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April 14, 2012

Lighthearted Saturday: Coffee

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Willis @ 10:00 am

I’d like to share this lovely infographic about coffee and caffeine consumption with you, but since this is a “sports” blog I’m going to do some Googling and tie this to sports before showing the graphic. Coffee consumption is really popular in today’s society, so learning about this is important if you’re one of the people that consume coffee since people get their coffee from coffee shops or the use  of coffee machines that can be even found online. Connoisseurs look to local businesses for their artisan coffee blends. As a roaster, finding the perfect coffee packaging bag doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Whether you need coffee bean packaging or instant coffee packaging, our resealable coffee bags will not only seal in the aroma but make your brand stand out in the crowd. In addition, our quick order process makes it easy to develop and promote holiday and seasonal coffee blends in a short amount of time.

Caffeine is a performance-enhancing drug so I wonder if caffeine would ever be a banned substance in a sport. It is no secret to anyone anymore that fitness buffs, weight trainers, and athletes alike do take supplements, for all kinds of reasons to attain their fitness goals. With that, choosing the right one that fits your needs and bodily requirements is very vital. Unlike anabolic steroids and bodybuilding supplements, SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulator) act as a medium that does work a lot like the anabolic steroid but is not harmful to the consumer’s health. The SARMs are different in the fact that while they do help with endurance, weight loss, muscle build etc, they work in a more subtle way than steroids and supplements. It is all about your body To know how it makes you stronger using helpful suppliment visit us today. Probably not, as, according to Wikipedia, Caffeine has not often been banned:

Historically, coffee and thus caffeine was illegal for some classes in Mecca in parts of the 16th century, in the Ottoman empire, Charles II of England tried to ban it in 1676, Frederic II of Prussia banned it in 1777, and coffee was banned in Sweden in the years 1756-1769, 1794–1796, 1799–1802, and 1817-1823. The bans on coffee have often had religious, economic, or political reasons rather than being based on concerns for the well-being of the population.

There is, however, a medical study that examines the short-term effects of caffeine during “team sports.”

Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world, commonly ingested in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. Its ability to enhance muscular work has been apparent since the early 1900s. Caffeine typically increases endurance performance; however, efficacy of caffeine ingestion for short-term high-intensity exercise is equivocal, which may be explained by discrepancies in exercise protocols, dosing, and subjects’ training status and habitual caffeine intake found across studies. The primary aim of this review is to critically examine studies that have tested caffeine’s ability to augment performance during exercise dependent on nonoxidative metabolism such as sprinting, team sports, and resistance training. Blah blah boring words that don’t make sense to normal humans. Science!

Now on to the fun picture!

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April 2, 2012

[Business Day One] Just A Quick Thought On The Dance

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Serpico @ 1:13 pm

The problem with the pervasiveness of March Madness Brackets is that the pain of “early bracket irrelevancy” drives casual fans from watching the Final Four. Especially when your boss at work is still in contention to win and reminds you of your dreadful lack of gambling bona fides.

September 26, 2008

[From The ‘Oh Damn’ File] – Sept 26

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Serpico @ 9:15 am

Everytime I see something sports-related that makes me say “Oh, Damn,” I’m putting it up here.

Oh, damn. Lil Wayne is blogging about sports now.

Oh, damn. How about them Beavers?

Oh, damn. Phil? Phil Hughes? Is it really you?

August 16, 2008

Are You Watching This?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Willis @ 4:12 pm

Have you checked out Are You Watching This? (areyouwatcingthis.com) If not, then you’re missing out on some exciting sports moments. Like last week, I got a text message letting me know that a perfect game was happening and that I should tune in (Pirates v Dimondbacks). Well, I did and if you also did, you’ll know that the game was perfect until the bottom of the eighth. I’m still glad that RUWTbot was watching the game and let me know that I too should tune in.

