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6 Memorable Sporting Events Caught On Video

Sport is a way of life to billions of people all over the world, but as with so many other things in life, the best, and most memorable moments often slip by us in our excitement to see the best sportsmen and women compete for the ultimate prize.

However, the ultimate prize is often much less than the silverware or a huge check; it is often just the desire to get through a match or competition without suffering embarrassment or ridicule (or death by shark bite), and so in this list, we present you with 6 memorable sporting events that caught the world’s attention for various reasons… Continue reading “6 Memorable Sporting Events Caught On Video”

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What You Will Need For Outdoor Motorsports Photography

There are several outdoor motorsports that benefit from certain camera accessories for photography. Housings and cases are certainly necessary, as dust, dirt, and mud commonly get on the camera at the event. Filters provide some interesting dynamics to the shots that are not available in editing. Many more great tricks can be captured with additional accessories for you outdoor camera. Continue reading “What You Will Need For Outdoor Motorsports Photography”

Basketball Coach Book

Coaches,

I love the christmas break time right now, because it allows me time to think, reflect, and re-direct my basketball energy on new subjects like books and dvds. I had the chance to read a book by Lon Kruger and DJ Allen named: “The X’s and O’s of Success”.

I actually knew some of Coach Kruger’s assistant coaches from my days at Blinn College and had met him briefly while I was out recruiting on the road. He wouldn’t remember the meeting, but I remember that he went out of his way for a young assistant coach and didn’t “Big-Time” me at all unlike a lot of Division 1 coaches.

Coach Kruger came up with a unique formula for success and trys to bring out the very best for his basketball players and teams. He has done things with dignity and class that is not always associated with the sport’s world. He talks about his principles for taking over cultures seeking stability and direction and changing them into positive, productive environments. I felt that his book could be applied to the business and coaching world.

Coach Kruger has made it an “art” when it comes to rebuilding college basketball programs. He does a great job of weaving his own basketball coaching experiences into examples that show leadership and the ability to improve performance. He talks about coaching at Texas Pan-American as the head men’s basketball coach / athletic director at the age of 29, and elite eight appearance in his second year at Kansas State, a final four appearance and team record of 29 wins at University of Florida, a Big Ten title for Illinois, and a Sweet 16 appearance for the “Running Rebels” of UNLV. He also discusses his two and a half year coaching job with the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and how they were fired mid-season. He doesn’t pull any punches in this book.

The chapters of the book cover 39 life lessons and how to apply leadership to any field of business or coaching. Each chapter is broken down into three parts: Pre-game, Game-time, and Post-Game. It is a very easy to read book that has life lessons that everyone can take something from. In lesson thirty, here is a quote that I love: “Remember, great leaders develop other great leaders”. It is simple, honest and true.

Here is an excerpt of the book:



“Lesson One: The Simplicity of Success

Pre-game:
It’s simple. Success is a process, not an event.

That’s not always the most exciting thing to hear. We want to believe in quick fixes, silver bullets, catching magic in a bottle.

But if you take the time to analyze the large majority of successful people, organizations, companies or teams, you will find that their overall success is a byproduct of simply doing the right things on a daily basis.

That is the reality we face as leaders — the simplicity of success. So how do we address something that is so elementary? How do we affirm this message with our teams day in and day out?

Welcome to the challenge of being a leader.

Game Time:

The average college basketball fan would probably be surprised to learn how much our coaching staff focuses on working with players to develop them off the court, in addition to helping them improve on the court.

When these young men join our program, they are usually 18-, 19- or 20-years-old. Many of them are away from home for the first time.

Some arrive on the scene with a strong work ethic while some lack the concept of working hard. It is all relative to their background and surroundings. While you can learn a little something about the players during the recruiting process, there are just some things you can’t find out about people until you are around them everyday.

Our objective as a staff is to develop our program for long-term success.

This means having kids on our team who are emotionally, mentally and physically able to perform at their highest level possible in basketball as well as in the classroom and socially. We want to maximize the potential of each player in our program.

In order to do this, we must start with the basics. We talk to our kids about the simplicity of success. “Take care of what you have to take care of today,” we tell them. “If you do this day in and day out for your entire tenure with us, you will have success and we will have success as a team.”

It is teaching elementary principles, but it is what works.”

What others are saying about Coach Kruger and the book:

“Lon Kruger helps to set the bar for integrity in our profession. His history of success in college basketball is even more impressive when you realize he has repeatedly revitalized programs all while operating strictly within the rules. Lon is a coach’s coach. We all have something to learn from him.”

Roy Williams
Head Coach, University of North Carolina

“Coach simply helps you be the best you can be – on and off the court. Players give their best because they know he cares.”

Mitch Richmond
Former All-American for Kruger at Kansas State and six-time NBA All-Star

“Lon Kruger is an outstanding leader and a great teacher. He brings everything to the table, everything it takes to build a program. I encourage you to take the lessons from this book to heart. Lon knows what he is talking about.”

Dick Vitale
Member of Basketball Hall of Fame, ABC and ESPN

“Lon is a brilliant businessman, who just happens to coach basketball. While he is known for his humility, his desire to win and his competitive drive is second to none. That balance of sincere humility with unending competitiveness is a unique trait many of the world’s premier business leaders share.”

