The New York Mess

There’s a rotting worm in the Big Apple; this rotting worm is named the New York Mets. Brutal is the best way to describe Mets baseball in 2001. The only team that is more of a disappointment this season is Texas. All hitting and no pitching equals disaster in the Major Leagues.

Ah, yes. Pitching. The most important part of a baseball team is indeed the pitching staff, so is it really a surprise that the defending N.L. champs are duking it out with Montreal for the dubious N.L. East bottom feeder position? Not really. Mets G.M. Steve Phillips “upgraded” the team’s pitching staff this past offseason by signing Kevin Appier and Steve “take me deep” Trachsel (by “upgrade” I mean wasting approximately twelve million a season on washed-up pitchers).

Kevin Appier? What was Phillips thinking? The past few seasons Appier has been a .500 pitcher. Does any .500 pitcher deserve ten million per season? (Note: Don’t bother asking Dodgers’ pitcher Darren Dreifort this question.)

Steve Trachsel? His record the past two+ seasons is 17-42. 17-42!! The man should be throwing batting practice to Little Leaguers.

Let’s face it. Free Agency is all about “What have you done for me lately?”. Appier and Trachsel did not accomplish enough the past few seasons to warrant millions in contract money from Major League teams.

What else is wrong with the Mets? Well, their defense isn’t very good either. Mike Piazza is arguably the best hitting catcher of all-time, but his defensive skills are average at best. Todd Zeile isn’t hitting or playing stellar defense at first base. It’s time for someone to bite the bullet and tell Piazza that he would be more valuable to his team if he was playing first base. Decreasing the strain on his knees could also prolong his career a few more seasons down the road. Getting Piazza to agree to a move to first base will be like getting Barry Bonds to publicly admit that he is going to break Mark McGwire’s single-season homerun record; it’s not gonna happen. Piazza has already gone on record as saying that he wants to retire as a catcher, whenever that may be.

The biggest problem with the Mets this season is their manager. Somebody check Bobby Valentine for a pulse. Maybe Bobby Valentine is daydreaming about how he will spend his millions in guaranteed contract money when the Mets fire him half a season into his new three-year deal.…

My Hairbrush

I carry around a great big purse

It's heavy sometimes and it can be a curse

But hidden inside is a very special thing

My hairbrush of course and maybe some bling.

My hairbrush is pink and my hair is light

And I like to brush it every day and night

It keeps it shiny and looking good

I'd have twenty hairbrushes if I could.

It has a long handle and the bristles are strong

I love my hairbrush 'cause my hair is long

I peek in my purse now and then to see

That it's still in there and waiting for me.…

Seattle's Spectacular Waterfront

The potential of the area occupied by the waterfront was known as early as 1792. However, development did not begin till 1852 when the piers in Pioneer Square were built. On completion of the piers, the area soon became a center for commerce and trade in coal, grain and timber. Rapid growth ensued. In 1889 a fire destroyed a large swathe of downtown Seattle and the Waterfront. Seattle rebuilt the damaged sections. Then came the gold rush and Seattle assumed the role of gateway to Alaska. The city built itself a major port and with it Seattle’s growth and future were assured.

The Seattle Waterfront

The creation of the Waterfront as a tourist and recreational area started in the 1970s. Buildings along the waterfront were converted to shops and restaurants. Development of the Seattle Aquarium and parks along the water soon followed. The Port of Seattle moved its Headquarters to Pier 69. A terminal was set up for cruise ships headed for Alaska. It is no surprise the main street of the Waterfront is named Alaska Way.

The Seattle Waterfront is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment. It also boasts the freshest and best seafood. Waterfront dining has a special meaning here. The view looking out over Puget Sound is spectacular. The busy goings-on of boats, ferries, water taxis, on the water and the people on the piers makes for a pleasant scene. A free Metro Bus service provides convenient transport along the Waterfront and connects to points beyond.


