Getting your kids involved in sports – the checklist

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Active Life, Healthy Living, Kids Zone, Sport & Recreation | Comments Off on Getting your kids involved in sports – the checklist

A childhood without participating in an organised sport of some description seems utterly alien to most people. Almost all of us played on some team at some point in our respective childhoods, or participating in individual sports such as gymnastics, golf, skiing, or dance, just to name a few. If you’re a parent now you may even want to be getting your own child or children involved in sports, and if so, we’ve amassed a couple of things to consider before you sign your kid up for those lessons.

Firstly, be sure your child is interested.If this sounds like an obvious one, that’s because it is. Nevertheless it one that needs to be repeated over and over again. It’s not uncommon for parents to encourage their children to play the sports they played as children, even claiming the sport to be a family tradition, but one needs to remember that the popularity of sports waxes and wanes over time. What was popular when you were a child may no longer be in vogue, which can certainly weigh on the mind of a child. Talk to your children and ask them their opinion before you sign them up.

Keep in mind children’s attention spans. We’ve all had phases in life when we thought we were going to take up a new hobby—be it a new sport, learning a new language, painting, cooking, or skydiving—only to become immediately uninterested in the pastime. This happens as an adult and even more often to children. Before you buy them all the kit, be certain that they are not going to lose interest. Check local listings or even sport betting sites for sporting events in your area to which you can go with your children and gage their enthusiasm for what’s going on.

Try to share in the sport of your child’s choice. Obvious if you’re a bit overweight, somewhat lazy and disastrously inflexible, you’ll want not to participate in your child’s gymnastics course, but where possible try to be involved with them and practise together at every opportunity.

Be mindful of what you say when you’re talking to your child. One can never know what passing remark will scar a child for life. Saying something like ‘You’re the best, you’ll win for sure’ may sound reassuring to adults, but to a child it could sound like you’re putting pressure on then to win the competition. Try to encourage them to have a good time, to practise, and to enjoy playing the sport itself, more than actually winning it. Wanting to win comes naturally enough to almost everyone.

And lastly, be supportive. As obvious as the first one, and equally important. Children are sensitive, so when go to their matches or games or tournaments or whatever as often as you can and show them you’re having a good time too!

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A Couple of Do’s and Dont’s before you place that bet

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Sport & Recreation | Comments Off on A Couple of Do’s and Dont’s before you place that bet

DON’T believe in superstition. Honestly, the shirt you wear has absolutely no influence on how your team plays, and standing up just before that big kick doesn’t matter at all to the players. In short, absolutely NOTHING you do has even the slightest effect on how the team does any more than who you want to win (or lose) does. Base your bets on numbers—performances from previous games, matches or races, whether the team has high or low spirits,  the place they are playing in, and even how the weather bears on the athletes—but never on what your sport-watching traditions. We regret to inform you, you’re just not important enough to have any effect on the game.


   DO know what you’re in for. Before you really get involved in gambling, you need to understand what’s going in behind the scenes. Not behind the scenes of the team you support (but, also, yes, very much behind the scenes of the teams you support), but at the bookie’s office and the casino. If you don’t know about the betting industry you’re likely to get taken in and lose more than you earn.

   DO avoid emotion. You may have been supporting that one team since you were a child or you may remember when that world-class star athlete was the little boy or girl down the road, but those aren’t reasons to bet on them. Those are just reasons to support them, but supporting a team or a person has nothing to do with betting. If you properly want to make money you’re going to have to learn to rely more on logic, data, and statistics as opposed to sentimentality and emotion.


   DO utilise whatever knowledge you have. This includes any personal information you may have from acquaintances or friends who work in the sport. Obviously, don’t do anything illegal, but knowing that a player is going through a divorce or that one of the athletes has a bit of a hangover from a big celebration the night before the match can be the kind of knowledge that gives you the edge when you’re placing your bet. It’s this kind of information that can be the difference between a  good gambler and a great gambler.


   DON’T place bets when you’re drunk. We all like having a few drinks when we’re watching the big game and we all tend to exaggerate our abilities when we’re starting to feel a bit, erm, good about things. This is definitely not the time to place your bets. Leave your credit cards and ATM cards at home if you have to but never place a bet if you’re not sober. There’s a reason casinos offer free drinks and it’s because they know that you’re likely to place big (and irresponsible) bets when you’re a bit blotto!

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BYU vs Michigan Preview

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Sport & Recreation | Comments Off on BYU vs Michigan Preview

The Bringham Young Cougars (2-1, 0-0) will head to take on the Michigan Wolverines (2-1, 0-0) this week in a battle between a pair of teams who have started strong. The IndFBS’s leading passer, Tanner Mangum (664 yards, 4 TDs) will be featured in this game. It kicks off Saturday, Sep 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET and will be shown on ABC.

