Ovechkin's Suspension Shows Inconsistency in NHL Punishments

By now we have all heard that Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has been suspended 2 games for his hit on Brian Campbell. Was the hit really that bad? Ovechkin did push him late, but it was not a bone crushing hit by any means. I do not think that Ovechkin's hit warrants a 2 game suspension. Campbell hurt himself mainly due to the awkward fall and the speed and momentum with which he was skating.

I admit I am biased as a Capitals fan and would be angry if it had happened to one of our own players. Having said that, I do remember the wicked hit Chris Pronger put on Mike Green last year, which thread Green into the boards and left him with a shoulder injury through the entire plays. I do not think Colin Campbell, head NHL disciplinarian really knows what he is doing anymore. There is no consistency in the penalties and therefore referees and players do not know what is and is not allowed.

We can not say Ovechkin was suspended because he has prior troubles with the NHL. Tampa Bay player Steve Downie has a history. He was suspended 20 games in 2007, his rookie season, for a check to the head. He also had conduct problems in the AHL afterward. In 2009, he slashed an official and received a game misconduct and a 20 game suspension. Well this past Sunday, the same day as Ovechkin's hit, Downie took a dirty hit at Penguins star Sidney Crosby. Downie had no contact with Crosby until after Crosby passed the puck, and then proceeded to knock Crosby into the boards and take out Crosby's legs from behind him. Crosby passed the puck before center ice and Downie hit him near the blue line and fell with him well into Tampa territory. Luckily Crosby was okay. But what did Downie get? A trivial 2 minute penalty and a fine. No suspension. Everyone who knows me or has read this blog knows I hate Crosby. So I would be one of the last to speak up for him. But I do not want him to get hurt and I can see this was a dirty hit.

Another prime example of the inconsistency with the League's discipline is the hit that Matt Cooke had on Marc Savard. On March 7th, Cooke hit Savard high at his head and Savard went down with a "serious concussion." Savard had to be carted off on a stretcher and it looks like he may miss the rest of the season. Cooke also has a recent history of dirty hits. He was suspended twice in the last 2 seasons (2 games each) for head hits on Artem Anisimov and Scott Walker. What did Cooke get for this hit? NOTHING. No penalty. No fine. No suspension. No justice.

There was also the hit that Flyers Mike Richards put on David Booth of the Florida Panthers in October. This was a similar hit to Savard's in which Booth was out for 45 games with a Grade 3 concussion. Richards also received no suspension. The reason that "disciplinarian" Campbell provided for not suspending Cooke is that he needed to remain consistent with this decision to not suspend Richards. Obviously, this consistency was thrown out 7 days later with Ovechkin.

These are not the only examples of NHL conduct problems. There have been dirty hits in the NHL for years. The NHL should have its rules defined by now. Clearly I disagree with Ovechkin's suspension. I do disapprove of the hit, but I think a 5 minute major would have sufficed. However, it is not simply because of my own opinion of the hit. I do not agree with the suspension more due to the inconsistency of the NHL's punishments. How come goons with prior troubles who make dirty hits can get off with a slap on the wrist at best? Does Campbell only suspend Ovechkin to make a statement because he is a great, high-profile player? Or is it because Campbell may be out for the season? Punishments and rules should be consistent across the board no matter who the player is or how injured the victim becomes.



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Sports Betting – The Hard Way to Make an Easy Living

When I first started betting online, I hit an amazing winning streak. While I was always freakishly interested in sports, and quite intuitive in picking bets, this winning streak was way beyond lucky. I have never quite experienced anything like it before or since.

On fifty bets, I missed three, and at the end of this streak my bankroll was about twenty times larger than when I started out. Back then, I knew nothing of all the things I now preach as essential, least of all bankroll management. I was happily, and foolishly, betting ten percent of my bankroll on single bets.

That the streak was about to come to an end, I was blissfully unaware. I thought I had it made and I had already started looking at the fancy cars and huge mansions I would buy. It felt as if my dream had come true, sports betting was going to make me rich.

What actually happened was that my luck turned, and since i was making way to large bets, soon my bankroll had taken a huge hit. The dream was gone.

I started educating myself on all the probability theory involved, on betting systems and money management. I expanded my portfolio of sportsbooks. Since then, I have been successful. But not in a rapid, get rich quick way. In a slow, lots-of-effort, sometimes frustrating way. I have learned that to be successful in this game, you need to be patient and disciplined.

If you want to be a successful sports gambler, you need to realize this too. You are not going to pick with an 80 percent success rate against the spread in the long run. Nobody is going to sell you can't-miss picks for twenty bucks, or sell you the rights to an advanced sports betting computer program that will make you filthy rich.