The Space Needle

Seattle has a wealth of attractions and among them the Space Needle is a must see. Built in 1962 for Seattle’s World Fair, the Space Needle is a prominent landmark. The 360degree view from the deck is outstanding. It looks out over the waterfront, Puget Sound and the city skyline. On a clear day, snow-capped Mount Rainier, majestic and tall dominates the view. The Cascades and Olympia Mountains can also to be seen.

Pike Place Market

The Waterfront has many curio and gift shops – all very touristy and appealing. It is not hard to lose sense of time on the waterfront. A visit to the Pike Place Market is a must. It is one of the largest and most famous Farmer’s Markets in the country. Built in 1903 this public market has operated continuously from 1907 onwards. Built on a steep hill the market occupies several levels. The main level of the market is for fishmongers and produce shops. The shop “Pike Place Fish” is a tourist attraction both for its large offering of seafood and for the fish sent flying through the air by staff from one end of the shop to the other. Seemingly, the flying fish never drops to the floor.

The slippery missile is always expertly caught in flight, wrapped, and handed to the appreciative customer. Asked why customers should come to Pike Place Fish? One of the guys, a fishmonger who works there, answered “Best quality seafood, best service, and the best looking fishmongers in the world!” All the right reasons indeed!

The Pike Place Market has a mix of shops at the many levels of its structure. The shops range from antiques and curios to comic books and everything in between. This is also a public market with the stated mission of letting the customer “Meet the Producer”. Individual farmers, craftsmen and entertainers rent tables and do business on a daily basis. The market has an engaging and friendly atmosphere making it the major tourist attraction that it clearly is.

Waterfront has much to offer. The Seattle Aquarium at the northend provides a close up view of sea life and the natural environment in the Northwest. A little further north is Odyssey, The Maritime Discovery Center and Nautical Museum. The Center introduces visitors to maritime activity of the Northwest and to Puget Sound and its ports and features.

Harbor cruises and tours to the islands of Puget Sound leave at regular interval. The island tours offer a glimpse into the Native American culture at Tillicum Village where dinner of the celebrated Salmon Bake is followed by a cultural presentation.

The Waterfront is a family destination with something for young and old. The waterfront’s parks are great places to take a break and relax. There are picnic tables and benches for the foot-weary tourist. It is tempting to buy a cup of coffee at coffee’s defining city and listen to one of the many concerts or maybe, just sit back and reflect on how beautiful the place is.…

How to Boot from CD on Almost Any Computer

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For both laptops and desktop computers, the start up method is the same. They read the hard disk drive (called space) to load the operating system (OS), which in most cases, is Windows XP. The OS is known by all, and it is what we are all accustomed to. It has your wall paper, start menu, and all your music, movies,etc.

Some times the OS doesn’t load, or will load and restart almost immediately giving you a blue screen with some cryptic error code most commonly called ‘Blue Screen of Death’ (BSoD). I’m not going to dive into fixing those errors in this article, I’ve already written a fix for those things in a different article. Instead, I’m going to guide you through the steps of getting your computer to boot from CD when it would normally not do so.

First thing to do is to verify the fact that you should boot from the OS CD. You don’t want to do any unnecessary tasks that might harm your computer any further. Second thing is to verify that your computer will in-fact not boot from the CD. If it will then there is no need to read any further into this article. With your computer powered on, insert your CD into a CD-Rom. If you have more than one CD-Roms, then insert it into the highest one (the one closer to the top of your computer tower). Then restart the computer. If your computer is able to boot from CD, it will show a message asking, “Press any key to boot from CD…”. After five seconds, the message will disappear and boot into your OS (if it is able). If you press a key it will start the program on the disc. If your computer does not show the message, and goes straight to loading the OS then you should read further to force it to give you the message.

To start, let’s power down the computer completely and let it set for at least 10 seconds. Push the power button to turn on the machine, and immediately start tapping the following keys on your keyboard one after the other: Delete; Insert; F1; F2; Tab. This will take you to the BIOS of your computer’s Motherboard. Simply put, this will show the screen that tells the computer ~how~ to start up.