In last week’s matchup, Michigan smashed UNLV 28-7. Ty Isaac had a great game running the ball in the victory, rushing eight times for 114 yards and one TD. BYU lost a game they could have won against UCLA 24-23 in its matchup. Mitch Mathews had a huge game for the Cougars, pulling in nine receptions for 84 yards and one TD. Adam Hine had a great game as well, adding 149 yards and a TD on 23 carries.

The Cougars are a six-point underdog against the Wolverines and the Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 45 points.

Sitting at 2-1 Straight Up (SU) and 1-2 Against The Spread (ATS), the Wolverines will look to improve heading into Week 4. Expect the Cougars to have a tough time running against the 15th-ranked Wolverines run defense, which gives up 93.3 yards per game on the ground.

As for their opponent, the Cougars were a good bet ATS so far this season with a record of 3-0 to go along with a 2-1 SU record. BYU’s game plan centers around passing the football. The Cougars pass 40.7 times per game. Moving on to the BYU defense, it has some favorable matchups that it may be able to take advantage of as well. If the Wolverines don’t do a good job holding onto the ball, they’ll have a hard time against the Cougars defense, which ranks 10th in the country in turnovers with 2.7 per game. The Cougars rarely get penalized for fouls when they take the field. The team earns the 18th-fewest penalty yards in the country with 39 per game.

Predictions: SU Winner – Michigan, ATS Winner – Michigan, O/U – Over


BYU is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of BYU’s last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of BYU’s last 7 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan’s last 5 games at home.

BYU is 0-1 SU when leading at the start of the 4th quarter this season. Michigan is 2-0 SU when leading after three quarters.

The Michigan passing attack is ranked only 96th in the country, while the BYU pass defense is ranked 87th. The Cougars passing game is ranked just 24th, compared to the 12th-ranked pass defense of the Wolverines.

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Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs vs Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Sport & Recreation | Comments Off on Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs vs Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers

The Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs head to take on the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers at Houchen Industries L.T. Smith Stadium this week. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep 10 and will be available on FS1.

In last week’s matchup, Western Kentucky just barely got past Vanderbilt 14-12. Tyler Higbee had a huge game in the victory, pulling in four receptions for 102 yards. Brandon Doughty also had a great game with 209 yards and a TD through the air. Louisiana Tech dominated Southern University 62-15 in its matchup. Jeff Driskel had a great game through the air for the Bulldogs, connecting on 12 of 15 pass attempts for 274 yards and four TDs. Kenneth Dixon had a great game as well, adding 106 yards and a TD on nine carries.

Western Kentucky is a small three-point favorite at home against the Bulldogs. The Over/Under (O/U) is currently at 67 points for this matchup.

Sitting at 1-0 Straight Up (SU) and 0-0-1 Against The Spread (ATS), the Hilltoppers will look to improve heading into Week 2. It is critical for the Bulldogs to prepare for Western Kentucky’s big-play defense, which ranks 12th in the nation with three turnovers per game.

In the other locker room, the Bulldogs are a perfect 1-0 SU and ATS so far this season. They enter the week as the country’s 10th-best scoring offense, recording an average of 62.0 points per game on opposing defenses. Chances are Louisiana Tech will continue to rely on its passing attack, where its 380 passing yards per game ranks 11th in the nation. Preparing for Louisiana Tech’s scoring defense will give the Hilltoppers headaches in the film room. So far this year, the Bulldogs defense has only allowed opponents to score an average of 15.0 points. Western Kentucky’s unreliable run game could cost them a shot at victory over the Bulldogs. The Hilltoppers average 38 rushing yards per game, 121st in the nation. The Hilltoppers will have to stay focused in the second quarter against Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs usually finish off the first half with dominance, averaging a Division I-leading 28 points during the second quarter. Yellow flags will likely be a common sight during any game with Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers are one of the most penalized teams in the country with nine calls per game.

Predictions: SU Winner – LaTech, ATS Winner – LaTech, O/U – Over


Louisiana Tech is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisiana Tech’s last 5 games on the road.

Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home.

Louisiana Tech is 1-0 SU when leading at the half this season.

Since the beginning of last season, Louisiana Tech is 7-2 SU against CUSA opponents, while Western Kentucky is an even 4-4 SU against conference foes.

Louisiana Tech also seems to have an advantage in the passing game when comparing just conference ratings. Its offensive passing game (ranked fourth in the CUSA) will face the eighth-ranked pass defense of Western Kentucky, while its fourth-ranked pass defense will look to control the eighth-ranked aerial attack of the Hilltoppers.

Louisiana Tech also has an advantage in the run game when analyzing just conference rankings. Its sixth-ranked rushing attack will face the eighth-ranked run defense of Western Kentucky, while its sixth-ranked run defense will look to contain the eighth-ranked rushing game of the Hilltoppers.