You need to put in the work and become an expert in the sport of your choice. You need to understand the basic principles of probability theory. You need to remain calm during losing, and winning, streaks. You need to understand why a line or a odds is way off. If you can not think of a reason, you need to wonder if maybe you are the one who is way off.

Simply, you need to make bets with a positive expected value, while managing your bankroll in a sensible way. Becoming a successful sports bettor is not that difficult in theory, you will find, however, that it certainly can be in practice.



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How to Catch Bass on Poppers – Fly Fishing for Bass



If my 10 year old can catch bass on poppers you can too! Fly fishing for largemouth bass on poppers is fun and there are LOTS of public waters to fish for bass.

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Cheating in the NFL

Who would have thought it would come to this? What has professional sports come to with cheating? NBA, MLB, and Hockey have been caught cheating and now the NFL is joining the rest of the professional sports leagues as a sport that cheats.

As a former NFL player, I would always hear the saying, "If you're not cheating, you're not trying." Pretty sad is not it? Well, I think the Patriots took that statement to heart and that is why they got caught. Unfortunately, cheating is much more common in the NFL than fans realize.

When I played in the NFL, there were many teams that I played against that "magic" seemed to know what our plays were. There were teams that I played against where I would ask myself, "How on earth do they know what we are running?"

You should know that cheating runs rampant in the NFL and it is not just the Patriots that are cheating. Yes, they got done because they made their cheating too obvious. But make no mistake about it, it is a fact that all NFL teams cheat to some extent.

In my NFL career I was taught that a team has to do whatever it can do to get an advantage over the competition, and that cheating is considered okay as long as you do not get caught. It is just a part of the game. But in my heart I knew that cheating was wrong. As professional athletes and professional sports teams, we are expected to be setting a good example of the highest level of sports. But we are not setting a good example. We are not playing fair. Maybe you can say cheating is fair because everyone is doing it but I think it is wrong. I believe in fair competition and what is happening in professional sports with cheating is a disgrace.

Another huge problem caused by pro teams cheating is that it teaches our children that cheating is ok – as long as you do not get caught. As pro athletes and sports teams, we need to set an example and teach kids that cheating is wrong.

Cheating is a black and white issue and there should be no gray areas. You can not say cheating is okay for some things but wrong for other things. Cheating is always wrong and it can not be tolerated. Cheating has a snowball effect. Kids learn that if they do not get caught, cheating is okay. So, after cheating a few times on small things and not getting caught, they move up to cheating on bigger things. That is when the real problems start as children and young adults do not understand the consequences for their actions, and by cheating they are being dishonorable human being. If you can not be trusted to play fair, you should not be allowed to play.

I feel that teams that cheat need to be punished and punished very severely. Including being fined and penalized with losing draft choices. Your team should automatically lose the game too. Coaches cait cheating should be suspended without pay for the season, or even fired. There has to be a system in place where the consequences of cheating are so severe that teams will not risk getting caught. It is sad that it has come to this but cheating can not be tolerated.



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The History of NBA Jerseys

Ever since the beginning of NBA, all professional basketball players have been wearing the same thing. Only the designs and the fabrics evolve through time. But what is surely different is the popularity that these jerseys get every year or even by the decade. Of course, jerseys from the 1980's era would be more expensive nowdays, if you can still see any, while NBA jerseys are now also highly highly due to the popularity of the players.

If you can remember when Michael Jordan was still in his early years of playing basketball, their jerseys were a little tight on top while their shorts are very short. Well, it is also because during those times, the basketball players were lean and tall. Jerseys are now very loose on top while the shorts are obviously longer than before this is probably because of the sizes of our NBA players now. It seems like being larger and buffer is more advantageous now unlike before. And well, they can not really make spectacular and super amazing moves if they are wearing such a tight jersey. This is just one of the reasons why jerseys have changed.

One company that has been in the industry of making jerseys from professional sports associations is Mitchell & Ness. They were established since 1904 and have licenses with Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association. They launched their Hardwood Classics collection in 1998. And by May 2002, USA Today reported that the most popular NBA players for Mitchell & Ness are Julius Erving, then Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird. Is not it surprising that Jordan is not in the list? Maybe it's because during the prime of these basketball players, Jordan was still starting his early years in playing ball.



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Fishing “Unique” Lures For Winter Bass



Bait selection for winter bass fishing is a tricky task that sometimes causes anglers to limit their lure arsenal to just a handful of bottom bouncing baits. Tried and true bottom baits like a jig and shaky head do work, but there are some unique winter baits that can be equally effective. A jointed swimbait like the Strike Pro Glider, for example, has a totally different look then most baits that bass are seeing this time of year. These uncommon lure presentations will often peak the curiosity of lethargic winter bass and trigger big bites.