There are very few things in here that we can safely change, so try not to do anything unless your sure of what it will do. If a setting is changed to something that prevents the computer from starting up, or causes some other errors, it can be easily fixed. Just power down the computer and remove the power cord. On the motherboard inside the desktop computer is a batter (looks like a watch battery). Remove that for 10 seconds, then replace and power the computer back up. Your BIOS settings will be restored to default. On a laptop this task is much more difficult, and usually require a disk to restore the BIOS settings to default. I’ll post more on that in a later article.

There are several different versions of a computer’s BIOS, ranging from Award to Phoenix and many others. They all function basically the same. Each BIOS has a setting or a heading called “BOOT”, or “BOOT PRIORITY”. Usually you can push the over arrow key to swap tabs to get to the Boot settings. Other computers will have a list on the left hand side that you have to push the down arrow key on the keyboard. Still others will have a full list of cryptic labels to choose from, and usually ends up being the second one down on the left hand side, called Advanced Settings with a sub menu of Boot Settings or Boot Priority. Some of the older computers will have just one page, and you will have to push the down arrow key to get to the Boot settings, while others will have a single page displaying, but will have the option of pushing the ‘P’ button on your keyboard to go to the next page.

Once you have found the Boot Settings page, regardless of your BIOS version, then change the settings to have the CD-Rom above the Hard Disk Drive. Normally this is very easy and self explanatory (at the bottom of the display screen it tells you what buttons do what). I will explain a few steps to change this around in a sec, but first you have to be sure which listing is the CD-Rom, and which one is the Hard Drive. Hopefully your settings are very clear of which is which, but doesn’t happen very often. The CD-Rom drive listing could be any thing with CD or DVD listed. It could be listed as IDE-DVD, or SATA-OPTICAL and could even have the name brand, such as SONY-DVD. The hard drive will usually be a long cryptic name with a lot of numbers and letters that means something to technicians and manufacturers, but not to the average user. If it is a sea gate name brand Hard Drive it will surely state something like ST0##345D (the ## will be replaced by the size of the hard drive). If there is any confusion about which is which, then a quick google search can give you the information you need.

Changing the order of the Boot List depends on your specific BIOS. At the bottom of the display screen will be a set of keyboard buttons that can be used, and what they do. Very simple, and self explanatory.

A few examples:

  • 1) Hit enter on your keyboard, then assign the value (Hard Drive, or CD-Rom, or Floppy, etc..)
  • 2) The U and P buttons will move the highlighted value up and down the list.
  • 3) The + and – buttons will move the highlighted value up and down the list

After the Boot Priority settings have been set with the CD-Rom drive before the Hard Drive, save the changes and exit the BIOS. Again, the bottom of the screen has the instructions on how to do this. Normally, pushing F10 will ask you if you want to save and exit, don’t save and exit, and continue. Choosing save and exit is what we want. Other types of BIOS will utilize the ESC key, while others will have an Exit option that you will have to highlight and hit the Enter key.

Once the settings have been saved and you have exited the BIOS, the computer will restart on it’s own. Make sure the CD is in the drive, and it will ask for you to push any key to boot from the disc. If you are using a non-operating system disc then the computer should boot straight to the disc without you having to push any key on your keyboard.…

SnuggleBug Carriers

As a mom of two I needed to find a baby carrier that would work perfectly for me. I needed something strong, that would stand up to repeated washings and to the abuse that two small children can give out. I also needed something that was fast and easy. I do not have time to adjust and fumble with a carrier when I have places to go; I know that my children would never tolerate a long wait while I tried to get the carrier on. And lastly I needed convenience; I need something that does not feel like yet another product to haul around. I had looked at several styles of baby carriers, even purchasing a simple ring sling which seemed the easiest at the time. I found myself constantly looking at the beautiful Asian style carriers, or mei-ties, but both the cost and the long ties made them seem too daunting for me.