As you can tell, I’m a fan of Are You Watching This, so I decided to take a few minutes of Mark’s, creator of the site, and RUWTbot’s, Mark’s robotic creation that keeps me informed, time and ask them a few questions:

RUWTbot, you seem to always be available — on the website, on IM (ruwtbot@areyouwatchingthis.com), and on twitter (twitter.com/ruwtbot) — do you ever sleep?

No, I merely wait.

O rly? I bet you and Chuck Norris would get along well.

Yes, quite well.  Who do you think taught him how to grow his mustache?

I heard that you also gave Giambi some tips. Since you’re so up on good facial grooming, Are you currently dating anyone?

No, all robots are male.  All the female ones you have seen are just confused.

Umm.. then, are you dating any humans? (I kind of doubt it, you seem to have many human slang terms I doubt any ladies would get close.)

I tried dating a human once but she kept shorting my circuits.

I noticed you have a Twitter account and an IM account — Any chance you can send me IM updates when a game reaches high or severe?

Human, are Email, SMS, iPhone, and Browser Toolbar alerts not enough?  No, I will not, but you can IM me questions like “Who won the Celtics game?” and I will send you back the answer.  If you want IM alerts that bad ask Mark–he says Yes to everything.

I’ll ask him about expanding your twitter repertoire. Do you have any favorite sports to watch?

I like any sport that keeps numerical score.  I have never actually been to a game.  I never can make it past the metal detector.

Do you ever get bored watching all these sports? … I mean you do watch NASCAR.

No, I do not get bored but I do like NASCAR.  The cars go around in an oval and periodically go down pit road which is a straight line.  It reminds me of my two favorite numbers: 0 and 1.

Do you read any sports websites? What do you like?

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May 7, 2008

Nerdy Flowchart

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Willis @ 11:05 pm

Nerdy Flow Chart

The New York Times recent came up with a flowchart based on being exposed to Dungeons and Dragons at an early age. There are 2 reasons I am posting this here.

The first is that Fantasy Baseball is listed as one of the nerdy things that comes about from being exposed to Dungeons and Dragons. So the New York Times is saying that if you play fantasy baseball then you are a nerd. Don’t try to disagree, you know the Gray Lady cannot do wrong.

The second reason for this post is because I have to… The chart has blogging about the chart as something that a nerd like myself would do, and who am I to stand in the way?

[Full Chart]

February 6, 2008

Sport Bets Could Be Online in 5 to 10 Years

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peiser @ 11:47 am

Sport Bets Could Be Online in 5 to 10 Years

I can’t think of a better word than “exciting” to describe the concept of betting on sports. In fact, I can’t think of a better word to describe the concept of gambling, those who know me know how much I love ncaa tournament betting!

It would be exciting, but perhaps even less exciting if it took 5 to 10 years. Baseball is in its fourth decade of existence, and the numbers of bets and wagers on the sport are going to keep going up until the day it is officially a sports spectacle.

With baseball’s popularity constantly on the rise, people will be willing to pay millions of dollars for the chance to bet on baseball for a shot at a big payoff.

The first question to ask in all of this is if betting on baseball is legal. It is legal in the states that I’m familiar with. But, as I mentioned above, it seems to be the kind of thing that most people would rather not think about.

This brings me to another aspect of the MLB betting market that is getting more attention. Baseball betting is illegal in Puerto Rico, but the island’s new government has promised a new approach that is better than baseball’s old one. With the government’s new bill, there is a new place to bet on baseball. It is a legal place, but it has become illegal in most of the United States.

