Two differences between mens and womens cleats

Written by Soccer Garage

Womens soccer cleats these days are more than just a different color and size. During the early eighties and nineties when the popularity of women’s soccer was increasing. Manufacturers did what is known as the “pink em and shrink em” process. They made womens soccer cleats in what they considered to be more “feminine” colors and made them in smaller sizes. This is no longer the case. Womens cleats are now designed for women and have some differences from the men’s version.

While different colors and smaller colors might work for a women’s soccer jersey, womens feet have an anatomical difference to men’s feet. In most cases women can wear men’s shoes if the same size. But for performance, and injury avoidance the shoes need to take into account the above differences.

One of them is that women’s feet taper in towards the heel. Modern womens cleats are designed this way. This gives the wearer a better fit. This translates to better agility, stability and much fewer injuries.

The other big difference is that women have much wider hips along with a much wider angle from the hip to the knee joint. This requires the shoe to have much softer support. Especially in the midsole.

When the shoe is designed with smaller heels and feet in mind along with the softer midsole, there is a lot of excess weight removed. These cleats are lighter and the wearer will be able to perform better with less chance of injury.

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Kobe turned down an offer to play for Barcelona in Euroleague

dentsportThe five time NBA champion was offered a contract by European club FC Barcelona. This would give him a chance to enjoy a longer basketball career overseas. But according to the Spanish sports newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, he has turned down the offer.

After hearing that Bryant may be ending his basketball career with Pau Gasol, the Catalan club put through their offer.

The NBA star had spent most of his childhood in Europe. He has also stated that he admired european basketball players. He however rejected last year’s offer from Barcelona, because he was unsure of the level of his health and if he would be fit enough to play for the entire season.

The star had passed on an offer from barcelona, which included competing for the club in high profile Euroleague games.

Bryant announced that he intends to retire in November this year, after he completes his NBA season. Bryant is also under contract with the lakers and has been for the past 20 years. He is said to receive a $25 million salary.

Bryant has not commented publicly on the rejection of the offer, but he has mentioned in  past in interviews with ESPN, that once he retires from Basketball he intends to start a career as a businessman. In the interview with ESPN in 2014, he said that he had formed a business called Kobe. inc and that he currently has a small team of employees.

Dhoni says “this T20 team can play anywhere in the world”

dentsportSkipper for India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, says that his current team is “balanced” and can “take on any team anywhere in the world”.

“Well if you see, more often than not, the team that we have played with (this year in T20’s), looks like a team that can play in any condition, especially in this format. Let’s not talk about the 50-over format. But in T20s, we can play with this team anywhere in the world,” He said after the team’s win against UAE in the Asia Cup.

“We now have three proper seamers, two spinners and if needed part-timers. I think it is the right combination. And even if you go for a few extra runs, with the batting that we have – till No 8, I think we can look to get those extra runs if the opposition scores off us. So I think this team is set for playing in any conditions, whether you are playing in India or outside India. It looks like a very balanced team.”

When asked when he intends to retire, at a Bangladesh conference, he said “I’m not getting rid of myself so soon. Bangladesh will have to face me more often than not. This is one occasion when the question was longer than the answer,” he said with a laugh.

Dhoni said that the final will be tough since the conditions are known well by Bangladesh. “As I said, any good team if they are the home team, they will always know the conditions very well. So to beat a home team is always difficult. Also Bangladesh, over the years has developed a lot. They have improved their strength. They know the condition well, as I have said. It will be a good final”

Nike’s Identity Is Crucial To Their Success

Nike’s marketing schemes are dominated by customer expression and emotionally-evoking messages.

Nike has redefined the way sports marketing, and even general marketing, is seen today. Their industry dominance as well as global reach has made them one of the powerhouses in the market.

A Defined Image

Throughout the years, Nike developed itself into that company with the “swoosh” logo. It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone can associate the swoosh logo with Nike. They’ve ultimately separated themselves from their competition by not only releasing unique designs and products, but also by partnering up with athletes that are well-known by the public.

Word-Of-Mouth

Steve Doctrow, who is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Rogers & Cowan, worked with Nike on several high-profile campaigns. According to Doctrow, the integration of brands and media can substantially raise exposure.

Nike didn’t become a successful company overnight. They rose in popularity because they created a buzz in the scene. They made their product easily identifiable to the public, which increased their overall marketing success through word-of-mouth. They also promote powerful messages to their viewers in commercials and advertisements which factors in to the recognition of the brand.

