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Your Basic Checklist For Mountain Hiking

May 30, 2016

Whether you are new to hiking or just want a brief checklist to refer to, the following should be stongly considered as your minimum equipment requirements:

1) Comfort and light weight hiking work boots that you have "broken in"

2) Trekking socks and depending on your own preference, thin liner socks

3) A fully waterproof jacket that has a hood with a stiff peak

4) Waterproof over trousers and gaitors

5) A windbloc fleece and/or a light "shell"

6) Rucksack

7) Sandwiches and energy food plus at least a litre of water

8) Torch

9) Map and compass

10) Small first aid kit including plasters/blister pack

11) A loud whistle

12) Warm trousers in winter (Jeans are not advised)

13) A spare top/baselayer in winter

14) In hot weather carry more water and/or be prepared to boil/treat stream water

15) Emergency survival bag

16) Warm hat, gloves and waterproof gloves

17) Baseball type hat etc for sun shade

You should also consider taking:

a) Walking poles

b) Mobile phone/cell phone

c) A handheld GPS unit

Selecting The Best Table Tennis Racquet

January 20, 2016

The best table tennis racquets may not guarantee you to win every single game but it does give you the confidence and performance of your equipment will be tops.  Ping-pong, or table tennis, is a stress-relieving activity that requires a lot of energy. It is good for the whole family too. Playing ping-pong may even become a bit more serious, so it is a smart decision to have your very own table tennis racquets.

There are two different kinds of racquets. There are recreational paddles which are usually made of wood or rubber and are cheaper. These can be used in competitions or just for fun. Alternatively, you can go for a customized racquet that allows for better performance and handling and requires manual assembly. If you plan to play table tennis a lot, it is better to invest in a custom table tennis racquet because you will be able to replace any worn out components.

Before selecting a final racquet you will want to consider what kind of playing style you have. Different racquets allow for different techniques and tricks. If you are just starting to play ping-pong, you will probably want to start with a cheap recreational paddle. The reason for that is, as you become more and more comfortable you will be able to figure out what type of player you are, so you can then find a paddle that suits you.

You may want to start at a local sports shop. If you feel overwhelmed, you can ask a representative for help. You may also want to conduct a little research online, so you can have a general idea of what type of paddle you should get. Some players would also include the choice of table for table tennis as part of eh combination in choosing what type of ping pong racquets they are going to buy.

Ping pong is a fun sport, but if you want to be able to perform your best, you will have to wade through all the table tennis racquets so you can find the right one. You should get one that fits comfortably in your hand and that offers a little bit of weight for your wrist. Having the correct equipment will help you become the ping-pong champion you want to be. Choose the best table tennis paddles that make champions of the game. Thus needless to to advise you to buy the best table tennis racquets.

One of the racquets that loved by a lot of people is the Butterfly Timo Boll ALC, It is being developed with the collaboration together with the Europe famous player Timo Boll.

If the Boll racquet is not what you are looking for, you may refer here for the top 10 best table tennis racquets where most probably you will find one that suit you.

The Top 5 Most Prolific Touchdown Passers in NFL History

April 9, 2015

Profiles of Fran Tarkenton, John Elway, and Warren Moon

This football season marks a milestone - Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers passed Dan Marino's National Football League (NFL) record for touchdowns thrown in a career, a record he had held since November 26, 1995 when he hit Keith Byars against the Indianapolis Colts. Interestingly enough, Keith Byars caught the record breaking pass for most completions in a career as well five weeks earlier against the same Indianapolis Colts.

This article looks at the other three, sometimes forgotten, men making up the Top 5 list of most prolific touchdown passers.

Francis Asbury Tarkenton

Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Third All Time 342 Touchdowns

Tarkenton was drafted in the third round of the 1961 draft and came in off the bench to quarterback the Minnesota Vikings to their first victory in their first game as a franchise. He threw 4 touchdowns and ran for a fifth. The Vikings announced their presence to the NFL by pasting the Chicago Bears 37-13. After the 1966 season, he was traded to the New York Giants for a 1st and 2nd-round choice in 1967, a 1st-round choice in 1968 and a 2nd-round choice in 1969. He played in New York until he was traded back to the Vikings in 1972 for Norm Snead, Bob Grim, Vince Clements and a 1st-round draft choice in 1972 and 1973. The Vikings had selected Grim with one of the picks from the Giants in the original trade.

He led the Vikings to three Super Bowls, two consecutively. He has written several books, has been a television personality, and started several companies. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1986.

John Albert Elway, Jr.

Denver Broncos

Fourth All Time, 300 Touchdowns

The first pick of the 1983 NFL draft was held by the Baltimore Colts. With that pick, they drafted John Elway from Stamford University. An accomplished baseball player as well as football player, he publicly stated he would not join the Colts organization and demanded a trade. He had been drafted by the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees and the insinuation was that he would play baseball instead.

On May 2, he was traded to the Denver Broncos for QB Mark Herrmann, rights to OL Chris Hinton and a first-round pick in the 1985 Draft.