Then I stumbled upon SnuggleBug Carriers. Ok, perhaps stumbled isn't the right word. I had already been looking at the beautiful clothing and jewelry that Sarah, owner of FlutterBy Gifts ( and maker of SnuggleBug Carriers, makes and sells from her online store. Her knack for finding fun designs and her talent at a sewing machine made me a huge fan. When I began exploring her carriers I found that same quality and fun style that I had already grown to love. A friend sent me her old SnuggleBug Carrier to try out, and I fell in love. Even though it was a bit snug to wear the ease and convenience had me sold. As soon as I could I ordered my own SnuggleBug Baby Carrier.

Each carrier is made to fit specifically. My chunky baby rides comfortably in my carrier and my back and shoulders barely feel a pound of the weight. The shoulder straps are extra wide and thickly padded for great weight distribution and a more comfortable carrier. As soon as I received my carrier I put it on and danced around the room in joy over how comfortable it was to wear. I can face my very social baby out so that he can greet the world and take in everything around him, then I can turn him facing in for a little cuddle time or a nap on my shoulder. I can even slip him in on my back and enjoy content gurgles as I wash dishes, vacuum, or paint with my older son. Even nursing is a breeze in this carrier; I simply loosen one side and tighten the other to allow my baby to rest.

What really sets SnuggleBug carriers out for me is that instead of the traditional long ties that are used to hold the carrier on, SnuggleBug carriers have sturdy plastic clasps that have been tested to hold up to 75 pounds. These simple clasps snap into place easily, much like the snaps used to belt babies into highchairs and swings. Strong, easy, and safe these clasps take only a few seconds to secure and make adjusting a breeze. Finally I could go out with both of my children without hassle.

You can also buy a small bag in matching fabric that attaches to the side of your carrier. Sturdy and with a simple to open Velcro tab this bag makes the carrier almost too convenient. I can throw my wallet, my keys, and my sunglasses in the bag and be ready to go. It is small enough to be out of the way, but also large enough to fit a diaper or two and wipes if you are going to be out for a while.

Simple to use, comfortable to wear, and convenient this carrier has everything that I need. The SnuggleBug Carrier is definitely a best buy for any mom who is searching for a carrier.…

How to Fix Rust on Your Classic Car Body

This is a tricky situation depending on the extent of the rust; is it just on the surface of the body, or has it turned to cancer and eaten through the car; the surface rust can just be ground off and the area repainted and that is quite simple.

What you need to do to find out if the rust is all the way through the body of the car is just use a screw driver and lightly try to push it through the body in a few places around the rusted area, if you can push it through the body of the car it's time to fix it.

Now you need to determine how big the affected area is, and they can get really big really fast, so don't expect something the size of a quarter, to determine the size of the rust spot on the car we'll use a body hammer and lightly tap around the affected area.

You'll be listening for a difference in tone, and feeling for a difference in rigidity of the metal, a rusted area will have a lot of flexibility, and a god area should be pretty solid remember the key here is lightly tap around the affected area.

What we're looking to do is create an area of good metal that is at least two inches wide around the affected area of the metal, once you know where the affected area is you'll need to take a Sharpie and trace around that area.

Once you have traced around the affected area, mark an area about two inches out from the affected area all the way around it, this is where your going to make your cut to patch the car, don't through t the piece that you cut out away, you'll use it as a pattern.

The next thing is to make sure that you have the right gauge of sheet metal, this is very important, you do not want a piece that's to thick or to thin, this can and will make uneven areas in the body of your car.

When you go to buy the metal to replace the bad area ask the place that your buying it from to measure the gauge of the sheet metal for you, and make 100% sure that you get the same gauge of metal, after you buy the sheet metal, you'll be making the patch panel from it.

What we're going to do here is lay the piece of sheet metal that you bought on a bench or on the floor, and then take the rusted piece that you cut out of your car and lay it on top of the new piece, get out your Sharpie and trace around the pattern of the metal.