Why is that important? Well, that is because of a particular aspect of the new law. Under the new law, a pitcher who throws a pitch for a strike at 95 mph is automatically considered a “strike” in Puerto Rico. That is no longer the case. Instead, a pitcher can now be a “ball” in Puerto Rico, in that his strike will count when he throws for a strike. That means a pitcher can now throw a pitch at 97 mph for a strike, but not at 95 mph. What does that mean? If you are an American who is visiting Puerto Rico and are having a pitching problem, it is hard to understand how throwing a 95-mph pitch counts as a “strike” in Puerto Rico, while a pitch at 97 mph counts as a ball. Why does it matter? If a pitcher throws a pitch to a batter for a strike, and the batter strikes out, the pitcher is awarded the strike, as is the hitter if he strikes out. But what about if the batter strikes out? The pitcher would be out, of course, and the batter would not receive a strike. In the same way, a ball struck by a hitter would count as a ball, while a pitch struck by a pitcher would not count as a pitch, because it is the batter’s strike that counts. It is one thing to say that a pitch that strikes out the batter is struck out as a ball, but it is another to say that a pitch struck out by a pitcher is strike out as a ball. This confusion stems from the fact that if the pitcher were to throw the pitch a foot or two inside or outside, the pitch would be counted as a strike.

For example, a fastball is a ball, whereas a curveball is not. The pitch that was thrown outside in front of the plate and that struck out the batter as a ball would be not be counted as a strike. However, it would be counted as a strike if thrown in the same location and within a similar horizontal area, but a curveball is not a ball, because it would have been a ball

December 20, 2007

Dallas Linked List

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Willis @ 1:21 am

Cheap MotelHey. How Y’all doing? I’m in Dallas this week for business (not Nerds on Sports business) but I was able to take in a Mavricks’ game. I shall tell you all about the game when I get home and can upload the pictures. I don’t have the necessary cables to connect my camera to my laptop. Plus I shouldn’t be using too much of this $10 a night hotel internet for non-work reasons. (Of note: if I stayed in a worse [read: cheaper] hotel like Holiday Inn they have wireless internet and it’s free. The only difference between the Intercontinental and the Holiday Inn is the size of the lobby and ballroom.)

Now that I’ve complained about the stupidity of the hospitality business, here are some fun links for you to check out.

  • Mental Floss (great magazine – I wish I subscribed) has a story about some odd sports like cheese rolling and tuna throwing.
  • Sean Taylor should have been able to defend himself? (I’ve been in Texas for 3 days and haven’t seen a gun.)
  • Best Week Ever has a list of mascot domain names that don’t belong to sports team.
  • Carl from Aqua Teen chimes in on the whole Mitchel Report fiasco.
  • Men’s Health has an article on the drunkest cities. Perhaps we can find a connection with drunk cities and terrible sports teams?

September 18, 2007

This is Casey McCall, alongside Dan Rydell

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Perich @ 9:07 am

I credit a lot of my interest in sports to a little show called Sports Night, which had nothing to do with sports.

Sports NightBefore Aaron Sorkin was lecturing us from Ararat on his wildly successful show The West Wing, he had a half-hour comedy/drama set behind the scenes at a cable network’s evening sports show. Peter “Six Feet Under” Krause and Josh “Dead Poets’ Society and Nothing Really Good Since” Charles played the head writers and broadcasters, Casey McCall and Dan Rydell (as American a pair of names as you could hope to read on TV). Felicity Huffman played the show’s director, and Robert “Benson” Guillaume its executive producer.

Sports Night gave me a better look at the haphazard chaos that goes into putting together the glossy melange of CGI transitions that is a cable sports show. Each episode of the fictitious TV show has a certain number of segments. Their currency is minutes, and the writers and producers have to fill those minutes with video segments and commentary.

The Sports Night CastActual sports content appears pretty rarely in the show. In typical Sorkin fashion, the focus is more on controversial players than interesting games. There’s the football player who roughs up women (“Mary Pat Shelby”), the college players from a Tennessee school who refuse to play under a Confederate flag (“The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee”), or a baseball player who disses his new team’s hometown on the air (“Shane”). It’s heavy on the preachy melodrama, which you wouldn’t think a show about sports would merit.

But the good thing about an Aaron Sorkin show is that, occasionally, the dialogue has some snap to it. (more…)

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