Raising Awareness To Build Sales

Another important factor that Nike feels strongly about is the emotion that their products carry. If you notice, they place a strong emphasis on how customers express themselves through the use of the product. This not only helps build up awareness for the industry giant, but it also increases overall sales.

Johnny Manziel under investigation on Domestic Violence charges

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Late January this year the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of domestic violence that put Johnny Manziel under investigation.

The allegations stated that he beat his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. The charges were dropped. But it is said that Crowley has now decided to press charges. detectives stated that this was common for domestic violence cases, since the victims tend to delay reporting the assault.

The judge has issued an order of protection, which stated that Manziel will have to stay away from Crowley for 2 years. Crowley informed the police that Manziel beat her repeatedly at a hotel. He than drove her back to her apartment and beat her again.

Manziel’s father, Paul Manziel, stated the following ”I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,”. Paul stated that he had spoken to the Manziel and urged him to check into rehab, but his attempts were unsuccessful. Paul had also informed the Denton Sheriff officer that he believed that his son could be suicidal.

A statement was released by the Browns, stating that Manziel will be released before the league begins. The owner of Brown’s, stated that he has not been able to reach the player. “Johnny has not responded to us, but we’ll do anything we can to help him personally and our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and his family,…We’re not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we’re worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that’s all we need to say on the issue.”

How Bill Buckner Became a Scapegoat for the City of Boston

By Phin Upham

In 1986, the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox dueled for the World Series title. The two teams were bitter rivals in the eyes of their fans, and that part is important. How fans perceived what happened in this series had an intriguing effect on one man’s life.

It was game 6 in the bottom of the tenth inning. Kevin Mitchell was on third, Ray Knight on first. The feeling was tense. The Red Sox were sitting on two outs, with just one more strike to go. It would be their first title win in 68 years, but the Mets were prepared to duke it out.

They’d come back from a point deficit to tie the game. This was literally a make or break moment.

Mookie Wilson hit a slow roller toward first base and several things happened at once. Bill Buckner moved up on the ground ball and attempted to grab it closer to the first base bag. He was afraid of Mitchell’s speed and wanted to react quickly. He set his glove down and ran through a drill every pee-wee baseball player goes through: fielding a ground ball. Only he missed.

The crowds erupted, and the moment would haunt Buckner throughout his career. He would later play for the California Angels, eventually accumulating 2,700 hits over a career of twenty years. But Boston fans couldn’t bring themselves to forgive him until 2008. Buckner was invited to throw the first pitch to his former teammate Dwight Evans during the unfurling of the 2007 Championship banner. Buckner had retired in 1990, the moment long past him. He finally received a four minute standing ovation and a proper greeting back to Boston.


Phin Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Twitter page.

Can Mercedes handle driver rivalry?

With just 76 days to go the Melbourne Albert Park formula 1 season is closer than you think. The melbourne grand prix will test 22 cars from 11 teams. But can Mecedes handle driver rivalry?

The team’s head Toto Wolff has been looking at how to handle rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The tension between the two was clear, when Rosberg found his form in the final 6 races. This could be because Hamilton eased off, since he had the title with 3 races to finish.

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Wolff has raised the possibility of letting the drivers race more freely.

“I want the dominance to continue but if it were to continue like this I need to think what we do so we do not become the enemy,” Wolff told the Mail. “Maybe it’s about unleashing them completely. Give them their own strategy.”

Both Hamilton and Rosberg have been given the freedom to complete track with guidelines. The guidelines states that the lead driver always gets first choice for pit stop timing. This is done in order to protect the driver behind been given an unfair advantage of being able to stop and gaining extra speed. But this prevents the drivers from beating one another between two evenly matched cars.

Wolff has also stated that he is considering changing the line up if rivalry between the drivers starts to affect the team. This statement comes at a time where Rosberg’s contract is up for renewal at the end of the season.

America’s Greatest Athlete: Jim Thorpe

By Phineas Upham

Jim Thorpe is widely considered by American fans to be one of the greatest athletes to have ever walked the Earth. He was of Sac and Fox descent, hailing from Oklahoma. From an early age, Thorpe was dedicated to playing sports. He was an all-star for several All-American Indian teams, and he had a successful tour of barnstorming as a basketball player.