Now you'll need to decide what your going to use to cut the patch panel out of the metal, it doesn't matter if you use a die grinder, hand shears or some other tool, use what makes you the most comfortable, but take your time doing it.

Now you'll cut out the patch panel using whatever tool that you chose, you'll need to stay as much on the outside of the pattern line that you drew as you possibly can, once you've cut the patch panel out of the new piece we'll be done with the cutting part.

List of Tools Needed:

  • Auto Body Hammers
  • Sharpie
  • Die grinder
  • Hand shears
  • Air compressor
  • Mig welder
  • Vicegrips
  • five inch air grinder
  • Panel clamps

Above is a list of must have tools, if you don't have some of them it's best to let somebody who does do the job, if your in a position to go out and buy the tools that's great, you will need all of them though, this job cannot be done without them.

Now we'll be fitting up the metal patch that you made to the hole in your car, if it's to big in a few areas we'll use a five inch air grinder to make it fit, this does happen sometimes if it did this time all we need to do is grind the areas that are making it not fit.

After you have done the fit up, you'll notice that the back edge of the patch has rough areas around the outer edge, you'll need to grind these off with the five inch grinder, now we can begin putting the patch panel in the car.

You'll need to make sure that you have the vicegrips ready to go, and a mig welder ready to go, you'll be using the vicegrips to hold the patch panel in place, in areas where vicegrips won't work you can use a panel holding system, or panel clamps.

Now it's time to put the patch panel in place using the vicegrips, or the panel clamps, once you have it new panel in place you need to make sure that your mig welder is ready to go, use a piece of scrap metal to get it set the way that you like it.

My self I usually match the wire speed with the amp setting but sometimes yo need to slow it down, or speed it up a bit to make it work right, the settings are something that you'll have to play with to make it comfortable for you, always use a welding visor.

A word of warning, you should never in any case try to run a solid bead all at one time around the entire panel, what you need to do is run about one inch beads at a time, one at the top to hold the panel, then one at the bottom of the panel.

I usually cool them with air as I go to limit the possibility of warping the panel, you should keep to the idea of welding one inch beads at a time as far from each other as possible, this will limit the possibility of warping the new panel, or the sheet metal in the car.

Id your keep this up eventually you'll have a weld bead all the way around the patch panel, then all you have to do is use the five inch grinder to smooth the welds out on the car, if you've done it right they should almost disappear from the car.…

The 24 Hour Sports World: Is it Too Much of a Good Thing?

We live in a world of 24/7 media coverage. And sports gets more than it's fair share of the coverage. Whether it be ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, The Big Ten Network or whatever, there is an endless list of sports programming for us to watch. Turn on a computer and you can find websites and blogs big and small devoted to sports. And sports talk radio, once an AM-only staple, can be found across the dial morning, noon and night.

These mediums cover sports at all levels. If you want to know what's going on with youth and high school sports in your area or nationally it can be found on the internet and television. College sports, which the National Collegiate Athletic Association tries hard to deny is a business, has television contracts with every major sports network. The Big Ten Conference has its own network as does Texas. Notre Dame football has every one of its home football games broadcast live on NBC. And, of course, there is no pro sport which does not have a network television contract or its own website.

The sports fan of today can find programming of their favorite sport at any time during the season and in the off-season. Programs like the drafting of college players, the release of the NFL schedule and the signing of high school players to college scholarships are annual events now. When it comes to sports programming there seems to be nothing that is off limits.

This was not always the case. There was a time when sports television programming was a Saturday, Sunday affair with the occasional weekday prime time event. If you wanted to know what was going on at home and around the country the six and eleven o'clock local news and the newspaper were your source for scores, statistics, transactions and feature stories. You could go a whole season without seeing games or highlights of certain teams around the country.

Here is a look at what sports programming was like in the 1970's before ESPN came along and the television, internet, sports talk radio boom began.

