Monthly Archives: December 2015

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 Mercedes 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.

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

Hamilton Rosberg

“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.


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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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