The practice of barnstorming might be foreign to modern audiences because of the ever-present nature of live sports and television. Barnstorming was more like an exhibition match, and it gave players of minority descent a better opportunity to play in various sports they would otherwise not find an audience with. For example, black basketball players frequently played baseball in barnstorm games.

Thorpe would go on to win the Olympic Gold Medals for the pentathlon and decathlon, and he played both professional and collegiate American football. That’s where most of his fame comes from, but Thorpe was really an all-around player who was competent in most sports.

While Thorpe was widely respected throughout his career, he was forced to retire at age 41 when the Great Depression fell into full swing and money for sports dried up. Like most of the populace of the time, Thorpe struggled to find work after that. He never fully recovered and spent the remaining years of his life wrestling with both failing health and increasing alcoholism.

Although Thorpe’s medals were stripped in 1913 for having played professional sports during the time leading up to his Olympic performances, his medals were restored in 1983. Unfortunately, the original medals, which were held in a sports museum, were stolen and never recovered. The reinstated medals also had to be remade.


Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Facebook page.

Shopping for Soccer Season: The Basics Every Player Needs

It’s time for the holidays, and that means lots of parents and friends of small kids are hitting the Web in search of discount soccer equipment. The good news is that you can almost always find deals on major brands, like Diadora soccer or adidas, but you should be sure you’re purchasing equipment your players will actually use.

Soccer is a game that requires few piece of equipment to get started, but the right equipment can make a big difference to the players in your life.

Cleats

Is your child playing indoors or outdoors? That makes a difference, as indoor cleats won’t have as much traction on grass. Indoor cleats are designed to look more like a regular shoe you’d wear on the street. Imagine a low profile and gum outsole and you’ve basically got the gist. Outdoor soccer cleats have varying degrees of firmness designed for different field conditions. Even artificial turf has recommended shoes players should don before hitting the pitch. Traction makes a big difference.

Without a doubt, adidas soccer shoes are one of the most recognizable and high-end brands. Diadora and Nike are two other reputable brands that offer superior quality to all levels of play.

Ball

A quality ball doesn’t necessarily mean an expensive one. The first thing to notice is the size of the ball, as different leagues have varying requirements regarding size. High-quality balls use a polyester thread that is hand stitched, while most manufactured balls use machinery for this process. The panels are turned inside out and stitched together so none of the stitching will show. Check the packaging for what details you can glean.

Padding

Soccer is a physical sport, but not to the same degree as tackle football. The main focus for protection should be the player’s legs. Tackling in soccer puts a player’s legs at risk, so shin guards and knee-high socks are fairly standard purchases for new players. Goalkeepers will also want to grab gloves to help absorb the impact of the ball being kicked at them.

Loose Ends

It’s a good idea to have a bag you can use to carry all of this equipment inside, and teams will feel more cohesive if you have matching kits for the players to wear before they hit the pitch. Be sure you speak with your organization to find out what they are covering. Some teams order the matching kit and take your money, rather than you finding this uniform on your own.
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How Klopp Has Resurrected Liverpool’s Hopes in the English Premier League

Even if Jurgen Klopp has been at Liverpool for eight matches, the effect that he is having on the club is substantial.

Without a doubt, the win over Manchester City over the weekend by 4 goals to 1 can be attributed to a beautiful display of counterattacking football. This is in stark contrast to the loss at Old Trafford by 3 goals to one just about 70 days ago.

Even if the starting XI’s between these two games were identical, there was barely any creativity and imagination shown in the latter.

So, how has Klopp brought about this change?

For starters, one of his strategies was the get back possession of the ball when it is lost. This is clear given that the number of interceptions that Liverpool made in the game against City was thrice as much against United two months ago. This was no different with the number of tackles made – from 23 in the United game to 32 against City.

dentsportIn fact, they were so intense in that game that they attempted the fifth most number of tackles and interceptions in a Premier League game. While this is just one instance, the average number of tackles and interceptions per game has increased under Klopp.

Apart from this, they also covered a lot more distance than the same players did against United. Yet this isn’t just one game since they’ve been running much more than under Rodgers.

Last but not the least, Klopp is also known for getting the best out of his players. In this case, it has been Firmino even if he wasn’t fit at the beginning of the season. It’s clear that he has been a lot of freedom in the ‘false 9’ position. The same goes for Lallanna too.