In the winter, it was basketball, boxing, hockey and ABC's "Wide World of Sports." If you had a pro basketball or hockey team their road games would be telecast from time to time on a local station, but never home games. There was usually a regional college basketball game telecast weekly. If the local team did not play on television there was a very good chance that you wouldn't see any highlights of the game. The newspaper would be your source for scores and stats. You could go from Monday to Friday without seeing any live sports at all. Not often, but you could.

On weekends there was the game of the week in college and pro basketball along with hockey. This was the only time where you could see teams from out of your area when they weren't playing the locals. And "Wide World of Sports" would give us everything from the Harlem Globetrotters to barrel jumping, demolition derby and stuntman Evel Knievel. That was it for the week and weekend.

Unless there was a boxing match. Boxing usually filled the air time during winter. Every weekend you could find a good boxing match and the networks would show a prime time card from time to time. Even championship matches. That sounds odd in today's world of pay per view cable, but it's true.

Spring would bring us baseball to go with the end of the basketball and hockey seasons. Just like with the winter if your local baseball team was at home than you had better go out to the ballpark to see them. They were not going to be on television. When they went on the road you could see them often, mostly on weekends and almost always on Sunday. The only other baseball was the Saturday afternoon and Monday night national games of the week on NBC and later ABC. The Saturday afternoon game was proceeded by the syndicated "This Week in Baseball" highlight show which filled us in on what happened around the country. Other than that, it was off to read the box score in the newspaper or hope that the local news had some highlights.

The summer was more baseball, boxing, "Wide World of Sports" and CBS "Sports Spectacular." Events like Wimbledon tennis and major golf tournaments were only telecast on Saturday and Sunday. The major league "All-Star" game was the highlight of the summer.

Fall brought us NCAA and NFL football. The colleges would play on Saturday afternoon and night. The NFL would play their games on Sunday afternoon and Monday Night. There were no Sunday or Thursday night games. In fact, Sunday night was off limits in all sports. Nothing was played anywhere after 7 o'clock eastern time.

As for highlights, the local news usually showed the home team and did post-game interviews in the locker room. Then they would show highlights of whatever the national game on their network was. And only their network. If the national game was on another network than you didn't see the highlights. This was the case with the studio shows on each network also. CBS did not show highlights of NBC games and NBC did not show CBS.

If you wanted highlights of all the teams than you had to wait until the syndicated NFL Films show "This Week in Pro Football" came on. Or hope that ABC's Monday Night Football showed your team on their halftime highlights. NFL Films also did a game of the week which was also syndicated.

Most of the pro teams had local television highlight shows that they would air on Monday night. And a pregame show on Sunday. This is where you could get a good bit of highlights from the previous Sunday's game.

College football was Saturday-only. There was usually a regional game and a national. ABC did them all. On Sunday morning "Notre Dame Football" with Lindsay Nelson announcing was a two-hour condensed version of the Fighting Irish's game the day before.

As for events like the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup, well, they stood on their own, but were not really over-hyped. The World Series was the major event on the sports calendar. When baseball's World Series took place everything else was secondary. College football usually did not schedule around the World Series, but the NFL did. NBC would set their NFL schedule around the World Series and CBS would often not show a double header game during the series time slot. And when the series went to prime time it was must-see TV.

The Super Bowl was played no later than the third Sunday in January. And it was played in the afternoon, not at night. The pregame show was a half an hour. Halftime was short and the post-game a half an hour. The Pro Bowl all-star game was played the following week and then football was over.

Basketball and hockey usually finished up around the middle of May. The NBA playoffs were shown on weekends live. But on the weekdays it was tape delayed, if shown at all. Again if the local team was in and playing at home you either didn't get the game or it was tape delayed. On Wednesday and Friday nights, CBS would show a tape delayed playoff game after the 11 o'clock news.

The Stanley Cup playoffs were shown live on network television until the end of the 70s. Then it went to cable. But the championship finals were usually broadcast from start to finish.

