2014 World Cup Now History, Germany Wins

Written by Allan Wall on Tuesday, 22 July 2014. Posted in Soccer, Sports

Every four years the world watches in rapt attention as national pride coalesces around favorite teams competing in the World Cup. This year's dramatic event culminated with a German championship.

2014 World Cup Now History, Germany Wins

The World Cup, that  quadrennial international soccer tournament which draws so much attention worldwide, was held in Brazil from June 12th to July 13th. Thirty-two national teams competed in stadiums in twelve Brazilian cities.

Before the Whistle Blows: Preventing Fall Sports Injuries

on Wednesday, 05 September 2012. Posted in Outdoors, Sports

The best kind of injury is one that is prevented before it ever happens. Therefore playing sports properly and safely, with the right equipment and training, is the best way to go.

Before the Whistle Blows: Preventing Fall Sports Injuries

As the fall academic semester approaches, many student athletes and young sports stars are busy getting back into shape, preparing for all the hard work and glory that is ahead of them in the coming months. Sports have been shown to improve happiness, promote a healthy athletic lifestyle, and prevent childhood obesity. However, they are also inherently dangerous.

What’s Next for the American Birkebeiner?

Written by Chris Szymonski on Saturday, 10 March 2012. Posted in Outdoors, Sports

The middle-aged American Birkebeiner cross-country ski festival and marathon may be at the crossroads. Now in its 40th year, is the American Birkebeiner festival a too much of a good thing?

What’s Next for the American Birkebeiner?

Thu-thump, thu-thump, thu-thump – my heart rate is increasing. And that is only the adrenaline rush before the start of the race.  I am standing in a crowd of skiers of my wave.  It is Saturday, February 24th, 2012. At 9:04 AM the temperature is 10°F with partially overcast skies and a slight breeze from north-west. 

How Good are the Green Bay Packers?

on Sunday, 20 November 2011. Posted in Football, Sports

Former Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins Don Shula and Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthyThe defending NFL champion Green Bay Packers are off to an impressive 9-0 start. This time of year, whenever a team reaches such a record, the inevitable question arises: can they run the table and enter the playoffs with a perfect record? Perhaps more importantly, can they carry their success forward and repeat in the Super Bowl.

A possible answer can be found with an instant replay, back to 1984. Arguably, the team that this year’s Packers most resembles is that year’s offensive powerhouse, the Miami Dolphins.

The resemblance is uncanny. Starting with the coaching staff, the Packers now and the Dolphins then were led by coaches that had established themselves as leading offensive strategists. Don Shula had, by 1984, led the Dolphins to several Super Bowls, winning two of them and leading one of his teams to the only perfect season in NFL history. In 1984, his Dolphins were perhaps the most potent offensive team ever assembled in the NFL.

Football is Religion in Brazil

on Wednesday, 05 October 2011. Posted in Soccer, Sports

Brazil Soccer player Robinho.Brazil is one country where football is considered a religion. When the top football teams of the country meet, all activity stops from the first whistle until the final whistle of injury time. The saying is, the English invented football, but the Brazilians perfected the game.

In 2014, the football fanatics of the country will celebrate the homecoming of the biggest football fiesta the world participates in. The World Cup comes to Brazil in 2014. As the only five-time winner of the World Cup, the country’s hopes are pinned on Mano Menezes, the Brazilian coach for the campaign.

Brazil won the Cup in 1958 in Sweden, in 1962 in Chile, in 1970 in Mexico and in 1994 in the United States. The last win for the Brazilians was in 2002 when Korea and Japan hosted the event.