Profiles of Fran Tarkenton, John Elway, and Warren Moon
He led the Broncos to Super Bowl XXI in 1986, Super Bowl XXII in 1987, and Super Bowl XXIV but all by significant margins;
 the deficit in Super Bowl XXIV erased the futility of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX against the Chicago Bears out of the record books. He eventually did lead the Broncos back to the Super Bowl, and for consecutive appearances, winning Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII. He retired after becoming MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII.

He owns a share of an Arena Football League team, has owned several auto dealerships, and has two restaurants. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Harold Warren Moon

Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs

Fifth All Time, 291 touchdowns

Moon was not drafted in the 1978 NFL draft and began his football career in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos. From 1978-1982 he was part of a run of Grey Cup Championships for the Eskimos - the Grey Cup is the CFL Championship. During his CFL career, he threw 114 touchdown passes which are not included in the NFL records.

He left the CFL and was signed by the Oilers as a free agent where he stayed until 1993 when he was traded to the Vikings. The most memorable game with the Oilers was the 1992 Wild Card Match up with the Buffalo Bills where the Oilers frittered away a 35-3 lead and lost the game in overtime as the Bills went on to their second consecutive Super Bowl (a run which would extend to four). His first two years in Minnesota were generally successful missed 8 games of the 1996 season with a broken collarbone. After Brad Johnson was named the starting quarterback for the Vikings, Moon signed on with the Seahawks and later with the Chiefs.

He now does some television commentary and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.


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How To Pick The Right Table Tennis Paddles

April 4, 2015

Table tennis paddles make a great investment if you wish to play the game well. It is nearly impossible to play table tennis if you don’t have any paddle to hold in your hand. These paddles can be of any size for tournaments, but generally most of the paddles will have the size of 10" long and 6" in width. They are usually made out of wood cover with an added rubber to provide them with a good spin of the ball. Custom table tennis paddles have become available to give beginners and advanced players that perfect feeling when holding their paddle. While most professional table tennis paddles are worth for the price that you pay for especially if you are already an advanced player, however, nothing can beat a custom made paddle. In table tennis, it is very common for most players to use other forms of rackets when playing ping pong. But in the Olympics, paddles are general being used. There are many people who have considered rackets as very different than ordinary paddles. Buying the right table tennis paddles can be difficult for some people to do.

How to Buy The Right Table Tennis Paddles?

You definitely want to look for a reliable brand. One of the best brands on the market is Butterfly. They create a wide range of paddles for this sport, and they were all meant to last for years to come. The paddles they have offer a great overall design and strong form to give you the best game possible every time. There are many people who have made sure to buy table tennis paddles from this brand along with many others, so be sure to do the same to begin playing better. If you aren’t so sure where to buy from, Butterfly and Juic definitely offers some of the best table tennis paddles.

Are Custom Paddles Worth Buying?

Custom paddles involve forming your hand on certain parts of the paddles handle to get you holding it in the right way. The forming of your hand on the paddle can make you play in the best way possible. There are other ways to go about customizing a paddle, but it is all up to the company that you paid for. Usually they will give you options on what you would potentially want to do. It is good to keep in mind that not everybody needs a paddle that was meant for them. If you are just beginning and you don’t plan on taking the sport seriously, consider getting paddles that can be bought in a sports store. Usually those are a good enough buy.

Where To Buy Good Paddles?

You can buy paddles at many sport equipment stores or online marketplace. There are so many people who are often shocked at how helpful it is to buy one online since you always get the chance to read reviews of other customers and get online advice on which paddle most suit your need. You can, however, go to your local sporting goods store since there are so many people who can help you there as well. Try to visit a big store to get the chance to choose from a wide range of products. Getting the best table tennis paddle is the most important thing to keep in mind when you are buying it. You want to buy from a respected brand like Butterfly. Aside from the ball and the table itself, the paddle is all you have to make the game go by well. That is all you have in order to win, so choose the right table tennis paddles to make the most out of your games.

Volleyball Serve

March 30, 2015

How to Serve Harder in Volleyball

1) Serve the ball into the grand – you should practice both left & right hand. You should hit the ball straight into the ground quite hard and then catch it (touch from the top not exactly catch) with the same hand. You can do that walking at the same time. It will help you to learn how to control the ball and judge the strength you should hit the ball with. This drill is designed to help you have solid firm hand on the ball and also add some accuracy to your serve.

To see exactly how to do this you can watch some of the professional players doing this ‘element’ before serving the ball (during the game; example: beginning of this video:

2) Serve the ball over the net (doesn’t need to be from the back of the court): two players should be on the opposite site of the net, serving to each other. The person not serving should change his/her position, so the server can practice targeting different positions. You should make sure the hits are fast & flat. Practice from the short distance first. This helps not only with the accuracy, but also improves (and helps the coach give some directions) with the lift/ arm work etc. The arm should be firm and rested (not the same as during the attack). You can also put something on the ground on the opposite site of the net, basket or whatever – it doesn’t have to be another player.

Tip for the coaches: make sure the players have their foot directly behind the other foot – straight forward and straight back.

In addition exercises at the gym will also help with the arm strength.

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