As for the colleges, the football season ended on New Year's Day with the Rose, Cotton and Orange Bowls annually. The Sugar Bowl shifted between New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Each of these games were shown nationally. As for the other bowl games, well there weren't that many of them and most were shown in syndication across the country.

The NCAA basketball tournament was not covered anywhere near the way it is today. If the locals weren't in it than you wouldn't get a weekday game. The regional finals and Final Four were shown live on NBC.

This is what it was like in the seventies. Sports had a natural order to them. Every sport had it's season. Basketball and hockey in the winter, baseball in the spring and summer and football in the fall. And that's how they were covered. Sports may have been talked about in the off-season, but hardly ever covered. Heck, even the sports that were in season were only covered to a certain extent.

Because of this, one could not get enough of sports. Because we usually had to wait a few days before the next live sporting event came on the air it made us appreciate it a little more. And it made the games more memorable, because we weren't bombarded with game after game and highlight after highlight. The buildup to big games was huge, because seeing them were few and far between, unlike today where every game is on television.

Now we get baseball every day during the season. We get basketball and hockey every night. Heck, even football which was always a weekend and Monday night game, has gone to seven days a week at the college level and Thursdays in the pros. We get soccer, softball, women's basketball, extreme sports, golf, tennis and just about everything else. If we don't get to see the games live, we can tape them or watch highlights later. Heck, we can even tape the game while we watch it and fast forward through the parts we don't want to watch.

Cable has brought us niche sports stations such as the NFL Network, NBA TV, NHL Network and MLB network. Not to mention ESPN and CBS University and the Big Ten Network. The Golf and Tennis channels exist, also. All of these sports have internet websites which has made the newspaper sports section all but obsolete. And sports talk radio keeps the fires stoked with constant 24/7 call in chatter.

It has gotten to the point where one game runs into another. One highlight runs into another. One soundbite runs into another. And one season runs into another. One hardly has a chance to digest what they've seen and heard when something else comes along. It's hard on the attention span.

And it's too much. It's way too much. Too many games. Too many highlights. Too much talk. Too much coverage. Too many ESPN networks. We know more about the athletes and coaches that we watch than our own neighbors.

But the world of 24/7 sports is here to stay. Because even though it has gone way overboard we have gotten to the point where we think we can't live without it. If it is taken away from us we want it back.

Most important 24/7 sports programming gives us a chance to pick and choose what we want to watch.

And that's all any sports fan can ask.…

How to Improve Your Hockey Shooting Skills

Hockey is a great sport for a child to play, especially if the child's parents are hockey fans! One of the most difficult skills for a new player to learn is shooting and aiming a hockey puck. Being able to shoot a hockey puck is a fundamental skill to playing hockey. To score a goal, you must be able to shoot a hockey puck with some sort of accuracy. Professional hockey players make shooting a puck look very easy, but it really takes practice to get the motion down.

Typically during a hockey, the there is usually between 30 to 50 shots on the opposing teams goal. Therefore, you want to make sure every shot you take is effective as it can be. A good skill when learning to shoot a puck is being able to shoot the puck fast. By shooting the puck fast, the goalie will not have time to set up a block to prevent the shooter from scoring. A quick shot is usually the result of a shot that is taken directly off a pass from a teammate or from a rebound.

A common mistake for new players is to hold onto the puck too long with their stick while they are preparing their 'perfect' shot. By taking more time to set up your shot, the opposing goalie has time to set up their block or it may even allow a defensive player to strip the puck. It is also important when aiming your shot, to keep your eyes aimed towards where you would like the puck to go. This will help the accuracy of your shot by being able to place the puck where you want.

All great professional hockey players started developing their hockey skills at some point. It is never too late to refine your hockey skills by practicing extra before or after your hockey teams practice. If you can't find extra ice time, you may want to look into street hockey to help refine your skills when you are off the ice.


Skating Techniques for Hockey

My second teaching job was at a somewhat run-down and extremely understaffed middle school that was known for its hockey team and not much else. The year I arrived was, by a strange coincidence, the year their hockey coach left for better pay at a private school across town. As soon as the administration found out I had played hockey in college, they asked me if I’d like his job.