Steve and Elaine Wynn
Wynn Las Vegas

“Lon Kruger is one of the finest leaders of young men I have ever witnessed in nearly a quarter-century of covering college basketball for CBS. Moreover, he is a good man. It does not surprise me that he has been a proven winner time and time again. When you mix leadership with passion and integrity, you get Lon Kruger.”

Jim Nantz
CBS Sports

“Very few coaches have been able to change cultures as quickly and successfully as Lon Kruger. He understands how to mold a group of individuals into one team with a common goal and has proven that time and time again. Lon has high standards for all those around him and he possesses a passion for winning, but not at any cost. That is arguably his strongest trait.”

Larry Brown
Head Coach, Charlotte Bobcats
Only coach to win both an NCAA National Championship (Kansas 1988) and an NBA Championship (Detroit 2004)

“Lon Kruger understands business because he understands people. The business world missed out on an all-star when Lon went into coaching.”

Bill Boyd
Executive Chairman of the Board, Boyd Gaming Corporation

I personally loved the book and will reflect back to it alot in the coming years. It gives you things to think about and if you can take one or two things from the book then it would be worthwhile as a basketball coach. I would give it a 5 out of 5 stars. Go to Coach Kruger’s website to learn more about it.

Coach Peterman

 

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India Make A History Of Athletics

India has been created history by breaking the 52-year Commonwealth Games gold medal jinx with Krishna Poonia win the yellow metal in the discus throw women, becoming the first woman to win a medal Commowealth Games gold to his country.

India swept the event with Harwit Kaur and National record holder Seema Antille respectively.Poonia win silver and bronze with gold, which he won by throwing the discus with 61.51m, was the first gold for ‘Flying Sikh Milkha Singh Gold 440 Yard Race in Cardiff the 1958th Harwit came with a 60.61m effort, a little below his season best 60.66m, while the National record holder Seema Antille threw the discussion at a distance of 58.46m.

There was disappointment for fans of Indian women’s 800m final as a medal prospect Tintu Luka has not finished on the podium after finishing sixth in 2:01:25, well below his season and personal best 1:59:17. The protégé of the legendary PT Usha led the field in the first game, but failed to preserve his energy for the finale, which took the lead. She ran very fast at first, and she could not keep pace on the last lap.

Steven Lewis in England, which eventually won the silver medal, pulled out when Hooker has decided to increase his effort.There was disappointment for fans of Indian women’s 800m final as a medal prospect Tintu Luka has not finished on the podium after finishing sixth in 2:01:25, well below his season and personal best 1:59:17. The protégé of the legendary PT Usha led the field in the first game, but failed to preserve his energy for the finale, which took the lead.

quartet of women Jauna Murmu, Sini Jose, Chitra K Soman and Ashwini Akkunji won her heat in 3:32:52 to qualify for finals. India had won a silver in women’s 4X400m relay in 2006 Melbourne Games.The men’s 4X400m relay quartet of K Puthanpurakkal, Bibin Mathew, P Jayakumar and Shake Mortaja finished fourth in the heats in 3:06.30 to qualify for the final.

Men’s 4×100 meter relay team also, India has won a number of heat in the national registry to obtain the final timing 39.00secs. men’s 1500 meter qualifying round, however, Chatholi Hamza ran a season best of 3:4472, but failed to qualify for the finals after finishing ninth.Indians also highlighted the men behind the pole vault, where Gajanan Upadhyay finishing ninth by clearing 4.80m, while the man was convicted of not mark.

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Hockey Equipment | It’s Playoff Hockey Time!

As tonight’s hockey game draws near, this hockey equipment store thinks it is the right time to inspect the state of the game of hockey. For years the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings were perennial playoff and regular season foes. With some of the more memorable clashes in recent hockey history rivalries like that do not just happen – they are born of incident. The pure hatred, disdain and utter malevolence that the fans alone could ooze for each other was the indication that for the most part, those two teams did not like each other one bit. The reason as we all know was the infamous Draper hit by Claude Lemieux during the 95-96 Playoffs.

Each rivalry needs a spark, and this seasons tender-box was created with the Max Pacioretty hit from Zdeno Chara. Whether or not the hit was legitimate is not up for debate here. The real issue at hand is whether this Original Six rivalry with all its storied tradition and overall feelings for one another will carry over into a carnage filled fight fest or just become one of the hardest hitting, highlight reel, all out heart series that it could be. The point being that good hockey is hard hitting and fast paced whether there are five goals or one it seems that the mix will always produce something good to watch. But it takes just that one little incident to push a team that is playing hard to just flat out retaliation.

Anyone who’s played hockey will tell you when the chips are down, a bad hit or a little extra shove gets the ire going and escalates into a fight for dominance. That’s when the refs are supposed to step in and keep the order. Beer League refs are not the same class of ref as the NHL guys, but its all the same, if they don’t take control things can get out of hand and fast. The next thing you know two goalies are staring each other down at the middle of the ice throwing their weight around in a not-so-pretty clash of the padded Titans. We as fans love it, we as players are fighting for something we feel strongly about – Our team, Our teammates and Our own sense of pride. I do not know many players in that situation that would say they love it, but more that it was necessary.

I know this boarders on the debate that “should fighting be taken out of hockey” but I really am not trying to go there. I just feel that if the players can get beyond the past, so to speak: that the history of these two franchises and the passion that their fans already have coupled with a resurgence of the Eastern Conference teams, then this could be a series to remember. Otherwise, I suppose for a pay-per-view night you’ll get some kicks, but there won’t really be much hockey to look forward to.

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