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2015 ACC Odds and Free Football Pick Predictions

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Sport & Recreation | Comments Off on 2015 ACC Odds and Free Football Pick Predictions

The ACC has had great success recently as they sent 11 teams to bowl games in the past two years in addition to winning a national championship with Florida State two years ago.  The Seminoles have won the ACC in each of the past three seasons but they are not expected to have an easy time making it four in a row as they lost a number of players to the NFL. The Clemson Tigers actually begin the 2015 season as the favorites to win the ACC with Florida State the second choice.  Let’s look at the 2015 ACC odds and ACC college football picks & predictions.

2015 ACC Football Odds

Clemson Tigers 9-5

Florida State Seminoles 2-1

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 3-1

Louisville Cardinals 7-1

Virginia Tech Hokies 8-1

NC State Wolfpack 15-1

North Carolina Tar Heels 15-1

Miami Hurricanes 20-1

Pittsburgh Panthers 30-1

Duke Blue Devils 50-1

Boston College Eagles 100-1

Syracuse Orange 100-1

Virginia Cavaliers 100-1

Wake Forest Demon Deacons 100-1

Top Contenders


The Clemson Tigers have the top quarterback in the conference in Deshaun Watson and they are going to go as far as he carries them.  He could be a Heisman Trophy contender especially if the Tigers are in the national title hunt. The defense is a bit of a question mark but the schedule is favorable as they get to play FSU in Death Valley.

Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles lost a ton of talent to the NFL as they return just three starters from last year’s team. They do get Notre Dame transfer quarterback Everett Golson to run the offense and they have Dalvin Cook to make big plays but it is hard to see how FSU wins the ACC with so many losses.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

All the Yellow Jackets do under head coach Paul Johnson is win.  The Yellow Jackets won 11 games last season and nearly beat FSU in the ACC title game.  The Yellow Jackets play in the easier division in the ACC and could definitely return to the ACC title game.


The Virginia Tech Hokies are loaded on defense and they may have enough offense to get past Georgia Tech in the Coastal Division. The Louisville Cardinals have a lot of starters to replace so it is hard to see them making a title run.  Duke continues to win under head coach David Cutcliffe but they don’t have enough playmakers to seriously contend.  North Carolina returns more starters on offense than any other team but their defense is weak and the end of their schedule is tough. Pittsburgh has a good defense that could make them better than expected while Miami has a good quarterback in Brad Kaaya and NC State returns more starters than any team in the conference.


Boston College is improving under head coach Steve Addazio but they don’t have enough returning starters to contend this season.  Syracuse has not done anything under head coach Scott Shafer who could be in his last season and Wake Forest is too young to contend while Virginia just isn’t going anywhere under head coach Mike London

2015 ACC Predictions

  1. Clemson Tigers
  2. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  3. Florida State Seminoles
  4. Louisville Cardinals
  5. Virginia Tech Hokies
  6. NC State Wolfpack
  7. North Carolina Tar Heels
  8. Miami Hurricanes
  9. Duke Blue Devils
  10. Boston College Eagles
  11. Pittsburgh Panthers
  12. Virginia Cavaliers
  13. Syracuse Orange
  14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons



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Getting better at sports

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Kids Zone, Sport & Recreation | Comments Off on Getting better at sports

Sport is a very important thing; it helps us become healthier, it makes us more social and helps us meet new people, and it helps us stay in shape. For all these reasons, people love other people who are great at sports, and that is not an easy thing. Getting good at some sport is extremely hard, but if you want to learn how to do it, this article is the perfect one for you, because we will show you some of the steps you need to take in order to excel in a sport of your own choosing.

Step 1 – Choose the right sport

You need to understand that not everyone was meant to be great at every single sport. Of course, there are people that appear to be great at everything they do, but that is only because the do things that they’re great at. So, you need to find a sport that is both mentally and physically good for you and that fits you perfectly. Just list the things you’re good at, and find a sport that requires those abilities. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll find that to be a sport that most people love.


Step 2 – Start working out

There is no need for you to start hitting the gym right away, but just start paying more attention to your physique and your condition. Start jogging and that will help you get in better shape. After you’ve gotten yourself in some shape, you can start working out however you want: you can start going to the gym, start swimming, start running, etc. But the most important thing here is to be in good shape, because only then can you be great at some sport.

Step 3 – Understand the sport

Now that you’ve picked a sport, you need to understand it thoroughly, in order to be truly great at it. Figure out all the rules of the game, and watch some shows or read books about it. Figure out what the best moves in this game are, and what is the easiest way to do them. Understand how the attack or defense is played and figure out what seems to be the driving force of this game.

Step 4 – Start training

Without training, you can never be truly great at anything, and such is the case with sports. Training makes you better at it and helps you figure out the game better. Find a good trainer who will help you with this, and listen to everything he says, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. Also, when you’re not training, try to think about the game and figure out all the things you didn’t get until now.

So, now that you’ve gotten all these steps down, you can really be great at a sport of your own choosing. As was mentioned, you just need to find the prefect sport for you, get in shape, understand the sport and train for it. After that, everything will fal into its place, and you’ll finally be good at sport.


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