I had no experience coaching hockey-or anything else, for that matter-at the time, but I said yes anyway. The responsibility came with a small bonus, and I’d always enjoyed working with kids both inside and outside the classroom.

In my years of coaching hockey, I noticed many, many kids struggling with the same basic skill: transitioning between skating forwards and skating backwards (or the other way around). This is something that everyone needs to do pretty frequently over the course of a standard hockey game, but it’s particularly important for those playing defense.

The Beginners’ Method

The first step to being good at making this transition is to get comfortable doing it with both skates on the ice. Just be careful to maintain your balance as you bring one foot in front of you and the other behind, turning as you go.

The More Advanced Method

Most beginners fall their first couples times doing that, especially if they attempt to do it with any speed. Once it’s started to come naturally, though, players should switch to the more advanced method, in which the rotation is done by lifting the skate. This technique is preferred for a reason-when you keep both skates on the ice throughout the entire transition, it creates a lot of resistance that slows you down far more than you can afford in a game.

To go from forwards to backwards in the preferred manner, then, you lift one skate off the ice and turn it around as much as you can. Ideally, you should end up heel-to-heel, but many people, including me, just aren’t flexible enough for that. It isn’t a problem as long as you turn that skate as much as you can, put it down, and then lift the other skate as well.

This is a skill that takes practice, but it’s something anyone can master given time. Good luck!


Make Hearty Breakfast Sandwiches

Combine French toast, thick-cut bacon, eggs, and sharp cheese to craft a thick breakfast sandwich worthy of a relaxing weekend fry-up. Experiment with different toppings and meat cuts to create the perfect layered breakfast combination.

Substitute Texas toast for French toast for a traditional choice in place of the sweet egg-coated bread. Biscuits and English muffins can also be used to sandwich the breakfast favorites. The recommended ingredients below will make two thick all-in-one breakfast sandwiches.

Hearty Breakfast Sandwiches

Ingredients Needed:

  • four slices of white bread
  • four eggs
  • one-half cup of milk
  • three teaspoons butter
  • four slices of bacon
  • two slices sharp cheddar
  • one-fourth red onion, sliced
  • two tomato slices
  • one-fourth teaspoon of pepper
  • one-fourth teaspoon garlic salt

The Steps:

  1. Whip milk and two eggs together in a bowl to form a thick batter for coating the french toast; dip the slices of bread into the batter, turning to coat each side evenly.
  2. Melt one teaspoon of butter in a skillet and grill the French toast until the thick egg batter cooks to the surface. Lightly spread each side with butter, then set aside.
  3. Place four strips of bacon in the skillet and fry the slices until crispy and golden. Remove them from the pain and drain the grease from each slice. Pat dry with a paper towel to remove excess grease before sandwich assembly.
  4. Add another teaspoon of butter to the skillet and fry the other two eggs until the yolks are solid; place each egg on a slice of french toast and sprinkle lightly with pepper. Place two strips of bacon on each egg and add a slice of cheddar cheese over the top.
  5. Melt the third tablespoon of butter in the skillet and add the onions. Sauté the onions until soft and caramelized, sprinkling them lightly with garlic salt.
  6. Layer the onions over the cheese and add a slice of tomato to each one. Top each with a second slice of french toast, then slice and serve.

Serving the Sandwiches

For a tasty variation on the traditional choice, use crisp sausage patties or ham slices in place of bacon strips. Slice hard-boiled eggs as a fried egg substitute for quick on-the-go sandwich selections. Many chefs may prefer to prepare the eggs using a egg white omelette's technique to create a light and fluffy egg filling for the sandwich.

Create a healthier breakfast sandwich, by substituting extra onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and peppers paired with scrambled egg whites. Skip the sharp cheddar and substitute low-fat cheese varieties, such as skim-milk mozzarella or natural goat cheeses to create a thick and satisfying breakfast sandwich.…