to be ‘outdoor day’ and I was going to be out in the fresh air, not sat in front of a television watching virtual characters battle it out on screen. No, fresh air is what I needed today and so that’s what I was going to get.

A few months earlier it had been my birthday and somebody in their ultimate wisdom had decided I was not going to grow old gracefully and bought me a scooter. Not any old scooter, but one with a particularly cool name. Knowing that I had a penchant for gadgets, they decided I needed on that summed up my love of all things ‘mega’ and ‘turbo’ and they bought me an ‘MGP Nitro Extreme’. Now, when I first saw the words on the box I didn’t really understand what it was I’d got. I

A Bull Terrier Dog Breed Profile

Description: The Bull Terrier is a strong, muscular, medium to large sized dog. This dog will be found to be 20 to 24 inches at the withers and will weigh from 45 to 80 pounds. The head of the Bullterrier makes it instantly recognizable, as it is egg shaped when viewed from the front and there is no stop. The short, hard coat is found in either a white or colored form, which will find the coat with black, red, brindle, or fawn with white. This terrier has a life span of around 10 to 12 years. It is also called the English Bull Terrier or the Standard Bullterrier.

History: The Bull Terrier was bred originally to take part in the ‘sport’ of bull baiting. As the devotees of bull baiting wanted a more agile dog than the rather ponderous Bulldog, this dog was bred to the English Terrier and Spanish Pointer. As a contender in the bull baiting ring, however, the Bullterrier was a flop. It was used to attacking animals tied to a post, and did not do well with free contestants. However, the dog had attracted the attention of quite a few people and

The Case for Flag Football As an Olympic

The Olympics are unlike any other sporting competition on the planet. For 16 days, over 300 events representing 35 sports and every country on the planet compete to take home their prized medals, and I have looked forward to watching the Summer Olympics every 4 years since as far back as I can remember. But there’s always been something missing. One of the United States most popular sports, and a top 10 sport throughout the world, it looks as though tackle and flag football could be Olympic sports by the year 2024, but issue obstacles still remain for that to become a reality. First we’ll walk through some reasons why the road to getting American Football included into the Olympics has not been an easy journey, followed by why we believe flag football to be the logical solution and choice as a future Olympic sport.

WHY ISN’T AMERICAN FOOTBALL ALREADY AN OLYMPIC SPORT?
According to an article by NFL.com, the biggest logistical problems facing the sport of American Football being included in the Olympics are very similar to that of Rugby. With the large numbers of participants on each team, the “gender equality” formats where both men

Weight Loss & Sports and Energy Drinks

Sports and Energy Drinks – Who Needs Them?

Sports drinks have become a staple of American athletics. Every major sports team including the NFL, Major League Baseball, and NASCAR, are sponsored by and use sports drinks. Given the large amount of calories and sugar in the drinks, the issue is who needs them and do they quench thirst and really rehydrate people?

Physical activity of any kind exposes everyone to the possibility of dehydration. Numerous factors determine how one sweats and therefore how much water replacement will be needed during and after exercise. Fluid replacement depends on environmental factors including temperature, sun exposure, humidity, and wind, as well as the intensity and duration of the activity. Not only is there a difference between different activities, but between individuals; some people simply sweat more than others and need greater fluid replacement.

Excessive dehydration is as a loss of a body weight of 2% or greater with physical activities. Thus a 160 lb person is dehydrated if he loses 3.2 lb. or more during an event. They use average sweat rates (the amount of fluid lost per hour during exercise) to predict the possibility of dehydration. Here

Sports Programming In DIRECTV

DIRECTV is the leader in Sports Programming that contributes many sports packages to their subscribers. NFL SUNDAY TICKET, NASCAR HotPass, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, MLB EXTRA INNINGS, NBA League Pass, NHL CENTER ICE, MLS Direct Kick, CricketTicket, Setanta Sports, NCAA MEGA MARCH, Sports Pack, Golf, Tennis, UFC and WWE are the sports packages present in DIRECTV.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET

Subscribers can enjoy football like never before in NFL SUNDAY TICKET that is available only on DIRECTV. Subscribers can watch up to 14 games every Sunday with real time scores, in-depth stats and player – tracking. Up to 18 players in real time can be tracked on the screen. Live Big play alerts for players will be given every time when players perform game changing play.

Multi and single game score boards will be displayed on the same screen. The scores can be displayed quarter by quarter in the scoring plays. Subscribers can check the stats of the top performers and also the top three players in each team in rushing, passing and receiving with the help of Player Stats. The team stats comprises of first downs conversions, rushing and passing yards. Subscribers can view

Sports Marketing And The Evolution

Sport is a winning medium that reach a worldwide audience every day, guaranteeing sponsors benefits that are not comparable with traditional media such as TV, radio and the press. This is confirmed also by the ever increasing number of hours that the major television networks worldwide dedicate to sport in all its forms and expressions and by the number of professional Sports Marketing Agencies that suggest to their clients to use sport in promotional activities.
Sport, as a communication tool, is unique in its ability to break down traditional cultural and linguistic barriers and is a competitive, creative and fruitful business product that is suitable for achieving different marketing objectives, such as:

– Increasing brand popularity/awareness

– Changing brand profile

– Enhancing brand/product

– Creating worldwide product recognition

– Attracting new market segments

– Enlarging the distribution network

In order to give an idea of the popularity of sport, we provide you with some data from the Motorbike World Championship, one of the most spectacular and sometimes heroic of all sporting events. In 2005 MotoGp has experienced continuous growth in viewing figures, attendance and investments:

– 17 Grands Prix, hosted

The World’s Most Extreme Waves

“Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear” – Buzzy Trent

Surfers measure waves from the back so if the biggest wave of the day was 30 feet according to their measurements you will find that to the watchers on the other side of the wave, a surfer could be riding a wave that is sixty feet tall, the height of a six-story building.