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1 Million Dollar Prize for Fantasy Football

Playing in the office fantasy football pool with a cost of $ 20 and a pool of $ 240 is not even close to what the big boys play for.

The stakes are higher but the wins are really high. As an example, first place winner of the World Championship of Fantasy Football WCOF – gets $ 200,000 dollars plus a crystal trophy and trip to Miami.

As always, the downside is you need to put down money. In the example above its going to cost you $ 1495. You will also have to show up either in Las Vegas or Atlantic City on draft day. The competition is plenty. In the WCOF, there are 70 leagues with 12 teams a piece.

There are more prizes than just the grand prizes in all these Fantasy Football Tournaments. In the WCOF, just being the league champion gives you $ 6000 – plus if you get 15th place overall you get $ 2900 and it increases to $ 200,000 for the top player. The list goes on and on for other opportunities to win back your money and more.

Fantasy Football has come along way. Who would have thought people could make a living on fantasy football? But then who would of thought 10 years ago poker would have televised on ESPN with winners making a million dollars. For a list of more high roller fantasy football tournaments take a look at http://www.ihavetheedge.com/fantasyfootballtournaments.htm .

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How to Bet Teasers in NFL Football Betting

In sports betting there are always numerous ways to place a wager on a game or event in attempt to earn some money. Sportsbooks often offer a variety of options that intrigue bettors. One popular option is called a teaser bet. A teaser bet is along the similarities to that of a parlay bet. Parlay bets is when there is a wager of two or more sides where all bets must win for the entire card to win. Parlay bets are harder to hit, but provide more profit than your regular straight bet. Teaser bets are better for those wanting to wager money on multiple sides, but want to change the spread. Teasers allow you to adjust the point spreads favoring the side you are choosing by giving you a greater margin of error. Unlike other types of bets, you can actually adjust the spread up and down to better suit your betting action. As with Parlays, all the teams in the wager must win.

In NFL Betting many people may attempt two-team parlays on one particular game by choosing against the spread and the over / under options. For example: you are considering NFL football picks to take a team at -4 points and the over 42. If you were to place a teaser bet you may have the possibility to get 4 points added to each side of the lines. Meaning the new spread would be 8 and the new over / under (or total) would be 38 which could make all the difference in the world on making your bet a winner. Remember how many times when betting on football games have you seen spreads favoring a team by a touchdown at an even 7 points, and then you wished you could just get a few more points this or that way. Well with teasers you can have the ability to adjust the line a few points whichever way you need. Teasers are offered by all sports books and many sports handicapping services release weekly teaser picks. Remember that when betting on a teaser all plays must win for card to win. It is also a good idea to check out which sportsbooks offer the best odds on their teaser action.

Generally speaking, with a two-team / 6-point teaser (6 points added to each spread) you should usually profit 100 dollars for every 110 dollars you wager, just like a straight bet. But again, all teams must win in order to win the bet. While this is not anywhere near what you can profit off parlay bets, the teaser bet is a much easier wager to win. Parlays do not give bettors the possibility to change the spreads in their favor, which make them fairly difficult to hit. On the other hand, teaser bets give you all the assurance you need with those difficult choosing betting actions. A few points can make all the difference in turning a confident bet into a sure thing.

Generally football bets offer anywhere from 6-7 point teasers bets. If you have never taken advantage of teaser bets, can you imagine what a difference 6-7 points would make on every betting choice you placed action? If you want to really add more money to your bankroll, then consider taking advantage of the teaser bets to get the odds in your favor and not the bookmakers.



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‘Water Fools’ (Fous de Bassin) part 5



Derwentwater. Sat 11 Aug 2012. All the cast see if you can spot the car, bike, fire boats, paddle train,big bed, wheelie bin and many more. Enjoy some fireworks. The Derwentwater Lake Alive event. Performed by the ilotopie group from France.

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How To Locate Winter Bass + Fishing FAIL!



Winter fishing… where do you even start?!? These simple steps will help you locate fish and quickly find productive water. There is nothing worse than fishing and fishing without knowing if you’re even around fish. We’ve got your covered!

Bass will position in different locations and depths based on water temperature and weather. Most bass spend the Winter in deep water to insulate themselves from the cold surface temperatures. There are two circumstances that will draw fish out of the depths. Those circumstances rising water and warm afternoon sun.

In this video we’ll explain how the fish move, why they move, and what baits you can use to efficiently locate and catch Winter bass.

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