AUSTRALIA

CYCLOPS, Western Australia

This is mainland Australia’s heaviest wave. It is rarely surfed by tow-in and surfers tend to favour bodyboards as it breaks onto shallow rocks. It is a righthand wave which breaks on a coral reef. It is hollow, fast and powerful and ranks very highly in the ratings – “totally epic” is how I’ve heard it described!

SHIPSTERN’S BLUFF, Tasmania

Shipstern’s Bluff is a fast deep water extremely powerful reef break near Tasmania, South Australia which breaks onto huge boulers in freezing waters! It is an amazing wave if you can get there as it’s hard to find and you have about an hour and a half walk-in. Because of this and the cold water, menacing size

The Most Popular on the Market

Red Bull energy drink is the “big kahuna” of energy drinks. It wasn’t the first ever created (that honor goes to Jolt Cola back in the early 80’s) but it did kick-start this new booming market of energy-inducing beverages.

Red Bull blasted onto the scene in 1997 and essentially created the energy drink market in the United States. Energy drinks made over $275 million in wholesale revenues with 65% going to Red Bull. The owners of the privately held company won’t talk about its financial revenue, but annual sales are rumored to be over $1 billion worldwide. Like I said, they’re the “big kahuna” of energy drinks.

Who created Red Bull and why did they make it taste so strange? Well, the creator is Dietrich Mateschitz. Back in the 80’s, while traveling in Asia, Mateschitz came across a syrupy beverage and discovered that its main ingredient was taurine, an amino acid which is produced naturally in human and animal bile. After meticulous analysis and experimentation, he finally developed the unique beverage that we all know as Red Bull.

The taste is, shall we say, distinctive. When I first tried Red Bull, I thought I was

An Interview With Sauber Red Bull Racing’s Brook Johnston

As many of us grow up wanting to be champions throughout life, we can only wonder what it may take to get there. Being raised as an avid race fan growing up, I found myself thinking what it must be like to be a championship race car driver. What kind of life style does this require? How emotional and physical is the sport to the human body? Most importantly, how do you become a champion? Thanks to a wonderful opportunity given to me by Team Sauber Red Bull Racing of the Formula BMW International series, I was able to interview young American racing prodigy Brook Johnston from Laguna Beach, California. Johnston has continued his career in the sport by battling through much success including two International Karting Federation Championships, a World Karting Association Championship, a strong second place season finish with Team Ferrari of North America in the GT class, and a current championship lead in the Formula BMW International series. Running on much more than just pure adrenaline, I interviewed the twenty year old racing driver on his continued success in auto racing.

Tom Dorris: So Brook, I would firstly like to ask you about your

Red Bull Founder and Marketing Master

Since its founding in 1984 by an Austrian entrepreneur named Dietrich Mateschitz, along with his partner Chaleo Yoovihya, Red Bull has become a dominant force in today’s network of global commerce. They have become a brand that is as far reaching as it is dynamic; a premium product, a powerful force of entertainment, and use of effective marketing have all allowed Red Bull to become the wildly popular brand that it is today. Marketing lessons from Red Bull are numerous; this article will introduce and analyze some of these lessons.

One of the main ways that Red Bull has become such a marketing phenomenon is by sponsoring, and thereby associating themselves, with a wide range of extreme sports events and other spectator entertainment outlets. In this way they’ve been able to literally integrate themselves, as a brand, into the very fabric of a certain number of different spectator/extreme/action sports. Fundamentally, this is one of the most important marketing lessons from Red Bull; if you can manage to make consumers automatically associate your brand with a certain mainstay of their entertainment preferences, then you will have created a consumer-product bond that is far stronger than more typical or

Sauber Red Bull’s Confidence Trickster Brook Johnston

A young Ernest Hemingway couldn’t have put it best when he said he was “fraid o’ nothin.” The 20 year old American Brook Johnston can probably express similar sentiments. Team Sauber Red Bull Racing’s newest addition has not only wowed the likes of the Albert II in Monaco, but has begun to turn the public face from hysteria to utter seriousness. The Sauber Red Bull driver has completely ravaged the streets of Monaco with a tremendous win and has recently taken the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring pushing him ahead six points further into the championship lead.

Now we can say that everything wasn’t peachy for the so called “American racing prodigy,” of which he has begun to be called. Just a few weeks ago the American’s luck began to turn sour as the Sauber Red Bull F2008 BMW chassis spun off the track at Monza’s turn four, turning mere prowess into severity. Spending a total of three days in the Milan’s Azienda Ospedaliera Ospitale Nigurada Ca’ Granda hospital, Johnston endured critical bone fractures to his arms and rib cage as well as undergoing serious head trauma from the accident. At a speed of over 130